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Written Answers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Defence

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers of (a) the Welsh Guards and (b) the Royal Welsh Regiment are deployed in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (286101)

The deployment of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and elements of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh to Afghanistan was announced by the then Secretary of State for Defence on 16 December 2008.

The number of personnel in units may fluctuate significantly on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, and visits. Units often contain individual augmentees from other units and services, and additional members from the Welsh Guards and the Royal Welsh Regiment may be augmenting other units.

These data are not collated centrally and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Mental Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have resumed (a) front line service and (b) civilian military support duties after being diagnosed with a mental health condition in each year since 1997. (283312)

The MOD’s Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation has since July 2007 reported on the Psychiatric Morbidity of the UK Armed Forces, and quarterly Reports for the whole of 2007 and 2008 are now available both in the Library of the House and on the DASA website at:

www.dasa.mod.uk

Equivalent verified data prior to 2007 are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The figures show that, of the 10,103 personnel who attended a MOD Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) for the first time during this two-year period, 7,101 were assessed as having a mental health disorder of some sort. These included a wide range and severity of neurotic and mood disorders; only 335 were given an initial diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

While records are not collated centrally as to how many of these return specifically to the frontline or to other service duties, overall only around 200 personnel are discharged each year where mental and behavioural disorders are the principal disability. This demonstrates that if personnel do come forward for mental health assessment and treatment, the vast majority can be treated and remain in service.

Armed Forces: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many airborne jumps armed forces personnel undertook for training purposes from civilian aircraft in each of the last five years. (284535)

The total number of annual parachute descents by entitled service personnel conducted between 2004 and 2008 from civilian aircraft is provided in the following table. This includes displays conducted by the RAF Falcon display team, whose descents cannot be broken out from the totals.

Descents from civilian aircraft

2004

5,610

2005

3,462

2006

2,139

2007

203

2008

3,470

Civilian aircraft make a valuable and cost-effective contribution to parachute training particularly when military aircraft are deployed on other high priority military tasks. The relatively small number of descents made in 2007 is due to an increased availability of military aircraft in that year.

Ascension Island

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 18W, on Ascension Island, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes in response to his query. (283752)

[holding answer 2 July 2009]: The decision by the Ascension Island Government to remove a variation in the Ministry of Defence’s annual property tax liability, which had the effect of almost doubling the amount, is currently being disputed. The MOD, therefore, has not paid this new tax liability in full. Urgent discussions are taking place between the MOD and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the amount of property tax owed. We are seeking an agreement that is fair and equitable, and assurance that the services received in return from the Ascension Island Government represent best value for money. I will inform the House once these discussions are complete.

Departmental Accountancy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish his Department’s resource accounts for 2008-09. (287337)

The Department’s resource accounts for 2008-09 are expected to be laid before the House by the summer recess.

Departmental Information Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department of (a) press officers and (b) other press office staff has been in each year since 1997. (283064)

Currently, there are 110 press officers employed across the Department, as recorded in the Central Office of Information’s White Book, of which 35 are within the central MOD Media and Communications unit or Regional Defence Press Officer Network. Additionally, there are five press office support staff.

The total includes civilian and military staff working across the Department (including within single services) and are defined as those who directly interface with national or regional media on news issues, and in direct support of operations.

The cost for the 35 press officers and five support staff employed by the central organisation based on capitation rates for 2009-10 is approximately £2.2 million, which includes some £115,000 for the press office support staff.

Press officer costs in other areas of the Department and historical records, since 1997, are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Operation Herrick 10: Operation Herrick 9

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have lost limbs in the course of (a) Operation Herrick 10 and (b) Operation Herrick 9. (286974)

Fifteen surviving casualties from roulement 9 of Op. Herrick, between 15 October 2008 and 14 April 2009, sustained a traumatic or surgical amputation ranging from the loss of part of a finger or toe up to the loss of an entire limb or limbs.

Initial figures for roulement 10, will be reported following the end of the roulement period.

These figures include those who have had a surgical amputation performed either at military field hospitals or in hospital in the UK. These figures may be amended as records are updated.

Tornado Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying hours were completed by Tornado aircraft in each of the last 10 years. (284991)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave on 14 May 2009, Official Report, column 14-16MC, to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) which provides the actual flying hours completed by Tornado aircraft from 2001-02 until 2007-08. Information prior to 2001-02 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The actual flying hours completed for 2008-09 are:

Aircraft

Actual hours flown

Tornado F3

7,460

Tornado GR4

22,248

Written Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer question 279511, on Demos, tabled on 11 June 2009. (285877)

Scotland

Conditions of Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours a week. (287091)

All staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice. Any member of staff can request a change to their working pattern and line managers consider requests in line with the policy and guidance of the parent Department.

Staff below the senior civil service (92 per cent.) can work to a flexi-time agreement and local records are kept of hours worked; 4 per cent. of all staff work part-time; and 4 per cent. work compressed hours. No staff work on job-share or work from home for more than four hours per week.

Departmental Accountancy

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to publish his Department’s resource accounts for 2008-09. (287342)

The Scotland Office does not produce its own set of resource accounts, the Office’s figures are included within the resource accounts of the Ministry of Justice.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the floor area is of each of the premises occupied by his Department. (284860)

The Scotland Office occupies premises at Dover House, London and Melville Crescent, Edinburgh. Both buildings provide non standard office accommodation and have listed building status, they provide both office space as well as accommodation that can be doubled up for hosting events. The office occupies a floor area of 927.5m2 in Dover House and 694m2 in Melville Crescent.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) attempts and (b) successful attempts were made to gain unauthorised access to each (i) database and (ii) ICT system run by his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (286541)

It is not in the interests of the UK’s national security for Departments to confirm information on the number of attempts, successful or otherwise, to gain unauthorised access to departmental systems or databases. Such disclosure could undermine the integrity and security of departmental systems and thereby expose them to potential threats.

The Scotland Office shares an information technology system with the Scottish Executive, who are responsible for the development, administration, security and maintenance of the system. They comply with the mandatory requirements of the Security Policy Framework in relation to information security including managing the risk of unauthorised access to ICT systems.

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in his Department; how many there were in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (286166)

Details of the number of Scotland Office photocopiers, scanning devices and fax machines in each of the last three years are provided in the following table:

Scotland Office—overall

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Photocopiers

6

5

4

Scanning devices

2

2

3

Fax machines (incl. secure fax)

19

18

16

My officials are in regular communication with their counterparts in the Scottish Government and about the information and communications technology system (SCOTS), which the Office shares with the Scottish Government, as well as compatible devices that will help reduce the carbon footprint of the office.

The Scottish Government are complying with the same standards as those set out in the Greening Government ICT Strategy.

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who authored the Scotland Office Background Paper, Scotland and oil, published 18 June 2009; when the Paper was commissioned; what background papers the Scotland Office has published since May 1997; who was consulted in the production of the Paper; what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) producing and (b) printing the Paper; and what steps his Department took to publicise the Paper. (286784)

The paper was produced by the Scotland Office to provide a factual analysis of the position to help inform debate. It was prepared over the course of 2009, in consultation with other relevant Government Departments.

As the paper was part of the ongoing work of the Scotland Office, there were no additional costs involved. It was made available on the Scotland Office website.

Similar papers may be published in the future, as appropriate, but have not been hitherto.

Transport

Air Misses

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many air proximity hazards have been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority's UK Airprox Board in each year since 1997. (285836)

The Airprox events for the years from 1997 to 2008 are given in the following table.

