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Written Answers

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 26 October 2009

Church Commissioners

Ministers of Religion

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time non-stipendiary Ministers are currently registered by the Church of England. (294961)

At the end of 2007—the last year for which figures are available—there were 3,198 licensed non-stipendiary ministers but it is not possible to say how many were full- and part-time as requested. Non-stipendiary ministers are usually employed outside the Church and some minister regularly while others minister only occasionally.

In addition, there were 1,568 clergy in chaplaincy and other ministries (e.g. forces chaplains, hospital chaplains, school chaplains and clergy on the staff of theological colleges). Information on whether they are full-time or part-time is not held centrally.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Rail Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on first class rail travel for officials in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (293337)

My Department’s spend on first class rail travel is set out in the following table.

Expenditure (£)

2006-07

14,523.24

2007-08

7,431.06

2008-09

10,710.80

The majority of this expenditure is for travel between Belfast and Dublin. These figures include all first class rail travel booked through my Department’s central travel booking service. It does not include the cost of travel paid for by individual members of staff and then reclaimed from the Department. This additional information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Prison Accommodation

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what dormitory accommodation (a) is available in Northern Ireland's prisons and (b) has been used between 1 September 2006 and 1 September 2009; (294335)

(2) what types of accommodation sex offenders occupy in prisons in Northern Ireland;

(3) what categories of prisoner are housed in dormitory accommodation in prisons in Northern Ireland;

(4) whether sex offenders are planned to be housed in the Foyleview Resettlement Unit of HMP Magilligan.

There is a 64-bed dormitory accommodation unit (Sperrin) at Magilligan Prison and an eight-bed dormitory accommodation unit at Hydebank Wood. Both have been used between 1 September 2006 and 1 September 2009.

Sex offenders may occupy cellular accommodation, single rooms or dormitories.

At 19 October the Sperrin unit held 37 Category B/C prisoners in custody for sexual offences and one other Category B prisoner, all of whom were sentenced. At Hydebank Wood there were three inmates housed in dormitory accommodation with non-sexual offences—two of these were sentenced and one was on remand.

Since 24 September a total of five sex offenders, who have met the strict criteria necessary for their placement, have been housed in Foyleview Resettlement Unit at Magilligan.

Prisons

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken by the Northern Ireland Prison Service to establish the truth of claims made by inmates that they are related to children. (294344)

Where a prisoner comes under the Public Protection Arrangements and sexual offence prevention orders, non-molestation orders or any other order of the court or notification in accordance with HSS Circular 3/96 “Sharing to Safeguard” is in place, the Prison Service ensures that any requirements with regards to contact with children are fully enforced. In relation to other inmates who claim a relationship to children and where there is no basis for the service to doubt such a relationship, additional checks are not usually undertaken.

Prisons: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many illicit items were discovered in prison mail in each prison establishment in Northern Ireland in each month between April and September 2009; (294332)

(2) what procedures there are for the (a) examination and (b) censorship of mail addressed to inmates in (i) HMP Maghaberry, (ii) HMP Magilligan, (iii) HMP Hydebank Wood and (iv) Young Offenders Centre at Hydebank Wood.

I am advised that there were no prohibited items in list A or list B as set out in Article 77 of the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008 discovered between April and September 2009. Central records are not held of all items which may be considered inappropriate by each establishment.

In all establishments all mail addressed to inmates is opened by prison staff and checked for illicit enclosures. Routinely up to 10 per cent. of mail is censored. Special arrangements, where stipulated, apply to inmates who come under the public protection arrangements and are the subject of sexual offence prevention orders, non-molestation orders, or any other directions of the court; in such cases all in-coming and out-going mail will be subject to offence-related monitoring.

Prisons: Photographs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether photographs sent to inmates in prisons in Northern Ireland prisons are examined by prison staff before delivery; (294334)

(2) what steps are taken when inappropriate photographs of children are discovered on the premises of prisons in Northern Ireland;

(3) whether the photographs kept on walls by prisoners in prisons in Northern Ireland are regularly inspected;

(4) what steps are being taken to prevent inappropriate photographs of children from (a) entering and (b) being circulated within prisons in Northern Ireland.

All incoming mail to inmates in Northern Ireland prisons is opened by prison staff and examined for any enclosures. All photographs will be examined by prison staff before delivery. If a photograph is deemed inappropriate it will not be forwarded to the prisoner until the relevant investigations are made.

Each establishment has a designated child protection co-ordinator who will be informed if an inappropriate photograph of a child is discovered. The co-ordinator will advise staff and, on the basis of the initial material, will make a decision as to whether or not to refer the matter to social services in the trust area where the child has a home address. Social services may, in turn, arrange for notification of the police. The co-ordinator will also, as appropriate, inform the parents of the actions being taken.

All prisoners’ cells are regularly inspected and searched by prison staff. Photographs on walls will be inspected as part of that process and may be removed as part of that inspection procedure. If an inappropriate photograph is found it would be confiscated and investigations undertaken.

Road Traffic Offences: Prosecutions

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to enable motoring offences committed in Northern Ireland by drivers of vehicles originating from the Republic of Ireland to be prosecuted; whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland has access to registered keeper details for vehicles registered in the Republic of Ireland; and if he will make a statement. (295579)

Roads policing policy in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter for the Department of Environment. Access to vehicle registers is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. I have asked the Chief Constable to reply directly to the hon. Member, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Sexual Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners in Northern Ireland who (i) have been convicted of and (ii) are awaiting trial on charges of sexual offences are housed in each location in each prison in Northern Ireland; (294333)

(2) how many sex offenders were in prison in Northern Ireland on 1 September 2009.

As of 19 October 2009 there were (a) 194 males and (b) one female totalling 195 sex offenders in Northern Ireland prisons. The following table shows the breakdown of the prisoner custodial category and their location within each prison.

Establishment

House

Sentenced (i)

Remand (ii)

Total

Maghaberry

Bann

1

1

Braid

1

1

Bush

17

20

37

Erne

3

3

Glen

2

2

Lagan

3

13

16

Pre-release scheme

1

1

Roe

6

5

11

Special Supervision Unit

2

2

Wilson

4

4

Magilligan

Alpha

23

23

Foyleview

5

5

Halward

1

1

H Block 1

1

1

H Block 2

39

39

Sperrin

38

38

Hydebank Wood male

Beech

2

2

Cedar

3

1

4

Elm

1

1

Willow

1

1

2

Hydebank Wood female

Ash

1

1

Total

152

43

195

On 1 September there were 191 sex offenders in Northern Ireland prisons.

House of Commons Commission

Parliament: ICT

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House of Commons Commission (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to make the Parliamentary House of Commons intranet compatible with computers running Windows Vista 64-bit edition; and if he will make a statement. (295040)

No alterations need to be made to the Parliament intranet specifically for Windows desktop Vista 64 bit edition. The intranet is delivered through internet browsing technology which is independent of the system on which the browser runs.

Speaker: Pay

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1039-40W, on the Speaker, for what reason the remuneration to be paid to the special adviser to Mr. Speaker is commercial in confidence. (295665)

The House does not disclose financial arrangements under commercial contracts in order to preserve its competitive negotiating position with other similar potential contractors.

Speaker: Recruitment

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what interviews were conducted with the person contracted to provide services as Mr. Speaker's special adviser in the course of the House's procurement process. (295666)

Separate interviews were conducted by the Speaker and Professor Michael Horsman, an independent member of the House's Senior Pay Panel.

Electoral Commission Committee

Political Parties: Finance

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent progress the Electoral Commission has made in its investigation into the permissibility of donations by Fifth Avenue Partners Ltd; and what recent discussions the Electoral Commission has had with the City of London Police on that matter. (295487)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it aims to conclude the investigation as quickly as possible but that its priority must be to ensure that the process is fair and thorough. The Commission further informs me that it continues to liaise with the City of London Police. It would not be appropriate to provide further details of a continuing investigation.

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many full-time equivalent staff are working on the Electoral Commission's investigation into the permissibility of donations by Fifth Avenue Partners and Mr. Michael Brown; what the cost of that investigation has been; when that investigation began; and when that investigation was (a) suspended and (b) resumed. (295488)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it began inquiries in May 2005 into the donations from 5th Avenue Partners Ltd. to the Liberal Democrats and that those inquiries were suspended in March 2007 pending the outcome of criminal proceedings. Upon conclusion of the proceedings in November 2008, the Commission resumed its investigation. The Commission informs me that it sought access from the City of London Police to relevant documents from the proceedings, obtaining these on 14 May 2009.

The Commission further informs me that it currently has five full-time staff in its party and election finance enforcement team which is responsible for investigations and case reviews. The number of staff working on a particular case at any one time varies and members of the team may work on a number of cases concurrently. There are currently two full-time equivalent members of staff working on the case with input also being provided by senior managers and the Commission's in-house legal team.

The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not record the precise direct and indirect costs associated with any particular case.

Transport

Accidents: Yorkshire and the Humber

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) serious travel related accidents there have been in (i) the City of York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996-97. (295222)

I understand after clarification from the Member’s office, information requested is for road accidents only.

