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Written Answers

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 16 December 2009

Prime Minister

Central Ayrshire: Visit

Cabinet: Meetings

To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) cost to the public purse have been of each meeting of the Cabinet held outside London since 27 June 2007. (306113)

I refer the hon. Member to my answers of: 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1017W; 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 738W; 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 802W; 18 June 2009, Official Report, column 451W; 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 487W; and 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 378W.

The Cabinet met in Cardiff on July 23 2009. This was linked with a number of ministerial visits across the region; there was a public engagement event with around 203 people which was followed by a formal Cabinet meeting The cost of the public engagement event and the Cabinet meeting was approximately £77,433.61, excluding VAT. There are no separate figures for the Cabinet meeting. The figure includes the cost of hiring the venue, catering, associated security and delegate management. In addition, Departments and agencies will have incurred costs in terms of travel, staff time and other support. The cost of any security provided by the police is a matter for the relevant police force.

The visit of the Cabinet to Nottingham was on 20 November 2009. The final cost figures for this event are not yet available.

Written Questions: Government Responses

To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to question 304527, on the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, tabled on 1 December 2009. (307609)

Wales

Departmental Billing

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. (307962)

Since October 2008, my Department has paid the following number of invoices each month.

Number of invoices paid

Percentage paid within 10 days

October 2008

47

85

November 2008

61

90

December 2008

52

98

January 2009

58

91

February 2009

56

98

March 2009

74

99

April 2009

84

100

May 2009

75

97

June 2009

67

75

July 2009

47

96

August 2009

54

98

September 2009

61

95

October 2009

72

96

November 2009

44

98

Departmental Conferences

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Department’s building attended by civil servants in his Department there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. (307510)

The Wales Office held one away day a year from 2006 until 2008 for the whole of the office. The cost of these venues was £8,055.40 in 2006, £13,526.04 in 2007 and £4,662 in 2008. In 2009, there were two events held for Legislation Branch and for Policy Branch. There was no cost for the venue for Legislation Branch and a charge of £596.75 for the venue for Policy Branch.

Departmental Legislation

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by secondary legislation sponsored by his Department since 1 May 2008. (307792)

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much funding his Department has allocated for (a) year end and (b) in year bonuses for its staff in 2009-10. (307022)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in such bonuses in each such year. (307105)

My Department paid the following in year bonuses:

One in 2006-07, nine in 2007-08 and two in 2008-09.

We paid the following year end bonuses:

Zero in 2006-07, five in 2007-08 and one in 2008-09.

The total amount paid in each year is as follows:

£862.30 in 2006-07, £5,200 in 2007-08 and £2,050 in 2008-09.

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day. (307550)

There were 22 named day parliamentary questions tabled for answer representing 88 per cent. which received a substantive answer.

Electoral Commission Committee

Departmental Conferences

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Electoral Commission’s buildings attended by civil servants in the Electoral Commission there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. (307469)

The Electoral Commission informs me that to provide the information in the format requested would incur disproportionate costs. However, its expenditure on conference attendance, annual staff conferences and team development and planning days for the years requested was as follows:

£

Financial year

Expenditure on conference attendance

Annual staff conference

Expenditure on team development and planning days held off site

2005-06

30,140

14,060

2006-07

26,720

16,650

14,020

2007-08

25,330

22,020

17,770

2008-09

30,920

5,260

18,270

The expenditure on conference attendance typically covers the attendance of Commissioners and Commission staff at the following types of events:

Political Party Conferences

Local political party events

Association of Electoral Administrators conferences

Local Government Association conferences

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) conferences.

The Electoral Commission is independent of Government and its 171 staff members are not civil servants.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Environmental Protection Flood Risk Regulations 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will delay the entering into force of the Environmental Protection Flood Risk Regulations 2009 due to enter into force on 10 December 2009 until (a) all interested parties have been consulted and (b) both Houses of Parliament have scrutinised the Statutory Instrument. (307383)

The Government consulted on provisions to implement the EU Floods Directive in the draft Flood and Water Management Bill (Cmnd 7582) published on 21 April. We received nearly 650 responses and these are summarised on DEFRA's website and are available from the DEFRA library. The EFRA Select Committee also scrutinised the draft Bill.

Specific reference was made to the regulations in the written ministerial statement on 19 November when the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced and the Government response (Cmnd 7741) to the EFRA Select Committee report and to the consultation was published. All interested parties, including Parliament, have had an opportunity to scrutinise our plans for transposing the directive.

Laying the regulations on the day that the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced provided an opportunity for each to be considered in the context of the other. The regulations have been considered by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Merits of Statutory Instruments and officials provided clarification to the committee.

Fishing Catches

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much in tonnes and what percentage of UK fish catch was sent abroad for processing and then returned to the UK in the latest period for which figures are available; (307499)

(2) to which countries fish catch is sent for processing before being returned to the UK; and what weight of fish was sent to each country in the latest period for which figures are available.

Information on UK imports and exports of fish are published in UK Sea Fisheries Statistics, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Figures on the amount of fish exported for fish processing are not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Floods: Property Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in the revision of Planning Policy Statement 25 since June 2009; and what estimate he has made of the number of houses to have a flood kit. (306810)

The Government agree with Sir Michael Pitt's Review of the summer 2007 floods that found that the policy approach in Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk (PPS25) is sound and should be rigorously applied.

On 11 August 2009 the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) published proposals for public consultation to make a limited number of amendments to Annexe D of PPS25 to clarify how certain aspects of the policy should be applied. The public consultation period closed on 3 November and CLG is now considering the responses received.

No estimate has been made of the number of properties that have prepared a flood kit. As outlined in our recent Pitt progress report, we have always acknowledged this was up to individuals, but would be supported by communication campaigns taken forward by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has done this in its recent "Preparing for a Flood" guide, which promotes how flood kits should be made up.

Metals: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 in respect of their provision for the metal recycling sector. (306333)

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2009 will come into force in April 2010. The regulations will allow operators to benefit from new or revised exemptions that are free to register for, from that date. The regulations also include transitional provisions for those existing operations that will be required to obtain an environmental permit. In the case of the metal recycling sector, operators who need a permit will be required to apply for one by 30 September 2013. This period has been provided to allow operators sufficient time to fulfil the requirements for obtaining a permit. It would, therefore, be inappropriate to suggest revisions at this time as these changes are being implemented.

I would also refer the hon. Member to my written answer 14 December, Official Report, column 655W, on the subject of how we will subsequently review the 2009 Regulations.

Rights of Way

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appeals regarding rights of way the National Casework team has under consideration; and for how long on average such appeals have been under consideration. (306815)

The National Rights of Way Casework Team has 99 Schedule 14 Appeal cases under consideration as at 15 December 2009, averaging 68.6 weeks handling period per case to date.

Seas and Oceans: Pollution

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the marine and coastal environment of plastics that have been dumped at sea or on beaches. (307639)

DEFRA has been working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to incorporate the MCS long-term dataset for beach litter levels and sources of litter in the UK to assess UK marine litter levels as part of the evidence collection process for the Charting Progress 2 report.

Charting Progress 2 is an integrated assessment of the state of the UK seas that will measure progress towards achieving the Government's marine vision and will be published in 2010. The report will form an important building block in the Initial Assessment of UK waters, required by 2012 under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

DEFRA is working with international colleagues in OSPAR (the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic) to support assessments of marine litter, and the OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR) due to be published in 2010, will contain a regional assessment of litter levels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) his Department, (b) local authorities and (c) non-governmental organisations of cleaning refuse from the coast in each year since 1997. (307640)

No estimate of the costs for cleaning refuse from coastal areas to DEFRA, local authorities or non-government organisations has been made.

Through the Environmental Protection Act (1990) local authorities have a statutory duty to keep their beaches clean down to the high water mark and many have beach management plans in place.

Beaches are regularly monitored through the National Indicator Set and many are signed up to such awards such as the international “Blue Flag” and England's “Quality Coast Award”, both administered by Keep Britain Tidy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the (a) area covered by and (b) in weight tonnes of the mass of plastic debris identified in the Pacific Ocean; and what discussions he has had with international agencies on steps to reduce the effect on the marine environment of that debris. (307660)

The published literature on the Pacific litter gyre indicates that the area concerned is found within the North Pacific Subtropical High, an area of international waters, between Hawaii and California. Researchers have pointed out that the weight of litter is very difficult to estimate due to the patchiness of debris in this expansive area, but could be in the order of 6 million tonnes.

My officials attend the meetings of several international agencies where the reduction of litter in the marine environment is discussed and where appropriate actions are considered, particularly the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic in which the UK is actively involved in the marine litter working group, which focuses on the North East Atlantic.

Whales: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to the governments of other countries on whaling since the last meeting of the International Whaling Commission in June 2009; what plans he has to make further such representations before the next meeting of the Commission in June 2010; and if he will make a statement. (307191)

I wrote to the Japanese Minister of Fisheries on 24 October expressing the UK's continued opposition to the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean and the North west Pacific and to the hunting of small cetaceans in Japanese coastal waters.

On 2 October, the UK took part in a strong diplomatic protest (démarche) to Iceland expressing our extreme disappointment with the killing of almost 200 minke and fin whales this year and called upon the Icelandic Government to review Iceland's Whaling policy.

Before the next annual meeting of the IWC Foreign and Commonwealth Office posts will again lobby countries in support of the UK's position, seeking to encourage new anti-whaling nations to join the IWC and endeavouring to change the opinion of Governments which currently support whaling.

Work and Pensions

Capita

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any contracts between Capita Group plc and her Department and its predecessors have been cancelled before completion since 1997; and whether Capita Group plc has been liable for any penalties arising from failings in the administration of contracts since 1997. (303093)

In December 2007, Capita Health Solutions was successful in a competition to deliver an Occupational Health Service for DWP to commence in April 2007. DWP and Capita mutually agreed to disengage from this arrangement with effect from August 2007. No penalties were arising.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions Capita Group plc tendered for contracts let by her Department in each of the last five years; how many such tenders were successful; how much her Department paid to Capita Group plc for the execution of contracts in each such year; how many contracts which terminate after 2010 Capita Group plc hold with her Department; and what the monetary value is of all outstanding contracts between her Department and Capita Group plc. (303149)

The following table provides a summary of the information requested.

Question

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

How many occasions Capita Group Plc tendered for contracts with DWP in each of the last five years

2

1

1

2

1

How many such tenders were successful

2

1

1

How much DWP paid to Capita Group Plc for the execution of contracts in each such year (£ million)

47.79

53.10

54.80

26.71

39.13

How many contracts which terminate after 2010 that Capita Group Plc hold with DWP

1

What the monetary value is of all outstanding contracts between DWP and Capita Group Plc

The information requested is not collated centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Details of the contracts captured in the table are in the background notes.

Conditions of Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent steps her Department has taken to protect employment rights (a) in Coventry and (b) nationally; (303866)

(2) whether her Department holds information for benchmarking purposes on employment rights in other EU member states.

[holding answer 3 December 2009]: These issues are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reported crimes there were of each type in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 1997. (306366)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: Reports of crimes will normally be made to the local police forces. Consequently no central records are held, and to obtain the requested level of detail would involve disproportionate cost.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many thefts of data from the Labour Market System database have been identified in each of the last five years. (303038)

[holding answer 30 November 2009]: The Department takes very seriously its responsibility to protect personal information. If individual employees are found to have misused their position (for example, by accessing without authority information that is recorded on any of the Department's databases), then such matters will be dealt with firmly, including dismissal and, where appropriate, prosecution.

Incidents will normally be investigated and dealt with locally. However, details of such incidents, and the action taken, are not recorded centrally, and to obtain this information in respect of the last five years would involve disproportionate cost.

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors her Department's website received in 2008-09. (301853)

In 2008-09 the Department for Work and Pension website received:

68, 298,137 page views, and

9,498,849 unique visitors.

Departmental Legal Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure her Department and its agencies have incurred on external legal advice and representation in each year since 1997; and for what purposes such professional services have been commissioned. (300578)

The information is as follows:

DWP legal category spending by year

Spend (£)

2009-101

12,434,882

2008-09

18,854,926

2007-08

18,864,410

2006-07

14,851,405

2005-06

18,564,671

2004-05

15,444,475

2003-04

17,263,198

1 The 2009-10 spend is for the period 1 April to 31 October 2009.

DWP’s costs for external legal advice and representation are captured under a range of existing commercial contracts that relate to the following areas. A more detailed breakdown of expenditure or the scope of previous contracts from 1997 onwards could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

1. IS/IT

acts as the strategic legal adviser and provides project support to DWP and its corporate information technology directorate. A range of legal services for existing and prospective information service/technology contracts are provided.

2. Human Resources

provides advice, guidance and assistance for HR policy development, training and awareness products, risk assessment, private prosecution, banning and warning letters to customers, injunctions, international law and general legal matters as necessary. Where appropriate it conducts litigation proceedings for DWP in employment tribunal claims and personal injury compensation claims.

3. Estates

provides advice to the commercial estates function in support of the PRIME estates contract and associated advice in relation to general property law.

4. Commercial Legal Services

provides legal advice and commercial guidance on DWP services delivered on behalf of welfare to work customers and on general commercial policy issues.

5. In House Lawyers

DWP’s in house lawyers expenditure on external legal services comprises a range of payments, including those to meet other sides’ costs, where these are required to be paid as a result of litigation; payments made to counsel from the Attorney-General’s approved list for prosecutions, litigation or advisory services; and payments to local agent solicitors for prosecutions, some civil litigation and other occasional work.

