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Written Answers

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 4 June 2009

House of Commons Commission

Employment Agencies

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many House of Commons staff have been recruited through employment agencies; and if he will make a statement. (277949)

The House of Commons does not fill any of its permanent vacancies with agency employed staff. Staff employed by agencies are used to cover temporary or interim vacancies. In 2008-09 expenditure on temporary agency staff equated to just over 4 per cent. of overall staffing costs.

Members: Allowances

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the information on hon. Members' expenses which has been leaked was obtained by the unauthorised (a) electronic and (b) physical copying of material. (276388)

The matter is subject to an internal inquiry. I will write to the hon. Member when it has reached conclusions.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the Commission expects publication by the House of information relating to hon. Members' allowances between 2004 and 2008; and if he will make a statement. (278002)

Preparation for publication of Members' allowances claims and supporting documentation from April 2004 until March 2008 is nearing completion. Final checks are being carried out, and any appeals by Members about the precise scope of what is included in the publication scheme are due to be heard and determined by the Committee on Members' Allowances during the course of next week. Subject to testing the public internet access arrangements, publication will follow as soon as possible after that.

Transport

Network Rail: Directors

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to appoint a special director for Network Rail. (277841)

The Department for Transport has no plans to appoint a special director to the board of Network Rail.

Transport: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much each English shire county has received in transport grant in each of the last five years. (278030)

The Department for Transport’s website contains details relating to the allocation of capital transport grant to local transport authorities including the shire counties at:

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

This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.

Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant.

Leader of the House

Legislation

To ask the Leader of the House what arrangements she plans to make for consultation on the Government’s draft legislative programme for the 2009-10 Session; and if she will make a statement. (277952)

Members and Peers: Expenses

To ask the Leader of the House if she will discuss with the Leader of the House of Lords the establishment of a Joint Committee to consider co-ordinated publication on the parliamentary intranet and website of details of the expenses of individual hon. Members and Peers. (277951)

The Government will bring forward legislation to establish a new, independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to oversee the expenses regimes of both Houses. It will be open to the new Authority to co-ordinate the publication of information about the expenses of Members of both Houses.

Written Questions

To ask the Leader of the House what steps she is taking to ensure the completeness of answers to Parliamentary Questions for written answer. (277953)

My right hon. and learned Friend the Leader of the House of Commons and I are fully committed to making sure that Ministers give faithful, honest, complete and timely answers to written parliamentary questions. We keep the matter under continuous review.

Treasury

Banks: Iceland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1083W, on bank services, for what reasons people with funds held in Icelandic banks were not alerted to the circumstances which prompted the Financial Services Authority to intensify its supervision of retail deposit-taking by Icelandic banks at the beginning of 2008. (270426)

The authorities acted responsibly throughout and, for very good reasons, have a policy of not commenting publicly on individual institutions. In line with usual practice, the authorities did not make people aware of these circumstances. To have done so in the case of the Icelandic banks could have caused precisely the consequences that the authorities were seeking to avoid.

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely effects on levels of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer arising from a change in rates of motorcycle vehicle excise duty to the same carbon dioxide emission scales as private cars; (278003)

(2) what recent consideration he has given to the merits of setting vehicle excise duty bands for motorcycles on the same carbon dioxide emissions scale as that applying to private cars.

The information requested is not available.

Carbon dioxide based vehicle excise duty for cars rests on data produced through the European-wide system of vehicle type approval. This system does not produce carbon dioxide data for motorcycles. Vehicle excise duty for motorcycles is instead set on an engine capacity basis.

Revenue and Customs

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs offices were open to receive post on Saturday 31 January 2009. (277779)

HM Revenue and Customs Enquiry Centres were closed on Saturday 31 January 2009. Post found and opened on Monday 2 February 2009 was treated as received on Friday 30 January 2009.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the first meeting of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change to take place. (277394)

The Government and the devolved Administrations recently announced the appointment of Lord John Krebs as the Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee to the Committee on Climate Change. As the Chair of the Sub-Committee, Lord Krebs will also sit on the main committee. The UK Government and the devolved Administrations are in the process of appointing five to eight board members to serve on the sub-committee. We hope to have the sub-committee in place by the end of June and the first meeting should take place as soon as possible after that.

Deer

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department has issued to local authorities on the control of wild deer. (278026)

DEFRA has not issued any advice on deer specifically for local authorities. For those involved in deer management, advice on the sustainable management of deer is available from the Deer Initiative. Some local authorities will have received advice from the Deer Initiative on local deer management issues relevant to their area.

Food Supply

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial and other support his Department has made available to encourage the development of local food hubs; how many such food hubs are in existence; and at which locations. (276892)

I recognise the benefits of well run local food hubs in helping to make it easier for local food producers to access markets, including public sector customers. Under the Regional Food Strategy both DEFRA and the regional development agencies have provided support for a number of initiatives, including food hubs, aimed at facilitating access to market for local food producers.

Funding to encourage the development of local food hubs in England has come from a number of sources:

The additional £5 million over five years (2003-04 to 2007-08) which DEFRA made available to Food from Britain (FFB) to support the quality regional food sector;

The regional development agencies' (RDA) single pot funding;

The Rural Development Programme; and

The private sector.

Examples of food hub-related activities which have received public funding include:

Under the previous England Rural Development Programme a 50 per cent. Rural Enterprise Scheme grant of £228,500 which helped fund the conversion of existing traditional buildings into Plumgarths Farm Shop and Lakelands Food Park in Cumbria;

The Ludlow Food Centre which has received funding (£159,000) from the West Midlands RDA; and

A study being funded by the South East of England, East of England and London RDAs examining the feasibility of using food hubs to serve London with local and regional produce.

In addition to the above, other examples of food hub facilities can be found in Bedfordshire (Woburn Country Foods), Essex (Ashlyns Organics); Shropshire (Weston Park); Nottinghamshire (Southglade Food Park) and Cumbria (Redhills near Penrith). In the south-west, the development of food distribution hubs is being driven by local demand through the supermarkets and food manufacturers without the need for public sector intervention.

Finally, DEFRA has also helped fund, via FFB, the research by Westley Consulting Ltd. and John Geldard (Plumgarths Farm) which led to the ‘Supplying Local Food to Mainstream Customers’ report published in August 2008. A copy of this report, which recognised the role that well run food hubs could play but was cautious about recommending public investment in establishing more hubs, can be found at the Westley Consulting website.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 30 March 2009 on the dumping of industrial waste in Roston. (278095)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 4 March 2009 on charges on compost. (278096)

Renewable Energy: Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has received any representations on whether the reference to fuels manufactured from waste in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1.1 reflects the Court of Appeal ruling in the OSS Group v. Environment Agency case; and if he will make a statement; (275101)

(2) whether his Department has received any representations on whether the reference to fuels manufactured from waste in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1.1 means that used cooling oil should be treated as a virgin oil if it has met the Carnwath test as set by the Environment Agency.

DEFRA officials have received correspondence from representatives of companies whose business involves the processing of waste to produce fuels about issues arising from the Court of Appeal ruling in the case of OSS Group v. Environment Agency. Officials at the Environment Agency have also held meetings with the companies concerned to discuss these issues. The Government's response to the amendment of the Environmental Permitting (England Wales) Regulations 2007 in the light of the Court's decision is still being considered.

Justice

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department have been suspended from duty in each month since January 2007. (274190)

In the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), excluding the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), central records of suspension exist from April 2007 only.

The information for MoJ excluding NOMS is set out in the following table:

Number of suspensions

2007

April

6

May

2

June

4

July

5

August

4

September

5

October

5

November

0

December

5

2008

January

5

February

2

March

18

April

1

May

3

June

5

July

3

August

0

September

3

October

0

November

1

December

0

2009

January

3

February

2

March

0

These figures represent the number of new suspensions in each month; there is no cumulative element to the totals.

The National Offender Management Service does not hold the requested information centrally, and to obtain the information now would incur disproportionate cost.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the names and addresses were of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2008-09, based on the purchase order data held in the Department's financial database. (276413)

The information requested will be placed in the Libraries of the House. The data provided have been sourced from two Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, one from the system covering the Courts, Tribunals, Former Department for Constitutional Affairs, and the other from the National Offender Management Service System. It is a complete list of suppliers against whom a purchase order was raised in the 2008-09 financial year across each system.

Monarchy: Succession

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which Commonwealth governments the Government have indicated a wish to discuss reform of male-preference primogeniture for the line of succession for the Crown; and if he will make a statement. (273805)

Any changes to the rules of succession would have to be agreed to by all Commonwealth countries of which the Queen is head of state. Discussions have started and are continuing but it would be inappropriate to release details at this stage.

