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Written Answers

Volume 489: debated on Friday 13 March 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Friday 13 March 2009

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect of each property occupied by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies. (256038)

This Department will place in the Library a copy of the display energy certificates and their associated advisory reports in respect of each property occupied by this Department.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service and Companies House and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 13 March 2009:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has asked me to reply to you directly on behalf of The Insolvency Service in respect of your question (1096/2008) asking for display energy certificates and advisory reports to be placed in the House of Commons Library.

The Insolvency Service is placing a copy of these items in the Library in respect of each property occupied by the agency for which they are required.

Display Energy Certificates and advisory reports have been obtained for

Bloomsbury Street

Birmingham—Cannon House

Birmingham—Cobalt Square

Croydon

Leeds.

Letter from Tim Moss, dated 13 March 2009:

I am responding on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 5 February 2009, UIN 256038, to the Minister of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

As requested I have arranged for a copy of our Display Energy Certificate and the advisory report to be placed in the Library.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the policy is being followed; what policy is in place on the use of encryption when electronic data are sent externally; and what sanctions are in place for use should the policy not be followed. (258916)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

BERR is compliant with the security policies contained in the Government Security Policy Framework including those for information security and assurance.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT security hierarchy. (259701)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

It is not in the interests of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to the hierarchy of IT security within the Department. Disclosing such information would enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used for IT device scans; and how many vulnerabilities have been detected as a result of such scans in the last 12 months. (259702)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

It is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to electronic breaches of security of department's IT systems. Disclosing such information would enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks. (259703)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

BERR is compliant with HMG IA Standard No 4 —Communication, Security and Cryptography for the encryption of data. BERR follows CESG guidance on the use of the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) communications security protocols in order to protect wireless networks carrying protectively marked (up to RESTRICTED/IL3) traffic. The configuration and operation standards for WPA2 are set out in CESG's Infosec Manual Y, Use of WPA2 Wireless Security in Government Systems.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what auditing his Department undertakes to ensure that IT security policies are being followed; and on how many occasions (a) IT security policies have been breached by employees and (b) a member of staff has been sanctioned for a breach of such policies in the last 12 months. (259704)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that government handles and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

Compliance arrangements comprise a system of self assessment, accreditation, assurance reporting, audit and review.

In the last 12 months fewer than five staff have broken BERR IT security policies and have been sanctioned for the breach.

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's entertainment budget was in each year since its inception. (261272)

This Department was formed in June 2007. In 2007-08, the budget for entertainment was £813,105. In 2008-09, the budget for entertainment is £749,442.

Departmental Official Visits

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands) of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1311W, on departmental official visits, which agency deals with overnight accommodation for his Department; and how much has been paid to this agency since his Department was established. (260559)

Expotel Hotel Reservations Ltd. deal with UK hotel accommodation on behalf of BERR.

Since BERR was established on 28 June 2007, the following hotel accommodation has been booked through Expotel:

28 June 2007 to 31 March 2008

6,772 nights at a total cost of £705,175.32.

1 April 2008 to 28 February 2009

8,790 nights at a total cost of £955,329.40.

BERR does not make a direct payment to Expotel. Expotel earn a commission from hotels for the bookings taken.

Departmental Training

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1125W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008. (251328)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department’s policy is on holding departmental away days outside his Department’s buildings. (262029)

There are no central rules governing the holding of departmental away days.

Away days are a useful development tool but as learning and development budgets are delegated to local units within BERR, it is up to those units to determine where they hold away days and for local budget holders to ensure value for money. This will depend on the nature and objectives of the away day and availability of departmental premises.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean of 3 December 2008 and 13 January 2009 on the withholding of retention sums, reference FD7218. (260216)

Tourism: Coastal Areas

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the recommendations in the English Tourism Council's report Sea Change on seaside towns in England. (262993)

I have been asked to reply.

The English Tourism Council's report ‘Sea Change’ was published in 2001. I have made no recent assessment of the impact of that report on seaside towns, but it remains the case, as the report concluded, that seaside towns make a significant contribution to the cultural identity of England and contain some of the finest examples of our built heritage.

In a recent response to the Government Select Committee report, ‘Coastal Towns’, Government made clear the underlying principles that the visitor economy needs to be part of a wider agenda to regenerate and diversify the economies of coastal areas. The development of tourism has an important role to play but it is only one part of a bigger picture and it must also be linked with wider regeneration work in the region.

Last year my Department announced a programme called Sea Change, which will run for three years to 2011. It is intended to boost regeneration in coastal areas through investment in culture and heritage, and, giving £45 million in total, it will encourage new visitors to coastal areas and help support and enrich existing communities.

Children, Schools and Families

Academies

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Young People's Learning Agency will be able to direct academies on their (a) admissions, (b) curriculum, (c) behaviour policy and (d) pay arrangements. (262484)

The academies clauses in the Apprenticeships, Children, Skills and Learning Bill give powers to the Secretary of State which will enable him to require the YPLA to carry out certain academies functions. But the Secretary of State can only ask the YPLA to exercise, on his behalf, powers which he has himself, either in law, or through academy funding agreements.

Funding agreements contain requirements and certain express direction powers in relation to admissions. The YPLA, on behalf of the Secretary of State, would consider complaints and objections which relate to funding agreement admissions requirements, and could take action to remedy any breaches. That could include, for example, requiring an academy to change its admission arrangements to achieve compliance with the funding agreement. In relation to the express powers of direction available to the Secretary of State, we are considering whether or not it would be appropriate to authorise the YPLA to use these powers, relating to admissions either with or without the Secretary of State's prior approval.

Funding agreements also contain curriculum requirements and cover the need to have in place a behaviour policy and pay arrangements. However, there are no specific direction powers in these areas. Behaviour policies and pay are areas where academies are free to adopt the arrangements which they believe will best support raising standards.

Departmental Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of persons appointed to executive positions in bodies for which his Department has responsibility who previously had careers in the banking industry. (261244)

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months. (260637)

Voice coach training is not part of the core training and development offering available to staff in the Department. However, local managers are able to book external courses based on identified need and value for money. A search of local records would result in disproportionate cost.

Domestic Violence: Curriculum

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse issues among children through the national curriculum. (263019)

We agree that schools have an important role in raising awareness of domestic violence and abuse issues by giving children and young people the knowledge and skills to not only deal with their own anger but anger and violence directed towards them. Through the non-statutory framework for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education children and young people are taught a number of the skills pertaining to relationships with partners, friends and family, thus promoting harmonious relationships. In October 2008, we announced our intention to make PSHE statutory, in recognition of the key role it plays in equipping children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives. At the same time we launched an independent review of how the principle that PSHE should have a statutory status can be translated into a practicable way forward. Sir Alasdair Macdonald, the head teacher of Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets, is leading the independent review and will report in April 2009. Proposals for the statutory implementation of PSHE education will be the subject of a full public consultation. Due to the time needed for full public consultation and parliamentary process, statutory PSHE is unlikely to come into effect before 2011.

The secondary curriculum also encourages schools to tackle social issues through cross-curricular links. For example, Citizenship teaches children and young people about legal and human rights and responsibilities underpinning society, basic aspects of the criminal justice system and the importance of resolving conflict fairly.

Headteachers: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools paid their head teachers more than (a) £80,000, (b) £90,000, (c) £100,000, (d) £110,000 and (e) £120,000 in the latest year for which figures are available. (262327)

The information available is not sufficiently reliable to provide the requested information for head teachers only.

The following table provides the number of local authority maintained school leadership teachers paid more than £80,000, £90,000, £100,000, £110,000 and £120,000 in March 2007 the latest information available.

Local authority maintained schools leadership1 teachers by annual salary: March 20072 Coverage: England and Wales

Number

£80,000 to £89,999

740

£90,000 to £99,999

290

£100,000 to £109,999

90

£110,000 to £119,999

20

Over £120,000

20

Total

1,160

1 Includes head, deputy and assistant head teachers.

2 Provisional.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Database of Teacher Records

Pupils

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of school pupils had (a) statemented, (b) non-statemented and (c) no special educational needs in each of the last five years. (262357)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Statemented SEN pupils, non-statemented SEN pupils and pupils with no SEN as a proportion of all pupils in all schools1, 2—Position in January each year 2004-08: England

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Pupils on roll

8,334,880

8,274,470

8,215,690

8,149,180

8,102,190

(a) Pupils with SEN statements

247,590

242,580

236,750

229,110

223,610

Incidence (percentage)3

3.0

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.8

(b) Pupils with SEN without statements

1,197,490

1,230,800

1,293,250

1,333,430

1,390,670

Incidence (percentage)4

14.4

14.9

15.7

16.4

17.2

(c) Pupils with no SEN

6,889,800

6,801,090

6,685,690

6,586,640

6,487,910

Incidence (percentage)5

82.7

82.2

81.4

80.8

80.1

1 Excluding dually registered pupils.

2 Including general hospital schools but note that data for pupils with SEN without statements is not collected from these schools. Incidence rates are not significantly affected.

