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Written Answers

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 21 January 2010

Transport

Aircraft

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the average weight of aeroplanes departing from UK airports in each of the last five years. (312502)

Departmental Internet

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which websites his Department's staff are prevented from accessing from departmental networked computers. (311841)

The Department for Transport has an acceptable use policy that restricts unsuitable websites. It is not practical to list all individual blocked websites due to the numbers involved, but the main categories blocked by the Department and its agencies are as follows:

Adult or sexually explicit (including pornography, nudity and intimate apparel)

Crime and violence (including weapons, hate crime, historical revisionism and profanity)

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Gambling

Personal (including dating, social networking, chat, messaging, lifestyle and auctions)

Remote proxies

Entertainment/culture (including internet TV/radio, streaming media and media downloads/sharing).

Departmental Pay

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2008-09; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. (300566)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer given today to the hon. Member for Ilford, North (Mr. Scott), which shows how many staff received a non-consolidated variable pay award, what proportion of the total work force they represented and what the total amount of non-consolidated variable payments was.

The largest single non-consolidated variable payment was £15,000.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in each year since 2003. (306462)

An element of the Department for Transport’s overall pay award is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, for example by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives.

Non-consolidated variable pay awards are funded from within existing pay bill controls, and have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs. The percentage of the pay bill set aside for performance-related awards for the SCS is based on recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

The following table details how many people were eligible for and received a non-consolidated variable pay award, awarded under the Department for Transport’s standard pay and performance management process for the last six performance years. It also details the wages and salaries as published in the departmental resource accounts.

Performance year

Number of staff

Total number of awards

Value of non-consolidated performance payments (£)

Wages and salaries for the year (£)

Non-consolidated performance payments as percentage of wages and salaries

2003-04

10,338

4,814

2,020,828

358,466,000

0.56

2004-05

11,151

5,537

1,881,308

358,165,000

0.53

2005-06

19,239

13,682

8,212,780

439,645,000

1.87

2006-07

19,262

14,906

9,820,319

496,044,000

1.98

2007-08

18,598

13,472

10,285,859

517,884,000

1.99

2008-09

19,451

13,192

11,797,001

535,555,000

2.20

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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. (307102)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer given today to the hon. Member for Ilford, North (Mr. Scott), which shows how many non-consolidated variable pay awards were paid, and what the total amount of non-consolidated variable payments was for the last three years.

Driving Offences: Chelmsford

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of 17 to 21-year-olds using motor vehicles on the road network without insurance in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area. (312479)

No information is held on uninsured driving on a constituency or local authority area basis.

First Capital Connect: Franchises

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the earliest date is on which the First Capital Connect franchise can be terminated, assuming no exceptional intervention powers are invoked by his Department. (312500)

The First Capital Connect franchise can run until 31 March 2015. The Secretary of State may exercise an option to serve notice on First Capital Connect for the franchise to end at a notified date between 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2015. The franchise also contains provisions where the Secretary of State may terminate the franchise for an event of default.

Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to (a) cease allowing the Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service (IPFAS) to be a subsidiary business of Southeastern and (b) make IPFAS wholly independent of the train operating companies. (311940)

There are no proposals to alter the status of the Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service. Its accounts and management are wholly separate to Southeastern. There are two penalty fares appeal bodies. Their revenue is not dependent on success or failure of appeals. Each body is paid a specified amount for appeals, regardless of the outcome. Appeals are regularly successful.

National Air Traffic Services

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department plans to sell off Government shares in National Air Traffic Services; and if he will make a statement. (312474)

On 8 December the Government published the Operational Efficiency Programme: Asset Portfolio.

The portfolio includes a section on NATS which notes that in light of the impending expiry of the restrictions on the transfer of shares for NATS, it is appropriate for Government to engage with other shareholders who are likely to consider the shareholding options available to them.

No decision has been made by Government with regards to reducing their shareholding. Any options considered would be required to best meet the needs of the Company and its workforce, as well as shareholders.

Official Cars

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 79WS, on the cost of ministerial cars for 2008-09, how many cars there were in 1996-97 for (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants; and what the annual cost was of providing the service. (312463)

The Government Car and Despatch Agency was formed in April 1997. Information before that date is not available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Road Traffic

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many journeys and what percentage of miles were made by each type of vehicle on (a) motorways and (b) dual carriageways in the UK in each of the last three years. (312493)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of journeys made each year by type of vehicle on motorways or dual carriageways.

Traffic data on dual carriageways are not available for Northern Ireland. However, the percentage of miles driven by type of vehicle in Great Britain on motorways and dual carriageways in 2006, 2007 and 2008 is shown in the following table.

Percentage

Cars and taxis

Motorcycles

Buses and coaches

Light vans

Goods vehicles

Pedal cycles

All vehicles

2006

Motorways

14.5

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.4

Dual carriageways

14.4

0.2

0.1

2.2

1.3

18.2

All other roads

49.7

0.8

0.8

8.2

2.0

0.9

62.4

All roads

78.6

1.0

1.1

12.7

5.7

0.9

100.0

2007

Motorways

14.5

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.4

Dual carriageways

14.1

0.2

0.1

2.3

1.3

18.0

All other roads

49.6

0.8

0.9

8.5

2.0

0.8

62.6

All roads

78.1

1.1

1.1

13.2

5.7

0.8

100.0

2008

Motorways

14.6

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.5

Dual carriageways

14.2

0.1

0.1

2.3

1.3

18.0

All other roads

49.5

0.8

0.8

8.6

2.0

0.9

62.5

All roads

78.2

1.0

1.0

13.3

5.6

0.9

100.0

‘—’ = Negligible (less than half the final digit shown)

Source:

National Road Traffic Survey, DFT.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage of UK-registered and (b) number of foreign-registered vehicles of each type which have used (i) motorways and (ii) dual carriageways in the last year. (312503)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on either the percentage of vehicles that have used motorways or dual carriageways, or the number of foreign registered vehicles that have used motorways or dual carriageways.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of drivers in each five-year age cohort were involved in a road traffic accident causing (a) death and (b) serious injury in each of the last three years for which figures are readily available. (311727)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Drivers1 involved in (a) fatal and (b) serious2 reported road accidents by age group: GB 2006-08

Number of drivers

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Age of driver

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2008

Under 17

14

8

7

66

41

50

17-19

363

331

268

2,566

2,382

2,178

20-24

562

483

384

3,826

3,813

3,497

25-29

440

371

367

3,363

3,121

3,006

30-34

368

351

300

3,072

2,917

2,587

35-39

406

394

310

3,448

3,103

2,862

40-44

414

394

324

3,266

3,011

2,868

45-49

351

347

321

2,505

2,500

2,407

50-54

269

307

238

1,980

2,040

1,887

55-59

304

258

172

1,844

1,738

1,591

60-64

212

191

180

1,335

1,381

1,380

65-69

111

117

103

816

782

763

70-74

86

85

77

644

573

605

75-79

63

69

78

451

479

450

80-84

55

43

55

299

319

327

85-89

35

38

20

148

139

169

90-94

2

6

9

18

23

23

95+

2

1

1

1

2

3

1 Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.

2 Accidents in which at least one person was seriously injured but no person was killed.

Drivers1 involved in (a) fatal and (b) serious2 reported road accidents per 100,000 driving licence holders3 by age group: GB 2006-08

Rate per 100,000 driving licence holders

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Age of Driver

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2008

17-19

24

20

17

167

146

137

20-24

19

16

12

126

123

110

25-29

14

12

11

107

99

92

30-34

11

11

9

89

88

79

35-39

10

10

8

87

80

74

40-49

10

10

8

76

72

68

50-59

9

9

7

61

61

56

60+

7

7

6

47

45

42

1 Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.

2 Accidents in which at least one person was seriously injured but no person was killed.

3 Full and provisional driving licences.

Source:

National Travel Survey

It is not possible to identify if the same driver was involved in more than one accident so there may be some double counting in the number of drivers involved in accidents. This does not take into account people that drive without a licence, driving licence holders that do not drive or those under 17 years of age.

Due to the small sample size used in the National Travel Survey some age groups are shown in age bands larger than five years in the second table.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents involving drivers who were under the influence of (A) drink, (B) drugs and (C) both drink and drugs in each of the last three years. (311866)

The estimated number of (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in reported drink drive accidents in each of the last three years with data available is shown in the following table:

Estimated1 (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured drink drive casualties: GB 2005-07

2005

2006

2007

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

550

550

410

(b) Child3

10

10

0

All ages4

550

560

410

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

1,950

1,860

1,700

(b) Child3

90

70

70

All ages4

2,090

1,970

1,760

1Estimates are based on breath test and coroners' data. They are rounded to the nearest 10 so columns may not add up to their total. 2Aged 16+ years. 3Aged 0-15 years. 4Includes cases where age was not recorded.

