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Written Answers

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 23 April 2009

Justice

Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) have been registered as fines; and how many PNDs have been paid (a) within and (b) outside the 21-day suspended enforcement period. (264710)

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 and over in each police force area in England and Wales, paid within and outside the 21 day Suspended Enforcement Period (SEP) and registered as fines for non-payment, by type of offence from 2004 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in tables 1 to 9 and have been placed in the Libraries of the House. 21 days is the minimum period before which forces can register a fine against the recipient for not responding to a notice, so forces can accept payments after the SEP for administrative purposes. It is not possible to separately identify the payment rate of fines arising from unpaid PNDs, but the latest enforcement rate for all fines, including those from unpaid PNDs, is 85.2 per cent. for the period April to December 2008.

PNDs were implemented in all 43 forces in England and Wales in 2004.

PND data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269613)

Multi-functional devices (MFDs) and printers with double-sided print capability offer potential cost savings to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and its agencies. There are also significant environmental and efficiency benefits to be gained through the reduction in volumes of paper used.

To deliver these benefits and reduce overall people to printer ratios, a programme to rollout MFD printers across the organisation is under way. So far, MFD printers with double-sided printing capability have been installed throughout our main headquarter sites and key regional offices.

In addition, a print optimisation project to rationalise the printer estate has been initiated. The intention is to reduce overall numbers of printers, enhance printing efficiency and sustainability. This includes replacing existing printers with double-sided printing devices and standardisation of print models.

As at March 2009, the following information has been provided from available central records for MOJ Headquarters, Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS), Tribunals Service and associated offices:

Printers

HO and Associated Offices:

Approximately 1,300 printers (390 with double-sided printing capability)

HMCS (including Tribunals Service):

Approximately 13,200 printers (3,960 with double-sided printing capability)

Multifunctional devices (MFDs)—all with double-sided printing capability

99 at 10 London sites and five other regional sites.

Detailed information for years prior to the formation of the Ministry of Justice in 2007 is not available centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

National Offender Management Service (NOMS, including HMPS)

2004: 16,567 printers (8,598 with double-sided printing capability)

2005: 17,185 printers (9,290 with double-sided printing capability)

2006: 13,875 printers (9,976 with double-sided printing capability)

2007: 10,397 printers (9,081 with double-sided printing capability)

2008: 10,762 printers (9,651 with double-sided printing capability)

This information is based on the potential of the printer to deliver double-sided printing.

EU Justice and Home Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he had with his EU counterparts at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 26 and 27 February 2009 on the implementation of the European e-justice action plan; and if he will make a statement. (269672)

My noble Friend, Lord Bach, attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 26 and 27 February 2009.

The Czech presidency gave member states a brief update on the state of play of the European e-Justice action plan. There was no substantive discussion. However the presidency did ask the Commission about the financing of e-Justice projects, particularly videoconferencing. The Commission reminded member states that there was already money available to fund e-Justice projects and undertook to present more details at the next Council.

The United Kingdom is actively involved in the development of the e-Justice portal which is the main project to be delivered through the action plan. Current plans show that the first version of the portal will be available in December 2009.

Fines: Surcharges

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was collected in victim surcharges in each court service region in 2008-09; and how such receipts have been distributed. (269505)

The victims surcharge has been levied on fines at a rate of £15 since April 2007. The table shows the victims surcharge receipts for April 2008 to January 2009 aligned as closely as possible to court service regions. Data covering receipts for February and March 2009 are not yet available.

Victims surcharge receipts 1 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

Region

£

London

913,796

Midlands

1,243,967

North East

1,013,180

North West

1,002,823

South East

1,307,438

South West

718,931

Wales

429,462

Total

6,629,597

The Ministry of Justice included the receipts collected from the victims surcharge as an appropriation in aid. in its estimates for 2008-09. The funding contributed to direct services for victims and witnesses; the roll-out of independent domestic violence advisers; witness care units; enhanced services under Victim Support Plus; and the Victims Fund which provides grants to organisations supporting victims of sexual crimes, hate crime and homicide.

Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database as owned by HM Court Service was in each of the last five years. (262342)

The estimated cost for empty property business rates for vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by HM Courts Service (HMCS) in each of the last five years was:

Financial year

Empty rates charge (£)

2004-051

23,860

2005-06

55,420

2006-07

55,030

2007-08

278,150

1 Information for Crown and County Court.

Following the formation of HMCS on 1 April 2005, responsibility for rates payments for magistrates courts transferred from individual magistrates courts committees to HMCS. The charges recorded for the financial year 2005-06 therefore comprises vacant magistrates court properties, as well as vacant Crown and County court properties, awaiting either sale or sub-letting.

The significant increase in costs from 2007-08 is predominantly due to the vacation of the former Bristol magistrates court building, following the completion of a new PFI magistrates court in Bristol. This one property incurs empty rates charges of c. £233,000 per annum. The vacant property is currently being marketed for sale.

Prisons: Mobile Phones

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illicit mobile telephones were found at each prison in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (268757)

Prisons are asked to send mobile phones and SIM cards they find to a central unit for analysis. The numbers analysed are set out in the tables for each prison for each of the last 12 months.

The figures include items discovered within the prison perimeter and on entry to establishments. However, we believe that these figures may understate the actual number of finds, because they do not include items retained by the police for evidential purposes, and because in some instances prisons have not sent the items for analysis. NOMS is putting in place new procedures to ensure that we have a more comprehensive picture in future. While the numbers of phones detected indicates the scale of the challenge in tackling illicit mobile phones, it is also a reflection of prisons’ increasing success in finding them and better reporting. NOMS is developing new procedures to ensure that we have a comprehensive picture of mobile phones found in prisons.

NOMS is implementing a strategy to minimise the number of phones entering prisons, and to find or disrupt those that do enter. As part of the strategy, prisons are being provided with technologies to strengthen local security and searching strategies, in line with the recommendations in the Blakey report “Disrupting the Supply of Illicit Drugs into Prisons”, published in July 2008. This includes the roll out of “BOSS” chairs to all prisons, and the deployment of other detection and disruption technologies, including mobile phone signal blockers.

We have also strengthened the law, through the Offender Management Act 2007 (implemented in April 2008), which makes it a criminal offence with a punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment to bring an unauthorised mobile phone or component part into a prison.

Number of mobile phones and SIM cards analysed by a central unit from April 2008 to March 2009

2008

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

Prison

Category

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

Acklington

C

1

I

1

1

1

1

3

3

1

1

Albany

B

1

1

Altcourse

Local

6

10

19

18

14

10

15

16

18

20

Ashfield

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

Ashwell

C

1

1

2

2

5

8

2

2

2

2

4

4

Askham Grange

Female open

Aylesbury

YOI

5

2

1

1

44

28

3

1

10

7

Bedford

Local

Belmarsh

A/Local

7

10

1

1

4

3

2

7

12

Birmingham

Local

12

11

15

19

10

11

12

9

10

13

5

6

9

10

Blantyre House

C

1

3

Blundeston

C

4

3

4

2

4

4

1

2

8

9

3

6

3

5

Brinsford

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

3

5

3

3

5

9

3

3

3

3

2

4

9

10

Bristol

Local

5

4

3

1

1

1

5

4

1

3

4

Brixton

B/Local

30

22

52

34

22

23

36

28

46

44

23

17

13

14

Bronzefield

Female

1

1

2

Buckley Hall

C

2

3

4

1

5

3

3

1

7

8

Bullingdon

Local/Remand

4

7

5

7

2

2

4

5

2

3

Bullwood Hall

C

1

1

2

1

Camp Hill

C

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

4

4

Canterbury

C

4

3

3

2

2

3

1

1

Cardiff

Local

2

2

3

3

3

3

1

2

3

1

1

2

Castington

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

1

Channings Wood

C

1

6

8

10

13

13

4

5

2

5

2

5

Chelmsford

B

3

2

4

4

4

2

3

2

2

3

1

2

Coldingley

C

2

3

1

2

2

2

Cookham Wood

Juvenile

Dartmoor

B

4

3

4

5

2.

3

6

6

3

1

3

1

2

4

Deerbolt

YOI

3

4

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

Doncaster

Local

3

2

1

Dorchester

Local

1

1

Dovegate

B

5

1

4

1

1

5

3

Downview

Female

Drake Hall

Female

2

1

Durham

Local

1

1

1

2

4

1

1

2

East Sutton Park

Female open

2

2

1

2

2

2

Eastwood Park

Female

3

3

1

1

1

1

Edmunds Hill

C

3

4

3

3

2

1

4

3

Elmley

Local

8

9

4

5

1

3

2

3

2

6

6

Erlestoke

C

2

2

4

2

5

3

1

Everthorpe

C

13

10

2

3

6

8

5

3

2

1

3

4

4

Exeter

Local

1

3

5

1

1

4

6

7

2

8

8

1

2

Featherstone

C

1

1

Feltham

YOI/Remand

14

13

11

10

13

14

2

2

Ford

D

2

4

3

3

1

Forrest Bank

Local

Foston Hall

Female

Frankland

A

1

3

4

1

5

Full Sutton

A

1

1

4

2

2

5

3

8

1

Garth

B

2

4

1

2

6

4

4

6

2

5

2

3

4

7

Gartree

Lifer

1

1

1

1

Glen Parva

YOI/Remand

1

1

2

1

1

13

14

Gloucester

Local

4

3

1

3

4

6

Grendon/Spring Hill

B/D

4

5

2

1

1

1

1

2

5

1

Guys Marsh

C

1

3

5

Haverigg

C

1

1

Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange)

Local/C/D

26

23

22

17

16

12

19

13

6

9

24

15

12

12

Highdown

Local/Remand

5

1

3

9

10

11

13

13

3

3

4

6

24

20

Highpoint

C

14

16

11

9

10

8

17

22

10

9

12

15

31

28

Hindley

YOI/Juvenile/Remand

16

16

13

7

16

19

18

15

3

3

Hollesley Bay

D/YOI

18

16

4

3

1

7

6

1

7

3

6

3

Holloway

Female

2

3

1

8

Holme House

Local

1

3

3

1

4

4

2

1

3

3

4

4

Hull

Local

1

1

1

1

2

1

Huntercombe

Juvenile/YOI

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Kennet

C

1

3

2

1

1

2

3

5

1

3

Kingston/Portsmouth.

