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Written Answers

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 17 March 2009

Defence

Armed Forces: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel are stationed at each location overseas. (249731)

Data on the number of UK Regular service personnel stationed at each location overseas as at 1 October 2008 are available in TSP 10 ‘UK Regular Forces Stationed Location’, Table 1.1. This can be found at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/apps/publications/pubViewFile.php?content=1800.1&date=2009-02-23&type=html&PublishTime=09:30:00

Copies of TSP 10 are available in the Library of the House.

Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the need to provide for hearing specialists at Camp Bastion hospital to treat servicemen and women whose hearing has been affected by explosions or the use of munitions. (262185)

[holding answer 10 March 2009]: The medical facilities at Camp Bastion already include the means of examining the hearing of personnel who have been exposed to explosions or the use of munitions, and medical staff at Camp Bastion already institute hearing conservation measures when audiometry indicates that it is appropriate to do so for an individual.

The Ministry of Defence takes the issue of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) seriously and we are continually looking at ways of monitoring and mitigating the risk in operational scenarios, including the development of improved hearing protection, while not hampering the operational effectiveness of combat personnel. A study is currently under way to determine the numbers of personnel that have been affected by acute acoustic trauma, the results of which will help to inform future policy on treatment and the provision of specialist support. I have met with The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) to discuss how they can further assist us and it has been agreed that they will have a representative at the Surgeon General’s Working Group on Hearing Loss.

Armed Forces: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 20W, on armed forces: housing, if he will make an assessment of the reasons for the changes in numbers of houses at grade (a) one and (b) four for charge between 2005 and 2007. (264226)

Given the way Grade for Charge data are collated officials need to identify and analyse information to answer this question. I will write to the hon. Member when this work is complete and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Armed Forces: Leave

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place for the granting of home leave to (a) recent recruits and (b) personnel under the age of 18 in the armed forces. (263454)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: All service personnel have the same basic allocation of leave although recent recruits, including under-18s, may have leave restricted according to the stage of training they are undertaking. Compassionate leave, however, is always accessible on a case by case basis. It should also be noted that under-18s must provide evidence that they will be suitably accommodated while on leave.

Personnel in the first three years of full-time service are entitled to Get You Home Early Years Scheme which provides assistance (rail warrants or mileage claim) with leave travel up to four times a year.

Defence: Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the UK has in (a) supporting and (b) participating in the work of the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence; and if he will make a statement. (263181)

The United Kingdom is fully supportive of this Estonian-hosted Cyber Defence initiative and their endeavours in this important area. However, given the need to co-ordinate Cyber Defence with a number of other Government Departments and Allies, the MOD’s preferred means of support is via virtual participation rather than attach personnel permanently to Estonia. The United Kingdom is not a founding signatory nation to this Centre of Excellence (CoE) but this position will be kept under review.

Both the Head of the MOD Defence Security and Safety Assurance organisation and a senior officer from the MOD’s Joint Security Co-ordination Centre (JSyCC) have visited the Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD CoE) and have subsequently provided additional assistance to its development over the past two years.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what IT security strategy his Department has in place; what steps are being taken to ensure the strategy is being followed; what policy is in place on the use of encryption when data are sent externally; and what sanctions are in place for use should the policy not be followed; (259003)

(2) 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.

[holding answer 26 February 2009]: 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 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since 1997. (263650)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 333W, to the hon. Member for Chesterfield (Paul Holmes).

Joint Strike Fighter

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex, of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, when he expects a decision on the integration of future weapons capability to be made. (244618)

In order to provide Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) with an initial baseline air to air and precision air to ground capability, a decision has already been made to integrate Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile and Paveway IV on to the aircraft. We plan to make decisions on the integration of the weapons systems in good time before the introduction to service of the JSF.

Met Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the Shareholder Executive as part of the Government’s Trading Fund Review in advance of the 2009 Budget. (263880)

As part of the Department’s Owners Advisory Council for each of its trading funds, Defence Ministers were briefed by a Shareholder Executive official on both the Trading Fund Assessment study, and on the Asset Management Strand of the Operational Efficiency Programme. I discussed the subject separately last November in a meeting attended by a Shareholder Executive official.

Navy: Military Bases

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of relocating ships’ personnel and their families from Plymouth to (a) Portsmouth and (b) Faslane in each of the last 10 years. (263989)

Performing Arts

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the last five years. (264063)

Many actors, musicians or performers have worked to support MOD initiatives either voluntarily or having been engaged by a third party.

Submarines: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate in its risk assessments of the probability of a British nuclear submarine colliding at sea with a foreign nuclear submarine was prior to 3 February. (262628)

My Department was satisfied that the estimate of the risk of a collision at sea between a British SSBN and a foreign nuclear submarine prior to 3 February was extremely low.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Fairtrade Initiative

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations she has received from Tearfund on fair trade products and the 2012 Olympic Games. (263544)

We can find no record of representations from Tearfund on fair trade products for the London 2012 Games.

Culture, Media and Sport

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is his Department's policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus payments. (262807)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not offer its staff Christmas bonus payments or additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping.

Churches: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much in Heritage Fund grants has been made available for the preservation of historic churches in the last 12 months. (263872)

The Heritage Lottery Fund advises that, for the financial period 2007-08, the fund awarded £30,013,041 to conserve the fabric of 531 historic churches and chapels.

Coastal Areas

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake in respect of its policy on (i) economic competitiveness and (ii) quality of life for residents of seaside towns in England with specific reference to sporting and cultural activities and amenities. (262990)

At the tourism summit convened by VisitBritain on 8 January this year, we considered ways to help support the industry, including that in seaside towns, through the economic downturn and beyond. We will continue to work with our NDPBs and the industry to maximise the economic competitiveness of our sectors, and people's quality of life through the provision of sporting and cultural activities and amenities, in seaside towns and other communities across the country.

The Department also has a programme specifically for seaside towns, known as Sea Change. It places culture at the heart of efforts to regenerate England's seaside resorts through investment in arts, public space, cultural assets and heritage projects. The scheme, which will run for three years from 2008-11, and which will dispense £45 million in total, will encourage new visitors to coastal areas and help to support and enrich existing communities. It is being delivered through a partnership involving Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the regional development agencies.

Departmental Absenteeism

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff of his Department were recorded absent for non-medical reasons on (a) 2 February 2009 and (b) 3 February 2009; what estimate he has made of the (i) cost to his Department and (ii) number of working hours lost due to such absence; and what guidance his Department issued to staff in respect of absence on these days. (260475)

The offices of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport were closed at 3 pm on 2 February owing to a lack of security staff caused by travel restrictions caused by the extreme weather. On 3 February 2009, we estimate that around 40 per cent. of staff attended the office. We do not hold central records of absence or the hours worked by staff on the relevant days and are not able to make an estimate of (i) the cost to the Department nor (ii) the number of working hours lost.

On the days in question, staff were able to access information about whether the offices were closed on the internet and recovery phone line.

Further guidance was issued on 5 February, reminding staff that when DCMS buildings are open staff are expected to take all reasonable steps to get into work without endangering themselves; that if they cannot get to the office they must notify their line manager that morning; and that if they do not notify their line manager they will be expected to take any days out of the office as annual or unpaid leave.

Departmental Bank Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with which banks his Department has or has had contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09. (262762)

The Department has held an agreement with Goldman Sachs for the provision of financial advice in connection with the possible sale of the Tote.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department (a) were disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record in each of the last 12 months. (262247)

No staff in my Department have been disciplined or had their employment terminated as a result of a poor sickness record over the last 12 months.

Departmental Lost Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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. (263122)

During the period 1 March 2008 to 28 February 2009 the following items were lost or stolen.

