Written Answers to Questions
Wednesday 3 March 2010
10 Downing Street
Deaths: Alcoholic Drinks
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths of (a) men and (b) women attributable to alcohol misuse there were in each local authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (320047)
The tables provide the number of deaths where the underlying cause was alcohol-related for (a) males (Table 1) and (b) females (Table 2), in each local authority in England and Wales, for the years 2004 to 2008 (the latest year available). Copies have been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Internationally accepted guidance from the World Health Organisation requires only those conditions that contributed directly to the death to be recorded on the death certificate. Medical practitioners and coroners are not supposed to record all of the diseases or conditions present at or before death, and whether a condition contributed is a matter for their clinical judgement. Lifestyle and behavioural factors, such as the deceased’s alcohol consumption, are not recorded.
The Cabinet Office IT services are outsourced to Fujitsu Services Ltd. Keyboards are provided as part of that service and replaced by the supplier when they are faulty. In the last 12 months there have been 100 replacements. The following table shows how many have been replaced in each of the last 12 months:
Number March 2009 10 April 2009 10 May 2009 12 June 2009 8 July 2009 12 August 2009 8 September 2009 8 October 2009 8 November 2009 9 December 2009 5 January 2010 5 February 2010 5
Following his speech on 24 July 2007, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister wrote to all Cabinet colleagues asking them to do more to emphasise, when considering candidates for honours, the role played by volunteers and others who serve the community. The Cabinet Secretary, as Chair of the Main Honours Committee, wrote to the Chairs of the eight Independent Honours Selection Committees repeating this strategic guidance. Government Departments and all those involved in the honours process are reminded of this guidance on a regular basis. In the New Year’s Honours List 2010, 73 per cent. of all awards went to people working in the community.
Women and Equality
Equality and Human Rights Commission: Industrial Disputes
The total spent since the inception of the Commission on the 1 October 2007 on staff training for employment tribunal litigation and process is £210. This was for an external course—part of the Law Society mandatory Continuous Professional Development requirement for Solicitors.
Commission staff receive support from the Commission's in-house Corporate Law Team, which provides advice, guidance and support in relation to employment tribunal litigation and process.
Dignity At Work Policy: Accompanying Communications Strategy
The Attorney-General's Office and Treasury Solicitor's Department have registered to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday 27 March 2010, and will be taking active steps to ensure that all non-essential lighting is powered down during the event.
The remaining Law Officers' Departments have not actively pledged to take part in the event but most have existing systems in place to ensure that all non-essential power is switched off during the weekend.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology is not a required feature of a civil enforcement system, and any system that relied solely on ANPR evidence would not comply with the relevant legislation. Although the Department for Transport does not require information about the use of ANPR in all circumstances, our records show that the following local authorities use ANPR to assist the visual identification of vehicles when the evidence is reviewed and, in some cases, to prompt the recording of evidence.
Applicant “Approved Device” certification granted Nottingham city council 16 June 2008 London borough of Hackney 30 March 2009 Bournemouth borough council 9 June 2009 Basildon district council 7 July 2009
“Approved Device” certification granted
Nottingham city council
16 June 2008
London borough of Hackney
30 March 2009
Bournemouth borough council
9 June 2009
Basildon district council
7 July 2009
Traffic authority “Approved Device” certification granted Nottingham city council 20 December 2007 London borough of Hackney 30 March 2009 Reading borough council 6 July 2009 Essex county council 28 July 2009 Bournemouth borough council 21 October 2009 Bath and North East Somerset council 19 November 2009 Liverpool city council 5 January 2010
“Approved Device” certification granted
Nottingham city council
20 December 2007
London borough of Hackney
30 March 2009
Reading borough council
6 July 2009
Essex county council
28 July 2009
Bournemouth borough council
21 October 2009
Bath and North East Somerset council
19 November 2009
Liverpool city council
5 January 2010
The following table provides the number of licensed private cars registered within the local authorities of (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) the county of Essex on the 31 December each year from 1997 to 2008.
Southend-on-Sea Essex 1997 58,235 538,188 1998 59,337 551,774 1999 61,057 569,300 2000 62,075 587,935 2001 64,093 608,629 2002 65,945 623,752 2003 67,517 627,595 2004 68,696 638,334 2005 69,465 648,379 2006 69,844 656,613 2007 70,196 665,074 2008 70,604 672,265
The Department for Transport holds no specific information on registered car owners and it should be noted that individual car owners may own multiple cars.
Data for 2009 will be published at the end of April 2010.
Driving Offences: Local Government
Driving under Influence: Crime Prevention
There is stringent legislation around drink driving, with a minimum 12 month ban for drivers found over the prescribed alcohol limit for driving. We have worked closely with the police on enforcement, such as equipping police forces with new digital breathalysers, and in making the links between police campaigns and our drink-drive advertising. This long-term strategy has helped deliver more than a 75 per cent. reduction in drink-drive related deaths and serious injuries since 1980.
The Government consulted last year on a number of further measures to reduce drink-related casualties in the Road Safety Compliance document, the results of which will feed into the Government’s post-2010 Road Safety Strategy to be published later this year.
The Department for Transport also announced in December that it had commissioned an independent review of drink and drug driving legislation. As far as drink driving is concerned, the review, led by Sir Peter North, is examining the case for changes to the current provisions, including options for reducing the legal alcohol limit for drivers. The study is also considering the likely impact of such changes on driver behaviour. Sir Peter has been asked to report by the end of March and the Government will then consult on his findings before finalising and publishing the new road safety strategy.
Copies of the Road Safety Compliance consultation document and the terms of reference for the North review have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
In addition to these steps, the Department for Transport is developing a new multi-media publicity campaign targeting drivers who continue to mix drinking and driving. We are aiming to launch the campaign in summer 2010.
The collection of information about driving licences held by drivers involved in traffic accidents was considered as part of the latest review of personal injury road casualties statistics collected by the police on behalf of the Department. The review has to consider user needs against the additional burden and practicality of collection. A copy of the summary review report, published on 4 February 2010, has been placed in the House Library.
The review proposed a new variable to identify whether a driver has a valid licence. No further details of the licence, including country of issue, will be collected as part of the statistics form. The introduction of a new electronic collision reporting system for the police from 2011 may enable further information on driving licences held by drivers involved in traffic accidents to be obtained in the future.
Rail carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:
The source of the data is AEA/Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Projected CO2 (ktonnes) emissions in GB, as published in the Carbon Pathways Analysis document by the Department for Transport, are shown in the following table:
Min Max Min Max Min Max Passenger rail 2,730 2,895 2,988 3,136 3,018 3,168 Passenger rail—electric 1,450 1,540 1,584 1,665 1,596 1,678 Passenger rail—diesel 1,280 1,355 1,404 1,472 1,422 1,491 Freight rail 569 600 607 640 618 651 Total rail 3,298 3,495 3,594 3,776 3,636 3,819 Source: Carbon Pathways Analysis, Figure 2.10, page 33 http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/analysis.pdf
Carbon Pathways Analysis, Figure 2.10, page 33
Projected carbon emissions are on a different basis from the historic figures. The former are based on data from the Office of Rail Regulation, while the latter are from the UK’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:
The source of the data is AEA/Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The following table shows the Departments latest forecasts for international, domestic and total CO2 emissions from flights departing from UK airports in 10, 20 and 50 years.