3 Incidence of pupils—the number of pupils with statements expressed as a proportion of the number of pupils on roll.

4 Incidence of pupils—the number of pupils with SEN without statements expressed as a proportion of pupils on roll.

5 Incidence of pupils—the number of pupils with no SEN expressed as a proportion of pupils on roll.

Note:

Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School census

Figures on SEN pupils with and without statements are taken from tables 1a and 1b of the Statistical First Release on Special Educational Needs in England: January 2008, accessible via the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000794/index.shtrril.

Schools: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research on the effect of cannabis use on academic outcomes; and if he will make a statement. (263486)

We are committed to tackling all of the harms associated with cannabis use, including poor school performance or disengagement from education. Although there is no specific research currently planned on the effects of cannabis use on academic outcomes, we will keep this under review as part of our work in relation to developing a cross-Government drugs research strategy. Through delivery of the National Drugs Strategy we will continue to drive the sustained fall in cannabis use amongst young people that we have experienced since 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is available from his Department to schools which wish to introduce voluntary drug testing; and if he will make a statement. (263487)

The Department's guidance, Drugs: Guidance for Schools (DFES 2004) makes it clear that head teachers can introduce voluntary drug testing if they consider that such an approach is appropriate. It is essential that before a school takes the decision to introduce drug testing that it considers very carefully all of the factors outlined in the guidance, including whether such action will result in appropriate support for pupils most in need. In deciding whether to use this approach, schools are encouraged to consult with local partners, such as the police, who may be able to offer advice and support.

Secondary Education: Admissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many selective state secondary schools there are in (a) England, (b) Leicestershire and (c) Leicester East constituency. (262439)

There are 164 local authority maintained secondary schools that select by ability in England. There are no such schools in the Leicestershire local authority area, nor in the Leicester East parliamentary constituency.

Communities and Local Government

Business Growth Incentive Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authority business growth incentive scheme funding is not spent directly on assisting local businesses. (263414)

Funding under the local authority business growth incentive scheme is paid as an unringfenced grant. Information about how the money is spent is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Council Tax: Valuation

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the supplementary memorandum from the Valuation Office Agency presented to the Treasury Select Committee, dated 29 October 2008, which amendments to the council tax valuation lists involving movements to a lower band were made in each billing authority in each of the years to March (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (262601)

This information is currently being assembled for publication. I will place a copy in the Library of the House as soon as possible.

Housing: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given to local authorities on the calculation of baseline footprints for the Carbon Reduction Commitment. (262686)

I have been asked to reply.

On Thursday 12 March the Government published a consultation on the Draft Order to implement the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). As part of the consultation package of documents, DECC published a user guide which includes guidance on how scheme participants might calculate the emissions baseline.

The baseline year for CRC is 1 April 2010-31 March 2011. Prior to the baseline period commencing, the scheme administrators will publish detailed guidance on how scheme participants should calculate their emission baseline.

Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities operate under the committee system of executive governance. (262144)

The Local Government Act 2000 allowed local authorities whose area had a population of less than 85,000 on 30 June 1999 to adopt a reformed, streamlined committee system of governance instead of adopting governance arrangements with an executive. We understand that the following councils currently operate such a system:

Council

Alnwick district council

Babergh district council

Barrow-in-Furness borough council

Berwick-upon-Tweed borough council

Brentwood borough council

Bridgnorth district council

Broxbourne borough council

Castle Morpeth borough council

Christchurch borough council

Corby borough council

Craven district council

Daventry district council

East Cambridgeshire district council

East Dorset district council

East Northamptonshire district council

Ellesmere Port and Neston borough council

Epsom and Ewell borough council

Forest Heath district council

Forest of Dean district council

Gosport borough council

Harlow district council

Kennet district council

Maldon district council

Malvern Hills district council

Melton borough council

Mid Suffolk district council

North Cornwall district council

North Warwickshire borough council

Oadby and Wigston borough council

Penwith district council

Purbeck district council

Ribble Valley borough council

Richmondshire district council

Runnymede borough council

Ryedale district council

Selby district council

South Derbyshire district council

South Shropshire district council

Tandridge district council

Teesdale district council.

Tewkesbury borough council

Torridge district council

Tynedale district council

Uttlesford district council

Wear Valley district council

Wellingborough borough council

West Lindsey district council

Weymouth and Portland borough council

West Devon borough council

We are aware that eight of these authorities are considering moving to executive arrangements.

Local Government Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amount and proportion of central Government grant to local authorities comprised redistributed business rate revenue in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. (262166)

Business rates are pooled centrally and the revenue contributes towards funding local government alongside other grants.

I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the details of amounts from the national business rates pool, the amounts of other grant payments and the proportion of the total that each represents, in each local authority area for 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology is used to calculate performance reward grant; and how much funding her Department has allocated for distribution under the grant in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (262274)

For Local Area Agreements (LAA) and Local Public Service Agreements (LPSAs) agreed prior to 2008 the total potential reward grant (if all targets are achieved) is equivalent to 2.5 per cent. of an authority's net budget requirement (the budget requirement plus dedicated schools grant less parish precepts) in the financial year prior to the start of the LAA or LPSA. In the case of two-tier areas, the net budget requirement of any district councils was also included in the calculation. Grants are paid as half revenue grant and half capital grant.

The proportion of the potential grant payable to any authority is determined by their performance in relation to the improvement targets agreed. Local authorities are currently submitting claims and £378 million is allocated to meet these claims in 2008-9. For 2009-10 a total of £257 million has been allocated. It is difficult to accurately predict in advance the exact funding levels required as this depends upon the final performance achieved in relation to each target.

Local Government Services: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have adopted National Indicator 116. (263560)

Forty-five of local authorities have set targets in their local area agreements against National Indicator 116—Proportion of Children in Poverty. Performance data against the indicator apply to all areas in England, not just those areas that have a target.

The full list of local authorities across England that adopted this and other National Indicators is available on the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA) website:

http://www.idea.gov.uk

Non-Domestic Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1277W, on non-domestic rates, in what circumstances and in respect of which types of property automated analytical techniques were used by the Valuation Office Agency in its preparatory work for the 2010 revaluation. (262668)

Automated techniques have been used to inform the analysis of rents of industrial property in a limited number of local authority areas.

All final valuations will be produced by VOA staff.

Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter from P&O Ferries to the Minister for Local Government on retrospective port taxes. (262381)

The letter contains information supplied to me on a confidential basis, and I am not therefore in a position to release it publicly.

Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of small businesses eligible to claim small business rate relief which do not do so. (262596)

Data on the number of businesses who are eligible for small business rate relief and do not claim as at 31 December 2008 are currently being collected and will be available later this year.

Regeneration

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial corrections the European Commission has imposed on the UK in respect of financial irregularities in the administration of regeneration programmes. (262678)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 315W. Details are given in the Communities and Local Government resource accounts 2007-08 (HC791).

Regional Development Agencies: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the value for money of the contributions made by her Department to the budgets of the regional development agencies. (262319)

The Department for Communities and Local Government's contribution to the budgets of the Regional Development Agencies is covered by audits and performance assessments of RDAs. Annual audits are carried out by the National Audit Office for those RDAs outside of London and by the Audit commission for the London Development Agency. The Government have commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an independent evaluation of the economic impact of RDAs and will publish results from the evaluation shortly.

Regional Planning and Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 73-6WS, on departmental expenditure limits, which financial corrections to old European Regional Development Fund programmes the new provisions will cover. (262693)

The departmental expenditure limits stated in the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 74WS, para. 4(c), cover financial corrections relating to 97-99 closure audits in the NW and NE.

Regional Planning and Development: EC Action

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 73-6WS, on departmental expenditure limits, to which programme areas the provision for bad debts on old European Regional Development Fund programmes relates. (262587)

In the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2008-09, the Department sought non-cash provision of £8,000,000 to cover potential write-offs in respect of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes from the 1994-99 and 2000-06 programme rounds.

Rented Housing: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) guideline and (b) actual rent increase in each local authority in Greater London was in each of the last five years. (262553)

The following tables set out the guideline rent increases for each local authority in London for the years 2004-05 to 2008-09.

Information on actual rent increases applied by London local authorities is not readily available.