Item

Date

Lost/Stolen

Estimated cost of replacement (£)

Memory stick

March 2008

Lost

10

Disk drive

May 2008

Lost

22

Mobile phone

May 2008

Lost

100

Blackberry

May 2008

Stolen

195

Blackberry

29 January 2009

Stolen

195

Mobile phone

25 February 2009

Lost

100

During the period 1 March 2008 to 28 February 2009 the following three works of art have gone missing from the Government Art Collection and are still missing.

GACL90—‘Monument to Balance’, 4/30 print by Ernest A. Dunn

Reported missing from British consulate-general, Sao Paulo, July 2008

Estimated cost of replacement: £100

GAC12775—‘The Wording of Police Charges’, 37/150 1970 print by R. B. Kitaj

GAC1275— Plague’, 37/150 1970 print by R. B. Kitaj

Both reported missing from British embassy, Baku, July 2008

Estimated cost of replacement: £500 each.

Departmental NDPBs

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which projects each of his Department’s non-departmental public bodies will receive ring-fenced funding in each of the next three years; and what the cost of each such project will be. (255930)

At the conclusion of Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 negotiations, only funding to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and funding to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLAC) for Renaissance in the Regions and the Government Indemnity Scheme, were depicted as being ring-fenced. ODA funding, which represents the maximum expected cost to the Exchequer, is broken down as follows:

£ million

2008-09

1559

2009-10

1014

2010-11

1050

This answer does not include the funding amounts for MLAC, which were detailed in my answer on 12 February 2009, Official Report, columns 2276-78W, to the hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mr. Hunt).

Funding for 2011-12 for the Department’s non-departmental public bodies falls outside of the current spending review period, and will be the subject of detailed negotiation at a later date.

Government Olympic Executive

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) administration and (b) staff salaries in each of the last five years; and what proportion of each has been spent on the Government Olympic Executive. (263982)

The information requested is set out in the table. As the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) was formed in 2005, the table does not show data for the years prior to that.

£000

Financial year

Net DCMS administration cost

Of which: GOE administration cost

DCMS staff salaries cost

Of which: GOE staff salaries cost

2007-08

54,426

5,538

26,040

2,870

2006-07

51,071

3,101

24,860

1,689

2005-06

46,673

1,395

22,191

678

2004-05

40,452

1

19,814

1

2003-04

39,335

1

18,657

1

1 Not applicable

National Lottery: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on promoting (a) national lottery games and (b) Olympic lottery games in each quarter since the launch of the Olympic lottery. (264036)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: Under the terms of the licence to operate the national lottery, Camelot is required to spend a minimum amount per annum on marketing national lottery games for the benefit of good causes. The annual levels are calculated according to a formula laid down in the licence. The minimum marketing expenditure (MME) for each financial year from 2005-06 is given in the following table.

Financial year

Minimum marketing expenditure (£)

2005-06

75,000,000

2006-07

73,391,484

2007-08

74,527,248

As the commercial operator, it is at Camelot's discretion to spend in excess of the MME as required to ensure the effective promotion of national lottery games. Camelot have advised that quarterly breakdowns of promotional expenditure on national lottery games is considered to be a matter of commercial sensitivity and should not be released.

Camelot have advised that it is not possible to disaggregate expenditure on promoting Olympic lottery games from the rest of the portfolio as they consider that this information would be commercially sensitive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much has been spent by the national lottery promotions unit in 2008-09; (264037)

(2) what the budget for the national lottery promotions unit is for 2008-09.

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: Between 1 April 2008 and 31 December 2008, the national lottery promotions unit (NLPU) spent £1,609,351 delivering public relations campaigns that enable the public to access information about lottery funding and the difference it is making to their communities.

All work is independently evaluated and assessed and in the period 1 April 2008 to 31 December 2008 it was estimated that the NLPU had delivered activity with a value of over £54,407,032 which represents a return on investment of 33:1. Figures for the last three months of the financial year are not yet available.

For the current financial year the national lottery promotions unit has a budget of £2,667,121.

Performing Arts

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has engaged any (a) actors, (b) musicians and (c) other performers to support its initiatives over the last five years. (264053)

The Department and its non-departmental public bodies regularly draw upon the talents of individuals within the sectors that fall under the Department's responsibility, but a list is not held centrally.

Public Houses

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the Government's response to the findings of the Community Pubs Inquiry report. (263698)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: The recommendations in the Community Pubs Inquiry report cover the policy interests of several Government Departments. Consequently it has taken time to collate a Government response. However, our report is being finalised and we hope to respond shortly.

Royal Parks Agency: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what revenues have been raised by the Royal Parks Agency in each Royal Park from (a) car park charges, (b) fixed penalty notices, (c) other fines and (d) other revenues in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (263809)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: The Royal Parks (TRP) advise that there are visitor parking facilities in five of London's eight Royal Parks: Hyde park, Regent’s park, Greenwich park, Richmond park and Bushey park.

TRP advise that there is no charge at present for parking in Richmond or Bushey parks, but parking charges have applied in Hyde park and Regent's park since 1994 and in Greenwich park since 2000. Revenue received by TRP from parking charges over the last five financial years is as follows:

Car parking

£000

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Hyde park

256

265

282

339

320

Regent’s park

498

553

630

782

896

Greenwich park

106

148

157

196

252

Total

860

966

1,069

1,317

1,468

The figures shown above include income from excess charge notices (penalties for failing to display a valid parking ticket), which break down as follows:

Excess charge notices

£000

2003-041

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Hyde park

2.5

23

35

50

53

Regent's park

5

38

59

87

99

Greenwich park

4

29

39

45

47

Total

11.5

90

133

182

199

1 Records are not available for the period prior to December 2003

TRP does not receive any revenue from fixed penalty notices or other fines, but receives revenue from catering and other concessions, from fees for events, permits and licences, and from rents. Over the past five years these revenues, park by park, were as follows:

Other revenue

£000

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Hyde park

2,139

2,484

2,365

2,622

2,602

St. James’s park

608

1,015

1,114

1,274

1,796

Kensington Gardens

226

188

266

340

302

The Regent's park

699

678

1,268

1,086

1,282

Greenwich park

177

184

224

275

280

Richmond park

338

544

628

759

906

Bushy park

181

147

165

180

210

Total

4,368

5,240

6,030

6,536

7,378

These figures exclude grants for agency-wide projects, which are managed centrally.

Sport England

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects the Sport England Strategy for 2008 to 2011 to have been implemented. (261466)

[holding answer 6 March 2009]: Sport England’s new strategy runs between April 2008 and March 2011, and implementation is ongoing during this period.

A key element of the strategy is Sport England’s investment in national governing bodies of sport (NGBs). 46 NGBs have been commissioned to deliver specific outcomes over four years, contributing to the outcomes Sport England has committed to achieving, including 1 million more people engaged in sport by 2012-13.

Scotland

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months. (260643)

Northern Ireland

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has provided voice coaching to any of its employees in the last 12 months. (260642)

The Northern Ireland Office has not provided voice coaching for any employees in the last 12 months.

Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of sex offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years. (260136)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The data are not in the format requested as only case-based data are available. As several persons may be involved in a crime and only one person is required to clear a crime that has been committed, it is only possible to give the number of cases of sexual offences that were cleared by means of a charge or summons. This information is documented in Table 1 for the years 2002-03 to 2007-08.

(b) Table 2 documents those convicted of a sexual offence for the calendar years 2001 to 2006 (the latest years for which data are available). Data are collated on the principal offence rule; only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible to compare the data provided in the two tables as those relating to Table 1 are case-based while those relating to Table 2 are person-based.