Aviation emission forecasts:
2020 2030 2060 Total International CO2 47.1 54.5 54.0 Total Domestic CO2 3.2 3.9 5.0 Total CO2 50.3 58.4 59.0 Notes: 1. Data are for UK departures only. 2. These forecasts refer to the central demand scenario s12s2, with Stansted R2 in 2015 and Heathrow R3 around 2020, as presented in “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts”, January 2009. 3. These CO2 forecasts include freight, APU and a residual adjustment to ensure consistency with the DECC outturn estimate.
Total International CO2
Total Domestic CO2
1. Data are for UK departures only.
2. These forecasts refer to the central demand scenario s12s2, with Stansted R2 in 2015 and Heathrow R3 around 2020, as presented in “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts”, January 2009.
3. These CO2 forecasts include freight, APU and a residual adjustment to ensure consistency with the DECC outturn estimate.
Road transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:
The source of the data is AEA/Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The Department for Transport’s most recent forecasts of total road transport carbon dioxide emissions for England were produced as part of the road transport forecasts for 2010, 2015, and 2025. These are available in ‘Road Traffic Forecasts 2008: Results from the Department for Transport's National Transport Model’, which is available at:
The information requested is given in the following table.
Essex1 Southend 1997 6,886 692 1998 6,821 698 1999 6,843 717 2000 6,985 745 2001 6,773 686 2002 6,408 656 2003 6,182 612 2004 6,131 571 2005 5,595 540 2006 5,330 523 2007 5,004 466 2008 4,455 450 1 Essex county, including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock
1 Essex county, including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock
Department for Transport Ministers last had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a national satellite-based road pricing scheme in the context of the Budget 2008 announcement of an invitation to the private sector to run a number of projects based on charging by time of day, distance travelled and route chosen.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In the delivery agreement document for this public service agreement (PSA) published in October 2007 DEFRA said it will take forward actions under the UK air quality strategy and implement the EU air quality directives.
The Department will also take forward the review of the national air quality strategy to identify potential new policy measures to provide further health benefits and help move closer towards the strategy’s air quality objectives. DEFRA will integrate environmental objectives, such as air quality targets, and sustainable development into policies and practice, and promote these across government, the UK and internationally. DEFRA will continue to work with partners in the EU and internationally on actions and measures to tackle national and transboundary air pollution.
Further detail on the PSA is available in the Treasury booklet “PSA Delivery Agreement 28: Secure a healthy natural environment for today and the future” available from the Treasury website at:
The renewable energy strategy is the Government’s comprehensive action plan for achieving the UK’s share of the EU 2020 renewable energy target. It was published in July 2009 alongside the low carbon transition plan.
Projections of air quality, which exclude the impact of the renewable energy strategy, indicate that the UK is expected to be in full compliance with limit values for particulate matter in 2020, and that exceedences of limit values for nitrogen dioxide will be confined to a small number of roadside locations in London. These exceedences are associated with road transport emission sources.
Emission projections, which include policies contained within the low carbon transition plan and the renewable energy strategy, indicate a small net increase in the emission of oxides of nitrogen due to increased uptake in combined heat and power units, and no change in relation to emissions of particulate matter. While a full exceedences assessment has not yet been undertaken based on these emissions projections, it is thought unlikely that there will be any impact on the extent of limit value exceedences in 2020.
DEFRA and DECC have worked closely to identify policies within the renewable energy strategy that may impact on air quality. For example, the renewable heat incentive proposes a maximum emissions standard for biomass boilers below 20MW to minimise any detrimental impact on air quality in urban areas.
Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme
Food: Public Sector
Guidance produced under DEFRA's Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative encourages all public sector bodies to, and shows how they can, specify higher animal welfare standards, including farm assurance schemes and higher level schemes such as the RSPCA's Freedom Foods standards.
The Waste Improvement Network is a service for local authority waste officers and members. It provides information, advice, guidance and support to its members, including networking possibilities and advice on working in partnerships.
The Waste Improvement Network does not provide advice on the issues listed in the question, but it does share information and good practice between councils and to that end it has published surveys and case studies on the impact of restricting residual waste i.e. on increasing recycling and reducing overall waste arisings per household.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) works with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste and develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way. It is WRAP's aim to create the case for change, support change and deliver change. WRAP's Business Plan is available on the WRAP website and provides more information about its functions and purposes. WRAP, through its local authority support programme, also provides direct support and advice to individual local authorities on all aspects of their collection and recycling services. Advice is provided at the request of local authorities and this has included advising on options for improving recycling and reducing refuse.
WRAP published guidance on alternate weekly collections in July 2007. This guidance makes reference to other options for restricting refuse capacity including that of maintaining weekly collections but providing smaller containers for refuse. This guidance document is also available on the WRAP website.
Waste Disposal: East of England
DEFRA has provided no funding to the East of England Waste Prevention Network.
WRAP has not provided any funding to the East of England Waste Prevention Network, but did provide the Network with consultancy support and advice on local communications and promotional activities linked to the East of England's involvement in the European Week for Waste Reduction in November 2009.
The UK remains strongly committed to tackling malaria.
That is why the Prime Minister committed in 2008 to provide over 20 million bednets by the end of 2010 and to help prevent 110,000 child deaths, and our 2009 White Paper committed to provide an additional 10 million bednets each year to 2013.
By the end of 2009, we had provided over 14 million bednets, preventing over 80,000 child deaths.
Jamaica and Nigeria: Development Aid
Gleneagles Summit 2005
We regularly monitor progress against the commitments made at Gleneagles. Along with the other G8 countries, we are producing an accountability report on this progress in time for the next G8 summit in Canada. This will include the Gleneagles commitments and the other development commitments made by the G8 since 2005.
Last week the Secretary of State for International Development met with Minister Beverley Oda to discuss issues including the aid volume commitments made at Gleneagles. The European Union's Gleneagles commitments were also discussed at the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers at La Granja, attended by the Minister of State. While there he also had bilaterals with German Development Minister Niebel and European Development Commissioner Piebalgs. The UK will meet its aid volume commitments and continue to press others to meet their own commitments.
Departmental Public Expenditure
The Creditor Reporting System (CRS) is overseen by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Full details of the UK return for calendar years up to 2008 are available directly from the OECD website at
A breakdown of the allocations of the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) aid for 2009 or for future years cannot be provided at this level of detail without incurring disproportionate cost. Information on 2009 flows is due to be provided to the DAC in July.
Details of funds disbursed by the Department for International Development (DFID) for agriculture and food security in each of the last five financial years are provided in the following table. DFID does not record funds allocated but not disbursed. These figures do not include spending on emergency humanitarian food aid.