The number of reported fatal and serious personal injury road accidents in the City of York local authority and the Government Office Region of Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996 are given in the table:

Number of reported personal injury road accidents

(i) York unitary authority

(ii) Yorkshire and the Humber

(a) Fatal

(b) Serious

(a) Fatal

(b) Serious

19961

3

59

292

3,220

1997

7

111

295

3,175

1998

4

70

286

3,001

1999

8

106

285

2,922

2000

12

73

288

2,800

2001

6

108

299

2,858

2002

8

103

294

2,893

2003

8

70

296

2,808

2004

7

94

288

2,709

2005

9

71

276

2,507

2006

6

114

278

2,538

2007

4

77

254

2,579

2008

9

71

203

2,362

1 In April 1996 the City of York local authority became a unitary authority and increased in size.

Charities

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years. (292657)

The Department for Transport's General Ledger has not been configured to identify the business sector in which a grant recipient operates. The Department is therefore unable to identify what grants have been made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

Cycling: Helmets

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on what date he expects to publish his Department’s interim research paper on cycle helmets. (294956)

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Excise Duties

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency spent on the (a) collection and (b) enforcement of vehicle excise duty in each of the last five years. (294605)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Treasury, collected £5.5 billion of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in the last financial year. The following table shows the cost to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to (a) collection and (b) enforcement of vehicle excise duty in each of the last five years:

£000

Financial year

Collection of VED

Enforcement of VED

2008-09

132,937

83,928

2007-08

133,980

81,290

2006-07

131,255

85,369

2005-06

123,889

80,967

2004-05

119,518

79,194

First Great Western

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps in collaboration with First Great Western to relieve congestion through (a) bringing into service as soon as possible new trains ordered for 2011 and (b) other measures. (294998)

On 23 July the Government announced a major £1 billion programme of rail electrification on the Great Western Main Line. This radically affects the requirements for rolling stock over the next decade.

Long-distance services will now be operated by a new fleet of predominantly electric-powered Super Express Trains, offering faster journeys as well as improved capacity and passenger comfort. Electric trains will also be provided for commuter services. Following the procurement of new Thameslink rolling stock, Great Western electrification will allow four-carriage electric trains currently operating Thameslink services to replace three-carriage diesel trains currently operating on the Great Western Main Line. In addition, once completed, Crossrail will provide significantly increased capacity on Great Western services into London.

In view of Great Western electrification, the procurement by the Government of new diesel trains, some of which would have entered service on the Great Western Main Line, has been superseded. The Government will publish a new Rolling Stock Plan in the autumn, taking account of the changed circumstances.

Lorries: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fatalities occurred as a result of collisions with the side or rear of a heavy goods vehicle in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (293686)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Fatal casualties resulting from reported accidents involving side or rear collisions with heavy goods vehicles1, Great Britain: 2004-08

Number

2004

153

2005

189

2006

183

2007

176

2008

148

1 All heavy goods vehicles over 3.5t

Lorries: Safety

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether heavy goods vehicles are required to be fitted with class V mirrors. (295012)

All large goods vehicles, above 3.5 tonnes gross mass, first used after 1 January 2000, are required to be fitted with a class V (close proximity) mirror on the passenger side. There are some exemptions but only for those vehicles where the class V mirror cannot be fitted at least 2 metres from the ground.

Motor Vehicles: Lighting

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects to publish the Government's response to the consultation on amending the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations, which closed on 9 October 2008. (295492)

The response to the consultation will be published at the same time as the statutory instrument amending the regulations is laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the end of the year.

Motor Vehicles: York

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many domestic vehicles in each vehicle excise duty band were registered to addresses in York in the latest period for which figures are available. (295221)

The following table provides the total number of privately owned cars and light vans that were licensed on the 30 June, 2009 in the City of York council.

Cars that were first registered before 1 March 2001 have their vehicle excise duty band based on engine size. Cars that have been first registered since this date have their vehicle excise duty band based on CO2 emissions.

As some vans (light goods vehicles weighing no more than 3,500 kilograms) may be used for domestic purposes, all privately owned vans registered in the City of York council have been included in the table.

Details on the vehicle excise duty rates application to each band are available at:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/HowToTaxYourVehicle/DG_10012524

Percentage of total private cars

Tax band (CO2 emission g/km2)

Number in City of York

City of York

Great Britain

Vehicles registered on or after 1March 2001

Band A: Up to 100

23

0.0

0.0

Band B: 101-110

620

0.8

0.8

Band C: 111-120

1,486

2.0

1.9

Band D: 121-130

1,716

2.3

1.9

Band E: 131-140

6,274

8.3

7.2

Band F: 141-150

7,948

10.6

9.4

Band G: 151-165

12,003

15.9

13.7

Band H: 166-175

5,468

7.3

5.9

Band I: 176-185

4,293

5.7

4.7

Band J: 186-200

4,210

5.6

5.3

Post-2006 Band K: 201-2251

3,442

4.6

4.5

Post-2006 Band L: 226-2551

369

0.5

0.5

Post-2006 Band M: Over 2551

384

0.5

0.6

Pre-2006 Band K: Over 2012

2,424

3.2

4.0

Unknown tax band

592

0.8

3.2

Vehicles registered before 1 March 2001

Engine size under 1,549 cc

9,183

12.2

12.6

Engine size 1,549 cc or over

13,462

17.9

20.8

Private cars that are exempt from vehicle excise duty

1,416

1.9

3.2

Total private cars

75,313

100

100

Private motorcycles, mopeds and scooters

5,157

n/a

n/a

Private light goods vehicles3

3,967

n/a

n/a

1 Applies to cars first registered on or after 23 March 2006

2 Applies to cars first registered before 23 March 2006

3 Goods vehicles weighing no more than 3,500 kg

Motorcycles: Driving Tests

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate numbers of motorcycle practical test centres are available to those living in rural areas in the South West. (294591)

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) plans to offer the off-road practical motorcycling test from five Multi-Purpose Test Centres (MPTCs) in the south west: in Redruth, Taunton, Plymouth, Exeter, and Bristol. MPTCs are already fully operational in three of these areas, at Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol and DSA is in negotiation with private developers and local planning authorities regarding the provision at Taunton and Redruth.

In the meantime temporary Module 1 facilities have been provided at existing Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) test stations in Camborne and Taunton. The operational requirements of VOSA and the need to avoid any conflict between motorcycle candidates and lorries mean that these two facilities are open for Module 1 testing only at weekends.

Damage to the tarmac at the VOSA site in Taunton has resulted in the temporary suspension of Module 1 testing there but we expect that testing will resume in mid-November 2009.

DSA offers the practical on-road part of the motorcycling test from eight driving test centres in addition to the three operational MPTCs. These are at Barnstaple, Bodmin, Camborne, Launceston, Penzance, Taunton, Yeovil and Weston-Super-Mare.

Official Cars: Working Hours

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the operation of the European Working Time Directive on the Government Car Service; and if he will make a statement. (294268)

Changes to the Government Car Service which came into effect on 12 October 2009, will reduce the cost to the taxpayer. Under the new system, drivers work a single daily shift of 10 hours. Ministers continue to have one dedicated driver (apart from those in the high security category), but any out-of-hours ministerial driving is met, on demand, by the Government Car and Despatch Agency’s low carbon taxi service. This is a better deal for taxpayers than the previous arrangements.

Railways: Bournemouth

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what funding is available for Bournemouth borough council to apply for in order to develop a light railway system. (295168)

If Bournemouth borough council decided to promote a light rail scheme, it would need to obtain the South West region’s agreement to prioritise the scheme for funding within its Regional Funding Allocation.

If the Region decided to prioritise the proposed scheme for funding then the council would then need to submit, at the appropriate time, a detailed Major Scheme Business Case for the proposed scheme, in line with current guidance, for consideration and assessment by the Department for Transport.

Alternatively, the council could seek funding from its own or through third party sources.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the economy of (a) road traffic accidents, (b) road traffic accidents resulting in a casualty and (c) road traffic accidents resulting in a fatality in the last five years. (293685)

The latest figures on the annual value of prevention of (a) road traffic accidents, (b) road traffic accidents resulting in a casualty and (c) road traffic accidents resulting in a fatality are published in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB): 2008 Annual Report on page 28, Table 2c. Copies of the Report have been deposited in the House Library and are also available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/accidents/casualtiesgbar/

Annual cost figures for previous years are available in Road Casualties Great Britain (RCGB) annual reports for the corresponding years, available from the same sources.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic collisions involved vehicles diverted on rural A-roads as a result of motorway closures in the latest period for which figures are available. (294713)

The information requested is not held by the Department for Transport. The responsibility for rural A roads lies with the relevant local authorities.

Roads: Freight

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what his policy is on the use of road haulage in place of rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works; (294746)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the environmental impact of (a) road and (b) rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works;

(3) what discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the merits of (a) road and (b) rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works.

The movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works is an operational matter for Network Rail.

Rolling Stock: Procurement

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many new diesel trains the Secretary of State intends to procure; and when the (a) first and (b) last of these orders are likely to be (i) placed and (ii) delivered. (295252)

On 23 July the Government announced the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London and Swansea, and the line between Liverpool and Manchester via Newton-le-Willows.

This electrification programme radically affects the requirements for rolling stock over the next decade. As a result, the previously planned procurement by the Department for Transport of new diesel multiple units has been superseded. We will publish an updated rolling stock plan, taking account of these changes, in the autumn.

As part of the Intercity Express Programme, the Department is procuring new electric and bi-mode (electric and diesel) Super Express Trains to operate services on the East Coast Main Line and the Great Western Main Line. Bi-mode trains utilise the electric wires where available and continue beyond the wires using the diesel engine. An announcement on the placing of orders for Super Express Trains will be made in due course.

Transport: Horses

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will seek to exempt recreational drivers of horse transporters of greater than 7.5 tonnes gross weight from the provisions of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006; and if he will make a statement. (295316)

Exemptions beyond those already set out in Regulation (EC) 561/2006 may only be granted in “exceptional circumstances”. We therefore see little prospect of the European Commission agreeing to a UK request to exempt recreational drivers of horseboxes over 7.5 tonnes.