Restorative Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the rate of reoffending among those who have completed high-visibility community payback schemes. (278102)

Reoffending rates for those who have completed high-visibility community payback schemes are unavailable as the data source used to produce reoffending rates does not differentiate between those on the scheme, and those who are not.

Reoffending rates are available for those who serve both community and suspended sentence orders with an unpaid work requirement; however the latest available data are for those who commenced such a sentence between 1 January and 31 March 2007. The high-visibility community payback scheme did not commence until December 2008, therefore reoffending rates for the period covered by the scheme will not be available until data for the 2009 cohort are published in 2011.

Culture, Media and Sport

Brass Bands: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund awarded to brass bands in each of the last five years. (275822)

The Big Lottery Fund has been able to supply the following figures for the value of relevant grants across the UK in the last five years, including grants made under the Awards for All joint scheme:

Total value of grants (£)

2004-05

81,314

2005-06

151,542

2006-07

176,572

2007-08

109,663

2008-09

281,721

Football: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the National Anti-Doping Organisation expects the governing authorities for football to have introduced anti-doping procedures compliant with its requirements; and if he will make a statement. (277268)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: UK Sport, the UK’s National Anti-doping Organisation, is currently working with the Football Association (FA) to ensure that their anti-doping rules and procedures are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) and accompanying international standards.

We understand that the FA Council will be considering this when it meets over the summer to agree their rules for the 2009-10 season. Government expect the FA to ensure that their anti-doping rules and procedures are fully compliant with WADA’s code and standards.

National Anti-Doping Organisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of progress towards a fully independent National Anti-Doping Organisation; and if he will make a statement. (277270)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: I met recently with UK Sport, who are leading on the project to establish the new stand alone National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), UK Anti-Doping.

At this meeting, UK Sport reported that work to establish UK Anti-Doping is progressing well, with the project on-schedule to meet vesting, as proposed, by the end of the year.

National Anti-Doping Organisation: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what budget has been allocated to the National Anti-Doping Organisation in each year to 2012. (277269)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: For 2009-10, the budget for the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), currently delivered by UK Sport, is approximately £7 million, including £1.8 million that has been budgeted for transition costs toward the establishment of the new stand alone NADO, named UK Anti-Doping.

The budget for 2010-11, the first full year of operation for UK Anti-Doping, is approximately £7.2 million.

Funding for subsequent years will be finalised in light of the Department’s forthcoming comprehensive spending review settlement.

Sports: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £36 million allocated to the Sport Unlimited scheme has been spent; and how many of the 4,000 planned taster sessions have taken place. (277134)

Sport England has advised that in the first year of the three year Sport Unlimited scheme, £10,487,000 has been spent from the year 1 funding allocation of £10,500,000.

The Sport Unlimited scheme will enable 900,000 more 11 to 19-year-olds to become involved in a range of sports. Sport England will publish end of year results on year 1 of Sport Unlimited later on this month, which will include information about the number of individuals participating in the scheme against year 1 targets. Sport England has undertaken to write to the hon. Member with a copy of their report.

The number of taster sessions that have taken place is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Aung San Suu Kyi

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on the arrest and trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. (277407)

The Japanese Government released a statement on 15 May 2009 expressing their deep concern at the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Japanese Foreign Minister, Hirofumi Nakasone, raised Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention with his Burmese counterpart on 25 May 2009. We have raised her current trial and ongoing detention with the Japanese at official level. Japan, like the UK, is a major contributor of humanitarian aid to Burma and we remain in regular contact concerning the current situation both at the UN Security Council and via the UN Secretary-General’s Group of Friends of Burma.

Most recently, I spoke with the Japanese Foreign Minister on 25 May 2009 in Vietnam. I also discussed Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest and the situation in Burma with Asian and European Ministers at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Hanoi on 25-26 May 2009 and at the EU-ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh on 27-28 May 2009.

Employment Conditions Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has paid Employment Conditions Abroad in each year since the inception of the contract; and what the future monetary value of any outstanding contracts is. (275460)

We do not hold figures for spending on this contract before 2004. To recalculate them would incur disproportionate cost. The cost of the contract to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office each year since then has been:

Cost (£)

2004

72,632.61

2005

76,750.99

2006

78,472.37

2007

83,425.00

2008

89,299.87

Our contract with Employment Conditions Abroad is ongoing. We anticipate the cost of the contract and their services to be approximately £84,525 in 2009. Prices have been frozen at 2008’s rates.

Occupied Territories: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the expansion of settlements in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement. (277207)

Settlement expansion is a major obstacle to peace. We receive regular reports, including from the Israeli non-governmental organisation Peace Now. During 2008, Peace Now reported that the West Bank settler population increased 15,000 to 285,000. They report that there are plans for at least 73,300 additional housing units in the West Bank.

We are also deeply concerned about any changes to the character of East Jerusalem.

I raised this issue during my meeting with Foreign Minister Lieberman and in my statement to the UN Security Council on 11 May 2009. We will continue to press the Israeli Government to freeze all such activity.

Work and Pensions

Children: Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has (a) deducted maintenance payments or arrears from bank accounts without going through a court, (b) issued a liability order under section 32M of the Child Support Act 1991, (c) applied to a court for (i) a disqualification from holding or obtaining a passport and (ii) a curfew and (d) recovered arrears from a deceased person’s estate. (277682)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the child maintenance commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner. The Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has (a) deducted maintenance payments or arrears from bank accounts without going through a court, (b) issued a Liability Order under section 32M of the Child Support Act 1991, (c) applied to a court for (i) a disqualification from holding or obtaining a passport and (ii) a curfew and (d) recovered arrears from a deceased person’s estate. [277682]

The new enforcement powers required to allow the Commission to take the actions noted in your question are provided by the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 and are yet to be commenced. It is therefore not possible to provide the requested information at this time.

The Commission plans to commence the deduction order powers later this year to administratively remove funds from bank accounts, either periodically or in a lump sum, without going to court. A Deduction Order can be used in cases where a Deduction from Earnings Order cannot, for example, where the non-resident parent is self-employed.

No dates have yet been set to for implementation of Administrative Liability Orders, application to court for passport disqualification / curfew, or recovery of maintenance arrears from a deceased person’s estate.

I am sorry on this occasion I can not be more helpful.

Cold Weather Payments: Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon constituency received cold weather payments in 2008-09; and what the average amount received by such individuals was. (272299)

Information on the number of pensioners in Hendon who received Cold Weather Payments in 2008-09 is not available. Hendon constituency is linked to Heathrow weather station which triggered once in 2008-09.

The amount received by eligible pensioners was £25 for each week that the cold weather payment was triggered in their area.

Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1980W, on Jobcentre Plus: manpower, if he will provide a description of each job in Jobcentre Plus in each pay grade. (249409)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

*The full answer and the information requested appear at XXXX

Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons jobseeker’s allowance customers are required to ring 0845 telephone numbers to apply for jobs on Jobseeker Direct; what free alternatives there are to this service; and if he will make a statement. (271324)

[holding answer 27 April 2009]: The cost of calling 0845 numbers remains lower than many alternatives and, where it is possible, using BT landlines to call 0845 numbers is usually the lowest cost option. Research was carried out in 2008 to estimate the additional telephony charges DWP would incur by switching all existing 0845 services to 0800. We do not have a precise amount, but it is estimated that the switch would cost £10 million a year. In addition, there would be one-off transition costs of changing literature and raising awareness with staff, estimated at £1 million.

BT account for two-thirds of landline provision and our recent research shows that over 80 per cent. of our customers contact us using landlines. We believe that 0845 numbers offer the best solution for the majority of our customers, including those wishing to apply for jobs with Jobseeker Direct. We understand that not everyone has access to a BT landline and if that is the case, we will always call back if asked to do so, so that we absorb the cost of the call.

If customers are unable to call Jobseeker Direct on the 0845 number, Jobcentre Plus offices have touch screen Jobpoint terminals installed for customers to use to access the same full range of vacancies available through Jobseeker Direct. In addition, all vacancies can be accessed online via the Directgov Jobseekers website and there are normally places available locally, such as libraries, which offer free internet access to jobseekers who are unable to get to a jobcentre or unable to access the internet in any other way.

Jobseeker's Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 269W, on jobseeker's allowance, what (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative evaluation has been undertaken of (i) the extent to which signposting takes place and (ii) the outcomes it achieves; and if he will make a statement. (264352)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

*The full answer and the information requested appear at XXXX

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Lichfield, Official Report, 11 May 2009, columns 545-6, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Lichfield. (278031)

Pension Protection Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the assets of the Pension Protection Fund have been in each year since 2005; what payments have been made from that fund in each such year; and what pension payments he expects to be made from that fund in each of the next six years. (276837)

The information requested is given in the following table.

