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Written Answers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

Written Answers to Questions

The following answers were received between Tuesday 1 September and Wednesday 9 September 2009

Prime Minister

Internet

To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons the comment facility on his video on Parliamentary expenses reform posted to the Downing Street YouTube portal is not enabled. (289083)

It is not possible to post comments on any Downing street YouTube video. My Office does however receive and respond to many other comments each year through e-mails, letters, ePetitions, webchats and Twitter.

Libya

To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of his correspondence with Colonel Gaddafi of Libya in which Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is mentioned; (290638)

(2) whether he discussed (a) commercial contracts for oil and gas and (b) Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi during his meeting with Colonel Gaddafi of Libya at the G8 summit in July 2009; and if he will place in the Library the record of the meeting.

A copy of my letter to Colonel Gaddafi of 20 August has been placed in the Libraries of the House. During my meeting with Colonel Gaddafi in July I did not discuss oil and gas contracts. I did raise the need for a more effective global dialogue between energy producing and consuming countries.

Leader of the House

Members: Allowances

To ask the Leader of the House whether she plans to publish claims made under the additional cost allowance for 2004-05 by those who are no longer hon. Members; and if she will make it her policy to publish claims made by former hon. Members who are also prospective parliamentary candidates under the additional cost allowance during their period of service in the House. (290806)

The publication of information relating to hon. Members' claims for additional costs allowance is a matter for the House of Commons Commission.

Transport

A14

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment the Highways Agency made of the effect on entry to and exit from the A14 for industrial units in Burton Latimer of the imposition of a Grampian condition on the sustainable urban extension to the east of Kettering; and what recent estimate the Highways Agency has made of daily traffic volumes on the A14 between junctions (a) 7 and 9 and (b) 9 and 10. (290886)

In response to the Kettering East Planning Application, the Highways Agency has reviewed all the information provided by the developer in order to determine the impact of the proposals on the performance of the A14. This has included a review of the developer’s proposals for access and egress onto/off the A14. This consists of replacing existing junction 10 with an enlarged junction, approximately 1 kilometre to the east of its current location.

The Agency’s review of these proposals did not include an assessment of the implications of the junction improvements on the wider community including the industrial units at Burton Latimer, as this was not necessary at this stage. However, it is envisaged that the developer will carry this out as part of the statutory processes required for implementation of the access arrangements. These processes will also provide an opportunity for all parties, including the Highways Agency, to comment on the details of the proposals.

While the conditions the Agency has directed specifically relate to the access arrangements proposed to date, it is prepared to consider any other options put forward including the possibility of improving the junction in its current location. It should be noted, however, that the Agency would not accept an additional access onto the A14 in accordance with policy (Department for Transport Circular 02/2007) in particular safety and efficiency.

The Highways Agency’s recent estimates of daily traffic volumes between junctions on the A14 are as follows:

Direction

Junctions

AADT1

Eastbound

7-8

35,717

8-9

32,421

9-10

28,105

Westbound

7-8

35,619

8-9

33,742

9-10

28,263

1 AADT—Annual Average Daily Traffic, based on rolling year between June 2008 and May 2009.

Air Travel Organiser's Licensing Protection Contribution

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what the level of the Air Travel Organiser's Licensing Protection contribution will be once the Air Travel Trust Fund deficit has been eliminated; (290770)

(2) by what date he expects the deficit in Air Travel Trust Fund to be eliminated; and if he will make a statement.

In his written statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 82-83WS announcing an increase to the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC), the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham (Paul Clark) explained that

“The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) intend to review the rate of the APC before the Air Travel Trust fund (ATTF) moves into surplus, projected to be by the spring of 2012.”

A summary of responses to the CAA's consultation on increasing the APC and a copy of the CAA's advice to the Secretary of State are available in the House Library.

Aviation: Passengers

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on air passenger numbers at (a) Heathrow Airport and (b) regional airports of the introduction of high-speed train services between London and the North. (290746)

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. has been formed to help develop the case for high speed services between London and Scotland, and will report to Government by the end of the year. As part of its work HS2 will be assessing passenger demand for high speed rail services, including the likely number of passengers attracted from aviation. We are, however, satisfied that the case for new runway capacity at Heathrow remains strong, given projections of future demand for long-haul air traffic which cannot readily be served by rail.

Blue Badge Scheme

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy to extend the Blue Badge scheme for disabled parking to people suffering from colitis, Crohn’s disease and similar conditions. (290743)

In October 2008 the Department for Transport published the Comprehensive Blue Badge (Disabled Parking) Reform Strategy which outlined a number of changes to the scheme, including our intention to extend eligibility to certain groups of people whose level of disability imposes severe limitations on their personal mobility and safety. Whilst colitis, Crohn’s disease and similar conditions were considered for eligibility during the development of the Reform Strategy, it was decided that the Blue Badge scheme would not be extended to people affected by these conditions and there are no plans to alter this.

British Railways Board Residuary: Manpower

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many people have been employed by the British Railways Board Residuary in each year since 1997; and what the (a) income and (b) expenditure of that body has been in each such year. (290634)

British Railways Board Residuary (BRBR) Ltd was formed in February 2001. The income, expenditure and headcount information for the period since BRBR’s creation is shown in the following table:

£ million

Income

Operating expenditure

Employees (FTE)1

2001-02

51.5

(35.0)

52

2002-03

154.2

(157.1)

44

2003-04

79.4

(56.3)

32

2004-05

82.5

(77.4)

25

2005-06

75.6

(53.7)

24

2006-07

91.8

(31.2)

27

2007-08

93.7

(41.7)

32

2008-09

96.0

(85.3)

32

1 Full time equivalent

Crossrail: Expenditure

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on preparation for Crossrail; and what estimate he has made of (a) the likely expenditure by (a) June 2010 and (b) any required expenditure after June 2010 in the event that the project is cancelled. (290635)

Expenditure on preparation for Crossrail prior to the signature of the core agreements for the scheme in December 2008 was £175 million. This figure includes the costs incurred by Crossrail Ltd in support of the Crossrail Act 2008 and related agreements, and the Department for Transport's financial, legal and technical consultancy fees in support of the parliamentary process and agreements.

By June 2010 it is estimated that expenditure by Crossrail Ltd in support of the delivery of the project will have reached £1,550 million. This includes the costs of land and property expenditure and the costs of consultancy services procured by the Department to support the programme.

There are no precise estimates as to how much expenditure would be required if the project were to be cancelled; this is contingent on a number of different factors, including contractual commitments and potential income from land no longer required.

Crossrail Ltd is jointly funded by the Department and Transport for London.

Driving Offences

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to provide for the police to issue on-the-spot fines to motorists for (a) careless driving and (b) other road traffic offences for which offenders are prosecuted. (290728)

The Road Safety Compliance Consultation, published in November 2008 sought views on proposals for measures to improve compliance levels with key road safety laws. This included a proposal to allow for fixed penalties for certain categories of careless driving. The consultation ended on 27 February 2009 and all responses are being carefully considered.

The Department for Transport will announce its response to the consultation and the measures it intends to take forward, including on careless driving, alongside the new Road Safety Strategy later this year.

Both VOSA and the police already have the ability to issue on-the-spot fines for certain road traffic offences.

Driving Under Influence

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the drink-drive limit from its current levels. (290727)

The Department for Transport's Road Safety Compliance consultation document explains that we are keeping the present limit under review and have work in hand to improve available evidence needed to assess the potential road safety effect of a lower limit. We have also said that we intend to review the new evidence in the course of finalising the Government's Road Safety Strategy beyond 2010, to be published later this year.

Heathrow Airport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has revised its net present value estimate for a new runway and terminal at Heathrow airport to take account of the new methodology for carbon pricing in appraisals provided by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. (290897)

The assessment of the economic case presented in Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport Impact Assessment followed the guidance on the shadow price of carbon, issued by DEFRA following the Stern Review. In developing the Impact Assessment, the Department for Transport considered the potential impact of significantly higher values and concluded that the economic case remained robust.

However, no revised net present value estimate for a new runway and terminal at Heathrow airport that takes account of the new carbon values published in July 2009 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change is available.

Preliminary work since the January Heathrow decision indicates that the economic case for Heathrow’s third runway is robust to the new carbon values.

The Department for Transport currently expects to publish the next generation of air passenger demand forecasts in 2010.

Highways Agency: Ragwort

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps the Highways Agency is taking to remove ragwort from (a) the roadside and (b) other land for which the Highways Agency is responsible. (290684)

Ragwort is a difficult plant to control and requires a long-term and systematic approach as the seeds can remain dormant in the ground for over 20 years.

The Highways Agency dedicates significant resources to its control each year. It is not possible to eradicate ragwort entirely because plants can spread from adjoining land. The Agency's service providers are required to follow the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs code of practice as well as Agency specific guidance, to control ragwort at the roadside and on other Agency owned land. Control measures, which include the use of herbicides, are particularly targeted at locations where livestock is most at risk.

Year round monitoring is undertaken to identify the location of ragwort plants, so that control measures can be used when most effective, and not just during the flowering season. Adjacent landowners are informed where ragwort is present, to encourage them to introduce their own measures of control.

Invalid Vehicles: Insurance

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will bring forward legislation to require users of mobility scooters to hold mobility scooter insurance; what training users of mobility scooters are required to undergo; what recent estimate he has made of the number of persons injured by mobility scooters annually; and if he will make a statement. (290641)

We currently have no plans to introduce legislation requiring users of mobility scooters to hold insurance. They are nevertheless subject to the law of civil liability. We do strongly recommend that mobility scooter users take out insurance and that they avail themselves of the advice and training that is available in a number of locations such as Shopmobility venues (a charity organisation which hires out mobility scooters). No recent estimate of the number of injuries caused by mobility scooters has been undertaken but anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of accidents are minor in nature.

We are aware that the number of mobility scooters is on the increase. The Department for Transport is procuring a survey to help assess the number of mobility scooter users and the extent to which their use may have injured people. We anticipate that this will help to inform future policy.

Kegworth Bypass

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent progress has been made on the Kegworth bypass project; and if he will make a statement. (290831)

The Kegworth bypass has been proposed alongside improvements to the M1 between junctions 23a and 25. The Department for Transport publication ‘Britain's Transport Infrastructure—Motorways and Major Trunk Roads’, published in January 2009, provides details of the major road improvements which we expect to take forward in the period up to 2015 and the longer term motorway improvements which we expect to be rolled out after 2015.

The scheme to improve the M1 between junctions 23a and 25 falls into the category of schemes expected to be delivered after 2015. The timetable for these schemes will be considered as part of the DaSTS (Delivering a Sustainable Transport System) process, under which we will be defining our longer term investment priorities. This process is described in the Department's November 2008 document ‘Delivering a Sustainable Transport System’.

Lorries: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport in how many accidents resulting in serious injury foreign-registered left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles were involved in 2008. (290778)

In 2008, there were 25 fatal and 69 reported road accidents resulting in a serious injury, where at least one foreign-registered left-hand drive heavy goods vehicle was involved.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: HM Coastguard

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to page 81 of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Annual Report 2007-08, HC 617, what the average response time of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency/HM Coastguard was to maritime incidents where assistance was given in each year from 2002 to 2008. (290662)

Information is not collected in the form requested.