The number of (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents where “driver impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” was reported as a contributory factor in each of the last three years with data available, and the number where a driver also had “impaired by alcohol” reported as a contributory factor, are shown in the following table:

Reported (a) adult and (b) child road casualties who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents where “impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” and “impaired by alcohol” were reported as contributory factors1: GB 2006-08

Contributory factor

Year of accident

2006

2007

2008

Impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

62

70

57

(b) Child3

2

1

3

All ages4

64

71

60

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

246

247

265

(b) Child3

9

13

11

All ages4

262

261

280

Driver “impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” and “impaired by alcohol”

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

27

34

27

(b) Child3

0

0

2

All ages4

27

34

29

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

94

121

121

(b) Child3

2

7

9

All ages4

99

129

132

1Only includes accidents where a police officer attended the scene and reported a contributory factor.

2Aged 16+ years.

3Aged 0-15 years.

4Includes cases where age was not recorded.

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 under-reported. 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.

Rolling Stock: Procurement

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, column 336W, on rolling stock, how many vehicles were offered to the Department where the purchase option was not pursued and the vehicles were subsequently exported. (311166)

Although sale of the vehicles is a matter for the rolling stock leasing companies I am aware that:

HSBC Rail (UK) Limited exported 77 Mark 2 vehicles (11 in 2006, 26 in 2007 and 40 in 2008). These vehicles were built by British Rail in the early 1970s, were around 30 years old when taken out of traffic and replaced by new Voyager and Pendolino trains from 2000, and were around 35 years old when offered to the Department.

Porterbrook sold 26 Class 87 locomotives to a UK company who subsequently sold them to Bulgaria, these locomotives also date from the early 1970s, were replaced by new Pendolino trains from 2002, and were around 35 years old when offered to the Department.

Work and Pensions

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has spent on behavioural research consultants in the last five financial years. (310976)

The information requested could not be provided within the disproportionate costs threshold.

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs in her Department she plans to outsource in the next five years. (310975)

My Department's policy is to rigorously and continuously examine all of our activities and to apply our “contestability” policy which offers the opportunity to use external provision, using competition, to create incentives for continuous improvement in the cost and quality of services and to provide customers with greater choice.

Plans to determine the most efficient delivery model for the Department and its constituent agencies are therefore subject to this continuous review and the optimum balance of in-house provision and outsourced providers is sought.

Departmental Records

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of paper files held in her Department and its agencies; what the annual cost to each of monitoring a paper filing system is; what consideration she has given to alternative filing arrangements; and whether any changes to present practices are planned. (307037)

A full record storage and retrieval service is currently delivered to DWP by Capita plc. The current file-holding is in the region of 58 million files and the annual contract cost for 2008-09 was £21.2 million. In the main these paper documents form the legal basis on which applications to benefit are determined and must be retained for audit, review, appeal and other business related functions while the claim to benefit is current and for a period after termination of claim.

DWP is actively engaged in a range of initiatives to reduce paper e.g. a scanning solution for documents received from clients. These scanned images will be stored in and retrieved from a single Departmental Document Repository System.

Jobcentre Plus has also set up a Paper Reduction Programme to consider opportunities to reduce the amount of paper that is used and moved around its business.

Employment and Support Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will consider the merits of automatically placing individuals with (a) Huntington's disease and (b) certain other conditions on employment support allowance. (312484)

Entitlement to employment and support allowance does not depend on an individual's diagnosis or condition, but on how severely a condition impacts on an individual's ability to function. This is in recognition of the fact that individuals with the same condition can experience varying functional effects. Accordingly, the assessment for benefit entitlement accurately identifies individuals for the most appropriate benefit and support, by focusing on the functional effects of a condition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for qualification for employment support allowances. (312485)

The basic qualification conditions for employment and support allowance are that the customer:

Has limited capability for work;

Is at least 16 years old;

Has not reached pensionable age;

Is in Great Britain;

Is not entitled to Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance.

There are additional conditions to determine if a customer is entitled to contributory and/or income-related employment and support allowance.

Employment Schemes: Older Workers

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to her Department's White Paper on Building Britain's Recovery, whether people currently on (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance will be eligible for the new specialist back to work support for the over 50s; and when she expects that support to be available. (312241)

The White Paper announced five new back-to-work measures for the over 50s, principally designed for those on jobseekers allowance (JSA). However, early access (day one of a claim) to work trials will extend equally to customers on incapacity benefits and employment and support allowance. The new specialist contracted support for over 50s will be delivered as part of the Jobcentre Plus Support Contract (JCPSC), which is an important tool for advisers and an integral part of the JSA customer journey.

The new JCPSC provision for over 50s will be open to people claiming JSA and New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP), New Deal for Partners (NDP) and Work Focused Support for Carers (WFSC) participants. People in receipt of IB will be able to access the JCPSC provision where they meet the eligibility criteria as a NDLP participant. Partners of customers in receipt of ESA/IB will be able to access the JCPSC provision where they meet the eligibility criteria as a NDP participant.

We are working to introduce the over 50s measures in spring this year.

Employment Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to develop the profiling tool for jobseekers referred to on page 108 of her Department's White Paper, Building Britain's Recovery; when she expects trials of that tool to start; where such trials will be undertaken; and recipients of what benefits will be included in those trials. (312239)

We are currently conducting a trial that builds upon the Jobseekers Classification Instrument which is a questionnaire used in Australia to determine the level of service a jobseeker needs in order to find work. The trial has already started, is taking place across Great Britain via telephone interview and will cover 5,000 people making a new jobseeker's allowance claim.

Future Jobs Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people were employed in each area where the Future Jobs Fund is operating in each month since its introduction. (311721)

Information on Future Jobs Fund starts is not currently available, but will be made available from spring 2010 through a statistical release that is planned to cover the whole of the Young Person's Guarantee. This is normal practice for DWP employment programmes and it allows time for input from the UK Statistics Authority and for the information to be collected, understood, verified and reported.

Income Support: Disabled

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of people in receipt of income support on the ground of disability. (312240)

Pension Credit

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will make it her policy to increase pension credit payment levels to compensate for the effects of lower interest rates on the income of pensioners. (309699)

From November 2009 the amount of capital completely ignored in the calculation of pension credit was increased from £6,000 to £10,000. This change was made in response to the impact of falling interest rates on pensioners and means that around 88 per cent. of pension credit recipients have all of their capital ignored.

From April 2010 the standard minimum guarantee in pension credit is due to increase by 2 per cent. This means that, from April, no single pensioner need live on less than £132.60 a week and no couple on less than £202.40 a week. The above earnings increase in the pension credit guarantee underlines the Government's ongoing commitment to tackling pensioner poverty.

We have a good track record of reducing pensioner poverty. In 2007-08 there were 900,000 fewer pensioners in relative poverty than in 1998-99 (measured as below 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income after housing costs). Pensioners are less likely to be living in poverty, as measured by relative low income after housing costs, than the population as a whole.

Pensioners: Disabled

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the average income of a recipient of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance who is over 65 years or over. (309336)

In 2007-08 the median income of individuals in receipt of attendance allowance was £12,900 per year and the median income of disability living allowance recipients aged 65 years or over was £12,200 per year. However, to look at the living standards of recipients of disability living allowance and attendance allowance, it is more appropriate to use equivalised household incomes (where household incomes are adjusted for household size and composition) as presented in the Department for Work and Pensions Households Below Average Income report. Results on this basis are given in the following table:

Median equivalised annual household incomes of household containing recipients of attendance allowance and disability living allowance who are aged 65 or over

Median annual household income (£)

Group

Before housing costs

After housing costs

Recipients of attendance allowance

19,200

18,900

Recipients of disability living allowance

18,500

17,400

All households with someone aged 65 or over

17,000

15,900

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100. 2. The Family Resources Survey is a nationally representative sample of approximately 26,000 households. Since 2002-03, the Family Resources Survey has covered the whole of the United Kingdom. The Households Below Average Income series is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. 3. Data for 2007-08 were collected between April 2007 and March 2008. 4. The Family Resources Survey is known to under-record both incomes and benefit receipt so the estimates presented should be treated with caution. 5. The figures are based on a sample of households which have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors which align the Family Resources Survey to Government office region population by age and sex. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining non-response error. 6. Attendance allowance and disability living allowance amounts have been included as income. 7. The Households Below Average Income series uses disposable household income, adjusted (or ‘equivalised’) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living. For the Households Below Average Income series, incomes have been equivalised using Organisations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) equivalisation factors. Sources: 1. The Family Resources Survey 2007-08. 2. Households Below Average Income report 2007-08.