£

Financial year

PPF Assets1

PPF Payments2

2005-06

141,430,000

3Nil

2006-07

835,514,000

1,402,000

2007-08

1,718,594,000

17,313,000

2008-09

4

4

1 Total assets less current liabilities (not taking into account the long term liabilities of the fund).

2 Compensation payments.

3 No schemes transferred.

4 The PPF is in the process of finalising this information for the annual report and accounts which will be published in the autumn.

Forecast information on expected pension compensation payments for the next six years is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Coventry South of 13 May 2009, Official Report, column 865, on Rover Group: pensions, what estimate his Department made of the extra costs which would be imposed consequent on the changes to the operation of the Pension Protection Fund in respect of people who took early retirement before the relevant scheme entered that fund; and what assessment he made of the capacity of the Pension Protection Fund levy to meet those extra costs. (276895)

As at April 2008, the estimated cost of removing the 90 per cent. compensation limit and the compensation cap for the people who had taken early retirement before April 2005 in a scheme that had already been admitted into the Pension Protection Fund was around £4 million. That figure is based on the number of individuals affected at that time and does not reflect the costs in relation to early retirees in schemes which entered the PPF after April 2008 or those which may do so in the future as such information is not readily available. The pension protection levy is a matter for the board of the Pension Protection Fund, but any extra costs would be borne by levy payers.

The estimated costs are one factor in the Government's decision not to change the way in which the Pension Protection Fund treats early retirees. The second is equality of treatment between those people who receive PPF compensation. Removing the compensation limit and the cap for some individuals who were under scheme pension age at the time their pension scheme entered the Pension Protection Fund would introduce inequalities in treatment of individuals under normal pension age and lead to a two tier system. The 90 per cent. limit and the cap ensure consistent treatment based on the individual's age at the time their pension scheme enters the PPF. They ensure that people who are able to take early retirement are not placed in a more beneficial position than those who stay in employment.

Pensioners: Poverty

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were estimated to be living in poverty in each English region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007-08. (276265)

Poverty is a complex and multidimensional issue and, as such, there are many possible measures of poverty.

Our public service agreement “Tackle poverty and promote greater independence and wellbeing in later life” includes a range of indicators related to low income for pensioners. These are relative low income (below 50 and 60 per cent. contemporary median household income), and absolute low income (below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 median income uprated in line with prices), all measured after housing costs have been taken into account.

The estimated number of pensioners living below each of these low income thresholds by each English region in 1996-97 and 2007-08 are published in Households Below Average Income 1994-95 to 2007-08, a copy of which is available in the Library.

Written Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 258770, on deprived areas funds, tabled on 20 February 2009. (265555)

Defence

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to adapt its activities to climate change in the last two years. (277646)

The MOD is involved in the cross-Government Adapting to Climate Change Programme, which brings together and drives forward work on adapting to climate change across Government and the public sector in England. The programme was established in January 2008, and its work includes implementation of the adaptation aspects of the Climate Change Act, such as development of the national Climate Change Risk Assessment. Information about the programme and its work can be found at the following link:

www.defra.gov/adaptation.

As well as working together to tackle issues that affect all Departments and their work, each Government Department is adapting to climate change in its own operations and policies.

In December 2008 the Ministry of Defence published its climate change strategy, which sets out how the Department will adapt our policy planning, equipment and estate to a changing climate. Information about this can be found at the following link:

www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/73ED201B-CC03-41B4-8936-6BED49469D6E/0/ClimateChangeStrategy2009.pdf

The Department has ongoing research into climate change impacts around the globe to determine the potential security threats that may arise as a result of climate change and how our policies and force development may need to alter to reflect this.

For our estate, we are in the early phases of developing a Climate Impacts Risk Assessment Methodology that will consider the risks, incidents and geological effects associated with climate change events. We have begun the first pilot exercise for this model, the findings of which will be built into our long-term strategic development plans.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's potential gross (a) costs and (b) savings arising from its climate change adaptation measures in the next three years. (277726)

It is not currently possible to provide estimates of the potential costs and savings arising from MOD climate change adaptation measures over the next three years. It has, however, been shown in the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change that timely and well-targeted climate adaptation measures will yield benefits in excess of their costs. Some of these benefits will accrue to Departments as cost-savings over the next three years, and in future years. The main rationale for MOD investment is to address climate risk and contribute to reduction of the UK's vulnerability to longer-term climate change impacts.

The Government is undertaking a Climate Change Risk Assessment and Economic Analysis, which will provide estimates of the costs and benefits of adaptation to the UK. This analysis will be presented to Parliament in 2011.

The Government will also be publishing supplementary appraisal guidance this summer. This will help to ensure that adaptation measures are designed and implemented in a cost-effective manner.

Defence Storage and Distribution Agency: Redundancies

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether a health and safety impact assessment has been conducted on the proposed programme of redundancies at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency; (277902)

(2) what involvement Ministers from his Department have had in the development of proposals to make posts redundant at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency;

(3) what the reasons are for the proposed programme of redundancies at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency;

(4) how many redundancies are planned at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency; and at which sites such redundancies are planned;

(5) what recent assessment he has made of the merits of the proposed programme of redundancies at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency on the defence supply chain; and if he will make a statement;

(6) if the Government will suspend the planned programme of redundancies at the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for the period of the suspension of the Chief Operating Officer and the Financial Director.

The Defence Storage and Distribution Agency’s proposed planned programme of efficiencies is currently under review and I will write to the hon. Member once a decision has been made.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people under the age of (a) 26, (b) 31, (c) 36 and (d) 41 years and resident in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK have been recruited to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service in the last five years; (277790)

(2) how many people resident in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been recruited to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service in the last five years.

The Royal Navy does not hold the information in the format requested. However, it is able to provide figures for the residency, which is taken from current address records, of those joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary by postcodes for the North East. For this information the North East has been identified as incorporating the area from Berwick upon Tweed in the north, Barnards Castle in the west and Middlesbrough/Stockton/Darlington in the south.

Age on recruitment

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

71

68

34

58

20

26 to 31

19

25

17

15

10

32 to 36

15

15

12

14

7

37 to 41

16

27

11

17

14

Over 41

51

44

58

55

26

Overall UK total

172

179

132

159

77

Postcode DH

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

26 to 31

32 to 36

1

37 to 41

Over 41

1

Overall total

1

1

0

0

0

Postcode DL

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

1

26 to 31

32 to 36

37 to 41

Over 41

1

Overall total

0

0

1

0

1

Postcode NE

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

3

7

1

4

1

26 to 31

2

2

32 to 36

1

1

2

37 to 41

2

1

1

Over 41

1

4

3

1

Overall total

6

10

7

10

4

Postcode TD

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

26 to 31

32 to 36

37 to 41

Over 41

1

Overall total

0

0

0

1

0

Postcode TS

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under 26

3

2

26 to 31

32 to 36

37 to 41

1

1

Over 41

1

1

Overall total

4

3

0

1

1

The figures for 2009 are provided up until 31 May.

Somalia: Piracy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1159W, on Somalia: piracy, whether all of the 45 individuals captured by Royal Navy forces were Somali nationals; and if he will make a statement. (273046)

The eight suspected pirates who were detained on 11 November 2008 and were subsequently transferred to the Kenyan authorities were Somali nationals.

We believe that the remaining 37 suspects, who have been questioned but not detained by Royal Naval personnel, were also Somali nationals. However, we cannot be sure that they were all Somali nationals as we are almost wholly reliant on their own statements to determine their nationality.

Trident Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the expenditure of £100 million to design a new missile compartment for the Vanguard replacement submarine announced in 2009 was included in the cost figures for the new submarine provided in the 2006 Defence White Paper. (277759)

The provision necessary to deliver the common missile compartment design requirement was included within the £11-14 billion estimate for the submarines contained in the 2006 White Paper (Cm 6994).

Duchy of Lancaster

Death: Epilepsy

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 have died with epilepsy being recorded as a contributing factor to the death in each of the last five years. (278133)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated June 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 have died with epilepsy being recorded as a contributing factor to the death in each of the last five years. (278133)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where epilepsy was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate for persons (a) of all ages and (b) under the age of 25 in England and Wales, for the years 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths where epilepsy1 was mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales2, 2003-20073

Deaths (persons)

Year

All ages

Under 25

2003

2,277

195

2004

2,100

179

2005

2,269

192

2006

2,251

194

2007

2,240

175

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes G40-G41. Deaths are included where epilepsy was recorded as the underlying cause of death or mentioned anywhere else on the death certificate.

