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Written Answers

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Church Commissioners

Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on heritage grant funding for church repairs. (274612)

Representatives of the Church of England have regularly met with a number of Government Departments, namely HM Treasury, DCLG, DEFRA, Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office and DCMS.

These discussions have culminated in the joint publication of guidance entitled ‘Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential’. The guidance seeks to help faith groups access existing resources and help funders understand the important role of faith groups in delivering public services. Specifically, it identifies funding for the physical alteration and modification of churches and other faith buildings to ensure they are fit for community use.

House of Commons Commission

Hamas

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the organisers of the meeting held on the Parliamentary estate on 22 April 2009 involving a video link with a senior leader of Hamas sought the approval of the House of Commons Commission beforehand; what representations the Commission received from hon. Members opposing the video link from taking place; what response the Commission gave; and if he will make a statement. (274025)

The House of Commons Commission has no role in approving Members’ choice of participants in video-linked meetings.

Northern Ireland

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. (273563)

The Northern Ireland Office has a Green ICT strategy in place, derived from the Cabinet Office “Greening Government ICT” strategy. The Northern Ireland Office Board is committed to implementing the strategy's 51 recommendations, where practicable. To date, 29 recommendations have already been addressed or are under active consideration, including a commitment that new ICT equipment will comply with at least one of the green energy standards. This is now incorporated into all centralised procurement framework agreements.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council England: Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England awarded in grants in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (273983)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: Arts Council England has advised that the following has been awarded in grants in 2007-08. Figures for 2008-09 are currently being prepared and are not yet available.

£

Grant inaid 2007-08

Regularly Funded Organisations

314,916,000

Grants for the Arts-Individuals

9,729,000

Strategic Funding and Activities (Managed Funds)

16,273,000

Creative Partnerships

17,461,000

Other restricted funds

16,482,000

Lapsed and revoked commitments

-1,151,000

Total grant in aid funding grants

373,710,000

Lottery funding 2007-08

Grant commitments made in the year

99,551,000

Lapsed and revoked commitments

-8,655,000

Total lottery funding

90,896,000

Total grant funding

464,606,000

Casinos

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed casinos were in operation in each local authority area under the provisions of (a) the Gambling Act 1968 and (b) the Gambling Act 2005 in each year since 1997. (274083)

The Gambling Commission have advised that to date there have been no premises licences issued under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 in relation to casinos.

The Gambling Act1968 has seen casinos located in 53 distinct ‘permitted areas' in which the licensing of clubs for gaming other than bingo is permitted.

Details of the number of casinos operating in each permitted area for each year can be found in the annual reports of the Gambling Commission and its predecessor, the Gaming Board. Copies of these reports are laid in the Library and are also available on the Gambling Commission's website at:

www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Departmental Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (274451)

The Department has not outsourced any new services within the last five years. A number of services have been outsourced prior to this period such as:

Facilities Management,

Information Technology,

Catering Services,

Records Management, and

Mailroom Services.

Departmental Dismissal

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff in his Department and its agency were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years. (274301)

The information is as follows.

UnderperformanceTotal dismissals

DCMS

Royal Parks Agency

DCMS

Royal Parks Agency

1999

0

0

0

0

2000

0

0

0

0

2001

0

1

0

1

2002

0

1

0

1

2003

0

0

0

1

2004

0

1

0

1

2005

0

0

0

0

2006

0

0

0

0

2007

0

0

0

0

2008

0

0

1

0

2009

0

0

1

0

Total

0

3

2

4

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. (273561)

My Department, in line with all other Chief Information Officers (CIOs) on the CIO Council, has produced a “CIO Green ICT Roadmap” which we will be following to deliver against the 18 target improvement areas outlined in the Greening Government ICT Strategy.

My Department has identified Green ICT as one of our key priorities for the coming year. As part of this, we have led a cross-Government exercise to procure a standard tool to allow departments to safely shut down desktop PCs overnight and out of hours. This software has now been installed on all machines in my Department to ensure that all unused machines are shut down outside working hours.

Departmental Work Experience

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many work placements his Department offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last five years. (274489)

DCMS do not offer work placements to school pupils. However, DCMS has taken part in the Cabinet Office Summer Work Placement scheme for university students and graduates from under-represented groups. In the last five years we have taken five placements per year.

English Heritage: Educational Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the (a) administration, (b) staffing and (c) advertisement and promotion of the English Heritage free educational visits scheme in each year since the introduction of the scheme. (272321)

[holding answer 5 May 2009]: English Heritage introduced free entry for educational groups to its sites as one of its first acts after its creation in 1984. However, the figures requested are only available for the years from 1996-97 and these represent the total spend on education in each year. It is not possible to separate out how much is spent on free educational visits alone, or to break down the total as requested. The available figures are set out in the following table:

£

Of which:

Total expenditure on education

Payroll

Marketing and promotion

1996-97

1,083,870

342,575

365,802

1997-98

961,479

265,498

491,661

1998-99

814,314

274,472

422,639

1999-2000

972,013

361,021

540,461

2000-01

1,059,290

408,818

509,290

2001-02

1,101,696

436,462

659,799

2002-03

1,182,071

556,628

597,433

2003-04

1,416,248

659,582

546,356

2004-05

1,335,050

695,672

487,447

2005-06

1,445,448

630,006

213,539

2006-07

1,503,366

649,604

390,713

2007-08

1,429,012

698,122

475,614

2008-09

1,466,873

727,583

335,125

Funding

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much funding the Community Fund has (a) committed and (b) distributed since its creation; (273982)

(2) how much funding the Big Lottery Fund has (a) committed and (b) distributed since its creation.

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: The Big Lottery Fund has advised that from 1 December 2006, when it was legally created from the merger of the Community Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Millennium Commission it has awarded £1,898 million and distributed £1,433 million to grant recipients.

The distribution includes outstanding payments to Community Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Millennium Commission grant holders.

In the period from the Community Fund’s inception in 1993 until 30 November 2006, it awarded £3,863 million and distributed £2,926 million to grant recipients.

The Community Fund’s first grants were awarded in October 1995, following their legal creation in 1993. Many Community Fund projects are still in management and delivering benefits to communities. They therefore are still drawing money down from their grant allocation.

Gambling

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of people being treated for gambling addiction. (273288)

The Department does not centrally collate statistics on the number of people being treated for gambling addiction at any one time.

In 2008 the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT) estimated that of the 0.6 per cent. of the adult population categorised as problem gamblers, 0.5 per cent. were accessing treatment from RIGT funded treatment providers, on an annual basis.

The Gambling Commission is currently considering whether to include specific questions on the awareness of treatment services in the next British Gambling Prevalence Survey which will be published in 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of online gambling companies based overseas which operate in the UK which (a) contribute and (b) do not contribute to funding of problem gambling services; and if he will make a statement. (273653)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: My Department does not collect statistics on the number of overseas based operators contributing to the funding of problem gambling services in the UK.

However, we are aware that some operators based in Alderney, Gibraltar and Malta contributed on a voluntary basis to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust last year.

Additionally, a number of companies licensed for premises-based operations in the UK contribute significantly towards research, education and treatment of problem gambling in the UK and have remote gambling operations that are based in European Union or white listed jurisdictions.

Heritage and Culture Sector Club: VisitBritain

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what functions the Heritage and Culture Sector Club has in relation to VisitBritain. (270815)

The Heritage and Culture Sector Club provides VisitBritain with a forum to disseminate important consumer and market intelligence in order to encourage appropriate product development in heritage and culture specific areas.

This work informs VisitBritain’s marketing campaigns and encourages the spread of best practice within the tourism industry.

Internet: English Language

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made on the proposal to establish international rules for the operation of English language websites; and what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on the matter. (273291)

I remain keen to discuss an international approach to areas of public concern about certain internet content and look forward to engaging with the appropriate member of the US Administration once the relevant appointment has been made.

Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent research his Department has commissioned to assess the effectiveness of the operation of premises licences. (273652)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: While specific research has not been commissioned on this matter, the Government continue to monitor the effect of the Licensing Act 2003. On 4 March 2008, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made a written ministerial statement on the evaluation of the impact of the 2003 Act, which can be read at

http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/minister _speeches/1997.aspx

Copies of the written ministerial statement are also available in the House Library.