Between 2001-02 and 2006-07 the percentage of incidents where the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) decided on a search and rescue response within five minutes of being alerted is shown in the following table:

Percentage

2001-02

99

2002-03

99

2003-04

99

2004-05

98

2005-06

97

2006-07

99

In each of these years the MCA met its published ministerial target on this area of work.

Figures for 2007-08 and 2008-09 were not recorded due to industrial action short of a strike by members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union.

However, through a programme of local management checks and audits, the agency is confident that the quality of its emergency response co-ordination service was fully maintained despite the absence of statistical data.

Railways: Overcrowding

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy to collect passenger overcrowding data from train operators running services from stations in (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Cardiff, (d) Sheffield, (e) Bristol, (f) Liverpool and (g) Leeds. (290633)

As outlined within their respective franchise agreements, train operating companies are required to provide passenger count data on request to the Secretary of State for Transport. The Department for Transport currently collects passenger counts data for most rail services running into these regional stations.

The specific arrangements for each operator can be viewed on the Department’s website at the following address:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/passenger/publicregister/current/

Roads: Cycling

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to publish his Department's (a) interim and (b) final report on road safety and cycling. (290773)

The Department for Transport is working with the contractors, Transport Research Laboratory, to ensure the road safety and cycling project remains on schedule. The Department intends to publish two research reports this autumn 2009, including one on cycle helmets, with the publication of the project's final reports in autumn 2010.

Sustainable Distribution Fund

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been (a) made available to and (b) subsequently allocated to rail freight interchange projects through the Sustainable Distribution Fund in each year since its inception. (290632)

The multi-modal Sustainable Distribution Fund (SDF) took effect from 1 April 2007. Although there have been a number of rail capital projects funded through SDF, the Department for Transport has not funded any rail freight interchange projects.

Freight Facilities Grants (FFGs) can help to fund the difference in cost between rail/water and road freight, but only where the environmental benefits can justify the support, there is a genuine financial need for grant and the provision of grant would not distort competition.

Competition in the rail freight intermodal business has been increasing with a number of terminal and freight hauliers now active in the market. As a result, in January 2008 the Department announced that it would no longer provide FFG funding for investment in intermodal terminals in the North West of England (Manchester, Liverpool and Widnes conurbations).

Traffic Penalty Tribunal

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many parking cases the Traffic Penalty Tribunal adjudicated by (a) post, (b) email and (c) in person in the most recent year for which figures are available; (290703)

(2) how much on average it cost the Traffic Penalty Tribunal to adjudicate on a parking case (a) by post, (b) by email and (c) in person in 2008-09;

(3) what funding the Traffic Penalty Tribunal received from each of its funding streams in 2008-09.

This information is not collected centrally by the Government. Details of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal's activities are recorded in its annual report which is available on its website,

www.trafficpenaltytribunal.gov.uk

Transport: Finance

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the £700 million in capital funding for transport, brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 and 2008-09 on (a) motorway capacity, (b) numbers of new carriages on the rail network, (c) congestion relief and (d) railway overcrowding; and how much of the funding has been spent in each month since it was announced. (286653)

£300 million is budgeted for advancing work on the national road network; for enabling works in advance of the Managed Motorway (hard shoulder running) schemes announced in January, and on advancing planned capital maintenance, e.g. safety improvements to the central reserve on the M1 between J32-35a. The planned roads programme adds 520 additional lane miles including 340 lane miles of hard shoulder running.

As well as the work on the national network, £100 million is budgeted to relieve congestion on the regional A46 Newark to Widmerpool scheme, by advancing construction (dualling) by two years. This is an important freight route and will support the Newark growth point.

£300 million was budgeted to advance the purchase of additional diesel railway carriages, scheduled as part of the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) agreement for increasing capacity and relieving overcrowding on the rail network (HLOS agreement from 2009 to 2014) that was set out in the July 2007 Rail White Paper. However, the £1.1 billion electrification of the Great Western Main Line to Swansea and the line between Liverpool and Manchester announced on 23 July 2009, means that there will be far less need for diesel trains and so the previously planned procurement has been superseded. A revised rolling stock strategy, taking into account the reduced need for diesel trains will be published in due course.

Monthly expenditure (£ million)

April

May

June

Total Q1

Budget Q1

A46

2.4

3.3

2.1

7.8

16.4

National schemes

9.4

14.8

19.2

43.4

44.1

Total HA

11.9

18.0

21.3

51.3

60.5

Note:

Table totals subject to roundings.

Spending on national highway schemes is very close to budgeted expenditure at this point (98 per cent.). Delays on concluding negotiations for access have led to slower spend on the A46.

Furthermore, as announced in Building Britain’s Future in June, the Department for Transport is contributing £350 million from the 2009-10 capital budget to the Government’s housing fiscal stimulus initiative to deliver 20,000 additional energy efficient, affordable homes.

Home Department

Democratic Republic of Congo

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings officials of his Department have had with officials of (a) HM Embassy Kinshasa and (b) officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo government at Kin Maziere officials. (289004)

[holding answer 21 July 2009]: The UK Border Agency commissioned the British embassy in Kinshasa to investigate allegations that appeared in The Guardian newspaper on 28 May and this included visiting officials from Kin Maziere. The investigation found no evidence to substantiate the allegations of mistreatment, and found that the documentation in possession of The Guardian was not credible.

Drugs: Convictions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of (a) possession of and (b) supplying Class (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C drugs in each year since 1997; and how many such people received (A) a custodial sentence and (B) the maximum sentence for those offences. (286040)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for the possession and supply of class A, B and C drugs, those sentenced to a custodial sentence and those receiving the maximum sentence, in England and Wales, from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

The statistics given relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. For example, when a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn 2009.

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts and sentenced to immediate custody for possession and supply of class A, B and C drugs in England and Wales, 1997 to 20071, 2, 3, 4, 5

1997

1998

1999

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Having possession of a controlled drug: class A

6,485

548

1

8,167

816

0

9,720

966

1

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class A

1,953

1,526

0

1,858

1,424

0

2,009

1,615

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class A

1,679

1,337

0

1,776

1,383

0

2,089

1,705

1

Having possession of a controlled drug: class B5

0,911

395

1

27359

624

1

26,687

634

1

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class B5

3,344

1,562

0

3,616

1,761

0

2,967

1,441

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class B5

1,857

860

1

1,955

908

0

1,517

754

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: class C6

145

13

0

187

12

0

159

9

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class C6

57

20

0

51

17

0

41

20

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) : class C6

53

14

0

46

19

0

53

17

0

200020012002

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Having possession of a controlled drug: class A

10,439

1,000

2

11,548

1,109

0

11,417

988

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class A

2,344

1,827

0

2,750

2,133

0

2,741

2,068

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class A

2,184

1,804

0

2,408

1,898

0

2,512

1996

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: class B5

23,211

460

0

22,960

372

1

26,139

316

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class B5

2,210

1,003

0

1,579

736

0

1,617

647

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class B5

1,113

559

0

736

324

0

729

332

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: class C6

117

6

0

371

11

0

533

16

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class C6

27

13

1

25

14

0

38

14

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) : class C6

29

13

0

32

17

0

23

7

2

200320042005

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Sentenced to:

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Maximum sentence

Having possession of a controlled drug: class A

10,985

907

3

10,738

788

3

10,729

796

4

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class A

2.991

2,248

0

3,032

2,317

1

3,189

2,333

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class A

2,688

2,157

0

2,789

2,234

0

2,786

1,870

1

Having possession of a controlled drug: class B

28,093

370

1

8,658

174

0

4,362

122

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class B

1,735

599

0

1,220

522

0

497

215

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class B

659

299

0

418

201

0

225

116

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: class C6

515

7

0

8,304

82

0

12,170

140

6

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class C6

38

15

1

578

133

0

1,332

416

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) : class C6

35

4

0

254

53

2

474

163

0

20062007Sentenced to:Sentenced to:Found guiltyImmediate custodyMaximum sentenceFound guiltyImmediate custodyMaximum sentenceHaving possession of a controlled drug: class A11,469796813,3899033Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class A3,1052,25003,5002,4692Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class A2,6161,79602,6331,8100Having possession of a controlled drug: class B3,83611203,2341272Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class B40215403081390Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): class B16678084260Having possession of a controlled drug: class C612,688175315,0661975Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: class C61,47549301,6455200Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) : class C657318605681660 1 These data are on the principal offence basis.2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.3 Staffordshire Police Force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.4 Cannabis was reclassified in January 2004 to a class C drug, Guidelines advised that offenders over the age of 18 could be given, for possession only, a “cannabis warning” which does not constitute a criminal record.5 Cannabis was re-classified to a class C drug in January 2004. From 1997-2004 the class B category includes cannabis, from 2005-2007 cannabis is included in class C.6 From January 2004 the statutory maximum penalty for Possession with intent to intent to supply and supplying a class C drug was increased from five to 14 years. Those sentenced in 2004 were all assumed to be eligible for the five year maximum those sentenced from 2005 onwards are assumed to be eligible for the 14 year maximum although as the date of offence is not known this may not be true of all cases.Source:Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit (OCJR-E and A).

Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residence applications from EEA nationals are awaiting assessment. (287791)

As of 15 July there were 71,428 EEA residence applications of all categories awaiting assessment.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding residence applications from EEA nationals have exceeded the six month time limit set out in the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. (287792)

As of 15 July there were 27,120 EEA residence applications that have been outstanding for more than six months. This does not include applications made by EEA nationals for registration certificates, which are not subject to the same time scales.

Foreigners: Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) murders, (b) attempted murders, (c) rapes, (d) other offences of violence against the person and (e) other offences were committed by foreign nationals who had served at least one custodial sentence in the UK in each of the last 12 years for which figures are available. (290755)

I have been asked to reply.

The requested information is not available. The recording by the police on the Police National Computer of the nationality of offenders in England and Wales is optional as there is no legislative obligation on individuals to provide this information. For this reason reliable statistics on the nationality of offenders cannot be compiled.

Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average elapsed between the receipt by the Charging Unit of an application for a student visa extension and the receipt by the applicant of an IDFN form between January and June (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and in what proportion of cases the time elapsed was more than three months in each period. (287901)

[holding answer 20 July 2009]: The information is not available in the precise format requested. Available information is as follows:

Average time (days) taken to deal with an in country application for leave to remain as a student (a)

Percentage of cases where turnaround time was more than 90 days (b)

1 January-30 June 2008

129

12

1 January- 30 June 2009

263

27

1 1,288 applications

2 4,056 applications

Note:

All figures quoted are not provided under national statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Time taken to deal with in country applications for leave to remain as a student

All figures quoted are not provided under national statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

The figures in column (a) are calculated from the date of receipt by the Charging Unit to the date of despatch of the decision.

A requirement that applicants applying in country for leave to remain as a student must have an identity card was introduced on 25 November 2008. The target time for issue of a card is three working days. This time begins on the date the request to issue the card is received.

Passports

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the unit cost of printing a (a) new and (b) replacement British passport was in the latest period for which figures are available. (287533)

The unit cost of printing a new and replacement British passport is the same. Due to commercial sensitivities it is not possible to disclose the exact printing charges.