Number of Airprox events

1997

208

1998

201

1999

208

2000

198

2001

195

2002

221

2003

181

2004

207

2005

188

2006

159

2007

154

2008

155

Aircraft: Air Conditioning

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to require cabin air quality monitoring systems to be installed on passenger aircraft. (286904)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: UK passengers travel on a range of global airlines. Within Europe, we suggest that any mandatory system to be fitted to commercial passenger aircraft would have to be required and approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency, on the basis of evidence that it was necessary and fit for purpose i.e. capable of detecting any specific items of concern in the circumstances where these might occur. In the UK we are conducting research to ascertain what substances are in cabin air, and at what concentrations, both in normal circumstances and during occasional “fume events”. When we have obtained and assessed this information, it may be appropriate for the UK to recommend some kind of detection systems.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what procedures are used to quantify and investigate instances of air contamination on board commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement. (286905)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The principal procedure is the Mandatory Occurrence Reporting scheme which the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) established in 1976. Its objectives are to ensure that the CAA is advised of any hazardous, or potentially hazardous, incidents and defects (occurrences), and that appropriate action is taken. All reports are disseminated to the relevant specialists in CAA. The Head of the Aviation Health Unit will see any where health effects are reported.

Should an individual wish to bypass his employer in reporting an incident, a separate procedure exists whereby details can be sent to the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the responsibilities of (a) his Department, (b) the Civil Aviation Authority and (c) the Health and Safety Executive are in relation to the health of persons on board commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement. (286906)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The functions of the Secretary of State for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with respect to health are set out in section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006.

S8 (2) amends the functions of the Secretary of State in the Civil Aviation Act 1982 to include a “general duty of organising, carrying out and encouraging measures for safeguarding the health of persons on board aircraft”.

S8 (3) amends the functions of the CAA to include the “health of persons on board aircraft”.

S8 (4) requires the CAA to provide assistance to the Secretary of State in relation to the function.

The CAA established the Aviation Health Unit in 2003 as a centre of expertise on aviation health matters. It provides advice to the UK Government and other stakeholders; and suggests and oversees research on relevant aviation medical issues.

Separately, the CAA has specific health and safety regulatory responsibilities under the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004 for crew members (flight and cabin crew) of UK public transport aircraft. The Regulations require employers to ensure that each crew member is provided with adequate health and safety protection and prevention services or facilities appropriate to the nature of his employment.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in Great Britain and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) applies within British air space. A memorandum of understanding exists between the CAA and the HSE to reduce regulatory duplication of effort. Similar arrangements exist for Northern Ireland.

Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) Lord Turner of Ecchinswell and (b) other members of the Committee on Climate Change on the effect on lifeline flights of proposed targets for aviation emissions; (285958)

(2) what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Committee on Climate Change on the effect on plans to expand Heathrow Airport of the proposed aviation emissions targets.

The Committee on Climate Change will provide independent advice to the Government by December 2009 this year on the 2050 UK aviation carbon dioxide emissions target. The Committee is currently undertaking analysis of a range of factors that might contribute to meeting the target. The Department for Transport meets from time to time with the Committee on Climate Change at ministerial and official level in order to provide information in support of the Committee's analytical work on the 2050 target.

No discussions have taken place with the Committee on the effects of the target on specific aviation policy initiatives. The Government will develop their approach to achieving the target once they have received the Committee's advice.

Departmental Information

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the cost to his Department of press office staff other than press officers has been in each year since 1997. (283069)

Departmental Pay

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which Minister approved the 2009 pay remit for his central Department; on what date that remit was (a) sent to that Minister, (b) approved by the Minister and (c) sent to HM Treasury. (286977)

The Secretary of State for Transport approved the final version of the 2009 remit of the central Department on 3 June 2009 having been sent to the Minister that day. The final remit was submitted to HM Treasury on 4 June 2009.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the job titles are of the senior managers who approved the 2009 pay remit for his central Department; and on what date (a) that remit was sent to and (b) approved by those managers. (286978)

The Department for Transport (DfT) (C) Executive Committee discussed the pay remit for DfT (C) at its meeting on 28 April 2009.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many applications for vehicle excise duty refunds from (a) private owners and (b) motor dealerships have been processed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each month since January 2008; and what the monetary value was of the refunds made in each such month. (286791)

The following table provides the total number and value of vehicle excise duty refunds processed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) since January 2008. Separate figures are not available for private owners and motor dealerships. However, since January 2009 only the current or previous registered keeper would receive a refund of vehicle excise duty and then only after informing the DVLA why the vehicle no longer requires a valid tax disc:

Month

Volume

Value (£000)

January 2008

314,491

19,011

February 2008

302,928

21,383

March 2008

272,720

17,447

April 2008

393,654

24,724

May 2008

301,969

22,010

June 2008

336,389

21,281

July 2008

321,566

22,322

August 2008

290,476

20,329

September 2008

306,270

20,031

October 2008

355,190

26,895

November 2008

313,229

23,223

December 2008

234,214

18,330

January 2009

235,022

17,262

February 2009

195,601

11,688

March 2009

191,752

16,579

April 2009

274,613

16,216

May 2009

183,451

14,721

June 2009

270,709

17,704

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has for levels of staff recruitment to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; and if he will make a statement. (286979)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is committed to efficiency and will continue to critically assess that to reflect the economic situation and customer need, including contributing fully to future public spending rounds. We anticipate that it is likely that there will continue to be turnover, for example in a number of specialist vacancies such as Accountants and Procurement Specialists that will need to be recruited. Fixed term and temporary appointments are also used to manage fluctuating business demands.

Railways: Franchises

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department will allocate to rail franchises in revenue support in financial year 2009-10. (286901)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The Department for Transport maintains financial forecasts of anticipated revenue support payable to Train Operating Companies. However, this information is commercially confidential and market sensitive.

Shipping

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many incidents of ships losing hazardous cargo overboard resulted in (a) court actions and (b) fines since 1979; and what the (i) nature of the conviction and (ii) financial penalty was in each case. (286298)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has recorded this information centrally since 2001. There have been no court actions or fines against ship owners for losing hazardous cargo overboard since then.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Abandoned Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles were recorded in England in each year since 1997. (286451)

The numbers of abandoned vehicles reported by local authorities in England to DEFRA between 2000-01 and 2003-04 in the Municipal Waste Management Survey, and from 2004-05 onwards via WasteDataFlow, are available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/waste/wrabanvehicles.htm

National figures prior to 2000-01 were not collected by DEFRA.

Circuses: Animal Welfare

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the report of the Circus Working Group on the future use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be published. (287097)

The report of the Circus Working Group on wild animal acts in travelling circuses was released on 20 November 2007.

Following the publication of that report, which found that there was no existing evidence that justified banning wild animal acts in circuses, DEFRA launched a feasibility study to look at the possibility of regulating the use of such animals in circuses.

The feasibility study is due to report later this year.

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to update its web browsers from Internet Explorer 6. (285016)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provides Internet Explorer 7 to staff via our internal office system.

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Waste Improvement Network has provided to local authorities on the procurement of containers for the collection of household waste. (286526)

The Waste Improvement Network (WIN) exists to share information between councils and publish guidance from all available sources in one place on waste management issues. It does not issue advice directly to councils. However, WIN promotes existing framework contracts which can be used to procure bins, and provides links to general information, guidance, advice and case studies from available sources on both procurement and waste collection strategy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will direct the Bird Management Unit of the Food and Environment Research Agency to conduct research into the effect on the prevalence of (a) vermin and (b) insects of different modes of collection of household waste. (286530)

DEFRA currently has no plans to commission research into the effect on the prevalence of ‘vermin’ or insects of different modes of collection of household waste.

Horses: Artificial Insemination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 324W, on horses: artificial insemination, how many semen straws from the Hanoverian stallion Weltmeyer, reference 31-44035-84, have been imported into the UK since January 1989. (285008)

Landfill: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of carbon dioxide emissions arising from landfill activities in the latest period for which figures are available. (285559)

I have been asked to reply.