Lifer

2

2

Kirkham

D

4

2

3

1

1

1

Kirklevington

C

8

5

2

2

7

1

2

2

8

4

3

7

Lancaster Castle

C

Lancaster Farms

YOI/Remand

1

1

1

1

Latchmere House

C

3

4

1

1

4

2

2

Leeds

Local

4

3

1

1

1

1

5

7

3

3

3

2

10

11

Leicester

Local

5

5

6

6

2

2

3

2

2

1

2

6

1

5

Lewes

Local

1

1

Leyhill

D

1

5

5

2

1

Lincoln

Local

1

1

1

2

2

1

Lindholme

C

1

3

5

8

Littlehey

C

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Liverpool

Local

2

1

2

2

5

6

15

17

12

8

11

6

Long Lartin

A

3

6

2

2

2

1

2

4

12

1

6

Low Newton

Female

1

2

Lowdham Grange

B

3

1

1

1

3

11

1

1

2

1

Maidstone

C

4

4

2

2

11

18

4

3

Manchester

A/Local

5

21

3

7

5

7

5

5

1

4

2

5

Moorland Closed

C

2

3

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

6

11

3

9

Moorland Open

C/D/YOI

1

2

2

2

Morton Hall

Female

3

1

1

New Hall

Female

1

North Sea Camp

D

3

2

3

2

6

4

4

5

2

4

7

4

Northallerton

YOI

1

1

1

Norwich

Local/YOI/D

1

1

1

1

1

2

4

5

13

11

1

Nottingham

Local

2

1

4

3

4

4

1

2

2

4

4

1

Onley

C/YOI

1

1

4

3

3

4

2

2

2

Parc

Local/YOI

3

3

5

6

5

5

1

3

1

3

4

8

8

Parkhurst

B

4

3

2

2

1

2

Pentonville

Local

2

4

2

2

1

Peterborough

Local/Female

6

6

6

7

10

10

5

6

7

8

1

3

7

6

Portland

YOI

Preston

Local

9

7

14

8

32

38

8

7

Ranby

C

4

4

3

5

10

9

1

6

3

12

15

24

5

7

Reading

YOI/Remand

1

1

1

8

4

Risley

C

3

5

2

4

2

2

1

2

9

14

Rochester

YOI

1

1

2

1

1

1

Rye Hill

B

1

3

3

3

3

4

Send

Female

1

Shepton Mallet

Lifer

Shrewsbury

Local

1

1

1

1

2

1

Stafford

C

1

2

1

3

2

3

1

1

7

3

1

4

5

Stanford Hill

D

1

1

3

2

Stocken

C

6

2

3

5

1

13

Stoke Heath

YOI/Remand

1

1

9

10

3

2

9

10

2

2

1

1

2

5

Styal

Female

1

2

2

2

1

2

Sudbury

D

4

7

1

1

1

Swaleside

B

7

7

4

4

5

10

4

3

2

1

8

16

7

14

Swansea

Local

1

2

5

6

4

4

2

Swinfen Hall

C/YOI

3

5

1

1

2

2

1

1

4

1

The Mount

C

2

3

1

1

Thorn Cross

YOI

1

1

Usk/Prescoed

C/D

2

2

4

5

3

2

1

Verne

C

4

3

23

30

8

9

Wakefield

A

1

Wandsworth

Local

16

13

14

16

25

18

33

29

18

16

41

33

25

27

Warren Hill

D/YOI Juvenile

Wayland

C

7

12

1

2

Wealstun

C

1

1

15

14

1

2

10

13

2

2

1

2

12

8

Wellingborough

C

1

2

14

12

1

4

Werrington House

YOI/Juvenile

5

2

2

Wetherby

YOI/Remand

1

1

Whatton

C

Whitemoor

A

1

2

1

4

1

2

2

4

Winchester

C

1

3

2

2

2

6

5

5

Wolds

C

Woodhill

A/Remand

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Wormwood Scrubs

Local

16

17

29

23

13

13

27

25

4

2

13

12

27

26

Wymott

C

2

4

1

1

1

0

2

2

7

6

Grand Total

305

321

355

350

309

325

373

387

328

329

424

475

434

488

20082009

November

December

January

February

March

Totals

Prison

Category

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

s

M

S

Acklington

C

2

2

1

2

2

2

12

13

Albany

B

1

1

2

Altcourse

Local

15

15

7

7

44

39

23

20

11

9

172

164

Ashfield

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

2

1

2

Ashwell

C

2

2

3

3

1

5

3

5

5

3

30

37

Askham Grange

Female open

0

0

Aylesbury

YOI

5

4

1

1

2

69

46

Bedford

Local

2

3

2

3

2

4

2

12

6

Belmarsh

A/Local

1

20

28

Birmingham

Local

8

10

10

9

5

3

5

9

4

6

105

116

Blantyre House

C

1

3

Blundeston

C

1

7

5

1

5

9

1

41

46

Brinsford

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

2

2

4

4

1

4

35

48

Bristol

Local

18

14

Brixton

B/Local

1

2

4

3

3

5

230

192

Bronzefield

Female

2

2

2

2

6

9

3

4

14

20

Buckley Hall

C

8

8

1

1

30

25

Bullingdon

Local/Remand

3

1

4

2

1

4

3

29

30

Bullwood Hall

C

3

2

Camp Hill

C

2

3

2

2

12

15

Canterbury

C

1

5

1

1

12

15

Cardiff

Local

1

2

4

2

3

2

3

2

2

21

26

Castington

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

1

2

Channings Wood

C

6

11

2

2

6

6

6

6

50

69

Chelmsford

B

2

3

3

4

22

22

Coldingley

C

1

6

7

Cookham Wood

Juvenile

0

0

Dartmoor

B

4

12

.3

4

9

8

2

8

6

50

53

Deerbolt

YOI

1

1

2

1

4

2

16

15

Doncaster

Local

1

1

4

4

Dorchester

Local

2

1

1

1

4

3

Dovegate

B

5

10

3

3

2

23

20

Downview

Female

1

2

1

2

Drake Hall

Female

2

1

Durham

Local

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

9

14

East Sutton Park

Female open

4

7

Eastwood Park

Female

3

2

8

7

Edmunds Hill

C

5

5

1

2

1

1

3

3

22

22

Elmley

Local

5

4

3

5

3

7

5

15

3

5

40

64

Erlestoke

C

12

7

Everthorpe

C

3

3

2

2

1

1

7

5

45

43

Exeter

Local

3

2

4

3

4

4

3

3

39

36

Featherstone

C

1

5

14

15

5

7

15

17

3

5

39

50

Feltham

YOI/Remand

8

8

13

16

14

13

75

76

Ford

D

2

2

1

1

9

10

Forrest Bank

Local

0

0

Foston Hall

Female

1

0

1

Frankland

A

1

1

4

1

4

6

2

13

20

Full Sutton

A

1

1

1

6

2

8

1

10

37

Garth

B

1

7

2

1

7

8

4

2

5

6

40

55

Gartree

Lifer

6

7

6

1

6

1

1

10

22

Glen Parva

YOI/Remand

3

4

1

3

4

23

25

Gloucester

Local

16

12

1

3

.26

27

Grendon/Spring Hill

B/D

2

3

2

2

10

8

19

9

1

1

42

38

Guys Marsh

C

3

1

7

6

Haverigg

C

3

3

1

1

4

3

6

4

15

12

Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange)

Local/C/D

19

3

21

23

18

10

6

7

2

3

191

147

Highdown

Local/Remand

15

15

3

1

6

6

1

16

14

103

99

Highpoint

C

15

12

3

4

16

12

16

10

6

3

161

148

Hindley

YOI/Juvenile/Remand

7

9

4

5

2

4

79

78

Hollesley Bay

D/YOI

4

2

8

1

9

2

5

3

9

6

79

45

Holloway

Female

1

2

3

14

Holme House

Local

2

5

3

6

12

11

4

4

3

2

40

45

Hull

Local

2

2

2

3

4

4

7

6

17

20

Huntercombe

Juvenile/YOI

1

2

1

1

2

7

10

Kennet

C

4

3

5

3

3

1

7

7

6

21

40

Kingston/Portsmouth.