Table 1: Sexual offences crimes cleared by means of a charge or summons 2002-03 to 2007-08

Number

2002-03

236

2003-04

355

2004-05

311

2005-06

304

2006-07

337

2007-08

314

Table 2: Convictions for sexual offences 2001-06

Number

2001

112

2002

84

2003

108

2004

137

2005

136

2006

161

House of Commons Commission

Assaults on Police

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission in which incidents (a) police officers, (b) armed police officers and (c) security officers have been injured in the course of their work in (i) the Palace of Westminster and (ii) the parliamentary estate in each of the last five years for which figures are available; at which location each injury occurred; whether any person was subsequently (A) arrested and (B) convicted of causing injury; and if he will make a statement. (263242)

There are two relevant incidents recorded within the last five years:

25 February 2008: Security officer apprehended a youth apparently stealing a bicycle (on Millbank). During the course of this incident the security officer sustained a grazed knee. There was insufficient evidence to proceed with prosecution of the suspect.

8 October 2006: A police officer was spat on (at Carriage Gates Entrance). The suspect was cautioned at Charing Cross police station for assault of a police officer.

Information and Communications Technology

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps are being taken to increase the number of sockets providing access to the Parliamentary network for network users in (a) 1 Parliament Street and (b) other parts of the parliamentary estate to allow all computers in hon. Members' offices to access the network at the same time. (263860)

There are no proposals to increase the number of sockets available in Members’ offices across the estate; nor, so far as I am aware, is there any demand for such an increase. Any individual cases would be looked at on their merits, including the costs involved and the capacity of the system in the area.

Theft

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many cases of theft from inside (a) the Palace of Westminster and (b) each other building on the Parliamentary estate were reported in each of the last five years; what items were reported stolen; what the estimated value of each was; and if he will make a statement. (261478)

The recorded statistics for thefts from the parliamentary estate are:

Thefts reported on the parliamentary estate 2004-08

Date

Victim

Venue

Allegation

Value (£)

2008

12 February

Staff

Millbank

Theft of Cash

40

15 April

MP

Portcullis House

Theft of camera

200

18 April

Staff

Canon Row

Theft of candlestick

1,000

7 May

Staff

House of Lords

Theft of cash

32

15 May

MP

Commons Court

Theft from motor vehicle

1,500

25 June

C.P.A.

C.P.A.

Theft of computer

649.00

17 July

Member of public

Strangers Gallery

Theft of cash

50.00

23 September

Staff

7 Millbank

Theft of cash

85.00

27 September

House of Commons

Portcullis House

Theft of chairs

5,000.00

16 October

HOL Refreshment Dept

HOL

Theft of money

661.00

7 November

Staff

Sports & Social Club

Theft of coat

130.00

10 November

Staff

Lower Secretaries

Theft of computer

700.00

21 November

Staff

State Officers Court

Theft of pedal cycle

400.00

2007

2 January

Staff

Norman Shaw North

Theft of cash

35

19 January

PICT

7 Millbank

Theft of laptop

700

23 January

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of rugs

800

19 July

Staff

HOL Library intake

Theft of cash

35

25 May

PWD

Bandstand Area

Theft of cable drums x 2

2,700

15 November

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of cash

20

2006

24 January

Staff

Palm Court

Theft and use of SIM card

739.75

11 February

Staff

Star Chamber Court

Theft of lights

20

20 February

Staff

Vote Office

Theft employee

30

20 February

Staff

Vote Office

Obtaining services by deception

30

20 March

Staff

Bellamy’s Male Locker Room

Theft of shoes x 2 pairs

60

20 April

Staff

Upper Committee Corridor

Theft of CD re-writer

60

25 May

Staff

Flower Shop

Theft of flowers

£30

25 May

PICT

4 Millbank

Theft of laptop

1,200

28 June

Staff

Portcullis House

Theft of mobile phone

1

15 October

Staff

Post Office

Theft of cash

1,705

9 October

Member

St Stephens Tower

Theft of dictaphone

300

29 November

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of cash

218

4 December

Member

St Stephens Tower

Theft of laptop

300

2005

26 January

Visitor

Dining Room corridor, HOC

Theft of bag

138

2 February

PWD

Portcullis House

Theft of shower fixtures and fittings

360

10 February

PWD

Norman Shaw North

Theft of armoured cable

50

23 February

Member

1 Parliament Street

Theft of 4 briefcases

80

14 March

Staff

7 Millbank

Theft of cash and pass

15

15 March

PCD

7 Millbank

Theft of mobile phone

100

29 March

Staff

Terrace Pavilion

Theft of cash

350

27 June

Staff

Press Gallery

Theft of mobile phone

213

14 June

PCD

7 Millbank

Theft of computers x 17

1

19 June

Staff

Norman Shaw North

Theft of mobile phone

10

19 June

Member

House of Commons

Theft of sunglasses

200

29 July

Staff

Star Chamber Court

Theft of bicycle

250

20 August

Staff

7 Millbank

Theft of cash

1,530

24 August

Staff

Portcullis House

Theft of cash

20

23 August

Staff

Lower Secretarial

Theft of scarf

100

14 September

Staff

Portacabin Black Rod Gardens

Theft of wallet

45

12 October

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of laptop

500

25 October

PWD

7 Millbank

Theft of scanner

420

11 November

Member

Upper Committee Corridor

Theft of mobile phone

1

28 November

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of laptop

500

9 December

Member

Portcullis House

Theft of cash

20

2004

13 January

Staff

Canon Row

Theft of diary

0.80

19 January

Staff

Bandstand Courtyard

Theft of cash

465

3 February

Member

Opposition Block

Theft of mobile phone

100

6 February

Staff

Old Engineers Control

Theft of mobile phone

250

18 March

Member

o/s 4 Millbank

Theft of pedal cycle

200

7 April

Staff

Cloister HOC

Theft of books and case

120

30 March

Staff

Not known

Theft of purse

1

16 March

Member

Not known

Theft of post

1

1 April

Member

Members Tea Room

Theft of documents and camera lens

200

17 May

PWD

Committee Room 18

Theft of multi-media projector

1,000

18 June

Staff

Parliament Street

Theft of cash and debit card

100

29 June

Staff

Lady’s Members Rest Room

Theft of purse

310

26 July

Staff

Committee Corridor

Theft of wristwatch

400

22 September

Staff

Press Gallery Lift

Theft of tools and drill

300

18 March

Staff

Portcullis House

Theft of laptop battery

50

1 September

Staff

Portcullis House

Theft of floppy disc

40

1 October

Staff

7 Millbank

Theft of cash

670.20

26 October

SAA

Serjeant at Arms

Theft of IPAQ

300

18 November

PWD

Whips Court

Theft of flat screen

560

21 December

Member

Opposition Block

Theft of laptop computer

1,404

1 No amount shown.

Treasury

1 Carlton Gardens

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Crown Estate plans to renew the lease for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's use of No. 1 Carlton Gardens. (263507)

Air Passenger Duty

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average annual proportion of UK tax paid by non-domiciled UK residents which is accounted for by payment of UK air passenger duty. (263419)

Banks: Fraud

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to compensate people for financial loss incurred as a result of fraud in relation to retail banks. (264227)

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme will compensate persons who are eligible to claim under its rules in the event that a UK authorised bank is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it, including where the bank is unable to pay claims as a result of fraud.

British Brands Group

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met the (i) British Brands Group and (ii) Anti-Counterfeiting Group in each of the last five years; and which subjects were discussed on each occasion. (263856)

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors. This forms part of the Department's processes for policy development and delivery. It is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Business: Government Assistance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources have been provided to Capital for Enterprise Ltd for the additional workload required for implementation of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. (259157)

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme has been implemented within the existing 2008-09 budgeted resource provision for Capital for Enterprise Limited (CfEL). The Department is currently reviewing the resource requirement going forward through discussion with CfEL.