Guideline rent pd 2004-05 (£)

Guideline rent pd 2005-06 (£)

Cash change (£)

Percentage change

Guideline rent pd 2006-07 (£)

Cash change (£)

Percentage change

London

Barnet

61.74

65.22

3.48

5.64

70.49

5.27

8.08

Brent

62.20

66.25

4.05

6.51

72.13

5.88

8.88

Camden

62.69

67.10

4.42

7.04

72.88

5.77

8.61

City of London

61.07

64.89

3.82

6.26

69.76

4.86

7.49

Croydon

62.43

65.60

3.17

5.08

70.71

5.11

7.79

Ealing

60.54

63.82

3.28

5.41

68.66

4.84

7.58

Enfield

59.65

62.77

3.12

5.24

67.77

5.00

7.96

Greenwich

57.79

60.94

3.15

5.46

66.24

5.30

8.70

Hackney

57.79

59.62

1.83

3.18

65.13

5.51

9.24

Haringey

62.14

65.94

3.80

6.11

70.97

5.04

7.64

Harrow

65.36

68.41

3.04

4.66

73.51

5.10

7.46

Havering

55.91

58.44

2.53

4.52

64.15

5.72

9.79

Hounslow

59.17

62.50

3.33

5.63

67.80

5.30

8.48

Islington

63.78

67.44

3.66

5.74

73.01

5.56

8.25

Lambeth

61.31

61.74

0.43

0.70

68.07

6.34

10.26

Lewisham

55.94

57.88

1.94

3.46

63.59

5.72

9.88

Merton

56.07

62.64

6.56

11.70

68.84

6.20

9.90

Newham

56.48

57.82

1.34

2.37

62.91

5.09

8.81

Redbridge

60.20

64.26

4.06

6.74

68.28

4.03

6.27

Southwark

59.92

63.50

3.58

5.97

69.05

5.55

8.75

Sutton

59.22

63.18

3.96

6.68

68.37

5.19

8.22

Tower Hamlets

59.21

63.16

3.95

6.66

69.12

5.96

9.44

Waltham Forest

59.01

60.91

1.91

3.23

66.45

5.53

9.09

Wandsworth

65.70

70.75

5.05

7.68

77.01

6.26

8.85

Westminster

68.62

73.21

4.59

6.69

79.19

5.97

8.16

Guideline rent pd 2007-08 (£)

Cash change (£)

Percentage change

Guideline rent pd 2008-09 (£)

Cash change (£)

Percentage change

London

Barnet

77.77

7.28

10.32

79.42

1.65

2.12

Brent

79.80

7.67

10.64

81.82

2.01

2.52

Camden

83.22

10.34

14.18

85.50

2.29

2.75

City of London

77.88

8.12

11.64

79.70

1.82

2.34

Croydon

77.79

7.08

10.01

79.39

1.61

2.07

Ealing

76.84

8.18

11.91

77.52

0.68

0.89

Enfield

74.46

6.69

9.88

75.97

1.50

2.02

Greenwich

73.31

7.06

10.66

75.05

1.75

2.38

Hackney

71.88

6.75

10.36

73.53

1.64

2.29

Haringey

77.68

6.70

9.45

79.26

1.58

2.04

Harrow

80.89

7.37

10.03

82.56

1.68

2.07

Havering

70.52

6.36

9.92

71.94

1.42

2.01

Hounslow

75.00

7.20

10.61

76.70

1.70

2.27

Islington

81.75

8.74

11.97

83.76

2.01

2.46

Lambeth

76.00

7.92

11.64

78.10

2.10

2.77

Lewisham

70.53

6.94

10.91

72.04

1.51

2.14

Merton

76.21

7.37

10.70

78.08

1.87

2.46

Newham

69.56

6.65

10.56

71.15

1.59

2.29

Redbridge

75.13

6.84

10.02

76.69

1.56

2.08

Southwark

76.87

7.82

11.32

78.72

1.85

2.40

Sutton

75.76

7.38

10.80

77.65

1.89

2.50

Tower Hamlets

77.20

8.07

11.68

79.47

2.27

2.94

Waltham Forest

73.11

6.66

10.02

74.83

1.72

2.35

Wandsworth

87.21

10.20

13.24

89.49

2.28

2.61

Westminster

88.18

9.00

11.36

90.34

2.16

2.45

Culture, Media and Sport

Film: Government Assistance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the Government plan to further support the British film industry. (262915)

The Government’s principal support for the UK film industry is through the film tax relief which encourages the sustainable production of culturally British films. Figures from HM Revenue and Customs tell us this provided £104 million to the industry between January 2007 and March 2008.

The Government continue to support the British film industry through the UK Film Council. The Film Council is the Government’s strategic agency for film and invests grant in aid and lottery money in developing new filmmakers, in funding exciting new British films and in getting a wider choice of films to audiences throughout the UK. The Film Council also invests in training, promoting Britain as an international filmmaking location and in raising the profile of British films abroad.

We are in continual dialogue with the Film Council about potential new methods and ways to improve current schemes to support the industry and to help filmmakers deliver the box office and awards successes we have seen recently.

The Public Service Broadcasters, the BBC and Channel 4, also contribute support to the industry through their film divisions.

National Lottery

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by each of the national lottery good causes in each year since 1995, expressed in 2008-09 prices. (263539)

The table shows the total income for each of the national lottery good causes for each financial year since 1995. Figures are adjusted to 2007-08 prices, using GDP deflators for the most recent year available from the Treasury. All figures are rounded to the nearest £000.

The sport good cause comprises the following Lottery Distributing Bodies: UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sports Council Wales and Sport Scotland. The arts good cause comprises Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Scottish Screen, UK Film Council and Scottish Arts Council. The millennium good cause comprises the Millennium Commission, which was dissolved in 2006-07. The heritage good cause comprises the Heritage Lottery Fund. The health, education, environment and charitable expenditure good cause comprises the Big Lottery Fund, which is the successor to the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund.

Amount adjusted to 2007-08 prices (£000)

Sport

1995-96

414,449,000

1996-97

412,903,000

1997-98

461,478,000

1998-99

376,564,000

1999-2000

336,684,000

2000-01

354,988,000

2001-02

355,436,000

2002-03

294,489,000

2003-04

252,162,000

2004-05

258,795,000

2005-06

258,242,000

2006-07

219,656,000

2007-08

217,040,000

The Arts

1995-96

414,307,000

1996-97

410,549,000

1997-98

449,106,000

1998-99

350,408,000

1999-2000

322,940,000

2000-01

333,917,000

2001-02

344,006,000

2002-03

288,519,000

2003-04

251,233,000

2004-05

257,352,000

2005-06

256,301,000

2006-07

216,497,000

2007-08

214,523,000

Millennium

1995-96

415,414,000

1996-97

418,542,000

1997-98

505,854,000

1998-99

487,632,000

1999-2000

431,085,000

2000-01

412,032,000

2001-02

164,547,000

2002-03

24,396,000

2003-04

7,140,000

2004-05

6,568,000

2005-06

4,162,000

2006-07

1,651,000

2007-08

Heritage

1995-96

413,487,000

1996-97

412,764,000

1997-98

464,612,000

1998-99

385,851,000

1999-2000

355,982,000

2000-01

380,591,000

2001-02

377,282,000

2002-03

331,955,000

2003-04

273,268,000

2004-05

287,588,000

2005-06

285,886,000

2006-07

238,112,000

2007-08

217,043,000

Health, education, the environment and charitable expenditure

1995-96

415,122,000

1996-97

412,853,000

1997-98

596,000,000

1998-99

783,272,000

1999-2000

670,433,000

2000-01

640,705,000

2001-02

895,866,000

2002-03

870,631,000

2003-04

755,864,000

2004-05

774,797,000

2005-06

770,942,000

2006-07

648,155,000

2007-08

651,124,000

Defence

Defence Intelligence Staff: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff the Defence Intelligence Staff employed in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) civilian staff and (b) service; and what the projected numbers for the next five years are. (257680)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1528W. I should point out that the answer contained an error for April 2007. The correct figure is provided in the following table.

The breakdown of DIS staff numbers for the years since April 2006 is as follows:

2006-07

2007-08

2008

Military

2,696

2,609

2,577

Civilian

1,724

1,699

1,788

Total

4,420

4,308

4,365

The projected figures for the next five years are:

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Military

2,798

2,842

2,873

2,860

2,860

Civilian

1,874

1,880

1,823

1,820

1,820

Total

4,672

4,722

4,696

4,680

4,680

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in 2008-09 to date. (260352)

Costs incurred on reimbursable expenses in 2008-09, will be available only when the Department's resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the 2009 summer recess.

Departmental Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader Research Limited since 31 December 2007; and if he will make a statement. (261059)

No payments have been made centrally by the MOD to either Deborah Mattinson or Opinion Leader Research Limited since December 2007.