Lifer

1

1

2

1

1

5

5

Kirkham

D

1

9

4

Kirklevington

C

5

5

4

11

9

11

10

9

3

70

48

Lancaster Castle

C

0

0

Lancaster Farms

YOI/Remand

1

2

2

4

5

Latchmere House

C

6

2

5

1

21

10

Leeds

Local

4

7

4

8

6

5

4

7

10

11

55

66

Leicester

Local

2

4

1

2

2

2

3

1

1

29

37

Lewes

Local

1

1

Leyhill

D

1

8

7

Lincoln

Local

9

7

5

5

2

4

1

1

2

22

22

Lindholme

C

2

2

8

13

Littlehey

C

1

1

1

1

2

1

8

7

Liverpool

Local

6

9

3

1

18

16

3

6

10

83

76

Long Lartin

A

1

1

1

6

2

1

1

21

33

Low Newton

Female

1

2

Lowdham Grange

B

1

2

2

2

5

2

18

21

Maidstone

C

4

1

9

8

3

4

3

3

2

2

42

45

Manchester

A/Local

4

15

4

6

5

4

6

6

3

3

43

83

Moorland Closed

C

3

2

7

8

1

1

4

4

4

3

37

47

Moorland Open

C/D/YOI

6

8

4

2

13

14

Morton Hall

Female

1

2

2

2

4

8

New Hall

Female

0

1

North Sea Camp

D

8

8

2

4

5

4

2

1

3

6

45

44

Northallerton

YOI

1

2

2

Norwich

Local/YOI/D

1

1

2

5

5

7

2

3

1

1

32

37

Nottingham

Local

1

1

1

2

6

1

1

21

24

Onley

C/YOI

3

2

1

2

4

18

16

Parc

Local/YOI

2

1

3

2

3

4

3

1

9

10

45

48

Parkhurst

B

1

1

5

3

1

1

1

2

6

14

21

Pentonville

Local

4

4

2

2

10

13

Peterborough

Local/Female

2

5

7

8

10

13

2

2

13

11

76

85

Portland

YOI

4

6

4

6

Preston

Local

9

9

4

14

10

9

10

16

96

108

Ranby

C

1

1

3

3

4

3

4

4

53

78

Reading

YOI/Remand

4

4

0

14

11

Risley

C

3

7

5

8

25

42

Rochester

YOI

1

2

2

1

5

4

1

1

5

6

18

17

Rye Hill

B

6

6

6

6

7

5

1

11

9

36

38

Send

Female

1

3

1

1

5

Shepton Mallet

Lifer

2

3

2

3

Shrewsbury

Local

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

8

7

Stafford

C

2

1

4

8

22

27

Stanford Hill

D

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

10

9

Stocken

C

10

20

Stoke Heath

YOI/Remand

2

3

7

3

4

1

41

37

Styal

Female

1

2

2

2

7

10

Sudbury

D

12

7

17

16

Swaleside

B

3

8

7

9

2

4

4

4

2

3

55

83

Swansea

Local

2

1

4

3

5

9

1

2

22

29

Swinfen Hall

C/YOI

7

9

3

3

4

2

25

24

The Mount

C

1

1

1

1

7

6

12

Thorn Cross

YOI

1

2

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

8

6

Usk/Prescoed

C/D

11

8

Verne

C

2

6

2

1

1

3

3

3

43

55

Wakefield

A

0

1

Wandsworth

Local

16

16

13

6

23

14

2

3

8

7

234

198

Warren Hill

D/YOI Juvenile

0

0

Wayland

C

1

1

2

2

3

4

14

21

Wealstun

C

2

3

6

7

8

8

1

6

7

64

68

Wellingborough

C

9

6

10

8

6

7

9

14

5

6

55

59

Werrington House

YOI/Juvenile

1

1

3

8

Wetherby

YOI/Remand

2

2

1

1

4

4

Whatton

C

0

0

Whitemoor

A

1

2

2

7

15

Winchester

C

3

2

3

2

16

20

Wolds

C

0

0

Woodhill

A/Remand

1

4

7

Wormwood Scrubs

Local

13

9

4

3

14

18

3

4

8

7

171

159

Wymott

C

2

6

2

1

1

4

3

1

25

23

Grand Total

279

307

296

318

428

432

287

286

314

334

4,132

4,352

M = Mobile phones

S = SIM cards

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems, based on the number of mobile phones and SIM cards submitted by individual prisons and analysed by a central unit. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.

Young Offender Institutions

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 15 year old offenders were detained on the secure estate at a location more than 50 miles from their home address at any time in each of the last five years. (266175)

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) places young offenders according to various factors including distance from home, age, gender and suitability of establishments to deliver the offender’s sentence plan. On 20 February 2009 the average distance from home for a 15-year-old was 45.2 miles. The data collection system cannot discount double counting where young offenders during that period have been remanded, sentenced or moved to other establishments within the estate. Therefore, the following table provides a snap shot of the number of young offenders held in custody more than 50 miles from home on 30 June 2004-08.

As at 30 June each year

Number of 15-year-olds accommodated more than 50 miles away from home

2004

154

2005

206

2006

170

2007

179

2008

173

Olympics

Inspire Mark: Sutton

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which businesses in the London Borough of Sutton have applied for permission to use the Inspire Mark; and which have been (a) granted and (b) refused permission. (268704)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) created the Inspire programme to support non-commercial projects specifically inspired by the 2012 Games. The Inspire Mark, the badge of the Inspire programme, is the first of its kind and will be a legacy for future Olympic and Paralympic Games. As at 1 April 2009, a total of 112 projects have been considered by LOCOG. To date 90 per cent. have been approved with the rest having received feedback so that they can resubmit in due course.

So far, no projects solely within Sutton have applied to use the Mark, but Sutton's Olympic and Paralympic Forum are looking at ways to build awareness of the benefits available from the Games. National Inspire Programme projects are however being delivered in the constituency, such as Young Ambassadors in Sutton School Sport Partnerships, Make Your Mark in three Sutton schools, and free swimming for the over 60s in the borough, as well as the Get Set Education programme.

Olympic Games 2012: Ceremonies

To ask the Minister for the Olympics by which port of entry the Olympic torch will enter the UK in 2012. (268799)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: The Olympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Torch Relay are matters for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The International Olympic Committee recently announced that future Olympic Torch Relays are likely to be domestic rather than international.

The Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, a few months before the 2012 Opening Ceremony, from where it travels to Athens. The route from Athens to the UK has not yet been decided. LOCOG has always said that the primary focus for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays is to excite the UK in the lead up to the Games, and they are committed to making sure the Torch reaches all the nations and regions of the UK. The route will be announced in 2011.

Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which national Olympic committees have signed agreements for pre-London 2012 Olympic Games training camps in the UK; and what the location of the camp is for each such nation. (268798)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: 18 National Olympic Committees (NOC) and one National Paralympic Committee (NPC) have signed agreements for Pre Games Training Camps (PGTC) in the UK. They include agreements between the Kenyan Olympic Committee and Bristol, the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and Manchester, 15 of the Pacific Island National Olympic Committees and the North West and the Australian Olympic Swim Team with Manchester. Also the Australian Paralympic Committee have signed up to utilise such facilities as the Wales National Pool in Swansea, the National Whitewater Centre in Bala and the National Velodrome in Swansea.

Three years out from the Games the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the nine English regions and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are undertaking promotional activity to attract PGTCs ahead of 2012. LOCOG will be developing the London 2012 website to indicate when NOCs and NPCs have agreed to utilise a PGTC for their athlete preparations.

Olympic Games 2012: Mass Media

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are to accommodate non-accredited international media for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (268800)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: Visit London has recently completed an initial scoping exercise to determine the necessary size, scope and cost of a non-accredited media centre in London. They have also begun working with their tourism partners on an audit of potential studio spaces, attractions and stand-up points with iconic views for broadcasters outside of the Olympic Park. Pre-registration for the media centre is likely to be announced in 2010, once funding and a detailed budget have been agreed.

Culture, Media and Sport

Listed Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department and its agencies provided for the upkeep of (a) Grade I, (b) Grade II and (c) Grade III listed buildings in (i) West Chelmsford constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England in the last five years. (269216)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: Government funding for listed buildings is channelled through English Heritage.

Funding is also provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

These organisations operate a range of grant schemes for the repair, not the upkeep or maintenance, of listed buildings. Grade III is not in use as an official classification although some local authorities use it to denote local interest.

Television: Sponsorship

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) guidance has been issued and (b) rules are applied by Ofcom on the sponsorship of television programmes by (i) Government bodies and (ii) charities. (269914)

The rules that apply to programmes sponsored by Government bodies and charities are derived from the requirements of European legislation, the Television Without Frontiers (TWF) Directive, and from the Communications Act 2003. Based on this legislative framework, section 9 of the Ofcom broadcasting code sets out the rules on programme sponsorship with which broadcasters must comply. Ofcom also produces broadcast code guidance to help broadcasters interpret and apply the broadcasting code.

Tourism

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates he has provided to businesses involved in (a) tourism, (b) hospitality, (c) leisure and (d) sport on likely (i) UK and (ii) overseas visitor numbers in 2009. (262696)

VisitBritain have advised that they do not publish forecasts on UK visitor numbers. However, VisitBritain, in conjunction with VisitLondon, have conducted research on the possible impact of the economic downturn. This research is due to be published shortly.

VisitBritain do publish forecasts on overseas visitor numbers annually. The number of overseas visitors to the UK is estimated at 31.7 million down from 31.9 million in 2008. This information can be found at the following web address:

http://www.tourismtrade.org.uk/MarketlntelligenceResearch/TourismForecasts/default.asp

Prime Minister

Ministers

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to lay proposed revisions of the Ministerial Code before Parliament for its approval. (270445)

The Government’s position remains as set out in “Government memorandum in response to the third report from the Public Administration Select Committee (Session 2000-2001) on the Ministerial Code”. This view was subsequently shared by the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill in its report: “Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill Volume I: Report” (Session 2007-08). Copies of the memorandum and the report are available in the Library of the House.

Wales

Departmental Assets

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses. (269853)

The Wales Office has only one property which is our London office, Gwydyr House. We have no plans to dispose of this.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons are for each such suspension. (270509)

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269590)

The Wales Office obtains its IT services through the Ministry of Justice, data on server utilisation specifically for the Wales Office are not held separately and could be calculated only at disproportionate cost.

Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to withdraw and lay before Parliament in an amended form the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009. (270449)

Treasury

Bank Services: Loans

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information UK Financial Investments holds on the level of lending to the non-financial private sector by (a) HSBC, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) Lloyds TSB, (d) HBOS, (e) Northern Rock and (f) Bradford and Bingley in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008; what the change in the average level of such lending by each institution has been since its receipt of public funds; and what proportion of each institution's lending in 2007 that figure represents. (267171)

[holding answer 27 March 2009]: Annual accounts for HSBC, Barclays, RBS, Lloyds TSB, HBOS, Northern Rock, and Bradford and Bingley are respectively published at:

HMSC:

http://www.hsbcpb.com/aboutus/annual-reports.html

Barclays:

http://group.barclays.com/Investor-Relations/Financial-results-and-publications/Annual-Reports

RBS:

http://www.investors.rbs.com/investor_relations/financial_info/results.cfm

Lloyds TSB:

http://www.investorrelations.lloydstsb.com/ir/company_reports_page.asp

HBOS:

http://www.hbosplc.com/investors/annualreport.asp

Northern Rock:

http://companyinfo.northernrock.co.uk/investorRelations/corporateReports.asp

and

Bradford and Bingley:

http://www.bbg.co.uk/bbg/ir/publications

On 19 January, the Government announced measures designed to reinforce the stability of the financial system, to increase confidence and capacity to lend, and in turn to support the recovery of the economy. Further information is available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/press_05_09.htm

These build on measures announced on 8 October last year.

The Government are negotiating quantified lending agreements with the banks participating in the Asset Protection Scheme and extended Credit Guarantee Scheme as announced in January this year. The Government will report to Parliament annually on the delivery of these agreements.

UK Financial Investments Ltd. (UKFI) will focus on its commercial remit to protect and create value for the taxpayer as shareholder, and secure compliance with other conditions attached to the Government's recapitalisation.

Banks: Finance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of Asset Protection Scheme assets are held in foreign currency denominations; and if he will make a statement; (268084)

(2) what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of assets held in the Asset Protection Scheme by currency; and if he will make a statement.

The Asset Protection Scheme (APS) will cover assets in sterling, euro, and US dollars, and other currencies subject to Treasury's approval.

Further detailed information about the assets in the scheme will be provided after the final contracts are signed.

Banks: Ireland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the average size of deposit held by British nationals with money deposited in (a) the Bank of Ireland and (b) the Anglo Irish Bank in each of the last three years. (270271)

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Castle Point of 23 October 2008 sent on behalf of Mr. Malcolm Phillips, a constituent, on private medical insurance. (268388)

We have no record of having received the letter. Copies have been requested and received from the hon. Member's office and a reply will be provided as soon as possible.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the correspondence of 24 February 2009 from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West on business owners of motor dealerships. (270040)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 2 February 2009 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (PO REF: 2/02352/2009) concerning his constituent Dr. Paul Carslake of Writtle, Chelmsford. (270360)

Due to the large volume of correspondence received on these issues there has been a delay in sending some responses. The Financial Services Secretary hopes to be in a position to reply to the hon. Member shortly.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr Copeland. (270493)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Congleton of 8 October 2008, Ref 5/03545/2008, on depositor guarantees written on behalf of a constituent. (270502)

Smuggling: Tobacco and Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the changes which have resulted in the volume of (a) tobacco products and (b) alcohol entering the UK by mail since the repeal of the Excise Duties (Small Non-Commercial Assignments) Relief Regulations 1986. (270703)

Since July 2007, UK excise duty has been due on all alcohol and tobacco products sent by mail from abroad. This includes gifts from one individual to another and goods that are ordered online.

It is not possible to provide an estimate of the changes in volumes of alcohol and tobacco products, seized on entry to the UK by mail since the regulations were repealed. HMRC seizes a large quantity of alcohol and particularly tobacco products arriving in the UK by mail illegally each year. However, it is not possible to distinguish between those goods which would have qualified for the relief under the regulations and those that would not.

Transport

Departmental Information and Communications Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269546)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the publication of the Greening Government ICT Strategy; and if he will make a statement. (269569)

The Department for Transport and its Agencies are committed to reducing the levels of carbon dioxide emissions from ICT purchases. On purchasing the following steps are now taken:

Routinely buying servers and PCs which incorporate power saving features,

Reducing the number of servers by using virtualisation technologies,

Reducing the number of printers by needs testing and using multi-functional devices as a preference,

Reducing the number of PCs and starting the deployment of low-power, thin client devices.

Including sustainability requirements in all future ICT specifications and contracts so that items with better Energy Star (or similar) ratings can be preferred.

After purchase of the ICT equipment power saving measures include:-

Shutting down PCs at weekends, with a view to extending this to every evening

Using power saving modes and duplexing on printers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269594)

The average server storage utilisation figures for the Department for Transport (Central) were as follows:-

April

Percentage

2005

51.0

2006

40.0

2007

47.7

2008

47.5

2009

53.75

Figures for the Agencies are either unavailable or can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269615)

The following table gives the figures for the Department for Transport and its agencies.

2005200620072008

Printers

MFDs

Printers

MFDs

Printers

MFDs

Printers

MFDs

Comments

DFT (c)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

609

48

539

47

All have duplex function. Figures for first two years not available.

DVLA

1,100

1,100

1,100

1,100

1,100 is average figure in use at any time. Further figures not available but estimate approx 90 per cent. have duplex function.

HA

n/a

39

n/a

77

n/a

103

307

172

Printer numbers not available before 2008. All have duplex function.

DSA

570

570

570

570

570

570

570

570

Cannot split between printers and MFDs. 570 is average figure in use at any time. Currently hoping to reduce printers by about 125. All new devices have duplex function.

MCA

n/a

0

n/a

0

412

874

472

764

Printer figures not available for first two years. Duplex figures were 210 and 275 respectively for printers and 698 and 758 for MFDs.

VOSA

1,299

1,452

1,899

1,570

Records do not extend beyond these figures, although most printers have duplex function.

VCA

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

27

0

Eight have two-sided function. Figures not available for earlier years.

GCDA

44

2

46

2

49

3

49

3

Currently two printers and two MFDs have duplex function.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government’s Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (269639)

This information is not currently held and could be ascertained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 197W, on departmental conditions of employment; how many civil servants in his Department have worked on the flexible benefits project; at what grades such staff were employed; and what the cost to date of employing the civil servants working on the flexible benefits project is. (270042)

The Department does not maintain records of the time spent by individual civil servants on this project as it is in addition to their other duties. Any significant resources have been provided by contractors within the overall budget allocation for this project.

Driving Tests: Wisbech

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the marginal cost of operating the Driving Test Centre in Wisbech in addition to the centre in Kings Lynn was in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available. (270045)

The cost of rent, rates and other expenditure for Wisbech Driving Test Centre was £11,386 for the financial year 2008-09.

This figure reflects the costs for the building. It does not include the salaries of driving examiners or the costs of other activities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made in the 12-month monitoring exercise at the driving test centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. (270047)

The King's Lynn Multi-Purpose Test Centre opened on 30 June 2008. As the test centre has not yet been open for 12 months, there are insufficient data for the monitoring exercise to be completed.

The Driving Standards Agency remains committed to monitoring the provision of driving tests in the area and will complete the review as soon as possible.

Driving: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the revenue accruing to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency from renewing expired 10-year photo card driving licences in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 to date. (269915)

The income received from 10-year photo card driving licences in 2008 and 2009 to date is as follows:

£ million

April to December 2008

2.5

January to March 2009

2.9

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many provisional driving licences have been issued to non-EU residents in each year since 1997. (270455)

Provisional driving licences are not issued to non-EU residents. The driving licence application form requires applicants to declare that they are resident in Great Britain.

Public Transport: Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public transport is accessible to people with disabilities in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire. (270087)

The Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities. The total allocation provided to Staffordshire (which covers Tamworth) in 2008-09 is £21.522 million.

The “Access for All” programme is part of the “Railways for All” strategy, and was launched by the Department in 2006 to address the issues faced by disabled passengers using railway stations in Great Britain.

The Department has awarded just under £300,000 of Access for All Small Schemes funding towards accessibility improvements worth almost £615,000 at seven stations in Staffordshire. These are Blythe Bridge, Cannock, Hednesford, Kidsgrove, Landywood, Rugeley Town, and Tutbury and Hatton.

To ensure that disabled people are able to use public transport, by law all new trains, buses and coaches used on scheduled services now have to be physically accessible, including to wheelchair users. We have set deadlines for all trains to be accessible by 2020 and all buses used on local or scheduled services will be required to meet accessibility standards by 2017.

Railways: Crimes of Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of guidelines and regulations for the protection of rail staff from assault; and if he will make a statement. (270453)

Any form of physical assault is a serious criminal offence. The British Transport police therefore treat assaults on rail staff as a priority and successive governments have ensured that the penalties available to the courts are severe.

In addition, individual train operators have policies of their own both for preventing assaults on their staff and for dealing with the consequences in cases where assaults take place nevertheless.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of (a) abuse of and (b) assault on rail staff have been recorded in each year since 2000. (270454)

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

Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to Lord Fearn of 12 March 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA279, on roads: repair, what the published criteria referred to are. (270070)

The Department for Transport has provided emergency funding to local authorities to repair their highways on three occasions since 2001. Following the summer 2007 floods we published criteria on this funding. The criteria are available on the Department for Transport website at:

www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/ltp/guidance/fltp/floodfunding guidance.pdf

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date average speed cameras came into full service on the A130 Canvey Way in Castle Point; and if he will make a statement. (269872)

This information is not held by the Department. Since 1 April 2007 the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships. The operation of the average speed cameras on the A130 will therefore be a matter for the Essex Road Safety Partnership.

Northern Ireland

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269596)

The following table provides details of the printers and multi-function devices in use by the Northern Ireland Office and its Agencies during each of the last five years.