According to the UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory, landfill activities accounted for 3.2 per cent. of UK total emissions in 2007. This is from methane and corresponds to 41.5 per cent. of UK total methane emissions in 2007. The UK agrees with the assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the proportion of carbon dioxide in landfill gas is about 50 per cent. The UK does not separately estimate emissions of carbon dioxide from landfills because to do so would be to double count with carbon stock changes estimated in the land-use, land-use change and forestry sector. This is in accordance with the international guidelines for reporting greenhouse gases to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Mobile Phones

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) mobile telephones and (b) printer cartridges which were (i) recycled, (ii) reused overseas and (iii) disposed of within the waste stream in each year since 1997; what research his Department has (A) commissioned and (B) evaluated on the disposal of mobile telephones and printer cartridges in that period; and if he will make a statement. (286468)

Information on the number of mobile phones and printer cartridges recycled, reused or disposed of is not collected centrally. The Department has not commissioned research into the disposal of these items. We have, however, published guidance on the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment which includes mobile phones and printers, which is available on DEFRA's website.

Pollution: Fines

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been levied in fines by local authorities against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals for each type of pollution incident in each region in each year since 1997. (286450)

Details of fines levied by local authorities against companies, local authorities and individuals for pollution incidents are not held centrally and can be sourced only at disproportionate cost.

Primates

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislation to prohibit the keeping of primates as pets. (287093)

The Government have no plans to introduce legislation to prohibit the keeping of primates as pets because we are not aware of any evidence to suggest that there is a widespread problem to warrant such action.

However, the Government accept that primates are complex creatures that require specialist care. As a result of concerns raised in Parliament, the Government are working with a number of stakeholders on the production of a code of practice on the welfare of privately kept primates.

Sustainable Development Commission

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to select the new Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission; and what the remuneration is for that post in 2009-10. (286817)

As the sponsoring Department for the Sustainable Development Commission, DEFRA, on behalf of the Cabinet Office, managed the appointment of the new chair of the Sustainable Development Commission. The process was managed in line with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) guidelines.

Candidates were required to demonstrate the full range of criteria outlined in the information pack for the post (see OCPA Guidelines Annex A).

All devolved Administrations and the Prime Minister approved the recommended appointment. Remuneration for the SDC chair is £400 per diem. The time input for the position is two to three days per week subject to negotiation.

Veterinary Medicines Agency: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in bonuses to (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administrative staff in the Veterinary Medicines Agency in each of the last five years. (286367)

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate is an Executive agency of DEFRA and follows DEFRA’s pay agreements for staff outside the senior civil service. Non-consolidated performance payments for directors are paid under the senior civil service pay agreement and the payments for the chief executive is part of his contract of employment. The VMD’s other staff are eligible for non-consolidated performance payments under the DEFRA scheme. Many of VMD’s staff straddle the categories requested so it has not been possible to break down the total annual payments for these staff which are set out in the following table.

£

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

CEO and directors

10

19,047

19,674

20,405

29,803

Other staff

2

71,767

80,800

70,828

51,725

Total

0

90,814

100,474

91,233

81,528

1 The CEO’s non-consolidated performance payments for 2003-04 and 2004-05 were paid in 2005-06.

2 The VMD is unable to identify payments paid as a separate component of gross salary before 2005-06 as this information was not available from the previous payroll bureau.

Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements arising from EU legislation there are in respect of (a) charges for businesses and local authorities disposed of waste in landfill sites, (b) the provision of receptacles for the disposal of household waste and (c) the frequency of waste collections. (286574)

The requirements from EU obligations in respect of charges on businesses or local authorities to dispose of waste in landfill sites relate to two directives:

The European Waste Framework Directive which provides that in accordance with the ‘polluter pays principle’ the cost of disposing of waste must be borne by the holder or previous holder, or the producer of the product giving rise to of the waste, or the collector or disposer of the waste.

The Landfill Directive which seeks to ensure measures are taken that all the costs of setting up and operating a landfill site, including the cost of any financial security and the costs of closure and aftercare for a period of at least 30 years, are covered in the price to be charged by the operator for the disposal of waste at a landfill site.

There are no requirements arising from EU obligations in respect of either the receptacles for the disposal of household waste or the frequency of collections. These are rightly matters for local authorities to determine to suit local circumstances, taking into account the views of residents in the area.

Weed Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on controlling weeds. (286511)

DEFRA has policy responsibility for the five injurious weeds covered by the Weeds Act 1959 (Common Ragwort, Creeping or Field Thistle and Spear Thistle and Curled and Broad Leaved Dock) and also for invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed and water primrose.

We have not issued any specific guidance to local authorities on controlling the weeds covered by the Weeds Act 1959. However, the Code of Practice on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort provides comprehensive guidance on how to develop a strategic and cost-effective approach to control of common ragwort. It is intended for use by all landowners and occupiers but is particularly relevant for large-scale organisations managing significant land areas, including local authorities and other public bodies. The code of practice and other information about the control of injurious weeds is available on the DEFRA website.

Advice on the management of invasive non-native weeds is available from a number of sources including the websites of the Environment Agency and the Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat. In addition, DEFRA published the Horticultural Code of Practice in 2005, which provides best practice advice concerning the acquisition, use and disposal of plants.

Wales

Holtham Commission

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what evidence his Department has given to the Holtham Commission; and if he will make a statement. (285617)

The Treasury provided evidence to the Holtham Commission and last week I met with Gerald Holtham to discuss the outcomes of the Commission’s work.

Crime Levels

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the likely effect of proposals contained in the Building Britain’s Future document on the level of criminal activity in Wales. (285618)

Building Britain’s Future, our strategic plan to build a more prosperous, stronger and fairer country contains enforceable entitlements that will help to reduce the level of criminal activity in Wales, such as:

a right to police on the beat, with community teams spending 80 per cent. of their time on foot patrol;

a right to monthly beat meetings, where local policing priorities are agreed; and

a right to minimum response times.

Crime Prevention

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on crime prevention programmes in Wales. (285619)

My right hon. Friend and I have regular meetings with Home Office Ministers on a range of issues including crime prevention programmes.

A great deal of solid and focused work has been undertaken around Wales to address key crime issues over the last year, with great success.

Rail Service: Aberystwyth-London

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and ministerial colleagues on proposals for the introduction of a direct rail service between Aberystwyth and London. (285620)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have regular meetings with Welsh Assembly Government and ministerial colleagues to discuss matters relating to Wales, including transport issues.

I would like to pay tribute to the work of the hon. Gentleman in his campaigning to raise the profile of this proposed rail service. There is a strong demand for increased rail services in Wales, and a further rail service to London would be most welcome not only to rail users but also local businesses, by encouraging even more visitors to Wales.

Holiday Lettings

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implications for Wales of the decision to repeal rules on furnished holiday lettings. (286095)

The Treasury’s decision to repeal the Furnished Holiday Lettings Scheme in 2010 is based upon advice it received that by treating landlords of furnished holiday accommodation differently to other landlords in the UK, and across the rest of the European Economic Area, it may be in breach of European Law. The change will put landlords of holiday homes on an equal footing with other landlords and brings the UK regulations in line with those elsewhere in the wider European Economic Area.

Public Expenditure: Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his assessment is of the effect of the recession on levels of public expenditure per capita in Wales. (285994)

Figures on identifiable public spending per head in Wales were published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Cm 7630) in June 2009. Public expenditure for the Welsh Assembly Government was set in the 2007 Spending Review. Wales, along with other parts of the UK, received a fiscal stimulus in the pre-Budget report and Budget in response to the recession.

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the maximum fine was imposed on a licensee for the offence of persistently selling alcohol to people under-age in each of the last two years. (284845)

There have been no prosecutions under s147A of the Licensing Act 2003 in the last two years for which data are available (2006 and 2007). Therefore no individuals have been recorded as receiving the maximum fine for the offence of persistently selling alcohol to people underage. Data from 2008 will be available in autumn 2009.

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was collected in fines levied upon retail store licensees for serving alcohol to minors in each local authority area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years; (286280)

(2) how much was collected against fines levied upon public house licensees for serving alcohol to minors in each local authority area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.

It is not possible to differentiate between fines given to retailers and those given to licensees of public houses. Additionally, data on the collection of fines for specific offences are not held, therefore the answer given in table 1 shows the sum of all fines imposed for offences relating to the sale of alcohol to under 18's. The actual amount collected, and the status of the defendant is not known.