Local Press

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research into the (a) financial viability of local newspapers and (b) number of journalists employed by local newspapers in each of the last five years. (274238)

There are no plans by Government to commission this research. However, on 28 April I hosted a local media summit involving key figures from across the media industry to discuss the challenges facing local newspapers and explore how we can support the local media industry in meeting these challenges so that it can continue to thrive in the future. These discussions will feed into the final Digital Britain report to be published by the Government in the summer.

Sports Equity Alliance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) his Department, (b) Sport England and (c) UK Sport has provided to each member of Sport England’s Sports Equity Alliance in each of the last five years; and how much each has allocated to each member of the Alliance in the next expenditure round. (272942)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not fund Sport England’s Sports Equity Alliance directly. Funding is channelled through Sport England and UK Sport.

Sport England has advised that its core revenue funding to Equity Partners over the last five years is as follows:

£

English Federation of Disability Sport

Sporting Equals

Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation

2004-05

1,050,000

140,000

200,000

2005-06

1,050,000

140,000

200,000

2006-07

1,010,333

319,334

462,333

2007-08

951,066

317,066

419,898

2008-09

1,100,000

376,419

541,250

2009-10 (first quarter)1

275,000

81,604

135,125

1 Funding has been awarded for the first quarter only of 2009-10 pending consideration by Sport England of applications from the equity partners that detail how they propose working to support National Governing Bodies and other sport deliverers in the period 2009-11.

UK Sport has advised that it has provided the following funding to each member of Sport England’s Sports Equity Alliance over the past five years:

Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (formerly the Women’s Sports Foundation)

Funding from UK Sport (£)

2004-05

8,659.50

2005-06

8,641.35

2006-07

8,800.25

2007-08

376

2008-09

229.13

Sporting Equals

Funding from UK Sport (£)

2004-05

356.67

2005-06

98.56

2006-07

2,553.65

2007-08

2,749.38

2008-09

4,020

English Federation of Disability Sport

Funding from UK Sport (£)

2004-05

0

2005-06

0

2006-07

0

2007-08

0

2008-09

0

Sports: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many voluntary community sports coaches have been recruited under the Recruit into Coaching scheme since its inception. (273802)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: Sport England have advised that 2,389 voluntary community sports coaches have been recruited under the Recruit into Coaching scheme since its inception.

Swimming Pools

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools (a) closed and (b) opened in England in 2008. (274730)

Sport England advise that the figures for 2008 have not yet been collated, but should be available in the summer.

Trade Unions

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 22W, on trade unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the exclusive use of each recognised trade union; and what the notional annual value of such provision is. (271937)

The Department have one full-time trade union representative. The Department provide a desk, computer and telephone in the open plan office area. The trade union representative also has access to other shared office facilities such as meeting rooms, photocopying, scanning and faxing.

The cost per annum of providing accommodation and office facilities per full time equivalent is £11,939.

VisitBritain: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an estimate of the effect on (a) the British economy and (b) Exchequer revenues which would arise from an increase in (i) £10 million, (ii) £20 million and (iii) £50 million to the planned VisitBritain budget in each of the next five years. (272532)

VisitBritain’s grant in aid for the period 2011 to 2014 will be considered in due course. An increase of £10 million or £20 million over and above their current baseline funding would be deployed on above the line marketing activity. VisitBritain and Visit England would also seek to achieve 50 per cent. match funding from industry partners in line with such increases.

The additional visitor spend and tax revenue generated by such investment would significantly depend on the economic situation during the next five years and its impact on global airline traffic. VisitBritain and Visit England would currently expect to spend an increase of £50 million in each of the next five years not only on above the line marketing activity, but also on brand building and the development of new markets.

Again, the benefits would be influenced by economic developments in the wider economy. More detailed analysis and a larger planning exercise would be required to calculate the benefits over this period. In preparing for the next Spending Round, the Department will consider with VisitBritain a range of scenarios examining the economic impact of each.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Air Pollution: Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of air quality in the Torbay local authority area; and what steps the Government are taking to improve air quality in the area. (272529)

Local authorities have a duty under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 to review and assess the current, and likely future, air quality in their areas, and to submit reports on local air quality to DEFRA.

Where local authorities consider that one or more nationally prescribed air quality objectives is unlikely to be met by the relevant deadline, they must declare an air quality management area (AQMA) covering the area affected. These local authorities must then take action, along with other agencies and organisations, to work towards meeting the air quality objectives. Torbay council declared AQMAs in respect of nitrogen dioxide objectives in April 2005 and May 2006. The council has produced an action plan setting out the measures it is implementing in order to improve air quality in the area. Since local road transport is the primary cause of local air pollution in these AQMAs, Torbay council has integrated its air quality action plan into the Torbay Local Transport Plan 2006-2011, a copy of which is available at:

www.torbay.gov.uk

DEFRA has assessed, and is satisfied with Torbay council’s 2008 progress report, and we await the council’s air quality report for 2009.

The Government provide guidance and practical support to assist local authorities with their duties on review and assessment of air quality, and to ensure consistency and best practice. Revised and updated guidance was published in February on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk

The Government also fund several helplines which local authorities can contact for practical and technical advice on monitoring, modelling, emission inventories and air quality action plan measures. All local authorities are invited each year to bid for air quality grant aid, and applications are considered and awards made towards the cost of air quality projects in local areas.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce which areas have been chosen for the bovine tuberculosis wildlife vaccination pilot. (273462)

We have been working in liaison with the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England, epidemiologists and other key industry and stakeholder groups to identify criteria for selecting the areas where the bovine TB badger vaccine deployment project will take place. We anticipate the areas will be announced shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the veterinary profession and its representatives on (a) the Government's strategy for dealing with bovine tuberculosis and (b) means of communicating that strategy through the work of veterinary surgeons. (273463)

The Bovine TB Eradication Group includes representatives from DEFRA's Food and Farming Group, Animal Health, the farming industry and the veterinary profession.

In addition, the TB Advisory Group, which played a key role in obtaining stakeholder buy-in to TB control policies, also included representatives from the veterinary profession. The group disbanded on 8 April after publishing its final report to Ministers.

As part of planning for the badger vaccine deployment project, we have recently met with representatives of key veterinary organisations to discuss both their input into the project and the best ways of communicating to and through local vets.

Also on a recent visit to the south-west I met local animal health vets and affected farmers to learn of the growing TB problem and the challenge of tackling the disease.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to tackle testing fatigue among (a) farmers and (b) veterinary surgeons in relation to testing for bovine tuberculosis. (273464)

I am aware from discussions with representatives from the farming industry and veterinary profession, and the recent report from our TB Advisory Group, that testing fatigue can become an issue in areas with high numbers of TB breakdowns. We are considering the report in detail.

The TB Eradication Group for England (TBEG) was set up last year to consider, and advise on, the TB control framework, including the cattle testing programme. Part of their remit is to look at options for helping farmers in high incidence areas maintain viable businesses, which may include options for managing the impact of TB controls on the farming industry and the veterinary profession.

Regular skin testing of cattle herds is an important part of our TB programme, both for tackling disease in cattle and ensuring the risk to public health remains low. Regular TB testing is also legally required if herd owners wish to retain their officially tuberculosis free (OTF) status and their ability to trade.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been prosecuted under sections 1(3), 3(1) and 3(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 2006; and if he will make a statement. (272367)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under sections 1(3), 3(1) and 3(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales for the years 2006-07 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

These data are on the principal offence basis. Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Statute

Offence description

2006

2007

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

Possession, without exemption, of a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa or other designated fighting dog.

8

87

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person.

703

667

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused.

278

341

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person.

54

50

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person.

19

22

Total

1,062

1,167

1. These data are on the principal offence basis.

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

Source:

Court proceedings data held by CJEAU—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.

Our Ref: IOS 239-09 (Table).

Tourism: Rural Areas

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on tourism: rural areas, how much of the £35 million was devolved to each of the regional development agencies. (274944)

Each regional development agency (RDA) has been provided with an indicative budget for the entire programming period (2007-13) to enable them to deliver the full range of regional priorities. The figure of £35 million is an indicative allocation to the programme measure that provides for support for rural tourism. It is for each RDA to determine the actual level of spend and this will be influenced by a range of factors, including the number and quality of projects coming forward and changes to regional priorities agreed during the programming period.