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Printers

720

720

730

730

750

MFDs

0

3

3

3

3

Approximately 120 of the printers currently in use have the function to print two-sided. As a matter of policy all new and replacement printer purchases have this function.

USA

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 777W, on the USA, what discussions he has had with the new US administration on the United States Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. (257267)

I held discussions with the new US Administration on their plans to appoint a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland during meetings on 16 and 17 March 2009.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan: Courts

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of access to legal redress through the courts in Afghanistan. (269919)

The formal justice system in Afghanistan is weak, often corrupt and typically inaccessible to women, children and rural communities. Furthermore, there is a shortage of trained judges and legal representation. For the majority of Afghans, justice and dispute resolution is dispensed through informal, traditional systems. We estimate that over 80 per cent. of justice/dispute resolution is dispensed through informal systems and in Helmand we believe this to be even higher. Aspects of these systems have been used for hundreds of years and tend to have a high level of acceptance and legitimacy among the public. This includes Taliban courts in Taliban controlled areas.

The UK is supporting the strengthening of the justice sector in Afghanistan: at the national level we are building the capacity of the Criminal Justice Task Force and the Central Narcotics Tribunal to tackle narcotics related crimes. Through the Department for International Development, we have supported the World Bank's Justice Sector Reform Project focused on improving the formal justice system. In Helmand, we have prioritised support for informal justice systems by promoting and strengthening traditional dispute resolution mechanisms as a viable alternative to those provided by the Taliban. This includes legal education, promoting access to justice for women and children and improving linkages with the formal justice system.

Afghanistan: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the quantity of heroin that will be produced in Afghanistan in 2009; and how much has been so produced in each year since 2000. (269810)

Estimates of the production of heroin/morphine in Afghanistan by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) since 2000 are set out in the following table.

Estimate of heroin/morphine derivatives available for export

Metric tons

2000

328

2001

19

2002

340

2003

360

2004

430

2005

420

2006

555

2007

666

2008

630

Source:

UNODC.

The UNODC figures are derived from their estimates that 60 per cent. of opium is converted into heroin in Afghanistan and 40 per cent. is exported. From 2000 to 2004, UNODC used a 10:1 ratio for the conversion of opium into heroin. This was revised to 7:1 in 2005 to reflect the higher morphine content of Afghan opium. The figures for opium production are adjusted to take into account the impact of seizures and local consumption.

Estimates of the potential opium and heroin production in Afghanistan for 2009 will be made after the harvesting of opium is complete in July. The UNODC will publish estimates of opium production in its annual Afghan Opium Survey which is likely to be available in Executive summary form in August.

Binyam Mohamed

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to paragraph 9 (ix) of the High Court judgement in the case of R (Binyam Mohamed) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 21 August 2008, on what other occasions officers of the UK security services have made observations on the treatment of persons detained by or on behalf of the United States in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (259031)

It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on operational intelligence matters.

However, the Intelligence and Security Committee’s 2005 report into the “Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq” takes note of instances of UK intelligence and security service officers raising the treatment of persons detained by or on behalf of the US in Afghanistan, between 10 January 2002 and the cessation of UK interviews in July 2002.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister also announced a series of measures in his written ministerial statement of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 55WS, including asking the Intelligence and Security Committee to consider any new developments and relevant information since this 2005 report and the subsequent 2007 report on rendition.

Hezbollah

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which units of Hezbollah his Department has identified as reporting to the Jihad Council. (270062)

Our assessment of Hezbollah draws on intelligence material. As such we are unable to comment any further on the detail of our assessment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 390W, on Hezbollah, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's assessment of Hezbollah's involvement in terrorism. (270063)

The Department's assessment of Hezbollah's involvement in terrorism draws on sensitive intelligence material. It is therefore not possible to place a copy of it in the Library.

Iran: Jews

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation of the Jewish community in Iran; and if he will make a statement. (270495)

While we have general concerns about freedom of religion and belief in Iran, we understand that the Jewish community has relatively good relations with the wider Muslim community in Iran. The Iranian Jewish community does face some institutional discrimination, but we do not believe that its members face systematic persecution. We continue to monitor the situation closely and officials regularly meet representatives of the Jewish community in Tehran and London to review the situation.

Iran: Religious Freedom

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of freedom of religion and belief in Iran; and if he will make a statement. (269999)

Together with our EU partners we continue to have serious concerns about the situation of all religious minorities in Iran. These groups suffer state-sponsored and systematic forms of intimidation and persecution. They face gross human rights violations such as arbitrary detention without charge and without access to lawyers, confiscation of property and denial of education. Such detentions are becoming increasingly common in Iran, and are cause for serious concern.

Iraq: Human Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iraqi government on reported human rights abuses in Kurdish controlled areas of northern Iraq. (270253)

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq, Ann Clwyd MP, regularly raises human rights issues with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

During her most recent visits to Baghdad (1-2 March 2009) and the Kurdistan Region (20-25 March) she discussed with Iraqi and KRG Ministers and officials a range of issues including detention without charge; violence and discrimination against women; prison conditions and freedom of expression.

Our Office in Erbil also has regular contacts with KRG Ministries and human rights defenders on these issues. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London has hosted two forums on human rights in Iraq since December 2008, involving Iraqi and KRG Ministers and non-governmental activists from the UK and Iraq.

Japan: Burma

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the Government of Japan to adopt a stronger position in regard to the political and human rights situation in Burma. (270424)

We regularly discuss the political and human rights situation with Japan at senior official level in Tokyo, London and in New York, where Japan attends meetings of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends of Burma. I also raised Burma during my visit to Japan in March 2009. We hope there will be a further opportunity to discuss Burma at the G8 summit in July 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Government of Japan on the political and human rights situation in Burma. (270425)

We regularly discuss the political and human rights situation with Japan at ministerial and at senior official level in Tokyo, London and in New York, where Japan attends meetings of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends of Burma. I also raised Burma during my visit to Japan in March 2009. We hope there will be a further opportunity to discuss Burma at the G8 summit in July.

We encourage Japan, as an important donor, to bring its influence to bear on the Burmese regime to respond to the demands of the UN Security Council, to implement peaceful political change and to respect human rights.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed the political and human rights situation in Burma with his Japanese counterpart; and what plans he has for future discussions. (270223)

We regularly discuss the political and human rights situation with Japan at ministerial and at senior official level in Tokyo, London and in New York, where Japan attends meetings of the UN Secretary-General’s Group of Friends of Burma. I also raised Burma during my visit to Japan in March 2009. We hope there will be a further opportunity to discuss Burma at the G8 summit in July.

We encourage Japan, as an important donor, to bring its influence to bear on the Burmese regime to respond to the demands of the UN Security Council, to implement peaceful political change and to respect human rights.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 February 2009 from the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire on the Prime Minister’s special representative on conflict resolution mechanisms. (267534)

Middle East: Armed Conflict

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations in respect of the reported Qassam rocket attack on Eshkol by Palestinians in Northern Gaza on 15 April 2009; and if he will make a statement. (270494)

We unreservedly condemn rocket attacks targeting innocent civilians. The UK led the way at the UN to achieve Security Council Resolution 1860 which clearly condemns all violence directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism. It also spelt out that a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by peaceful means. We continue to work to make progress towards such a solution.

Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer question number 260384 tabled by the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks on 2 March 2009 on Mr. Binyam Mohamed. (270655)

Syria: Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to assist and support Maryam Kallis, who is being detained without charge in Syria. (270257)

Following repeated requests at official and ministerial level we were given consular access to Mrs. Maryam Kallis on 8 April 2009 and have since delivered essential supplies to her on two occasions. We have requested further consular access from the Syrian authorities. We have also requested a full explanation of the reason for her detention.

Consular officials have been in close contact with the family of Maryam Kallis to keep them informed of progress and any developments in this case.

Thailand: Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Thailand on the timetable for an inquiry into the air crash in Phuket in September 2007 in which British citizens were involved. (270376)

Consular staff in Bangkok last spoke with the Director of Aviation Safety Standards from the Civil Aviation Department for Thailand before Easter. The investigation into the cause of the One Two Go airline crash at Phuket airport on 16 September 2007 is still going on. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) have passed the official technical investigation report to the Thai Government. The Thai technical sub-committee is reviewing the report and it is due to be finalised and endorsed by the Thai Minister for Transport in mid May 2009. However, this time frame could slip, depending on decisions by the technical sub-committee. Once the report is finalised it will need to be translated into several languages, including English, and then checked by the ICAO. The Thai authorities have 30 days to produce the translation and the ICAO have a further 60 days to check and verify the technical details of the translation. This would mean that the verified English translation of the report will be released by mid August 2009 at the earliest.

Our embassy in Bangkok is monitoring the progress of the investigation and we will alert the right hon. Member and the families concerned as soon as the report is made public.

Tibet: Human Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities to seek to halt the death sentences recently imposed upon certain Tibetan individuals; if he will make an assessment of whether the judicial process which resulted in these death sentences was in accordance with international standards; and if he will make a statement. (270681)

We have consistently appealed to the Chinese Government to ensure fair trials in accordance with international standards for those individuals arrested in connection with the disturbances in Tibet in March 2008. We continue to make clear our abolitionist stance on the death penalty and to urge the Chinese authorities to reduce its scope and application.

Zimbabwe: Sanctions

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government’s policy that former Zanu-PF Minister Florence Chitauro should be included in the list of those subject to an EU assets ban and travel freeze; and if he will make a statement. (246292)

We do not comment on or discuss individual cases of those who may or may not be candidates for addition to the EU targeted measures. Such decisions are taken in conjunction with EU colleagues. Comment ahead of time would alert potential candidates and prompt asset flight, but we do intend to discuss and encourage EU partners to consider further additions to the EU targeted measures list in response to the increase in human rights abuses, particularly abductions, that we have seen.