Fines issued in Hampshire police force area for selling alcohol to under 18's

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 on the premises

Number of fines issued

0

6

7

0

0

Sum of fines imposed (£)

1,740

1,800

Sale of alcohol to person under 18

Number of fines issued

0

0

0

0

4

Sum of fines imposed (£)

1,690

Note:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

2. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

Asylum

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make a decision on the case of Mr. Davit Khutcichvili, Ref. no. K1100834. (285990)

Asylum: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in receipt of section 4 support have been receiving it for a period longer than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years, (d) five years and (e) 10 years. (264019)

As at 14 June 2009 9,354 people, excluding dependants, are recorded as having been on section 4 support for over six months, of whom 7,598 had been on section 4 support for over one year and 5,106 for over two years. These figures are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information. They are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Information is not available on the number of persons on section 4 support for over five years and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. No person has been on section 4 support for over 10 years as this support for failed asylum seekers became effective from 7 November 2002.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) police forces on the use of automated number plate recognition systems to detect parking offences. (284178)

Neither the Home Office nor the National Policing Improvement Agency has issued guidance to (a) local authorities or (b) police forces on the use of automatic number plate recognition systems (ANPR) to detect parking offences.

Following the Road Traffic Act (1991), the majority of parking enforcement is not dealt with by the police. The police operated national ANPR system is not used for parking enforcement.

British Citizenship

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK born people have been given British citizenship in each of the last three years; and from which countries such people originated. (285523)

The information requested is not in the public domain in the required format.

Information based upon the previous nationality of those granted British Citizenship is provided in the table.

Grants of British citizenship in the United Kingdom in 2006, 2007 and 2008(P) by previous nationality

Number of persons

Previous nationality

2006

2007

2008

European Economic Area

Austria

25

50

35

Belgium

75

40

35

Bulgaria

625

1,115

795

Cyprus

105

40

30

Czech Republic

95

80

40

Denmark

25

65

30

Estonia

60

65

20

Finland

30

40

30

France

340

480

370

Germany

260

370

300

Greece

150

285

225

Hungary

110

95

55

Ireland

115

140

95

Italy

260

345

240

Latvia

90

85

30

Liechtenstein

5

*

Lithuania

215

170

65

Luxembourg

5

*

Malta

45

30

20

Netherlands

115

200

130

Norway

30

25

15

Poland

580

560

250

Portugal

535

520

405

Romania

600

540

385

Slovakia

155

125

55

Slovenia

10

10

5

Spain

170

185

125

Sweden

55

105

85

Total European Economic Area

3,665

5,785

3,885

Remainder of Europe

Albania

885

1,115

930

Armenia

110

140

70

Azerbaijan

130

215

160

Belarus

170

175

155

Bosnia-Herzegovina

230

195

110

Croatia

605

375

165

Cyprus (Northern part of)

390

130

85

Georgia

175

155

110

Kazakhstan

95

120

80

Kyrgyzstan

45

65

45

Macedonia

135

215

140

Moldova

90

130

100

Russia

1,830

1,885

1,380

Serbia and Montenegro

7,550

3,485

1,865

Switzerland

95

70

45

Tajikistan

10

5

10

Turkey

5,590

4,710

4,640

Turkmenistan

10

25

20

Ukraine

865

1,220

705

Uzbekistan

60

90

60

Total Remainder of Europe

20,305

14,515

10,875

Americas

Antigua and Barbuda

15

20

15

Argentina

120

125

120

Bahamas

15

10

15

Barbados

145

105

85

Belize

15

20

15

Bolivia

70

75

65

Brazil

540

610

605

Canada

1,325

1,140

815

Chile

100

90

90

Colombia

1,580

1,845

1,115

Costa Rica

15

10

10

Cuba

90

90

80

Dominica

50

35

45

Dominican Republic

35

20

35

Ecuador

955

745

580

El Salvador

10

5

15

Grenada

65

70

60

Guatemala

5

20

15

Guyana

240

240

210

Haiti

5

5

5

Honduras

10

5

10

Jamaica

2,525

3,165

2,715

Mexico

145

135

115

Netherlands Antilles

*

Nicaragua

5

5

10

Panama

10

10

25

Paraguay

5

5

Peru

130

220

170

St. Kitts and Nevis

10

10

5

St. Lucia

85

125

140

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

55

130

135

Trinidad and Tobago

490

480

380

United States of America

3,020

2,785

2,205

Uruguay

25

10

10

Venezuela

105

155

120

Total Americas

12,015

12,530

10,050

Africa

Algeria

1,015

1,170

955

Angola

945

1,200

1,070

Benin

15

15

10

Botswana

25

25

20

Burkina Faso

10

5

10

Burundi

425

680

520

Cameroon

395

535

420

Cape Verde

*

Central African Republic

5

*

Chad

50

30

25

Comoros

5

Congo

550

470

280

Congo Democratic Republic

1,910

2,100

1,575

Djibouti

10

10

10

Egypt

595

730

485

Equatorial Guinea

5

10

Eritrea

705

915

660

Ethiopia

670

865

485

Gabon

5

10

5

Gambia

315

410

395

Ghana

2,990

3,375

3,135

Guinea

35

75

95

Guinea-Bissau

5

15

5

Ivory Coast

395

450

370

Kenya

2,380

2,235

1,405

Lesotho

10

15

10

Liberia

170

245

195

Libya

460

405

385

Madagascar

5

5

10

Malawi

130

165

175

Mali

5

5

*

Mauritania

5

15

5

Mauritius

640

905

650

Morocco

495

510

500

Mozambique

20

15

10

Namibia

25

30

20

Niger

15

5

*

Nigeria

5,875

6,030

4,530

Rwanda

565

745

405

Senegal

25

35

30

Seychelles

70

75

55

Sierra Leone

1,660

2,195

1,270

Somalia

9,050

7,450

7,165

South Africa

7,670

8,150

5,265

Sudan

965

735

570

Swaziland

5

20

10

Tanzania

675

530

410

Togo

120

105

60

Tunisia

130

185

150

Uganda

1,100

1,210

910

Western Sahara

*

Zambia

400

555

460

Zimbabwe

2,545

5,590

5,710

Total Africa

46,280

51,255

40,910

Indian sub-continent

Bangladesh

3,725

2,250

3,635

India

15,125

14,490

11,825

Pakistan

10,260

8,140

9,440

Total Indian sub-continent

29,110

24,885

24,900

Middle East

Bahrain

15

15

10

Iran

3,285

4,425

2,200

Iraq

4,125

5,480

8,895

Israel

570

540

350

Jordan

320

310

175

Kuwait

70

25

40

Lebanon

515

625

320

Oman

5

5

5

Palestine

340

425

280

Saudi Arabia

60

75

30

Syria

390

330

230

United Arab Emirates

20

25

10

Yemen

520

400

335

Total Middle East

10,240

12,685

12,880

Remainder of Asia

Afghanistan

3,400

10,555

5,540

Bhutan

20

35

30

Brunei

10

10

5

Cambodia

15

25

15

China

2,785

3,345

2,860

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Certificate of Identity or Document of Identity)

10

10

10

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Special Administrative Region Passport)

85

100

105

Indonesia

170

170

115

Japan

180

135

110

Korea (North)

5

*

Korea (South)

300

575

410

Laos

10

5

10

Malaysia

560

635

590

Maldives

5

5

5

Mongolia

45

65

70

Myanmar (Burma)

145

180

145

Nepal

915

1,045

930

Philippines

8,840

10,840

5,380

Singapore

95

120

120

Sri Lanka

5,720

6,495

3,285

Thailand

785

985

1,070

Vietnam

190

305

290

Total Remainder of Asia

24,295

35,640

21,085

Oceania

American Samoa

*

Australia

3,380

2,835

1,990

Fiji

25

65

80

Nauru

5

*

New Zealand

1,565

1,355

980

Papua New Guinea

5

5

*

Samoa

*

Tonga

10

10

Total Oceania

4,980

4,285

3,060

Other

British overseas territories citizen (1)

470

820

330

British Nationals (Overseas)

545

680

540

British Overseas citizen

1,545

1,100

570

British protected persons

160

100

50

British subjects

190

150

60

Nationality Currently Unknown

10

15

5

Nationality Unknown Officially Designated as Stateless

50

30

20

Stateless—Defined 1954 Convention

100

45

70

Stateless Refugee—Defined 1951 Convention

15

5

5

Stateless refugee—Other

40

15

10

Total Other

3,130

2,965

1,660

Grand Total

154,015

164,540

129,310

1 Excluding Gibraltar BOTCs.

The information has been provided with reference to the published statistics.