Prisoners: Deportation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners the Government sought to deport when they left prison but were unable to because they were nationals of other EU member states in the last five years. (287741)

The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to Home Affairs Select Committee in order to provide them with all the robust and accurate information available relating to foreign national criminals. Copies of these letters are available in the Library of the House.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Subsidies

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers are awaiting single payments; and what estimate his Department has made of the total monetary value of outstanding single payments. (290866)

The following table gives the number and estimated value of outstanding payments under the Single Payment Scheme for those yet to receive any payment. It includes claims which may eventually prove to be invalid for payment, often because of probate issues or invalid bank details.

£

Single payment scheme year

Number of claims outstanding as at 3 September 2009

Estimated value of outstanding claims

2005

3

10,000

2006

9

18,000

2007

48

444,000

2008

211

2,424,000

Total

271

2,896,000

Air Pollution: Prosecutions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organisations have been (a) prosecuted, (b) fined and (c) convicted under environmental legislation for air pollution offences in each year since 2005; what the total cost was of fines imposed for such offences; and if he will make a statement. (290899)

The following table has been produced by the Environment Agency’s National Enforcement Database and shows the number of organisations that have been (a) prosecuted, (b) fined and (c) convicted for air pollution category 1-3 incidents1 since 2005, and the total cost of fines imposed for such offences.

Prosecuted

Convicted

Fined

Total of fines (£)

2005

42

42

41

418,650

2006

62

59

57

475,240

2007

37

34

32

561,796

2008

44

40

38

339,200

20092

23

22

21

509,850

Total

208

197

189

2,304,736

1 Category 1—major, persistent, extensive or serious impact or damage to the environment (air, land and/or water), people and/or property.

Category 2—significant impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property.

Category 3—minor or minimal impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property.

2 To 12 August 2009

Circuses: Animal Welfare

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Chairman of the Circus Working Group to provide a further report on wild animals in travelling circuses. (290937)

The Circus Working Group reported its findings in 2007. A feasibility study is currently under way looking at the possibility of regulating wild animal acts in circuses. The feasibility study is still in progress but we are expecting it to be finalised by the end of the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions the Circus Working Group has had about the welfare of elephants in circuses in the last 12 months. (290938)

The Circus Working Group reported its findings in 2007. A feasibility study has been under way since last year and is expected to be finalised by the end of this year. The use of elephants in circuses will be considered as part of this study.

Dairy Farming

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of farmers who have left in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009 to date. (290867)

DEFRA does not collect figures on the number of farmers who leave the dairy sector each year. Figures from the June Survey of Agriculture only indicate activity on registered holdings in England at June each year and therefore show net change only.

The number of farmers on holdings where dairy is the predominant activity (as indicated from Cattle Tracing System data) are shown in the table below for 2006-08. Figures for 2009 are not yet available.

Number of farmers on dairy type holdings

Number of dairy holdings1

(a)

2006

22,483

11,079

(b)

2007

21,082

10,649

(c)

2008

20,122

10,112

1 Based on predominant farming activity.

Note:

Farmers includes full- and part-time farmers, partners, directors and spouses if working on the holding.

Sources:

June Survey of Agriculture

Cattle Tracing System

Dairy Farming: Government Assistance

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department is providing to the dairy farm industry in response to the reduction in the wholesale price of milk in 2009. (290868)

We believe that the market must determine prices. The setting of milk prices is a commercial matter to be resolved by private negotiation which should take place within the parameters set by competition law.

Through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum, we are working with industry to highlight challenges currently facing the sector. To this end, DEFRA will be chairing a new Horizon Scanning working group where we will work in collaboration with industry to address these challenges.

Dogs: Tagging

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for (a) the compulsory microchipping of dogs and (b) the establishment of a central database of dog owners in the United Kingdom; what recent representations he has received on the issue; what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the issue since July 2008; and if he will make a statement. (290629)

The Dog Identification Group (DIG) recommended in its 2000 report that a voluntary scheme for the permanent identification of dogs be introduced. Since the DIG report, there has been an increase in voluntary dog registration. At the forefront of this is Petlog which is the largest pet reunification service in the UK. It manages a database of over 3,500,000 records. This is on hand 24 hours a day to authorised bodies such as animal wardens or animal welfare centres, who can scan the chips in found animals and trace their owners via the Petlog database. Today up to 40-50 per cent. of dogs are registered on the Petlog system.

We have no plans to make microchipping compulsory. We have received around 20 letters so far in 2009 on the subject of microchipping, and microchipping was discussed with representatives of the Dogs Trust in July this year.

Fishing Vessels: Decommissioning

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce a fishing vessel decommissioning scheme; and if he will make a statement. (290682)

Gangmasters

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to protect the employment rights of vulnerable workers employed through gangmasters. (290948)

The Government set up the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in 2005 to safeguard the welfare and rights of vulnerable workers employed in the agriculture, food processing and shellfish sectors, where gangmasters traditionally operate. The Gangmasters Licensing Act introduced compulsory licensing for anyone who supplies workers to do work in these sectors, and makes it an offence to operate as an unlicensed gangmaster or knowingly to enter into an arrangement with an unlicensed gangmaster. In order to obtain a gangmasters licence, a gangmaster must be considered to act in a fit and proper manner and must meet strict conditions, such as meeting correct payments for minimum wage, tax, national insurance, and health and safety requirements.

Following the recommendations of the Vulnerable Worker Forum in 2008, the Government have also put together a package of key measures to protect all vulnerable workers, including those employed by gangmasters. These measures include:

A sustained, three year, Government-led campaign to raise vulnerable workers' awareness of basic employment rights and encourage the reporting of workplace abuses.

The establishment of the new Pay and Work Rights line, through which vulnerable workers (and employers) will be able to report abuses and access information and advice about the rights enforced by Government.

The establishment of a Fair Employment Enforcement Board bringing together enforcement bodies and external stakeholders to drive forward improvements in support for vulnerable workers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to extend the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and if the Minister will make a statement. (290949)

The extension of gangmaster licensing to other sectors of the economy was considered by the Vulnerable Worker Enforcement Forum in 2008. However, the Government concluded that the way forward was to prioritise effective enforcement of the existing law, not to introduce new regulation. We are doing this through a campaign to raise workers' awareness of employment rights, including the establishment of the new Pay and Work Rights Helpline, which provides workers with a single point of contact covering five different enforcement agencies, and by strengthening the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate which regulates agencies in sectors not covered by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to remove unlicensed gangmasters. (290950)

Under the Gangmasters Licensing Act it is an offence to operate as an unlicensed gangmaster, which, upon conviction, can result in punishment of up to 10 years' imprisonment, a fine or both. The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) is responsible for enforcing the Act on behalf of Government, and now that it has moved on from its initial set up phase, the GLA is concentrating its resources on tackling those who operate outside the law. Operation Ajax was launched by the GLA in May 2008. This is a UK wide initiative to stamp out worker abuse by labour providers operating in the GLA sectors. Operation Ajax provides the brand under which the GLA undertakes individual enforcement and compliance operations against illegal and non-compliant labour providers. This type of approach is already used by other enforcement agencies to tackle criminality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of the recession on the number of unlicensed gangmasters. (290951)

There has not been any specific assessment of the impact of the recession on the number of unlicensed gangmasters, but the Government recognise that difficult trading conditions might tempt employers to cut corners by operating without a licence, or otherwise maximise profits at the expense of their work force. With this in mind, the Government have recently reviewed the funding available to the GLA and have agreed additional amounts for this year and next, specifically to cover enforcement and operational activities. This will enable the GLA to recruit additional enforcement officers to target the areas where vulnerable workers are most at risk from unlicensed labour providers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gangmasters have been prosecuted by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority since its establishment. (290952)

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has carried out three successful prosecutions all for operating as a gangmaster without a licence. In May 2008, a labour provider from Perth in Scotland was sentenced to 18 months probation and 140 hours community service. In May 2009, an Edinburgh recruitment firm was given a fine of £2001. On 1 September 2009, a Gangmaster based in the Morecambe Bay area, operating in shellfish gathering, was ordered to pay a fine of £600 and costs of £4,000.

There are a further four cases pending that have entered the court system:

one in relation to operating as an unlicensed gangmaster;

two in relation to using the services of an unlicensed gangmaster; and

one in relation to obstruction of GLA officers.

1 Figures provided by the GLA

Geomatics Group

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts the Environment Agency’s Geomatics Group has with local authorities. (290832)

The Geomatics Group undertakes commercial contracts for a range of external clients including local authorities. The names of contracting organisations are commercially confidential.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency’s Geomatics Group’s public task is. (290833)

The Geomatics Group is a specialist business unit within the Environment Agency that supplies high quality, geospatial data and customised services to the Environment Agency, Government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the commercial market.

Its range of products can be used in a wide variety of geospatial applications including:

Environmental management (flood risk modelling, coastal erosion, risk assessment, vegetation monitoring);

Local planning applications;

Risk and crisis management (emergency flood response);

Infrastructure site selection (wind farm, utilities);

Archaeology and national heritage;

Thermal heat loss surveying;

Urban visualisation;

Reservoir assessment;

Forestry and farming.

The group is reinforcing the work the Environment Agency is currently undertaking to identify and evaluate areas at risk from flooding across England and Wales. By identifying drainage patterns and water flow, it will help predict which areas and structures are most at risk from flooding in different weather conditions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed in the Environment Agency’s Geomatics Group. (290834)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) turnover and (b) profit of the Environment Agency's Geomatics Group in 2009-2010. (290835)

The expected total turnover of the Geomatics Group for 2009-10 is £4,482,000. This includes work undertaken for the Environment Agency.

Geomatics Group makes no profit from work undertaken for the Environment Agency and the level of profit on work undertaken for external customers is commercially confidential.

River Thames: Pollution

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the level of risk to the health and safety of swimmers and boaters from the discharge of sewage into the Thames in the area of Mogden, Isleworth on 3 July 2009. (288785)

The Environment Agency manages the chemical environmental quality of the upper Thames estuary; there are no stipulated microbiological standards that are applied in the upper reaches.

Water quality assessment is based on the level of dissolved oxygen in the river which is important for protecting fish in the estuary.

Matters relating to public health are directed to the London Port Health Authority which provides advice and guidance on river usage involving public contact with water.

As part of the Environment Agency’s protocol for managing pollution incidents on the Thames estuary, the London Port Health Authority is routinely informed of significant sewage-related incidents. This is to ensure that any necessary precautionary information can be made available to the public and this was the case in this incident.

There are no designated bathing waters that would have been affected by the discharges from the locations in west London.

Shellfish: Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a decision to be made on the application of protected geographic indicator status to the Colchester oyster; and if he will make a statement. (290738)

The application to register the Colchester Native Oyster, first received in 2005, had a number of objections received during the consultation process.

Officials subsequently met with representatives of the applicant group in May 2007 to discuss the objections and outstanding points relating to the product specification for the application. Further information relating to the geographical area and other aspects of the application was sought from the applicant group which, despite numerous and regular reminders from officials, has not been forthcoming.

As a result, it has not been possible to complete our assessment of the validity of the application for protected geographical indication status for the Colchester Native Oyster. Although the scheme is a voluntary one, we will continue to pursue this with the applicant group.