Social Security Benefits

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Braintree constituency are in receipt of each type of benefit administered by her Department. (312079)

[holding answer 20 January 2010]: The information requested is in the following table.

Recipients of benefits in the Braintree parliamentary constituency, the county of Essex and England by statistical group: May 2009

England

Essex

Braintree

Jobseekers

1,245,820

27,360

2,430

ESA and incapacity benefits

2,162,560

44,550

3,450

Lone parents

625,830

13,750

1,130

Carers

665,180

16,450

1,220

Others on income related benefit

2,105,360

51,380

3,960

Disabled

1,764,340

45,630

3,530

Bereaved

80,170

2,210

160

Receiving state pension only

6,240,990

198,100

13,950

All

14,890,230

399,450

29,840

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; some additional disclosure control has also been applied.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Caseload figures for attendance allowance, carers allowance, and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example, because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit).

4. The statistical group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible. For example a claimant of disability living allowance and jobseeker's allowance would appear in “Jobseekers”, not in “Disabled”.

5. From November 2008 the “incapacity benefits group” includes employment and support allowance (ESA). ESA replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008. Prior to this the “incapacity benefits group” referred to claimants of incapacity benefit (including credits only) or severe disablement allowance including people claiming income support on the grounds of incapacity.

6. May 2009 are the most recent data available.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Unemployment: Leeds

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she has taken to reduce levels of unemployment in Leeds, West constituency amongst lone parents since 2001; and if she will make a statement. (306951)

Lone parents in Leeds, West have access to a wide range of pre-employment and in-work support, including the new deal for lone parents, dedicated personal advisers, working tax credits and in-work credit. Lone parents claiming jobseeker's allowance also have access to support available to other jobseekers, such as to self-employment support, provisions such as work-focused training and recruitment subsidies available as part of the six month offer, the flexible new deal, and access to Local Employment Partnerships, where available.

According to the Household Labour Force Survey, the employment rate of lone parents in West Yorkshire was approximately 50.2 per cent. in 2001 (Quarter 2) and approximately 52.8 per cent. in 2009 (Quarter 2). West Yorkshire is the smallest region which includes Leeds, West for which the Department has employment data for lone parents.

Electoral Commission Committee

Electoral Fraud

7. To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Commission is taking to minimise the risk of fraud in the general election. (312133)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it is working with police forces, electoral registration officers and returning officers to establish a network of single point of contact officers for electoral matters and has delivered training seminars for police forces and electoral administrators on electoral fraud.

The Commission has also, with the Association of Chief Police Officers, published guidance for electoral administrators and police forces on tackling electoral malpractice, and has established performance standards for electoral registration officers and returning officers on how to identify fraudulent activity.

General Election Counts

9. To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what information the Electoral Commission holds on the number of election counts that are not planned to commence on the evening of polling day in the general election. (312135)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has asked all returning officers to provide information about their current plans for counting ballot papers at the next UK parliamentary general election. This information has been made available in the House of Commons Library.

In summary, as of 7 January, returning officers for 586 out of 650 constituencies had provided information. Of these, 52 currently do not plan to count ballot papers on the evening of polling day at the general election. A further 17 have indicated they may defer counting in the event that the general election is combined with local authority elections, and 187 were still undecided.

Solicitor-General

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Solicitor-General how many iPODs have been bought by the Law Officers’ Departments since 2005; and at what cost. (311893)

The Crown Prosecution Service is a devolved organisation. To obtain this information would require local managers to review all paper procurement records and would incur disproportionate cost.

The remaining Law Officers’ Departments have not purchased any iPODs during this period.

Leader of the House

Reform of the House of Commons Committee

27. To ask the Leader of the House when she plans to bring forward proposals for the House to decide on the recommendations of the Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons. (312143)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. and learned Friend the Leader of the House gave to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) in oral questions today.

Wales

Economic Situation: Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers, (b) ministerial colleagues and (c) representatives of Bosch to discuss the closure of Bosch operations in Wales; what the date of each such meeting was; and who attended each; (312250)

(2) when he was informed of Bosch’s intention to end their operations in Wales;

(3) what discussions he has had with Unite on the closure of Bosch operations in Wales.

I have had discussions with a range of interested parties, including the First Minister and Unite.

Last October Bosch announced that it was holding a 90 day of consultation on the future of the plant, either to cut 300 posts or to close the site completely. On 14 January, Bosch management confirmed that it was recommending the closure of the factory, phasing out production and all jobs by the summer of 2011.

Although the consultation period continues until the end of February, we are already working closely with the Welsh Assembly Government to provide the support and assistance necessary to help those affected to find new opportunities and get them back into work as quickly as possible.

Prime Minister

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 547W, on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of machinery of government changes; and whether he has made such an assessment since 5 June 2009. (310345)

Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

To ask the Prime Minister what severance payments have been made to Ministers who have left office since May 2007. (311198)

Severance pay is payable in accordance with section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991.

Olympic Games: Canada

To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Office are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such attendance. (310842)

Since 1999 the Government have published on an annual basis a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. From 2007-08 the list was extended to include all Ministers. The list also provides information on the number of officials who accompany Ministers. Copies are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2009-10 will be published as soon as the information is available.

All travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Civil Service Management Code respectively.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Employment Tribunals Service

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employment tribunals relating to his Department have been held in each of the last five years; and what the total cost to his Department was of such tribunals in each such year. (309940)

DEFRA and its executive agencies have been taken to an employment tribunal 14 times in the last five years. Of these 14 cases, five cases were found in favour of the individual and DEFRA incurred costs. As the number of employment tribunals upheld in each of the last five years is such a small number, we cannot give further details because of the possibility of identifying individuals.

Fly Tipping: Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the flycapture fixed penalty notice dataset for each local authority for 2008-09; (311485)

(2) what proportion of local authorities provide flycapture fixed penalty notice data for waste receptacle offences to his Department.

DEFRA collects information from local authorities, on fixed penalty notices for a range of environmental offences, including litter, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and waste receptacles. These are published on the DEFRA website:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/local/legislation/fpn/index.htm

The most recent complete year is 2006-07—the first year many of the FPNs came into being. The return indicates that 43 out of 354 English local authorities (12 per cent.) issued a total of 988 fixed penalty notices for waste receptacle offences.

Figures for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are being collected from local authorities and these will be published on the DEFRA website shortly.

Forestry Commission: Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Forestry Commission plans to sell any of the land it holds. (312490)

The Forestry Commission has an ongoing programme of asset sales, the proceeds of which are re-invested in the management and development of the public forest estate.

House of Commons Commission

Bars

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, columns 825-6W, on bars, for what reason the House of Commons Commission decided not to consult the Administration Committee on possible sites for location of nursery facilities; and if he will make a statement. (312365)

The Commission considered it important to have the planned nursery facility operating early in the new Parliament, before new Members had made other childcare arrangements. This is a challenging timescale, given the need for listed building consent and consent for change of use, the time required to make the premises ready and the requirement to pass the Ofsted inspection and be registered with Ofsted. In view of the time constraints, the Commission decided it was not feasible to consult the Administration Committee.

Legislation: Internet

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will bring forward arrangements to ensure that legislation introduced in the House is published on the internet in the format recommended by mysociety.org in its Free Our Bills campaign. (312170)

The House Administration is currently considering, together with its counterpart in the House of Lords, a proposal for a Procedural Data Programme to update the IT systems holding data about the proceedings of the House, including Bills and amendments to them, so that the data is made available in an open standardised electronic format. The programme would aim to produce Bills and amendments in an electronic format which both complies with open standards and is readily re-usable so that it can be exchanged between parliamentary systems and made available to the public for further processing by others. This output would be similar to what is being requested in the Free our Bills campaign, and also to what is referred to by the House of Lords Information Committee in its recent report “Are the Lords Listening? Creating Connections Between People and Parliament (HL Paper 138—1, 2008-09)”. The work would be undertaken in consultation with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, the Office of Public Sector Information (responsible for publishing Acts) and the Cabinet Office.

Staff are working with the existing software supplier to improve the quality of the XML output from the Bill drafting software. In addition, staff are examining the possibilities of using Bill data in its existing form to publish improved information on the parliamentary website, such as by linking Bill texts to existing Acts of Parliament which the Bill would amend. Some Bill texts showing the amendments made at Committee stage are already published on the parliamentary website (for example, the Financial Services Bill).