British Nationality

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have (a) been prevented from entering the UK, (b) been deported from the UK and (c) had their British citizenship revoked under the UK Border Agency’s powers to exclude those who promote violent extremism and stir up hatred. (286112)

The Government’s unacceptable behaviours policy is directed at those who advocate hatred or violence in support of their beliefs. Since the introduction of the policy in August 2005, there have been (a) 106 exclusions, (b) one deportation and (c) no deprivations of citizenship on unacceptable behaviour grounds.

Cannabis: Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of cannabis were made by the police in Suffolk in each of the last five years. (286271)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Number of police seizures of cannabis in Suffolk police force area, 2003 to 2007-081

Number of Cannabis seizures

2003

660

20042

1,080

20053

1,181

2006-07

1,022

2007-08

947

1 The drugs seizures collection was changed from a calendar year basis to a financial year basis from 2006-07 onwards.

2 Increases in cannabis seizures in 2004 and 2005 are thought to be associated with the introduction of cannabis warnings on 1 April 2004.

3 2005 figures onwards are unrounded; previous years rounded.

Citizenship: Gurkhas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Gurkhas have (a) applied for, (b) been granted and (c) been refused British citizenship in each of the last 15 years. (262733)

UKBA does not capture information relating to the employment of individual applicants electronically. We can not therefore provide information on the numbers of Gurkhas or former Gurkhas who have naturalised in the past 15 years as a British citizen. The information requested could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records of all Nepalese nationals who had applied for British citizenship in the past 15 years only at disproportionate cost.

Crime: Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes committed by (a) males and (b) females aged between 10 and 17 years were recorded in Suffolk in each of the last five years. (286272)

The information requested is not collected centrally. From the recorded crime statistics collected by the Home Office it is not possible to identify the age or sex of the alleged offender.

The Ministry of Justice collects information on the number of persons proceeded against and convicted by age and sex.

Crimes of Violence: West Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded as occurring in West Suffolk constituency in each of the last five years. (286269)

Information for the West Suffolk constituency is not available centrally. West Suffolk comes within the Forest Heath crime and disorder reduction partnership (CDRP) area and figures for this CDRP are provided in the following table.

Offences of violence against the person recorded in Forest Heath

Number of offences

2003-04

856

2004-05

809

2005-06

798

2006-07

1,072

2007-08

1,133

Criminal Records Bureau

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much on average it cost the Criminal Records Bureau to process a (a) standard and (b) enhanced check in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (285971)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is an Executive agency of the Home Office and issues higher level disclosures (both standard and enhanced) for employment and licensing purposes, as provided for in part V of the Police Act 1997. The CRB has been self-funding since 2006.

Fees have been frozen at the 2006-07 level, meaning the cost of a disclosure has not increased since April 2006. This has been achieved as a direct result of year on year internal efficiency savings and year on year increases in demand.

Approximately 20 per cent. of applications are from volunteers and disclosures for volunteers continue to be processed free of charge. This has resulted in a considerable saving for the voluntary sector.

As the CRB is self-funding, the processing costs for all the volunteer applications, processed free of charge, needs to be recovered through the fee paid by other applicants; consequently, the fee must be set higher than the unit cost.

The unit cost of a standard and an enhanced disclosure is the average cost to the CRB of producing one disclosure, irrespective of whether the disclosure is paid for. The following table shows the unit costs in each of the last five financial years.

£

Financial year

Standard disclosure

Enhanced disclosure

2004-05

22.73

28.09

2005-06

19.94

26.86

2006-07

18.34

24.30

2007-08

24.34

33.29

2008-09

25.18

35.21

Demos

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) private meetings and (b) public engagements Ministers in his Department have attended at which representatives from the think-tank Demos were present in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (279500)

Ministers have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Departmental Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on his Department’s estate and (ii) by his Department’s agencies in each year from 2004-05 to 2008-09. (280524)

Central Government Departments and their Executive agencies report performance data on their energy consumption from their offices annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process.

For the properties that we collect data and report on, the electricity and gas use is as follows:

kWh

2005-06 (Baseline)

2006-07

2007-08

Core1

Electricity

48,715,675

49,986,978

46,319,546

Gas

21,020,944

20,731,269

15,863,319

Agency2

Electricity

3,340,052

3,765,290

3,505,445

Gas

3,415,074

3,210,571

2,808,985

Total

Electricity

52,055,727

53,752,268

49,824,991

Gas

24,436,018

23,941,840

18,672,304

1 Core includes Home Office, UKBA and Home Office Scientific Development Branch.

2 Agency includes Identity and Passport Service.

Departmental Responsibilities

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ministers with responsibility for victims of crime in England and Wales there have been in his Department since 1997. (286094)

[holding answer 13 July 2009]: There were in total seven Ministers in the Home Office with responsibility for victims of crime in England and Wales between the Government coming to power in 1997 and the creation of the Ministry of Justice in 2007. Ministry of Justice Ministers now have overall responsibility for victims of crime.

Deportation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on discussing planned deportations with representatives of the government of the destination country based (a) in the UK and (b) in that country. (283093)

[holding answer 30 June 2009]: The UK Border Agency works in close partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on return of individuals who do not have a right to remain in the UK, including those who are subject to deportation. The FCO leads in liaison with foreign missions in the UK, and through the FCO network of UK missions overseas, to work with the authorities in the country of destination. This includes both establishing overall agreements on returns policy with the receiving country and liaison on specific cases.

DNA: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 359W, on DNA: databases, how many children aged under 10 years have had DNA samples taken with the consent of a parent or guardian in the last 12 months; and for how long on average such samples were retained. (278668)

[holding answer 8 June 2009]: A DNA sample may only be taken from a child under 10 with the consent of a parent or guardian. Such samples are taken from children aged under 10 for elimination purposes to assist in the investigation of an offence e.g. from children who are the victim of a crime or who had legitimate access to a crime scene. These samples are then destroyed and not put on the actual database. Information on the number of such samples taken and the average length of time for which they were retained is not held centrally.

The DNA profiles of all children aged under 10 taken by England and Wales police forces have been removed from the National DNA Database, and the database is monitored to ensure that this remains the case.

Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been sentenced to immediate custody for possession of (a) cannabis and (b) ecstasy in each year since 1997. (286045)

I have been asked to reply.

The requested information is shown in the table:

Number of immediate custodial sentences imposed for possession of cannabis or MDMA, 1997-2007

Possession of MDMA

Possession of MDMA with intent to supply

Possession of cannabis

Possession of cannabis with intent to supply

1997

62

410

268

1,129

1998

51

217

410

1,284

1999

69

338

451

1,112

2000

108

520

361

808

2001

151

690

290

618

2002

100

578

241

547

2003

81

461

288

475

2004

60

394

161

420

2005

61

342

136

272

2006

62

256

141

240

2007

70

276

162

232

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against refusal of a family visit visa from (a) India, (b) Nigeria, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Pakistan have been dismissed in the last six years. (273593)

The number of appeals against the refusal of applications for family visit visas at visa-issuing posts in India, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan that were (a) received and (b) dismissed in each of the last five calendar years is shown in the following tables. Reliable data is not held for years prior to 2004.