Water Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to assist voluntary groups, churches and charities affected by introduction of charges for surface water drainage. (290715)

I attended the meeting of the All Party Scout Group on 15 July and promised the cubs and scouts that this issue will be resolved. We are currently waiting to see revised proposals from United Utilities on what it is proposing for 2010-11 and beyond. I expect companies and the regulator to settle this in a way that is fair and reasonable and reflects Government guidance to Ofwat.

Weedkillers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) representatives of Dow AgroScience Ltd. and (b) the Chemical Regulations Directorate on the relicensing of the herbicide aminopyralid; and if he will make a statement. (290689)

There have been no discussions with Dow Agrosciences Ltd. on this matter that have involved DEFRA Ministers. We have frequent discussions with the HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate, which is the part of central Government responsible for the regulation of pesticides, detergents, chemicals, on behalf of DEFRA Ministers.

We are currently considering the advice from the Advisory Committee on Pesticides that approvals for aminopyralid could be reinstated subject to various conditions.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1566W, on departmental electronic equipment, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on (i) flat screen televisions, (ii) DVD players and (iii) stereo equipment since November 2008. (289166)

The following table shows expenditure by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland and its agencies but excluding its NDPBs, on (i) flat screen televisions, (ii) DVD players and (iii) stereo equipment since November 2008:

Flat Screen Televisions

DVD Players

Stereo Equipment

NIO Core

3,848

1,947

0

Compensation Agency

0

20

0

Youth Justice Agency

2,413

2,008

375

Forensic Science NI

0

0

0

Northern Ireland Prison Service

For this agency, the details requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

All expenditure has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Departmental Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years. (287481)

The costs requested for the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, in each of the last five years, are shown in the following table.

Internal(£)

External (£)

2004-05

Nil

841

2005-06

318

26,149

2006-07

Nil

22,046

2007-08

665

23,868

2008-09

275

26,613

Departmental Postal Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on Royal Mail services in each of the last two years. (288737)

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, but excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, spent using Royal Mail in each of the last two years.

Expenditure (£)

2007-08

£66,473

2008-09

£161,125

These figures exclude companies who operate franking machines and may make payments to Royal Mail. The £95,000 increase from 2007-08 to 2008-09 relates to an increase from £32,000 in 2007-08 to £81,000 in 2008-09 by the Chief Electoral Office due to the European elections and an increase from £371,000 in 2007-08 to £49,000 in 2008-09 by Access NI resulting from their first full operating year.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on health and safety training for its staff in each of the last five years. (287478)

Expenditure by the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, its agencies and NDPBs on health and safety training for its staff in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.

(£)

2008-09

17,870

2007-08

6,000

2006-07

6,000

2005-06

8,170

2004-05

0

The increase in expenditure in 2008-09 relates to the provision of health and safety e-learning to all members of staff.

Mass Media

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on press monitoring in each of the last five years. (287474)

The Northern Ireland Office has an in-house media monitoring service to meet the needs of Ministers and senior officials within the Department. It also provides its media monitoring services to Ministers and officials in the devolved Administration and a number of external public sector stakeholders.

Costs for this service in each of the last five years are detailed in the following tables and broken down into both equipment and staff costs. Equipment costs are all the costs associated with press monitoring for example televisions, DVD recorders, DVD discs, tapes, radios and transcribers.

The Department recoups a percentage of its running costs by passing on a small charge to its clients.

Equipment costs

£

2004-05

14,052.15

2005-06

2,397.76

2006-07

1,682.94

2007-08

6,080.04

2008-09-

2,957.14

Staff costs

Currently there are four members of staff employed in the Media Monitoring Unit and a further five typists to transcribe media monitoring requests. Staffing numbers have fluctuated over this period. I have provided the average salary costs for each team in each of the last five years:

£

Media Monitoring Unit

Typing Pool

2004-05

70,000

69,000

2005-06

70,200

72,000

2006-07

79,000

79,000

2007-08

69,000

79,000

2008-09

62,000

82,000

Police Community Support Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what steps he plans to take to enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland to recruit police community support officers; (290680)

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of the deployment of police community support officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

The PSNI is committed to working with the community to deliver an effective, efficient and impartial policing service. The Chief Constable, Northern Ireland Policing Board and I are all agreed that police community support officers have an important role to play alongside police and other support staff in making communities safer and providing public reassurance on areas of local concern.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has received a resource allocation in excess of £1.1 billion for each of the three years of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR07). The timing of the introduction of PCSOs is a matter for the Chief Constable to consider, in consultation with the Policing Board.

Young Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many juveniles detained in custody in the (a) Juvenile Justice Centre and (b) Young Offenders Centre in each of the last 10 years had been resident in care homes prior to their detention. (288382)

The information requested in (a) is set out in the table. Figures for 2009 are not yet available.

(a) Initial admissions to custody by care comparison for the Juvenile Justice Centre

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Admission on Sentence

From Care

6

12

11

7

3

Not from Care

21

14

17

14

13

Not known

Admission on Remand

From Care

36

55

44

47

17

Not from Care

62

93

84

128

100

Not known

2

5

2

Admission on PACE

From Care

65

40

62

49

28

Not from Care

112

84

104

110

90

Not known

4

6

9

1

Total initial admissions

From Care

107

107

117

103

48

Not from Care

195

191

205

252

203

Not known

4

8

14

3

Percentage from Care

35.0

35.0

34.8

29.0

18.9

Notes:

1. The Youth Justice Agency was established in April 2003 and data prior to this are not readily available. The above figures represent full calendar years.

2. Initial admissions are for new admissions into the centre. It does not include any internal change of status, e.g. remand to sentence. A young person may be admitted to the centre on more than one occasion during the timeframe.

3. Figures are based on young people who are in a care home at time of admission.

4. Information is drawn from operational data sources which are inherently difficult to validate.

The information requested in (b) is not held. Hydebank Wood juvenile committals over the last 10 years total in excess of 900. The centre does not routinely capture details of pre-detention care home accommodation. To source the information requested would incur disproportionate cost.

Treasury

Banks: Directors

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Sir David Walker's report on bank corporate governance, what his policy is on the appointment of a proportion of non-executive directors of financial institutions by organisations other than those on whose board they serve. (290838)

Appointments to boards of companies are a matter for the companies and their shareholders in line with the statutory framework. The Combined Code on Corporate Governance sets out information on the role of the board and directors and stipulates that board appointments should be made on merit and against objective criteria.

The function of non-executive directors in banks and other financial institutions is being considered by Sir David Walker as part of his review of corporate governance. Sir David published his consultation paper on 16 July and is inviting comments by 1 October with a view to reporting to the Government in November. The Government welcomed Sir David's consultation paper and looks forward to receiving his final conclusions.

Banks: Finance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent from the public purse in each cost category on support for UK banks in each month since August 2007. (290621)

The Treasury does not publish breakdown of financial support provided to banks other than on a financial year basis. Details of the financial support provided to UK banks for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09 are set out in the Treasury's Resource Accounts for 2007-08 (HC 539) and 2008-09 (HC 611), respectively.

Capital Gains Tax: Second Homes

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change tax arrangements for second homes from 2010; whether he plans to undertake a consultation on such arrangements; and if he will make a statement. (290775)

Tax policy changes are considered through the Budget process in the usual way. The Government consider a range of factors when formulating tax policy and keep all aspects of the tax system under review.

Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, column 756, on Equitable Life, what further consideration has been given to introducing interim emergency payments on compassionate grounds to Equitable Life policyholders; and what recent discussions his Department has had with Sir John Chadwick on this matter. (290744)

Sir John is making good progress with his work. The Government regularly discuss this with him and provides updates to the House and the public accordingly.

Both Sir John and Government recognise the need to reach a conclusion on this matter with expedition, while balancing speed against the need to come to the right conclusions that deliver justice to policyholders based upon the findings of the Ombudsman's report that the Government have accepted.

At this stage, no decisions can be taken upon the nature of ex gratia payments. In the meantime, the Government await the presentation of Sir John's advice, to which it will of course give due consideration and respond accordingly as to the nature of the ex gratia payments scheme.

I can confirm that we have drawn to Sir John Chadwick's attention your interest in making interim payments and, as I have already said, the need to reach a conclusion on the matter of Equitable Life as soon as possible is recognised.

Housing: Valuation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are recorded with each (a) dwellinghouse code and (b) value significant code in each local authority area in Brentwood according to electronic records held by the Valuation Office Agency. (290808)

The number of properties with the codes requested as at 2 January 2009 is:

(a) Dwellinghouse Codes in Brentwood

Dwelling codes

Number of properties

01

251

02

291

03

1,019

04

773

05

11

06

30

07

28

08

416

09

207

10

213

13

0

14

18

19

16

20

178

21

2,886

24

465

25

108

30

226

31

13,214

32

3,624

35

368

36

310

37

167

39

8

40

108

41

185

42

107

43

10

44

55

45

15

46

82

48

25

50

6

51

1,543

52

0

55

15

56

3,233

60

272

61

236

62

540

70

9

71

77

72

0

80

11

81

16

82

0

90

0

91

0

92

0

94

0

95

0

96

0

97

0

98

0

99

23

(b) Value significant codes in Brentwood

Value significant codes

Number of properties

A

9

AM

42

AO

0

AV

0

AW

<5

B

187

BA

161

BB

128

BC

28

BD

15

C

0

CB

0

CH

0

CI

6

CN

56

CO

<5

CP

60

CS

56

D

0

DS

491

EF

0

F

0

FC

0

FG

<5

FO

0

FP

<5

GG

<5

GN

0

HO

8

I

0

L

27

LE

<5

LF

17

LR

98

LS

27

LT

15

M

0

NA

469

OS

6

P

0

PL

17

PS

<5

Q

6

QA

10

QB

26

QC

<5

QD

<5

R

0

RC

7

S

0

SC

<5

T

0

TM

94

TQ

172

TU

7

U

33

UC

291

UL

76

UN

<5

UO

11

UP

124

UR

6

US

117

V

0

VC

0

VE

0

VH

<5

VI

0

VL

<5

VM

<5

VO

82

VP

44

VR

0

VS

0

WK

250

X

86

YG

9

ZH

39

ZI

20

ZJ

369

ZL

4,808

ZN

6

For both (a) and (b) above and where a value of ‘<5’ is displayed, this is to prevent individual properties being identified.

Income Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total income tax take from residents of (a) each local authority area and (b) each parliamentary constituency in England was in each of the last 10 years. (290864)

Information on income tax revenues by unitary authority from 1999-2000 and parliamentary constituency from 2002-03 can be found in tables 3.14 “Income and tax by borough and district or unitary authority” and 3.15 “Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency” in the National Statistics section of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) website respectively, available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#314.

Estimates for earlier periods are not available. Estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes, of which 2006-07 is currently the latest available.

Any inference from the information in tables 3.14 and 3.15 should take into account the confidence intervals in table 3.14a “income and tax by borough and district or unitary authority, Confidence Intervals” and table 3.15a “Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency, Confidence Intervals”, also available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#314.