Trade Unions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 439W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department’s agencies recognise. (271930)

The Department’s agencies recognise PCS, Prospect and FDA trade unions, all of which are members of the Council of Civil Service Unions (CCSU).

Water Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Ofwat undertook an impact assessment of the implementation of its proposals for water rate structures on community groups and churches. (271952)

In 2003 Ofwat reported the outcome of its review of company charging polices for surface water drainage. It concluded that site area charging was the fairest method of charging non-households for surface water drainage.

Ofwat said at the time that companies which are thinking about implementing site area charging would need to consider the impact on individual customers’ bills and the potential negative effects associated with charging for sensitive properties. Ofwat also highlighted that companies would need to take into account the scale and speed of any bill changes to see if they were reasonable and acceptable to customers.

It is for the companies to undertake the appropriate impact assessments of any changes in their charging policies on their customers.

Transport

Departmental Air Conditioning

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 since the Regulations entered into force. (272134)

The Department for Transport has spent a total of £32,925.20 on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (2007/991).

Departmental Air Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 477W, on departmental carbon emissions, what the figures for (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul air travel for 2007-08 are. (271934)

The Department for Transport's contribution to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund for 2007-08 was based on the following mileage: (a) domestic 694,279 miles, (b) short-haul 821,645 miles, and (c) long-haul 1,940,261 miles.

Departmental Capital Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on departmental capital expenditure, what progress his Department has made in allocating the £700 million capital spending advanced to 2009-10. (274185)

Pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on capital expenditure, the £700 million advanced to 2009-10 has been allocated as follows: £400 million to the Highways Agency for strategic network road improvements, including dualling the A46 Newark to Widmerpool and £300 million to the Rail group for train procurement.

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on consultancy contracts in 2008-09. (272586)

The Department for Transport spent £57.3 million on consultancy in 2008-09 and its Executive Agencies spent £20.9 million on consultancy in 2008-09.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. (273562)

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people work in his Department’s Communications Directorate. (274719)

Departmental Rail Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues on whether members of staff may claim for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in standard class. (268543)

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the practice of holding departmental away days outside the Department's buildings. (268535)

The Department for Transport and its agencies hold staff away days as part of its commitment to staff and team development. The Head of the business area arranging the event will determine whether to hold the away day outside the Department's buildings. The underlying assumption is that the Department's own building will be used where appropriate.

Driving: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) provisional and (b) full driving licences were issued in each year since 1998. (273836)

The number of provisional licences issued in each financial year since 1998-99 are:

Financial year

Provisional licences issued

1998-99

760,049

1999-2000

616,720

2000-01

685,921

2001-02

792,603

2002-03

867,626

2003-04

915,232

2004-05

906,523

2005-06

958,698

2006-07

1,002,386

2007-08

1,045,498

2008-09

954,204

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency does not record the volumes of how many drivers exchanged their provisional licence for a full licence. However, we do record the number of drivers who have passed their test, as follows:

Financial year

Number

1998-99

580,880

1999-2000

580,223

2000-01

605,661

2001-02

614,608

2002-03

651,566

2003-04

673,129

2004-05

779,440

2005-06

837,472

2006-07

831,545

2007-08

856,523

2008-09

873,539

Government Car and Despatch Agency: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time staff employed at the Government Car and Despatch Agency in London earn less than £15,944 per annum. (274699)

The Government Car and Despatch Agency has no full-time employees earning £15,944 per annum or less.

Motor Vehicles: Insurance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Windsor of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50W, what progress has been made on the introduction of electronic motor insurance certificates; and if he will make a statement. (274957)

A first draft of regulations has been prepared and is being discussed internally and with the motor insurance industry.

We aim to lay regulations before the end of the year, if the proposed approach proves to be practicable.

Railways: Franchises

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with National Express on its East Coast Main Line franchise; and if he will make a statement. (273989)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: Under the Franchise Agreement, a Franchise Performance Meeting between Department for Transport officials and National Express East Coast is held every four weeks to discuss the delivery of its franchise agreement and obligations. The last such meeting took place on 23 April 2009.

Railways: Tickets

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies are required under the terms of their franchise agreements to introduce smart ticketing. (273833)

The following franchises have a requirement within the terms of their franchise to introduce or accept ITSO based smartcard ticketing:

South West Trains

London Midland

East Midlands Trains

National Express East Coast

Cross Country

The new South Central franchise will also include similar provisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements regarding smart ticketing he will place on the operating company awarded the South Central franchise currently under tender. (273834)

In line with all recent franchise competitions, the operator of the new South Central Franchise will be required to introduce an ITSO based smartcard ticketing system across the franchise, with the scheme introduced by January 2012.

With regard to the introduction of Oyster Pay As You Go within the London area the operator will be required to work with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to secure its implementation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on delivering the commitments made in the 2007 White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway on smart ticketing; and if he will make a statement. (273835)

The introduction of ITSO smartcards has been mandated in all recently let rail franchises and will be included in the South Central franchise.

The Department for Transport, Transport for London and train operators are working together on the acceptance of Oyster Pay As You Go at London train stations and the acceptance of ITSO Smartcards on Oyster equipment.

Rushenden Link Road

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding stakeholders have committed to the Rushenden Link Road project. (274799)

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) jointly committed a total of £12 million for the Rushenden Link Road scheme in June 2006. The HCA (formerly Communities and Local Government) made £9 million available through their Thames Gateway programme fund, with the remaining £3 million coming from SEEDA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the funding stakeholders for the Rushenden Link Road project are. (274800)

The South East England Development Agency and the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly with the Communities and Local Government) are the key funding stakeholders for the Rushenden Link Road project and jointly committed £12 million to fund the scheme in June 2006.

Shipping: Pollution

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions at EU level to seek to establish a low emission shipping zone in European coastal waters. (272522)

A Sulphur Oxides (SOx) Emission Control Area has been in force in the North Sea area (including the English Channel) since 2007. Since then, the UK has played a significant role in the development of the revised MARPOL Annex VI which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted last year and which will result in a further significant reduction of emissions from ships of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides, and improved air quality in our coastal regions. We consistently seek to develop measures to reduce ship emissions in forums such as the IMO and the European Union.

Trade Unions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 366W, on trade unions, which trade unions his Department's agencies recognise. (271924)

The Department for Transport's agencies recognise the following trade unions:

Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency—Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS),

Maritime and Coastguard Agency—PCS, Prospect and Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA),

Highways Agency—PCS, Prospect and FDA,

Driving Standards Agency—PCS,

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency—PCS, Prospect and Unite/Amicus

Vehicle Certification Agency—PCS and Prospect

Government Car and Despatch Agency—PCS, Prospect and Unite.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 366W, on trades unions, what office facilities his Department provides for the exclusive use of each recognised trade union; and what the notional annual value of such provision is. (271925)

The Department for Transport, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, the Driving Standards Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency provide trade unions with office facilities for exclusive use.

The notional annual value of such provision is £81,231,

Energy and Climate Change

Carbon Emissions: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is in place to encourage the construction of zero-carbon homes. (249774)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: The following initiatives currently provide financial support to encourage the construction of zero carbon homes:

Stamp Duty Land Tax Exemption—Stamp Duty relief for zero carbon homes was announced in Budget 2007 to act as an incentive to developers of new zero carbon homes. The exemption covers the first acquisition of a zero carbon home costing up to £500,000. For homes costing in excess of £500,000 there will be a reduction of £15,000. The exemption is in place for all new homes for a period of five years ending on 30 September 2012.

Zero Carbon Hub—The Zero Carbon Hub, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, was launched in June 2008 to guide, monitor and coordinate the zero carbon home programme. In 2008-09, the Department for Communities and Local Government provided approximately £250,000 of grant funding to the Hub to help with set up costs.