2 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to increase the effectiveness of the use of information communications technology in (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) 10 Downing Street and (c) the civil service. (271089)

The Department is improving the effectiveness of its use of information communications technology (ICT) by leading and participating in the Public Sector Flex framework. Public Sector Flex is an ICT shared service for the public sector offering a core desktop computing environment and a comprehensive range of additional ICT services. It will provide economies of scale and significant cost reductions, but with clear service quality standards.

The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of Cabinet Office and therefore follows its guidelines and policies in the use of ICT.

The Government's strategy for increasing the effectiveness of its use of technology more widely in the civil service is set out in “Transformational Government—Enabled by Technology” (Cm. 6683). The latest Annual Report is available at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/cio/transformational _government/annual_report2007.aspx

and is available in the Libraries of the House.

Honours: Arts

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who the Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee is; on what date the appointment was made; and for how long a term. (273105)

[holding answer 6 May 2009]: The Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee is Lord Stevenson of Coddenham.

He was appointed in line with the recruitment process set out in the Government's White Paper ‘Reform of the Honours System’ (Cm 6479), which was a response to the Public Administration Select Committee's July 2004 Report ‘A Matter of Honour: Reforming the Honours System’ (HC212-I), and Sir Hayden Phillips' report on his review of the honours system.

The post of the Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee was advertised in the Sunday Times on 9 March 2008 and on the Public Appointments Unit's website. Lord Stevenson's application was considered by an interview panel which drew up a shortlist of candidates who were interviewed.

Lord Stevenson was appointed on 18 June 2008. The position is unpaid. The normal term of appointment is three years.

Minimum Wage: Darlington

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people in Darlington constituency whose income rose following the introduction of the national minimum wage. (275750)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for an estimate of the number of people in Darlington constituency whose income rose following the introduction of the national minimum wage. (275750)

Estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage by Parliamentary Constituency are not available.

For the UK as a whole, the number of employee jobs paid below the 1999 national minimum wage in 1998 was 1,280 thousand (6 per cent), in 1999 it was estimated at 490 thousand jobs (2 per cent).

A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=5837

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Consumer Credit: Licensing

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with the Office of Fair Trading on renewal of consumer credit licences. (277507)

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is responsible for the licensing of businesses who offer credit services. The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform maintains a continuous dialogue with the OFT regarding all aspects of its regulatory business.

Economic and Monetary Union

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what activities have been undertaken by his Department's Euro Minister in that capacity. (277164)

Euro Ministers are responsible for euro preparations in their department and attend Euro Ministers Steering Group meetings. Meetings are held only when necessary to discuss practical preparations to ensure a smooth changeover.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 January 2009 from the hon. Member for Northavon sent on behalf of Mr. I Hill of Wick on consumer protection. (269023)

I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding. I answered the hon. Member's correspondence on 3 June.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when a reply will be sent to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18 March 2009, transferred from the Treasury on 27 March, PO Ref: 1/69691/2009), about tax. (277102)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: I responded to the hon. Member on 14 May. I apologise for the delay which was caused by the current high volumes of correspondence.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 17 March 2009 on problems with a business. (278094)

I apologise to the right hon. Member for the delay in responding. The right hon. Member will receive a response shortly by the relevant Minister.

Energy and Climate Change

Tidal Impoundment

7. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the viability of tidal impoundment schemes for electricity generation. (277924)

The Severn Tidal Power feasibility study led by my Department is investigating the potential for tidal impoundment in the Severn Estuary. Work so far suggests that three barrage and two lagoon options are potentially commercially and technically viable.

Estuaries: Electricity Generation

8. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which estuaries in Great Britain are being considered for possible electricity-generating barrages; and if he will make a statement. (277925)

Tidal power generation is under consideration by the Government in the Severn Estuary, and by private business consortia and community interest groups in a number of other estuaries including the Mersey, the Solway Firth and the Thames.

Policy Adaptation

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss Government policy on adaptation to climate change. (277927)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and DECC officials meet regularly with colleagues in DEFRA to discuss a range of issues, including adapting to climate change.

It is essential that our Departments work closely together, so that our work on managing the impacts of climate change in the UK complements and reinforces our work to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Nuclear Waste Export

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he next plans to review the effectiveness of the law on the export of nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement. (277928)

Current legislation, some put in place as recently as December, effectively controls the export of nuclear waste.

Carbon Capture

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the current efficacy of carbon capture technologies in coal-fired power stations. (277932)

There are a few small scale CCS pilots operating successfully around the world already. The real issue now is large commercial-scale demonstration and we announced in April plans to support up to four such demonstration projects in the UK.

Offshore Wind Farms

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he next expects to meet representatives of renewable energy companies to discuss offshore wind farms. (277935)

DECC Ministers and officials regularly meet renewable energy companies. For example, I am scheduled to speak at the British Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Wind conference on 24 June.

Coal-fired Power Stations

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his timetable is for consultation on the framework for development of new coal-fired power stations; and if he will make a statement. (277937)

Carbon Sequestration

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the establishment of plants to demonstrate carbon capture and storage technology; and if he will make a statement. (277930)

In Budget 2009, the Government announced plans to accelerate the demonstration of carbon capture and storage. This included the announcement of £90 million of public funding for FEED studies. The competition is now moving to the next stage of invitation to negotiate.

In addition, the Chancellor announced proposals to expand our demonstration effort through a financial mechanism to support up to four demonstration projects, including the competition.

Climate Change: USA

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met his US counterpart to discuss climate change. (277931)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has held a number of discussions with senior figures in the US administration, including the Climate Change Envoy and the Secretary of Energy during his recent visit to Washington and during subsequent discussions at the US-chaired Major Economies Forum and in the margins of other multilateral meetings.

Departmental Mobile Phones

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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. (274474)

The Department uses BlackBerrys and mobile phones provided by both the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The detailed process of reallocating resources from these Departments has not yet been completed and losses of these devices will be included in any BERR or DEFRA returns.

Energy: Meters

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects smart meters to have been installed in every home in North West Leicestershire constituency. (277933)

Last year the Government announced their intention to mandate smart metering for all households. This will be a major project involving the installation of about 47 million smart meters. There is a substantial programme of work to complete to prepare for the roll-out, but we have set an indicative timetable for a completion of the roll-out by the end of 2020.

Warm Front Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints he has received about the operation of the Warm Front scheme in 2009. (277934)

The Department has only recorded the number of complaints it has received about Warm Front since the beginning of April this year. Up until the end of May, DECC has received 275 expressions of dissatisfaction with the scheme.

Wind Power

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward measures to promote community ownership of wind energy generation. (277926)

The Government currently support community energy projects through the Renewables Obligations and the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

We have committed to feed-in tariffs for renewable energy generation, from April 2010.

Within the context of the Renewable Energy Strategy the Government are considering options for greater community involvement in the development of renewables projects.

Wind Power: Health Hazards

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the effect of the operation of wind turbines on public health. (277936)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and his officials have had discussion with relevant Government Departments, including the Department of Health, on the content of the suite of energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) being introduced under the Planning Act 2008. This will include guidance on the effects of wind turbines.

The Government’s Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22 on renewable energy sets out the Government’s policies for renewable energy, which planning authorities should have regard to when preparing local development documents and when taking planning decisions.

Home Department

Asylum

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum cases were brought to a conclusion, including appeals, (a) within two months, (b) between two and six months, (c) between six and 12 months and (d) over 12 months in each of the last five years. (242777)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Data on conclusion performance by year of application are only available from the introduction of end-to-end processing of new asylum applications in April 2006. Prior to that date, performance targets were based on the length of time it took to reach an initial decision on an asylum application, rather than the length of time it took to conclude a case.

The PSA Delivery Agreement 3, Indicator 2 refers to the reduction in the time to conclusion of asylum application. The measure is to ensure a target percentage of cases should be resolved within six months as per the following:

35 per cent. by end of April 2007;

40 per cent. by end of December 2007;

60 per cent. by end of December 2008;

75 per cent. by end of December 2009;

90 per cent. by end of December 2011.

The method of reporting against the target is based on the performance of the specific monthly cohort of cases reaching six months. Hence all reporting is done against a six months timeframe. A cohort is specified as those new applications received between 1st and 31st of each month.

The conclusion measurement requires applications to be granted asylum or some form of leave to remain in the UK, allowed at appeal or removed within 182 days (six months) to be counted as concluded.

Performance against the targets has been published in National Statistics as follows:

38 per cent. of new applications received in September 2006 were concluded in six months by the end of by April 2007;

46 per cent. of new applications received in June 2007 were concluded in six months by the end of December 2007;

62 per cent. of new applications received in June 2008 were concluded in six months by the end of December 2008.