It should still be possible for those in full-time employment who drive large horseboxes recreationally to schedule a reduced weekly rest period of 24 hours immediately before the equestrian event in question, or in between driving to and from the event (i.e. at the event itself) without the need for a derogation.

Solicitor-General

Crown Prosecution Service: Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment the Attorney-General's Office has made of the effectiveness of the merger of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and the Crown Prosecution Service. (295043)

As part of creating a new public prosecution service, the merger is progressing to schedule and by the summer of 2010 the two organisations will be fully integrated. The Attorney-General's Office is very closely involved in the governance arrangements for the merger. A recent Office of Government Commerce Gateway Review found that the merger is:

“being conducted to a very high standard, that delivery to date has been strong and the likelihood of the merger programme delivering successfully is very high.”

Crown Prosecution Service: Temporary Employment

To ask the Solicitor-General how many agency staff were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years; and in what capacity they were employed. (293615)

The information requested is not recorded centrally by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It could be obtained only by the extraction of every contract for each temporary member of staff employed over the last five years, and would incur disproportionate cost (Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, part 2, clause 9). Agency staff are employed in a variety of roles including administration, casework and other support roles to cover for staff absences and peaks in workload.

Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice

To ask the Solicitor-General what plans the Government have for developing the role of the community prosecutor referred to in Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice. (295044)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is testing the Community Prosecutor approach over a 12-month period from June 2009 in 49 pathfinder locations. The approach will be evaluated during the testing period, with plans for national roll-out to be developed thereafter.

The development of a Community Prosecutor approach is a major new initiative for the CPS, one which brings together work which is already happening in many CPS areas, together with new ideas about how modern prosecutors should engage with communities. The initiative will allow the CPS to work together with the police and our other partners to make communities safer and raise public confidence in the services we provide.

The pathfinder locations are testing three strands to the Community Prosecutor approach, which are:

enabling prosecutors to make more 'community-aware casework decisions;

greater CPS involvement in 'problem-solving' of local crime and disorder priorities; and

increased CPS visibility to communities and other agencies responding to local crime and disorder concerns.

The Community Prosecutor approach is one of the proposals contained in the 'Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice' Green Paper launched on 29 April 2009.

Equality

To ask the Solicitor-General if she will consider the recommendations of the report by the Fawcett Society, Corporate Sexism-the sex industry's infiltration of the modern workplace. (295172)

The Government are committed to ensuring that all workplaces are free from discrimination. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 provides protection from sex discrimination and harassment across a range of areas, including in employment. The Equality Bill currently going through Parliament will strengthen and simplify existing equality law.

I was very interested to learn about the findings in the Fawcett Society's recent report, “Corporate Sexism—the Sex Industry's Infiltration of the Modern Workplace.” Research like the Fawcett report illustrate that although we have made significant progress in tackling inequality in the workplace, there is still more work to be done.

Following the report's launch, the Minister for Women and Equality wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer raising the issue of tax relief on discrete receipts from lap-dancing establishments.

Through the Policing and Crime Bill, currently before Parliament, we will give greater powers to local authorities and local communities to control the opening and regulation of lap-dancing clubs. This means lap-dancing clubs will no longer be licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 but will be licensed as 'sex establishments'.

The Government will continue to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), as well as with employers, to ensure enforcement of the Sex Discrimination Act and to promote equality in the workplace.

Euthanasia

To ask the Solicitor-General what the process will be for implementation of the Director of Public Prosecutions' policy on assisted suicide after the conclusion and the public consultation on the interim policy. (295045)

The public consultation on the CPS interim policy on cases of assisted suicide will close on 16 December 2009. Thereafter the Director and his team will carefully consider all of the responses received to assess whether the policy should be amended, and if so how. The Director then intends to publish a summary of the responses received and issue the finalized policy by 10 March 2010.

Homophobia: Prosecutions

To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought for the offence of hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation under Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986 as amended by Schedule 16 to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008; and how many convictions have resulted. (295852)

No prosecutions for this offence have yet been brought as the offence is not yet in force. The Government intend to bring it into force as soon as possible.

Rape: Victim Support Schemes

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Government is taking to (a) increase rates of the prosecution of rape and (b) support victims of rape. (295046)

There has been significant progress in tackling rape, for example, reports of rape have more than doubled between 1997 and 2007. However, conviction rates remain low.

To address this, the Government have announced the immediate setting up of a review, led by Baroness Stern, to identify how the handling of rape complaints and conviction rates can be improved. As well as examining the response of the public authorities to reports of rape and exploring ways in which the attrition rate can be reduced, the review will also consider how to improve victim satisfaction. It will be assisted by the valuable work on victims' experience being led by Sara Payne, the Victims' Champion.

A separate Government initiative to improve support for victims will increase the number of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) to ensure that there is at least one in every police force area.

To drive up the quality of police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) performance in handling reports of rape, a team with members drawn from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the CPS is visiting police forces and CPS areas, sharing good practice and promoting increased effectiveness and a consistent approach.

Religious Hatred: Prosecutions

To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought for the offence of incitement to religious hatred under Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986 as amended by the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006; and how many convictions have resulted. (295749)

To date one prosecution has been brought but has not concluded: a person has been charged and a trial date has yet to be fixed.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council of England: West Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England has spent per capita on (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in (i) Leeds and (ii) West Yorkshire in each year since 2001. (295354)

Arts Council England has supplied the figures in the table. The figures represent its total funding, awarded in £000, either on a revenue or capital basis to organisations or individuals based (by post code) in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

LA/capital/revenue

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Leeds

Lottery capital

625

5,589

19,600

Lottery revenue

1,585

941

917

1,255

1,782

1,984

993

1,529

Grant in aid revenue

10,060

11,163

11,901

13,511

14,115

15,220

15,840

16,290

Total

12,270

17,694

12,818

34,366

15,897

17,204

16,833

17,819

West Yorkshire

Lottery capital

3,162

5,589

6,487

19,600

Lottery revenue

3,439

2,100

2,867

7,181

3,797

4,654

2,157

2,825

Grant in aid revenue

11,864

13,181

14,181

16,207

17,059

18,298

19,035

20,198

Total

18,465

20,870

23,535

42,988

20,857

22,951

21,192

23,023

Bible: Anniversaries

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department plans to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible in 2011. (294706)

The Department is not planning to mark this anniversary. However, the British Library plans to highlight the linguistic contribution of the King James Bible in its exhibition on the English language, scheduled for November 2010 to April 2011 in London. They plan to feature a first edition from 1611 as a star exhibit.

Broadcasting: Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding will be provided for broadcasting services in West Derbyshire as a result of proposals contained in the Digital Britain White Paper. (295871)

The Digital Britain White Paper proposes to sustain public service broadcasting across the UK. Digital Britain does not contain funding proposals for broadcasting services in individual constituencies.

Casinos

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1142-43W, on casinos, what assessment he has made of the progress made by each of the 16 licensing authorities which have won bids for either small or large casinos. (295064)

[holding answer 22 October 2009]: I am aware that some of the 16 local authorities permitted to issue large and small casino premises licences are planning to invite applications for the new premises licences within the next few months. However, it remains the responsibility of the individual licensing authorities themselves as to when they announce their process and timetable for applications.

Cultural Heritage

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria his Department uses to determine whether to mark anniversaries of cultural and sporting events in the UK's national history. (294705)

English Heritage: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much English Heritage received in grant-in-aid funding from his Department (a) in cash terms and (b) expressed in current prices in each year since 1997. (290767)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: The information requested is set out in the following table. These are audited outturn figures sourced from DCMS accounts:

Cash terms (£000)

Current prices (2008-09)000)

Appropriation accounts

1997-98

105,183

136,295

1998-99

102,404

129,956

1999-2000

112,609

140,148

2000-01

119,000

146,180

2001-02

110,401

132,655

Resource accounts

2002-03

116,387

135,477

2003-04

119,442

135,222

2004-05

127,901

140,881

2005-06

129,136

139,636

2006-07

141,321

148,421

2007-08

136,636

139,626

2008-09

129,358

129,358

Government support for our historic buildings and sites is supplemented by significant funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations such as the National Trust.

As a result of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review English Heritage received a cash increase in resource GIA from £123.7 million in 2007-08 to £124.7 million in 2008-09. The table is based on the outturn of English Heritage draw-down against such allocations and includes capital spend and money rolled over through end of year flexibility.

Horserace Totalisator Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the proceeds of the sale of the Tote will be provided to British horseracing. (294866)

[holding answer 22 October 2009]: The Government's position remains that we will honour our commitment to return half of the net proceeds of any market sale of the Tote to racing, subject to the requirements of European state aid and competition rule. I am unable to disclose commercially confidential or sensitive information about the valuation of the Tote or prospective Government payments to agents.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1143-44W, on the Reserve Totalmeter Board, on what date his Department was informed of the decision taken on 23 September 2009 to include the Tote in the list of assets to be sold. (294938)

[holding answer 22 October 2009]: The Department was aware of the decision in principle to include the Tote on the list of assets sold during a meeting on 23 September 2009.

Officials from the Department were present as well as Ministers.

Licensing Laws: Language

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1144W, on licensing laws: languages, in how many languages tests relating to obtaining a personal licence for the retail sale of alcohol can be taken in; and if he will amend his Department's criteria for accredited personal licence course providers to stipulate that examinations must be taken in English. (295065)

[holding answer 22 October 2009]: Accredited licence course providers decide what languages tests can be taken in. I have no plans to make it a requirement that exams be taken in English only, not least as this would be contrary to the Department’s Welsh language policy.