Departmental Lost Property

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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. (263106)

The following items of HM Treasury property were reported lost or stolen during 2008:

Property lost or stolen

Lost

2 mobile phones 3 blackberry mobile devices 2 mobile phone chargers

Stolen

1 desk key 1 set of work keys 2 corporate credit cards

The total cost of replacement is estimated at £1,000.

Departmental Surveys

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 103W, on departmental surveys, if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent annual staff survey. (263400)

The most recent annual staff survey was conducted in December 2008. As in previous years the survey suppliers are providing a summary of the results to be put on the HM Treasury public website. This will be made available by the end of March 2009.

I will place a copy of this summary in the Library once it is available.

Financial Services Authority: ICT

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of suppliers of systems integration services to the Financial Services Authority completed projects on time and on budget in each of the last five years. (264229)

This is an operational matter for the FSA. The FSA will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Government Departments: Procurement

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of procurement of office supplies from UK-based businesses by Government Departments. (263478)

Non-profit Making Associations

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Oxford, East of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 530W, on non-profit making associations, if he will discuss with the Office of Government Commerce the scope for accelerating its work. (263350)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 105W, on Public Sector: Procurement. An update on the progress in implementing the Glover recommendations will be provided at Budget 2009.

VAT

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of cutting VAT to 15 per cent. which is accounted for by expenditure by households in each income decile. (262311)

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to her on 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 262-63W.

In addition, table 14 in “The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Incomes, 2006-07”, http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/07_08/downloads/ELMR_Jul08_Jones.pdf, presents information on spending on VAT, on average, accounted for by households in each income decile.

The Treasury has made no such assessment, but from these proportions it is possible to infer the estimated annual cost of the VAT rate reduction by income decile (although such estimates would be unreliable).

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of reducing the rate of value added tax to 15 per cent. accounted for by households where the head of the household is aged (a) 25 or under, (b) 26 to 30, (c) 31 to 35, (d) 36 to 40, (e) 41 to 45, (f) 46 to 50, (g) 51 to 55, (h) 56 to 60, (i) 61 to 65, (j) 66 to 70, (k) 71 to 75, (l) 76 to 80 and (m) over 80. (264202)

VAT: Accountancy

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the annual (a) revenue cost and (b) cash flow impact on the Exchequer of making value added tax (VAT) cash accounting available to all VAT-registered traders. (255052)

It is estimated that making cash accounting available to all VAT-registered traders would have an accruals and cash cost to the Exchequer of £1.6 billion in the first year and negligible cost thereafter. The cash accounting threshold was doubled in 2007 and is already as high as is permitted under the UK's derogation from EU law.

Transport

Bus Services: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a pilot scheme for concessionary bus travel for young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 years. (263564)

[holding answer 13 March 2009]: There are no plans to make concessionary travel a statutory entitlement for young people. At present 48 per cent. of young people walk or cycle to school and there is a risk that a blanket England-wide concession could encourage young people who currently walk or cycle instead to take the bus.

Local authorities can use their existing powers to offer local concessionary travel to young people and many do offer some kind of concession. We believe local authorities are best placed to make this decision, based on their own assessment of needs and circumstances.

Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have registered for the DART-Tag scheme for the Dartford Crossing. (261777)

Departmental Bank Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with which banks his Department has or has had contracts for the provision of financial advice, for the financial year 2008-09. (262755)

The Department for Transport has had contracts in place with UBS Ltd., Merrill Lynch International and Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. for the provision of financial advice in the financial year 2008-09.

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which new policy areas for which his Department has acquired responsibility have resulted in headcount additions in his Department agreed with the Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce in the last two years. (262940)

The Department for Transport has not acquired any new policy areas which have resulted in headcount additions agreed with the Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce in the last two years.

Departmental Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's criteria for approving overseas business travel for senior civil servants. (262938)

All official travel in the Department for Transport is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code. The Department does not publish any separate criteria for senior civil servants.

Departmental Visits Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many visits (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) departmental officials made abroad in 2008. (262458)

Ministers of the Department for Transport made 13 visits overseas in 2008. Of these, five were by the Secretary of State and eight by other Ministers.

The Department does not record the travel undertaken by officials by numbers of visits and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Driving Offences: Fines

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid into the Consolidated Fund from each type of fine on motorists in each year since 1997. (262420)

Fixed penalties and certain other enforcement income in respect of non-payment of vehicle excise duty is paid to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The amounts remitted by DVLA to the Consolidated Fund in recent years are given as follows.

The Department for Transport does not collect information on fines imposed by magistrates or Crown courts or by the police.

Enforcement of vehicle excise duty: Fines and related income remitted by DVLA to HM Treasury Consolidated Fund

£ million

2002-03

24.3

2003-04

29.3

2004-05

32.1

2005-06

39.7

2006-07

40.0

2007-08

47.0

Heathrow Airport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2009, Official Report, column 1726W, on Heathrow Airport: air pollution, on what date Ministers concluded that air quality limits had been met in relation to the (a) third runway and (b) mixed mode scenarios consulted on in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport public consultation; and if he will make a statement. (263862)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: Further to my answer on 5 March, Ministers received advice in September 2007 confirming the position and subsequently agreed this for the purposes of consultation. Final decisions in the light of consultation responses were taken shortly before the announcement on 15 January 2009.

High Speed Trains

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to transport infrastructure will be required to accommodate the new high speed railway tracks by 2013. [Official Report, 25 March 2009, Vol. 490, c. 3MC.] (263878)

“Britain’s Transport Infrastructure: High Speed Two”, published on 15 January and available on the Department for Transport’s website and the Libraries of the House, sets out what we expect High Speed Two to deliver.

The remit of the company is to consider and to provide advice to the Government on the costs and benefits of:

(a) A proposed route between London and the west midlands with any options as appropriate;

(b) Options for a “Heathrow International” interchange station on the Great Western main line with an interchange also with Crossrail;

(c) Options for access to central London and the other cities served;

(d) Options for linking with HS1 and the existing rail network, including the potential for services to continental Europe;

(e) Financing and construction proposals.

In response to a letter dated 13 February from Sir David Rowlands, Chairman of High Speed Two, my noble Friend the Minister responsible for rail wrote to the company on 10 March setting out in more detail what the Government expect by the end of the year. Both letters have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Lichfield Trent Valley Station

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Lichfield Trent Valley railway station will be (a) refurbished and (b) provided with disabled access to the platforms serving the southbound West Coast Main Line and the eastbound Birmingham line; and if he will make a statement. (263523)

There are currently no plans to carry out work at Lichfield Trent Valley under the Access for All or National Stations Improvement Programmes. However, London Midland are exploring options with the local authority to redevelop the whole site to improve station facilities, provide additional car parking and if possible, provide step-free access to all platforms.

If such a project can be developed, we would welcome an application for partial funding from the Access for All Small Schemes fund. An accessible ticket machine has recently been installed and improvements to the toilet and waiting facilities are due in the summer. Information points, customer information screens and a public address system are also planned.

M1: Speed Limits

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what speed cameras the speed camera signs on gantries over the M1 motorway between junctions 8 and 9 relate; where such cameras are situated; how many speed cameras (a) are in place and (b) are to be put in place on the M1 motorway for the purpose of detecting the speed of vehicles; and where each is situated. (263391)

[holding answer 16 March 2009]: The signs that can currently be found between junctions 8 and 9 on the M1 are there to advise road users that speed enforcement is taking place over this stretch of the motorway.

Currently there are no fixed cameras in place between junctions 8 and 9, as they have not yet been installed, but fixed cameras will be installed over the coming months. Police also operate in this area and will continue to enforce the national speed limit on this and other stretches of the M1.

There are currently 11 gantries in each direction between junctions 8 and 9 of the M1. One gantry in each direction includes the equipment to enforce the speed limit. There will be cameras over every lane in each direction.