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Bilateral Agriculture (incl. Fisheries) 72 55 74 52 64 Agriculture and RNR Research 36 33 26 27 33 Food Aid and Food Security 16 18 19 36 51 Rural Development 9 26 25 49 56 Rural Roads — — — — 10 Total Bilateral 133 132 145 164 214 Multilateral Agriculture (incl. Fisheries) 42 38 109 95 124 Agriculture (incl. Fisheries) Research 5 4 2 4 1 Food Security 26 31 27 19 14 Rural Development 25 20 29 19 22 Total Multilateral 98 93 166 138 161 Total DFID Expenditure Ag and FS 231 225 312 301 375 Basic Nutrition 1 1 2 9 13 Total DFID Expenditure Ag and FS (inc. Nutrition) 232 226 314 311 388
Agriculture (incl. Fisheries)
Agriculture and RNR Research
Food Aid and Food Security
Agriculture (incl. Fisheries)
Agriculture (incl. Fisheries) Research
Total DFID Expenditure Ag and FS
Total DFID Expenditure Ag and FS (inc. Nutrition)
The UK Government have committed to spend £1.1 billion on agriculture and food security between 2009-10 and 2011-12. This commitment does not include spending on basic nutrition or emergency humanitarian food aid.
Falkland Islands: Oil
If oil is discovered in the Falkland Islands, any revenues generated will be subject to the same rules applied by the UK Government to other revenue received from extractive industries.
The UK Government publish all information on revenue received from oil and gas industries, including taxation revenues and this available on the HM Revenue and Customs website at
The UK practice of disclosure of revenue information is in line with the principles of the extractive industries transparency initiative.
South Africa: Natural Resources
The UK Government support the extractive industries transparency initiative (EITI) and collaborates with the EITI Board and Secretariat to promote the adoption and implementation of the initiative by resource rich countries. The EITI Chairman, Peter Eigen, has recently written to President Zuma encouraging South African implementation. The UK Government have no plans to propose to the president of South Africa a joint commitment by the UK and South Africa to implement the initiative.
Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid
The Department for international Development (DFID) remains in regular contact with the Government of Sri Lanka on humanitarian issues. The British high commissioner to Sri Lanka and our humanitarian adviser in Colombo frequently discuss issues of concern with Government representatives and the Presidential Task Force for the Development of the North. The Foreign Secretary also raised humanitarian issues with Foreign Minister Bogollogama when they last spoke on 5 February.
Energy and Climate Change
Atomic Energy Authority: Pay
Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
The Government have assessed the potential burdens of the CRC energy efficiency scheme on local authorities, and has determined that it will not constitute a new burden. Local authorities already report reductions in CO2 emissions from their estate against National Indicator 185.
Our analysis indicates that participating local authorities should, on average, see savings through reduced energy bills outweighing administrative costs and the cost of investing in energy efficiency measures. The potential savings on energy bills are far higher than the costs incurred through CRC penalties for those at the bottom of the league table.
Climate Change: Seas and Oceans
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report indicates that, after 2100, sea levels will continue to rise for centuries to come, mainly because of continued thermal expansion of the oceans. However, the magnitude of this rise cannot be predicted precisely because it depends on a number of factors, including the effects of future greenhouse gas emissions on temperature increases and the dynamics of ice sheet melting.
The Netherlands Delta Committee report, published in 2008, estimated that thermal expansion and the likely contribution from land-based ice melt could cause global sea level rises in a range from 1.5 to 3 metres by 2200, compared to levels at the end of the last century. Urgent mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions would reduce projected sea level rise but not prevent it beyond 2100, so adaptation to sea level rise would also be needed.
Combined Heat and Power
A microCHP “pilot”—for installations with an electrical capacity of 2kW or less—will be included as part of the feed-in tariff scheme and will provide support for the uptake of up to 30,000 domestic scale microCHP installations. Because the industry is yet to become established we will review the support level as soon as 12,000 installations are reached, which we expect to be (based on industry projections) sometime in mid-2012.
Official electricity generation data are only available on a monthly basis. The latest data are for December 2009, when major power producers supplied 14,899 GWh from gas, 8,345 GWh from coal and 5,229 GWh from nuclear. electricity output data for January 2010 will be available on 25 March 2010.
Official monthly electricity data taken from table ET5.4, at:
We have had no discussions on this issue. However my Department has asked the British Geological Survey, acting as consultants, to carry out a reassessment of potential oil and gas shale resources in the UK. We expect the results of this to be published in the second half of this year and will be making these available via DECC’s Oil and Gas “Promote” website at the following address:
The following table provides information as to how many households resident in Stroud have received assistance from the Warm Front Scheme1 since its inception.
1 The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme which begun in 1991 was rebranded to the Warm Front Scheme in 2000.
Number 2000-01 119 2001-02 170 2002-03 168 2003-04 211 2004-05 199 2005-06 190 2006-07 231 2007-08 242 2008-09 347 2009-101 259 Total 2,136 1 Up to 31 January 2010
1 Up to 31 January 2010
The Warm Front scheme1 (Home Energy Efficiency scheme) is currently piloting the installation of 100 air source heat pumps and 100 installations of external wall insulation for park homes. The scheme has also piloted the installation of solar thermal heating for 125 households. The cost of these installations is fully funded by the scheme, at no cost to the participating households.
1 The Home Energy Efficiency scheme which begun in 1991 was rebranded to the Warm Front scheme in 2000.
The Government recognise that a number of its energy and climate change policies may have significant effects on energy bills. As such, analysis carried out to estimate the overall impacts on average domestic and non-domestic energy bills of the policies set out in the low carbon transition plan (including the feed-in-tariff scheme) was presented in the accompanying analytical annex. Consultation on the feed in tariff (from 15 July 2009 to 15 October 2009) received over 733 responses, 53 per cent. of which were from individuals, indicating there is considerable awareness of the scheme and its impacts.
Revised figures were published in the final impact assessment which accompanied the Government's response to the consultation.
(2) what assessment he has made of the delay in the delivery of domestic heating oil as a consequence of the Christmas and new year holidays and of the snow in January and February 2010.
Demand for heating oil increases in cold weather. Oil distributors worked hard in challenging conditions, particularly in more remote parts of the country, to supply customers during the worst cold weather experienced for 29 years. DECC officials received representations from the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) that heating oil distributors were facing increases in demand—at higher rates than they could make deliveries in large part as a result of the difficulties of access to properties due to ice and snow. DECC officials worked closely with FPS so that the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules could be temporarily relaxed to enable deliveries to be made to customers as conditions improved.
With regard to the question of Ofgem, the Government do not believe that bringing these fuels under regulations having similar scope to the Gas and Electricity Acts would be an appropriate and proportionate form of regulation. These Acts deal with markets where there are natural monopolies which mean that competition cannot be expected on its own to protect consumers from the risk of exploitation. In contrast, there is no natural monopoly in the distribution of heating oil. In the UK there are around 200 different fuel distributors each with a national, regional or local presence, with competition between the companies involved. Overall, the Government support the retention of a competitive market for heating oil, believing this to be in the best interests of all customers. Both general consumer protection legislation, such as the Sale of Goods Act and Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations, and competition law apply to this sector.