Departmental Air Conditioning

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many of his Department’s buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report; (272145)

(2) how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

The Department occupies one building which falls within the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings (certificates and inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. The cost of carrying out the inspection of the air-conditioning system was £1,437.50. A copy of the inspection report will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Fuel Poverty

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) people and (b) households were in fuel poverty in each local authority area in each year since 2000; and what the Government's target for fuel poverty reduction was in each such year. (274049)

Since 2000, fuel poverty data at a sub-regional level are only available for 2003, for England. The data for fuel poverty levels for 2003 come from the Fuel Poverty Indicator dataset available online at:

http://www.fuelpovertyindicator.co.uk/

The following table shows estimated fuel poverty levels for each local authority in England in 2003:

Number

Allerdale

2,700

Barrow in Furness

2,200

Blackburn with Darwen

3,900

Blackpool

4,400

Bolton

7,100

Burnley

2,700

Bury

4,700

Carlisle

2,900

Chester

3,100

Chorley

2,600

Congleton

2,200

Copeland

2,100

Crewe and Nantwich

3,000

Eden

1,500

Ellesmere Port and Neston

2,100

Fylde

2,000

Halton

3,200

Hyndburn

2,400

Knowsley

4,200

Lancaster

3,700

Liverpool

14,200

Macclesfield

3,700

Manchester

11,900

Oldham

5,700

Pendle

2,600

Preston

3,600

Ribble Valley

1,400

Rochdale

5,500

Rossendale

1,800

Salford

6,400

Sefton

8,000

South Lakeland

2,800

South Ribble

2,500

St Helens

4,900

Stockport

7,300

Tameside

5,800

Trafford

5,500

Vale Royal

3,100

Warrington

4,800

West Lancashire

2,800

Wigan

8,300

Wirral

9,200

Wyre

2,900

North West Total

187,400

Adur

1,400

Arun

3,500

Ashford

2,500

Aylesbury Vale

3,600

Basingstoke and Deane

3,400

Bracknell Forest

2,200

Brighton and Hove

6,500

Canterbury

3,300

Cherwell

2,900

Chichester

2,600

Chiltern

1,900

Crawley

2,100

Dartford

2,000

Dover

2,900

East Hampshire

2,400

Eastbourne

2,400

Eastleigh

2,500

Elmbridge

2,700

Epsom and Ewell

1,400

Fareham

2,400

Gosport

1,900

Gravesham

2,300

Guildford

2,800

Hart

1,800

Hastings

2,500

Havant

2,800

Horsham

2,700

Isle of Wight

3,800

Lewes

2,200

Maidstone

3,300

Medway

6,200

Mid Sussex

2,800

Milton Keynes

4,700

Mole Valley

1,800

New Forest

4,000

Oxford

2,900

Portsmouth

5,200

Reading

3,200

Reigate and Banstead

2,700

Rother

2,300

Runnymede

1,700

Rushmoor

1,900

Sevenoaks

2,500

Shepway

2,600

Slough

2,300

South Bucks

1,300

South Oxfordshire

2,900

Southampton

5,600

Spelthorne

2,000

Surrey Heath

1,700

Swale

3,100

Tandridge

1,700

Test Valley

2,500

Thanet

3,700

Tonbridge and Mailing

2,400

Tunbridge Wells

2,500

Vale of White Horse

2,500

Waverley

2,600

Wealden

3,300

West Berkshire

3,100

West Oxfordshire

2,100

Winchester

2,400

Windsor and Maidenhead

2,900

Woking

1,900

Wokingham

3,000

Worthing

2,500

Wycombe

3,400

South East Total

186,500

Bath and North East Somerset

4,100

Bournemouth

4,400

Bristol City of

10,200

Caradon

2,200

Carrick

2,500

Cheltenham

2,800

Christchurch

1,100

Cotswold

2,100

East Devon

3,300

East Dorset

1,900

Exeter

2,900

Forest of Dean

2,200

Gloucester

2,900

Isles of Stilly

100

Kennet

1,800

Kerrier

2,700

Mendip

2,700

Mid Devon

1,900

North Cornwall

2,300

North Devon

2,400

North Dorset

1,500

North Somerset

4,700

North Wiltshire

3,000

Penwith

1,900

Plymouth

6,700

Poole

3,300

Purbeck

1,100

Restormel

2,700

Salisbury

2,800

Sedgemoor

2,900

South Gloucestershire

5,700

South Hams

2,100

South Somerset

4,000

Stroud

2,700

Swindon

4,400

Taunton Deane

2,700

Teignbridge

3,200

Tewkesbury

1,900

Torbay

3,700

Torridge

1,700

West Devon

1,400

West Dorset

2,500

West Somerset

1,000

West Wiltshire

3,000

Weymouth and Portland

1,700

South West Total

128,900

Birmingham

26,500

Bridgnorth

1,400

Bromsgrove

2,100

Cannock Chase

2,300

Coventry

7,800

Dudley

7,900

East Staffordshire

2,900

Herefordshire County of

5,000

Lichfield

2,300

Malvern Hills

1,900

Newcastle under Lyme

3,300

North Shropshire

1,600

North Warwickshire

1,600

Nuneaton and Bedworth

3,100

Oswestry

1,100

Redditch

1,900

Rugby

2,200

Sandwell

7,900

Shrewsbury and Atcham

2,500

Solihull

4,600

South Shropshire

1,200

South Staffordshire

2,500

Stafford

3,100

Staffordshire Moorlands

2,500

Stoke on Trent

7,100

Stratford on Avon

2,800

Tamworth

1,800

Telford and Wrekin

4,100

Walsall

6,700

Warwick

3,000

Wolverhampton

6,600

Worcester

2,400

Wychavon

2,800

Wyre Forest

2,500

West Midlands Total

138,900

Barnsley

6,300

Bradford

12,400

Calderdale

5,400

Craven

1,500

Doncaster

8,000

East Riding of Yorkshire

8,500

Hambleton

2,200

Harrogate

3,800

Kingston upon Hull City of

7,300

Kirklees

10,700

Leeds

19,300

North East Lincolnshire

4,600

North Lincolnshire

4,300

Richmondshire

1,200

Rotherham

6,700

Ryedale

1,500

Scarborough

3,100

Selby

1,900

Sheffield

13,900

Wakefield

8,700

York

4,600

Yorks and Humber Total

13,600

Amber Valley

3,300

Ashfield

3,200

Bassetlaw

3,000

Blaby

2,100

Bolsover

2,100

Boston

1,600

Broxtowe

2,900

Charnwood

3,800

Chesterfield

2,800

Corby

1,400

Daventry

1,700

Derby

6,100

Derbyshire Dales

1,900

East Lindsey

3,900

East Northamptonshire

2,000

Erewash

3,000

Gedling

2,900

Harborough

1,800

High Peak

2,300

Hinckley and Bosworth

2,500

Kettering

2,200

Leicester

7,500

Lincoln

2,400

Mansfield

2,800

Melton

1,300

Newark and Sherwood

2,900

North East Derbyshire

2,500

North Kesteven

2,500

North West Leicestershire

2,300

Northampton

5,000

Nottingham

7,800

Oadby and Wigston

1,300

Rushcliffe

2,600

Rutland

900

South Derbyshire

2,100

South Holland

2,200

South Kesteven

3,300

South Northamptonshire

1,900

Wellingborough

1,900

West Lindsey

2,300

East Midlands Total

111,900

Babergh

2,200

Basildon

4,000

Bedford

3,600

Braintree

3,200

Breckland

3,300

Brentwood

1,600

Broadland

3,000

Broxbourne

1,800

Cambridge

2,400

Castle Point

2,000

Chelmsford

3,600

Colchester

3,800

Dacorum

3,000

East Cambridgeshire

1,800

East Hertfordshire

2,800

Epping Forest

2,700

Fenland

2,300

Forest Heath

1,500

Great Yarmouth

2,700

Harlow

1,800

Hertsmere

1,900

Huntingdonshire

3,700

Ipswich

3,300

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk

3,900

Luton

4,400

Maldon

1,400

Mid Bedfordshire

2,800

Mid Suffolk

2,300

North Hertfordshire

2,700

North Norfolk

2,900

Norwich

3,500

Peterborough

4,100

Rochford

1,800

South Bedfordshire

2,500

South Cambridgeshire

2,900

South Norfolk

2,900

Southend on Sea

4,400

St Albans

2,700

St Edmundsbury

2,500

Stevenage

1,900

Suffolk Coastal

3,100

Tendring

3,900

Three Rivers

1,700

Thurrock

3,400

Uttlesford

1,600

Watford

1,600

Waveney

3,300

Welwyn Hatfield

2,100

East England Total

131,9000

Barking and Dagenham

3,900

Barnet

6,700

Bexley

5,000

Brent

5,300

Bromley

6,700

Camden

4,800

City of London

200

Croydon

7,700

Ealing

6,100

Enfield

6,000

Greenwich

5,300

Hackney

4,600

Hammersmith and Fulham

3,800

Haringey

5,200

Harrow

4,000

Havering

5,000

Hillingdon

4,800

Hounslow

4,300

Islington

4,200

Kensington and Chelsea

4,100

Kingston upon Thames

3,200

Lambeth

6,100

Lewisham

5,900

Merton

4,200

Newham

5,800

Redbridge

5,200

Richmond upon Thames

4,100

Southwark

5,400

Sutton

3,900

Tower Hamlets

3,800

Waltham Forest

5,300

Wandsworth

5,900

Westminster

5,600

London Total

162,200

Alnwick

900

Berwick upon Tweed

800

Blyth Valley

2,200

Castle Morpeth

1,200

Chester le Street

1,500

Darlington

2,800

Derwentside

2,500

Durham

2,200

Easington

2,700

Gateshead

5,600

Hartlepool

2,600

Middlesbrough

3,800

Newcastle upon Tyne

7,300

North Tyneside

5,400

Redcar and Cleveland

3,800

Sedgefield

2,500

South Tyneside

4,300

Stockton on Tees

4,700

Sunderland

7,700

Teesdale

800

Tynedale

1,600

Wansbeck

1,800

Wear Valley

1,900

North East Total

70,400