Published information is not available in relation to conclusion of applications in timescales other than six months.

Borders: Personal Records

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training UK Border Agency staff will receive as part of the introduction of e-borders. (269240)

e-Borders is being rolled out in a phased approach. In advance of each phase, a dedicated team will work closely with the business to identify staff affected and assess any required learning needs.

A detailed Learning Needs Assessment, Strategy and Plan for Phase 1 has been delivered and accepted and the same approach for Phase 2 is in development and will be delivered in time for roll out has been designed to support delivery. Training will be delivered either directly from the e-Borders team, or via the “Train the Trainer” format, using existing agency trainers in the business.

Training includes the skills and knowledge required to use the system and the necessary behavioural changes to support this. Data handling and security of personal data will be an integral part of the training.

Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1278W, on crime: statistics, which classification each of these offences now belongs to. (262496)

The information requested is given in the table. Data under these new offence classifications will be presented for the first time in the annual crime statistics to be published in July 2009.

New offence classifications for offences previously classified as ‘Less serious wounding’

Components of classification 8A ‘Less serious wounding’ prior to 1 April 2008

New classifications with effect from 1 April 2008

Main offence sub-heading

Wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm, with or without weapon.

Now split into:

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 20.

Class 8F: Inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Most serious violence against the person.

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Administering poison with intent to injure or annoy.

Class 8K: Poisoning or female genital mutilation.

Other violence against the person.

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 24.

Drivers injuring persons by furious driving.

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 35.

Assault on person preserving wreck.

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 37.

Assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 47.

Assault with intent to resist apprehension.

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Offences against the Person Act 1861 sec 38.

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

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 sec 3(1).

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

Class 8G: Actual bodily harm and other injury.

Other violence against the person.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 sec 3(3).

Excise, infibulate, aid, abet, counsel.

Class 8K: Poisoning or female genital mutilation.

Other violence against the person.

Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 sec 1(1), 2, 3 and 5.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many educational institutions have received a rating of (a) A, (b) B and (c) F from the UK Border Agency under the new Tier 4 registration system. (271977)

As of 29 April 2009, there have been 1,491 educational establishments awarded an A rating and 41 educational standards awarded a B rating under the Tier 4 Points Based System. There is no F Rating.

Internet: Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements there are for UK internet service providers wishing to use deep packet inspection targeted advertising systems to obtain consent from individual internet users prior to the collection of data relating to individuals. (277873)

I have been asked to reply.

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) requires all data controllers, including internet services providers, to comply with the DPA and the data protection principles, when processing personal data. Personal data must not be processed unless, amongst other things, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 to the DPA is met. In the case of sensitive personal data, a condition in Schedule 3 must also be met. Consent is one condition for processing personal data, but it is not the only one, and whether consent is required for certain processing to take place will depend upon the particular circumstances.

Additionally the Internet Advertising Bureau has recently launched a code of practice which focuses on free and informed consent. Many internet services providers and key players have signed up to this, including Phorm, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL.

Anyone with concerns or complaints about the way in which personal data are being processed can refer the matter to the Information Commissioner, the independent regulator for the DPA, to investigate.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 4 December 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs. Shakeela Band. (250867)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter dated 20 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs. Kadididja Benguana Epse Benneddall. (263653)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 20 April 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. S. Tygier. (277530)

Passports: Fraud

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted frauds in applications for passports have been detected by the Identity and Passport Service in each of the last five years. (276827)

The following table gives figures for attempted frauds detected in passport applications for each of the last five financial years.

The measurement of fraud is a complex issue. Historically IPS has counted as fraudulent only those cases which it has been possible to confirm absolutely as fraud. In recent years IPS has been engaged in a programme of work to better understand the nature and level of fraud within the passport application process and the success of existing measures in preventing fraud. This work has established that there were a significant number of cases in which IPS routinely prevents the issue of passports to fraudsters without actually recording those cases as fraudulent.

As a result, processes to provide a more accurate measure of IPS performance in countering fraud have been developed and refined. This is the reason for the significant step change in success that IPS is now able to report. IPS currently uses a tiered approach to recording fraudulent applications based on the level of likelihood of fraud. Fraud is now categorised as confirmed fraud, probable fraud and possible fraud.

IPS continues to undertake analysis to better understand the fraud perpetrated against it and to more accurately measure and record its performance in this complex but important area.

These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.

Number

2004-05

1,497

2005-06

6,497

2006-07

6,108

2007-08

9,382

2008-09

9,254

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been issued to individuals who were subsequently found to have used the identities of deceased British citizens to obtain those passports in each of the last five years. (276830)

The following figures show the number of instances in which Identity and Passport Service has identified and recorded passports issued to individuals subsequently found to have used the identities of deceased British citizens in their applications:

Number

2004-05

68

2005-06

64

2006-07

7

2007-08

3

2008-09

5

These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.

Police: Powers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable she has set for returning to custody sergeants the power to charge individuals in respect of all offences triable in magistrates' courts; and by what date this change will have been implemented nationally. (272984)

We have no plans at this stage to reverse the policy of statutory charging.

A recent joint HMIC/HMCPSI inspection reported that statutory charging has delivered good quality final charging decisions by prosecutors, and had caused weak cases to be discontinued earlier, thereby saving time and cost for the police service, CPS and the courts.

We are working with Jan Berry, the independent Reducing Bureaucracy Advocate, and criminal justice partners to improve the custody and charging processes so that they deliver the best possible service to the police, prosecutors and the public.

Written Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer Question (a) 241867, on personal data, (b) 241874, on departmental procurement, (c) 241656, on visas, (d) 241601, on work permits, (e) 241609, on business visitors and (f) 241610, on business visitors tabled by the hon. Member for Beaconsfield on 4 December 2008. (264900)

My hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration replied to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield on (a) 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 148W; (b) 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 163W; (c) 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns 952-53W; (d) 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 952W and (e) 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 952W.

Prime Minister

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Prime Minister who is responsible for determining the UK's strategy in Afghanistan. (278024)

I accept responsibility for UK strategy in Afghanistan. I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made to the House on 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 869-73.

To ask the Prime Minister what recent advice he has received from the Chief of the Afghan staff regarding future troop levels in Afghanistan. (278025)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (Mr. Hutton) on 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 12.

Scotland

Departmental Reviews

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is; when each such project (i) began and (ii) was completed; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. (275968)

Summary information on taskforces and other standing bodies is available in the annual Cabinet Office publication “Public Bodies”. Copies of “Public Bodies 2008” are available in the Libraries of the House. Detailed information on ad hoc advisory bodies is available in the Office’s annual report.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Departmental Billing

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in each year since its creation. (275199)

Since its creation, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and its agencies have not made any payments of interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (273566)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1065W.

Children, Schools and Families

Cabinet: Glasgow

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009; (273927)

(2) what expenditure on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) food (i) he and (ii) officials in his Department incurred in connection with the Cabinet meeting in Glasgow on 16 April 2009.

The total cost of travel incurred by my right hon. Friend and two officials in connection with his visits in Glasgow and the Cabinet meeting was £1,076.32.

There was no departmental expenditure on accommodation or food.

Children in Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were in residential care in each local authority area in England in each year since 2000. (276432)

The information is as follows and has also been placed in the House Libraries.

Children in residential care at 31 March, by local authority1,2,3,4—years ending 31 March 2000 to 2008—coverage: England

Children in residential care—number

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

England

8,800

8,700

8,600

8,700

8,800

8,700

8,400

8,100

8,100

North East

550

530

500

460

410

410

370

360

360

Darlington

15

15

15

20'

15

15

15

15

15

Durham

70

55

45

55

50

40

35

40

35

Gateshead

55

55

40

40

30

30

25

30

30

Hartlepool

10

15

15

15

10

10

10

10

10

Middlesbrough

40

35

40

45

20

25

25

25

25

Newcastle Upon Tyne

75

75

55

40

45

45

40

50

50

North Tyneside

45

45

50

40

30

30

30

35

30

Northumberland

60

50

50

50

55

65

40

40

40

Redcar and Cleveland

15

20.