Interest Rates: Credit Cards

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that financial services providers reflect the Bank of England base interest rate in the interest rates offered on credit cards. (289215)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government fully understand concerns over interest rates charged by some credit card lenders. In December last year the Government took decisive action to secure agreement from the credit card industry to Fair Principles for any interest rate increase they introduce on reviewing an individual's account. These came into force in January 2009, and provide extra protections when a customer or group of customers' interest rate is changed as a result of a perceived change in their ability to repay their debts.

On the 2 July Government published the Consumer White Paper detailing plans to bring forth a review of credit and store card regulation. The review will examine whether restrictions should be placed on the raising of interest rates on existing debts.

The review will also explore if minimum monthly repayments should be raised to combat debt levels, it will also look at the benefits and risks of banning the practice of increasing borrowers credit limits without their consent, and what order debts built up on a credit card should be paid off. We intend to publish a consultation in the autumn and report our findings in the new year.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 21 July 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Florence Gadjui. (290645)

Pay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to establish a commission to examine high levels of remuneration; and if he will make a statement. (290628)

The Government have a role to play in preventing undesirable practices which encourage excessive risk-taking such as remuneration policies in the banking sector. However, in general, private sector remuneration arrangements are a matter for employers, employees and shareholders to agree.

Payments Council

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Payments Council on the phasing out of cheques as a method of payment; and if he will make a statement. (290829)

The National Payments Council are not considering phasing out cheques as a method of payment, but only whether it would be sensible to set a long-term date for closing the use of a cheque clearing system.

In the National Payments Plan, the Payments Council committed to conducting initial research and analysis into the future of cheques as a method of payment, with the aims of:

understanding the barriers to cheque substitution;

identifying the areas where work is needed on acceptable alternatives to cheques; and,

clarifying where more education is needed on existing alternatives.

The Payments Council is committed to being open and transparent in its review of the future of the cheque clearing and even if a timescale were to be set, various milestones would need to be agreed and delivered before any final decision would be taken to irrevocably close cheque operations.

Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980. (288275)

State Retirement Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1309W, on state retirement pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women who reached state pension age between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009 have taken up the option of buying back one or more years of class 3 national insurance contributions under the measures contained in the Pensions Act 2008 to date; and how much has been paid back in contributions by such individuals to date. (290880)

The number of people who reached state pension age between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009 and have taken up the option of buying back one or more years of class 3 national insurance contributions under the measure introduced by the Pensions Act 2008 is (a) 21 men and (b) 204 women. National insurance contributions of £37,682.20 were paid by the men and £343,571.90 by the women.

Tax Credit

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in tax credits to residents of (a) each local authority area and (b) each parliamentary constituency in England in each of the last 10 years. (290865)

Child and working tax credit were introduced in April 2003 when they replaced working families’ tax credit, disabled person’s tax credit and children’s tax credit.

Estimates of expenditure on tax credits at local authority and parliamentary constituency level are available only at disproportionate cost because the necessary expenditure data are not readily available on a geographical basis.

Estimates of the average number of recipient families and their entitlements (as opposed to payments) to tax credits, by local authority and parliamentary constituency, for each year between 2003-04 and 2007-08, are available in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) publications “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised Annual Awards. Geographical Analyses”, available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-stats.htm

The same information for 2008-09 is not yet available as awards have not yet been finalised. However, estimates of the number of recipient families with tax credits, based on provisional awards, as at 1 April 2009, are available in the HMRC snapshot publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Geographical analyses. April 2009”, available at the same internet address.

Estimates of the number of working families’ tax credit and disabled person’s tax credit recipients, and the average weekly value of awards, from May 2001 to November 2002 are available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/wftc/wfdptc_geog.htm

Estimates prior to May 2001 are not available. Similarly estimates are not available for children’s tax credit.

Taxation: Gambling

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the Exchequer of the decisions by William Hill and Ladbrokes to relocate their betting operations from the UK to Gibraltar. (290758)

General betting duty is charged at 15 per cent. of the gross profit of UK bookmakers. Bookmakers’ profits include profits from "over the counter" placed bets and remotely taken Internet and telephone placed bets.

HMRC do not break down general betting duty receipts into these component parts, and cannot release taxpayer specific data while maintaining taxpayer confidentiality.

UK Financial Investments

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reason was given by John Kingman for his resignation as Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd. (290925)

Forthcoming leadership changes at UK Financial Investment Ltd were set out in a press release on 28 July which can be accessed via the UKFI website:

http://www.ukfi.gov.uk/releases/20090728%20UKFI%20Chair%20PN.pdf

Children, Schools and Families

Academies Enterprise Trust

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what funding his Department has provided for the Academies Enterprise Trust in each year since the Trust was established; (290739)

(2) which schools in (a) Essex and (b) elsewhere have been transferred to the Academies Enterprise Trust to date; on what date each such transfer took place; how much funding was provided to each school upon transfer; and from what sources such funding was drawn.

The following schools in Essex have been transferred to the Academies Enterprise Trust. No schools elsewhere have been transferred.

In September 2008: The Rickstones School became Rickstones Academy, Greensward College became Greensward Academy and the John Bramston School became the Maltings Academy. In September 2009, Bishops Park College and Colbayns High School became Clacton Coastal Academy.

The funding in the table was provided in respect of academies which constitute the Academies Enterprise Trust. The source of all funding is the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Total in respect of all academies within the Academies Enterprise Trust

Development funding provided prior to the academies opening

£

2008/09

2,838,314

2009/10

409,542

£

Funding provided once the academies were open

2008/09

2009/10

Greensward Academy

9,021,118

7,874,024

Maltings Academy

6,258,017

5,679,145

New Rickstones Academy

5,459,257

4,830,734

Clacton Coastal Academy

0

11,191,473

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) accounts and (b) annual reports provided to his Department by the Academies Enterprise Trust for each year of the Trust's existence. (290741)

We have not yet received any accounts or annual reports from the Academies Enterprises Trust.

The Academies Enterprises Trust comprises Greensward Academy, Maltings Academy and New Rickstones Academy, which opened in September 2008 and Clacton Coast which opened in September 2009. For the Academies that opened in 2008, their first annual report and accounts will cover the period 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009. The Trust would then have until 31 December 2009 to get their audited accounts to us. For the Clacton Coastal Academy, audited accounts are due to be with us by 31 December 2010.

Once finalised, the accounts will be in the public domain and will be published on the Charities Commission's website.

Faith Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether teachers can be dismissed for conduct incompatible with the tenets of the religious denomination specified in relation to voluntary-aided schools with a religious character. (290664)

Voluntary-aided schools with a religious character do have the ability to have regard to the conduct of a teacher which is incompatible with the tenets of the religion of the school when considering the termination of employment of any teacher.

I firmly believe and trust in the professionalism of our head teachers and in the skill and abilities of governing bodies across the country to ensure that they conduct the employment process fairly and in line with relevant legislation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of whether religious education in voluntary-aided schools with a religious character can be given in accordance with the tenets of the religion or the religious denomination specified in relation to the school by teachers who are not of that religion;

(2) what assessment he has made of whether religious education in voluntary-aided schools with a religious character can be given by teachers who do not share the same faith as the religion or the religious denomination specified in relation to the school. [290668] (290667)

The choice of who delivers religious education (and any other subject) in voluntary aided schools is a matter for local determination. Head teachers and governing bodies in voluntary aided schools will judge the appropriateness or otherwise of individuals who teach, or are seeking an appointment to teach, religious education in their schools. The law maintains that preference may be given to those of the faith but it is not implicit that only those of the faith may teach RE.

Free School Meals

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England have received free school meals in each year since 1979. (290654)

Information is collected on both free school meal eligibility and the number of pupils actually taking a free school meal on the day of the School Census. Most data analysis is based on eligibility which has only been collected since 1997. The number of pupils taking free school meals has been collected since 1989. The readily available information for these years is shown in the following table.

Maintained nursery, maintained primary1 and secondary schools1,2: pupils3 eligible for free school meals as at January each year in England, Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region, York local authority and North Yorkshire local authority.