Departmental Lost Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) laptop computers, (b) desktop computers and (c) memory sticks her Department and its agencies have recorded as having been (i) lost and (ii) stolen from its offices in Scotland in each of the last 10 years. (306695)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: Details of items reported as lost and stolen are recorded at departmental level and the information requested cannot be provided in respect of Scotland without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible in each of the last three years. (300634)

It is not DWP practice for the Department or its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to pay contractors bonuses or incentives. DWP follows National Audit Office advice which recommends that a variety of payment mechanisms should be used in contract pricing. This approach is also endorsed by the Office for Government Commerce in their Guide to Consultancy Pricing.

Departmental Recruitment

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobs advertised by her Department in the last 12 months were online only applications; and what provision her Department makes for those wishing to apply for jobs in her Department who do not have access to the internet. (301540)

None of the vacancies advertised in the last 12 months were limited to online applications. We encourage the majority of candidates to apply online however, where the candidate has a disability, or other reason for being unable to complete an online application, a paper application is accepted.

Departmental Telephone Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0870, (b) 0845 and (c) 0800 her Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls were received to each number in the last 12 months; and whether alternative numbers charged at the BT local rate are available in each case. (305212)

The information is as follows:

(i) As at 7 December 2009, the Department for Work and Pensions operates the following lines.

Lines

(a) 0870

13

(b) 0845

6,060

(c) 0800

154

(ii) All lines are ‘operated’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); there are no ‘sponsored’ lines.

With reference to the number of calls received by each 08XX number, the complexity of the Department’s telephony network and our current billing arrangement with our service provider, BT, does not provide us with this data as the Department does not require it. To provide it, the Department would need to submit a formal request to BT to give us an estimate of the cost of supplying this data. This could not be done within the time scales of this question.

Alternative numbers are not available. 0800/0845 numbers are integral to the Department’s telephony strategy and underpin the delivery of good customer service. The 0800 and 0845 numbers are clearly signposted to customers for the services that they wish to access and the service is organised so that the customer is routed to the best agent to help with their call.

The Department’s telephony strategy is that calls to claim benefit should be free to customers so it uses 0800 free phone numbers for these calls. The great majority of the Department’s customers use landlines to contact the Department’s 0800 free phone lines where the calls are free. The Department uses 0845 telephone numbers where its customers call for other reasons, and these are calls typically that take less time to resolve. The charges that apply to these calls will be set by the customer’s telephone or mobile operator.

Where a customer calling our 0800 or 0845 services asks us, or raises concerns over the cost of the call, we offer to call them back.

Employment and Support Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received support from an advocate when applying for employment and support allowance in the latest period for which figures are available. (304772)

Employment and Support Allowance: Medical Examinations

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the (a) unit cost and (b) cost to date of conducting the medical assessment process associated with employment and support allowance delivered under the Atos Healthcare contract; and if she will make a statement. (305269)

The cost to date of conducting the medical assessment process associated with Employment and Support Allowance is £36.2 million covering the period up to 25 November 2009. This covers the costs of the medical assessments including Work Focused Health Related Assessments, gathering information from customers and health care professionals, investments in information technology and Estates infrastructure, overheads and set-up costs.

DWP is unable to disclose the unit cost of individual medical assessments as to do so would jeopardise the Department’s commercial interests and dealings with Atos Healthcare or other service providers when negotiating future re-tenders.

New Deal Schemes

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of jobseekers aged between 18 and 24 years old have gone off benefits without finding a job (a) before and (b) after completing a New Deal Gateway to Work course. (303029)

Scientists

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in her Department. (302021)

There are no external scientific advisers in the Department for Work and Pensions, however, there are three civil servants within the Department employed in posts which require them to give scientific advice. The Department also employs a number of statisticians, economists, social researchers and operational researchers but these are not classified as scientific posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions she has met (a) the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and (b) her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the course of her official duties in the last 12 months. (304004)

The Department’s chief scientific adviser is also the Department’s chief medical adviser and health work and well-being policy director and in these different capacities has had numerous meetings with the Secretary of State during the last 12 months. During the same period, the Secretary of State has had no meetings with the Government’s chief scientific adviser.

Unemployment Benefits

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of young people in each (a) region, (b) constituency and (c) local authority area are claiming out of work benefits. (306373)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: The available information has been placed in the Library.

Unemployment: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Castle Point constituency had been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 months and two years and (d) more than two years on the latest date for which information is available; (307503)

(2) what the average length of time was for which a claimant resident in Castle Point constituency to be in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years;

(3) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point had been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last six months;

(4) how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) each of the last six months for which figures are available.

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people in Castle Point constituency have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for (a) less than six months, (b) between six and 12 months, (c) between 12 months and two years and (d) more than two years on the latest date for which information is available; what the average length of time was for which claimant resident in Castle Point constituency to be in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years; how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have been unemployed for over (i) six and (ii) 12 months in each of the last six months; and how many people aged between 16 and 24 years in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point constituency were unemployed in (i) May 1997 and (ii) each of the last six months for which figures are available (307503, 307504, 307505, 307509).

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

However, estimates of unemployment for the requested age band, duration and geographies are not available. As an alternative, questions relating to unemployment have also been answered using Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) data.

Table 1 attached, shows the number of persons resident in Castle Point constituency claiming JSA for (a) up to 26 weeks, (b) over 26 and up to 52 weeks, (c) over 52 and up to 104 weeks and (d) over 104 weeks in October 2009.

Table 2 attached, shows the median length of live claims during the last 12 months up to the latest available period in October 2009, and for October of each of the last 5 years.

Table 3 attached, shows the number of persons, aged 16 to 24, claiming JSA, in the requested geographies, for (a) over 26 weeks and (b) over 52 weeks in October 2009 and the previous 5 months.

Table 4 attached, shows the number of persons, aged 16 to 24, claiming JSA in the requested geographies in (a) May 1997 and (b) from May to October 2009.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of persons1 resident in Castle Point claiming jobseeker’s allowance by length of claim, October 2009

Number

Up to 26 weeks

1,265

Over 26 weeks up to 52 weeks

400

Over 52 weeks up to 104 weeks

115

Over 104 weeks

20

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 2: Median length of claim of jobseeker’s allowance of persons1 resident in Castle Point constituency

Median length of claim (months)

October 2004

11.2

October 2005

11.8

October 2006

12.8

October 2007

11.1

October 2008

8.9

November 2008

8.2

December 2008

8.6

January 2009

9.3

February 2009

9.6

March 2009

10.7

April 2009

11.0

May 2009

12.5

June 2009

13.6

July 2009

14.1

August 2009

13.8

September 2009

13.7

October 2009

13.1

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 3: Number of persons1 age 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance by duration of claim

Essex

Castle Point

Over 26 weeks

Over 52 weeks

Over 26 weeks

Over 52 weeks

May 2009

1,450

110

80

5

June 2009

1,575

125

80

5

July 2009

1,535

140

85

5

August 2009

1,680

150

85

10

September 2009

1,525

160

75

10

October 2009

1,390

160

75

10

1 Length of claim data are only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Table 4: Number of persons age 16 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance resident in Essex and Castle Point

Essex

Castle Point

May 1997

6,135

425

May 2009

8,520

595

June 2009

8,240

545

July 2009

8,440

565

August 2009

8,600

570

September 2009

8,420

580

October 2009

8,385

560

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System.

Vacancies

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies have been reported to Jobcentres in (a) Norwich North constituency and (b) each region (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in 2009 to date. (301697)

Vocational Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps her Department is taking to promote re-skilling initiatives in (a) Coventry and (b) the UK; (304303)

(2) how many re-skilling initiatives there are; and how much funding her Department has allocated in support of such schemes in 2009-10.

We are working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and partners to implement a Government commitment to deliver a fully Integrated Employment and Skills (IES) service in England. The new integrated service will bring together and reform existing employment and skills services to better support skills acquisition, employment and career progression. IES trials are currently operating in 12 areas in England, one of which is in Coventry, and another four of which are in other parts of the West Midlands.

The vision and principles of IES are shared across Great Britain. However, as skills policy is devolved in Scotland and Wales, we are working with their Governments to explore how an integrated service can be piloted and delivered in the devolved Administrations.

The current challenging economic climate makes our focus on skills ever more important on an individual level for people who have been caught up in the downturn. As part of our response to the recession, we have intensified our support to help individuals identify skills needs and make more training available to jobseekers, through the response to redundancy package, the six month offer and the Young Person’s Guarantee. The Government have allocated over £350 million in funding over two years for the training element of these programmes.

Transport

AP Braking

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 31W, on the Caparo Group, what the monetary value is of the contract his Department holds with AP Braking Ltd. (307647)

The answer I gave to the hon. Member on 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 31W, about whether the Department for Transport holds contracts with each company of the Caparo Group was incorrect.

The Vehicle Certification Agency previously carried out approval work through a third party on AP Braking's products. However, there was no contract between the Department for Transport and AP Braking.

Aviation: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average carbon emissions were per UK air passenger in each year since 1997. (306972)

The following table provides estimates of aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per passenger for all domestic and international air passengers flying from UK airports in each year from 1997 to 2007.

2008 Air Passenger data are available but the 2008 CO2 emissions data will be released in February 2010.

Table: Estimates of average CO2 emissions per passenger flying from UK airports, 1997-2007

Domestic aviation

International aviation

Carbon Dioxide (million tonnes)

Departing passengers (millions)

Average CO2 per passenger (tonnes)

Carbon Dioxide (million tonnes)

Departing passengers (millions)

Average CO2 per passenger (tonnes)

1997

1.46

16.0

0.09

22.74

57.3

0.40

1998

1.59

16.7

0.10

25.30

62.7

0.40

1999

1.76

17.5

0.10

27.49

66.7

0.41

2000

1.90

18.6

0.10

30.31

71.3

0.42

2001

1.99

19.2

0.10

29.56

71.4

0.41

2002

2.00

21.0

0.09

29.01

73.3

0.40

2003

2.04

22.9

0.09

29.72

77.1

0.39

2004

2.18

24.3

0.09

32.53

83.6

0.39

2005

2.38

25.1

0.09

35.09

89.0

0.39

2006

2.29

24.9

0.09

35.65

92.7

0.38

2007

2.14

24.4

0.09

34.97

96.0

0.36

Notes:

1. Domestic aviation includes all departures from UK airports flying to another UK airport. International aviation includes all departures from a UK airport flying to a destination outside of the UK. These will carry both UK and foreign passengers.

2. The aviation CO2 emissions are derived from bunker fuel sales, which broadly equates to all departing aircraft (excluding military aircraft). Therefore the figures in the table do not reflect emissions from surface access nor emissions from airport buildings.

3. Emissions from freighter aircraft have been allocated to passengers in these illustrative figures.

4. The CO2 emissions do not account for non-CO2 climate change effects of aviation emissions.

Source:

Carbon dioxide emissions—AEA Energy and Environment/DECC.

Passengers—Civil Aviation Authority statistics.

The average CO2 per passenger figures in the table have been calculated by dividing total CO2 emissions from departing flights by the number of departing passengers. They do not therefore reflect a weighted average of emissions to account for the relative numbers of flights flying different trip lengths. The level of emissions per passenger will be affected by such factors as load factors, type of aircraft used and fuel efficiency changes.

Biofuels: Imports

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what percentage of biodiesel used in the UK was imported from the US in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (306975)

The Department does not hold information on biofuel supplied before the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) began in April 2008.

Provisional data from the Renewable Fuels Agency show that 38 per cent. of the biodiesel supplied for use in the UK in 2008-09 was reported as coming from the US.

Bus Services: Fares

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the percentage change in bus fares in (a) passenger transport executive areas, (b) other urban areas, (c) London and (d) other areas of England was from one year to the next in each year since 2007. (307039)

Figures are available for Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) areas and London, but it is not possible to separate other urban areas and other areas of England using published statistics. The available statistics are shown in the following table.

Year-on-year percentage change in bus fares index in England

Financial year

London

PTE areas1

Rest of England2

2006-07

8

1

-4

2007-08

5

6

5

2008-09

0

7

6

1 PTE areas are Tyne and Wear, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

2 The negative fares growth in the “Rest of England” in 2006-07 is largely a result of the introduction of the free local bus travel concession for older or disabled people in April 2006. This generally had a greater impact on fares structures outside of London and the PTE areas.

These percentage changes are calculated using the differences in the average of the bus fares index over each year. They therefore reflect the change from the average fare level in the previous year to the average fare level in the current year.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what formula is used to allocate national concessionary bus fare grants to local authorities. (307579)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) provides the majority of concessionary travel funding to local authorities through Formula Grant. This is a block grant, so it is not possible to say how much of this grant is provided for concessionary travel. Formula grant is largely distributed using the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the authority, together with the number of band-D equivalent properties within the authority's area.

The Department for Transport provides the remainder through a special grant. This is funding solely to cover the extra costs brought about by the improvement to the statutory minimum concession which gives free off-peak local bus travel England-wide from April 2008.

The special grant formula takes into account the eligible local population, bus patronage, overnight visitors and retail space. It is designed to direct funding towards areas of greater demand, such as coastal towns and urban centres.