Natural Gas: Imports
Projections of net annual UK gas import dependency in (b) 2015 (43 per cent.) and (c) 2020 (45 per cent.) were published in July 2009 in Table 19 of the analytical annex to “The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan” which is (only) available online at
The equivalent estimate for (a) 2012 is 39 per cent. These projections of net annual import dependency are in line with the projections of post-transition plan net UK gas demand and net UK gas production shown in chart 22 of the analytical annex. The Department updates its projections of both UK gas demand and production from time to time so these estimates of future import dependency are subject to revision.
The data behind the charts referred to come from the analysis for the Renewable Energy Strategy. They are reproduced in tabular format as follows. A copy of this PQ will be placed in the Libraries of the House.
2008 2020 (current policies) 2020 (new policies) Renewable heat 7.3 7.5 72.1 Renewable transport 9.3 23.1 49.4 Renewable electricity 22.3 55.6 117.0 Total 38.9 86.1 238.5 Note: Electricity includes non RO
2020 (current policies)
2020 (new policies)
Electricity includes non RO
2008 2020 Onshore Wind 2.8 14.4 Offshore Wind 0.6 13.0 Bioenergy 1.7 3.3 Wave and Tidal 0.0 1.3 Hydro 1.6 2.1 Other 0.0 0.2 Small Scale electricity (non RO) 0.0 3.8 Total 6.8 38.2
Wave and Tidal
Small Scale electricity (non RO)
UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change
In this financial year (2009-10) DECC has allocated just over £18,500 to the work of the UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change. The second meeting of the group will be hosted by the Indonesian Government in July 2010. This is a working group between the UK and Indonesian Governments and as such no civil society organisations are expected to participate in the meetings.
The UK Government have an overarching memorandum of understanding covering its work with Indonesia in addressing climate change. Provision is made within this for enhancing capacity building and engagement of key stakeholders, including civil society, compatible with strategic directions developed under the Indonesian National Climate Change Council.
Accident and Emergency Departments: Alcoholic Drinks
The Department has not commissioned research on the proportion of alcohol-related accident and emergency (A&E) attendances on Friday and Saturday nights. However, in March 2008, as part of its review of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003, the Government looked at the impact of alcohol and the new licensing act on A&E services.
The review noted that
“Alcohol-related demands on A&E services appear to have been stable in aggregate, though some individual hospitals have seen increased demand, others a fall.”
Autism: Health Services
(2) when he will publish the delivery plan for the adult autism strategy; and if he will make a statement.
It will be for each local area to develop its own commissioning plan for services for adults with autism—building on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
The delivery plan, scheduled for publication by the end of March 2010, will set out in more detail the timescale for delivery in the first year, including examples of possible structures for such boards, drawing on best practice that already exists around the country.
Further delivery plans will be prepared for the second and third years of the strategy.
The National Dementia Strategy calls for all acute trusts to identify a clinical lead for dementia to take the lead for quality improvements in dementia in hospitals, including the development of an explicit care pathway for the treatment and care of people with dementia in hospital.
Provision of information to people with dementia and their carers was identified as a priority in the National Dementia Strategy. The Strategy states that following diagnosis people with dementia should be given access to information. The demonstrator site pilots are also looking at how to provide information to people with dementia following a diagnosis.
The Department has commissioned the Alzheimer’s Society to bring together evidence about information that people need following diagnosis and report back to the Department on what might be done to improve the information available. The results of this review are expected shortly.
In 2008-09 there were 232,430 people with a diagnosis of dementia, recorded on practice disease registers in England under the national Quality and Outcomes Framework scheme.
No data are held on the number of carers of people with a diagnosis of dementia. However, guidance issued to support the Quality and Outcomes Framework makes clear that practices in reviewing the needs of people diagnosed with dementia should focus on support needs of both the patient and their carer.
In 2008-09 there were 169,438 people diagnosed with dementia whose care had been reviewed in the previous 15 months and for whom practices received a reward payment under the national Quality and Outcomes Framework.
Departmental Data Protection
There has been a lot of progress in specialised commissioning since the publication of Sir David Carter's Review of Specialised Commissioning Arrangements for Specialised Services in 2006. Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) are working towards designating providers of specialised services.
To date, national designation standards have been agreed for five specialised services. The National Specialised Commissioning Group is due to consider a plan for the development of further designation standards at its meeting on 3 March 2010. This plan will make recommendations about which sets of designation material are a priority for development. It will remain for individual SCGs to decide which services they choose to designate locally, a decision based on local priorities and discussion with their constituent primary care trusts.
Some Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) operate a system of pooled budgets for some services. Others, while not formally contributing to a shared budget, are working towards the principle of risk-sharing.
The SCG Finance Network which includes representatives from each of the 10 SCGs have a work stream on pooled budgets. They are currently mapping the position in each SCG.
In 2009, a system for examining the skills and capabilities of specialised commissioners was developed, closely based on the primary care trust commissioning assurance process. This has been made available on a voluntary basis to strategic health authorities for them to assess specialised commissioning groups. The national specialised commissioning team is based within NHS London and could be assessed using the same system with some adaptations. The national specialised commissioning group is an advisory group reporting to Ministers on the commissioning of specialised services and the assurance process would not be suitable to assess its performance.
Strategic health authorities also assure the performance of specialised commissioning groups on an ongoing basis as part of their management of the local national health service.
Health Services: Crown Dependencies
The review of the ending of the reciprocal healthcare agreement with the Isle of Man will take place in the autumn, around six months after the ending of the agreement. We will publish the findings as soon as we are able following completion of that review.
Health Services: Equality
The Cross-Government Health Inequalities Programme Board is a director-general level board. Its remit is to oversee the development of a cross-government health inequalities strategy post-2010 following the report of the Marmot review (the Post-2010 Strategic Review of Health Inequalities).
Its members are:
Una O'Brien (Chair)—Department of Health
Helen Bailey—HM Treasury
Tom Jeffery—Department for Children, Schools and Families
Irene Lucas—Communities and Local Government
Sue Owen—Department of Works and Pensions
Mike Anderson—Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Stephen Rimmer—Home Office
Stephen Marston—Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Helen Edwards—Ministry of Justice
Chris Wormald—Cabinet Office
Andrew Ramsay—Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Steve Gooding—Department for Transport
Lionel Jarvis—Ministry of Defence
Jonathan Rees—Government Equalities Office
The following observers attend from the devolved administrations:-
Harry Burns—Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government
Chris Tudor-Smith—Head of Public Health Improvement Division, Welsh Assembly Government
Andrew Elliott—Director, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland
A Secretariat to the Board is provided by the Department of Health.
Health Services: Isle of Man
No subordinate legislation is required to give effect to the decision to end the reciprocal healthcare agreement between the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. The UK Government agreed a one year notice period with the Isle of Man Government to end the agreement, double the six months notice period contained within the agreement.