Members: Email

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on “Members: email”, whether PICT has had discussions with representatives of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) to find a technical fix to allow PGP software to be used on hon. Members' computers in a way which is not incompatible with Parliament's current version of VPN (remote access) software. (312432)

No. PICT provide support to an alternative encryption software product which is deemed to be completely satisfactory. However, Members are not restricted to using the encryption product that PICT offer and support, and can choose to use other products, including PGP.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 622W, on “Members: email”, if the House of Commons Commission will ask PICT to undertake a further evaluation of whether Pretty Good Privacy software can be used by hon. Members following the introduction of new versions of the PGP email proxy and the Infoexpress VPN client. (312433)

No, there is no need to do so. Members are not restricted to using the encryption product that PICT offer and support.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Construction

To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire of 29 October 2009, Official Report, columns 517-8W, on the “Olympic Games 2012: construction”, if she will list the construction contracts which have been awarded to firms based on each region. (309302)

Full details of Olympic Delivery Authority's direct suppliers, including a map showing benefits to each region is available on London 2012's website at:

www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/oda-suppliers/index.php

Details of companies which have construction contracts through the supply chains of ODA's tier one contractors are also provided on the website, this includes the region they are from.

Olympic Games 2012: Finance

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what commitments the Government Olympic Executive has received from other Government bodies in relation to support for the London 2012 Olympics; and what budget is attached to each such commitment. (312343)

As part of the £9.325 billion public sector funding package for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), and the Department for Transport (DfT) are providing funding to the Olympic Delivery Authority for venues, infrastructure and Olympic Park security. As part of that package, the Home Office is providing £600 million for the wider policing and security of the games, and there is a further £238 million as a security contingency. CLG is providing £2.851 million and DfT £1.016 million.

In total 19 Government Departments are engaged in delivering the games and the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) is currently working closely with those Departments to help them develop their plans and confirm the associated costs.

Culture, Media and Sport

Big Lottery Fund: Discrimination

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Big Lottery Fund has provided to Developing Discrimination Advice Regional Events in 2009-10. (311801)

The information requested is not held by my Department and relates to matters that are the responsibility of the Big Lottery Fund.

Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund to write direct to the hon. Member.

Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Camelot Group

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions members his Department have had with the National Lottery Commission on Camelot’s proposed entry into the commercial market for bill payments and mobile telephone payments; and whether the Commission has made any assessment of the potential effect of such an entry on the commercial market in the area. (312249)

My officials and I have regular meetings with the National Lottery Commission about the full range of National Lottery Regulation issues, and the possibility of Camelot providing ancillary services has been discussed in that context.

The approval of the National Lottery Commission is required to allow the National Lottery operator to undertake such services and the Commission is currently considering proposals from Camelot.

Digital Broadcasting: Radio

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of digital switchover under the provisions of the Digital Economy Bill on the ability of local commercial radio stations without a digital path to continue to broadcast on the analogue spectrum. (312081)

No specific assessment has been made of the impact of the radio provisions set out in the draft Digital Economy Bill on local commercial stations remaining on FM after the digital radio switchover. However, these provisions, and the proposals in the Digital Britain White Paper, were made following 18 months of consultation with the radio industry, which included representatives of small local commercial stations.

I am continuing this dialogue with the industry with the specific purpose of ensuring that local radio can continue to thrive on FM after the digital radio switchover.

Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of Scottish households are able to receive digital radio services; what plans his Department has to increase coverage for digital radio in Scotland before 2015; what the cost of implementing those plans will be; and who will pay for the implementation. (311894)

The Spectrum Planning Group, which formed part of the Digital Radio Working Group, reported in November 2008 that 77.8 per cent. of the population in Scotland had access to indoor Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

Coverage of digital radio broadcasting in the UK continues to increase and both the commercial and the BBC’s national multiplexes now reach about 90 per cent. of the UK population. The Digital Radio Upgrade programme will require new investment in building and improving DAB coverage and reception. To this end we will be working with the BBC and commercial operators to ensure coverage of DAB is comparable to FM by the end of 2014.

The Digital Britain White Paper was clear that the investment need to increase coverage will need to come from both commercial operators and the BBC.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in Scotland receive (a) digital commercial radio and (b) BBC digital radio services. (312104)

The Spectrum Planning Group, which formed part of the Digital Radio Working Group, reported in November 2008 that 76.2 per cent. of the population in Scotland had access to digital commercial radio services, while 77.8 per cent. of the population in Scotland has access to BBC digital radio services. Figures are based on indoor coverage.

Industrial Health and Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether written health and safety advice is issued to each new employee in his Department. (311375)

While a written document is not provided to new staff, they are directed towards the departmental intranet on starting which outlines in detail the procedures and guidance on this matter. They are also given an emergency contact card which encourages them to read the evacuation procedures and provides them with key essential numbers for internal security, NHS Direct and other such contacts.

Defence

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Estonian military personnel are serving with British Forces in Afghanistan; and in what capacity. (311355)

There are 155 Estonian military personnel serving in Afghanistan. An Estonian Infantry company operates with British forces in Task Force Helmand.

Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sub-contracts have been awarded in his Department’s aircraft carriers procurement programme; and what the monetary value is of each such sub-contract. (311746)

As at 21 December 2009, a total of 93 sub-contracts had been placed by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to support the build of the two Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. A detailed list of these sub-contracts will be placed in the Library of the House.

Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to introduce a lapel badge for those who worked in the munitions factories during the Second World War. (305243)

I have been asked to reply.

While I gratefully acknowledge the important contribution made by the munitions workers in the Second World War, there are no present plans to introduce a lapel badge.

Helicopters

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force is (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose. (311896)

Operational capability is measured in terms of flying hours rather than the number of airframes available. All rotary wing operational requirements are currently being met.

“In-Service” has been taken to mean the effective fleet which covers all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared surplus or awaiting disposal. Aircraft in the Forward Fleet are those aircraft that are available to Front Line Commands for Operational and training purposes. ‘Fit for purpose’ has been taken to mean which are ‘Available’. This is defined as those aircraft within the Forward Fleet that are considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The number of helicopters available varies from day to day, primarily due to routine maintenance requirements.

All aircraft in the Forward Fleet which are not Available are classified as Short-Term Unserviceable, because they may be undergoing first-line maintenance, other minor works or being prepared for transportation. Aircraft which are Short-Term Unserviceable can usually be made Available relatively quickly.

The Departmental Fleet comprises effective and non-effective aircraft. Non-effective aircraft are those aircraft still on the Military Register which are declared surplus and awaiting disposal and are no longer expected to be flown. Effective aircraft comprise those in the Depth Fleet and those in the Forward Fleet.

Aircraft in the Depth Fleet are those which are undergoing modification, depth maintenance and repair; in storage (including attrition aircraft); surplus aircraft awaiting classification as ‘ineffective’; or Trials aircraft.

The information requested is shown in the following table. The figures are averages for December 2009.

Helicopter type/mark

Departmental fleet (number of aircraft)

Effective fleet (number of aircraft)

Proportion of departmental fleet that is effective (percentage)

Forward fleet (number of aircraft)

Available (number of aircraft)

Proportion of forward fleet that is available (percentage)

Royal Navy

Lynx Mk3

28

28

100

20

13

65

Lynx Mk8

33

33

100

20

13

65

Merlin Mk1

42

42

100

22

10

45

Sea King Mk 4/6

42

42

100

27

18

67

Sea King Mk5

15

15

100

11

7

64

Sea King Mk7

13

13

100

10

7

70

Army

Apache

67

67

100

46

23

50

Gazelle

84

37

44

22

16

73

Lynx Mk 7/9

100

88

88

54

34

63

Bell 212

7

7

100

7

7

100

Royal Air Force

Chinook 2/2a

38

38

100

27

21

78

Merlin Mk 3/3a

28

28

100

19

7

37

Puma

34

34

100

24

12

50

Sea King Mk 3/3a

25

25

100

17

9

53

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter of 30 November 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay regarding a constituent, Mr. J. Dodd. (312248)

I will reply to the hon. Member for Billericay before 30 January 2010, responding to the letter from his constituent, Mr J. Dodd.

Navy: Caribbean

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are located in the Caribbean; and whether any are being tasked to assist with humanitarian efforts in Haiti. (312573)

There are no Royal Navy ships in the region at this time. The Ministry of Defence is sending a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, RFA Largs Bay, to carry vital relief goods to Haiti. This is a high priority task and I trust it will be seen as a significant contribution by HMG to the international aid effort.

In addition, an eight-strong Royal Military Police protection team has been deployed to assist the FCO's consular Rapid Deployment Team, and we have sent a 12-man Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team to assess whether further specialist UK military support is required.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department. (310523)

The area and annual rental costs for vacant and occupied office space rented by the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service and the Crown Solicitor's Office is shown in the following table.