Fuel poverty is not measured in terms of number of people who are fuel poor. The Government's long-term objective, as prefigured by s.1 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 is that, as far as reasonably practicable, by 22 November 2016, persons in England should not live in fuel poverty. The interim objective of the Fuel Poverty Strategy in England is that, so far as reasonably practicable, the Government would seek an end to fuel poverty for vulnerable households by 2010. The Government set no annual targets in respect of the 2016 and 2010 targets.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions arising from (i) cars, (ii) buses, (iii) all road vehicles, (iv) trains, (v) aviation and (vi) shipping in each of the last 10 years. (266631)

The latest 2008 provisional estimates of greenhouse gas emissions were published on 26 March 2009. DEFRA is currently publishing the DECC climate change statistics; the 2008 Final UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics may be found at the following web address:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatmos/index.htm

The proportion of UK (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions arising from (i) cars, (ii) buses, (iii) all road vehicles, (iv) trains, (v) domestic aviation and (vi) domestic shipping in each of the last 10 years, are shown in the following table. These figures have been compiled from the DECC Provisional UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics. These percentages are calculated on an ‘End User’ basis, i.e. the emissions are reallocated from the production and distribution of energy to the users of that energy.

Percentage contribution of specified transport categories towards total emissions of carbon dioxide and all greenhouse gases 1998-2007 by end-user

Percentage

Gas/sector

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

(a) Carbon dioxide

(i) Cars

16.0

16.6

16.3

16.0

16.9

16.2

16.1

16.1

15.7

15.9

(ii) Buses

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.6

(iii) All road vehicles

24.4

24.9

24.4

24.0

25.4

24.7

24.6

24.9

24.6

25.2

(iv) Trains

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.8

(v) Domestic aviation

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.4

(vi) Domestic shipping

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.5

0.5

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.1

1.0

(b) Greenhouse gases

(i) Cars

12.9

13.7

13.7

13.6

14.4

13.9

13.9

13.9

13.6

13.8

(ii) Buses

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.5

(iii) All road vehicles

19.6

20.6

20.4

20.4

21.5

21.2

21.2

21.5

21.3

21.8

(iv) Trains

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.7

(v) Domestic aviation

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

(vi) Domestic shipping

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.7

0.6

0.7

1.0

0.9

Housing: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many buildings in each of the last five years have been constructed to PassivHaus standards. (249776)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: There is currently only one building completed to the PassivHaus Standard as certified by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK—Canolfan Hyddgen in Machynlleth, Wales. This was designed and constructed by JPW Construction.

Low Carbon Buildings Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 is; and how much has been spent on Phase 1 to date. (271991)

The budget for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 is £36 million. Currently the total grant spend is £12,895,587.50. In addition £3.4 million has been spent on administration and certification in relation to the programme.

Peers' Interests

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 409W, on Peers’ interests, on what date the proposed meeting was cancelled. (266356)

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government (a) made during 2008 and (b) has made to date in 2009 towards meeting the targets in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. (274029)

The Government's UK Sixth Annual Progress Report on Fuel Poverty was published on 2 October 2008. It shows that, in 2006, the latest period for which figures are available, there were around 3.5 million households in fuel poverty across the UK, an increase of one million households since 2005. Around 2.75 million of these were vulnerable households (containing children, the elderly, or a person who is disabled or long-term sick).

In England, there were around 2.4 million fuel poor households, of which around 1.9 million were vulnerable. This represents a rise of 900,000 households from 2005 to 2006 and a rise of 700,000 vulnerable households over the same period.

As fuel prices continue to rise faster than incomes, the proportion of households in fuel poverty continued to increase. Projections indicate that for 2008, a further 1.2 million households in England might be in fuel poverty.

More recent progress will be reported in the Seventh Annual Progress Report on Fuel Poverty to be published later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 on fuel poverty since July 2008; and if he will make a statement. (274030)

DECC has not commissioned research on the effect of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000. However, I announced a review of fuel poverty during evidence to the EFRA Select Committee on 14 January 2009.

The Review is examining whether existing measures to tackle fuel poverty could be made more effective. It is also considering whether new policies should be introduced to help us make further progress towards our goals, particularly in light of market conditions and our aims to reduce carbon emissions.

The initial findings of the Fuel Poverty Review are expected in the summer of 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department at each pay band have responsibility for the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of policy on the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000; what other posts in his Department and its predecessors each such official has held; and if he will make a statement. (274051)

DECC has the following officials by pay band with responsibility for fuel poverty and the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.

Number

SCS Pay Band 1

2

Grade 6

1

Grade 7

5

SEO

1

HEO

6

EO

3

AO

1

DECC is planning to supplement the team with two additional Grade 7 posts. In addition support is provided when required from other parts of DECC.

Women and Equality

Departmental Computers

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many laptop computers have been provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in the Government Equalities Office since its creation; and at what cost. (268262)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. Since then a total of 21 laptops have been purchased for use by civil servants only. The total cost of providing these laptops was £39,032.

Equality: Regulation

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation has imposed new burdens on local authorities in relation to equality and diversity since 1997. (273392)

I have been asked to reply.

This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the Government are committed to ensuring that all new burdens falling on local authorities are fully and properly funded. Any policy which increases the cost of providing local authority services is subject to the new burdens doctrine and, where appropriate, funding is provided through the formula grant system or through specific grants.

Rape: Victim Support Schemes

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding arrangements for rape crisis centres. (273395)

In March 2008, the Minister for Women and Equality announced a £1.1 million Special Fund to Rape Crisis Centres (members of Rape Crisis England and Wales). This was a targeted response to specific evidence from Rape Crisis England and Wales that their members faced financial difficulties. Following evidence from The Survivors' Trust, the terms of this year's £1.6million Special Fund have been expanded to ensure that members of both Rape Crisis (England and Wales) and The Survivors' Trust can apply.

The Special Fund and other central Government funds are provided in addition to local funding, for example from local authorities, health bodies and charitable trusts. The Government believe that local decision makers are best placed to assess local needs, and Government expect the majority of funding to the sexual violence voluntary sector to come from local sources.

Nevertheless, the Government recognise the ongoing problems experienced by the sexual violence sector, particularly in respect of accessing local funding. Officials across Government are working to consider what more we can do, based on the recommendations made by the Home Office's Stakeholder Advisory Group on Sexual Violence and Abuse Funding Sub-group.