200420052006

Appeal decisions

Dismissed

Dismissed (%)

Appeal decisions

Dismissed

Dismissed (%)

Appeal decisions

Dismissed

Dismissed (%)

Bangladesh

350

119

34

719

275

38

2,027

956

47

India

3,690

1,380

37

3,321

986

30

8,153

2,956

36

Nigeria

1,506

563

37

3,101

1,442

47

4,147

1,846

45

Pakistan

430

90

21

2,832

678

24

11,889

5,473

46

20072008

Appeal decisions

Dismissed

Dismissed (%)

Appeal decisions

Dismissed

Dismissed (%)

Bangladesh

3,146

1,557

49

4,450

2,128

48

India

9,427

4,657

49

8,841

4,198

47

Nigeria

8,703

6,090

70

8,740

7,149

82

Pakistan

14,646

7,994

55

17,230

8,783

51

Information is unpublished and treated as provisional.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for residence permits by the spouses or partners of EU citizens have been awaiting a decision for more than six months. (284546)

Information relating to the number of applications for residence permits from the spouses and partners of EU nationals are in the same category as other family members and is not recorded separately and therefore is not readily available.

Essex Police Authority: Absenteeism

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of (a) absence and (b) absence resulting from injury at work was among Essex Police Authority employees in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such absences; and if he will make a statement. (283890)

Figures for staff employed by Essex police authority are not collected centrally.

This is a matter for Essex county council and the chief constable of the police force.

Forensic Science: North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime requiring forensic science capabilities there have been in the police force areas covering (a) Lancashire, (b) Merseyside, (c) Cumbria, (d) North Wales, (e) Greater Manchester and (f) Cheshire in each of the last five years. (282984)

[holding answer 29 June 2009]: The table gives details of the number of violent crimes which had a crime scene examination and the number of crimes at which potential DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks were collected in each of the years from 2004-05 to 2007-08 for the police forces referred to. Figures for the 2008-09 financial year will be available shortly.

It should be noted that in crimes where potential forensic material is collected, only a proportion of the forensic material collected is submitted to a forensic laboratory for analysis. The proportion varies for DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks.

The information provided is from police force data collected by the Home Office on forensic activity and related detections. The data cover DNA, finger mark and footwear mark activity. These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.

Violent crime1

Cheshire

Cumbria

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Merseyside

North Wales

Total

2004-05

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

571

169

2,392

831

478

480

4,921

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

210

112

863

223

319

201

1928

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

119

52

1,143

140

229

107

1790

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

35

20

150

73

58

40

376

2005-06

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

383

336

2,014

992

704

191

4,620

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

166

75

758

200

396

134

1729

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

77

49

592

134

254

80

1186

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

35

12

138

88

57

49

379

2006-07

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

1,072

394

1,574

1,091

1,018

156

5,305

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

196

110

724

278

537

100

1945

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

116

62

635

186

289

70

1358

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

45

27

505

101

73

56

807

2007-08

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

849

312

1,443

919

1,063

122

4708

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

174

117

714

264

580

82

1931

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

60

50

666

171

316

57

1320

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

37

32

317

96

61

45

588

1 ‘Violent crime’ covers all violence against the person offences.

G20: Protest

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to take steps in response to the report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary on the G20 protests; and if he will make a statement. (285933)

The Government welcome the interim report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary on the G20 protests and will be working closely with the police to ensure the conclusions and recommendations are properly addressed, and co-ordinated with the recommendations coming out of other reviews into the policing of the G20 summit and the policing of protest by the Home Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Human Trafficking: Babies

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of legislation on the trafficking of babies into the UK; and if he will make a statement. (273057)

Following discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service we have introduced a clause in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill to amend Section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004.

This amendment will allow for the prosecution, under trafficking legislation, of those who bring small children or vulnerable adults into the country for the purpose of obtaining benefits, and where the role of the child or vulnerable adult is entirely passive.

Human Trafficking: Convictions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 192W, on human trafficking, how many people from each country were (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of human trafficking offences in each of the last five years. (282151)

The numbers of arrests and convictions for human trafficking broken down by country of origin is set out in the following table:

Arrests

Convictions

United Kingdom

68

9

Nigeria

6

0

Somalia

2

0

Romania

36

5

Poland

16

3

Spain

1

1

Lithuania

31

6

Latvia

4

1

Bulgaria

7

2

Cameroon

2

0

Kosovo

22

10

Turkey

4

2

Thailand

27

8

Malaysia

12

1

Pakistan

9

1

Albania

25

21

Hungary

19

1

Moldova

5

1

Vietnam

6

2

Slovakia

17

3

Congo

3

0

Brazil

1

1

China

57

11

Ukraine

2

1

Czech Republic

40

8

Portugal

2

0

Serbia

4

4

Germany

4

1

Philippines

2

1

Macedonia

4

2

Greece

1

1

Bangladesh

10

1

South Africa

1

1

Malta

2

1

Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements his Department has made with the French Government to fly back to their country of origin potential illegal entrants into the United Kingdom from France; when he expects the first such flights to happen; how costs will be split between the Government and the French Government; and what payments in cash or benefits in kind will be made to those placed on such flights. (243113)

The United Kingdom (UK) continues to work with France—one of our closest European partners—in fighting illegal migration. Our shared determination has already created one of the toughest border crossings in the world at Calais. As part of this co-operation, the UK and France are assessing the feasibility of joint return flights to fly back to their country of origin potential illegal entrants who have no lawful basis with which to be in either country.

The UK Border Agency does not disclose information in advance about the dates or destinations of charter flights in order to ensure the safety and security of our own staff, our contractors, and those we are seeking to return. Additionally, the Government of the country of origin may request that we do not publicise our operation as a condition of granting clearance for the flight. As there are currently no firm arrangements in place for the UK and France to operate a joint flight, there has been no agreement about cost allocation or whether any payment to returnees is appropriate. Any details about costs or breakdown of costs to an airline contracted for the purpose of a joint flight would be regarded as commercially confidential.

Jersey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) his Department and (b) police forces in England and Wales have received any requests from Jersey police to provide information about elected members of the state of Jersey. (286137)

The Home Office has received no such reports. Neither are we aware of any such reports being received by police forces in England and Wales.

National Security Strategy: Electromagnetic Pulses

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on electromagnetic pulses in the context of the National Security Strategy; and if he will make a statement. (286183)

The Government’s updated National Security Strategy takes into account the threat posed to UK interests by the full range of ‘threat actors’; a definition which includes natural hazards, as well as individuals or organisations with malign intent.

The associated Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, published alongside and reflected in the National Security Strategy update, considers a number of methods of cyber attack, including those that generate high levels of power that can damage or disrupt unprotected electronics.

Both strategies were produced in consultation with experts within and outside Government.

Offensive Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to tackle knife crime; and if he will make a statement. (283215)

In March my predecessor announced an extra £5 million to tackle knife crime and increase targeted police action to tackle a minority of young people who commit serious violence, regardless of the weapon involved. In June I committed more than £2 million to support over 150 organisations who work with young people to tackle knife crime and support victims.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on promoting anti-knife initiatives in the last 12 months. (284114)

The Home Office spent a total of £1,918,979 on promoting anti-knife initiatives in the last complete financial year 2008-09 (this figure is composed of advertising media, PR and print costs but excludes supplier fees, production and VAT).

Offensive Weapons: Amnesties

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of knife amnesty programmes; and if he will make a statement. (282087)

On 26 June 2007, following the national knife amnesty in 2006, the Government published a best practice guide for local police forces and practitioners providing a tactical menu of options to tackle knife-enabled crime at a local level. This was developed closely with ACPO and was developed drawing on the local lessons learned from the national amnesty.

The 2006 knife amnesty was held from 24 May to the end of June 2006. Over that period, almost 90,000 items were handed in to police in England and Wales. This constitutes a substantial quantity of potentially lethal items taken off the streets. The amnesty was just one facet of our knife crime strategy, which focuses on tough enforcement, education programmes and support for wider prevention work. We are continuing our support to local initiatives and projects through the Community Fund, which was established in December 2008 and will provide financial assistance to 144 groups over three years.