Central payments represent some 95 per cent. of the departmental total and exclude only those payments made (a) on behalf of other Government Departments or by other Government Departments on the MOD's behalf, (b) by the MOD's trading funds (which lie outside the MOD's accounting boundary), (c) locally by the Department, or (d) in relation to collaborative projects where the payments are made through international procurement agencies or overseas Governments.

Departmental Visits Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his Department’s senior officials undertook in 2008. (262184)

Since 1999, the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the financial year 2007-08 was published on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 102WS, and for the first time, included details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. The information is also available at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/cabinetoffice/propriety_and_ethics/assets/travel_2007_2008.pdf

The information for the financial year 2008-09 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. All travel by Ministers is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code”.

The expenditure incurred in respect of overseas visits by senior officials is made in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the requirement to make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements. However, the details for 2008 could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Ex-servicemen: Mental Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide psychological screening for those who have served in the armed forces (a) one year and (b) five years after discharge; and if he will make a statement. (261047)

Health care for veterans is the responsibility of the health departments and NHS and the 2009 NHS Operating Framework includes a section on veterans' services. NHS services such as screening are not decided centrally but commissioned in line with local needs and priorities. MOD, DOH and the third sector are working together to raise awareness of military issues among civilian health professionals and administrators and NHS-led veterans’ mental health services providing best practice assessment and treatment in an accessible acceptable way are being piloted at sites across the country. These pilots will run for two years with independent evaluation and analysis. Lessons learned will inform future service planning. For those veterans with mental health problems living outside pilot areas and who have served in operations since 1982, the Medical Assessment Programme at St. Thomas's hospital, London, provides a mental health assessment by an expert in the problems that arise from military service. Treatment recommendations are then made to the GP.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) blood platelets and (b) blood plasma transported to Iraq for use by the armed forces were destroyed because they were past their use-by date in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement. (262568)

Records held by the MOD reflect the difference between the amount of blood supplied to operations and the amount transfused. From August 2007 to the end of February 2009, the difference between the amount of blood supplied to Iraq and the amount transfused was 396 units of blood platelets and five units of fresh frozen plasma. Each unit contains approximately 300 ml. There are a number of reasons for this difference, for example expiration of the use-by date, damage in transit or accidental exposure to high temperature.

Prior to August 2007, information was not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Northern Ireland Security Guard Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 192W, on the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service, what progress has been made on the review of the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service; and when he expects the review to be completed. (263042)

The Northern Ireland Security Guard Service (NISGS) are MOD employees and are a professional, armed and trained body who provide security at MOD establishments in Northern Ireland. The NISGS review was initiated in order to examine the structure and responsibilities of the NISGS as part of the normalisation process. It was neither designed as a review into NISGS capability nor as a security review. It was divided into two parts: Part 1 examined the establishment (numbers) of the NISGS to support the reducing number of military bases and examine their roles and responsibilities; Part 2 was to determine future requirements including the retention of special constable (SC) status.

The paper has been staffed through the chain of command and the review is in its final stage. The decision on removal or retention of SC status is pending until consultation with trade unions is complete and resource implications are fully addressed.

We expected the review to be completed by the end of 2008 but this deadline was internal and self-imposed by HQ NI and 38 (Irish) Brigade. The review was more complex than originally anticipated with a broad range of subject matter experts’ views to be sought. Further work was therefore directed to ensure all resource implications and advice had been properly addressed. The report date was therefore slipped to the end of March 2009, with the full knowledge of both the MOD and trade unions. Trade union consultation on the findings of the review will commence shortly, before promulgation of the outcome to NISGS personnel.

Energy and Climate Change

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Buckingham of 20 October 2008, on grants for home insulation. (262732)

I signed a reply to the hon. Member on 9 March and apologise for the delay, which was due to departmental re-organisation.

Warm Front Scheme: Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was paid in Warm Front grants to residents in West Lancashire constituency in 2007-08. (261976)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of farmland in England was classified as (a) grade 1 (excellent), (b) grade 2 (very good), (c) grade 3a (good), (d) grade 3b (moderate), (e) grade 4 (poor) and (f) grade 5 (very poor) in each of the last 10 years. (262116)

No estimates for the area of farmland in England by land grade classification have been made. Figures for Wales fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authority.

Recycling: Glass

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to allow licensed premises to use municipal bottle banks to dispose of glass bottles. (262620)

There are no plans to do so, however, where an agreement has been made between the waste generator and the local authority or site operator, then such commercial use of a site is permitted.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

British Council: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much the British Council plans to spend (a) in each country and (b) on each type of project in each of the three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11. (262406)

The British Council, received £6 million funding, over three years, for their Reconnect programme. The main aim of the initiative is to train 10,000 overseas young leaders at most risk of radicalisation or extremism. Decisions on particular funding allocations for countries or projects are based on a number of factors including the priority the Foreign and Commonwealth Office accords a particular country as well as the quality of particular project proposals. This programme will be monitored regularly to ensure it remains on track and will be evaluated on completion. The British Council has ongoing professional evaluation in place for all its programmes.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1845W, on departmental training, when the audit of skills in his Department is expected to be completed. (258145)

We have identified and defined the core skills needed to deliver the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s departmental strategic objectives, and existing levels of proficiency. We are also defining specialist skills which reflect the work of the FCO across its network. As part of this process we mapped skills required against roles within the organisation. The next step will be to record the skills we have throughout our work force. This will be an ongoing process which will help inform decisions on learning and development, recruitment and workforce planning.

I am placing in the Library of the House information on our skills work. The documents set out our core skills, which are compatible with Professional Skills for Government, and details and explanations of levels of proficiency. The documents also give details of the mapping exercise which identified skills within the organisation and contributed to the development of the core skills framework.

EU Globalisation Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications have been made by the UK to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund since 2007; what the purpose was of each such application; and how much has been paid out in respect of each such application. (258915)

Iran: Arms Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of breaches of the prohibition in UN Security Council Resolution 1747 against the sale, transfer or supply of arms or related material from Iran; and if he will make a statement. (261001)

I am aware of reports that Iran has breached UN Security Council Resolution 1747 by attempting to transfer arms-related material via the MV Monchegorsk, a Cypriot-flagged vessel.

We understand that the MV Monchegorsk was ordered into Limassol harbour by the Government of Cyprus in late January, where it now remains. Cypriot Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou has said that the Monchegorsk was in “clear” breach of UN sanctions banning Iran from exporting arms and related material. Cyprus has dealt with the situation effectively and entirely in line with UN and EU requirements.

We continue to urge Iran to comply with international law. It is unacceptable that Iran acts in breach of UN Resolutions and such action only serves to further undermine international confidence in Iran.

Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek agreement on the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia beyond 19 March 2009. (253956)

The UK supports the mandate given to the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by the UN, most recently through UN Security Council Resolution 1863. This resolution provides a mandate to AMISOM until 16 July 2009, as well as providing for a package of support to that mission. The AU’s own mandate for this mission is a matter for AU member states themselves, but the UK has encouraged these states to extend this mandate beyond 19 March 2009, including by my noble Friend Lord Malloch-Brown at the AU Summit on 1-2 February 2009. The UK is also supporting the implementation of AMISOM’s mandate financially, with a contribution of £10 million during this financial year toward the costs of the mission. We also intend to contribute to the UN trust fund and logistical support package for AMISOM authorised under resolution 1863.

Tibet: Politics and Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the implementation by the Chinese Government of security measures in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising. (263621)

We have received several reports of increased security measures in Tibet, including significant increases in numbers of People’s Armed Police and People’s Liberation Army forces into Tibetan areas, severely restricting Tibetans’ right of freedom of expression.

We have also received claims from several sources that the so-called ‘Strike Hard’ campaign launched in January 2009 has in fact been used for political purposes, rather than its stated aim of cracking down on criminal activity. We are concerned at such reports, and continue to urge the Chinese authorities to respect the right of peaceful expression and assembly in Tibet.

Health

Cannabis: Research

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted recent research into the addictive properties of cannabis; and if he will make a statement. (263489)

At the request of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, the Government’s advisory committee on drugs, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) carried out a substantial review last year of the harms associated with cannabis use, including the physical and psychological effects of cannabis. The report, “Cannabis: Classification and Public Health (2008)”, was published in May 2008 and copies have already been placed in the Library.

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department’s policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus payments. (262812)

The Department does not offer its staff either additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping or Christmas bonus payments.

Staff can request an advance on December salary—up to £500 for full-time staff (pro-rated for part-time staff)—to help them budget over the Christmas period. This advance is paid with November salary and recovered in full from December salary.