Plans for the location of cameras on other sections of the M1 which are planned to be improved will be agreed nearer the time that the improvements are due to open.

M25

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of widening (a) junctions 16 to 23 and (b) junctions 27 to 30 of the M25; and how much of this sum he expects to come from the public purse. (261607)

Both of these widening schemes form part of the M25 design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) contract that is currently in the final stages of negotiation. The latest estimates of the cost of these widening schemes are based on the tendered prices submitted by the preferred bidder, Connect Plus. However, these are commercially sensitive until the contract is awarded.

The last estimate, prior to receipt of tenders for the DBFO contract, was made in July 2007. At that time the cost of widening junctions 16 to 23 was estimated at £697 million and junctions 27 to 30 at £583 million.

As these works are being procured through a private finance initiative (PFI) contract it is planned that they will funded by borrowings from the private sector which are recovered from the Highways Agency out of availability payments over the life of the contract. These payments are subject to contractor performance. In light of current financial circumstances the Government may elect to lend to the project if insufficient private sector funds are available. However, this is not yet determined.

M62: East Riding

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the M62 motorway between Hull and the junction with the M18 to be clear of roadworks and lane closures in both directions; and if he will make a statement. (263535)

Current roadworks on the M62 between Hull and the M18 are the Balkholme to Gilberdyke major resurfacing scheme and the replacement of Addle Lane Bridge between junctions 37 and 38.

This work is planned for completion in June 2009 when traffic management and any lane closures on the M62 will be fully removed.

Railway Stations: Disabled

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) railway stations and (b) transport interchanges have local taxi facilities which are accessible to disabled people. (263008)

The Department for Transport does not hold the information requested as this is matter for local authorities.

Railways: Franchises

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2009, Official Report, column 2132W, on railways: franchises, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on assumptions about (i) economic growth and (ii) passenger volumes in the franchise agreements for these lines in the last 12 months. (261513)

The Department for Transport monitors revenues on all franchises, and forms an internal view about likely future trends as part of its routine monitoring of franchisees. The Department is also carrying out research looking at a large sample of passenger flows across England, Wales and Scotland in order to improve our understanding of how economic and other factors have influenced the growth in rail patronage in recent years. This is due to complete at the end of 2009, and will be used to inform the Department’s forecasting work.

Railways: Freight

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent in each region on rail freight grants in each of the last 10 years. (261888)

[holding answer 9 March 2009]: There are two types of rail freight grants:

revenue support for the operation of rail services; and

capital funding for the construction of freight facilities.

In both cases grants are justified by the environmental benefits of removing lorry traffic from the roads.

Figures in this answer relate to grants awarded by: the Department for Transport; the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR); the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR); and the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA).

Revenue support grants fund services that could pass through a number of regions and therefore a region by region breakdown is not possible. The following table gives the budget for revenue grants for each of the past 10 years:

Budget (£ million)

1999-2000

16.7

2000-01

20.0

2001-02

27.0

2002-03

30.0

2003-04

19.6

2004-05

24.5

2005-06

23.9

2006-07

24.5

2007-08

18.5

2008-09

23.3

The allocation shown for 2007-08 and 2008-09 is provided through the Sustainable Distribution Fund. Of this £17 million was provided for rail resource grants in 2007-08 and our current forecasts show £19.4 million likely to be provided in 2008-09.

Capital grants awarded for facilities in regions of England over the past 10 years are shown in the following table. Grants provided for moveable assets are not included as a region cannot be assigned. The benefits of reduced lorry traffic as a result of a grant awarded will generally not be limited to the region in which the facility is located.

£

Regions

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

East midlands

0

0

1,415,336

0

28,286

0

0

0

Eastern

0

474,046

11,739,061

5,847,844

0

0

0

0

London

1,194,436

2,609,484

6,020,360

0

915,972

1,249,280

1,150,938

1,325,578

North-east

1,695,280

1,068,560

1,582,443

0

0

0

0

0

North-west

6,344,080

7,733,437

2,270,490

1,631,345

0

0

0

0

South-east

0

125,540

2,388,000

0

0

0

0

0

South-west

0

16,163,380

1,470,979

1,061,313

0

0

0

0

West midlands

1,881,600

1,956,690

9,161,079

1,908,256

0

0

65,913

0

Yorkshire and Humberside

0

823,220

1,258,259

6,267,270

0

0

0

0

The SRA suspended the Freight Facilities Grant (FFG) programme for most rail projects in 2003, although grants continued to be available for aggregate-based facilities through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. FFGs were reintroduced for all rail schemes by the Department in April 2007.

Railways: Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail datasets held by his Department supply data broken down by (a) constituency, (b) local authority, (c) county and (d) region. (262454)

The rail datasets held by the Department for Transport that can supply data by constituency, local authority, county and region are the National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS) and the national rail element of the 2001 London Area Transport Survey (LATS).

Road Traffic

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on shared space initiatives in the last five years. (262934)

Road Traffic: Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily flow of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) other vehicles was on each section of the (i) A11 and (ii) A14 in Suffolk in each of the last five years. (263430)

A table providing annual average daily flows (AADFs) of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) other vehicles on each section of the (i) A11 and (ii) A14 in Suffolk has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

These figures give estimates of the number of vehicles travelling along individual sections of road on an average day of the year. Two sections of the A14 in Cambridgeshire have been included for continuity.

The figures provided in the table are for the period 2003-07. More recent data for 2008 will be released in June 2009. AADF data for individual motorway and ‘A’ road links for 1999 to 2007 are available on our website at:

www.dft.gov.uk/matrix

Roads

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on traffic initiatives designed to integrate road users via shared space initiatives. (262452)

In the late 1990s, the Department for Transport commissioned research into home zones and quiet lanes, which are forms of shared space in residential streets and rural roads respectively. The research involved evaluating pilot schemes to assist in developing subsequent legislation and guidance.

We have also evaluated shared space research, commissioned by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and home zones research, commissioned by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. Both projects identified the difficulties faced by some disabled people in these environments.

To better understand these difficulties the Department recently commissioned a major shared space research project. The two-year project started in February 2009.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents there were in each police force area in each year since 1997; (264231)

(2) how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there were in road traffic accidents in each police force area in each year since 1997.

Tables showing the number of (a) accidents (b) fatalities and (c) injuries resulting from reported personal injury road accidents in each police force area in Great Britain from 1997 to 2007 have been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths on rural roads involving uninsured drivers there were in each (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in each year since 1997. (264274)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths on rural roads in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency there were in each year since 1997. (264278)

Tables showing the numbers of deaths on rural roads in each local authority area and constituency resulting from reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain from 1997 to 2007 have been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

Roads: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to support provision of an additional access road for Canvey Island for economic reasons. (263280)

Any proposed access road to Canvey Island is the responsibility for Essex county council, as local highway authority.

Should the council, in liaison with Castle Point borough council, decide to promote such a scheme, it would need to obtain the East of England region's agreement to prioritise the scheme for funding within its regional funding allocation for major transport schemes.

The council would then need to submit a detailed major scheme business case for the scheme, in line with Department for Transport guidance, for consideration and assessment by the Department.

Alternatively, the council could seek funding from its own or through third party sources.

Roads: Snow and Ice

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to assess the appropriateness of arrangements for stockpiling and distribution of salt and grit for use on roads in cold weather. (262242)

I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for Transport's written ministerial statement of 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 29-32WS, which advised that the UK Roads Liaison Group had been asked to review the lessons learnt in respect of the supply and stock holding of salt for use on roads during the recent period of adverse weather.