Personation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk reported being a victim of offences related to identity fraud in each of the last five years. (286268)

The information requested is not available centrally. The use of another person's identification details (or the use of false identification details), often referred to as identity fraud, is not in itself an offence in law. It is the action that is undertaken using those identification details that needs to be considered in respect of whether an offence has occurred and should be recorded.

Police Community Support Officers: Clothing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet the (a) Head of the Home Office Scientific Development Branch and (b) President of the Association of Chief Police Officers to discuss stab-proof vests for police community support officers. (286907)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The provision of stab-proof vests for police community support officers is not a matter for the Home Office Scientific Development Branch. However, I will discuss the issue of stab-proof vests for police community support officers in wider discussions on police equipment with the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the average cost of equipping a police community support officer with a stab-proof vest. (286910)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: I have made no assessment of the cost of equipping a police community support officer with protective body armour. The equipping of police community support officers is an operational matter for chief officers of police.

Police Community Support Officers: Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers became full members of the police force in the Staffordshire Police Authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. (285920)

Eight PCSOs left their post in Staffordshire to become police officers in the financial year 2007-08.

Police: Stun Guns

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis his Department has undertaken of the use of tasers by police officers in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (285340)

Every use of taser by police officers in England and Wales is recorded and a report sent through to the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) for collection. This data is summarised and published on a quarterly basis and has been used to inform taser's operational effectiveness and its medical implications. The latest data can be found at:

http://scienceandresearch.homeoffice.gov.uk/images/106966/Taserfigs_Sep-ec_08_.pdf

HOSDB also published an evacuation of the 12 month trial of taser by specially trained units in November 2008.

UK Border Agency: Office of the Chief Inspector

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the budget is of the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; and how many staff are employed in that office; (285927)

(2) how many staff employed in the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency worked for his Department prior to their appointment at the Agency;

(3) what the salary is of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; at what pay grades staff in his office are employed; and how many such staff are employed at each grade;

(4) what the cost of the premises occupied by the Office of the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency is in 2009-10.

The independent Chief Inspector UK Border Agency has a budget of £3 million for 2009 -10. As of 1 July 2009, 24.9 full-time equivalent staff work in the Office of the Chief Inspector (excluding the Chief Inspector). An additional five staff have been appointed and are expected to take up posts shortly.

Of the 24.9 full-time equivalent staff in post on 1 July 2009, 15.9 staff worked for the Home Office prior to their employment.

The Chief Inspector's current salary is £159,108. The following table sets out the position on the current number and grades of staff (excluding the Chief Inspector).

The annual costs for 2009-10 for the premises occupied by the Office of the Chief Inspector UK Border Agency are still to be confirmed.

Office of Chief Inspector UKBA staff as at 1 July 2009

Number

Senior Civil Service (Pay Band 1)

1

Grade 6

4

Grade 7

7.9

SEO or equivalent

7

HEO or equivalent

1

EO or equivalent

4

AA/AO or equivalent

0

Note:

In addition: 3 x SEO; 1 x EO and 1 x AO have been appointed and will take up posts shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas visits to each country have been made by the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency; and what the cost to the public purse was of such visits. (285928)

Vetting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1436W, on vetting, how many (a) standard and (b) enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks were undertaken in each police force area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (285996)

The total number of standard and enhanced disclosures processed in each financial year since 2002 until March 2009 is shown in the following table.

CRB checks processed

Financial year

Standard disclosures

Enhanced disclosures

Total

2002-03

178,375

1,258,719

1,437,094

2003-04

285,130

1,999,558

2,284,688

2004-05

275,197

2,155,740

2,430,937

2005-06

313,368

2,456,897

2,770,265

2006-07

329,223

2,948,734

3,277,957

2007-08

294,592

3,028,659

3,323,251

2008-09

396,274

3,457,410

3,853,684

Grand total

2,072,159

17,305,717

19,377,876

The CRB cannot provide figures broken down by police force area. This is because standard disclosures are processed without any requirement for the police forces to conduct checks and several different police forces may be required to conduct checks in order to produce one enhanced disclosure.

The CRB has now issued over 20 million disclosures since inception and operates to a set of published service standards (PSS) which are to issue 95 per cent. of standard disclosures within 10 days and 90 per cent. of enhanced disclosures within 28 days. While the CRB has consistently exceeded their targets for standard disclosures, there have been problems in meeting the target set for enhanced disclosures.

To address these problems associated with delays, the CRB has set up an improvement plan with their delivery partners, including the police forces. This is aimed at maintaining a balanced output of applications on the system while also reducing the number of aged cases. This work has started to show an improvement in turnaround times but the CRB will continue to monitor forces performance in line with its own performance.

Energy and Climate Change

Berkeley Power Station

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the future use of the former nuclear laboratories site at Berkeley; and when he expects the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to present proposals for that future use. (281350)

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for the clean up and decommissioning of the Berkeley site in line with its published strategy. I understand that the NDA’s objective is to separate Berkeley Centre from the licensed site to facilitate reuse and that detailed planning for this is well underway.

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in his Department; and if he will make a statement. (286175)

As of 9 July 2009, in the Department there are:

(a) 17 photocopiers;

(b) 11 faxes, and

(c) 0 scanners.

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of his Department's capital underspend in 2009-10; and how much of that sum he proposes to return to the Exchequer. (284327)

Energy: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to implement the undertakings made by the Prime Minister on 11 September 2008 in relation to the home energy saving programme; and if he will make a statement. (265834)

[holding answer 23 March 2009]: The Prime Minister’s announcement saw a £74 million increase in funding for the Warm Front Scheme, offering grants for central heating and energy efficiency measures for the fuel poor. Over 37,000 households have been assisted to date with this additional funding.

Also the weekly rate for cold weather payments was increased from £8.50 to £25. Over 8 million payments were made during winter 2008-09—at a value of £209 million.

Following full public consultation, the Government have laid the statutory instruments giving effect to the proposals for the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and the increase in the Carbon Emissions Reductions Target (CERT), subject to parliamentary approval.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much new funding for low-carbon community heating schemes announced in Budget 2009 will be provided in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years. (285101)

Of the £25 million made available in Budget 2009 to fund low-carbon community heating schemes, £20.96 million is being administered by the Homes and Communities Agency to fund at least 10 exemplar schemes in England. It is anticipated that all of the funding will be provided to successful schemes in 2009-10. The remainder of the funding was made available to the devolved Administrations in line with the Barnett formula and is a matter for them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the first payments of money from the new funding for low-carbon community heating schemes announced in Budget 2009 will be made. (285102)

The first payments of money from the new funding for low carbon community heating schemes will be made before the end of July. A formal and more detailed announcement will be made as soon as is possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria will be used to select recipients of the new funding for low-carbon community heating schemes announced in Budget 2009. (285103)

The criteria used to select recipients of the new funding for low carbon community heating schemes include:

Novelty, innovation or exemplar quality;

Support for new housing development or refurbishment of existing buildings;

Value for money;

Carbon savings;

Progress of the scheme and ability to deliver quickly, and to timescales;

Help for people affected by fuel poverty; and,

Ability to leverage additional public or private funding.

Energy: Meters

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of domestic dwellings in Tamworth constituency which have a smart meter. (285367)

European Energy Market

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of levels of likely voluntary implementation by EU member states of the most recent EU liberalisation package in respect of the European energy market in advance of legislation coming into force in 2011. (284773)

We expect the latest EU energy liberalisation package to come into force shortly, with implementation of most aspects of it then to be completed within 18 months. Well functioning EU energy markets will make an important contribution to energy security and investment to support low carbon energy supplies. This is why we are encouraging other member states to implement early as much of the package as possible.

There has already been considerable progress on transparency and on setting up the new bodies for cooperation between regulators and system operators. Work is also under way on the technical and regulatory frameworks needed to underpin greater market integration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the early voluntary implementation of the most recent EU liberalisation package in respect of the European energy market. (284774)

The EU liberalisation package was adopted on 25 June. Department officials are encouraging other member states to implement early as much of the package as possible, and I will reinforce this when I meet other EU energy Ministers in the course of business.