Listed Events Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to make an announcement on the Listed Events Review; and if he will make a statement. (295378)

I expect to receive shortly the report of the independent advisory panel on the future of listed events. In the light of its recommendations I shall reach my own preliminary conclusions and will consult further on these with the broadcasting authorities and affected rights holders, as required by the Broadcasting Act 1996, before reaching my final decisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account his Department has taken of the BBC’s submission to the Listed Events Review. (295398)

I expect to receive shortly the panel’s report and recommendations. The panel has had the benefit of the BBC’s submissions in response to the consultation exercise. In the light of its recommendations I shall reach my own preliminary conclusions and will consult further on these with the broadcasting authorities and affected rights holders, as required by the Broadcasting Act 1996, before reaching my final decisions.

Local Press: Government Assistance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to introduce to provide assistance to regional news broadcasters. (294300)

The Digital Britain White Paper makes clear that sustainable nations' regional and local news is a priority. The Government have decided to secure the plural provision of this kind of content by awarding funding to news consortia that will have the scope to provide enhanced localness, provided in the Channel 3 broadcasting schedule to build on existing reach and access to audiences, as well as via multi-platform delivery.

Music: Public Participation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of adults who have (a) participated in musical activity and (b) attended a music event in each region in each of the last five years. (294750)

The information is as follows:

(a) Participation: proportion participating in music activities by Government office region (GOR)

Percentage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

North East

13.0

10.6

10.3

10.3

North West

12.1

11.6

12.3

10.9

Yorkshire and Humberside

13.0

12.4

12.0

11.2

East Midlands

15.5

13.4

13.3

11.5

West Midlands

11.9

13.0

11.9

10.9

East of England

15.6

13.6

16.2

14.7

London

17.6

14.2

15.6

12.8

South East

15.9

15.2

15.1

15.6

South West

15.4

15.2

16.6

14.4

Total

14.7

13.5

14.0

12.8

(b) Attendance: proportion attending music events by GOR

Percentage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

North East

41.4

42.3

39.0

39.6

North West

41.6

41.9

45.6

44.4

Yorkshire and Humberside

40.3

41.3

43.0

40.5

East Midlands

45.1

43.9

47.3

42.1

West Midlands

42.0

41.2

44.4

40.5

East of England

48.9

51.8

50.6

50.6

London

42.8

39.0

41.6

42.3

South East

50.8

52.4

54.6

51.5

South West

49.0

48.1

49.1

47.0

Total

45.0

45.0

46.8

44.9

Note: Year 1 = 2005-06 Year 2 = 2006-07 Year 3 = 2007-08 Year 4 = 2008-09. Source: Taking Part survey, DCMS.

The Taking Part survey was commissioned by DCMS and partner NDPBs in 2005 as a continuous annual survey. The fourth year of data, 2008-09, was released in August 2009.

National Lottery: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the pro-rata full-time salary of the chief executive of each of the Lottery distributors was in 2008-09. (295321)

The requested information can be found in the annual reports and accounts for the public bodies concerned, copies of which are available from the House Library.

Pay Television

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to phase 3 of Ofcom's consultation on pay television; and if he will make a statement. (295351)

I have no plans to respond to Ofcom's ‘Pay TV—phase 3 consultation’ which closed on 18 September. Ofcom's Pay TV market investigation is a competition consideration and therefore is primarily a matter for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sport England: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of Sport England's £10 million Sustainable Facilities Fund has been spent in 2009-10; and what projects have received such funding. (294785)

[holding answer 22 October 2009]: Sport England's Sustainable Facilities Fund invests in modern community facility projects that are viable in the long term—partnerships between public, private and commercial organisations with sustainable revenue funding to maintain high standards of facility provision and customer service.

The fund invests close to £10 million a year of lottery and Exchequer money into innovative projects capable of transforming the places where we play or take part in sport as part of our aim to create a world-leading community sport system of clubs, coaches, facilities and volunteers.

Sport England has recently announced the first round of funding for seven awards through the Sustainable Facilities Fund, totalling £6,869,000. The details of these awards can be found in the following table. In addition to this, Sport England has invited a further four applicants to bid for stage two development awards, which will be announced later in the year.

Applicant

Project title

Grant (£)

Status

Funding

Region

Plymouth City Council

Plymouth Life Centre

1,999,000

Award

Exchequer

South West

Nottingham Trent University

Extension to 8 Sports Hall

700,000

Award

Exchequer

East Midlands

Northrowram Community Sports and Activity Centre

Clubhouse

175,000

Award

Exchequer

Yorks

Paignton Community Sports College

Sports Hub

375,000

Award

Exchequer

South West

Burnage RFU

All Weather Pitch

120,000

Award

Exchequer

North West

Durham University

Maiden Castle Sports Centre

500,000

Award

Exchequer

North East

Manchester City Council

Regeneration Sportcity

3,000,000

Award

Lottery

North West

Swimming: Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire have participated in the scheme for free swimming for people over 60 years old. (294760)

The following table shows the total number of free swims that have taken place under the free swimming scheme by people aged 60 and over across the Derbyshire and North East Derbyshire areas in a given time period (April/May/June/Q1 total). This is not a measure of the total number of individual participants taking part in free swimming, as the Department does not hold these figures.

Free swims: 60+

Local authority name

April

May

June

Q1 total

Amber Valley

1,153

1,565

1,857

4,575

Bolsover

708

710

460

1,878

Chesterfield

1,734

2,048

2,474

6,256

Derby UA

1,928

2,008

1,998

5,934

Derbyshire Dales

949

1,587

2,297

4,833

Erewash

2,350

2,528

3,074

7,952

High Peak

2,022

2,026

5,021

9,069

North East Derbyshire

2,894

3,239

3,691

9,824

South Derbyshire

739

1,017

1,117

2,873

Total

14,477

16,728

21,989

53,194

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children in (a) Derbyshire and (b) North East Derbyshire have taken part in the scheme for free swimming for children under 16 years old. (294761)

The table shows the total number of free swims that have taken place under the free swimming scheme by people aged 16 and under across the Derbyshire and North East Derbyshire areas in a given time period (April/May/June/Q1 total). This is not a measure of the total number of individual participants taking part in free swimming, as the Department does not hold these figures.

Free swims: 16 and under

Local authority name

April

May

June

Q1 total

Amber Valley

944

3,486

2,066

6,496

Bolsover

2,105

1,843

1,077

5,025

Chesterfield

7,075

9,126

7,976

24,177

Derby UA

7,337

9,433

8,037

24,807

Derbyshire Dales

2,774

2,468

2,426

7,668

Erewash

7,318

8,246

6,584

22,148

High Peak

5,347

4,197

9,782

19,326

North East Derbyshire

5,866

5,088

5,067

16,021

South Derbyshire

1,491

2,232

2,249

5,972

Total

40,257

46,119

45,264

131,640

Swimming: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications there have been for funding from Pot 4 of his Department’s funding for its free swimming initiative; and in respect of which swimming pools the applications have been received. (295319)

Sport England has advised that they have received 173 eligible applications for funding in the second round (2010-11) of Pot 4 of the Free Swimming Capital Modernisation Programme.

The breakdown is as follows: 126 applications for funding for public swimming pools (DCMS allocated funding), and 47 applications for pools on educational sites (DCSF allocated funding).

Video Games

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the UK video games industry. (295296)

We have not carried out an assessment of the impact of the recession on the UK video games industry. However, industry evidence suggests that the UK games sector continues to demonstrate remarkable success with total sales of £4.034 billion in 2008, a rise of 23 per cent. from 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the economic growth rate in the UK video games industry has been in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the likely rate of growth in 2009-10. (295297)

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though this will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

We do not project future trends of the markets but, according to industry figures, since 2004 the UK Video Games industry has experienced modest growth of around 4 per cent. per annum and this is projected to continue to 2011.

Source:

Oxford Economics 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the contribution of the video games industry to the UK’s gross domestic product in each of the last five years; and what the estimated contribution is for 2009-10. (295298)

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though it will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many people were employed in the UK video games industry in each of the last five years; (295299)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies in the UK video games industry in the last 12 months.

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though this will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

DCMS does not hold employment data of this kind.

Defence

Service Justice System

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in developing governance arrangements for the operation of each part of the Service Justice System; and what external stakeholder groups he has identified to participate in such arrangements. (295197)

Arrangements for the governance of the whole Service justice system were approved by Ministers in December 2007. The purpose of governance is to set direction, provide oversight and facilitate cooperation between stakeholders within and outside the Ministry of Defence. These functions are undertaken by the Service Justice Board and a supporting executive group. Stakeholders outside the Ministry of Defence include the Attorney-General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Judge Advocate General.

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of C Company, 2 Rifles were (a) killed and (b) injured during the Company’s most recent tour in Helmand province. (295181)

Since May 2009 there have been 13 members of 2nd Battalion The Rifles killed in Afghanistan.

Between April and September 2009 14 members of 2nd Battalion The Rifles have been very seriously injured or seriously injured. We do not publish data on less severe injuries, so this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which EU military operations UK military personnel are serving; and how many are serving in each operation. (295170)

The UK contributes military personnel to two EU operations: protection of World Food Programme and vulnerable shipping off the horn of Africa (Operation Atalanta) and peace-keeping in Bosnia (Operation Althea). At present the UK contributes 51 military personnel to Operation Atalanta and 10 military personnel to Operation Althea.