Roads: Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what road (a) safety, (b) user and (c) congestion datasets held by his Department supply data, broken down by (i) constituency, (ii) local authority, (iii) county and (iv) region. (262456)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Dataset available at

(i) Constituency

(ii) Local authority

(iii) County

(iv) Government office region

(v) Data scope

Road accidents (Stats 19)1

Yes

Yes2

Yes

Yes

GB

Congestion—Inter-urban

No

No

No

Yes3

England

Congestion—Urban

No

Partial4

No

No

England

Traffic

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

Road lengths

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

National Travel Survey

No

No5

No5

Yes

GB

Road freight6

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

UK

Registered vehicles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

GB

Bus and light rail passengers

No

No

No

Yes

GB

Concessionary fares schemes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey

No

No

No

Yes

England

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Blue Badges Survey

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England

Decriminalised Parking Survey

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

England and Wales

Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion

No

No

No

Yes

UK

1 With the exception of contributory factor data and drink and drive data, which are only available at Government office region level.

2 Local highway authority.

3 Data are available by road section and some road sections may cover more than one Government office region.

4 Currently, urban congestion data are published for the 10 largest urban areas in England, which are combinations of local authority areas.

5 Some limited results can be supplied at this level for some local authorities and counties, where sample sizes are sufficient to produce robust estimates.

6 Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent guidance issued by his Department to local authorities on the use of safety cameras. (262942)

The Department for Transport issued DFT Circular 01/2007, guidance on the deployment of speed and red light cameras on 31 January 2007. The guidance was placed in the Library of the House and is also available on the Department’s website.

Taxis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on other aspects of the transport system of the provision of accessible taxis. (263006)

The Impact Assessment in the recently published consultation ‘Improving Access to Taxis' assesses costs and issues in relation to accessible taxis, as well as the taxi trade, customers and local authorities. The impacts on the wider transport system have not been assessed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on (a) guidance on and (b) regulations for local authority licensing of accessible taxis. (263009)

The Department for Transport is currently consulting on this issue. The consultation document ‘Improving Access to Taxis' was published on 2 February 2009 and explores the ways of improving access to taxis by disabled people.

Train Operating Companies

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to increase the accountability to the public of the performance of train operating companies. (262926)

Train operators are accountable for their performance to the Department for Transport through their franchise agreement, and to the public via published results.

The rail industry regularly publishes train performance information, and a requirement exists for train operators to publish their performance against target at most stations.

Passenger Focus, the independent passenger watchdog, also issues bi-annual National Passenger Survey results which reflect passengers' perceptions of performance and service quality.

Transport: Crimes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many offences (a) in total and (b) of violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery, (e) burglary, (f) against vehicles, (g) other forms of theft, (h) fraud and forgery, (ii) criminal damage and (j) related to drugs have been recorded by the British Transport Police in each year since 1998-99. (262332)

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

British Transport Police

25 Camden Road

London

NW1 9LN

E-mail:

parliament@btp.pnn.police.uk

Tugboats: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to charge a fee towards tug protection on laid-up shipping at anchor within UK territorial waters. (264147)

There are no plans to charge fees for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) tug protection services.

The MCA is not aware of any vessels that have been “laid up” at anchor. Anchored vessels must be maintained in a fully operational state.

Energy and Climate Change

British Energy: EDF Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements have been placed on EDF regarding the disposal of potential nuclear sites as a result of the sale of British Energy. (255947)

The obligations for EDF to sell certain potential nuclear new build sites are as set out in the Sites Undertaking entered into between EDF and HM Government, copies of which were placed in the Library of the House on 24 September 2008. The European Commission as part of its clearance of the acquisition of British Energy has received certain undertakings from EDF that are slightly different from those agreed in the Sites Undertaking and these are as set out in the announcement of its decision on 22 December 2008. It is envisaged that when the Commission has published its full decision the Sites Undertaking will be amended to reflect these developments.

Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding he has allocated for the purposes of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and degradation. (260023)

In advance of internationally agreed mechanisms, it is necessary to test approaches and build capacity in developing countries. At the climate change negotiations in Poznan last December the UK announced up to £100 million from the International Window of the Environmental Transformation Fund to support such work.

This is in addition to a £15 million contribution to the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility which assists developing countries in working out how they can participate in and benefit from evolving incentive mechanisms for avoided deforestation. The UK has also committed £60 million to help reduce deforestation and poverty in the Congo Basin. The Congo Basin Forest Fund, launched in June 2008, will support transformative and innovative proposals from the countries of the Congo Basin and civil society to slow the rate of deforestation.

In addition, smaller sums of money have been committed from the budgets of DECC, DEFRA, DFID and the FCO.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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. (256047)

I have today placed in the Library a copy of the display energy certificate and advisory report for the Department's London headquarters in 3 Whitehall Place. The DECC offices in Atholl House are not covered by the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspection) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 since they are in Scotland, and therefore do not have a display energy certificate or advisory report. DECC has no executive agencies.

Departmental Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what databases are (a) held and (b) maintained by his Department. (255965)

It is not possible to answer this question without incurring disproportionate costs. DECC owns and maintains a wide range of databases reflecting its diverse policy and regulatory functions. Some of these databases contain large numbers of individual datasets. A detailed list could be provided only at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Departmental Information Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many press officers are employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies. (256061)

Departmental Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public consultations his Department (a) is planning to undertake and (b) is undertaking; and when each such consultation is expected to end. (262139)

[holding answer 11 March 2009]: DECC is currently undertaking the following consultations:

Consultation

Start date

Closes

Intended date of response

The Environmental Permitting Regulations, Phase 2 (EPP2)

16 February 2009

18 May 2009

15 September 2009

Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP)

12 February 2009

8 May 2009

Summer 2009

Heat and Energy Saving Strategy Consultation

12 February 2009

8 May 2009

End of 2009.

Proposed amendments to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target 2008-11

12 February 2009

14 April 2009

Summer 2009

The Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study

26 January 2009

23 April 2009

To be announced in due course

Offshore Energy SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Environmental Report

26 January 2009

22 April 2009

To be announced in due course

Proposed Offshore Gas Storage and Gas Unloading Licensing Scheme

12 February 2009

23 April 2009

To be announced in due course

The Justification of Practices involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004: Consultation on the Nuclear Industry Association's Application to Justify New Nuclear Power Stations

17 December 2008

25 March 2009

A draft decision document, containing responses to this current consultation, is provisionally intended to be published in September 2009. This itself is subject to consultation and the final Justification decision is not expected to be made until January

Consultation on offshore electricity transmission: a further joint Ofgem/DECC regulatory policy update

November 20 2008

9 January 2009

Spring 2009

Carbon units, the net UK carbon account and carbon accounting (under the Climate Change Act)

28 October 2008

19 January 2009

Alongside laying of carbon accounting Statutory Instrument at fiscal Budget 2009

DECC is planning to undertake the following consultations:

A pre-consultation on nuclear waste and decommissioning fixed unit price. This is likely to start in the next few weeks. There will be a formal consultation on this point later in the spring.

A final consultation on the offshore transmission licensing regime. This is likely to start by end of this month

Consultation on a strategy for Low Level Radioactive Waste from the non-nuclear industry (e.g. hospitals, educational establishments etc). This is likely to start in late April or in May and end 12 weeks later.

Consultation on Revised Exemption Orders under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993. This likely to start in June and end in September.

Consultations for the Renewables Obligation, Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tariffs are planned for this summer.

Consultation on energy National Policy Statements to be produced under the Planning Act 2008. Expected to end in second half of 2009.

Consultation on desirability of allowing local authorities to sell electricity generated otherwise than in association with heat and possible consequent legislative changes. Likely end date autumn 2009.

Consultation on changes to the electricity licence exemption order. Likely end date autumn 2009.

A further public consultation on Severn tidal power. Likely to be in 2010.

Consultation on a new framework for coal fired power stations, timing unknown.