Evian

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the outcomes were of his visit to Evian on 6 July; and if he will publish on his Department's website the papers discussed with his French counterpart during that visit. (286719)

The meeting showed how close the thinking of the UK and France is on climate change and energy policy. Much of the discussion between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and French Ministers concentrated on how to secure an ambitious agreement at COP 15 in Copenhagen. Most notably we agreed to seek international adoption of new, tougher reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The results are summarised in joint declarations on international climate change negotiations and on nuclear energy. These appear on the No. 10 website.

Fuel Poverty

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which schemes sponsored by the Government have as an objective the reduction of fuel poverty; which such schemes are planned; and how much has been spent on each scheme in the latest period for which figures are available. (285901)

Warm Front is the main Government funded scheme for tackling fuel poverty in England. Over 1.9 million households have received assistance with heating, insulation and other energy efficient measures since the scheme's inception in June 2000.

Funding for the scheme has been increased to more than £950 million in the current spending round. In the previous spending round period, 2005-08, Warm Front total spend was £862 million.

The Government are currently undertaking a wide-ranging review of our fuel poverty policies. The review is examining whether existing measures to tackle fuel poverty could be made more effective and whether new policies should be introduced to help us make further progress towards our goals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what initiatives to tackle fuel poverty are being provided by private companies under his Department's direction; how much has been spent on each in the latest period for which figures are available; and whether any other such schemes are planned. (285902)

Warm Front is the main Government scheme for tackling fuel poverty in the private sector in England and is managed by eaga plc. Over 1.9 million households have received assistance with heating, insulation and other energy efficient measures since the scheme’s inception in June 2000. Funding for the scheme has been increased to more than £950 million in the current spending round. The scheme is managed for the Government by eaga plc.

The carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) is an obligation placed on energy supply companies that have more than 50,000 customers to achieve CO2 savings in the homes of domestic consumers—40 per cent. of which must be met by installing measures in the homes of a priority group of low-income consumers in receipt of qualifying benefits or are aged 70 and over.

Energy suppliers do not disclose the amount of money that they spend on promoting CERT measures, as they regard this as being commercial-in-confidence. However, we understand that under the previous two phases of the energy efficiency commitment (EEC), which ran from April 2002 to March 2008, suppliers invested £1.325 billion promoting measures. The Government’s estimate of likely spend for the current CERT is £3.2 billion. With 60 per cent. of this investment expected to be directed at the Priority Group, the total investment over nine years would total £2.7 billion.

DECC has provided funding of £3 million between 2008-09 to 2010-11 under the Low Carbon Buildings programme—together with revenue funding from partners—to deliver pilot microgeneration projects for deprived communities in the north-east, Yorkshire and Humberside, East of England and, possibly, Wales.

The new Community Energy Saving programme (CESP) will see the main energy companies deliver energy efficiency measures worth around £350 million to homes in low income areas around the country. The scheme will deliver both carbon savings and fuel bill savings to assisted households, and subject to parliamentary approval is expected to come into force in September this year.

The Government are currently undertaking a wide-ranging review of our fuel poverty policies. The review is examining whether existing measures to tackle fuel poverty could be made more effective and whether new policies should be introduced to help us make further progress towards our goals.

Future Energy Networks Team

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department are working in the future energy networks team. (285096)

The Future Electricity Networks (FEN) team is part of the Renewables Directorate and is made up of 12 people.

Insulation: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent from the public purse on insulating the homes of pensioners in each local authority area in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years. (285381)

The following table details the Warm Front funding spent on insulating the homes of over 60’s in each local authority area in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.

£

Local authority

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-101

Total

Bolton

132,374.20

237,704.61

248,163.23

182,662.34

45,817.05

846,721.43

Bury

75,986.77

162,115.45

115,095.72

97,909.33

41,201.97

492,309.24

Manchester

80,305.86

174,675.11

123,719.35

97,067.10

34,664.02

510,431.44

Oldham

74,876.18

152,595.20

118,227.46

93,377.32

30,278.27

469,354.43

Rochdale

85,797.64

180,263.33

103,292.97

117,583.31

36,847.64

523,784.89

Salford

95,302.55

186,267.34

95,899.60

131,508.95

31,440.38

540,418.82

Stockport

90,460.84

221,788.91

124,709.77

193,585.93

63,698.40

694,243.85

Tameside

71,009.40

153,265.42

104,586.24

147,911.29

29,391.33

506,163.68

Trafford

64,147.31

122,690.78

125,323.81

129,179.62

55,439.88

496,781.40

Wigan

163,826.48

289,096.05

236,302.84

288,649.36

76,426.73

1,054,301.46

1 From 1 March 2009 to 30 June 2009.

Low Carbon Buildings Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much new funding for the Low-carbon Buildings Programme announced in Budget 2009 there will be in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years. (285098)

The new £45 million funding for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme announced in Budget 2009 will be allotted over (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years as follows:

2009-10

2010-11

Total

Phase I Ext (Householders)

5

5

10

Phase II Ext (Others)

25

10

35

Total

45

There is no planned expenditure after 2011. The Low Carbon Buildings Programme will be superseded by Feed in Tariffs in 2010 and Renewable Heat Incentives in 2011.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the first payments of money from the new funding for the Low-carbon Buildings Programme announced in Budget 2009 will be made. (285099)

The new grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme became available from 1 July 2009 when new applications were welcomed. With a lead in period of approximately three months between grant offer letter and payment upon completion of project—the first payment of grant money allocated is expected to be in October 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the new funding for the Low-carbon Buildings Programme announced in Budget 2009 will be made available for solar photovoltaic installations in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years. (285100)

The proportion of the new £45 million funding for Low Carbon Buildings programme (LCBP) announced in Budget 2009 which will be made available for solar photovoltaic applications under LCBP Phase 2 in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) subsequent years is as follows:

2009-10

2010-11

Total

Phase II Ext Addition for PV

New

14

0

14

There is no planned expenditure after 2011. The Low Carbon Buildings programme will be superseded by feed in tariffs in 2010 and renewable heat incentives in 2011.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary in his Department plans to reply to the e-mail of 31 March from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on a replacement low carbon buildings programme. (274636)

[holding answer 12 May 2009]: I apologise for the unacceptable delay in replying to the hon. Member, which was due to administrative error in my Department.

The e-mail the hon. Member refers to forwarded correspondence from Councillor Anne Mackison regarding the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. My colleague, the previous Minister of State in this Department, replied directly to Councillor Mackison on 20 April 2009. I apologise that the hon. Member was not copied in to that letter, and I have therefore sent a copy of that letter to him today.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of commercial income that will be earned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13. (285087)

The budget of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for 2009-10 and 2010-11 was considered within the context of the 2007 comprehensive spending review (CSR07). The settlement assumed that the NDA's commercial income would be £2.2 billion for 2009-10 and 2010-11. The commercial income budget for 2011-12 and 2012-13 has yet to be determined, and will take into account the end of life of existing Magnox electricity generating stations and the evaporative capacity at Sellafield.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much commercial income was earned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (285088)

The NDA publishes commercial income in their annual report and accounts. Their commercial income for 2007-08 was £1,458 million. The accounts for 2008-09 will be laid before Parliament later this month.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s budget is for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13, broken down by budget heading. (285089)

The budget of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for 2009-10 and 2010-11 was considered within the context of the 2007 comprehensive spending review (CSR07). The settlement provides the NDA with £3.3 billion direct Government funding over the last two years of CSR07 (£1.6 billion in 2009-10 and £1.7 billion in 2010-11) of which £0.9 billion is resource and £2.4 billion is capital. Together with its commercial income the total funding available over the last two years of CSR07 is projected to be £5.5 billion. The budget for 2011-12 and 2012-13 has yet to be determined.

Nuclear Power