Cord Blood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the report on cord blood banking in the UK—an international comparison of policy and practice; (262773)

(2) what plans he has for the involvement of (a) Government bodies, (b) the third sector and (c) the private sector in his Department’s consideration of the collection and use of cord blood.

Following the publication of the international comparison report on cord blood banking policy and practice, the Department is assessing the need to enhance national health service cord blood collection services to ensure the United Kingdom remains at the forefront of this work and able to meet its international obligations in matching stem cell donations to patients in need of a transplant.

The two largest UK bodies providing stem cells for unrelated transplant, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the Anthony Nolan Trust, have been asked to report back to us by the end of March 2009. There are no plans to involve other organisations at this time.

Departmental Car Allowances

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the mileage allowance payable to (a) district nurses and (b) other NHS staff. (263559)

Guidance on mileage allowances for Agenda for Change Staff, which includes district nurses, is set out at Section 17 of the Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service handbook. The mileage allowances are set out at Annex L of this handbook. These allowances were last increased on 1 July 2008 in Pay Circular (A for C) 4/2008 issued on 7 July 2008. A copy of the Pay Circular has been placed in the Library.

Unless specified in individual terms and conditions, very senior managers follow this Agenda for Change guidance

Guidance for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors and dentists in public health, the community health service and salaried primary dental care (England) is set out in Pay Circular (M and D) 5/2008 issued on 4 August 2008. A copy of the Pay Circular has been placed in the Library.

Changes to all these national allowances are published in pay circulars issued by NHS employers and are available, along with the Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service handbook, at:

www.nhsemployers.org/Pages/home.aspx

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 4 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1353-56W, on the departmental internet, how many hits each of his Department’s websites received in each of the last 12 months. (262837)

Page hits for the main departmental websites are detailed as follows.

Page hits for the Department’s website:

www.dh.gov.uk

March 2008 to February 2009—64,678,663

Number of visits

Page impressions

February 2009

1,361,442

5,642,052

January 2009

1,507,257

6,205,364

December 2008

1,041,753

4,403,460

November 2008

1,278,086

5,578,886

October 2008

1,257,254

5,555,268

September 2008

1,126,097

4,717,921

August 2008

859,571

3,647,145

July 2008

1,226,589

5,122,615

June 2008

1,389,120

5,883,074

May 2008

1,316,806

5,842,608

April 2008

1,402,508

6,474,523

March 2008

1,191,293

5,605,747

Page hits for:

www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk

March 2008 to February 2009—1,756,641

Number of visits

Page impressions

February 2009

44,594

133,699

January 2009

47,567

143,423

December 2008

52,483

156,840

November 2008

61,437

181,291

October 2008

65,873

190,170

September 2008

47,812

133,031

August 2008

43,895

126,039

July 2008

55,151

137,455

June 2008

68,211

147,110

May 2008

80,641

145,979

April 2008

79,440

138,647

March 2008

65,210

122,957

Page hits for:

www.nhs.uk

March 2008 to February 2009—199,738,205

Number of visits

Page impressions

February 2009

5,730,784

28,675,990

January 2009

5,653,486

28,419,522

December 2008

4,057,157

19,962,397

November 2008

4,243,219

22,078,113

October 2008

3,118,019

14,362,161

September 2008

2,636,926

12,982,408

August 2008

2,566,666

13,004,201

July 2008

2,834,392

14,488,807

June 2008

2,522,515

12,837,873

May 2008

2,239,637

11,122,658

April 2008

2,053,826

11,436,278

March 2008

1,927,864

10,367,797

Notes:

Explanation of terms

Visits: the number of times a visitor has entered a website within a given timescale. Thus, multiple visits are recorded.

Page impressions: also known as ‘hits’, this is when a website page is displayed on a visitor’s browser.

To provide page hits for the other websites listed in the 4 February answer would incur disproportionate cost.

Departmental Lost Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. (263110)

From 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008, the following items of departmental property were reported as lost or stolen with an estimated total replacement cost of £40,000.

Number

Laptop computers

37

Mobile phones

19

Blackberry handheld devices

18

Projectors

3

Audio conferencing phone

1

Other miscellaneous equipment

8

There are strict rules on data security that the Department is required to adhere to. Safeguards include the encryption of all electronic equipment including memory sticks and PDAs and the Department is confident that no personal data have been compromised.

Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s definition of addiction is. (263490)

In relation to substance misuse, following World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, the term ‘addiction’ has been replaced by ‘dependence’.

The WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 clinical defines ‘dependence’ as:

“A cluster of physiological, behavioural, and cognitive phenomena in which the use of a substance or a class of substances takes on a much higher priority for a given individual than other behaviours that once had greater value. A central descriptive characteristic of the dependence syndrome is the desire (often strong, sometimes overpowering) to take psychoactive drugs (which may or may not have been medically prescribed), alcohol, or tobacco. There may be evidence that return to substance use after a period of abstinence leads to a more rapid reappearance of other features of the syndrome than occurs with nondependent individuals.”

‘Addiction’ can also be understood to refer to some patterns of compulsive behaviour not involving substance misuse, but there is no ICD-10 definition encompassing this meaning.

Eating Disorders

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to increase the number of consultants specialising in the treatment of eating disorders. (262922)

It is for local national health service employers to recruit their own staff to best meet the health care needs of their local population.

Hospitals: Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS hospital trusts contract with bus operators to run dedicated bus services to hospitals within their areas. (263044)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The hon. Member may wish to approach his local national health service organisations for further information.

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting time for each specialty was for each acute hospital trust in England in each quarter since 2007. (260430)

The median referral to treatment waiting times by treatment function for each national health service acute trust in each month for which figures are available since 2007 are shown in the document, “Median by month acute trusts”, which shows data for each organisation as they were submitted to the Department in the relevant year, has been placed in the Library.

Nationally, the median referral to treatment time waited of patients who were admitted for treatment has come down from 18.8 weeks when data were first collected in March 2007 to 7.6 weeks in December 2008. Nationally, the median referral to treatment time waited for non-admitted patients was 4.1 weeks in December 2008, compared to 7.4 weeks in August 2007 when data were first collected.

NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future financial position of independent sector treatment centres. (262977)

No research has been commissioned to date on the future financial position of independent sector treatment centres.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the (a) renegotiation and (b) renewal of independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) contracts issued in the (i) first and (ii) second wave of the ISTC programme; and what involvement he expects (A) primary care trusts, (B) strategic health authorities and (C) other bodies to have in discussions on such contracts. (262978)

Plans for the management of contract expiry including independent sector treatment centre wave 1 contracts are being developed. Consideration of Phase 2 has not begun, as the contracts will expire between 2011 and 2017. Decisions will be taken based on local service need and value for money. All of this will be considered as part of the process.

Primary care trusts as commissioners and strategic health authorities will have an important role in taking this work forward. No other bodies are currently involved.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost liabilities expected to arise from the independent sector treatment programme in the next five years. (262981)

The total cost liability associated with the treatment of national health service patients arising from the independent sector treatment programme (ISTC) over the next five years is estimated to be £1,412 million. (This is the expected payment to ISTC Wave 1 and Phase 2 providers based on the contracted value of activity for the next five years from 1 April 2009).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring into the NHS independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) facilities contracted in the (a) first and (b) second wave of the ISTC programme. (262982)

There are no plans to bring national health service independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) facilities into the NHS at this stage. The ISTC providers are part of NHS capacity.

NHS: ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been provided for the measurement of health outcomes in the NHS since the National Programme for IT was first proposed; and what percentage of the NHS IT budget for 2008-09 has been allocated for this purpose. (263133)

Measuring health outcomes and using that information to improve services is integral to the delivery of effective health care. For example, cancer registry data are used in the planning and delivery of services, and also on a wider scale for the development of national policy on public health interventions and for the prioritisation of research. The National Programme for IT infrastructure provides a vehicle for collecting, sharing and storing health outcomes data, among many other applications.

The specific information requested is not available as a separately identifiable reporting line within overall national health service expenditure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure has been incurred on the implementation of picture archiving and communication systems in England since the National Programme for IT was first proposed. (263134)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 9 March 2009, Official Report, columns 117-18W.

NHS: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which routine surgical operations information on outcomes is collected in the NHS; and whether his Department proposes to introduce further outcome measurement in other routine surgical operations. (260362)

There is no standard definition of ‘routine surgical operations’. The national health service collects information on surgical operations from a range of data sources, for example:

(i) There are limited clinical audit outcomes data on surgery for cancer (lung, head and neck, bowel, oesophago-gastric, mastectomy and breast re-construction), and heart disease (cardiac and paediatric surgery). Reports on these have been placed in the Library.