My Department has commissioned a research project to help improve our understanding of the stability and sustainability of the violence against women voluntary sector, which includes Rape Crisis Centres (members of Rape Crisis England and Wales). We are keen to develop a robust evidence base to help Government better support this sector.

International Development

Developing Countries: Loans

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has received in interest on loans to developing countries in each year since 2004. (269086)

The Government, through the Department for International Development, has received the following amounts of loan interest from developing countries in the financial years 2004-05 to 2007-08:

Low income countries1

Middle income countries1

Total

2004-05

508,180

2,263,040

2,771,220

2005-06

28,821

1,724,631

1,753,452

2006-07

11,401

1,694,981

1,706,382

2007-08

11,102

1,396,409

1,407,511

Total

559,504

7,079,061

7,638,565

1 ‘Developing countries’ has been interpreted to mean low income and middle income countries as currently defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee.

The majority of these amounts (92.7 per cent.) refer to middle income countries; the remainder is for low income countries (7.3 per cent.). A substantial proportion of these interest payments refer to a reducing debt portfolio of old investments by CDC.

These figures do not include interest payments to the Export Credit Guarantee Department on rescheduled defaulted commercial credits that were guaranteed by them.

Developing Countries: Water

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to facilitate international support for the Global Framework for Action for water and sanitation in the next 12 months. (274939)

The Global Framework for Action was announced by my hon. Friend the Minister of State on behalf of the UK and the Netherlands, at the partnership event on water and sanitation, during the United Nations High-Level Event on the millennium development goals in September 2008. Since then, a number of steps have been taken to promote the Global Framework for Action.

DFID is now working closely with UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the Netherlands and others to refine the operational aspects of the Global Framework for Action. To this end, DFID is hosting a working meeting in May 2009 to address these issues in more detail and to help define a more detailed process for promoting and implementing the Global Framework for Action over the coming 12 months.

Natural Disasters: Monitoring

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the merits of increased use of satellite imagery to monitor the humanitarian conditions of those affected by natural disasters. (273837)

The Department for International Development (DFID) makes full use of UNOSAT, the UN programme which provides the international community with access to satellite imagery for use both in humanitarian relief and disaster prevention, on a day-to-day basis and in particular during humanitarian emergencies. For example, DFID used it to monitor the effects of Hurricane Ike and Cyclone Nargis.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will raise at the United Nations the potential for increased use of satellite imagery better to monitor the humanitarian situation of those affected by natural disasters. (273838)

The UN is already making increased use of satellite imagery to monitor humanitarian situations. The UN has developed the UNOSAT programme which provides the international community with access to satellite imagery for use both in humanitarian relief and disaster prevention.

Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what priority is accorded to the provision of (a) water and sanitation and (b) health and education in his Department’s decision-making processes on aid distribution. (274941)

The provision of water and sanitation and health and education are millennium development goals (MDGs). The UK Government are committed to achieving the MDGs and the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Third White Paper stated that water and sanitation and health, education and social protection are essential services. The importance of improving these services is reflected in DFID’s commitment to spend at least half its bilateral financial support on them.

Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has made available to Sri Lanka for 2009-10; and to which projects such aid (a) has been and (b) is to be allocated. (275080)

Since September 2008, the Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated £7.5 million of humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka. Of this, £1.96 million remains on hand to respond rapidly to needs on the ground.

In the 2009-10 financial year DFID has made available: £500,000 to the United Nations Children’s Fund for water and sanitation provision and child protection activities; £500,000 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the emergency airlift of 5,000 tents for internally displaced persons; £550,000 to the United Nations Operations to provide 1,400 emergency shelters together with water and sanitation provision for at least 11,500 IDPs; and £650,000 to the International Organisation for Migration to establish, equip and staff 10 emergency mobile health clinics in IDP camps and provide emergency transport and logistics services.

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Fireworks: Noise

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the reduction of the decibel level of fireworks permitted under regulation 8 of the Fireworks Regulations 2004; and if he will make a statement. (274422)

Israel: EU External Trade

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to ensure that individuals or companies which market or sell within the UK properties in Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Golan inform potential purchasers of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's recently issued advice on the risks of such purchases; what steps the Government is taking to publicise that advice; and what steps the Government is taking to enforce the legal responsibilities of those who sell or market the properties. (271618)

[holding answer 30 April 2009]: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises UK citizens that there are risks involved in purchasing property in Israeli settlements on land considered to be occupied under international law in East Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Golan. Prospective purchasers should be aware that future peace deals could have consequences for properties purchased in these settlements. The advice is available on the FCO website.

Legislation specifically regulating the conduct of estate agents in the UK is not considered to apply to overseas property transactions. However, estate agents marketing overseas properties do have legal obligations to prospective purchasers under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. The Regulations oblige businesses not to mislead consumers through acts or omissions in their commercial practices. Failure to inform prospective purchasers of the risks involved in purchasing properties in the settlements could potentially amount to a misleading omission under the Regulations where this was likely to cause the average consumer to make a different choice. The Regulations are primarily enforced by local trading standards departments.

Leader of the House

Departmental Furniture

To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office spent on furniture in each of the last five years. (273707)

Because the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons joined the Cabinet Office in June 2007 separate figures are not available for expenditure on furniture in the Leader of the House’s Office.

Information prior to 2007 is available only at disproportionate cost.

Home Department

Animal Experiments

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which departments participate in the inter-departmental group on the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research established by her Department; and if she will make a statement. (272901)

The Group is led by Home Office officials and has members from the Department of Health, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Food Standards Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, the Health Protection Agency, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the Pesticides Safety Directorate.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms the inter-departmental group on the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research (3Rs) uses to ensure that other UK regulatory bodies take account of progress made in relation to the 3Rs. (272902)

The Inter Departmental Group on the 3Rs (IDG3Rs) was originally established by the Home Office to improve the application of the 3Rs and promote research into alternatives, reduce the need for toxicity testing through better sharing of data, and encourage the validation and acceptance of alternatives.

The group is one of the key mechanisms by which government policy and practice with respect to the scientific validation of alternative methods is co-ordinated by officials. The group also provides a means for Government Departments and Agencies to work with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

As part of its work, the group ensures that the United Kingdom representative to the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) is briefed in advance of meetings and that developments at ESAC and ECVAM are given due weight by Government Departments and regulatory agencies. Information on the validation of alternative methods within Europe is provided through the United Kingdom representative to ESAC. Relevant papers are distributed to members of the group as soon as they become available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of Government funding for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research was provided by her Department in the last 12 months. (272903)

In 2007-08, the latest year for which accounts are available, the Home Office provided £250,000 towards the funding of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3RS). This represented 9.5 per cent. of total Government funding for the centre. The Home Office has also provided £250,000 funding in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Asylum

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been waiting 12 months or more for a decision on their case; and how many of these (a) have sought permission to work and (b) have been granted permission to work under the provisions of the 2003 EU Reception Directive. (273980)

The requested information is not collated and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost through examination of individual case records.

The United Kingdom Border Agency’s asylum targets are based on case conclusion times and the agency is committed to fully concluding 90 per cent. of new asylum applications within six months by the end of 2011.

Asylum: Females

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female asylum seekers were interviewed with their children present during the first or subsequent substantive interview in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (272601)

The UK Border Agency does not record statistics in relation to the attendance of mothers with their children during the substantive interview on any of our internal databases. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost through the examination of individual case files.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (274560)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer given to the hon. Member for Ilford, North (Mr. Scott) on 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 282W.

Departmental Furniture

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years. (273767)

The Department's expenditure on furniture and fittings can be found in Note 14 (Tangible Fixed Assets) to the Home Office Resource Accounts which are published annually. The latest published figures are for the year 2007-08 which can be found at the Department's website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/resource-accounts-07-08

The Stationery Office publication references for the Resource Accounts for previous years are:

Home Office Resource Accounts 2006/07 (HC 1006);

Home Office Resource Accounts 2005/06 (HC 124);

Home Office Resource Accounts 2004/05 (HC 826).

The Home Office 2008-09 Resource Accounts will be available in July.

The expenditure incurred by Criminal Records Bureau and Identity and Passport Service can be found in their published annual reports and accounts which can be obtained from the Stationery Office.