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-service personnel have made claims in the last 30 years for compensation for adverse health effects arising from exposure to chemicals during their service in Canada between 1960 and 1980; and in how many such cases compensation was paid. (294782)

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides no-fault compensation for all former Service Personnel where illness, injury or death is caused by service before 6 April 2005.

Although the War Pension Computer System contains details of medical conditions relating to claims for War Disablement Pensions, details of the specific causes of these medical conditions are not recorded. The current system was implemented in 1995 and claims prior to this date are not held electronically. The manual search and assessment of many thousands of files would be required to provide the information requested and this could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have (a) tested positive for drugs and (b) been dismissed from the service for drug taking in the last three years. (295084)

The following table indicates the number of armed forces personnel who have tested positive for drugs during a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) and those who have been dismissed from the service for drug offences including positive CDT test results in the last three full years.

Positive CDT tests

Discharges due to drug offences

2008

1,117

806

2007

857

840

2006

912

840

Armed Forces: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties have been leased by Defence Estates to meet otherwise unfulfilled needs using funds within its own resources in each year since its formation; and if he will make a statement. (295198)

I assume the hon. Member is referring to service accommodation.

Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) and Substitute Service Single Accommodation (SSSA) is used to meet our obligation to house entitled service personnel and their families in cases where no service accommodation is available.

With regards to SSFA, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor on 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 823W. Updated figures are provided in the table.

Number of properties taken on during year

Total number of properties rented during year

2007 (updated to 31 December 2007)

636

1,919

2008

966

2,173

2009 (to 22 October 2009)

659

2,155

SSSA is commonly granted where service personnel are working at MOD sites where little or no Single Living Accommodation is available. Wherever possible DE uses vacant SFA to meet demands for SLA. SSSA properties may be used to accommodate more than one single serviceman. Figures for SSSA from 2003 are provided in the table.

Number of properties taken on during year

Total number of properties rented during year

2003

1,747

4,405

2004

1,794

5,002

2005

1,793

5,243

2006

2,001

5,668

2007

2,147

6,121

2008

2,271

6,658

2009 (to 22 October 2009)

2,021

6,768

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of properties of Defence Estates’ stock have been classified as (a) Condition 3 and (b) Condition 4 in each year since the formation of Defence Estates; and if he will make a statement. (295199)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 36W.

For the latest number of Service Family Accommodation in England and Wales at Standard 3 and 4, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 873W, to the hon. Member for Moray (Angus Robertson).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve the maintenance and repair of service accommodation. (295589)

Defence Estates works closely with all of its repair and maintenance contractors to ensure that levels of service continually improves and that repair jobs are completed within required timescales and to an acceptable standard of workmanship.

As an example, in England and Wales, to improve the maintenance and repair of service accommodation, personal digital assistants (PDA) will be introduced to allow better access to information about the property, including details of previous jobs. Among other benefits, this should ensure the right trade goes to the right job. We also aim to ensure better management of the supply chain to ensure there is a focus on getting repairs right first time.

All SFA locations are to be assigned to a specified DE Housing Officer and MHS Technical Officer who will work closely to provide a cohesive approach to enhanced service delivery. They will act as dedicated focal points for local commanders and will be responsible for holding housing clinics, getting to know families and resolving everyday problems.

Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on mental health care services in each year since 2001. (295086)

The majority of mental healthcare for service personnel is provided through MOD’s 15 military-run Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) in the UK (with additional centres in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar), which have since 2004 provided out-patient mental healthcare for members of the armed forces. Responsibility for their individual management is shared between the single service commands, with oversight from the Joint Medical Command. However, each service funds its respective DCMHs differently. Owing to the number of different internal budgets to which costs would be attributable, any detailed analysis of DCMH finances would therefore incur disproportionate costs.

In-patient care, when necessary, is provided in specialised psychiatric units under contract with an external provider. Between April 2004 and March 2009, this was provided by the Priory Group, and costs in each financial year are contained in the following table:

Contract value (£ million)

1 December 2003-31 March 2004

0.4

1 April 2004-31 March 2005

4.2

1 April 2005-31 March 2006

4.5

1 April 2006-31 March 2007

3.4

1 April 2007-31 March 2008

3.9

1 April 2008-31 March 2009

3.3

These figures take into account the cost of assessing patients as well as any treatment programmes provided; the individual care needs of each patient will vary depending on their particular medical circumstances. They also include services provided by the Priory Group between 1 December 2003 and April 2004 prior to the formal contract start date.

The contract with the Priory Group has been replaced by a new one, awarded in November 2008 following open competition, with a partnership of seven NHS trusts led by South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust. Costs for its first full 12 months of operation will be available in spring 2010.

Prior to April 2004, in-patient care was provided at MOD’s Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital at Catterick. Full historic costs back to 2001 are not available, although costs in its final year of operation (2002-03) were some £10 million.

Armed Forces: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the training budget for the (a) Territorial Army, (b) University Officer Training Corps and (c) Cadet Force is in 2009-10. (293152)

This year is very challenging in resource terms, and success in Afghanistan must take priority. As such the Army has directed that the Regular Forces and the reserves must focus available resources on supporting the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan, which means reducing activity levels elsewhere. The overall budget for the Territorial Army, which is inclusive of the University Officer Training Corps, has been reduced by £43 million from £139 million. The funding for the Army Cadet Force has been reduced by £4 million from £29 million.

Forecast outturn for the Air Cadet Organisation and Navy Command Cadets for the current financial year is £20.6 million and £11 million respectively

The output of the Territorial Army, University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) and Cadet Forces is focused on training and therefore all activity is either directly or indirectly attributable to planning, organising or conducting training.

British Forces Post Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the future of the British Forces Post Office; and if he will make a statement. (295253)

The information was published in Defence Internal Brief, Serial 2009DIB/37 dated 6 October 2009, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Defence Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), who the members of the new sub-committee of the Defence Board are; and if he will make a statement. (295775)

As recommended in Bernard Gray’s recent report on Defence Acquisition, the members of the new Defence board sub-committee on equipment are the Permanent Under Secretary, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the 2nd Permanent Under Secretary, the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff and the Director-General Finance. The sub-committee is charged with determining, for agreement by the Defence board and Ministers, an equipment plan that is aligned with strategy, affordable and realistic.

Defence Medical Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation claims have been submitted by armed forces personnel in respect of malpractice on the part of Defence Medical Services; how many such claims were upheld; and how much was paid out against such claims in each year. (295645)

The number of new clinical negligence compensation claims is not recorded on the Department's claims database in a format that differentiates between service personnel, service dependants and civilian cases. The number of claims upheld and the amount of compensation, including legal costs, paid out each year to service personnel is identifiable. The figures are shown in the following table. Information relating to clinical negligence can be found in the Department's Claims Annual Report which has been issued each year since 1997-98, a copy of which is held in the Libraries of the Houses.

All new clinical negligence claims received

Service personnel claims upheld

Compensation/legal costs (£ million)

1997-98

308

21

0.4

1998-99

255

51

2.3

1999-2000

147

49

2.5

2000-01

128

49

6.1

2001-02

142

39

0.8

2002-03

119

39

3.9

2003-04

92

24

2.6

2004-05

86

17

3.3

2005-06

69

21

3.8

2006-07

67

14

1.5

2007-08

86

10

2.9

2008-09

55

17

5.3

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) actual strength, (b) establishment and (c) percentage difference between establishment and actual strength is of each speciality of qualified medical personnel (a) in the Army and (b) tri-service. (295646)

Manning statistics for the Defence Medical Services are updated twice a year, in April and October. The October 2009 figures are currently being collated, and verified figures should be available by the end of November. I will place these figures in the Library of the House.

Defence: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), what arrangements he plans to make to provide greater visibility of project management costs in the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation to the Capability Sponsor in head office; and if he will make a statement. (295776)

We are currently reviewing how best to provide greater visibility of project management costs, and this will be addressed as part of the Strategy for Acquisition Reform to be published in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), what steps he plans to take (a) to improve the way in which projects in the equipment plan are costed, (b) to use better and more sophisticated techniques applied more consistently and (c) to ensure that investment decisions are based on the most reliable forecasts; and if he will make a statement. (295777)

We are examining options to improve our approach to costing, and will be addressing this as part of the Strategy for Acquisition Reform to be published in the new year.

Departmental Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has a strategy for voltage optimisation on its estimate. (295276)

There are currently no plans to roll out voltage optimisation across the whole of the defence estate. However, voltage optimisation technology is currently being trialled at Lympstone. This work will inform our future approach to wider application of the technology across our estate.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 140, on departmental procurement, (1) how many of the recommendations of the Glover Report on Accelerating the SME engine his Department has implemented; (294906)

(2) what target date his Department has set for implementation of all the key recommendations of the Glover Report on Accelerating the SME engine.

The Glover Report recommendations relate to the adoption of a number of public procurement related measures across Government and their implementation is being led by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The OGC, BIS and other Government departments, including local government, are working towards completing the implementation of each of the recommendations as soon as possible and within the timescales, where given, within the report.

Departmental Publicity

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on information campaigns and advertising in each year since 1997. (294063)

The majority of information campaigns and advertising conducted by the Ministry of Defence are part of the drive to recruit the best personnel to the armed forces and civil service. In addition the Department may promote other initiatives such as armed forces day.

Spend relating to these activities, which is available centrally, is shown in the following table. The figures given include creative and production costs, as well as media spend.

Spend (£ million)

2004-05

23.8

2005-06

23.5

2006-07

21.0

2007-08

33.6

2008-09

37.4

Figures are not available prior to FY 2004-05 and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Figures for 2009-10 are not yet available.