The Government recognise that there are some issues around the distribution of special grant and that some Travel Concession Authorities have genuine funding problems, so we are now consulting on changes to the distribution of the special grant for 2010-11. The proposed revised distribution is based on an analysis of the actual additional costs incurred in 2008-09 as a result of the improved concession.

Bus Services: Yorkshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which bus companies his Department subsidises in Yorkshire; and how much funding it provided to each such company in each of the last 10 years. (307645)

The Government subsidise bus services in England through the Department’s bus service operators grant (BSOG) which is paid to operators of local bus services.

The following table shows BSOG payments made to bus operators in Yorkshire in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Data are not available for years prior to 2008-09.

£

Operator

2008-09

2009-10

Grand total

Abbey Travel

8,645

14,918

23,563

Acklams Coaches Ltd.

16,223

49,292

65,515

Andrews (Sheffield) Ltd.

1,094,361

823,279

1,917,640

Arriva Yorkshire Ltd.

2,307,938

1,873,074

4,181,012

Arriva Yorkshire North Ltd.

564,823

452,286

1,017,109

Arriva Yorkshire West Ltd.

2,042,380

1,551,754

3,594,134

As Coaches

3,317

2,884

6,201

Atkinson’s Coaches

2,345

2,343

4,688

Aydons Travel Services

996

996

B. L. Travel

55,300

51,193

106,493

B. Line Travel Ltd.

22,951

22,951

Barnsley and District Traction Co. Ltd.

180,517

119,566

300,083

Bibby’s of Ingleton

2,599

2,020

4,618

Botterills

915

549

1,464

Brecks International

3,988

2,640

6,628

Castle Coaches (Skipton)

5,044

3,506

8,550

Central Travel Sheffield Ltd.

9,799

18,462

28,261

City Travel Yorkshire Ltd.

13,245

26,330

39,575

Coastal and Country Coaches Ltd.

24,832

19,787

44,619

Darren Mayes T/A M. Travel

67,598

56,690

124,288

Denny’s Coaches

24,171

1,220

25,392

Dewhirst Coaches

1,206

1,206

Door to Door Bus Co.

5,516

5,516

E. Stott and Sons Ltd.

94,721

60,174

154,896

East Yorks Motor Services Ltd.

2,563,648

2,057,546

4,621,194

Eddie Brown Tours Ltd.

38

38

Esk Valley Coaches Ltd.

20

20

Expressway Coaches Ltd.

38,801

16,766

55,567

Fair Rider

57,757

57,757

First Halifax

2,027,006

1,448,793

3,475,798

First Huddersfield

1,392,889

1,079,992

2,472,881

First Leeds

6,708,944

5,012,644

11,721,588

First South Yorkshire Ltd.

8,479,453

6,457,669

14,937,122

First West Yorkshire Ltd.

2,990,381

1,868,643

4,859,024

First York (Rider York) Ltd.

1,616,168

1,043,766

2,659,934

Frank Poppleton and Co.

27,511

16,128

43,639

G. and R. Travel

476

476

G Abbott and Sons

121,246

163,095

284,341

Geldards Coaches Ltd.

42,054

48,681

90,735

Godson’s Coaches

3,594

6,986

10,580

H. Atkinson and Sons (Ingleby) Ltd.

1,497

1,142

2,639

Halifax Bus Co. Ltd.

81,295

86,612

167,907

Halifax Joint Committee

155,031

114,088

269,119

Harrogate and District Travel Ltd.

979,919

748,601

1,728,521

Harrogate Coach Travel

131,226

116,204

247,430

Harrogate District Community Transport Ltd.

36,378

24,635

61,012

Hodgson and Son

12,358

12,358

Horseless Carriage Services

38,233

29,099

67,331

Hutchinsons

103,195

53,188

156,383

J. J. Longstaff and Sons Ltd.

16,391

7,084

23,475

J. Motley and Son

2,165

1,697

3,862

J. S. Perry and Sons

7,366

7,366

Jacksons of Silsden 1988 Ltd.

14,274

8,408

22,681

John Rigby Travel

2,646

2,748

5,394

John Smith and Sons Ltd.

53,608

36,902

90,510

JRT

4,505

4,184

8,689

Keighley and District Travel Ltd.

899,593

622,817

1,522,410

Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Ltd.

54,111

49,681

103,792

Ladyline Services

8,927

3,845

12,772

Leven Valley Coaches

101,241

67,553

168,794

Linburg Touring Ltd.

25,656

32,075

57,731

Loonat Coaches Travel Ltd.

8,477

3,423

11,900

Lords Coaches

12,293

7,637

19,931

M. and D. Mini Coach Hire

3,525

3,525

Manor Travel

9,771

9,771

Morse Coaches

1,350

1,798

3,148

Mount Taxis

8,409

6,504

14,913

Northern Spirit Minicoaches

178

178

Pearsons Coaches

3,011

8,102

11,113

Pennine Motor Services Ltd.

80,139

67,330

147,470

Pioneer Travel

2,213

2,213

Powells Bus Co. Ltd.

151,779

133,298

285,077

Procters of Bedale

201,517

149,292

350,809

R. Drury Coaches

5,992

3,195

9,187

R. Handley and Sons Ltd.

6,128

3,545

9,673

Rackford Coaches

40

1,348

1,388

Rainbow Travel

2,373

1,584

3,958

Reliance Motor Services

62,061

59,752

121,813

Roaminey Travel

298

298

Ross Travel

47,449

40,334

87,783

Route 1 Travel Ltd.

8,525

8,525

Sheffield Community Transport

263,345

137,669

401,014

Shoreline Suncruisers

28,069

23,858

51,926

South Yorkshire Motors

34,487

34,487

South Yorkshire Rider Ltd.

6,238

30,614

36,851

Star Travel Holidays Ltd.

39,585

18,706

58,290

Stephensons of Easingwold Ltd.

291,389

233,532

524,921

Stringers Pontefract Motorways

15,430

15,480

30,910

Sunny Travel

25,819

10,553

36,371

Sweyne Coaches and Co

34,482

25,334

59,816

T. D. Travel

17,309

20,046

37,354

Tates Travel

18,347

49,788

68,135

Teamdeck Ltd. T/A K-Line

207,427

146,230

353,657

Tetley’s Motor Services Ltd.

1,732

2,011

3,744

Thornes Independent Ltd.

16,149

7,499

23,648

TLC Travel Ltd.

25,657

43,726

69,383

Top Line Travel of York Ltd.

25,183

25,183

Transdev York

85,698

123,445

209,143

Travel Master

8,251

8,251

Utopia Coaches

13,130

10,513

23,643

Veolia Transport

276,295

14,139

290,435

Wilfreda Luxury Coaches Ltd.

173,406

142,601

316,007

Woodside Continental Tours

8,111

10,003

18,114

York Pullman Bus Co.

29,025

66,844

95,869

Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd.

483,081

362,801

845,882

Yorkshire Traction Co. Ltd.

2,313,959

1,488,989

3,802,948

Grand total

40,379,539

29,865,385

70,244,924

Cars: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many cars with tailpipe carbon emissions below 110g/km were sold in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the number of such cars sold in each EU member state in each such year. (306965)

Data on carbon dioxide emissions per km (gCO2/km) from new cars registered in the UK are only available up to the year 2008. These data are published on the Department for Transport's website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/vehicles/licensing/

A total of 75,000 new cars with CO2 emissions under 110g CO2/km were registered in the UK in 2008. The Department does not collect any data on the number of similar cars registered in other EU member states.

Chief Executives: Pay

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what bonuses were paid to each agency chief executive within his responsibility in the last two years for which figures are available. (305948)

Information on the remuneration of individual agency chief executives in the Department for Transport is included in their agency's annual report and accounts. Copies of these are available in the Libraries of the House.

Dartford Crossing: Fees and Charges

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on the local residents' discount scheme for the Dartford Crossing. (306899)

From 1 August 2008 to 11 December 2009, the Department for Transport has received three items of ministerial correspondence specifically categorised as being about the local residents’ discount scheme for the Dartford crossing.

In addition the Highways Agency and their service providers have dealt with a further 108 e-mails, four letters, 15 inquiries to the Highways Agency information line, 14 telephone calls directly to staff at the Dartford crossing and three complaints in person from members of the public.

Departmental Computers

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance is issued to employees of his Department and its agencies on the use of work computers for personal tasks. (306704)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: Where the Department for Transport and its agencies allow staff to make use of work computers for personal tasks, advise and guidance is available via the intranet for all staff.

Staff are not permitted to make inappropriate use of departmental resources such as official time, materials, information and e-mail/internet system. Staff are advised to ensure that personal use does not place excessive demands on the Department’s ICT facilities so that business use is impaired.

Departmental Conferences

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference. (305860)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Office of Rail Regulations buildings attended by civil servants in that office there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. (307453)

Because of the format in which data about how the costs of such events are recorded, the total number of away days and conferences held outside Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) buildings is unavailable.

The independent Office of Rail Regulation only holds separate information on expenditure on away days and conferences since 2007. Any information prior to this date could only be retrieved and provided at disproportionate cost.

Since September 2007, the independent Office of Rail Regulation has spent the following on away days and conferences:

Table 1

Financial year

Away days expenditure (£)

Conference expenditure (£)

2007-081

28,027.31

20,115.95

2008-09

16,667.53

59,427.44

2009-102

25,828.71

25,601.40

1 From September 2007 (when ORR moved to a new accounting system).

2 From April to November 2009.

Departmental Publicity

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. (305525)

During the last three financial calendar years for which figures are available, nothing was spent by the Department for Transport on ministerial photoshoots.

The Department has spent the following amounts on the production of videos in which Ministers appear: £2,752 in 2007-08 and £1,117 in 2008-09. The Department has not retained the figures for 2006-07.

Departmental Training

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department’s civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants attended each course; and what the total cost to the public purse was of each course. (305892)

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what percentage of Parliamentary Questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day. (307529)

In Session 2008-09 the Department responded to 669 (72.7 per cent.) of named day parliamentary questions on the due date.

Central guidance on answering parliamentary questions is now available in the ‘Guide to Parliamentary Work’, at

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/parliamentary-clerk-guide.aspx

In the response to the Procedure Committee Report on written parliamentary questions, the Government accepted the Committee’s recommendation that Departments be required to provide the Procedure Committee with sessional statistics in a standard format on the time taken to respond to written parliamentary questions, accompanied by an explanatory memorandum setting out any factors affecting their performance. This will be taken forward as soon as possible.

Driving: Research

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned comparing the risks associated with drink driving with those associated with driving while using a hand-held mobile telephone. (307765)

The Department for Transport has neither undertaken nor commissioned any research on this question.

Ferries: Safety

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what checks are in place to ensure that ferries servicing British ports do not sail with a dangerous load distribution. (306961)

The Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and Other Cargo) Regulations 1988, as amended, require the owners of roll-on/roll-off passenger ships on short international voyages operating from United Kingdom ports to ensure that, with the exception of buses, all goods and other vehicles with an actual or maximum gross weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes, and any cargo items exceeding 7.5 tonnes, are individually weighed before loading. Those weights are then used to calculate the stability of the ship.

As part of the regular survey of UK registered ships and inspections of foreign ships operating out of UK ports, marine surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency may verify that the information required by the Merchant Shipping (Weighing of Goods Vehicles and Other Cargo) Regulations 1988 is supplied.

Heathrow Airport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what criteria apply in the determination of planning applications for a third runway at Heathrow airport. (307141)

Any proposal for a third runway at Heathrow airport would be likely to meet the threshold for a nationally significant infrastructure project under the Planning Act 2008. The Government's intention is to switch on the new planning regime for transport infrastructure from 1 March 2010, and any application made after that date for a new runway caught by the threshold would be considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). Section 104 of the Act sets out the factors to which the IPC must have regard when determining an application. In the absence of a designated national policy statement at the point of decision, the application would be determined by the Secretary of State, based on a recommendation by the IPC.

Heathrow Airport: Air Traffic

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many short-haul flights landed at Heathrow airport in 2008, broken down by (a) internal and (b) near-Europe flights. (306976)

The number of internal (UK domestic) flights that landed at Heathrow in 2008 was 30,000.

The number of near-Europe (short-haul international) flights that landed at Heathrow in 2008 was 118,000. Short-haul international flights include: EU-27 countries, Norway, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Turkey and Former Yugoslavia.

Humber Bridge: Tolls

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact of freezing the levels of Humber Bridge tolls on (a) businesses, (b) jobs and (c) inward investment in the Yorkshire and Humber region; (306306)

(2) what his reasons were for rejecting proposed increases in toll charges on the Humber Bridge in 2010.

The decision not to accept the 2009 toll increase was taken in the context of the Government doing everything they can to protect communities and businesses from the economic downturn and to assist economic recovery.

We are undertaking a Department for Transport appraisal of the reports commissioned by the relevant local authorities in relation to the economic impact of the Humber Bridge tolls on the region.

Humberside Road Safety Partnership

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many people the Humberside Road Safety Partnership employed (a) in each year since its establishment and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. (307253)

This information is not held by the Department for Transport; however, the partnership itself may be able to supply the information requested.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department provided for the Humberside Road Safety Partnership (a) in each year since its inception and (b) in 2009-10 to date. (307256)

The Humberside Road Safety partnership has received the following net funding since its inception:

Net funding (£)

2003-04

2,367,151

2004-05

2,181,397

2005-06

2,406,449

2006-07

2,103,015

Further details of this funding can be found on the Department for Transport (DfT) website

www.dft.gov.uk

For 2007-08 onwards the Department has not provided funding directly to the partnership. Instead it provides funding to the local highway authorities within Humberside and they decide about how to spend that funding, including for the Humberside partnership. Information about this funding is also on the DfT website in the form of letters to authorities.