Nursery and Primary Schools1

Secondary Schools1,2

Number of pupils on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

% of pupils taking free schoolmeals

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals

% of pupils eligible for free school meals

Number of pupils on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

% of pupils taking free schoolmeals

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals

% of pupils eligible for free school meals

England

2009

4,114,630

558,590

13.6

656,570

16.0

3,278,130

338,320

10.3

438,860

13.4

2008

4,127,840

538,460

13.0

641,490

15.5

3,294,580

326,480

9.9

433,140

13.1

2007

4,148,390

544,370

13.1

658.910

15.9

3,272,480

314,630

9.6

429.700

13.1

2006

4,187,630

556,180

13.3

670,340

16.0

3,309,720

328,750

9.9

448.680

13.6

2005

4,243,110

568,350

13.4

717.230

16.9

3,317,590

335,140

10.1

465.520

14.0

2004

4,293,180

608,760

14.2

741,150

17.3

3,326,800

351,380

10.6

477.290

14.3

2003

4,350,260

604,910

13.9

731,610

16.8

3,308,490

349,780

10.6

478.920

14.5

2002

4,405,640

616,630

14.0

754,510

17.1

3,260,930

354,260

10.9

486.350

14.9

2001

4,451,220

631,640

14.2

783.510

17.6

3,226,970

353,470

11.0

509,680

15.8

2000

4,481,680

671,490

15.0

821,520

18.3

3,178,000

368,300

11.6

523.630

16.5

1999

4,507,660

690,320

15.3

853.020

18.9

3,118,280

367,800

11.8

527.340

16.9

1998

4,508,920

731,580

16.2

891,050

19.8

3,069,030

367,800

12.0

537,070

17.5

1997

4,479,450

775,740

17.3

994.590

21.1

3,036,990

381,240

12.6

552,900

18.2

1996

4,441,600

828,410

18.7

n/a

n/a

3,006,940

399,620

13.3

n/a

n/a

1995

4,364,710

815,260

18.7

n/a

n/a

2,988,950

387,550

13.0

n/a

n/a

1994

4,294,150

815,440

19

n/a

n/a

2,929,350

370,160

13

n/a

n/a

1993

4,218,480

773,870

18

n/a

n/a

2,960,830

338,190

11

n/a

n/a

1992

4,141,300

680,940

16

n/a

n/a

2,858,280

292,710

10

n/a

n/a

1991

4,099,610

562,990

14

n/a

n/a

2,848,220

235,110

8

n/a

n/a

1990

4,036,540

519,230

13

n/a

n/a

2,920,490

223,970

8

n/a

n/a

1989

3,955,800

515,400

13

n/a

n/a

2,944,720

235,220

8

n/a

n/a

Yorkshire and the Humber

2009

437,020

58,670

13.4

69.510

15.9

335,510

34,670

10.3

47.440

14.1

2008

437,840

55,820

12.7

67.590

15.4

339,710

33,590

9.9

47.690

14.0

2007

441,080

55,030

12.5

68.580

15.5

339,070

31,840

9.4

47.150

13.9

2006

446,780

57,310

12.8

69.670

15.6

345,870

33,960

9.8

50.370

14.6

2005

454,150

59,480

13.1

76.650

16.9

348,680

35,220

10.1

53.160

15.2

2004

461,170

65,870

14.3

80,800

17.3

350,020

37,760

10.8

54,170

15.5

2003

470,470

67,240

14.3

81,890

17.4

347,630

37,760

10.9

55,580

16.0

2002

478,850

68,770

14.4

85,850

17.9

343,020

36,490

10.6

56,290

16.4

2001

485,180

72,160

14.9

88,880

18.3

339,290

37,590

11.1

58,260

17.2

2000

484,630

76,240

15.7

93,160

19.2

340,300

40,770

12.0

62,420

18.3

1999

484,440

77,300

16.0

95,250

19.7

340,130

41,520

12.2

64,160

18.9

1998

486,700

80,530

16.5

99,550

20.5

336,320

41,450

12.3

65,310

19.4

1997

486,730

86,070

17.7

105,430

21.7

333,870

43,020

12.9

66,150

19.8

North Yorkshire (post-1997) local authority

2009

43,210

2,930

6.8

3,480

8.1

40,590

1,850

4.6

2,440

6.0

2008

43,500

2,810

6.4

3,390

7.8

40,950

1,830

4.5

2,440

6.0

2007

44,030

2,900

6.6

3,480

7.9

41,530

1,790

4.3

2,470

5.9

2006

44,790

2,860

6.4

3,450

7.7

41,910

1,740

4.2

2,450

5.9

2005

45,630

3,010

6.6

3,630

7.9

42,080

1,870

4.4

2,490

5.9

2004

46,420

3,390

7.3

3,900

8.4

42,060

1,910

4.5

2,570

6.1

2003

47,340

3,280

6.9

3,910

8.3

41,640

1,820

4.4

2,390

5.7

2002

48,030

3,410

7.1

4,030

8.4

40,890

1,860

4.5

2,420

5.9

2001

48,480

3,560

7.3

4,310

8.9

40,220

1,810

4.5

2,580

6.4

2000

49,020

3,970

8.1

4,730

9.7

39,300

2,050

5.2

2,700

6.9

1999

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998

48,720

4,190

8.6

4,880

10.0

37,580

2,030

5.4

2,700

7.2

1997

48,160

4,440

9.2

5,110

10.6

36,980

2,040

5.5

2,670

7.2

York (post-1997) local authority

2009

12,990

970

7.5

1,240

9.6

9,870

570

5.8

800

8.1

2008

13,120

940

7.1

1,210

9.2

9,960

610

6.1

780

7.8

2007

13,250

1,010

7.6

1,290

9.7

10,180

550

5.4

810

8.0

2006

13,550

1,100

8.1

1,340

9.9

10,230

570

5.6

830

8.1

2005

13,760

1,140

8.3

1,340

9.7

10,330

570

5.5

790

7.6

2004

13,820

1,160

8.4

1,390

10.0

10,490

570

5.4

820

7.9

2003

13,970

1,110

7.9

1,340

9.6

10,370

570

5.5

780

7.6

2002

14,420

1,210

8.4

1,470

10.2

10,100

590

5.8

860

8.5

2001

14,780

1,290

8.7

1,640

11.1

9,970

650

6.5

890

8.9

2000

15,020

1,450

9.6

1,750

11.6

9,820

690

7.0

920

9.3

1999

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998

15,060

1,670

11.1

2,030

13.5

9,290

770

8.2

1,030

11.1

1997

15,010

1,860

12.4

2,250

15.0

9,320

790

8.5

1,060

11.4

North Yorkshire (pre-1997) local authority

1996

62,210

6,450

10.4

n/a

n/a

45,570

2,940

6.5

n/a

n/a

1995

60,980

6,340

10.4

n/a

n/a

45,000

2,800

6.2

n/a

n/a

1994

59,640

6,080

10

n/a

n/a

43,960

2,590

6

n/a

n/a

1993

58,560

5,520

9

n/a

n/a

44,600

2,310

5

n/a

n/a

1992

57,350

4,940

9

n/a

n/a

42,890

2,010

5

n/a

n/a

1991

56,500

4,050

7

n/a

n/a

42,670

1,620

4

n/a

n/a

1990

56,160

3,580

6

n/a

n/a

42,420

1,670

4

n/a

n/a

1989

54,740

3,420

6

n/a

n/a

43,710

1,900

4

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available.

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes City Technology Colleges and Academies in 2008 and 2009.

3 From 2003, free school meals was based on sole and dual main registrations, and includes boarders. Previous years excluded boarders.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.

GCE A-Level

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of A-Levels in (a) chemistry, (b) physics, (c) mathematics and (d) modern languages were awarded to pupils at (i) grammar schools, (ii) comprehensive schools, (iii) sixth form colleges and (iv) independent schools in the 2008-09 academic year. (290747)

The information requested is not yet available. The data will only be available for release after the publication of a Statistical First Release planned for 15 October 2009.

Pupils: Sunscreens

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will undertake a review of the guidance provided to schools on the application of sunscreen products to pupils for the purpose of revising that guidance to permit children to apply such products; (290674)

(2) if he will issue guidance to schools on the use of sunscreen products by schoolchildren involved in outdoor activity during the summer months.

We have no current guidance specifically on applying sunscreen and none is envisaged. But we would not advise against pupils bringing and applying their own sunscreen in-school or during offsite visits. It is for local authorities and governing bodies to formulate their own policies. These should state the school position on the use of sunscreens in the school grounds and farther afield when learning outside the classroom. Teachers and other support staff are not legally obliged to administer sunscreens. That said, schools discharge their duty of care by ensuring that children are not exposed overmuch to the sun in any event.

It is good practice for teachers and support staff to check that pupils, while playing or learning in the sunshine, are protected against the risk of sunburn—by appropriate clothing and hats as well as sunscreen applied at home or in school—and that they spend time in the shade as necessary.

Schools: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to Table 8.4 of his Department's Annual Report 2009, pages 175-6, which individual programmes and corresponding allocations are aggregated as (a) specialist schools/city and national challenge/interventions, (b) national strategies/curriculum/behaviour/gifted and talented, (c) other miscellaneous programmes, (d) area based grants and (e) modernising the teaching profession for 2010-11. (290710)

The Department's programmes shown aggregated in DCSF’s Departmental Annual Report 2009 for the year 2010-11 are provided in the following table:

£ million

Departmental report allocation

2010-11

(a) Specialist Schools/City and National Challenge/Interventions

City Challenge/ National Challenge

84

Specialist and High Performing Schools

31

Partnership and Federations

1

School Interventions Budget/ New Relationships with Schools

16

Specialist Schools/City and National Challenge/Interventions Total

132

(b) National strategies /Curriculum / Behaviour/ Gifted and Talented

Pupil Well Being

1

Schools Collaboration Organisation and Fair Access/Independent Schools and Schools Organisation/ School Governance

46

Literacy and Numeracy, Central Driving

655

Strategy and performance

1

Assessment Team/Achievement and attainment/raise online

13

Performance Schools Division Budgets Gifted and Talented/ Study support/ Playing success

237

Curriculum

232

PE Sport Strategy for Young People

168

Behaviour/Alternative Provision

26

Teachers’ Pension Contractual

9

National Strategies/Curriculum/Behaviour/Gifted and Talented total

1,388

(c) Other Miscellaneous Programmes

Music, Ballet and Dance

32

Premature Retirement Compensation and Voluntary Colleges

12

Families Division—Respect

19

Family Learning Impact Fund

44

Section 48 Inspection/Work for Development Grants

31

Other miscellaneous programmes total

138

(d) Area Based Grants

Connexions

467

Children's Fund

132

Positive Activities for Young People Programmes

94

Teenage Pregnancy Local Implementation

28

Flexible 14-19 Partnerships Funding

15

Respect—Youth Taskforce Areas

4

Substance Misuse

7

School Development Grant (LA element)

168

Secondary National Strategy: Central Co-ordination

30

Primary National Strategy: Central Co-ordination

30

School Improvement Partners

24

Extended Rights for Free Travel

29

School Intervention

15

Secondary Behaviour and Attendance Strategy: Co-ordination

13

Education Health Partnerships

13

School Travel Advisers

7

Choice Advisers

6

General Duty on Sustainable Travel to School

4

Extended Schools—Start-up funding

71

Care Matters Grant

55

Children’s Social Care Workforce

18

Child Death Review Processes

8

Child Trust Fund

1

Designated Teacher Funding

3

Area Based Grants total

11,242

(e) Modernising the Teaching Profession

Medical Fees and Services

1

Threshold and Performance Pay Management (PPM) (SWU)

4

School Workforce Unit (SWU) Remodelling

137

Modernising the Teaching Profession total

142

Note:

The total in this table contains figures that have been updated since the publication of the 2009 Departmental Report

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to Table 8.4 of his Department’s Annual Report 2009, pages 175-6, which individual programmes and corresponding allocations are aggregated as (a) parenting and families, (b) special educational needs/disabilities, (c) building capacity and (d) child wellbeing for 2010-11. (290711)

The Department’s programmes shown aggregated in DCSF’s departmental annual report 2009 for the year 2010-11 are provided in the table:

Departmental report allocation

2010-11

£ million

(a) Parenting and families

Youth Capital Fund

26

Secure Accommodation Capital

13

Family Unit Current Grants

15

Parenting and Families total

54

(b) Special Education Needs/Disabilities

Children in Care/Special Educational Needs Non-Maintained Special Schools—capital

6

Special Educational Needs and Non-Maintained Special Schools/Allegation Management Advisors (Safeguarding Advisors)/Medical and Legal costs

247

Family Support (Contact)

5

Special Educational Needs/Disabilities total

258

(c) Building Capacity

Schools Channels

5

LA Capacity and Intervention/Young London Matters

15

Children and Families Directorate Communications

2

Building Capacity total

22

(d) Child Wellbeing

Priority Funds—Extension of three to four-year-old offer

340

Children in Care Proposals

48

Joint Birth Registration

10

Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers’ Children/Choice Protects (receipts)

-18

Teenage Pregnancy Grant

2

Treatment Foster Care

1

Child Well Being total

383

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to Table 8.4 of his Department’s Annual Report 2009, pages 175-6, which individual programmes and corresponding allocations are aggregated as (a) investment in school buildings devolved programmes, (b) investment in school buildings targeted funding and (c) investment in school buildings credit approvals for 2010-11. (290712)

The Department’s programmes shown aggregated in DCSF’s Departmental Annual Report 2009 for the year 2010-11 are provided in the following table:

Departmental report allocation

£ million

(a) Devolved programmes (2010-11)

Knowledge Architecture

2

ICT Capital in Schools

30

Devolved Formula Capital—Academies

4

Targeted Capital Fund—Voluntary Aided

181

Local Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme

118

Devolved Formula Capital and Transport

1,220

Specialist Schools—Standard Funds

15

LA Modernisation—Standard Funds

79

ICT—Standard Funds

142

Extended Schools—Standard Funds

46

Total

1,837

(b) Targeted programmes (2010-11)

Targeted Capital Fund—Standards Music

4

Devolved Formula Capital—Voluntary Aided

22

TCF—Standard Funds

718

Total

744

(c) Credit approvals (schools credit approvals to LA)

545

Schools: Nottinghamshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received from Nottinghamshire County Council on the future of three to 18 schools in Nottinghamshire. (290861)

None. The planning of education provision in an area is the responsibility of the local authority (LA). Where LAs propose to make changes to local school provision, including closures, opening new schools and other alterations, they must follow a statutory process, which includes consultation with all those likely to be affected by the proposals. These are then decided under established local decision making arrangements. Ministers have no direct role in the process.