Defence

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have been engaged in operations in Afghanistan since 2001; and how many are expected to be involved over the next five years. (269920)

As at 1 March 2009, 65,520 members of the UK armed forces have been identified as having deployed to Afghanistan. This figure does not include personnel deployed to Afghanistan between the periods 1 January 2003 and 14 October 2005 for which data are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

We do not comment on future troop deployments but our force levels are kept under regular review by chiefs and Ministers as part of routine defence business.

Annual Survey of Leave

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the latest Annual Survey of Leave. (257691)

The 2007-08 DASA Survey of Leave did not occur. Since 2007, insufficient data have been readily available to collate statistics on the amount of leave taken by armed forces personnel.

The 2007-08 survey was planned as part of the MOD’s programme of evidence to inform the AFPRB’s 2009 report. This year, however, information on leave for the armed forces was constrained by JPA weaknesses, both in data entry and the ability to interrogate the system. As a result no DASA survey could be concluded. AFPRB noted this in their 2009 report.

MOD is addressing this data gap for future years by issuing clear instructions to ensure that personnel, through single service chains of command, are fully aware of the importance of keeping leave records.

The 2006-07 copy of the Survey of Leave remains available in the Library of the House.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department takes of life cycle costs in the procurement of armoured vehicles; and if he will make a statement. (269812)

Predicted whole life costs for a project are taken into account during the approvals system which is part of the investment appraisal, and the MOD’s standard equipment procurement procedure, undertaken when a decision is made between investment options. For procurements made under the Urgent Operational Requirements (UOR) procedures, the delivery speed of life-saving equipment is the absolute priority and the capability may be so specific that we would not expect to retain it beyond the operation. In these cases, while support costs are considered for UORs, predicted whole life costs are generally not calculated as a pre-cursor to the procurement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles he expects his Department to procure in the next 10 years; what estimate he has made of the cost of such procurements of each type; and which companies have been contracted to provide such vehicles to date. (269813)

Over the next 10 years we expect to procure the following armoured and partially armoured (protected) vehicles:

Vehicle

Company

Estimated number to be delivered

Current estimated cost (£ million)

Terrier AET

BAES(LS)

60

1339

Mastiff

US Department of Defense (then integrated by NPA Aerospace)

280 (157 delivered)

270

Ridgback

US Department of Defense (then integrated by NPA Aerospace)

155 (20 delivered)

185

Wolfhound

Integrated Survivability Technologies

95

125

Husky

Navistar Defence

260

180

Coyote

Babcock Marine/Supacat

70

65

Warthog

Singapore Technology Kinetics

110

185

1 Includes Indirect Resource DEL

We also expect to procure a number of Future Rapid Effect System vehicles. These vehicles have not yet reached their Main Gate investment decision point when the quantities and cost will be set and the companies to deliver the vehicles will be selected.

Defence: Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget for cyber defence was in each of the last three years. (269922)

The responsibility for managing and operating our systems is delegated to different bodies within the Department, which are required to protect the networks in accordance with policy and known threats. The budget information for these responsibilities is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the Government has signed bilateral agreements on cyber warfare and terrorism in the last three years. (269923)

The MOD has not signed any bilateral agreements that cover cyber warfare and terrorism in the last three years. The Department does routinely co-operate at various levels with a number of different countries both bilaterally and multilaterally on matters involving information assurance and computer network defence which would encompass responses to cyber warfare and terrorism.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on cyber security. (270025)

The communiqué adopted by heads of state and governments at the NATO 60th Anniversary Summit at Strasbourg/Kehl on 3-4 April highlighted that NATO has recently agreed its policy on cyber defence, established a cyber defence management authority and improved its computer incident response capability.

The UK MOD is represented at various NATO cyber defence symposiums and workshops throughout the year. These meetings include the annual NATO Information Assurance Symposium and NATO cyber defence workshops. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Hutton) and his ministerial counterparts are briefed on these matters as required.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the work of the different Government Departments that deal with cyber warfare. (270095)

There are a number of existing mechanisms for co-ordinating the Government's approach to conflict issues, and many of these mechanisms are appropriate for dealing with related activities in the cyber domain. The UK's overall approach to cyber security is currently the focus of a cross-departmental project led by the Cabinet Office, in which the MOD is closely involved.

Departmental Assets

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses. (269867)

The Department keeps its estate under constant review to ensure it is the right size to meet present and planned future defence requirements. The Defence Estate Development Plan, last published in 2008, set out how the estate will be developed to meet the future needs of defence, and the priorities for investment and rationalisation arising from it. Once identified as being surplus to defence needs, land and property is disposed as quickly as possible in line with Treasury guidance.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269582)

There are many systems throughout the MOD that use servers. Information relating to average server capacity utilisation for each area of the Department over the last five years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the following information is available for two of the largest systems (Defence Information Infrastructure Convergence (DII(C)) and Defence Information Infrastructure Future (DII(F)).

The average server capacity utilisation for DII(C) across the financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 was 65 and 55 per cent. respectively. This does not include system administration and back-up, which would take utilisation to over 80 per cent. in both years.

The server capacity utilisation for DII(F) across the period August 2008 to March 2009 ranged between 50 and 80 per cent., depending on which server function was being used. This does not include system administration and back-up, which again would take utilisation to over 80 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269608)

Information on the total number of printers and multi-function devices with printing functions in use in each area of the Department in each of the last five years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

A central record is, however, held of those printers currently available for use on two of the Department's largest IT systems, the Defence Information and Infrastructure Convergence (DII(C)) and the Defence Information and Infrastructure Future (DII(F)) programmes. The number of printers available on these systems is provided in the following table.

IT system

Number of printers

DII(C)

4,392

DII(F)

15,760

Some DII(C) printers are over five years old and do not support two-sided printing. DII(C) is, however, being replaced progressively by DII(F) and all printers procured for use on DII(F) have a two-sided print capability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (269631)

The Department currently has no mechanism for measuring compliance with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard but we are currently considering how to address this. Options include the introduction of regular audits and improved management information. One of the Department's largest IT programmes, Defence Information Infrastructure Future (DII(F)), will incorporate the standard into the next phase of the contract which is due to be let this year.

Future Large Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the delays to the A400M announced by Airbus Military. (268970)

The A400M is proving to be a challenging programme, and significant delay has been announced. The implications of these delays are being studied by the Nations and by OCCAR, and a strategy to engage with Airbus Military is under discussion between the partner nations.

As the full extent of these delays is not yet known, it is not possible to estimate what the cost might be.

Mediterranean Region: Navy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British warships have deployed in the Mediterranean in 2009; and what the mission of each has been. (270082)

In 2009 the following warships have deployed to the Mediterranean: HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean, HMS Somerset, HMS Argyll and HMS Talent; HMS Westminster and HMS Edinburgh have been involved in gunnery training, while HMS St. Albans and HMS Brockleby have been part of the Standing NATO Maritime Groups.

Military Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft of each type are (a) in service, (b) in the forward air fleet and (c) fit for purpose. [Official Report,3 June 2009, Vol. 493, c. 4MC.] (269167)

The numbers of aircraft of each type which are in service, in the forward fleet and fit for purpose are provided in the following table. The figures shown are the average for February 2009 and have been rounded to the nearest aircraft.

“In service” has been taken to mean the effective fleet, which covers all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal.

The number of aircraft in the forward fleet comprises aircraft which are serviceable and those which are short term unserviceable. Short term unserviceable aircraft are undergoing minor works, forward maintenance or any other unforeseen rectification work that can arise on a day-to-day basis. Serviceable aircraft available to the front-line commands for operational and training purposes are termed fit for purpose.

Aircraft type

In service fleet

Forward fleet

Fit for purpose

BAe 146

2

1

1

BAe 125

6

4

4

C-17

6

5

4

Dominie

9

7

5

Harrier

74

49

44

Hawk Tl

132

90

59

Hercules CI30K

15

11

6

Hercules CI30J

24

19

12

Nimrod MR2

14

10

4

Nimrod Rl

3

1

1

Sea King

25

17

10

Sentinel

5

3

2

Sentry

7

5

4

Tornado F3

69

33

29

Tornado GR4

138

84

66

Tristar

8

6

4

Tucano

55

55

40

Typhoon

53

35

20

VC10

16

13

8

Vigilant

64

63

44

Viking

65

65

60

Monuments

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that no organisation be deterred from showing a cross or military emblems on war memorials on the grounds that to do so may offend ethnic minority groups; and if he will make a statement. (270377)

The Ministry of Defence officially commemorates the final resting place of all those who die in service and the UK Government contribute close to £40 million each year towards the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to mark and maintain the graves, and the official memorials for those who have no known grave, of some 1.7 million Commonwealth Service personnel who died during the two World Wars. CWGC memorials, by design, carry no religious or military emblems.

The Department, however, does not have the responsibility for war memorials. This responsibility rests with the owner of the memorial, which is normally a local authority, a private individual or organisation.

West Africa: Military Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa has been in each of the last five years; (270547)

(2) how many UK (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are serving in the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa;

(3) what the reasons are for discontinuing the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa.

The British Military Advisory and Training Team (West Africa) based in Ghana currently comprises eight personnel, seven military and one civilian, with a focus of effort supporting two institutions, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. The team will be withdrawn by September 2009.

The cost of the team and its activities is provided in the following table.