Name of building

Status

Gross floor area (square metre)

Annual rental costs excluding VAT (£)

Castle Buildings, Stormont

Occupied

3,862

510,000

Hillview Buildings, Stormont

Occupied

812

47,000

Knockview Buildings, Stormont

Occupied

1,921

120,000

PSNI HQ Brooklyn, Belfast

Occupied

153

8,640

Dundonald House Annex

Occupied

n/a

0

Stormont House Bungalow, Stormont

Occupied

132

12,000

Stormont House and Annexe, Stormont

Occupied

3,225

64,000

Massey House, Stormont

Occupied

2,475

45,000

Unit 2, Walled Garden, Stormont

Vacant

350

26,000

Lagan House, Belfast

Occupied

947

100,000

Millennium House, 4th Floor, Belfast

Occupied

594

92,000

Millennium House, 6th Floor, Belfast

Occupied

1,579

219,000

Windsor House, 20th Floor, Belfast

Occupied

297

31,400

Thames House, London

Occupied

3,098

902,576

Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast

Occupied

65

6,250

Belfast Chambers, 93 Chichester Street, Belfast

Occupied

5,465

525,828

Lisburn Chambers, Linenhall Street, Lisburn

Occupied

2,493

236,500

Linum Chambers, Bedford square, Bedford Street, Belfast

Occupied

2,802

295,000

Ballymena Chambers, Parkway, Ballymena

Occupied

2,494

179,800

Omagh Chambers, 2 Townhall Square, High Street, Omagh

Occupied

2,265

196,000

Foyle Chambers, 35 Limavady Road, Londonderry

Occupied

2,365

206,000

3rd Floor, Royal Courts of Justice

Occupied

1,239

78,500

The area and net book value for vacant and occupied office space owned by the Northern Ireland Office is shown in the following table.

Name of building

Status

Gross floor area (square metre)

Net book value (£)

Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough.

Owned

4226

77,272,207

Maryfield, Belfast

Owned

n/a

3,000,000

n/a = not available

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many iPODs have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost. (311911)

There have been no iPODS bought by the Northern Ireland Office, including its arm’s length bodies and the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its agencies and NDPBs, since 2005.

Health

Dental Services: Bexley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in the London borough of Bexley were treated by a dentist providing NHS services in the last 12 months. (311563)

Information is not available in the format requested. The proportion of child patients seen by an NHS dentist in the previous 24 months in Bexley Care Trust is 59.1 per cent. as at 30 September 2009.

Health Services: Sight Impaired

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to issue guidance to NHS bodies on the provision of information to blind and partially-sighted people at the time of their diagnosis with another condition or illness. (311288)

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, service providers are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. This may include producing information about the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions in different formats, depending on an assessment of the person's needs. It is up to individual service providers as to how they make any necessary reasonable adjustments.

Hospital Wards: Closures

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards operated by Southend Hospital Trust have been closed during January 2010; and for what reason. (312489)

The information requested is a matter for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We have written to John Bruce, Chair of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, informing him of the hon. Member's inquiries. He will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Influenza

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons were recorded as having contracted seasonal influenza in each year since 1998; and how many persons were recorded as having contracted swine influenza in the last 12 months. (312496)

Data on the total numbers of cases of seasonal influenza are not collected.

At the start of the swine flu pandemic, all suspected cases were investigated by laboratory testing. As of 1 July 2009 there were 6,929 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United Kingdom.

From July, however, as case numbers rose rapidly, only a small proportion of suspected cases were laboratory confirmed. From that point onwards, estimates of case numbers were made by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), with the aim of providing an indication of the trend in the occurrence of the disease in the population. It was recognised, however, that there was considerable uncertainty in the case number estimates and, in order to allow for this, wide ranges around the estimates were provided.

A total of 845,000 cases of illness due to influenza infection were estimated to have occurred in the population of England during the pandemic in 2009 based on the published, weekly, HPA estimates up to 20 December 2009 (range 415,000 to 1,662,000). This is recognised to underestimate the true number of people infected due to the occurrence of infection in many others who had either very mild illness or infection with no illness at all.

Influenza: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been inoculated against influenza in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last five years. (312487)

Data on the number of people who have received influenza vaccine are available nationally and at the strategic health authority and the primary care trust (PCT) levels. No data are available for individual parliamentary constituencies or local authorities.

Data on the total number of people vaccinated against influenza during the influenza season (winter) of the years 2005-06 to 2009-10 are given in the following table for the PCT that have included the West Chelmsford constituency and Chelmsford local authority.

Influenza season (winter)

Primary care trust1

Number of people vaccinated with seasonal influenza vaccine

Number of people vaccinated with swine influenza vaccine

2005-06

Chelmsford

16,492

Maldon and South Chelmsford

11,176

Witham, Braintree and Halstead

21,786

2006-07

Mid Essex

50,712

2007-08

Mid Essex

55,423

2008-09

Mid Essex

57,626

2009-10

Mid Essex

253,058

38,942

1 Primary care trust boundaries changed in 2006.

2 Provisional data up to end December 2009. These data include vaccination of frontline healthcare workers for which there are no data available for the primary care trust in earlier years.

3 Provisional data up to end of November 2009 (December 2009 data were not available at time of writing). These data include vaccination of frontline healthcare workers. The figure is for the number of people that have received at least one dose of vaccine. Most people only need one dose of swine influenza vaccine but some require two doses given at least three weeks apart (data on the number of people that have completed their vaccination course are not yet available).

NHS: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS charities which have NHS bodies as corporate trustees have submitted requests to change to independent trustees in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (311760)

(2) which NHS charities will be required to consolidate their funds into the accounts of the relevant NHS body under the new International Accounting Standard 27 being introduced in April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Three national health service bodies submitted a request to appoint independent trustees. Two have since indicated that they do not want to proceed at this stage.

It is not possible to identify individual NHS charities that will be required to consolidate their accounts into those of their relevant NHS body under the new International Accounting Standard 27 in April 2010, as application of the accounting standard will be determined locally taking into account the materiality of charitable funds. Our best estimate is that this may be around 30, which amounts to around 10 per cent. of those who are currently governed by a corporate trustee.

However, we are continuing to work with the Treasury, the Charity Commission and other stakeholders to seek ways to strengthen the independent governance of NHS charities to enable us to meet the standard without invoking the requirement for consolidation.

Although accounts may be consolidated for reporting, the charity’s funds would remain wholly independent from NHS budgets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the NHS arising from incidents attributable to weather conditions in January 2010. (311773)

This is a matter for the local national health service. The NHS, as part of its planning process, ensures operational challenges, such as adverse weather are factored into local contingency plans, including the cost of treating patients.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the pre-Budget report, which budgetary headings of NHS spending will comprise (a) the 95 per cent. of NHS frontline spending due to rise in line with inflation and (b) the 5 per cent. that will not. (311995)

National health service frontline spending is defined as 95 per cent. of the NHS near-cash expenditure limit in 2010-11. This covers all NHS spending that supports patient care.

The remaining 5 per cent. covers a large number of budgets that do not directly contribute to patient care in the NHS including areas like consultancy and administrative budgets for the Department, arm’s length bodies and strategic health authorities.

Full details will be set out in the next spending review.

NHS: ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS benefits and pensions sub-departments spent on information technology in the last three financial years; how much of this was spent on (a) software development and testing and (b) application including (i) staff training, (ii) the cost of new hardware and software and (iii) the cost of launching into the live environment. (311383)

NHS Pensions, a division of the Business Services Authority, administers the NHS Pension Scheme on behalf of the Department. They are unable to breakdown the costs of launching into the live environment because these costs are not broken down to this level within their accounts. These particular costs are therefore included in the overall development and testing costs in section 1 of the following table:

NHS Pensions

£

2007-08

2008-09

2009-101

Total

1. Software development and testing

56,508

3,479,307

11,828,878

15,364,694

2. Staff training

7,240

1,266

17,310

25,816

3. Cost of new hardware and software

19,921

187,057

206,978

Total

63,748

3,500,494

12,033,245

15,597,487

1 April to December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS IT projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas in the last three years; and what the monetary value is of each such contract. (311384)

Within the national programme for information technology (IT), no discrete system or service projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas during the period. Comprehensive information is not held centrally about local IT procurements by national health service organisations outside of the national programme, and could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has allocated for the (a) procurement, (b) maintenance, (c) compliance testing and (d) security of IT systems in 2010-11. (311385)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

NHS: Negligence

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clinical negligence which were funded by conditional fee agreements were closed in each of the last five years; in how many such cases damages were paid (a) by agreement to settle and (b) by award; what the total cost was of defending each such case where damages were paid; how much was paid to claimants in legal costs in (i) total, (ii) base costs and (iii) success fees; and in such cases where damages were paid, how much was paid in after-the-event insurance premiums. (312528)

The information requested is in the following table and was provided by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA). The NHSLA is only able to provide an overall total of claimant costs because a global figure is recorded in its database. To provide a detailed breakdown of claimant costs, including After the Event insurance, would be at disproportionate cost.