Schools: Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England have received assistance with the cost of travel to school in each year since 1979. (290653)

The Department does not collect information on the number of children who receive assistance with the cost of travel to school.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the average distance travelled to school by secondary school pupils using school buses to reach their catchment area school. (290862)

The Department does not collect information on the average distance travelled by secondary school pupils using school buses to reach their school.

Secondary Education: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the most recent value added score of each maintained secondary school in England is. (290854)

The Department’s standard measure for progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 is Contextual Value Added.

The CVA measure is a statistical means of assessing the relative effectiveness of a school and of measuring pupil progress. It shows how a school’s results compare with the results achieved by similar pupils in other schools.

A school level CVA measure must always be interpreted alongside the confidence intervals (CI). Schools where the lower CI is above 1,000 represent schools where pupils on average made significantly more progress than pupils nationally, while schools where the upper CI is below 1,000 represent schools where pupils made significantly less progress.

Further information on CVA can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/performancetables/schools 08/s3.shtml

Figures for individual schools in 2008 are available on the departmental website:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/performancetables/schools 08.shtml

Figures for all schools in 2008 are available in a publication file that has been added to the House Libraries. Note that this file contains independent schools as well as maintained schools.

Cabinet Office

10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 467W, on 10 Downing Street: repairs and maintenance, how much has been spent in the last 24 months on the refurbishment of lavatories in 10 Downing Street. (290809)

Information on capital expenditure in 2007-08 and 2008-09 on improving Cabinet Office buildings, including the Downing street estate are included in the annual Cabinet Office resource accounts. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

Capacitybuilders

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the names are of the members of the selection panel for the Capacitybuilders Campaigning Research Programme fund. (290701)

The members of the selection panel are: Angela Sarkis (chair on panel, member of Capacitybuilders Board), Titus Alexander (Novas Scarman), Rachael Stokes (NCVO) and Jessica Ellis (Capacitybuilders)

The panel have short listed 49 organisations at this stage in the process.

As this is an action research programme, short listing decisions were based largely on ensuring that the projects proceeding to the next stage of selection include a spread of; geographic location, the marginalised group which is the focus of the campaign, and the age, size and turnover of the nominated organisation. Not being short listed should in no way be seen as a judgment on the campaign’s significance or potential.

The final programme will support up to 30 organisations through a package of grant funding, mentoring, peer support and training. The panel will meet again in October 2009 to make the final selection, which will again be based upon maintaining a diverse range of projects. Initial research findings will be available in spring 2010.

Census

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) questions and (b) answer categories (i) used in the 2001 Census and (ii) to be used in the 2011 Census were not included in the 1991 Census. (290699)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what (a) questions and (b) answer categories used in the (i) 2001 and (ii) 2011 Census were not included in the 1991 Census. (290699).

2001

The following were the questions and answer categories included in the 2001 Census that were not included in the 1991 Census:

(a) Questions

religion

general health

provision of unpaid care

time since last worked

type of landlord

whether schoolchild/student

lowest floor level of accommodation

size of workforce at place of work

(b) Answer categories

The format of the 2001 Census questionnaire was different in many ways from that used in the 1991 Census. For example, the Relationship question in 2001 had specific tick-boxes for each of the several types of relationship which in 1991 would have been recorded by the write-in facility under the category ‘other relative'.

The ethnic group question was much expanded and included: specific response categories for ‘British' and ‘Irish' under the ‘White' heading; three specific response tick-boxes under a new ‘Mixed' heading; and write-in categories under each of the main headings.

The questions on educational and professional qualification were also expanded to include several specific tick-box categories rather than write-in responses.

Some slight changes were also made to the response categories in the questions on Marital status, Students term-time address, Usual address one year ago, Economic activity in the week before the census. Type of accommodation.

2011

The proposals for the 2011 Census have not yet been approved by Parliament. The draft Census Order which contains details of the questions to be asked in the 2011 Census is scheduled be laid before Parliament in October. The proposals for questions for the 2011 Census were set out in the White Paper Helping to shape tomorrow (Cm 7513) published and laid before Parliament on 11 December 2008, and which is available on the ONS website at:-

http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011-census/2011-census-project/legislation/index.html

The White Paper proposes new questions on Type of central heating, Number of bedrooms, National identity, Type of passport held, Date of entry into the UK and Intended length of stay (for non-UK born). Language and Second residence.

You may also be interested to see the questionnaire to be used for the 2009 Census Rehearsal on 11 October which is available on the ONS website at:-

http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011-census/2011-census-questionnaire-content/2009-rehearsal-questionnaire/index.html

If you would like a paper copy of the 1991 Census and 2001 Census questionnaires we would be happy to send them to you.

Death: Drugs

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths attributed to the use of each illegal drug there have been in each region in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement. (290826)

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

Letter from Jill Matheson, dated 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths attributed to the use of each illegal drug there have been in each region in each year since 2000. (290826)

Drugs classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) are termed ‘controlled substances’, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance is illegal, as is possession with intent to supply. Lawful possession of a controlled substance would include when the drug was in the possession of a person it had been prescribed to. It is not possible to ascertain from information collected at death certification whether a drug was obtained lawfully or not.

The table attached provides the total number of drug misuse deaths, and the number of drug misuse deaths where selected controlled substances were mentioned on the death certificate, in each government office region in England from 2000 to 2008 (the latest year available).

There are over 400 controlled substances listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971). Figures have been provided for those substances, or categories of substances, most commonly associated with drug misuse deaths.

Table 1. Numbers of deaths related to drug misuse,1 and numbers of deaths related to drug misuse where selected controlled substances were mentioned on the death certificate,2,3,4,5 government, office regions in England,6 2000-087

Deaths (persons)

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

North East

Deaths related to drug misuse

64

108

108

76

83

90

95

91

104

Heroin and Morphine

40

73

67

42

36

44

42

29

47

Methadone

6

5

7

10

17

28

17

29

32

Cocaine

3

3

5

5

6

10

14

10

11

All amphetamines

2

6

10

7

3

7

8

9

6

MDMA/Ecstasy

0

6

9

7

1

5

5

4

4

Cannabis

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

All benzodiazepines

20

27

39

30

36

22

21

29

33

North West

Deaths related to drug misuse

253

288

235

214

218

226

269

225

307

Heroin and Morphine

135

160

126

92

101

106

105

120

148

Methadone

70

57

45

53

47

43

54

57

83

Cocaine

11

14

19

21

26

26

34

30

43

All amphetamines

11

11

17

10

14

18

18

21

20

MDMA/Ecstasy

4

6

6

5

6

10

7

9

7

Cannabis

0

2

0

3

4

5

6

4

5

All benzodiazepines

20

40

52

46

42

34

40

21

33

Yorkshire and the Humber

Deaths related to drug misuse

192

198

195

181

198

189

182

168

166

Heroin and Morphine

137

130

125

117

118

120

101

96

102

Methadone

20

14

19

19

27

21

22

37

43

Cocaine

6

5

14

16

23

29

24

17

19

All amphetamines

14

10

14

12

18

17

17

13

13

MDMA/Ecstasy

4

6

8

3

10

11

6

8

3

Cannabis

2

1

2

2

1

0

2

1

1

All benzodiazepines

21

22

21

23

37

14

15

21

25

East Midlands

Deaths related to drug misuse

98

106

123

96

109

93

95

110

111

Heroin and Morphine

58

71

77

57

62

54

53

65

60

Methadone

11

11

10

16

14

19

13

25

20

Cocaine

2

7

6

9

11

6

5

4

9

All amphetamines

3

7

10

6

8

7

6

7

9

MDMA/Ecstasy

1

6

3

1

4

1

5

2

4

Cannabis

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

All benzodiazepines

12

20

11

11

18

8

8

17

12

West Midlands

Deaths related to drug misuse

138

137

128

124

133

148

134

157

155

Heroin and Morphine

81

86

76

71

65

82

72

78

85

Methadone

26

16

15

15

21

15

19

32

35

Cocaine

9

4

12

5

4

9

15

12

20

All amphetamines

3

5

3

5

2

10

1

11

3

MDMA/Ecstasy

2

2

2

4

1

8

0

6

1

Cannabis

0

0

2

0

1

3

2

1

0

All benzodiazepines

23

24

28

17

13

23

13

27

19

East of England

Deaths related to drug misuse

133

146

147

116

126

139

99

129

161

Heroin and Morphine

70

80

82

48

50

65

46

67

76

Methadone

27

25

16

17

21

19

17

30

39

Cocaine

5

7

14

11

17

14

10

14

19

All amphetamines

2

9

5

3

6

8

2

5

7

MDMA/Ecstasy

1

7

4

2

2

2

1

3

2

Cannabis

0

4

1

0

1

0

1

0

5

All benzodiazepines

12

12

20

17

15

17

8

17

21

London

Deaths related to drug misuse

257

279

193

182

177

235

230

202

203

Heroin and Morphine

69

84

57

54

51

68

52

69

52

Methadone

46

44

34

17

26

20

39

30

26

Cocaine

30

35

29

29

30

43

38

60

54

All amphetamines

8

8

10

8

9

9

8

11

12

MDMA/Ecstasy

7

8

6

7

8

8

5

6

8

Cannabis

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

All benzodiazepines

22

18

10

7

5

12

8

7

8

South East

Deaths related to drug misuse

233

253

223

180

227

229

211

222

209

Heroin and Morphine

123

140

121

86

136

136

98

127

134

Methadone

43

40

26

30

27

30

29

40

37

Cocaine

10

8

17

14

23

21

31

25

39

All amphetamines

7

10

12

9

10

13

16

10

11

MDMA/Ecstasy

5

6

8

8

4

6

9

6

5

Cannabis

5

4

5

2

6

10

5

5

5

All benzodiazepines

42

42

31

30

33

39

28

33

32

South West

Deaths related to drug misuse

142

182

153

143

144

157

154

175

201

Heroin and Morphine

91

106

81

79

89

108

84

116

126

Methadone

8

17

19

12

16

14

19

25

40

Cocaine

3

7

3

9

6

6

9

8

11

All amphetamines

3

6

7

6

2

7

8

5

13

MDMA/Ecstasy

1

5

5

3

2

3

5

0

7

Cannabis

0

0

1

0

3

0

1

0

1

All benzodiazepines

17

17

16

17

19

7

18

16

16

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) for the year 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) from 2001 onwards. Deaths were included where the underlying cause was due to drug poisoning (shown in Box 1 following) and where a drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate.

2 Some deaths may be counted in more than one category. For example if heroin and cocaine are recorded on the death certificate, the death would be counted once under each substance. Where more than one drug is mentioned on the death certificate, it is not possible to tell which was primarily responsible for the death.

3 Heroin breaks down in the body to morphine, and the latter may be detected at post mortem and recorded on the death certificate. Therefore, a combined figure for deaths where heroin or morphine was mentioned on the death certificate is given.