Departmental Stationery

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years. (273787)

The requested information is not held centrally in the Home Office and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Detainees: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of asylum seekers (a) had and (b) had not begun to receive a standard programme of child immunisation before entering immigration removal centres in the last 12 months; and how many of those who had not begun to receive immunisations have subsequently started a programme of immunisations at an immigration removal centre. (272840)

Health care at all three immigration removal centres where children can be detained includes an undertaking to continue with childhood vaccination programmes already commenced in the UK until they leave the centre. The specific information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost by examining each individual record.

Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports her Department has received on allegations that persons have been obliged to sign applications for leave to remain under duress by their spouses; and if she will make a statement. (273047)

The information requested could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost, all relevant information, including an allegation of duress if made would be considered prior to any decision being taken on an application.

Food

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an estimate of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of waste food disposed of from her Department's premises in the last 12 months. (273436)

This specific information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Nevertheless my Department records its total waste arisings as required for the annual Sustainable Development in Government Report, and is working to reduce total waste from its premises.

Fuels: Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles carrying (a) gas, (b) oil, (c) liquified petroleum gas and (d) petroleum have entered the UK in each of the last 12 months; and what checks the UK Border Agency carries out on the drivers of these vehicles. (273271)

The Department for Transport are responsible for monitoring the movement of goods across the UK border. This information is not centrally available.

UKBA conducts freight searching operations at each of the Juxtaposed locations in Northern France, as well as ports of entry around the country. Drivers and their passengers are required to present documentation in the form of either a passport, or an ID card to an immigration officer to verify their identity and this applies to everyone seeking entry to the UK without exception.

Once the immigration officer is satisfied with the passenger they are allowed to proceed to the freight search area where their vehicle may be subject to further checks relating to their load as well as a physical search of the vehicle by trained search teams.

Gateway Group

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Gateway Group established to oversee all requests from her Department and its agencies for the collection of data outside its annual data requirement processes to begin its work. (273017)

The Gateway Group met for the first time on 28 April. It is chaired by the Home Office’s permanent secretary and includes representatives from ACPO, APA, HMIC and NPIA and the independent reducing bureaucracy advocate Jan Berry.

The Gateway Group will meet quarterly.

Identity Cards: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the sums to be allocated to the introduction of identity cards in each of the next six financial years. (271774)

The latest projected estimates for the cost of issuing identity cards are published in the sixth National Identity Service cost report presented to Parliament on 6 May 2009. A copy of the report may also be found at:

http://www.ips.gov.uk/identity/downloads/docA_IPS_cost_ reportpercent202009_v11_BM.pdf

I would refer the hon. Member to that report.

Immigration

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made in the case with Home Office reference G1082747; and if she will make a statement. (274727)

I wrote to the hon. Member on 27 April with the latest position on the case of G1082747 and this remains the position.

Immigration Controls

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent proposals on improving existing collaborative arrangements between (a) forces at the UK border and (b) police forces and the UK Border Agency have been (i) made and (ii) agreed to; and what timetable has been established for implementation of the proposals agreed to. (273027)

The creation of the UK Border Agency allows us to establish a single and strong border force bringing together immigration and customs controls at our ports.

The role of the police and of other agencies in contributing to border security continues to be a high priority for us.

This year we will build on the high level Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Border Agency and the police published in 2008, in order to improve, strengthen and better coordinate border security arrangements. This will include increased opportunities for joint working including joint threat assessments and operations as well as secondments of UK Border Agency and police staff.

The National Coordinator (Protect), on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), is closely involved in the planning for the border and setting consistent practices across port-based staff in forces across England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1187W, on immigration controls, when she expects the information on the resources required by the UK Border Agency to be finalised. (274170)

The resource required to deliver the points based system which has five tiers, four of which are currently in operation includes both internal and commercial costs. It is not possible to disaggregate the resources required to operate individual tiers. The commercial costs of implementing PBS costs as a whole will not be known until spring 2010.

International Police Assistance Board

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable has been set for the establishment of the International Police Assistance Board; and what goals she plans to set for the board. (273029)

The International Police Assistance Board was established in July 2008. It is a senior cross-departmental and senior police service advisory body, chaired by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Its aims are to better co-ordinate delivery of HMG cross-departmental initiatives and police service professional interest overseas and to develop a strategic overview of UK aims in international police assistance.

Metropolitan Police: Information and Communications Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the IT resources provided to Metropolitan Police officers in policing fraud. (273253)

The Government allocate funding to police authorities as a whole. The allocation of resources is a matter for the Metropolitan Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority, who are responsible for assessing local needs.

The Government have also specifically allocated £3.5 million to the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) over three years from 2008-09, with the Metropolitan Police Service contributing £3.9 million over the same three year period. One of the main areas of work for the PCeU will be to support the National Fraud Reporting Centre in tackling electronic fraud.

Police: Disclosure of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received of allegations of information about environmental campaign organisations being passed by the police to energy companies. (273278)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any members of the police have met (a) representatives of EDF Energy, (b) representatives of other energy companies, (c) Thierry Lorho and (d) representatives of Kargus to discuss (i) Greenpeace and (ii) other environmental campaign organisations. (273279)

The Home Office do not hold this information. Meetings held by the police with organisations are operational matters for the police force concerned. The police may provide protective security advice to any organisation where necessary.

Police: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police force procurement processes are coordinated nationally; and what timetable has been set for achieving such coordination. (273022)

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), with support from the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), has recently completed a detailed analysis of the police service’s spending on goods and services across all 43 forces in England and Wales and the British Transport Police. This is the first review of its kind in the public sector.

As a result of the review, ACPO and the NPIA are taking forward two areas of improvement:

Working with suppliers to increase standardisation of policy, processes and cost drivers (such as the removal of onerous terms and conditions).

Identifying areas of spend that are interchangeable with other providers/suppliers that show the greatest potential benefit from further collaboration and standardisation.

The NPIA and ACPO are finalising the plan for implementation of these improvement areas to capture the most significant efficiency improvements at both a national and regional level.

Vetting: Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of how many people each police force in England and Wales has provided information to assist with basic disclosure checks being undertaken by Disclosure Scotland. (273255)

Vetting: Voluntary Work

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the Independent Safeguarding Authority on trends in the levels of volunteering in sport; and if she will make a statement. (272405)

There is no reason to believe that the work of the ISA will have an adverse impact on volunteering. A single form will be available for applications to the new Vetting and Barring Scheme and for Criminal Records Bureau disclosures, and a single fee charged where applications are made at the same time. Applications will be free of charge to unpaid volunteers.

The regulatory impact assessment for the Scheme indicated that there would be some additional cost to volunteer organisers arising from the processing of applications by CRB-registered or umbrella bodies, some of whom charge a fee, but this is mitigated by the availability of a free on-line check to employers and users of volunteers once an individual is registered with the scheme.

Government recognise the vital role volunteers have in delivering sports activities. The Home Office, Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health have been working with stakeholders, including sports and voluntary sector bodies and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that their interests and concerns are reflected within the new scheme.

Part of this work will include issuing sector specific guidance.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Apprentices

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many persons who completed apprenticeships were unemployed one year after the end of the apprenticeship in each of the last three years. (274058)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: An apprenticeship is a work-based programme and apprentices must have a job or a work placement as a condition of completing their apprenticeship framework. Many will already be in permanent employment prior to the end of their apprenticeship.

Information on the immediate destinations of apprenticeships upon completion of their apprenticeship is not readily available. This type of information will in future be collected using the framework for excellence learner destination survey with the first results for all FE colleges and work based learning providers available in spring 2009. The survey will be conducted nine months after the end of the academic year and so will not relate exactly to 12 months after the completion of the apprenticeship.

The Government are committed to rebuilding apprenticeships. Since 1997 we have witnessed a renaissance in apprenticeships from a low point of 65,000 to a record 225,000 apprenticeship starts in 2007/08. Completion rates are also at a record high with 64 per cent. successfully completing an apprenticeship—up from 37 per cent. in 2004/05.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were terminated by an employer on economic grounds in each of the last 12 months. (274059)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: We do not currently hold data centrally about the total number of apprentices made redundant. Working with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) we have established a matching service to help apprentices at risk of redundancy to find alternative employment and to complete their apprenticeship. More generally, providers and the LSC have procedures to advise and relocate apprentices, in cases where providers or employers fail, to help ensure that they are able to continue in work and complete their apprenticeship. The £140 million package announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for an additional 35,000 apprenticeship places will help fund new provision in both the public sector and private sector, and will extend the opportunities available to people facing redundancy.