Departmental Secondment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which staff have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since 2000, stating in each case the secondee's (a) name, (b) company, (c) position within his Department and (d) start and end date of secondment. (295103)

There have been 76 individuals seconded into the MOD since the beginning of 2000. A breakdown of the respective start and end dates of the secondments, together with reasons for joining the department is provided in the following table.

Staff seconded into the MOD from the private sector since 2000

Identifier

Reason for joining

Start date

End date

Individual 1

Loan/secondment into MOD

12 January 2000

24 May 2004

Individual 2

Loan/secondment into MOD

3 May 2000

To date

Individual 3

Loan/secondment into MOD

9 November 2000

9 November 2009

Individual 4

Loan/secondment into MOD

8 May 2001

1 June 2005

Individual 5

Loan/secondment into MOD

25 June 2001

1 September 2003

Individual 6

Loan/secondment into MOD

2 January 2002

24 September 2003

Individual 7

Loan/secondment into MOD

28 January 2002

1 February 2005

Individual 8

Loan/secondment into MOD

15 April 2002

31 July 2007

Individual 9

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 July 2002

To date

Individual 10

Loan/secondment into MOD

27 August 2002

23 August 2005

Individual 11

Loan/secondment into MOD

5 September 2002

31 December 2006

Individual 12

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 October 2002

1 October 2005

Individual 13

Loan/secondment into MOD

6 February 2003

24 March 2005

Individual 14

Loan/secondment into MOD

9 March 2003

4 July 2005

Individual 15

Loan/secondment into MOD

18 March 2003

31 March 2006

Individual 16

Loan/secondment into MOD

2 June 2003

8 December 2007

Individual 17

Loan/secondment into MOD

2 June 2003

13 June 2005

Individual 18

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 September 2003

1 July 2006

Individual 19

Loan/secondment into MOD

18 September 2003

8 December 2004

Individual 20

Loan/secondment into MOD

22 September 2003

14 October 2005

Individual 21

Loan/secondment into MOD

27 September 2003

4 May 2009

Individual 22

Loan/secondment into MOD

20 January 2004

1 June 2005

Individual 23

Loan/secondment into MOD

5 April 2004

20 September 2008

Individual 24

Loan/secondment into MOD

19 April 2004

8 January 2005

Individual 25

Loan/secondment into MOD

24 May 2004

22 November 2004

Individual 26

Loan/secondment into MOD

4 October 2004

To date

Individual 27

Loan/secondment into MOD

22 November 2004

27 July 2009

Individual 28

Loan/secondment into MOD

10 January 2005

1 February 2006

Individual 29

Loan/secondment into MOD

7 February 2005

13 October 2007

Individual 30

Loan/secondment into MOD

21 February 2005

1 March 2008

Individual 31

Loan/secondment into MOD

29 March 2005

31 August 2005

Individual 32

Loan/secondment into MOD

9 May 2005

1 May 2008

Individual 33

Loan/secondment into MOD

6 June 2005

28 September 2007

Individual 34

Loan/secondment into MOD

4 July 2005

1 August 2005

Individual 35

Loan/secondment into MOD

13 August 2005

30 June 2007

Individual 36

Loan/secondment into MOD

12 September 2005

15 September 2007

Individual 37

Loan/secondment into MOD

19 September 2005

26 September 2007

Individual 38

Loan/secondment into MOD

28 November 2005

20 April 2009

Individual 39

Loan/secondment into MOD

5 December 2005

4 December 2007

Individual 40

Loan/secondment into MOD

8 December 2005

20 October 2007

Individual 41

Loan/secondment into MOD

19 December 2005

To date

Individual 42

Loan/secondment into MOD

15 May 2006

1 October 2007

Individual 43

Loan/secondment into MOD

17 July 2006

To date

Individual 44

Loan/secondment into MOD

21 July 2006

31 May 2008

Individual 45

Loan/secondment into MOD

30 October 2006

To date

Individual 46

Loan/secondment into MOD

6 November 2006

1 April 2008

Individual 47

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 February 2007

To date

Individual 48

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 February 2007

To date

Individual 49

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 February 2007

To date

Individual 50

Loan/secondment into MOD

1 February 2007

To date

Individual 51

Loan/secondment into MOD

26 February 2007

26 July 2008

Individual 52

Loan/secondment into MOD

3 April 2007

To date

Individual 53

Loan/secondment into MOD

4 June 2007

To date

Individual 54

Loan/secondment into MOD

8 August 2007

22 January 2008

Individual 55

Loan/secondment into MOD

3 September 2007

To date

Individual 56

Loan/secondment into MOD

17 September 2007

23 October 2008

Individual 57

Loan/secondment into MOD

21 November 2007

4 August 2008

Individual 58

Loan/secondment into MOD

10 December 2007

To date

Individual 59

Interchange private sector

4 February 2008

To date

Individual 60

Interchange private sector

17 March 2008

To date

Individual 61

Interchange private sector

21 April 2008

To date

Individual 62

Non-Executive Director

16 July 2008

To date

Individual 63

Non-Executive Director

16 July 2008

To date

Individual 64

Interchange private sector

1 September 2008

To date

Individual 65

Non-Executive Director

16 October 2008

To date

Individual 66

Interchange private sector

10 November 2008

26 January 2009

Individual 67

Interchange private sector

23 March 2009

14 May 2009

Individual 68

Interchange private sector

30 March 2009

To date

Individual 69

Interchange private sector

16 June 2009

To date

Individual 70

Interchange private sector

1 July 2009

To date

Individual 71

Non-Executive Director

15 July 2009

To date

Individual 72

Non-Executive Director

21 July 2009

To date

Individual 73

Non-Executive Director

20 August 2009

To date

Individual 74

Non-Executive Director

20 August 2009

To date

Individual 75

Non-Executive Director

20 August 2009

To date

Individual 76

Non-Executive Director

24 August 2009

To date

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which staff from his Department have been seconded to the defence industry since 2000, stating in each case the secondee’s (a) name, (b) position/rank, (c) company, (d) start and end date of secondment and (e) whether the person concerned is still employed by his Department. (295104)

There have been 72 individuals seconded out of the MOD to the private sector since the beginning of 2000. We do not record whether these secondments are to companies specifically within the defence industry, but the following table provides a breakdown of all instances by position/rank, start/end dates and whether still employed (for pay purposes). I have not included the names of individuals as this would break the Data Protection Act 1998.

Staff seconded out to the private sector

Identifier

Position/rank

Reason

Start date

End date

Still employed (for pay purposes)