Lorries

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many miles UK and foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on UK (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads in the last 12 months for which figures are available; (306643)

(2) how many miles UK and foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on all UK roads in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: Statistics for miles travelled by UK and Foreign heavy good vehicles are not available for travel on UK roads. Figures are available for travel on roads in Great Britain.

Heavy goods vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) travelled 17.8 billion vehicle miles on all roads in Great Britain in 2008, of which 7.5 billion vehicle miles were on motorways and 3.8 billion miles were on trunk roads.

In 2008, 3.5 per cent. of all HGV traffic in Great Britain was estimated to be driven by foreign registered vehicles.

The estimated miles travelled by UK and foreign registered heavy goods vehicles and road class is shown in the following table.

Billion vehicle miles

Registered heavy goods vehicles

UK

Foreign

Total

All roads

17.2

0.6

17.8

Of which:

Motorways

7.2

0.3

7.5

Trunk roads1

3.7

0.1

3.8

1 The estimate of foreign registered heavy goods vehicles on trunk roads is calculated from the proportion of foreign registered HGVs on all A roads, which includes principle roads and trunk roads.

Sources:

Traffic—National Road Traffic Survey

Registration—Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion survey (June 2008)

Lorries: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) major injuries were caused in 2008-09 by objects from unsecured freight vehicle loads falling off vehicles. (306967)

In 2008 there were two deaths and 22 serious injuries in reported personal injury road accidents involving a dislodged vehicle load in the carriageway. It is not known what types of vehicles the loads came from. This does not include cases where a dislodged vehicle load was in the carriageway as a result of a previous accident.

Lorries: Safety

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport in what circumstances heavy goods vehicles registered outside the UK are permitted to enter the UK where the weight and axle arrangements are such that they would not be permitted for UK-registered vehicles. (306963)

Heavy goods vehicles registered outside the UK are not permitted to enter the UK with axle or gross weights exceeding those permitted for UK registered vehicles.

Motor Vehicles: Sales

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) low carbon road vehicles and (b) road vehicles were sold in the UK in each of the last five years. (306946)

Data on new vehicle registrations in the UK are collected by the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency). Table 1 shows the number of new vehicle registrations in the UK from 2004 to 2008. These data are published on the Department for Transport’s website which can be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/vehicles/licensing/

Table 1: Motor vehicles registered for the first time, 2004 to 2008

Thousands

Cars

Motorcycles

Vans

HGVs

Buses & coaches

Other

Total

2004

2,599

137

341

53

13

42

3,185

2005

2,443

136

330

57

13

43

3,021

2006

2,340

135

328

54

12

43

2,914

2007

2,390

146

340

47

12

61

2,997

2008

2,112

142

291

53

12

63

2,672

Data on the C02 emissions from most road vehicles are not available. However, since 2001, DVLA has collected data on the C02 emissions (gC02/km) of new cars registered in accordance with EU Decision 1753/2000/EC. There is no precise definition of a low carbon vehicle. Table 2 shows the number of new cars registered in the UK over the last five years with C02 emissions below 120gCO2/km. These cars have significantly lower C02 emissions than the average for newly registered cars in 2008 of 158gC02/km and have risen as a share of all newly registered cars from 3 per cent. in 2004 to 11 per cent. in 2008.

Table 2: Cars registered for the first time by gC02/km, 2004 to 2008

Thousands

Cars below 120gCO2/km

Cars above 120gCO2/km

Unknown

Total

Cars below 120g as a percentage of total

2004

79

2,443

77

2,599

3

2005

75

2,311

57

2,443

3

2006

106

2,190

45

2,340

5

2007

131

2,221

38

2,390

5

2008

227

1,857

28

2,112

11

Railways: Fares

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what role his Department has in defining peak and off-peak times in respect of the calculation of rail fares. (303922)

The Department for Transport ensures that the maximum restrictions that may be placed on the validity of regulated off-peak fares are protected through provisions in franchise agreements.

Where commuter fares are regulated, the peak fares are regulated within the maximum restriction set by the Department, but it is possible for the start of the off-peak to be defined by operators as earlier than the maximum.

In London on oyster pay-as-you-go (PAYG) the off-peak has been agreed with Transport for London and is captured in the PAYG agreement.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many deaths there were in motor accidents in which a contributory factor was (a) consumption of illegal drugs, (b) consumption of alcohol and (c) tiredness of the driver during December in each year since 1997. (306973)

Information about contributory factors to road accidents has been collected since 2005. The information requested is shown for each year since then in the following table:

Fatalities in road accidents in December with selected contributory factors reported1: GB 2005-2008

Contributory factor reported in accident

(a) Impaired by alcohol

(b) Impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)

(c) Fatigue

2005

38

5

13

2006

36

10

7

2007

20

5

3

2008

16

4

3

1 Includes accidents where the police attended the scene and reported a contributory factor.

Contributory factors reflect the police officer’s opinion at the time of reporting, and where some factors may have contributed to the cause of an accident it may be difficult for a police officer attending the scene after the accident to identify them, so these factors may be underreported. Not all reported road accidents are included in the contributory factor analysis, only those where a police officer attended the scene and at least one contributory factor was reported.

Roads: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the average level of carbon dioxide emitted per mile driven was for road traffic in the latest year for which figures are available; what information he holds for benchmarking purposes on such levels in each (a) EU and (b) G8 country in that year; and if he will make a statement. (306970)

The Department for Transport publishes estimates of road traffic and CO2 emissions from road transport in “Transport Statistics Great Britain”. The latest edition can be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/tsgb

This data can be used to provide an estimate of the average level of carbon dioxide per mile for road traffic. For 2007, the latest year for which data are available, this figure is 379gCO2/mile.

“Transport Statistics Great Britain” does include similar data for road traffic and CO2 emissions for other EU-27 and some G8 countries, but the road traffic and CO2 emissions data are not held for the same year and so a similar calculation of average CO2 per mile can not be made.

Roads: Freight

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the annual movement of freight by road in billion tonne miles was in each year since 1997. (306966)

Domestic road freight transport performed by GB-registered vehicles is available in Table 4.1 in the publication ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2009 Edition’. This is available on the DFT website at the following link:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/tsgb/2009edition/

This table does not include the activity of foreign registered vehicles as this is not centrally collected.

A summary is provided as follows:

Domestic freight transport by road, Great Britain

Goods moved(billion tonne kilometres)

1997

157

1998

160

1999

158

2000

159

2001

159

2002

159

2003

162

2004

163

2005

163

2006

167

2007

173

2008

163

Scientists

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many times the Secretary of State has met (a) the Government chief scientific adviser and (b) his Department’s chief scientific adviser in the course of his official duties in the last 12 months. (303912)

The current Secretary of State met the Government chief scientific adviser on several occasions in his former role as Minister of State through their joint attendance of the Cabinet Committee for Science and Innovation.

The then Secretary of State met the Department’s chief scientific adviser on the 28 April 2009. In his former role as Minister of State, the current Secretary of State met the Department’s chief scientific adviser five times in the last 12 months in the course of his official duties and has regular informal discussions with him in the margins of meetings and events.

Severn Bridge: Tolls

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Severn River Crossing plc on toll charges in 2010. (306304)

While I have not had any discussions with Severn River Crossing plc (SRC) about toll charges for next year, officials for the Department for Transport have. As required under the Severn Bridges Act 1992, it is necessary to review toll levels each year in line with the retail price index. Departmental officials have corresponded with SRC in relation to the calculation of the toll levels following publication of the September RPI figure, as well as the reintroduction of the 17.5 per cent. VAT rate.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the level of toll charges on the Severn Crossing. (306305)

I have had no discussions with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Ministers on the level of tolls on the Severn Crossings. Department for Transport officials do have regular contact with staff from the WAG on various matters concerning the Severn River Crossings as part of normal Highways Agency operations.

Transport: Autism

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department is developing a strategy for improving access to transport for people with autism. (307320)

The Department for Transport is aware that people with sensory sensitivities or who find it difficult to manage in crowds may also find difficulty in accessing transport. The Department will therefore be contributing to the design and delivery of the Government's Strategy for adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs).

The Department has already contributed to the Department of Health's Valuing People Now (VPN) strategy. A key feature for transport within the VPN strategy is travel training which helps to instil confidence in people to use public transport. We are looking at how best to encourage more travel training schemes across the country tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of people, including those with ASCs.

Transport: Carbon Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector were in each year since 2000, broken down by mode of transport; and what measures he has in place to reduce those emissions. (306974)

The transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by mode and year up to 2007 are available in our transport statistics publication (Transport Statistics Great Britain 2009—table 3.7):

Million tonnes of carbon dioxide

(a) By IPCC source category (NAEI)1

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Transport:

Road transport

116.1

116.1

118.5

118.3

119.5

120

120.4

121.6

Passenger cars

77.6

77.3

78.8

77.4

78.1

77.5

77

76.8

Light duty vehicles

11.1

10.9

11.5

11.6

12.3

13.8

14

14.5

Buses

2.4

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.7

2.8

3

HGVs

24.2

24.7

24.8

25.7

25.4

24.8

25.4

26.3

Mopeds and motorcycles

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.6

LPG emissions (all vehicles)

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

Other (road vehicle engines)

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Other transport

7.3

6.9

6.5

8.2

8.4

9.1

10.4

9.7

Civil aviation

1.9

2

2

2

2.2

2.4

2.3

2.1

Railways2

1.8

1.9

1.9

2

2.1

2.1

2.2

2.2

National navigation

3.1

2.6

2.2

3.7

3.7

4.2

5.5

4.9

Other (aircraft support vehicles)

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

Total domestic transport

123.4

123

125

126.4

127.8

129.1

130.8

131.4

1 Source categories relate directly to the vehicle or other piece of equipment producing the emission.

2 Railway emissions are those from diesel trains only.

Note:

Data are presented as the weight of carbon dioxide emitted. UK national emission estimates are updated annually and any developments in methodology are applied retrospectively to earlier years.

Source:

AEA Energy and Environment/DECC

The measures set out in “Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future”, (July 2009) the Department’s carbon reduction strategy, mean that transport will make a major contribution to meeting the Government’s carbon reduction commitments.

There are three central themes to the carbon reduction strategy: supporting a shift to new technologies and fuels; promoting lower carbon choices and using market mechanisms to encourage a shift to lower carbon transport.

In the strategy we made a commitment to publish an implementation plan in spring 2010. The plan will set out the details of our delivery milestones and the mechanisms through which we will monitor progress.

Waterloo Station

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the platforms formerly used for Eurostar services to Waterloo to come back into use. (300345)

[holding answer 23 November 2009]: Network Rail has been instructed by the Office of Rail Regulation to undertake the works necessary for Waterloo international station to be used by domestic train services from December 2011.

Culture, Media and Sport

AS Biss: Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the Olympic Delivery Authority has made to Mandate/AS Biss in the last 12 months; for what purpose; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract under which such payments have been made. (305137)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided by the Minister for the Olympics on 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 641W.

Chief Information Officer

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what pay band his Department's Chief Information Officer (CIO) is employed; whether the CIO is employed on a fixed-term or permanent contract; and what the size is of the budget for which the CIO is responsible in the period 2009-10. (307569)

The Department's current Chief Information Officer (CIO) is a Deputy Director (Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1), is employed on a permanent contract and for 2009--10 is responsible for a budget of £5.2 million.

Departmental Billing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. (307954)

In October 2008 the Prime Minister announced that all central Government Departments will pay valid invoices within 10 (working) days.

The Department’s performance for payment of invoices in each month since November 2008 against this commitment is set out in the table. There was no requirement to gather and maintain data on this basis prior to November 2008. To provide this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Number of invoices paid

Percentage of invoices paid within 10 working days

November 2008

454

43

December 2008

492

77

January 2009

410

80

February 2009

434

87

March 2009

538

88

April 2009

437

87

May 2009

355

85

June 2009

407

84

July 2009

633

91

August 2009

506

94

September 2009

512

91

October 2009

553

95

November 2009

562

94

Gambling Commission: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Gambling Commission on increases to its efficiency. (305120)

My most recent meeting with the chair and chief executive of the Gambling Commission was held on 18 November where we discussed a range of issues relating to gambling regulation, including the Gambling Commission’s costs and priorities.

Horserace Totalisator Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the monetary value was of funds held by the Tote in unpaid winnings in each of the last 10 years. (307407)

The Tote has advised that gross figures for uncollected winnings recorded at the relevant financial year ends are:

Financial year

Total dividends unclaimed (£)

2009

1,041,131

2008

1,169,293

2007

1,033,620

2006

1,069,281

2005

943,604

2004

968,536

2003

858,503

2002

746,833

2001

667,401

For winning Tote pool bets that are uncollected, the liability to pay the winning ticket holder remains with the Tote as a contractual debt for six years (until a claim is time barred under the statute of limitations).

Accounting policies allow these unpaid dividends, less a provision based on the Tote's experience of likely volumes of late claims, to be counted into the Tote pool's yearly profit. This is, in turn, entirely paid through to Racing within the Tote's “Contribution to Racing” that is described in the Tote's annual report and accounts.

Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding for (a) the arts, (b) heritage, (c) active leisure and (d) museums (i) his Department and (ii) each publicly-funded body within his Department’s responsibility has provided for (A) England, (B) the South West Region and (C) each local authority area within the South West Region from 1997 to 2009. (307366)

My Department does not hold the information in the format requested, however, it holds information on cultural recreational and sporting services by region as shown in the following table. These figures were published by HM Treasury in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis (PESA).

£ million

Cultural services

Recreational and sporting services

England

South West

England

South West

2003-04

858.2

77.7

131.7

6.8

2004-05

822.0

91.4

160.7

9.4

2005-06

880.0

80.6

129.3

3.9

2006-071

1,326.6

153.7

327.9

28.0

2007-08

1,240.5

123.0

331.9

27.1

1 In 2006-07 HM Treasury adopted a functional analysis based on the United Nations Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG). This means that lottery spending is allocated to specific areas of spend when it was previously recorded as a separate line.

Information for previous years is not available on a consistent basis.

Sports: Leeds

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of sports centres in Leeds city area. (306978)

Through Sport England, our non-departmental public body with responsibility for community sport, we provide a range of facilities and planning services that are designed to develop strategic planning for sports facilities across England. Sport England ensures that the development of new sports facilities is underpinned by a robust needs and evidence base.

Sport England also aim to improve facility design and modernisation to raise standards across the sector, with a series of detailed design guidance notes.

From 2002-03 to the first six months of 2009-10 the total value of capital awards to Leeds was £731,464. This includes two awards to modernise swimming facilities within Leeds through the Free Swimming programme, and awards made to six projects to develop community clubs.

From 1994-95 to the first six months of 2009/20-10 the total value of capital awards to Leeds was £13,611,140.

Sports: Obesity

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage participation in sport in order to reduce levels of obesity. (306980)

My Department is promoting sport for people of all ages and backgrounds, both as something enjoyable and worthwhile in itself and as something that has a vital role to play in tackling obesity. This is why we are working to get one million more people doing more sport, as part of a wider joint target with the Department of Health to get two million more people more physically active.

In addition, through the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People as part of Olympic PSA 22, we are creating a world-class system of PE and sport aiming to offer all young people five hours per week of PE and sport.

The strategy is jointly owned by DCMS and DCSF, and delivered by Sport England (community sport), and the Youth Sport Trust (school sport) through the network of 450 School Sport Partnerships.

In 2002 an estimated one in four children aged five to 16 were doing two hours of high quality PE and school sport each week; following £1.5 billion investment in 2003-08, 90 per cent. of pupils now do at least two hours in a typical week.

The strategy links closely with other cross-Government policies and investment, notably Change4Life, active play, combating childhood obesity, and Positive Activities for Young People.

Another example of our drive to reduce levels of obesity is the free swimming initiative whereby Departments across Government—DCMS, and the DH; Work and Pensions; Children, Schools and Families; and Communities and Local Government—joined together to provide a £140 million funding pot.

Our aim is that this provision, for over 60s and under 16s, should contribute to reducing levels of obesity and bring long-term benefits to health and well-being.

Television: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to enable British troops serving in Afghanistan to claim a rebate on their television licence fee for the time they are serving away from home. (307740)

Provision exists in the current legislation for refunds in certain circumstances. The interpretation and enforcement of the legislation on television licensing is a matter for the BBC.

Children, Schools and Families

Children: Day Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) three and (b) four years old are receiving 15 hours a week of free nursery education in Hampstead and Highgate constituency. (304127)

Latest available data as at January 2009 show there are no three and four year old children receiving 15 hours a week of free nursery education in Hampstead and Highgate constituency.

Currently, all three and four year old children are entitled to 12.5 hours of free early education a week for 38 weeks per year. Since September 2009, all local authorities have been delivering an extended offer of 15 funded hours a week to their 25 per cent. most disadvantaged three and four year olds. This is in addition to 34 pathfinder local authorities already delivering an extended offer of 15 hours a week to all children in their area. Camden local authority, in which the Hampstead and Highgate constituency falls, is not one of the pathfinders.

From September 2010 all eligible three and four year old children will be entitled to 15 hours a week free provision over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year offered on a more flexible basis to better meet families' needs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places were provided in Leeds West constituency since 1997. (306939)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare providers are based in Barnsley East and Mexborough constituency. (307162)

Information on the number of registered childcare providers and places is not available below local authority level.

Co-operative Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assistance his Department is providing for the expansion of the co-operative schools network; by what mechanism schools become co-operative schools; and what target he has set for the number of co-operative schools. (307656)

A pilot of co-operative trust schools involving up to 100 schools was announced on 11 September 2008. The pilot provides up to an additional £5,000 for each school seeking to become a co-operative trust school (above and beyond the usual £10,000 support funding currently available for schools seeking trust status) to fund consultancy services, training and support to develop the membership model. The pilot will run for two years. The Secretary of State announced an aspiration of up to 200 co-operative schools at the co-operative conference on 11 September 2009.

The pilot is testing a particular model of trust school and any individual or organisation seeking to develop a co-operative membership trust is welcome to participate once we are satisfied of their ability of running a membership model. It is for the Governing Body of a school to decide whether or not trust status is right for the school, however, to access the support funding and advice and guidance on the technical processes around acquiring a trust, schools can submit an expression of interest to the Trust Schools programme. It is also possible for an academy to be established using the co-operative model.

Earlier this year, the Department published “Co-Operative Schools—Making a Difference”, which marks the first time we have produced a guide on co-operative schools. It shows the wide range of ways that schools can embed co-operative values into the ethos through a range of schools models and offers practical advice on how schools can do this, and the support available.

The Department is working with the Co-operative Group and college to set up a network to support and develop co-operative trust schools, academies and other educational institutions and is providing £25,000 of funding to help establish the new network.

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Minister of State for Further Education plans to reply to the letters of 7 August 2009 from the Director General of the Alliance against intellectual property theft and the Chief Executive of the Trading Standards Institute on intellectual property. (302092)

Departmental Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he last travelled by (a) bus and (b) taxi in the course of his official duties. (302729)

The Secretary of State last travelled by taxi in the course of his official duties on 8 December. We do not have any records of travel by bus in the course of official duties, but his last journey by London underground in the course of official duties was on 26 November.

Scotland

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2008-09. (301843)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what redesigns of websites held by his Department have taken place since 27 June 2007; what the cost to the public purse was of each redesign; and when each redesign was conducted. (305953)

The Scotland Office and the Office of the Advocate-General jointly tendered for the redevelopment of both their websites in 2008. We went through a competitive tendering process following the principles of Government procurement. The cost for both websites was £12,880 plus VAT.

The redevelopment of the sites includes a comprehensive in-house content management system which represents considerable value for money and costs savings for both offices, both now and in the future.

Solicitor-General

Crown Prosecution Service

To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices spent on expenses for witnesses in cases that were adjourned or abandoned in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (305415)

The Crown Prosecution Service does not maintain records of the value of witness expense payments by reference to case outcomes. It is unable to say, therefore, how much it spent on witness expenses in relation to cases which were subsequently adjourned or abandoned.

The CPS can report on total expenditure on ordinary professional and foreign witness expenses by CPS area for each of the last five financial years, and separately on the proportion of cracked and ineffective trials by CPS Area for each of the last five years.

Cracked and ineffective trials are cases listed by the court for trial in which witnesses are warned to attend court, but are not required to give evidence because the defendant pleaded guilty, or the prosecution offered no evidence, (cracked trial); or the trial had to be adjourned to another day, (ineffective trial).

Comparative 42 area and national CPS data showing witness expenses payments and cracked and ineffective trials can be found at tables A, B and C:

Annex A: Witness payments by area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