Financial year

Expenditure (£000)

2004-05

4.599

2005-06

3.850

2006-07

4.525

2007-08

3.317

2008-09

13.054

1 Allocation—final spend to be confirmed.

The demand of international peacekeeping and stabilisation operations continues to increase. While the UK supports these efforts, in the case of the United Nations paying a significant share (7.8 per cent.) of the rising costs, the increased costs have forced the UK Government to review its funding of discretionary activity, in conflict prevention, management and resolution, and post-conflict stabilisation. The finite funding available has been prioritised and effort focused on those countries or regions where the risk and impact of conflict is greatest. Ghana has shown with its successful elections and transfer of power that it has developed a stability lacked by many others in Africa.

It has always been our Government's long-term goal to enable the Staff College and Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana to become self-supporting with a commensurate reduction in the UK's direct assistance. Prioritisation of effort has required this process to be accelerated.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Civil Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many legal proceedings his Department has lost in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was in each case. (264559)

The Department lost two cases in 2008; and the cost to the public purse resulting from the legal proceedings was £49,012 in first, and £42,841 in the second.

The resources needed to obtain the information in relation to each of the four years 2004 to 2007 would be disproportionate and over the £750 threshold.

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 1875W, on climate change, for what reasons statutory clarification on the legal status of the section 46 notice was needed. (269884)

The amendment to the relevant section of the Environmental Protection Act introduced in the Climate Change Act 2008 provides a single, clear point of reference in legislation for local authorities on this point.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department to improve the thermal efficiency of its buildings in the last 12 months. (266766)

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs can confirm that DEFRA has recently commissioned a series of thermal efficiency surveys on 10 key properties on its estate. The surveys took place during February and March 2009.

The findings of the surveys will inform a programme of works to improve the thermal efficiency of these buildings. Further thermal efficiency surveys are planned for winter 2009.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1226-7W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) expected cost was at the outset of each project. (242152)

The following table details current major Information Technology projects in DEFRA and its largest executive agencies—the Rural Payments Agency and Animal Health.

The projects detailed are those that cost more than £1 million over the life of the project. The costs, as listed, exclude day-to-day running costs after the completion of the project.

Projects costing less than £1 million and those within smaller executive agencies have been excluded, as data collection for these would incur a disproportionate cost to the Department to compile.

Project

Initial completion date

Initial estimated costs (£)

Animal Health Business Reform Programme

November 2010

98,000,000

CAP Health Check Implementation Programme

November 2009

25,300,000

Customer land database (CLAD)

March 2009

1,860,000

Enabling technology

March 2009

4,223,000

INSPIRE/UK Location Strategy Implementation Programme

December 2012

12,800,000

Renew IT

April 2008

7,400,000

Rural Payments Agency managed document service

March 2009

2,300,000

Rural Payments Agency rural land register upgrade

March 2012

23,000,000

Rural Payments Agency single payment system upgrade (including CAP health check)

November 2009

23,700,000

Rural Payments Agency storage servers upgrade

March 2010

3,400,000

Spatial information repository (SPIRE)

March 2007

13,800,000

Web rationalisation

March 2011

1,440,000

Whole farm approach

March 2010

65,000,000

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which waste collection authorities have installed microchips in household bins; (269888)

(2) what guidance his Department has issued to waste collection authorities on the use of electronic systems to monitor household waste flows.

DEFRA does not collect information on which waste collection authorities have installed microchips in household bins to date and has not issued any advice or guidance on the use of electronic systems to monitor household waste flows. Decisions on collection systems—including the use of microchip or other technology—are rightly for local authorities.

Environmental Transformation Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects for which his Department is responsible are receiving funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund; how much each has received from the Fund since its inception; and what new projects are planned. (259358)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to his question tabled to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 20 March 2009, Official Report, column 1396W. The UK element of the Environmental Transformation Fund, which was formerly jointly led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, has been led by the Department of Energy and Climate Change since its creation in autumn 2008.

Farmers: Income

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farm businesses with an income of less than £10,000 in each year since 1997. (270447)

The following table shows the percentage of farms with a Farm Business Income1 (FBI) of less than £10,000 since 2003-04. This is the preferred measure of income but is not available prior to 2003-04.

1 Farm Business Income 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.

Percentage of farms with less than £10,000 FBI

1997-98

n/a

1998-99

n/a

1999-2000

n/a

2000-01

n/a

2001-02

n/a

2002-03

n/a

2003-04

29

2004-05

36

2005-06

35

2006-07

34

2007-08

27

Source: Farm Business Survey, England.1

1 The Farm Business Survey 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.

Farms

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farms have been recorded as being smaller than 27 acres in each of the last 10 years. (268574)

The following table shows the number of registered holdings over the last 10 years with less than 11 hectares (27 acres equal 10.92 hectares) and the percentage of total registered holdings in England that these equate to.

<11ha

>=11ha

Total number of holdings

Percentage of holdings for which data is available <11ha

1999

48,951

98,269

147,220

33

2000

77,415

90,440

167,855

46

2001

86,843

91,091

177,934

49

2002

85,991

88,626

187,871

49

2003

92,145

89,284

190,687

51

2004

95,022

89,601

192,824

51

2005

97,973

91,002

195,908

52

2006

95,840

92,718

200,381

51

2007

99,640

91,510

208,166

52

2008

104,528

91,566

210,520

53

Notes: 1. Data prior to 2000 are for main holdings only. Figures from 2000 onwards include main and minor holdings. 2. A register improvement exercise in 2001 and the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme in 2005 has lead to an increase in the number of registered holdings. Source: June Agricultural Survey.

Flood Control: EU Grants and Loans

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU funding was allocated for the implementation of flood prevention measures in England in each of the last 10 years. (270448)

The Environment Agency estimates that it has been awarded £10.7 million of EU funding in England for the implementation of flood prevention measures such as biodiversity enhancements, better public access and enhanced consultation and planning procedures that complement their flood defence activities.

In many cases EU funding for these activities is made available to local authorities rather than the Environment Agency.

£ million

1999-2000

0.15

2000-01

0.15

2001-02

0.03

2002-03

0.68

2003-04

0.86

2004-05

1.54

2005-06

0.72

2006-07

0.49

2007-08

3.21

2008-09

2.83

Food: EU External Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the monetary value of EU export refunds for each commodity in each of the last 10 years. (264784)

[holding answer 23 March 2009]: The amount of export refunds for each commodity over the last 10 years can be found in the following table:

£

Eggs

Poultry

Pigmeat

Beef and veal

Milk and milk products

1999

99,160.26

445,373.99

3,258,513.76

4,797.75

72,721,235.52

2000

123,955.68

101,417.48

1,178,089.62

0

69,177,582.92

2001

133,368.50

41,519.52

61,846.70

0

31,736,406.71

2002

197,464.81

102,494.74

27,816.51

0

58,713,415.64

2003

71,312.67

64,310.18

121,223.10

0

84,946,032.67

2004

121,797.04

43,647.21

160,639.06

0

66,924,534.65

2005

148,953.35

44,860.57

141,624.13

46.48

46,310,869.15

2006

93,582.82

3,3024.66

99,605.43

0

19,400,665.96

2007

95,832.13

13,579.42

82,875.47

0

6,332,908.51

2008

155,581.47

13,141.77

198,356.16

0

0

Total

1,241,008.73

903,369.54

5,330,589.94

4,844.23

456,263,651.73

Green Belt: Property Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what approvals Natural England has given for development on green belt land in the last 12 months. (269978)

Natural England has no executive powers in the planning process so it is not in a position to grant approvals (or otherwise) for development on green belt land. Such decisions are the responsibility of the local authority of the area in which the green belt lies.

Morocco: Fishery Agreements

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy in European Union negotiations to seek the exclusion of waters south of 27°40” from any future fisheries agreement with Morocco. (270181)

As with previous fisheries agreements, the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement applies to:

“the Moroccan fisheries zone under the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Morocco”.

The fisheries agreement does not in any way prejudice the issue of the status of Western Sahara. The UK continues to believe that progress towards a negotiated solution to the dispute in Western Sahara providing for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara is best achieved under the auspices of the United Nations. To this end, and in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (1813) of 30 April 2008, the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his staff, and the negotiation process currently under way.

National Parks and Broads Authority: Elections

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to make his response to the outcomes of the consultation on direct elections for the National Parks and Broads Authority. (270359)

I will give my formal response before the summer recess. I anticipate that my response will focus on alternative ways for ensuring that all the national park and broads authorities are as responsive as the best of these authorities, rather than on legislating for direct elections.

Power Stations: EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1330W, on power stations: EC law, what recent discussions the Environment Agency has had with plant operators on the application of derogations from the EU large combustion plant directive. (269205)

The Environment Agency has had no recent discussions with plant operators specifically on derogations from the EU large combustion plant directive and no plant operators have indicated that they will be applying for such derogations. All previously granted derogations have now ceased.

Public Opinion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year since 1997; what surveys were commissioned; and what the purpose was of each. (261264)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year since 1997; what surveys were commissioned; and what the purpose of each was. (263608)

DEFRA was formed in 2001. The following table shows how much DEFRA and its agencies have spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each years since 2001.