Number of claims where the claimant funding was conditional fee arrangement (CFA) closed April 2004 to March 2009

Year of closure

Number of CFA claims closed

Number of claims

Damages paid (£)

Defence costs paid (£)

Claimant costs paid (£)

2004-05

233

151

4,551,050

886,720

2,084,936

2005-06

861

625

31,892,845

5,177,915

14,448,748

2006-07

1,142

799

46,973,706

7,579,297

22,640,640

2007-08

1,559

1,127

62,559,320

10,596,148

37,934,943

2008-09

1,579

1,120

68,841,494

9,828,907

38,888,773

Total

5,374

3,822

214,818,415

34,068,986

115,998,040

Primary Care Trusts: Overtime

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust has paid in staff overtime in January 2010. (312015)

Information about how much each primary care trust has paid in overtime in January 2010 will be available from the Electronic Staff Record in March 2010.

Swine Flu

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of persons who died following contraction of swine influenza in the last 12 months had also contracted other diseases. (312495)

Overall approximately 80 per cent. of people who died with Pandemic H1N1 (2009) infection also had other pre-existing diseases or other underlying medical conditions.

Further detail is available in a report in the British Medical Journal, ‘Donaldson LJ, Rutter PD, Ellis BM, Greaves FEC, Mytton OT, Pebody RG and Yardley IE. Mortality from pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza in England: public health surveillance study’. BMJ 2009; 339 b5213; this is available online at:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/339/dec10_1/b5213

Swine Flu: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of unused stocks of swine influenza vaccine can be returned to suppliers at no cost to the public purse. (312497)

We are unable to return vaccines that have already been delivered. The options for handling the anticipated surplus of vaccine are currently being explored with the manufacturers. We will be seeking to minimise the overall cost to the British taxpayer.

Swine Influenza: Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimated expenditure under each budgetary heading has been on the swine influenza outbreak. (311997)

The spend on drugs for pandemic flu preparedness (not swine flu specific) prior to the swine flu pandemic was over £500 million. We also had plans for additional committed spend on further drugs. Since the outbreak, that spend has taken our expenditure to over £1 billion. We are not able to break down this number due to confidentiality clauses in our contracts with the various manufacturers.

The costs of consumables are also subject to confidentiality clauses.

The system development costs incurred to date for the National Pandemic Flu Service amount to approximately £13.5 million. Further operational costs are all in commercial confidence.

The cost of advertising and publicity activity in England on swine influenza, including the Swine Flu Information Phone Line, is approximately £15 million to date.

Home Department

Departmental Billing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009. (311258)

The Home Office performance for paying all invoices within 30 days and paying SME compliant invoices within 10 days in December 2009 is shown in the following table:

Table 1: Home Office performance of paying total number of invoices within 30 days and SME compliant invoices within 10 days for December 2009—Home Office and UKBA

Number/percentage

Total number of all invoices paid

5,623

Percentage of total number of all invoices paid within 30 days

95

Number of SMEs' compliant invoices paid within 10 days

1,282

SMEs—percentage of compliant invoices paid with 10 days

99

CRB's performance of paying invoices within 10 days in December 2009 is shown in the following table:

Table 2: CRB performance of paying SME invoices within 10 days for December 2009

Number/percentage

Total number of all invoices

284

Number of SME invoices paid within 10 days

109

SME percentage of invoices paid within 10 days

89.34

Departmental Contracts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 703W, on the UK Border Agency, who his Department's commercial partners are; and which are the 110 locations referred to. (311463)

UKBA has global contracts with two suppliers to provide visa application support services across all its regions. These are VFS-Global and CSC.

The two commercial partners operate 105 visa application centres, the locations of which are in the following list. This is an updated figure.

Country

Location

Algeria

Algiers

Bahrain

Manama

Bangladesh

Chittagong

Dhaka

Sylhet

Brazil

Brasilia

Rio de Janeiro

Sao Paulo

Canada

Edmonton

Halifax

Ottawa

Toronto

Vancouver

China

Beijing

Chengdu

Chongqing

Fuzhou

Guangzhou

Hangzhou

Jinan

Nanjing

Shanghai

Shenyang

Shenzhen

Wuhan

Egypt

Alexandria

Cairo

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

France

Bordeaux

Marseille

Paris

Germany

Berlin

Dusseldorf

Munich

Ghana

Accra

India

New Delhi

Jalandar

Chandigarh

Kolkata

Chennai

Hyderabad

Bangalore

Cochin

Mumbai South

Mumbai North

Ahmedabad

Pune

Italy

Rome

Indonesia

Jakarta

Jamaica

Kingston

Japan

Osaka

Tokyo

Jordan

Amman

Kazakhstan

Almaty

Kenya

Nairobi

Kuwait

Kuwait City

Lebanon

Beirut

Libya

Tripoli

Malawi

Lilongwe

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Mozambique

Maputo

Namibia

Windhoek

Nepal

Kathmandu

Nigeria

Abuja

Lagos - Ikeja

Lagos - VI

Oman

Muscat

Pakistan

Islamabad

Karachi

Lahore

Mirpur

Philippines

Manila

Qatar

Doha

Russia

Yekaterinburg

Moscow

Novosibirsk

Rostov

St. Petersburg

Serbia

Belgrade

Singapore

Singapore

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah

Riyadh

Al Khobar

South Africa

Cape Town

Durban

Johannesburg

Port Elizabeth

Pretoria

South Korea

Seoul

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Switzerland

Geneva

Zurich

Syria

Damascus

Taiwan

Taipei

Thailand

Bangkok

Turkey

Ankara

Bursa

Gazientep

Istanbul

Izmir

UAE

Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Uganda

Kampala

Ukraine

Kiev

Zimbabwe

Harare

Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of appeals against visa refusal decisions at all overseas posts were allowed in (a) January 2009, (b) April 2009, (c) July 2009 and (d) October 2009. (312089)

The information requested is given in the following table. Immigration statistics for October 2009 will be published on 25 February.

UKBA monitors closely the reasons why appeals were overturned and uses the information to improve decision-making quality.

Worldwide

Report year 2009

Allowed rate (percentage)

January

44

April

38

July

41

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many colleges approved by the UK Border Agency between December 2008 and December 2009 were subsequently suspended and their licence either not issued or cancelled. (311858)

Of the colleges admitted to the Register of Sponsors for Tiers 2, 4 and 5 during the period 1 December 2008 and 31 December 2009 as of 18 January 2010 the UK Border Agency has revoked the licences of 13 sponsors and suspended a further 85.

The figure quoted is not provided under National Statistics protocols and has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students who failed to attend college or to pay their fees were returned to their country of origin between December 2008 and December 2009. (311859)

The information requested is not centrally recorded and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student spouse visas were issued from the beginning of December 2008 to December 2009. (311860)

With the introduction of tier 4 of the points based system (students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, “Student Dependent”. The number of visas issued in these categories in the period December 2008 to September 2009 are shown in the following table. Visa statistics for the last quarter of 2009 will be published on 25 February.

Visas issued: student dependents: December 2008 to September 2009

Visa category

Visas issued

Student dependent (spouses + children) December 2008 to March 2009

10,961

Tier four (general) dependent-partners April 2008 to September 2009

6,566

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) husbands and (b) wives of persons studying in the UK from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Bangladesh were issued with visas for the purpose of entering the UK to join their spouses between January 2007 and December 2009. (311863)

The number of visas issued to partners is as follows:

Visas issued: student dependents: January 2007 to September 2009

Visa Category

India

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Total

Student Dependent(spouses + children January 2007 - March 2009

5331

3822

2129

1,1282

Tier four (General) Dependent -Partners April 2008 - September 2009

1869

89

54

2,012

With the introduction of Tier 4 of the Points Based System (Students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, Student Dependent. It is not therefore possible to provide the information requested except at disproportionate cost.

Immobilisation of Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has paid in vehicle clamping charges incurred on (a) privately-owned and (b) publicly-owned land in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (302749)

The Department's accounting systems do not hold the information at the requested level of detail. An answer could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Industrial Health and Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the health and safety advice issued to each new starter upon joining his Department. (311815)

The Home Office and its agencies, UKBA, IPS and CRB provide general health and safety advice to new starters through induction training and local line manager input. This advice includes emergency and evacuation procedures, accident reporting and first aid. The Health and Safety policy and other health and safety information is also available for all employees on the Home Office intranet.