The UK Government have committed to working with the Isle of Man Government to carry out a review of the ending of the reciprocal healthcare agreement with the Isle of Man. The review will take place around six months after the agreement ends and will address any unforeseen consequences, including access to insurance. Accident and emergency treatment will continue to be free.
(2) with reference to paragraphs six and seven of the Minister of State's letter of 22 January 2010 to the co-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, under what agreement or authority (a) all UK pensioners visiting the Isle of Man who have lawfully lived in the UK for 10 continuous years will receive free emergency hospital treatment and admission and (b) there will be no variation in such provision following the termination of the reciprocal health arrangement; and if he will make a statement.
Free emergency hospital treatment will continue to be afforded to visitors to the United Kingdom from a country with which the UK has a reciprocal healthcare agreement. This provision does not extend to those visiting the Isle of Man, given that is not part of the UK.
The exemption from national health service charges for UK pensioners who have previously lived in the UK for 10 continuous years, under the national heath service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, applies only to UK pensioners visiting the UK. It does not apply to UK pensioners visiting destinations outside of the UK, including the Isle of Man.
(2) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an assault by bodily force on school premises in each year since 1997;
(3) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an assault of having been hit, struck, kicked, twisted or scratched by another person on school premises in each year since 1997;
(4) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an assault involving (a) a knife, (b) a sword and (c) a dagger on school premises in each year since 1997;
(5) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of gunshot wounds caused by (a) a rifle, (b) a shotgun and (c) a larger firearm on school premises in each year since 1997;
(6) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an attack by a dog on school premises in each year since 1997;
(7) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of gunshot wounds caused by a handgun on school premises in each year since 1997;
(8) how many people of each age have been admitted to hospital for injuries sustained by assault by (a) hanging, (b) strangulation and (c) suffocation on school premises in each year since 1997.
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust: Translation Services
The Department's policy research programme is funding a £2 million long-term neurological conditions research initiative. The initiative is investigating the care needs and experiences of those living with neurological conditions. It includes a study focusing on the needs of people suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
The Medical Research Council is similarly funding a number of projects specifically concerned with PSP; and supports a broad portfolio of research relating to neurodegenerative disorders that includes two major projects that, whilst addressing the wider topic, specifically mention they are of relevance to PSP.
Swine Flu: Vaccination
Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome are not routinely included in the clinical risk groups for vaccination for H1N1 swine influenza. These conditions are not known to increase the severity or duration of community acquired infections, such as influenza. Therefore, these conditions are not routinely regarded as causing immunosuppression, which is one of the conditions in the clinical risk categories. However, general practitioners (GPs) should take into account the risk of influenza infection exacerbating any other underlying disease that a patient may have, as well as the risk of serious illness from influenza itself. GPs should consider on an individual basis the clinical needs of their patients.
Air Force: Military Aircraft
The following table shows the combined number of fixed wing aircraft of all three services that were planned to be in service at the end of March 1997 and the number of fixed wing aircraft in actual service at the end of January 2010.
Role March 1997 January 2010 Fast Jet (Excluding Hawk) 408 297 Tanker, Transport and Communications 111 92 ISTAR and Maritime Patrol 45 18 Training (Including Hawk) 477 404
Fast Jet (Excluding Hawk)
Tanker, Transport and Communications
ISTAR and Maritime Patrol
Training (Including Hawk)
Since 1997 Sea Harrier and Jaguar aircraft have been withdrawn from service and Tornado F3 continues to drawdown. A number of Training and ISTAR aircraft types used in 1997 have either been replaced by contractor owned fleets or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which are not included in the answer.
Deliveries are continuing of the more capable Typhoon aircraft and an additional C17 aircraft is on order. FSTA, A400M, Nimrod MRA4 and Joint Strike Fighter are planned to enter service over the next decade.
Armed Forces: Equal Opportunities
Equality and Diversity policy for the armed forces is set out in the Ministry of Defence Unified Diversity Strategy. This policy is implemented through the Department’s published Equality and Diversity Scheme.
The Equality and Diversity Scheme which includes an action plan sets out how we intend to meet our statutory general and specific Race, Disability and Gender Equality Duties. This scheme demonstrates our continued commitment to our equality and diversity agenda, making equality and diversity integral to all our policies, functions and services. We publish an Annual Report against the scheme setting out the progress being made against the targets set out in the action plan.
Armed Forces: Training
Success in Afghanistan is our main effort, and will remain our principal commitment for as long as it takes. Our approach at this time must be—and is—Afghanistan first. All exercises that better prepare our forces for operations in Afghanistan will continue but those exercises that are considered not to directly support our effort have been examined critically and, where appropriate, cancelled.
The following table advises those exercises that have been cancelled.
Ponte Vecchio/Tower Bridge
Lion Sun 1
Lion Sun 2
Lion Star 1
Lion Star 2
Iron Ram/Ferro Ariete
Anatolian Eagle 10
Green flag West 10-9
Torpedo Focus 10-3
Bold Avenger 10
Exercise Blue Flag was cancelled by the host nation.
Exercise Rimpac 10 was cancelled due to the unavailability of an airframe which has been diverted to support operations.
Armed Forces: Vehicles
I am withholding the information on the numbers of vehicles available on operations for operational security reasons.
The Department holds a huge variety of logistics and engineering vehicles. For ease these have been grouped by role and category. The overall number of vehicles in service within each category are shown in the following table:
Role Total number in service Engineering Armoured Engineering 66 Bridging 177 Bulldozer 53 Dumper Truck 265 Excavator 487 Forklift 20 Route Engineer Plant 109 Beach T/WAY Dispenser 2 Logistics Bulk Fuel 1,499 Cargo 12,427 Container Handler 31 Crane 119 Equipment Transporter 794 Forklift 785 Medical 906 Recovery 388 Bulk Water 79 Airfield Support 472 Fire Vehicles 141
Total number in service
Route Engineer Plant
Beach T/WAY Dispenser
(2) how many of his Department's (a) military and (b) civilian personnel have been deployed to Haiti since the earthquake on 12 January 2010;
(3) how much his Department has spent on relief and deployments to Haiti since the earthquake on 12 January 2010.
[holding answer 1 March 2010]: The Department for International Development (DfID) is leading the UK response to the Haitian earthquake: at DfID’s request the Ministry of Defence (MOD) sent a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship, RFA Largs Bay, to carry vital relief supplies to Haiti. RFA Largs Bay arrived in Haiti on 18 February, delivered its cargo of aid and is now engaged in further taskings in support of the World Food programme under the direction of DfID. This has been a high priority task and I trust it has been seen as a significant contribution by the Government to the international aid effort.
The MOD deployed an Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team to Haiti via 2 C-130 Hercules flights to advise DfID on the capabilities of RFA Largs Bay and on what military assistance was required. DfID does not currently require any military assistance in the region beyond that already in Haiti. The MOD continues to take an active role in the UK response, and will provide further assistance where possible if required.