15

15

10

10

15

15

20

South Tyneside

45

45

40

30

35

35

35

30

30

Stockton-on-Tees

40

30

35

40

30

30

25

20

25

Sunderland

95

95

90

70

80

70

70

60

50

North West

1,550

1,450

1,440

1,520

1,480

1,450

1,370

1,300

1,230

Blackburn with Darwen

55

40

40

15

25

25

20

20

25

Blackpool

40

15

30

35

45

40

45

40

40

Bolton

35

30

40

45

45

50

50

45

45

Bury

40

40

25

30

35

30

30

25

25

Cheshire

40

50

50

55

60

60

60

65

65

Cumbria

45

40

45

50

40

40

35

40

35

Halton

10

10

5

25

20

20

20

20

20

Knowsley

20

25

35

30

40

30

25

30

25

Lancashire

355

290

265

245

195

190

155

160

160

Liverpool

220

185

160

175

140

90

110

95

85

Manchester

135

125

155

200

235

265

270

250

225

Oldham

60

50

50

45

45

45

45

45

45

Rochdale

35

25

15

25

35

45

35

40

35

Salford

125

130

110

105

100

110

105

95

90

Sefton

65

75

85

120

85

70

65

60

55

St. Helens

55

45

60

45

50

45

45

30

25

Stockport

75

85

65

50

55

55

45

50

50

Tameside

20

25

30

40

40

40

30

30

25

Trafford

30

45

60

45

35

30

25

25

25

Warrington

15

20

15

10

15

15

15

10

10

Wigan

40

30

35

45

60

55

60

50

60

Wirral

35

60

65

95

95

110

75

65

50

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,080

930

950

880

850

810

800

780

780

Barnsley

65

45

55

55

45

40

40

25

30

Bradford

115

85

105

105

100

95

115

105

110

Calderdale

45

30

35

25

35

40

40

50

45

Doncaster

85

105

75

60

55

60

60

55

60

East Riding of Yorkshire

45

40

40

40

40

40

30

35

20

Kingston upon Hull, City of

125

95

105

85

65

55

55

50

50

Kirklees

70

55

65

65

45

40

40

50

55

Leeds

185

165

165

145

170

155

155

150

155

North East Lincolnshire

35

25

20

20

30

25

20

25

20

North Lincolnshire

30

30

25

25

35

25

25

20

20

North Yorkshire

20

20

40

45

45

50

45

45

40

Rotherham

35

40

60

45

25

35

30

30

30

Sheffield

130

100

95

95

90

95

95

85

85

Wakefield

55

60

35

45

45

40

35

35

35

York

35

35

30

25

20

20

10

10

15

East Midlands

520

480

470

490

470

490

480

490

500

Derby

70

60

65

60

50

55

55

55

55

Derbyshire

80

70

55

35

65

70

75

75

70

Leicester

40

30

15

35

55

45

40

45

45

Leicestershire

30

25

40

60

45

55

50

55

55

Lincolnshire

60

50

55

60

75

80

65

65

50

Northamptonshire

105

100

105

85

70

65

85

85

100

Nottingham

65

90

85

90

60

65

65

65

70

Nottinghamshire

60

55

50

55

50

55

45

45

50

Rutland

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

910

840

850

980

920

930

970

1,070

1,070

Birmingham

335

280

305

335

280

270

310

355

380

Coventry

40

45

50

55

55

60

65

80

75

Dudley

50

35

30

50

50

60

60

60

60

Herefordshire

30

30

25

20

10

10

15

20

20

Sandwell

30

40

50

55

55

55

65

55

40

Shropshire

35

25

30

45

25

30

35

35

35

Solihull

40

30

40

40

35

40

50

80

105

Staffordshire

100

85

75

115

105

90

100

100

95

Stoke-on-Trent

45

50

65

80

60

70

65

70

60

Telford and Wrekin

35

40

30

25

40

45

35

40

35

Walsall

45

60

60

45

65

60

45

45

40

Warwickshire

20

15

15

30

35

35

25

20

20

Wolverhampton

50

45

30

50

40

50

45

40

45

Worcestershire

60

65

45

45

60

60

60

60

60

East of England

750

740

770

780

780

770

770

700

700

Bedfordshire

65

60

60

55

85

70

60

45

35

Cambridgeshire

40

45

55

45

50

55

80

75

75

Essex

195

175

190

210

200

175

175

160

175

Hertfordshire

145

150

125

125

140

135

140

150

145

Luton

30

35

40

35

40

35

35

35

30

Norfolk

130

115

145

135

110

135

120

115

110

Peterborough

25

30

35

25

35

60

45

40

30

Southend-on-Sea

25

30

30

35

30

35

35

20

20

Suffolk

65

70

70

75

70

60

.60

50

55

Thurrock

25

30

25

30

20

15

15

15

20

London

1,960

2,110

2,090

2,000

2,250

2,170

2,040

1,910

1,790

Inner London

1,070

1,130

1,070

990

1,150

1,170

1,060

940

790

Camden

50

65

60

60

65

70

60

50

50

City Of London

0

0

0

0

10

15

15

15

5

Hackney

60

60

65

60

50

45

50

50

35

Hammersmith and Fulham

45

50

60

50

85

80

65

65

65

Haringey

75

120

160

130

140

140

120

105

95

Islington

170

155

125

115

130

130

90

75

30

Kensington and Chelsea

65

65

45

50

35

35

55

40

45

Lambeth

255

250

200

145

125

145

180

120

75

Lewisham

100

135

120

140

175

150

110

105

95

Newham

40

50

60

85

90

80

60

80

80

Southward

95

60

55

75

75

85

95

90

85

Tower Hamlets

60

50

55

45

70

90

80

60

55

Wandsworth

35

45

35

10

35

25

20

35

35

Westminster

20

30

30

20

60

75

55

40

35

Outer London

890

980

1,010

1,010

1,100

990

980

970

1,000

Barking and Dagenham

60

90

105

85

30

25

30

30

35

Barnet

40

45

65

80

60

70

55

55

55

Bexley

25

20

15

25

10

15

15

10

10

Brent

55

60

90

70

85

100

110

95

75

Bromley

55

75

100

85

65

50

45

40

40

Croydon

50

60

75

100

160

115

150

225

300

Ealing

110

90

70

80

65

50

55

60

50

Enfield

65

65

50

60

60

30

20

25

15

Greenwich

60

80

90

100

105

80

70

70

70

Harrow

25

35

30

25

45

40

40

40

30

Havering

30

25

25

35

35

40

40

25

25

Hillingdon

90

65

60

45

70

60

65

45

50

Hounslow

70

65

50

50

70

75

65

50

70

Kingston upon Thames

35

25

30

25

20

25

30

20

15

Merton

20

30

10

15

25

25

20

15

20

Redbridge

25

25

25

20

30

30

25

45

30

Richmond upon Thames

15

40

40

30

25

25

20

15

10

Sutton

20

20

10

20

25

20

20

15

15

Waltham Forest

40

60

65

65

120

105

105

75

85

South East

920

990

990

910

990

1,030

990

930

1,100

Bracknell Forest

30

25

20

15

15

15

20

20

15

Brighton and Hove

25

45

50

40

35

35

40

45

40

Buckinghamshire

50

55

45

45

60

55

55

60

65

East Sussex

30

30

45

45

45

35

35

35

35

Hampshire

125

135

115

130

135

130

140

140

125

Isle of Wight

5

5

10

10

10

15

15

Kent

110

170

150

130

140

190

150

85

240

Medway Towns

20

30

30

30

20

15

15

15

20

Milton Keynes

45

30

35

35

30

35

40

40

40

Oxfordshire

70

70

60

55

60

60

45

45

50

Portsmouth

35

35

55

40

35

35

30

30

35

Reading

50

35

30

30

20

20

20

20

20

Slough

25

30

20

20

15

30

35

40

30

Southampton

20

15

30

20

30

35

30

30

25

Surrey

125

130

140

125

155

170

140

135

140

West Berkshire

30

20

15

15

15

20

20

15

15

West Sussex

85

90

120

90

130

115

130

115

150

Windsor and Maidenhead

20

25

20

25

20

15

15

25

20

Wokingham

25

20

15

15

10

15

20

25

15

South West

570

580

590

620

630

630

570

580

570

Bath and North East Somerset

5

15

20

25

20

15

10

15

5

Bournemouth

35

35

40

30

30

30

30

25

30

Bristol, City of

75

50

60

75

85

80

70

70

65

Cornwall

70

80

75

70

65

60

60

65

55

Devon

75

70

75

100

85

80

95

105

110

Dorset

20

25

15

20

35

40

40

40

35

Gloucestershire

65

70

75

70

65

55

35

40

35

Isles Of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Somerset

15

20

10

10

15

10

10

10

5

Plymouth

35

40

30

30

45

35

25

25

20

Poole

15

15

15

25

15

15

10

10

10

Somerset

85

75

65

50

60

75

65

70

65

South Gloucestershire

20

15

15

20

30

30

25

25

25

Swindon

15

20

30

30

15

25

25

15

15

Torbay

15

15

15

25

25

15

15

20

20

Wiltshire

30

25

45

35

45

55

60

50

60

1. Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

2. Children in residential care include children looked after and placed in secure unit, children placed in homes and hostels subject to children’s homes regulations, children placed in residential accommodation (hostels and supportive residential settings) not subject to children’s homes regulations, children placed in residential settings and children in all residential schools, except where dual-registered as a school and children’s home.

3. Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which for 2000 to 2003 have been derived from the one third sample, while figures for 2004 to 2008 cover all children looked after.

4. Rounding and suppression—to ensure that no individual can be identified from statistical tables, we use conventions for rounding and suppression of very small numbers. England totals have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise. Regional totals have been rounded to the nearest 10. All other numbers have been rounded to the nearest five, and numbers from one to five inclusive have been suppressed, being replaced in the published table by a hyphen (—).

Source:

SSDA 903

Children: Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects Ofsted next to report on lessons from serious case reviews. (274263)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 19 May 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for a response.

Ofsted has started the preparation for its second report on the outcomes of serious case reviews, based on evaluations which were completed between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. This is provisionally planned for publication in late August 2009.

In light of Lord Laming's recent recommendations, Ofsted also intends to produce more regular reports, at six-monthly intervals, which summarise the lessons from serious case reviews. We have yet to agree the pattern of dates of these reports.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department has taken to adapt to climate change in the last two years; (277648)

(2) what estimate he has made of his Department's potential gross (a) costs and (b) savings arising from its climate change adaptation measures in the next three years.

For the schools estate, some of the steps taken by DCSF and local authorities include:

increasing the flood resilience of schools that have been or could be subject to flooding;

promoting sustainable urban drainage strategies and other sustainable water management practices in new and existing school projects, as identified in the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) report funded by the Department1;

promoting passive environmental design of new buildings to prevent summertime overheating; and

joint DCSF/HPA guidance for teachers and other professionals on looking after schoolchildren during heatwaves2.

The Department has not made any estimate of the costs and savings from climate change adaptation measures in schools. However some cost analysis of the possible impacts on buildings was published in a report by the Foundation for the Built Environment published in 20003.

The Department’s Estates and Facilities Management Division has earmarked £500,000 and £550,000 for the next two years, to invest in sustainability measures in the Department’s buildings. Assessments will be made of each potential sustainability improvement and we will invest in projects with a three-year payback or better. We are not yet in a position to determine the amount of these monies that will be spent on climate change adaptation measures or the value of the savings associated with them.

1 Sustainable water management in schools (W012) available free from

www.ciria.org.uk/suds/publications.htm

2 Guidance for Teachers and other professionals on looking after Schoolchildren during Heatwaves—

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1210577610802?p=1204031509010.

and Background Information from HPA and DCSF on looking after Schoolchildren during heatwaves—

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1210577610624?p=1204031509010

3 Potential implications of climate change in the built environment, Hilary M Graves, Mark C Phillipson, 2000, ISBN 1860814476, available from

http://www.brebookshop.com/details.jsp?id=144643.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. (273553)

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1708W, on departmental training, which Ministers attended the (a) induction workshop, (b) action learning set, (c) media training and (d) select committee training courses; and what the total cost of these courses was. (265678)

Ministers in the Department for Children, Schools and Families who have attended personal training courses are: (a) Induction Workshop: Sarah McCarthy-Fry, (b) Action Learning Set: Delyth Morgan, (c) Media Training: Sarah McCarthy-Fry and Delyth Morgan, (d) Select Committee Training: Sarah McCarthy-Fry.

The total cost of these courses was £4,432.75.

Departmental Work Experience

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many work placements his Department and its predecessors offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last five years. (274491)

The information is as follows:

School pupils

University students and graduates

2005

69

14

2006

78

27

20071

40

35

2008

55

32

1 Department for Education and Skills up to 27 June 2007 and Department of Children, Schools and Families from 28 June 2007.

It is not possible to separate figures for university students and graduates.

The Department is currently in the process of planning its own work experience programme for 2009.

Employment Tribunals Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; how many such actions were brought under each category of action; and how many such actions were contested by his Department at an employment tribunal. (277417)

The Department has defended less than five claims in employment tribunal hearings in each of the financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Department was established on 28 June 2007. Further detail is suppressed on grounds of confidentiality.

Information on the number of claims withdrawn during the process of being defended prior to a full hearing is not held and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information for the 2006-07 financial year could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Faith Schools: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department provided to religious bodies as a contribution to their capital expenditure on voluntary-aided schools of a religious character in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04; what proportion of his Department’s expenditure such expenditure represented in each of those years; and in what instances his Department’s contribution represented (a) up to 90 per cent. and (b) 90 per cent. or more of total project expenditure. (277665)

The information set out as follows shows the amount of grant payable from 2001-02, the earliest year for which we have the information, to the governing bodies of those voluntary aided (VA) schools with a religious character. This is then shown as a proportion of the total departmental capital programme (including PFI credits) for all schools. Some VA schools will also have received some funding from programmes other than the main VA programmes but as these records are maintained mainly at local authority level we do not keep records of the amounts. The proportions in the table are therefore likely smaller than the actual share.

Although most capital expenditure at voluntary aided schools requires a 10 per cent. contribution from their governing bodies, we do not have information relating to any other contributions made either by governing bodies or from any other source.

Amount paid up to 90 per cent. (£000)

Amount paid 90-100 per cent. (£000)

Amount as a proportion of the total departmental capital programme (percentage)

2001-02

172,292

427

6.16

2002-03

298,205

3,750

8.67

2003-04

440,450

28,200

10.8

Total

910,947

32,377

GCE A-Level

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average A-level points score per pupil was for secondary schools with sixth forms of (a) 50 or fewer, (b) 51 to 100, (c) 101 to 150, (d) 151 to 200, (e) 201 to 250 and (f) more than 250 pupils in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (273518)

The information is published in the School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables on the Department’s website at the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/performancetables/16to18_08.shtml.

A copy of the tables is available in the House Libraries.

GCE A-Level: History

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who sat A-level history at mainstream maintained schools gained an A to E grade in that subject in each year since 1997. (276845)

The information requested can be found in the table:

Number and proportion of pupils who sat A-level history at mainstream maintained schools and who gained an A to E grade in that subject in each year since 1997

Number

Percentage

1997

16,713

86.6

1998

16,710

87.2

1999

16,541

87.9

2000

16,617

88.9

2001

17,034

88.7

2002

20,159

97.1

2003

20,903

97.9

2004

21,987

98.1

2005

22,767

98.1

2006

23,723

98.1

2007

23,826

98.4

2008

24,811

98.9

Source:

Achievement and Attainment Tables.

The jump in the pass rate in 2002 is partly due to the new unitised A-level exams which saw the first cohort taking AS courses.

GCSE

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils did not gain a single GCSE grade excluding equivalents in 2008. (251122)

The number of pupils that did not attain at least one full1 GCSE (excluding all2 equivalents) in the grade of A*-G is 24,119, which is a proportion of 3.7 per cent. of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the year, 2008.

1 Short GCSE courses have been excluded. Full, double and extended double courses have been included.

2 GNVQ’s have also been excluded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils, including those in the cohort but not entered for examination, in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) independent schools, (c) pupil referral units, excluding hospital schools, (d) special schools, (e) grammar schools, (f) academies and city technology colleges and (g) any other type of school attained five GCSEs grades A* to C, including English and mathematics and excluding equivalents in the last year for which figures are available. (266862)

The requested information is given in the following table:

Number and proportion of pupils at the end of KS4 that achieved five or more GCSEs1 at grade A*-C, including English and maths, by school type in 2008

School category

Number of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C including English and maths

Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*- C including English and maths

(a) Comprehensive2

247,840

46.2

(b) Independent mainstream

22,597

49.0

(c) Pupil referral units (excluding hospital schools)

55

0.8

(d) Special schools3

110

1.0

(e) Grammar schools

22,038

97.7

(f) Academies and CTCs2

4,448

34.6

(g) Other (modern and other maintained schools)

10,267

34.7

1 Only GCSE and vocational GCSE grades have been considered. 2 Academies and CTCs are a subset of comprehensive schools. 3 Including independent special schools and excluding hospital schools.

GCSE: Citizenship

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils sat a GCSE in citizenship studies in each of the last five years; (276839)

(2) how many pupils sat GCSEs in both citizenship studies and history in each year since 1997.

The information required is given in the table. The GCSE short course in citizenship has only been available for the past five years.