(ii) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is the national statistical records-based system for England for the care provided by NHS hospitals and for NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere. Each HES record—one for each period of care—contains clinical information about diagnoses and operation. There is no nationally agreed definition of ‘main procedure and intervention’. Each episode in HES has 24 procedure and intervention fields. The ‘main procedure and intervention’ should be the one that is the most resource intensive. Procedure and interventions are recorded using the latest version of the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys: Classification of Interventions and Procedures, 4th Revision, OPCS-4.4 for 2008-09, and a copy of this has been placed in the Library.

The National Centre for Health Outcomes Development (NCHOD) has linked HES data with Office for National Statistics deaths data to develop indicators on deaths within 30-days of a coronary artery bypass graft and within 30-days of surgery for non-elective admissions (excluding diagnostic procedures and spells with cancer).

(iii) Patient Reported Outcome Measures—From 1 April 2009 all providers of NHS-funded care who are subject to the terms of the Standard NHS contract for acute services will be obliged to invite patients undergoing hip and knee replacements, groin hernia and varicose vein surgeries to complete patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) questionnaires.

The Department is actively exploring extending the use of PROMs into other clinical areas including long-term conditions. Any future decision to extend the use of PROMs will be based on a sound evidence base.

The Department is aware of a number of examples where local providers and regional networks are involved in other data collection exercises, including local PROMs collection, although there is no central register of these activities.

“High Quality Care for All” stressed quality as the organising principle of the NHS and the need for this to be supported by measurement. Therefore, the Department set out the vision for developing quality indicators across patient safety, effectiveness and patient experience including outcomes of care, PROMs and surgical outcomes, and using these to improve the quality of services in the NHS. This is described in “Measuring for Quality Improvement (MQI)—The Approach”. A copy of this document has been placed in the Library.

Prostate Cancer

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the NHS Screening Programme will take to inform GPs about the prostate cancer risk management programme; (263371)

(2) when he expects the revised prostate cancer risk management programme to be published;

(3) what plans he has to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate the use of the revised prostate cancer risk management programme by GPs.

A comprehensive strategy has been developed to inform general practitioners (GPs) of the revised prostate cancer risk management programme (PCRMP) when it is relaunched in summer 2009. This includes:

a medical press launch;

proactive educational programmes;

development of a slide set;

a road show using the slide set, co-ordinated by the British Association of Urological Surgeons;

a web cast;

making the PCRMP materials available on GP information technology systems;

a peer reviewed paper in a peer reviewed journal; and

a British Medical Journal e-learning module.

The Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group will undertake a detailed evaluation of the use and effectiveness of the revised PCRMP packs, as they did with the original packs.

Schizophrenia

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community treatment orders have been issued for patients suffering from paranoid schizophrenia since 3 November 2008. (263236)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 184W, on schizophrenia, which severe and enduring conditions are sufficient to make it inappropriate to allow a mental health patient a choice over his treatment. (263258)

Each mental health service user should have an opportunity to be actively involved in agreeing their treatment plans wherever possible. This is not dependent on diagnosis, but may be affected by the severity of the condition at any particular time.

Suffolk Primary Care Trust: Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Eastern Region Strategic Health Authority on Suffolk Primary Care Trust's understatement of spending on management consultants. (262737)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no discussions with the East of England strategic health authority on Suffolk primary care trust’s understatement of spending on management consultants.

Home Department

Identity Cards: Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the national identity scheme 2008-09 budget is allocated for publicity and promotional purposes. (263205)

IPS has budgeted to spend approximately 0.25 per cent. of the 2008-09 budget for the national identity scheme for publicity and advertising.

Written Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 28 November 2008, Official Report, column 2776W, on ministerial duties, when she plans to write to the hon. Member for Hornchurch with a substantive response; and what the reason is for the time taken to provide the information requested. (263496)

I wrote to the hon. Member on 12 March. My Department makes every effort to answer all Members correspondence within a reasonable time scale. However, this is not always possible.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department uses WPA2 encryption protocol on all its wireless networks. (259812)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

It is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to the specific technical measures employed to protect our networks (wireless or other). Disclosing such information would enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.

The Department follows CESG guidance on the use of the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) communications security protocols in order to protect wireless networks carrying protectively marked (up to RESTRICTED/IL3) traffic. The configuration and operation standards for WPA2 are set out in CESG’s Infosec Manual Y, Use of WPA2 Wireless Security in Government Systems. The Department also complies with HMG IA Standard No 4—Communication, Security and Cryptography for the encryption of data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s IT security hierarchy; (259814)

(2) what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used for IT device scans; and how many vulnerabilities have been detected as a result of such scans in the last 12 months.

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

It is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to electronic breaches of security of Department’s IT systems. Disclosing such information would enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what IT security policy his Department has; what procedures are in place to ensure the policy is being followed; what his Department’s policy is on encryption of data when it leaves departmental premises; and what sanctions are in place for failure to comply with this policy. (259851)

Information is a key asset to Government and its correct handling is vital to the delivery of public services and to the integrity of HMG. The Security Policy Framework, the Data Handling Report and the National Information Assurance Strategy produced by the Cabinet Office provide a strategic framework for protecting information that Government handle and put in place a set of mandatory measures which Departments must adhere to.

The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills is compliant with the security policies contained in the Government Security Policy Framework including those for information security and assurance.

Depending upon the circumstances, a range of sanctions are available including disciplinary or administrative action, and in extreme or persistent cases, termination of employment/services and, if appropriate, criminal proceedings.

Departmental Lost Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. (263124)

According to our records, the following items have been lost or stolen in the last 12 months.

17 security tokens lost, of which one was subsequently recovered, estimated cost of £1,120

Two Laptops stolen, of which one was subsequently recovered, estimated cost of £1,400

Two Blackberry devices stolen, estimated cost of £400

Three Blackberry devices lost, one of which was subsequently recovered estimated cost of £400

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food since its inception. (261169)

The Department records details of expenditure on food aggregated with wider costs for events such as conferences and meetings or with general entertainment expenses, as well as being included in individual subsistence claims. Where there is a spend on alcohol, this is also aggregated with costs for conferences and meetings. Consequently, the information requested is available only at disproportionate cost.

All expenditure incurred, including that on food and alcohol, is in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

In particular, there is a presumption that public money will not be used to purchase alcohol. However, exceptionally, if not providing alcohol to non-civil servants could lead to greater embarrassment for the Department, moderate amounts (in quantity and quality) may be purchased for formal gatherings such as meals or presentations. As with any expenditure on personal entertainment, the reasons are required to be justified.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's entertainment budget has been since its inception. (261282)

The Department does not have a specific budget for entertainment. In respect of expenditure, the Department records details of expenditure on entertainment aggregated with costs for events such as conferences and meetings as well as being included in some individual subsistence claims. Consequently, the information requested is available only at disproportionate cost.

All expenditure incurred is in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Departmental Postal Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (259968)

The Department's postal services are provided through the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Research Councils, which manage the buildings that DIUS occupies. None of these organisations separates mail sent by DIUS from its own mail, so information on the number of items of mail sent by DIUS is not held.

Royal Mail has been the sole postal service provider for all office locations in the last 12 months.

Postgraduate Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people who obtained postgraduate qualifications in each of the last 10 years were in each socio-economic grouping at the time they started their postgraduate course. (263411)

Information on the socio-economic group of postgraduate students is not held centrally. Socio-economic group information is held for full-time undergraduate students, as it is collected as part of the UCAS application process. Postgraduates apply directly to institutions, rather than through UCAS, so this information is not collected.

Skilled Workers: Rural Areas

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the skills base in seaside towns in England compared to the national average. (262996)

The Department for Communities and Local Government published ‘England's Seaside Towns—a Benchmarking Study’ in November 2008. The report presents a range of statistical evidence on socio-economic conditions including skills and qualifications in seaside towns and compares figures with regional and English averages.

The Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills is represented on the cross-Government working group which commissioned this report. A copy of the report has been placed in the House Libraries.

International Development

Colombia: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on aid to Colombia in each year since 1999. (262582)

Details on Official Development Assistance (ODA) can be found on the OECD Development Assistance Committee's (DAC) website at:

www.oecd.org/dac/stats/idsonline.

The relevant figures are reproduced below.

Total ODA (in millions) to Columbia (All donors), USD$ constant prices (2007)

Total ODA to Columbia

1999

301.97

2000

186.51

2001

380.12

2002

439.72

2003

801.07

2004

518.38

2005

624.59

2006

987.44

2007

730.83

Departmental Visits Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his Department's senior officials undertook in 2008. (262177)

Since 1999, the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the financial year 2007-08 was published on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 102WS and for the first time, included details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All travel by Ministers is undertaken in accordance with the ministerial code.