Some 130 military personnel are on board the RFA Largs Bay. Five military personnel remain in Port-au-Prince in support of the ship. Eight members of a Royal Military Police close protection team for the FCO's consular Rapid Deployment Team as well as 11 military personnel and one civilian from the Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team were deployed initially to Haiti following the earthquake but have all since returned to the UK. A small number of UK service personnel on exchanges (with Canada, Bermuda and USA military forces) were also deployed, or were on standby to deploy, to Haiti.
Spending by the MOD in support of Operation PANLAKE, the assistance provided by MOD to Haiti on behalf of DfID, will be recovered from DfID. At present, it is not possible to provide a final costing of the operation as the work is still being completed.
The following table reflects the number of harassment complaints reported since October 2006 for each service. Some Tri-Service defence organisations do not record the service to which the complainant belongs.
Statistical data prior to October 2006 are not held centrally.
Formal harassment complaints Royal Navy Army RAF Tri-Service Organisations October 2006 to March 2007 10 52 15 0 April 2007 to September 2007 21 17 21 0 October 2007 to March 2008 15 39 21 0 April 2008 to September 2008 29 20 27 7 October 2008 to March 2009 17 34 30 5 April 2009 to December 2009 26 67 27 0
Formal harassment complaints
October 2006 to March 2007
April 2007 to September 2007
October 2007 to March 2008
April 2008 to September 2008
October 2008 to March 2009
April 2009 to December 2009
Statistics for Tri-Service Organisations have only been collected since April 2008. Armed forces personnel statistics may also include cases raised by MOD civilians against a service person.
The following table shows the number of formal complaints of bullying or harassment raised by MOD Civilians through the Department’s Harassment and Bullying complaints procedure where investigation by a Harassment Investigation Officer has been requested.
Formal bullying and harassment complaints (financial year) MOD civil service 1999-2000 19 2000-01 16 2001-02 13 2002-03 13 2003-04 27 2004-05 20 2005-06 36 2006-07 55 2007-08 66 2008-09 82 2009-10 (to date) 60
Formal bullying and harassment complaints (financial year)
MOD civil service
2009-10 (to date)
Due to the way information is recorded for civilian bullying and harassment complaints, it is not possible to separate the two types of complaint except at disproportionate cost.
(2) when he plans to answer question 315473, on the comprehensive review of the Board of Inquiry report on the sinking of HMS Sheffield, tabled on 1 February 2010.
The review of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) report into the sinking of HMS Sheffield was concerned with the provision of considered advice to the then Minister of State for the Armed Forces on which documents from the BOI report should be published.
The findings of the review were never presented in a report; but led to the publication of the BOI report and associated papers, as announced on 2 November 2006, Official Report, column 23WS.
International Military Services Limited: Iran
International Military Services Ltd (IMS Ltd) is a private limited company, albeit one owned by the Secretary of State for Defence. The company is under the direct control and management of a board of directors who are responsible for the conduct of its affairs. Questions on the legal and contractual issues between IMS Ltd and the republic of Iran are routinely for the company to address.
However, I asked my officials to consult the managing director of IMS about this case. His advice is that discussions between the two parties continue, and are leading to resolution of all of the outstanding issues.
I will update this House when these matters are fully resolved, and it is my intention at that time to wind up IMS Ltd.
Military Bases: Carbon Emissions
The Ministry of Defence's (MOD's) carbon emissions from its military establishments in the UK and abroad since 2005 are provided in the following table:
UK estate Overseas estate Total carbon emissions 2005-06 1,668,527 211,673 1,880,200 2006-07 1,642,121 192,479 1,834,600 2007-08 1,519,725 376,175 1,895,900 2008-09 1,541,984 306,716 1,848,700
Total carbon emissions
The increase in carbon emissions during 2007-08 and 2008-09 is because figures for the overseas estate from Gibraltar, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Northwood in the UK and the Army overseas estate are taken into account. In previous years these figures were not included.
The Department's headline energy figures are now published within the MOD's Defence Statistics, included for the first time in 2009. They are also published yearly in MOD's Sustainable Development Report and separately by the Sustainable Development Commission as part of their role as the Government's Sustainable Development watchdog.
The Royal Navy does not deploy with the sole aim of diplomatic engagements or defence industry exhibitions; this is done on an opportunity basis. These types of engagements are undertaken when a vessel is located in, or passing through the region. Details of these engagements for the past five years are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The work previously co-ordinated by the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group now forms part of studies being undertaken by Atomic Weapon Establishment under the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme. This is required to inform decisions, likely to be necessary in the next Parliament, on whether and how we may need to refurbish or replace our current warhead. Expenditure amounted to some £7.3 million in 2008-09 and is forecast to be some £16.5 million in 2009-10. Comparable levels of future annual expenditure are anticipated until final decisions are taken.
Some special nuclear material is held at sites that are not owned by the Ministry of Defence. I am withholding further information on the location of this material as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice national security and defence in the UK.
Somalia: EU Action
(2) what recent reports he has received on the (a) military and (b) financial contribution of each EU member state planning to participate in the EU Training Mission for Somalia;
(3) how many British service personnel of each rank in each unit in each service he expects to participate in the EU Training Mission for Somalia;
(4) what NATO assets he expects to be used for the EU Training Mission for Somalia under the (a) 2003 Berlin Plus arrangements and (b) 2002 NATO-EU Declaration on the European Security and Defence Policy;
(5) how much and what proportion of the funding of the EU Training Mission for Somalia his Department plans to contribute; and how much of that funding had been disbursed on 10 February 2010.
The European Union is currently undertaking detailed planning for the proposed EU Training Mission (EUTM) to Somalia and we are discussing appropriate force levels and financial contributions with our European partners. We are currently assessing possible UK contributions. We do not anticipate any UK military aircraft being used in EUTM Somalia nor do we anticipate that the mission will use any wholly owned NATO assets.
The current anticipated costs to the UK, should the mission proceed, are around €0.7million (£0.636 million). This represents our proportion of common costs currently assessed at around 14 per cent. Of this €0.4 million (£0.364 million) had been disbursed by 10 February 2010.
Territorial Army: Deployment
As of 1 December 2009 the strength of the Territorial Army, including University Officer Training Corps cadets, was 34,520. Of the total strength approximately 1,300 are currently mobilised in support of operations. Approximately a further 19,000 are available for mobilisation, subject to their being released from their civilian commitments and completing additional pre-deployment training. This represents around 55 per cent. of total Territorial Army strength. Available for mobilisation is defined as those who have completed phase 2 training and are not bound by limitations of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.
Type 45 Destroyers
(2) what reports he received on the recent test firing of the Type 45 missile systems; and if he will make a statement.
The Secretary of State for Defence has not personally been involved in discussions relating to Sea Viper. However, I have been briefed by industry, partner nations and officials on a number of occasions, both on the recent test firing of the Sea Viper missile system and, more generally, on the weapons systems on the new Type 45 destroyers.