Individual 1

D

Outside Employment

31 July 2000

1 August 2003

No

Individual 2

C2

Outside Employment

3 November 2000

13 June 2005

Yes

Individual 3

C2

Outside Employment

4 January 2001

5 January 2004

Yes

Individual 4

E1

Outside Employment

2 February 2001

4 February 2003

No

Individual 5

E2

Outside Employment

30 September 2001

23 February 2005

No

Individual 6

E2

Outside Employment

14 December 2001

8 June 2004

No

Individual 7

E1

Outside Employment

14 December 2001

1 April 2005

No

Individual 8

E1

Outside Employment

2 January 2002

3 January 2005

No

Individual 9

D

Outside Employment

11 April 2002

5 May 2003

No

Individual 10

B2

Outside Employment

14 May 2002

To Date

No

Individual 11

E1

Outside Employment

24 June 2002

15 January 2007

No

Individual 12

B1

Interchange with Industry

1 July 2002

4 July 2005

Yes

Individual 13

D

Outside Employment

27 August 2002

26 August 2005

No

Individual 14

E2

Outside Employment

1 October 2002

To Date

No

Individual 15

E2

Outside Employment

17 October 2002

2 August 2006

No

Individual 16

E2

Outside Employment

4 February 2003

13 August 2003

Yes

Individual 17

Nurse Grade F

Outside Employment

4 February 2003

4 October 2003

Yes

Individual 18

E2

Outside Employment

10 February 2003

22 July 2003

Yes

Individual 19

E1

Outside Employment

10 February 2003

4 September 2003

No

Individual 22

Nurse Grade E

Outside Employment

17 February 2003

10 June 2003

Yes

Individual 20

D

Outside Employment

17 February 2003

19 August 2003

Yes

Individual 21

D

Outside Employment

17 February 2003

28 August 2003

No

Individual 23

E2

Outside Employment

17 February 2003

1 September 2003

Yes

Individual 24

E1

Outside Employment

18 February 2003

23 July 2003

Yes

Individual 26

E1

Outside Employment

19 February 2003

24 February 2003

No

Individual 25

C2

Outside Employment

19 February 2003

21 August 2003

Yes

Individual 27

D

Outside Employment

19 February 2003

19 September 2003

Yes

Individual 28

D

Outside Employment

19 February 2003

19 February 2004

Yes

Individual 29

E1

Outside Employment

20 February 2003

5 August 2003

Yes

Individual 30

C1

Outside Employment

22 February 2003

10 February 2004

Yes

Individual 31

E2

Outside Employment

23 February 2003

21 August 2003

Yes

Individual 32

D

Outside Employment

24 February 2003

9 June 2003

Yes

Individual 33

D

Outside Employment

26 February 2003

9 June 2003

No

Individual 34

E1

Outside Employment

27 February 2003

5 June 2003

Yes

individual 35

D

Outside Employment

1 March 2003

16 June 2003

Yes

Individual 36

D

Outside Employment

18 March 2003

4 August 2003

No

Individual 37

C2

Outside Employment

1 April 2003

14 July 2003

No

Individual 38

C1

Interchange with Industry

1 May 2003

23 February 2004

Yes

Individual 39

C1

Outside Employment

30 May 2003

15 February 2004

Yes

Individual 40

D

Outside Employment

9 June 2003

7 November 2003

Yes

Individual 41

C1

Outside Employment

11 June 2003

23 February 2004

Yes

Individual 42

E2

Outside Employment

17 June 2003

9 January 2004

Yes

Individual 43

E2

Outside Employment

18 June 2003

16 January 2004

Yes

Individual 44

E1

Outside Employment

26 June 2003

19 September 2003

No

Individual 45

E2

Outside Employment

29 June 2003

20 January 2004

Yes

Individual 47

E2

Outside Employment

2 July 2003

1 January 2004

Yes

Individual 46

E1

Outside Employment

2 July 2003

8 January 2004

Yes

Individual 48

C2

Outside Employment

10 November 2003

10 February 2004

No

Individual 49

C1

Outside Employment

5 January 2004

2 August 2004

No

Individual 50

El

Outside Employment

22 March 2004

4 February 2005

Yes

Individual 51

B1

Interchange with Industry

30 April 2004

24 April 2008

No

Individual 52

C1

Interchange with Industry

10 May 2004

8 May 2006

Yes

Individual 53

Record Reviewer

Outside Employment

28 July 2004

25 September 2004

Yes

Individual 54

C1

Outside Employment

16 September 2004

4 October 2004

Yes

Individual 55

D

Outside Employment

18 October 2004

8 November 2004

No

Individual 56

C1

Outside Employment

1 June 2005

26 June 2006

Yes

Individual 53

Record Reviewer

Outside Employment

11 July 2005

20 August 2005

Yes

Individual 57

E1

Outside Employment

1 November 2005

25 January 2006

No

Individual 58

Queen Vict Schl Prin Teacher

Interchange Private Sector

18 August 2008

27 June 2009

Yes

Individual 59

B2

Interchange Private Sector

1 November 2008

To Date

Yes

Individual 60

B2

Interchange Private Sector

10 November 2008

To Date

Yes

Individual 61

B2

Interchange Private Sector

24 November 2008

To Date

Yes

Individual 62

C1

Interchange Private Sector

15 December 2008

To Date

Yes

Individual 63

B1

Interchange Private Sector

5 January 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 64

Physiothrpst Specialist

Interchange Private Sector

2 February 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 65

C1

Interchange Private Sector

9 February 2009

To Date

No

Individual 66

C2

Interchange Private Sector

23 February 2009

7 September 2009

Yes

Individual 67

B2

Interchange Private Sector

8 June 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 68

C1

Interchange Private Sector

27 July 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 69

B2

Interchange Private Sector

3 August 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 70

B1

Interchange Private Sector

1 September 2009

To Date

Yes

Individual 71

B1

Interchange Private Sector

14 September 2009

To Date

Yes

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), what steps he plans to take to accelerate the improvement of key skills in (a) the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation and (b) his Department's head office; and if he will make a statement. (295774)

We will be examining options for accelerating skills both in defence equipment and support and in MOD head office, and will be addressing this as part of the Strategy for Acquisition Reform to be published in the new year.

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposed new (a) revenue streams and (b) opportunities to sell products and services his Department has discussed with the Met Office; and if he will make a statement. (295216)

As part of the Met Office’s business planning, the development of new and innovative weather and climate services for both Government and commercial customers is being pursued, For example, the Met Office has recently launched new web services for the aviation and marine industries to help with operational decision-making. It has also identified potential for services to better support health care planning and delivery and to help society plan for and adapt to climate change.

Work is also under way on the next steps of the Operational Efficiency Programme review of the Met Office. This will examine, among other things, the potential to expand the Met Office’s commercial activities and opportunities to develop specific services in some cases with private sector partners.

Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have been held between representatives of his Department and representatives of nuclear test veterans to establish the boundaries of a possible settlement since June 2009; and if he will make a statement. (296050)

Discussions have been held and are still ongoing between the parties. However, in order to protect the Department's position grounds for appeal were lodged with the Court of Appeal on 12 October, which was the latest date allowed under the permission to do so granted by the High Court. It is important to note that this does not mean a formal end to the attempts to negotiate settlement.

Internal Investment Approvals Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members of his Department’s Internal Investment Approvals Board are. (295432)

The Investment Approvals Board consists of the Chief Scientific Adviser (Chairman), the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, the Chief of Defence Materiel, the Director General Finance, the Director General Defence Commercial and the Director Central Legal Services.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister for Veterans expects to reply to the letter of 23 September 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on British nuclear test veterans. (295466)

Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive on arrangements for the Submarine Dismantling Project. (295333)

No representations have been received from the Scottish Executive on arrangements for the Submarine Dismantling Project.

Regular engagement with the Scottish Executive is maintained through the Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group and the Submarine Dismantling Project Steering Group. The Scottish Executive has also been invited to participate in the initial scoping phase, once initiated, of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Submarine Dismantling Project.

Strategic Defence Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any defence procurement projects have been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed pending a strategic defence review. (295433)

No defence procurement projects have been cancelled or postponed pending a strategic defence review.

Territorial Army

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to ensure the eligibility of Territorial Army personnel for (a) annual bounty and (b) the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal following the reduction in Territorial Army training days. (293155)

In relation to the steps being taken to ensure opportunities remain for individuals to qualify for their bounty where they have not already done so, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1020-21W, to the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes (Mr. Lancaster).

Given that opportunities will continue to exist for individuals to earn their bounty, eligibility for the Volunteers Reserve Service Medal should be unaffected by the reduction in TA training this year.

Territorial Army: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the bounty payable to Territorial Army soldiers on completion of annual training requirements will be paid to such soldiers who do not undertake training owing to the withdrawal of training days. (295314)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 1021W, to the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes (Mr. Lancaster).

Territorial Army: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which alternative cost-saving measures were considered before deciding to reduce Territorial Army training. (293278)

[holding answer 15 October 2009]: Like all Government Departments, the Ministry of Defence routinely reviews expenditure to ensure that we allocate our resources where they are needed most. As part of this process senior officials discussed emerging budgetary pressures in the summer and then asked all budget holders within the Department to review all uncommitted funding. Following this review, savings measures that helped balance the financial deficit, and which do not detract from support to current operations, were recommended. Although some of these savings are painful, they had to be taken to ensure that the Ministry of Defence stayed within budget.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Aluminium: Recycling

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the aluminium industry on the use of recycled cans to make motor vehicles. (295594)

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has received from the salvage of carcasses or part carcasses of bovine tuberculosis reactor, inconclusive or dangerous contact cattle sold into the food chain in (a) 1986-96 and (b) 1997 to date; and how such receipts are accounted for in his Department's analysis of its expenditure on bovine tuberculosis. (293801)

Receipts in each of the last 10 complete financial years, for cattle culled for TB control reasons, are shown as follows. We are not able to provide details of receipts back to 1986 without incurring disproportionate cost.

£ million

2008-09

4.3

2007-08

1.7

2006-07

0.5

2005-06

1.5

2004-05

1.2

2003-04

1.1

2002-03

3.7

2001-02

0.7

2000-01

1.1

1999-2000

0.9

In terms of how these receipts are accounted for in analyses of expenditure, we either use a TB compensation figure net of salvage receipts or provide TB compensation spend figures and salvage receipt figures separately.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the government of (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) New Zealand on the vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement. (293893)

The Secretary of State has discussed vaccination of badgers against bovine TB with the New Zealand Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity and Forestry.

The majority of DEFRA’s TB vaccine research programme is led by researchers at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, who collaborate with researchers in both the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand. DEFRA officials have met with their counterparts from the Republic of Ireland and representatives of the industry-led New Zealand Animal Health Board several times recently to discuss work programmes and ensure a coordinated research effort, particularly in regards to the design of badger vaccine field studies and licensing requirements for the use of the BCG vaccine against TB.

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements have been put in place to ensure the fairness of the tendering process in circumstances where the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is both advising his Department on the selection of bids and is itself one of the bidders. (295569)

The arrangements to ensure the fairness of the tendering process in circumstances where CEFAS is both involved in advising on the selection of bids and is itself one of the bidders is set out the governance document ‘Marine Environment Protection Fund (MEPF): Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund Delivery Partner on behalf of DEFRA: Who We Are and How We Operate’ published on the MALSF website at

http://www.alsf-mepf.org.uk/downloads/documents/mepf---how-we-operate.aspx

The Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund is delivered through the Marine Environment Protection Fund (MEPF) which is administered by CEFAS on behalf of DEFRA and reports to DEFRA though the Marine ALSF Steering Group. The Marine ALSF Steering Group oversees the direction of the fund, develops the commissioning strategy for research and dissemination activities and oversees delivery arrangements.

All funding decisions are made by the MEPF evaluation panel which undertakes the evaluation of tenders. The MEPF evaluation panel is chaired by DEFRA and comprises representation from eight organisations of which CEFAS is one, plus the Marine ALSF Science Co-ordinator who is appointed through an open competition. The MEPF provides the Secretariat function to the evaluation panel and any views and opinions of the Secretariat at the evaluation panel meetings are made as representing the MEPF as a delivery partner. The Secretariat has no decision-making powers or voting rights on the evaluation panel.