Private Sector

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the terms of reference are of his Department’s review of its policy on working with the private sector; and if he will make a statement. (262260)

The Department for International Development’s (DFID) Private Sector Development Strategy was launched in January 2009 and is available on the DFID website at:

www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/Private-Sector-development-strategy.pdf

No review is currently under way.

Terrorism: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much of the £300 million to be contributed by his Department to tackling terrorism and promoting understanding overseas for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11 is funding additional to previously allocated expenditure; (262402)

(2) how much of the £300 million his Department plans to spend on tackling terrorism and promoting understanding overseas will be spent (a) in each country and (b) on each type of project in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11;

(3) how he plans to assess the effectiveness of his Department's expenditure to tackle terrorism and promote understanding overseas.

Pursuant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's answer of 3 March 2009 highlighting expenditure to tackle radicalisation and promote understanding overseas, £300 million represents the portion of the Department for International Development's (DFID) budget that will be spent on poverty reduction programmes that help to address the development-related causes of radicalisation.

The £300 million (over the period 2008-11) will be spent in Pakistan (£131 million), Bangladesh (£67 million), Somalia (£7 million), Kenya (£17 million), Sudan (£19 million), Yemen (£37 million), Afghanistan (£19 million), and Iraq (£1 million). These figures are subject to revision based on modifications to DFID's country assistance programmes.

The programmes in these countries will help to build Government institutions that are more efficient and accountable to their people, promote good governance and the rule of law, education reform and skills provision, access to equitable and affordable justice and police reform. These programmes will contribute to counter-radicalisation objectives by addressing the underlying social, political and economic grievances that can bring some communities to support violent extremism.

Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Zimbabwe. (262442)

The Department for International Development's (DFID) programme in Zimbabwe is focused on providing immediate humanitarian support and broader livelihoods assistance to meet the essential needs of the people of Zimbabwe. This year we have provided: £9 million to the World Food programme for food aid; £10 million to support the growing season; and £10 million to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. We also recently made £10 million available to tackle the cholera outbreak and support life-saving essential health systems. We anticipate a total spend of £49 million this financial year across these vital areas of support. Our aid is channelled through the UN and NGOs and not the Government of Zimbabwe.

We anticipate the need for sustained large-scale humanitarian support from the international community for the foreseeable future and we are monitoring the situation very closely. However, a sustainable and credible political solution is required to fully address Zimbabwe's problems. In principle, we are ready to support economic and social recovery in Zimbabwe but this will depend on the new Government's commitment to reform, including a clear commitment to macroeconomic stabilisation and sound economic management; restoration of the rule of law; commitment to democracy; respect for human rights, and the guarantee of full humanitarian access.

Justice

Departmental Bank Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which banks his Department has or has had contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09. (262763)

For the financial year 2008-09, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have held contracts with banks for the provision of banking operational services only, and not for the provision of financial advice.

All MOJ Banking transactions are completed in line with the MOJ Banking and Cash Handling policies that have been drawn up in accordance with HM Treasury guidelines.

Under section 18 of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1866, the Treasury determines the banks at which public monies can be kept. Public monies are held centrally by the Exchequer to the maximum possible extent consistent with value for money principles.

Legal Opinion

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on external legal advice in each of the last five years. (257636)

The accounting systems in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Office of Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) do not separately distinguish expenditure on external legal expenses from other types of legal expenditure. This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, OCJR has been able to determine that expenditure on external legal advice in 2007-08 was £64,304.71.

For activities relating to the former Department of Constitutional Affairs (comprising the core department and its agencies, HM Courts Service, Tribunal Service and Office of the Public Guardian) accounting records indicate that expenditure over the last five years on external legal services was as follows:

£

2004-05

1,827,261

2005-06

968,636

2006-07

1,914,155

2007-08

2.297,148

2008-09 (to 31 December 2008)

1,537,176

Expenditure on external legal services includes all use of counsel and solicitors in private practice and excludes advice from in house legal advisers or Treasury Solicitors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of (i) Criminal Defence Service Direct and (ii) the Defence Solicitor Call Centre on the numbers and proportion of suspects who received legal advice from a legal adviser in person; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that research. (262822)

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the Ministry of Justice have not commissioned specific research on the effect of CDS Direct or the DSCC on the number and proportion of suspects who receive legal advice in person, but the LSC continues to record the number of cases funded each year. In 2007-08, there were 602,000 (574,000) cases in which publicly funded legal advice was provided in person at a police station and 94,000 (48,000) cases in which telephone advice was provided by an individual solicitor or firm. In addition, in 2007-08 CDS Direct dealt with 78,000 (123,000) telephone advice cases. Final figures will not be available until after the financial year ends, but the figures in brackets represent cases for the 2008-09 period up to February 2009.

The Defence Solicitor Call Centre handles all requests for legal advice from police stations and refers them, as appropriate, to either the duty solicitor, the detainee's own solicitor if they have one, or to Criminal Defence Service (CDS) Direct.

CDS Direct is a separate service which provides telephone advice to individuals detained at police stations in England and Wales in relation to one of a small group of specified offences such as drink driving. These are relatively less serious, non-imprisonable offences that do not normally require the police to interview the suspect and therefore telephone advice is considered to be appropriate and cost-effective. In February and April 2008 the service was expanded in two phases to handle all cases appropriate for telephone advice, including those where the detainee has named a particular solicitor or firm. Even prior to the expansion of CDS Direct, if a named solicitor provided advice directly to a client on a case involving this group of offences, that solicitor would receive a fee from public funds for telephone advice only. The expansion of CDS Direct in early 2008 has not increased the scope of publicly funded telephone advice or reduced entitlement to face to face advice.

Michael Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to take a decision in relation to whether to grant a pardon for Michael Shields; and if he will make a statement. (263412)

On 17 December the High Court decided that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor could consider an application from Mr. Shields for a free pardon and he immediately appointed senior counsel to advise him. On counsel's advice he asked the Merseyside police to look at certain matters arising on Mr. Shields' application.

My right hon. Friend is determined to make the best and fairest decision that he can, but he can do so only after properly assessing all of the material that is available and his consideration needs to be thorough. Regrettably he does not anticipate that it will be possible to make a decision before the end of May at the earliest.

National Offender Management Service: Temporary Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by the National Offender Management Service on (a) agency and (b) temporary staff in each financial year since its inception. (259774)

NOMS expenditure on agency and temporary staff is shown in the following table. Owing to the way data is recorded on accounting systems it is not possible to show a split between agency staff and temporary staff. Within NOMS centre and HMPS staff on short-term employment contracts are not included as their costs are included in overall salary account codes. For Probation—NPS—both agency staff and temporary staff are within the figures shown in the table. It would not be possible to split these figures without asking for work to be carried out at each business unit within the NOMS agency, which would incur disproportionate costs.

£

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

NOMS

2,159,550

3,542,483

5,428,550

5,932,227

NPS

12,025,000

19,764,000

14,565,000

15,476,000

HMPS

45,883,000

30,999,000

25,028,000

21,461.000

Total

60,067,550

54,305,483

45,021,550

42,869,227

Offensive Weapons: Mentally Disturbed Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of knife crimes have been admitted to a mental health institution in each of the last five years. (263132)

Police Custody

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held in police cells in each police force area in each month in the last three years; and at what cost. (262466)

Operation Safeguard was activated in mid-October 2006 and ended just before Christmas 2006. It was then re-activated between 16 January 2007 and 31 October 2008. Police cells have not been used since 22 September 2008 and no police cells have been on stand by since the end of October 2008.

The following tables detail usage by police force area between October 2006 and 31 October 2008 and gives the aggregated total of the number of prisoner nights in which a police cell was used. It is not possible to ascertain how many individual prisoners these totals cover.

Invoices to the value of £14,373,500 were paid for the activation of Operation Safeguard in the 2006-07 financial year, £50,687,200 for the 2007-08 financial year and £10,790,000 for the 2008-09 financial year (up to 31 December 2008).