Title

Date commissioned

Agency cost (£)

2001-02

State Veterinary Service Rename—Vets and Farmers

11 July 2001

6,180.00

State Veterinary Service Rename—Staff

11 July 2001

13,500.00

Communications with Farmers

13 September 2001

41,920.00

Foot and Mouth Research

17 September 2001

48,000.00

Foot and mouth—farmers survey

24 September 2001

9,600.00

Exhibition Evaluation

14 December 2001

16,600.00

General Public Tracking—Omnibus

3 February 2002

42,000.00

Benchmarking

21 February 202

28,500.00

Chemicals Stakeholder Forum

26 February 2002

70,200.00

Public attitudes to DEFRA logo

27 February 2002

7,000.00

283,500.00

2002-03

Identity research—part 3

7 April 2002

14,650.00

Radioactive waste

2 May 2002

43,750.00

Staff Survey

14 May 2002

40,265.00

Illegal Meat Imports

17 June 2002

7,200.00

Illegal Meats (2)

19 July 2002

19,200.00

Illegal meats imports

4 October 2002

4,250.00

GM Debate Foundation Discussion Workshops

10 November 202

11,000.00

GM debate—stimulus content creation

11 November 2002

78,500.00

SVS Customer Satisfaction

19 December 2002

12,500.00

GM Crops Desk research

27 February 2003

38,350.00

Ideal Home Stand Evaluation

14 March 2003

11,000.00

RDS Customer Satisfaction

18 March 2003

5,800.00

26 March 2003

48,725.00

335,190.00

2003-04

Farmers Newsletter Development

6 April 2003

54,090.00

Sustainable Development Desk Research

12 April 2003

53,238.44

Illegal Imports—Airport Posters 2003

25 April 2003

9,900.00

GM Public Debate Narrow but Deep

27 June 2003

55,000.00

Analysis of feedback

13 August 2003

31,531.00

DEFRA Customer Vision

2 November 2003

29,400.00

Analysis of feedback

24 November 2003

31,531.00

Illegal Meats Communication Development

19 December 2003

54,700.00

Perceptions of DEFRA—public tracking 2004

25 March 2004

11,380.00

330,770.44

2004-05

RDS Customer Survey 2004

19 August 2004

30,736.00

Climate Change Desk Research (attitudes)

17 September 2004

12,350.00

Sustainable Consumption and Production Stakeholder

21 September 2004

29,500.00

Workshops

8 November 2004

30,500.00

Illegal Food Imports—Ethnic Minority Tracking

24 November 2004

18,000.00

Staff SD research

20 December 2004

26,650.00

Pilot workshop for better policy making

10 February 2005

22,580.00

Cattle market biosecurity pilot

24 February 2005

20,000.00

Farmers link pilot evaluation

4 March 2005

31,000.00

Stakeholder Research 2005

9 March 2005

23,256.00

Public Attitudes to Climate Change Wave 1

244,572.00

2005-06

Climate Change Statement Check

18 April 2005

13,725.00

Chewing Gum Droppers Research

28 April 2005

51,800.00

DEFRA Event Evaluation

17 May 2005

31,117.90

Food and Farming Research

21 June 2005

56,780.00

Environment Direct Concept Development

1 August 20 05

17,500.00

Perceptions of DEFRA—General public tracking 2005

5 August 2005

26,000.00

SD in Communities information audit

12 August 2005

17,203.00

Illegal Food Imports Phase II Campaign Tracking

18 August 2005

32,000.00

Wave 2 of Climate Change Evaluation

7 September 2005

23,256.00

Climate Change Statement Design Research

15 September 2005

8,500.00

RDS Customer Satisfaction Survey 2005

27 September 2005

36,237.00

SD in Communities Activist Research

13 October 2005

38,350.00

Poultry Registration Project

6 December 2005

21,510.00

Chewing gum follow-up research

7 December 2005

10,485.00

SCP Desk Research

30 January 2006

19,475.00

Motivations Research

3 February 2006

27,450.00

Environment Motivations (BME)

10 February 2006

20,200.00

bovine TB Deliberative Research

21 February 2006

64,900.00

Climate Change Tracking Wave 3

6 March 2006

28,941.00

Public Tracking

24 March 2006

44,500.00

589,929.90

2006-07

Rabies Qualitative Research

4 April 2006

24,400.00

Natural England branding research

21 April 2006

25,600.00

Segmentation quantification

4 May 2006

11,151.00

Chewing Gum Campaign Evaluation Extension

11 May 2006

60,500.00

Youth Climate Change Omnibus

16 May 2006

16,900.00

SCP Benchmarking Quantitative Research

2 June 2006

49,000.00

Environment Direct Branding Research

20 June 2006

56,700.00

Farmers desk research

11 August 2006

20,425.00

Climate Change wave 4

5 September 2006

27,161.00

Developing an environmental segmentation

13 October 2006

48,920.00

Desk research to identify values and attitudes

13 October 2006

1,900.00

Illegal food imports qualitative research

19 October 2006

33,000.00

Illegal food imports campaign evaluation 2006-07

19 October 2006

33,500.00

Avian flu research

8 November 2006

26,330.00

Environmental branding research

23 November 2006

29,600.00

Desk research on environmental segmentation—extension

29 November 2006

1,900.00

Environment campaign creative development

2 February 07

35,900.00

Approach to Ecosystems (qual)

12 February 2007

38,103.00

Quantification of Environment Segments

16 February 2007

12,125.00

Fallen Stock Scheme Research

21 February 2 07

30,575.00

Public Sector food procurement

26 February 2007

53,500.00

Climate Change tracking wave 5

1 March 2007

27,161.00

Climate Change Bill Deliberation

15 March 2007

174,500.00

Climate Change campaign evaluation

16 March 2007

116,800.00

Rabies restrictions review—consumer workshops

29 March 2007

70,407.00

2007-08

Farmers segmentation

14 June 2007

56,300.00

Illegal food imports creative development

25 June 2007

19,800.00

Natural England Stakeholder Research

24 August 2007

29,200.00

Waste Infrastructure research

10 September 2007

53,800.00

Climate Change Tracker Wave 6 September 2007

20 September 2007

27,161.00

Natural Environment Desk Research

25 October 2007

36,450.00

Natural Environment Qualitative Research

20 November 2007

57,750.00

REACH Awareness

29 November 2007

22,000.00

Omnibus survey; public awareness of food imports

1 December 2007

4,995.00

Carbon Calculator Attitudinal Research

20 December 2007

19,995.00

Farming Link—Readership survey

11 January 2008

10,225.00

Illegal food imports tracking 2008

29 January 2008

32,500.00

Personal Food imports TV Filler research

12 February 2008

11,500.00

Carbon Offsetting Qualitative Research

18 February 2008

51,100.00

Food Campaign Message Testing

18 February 2008

20,000.00

Farming Link—Qualitative news letter evaluation

26 February 2008

28,485.00

Climate Change Tracking—Wave 7

27 February 2008

27,161.00

Businesses perceptions of DEFRA

27 February 2008

54,915.00

Businesses perceptions DEFRA—QUANT

14 March 2008

49,150.00

Omnibus Attitudes to Farmers

14 March 2008

10,685.00

Young People Climate Change Tracker

17 March 2008

17,900.00

641,072.00

2008 to date

Act on CO2 Campaign Tracking around May/June 2008 Activity

2 May 2008

84,100.00

Creative development for the Act on CO2 Campaign for 2008-09

30 June2008

35,662.80

Public attitudes towards wildlife management

9 July 2008

106,375.00

ACT ON CO2 Continuous Tracking - COI set up

5 August 2008

279,000.00

REACH—post wave evaluation of awareness and registration levels

12 September 2008

21,500.00

Illegal food imports tracking

10 October 2008

54,000.00

ACT ON CO2 Omnibus 'pre wave'

27 October 2008

22,950.00

Desk Research conservation volunteering schemes

17 December 2008

15,600.00

DEFRA Change4Life Sub-Brand Research

31 December 2008

23,150.00

Fisherman’s segmentation

19 February 2009

67,050.00

709,387.80

Note:

These costs are agency costs only, and so as such do not include COI fees or other costs.

Waste and Resources Action Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Waste and Resources Action Programme has a statutory basis. (270197)

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is not set up under statutory authority. It is a company limited by guarantee, established under the Companies Act 1985 with rules prohibiting it from distributing a profit. Grant is paid to it by DEFRA under section 153(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as varied by the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (No. 2) Order 2000 Statutory Instrument No. 2211.

Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote anaerobic digestion as a means of managing the disposal of household waste. (269977)

Anaerobic digestion is our preferred option for treating food waste—it has significant environmental benefits over other options for treating food waste, with the energy generated also offsetting fossil fuel power generation, and counting towards our renewable energy targets. Anaerobic digestion may be particularly cost-effective for food waste if separately collected.

Anaerobic digestion is a key component of the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy, to be published in June. It will significantly help the UK to meet its binding targets in respect of renewable energy generation, reductions in carbon emissions and diversion of biodegradable municipal waste.

We now need to drive forward the development of practical ways to achieve a major increase in the use of anaerobic digestion. A new Anaerobic Digestion Task Group has been set up, drawn from a broad range of stakeholders to develop an Implementation Plan, which will set out the practical measures that Government and stakeholders can individually and collectively take to increase use of anaerobic digestion.

Government financial support already available to encourage greater uptake of anaerobic digestion includes:

Electricity from anaerobic digestion being now eligible for two ROCs (Renewable Obligation Certificates) per megawatt hour.

Providing around £10 million over the next three years for the anaerobic digestion demonstration programme.

We wish to see a much greater uptake of anaerobic digestion by local authorities, businesses and farmers, but it is local authorities, rather than DEFRA, who are responsible for deciding how waste is managed, as part of their local waste management strategies.

Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 334-35W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, whether joint waste authorities will be able to bid to participate in pilots for charges for the collection of household waste. (270144)

A Joint Waste Authority (JWA) would be able to put forward a proposal to pilot a waste incentive scheme in its area if it had responsibility for waste collection.

Waste Management

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates his Department’s Waste Strategy Stakeholder Group has met since it was established. (269980)

Since its establishment, the Waste Strategy’s Stakeholder Group has met on six occasions:

20 July 2007

30 November 2007

25 February 2008

22 May 2008

2 September 2008

3 February 2009.

Whales: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken on the establishment of a permanent South Atlantic Sanctuary; what steps it plans to take at the June 2009 meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Madeira; and if he will make a statement. (270054)