161,735

154,790

152,826

154,381

151,857

Bedfordshire

62,688

60,767

59,834

60,882

58,944

Cambridgeshire

57,098

91,647

73,968

68,945

76,857

Cheshire

75,923

89,850

116,899

115,003

74,672

Cleveland

51,912

58,785

73,607

65,072

66,873

Cumbria

86,839

94,544

74,918

65,186

88,433

Derbyshire

82,518

96,680

96,556

97,859

96,896

Devon and Cornwall

182,357

179,281

182,240

186,434

181,038

Dorset

81,685

115,535

109,392

93,680

101,403

Durham

54,782

57,663

59,852

49,282

64,122

Dyfed Powys

88,244

53,425

61,911

55,578

68,958

Essex

164,399

178,360

173,793

164,068

162,462

Gloucestershire

35,226

50,948

63,573

65,438

56,492

Greater Manchester

340,489

336,375

309,436

347,801

280,822

Gwent

57,216

75,472

77,198

62,395

67,611

Hampshire & IOW

270,647

355,228

262,519

248,398

231,836

Hertfordshire

99,348

112,582

118,130

130,663

110,828

Humberside

91,940

89,591

99,345

91,262

92,252

Kent

161,322

178,723

188,318

204,977

204,224

Lancashire

171,606

265,853

269,389

238,051

197,133

Leicestershire

81,300

83,409

102,085

107,644

117,610

Lincolnshire

64,004

59,369

75,120

60,090

75,467

Merseyside

225,958

183,951

163,985

136,265

136,983

London

1,289,313

1,195,844

1,155,724

968,402

1,148,358

Norfolk

72,125

70,500

88,715

67,385

70,851

Northamptonshire

64,726

61,874

74,671

64,166

50,550

Northumbria

125,870

125,049

126,764

122,639

141,545

North Wales

77,416

70,965

70,000

75,952

77,100

North Yorkshire

75,433

99,594

107,389

101,672

100,909

Nottinghamshire

87,941

102,373

67,833

72,448

74,949

South Wales

124,533

145,881

175,757

171,414

128,652

South Yorkshire

117,978

118,414

116,617

133,689

129,768

Staffordshire

113,829

115,183

107,580

134,750

122,413

Suffolk

62,700

55,556

71,265

56,938

48,535

Surrey

91,695

95,492

124,889

107,458

111,429

Sussex

238,724

233,338

235,824

236,421

239,283

Thames Valley

185,776

184,214

189,134

217,242

207,176

Warwickshire

20,466

32,222

28,406

27,779

26,370

West Mercia

124,567

145,649

139,319

127,469

117,289

West Midlands

336,274

489,112

315,133

324,829

330,939

West Yorkshire

245,659

228,092

189,708

213,611

230,751

Wiltshire

41,145

43,497

54,600

52,582

47,896

Organised Crime Division

52,777

57,568

35,213

25,144

48,672

Special Crime Division

51,325

111,152

48,122

83,501

55,576

Counter Terrorism Division

23,316

48,683

19,495

34,982

37,269

Fraud Prosecution Division

427

13,212

49,990

81,550

Total

6,372,823

6,853,508

6,520,265

6,339,817

6,391,600

Table B: Crown court—cracked and ineffective trials

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

312

35

148

16

116

20

61

10

191

29

110

17

Bedfordshire

226

43

100

19

79

26

29

10

162

38

64

15

Cambridgeshire

125

34

47

13

89

26

35

10

127

32

53

13

Cheshire

184

35

78

15

125

26

46

10

210

35

78

13

Cleveland

504

55

156

17

312

48

103

16

557

58

137

14

Cumbria

108

34

51

16

71

30

28

12

135

43

39

12

Derbyshire

275

45

123

20

151

38

66

17

204

45

46

10

Devon and Cornwall

171

31

61

11

79

20

27

7

122

26

40

9

Dorset

57

22

22

8

38

14

13

5

93

25

17

5

Durham

158

51

38

12

144

48

28

9

203

52

54

14

Dyfed Powys

12

8

2

1

4

3

1

1

25

15

7

4

Essex

349

32

243

22

190

26

63

9

331

38

101

12

Gloucestershire

63

39

16

10

33

23

16

11

53

32

26

16

Greater Manchester

1,867

52

545

15

845

41

219

11

1,283

49

334

13

Gwent

87

28

18

6

0

0

0

0

Hampshire and IOW

436

31

222

16

209

19

111

10

322

31

116

11

Hertfordshire

138

26

77

15

111

22

45

9

133

29

60

13

Humberside

407

58

78

11

267

54

26

5

375

63

39

7

Kent

307

29

193

18

165

20

66

8

284

30

155

16

Lancashire

664

48

254

18

333

38

104

12

609

51

178

15

Leicestershire

236

40

113

19

169

35

56

12

263

46

84

15

Lincolnshire

117

40

39

13

52

26

23

12

60

30

14

7

London

2,790

27

1,737

17

1,407

19

732

10

2,564

29

1,202

13

Merseyside

852

47

245

14

411

35

94

8

800

49

201

12

Norfolk

99

33

38

13

69

28

27

11

108

34

33

10

Northamptonshire

115

39

29

10

62

32

6

3

76

35

9

4

Northumbria

612

55

181

16

392

50

100

13

661

58

185

16

North Wales

68

32

25

12

51

23

14

6

125

40

23

7

North Yorkshire

127

36

65

19

100

33

26

9

141

41

31

9

Nottinghamshire

237

39

86

14

169

35

46

9

247

46

49

9

South Wales

506

43

148

13

243

31

77

10

399

41

130

13

South Yorkshire

625

54

152

13

334

46

71

10

557

60

97

10

Staffordshire

307

50

62

10

146

35

34

8

250

43

64

11

Suffolk

66

25

25

9

31

16

7

4

75

25

21

7

Surrey

95

29

57

17

56

21

27

10

97

27

42

12

Sussex

331

35

125

13

161

23

51

7

361

35

139

13

Thames Valley

244

28

107

12

152

20

80

11

307

31

127

13

Warwickshire

183

66

56

20

74

53

15

11

107

58

33

18

West Mercia

238

45

74

14

171

40

32

8

200

43

51

11

West Midlands

1,544

45

649

19

564

33

138

8

1,080

47

193

8

West Yorkshire

1,325

50

427

16

461

40

113

10

641

50

179

14

Wiltshire

57

36

11

7

23

14

17

10

78

38

20

10

England and Wales

17,224

39

6,923

16

8,659

29

2,873

10

14,616

39

4,581

12

2007-082008-09

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

211

31

94

14

237

36

96

15

Bedfordshire

140

30

64

14

105

34

29

9

Cambridgeshire

147

35

38

9

204

35

77

13

Cheshire

104

40

31

12

79

37

17

8

Cleveland

532

57

128

14

572

59

111

11

Cumbria

149

56

31

12

133

47

44

16

Derbyshire

205

48

58

14

200

46

52

12

Devon and Cornwall

130

28

39

8

150

33

25

6

Dorset

82

33

14

6

82

33

12

5

Durham

236

64

49

13

203

69

32

11

Dyfed Powys

51

32

8

5

33

35

5

5

Essex

374

40

89

10

278

38

61

8

Gloucestershire

66

38

16

9

63

36

27

15

Greater Manchester

1,274

52

260

11

1,038

52

195

10

Gwent

0

0

0

0

Hampshire and IOW

363

34

110

10

341

36

84

9

Hertfordshire

183

35

90

17

102

30

54

16

Humberside

369

60

52

8

364

65

30

5

Kent

321

32

154

15

180

26

97

14

Lancashire

514

53

143

15

548

55

143

14

Leicestershire

220

46

75

16

196

44

75

17

Lincolnshire

76

36

31

15

80

39

22

11

London

2,916

32

1,264

14

2,655

30

1,347

15

Merseyside

768

51

139

9

668

52

113

9

Norfolk

111

43

16

6

94

43

22

10

Northamptonshire

111

46

11

5

110

51

8

4

Northumbria

743

66

152

13

611

64

112

12

North Wales

99

36

20

7

74

33

11

5

North Yorkshire

151

53

26

9

103

42

39

16

Nottinghamshire

250

46

66

12

195

42

54

12

South Wales

468

41

91

8

518

43

104

9

South Yorkshire

550

60

97

11

512

60

106

12

Staffordshire

239

45

50

9

188

40

41

9

Suffolk

77

30

19

7

68

29

23

10

Surrey

90

27

43

13

80

27

42

14

Sussex

379

39

153

16

357

37

135

14

Thames Valley

318

32

125

13

341

34

153

15

Warwickshire

99

52

13

7

71

42

15

9

West Mercia

183

47

24

6

139

43

19

6

West Midlands

903

45

171

8

717

42

129

8

West Yorkshire

725

49

221

15

785

48

233

14

Wiltshire

61

38

17

11

78

41

16

8

England and Wales

14,988

42

4,292

12

13,552

41

4,010

12

Table C: Magistrates courts—cracked and ineffective trials

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

815

28

476

16

951

31

508

17

870

30

379

13

Bedfordshire

761

37

676

33

790

33

600

25

629

30

432

21

Cambridgeshire

493

36

230

17

576

35

263

16

642

37

260

15

Cheshire

1,061

40

474

18

1,241

40

581

19

1,625

42

630

16

Cleveland

943

39

514

21

821

36

401

17

847

36

450

19

Cumbria

640

41

256

16

645

39

289

17

624

37

281

17

Derbyshire

1,548

38

1,123

27

1,620

37

1,293

29

1,427

37

847

22

Devon and Cornwall

870

29

592

20

789

27

584

20

729

31

398

17

Dorset

466

34

292

21

503

30

355

22

576

31

445

24

Durham

476

31

411

27

532

35

332

22

677

43

275

18

Dyfed Powys

307

28

192

17

227

22

141

14

274

22

157

13

Essex

1,336

35

805

21

1,343

32

928

22

1,400

32

933

21

Gloucestershire

315

37

201

24

387

35

253

23

623

33

511

27

Greater Manchester

5,475

43

2,582

20

5,044

41

2,224

18

4,765

42

1,766

15

Gwent

683

38

432

24

597

32

377

20

616

35

416

24

Hampshire and IOW

2,570

35

1,917

26

1,979

34

1,225

21

1,594

33

874

18

Hertfordshire

1,481

39

922

24

2,022

38

1,285

24

1,692

33

1,170

23

Humberside

1,059

44

464

19

857

41

331

16

876

43

303

15

Kent

1,486

31

1,111

24

1,518

31

1,085

22

1,580

32

1,065

22

Lancashire

2,415

46

1,283

24

2,777

44

1,238

20

3,334

45

1,430

19

Leicestershire

1,424

41

906

26

1,539

43

838

24

1,582

45

728

21

Lincolnshire

630

35

424

24

672

36

410

22

618

33

335

18

London

12,053

32

11,922

32

11,898

34

8,628

25

11,778

36

6,508

20

Merseyside

3,362

42

2,170

27

2,770

43

1,205

19

2,341

47

837

17

Norfolk

508

32

310

19

503

30

276

17

573

30

268

14

Northamptonshire

740

35

443

21

778

38

255

13

938

36

348

13

Northumbria

2,369

38

1,556

25

2,236

36

1,455

24

2,677

42

1,382

22

North Wales

877

37

411

17

908

37

312

13

871

37

327

14

North Yorkshire

599

43

254

18

645

40

306

19

465

35

215

16

Nottinghamshire

1,980

40

1,306

26

1,771

36

1,322

27

1,518

38

969

24

South Wales

2,429

45

1,014

19

2,247

44

772

15

1,755

43

557

13

South Yorkshire

1,114

33

802

24

1,040

30

577

17

1,233

35

534

15

Staffordshire

1,708

40

849

20

1,427

39

655

18

1,469

35

872

21

Suffolk

368

30

184

15

303

27

132

12

256

26

104

10

Surrey

627

30

465

22

604

29

393

19

688

30

452

20

Sussex

1,566

35

1,162

26

1,160

33

637

18

1,493

34

777

18

Thames Valley

1,297

39

669

20

1,859

41

875

19

2,075

35

1,017

17

Warwickshire

102

28

35

10

108

27

38

10

100

29

46

14

West Mercia

1,826

41

1,183

26

1,790

37

1,161

24

1,479

38

641

16

West Midlands

6,339

41

3,790

24

5,059

39

2,827

22

4,980

42

2,388

20

West Yorkshire

3,044

39

2,062

27

2,680

40

1,489

22

2,484

40

1,407

22

Wiltshire

429

32

237

18

326

31

206

20

476

36

290

22

England and Wales

70,591

37

47,107

25

67,542

37

39,062

21

67,249

37

34,024

19

2007-082008-09

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

996

32

433

14

873

33

370

14

Bedfordshire

591

28

425

20

627

28

566

25

Cambridgeshire

667

36

242

13

609

39

204

13

Cheshire

1,480

45

327

10

1,348

44

293

10

Cleveland

1,148

42

594

22

1,110

43

514

20

Cumbria

737

41

313

17

684

39

253

14

Derbyshire

1,723

37

1,093

24

1,684

41

876

21

Devon and Cornwall

942

35

443

17

900

36

430

17

Dorset

877

34

688

27

605

27

552

25

Durham

839

47

314

18

696

46

244

16

Dyfed Powys

253

22

116

10

273

28

137

14

Essex

1,530

34

944

21

1,519

34

977

22

Gloucestershire

645

37

486

28

632

40

419

27

Greater Manchester

4,878

42

1,690

15

3,992

38

1,600

15

Gwent

990

39

526

21

644

41

370

24

Hampshire and IOW

2,012

34

1,065

18

1,971

35

1,125

20

Hertfordshire

1,425

32

1,025

23

1,347

32

969

23

Humberside

1,059

49

319

15

1,130

48

326

14

Kent

1,895

35

1,103

20

1,894

39

952

19

Lancashire

3,275

48

1,156

17

3,080

46

1,060

16

Leicestershire

1,755

43

843

21

1,261

42

574

19

Lincolnshire

598

35

319

19

571

36

324

21

London

11,578

36

5,761

18

11,109

35

5,704

18

Merseyside

2,717

50

778

14

2,923

49

874

15

Norfolk

673

33

289

14

529

31

280

16

Northamptonshire

805

37

282

13

658

37

258

14

Northumbria

3,515

46

1,550

20

3,083

42

1,482

20

North Wales

826

39

308

14

786

36

297

14

North Yorkshire

568

38

273

18

638

39

258

16

Nottinghamshire

1,759

35

1,185

24

1,376

34

989

24

South Wales

1,997

45

576

13

2,046

47

651

15

South Yorkshire

1,508

38

719

18

1,772

38

792

17

Staffordshire

1,645

36

938

21

1,237

40

538

17

Suffolk

207

24

77

9

285

29

109

11

Surrey

840

32

489

18

832

32

417

16

Sussex

1,623

34

923

19

1,228

31

889

22

Thames Valley

2,042

31

1,258

19

2,045

34

1,189

20

Warwickshire

129

28

60

13

144

30

71

15

West Mercia

1,627

37

808

18

1,332

34

751

19

West Midlands

5,421

44

2,351

19

5,641

44

2,661

21

West Yorkshire

2,791

41

1,476

22

2,779

40

1,701

25

Wiltshire

564

34

276

17

534

32

381

23

England and Wales

73,150

38

34,841

18

68,427

38

33,427

19

To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were prosecuted by each of the 42 regional Crown Prosecution Service offices in each of the last five years. (305443)

The following tables show the number of defendants prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service's 42 Areas in the five years ending March 2009. The table also shows the number and proportion of defendants who were convicted, and the number and proportion whose case resulted in an unsuccessful outcome.

CPS Magistrates Court Case Volumes and Outcomes by Area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