Consultation on the term 'carbon neutral': its definition and recommendations for good practice. 26 February to 21 May 2009.

Consultation on first stage Transposition of EU Directive (EC/2008/101) to include Aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). A joint consultation with the Department for Transport. End date 14 May 2009.

Second stage Transposition of EU Directive (EC/2008/101) to include Aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). A joint consultation with the Department for Transport. Likely to end in autumn 2009.

Transposition of revisions to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for post-2012. Likely to end in summer 2009.

Consultation on the Form and Content of New Climate Change Agreements. 12 March-4 June 2009.

Consultation on the Draft Order to implement the Carbon Reduction Commitment. 12 March - 4 June 2009.

Note:

Dates have not been finalised for some of these consultations, therefore end dates have not yet been set in these cases.

Energy Saving Trust: Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments the Energy Saving Trust has made to (a) Positif Politics Ltd., (b) Strategem, (c) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (d) Consolidated Communications in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (255940)

The Energy Saving Trust is a private company limited by guarantee, and details of payments made are therefore a matter for the trust’s board.

The Department has been informed that the Energy Saving Trust has made payments to each of the companies listed within the last five years for public relations activities such as energy efficiency campaigns and public affairs.

Energy: Supply

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to ensure energy interconnection between countries. (255202)

The EU’s third energy package, which is expected to be adopted mid-year, should improve the regulatory, legal and technical framework needed to promote interconnection. It includes a duty on national regulators to support the development of cross-border transmission capacity to enhance the integration of national markets and an obligation on the European Transmission System Operators to develop an EU-wide network development plan identifying the need for further interconnection. The UK is also actively engaged with the European Commission and other member states on action arising from the second EU Strategic Energy Review (SEER2) and its related Green Paper on energy networks of November 2008. SEER2 highlights the need for improved interconnection both within the EU, especially for member states on the EU’s periphery, and into the EU from third countries. The UK will provide a formal response to the Commission on the Paper before the end of March 2009.

Environment Protection: Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of economic recovery stimulus packages are being utilised for environmentally-friendly technologies in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (262988)

I have been asked to reply.

At the pre-Budget report (PBR), the Government announced £3 billion of capital spending stimulus, including a £535 million green stimulus to support low carbon growth and jobs, while still meeting ambitious long-term goals. This green stimulus supports programmes such as Warm Front and Decent Homes that include the installation of thermal insulation and efficient heating technologies, to save energy and cut CO2 emissions.

PBR’s green stimulus included £100 million of new funding for Warm Front, on top of £50 million brought forward to support the economy. This will reduce CO2 emissions and help around 60,000 low-income households cut their energy use through insulation and improved heating systems. For 2008-09, £50 million of the new stimulus funding was added to existing Warm Front funding for the year of £345 million. From 1 April 2008 to 25 January 2009, over £346 million had been spent on Warm Front, with 6 per cent. of households assisted located in the North East region.

In PBR the Government also announced additional brought forward expenditure to sustain and accelerate the Decent Homes programme in 2009-10. Significant elements of this will support expenditure above existing national budgets provided to schemes previously identified by partners in the ALMO and transfer programmes. Additional brought forward capital, up to a maximum total value of £100 million, will be available to ALMOs in 2009-10 and the HCA has written to ALMO chief executives on the process for accessing this. A proportion of this spending will go towards energy efficiency and heating technologies, although we are unable to identify funding for this separately.

International Renewable Energy Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1001W, on the International Renewable Energy Agency, for what reason the Government have not joined the International Renewable Energy Agency. (257796)

We have fully supported the proposal for an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). During 2008, we participated in the process for establishing the IRENA and we have also participated at the Founding Conference on 26 January and the first session of the Preparatory Commission of IRENA on 27 January 2009.

We have been very keen on joining and have been in close contact with the German Government on the details of the new organisation. For example, we have been talking to Germany about how IRENA can contribute to the roll-out and deployment of renewables and how we can help to get other countries such as Canada, China, Japan, India and the US to join. We are also talking about how we can make sure that IRENA works closely with, and avoids overlap and duplication with, other international bodies and organisations, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the renewable energy and energy efficiency partnership (REEEP). The IEA has a good understanding of the potential for renewable energy and its technology roadmaps published in its Energy Technologies Perspectives 2008 set out what needs to be done. The policy and analytical expertise of the IEA needs to be used by IRENA to accelerate deployment of renewable sources of energy.

These are the main issues that we have under consideration, but we have not finalised a timetable by which we intend to join.

Lord Truscott

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met Lord Truscott since the creation of his Department. (256944)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: Ministers in this Department have not met with Lord Truscott.

Warm Front Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Birkenhead constituency and (b) nationally have required repair on (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and (iv) four or more occasions. (258574)

[holding answer 25 February 2009]: The Warm Front scheme offers a comprehensive aftercare provision with cover for parts and labour under all installed gas central heating systems for two years. September 2007 is the earliest date for which this information is available. In the time period 1 September 2007 to January 31 2009, the following data show system repairs (including although not exclusively pertaining to boiler repairs) in Birkenhead and England respectively:

(a) Birkenhead—1,948 properties were covered by the aftercare provision in the period, of which 656 properties required one or more visits

Number

1 visit

456

2 visits

145

3 visits

38

>4 visits

17

Total

656

(b) England—352,000 properties were covered by the aftercare provision of which 90,145 properties required one or more visits

Number

1 visit

63,384

2 visits

18,643

3 visits

2,564

>4 visits

2,554

Total

90,145

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Departmental Detergents

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that no cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products used by his Department have been tested on animals. (261127)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office policy in relation to cleaning products or ingredients of cleaning products is to avoid animal testing at all costs unless it is mandated by legal requirement. Products tested on animals would be used only within the definition of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACh) set up to protect human health and the environment.

Group Of Twenty: London Summit

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) hiring conference facilities and (b) the media centre for the G20 Summit to be held in London on 2 April 2009. (258885)

The financial crisis of autumn 2008, affecting banking systems, is now a global economic crisis, impacting upon jobs and livelihoods. No one country can resolve this crisis alone. International co-operation and the London G20 Summit is essential as it will bring together leaders of the world's major economies and key international institutions.

With the global economic situation continuing to deteriorate our goal for the London G20 Summit is for leaders to: take whatever action is necessary to stabilise financial markets and enable families and business to get through the recession; reform and strengthen the global financial and economic system to restore confidence and trust; and put the global economy on track for sustainable growth.

The London G20 Summit at the Excel Centre in east London, which will hold both the conference and a media centre, is therefore vitally important on the global stage. The current estimate of £1.1 million for the space required should be considered in this context.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Subsidies

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to farmers in each region of England in (a) single farm payments, (b) protein crop premium and (c) energy aid in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008. (260343)

The data required to provide payment information for these schemes by region are not held in a form that is easily accessible and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on set-aside; and what timetable he has set to introduce changes to the existing arrangements. (262986)

As I said in my reply to the hon. Member on 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1216W, the UK supported abolishing set-aside in the CAP ‘Health Check’, but made it clear that adequate measures were needed to mitigate adverse environmental consequences. We were successful in achieving a new legal basis which allows member states to use cross-compliance for this purpose.

On 4 March 2009 DEFRA launched a 12-week public consultation on proposed changes to cross-compliance, including recapturing the environmental benefits of set-aside. The consultation ends on 27 May and Ministers will be considering these responses before making a decision. It is anticipated that any measures, would be introduced from 2010 onwards.

Angling: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for rod licences from people in each age group were refused in each of the last five years; and for what reasons. (263584)

Anyone over the age of 12 who wishes to fish for freshwater fish and eels in England, Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland requires a rod licence to fish with a rod and line. The Environment Agency do not refuse rod licences.