4 The figures for deaths associated with cocaine include those associated with crack cocaine.

5 The figure for all amphetamines includes deaths mentioning MDMA/Ecstasy.

6 Based on boundaries as of 2009.

7 Figures for deaths registered in 2008 are provisional.

Box l

Description

ICD-9

ICD-10

Mental and behavioural disorders due to drug use (excluding alcohol and tobacco)

292, 304, 305.2—305.9

F11—F16, F18—F19

Accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E850—E858

X40—X44

Intentional self-poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E950.0—E950.5

X60—X64

Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E962.0

X85

Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances, undetermined intent

E980.0—E980.5

Y10—Y14

Departmental Information and Communications Technology

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to page 204 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 442, which information technology project was terminated; what the purpose was of that project; for what reasons that projects was terminated; and what her latest estimate is of the cost to the public purse of that project. (290919)

The section of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09 referred to relates to the SCOPE Programme.

With regards to the purpose of the SCOPE Programme and the reasons for the termination of the SCOPE Phase 2 supply contract, I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 41WS.

In respect of information requested concerning the costs associated with the programme, I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member for Westbury (Dr. Murrison) on 20 March 2009, Official Report, column 1358W.

Employment

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each category was in each of the last four quarters. (290846)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each category was in each of the last four quarters. 290846

The available information requested is shown in the attached tables. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

The figures in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin, which is weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Employment levels and rates of people of working age1 in employment by nationality and country of birth, three month periods ending, March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands

UK nationals

UK born

Foreign nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

26,085

75

24,849

76

1,913

69

Q4

25,991

75

24,744

75

1,962

69

2007

Q1

25,794

75

24,067

74

1,978

67

Q2

25,784

74

24,508

74

2,103

68

Q3

26,023

74

24,694

74

2,113

69

Q4

26,050

74

24,718

74

2,173

68

2008

Q1

25,870

74

24,547

74

2,254

69

Q2

25,882

74

24,532

74

2,266

69

Q3

25,928

74

0

24,580

74

0

2,279

69

1

Q4

25,749

74

-1

24,372

74

-1

2,342

69

3

2009

Q1

25,454

74

-1

24,067

74

-1

2,313

69

-1

Q23

*25,227

73

-1

*23,881

73

-1

*2,268

67

-2

Non-UK EU nationalsEU A8 nationals2Non-EU nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

753

77

297

82

1,160

Q4

828

77

344

82

1,134

64

2007

Q1

897

77

368

81

1,080

60

Q2

969

77

431

82

1,134

62

Q3

969

78

430

84

1,144

62

Q4

1,010

79

469

84

1,163

61

2008

Q1

1,068

79

500

83

1,186

62

Q2

1,085

79

498

84

1,201

62

Q3

1,045

79

-2

504

84

1

1,234

63

3

Q4

1,052

77

1

470

81

-7

1,290

63

5

2009

Q1

1,097

78

4

500

83

7

1,215

62

-6

Q23

*1,078

77

-2

**500

82

0

*1,190

60

-2

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Employment levels and rates of people aged 16 and over in employment by nationality and country of birth, three month periods ending, March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands

UK nationals

UK born

Foreign nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

27,217

60

25,919

60

1,958

63

Q4

27,142

60

25,830

60

2,008

62

2007

Q1

26,953

60

25,622

60

2,021

61

Q2

26,949

60

25,616

60

2,143

62

Q3

27,219

60

25,825

60

2,152

63

Q4

27,271

60

25,878

60

2,208

63

20008

Q1

27,141

60

25,75560

2,290

64

Q2

27,167

60

25,759

60

2,304

83

Q3

27,203

60

0

25,799

60

0

2,323

64

1

Q4

27,050

59

-1

25,612

60

-1

2,385

64

3

2009

Q1

26,763

59

-1

25,308

59

-1

2,357

63

-1

Q23

*26,552

58

-1

*25,130

58

-1

*2,315

83

-2

Non-UK EU nationalsEU A8 nationals2Non-EU nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

776

65

297

79

1,182

62

Q4

856

66

345

80

1,152

60

2007

Q1

992

67

370

80

1,098

57

Q2

989

68

431

81

1,154

58

Q3

991

69

430

82

1,161

59

Q4

1,029

79

469

83

1,180

58

20008

Q1

1,087

70

500

82

1,203

59

Q2

1,085

70

499

83

1,219

58

Q3

1,070

70

-1

504

83

1

1,253

59

3

Q4

1,077

69

1

470

80

-7

1,308

60

4

2009

Q1

1,122

69

4

500

81

7

1,236

59

-6

Q23

*1,107

68-1

**501

81

0

*1,208

57

-2

1 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

2 EU A8 comprises Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

3 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness

* 0 = CV≤ 5 Estimates are considered precise

** 5 = CV ≤ 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 = CV ≤ 20 Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

Note:

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.).

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Government Departments: Buildings

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to page 191 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 442, which Whitehall properties have been refurbished in the last 24 months. (290698)

In the last 24 months the Cabinet Office has carried out refurbishment works on 70 Whitehall and the Downing street estate.

Lobbying

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pendle of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 694W, on lobbying, which interested parties the Government has consulted; and when the Government plan to respond to the report; (287287)

(2) what progress has been made in the Government's review of lobbying; when she plans to respond to the First Report of the Public Administration Committee of Session 2008-09 on Lobbying: access and influence in Whitehall; and if she will make a statement.

The Government have consulted a range of interested parties, including practitioners and policy makers in the lobbying industry, the voluntary and charitable sector and the OECD. The Government plan to respond to the report from the Public Administration Select Committee on lobbying shortly.

New Businesses: Kent

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rate of business start-ups in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005. (290874)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the business start-up rate in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to the most recent period for which figures are available. (290874).

Quarterly statistics on business start-ups are not available. Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available from the ONS release on Business Demography at www.statistics.gov.uk. The table below contains the latest statistics available on business births for the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe.

Count of births and active enterprises for 2005-07

Folkestone and Hythe

Active

Births

Rate (percentage)

2005

3,440

455

13.2

2006

3,425

430

12.6

2007

3,595

485

13.5

Third Sector: Stoke on Trent

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding her Department has provided to third sector organisations in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009-10; what estimate she has made of the level of take-up of grants by voluntary organisations in Stoke-on-Trent; and if she will make a statement. (290815)

So far in the financial year 2009-10 the Office of the Third Sector has allocated £3.51 million of funding to third sector organisations in Stoke-on-Trent. The following table gives a breakdown of funding by programme. Full details of the programmes listed can be found on the OTS website:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector.aspx

As an indication of take up of grants by voluntary organisations in Stoke, in 2008-9, £128,888 was allocated to Stoke-on-Trent through the Grassroots Grants Programme, to be offered as grants of £250-£5,000 to small local organisations. This amount was fully dispersed to these small organisations.

Programme

Amount of funding for 2009-10 in Stoke-on-Trent (£)

Targeted Support Fund

333,722

Community Assets

1.98 million

Grassroots Grants

1up to 228,226.41

Modernisation Fund

22,000

Futurebuilders

575,000

V

3393,500

Total

3.51 million

1 This comprises £133,799.66 allocated to grants and up to £94,426.75 in endowment for the year 2009-10.

Note:

The Grassroots Grants programme is the only OTS programme that has funding ring fenced by top-tier local authority area.

2 Grants have been provisionally awarded

3 £153,500 of this amount was awarded to an organisation covering Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire more widely.

Unemployment: Kent

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of youth unemployment in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005; (290872)

(2) what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of economic inactivity in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September, 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of youth unemployment in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to date; and what the (a) rate and (b) percentage of economic inactivity in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to date. (290872 and 290873)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment and inactivity statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

However, estimates of unemployment of 18-24 year olds resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency are not available. As an alternative in Table 1 we have provided the number and percentage of 18-24 year olds claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in each month since January 2005.

Table 2 shows the number and percentage of persons of working age who were economically inactive resident in the Folkestone and Hythe parliamentary constituency. The latest period for which data are available is January 2008 to December 2008.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number and percentage of persons aged 18-24 claiming jobseeker's allowance resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency

Number1

Percentage2

January 2005

420

5.6

February 2005

450

6.0

March 2005

475

6.4

April 2005

470

6.3

May 2005

420

5.6

June 2005

400

5.4

July 2005

390

5.3

August 2005

395

5.3

September 2005

430

5.8

October 2005

405

5.5

November 2005

400

5.4

December 2005

425

5.7

January 2006

440

6.0

February 2006

495

6.7

March 2006

480

6.5

April 2006

465

6.3

May 2006

470

6.3

June 2006

480

6.5

July 2006

485

6.6

August 2006

470

6.3

September 2006

490

6.6

October 2006

500

6.7

November 2006

480

6.5

December 2006

495

6.7

January 2007

500

6.7

February 2007

515

6.9

March 2007

525

7.1

April 2007

510

6.9

May 2007

490

6.6

June 2007

445

6.0

July 2007

465

6.3

August 2007

470

6.4

September 2007

425

5.8

October 2007

400

5.4

November 2007

360

4.9

December 2007

355

4.8

January 2008

365

4.9

February 2008

390

5.3

March 2008

385

5.2

April 2008

390

5.3

May 2008

400

5.4

June 2008

375

5.1

July 2008

365

4.9

August 2008

400

5.4

September 2008

415

5.6

October 2008

445

6.0

November 2008

495

6.7

December 2008

545

7.3

January 2009

615

8.3

February 2009

695

9.4

March 2009

720

9.7

April 2009

695

9.4

May 2009

655

8.9

June 2009

620

8.4

July 2009

595

8.0

1 Figures rounded to nearest five

2 Percentages are calculated using mid-2005 18-24 year old population estimates

Source:

Jobcentre Plus administrative sources

Table 2: Number and percentage of economically inactive persons of working age1 resident in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency

Number (thousand)

Percentage

12 months ending

December 2005

13

22.5

March 2006

13

22.1

June 2006

12

21.2

September 2006

12

21.1

December 2006

11

20.0

March 2007

10

17.8

June 2007

12

21.0

September 2007

11

19.2

December 2007

9

16.2

March 2008

10

17.0

June 2008

8

14.8

September 2008

10

17.9

December 20082

***12

20.8

1 Working age is defined as Males aged 16-64, Females aged 16-59

2 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness

* 0 = CV≤ 5 Estimates are considered precise

** 5 = CV ≤ 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 = CV ≤ 20 Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

Source:

Annual Population Survey

International Development

Developing Countries: Forests

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) direct and (b) indirect funding his Department has allocated for the purpose of reducing levels of deforestation in developing countries in the last five years; and whether projects funded by his Department for such purposes have involved the planting of trees. (285766)

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not record expenditure on reducing deforestation or on the planting of trees. It uses the two categories of expenditure required by the Development Aid Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Forestry Policy and Administrative Management; and Forestry Development. Total bilateral expenditure incurred on forests in the last five financial years was:

£20.0 million in 2003-04;

£15.8 million in 2004-05;

£15.5 million in 2005-06;

£15.6 million in 2006-07; and

£7.4 million in 2007-08.

Since 2007-08 the following sums have been committed:

£10 million to the Congo Basin Forest Fund for start-up activities.

£50 million to the Congo Basin Forest Fund and £15 million to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, from the International Window of the Environmental Transformation Fund. In December 2008 it was announced that up to another £100 million would be made available for forests from the Environmental Tr