928,195

80.6

223,709

19.4

1,151,904

881,861

82.5

186,884

17.5

1,068,745

P01 - Avon & Somerset

24,405

80.1

6,054

19.9

30,459

23,163

82.2

5,021

17.8

28,184

P02 - Bedfordshire

8,755

74.5

2,995

25.5

11,750

8,407

77.9

2,381

22.1

10,788

P03 - Cambridgeshire

8,100

85.6

1,360

14.4

9,460

9,868

84.6

1,792

15.4

11,660

P04 - Cheshire

14,617

87.2

2,150

12.8

16,767

14,317

86.2

2,297

13.8

16,614

P06 - Cleveland

13,783

80.4

3,367

19.6

17,150

10,015

84.3

1,864

15.7

11,879

P07 - Cumbria

10,344

85.7

1,730

14.3

12,074

11,963

86.5

1,870

13.5

13,833

P08 - Derbyshire

15,166

85.9

2,489

14.1

17,655

12,552

81.2

2,914

18.8

15,466

P09 - Devon & Cornwall

19,345

84.5

3,547

15.5

22,892

18,851

83.2

3,815

16.8

22,666

P10 - Dorset

10,262

82.3

2,212

17.7

12,474

10,502

85.1

1,843

14.9

12,345

P12 - Dyfed Powys

8,835

83.8

1,703

16.2

10,538

9,802

84.5

1,793

15.5

11,595

P13 - Essex

20,209

83.3

4,065

16.7

24,274

21,329

82.2

4,629

17.8

25,958

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,726

80.1

1,667

19.9

8,393

6,928

80.2

1,706

19.8

8,634

P15 - Greater Manchester

57,582

82.0

12,621

18.0

70,203

59,184

83.8

11,411

16.2

70,595

P16 - Gwent

12,573

80.0

3,153

20.0

15,726

10,230

85.3

1,765

14.7

11,995

P17 - Hampshire

30,021

83.2

6,049

16.8

36,070

25,606

85.0

4,527

15.0

30,133

P18 - Hertfordshire

14,375

80.8

3,412

19.2

17,787

15,182

80.0

3,803

20.0

18,985

P19 - Humberside

17,767

87.1

2,627

12.9

20,394

14,711

88.4

1,921

11.6

16,632

P20 - Kent

29,646

85.5

5,043

14.5

34,689

23,595

86.6

3,649

13.4

27,244

P21 - Lancashire

25,449

83.6

5,008

16.4

30,457

29,767

83.8

5,737

16.2

35,504

P22 - Leicestershire

17,481

81.4

4,001

18.6

21,482

14,136

78.2

3,942

21.8

18,078

P23 - Lincolnshire

16,117

86.6

2,486

13.4

18,603

13,277

86.1

2,137

13.9

15,414

P25 - London

118,174

74.1

41,313

25.9

159,487

112,552

79.0

29,897

21.0

142,449

P24 - Merseyside

28,919

80.1

7,175

19.9

36,094

22,239

81.4

5,091

18.6

27,330

P24 - Merseyside

11,862

83.0

2,421

17.0

14,283

11,681

84.1

2,203

15.9

13,884

P27 - Northamptonshire

11,259

85.4

1,919

14.6

13,178

9,083

78.3

2,513

21.7

11,596

P28 - Northumbria

34,457

84.6

6,290

15.4

40,747

36,332

87.0

5,449

13.0

41,781

P29 - North Wales

13,577

86.2

2,175

13.8

15,752

12,880

87.9

1,770

12.1

14,650

P30 - North Yorkshire

9,551

82.5

2,027

17.5

11,578

11,152

82.7

2,334

17.3

13,486

P31 - Nottinghamshire

19,732

84.5

3,607

15.5

23,339

19,381

83.8

3,757

16.2

23,138

P32 - South Wales

34,846

78.7

9,434

21.3

44,280

28,102

78.6

7,658

21.4

35,760

P33 - South Yorkshire

24,770

82.8

5,134

17.2

29,904

23,595

84.1

4,472

15.9

28,067

P34 - Staffordshire

20,472

78.0

5,762

22.0

26,234

19,350

81.5

4,395

18.5

23,745

P35 - Suffolk

14,186

83.5

2,807

16.5

16,993

14,166

84.3

2,647

15.7

16,813

P36 - Surrey

8,835

79.4

2,298

20.6

11,133

8,382

82.2

1,810

17.8

10,192

P37 - Sussex

17,035

80.6

4,112

19.4

21,147

18,092

82.5

3,830

17.5

21,922

P38 - Thames Valley

30,802

74.6

10,496

25.4

41,298

31,205

78.1

8,749

21.9

39,954

P39 - Warwickshire

8,066

90.4

852

9.6

8,918

7,266

91.4

682

8.6

7,948

P40 - West Mercia

19,888

81.5

4,517

18.5

24,405

20,323

82.0

4,467

18.0

24,790

P41 - West Midlands

55,537

77.3

16,295

22.7

71,832

49,429

83.3

9,905

16.7

59,334

P42 - West Yorkshire

46,015

77.0

13,728

23.0

59,743

43,132

80.5

10,440

19.5

53,572

P43 - Wiltshire

9,256

82.3

1,992

17.7

11,248

10,756

80.9

2,536

19.1

13,292

2006-072007-08

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

831,093

84.1

156,939

15.9

988,032

828,535

85.7

138,130

14.3

966,665

P01 - Avon and Somerset

22,716

82.9

4,685

17.1

27,401

21,402

85.2

3,705

14.8

25,107

P02 - Bedfordshire

7,904

83.5

1,562

16.5

9,466

8,048

86.7

1,233

13.3

9,281

P03 - Cambridgeshire

10,062

87.5

1,438

12.5

11,500

9,321

88.3

1,239

11.7

10,560

P04 - Cheshire

15,360

86.6

2,383

13.4

17,743

18,276

88.4

2,405

11.6

20,681

P06 - Cleveland

10,456

86.7

1,603

13.3

12,059

11,037

87.2

1,625

12.8

12,662

P07 - Cumbria

11,382

88.8

1,438

11.2

12,820

11,148

89.2

1,347

10.8

12,495

P08 - Derbyshire

13,174

85.1

2,304

14.9

15,478

13,561

86.6

2,094

13.4

15,655

P09 - Devon & Cornwall

17,689

85.8

2,916

14.2

20,605

18,349

86.5

2,862

13.5

21,211

P10 - Dorset

9,676

83.8

1,866

16.2

11,542

9,041

80.7

2,163

19.3

11,204

P12 - Dyfed Powys

8,468

83.8

1,633

16.2

10,101

8,562

85.0

1,508

15.0

10,070

P13 - Essex

19,255

84.9

3,426

15.1

22,681

21,253

86.4

3,354

13.6

24,607

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,664

83.5

1,321

16.5

7,985

6,686

84.5

1,230

15.5

7,916

P15 - Greater Manchester

55,609

84.8

10,005

15.2

65,614

51,130

86.6

7,930

13.4

59,060

P16 - Gwent

11,190

84.9

1,988

15.1

13,178

10,275

84.4

1,898

15.6

12,173

P17 - Hampshire

23,350

85.8

3,877

14.2

27,227

25,568

86.1

4,134

13.9

29,702

P18 - Hertfordshire

14,316

83.0

2,931

17.0

17,247

13,757

84.9

2,451

15.1

16,208

P19 - Humberside

13,184

89.4

1,565

10.6

14,749

14,286

89.9

1,608

10.1

15,894

P20 - Kent

22,780

87.1

3,385

12.9

26,165

22,061

87.3

3,211

12.7

25,272

P21 - Lancashire

30,331

83.7

5,902

16.3

36,233

29,087

86.6

4,503

13.4

33,590

P22 - Leicestershire

13,913

80.4

3,381

19.6

17,294

14,511

85.0

2,555

15.0

17,066

P23 - Lincolnshire

12,268

88.9

1,530

11.1

13,798

11,488

90.9

1,156

9.1

12,644

P25 - London

106,704

81.9

23,656

18.1

130,360

107,444

83.9

20,647

16.1

128,091

P24 - Merseyside

21,210

83.1

4,311

16.9

25,521

26,992

85.1

4,708

14.9

31,700

P24 - Merseyside

11,965

86.1

1,934

13.9

13,899

12,137

87.4

1,751

12.6

13,888

P27 - Northamptonshire

9,404

81.9

2,083

18.1

11,487

9,651

86.3

1,531

13.7

11,182

P28 - Northumbria

34,624

85.7

5,800

14.3

40,424

35,404

85.3

6,077

14.7

41,481

P29 - North Wales

12,932

87.1

1,920

12.9

14,852

11,913

87.9

1,638

12.1

13,551

P30 - North Yorkshire

9,039

84.4

1,672

15.6

10,711

9,623

86.8

1,462

13.2

11,085

P31 - Nottinghamshire

17,279

83.4

3,435

16.6

20,714

16,925

83.2

3,413

16.8

20,338

P32 - South Wales

23,195

81.3

5,350

18.7

28,545

21,211

82.3

4,573

17.7

25,784

P33 - South Yorkshire

21,287

85.5

3,620

14.5

24,907

21,144

86.8

3,226

13.2

24,370

P34 - Staffordshire

17,563

84.9

3,123

15.1

20,686

18,494

86.3

2,944

13.7

21,438

P35 - Suffolk

9,586

86.9

1,444

13.1

11,030

9,329

89.8

1,062

10.2

10,391

P36 - Surrey

6,759

83.1

1,378

16.9

8,137

10,930

84.4

2,014

15.6

12,944

P37 - Sussex

18,677

83.5

3,682

16.5

22,359

17,849

84.1

3,380

15.9

21,229

P38 - Thames Valley

30,297

78.9

8,078

21.1

38,375

25,889

81.8

5,759

18.2

31,648

P39 - Warwickshire

6,730

92.1

576

7.9

7,306

6,574

92.4

539

7.6

7,113

P40 - West Mercia

19,303

84.0

3,668

16.0

22,971

18,814

86.1

3,049

13.9

21,863

P41 - West Midlands

46,796

83.5

9,263

16.5

56,059

45,772

86.0

7,458

14.0

53,230

P42 - West Yorkshire

39,079

83.8

7,558

16.2

46,637

36,465

86.4

5,719

13.6

42,184

P43 - Wiltshire

9,986

84.9

1,778

15.1

11,764

7,601

83.2

1,530

16.8

9,131

2008-09

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

810,605

87.3

118,103

12.7

928,708

P01 - Avon and Somerset

20,535

88.4

2,686

11.6

23,221

P02 - Bedfordshire

7,651

87.4

1,101

12.6

8,752

P03 - Cambridgeshire

9,392

89.7

1,078

10.3

10,470

P04 - Cheshire

17,354

88.9

2,170

11.1

19,524

P06 - Cleveland

11,404

87.4

1,640

12.6

13,044

P07 - Cumbria

9,545

88.2

1,273

11.8

10,818

P08 - Derbyshire

12,707

86.4

1,992

13.6

14,699

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

18,427

88.0

2,511

12.0

20,938

P10 - Dorset

7,749

84.0

1,473

16.0

9,222 -

P11 - Durham

7,961

89.0

984

11.0

8,945

P12 - Dyfed Powys

7,757

85.7

1,294

14.3

9,051

P13 - Essex

21,465

86.9

3,249

13.1

24,714

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,967

87.5

998

12.5

7,965

P15 - Greater Manchester

49,513

88.8

6,263

11.2

55,776

P16 - Gwent

8,261

86.7

1,272

13.3

9,533

P17 - Hampshire

26,951

87.3

3,937

12.7

30,888

P18 - Hertfordshire

13,871

85.0

2,452

15.0

16,323

P19 - Humberside

14,248

91.4

1,336

8.6

15,584

P20 - Kent

20,700

88.5

2,682

11.5

23,382

P21 - Lancashire

30,023

87.8

4,153

12.2

34,176

P22 - Leicestershire

12,708

86.1

2,058

13.9

14,766

P23 - Lincolnshire

11,185

90.5

1,168

9.5

12,353

P25 - London

115,366

86.0

18,760

14.0

134,126

P24 - Merseyside

26,813

85.8

4,439

14.2

31,252

P24 - Merseyside

11,137

89.6

1,295

10.4

12,432

P27 - Northamptonshire

8,905

88.5

1,158

11.5

10,063

P28 - Northumbria

29,328

87.0

4,387

13.0

33,715

P29 - North Wales

11,653

89.4

1,380

10.6

13,033

P30 - North Yorkshire

10,536

89.0

1,307

11.0

11,843

P31 - Nottinghamshire

18,237

88.9

2,283

11.1

20,520

P32 - South Wales

22,072

84.6

4,025

15.4

26,097

P33 - South Yorkshire

20,648

87.0

3,079

13.0

23,727

P34 - Staffordshire

14,917

87.4

2,147

12.6

17,064

P35 - Suffolk

11,121

90.3

1,201

9.7

12,322

P36 - Surrey

9,740

86.6

1,510

13.4

11,250

P37 - Sussex

16,586

86.6

2,565

13.4

19,151

P38 - Thames Valley

25,546

85.8

4,245

14.2

29,791

P39 - Warwickshire

6,008

93.0

451

7.0

6,459

P40 - West Mercia

18,048

89.3

2,170

10.7

20,218

P41 - West Midlands

43,718

86.7

6,688

13.3

50,406

P42 - West Yorkshire

34,669

85.3

5,987

14.7

40,656

P43 - Wiltshire

9,183

88.0

1,256

12.0

10,439

CPS Crowns Court Case Volumes and Outcomes by Area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