Beekeeping

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps (a) to promote beekeeping and (b) encourage existing beekeepers to remain in the sector; and if he will make a statement. (262294)

The National Bee Unit (NBU) provides a free comprehensive training and education programme for all beekeepers to enable them to develop their skills and become more self-reliant in combating disease problems through improved bee husbandry. In 2008, beekeepers in England benefited from nearly 23,000 colony inspections and an extensive programme of training, including over 800 technical events to date, delivered by the NBU to help improve disease control through good apiary management. Implementation of ‘Healthy Bees’, a 10-year plan to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales, will help beekeepers develop their skills and thus continue beekeeping.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many active beekeepers were registered on the National Bee Unit database at the latest date for which figures are available. (263073)

[holding answer 12 March 2009]: As of 10 March 2009, there were 17,423 active beekeepers registered on the National Bee Unit’s Beebase database.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently announced additional funding of £4.3 million for bee health which includes supporting the implementation of the initial phase of a 10-year plan to improve and protect the health of honey bees in England and Wales. One aim is to gain a more accurate picture of the numbers and distribution of beekeepers and the status of the health of their colonies and increase significantly the proportion of beekeepers registered on Beebase.

The additional funding allocation also includes £0.4 million per annum for five years which will be contributed to a wider research programme on pollinator decline.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of beekeepers. (263074)

[holding answer 12 March 2009]: An economic evaluation of bee health carried out by ADAS Consulting Ltd. in 2001 estimated that there were approximately 33,000 beekeepers and 230,000 colonies of bees in England. The Secretary of State recently announced additional funding of £4.3 million for bee health which includes supporting the implementation of the initial phase of a 10-year plan to improve and protect the health of honey bees in England and Wales. One aim is to gain a more accurate picture of the numbers and distribution of beekeepers and the status of the health of their colonies.

The additional funding allocation also includes £0.4 million per annum for five years which will be contributed to a wider research programme on pollinator decline.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to ensure early take-up by farmers of tests for bovine tuberculosis. (262987)

Responsibility for ensuring that legally required bovine tuberculosis (TB) tests are completed on time rests with cattle owners. However, Animal Health gives every cattle owner advance notification of the two to three-month period in which their test must be completed. These notification letters also make it clear that herd movement restrictions will be applied immediately a test becomes overdue. This provides motivation for herd owners to get tests completed on time, and reduces the risk of disease spread from herds with an unknown TB status. Veterinary practices are also advised of the test due dates for their clients’ herds.

However, a significant number of TB tests are still not completed in the required timeframe. To help reduce this number, Animal Health is developing new, more robust enforcement protocols.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to expedite the collection of cattle infected with tuberculosis. (263120)

Government recognise the importance attached to removing infected animals from farms as quickly as possible. Within England, Animal Health is meeting its current target of removing 90 per cent. of TB reactors within 20 working days. As at the end of December 2008 91.4 per cent. (18,102) of the reactors taken in England since 1 April 2008 had been removed within 20 days.

From 1 April 2009 the Animal Health target will be tightened further to 10 working days. This is a challenging target, one which Animal Health will only be able to meet if it has full co-operation from farmers and vets.

Compost

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the entry into administration of Bioganix on (a) present and (b) planned in-vessel composting facilities. (263089)

Information received from the DEFRA-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) indicates that the former Bioganix site at Sharpness Docks in Gloucestershire was recently purchased from the administrators for an undisclosed sum by New Earth Solutions, which has announced that the site will continue in operation under the new ownership.

WRAP provides ongoing support to compost producers specifically through its Programme Support Managers and to all recycling and reprocessing business through its Regional Business Advisors and Business and Markets team (who have links to the investor community).

Departmental Absenteeism

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff from his Department missed at least (a) 30, (b) 50 and (c) 99 days of work through illness in each of the last five years. (262847)

[holding answer 11 March 2009]: The number of DEFRA staff who have missed at least 30, 50 and 99 days of work through illness in the core Department is set out in the following table:

Number of staff

Total working days absent in year

2006

2007

2008

30 to 49

80

81

50

50 to 98

72

66

41

99+

49

25

29

Record-keeping practices vary across DEFRA’s agencies and analysing the data by the categories requested would incur disproportionate cost. Data prior to 2006 are not available in the form requested.

DEFRA has a policy for managing long-term sickness absence for its employees by facilitating timely employee access to occupational health and medical or well-being advice. Individuals are also encouraged to return to work through the use of occupational health expertise that enables them to undertake a structured programme of recuperative duties, helping them to return to full working hours as quickly as possible. All staff have a return to work interview with their manager.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (259722)

Compliance arrangements comprise a system of self-assessment, accreditation, assurance reporting, audit and review. The Department undertakes a variety of audit activity and takes action when it is clear that its IT security policies need to be updated. However, for security reasons, it would not be appropriate to provide details of the audit functions undertaken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s IT security hierarchy. (259723)

It is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to place in the Library a copy of detailed information pertaining to the security of the Department’s IT systems. Disclosing such information could assist criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department.

Departmental Surveys

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys. (260146)

The Department commissioned ORC International Ltd to run staff surveys in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The Department is currently participating with 10 other Departments in a pilot Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey which is also being run by ORC International Ltd.

Approximately £89,000 was spent in 2007-08, and approximately £31,000 has been spent or identified for spend in 2008-09 to date. It is not possible to identify expenditure in previous years.

The first full Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey, covering over half a million civil servants, is planned for autumn 2009, and it is expected that this will deliver an overall saving for the Exchequer compared with the costs of Departments carrying out surveys unilaterally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on staff surveys in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out surveys. (263606)

The Department commissioned ORC International Ltd. to run staff surveys in 2007 and 2008. The Department is currently participating with 10 other Departments in a pilot Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey which is also being run by ORC International Ltd.

Approximately £89,000 was spent in 2007-08, and approximately £31,000 has been spent or identified for spend in 2008-09 to date.

The first full Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey, covering over half a million civil servants, is planned for autumn 2009, and it is expected that this will deliver an overall saving for the Exchequer compared with the costs of Departments carrying out surveys unilaterally.

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which beacon councils have been nominated for recognition of best practice in waste collection in the last 24 months. (262515)

The beacon councils scheme is run by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA). Councils apply for beacon status; they are not nominated. The waste theme was run in ‘IDeA round seven’ and beacon status for March 2006 to July 2007 was awarded to 10 councils.

The requested information on successful councils can be found at:

http://www.beacons.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=5148251

Farmers: Income

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm income was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (261355)

Information on the average farm business income and net farm income in England, since 1997 is shown in the table.

£

March to February each year

Average farm business income (per farm)

Average net farm income (per farm)

1997-98

n/a

15,200

1998-99

n/a

11,500

1999-2000

n/a

8,700

2000-01

n/a

10,600

2001-02

n/a

14,900

2002-03

n/a

16,600

2003-04

36,800

29,500

2004-05

28,300

21,200

2005-06

28,600

21,100

2006-07

34,400

26,700

2007-08

48,100

38,600

Note:

1. Farm business income is the headline measure of the profitability of farm businesses. It represents the financial return to all unpaid labour (farmers and spouses, non-principal partners and directors and their spouses and family workers) and on all their capital invested in the farm business, including land and buildings. It is not available for years before 2003-04 given the way that data were recorded in earlier years.

Source:

Farm Business Survey1

1 The FBS sample covers businesses with a Standard Labour Requirement (SLR) of at least 0.5, i.e. a size considered sufficient to occupy a farmer for at least half their time.

Net farm income is defined as the return to the principal farmer and spouse for their manual and managerial labour and on the tenant type capital of the business. It is net of an imputed rental charge on owned land and an imputed charge for other unpaid labour.

Fisheries

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many deep sea fishermen there are in Engl