Government Car and Despatch Agency
Since the creation of my post in June 2007, my private office has formed part of the Cabinet Office. The amount paid to the Government Car and Despatch Agency is shown in the following table:
Expenditure (£) 2007-08 41,116.93 2008-09 122,226.83
Figures for 2009-10 are not available until the end of the reporting year. All of this expenditure was paid to the Government Car and Despatch Agency.
Olympic Games 2012: Plants
Business, Innovation and Skills
Figures for bankrupts in Leeds, North- West constituency by age group since 2005 are shown in Table 1 as follows:
Age group2 Unknown Under 25 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ 2005 6 5 18 9 6 9 2 2006 3 5 15 30 7 10 3 2007 4 1 13 26 19 7 3 2008 12 3 18 25 17 15 5 1 Where bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (from 95.3 per cent. in 2005 to 96.9 per cent. in 2008) 2 Where bankrupt has provided a valid date of birth (from 92.1 per cent. in 2005 to 93.4 per cent. in 2008)
1 Where bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (from 95.3 per cent. in 2005 to 96.9 per cent. in 2008)
2 Where bankrupt has provided a valid date of birth (from 92.1 per cent. in 2005 to 93.4 per cent. in 2008)
Self-employed traders may be declared bankrupt (or enter into an individual voluntary arrangement [IVA]), but, registered companies are the subject of “liquidation” (compulsory liquidation or creditors voluntary liquidation [CVL]).
Table 2 shows the number of self-employed traders who were declared bankrupt since 2005.
Year2 Leeds North West constituency 2005 13 2006 14 2007 9 2008 14 1 Where bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (from 95.3 per cent. in 2005 to 96.9 per cent. in 2008). 2 Figures from October 2006 are compiled on a different basis and are not comparable to earlier figures
Leeds North West constituency
1 Where bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (from 95.3 per cent. in 2005 to 96.9 per cent. in 2008).
2 Figures from October 2006 are compiled on a different basis and are not comparable to earlier figures
Regional figures for 2009 are not currently available for bankruptcies, as they are compiled on an annual basis. They will be available later in 2010.
Official statistics covering corporate insolvencies, including liquidation, are not currently available at a sub-national level within England and Wales.
Departmental Carbon Emissions
This Department is required to report performance data on carbon emissions annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process.
The latest assessment of Government’s performance against targets was published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on 18 December 2009, and is available on the OGC website:
Information on reporting years prior to 2008/09 was collated and published by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) and can be found on the SDC website:
Further Education: Finance
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC)—and from 1 April the Skills Funding Agency—has responsibility for the funding of post-19 further education and skills delivered through colleges and training organisations.
For 2010/11 academic year, the main funding streams available to colleges for post-19 learning are the Adult Learner Responsive and Employer Responsive budgets. Within these, Government funding is prioritised towards basic literacy and numeracy skills and full level 2 and full level 3 qualifications that provide the skills for adults to enter into and progress in employment and further learning.
It is for the LSC to agree with colleges the broad level outcomes that they expect to deliver for this funding. The actual amount paid will depend on how colleges respond to demand from learners and employers in line with local and regional priorities. Regional skills priorities will be articulated in regional priority statements by regional development agencies.
In addition to Adult Learner Responsive and Employer Responsive funding, some colleges and training organisations also receive Government funding to support a clearly defined set of outcomes. For example funding for the training element of the Young Person’s Guarantee is to support 18 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for six months or longer to undertake specific employment focused training. The funding will therefore respond to meeting a local need.
The policies and actions of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and its predecessors, have focused on building a competitive economy and on delivering prosperity and sustainable economic growth. The implementation of BIS policy in the Yorkshire and the Humber region has been taken forward primarily by the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward and the Government office for Yorkshire and the Humber, working in partnership with the local authority and other relevant bodies. The Government and their regional and local partners have responded vigorously to the global recession, providing assistance to businesses and individuals. Statistical information at constituency level is limited. Information has therefore been provided for north-east Lincolnshire local authority area, which includes the Great Grimsby constituency. Examples of how BIS policies and actions have impacted on north-east Lincolnshire include:
Levels of skills in the working age population have increased in north-east Lincolnshire since 1999 although they remain below the regional and national averages:
Performance at NVQ Level 1 and above has increased from 67.8 per cent. to 77.9 per cent.
Performance at NVQ Level 2 and above has increased from 46.5 per cent. to 59.2 per cent.
Performance at NVQ Level 3 and above has increased from 29.0 per cent. to 31.6 per cent.
Performance at NVQ Level 4 and above has increased from 14.8 per cent. to 16.8 per cent.
The proportion of the working age population with no qualifications has decreased from 23.2 per cent. to 10.3 per cent.
Local Area Labour Force Survey (LALFS)/Annual Population Survey(APS)
The stock of VAT registered businesses in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 3,735 businesses in 1997 to 3,820 in 2007.
BIS VAT registrations/deregistrations by industry
The proportion of business registrations (including VAT and PAYE) per 10,000 resident population aged 16 and above in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 41.5 in 2002 to 42.5 in 2008.
BIS Enterprise Directorate Data
The percentage of small businesses showing growth in number of employees in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 12.3 per cent. in 2003 to 14.7 per cent. in 2008.
BIS National Indicator Data
The average gross full-time weekly earnings in north-east Lincolnshire have risen from £342.30 in 2002 to £451.60 in 2009, an increase of 32 per cent.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)
In support of its objective of promoting business efficiency, investment and competitiveness Yorkshire Forward has provided grants for businesses through the Selective Finance for Investment (SFI) scheme, which started in April 2004, and its successor the Grants for Business Investment (GBI) scheme, which started in October 2008. Yorkshire Forward has made 24 SFI and GBI grant offers to businesses in north-east Lincolnshire totalling £7.7 million, creating or safeguarding 1,663 jobs. Yorkshire Forward has also provided grants to support research and development by small and medium-sized businesses, through the SMART scheme and its successor, the Grants for Research and Development scheme. Since 2000, Yorkshire Forward has offered five research and development grants totalling £164,852 million to small and medium-sized businesses in north-east Lincolnshire.
Since 2008, Business Link Yorkshire has been the single contact point for all publicly funded support available to businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber. This has made it easier for businesses to access information, advice and support on issues including business regulation, best practice, marketing, innovation, financial support and help with exporting. For example in 2009/10 to date, Business Link Yorkshire has helped 1,260 businesses in the north-east Lincolnshire area and 256 individuals thinking of starting a business. As part of the Government's Real Help Now package we are providing more help for businesses to survive during the current economic conditions. Since October 2008 this has included a free Business Link health check which can be a useful starting point for identifying further business support tailored to the needs of individual companies. To date Business Link Yorkshire has arranged 373 health checks for small and medium-sized businesses in north-east Lincolnshire. In addition, the Yorkshire Forward funded Financial Health Check, which offers a grant of £2,000 for accountants to carry out a full review, has benefited 35 businesses in north-east Lincolnshire.