We have no centrally produced Health and Safety advice sheet that can be placed in the Library but will make available a copy of the Home Office Health and Safety policy.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 18 June and 17 August 2009 on his constituent, Mr. Peter Booth. (310920)

The signed reply letter was sent to the hon. Member for North-East Hampshire on 18 January 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Billericay of 27 October and 8 December 2009 on his constituents, Mr. and Mrs. Adedoyin. (312235)

Passports: Fraud

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fake British passports have been recovered (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each year since 2005. (311304)

The number of counterfeit, or ‘fake’ UK passports identified in the UK and recorded by UK Border Agency since 2005 is as follows. The figures for 2009 are not currently available.

UK (number)

2005

6

2006

7

2007

13

2008

23

Total

49

Figures for ‘fake’ UK passports encountered overseas are not available.

Passports: Lost Property

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into the whereabouts of the passport of Miss Inaaya Khurram post ref Abu Dhabi 296566; and if he will make a statement. (311378)

I am unable to comment on individual cases in PQ replies. I have written to the hon. Member in response to the question he has raised.

Prosecutions: EU Action

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on judicial systems in the UK of the European Public Prosecutor envisaged under the provisions of the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement. (312431)

There has been no assessment of the impact of a European Public Prosecutor (EPP) on judicial systems in the UK because no proposal to create such a body has been presented.

While the Lisbon treaty created a legal base for an EPP any proposal seeking to take advantage of that legal base would have to be agreed by unanimity of all participating member states. The UK would also have the choice whether or not to participate by virtue of our Justice and Home Affairs Opt-In Protocol. Therefore, under no circumstances could we be obliged to take part in the creation of an EPP were a proposal to be made.

Repatriation: Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the reintegration scheme in 2008-09. (311017)

Reintegration assistance to support enforced and voluntary removals is provided by Assisted Voluntary Returns programmes and the Facilitated Returns Scheme.

The cost of the 2008-09 Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration programmes is currently not available as it is subject to audit, which will be made available in spring 2011.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency will provide information to the Home Affairs Committee on FRS expenditure when she writes in January 2010.

Surveillance: Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 487W, on “Members: surveillance”, whether guidance has been given to public authorities on the use of surveillance authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in respect of hon. Members and noble Lords. (312020)

Guidance to public authorities authorising covert techniques under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is given in Home Office statutory codes of practice approved by Parliament. We are currently revising the codes on covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources to make it clear that special consideration must be given to authorisations which involve information relating to communications between a Member of Parliament and a constituent in respect of constituency matters. The draft revised codes were laid before Parliament on 5 and 18 January to come into effect on 6 April.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which 34 local authorities supported the use of the Act by local authorities for surveillance related to dog fouling, littering or school enrolment checking. (312022)

My response of 7 January 2010, Official Report, column 524W, to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) stated that the relevant details would be published shortly and copies placed in the House Library. That was done on 18 January.

UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of calls to the UK Border Agency helpline which have not been connected in the last 12 months. (312253)

We do not record how many calls have not been connected to the UK Border Agency Helpline. Management information is only available for the resolution or otherwise of those calls that are connected.

Vetting: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Record Bureau checks have been made on individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of checking in the most recent year for which figures are available. (311793)

The total volume of applications made for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks by people under the age of 18 during the financial year April 2009 to 18 January 2010 is 111,949.

Justice

Departmental Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advertising campaigns for which his Department is responsible have (a) commenced and (b) continued in 2009-10; and what the cost of each such campaign has been. (309944)

Advertising expenditure on campaigns is interpreted as advertising expenditure other than for recruitment purposes.

The nature of the Ministry of Justice's activities—principally administering the courts, prisons, probation and tribunals systems—is such that it does not engage in significant levels of advertising on campaigns.

A survey of business areas across the Department and its Executive agencies (the National Offender Management Service, Her Majesty's Courts Service, the Tribunals Service and the office of the Public Guardian) identified the following advertising campaigns which have commenced or continued in the 2009-10 year to date.

Campaign

Cost (£)

Date

Community Payback1

Funded by Home Office

March/April 2009

Youth Justice Campaign2

Funded jointly by the Youth Task Force and Joint Youth Justice Unit

December 2009

Promotional Adverts3

2,663

2009/10 (expenditure up until 12 January 2010

Total

26,623

1 The Community Payback campaign was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and ran in March/April 2009. It was funded by the Home Office as part of the wider Justice Seen Justice Done campaign. The campaign informed the public of their power to nominate projects through which offenders can pay back local communities for their crimes without taking away work from others or making a profit for anyone. 2 The Youth Justice campaign was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and ran in December 2009 in the north-west of England. The campaign informed people of measures in place to tackle youth antisocial behaviour and offending. The total cost of £122,559 was funded by the Youth Taskforce (part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)) and the Joint Youth Justice Unit (which is managed and funded jointly by the DCSF and the Ministry of Justice). 3 The Law Commission within the Democracy, Constitution and Law division of the Ministry of Justice spent £2,663 on a number of promotional adverts in law journals, primarily to raise the profile of the Law Commission in order to: improve the rate at which proposals get implemented encourage a wider level of response to proposals on law reform encourage buy in for current and future work to continue the promotion of better law.

In addition to these outward-facing campaigns, the Ministry's Communications Directorate has undertaken various internal campaigns to promote specific corporate initiatives to staff. The cost of these campaigns cannot be separately identified from the wider work of the Communications Directorate.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sessions of media training were organised for Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years. (311513)

Training is available to Ministers on a range of issues, including handling the media, as part of both their induction and continuing development to help them carry out their duties effectively under the Ministerial Code. No sessions of media training have been organised for Ministry of Justice Ministers in the last three years.

Departmental Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what volume of waste his Department generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) metal, (e) electrical goods and batteries and (f) food waste; and what percentage of his Department's waste was (i) disposed of securely, (ii) disposed of in landfill and (iii) recycled. (311840)

The waste figures for the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) are not separated out therefore individual figures for the amount of: paper, plastic, glass, metal, electrical goods and batteries and food waste generated and the percentage of each type that was recycled are not available; nor are figures for the amount of waste disposed of securely and disposed of in landfill.

The MOJ was created in May 2007. All central Government Departments and executive agencies are required to report on sustainable operations on the Government estate (SOGE) targets as part of the sustainable development in government (SDiG) reporting process. The waste reduction and recycling targets are to:

Reduce waste arising by 5 per cent. by 2010 and by 25 per cent. by 2020 relative to their 2004-05 levels, and to

Increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of their waste arising by 2010 and by 75 per cent. by 2020.

The estimate made of total waste arising from the Ministry of Justice in 2007-08 was 71,060 tonnes of which 22 per cent. was recycled. The assessment of 2007-08 performance can be found on the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) website:

http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=853

The estimate made of total waste arising from the Ministry of Justice in 2008-09 was 82,3277 tonnes—a reduction of 19.9 per cent. against a revised baseline. This represents excellent progress and the Ministry of Justice has already exceeded the 2010-11 waste reduction target; 36.6 per cent. was recycled. The assessment of 2008-09 performance, published by CESP on 18 December 2009, can be found on the OGC website:

http://www.ogc.gov.uk/sustainability_programme_progress.asp

Recording food waste as part of SOGE (sustainable operations on the Government estate) is optional. The following table gives an estimate of food waste generated at the Ministry of Justice by those areas that have collected the data.

Tonnes

2007-8

2008-09

2009-10

MOJ HQ

106

168

67

National Archives

3

3

3

HM Prison Service carried out two surveys as part of a business case to evaluate requirements for in-vessel composting and de-watering technology with the overall aim of providing an effective solution to sites with food waste disposal issues and upholding the philosophy of “waste to resource”. The philosophy of “waste to resource” means taking waste and processing it into a useful, useable product and adding value to it. In 2006, based on 32 prisons, on average 1.45 kgs of food per prison place were wasted per week. In 2007, based on 51 prisons, the figure was 1.34 kgs of food waste per prison place per week.

Number of prisons responding

Operational capacity

Average food waste per place per week (kg)

2006

32

17,416

1.45

2007

51

30,121

1.34

The use of de-watering and in-vessel composting technology has been introduced at around 35 prisons to process food waste into compost. The compost is used on prison gardens and horticultural activities thereby reducing the requirement for bought-in compost and contributing towards the HM Prison Service strategy for phasing out peat-based products.

Additionally, a small scale anaerobic digestion plant has been installed in Guy Marsh Prison with the objective of processing biodegradable wastes, including food waste, into biogas.