The MEPF panel's terms of reference govern the arrangements for ensuring fairness in the evaluation of bids in circumstances where an evaluation panel member is from the same organisation as a bidder. These arrangements involve:

1. All evaluation panels begin with a round-table declaration of any potential conflicts of interest. A two-tiered approach to managing potential conflicts is then followed:

a) Direct involvement—If a panel member is to be part of a project delivery team and/or has helped prepare the proposal, they are required to be absent from the room while the proposal is being discussed and evaluated.

b) Indirect involvement—If a panel member's company/organisation has submitted a proposal but the panel member had played no part whatsoever in its preparation nor was to be involved with the project delivery team, the panel member is required to be a non-voting member of the panel while considering the bid but may remain in the room while the proposal is being discussed and evaluated.

2. Any individual involved in project evaluation other than central Government staff members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the intellectual property of project applicants. These agreements must also be in place for any member of staff who receives bids from the other distributing bodies during the liaison process.

To maintain impartiality and confidentiality, the MEPF delivery partner operates entirely separately from CEFAS' main corporate and delivery functions. Specifically:

MEPF services are provided by a dedicated team from the Programme Management Group of CEFAS devoted only to the provision of MEPF fund management services.

The MEPF is separate from the Science Delivery Divisions and the Commercial Group of CEFAS and MEPF staff are not involved in MEPF bid preparation or delivery.

CEFAS bidding teams and project leaders are not able to have sight of MEPF Managed Funds papers.

Electronic files are stored on local area, not shared contracts area, with restricted access to the ALSF_MEPF local areas. Paper files are locked away and stored separately away from central contracts file store.

Chelgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 98W, on domestic wastes, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness against objectives of the public affairs work undertaken by Chelgate Ltd for the Waste and Resources Action Programme. (294778)

No such assessment has been made by DEFRA. The requested assessment concerns the detailed operational activities of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and is not therefore a matter for DEFRA. I understand that the chief executive of WRAP has on two occasions offered to meet the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) to discuss any issues of concern to him, and I would encourage him to take up that offer.

Dairy Farming

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average price paid to dairy farmers per litre of milk is; and what the price was on 1 June 2009. (295470)

Average UK prices paid to dairy farmers per litre of milk during 2009 are shown in the table. Daily prices are not collected but the average price for June 2009 was 22.5 pence per litre.

Average UK farm-gate milk price, 2009

Pence per litre

January

25.80

February

24.90

March

24.60

April

23.60

May

22.50

June

22.50

July

22.99

August

23.26

Source: DEFRA statistics, DARD, RERAD.

Departmental Motor Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on hire vehicles in each of the last five financial years. (291508)

From information held centrally, the following sums have been spent on hire vehicles from financial year 2005-06 to date:

Financial year

£

2005-06

35,003

2006-07

110,279

2007-08

134,803

2008-09

143,644

2009-10 to date

50,368

Domestic Waste: Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the merits of introducing a statutory appeals process for fixed penalty notices issued under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005. (294900)

The Government do not consider that a statutory appeals process for fixed penalty notices is needed.

Fixed penalty notices for offences, such as littering, are issued as an alternative to prosecution in a magistrates court. Accepting and paying a fixed penalty notice removes all liability for the offence. An individual served with a notice may choose instead to have their case tried in court.

Domestic Waste: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the figures for each London local authority for (a) household waste per head, (b) percentage of all household waste recycled, (c) total non-household waste and (d) percentage of all non-household waste recycled were for (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09. (295797)

The following table shows the data requested for 2006-07 and 2007-08. Local authority level data for all of 2008-09 will be published on DEFRA’s website on 5 November 2009.

As requested, reuse is not included in any of the recycling data so will therefore not match some published data which include reuse.

Collected household waste per person (kg)Household recycling and composting rateTotal non-household wasteEstimated non-household recycling and composting rate

Authority

2006-07

2007-08

2006-07

2007-08

2006-07

2007-08

2006-07

2007-08

Bexley LB

507.50

483.60

40.00

41.64

23,366.08

25,014.71

17.30

17.38

Tower Hamlets LB

396.40

406.91

11.75

13.04

22,485.24

26,659.36

1.23

3.41

City of London

570.20

700.09

28.19

33.39

39,091.19

34,950.09

2.16

4.23

Westminster City Council

334.70

357.32

20.38

22.72

110,322.00

110,661.00

2.90

2.39

Redbridge LB

417.10

408.02

18.60

22.38

14,708.58

16,944.95

12.50

11.79

Newham LB

448.60

474.64

13.58

14.40

30,707.55

28,287.94

8.44

12.43

Havering LB

517.80

489.52

20.43

23.98

17,158.24

17,912.69

0.28

17.61

Barking and Dagenham LB

524.80

526.81

21.08

20.41

15,824.98

15,931.36

20.98

24.94

Waltham Forest LB

445.00

454.59

27.51

29.74

26,439.42

24,985.04

14.40

12.02

Islington LB

433.30

404.21

23.50

26.33

38,316.60

38,018.33

4.61

4.16

Haringey LB

341.50

366.08

24.72

25.68

43,837.38

42,230.82

10.83

10.63

Hackney LB

394.60

379.78

19.57

22.38

49,088.72

46,532.65

2.58

2.57

Enfield LB

409.10

422.38

29.64

28.19

25,417.98

24,729.78

7.04

11.21

Camden LB

335.00

317.77

28.05

27.12

60,224.80

60,027.82

3.73

5.03

Barnet LB

431.60

438.68

29.47

30.68

33,400.64

32,656.04

3.24

4.54

Southwark LB

427.00

412.50

18.46

20.02

29,123.18

29,129.90

8.63

12.60

Lewisham LB

469.90

451.37

15.75

21.99

25,158.46

25,457.81

2.42

2.49

Greenwich LB

458.10

463.21

23.61

30.52

11,828.90

9,607.16

12.59

7.08

Sutton LB

464.80

442.32

30.26

32.48

12,615.13

12,037.40

3.17

1.85

Merton LB

386.60

404.95

25.05

27.08

20,980.13

12,183.28

4.79

8.84

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

444.30

419.83

23.90

25.62

7,750.70

2,092.77

0.00

0.00

Croydon LB

406.80

401.79

20.11

22.71

50,439.00

48,180.37

20.70

26.79

Bromley LB

498.40

481.07

31.85

34.46

18,282.38

21,373.48

0.00

0.00

Richmond upon Thames LB

431.90

435.12

31.71

36.14

21,622.62

22,074.31

22.05

33.52

Hounslow LB

499.50

462.08

19.62

21.75

28,545.42

11,797.79

2.75

15.47

Hillingdon LB

491.90

481.14

30.64

33.76

30,904.30

30,266.49

1.01

1.45

Harrow LB

477.00

455.48

27.70

39.55

18,093.00

16,517.00

0.00

4.05

Ealing LB

404.10

386.91

24.92

28.94

22,215.17

19,873.93

0.00

0.00

Brent LB

411.20

401.19

21.52

20.98

19,852.03

18,689.83

7.67

9.04

Wandsworth LB

366.00

386.20

22.87

24.66

0.00

0.00

n/a

n/a

Lambeth LB

351.60

355.80

23.10

25.12

0.00

0.00

n/a

n/a

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

310.10

349.30

24.28

27.93

0.00

0.00

n/a

n/a

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

339.70

343.74

23.63

26.89

0.00

0.00

n/a

n/a

Source:

WasteDataFlow.

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has undertaken into smells and odours from household waste. (294856)

The Waste and Resources Action Programme and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Scoping Study of Potential Health Effects of Fortnightly Residual Waste Collection and Related Changes to Domestic Waste Systems report, published in July 2009, provides a review of the current knowledge on householder as well as occupational impacts of smell and odours associated with the collection of household wastes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to prohibit the disposal of domestic food waste in landfill. (294857)

The Government are currently assessing the case for introducing further restrictions on sending biodegradable waste, including food waste, to landfill. This assessment will be informed by two pieces of research on landfill bans, one ongoing and one recently published. A full public consultation will take place in the next few months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has issued on the disposal of waste receptacle and recycling boxes at the end of their life. (294868)

Neither DEFRA nor the Waste and Resources Action Programme has issued any guidance on the disposal of waste receptacle and recycling boxes at the end of their life.

Exmoor National Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many pre-planning applications were received per parish in the Exmoor National Park in the last three years; (295264)

(2) how many pre-planning applications were submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park in each year since 2005-06;

(3) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park were subject to delegated powers in the last three years for which figures are available;

(4) how many of the pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park resulted in full planning submissions in the last three years;

(5) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the Committee of the Exmoor National Park in the last three years involved a visit by a planning officer;

(6) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park in the last three years were contested.

The Town and Country Planning Act provisions do not include a category of 'pre-planning application' and therefore it is not clear exactly what information is required. My Department has made Exmoor National Park Authority aware of the above questions and it would be happy to provide further information if the hon. Member for Bridgwater would contact it directly with clarification.

Exmoor National Park Authority: Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost to his Department was of appointments to the committee of the Exmoor National Park made by the Secretary of State in the last three years. (295262)

The Secretary of State appoints members every year to each of the English National Park Authorities that have vacancies. The process for inviting applications and selecting the successful candidates also involves Natural England, the National Park Authorities and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The cost of making these appointments for Exmoor or the other individual park authorities is therefore not available.

Horses: Animal Welfare

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking in the Council of Ministers to seek to improve the welfare of live horses during transport in mainland Europe. (295690)

At the Agriculture Council on 7 September the Secretary of State, Hilary Benn, expressed concern at the unnecessarily long journeys some animals, including horses, undertake within Europe, particularly for slaughter. He urged the European Commission to give due consideration to shorter journey times and improved enforcement of welfare in transport rules when they bring forward proposals to review the welfare in transport regulation 1/2005.

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