BIS also supports the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) programme, which was announced by the Chancellor in 2005 to promote enterprise in the country's more deprived areas boosting local incomes and employment opportunities, and building sustainable communities. North-east Lincolnshire was awarded £18.7 million for its LEGI programme (“e-factor”) in December 2006. Since the programme began, e-factor has, with LEGI funding:
helped over 450 business start-ups
given assistance to over 400 businesses
created over 450 new jobs
helped over 250 people off benefits
had 30 businesses register for VAT.
For further information on Great Grimsby, the Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at
All workers resident in Leeds North West constituency qualify for paid annual leave entitlements. The statutory minimum as set out in the working time regulations is at least 5.6 weeks.
Numbers of workers resident in Leeds North West constituency are not available. However, according to the Annual Business Inquiry Employee Analysis by the Office for National Statistics, there were a total of 30,500 employees who worked in Leeds North West constituency (but did not necessarily live there) in 2008, who would all qualify for paid annual leave entitlement.
Local Government: Statistics
Maternity Leave: Essex
From April 2007 all employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave, of which 39 may be paid. Employers are not required to record or report the uptake of maternity leave to the Government.
The most recent estimates of take-up of maternity leave are based on the DWP “Maternity Rights and Mothers’ employment decisions in Britain: Survey of Mothers” (2007). In 2006, when the mothers included in the study went on maternity leave, the statutory entitlement to Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) was 26 weeks, while mothers who had worked for their employer for a qualifying period of 26 weeks were also entitled to Additional Maternity Leave (AML) of 26 weeks. The Office for National Statistics estimate there were 15,370 live births in Essex in 2006.
For mothers taking maternity leave in 2006:
84 per cent. took 26 weeks or more maternity leave;
35 per cent. took exactly 26 weeks maternity leave;
46 per cent. of mothers took between 27 and 52 weeks and 3 per cent. were off for more than 52 weeks;
16 per cent. of mothers took less than the statutory minimum entitlement (i.e. 26 weeks in 2006).
The next “Maternity Rights” survey will be based on mothers who took maternity leave starting in summer 2008. It is due to report later in 2010. The “Maternity Rights” survey sample is not large enough to produce robust estimates at constituency or county levels.
The Science: [So what? So everything] campaign was launched on 28 January 2009. Costs in each year are as follows:
2008-09: £601,200 ex VAT (covers period from start of campaign 28 January 2009 to end of FY)
2009-10: £1,261,000 ex VAT (includes actual and projected costs for this FY)
The fraction of any individual official's time dedicated to the campaign varies between less than 10 per cent. to upwards of 80 per cent. The campaign is overseen by a senior civil service manager as part of the Department's Science and Society programme.
The following officials are responsible for the management of the campaign:
2 x Grade 6
1 x Grade 7
1 x Senior Information Officer
1 x Information Officer
The Science: [So what] campaign is one aspect of a wider initiative to promote public engagement in science which includes support for activities like National Science and Engineering Week and the work of outside individuals and organisations who are helping to take forward the BIS Science and Society strategy. The campaign plays a part in contributing to the success of this broad-based activity. Its aim is to focus on putting science in places that it would not typically be associated with, such as consumer and tabloid media and thereby demonstrating to the public how important science is to their everyday lives
To evaluate the effectiveness of the Science: [So what] campaign, BIS uses a range of measures, including visits to the campaign website, the extent that media coverage has reached the campaign's core audience and its return on investment for media coverage. An Ipsos-MORI survey is also being conducted with a representative sample of 2,000 people from the C2DE (lower income) core audience, in order to gauge their recognition of the campaign, its messages and the media channels used.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has spent the following on creating and maintaining the Science: [So what? So everything] website:
2008-09: £56,440 (development costs for the landing site before campaign launch 28 January 2010)
Between its launch on 28 January 2009 and 24 February 2010, the site has received:
121,589 unique visitors
an average of 320 unique visits per day.
359,737 page views over the same period.
The fraction of any individual official's time dedicated to the campaign varies between less than 10 per cent. to upwards of 80 per cent. The campaign is overseen by a senior civil service manager as part of the Department's Science and Society programme. The following officials are involved in the management of the contract for maintaining the site, with delivery contracted to an agency:
1 x Grade 6
1 x Information Officer
The "Other minor science programmes" line in Table 11 of the Departmental Report covers a number of smaller programmes as detailed below. The figures for 2009-10 are:
£ million Public Sector Research Establishments Fund 12.5 Science and Society activities 15.4 Government Office for Science 2.9 Contribution to the funding of the FCO Science and Innovation Network 2.9 Research Base Initiatives 0.4 Provision for additional allocations to NERC and STFC to cover the increased costs of international subscriptions resulting from exchange rate movements 30.0 Loan Repayment 43.0
Public Sector Research Establishments Fund
Science and Society activities
Government Office for Science
Contribution to the funding of the FCO Science and Innovation Network
Research Base Initiatives
Provision for additional allocations to NERC and STFC to cover the increased costs of international subscriptions resulting from exchange rate movements
The loan repayment relates to an intra-Departmental loan from Departmental non-science budgets that was made in 2007-08.
[holding answer 26 February 2010]: I regret that due to an administrative error the Department’s Parliamentary Unit issued the wrong answer to the hon. Member’s question tabled on 10 December 2009 (307712). I apologise to the hon. Member. The answer should have been:
The Government have made available £45 million in the academic year 2009/10 through the Access to Learning Fund to provide financial support for students who need extra help to access or remain in higher education. The fund is administered by the universities and colleges which make their own decisions on how best to use their ALF allocation, including whether or not to make short-term loans (for whatever reason). Information on the uses to which the universities and colleges are putting their 2009/10 allocation is not available.
Communities and Local Government
Business and Community Safety Forum and Practitioners' Forum
Minutes of the Business and Community Safety Forum meetings held in the last 18 months will be placed in the Library of the House. Minutes of the Practitioners’ Forum are produced by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association which provides its secretariat and are available at:
Community Infrastructure Levy
There will be no formal requirements for authorities to revise their charging schedules. Part 3 of the draft CIL regulations covers charging schedules. The Government’s position on revising charging schedules is set out in paragraphs 3.134 and 3.135 of the CIL consultation document of July 2009, available at the following link:
Regulations for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) were laid before Parliament on 10 February 2010. If approved by Parliament, the CIL regulations will scale back planning obligations to prevent charging for the same infrastructure items through both CIL and planning obligations. Bodies operating a CIL will be required by Regulation 123 to set out what infrastructure they intend to fund through CIL and will be prevented from seeking planning obligation contributions towards those same items.
Sections 205 (2) and 216 (2) of the Planning Act 2008 ringfence CIL receipts for spending on infrastructure items that support the development of an area, subject to CIL Regulation 63, which prevents CIL from being used to fund affordable housing and Regulation 61, which allows authorities to use a percentage of CIL receipts to finance the administrative costs of CIL.
The Government’s policy on the use of planning conditions is set out in Circular 11/95. The Government launched a consultation on a new policy document on conditions on 21 December 2009, which will form an annex to the new Development Management Policy Statement, on which a consultation was launched on the same date.