Industrial Health and Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether written health and safety advice is issued to each new employee in his Department. (311374)

While formal written health and safety advice is not issued to each new employee in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), written policy and guidance is available to all staff on the intranet. The MoJ is committed to ensuring that all staff receive appropriate information, instruction and training on the health and safety matters relevant to their roles, and health, safety and fire awareness are an important part of the induction process for new staff. Moreover, health and safety risk assessments and safe systems of work are available at the point of use. HM Prison Service was awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Training Trophy in 2007 for excellence in the delivery of work-related health and safety training.

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many internal audits of mandatory drug testing have been carried out in each of the last two years; and if he will publish them. (300954)

National Offender Management Service's (NOMS) Internal Audit completed two audits of mandatory drug testing (MDT) in the last two years. A follow-up audit which assessed progress made in implementing recommendations made in an earlier report was completed in 2008. A further full audit of MDT was completed in August 2009. From January 2010, Internal Audit will undertake a regular programme of MDT audits. This will be become part of the existing establishment audit programme and will review MDT procedures in approximately 35 establishments per year. Reports are published internally.

Remand in Custody

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people of each ethnicity aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 20 and (c) between 21 and 25 years old have been (i) remanded in custody and (ii) sentenced to custody in each of the last five years. (312256)

Figures requested are shown in the following tables.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Remand receptions by ethnicity and age band 2004

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

4,355

8,517

31,943

9,741

54,556

White

3,343

6,407

8,817

22,336

40,903

Mixed

217

330

380

718

1,645

Asian or Asian British

179

508

964

1,783

3,434

Black or Black British

573

1,096

1,676

4,350

7,695

Chinese or Other

27

108

124

334

593

Unrecorded

13

38

78

27

156

1991 census codes

3

30

67

30

130

Sentenced receptions by ethnicity and age band 2004

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

5,172

13,092

22,240

52,822

93,326

White

4,120

10,652

17,828

42,959

75,559

Mixed

253

395

575

1,037

2,260

Asian or Asian British

227

683

1,482

2,425

4,817

Black or Black British

529

1,174

2,068

5,738

9,509

Chinese or Other

26

105

158

390

679

Unrecorded

16

47

58

120

241

1991 census codes

1

36

71

153

261

Remand receptions by ethnicity and age band 2005

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

4,358

8,405

11,661

31,031

55,455

White

3,272

6,271

8,435

22,918

40,896

Mixed

232

319

366

715

1,632

Asian or Asian British

202

509

977

2,114

3,802

Black or Black British

612

1,186

1,666

4,742

8,206

Chinese or Other

25

84

172

428

709

Unrecorded

13

32

26

70

141

1991 census codes

2

4

19

44

69

Sentenced receptions by ethnicity and age band 2005

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

5,175

12,644

20,495

52,100

90,414

White

4,185

10,280

16,275

41,550

72,290

Mixed

246

418

524

988

2,176

Asian or Asian British

218

644

1,435

2,869

5,166

Black or Black British

498

1,167

1,971

5,884

9,520

Chinese or Other

18

87

203

611

919

Unrecorded

8

42

63

150

263

1991 census codes

2

6

24

48

80

Remand receptions by ethnicity and age band 2006

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

4,538

8,499

11,249

31,523

55,809

White

3,284

6,254

8,023

23,258

40,819

Mixed

288

395

392

722

1,797

Asian or Asian British

204

489

1,005

2,188

3,886

Black or Black British

714

1,229

1,607

4,709

8,259

Chinese or Other

34

99

184

522

839

Unrecorded

9

28

25

78

140

1991 census codes

5

5

13

46

69

Immediate custodial sentence receptions by ethnicity and age band 2006

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

5,291

12,694

19,437

50,712

88,134

White

4,154

10,247

15,155

40,266

69,822

Mixed

271

463

515

1,005

2,254

Asian or Asian British

229

645

1,493

2,831

5,198

Black or Black British

604

1,168

1,963

5,777

9,512

Chinese or Other

25

118

248

633

1,024

Unrecorded

6

49

48

159

262

1991 census codes

2

4

15

41

62

Remand receptions by ethnicity and age band 2007

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

4,460

8,299

11,197

31,349

55,305

White

3,140

5,996

7,898

22,466

39,500

Mixed

308

392

420

793

1,913

Asian or Asian British

233

490

959

2,305

3,987

Black or Black British

721

1,293

1,616

4,952

8,582

Chinese or Other

42

115

262

753

1,172

Unrecorded

13

10

24

58

105

1991 census codes

3

3

18

22

46

Immediate custodial sentence receptions by ethnicity and age band 2007

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

Total

Total

5,356

13,666

19,617

51,622

90,261

White

4,138

11,047

15,369

40,872

71,426

Mixed

369

586

630

1,022

2,607

Asian or Asian British

232

625

1,380

3,069

5,306

Black or Black British

582

1,277

1,919

5,794

9,572

Chinese or Other

24

106

247

720

1,097

Unrecorded

9

18

67

135

229

1991 census codes

2

7

5

10

24

Remand receptions by ethnicity and age band 2008

Ages

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

All

All

4,051

8,413

11,460

33,493

57,417

White

2,772

5,934

8,086

23,976

40,768

Mixed

293

467

471

857

2,088

Asian or Asian British

233

546

983

2,690

4,452

Black or Black British

706

1,313

1,674

5,128

8,821

Chinese or Other

39

130

229

803

1,201

Unrecorded

6

13

14

37

70

1991 census codes

2

10

3

2

17

Ethnic by age (sentenced) 2008

15-17

18-20

21-25

Over 25

All

All

5,290

14,199

21,535

57,796

98,820

White

3,982

11,339

16,981

45,701

78,003

Mixed

331

621

723

1,209

2,884

Asian or British Asian

263

709

1,522

3,642

6,136

Black or Black British

691

1,401

2,044

6,232

10,368

Chinese and Other

14

112

222

933

1,281

Not recorded

7

12

34

69

122

1991 census codes

2

5

9

10

26

Reoffenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1246W, on reoffenders, for what reason some offenders were listed in prison data but could not be found on the police national computer. (312410)

The answer I gave the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) on 16 December 2009, Official Report, columns 1246-47W, presented figures on offences committed by offenders while on Home Detention Curfew (HDC). These figures were obtained by matching a dataset of offenders released on HDC with offending data taken from an extract of the police national computer (PNC). There is no unique offender ID common to the two datasets. The matching process uses each offender's surname, forename, gender and date of birth and involves both direct matching and a variety of ‘sounds like' algorithms to allow for minor errors in data entry. A small proportion of cases in each quarter cannot be matched; this can result from errors in the recording of personal details in either of the data sources, from duplicate matches when it is not possible to decide between PNC records for offenders with similar details, or from records missing from the PNC. In 2007-08 one per cent. of the offenders listed on the prison data as released on HDC could not be matched to the PNC.

Sexual Offences: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding the Government allocated to the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in 2008-09. (312121)

The Government provided Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre with £124,300 of funding in 2008-09.

Cabinet Office

Government Departments: Telecommunications

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will discuss with BT improvements to the resilience and security of its telecommunications services to Government Departments. (305612)

BT and other suppliers of telecommunications services to Government Departments discuss these issues with senior officials directly and in a number of forums including in the Electronic Communications Resilience and Response Group.

Children, Schools and Families

Apprentices

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) 16 and (b) 17-year-olds are (i) employed and (ii) non-employed apprentices on (A) Level 2 and (B) Level 3 frameworks. (303728)

According to DCSF official participation estimates for young people in England at the end of 2008, 3.1 per cent. of academic age 16-year-olds were on a level 2 apprenticeship and 0.7 per cent. were on a level 3 apprenticeship. The corresponding figures for 17-year-olds were 4.9 per cent. on level 2 apprenticeships and 1.4 per cent. on level 3 apprenticeships.

These estimates are based on snapshot data for the end of 2008 and on the highest course of study of the young person. They cannot be broken down by employment status because the Learning and Skills Council’s Individualised Learner Record (ILR) which is the source of information for apprenticeships only has employment status when they start their apprenticeship and this often changes during their time on an apprenticeship.

Departmental Electronic Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many iPODs have been bought by his Department since 2005; and at what cost. (311903)

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much expenditure his Department has incurred in respect of meals and subsistence for (a) him and (b) each other Minister in his Department since June 2007; and if he will make a statement. (303105)

The information is not available in the format requested and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (307538)

The information requested is in the following table.

Named day PQs Session 2008-09

Tabled

Replied to on named day

Percentage

December 2008

42

20

48

January 2009

77

42

55

February 2009

75

34

43

March 2009

83

51

61

April 2009

65

46

71

May 2009

71

51

72

June 2009

49

34

69

July 2009

15

12

80

August 2009

n/a

n/a

n/a

September 2009

38

31

82

October 2009

69

46

67

November 2009

82

46

56

December 2009

47

34

72

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.

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