Number of pupils attempting history and citizenship in 2003/04 to 2007/08

GCSE short course in citizenship

Both full GCSE history and GCSE short course in citizenship

2004

24,415

8,365

2005

36,207

11,947

2006

51,296

17,323

2007

67,295

21,739

2008

84,588

26,384

Notes:

1. Figures in 2003/04 relate to 15-year-olds (age at start of academic year, ie 31 August) in all schools.

2. Figures for 2005 onwards relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.

National Curriculum Tests

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which official of his Department minuted the meeting of 17 June 2008 between the Minister of State for Schools and David Gee about national curriculum tests; and if he will make a statement. (278089)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 30 April 2009, Official Report, column 1450W. My private secretary took a note of the meeting on 17 June 2008.

National Curriculum Tests: Reading Berkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils who attended a school in the Reading Local Education Authority area took the Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science attained the same or a lower level than they attained at Key Stage 2 (i) in total and (ii) for pupils who attained (A) level 3, (B) level 4 and (C) level 5 at Key Stage 2 in each year since 1997; (248861)

(2) how many and what proportion of pupils who attended a school in the Reading Local Education Authority area and attained level 5 or below in the Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in 2007 had previously attained level 5 or above at Key Stage 2.

The information is in the following tables. Data for other years can be only provided at disproportionate cost.

Attainment1 of pupils2 in all schools at key stage 2 (2004) and key stage 3 (2007) analysed by subject—Year: 2007 (Revised); Coverage: Reading

Percentage achieving key stage 3 level

Key stage 2 level

Unable to access test

B

N

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Level 5 or above

Level 6 or above

English—91% of pupils with a valid result in English at key stage 33 also have a valid result in English at key stage 24

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

58

21

x

x

x

0

0

100

x

0

N

0

50

23

13

x

x

0

0

100

x

0

2

0

15

31

23

31

0

0

0

100

0

0

3

0

6

8

8

45

31

0

0

100

31

0

4

0

x

1

2

14

60

16

5

100

81

21

5

0

0

0

0

0

17

47

35

100

99

82

Maths—89% of pupils with a valid result in Maths at key stage 35 also have a valid result in Maths at key stage 26

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

32

0

x

52

x

0

0

0

0

100

0

0

N

0

0

x

x

58

30

0

0

0

0

100

0

0

2

0

0

x

0

25

67

0

0

0

0

100

0

0

3

0

x

x

0

10

41

34

11

0

0

100

45

11

4

0

0

0

0

x

4

30

48

15

x

100

94

64

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

7

33

60

100

100

99

Science—89% of pupils with a valid result in Science at key stage 37 also have a valid result in Science at key stage 28

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

x

x

0

67

0

0

0

0

100

0

0

N

0

0

36

0

27

27

0

0

0

100

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

38

54

0

0

0

100

0

0

3

0

x

4

x

23

50

16

0

0

100

16

0

4

0

0

1

x

3

23

55

16

1

100

71

16

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

27

58

100

98

86

1 Results of key stage 2 and key stage 3 tests, not teacher assessments.

2 Only pupils with a valid level at both key stage 2 and key stage 3 are included.

3 Valid results in KS3 English include levels 3-7, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

4 Valid results in KS2 English include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

5 Valid results in KS3 Maths include levels 3-8, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

6 Valid results in KS2 Maths include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

7 Valid results in KS3 Science include levels 3-7, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

8 Valid results in KS2 Science include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

Note:

‘x’ = Percentage suppressed due to small numbers

Number achieving key stage 3 level

Key stage 2 level

Unable to access test

B

N

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Level 5 or above

Level 6 or above

English—91% of pupils with a valid result in English at key stage 33 also have a valid result in English at key stage 24

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

20

10

x

x

x

0

0

30

x

0

N

0

20

10

x

x

x

0

0

30

x

0

2

0

x

x

x

x

0

0

0

10

0

0

3

0

10

10

10

60

40

0

0

130

40

0

4

0

x

x

10

50

220

60

10

350

290

70

5

0

0

0

0

0

60

150

110

320

320

260

Maths—89% of pupils with a valid result in Maths at key stage 35 also have a valid result in Maths at key stage 26

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

x

x

x

10

x

0

0

0

0

20

0

0

N

0

0

x

x

20

10

0

0

0

0

30

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

x

10

0

0

0

0

10

0

0

3

0

x

x

0

20

80

60

20

0

0

180

80

20

4

0

0

10

0

x

10

90

140

40

x

300

280

190

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

20

110

210

340

340

340

Science—89% of pupils with a valid result in Science at key stage 37 also have a valid result in Science at key stage 28

Disapplied

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B

0

x

x

0

10

0

0

0

0

10

0

0

N

0

0

x

0

x

x

0

0

0

10

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

10

10

0

0

0

10

0

0

3

0

x

x

x

30

50

20

0

0

100

20

0

4

0

0

10

x

10

80

190

50

x

340

240

60

5

0

0

0

0

0

x

50

110

240

400

400

340

1 Results of key stage 2 and key stage 3 tests, not teacher assessments.

2 Only pupils with a valid level at both key stage 2 and key stage 3 are included.

3 Valid results in KS3 English include levels 3-7, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

4 Valid results in KS2 English include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

5 Valid results in KS3 Maths include levels 3-8, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

6 Valid results in KS2 Maths include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

7 Valid results in KS3 Science include levels 3-7, B, N, A, unable to access test and malpractice cases. Absent and Malpractice not shown within table.

8 Valid results in KS2 Science include levels 2-6, D, B, N, A. Absent not shown within table.

Notes:

1. ‘x’ Figures suppressed due to small numbers

2. All figures rounded to the nearest 10. Therefore parts may not sum to totals.

Pupil Exclusions

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of between five and seven years have been (a) excluded from school for a fixed period and (b) permanently excluded from school in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (275093)

Information on the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions (not pupils) is published at:

2006/07 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000793/index.shtml

2005/06 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000733/index.shtml

2004/05 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000662/index.shtml

2003/04 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000582/index.shtml

2002/03 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000535/index.shtml

2001/02 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000427/index.shtml

2000/01 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000365/index.shtml

1999/2000 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000298/ index.shtml

1998/99 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000209/index.shtml

1997/98 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000025/index.shtml

Data on permanent exclusions are available for the full period requested.

Data on fixed period exclusions were collected for the first time in 2003/04 via the Termly Exclusions Survey. Since 2005/06 collection has been via the School Census, but in that first year was for secondary schools only. In 2006/07, collection was extended to primary and special schools.

The School Census includes non-maintained special schools, city technology colleges and academies whereas the Termly Exclusions Survey excludes them. This difference in scope and the change in collection mechanism mean that caution is needed when comparing results since 2005/06 with those prior to that.

School Meals

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that school pupils eat healthy meals at school lunchtimes. (278034)

The Secretary of State has set up the School Food Trust (SFT), put in place new nutritional standards, and is investing over £650 million to improve the quality of school food.

Since September 2006 all schools have had to meet food-based standards for school lunches and, since September 2007, they have also had to meet food-based standards for other school food such as tuck shops, vending and breakfast clubs.

Nutrient-based standards have been mandatory in primary schools since September 2008 and come into effect in secondary and special schools from September 2009.

Together with the Trust, we have created a network of school FEAST (Food Excellence and Skills Training) centres to offer customised and new training and qualifications for school caterers. The Trust has put in place a range of guidance, communications and marketing activities, and a network of local school food ambassadors to encourage and support schools to provide good quality school lunches.

The Trust’s Million Meals programme provides a range of resources and support to increase take up.

Schools: Asbestos

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of maintained schools with asbestos in the fabric of the school building; and if he will make a statement. (276313)

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) were used extensively as building materials in Great Britain and the majority of schools are likely to contain them as are many other buildings both domestic and non-domestic. It has been estimated that more than 500,000 non-domestic premises, including schools, still contain ACMs.

Many maintained schools built or refurbished between 1945 and the early 1980s have asbestos in the fabric of the school building because in that period ACMs were extensively used as building materials in new and refurbished schools, although asbestos removal has taken place in some of them since. In particular, pre-fabricated schools—so called system-built schools—of the CLASP, SCOLA and Hills types commonly used ACMs. The HSE records over 1,400 CLASP schools in the UK, and it has been estimated there are 13,000 system built schools.

Major refurbishments normally include removal of all asbestos in areas in which work is undertaken and when new schools replace old ones the demolition includes the safe disposal of all ACMs.

There are around 28,000 maintained schools in England. The following analysis, compiled in 2001, shows the ages of buildings of maintained schools in England, as percentages of floor area:

Percentage

Pre 1919

14

Inter war

13

From 1945 to 1966

33

From 1967 to 1976

24

Post 1976

13

Temporary premises

3

Our best estimate in September 2008 on the basis of the figures above was that around 70 per cent. of school buildings contain some ACMs.

Schools: Construction