68,281

75.1

2,609

24.9

90,890

69,832

76.4

21,526

23.6

91,358

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,445

74.5

495

25.5

1,940

1,511

77.3

443

22.7

1,954

P02 - Bedfordshire

556

69.7

242

30.3

798

598

71.6

237

28.4

835

P03 - Cambridgeshire

682

80.2

168

19.8

850

756

74.0

266

26.0

1,022

P04 - Cheshire

955

83.8

185

16.2

1,140

1,192

81.0

279

19.0

1,471

P06 - Cleveland

1,041

76.5

319

23.5

1,360

1,075

77.4

314

22.6

1,389

P07 - Cumbria

645

75.2

213

24.8

858

577

78.5

158

21.5

735

P08 - Derbyshire

1,374

80.6

330

19.4

1,704

1,422

80.7

340

19.3

1,762

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,315

82.4

280

17.6

1,595

1,297

80.8

308

19.2

1,605

P10 - Dorset

462

77.8

132

22.2

594

563

79.4

146

20.6

709

P11 - Durham

751

84.1

142

15.9

893

970

80.2

239

19.8

1,209

P12 - Dyfed Powys

297

68.8

135

31.3

432

361

76.0

114

24.0

475

P13 - Essex

1,500

71.7

591

28.3

2,091

1,526

72.1

590

27.9

2,116

P14 - Gloucestershire

444

77.5

129

22.5

573

551

77.4

161

22.6

712

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,702

76.3

1,770

23.7

7,472

5,755

81.4

1,317

18.6

7,072

P16 - Gwent

1,015

78.7

274

21.3

1,289

713

75.7

229

24.3

942

P17 - Hampshire

1,920

71.9

749

28.1

2,669

2,024

73.0

750

27.0

2,774

P18 - Hertfordshire

836

71.5

333

28.5

1,169

979

72.4

374

27.6

1,353

P19 - Humberside

1,360

85.1

238

14.9

1,598

1,252

82.2

272

17.8

1,524

P20 - Kent

1,295

73.7

461

26.3

1,756

1,246

74.5

427

25.5

1,673

P21 - Lancashire

2,140

77.8

610

22.2

2,750

2,341

79.0

621

21.0

2,962

P22 - Leicestershire

1,266

77.6

365

22.4

1,631

1,295

72.0

503

28.0

1,798

P23 - Lincolnshire

567

76.5

174

23.5

741

508

77.6

147

22.4

655

P25 - London

10,933

66.5

5,519

33.5

16,452

11,817

68.9

5,346

31.1

17,163

P24 - Merseyside

2,294

72.4

875

27.6

3,169

2,531

76.5

777

23.5

3,308

P26 - Norfolk

812

85.5

138

14.5

950

883

82.2

191

17.8

1,074

P27 - Northamptonshire

699

78.7

189

21.3

888

665

79.5

172

20.5

837

P28 - Northumbria

1,872

80.3

459

19.7

2,331

2,114

80.9

498

19.1

2,612

P29 - North Wales

573

83.4

114

16.6

687

621

77.8

177

22.2

798

P30 - North Yorkshire

680

78.6

185

21.4

865

823

78.1

231

21.9

1,054

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,486

80.7

355

19.3

1,841

1,663

79.6

426

20.4

2,089

P32 - South Wales

2,353

79.1

620

20.9

2,973

2,057

80.7

493

19.3

2,550

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,117

83.7

411

16.3

2,528

2,086

85.6

350

14.4

2,436

P34 - Staffordshire

1,413

77.9

401

22.1

1,814

1,302

77.9

370

22.1

1,672

P35 - Suffolk

608

79.8

154

20.2

762

494

75.9

157

24.1

651

P36 - Surrey

653

72.6

247

27.4

900

643

75.9

204

24.1

847

P37 - Sussex

1,360

73.0

502

27.0

1,862

1,355

73.5

489

26.5

1,844

P38 - Thames Valley

1,621

77.7

465

22.3

2,086

1,803

77.5

522

22.5

2,325

P39 - Warwickshire

278

89.1

34

10.9

312

311

87.9

43

12.1

354

P40 - West Mercia

1,190

79.3

311

20.7

1,501

1,464

82.2

316

17.8

1,780

P41 - West Midlands

5,653

72.8

2,113

27.2

7,766

4,920

76.6

1,507

23.4

6,427

P42 - West Yorkshire

3,753

78.0

1,061

22.0

4,814

3,354

79.4

870

20.6

4,224

P43 - Wiltshire

365

75.1

121

24.9

486

414

73.1

152

26.9

566

2006-072007-08

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

69,549

77.0

20,720

23.0

90,269

77,428

79.4

20,101

20.6

97,529

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,311

74.2

457

25.8

1,768

1,447

79.5

374

20.5

1,821

P02 - Bedfordshire

638

75.2

210

24.8

848

657

79.5

169

20.5

826

P03 - Cambridgeshire

773

77.7

222

22.3

995

793

79.1

210

20.9

1,003

P04 - Cheshire

1,226

80.3

301

19.7

1,527

1,254

84.1

237

15.9

1,491

P06 - Cleveland

1,082

74.1

379

25.9

1,461

1,151

80.9

272

19.1

1,423

P07 - Cumbria

561

75.3

184

24.7

745

709

81.6

160

18.4

869

P08 - Derbyshire

1,158

83.3

232

16.7

1,390

1,146

82.0

251

18.0

1,397

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,071

78.7

290

21.3

1,361

1,163

81.2

269

18.8

1,432

P10 - Dorset

612

75.3

201

24.7

813

593

80.8

141

19.2

734

P11 - Durham

1,019

81.7

229

18.3

1,248

1,188

83.8

230

16.2

1,418

P12 - Dyfed Powys

357

78.3

99

21.7

456

374

82.7

78

17.3

452

P13 - Essex

1,585

74.9

530

25.1

2,115

1,869

78.0

526

22.0

2,395

P14 - Gloucestershire

485

80.4

118

19.6

603

593

82.8

123

17.2

716

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,588

80.3

1,372

19.7

6,960

6,092

80.5

1,479

19.5

7,571

P16 - Gwent

784

77.5

227

22.5

1,011

721

79.2

189

20.8

910

P17 - Hampshire

1,978

75.1

657

24.9

2,635

2,195

76.9

661

23.1

2,856

P18 - Hertfordshire

926

71.8

363

28.2

1,289

1,181

76.8

357

23.2

1,538

P19 - Humberside

1,430

87.1

212

12.9

1,642

1,502

85.8

248

14.2

1,750

P20 - Kent

1,491

77.5

432

22.5

1,923

1,988

80.5

481

19.5

2,469

P21 - Lancashire

2,386

78.1

671

21.9

3,057

2,779

82.2

603

17.8

3,382

P22 - Leicestershire

1,239

74.6

421

25.4

1,660

1,146

77.3

337

22.7

1,483

P23 - Lincolnshire

499

79.0

133

21.0

632

513

82.1

112

17.9

625

P25 - London

12,167

69.6

5,317

30.4

17,484

14,656

72.5

5,558

27.5

20,214

P24 - Merseyside

2,306

76.5

707

23.5

3,013

2,422

77.8

693

22.2

3,115

P26 - Norfolk

1,047

86.5

163

13.5

1,210

1,061

89.2

128

10.8

1,189

P27 - Northamptonshire

617

85.2

107

14.8

724

759

89.0

94

11.0

853

P28 - Northumbria

2,032

79.8

513

20.2

2,545

2,466

80.9

584

19.1

3,050

P29 - North Wales

722

82.3

155

17.7

877

815

87.4

117

12.6

932

P30 - North Yorkshire

842

79.2

221

20.8

1,063

764

79.4

198

20.6

962

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,493

80.0

373

20.0

1,866

1,574

80.3

387

19.7

1,961

P32 - South Wales

1,849

79.0

491

21.0

2,340

2,193

80.4

536

19.6

2,729

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,151

87.6

304

12.4

2,455

2,282

87.0

340

13.0

2,622

P34 - Staffordshire

1,352

83.1

275

16.9

1,627

1,496

83.5

296

16.5

1,792

P35 - Suffolk

588

74.0

207

26.0

795

616

83.8

119

16.2

735

P36 - Surrey

645

76.1

203

23.9

848

833

75.5

270

24.5

1,103

P37 - Sussex

1,715

75.3

562

24.7

2,277

1,896

79.1

501

20.9

2,397

P38 - Thames Valley

1,777

76.2

556

23.8

2,333

1,909

79.5

492

20.5

2,401

P39 - Warwickshire

347

89.9

39

10.1

386

359

89.5

42

10.5

401

P40 - West Mercia

1,319

78.9

353

21.1

1,672

1,236

84.3

230

15.7

1,466

P41 - West Midlands

5,276

77.4

1,543

22.6

6,819

5,389

80.9

1,274

19.1

6,663

P42 - West Yorkshire

2,668

82.8

553

17.2

3,221

3,225

83.5

636

16.5

3,861

P43 - Wiltshire

437

76.0

138

24.0

575

423

81.0

99

19.0

522

2008-09

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

84,000

80.9

19,890

19.1

103,890

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,655

81.4

378

18.6

2,033

P02 - Bedfordshire

813

83.4

162

16.6

975

P03 - Cambridgeshire

944

81.6

213

18.4

1,157

P04 - Cheshire

1,348

82.0

295

18.0

1,643

P06 - Cleveland

1,443

80.5

349

19.5

1,792

P07 - Cumbria

838

81.9

185

18.1

1,023

P08 - Derbyshire

1,266

81.3

291

18.7

1,557

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,354

78.8

364

21.2

1,718

P10 - Dorset

634

85.1

111

14.9

745

P11 - Durham

1,268

86.3

201

13.7

1,469

P12 - Dyfed Powys

414

82.1

90

17.9

504

P13 - Essex

1,966

80.1

489

19.9

2,455

P14 - Gloucestershire

708

81.9

156

18.1

864

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,977

84.1

1,130

15.9

7,107

P16 - Gwent

758

76.2

237

23.8

995

P17 - Hampshire

2,268

75.9

722

24.1

2,990

P18 - Hertfordshire

1,097

79.8

278

20.2

1,375

P19 - Humberside

1,758

88.3

233

11.7

1,991

P20 - Kent

1,956

84.7

353

15.3

2,309

P21 - Lancashire

3,087

83.2

625

16.8

3,712

P22 - Leicestershire

1,157

82.6

244

17.4

1,401

P23 - Lincolnshire

666

88.4

87

11.6

753

P25 - London

15,529

73.2

5,688

26.8

21,217

P24 - Merseyside

2,538

81.2

587

18.8

3,125

P26 - Norfolk

1,094

86.8

166

13.2

1,260

P27 - Northamptonshire

890

87.9

122

12.1

1,012

P28 - Northumbria

2,528

82.7

527

17.3

3,055

P29 - North Wales

812

86.8

123

13.2

935

P30 - North Yorkshire

863

80.5

209

19.5

1,072

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,822

84.9

325

15.1

2,147

P32 - South Wales

2,621

82.2

567

17.8

3,188

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,637

87.6

374

12.4

3,011

P34 - Staffordshire

1,682

85.4

287

14.6

1,969

P35 - Suffolk

702

83.7

137

16.3

839

P36 - Surrey

843

77.6

243

22.4

1,086

P37 - Sussex

2,055

81.9

454

18.1

2,509

P38 - Thames Valley

2,383

79.2

624

20.8

3,007

P39 - Warwickshire

386

89.1

47

10.9

433

P40 - West Mercia

1,227

86.5

192

13.5

1,419

P41 - West Midlands

5,351

82.1

1,163

17.9

6,514

P42 - West Yorkshire

4,115

84.8

737

15.2

4,852

P43 - Wiltshire

547

81.4

125

18.6

672

To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service at (a) committal and (b) a later stage for reasons of (i) a lack of preparation and (ii) delay in each of the last five years; and how many cases were dismissed by (A) magistrates courts and (B) Crown courts for those reasons in each of those five years. (305445)

Cases are rarely discontinued at committal for reasons of lack of preparation or delay. If a committal is not ready, the CPS tends to seek an adjournment to enable the file preparation to be completed. If the adjournment is not granted, the CPS will have to offer no evidence and the committal is ‘discharged’.

Table A shows all reasons for which cases were discharged at committal during the four years for which data available. Each applicable reason is also expressed as a proportion of all completed cases in magistrates courts. Table B shows the reasons for which case were dropped in the Crown court following committal for trial, both by volume and as a proportion of completed Crown court cases.

No comparable analysis is maintained of the reasons why cases result in dismissal by the magistrates or acquittal by the jury, as these outcomes are the decision of the court rather than of the prosecution.

Proceedings for an offence that has been discharged at committal because the prosecution is unable to proceed may be re-instituted. After a committal has been discharged, the prosecutor will liaise with the police to consider whether the proceedings can be re-instituted.

Table A: Reasons for discharged committals

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Total Evidential Reasons

1,205

0.1

1,021

0.1

855

0.1

858

0.1

E1 Inadmissible evidence—Breach of PACE

4

0.0

6

0.0

2

0.0

0

0.0

E2 Inadmissible evidence—other than Breach of PACE

20

0.0

15

0.0

1

0.0

6

0.0

E3 Unreliable confession

0

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

E4 Conflict of evidence

57

0.0

81

0.0

88

0.0

72

0.0

E5 Essential medical evidence missing

43

0.0

32

0.0

22

0.0

29

0.0

E6 Essential forensic evidence missing

213

0.0

198

0.0

224

0.0

192

0.0

E7 Essential legal element missing

704

0.1

563

0.1

367

0.0

433

0.0

E8 Unreliable witness or witnesses

36

0.0

26

0.0

29

0.0

15

0.0

E9 Key victim does not support case

31

0.0

25

0.0

35

0.0

35

0.0

E10 Key witness does not support case

7

0.0

4

0.0

3

0.0

15

0.0

E11 Unreliable/lack of identification

90

0.0

70

0.0

83

0.0

61

0.0

Total Public Interest Reasons

60

0.0

63

0.0

82

0.0

62

0.0

P12 Effect on victim's physical or mental health

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

P13 Suspect/Defendant elderly or in significant ill health

1

0.0

2

0.0

7

0.0

8

0.0

P14 Loss or harm minor and single incident

4

0.0

2

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

P15 Loss or harm put right

1

0.0

1

0.0

5

0.0

0

0.0

P16 Long delay between offence/charge or trial

8

0.0

6

0.0

10

0.0

9

0.0

P17 Very small or nominal penalty

6

0.0

2

0.0

6

0.0

5

0.0

P18 Other indictment/sentence

26

0.0

36

0.0

45

0.0

26

0.0

P19 Informer or other public interest immunity issues

1

0.0

1

0.0

3

0.0

1

0.0

P20 Caution more suitable

10

0.0

11

0.0

4

0.0

10

0.0

P21 Youth of offender

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

P36 Inappropriate to compel victim

2

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

P37 Inappropriate to compel witness

1

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

Total Prosecution Unable to Proceed Reasons

1,203

0.1

1,159

0.1

1,246

0.1

1,044

0.1

U22 File not received from police—adjournment refused

693

0.1

580

0.1

616

0.1

556

0.1

U23 CPS not ready—adjournment refused

471

0.0

541

0.1

583

0.1

467

0.1

U24 Offence taken into consideration

6

0.0

1

0.0

3

0.0

2

0.0

U25 Victim refuses to give evidence or retracts

27

0.0

32

0.0

43

0.0

15

0.0

U26 Other witness refuses to give evidence or retracts

5

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

U27 Victim fails to attend unexpectedly

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

2

0.0

U29 Police witness fails to attend unexpectedly

0

0.0

3

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

U30 Victim intimidation

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

U32 Documents produced at court

1

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

Total Other Reasons

154

0.0

82

0.0

47

0.0

20

0.0

O33 Bind over acceptable

10

0.0

6

0.0

3

0.0

3

0.0

O34 Acquittal after trial

20

0.0

19

0.0

21

0.0

6

0.0

O35 Other

124

0.0

57

0.0

23

0.0

11

0.0

Total discharged committals

2,622

0.2

2,325

0.2

2,230

0.2

1,984

0.2

Total completed magistrates court cases

1,068,745

988,032

966,665

928,708

Table B: Reasons for prosecutions dropped in the Crown court

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Total Evidential Reasons

6,559

7.2

6,712

7.4

7,297

7.5

7,489

7.2

E1 Inadmissible evidence—Breach of PACE

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