20062007

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avon and Somerset

24

1

32

6

20

6

1

6

6

11

9

0

Bedfordshire

6

0

52

51

73

60

0

3

56

55

43

15

Cambridgeshire

32

118

62

23

17

132

94

174

173

0

82

195

183

155

34

Cheshire

32

71

85

105

288

117

506

562

37

321

754

935

706

21

Cleveland

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

3

36

25

77

78

0

0

7

77

48

0

Derbyshire

15

52

46

51

14

137

45

19

24

2

42

38

43

30

9

Devon and Cornwall

12

26

84

10

194

131

376

314

36

167

241

209

197

36

Dorset

3

38

30

26

7

66

52

85

92

0

10

1

0

40

1

Durham

11

31

24

9

73

58

216

189

6

120

188

204

134

5

Dyfed Powys

1

34

4

99

118

186

120

0

5

2

114

0

0

Essex

199

423

387

107

196

452

406

538

563

62

332

541

538

448

204

Gloucestershire

7

0

4

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

GMP

15

96

109

381

163

504

507

69

163

184

417

446

47

Gwent

17

0

18

2

14

38

38

160

225

240

191

19

Hampshire

65

70

31

220

77

50

226

37

183

203

221

210

27

Hertfordshire

40

26

27

89

90

184

140

11

125

201

175

115

33

Humberside

30

1

18

11

8

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

85

58

192

56

177

385

362

467

428

116

359

383

410

382

129

Lancashire

54

36

175

143

296

244

23

88

189

312

220

22

Leicestershire

0

6

1

151

379

542

64

334

491

460

366

176

Lincolnshire

27

109

32

71

32

233

81

204

263

0

26

246

251

135

27

Merseyside

111

85

3

0

51

3

40

24

0

4

32

7

6

0

MET

67

266

199

293

1061

902

1294

1622

73

947

1221

1320

1108

700

Norfolk

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

7

3

5

1

0

North Wales

8

6

30

11

144

121

467

379

0

0

0

385

243

5

North Yorkshire

3

0

3

3

10

7

0

2

2

2

6

1

Northamptonshire

32

118

69

68

21

241

122

249

254

0

3

53

108

78

35

Northumbria

36

46

193

63

254

216

0

3

55

228

148

0

Nottinghamshire

50

3

22

23

60

5

0

6

12

6

1

0

South Wales

14

52

15

47

9

110

67

281

237

19

123

128

112

244

24

South Yorkshire

8

0

27

27

202

221

0

54

122

190

135

29

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

Suffolk

27

56

29

3

134

112

182

203

0

8

132

190

141

37

Surrey

33

0

10

14

20

11

0

3

16

0

0

0

Sussex

62

152

124

16

0

14

24

47

55

0

23

28

46

9

0

TVP

81

172

180

129

36

363

246

479

328

39

214

282

319

233

59

Warwickshire

12

46

35

30

1

125

49

138

158

2

70

200

175

189

54

West Mercia

14

0

6

4

8

5

25

1

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

30

235

305

155

62

755

330

1104

950

110

617

885

1044

827

120

West Yorkshire

45

188

16

337

165

396

578

40

328

518

567

448

91

Wiltshire

8

0

2

37

22

6

0

10

0

6

0

0

Total

627

1868

2122

1942

1286

6683

4498

9631

9845

810

4950

7840

9565

7693

1960

2008

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Total

Avon and Somerset

10

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

157

Bedfordshire

3

66

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

496

Cambridgeshire

39

193

40

19

0

21

61

41

0

1888

Cheshire

147

846

80

0

15

65

169

236

0

6098

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Cumbria

15

74

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

440

Derbyshire

33

256

34

0

0

0

15

3

0

908

Devon and Cornwall

44

210

41

0

0

15

46

65

11

2465

Dorset

6

64

4

0

0

1

17

14

3

560

Durham

15

242

13

0

14

0

51

42

0

1645

Dyfed Powys

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

683

Essex

92

200

146

10

4

23

92

68

10

6041

Gloucestershire

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

GMP

13

555

43

0

0

0

0

0

0

3712

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

962

Hampshire

55

220

56

0

0

6

42

94

2

2095

Hertfordshire

53

206

57

0

0

0

40

39

0

1651

Humberside

4

26

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

Kent

179

431

260

74

4

0

0

0

0

4937

Lancashire

0

153

21

0

0

0

36

53

0

2065

Leicestershire

21

379

64

0

6

22

136

79

16

3693

Lincolnshire

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1739

Merseyside

7

34

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

409

MET

628

1340

777

162

77

299

776

290

74

15496

Norfolk

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

North Wales

0

339

32

0

0

5

0

77

0

2252

North Yorkshire

6

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

59

Northamptonshire

43

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1494

Northumbria

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1242

Nottinghamshire

5

25

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

222

South Wales

38

337

50

0

0

53

102

135

0

2197

South Yorkshire

6

147

26

0

0

0

3

12

0

1209

Staffordshire

0

50

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

60

Suffolk

42

176

43

1

0

12

34

51

10

1623

Surrey

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

116

Sussex

10

73

0

0

0

0

83

46

11

823

TVP

87

368

81

24

0

22

64

42

0

3848

Warwickshire

100

324

50

0

0

61

85

199

74

2177

West Mercia

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

64

West Midlands

32

596

0

0

0

16

182

113

0

8468

West Yorkshire

26

613

61

0

0

7

147

94

0

4665

Wiltshire

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

Total

1766

8605

2004

290

120

630

2182

1793

211

88921

Prisons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences related to bringing prohibited (a) List A, (b) List B and (c) List C articles into (i) prisons and (ii) young offender institutions in each of the last 12 months. (262824)

Offences relating to bringing prohibited articles into prisons and young offender institutions form part of the 2007 Offender Management Act which came into force in April 2008.

The data for 2008 will be available in November 2009, answers therefore should be based on published National Statistics in order to ensure quality checks have been carried out, also statistics on court proceedings and cautions should be published annually. It takes several months for court proceedings data to be received by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, validated and corrected.

Leader of the House

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2007-08

To ask the Leader of the House if she will place in the Library a copy of the parliamentary handling strategy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill of Session 2007-08; and if she will make a statement. (263252)

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including Cabinet Committee papers, is generally not disclosed, as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Members: Allowances

To ask the Leader of the House if she will take steps to ensure that the principles on expenses espoused in the Green Book are applied throughout the public service. (263522)

The principles set out in the Green Book are derived from the principles in the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament. These are in turn based on the principles of conduct identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in its First Report (Cm 2850) as applying to holders of public office.

Prime Minister

Cabinet

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to hold Cabinet meetings outside London in the future; (258129)

(2) what proportion of the cost of the Cabinet meeting in Liverpool on 8 January 2009 was attributable to (a) transport, (b) policing, (c) catering and (d) additional costs.

The visit of the Cabinet to Liverpool on 8 January 2009 was linked with a large number of ministerial visits across the region; there was a public engagement event with around 170 people and a formal Cabinet meeting. The cost of the public engagement event and the cabinet meeting was approximately £76,620, excluding VAT. The figure includes the cost of hiring the venue, catering, associated security and delegate management. There are no separate figures for the Cabinet meeting. In addition, Departments and agencies will have incurred costs in terms of travel, staff time and other support. The cost of any security provided by the police is a matter for the relevant police force.

Further such visits are planned for the future; announcements of these will be made at the appropriate time.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving No. 10 Downing Street since July 2007; (248048)

(2) much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving his Office’s buildings in the last five years; how much has been spent on wallpaper since 2001; and what plans there are for further spending on such decoration.

To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on the refurbishment and maintenance of (a) Downing Street offices and (b) the 10 and 11 Downing Street flats in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08. (250320)

To ask the Prime Minister how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers at Nos. 10 and 12 Downing Street in each month since July 2007. (253661)

The Downing street estate is undergoing essential maintenance work required to maintain it to the standards appropriate to its Grade 1/2 listed status required by English Heritage.

The total resource expenditure for maintaining the entire Downing street estate for the financial year 2007-08 was £1.288 million. This includes the exceptional resource cost of £810,664, which has already been published, for essential work to the exterior of the Downing street estate again in consultation with English Heritage. Resource spend includes maintenance of fixed assets, the fabric of the building, floors, walls and ceilings and the upkeep and repair of heritage assets.

Information on capital expenditure on improving Cabinet Office buildings, including the Downing street estate for 2007-08 is included in the annual Cabinet Office Resource Accounts. Copies are available in the Library of the House. Capital works included railings alterations, ICT cabling installation and alteration, Front Hall renovation, Cabinet Room redecoration, infrastructure work such as new risers for ICT cabling, repair of collapsed drain, installation of new Building Management System and energy monitoring equipment, access improvements works, such as corridor ramping and dropped kerbs in Downing street and security works.

As part of the resource spend, the cost of routine maintenance on the flat above No. 11 Downing street for the most recent financial years is set out as follows:

£

2005-06

35,293

2006-07

14,832

2007-08

28,150

Expenditure on other official residences is a matter for the relevant Department. Information for previous years is a matter of public record and can be found in the official report.

Departmental Postal Services

To ask the Prime Minister how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Office were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (259981)

The information requested is not held centrally. Letters are sent by my Office in the most cost effective manner. This includes the use of the Government Internal Delivery System and the Royal Mail as appropriate.