The Government are committed to rebuilding apprenticeships. Since 1997 we have witnessed a renaissance in apprenticeships from a low point of 65,000 to a record 225,000 apprenticeship starts in 2007/08. Completion rates are also at a record high with 64 per cent. successfully completing an apprenticeship—up from 37 per cent. in 2004/05.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what facilities there are in his Department's buildings for staff to stay overnight. (274063)

The Department's building services are provided through the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), which manage the buildings that DIUS occupies.

The National Measurement Office (NMO) occupies space in Teddington that is owned by DIUS but managed by the NMO.

Beyond being open for normal use in some cases, there are no overnight facilities in any of these buildings.

Departmental Furniture

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much each of his Department's agencies spent on furniture in each of the last five years. (273793)

The National Measurement Office (NMO) and Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have spent on furniture over the last five years as follows.

March to April financial years

National Measurement Office (NMO) (£)

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) (£)

2004-05

0

51,143

2005-06

0

52,961

2006-07

1,044

239,748

2007-08

1,801

200,800

2008-09

17,084

220,235

Total

19,929

764,887

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's staff work overseas; and in which countries such staff are located. (274067)

Two members of DIUS staff are on loan to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working as part of the Science and Innovation Network and based in posts overseas.

Departmental Mobile Phones

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) BlackBerry devices and (b) mobile telephones have been lost by (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his Department in each year since its creation. (274468)

According to our records, there have been no recorded instances of mobile phones (which were provided by the Department) being lost.

Our records show a total of six BlackBerry devices have been lost and not recovered. Two were lost in 2007 and four in 2008. There have been no reports of any BlackBerry devices being lost in 2009. All these devices were lost by civil servants. There were no losses by either Ministers or special advisers.

Departmental Stationery

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges in each year since its creation. (274576)

The Department has spent as follows:

(a) Office paper and envelopes are the main recycled office supplies in the Department. Approximately £7,200 per year is spent on these items in London. A significant amount of paper is also used at the DIUS office in Sheffield, but the cost is not separately identifiable because office paper was provided by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as building manager until recently.

(b) Printer ink cartridges:

2007/08: £39,586

2008/09: £106,915.

Learning and Skills Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what offices are (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) the Learning and Skills Council, (ii) his Department and (iii) the Higher Education Funding Council for England. (274233)

The information requested is provided in the following lists.

The Learning and Skills Council

Woburn Court, 2 Railton Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, MK42 7PN

Pacific House, Imperial Way, Reading, RG2 OTF

NTI Building, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, B5 5JU

Units 6 and 7 Castle Court, 2 Castlegate Business Park, Dudley, DY1 4RD

Provincial House, 25 Oxford Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EY

Stuart House, St. Johns Street, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 5DD

Dalton House, Dalton Way, Middlewich, CW10 OHU

Allergate House, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham, DH1 1TW

Oak Tree Court, Binley Business Park, Harry Weston Road, Coventry, CV3 2UN

Venture/Progress House, Regents Court, Guard Street, Workington, CA14 4EW

1 Mallard Way, Pullman Business Park, Derby, DE24 8GX

Foliot House, Budshead Road, Plymouth, PL6 5XR

Penhaligon House, Princes Street, Truro, TR1 1DZ

Richmond Court, Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3QS

Redwing House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, CM2 5PB

Conway House, 33-35 Worcester Street, Gloucester, GL1 3AJ

Eagle Point, Segensworth, Fareham, PO15 5TD

5 Brook Court, Whittington Hall, Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2ZX

Grosvenor Road, 45 Grosvenor Road, St. Albans, AL1 3AW

4 Earls Court, Henry Boot Way, Hull, HU4 7DY

26 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4AE

Citigate, Longridge Road, Preston, PR2 5BQ

17a Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1UU

Alpha Court, Unit 1B, Alpha Court Business Park, Kingsley Road, Lincoln, LN6 3TA

Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1DR

Boardman House, 64 The Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 1NT

Dumayne House, 1 Fox Lane, Palmers Green, London, N13 4AB

Canius House, 1 Scarbrook Road, Croydon, CRO 1SQ

Central House, 3 Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 1HY

Arndale House, Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ

The Plaza, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9QJ

Latimer House, Langford Business Park, Langford Locks, Kidlington, 0X5 1GG

Cheylesmore House North, Quinton Road, Cheylesmore, Coventry, CV1 2WT

Cheylesmore House South, Quinton Road, Cheylesmore, Coventry, CV1 2WT

Security House, Mile Lane, Cheylesmore, Coventry, CV21 2NL

Lakeside 500, Old Chapel Way, Broadland Business Park, Norwich, NR7 OWG

Royal Pavilion, Summerhouse Road, Moulton Park Industrial Estate, Northampton, NN3 6BJ

7 Pioneer Business Park, Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moorgate, York, YO30 4TN

C/O MLS Business Centre, City Gate East, Toll House Hill, Nottingham,NG1 5FY

Hollinswood House, Suite G1, Stafford Court, Telford, TF3 3DD

Kingston House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, TA1 2PX

The Straddle, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, Sheffield, S2 5SY

Festival Way, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5TQ

Felaw Maltings, 42 Felaw Street, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ

Technology House, 48-54 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6LE

Princes House, 53 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XB

Wynyard House, Wynyard Park, Billingham,TS22 5TB

Moongate House, 5th Avenue Business Park, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 OHF

St. Lawrence House, 29-31 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2HF

Mercury House, 4 Manchester Road, Bradford, BD5 OQL

The Bora Building, Westlea Campus, Westlea Down, Swindon, SN5 7EZ

All of the LSC's properties are leased.

DIUS

DIUS occupies office space at the following buildings:

Kingsgate House, 66-74 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6SW

Moorfoot, Sheffield, S1 4PQ

Castle View House, East Lane, Runcorn, WA7 2GJ

Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG

Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1SZ

These buildings are neither owned nor leased by DIUS. They are shared under agreements with BERR (for Kingsgate House), DCSF (for Moorfoot, Castle View House and Mowden Hall) and the Research Councils (for Polaris House).

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD

12th Floor, Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD

Both of the above properties are leased.

Train to Gain Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in each constituency participated in training under the Train to Gain programme since the programme's inception. (274938)

I have placed a copy of a table, showing Train to Gain starts in each parliamentary constituency since the inception of Train to Gain, in the House Libraries.

Treasury

Banks: Finance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (1) recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK Financial Investments Ltd. on the policy of (a) RBS and (b) HBOS on maintaining credit lines to existing commercial customers; (264831)

(2) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK Financial Investments Ltd. on the approach of (a) RBS and (b) HBOS in maintaining their existing loan portfolios.

The Government have regular discussions with UK Financial Investments Ltd. (UKFI). The framework agreement sets out the relationship between HM Treasury and UKFI, and is available at:

http://www.ukfi.gov.uk/

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 100W, on banks, if he will take steps to require information relating to pension arrangements of directors in banks supported through UK Financial Investments to be published more often than in annual reports and accounts. (265728)

[holding answer 23 March 2009]: Government policy in relation to the disclosure of commercial information by state-controlled companies that are PLCs is that their approach to disclosure should follow the requirements for companies listed on the Stock Exchange, including the Combined Code on Corporate Governance and Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations. Government are following this same approach in relation to the disclosure of commercial information by banks commercially managed by UK Financial Investments (UKFI).

The Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations 2002 require all quoted companies to prepare an annual directors' remuneration report. The remuneration report must contain certain information in respect of each person who has served as a director of the company at any time during the relevant financial year. The details are available at:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2002/20021986.htm

Banks: Ireland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will insure monies invested by British nationals in (a) the Bank of Ireland and (b) Anglo-Irish Bank. (270351)

Deposits with Bank of Ireland and Anglo Irish Bank are subject to the Irish Deposit Guarantee scheme.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether arrangements for the protection of deposits made in UK banks apply to UK holders of deposits in banks in the Republic of Ireland; and if he will make a statement. (270940)