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Written Answers

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Prime Minister

Detainees

To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the statement of 18 March 2009, Official Report, columns 55-6WS, on detainees, how many cases of potential criminal wrongdoing have been referred to the Attorney-General since March 2009; and if he will make a statement. (318805)

Since March 2009 one further case has been referred to the Attorney-General, as set out in a letter from the Foreign Secretary to the right hon. Gentleman on 11 September 2009.

Cabinet Office

10 Downing Street

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 508W, on departmental official hospitality, on what date (a) Mr. Derek Draper, (b) Mr. Charlie Whelan and (c) Mr. Damian McBride last entered the Downing Street/Cabinet Office complex as a visitor. [Official Report, 9 March 2010, Vol. 507, c. 3MC.] (318328)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer given on 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 877W.

Deaths: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of (a) men and (b) women attributable to the effects of alcohol there were in each local authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (320047)

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.

Departmental Computers

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many computer keyboards purchased by her Department have been replaced owing to damage in each of the last 12 months. (319638)

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

Honours

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Prime Minister’s speech at Britain’s Everyday Heroes Book Launch of 24 July 2007, what steps she has taken to reform the honours system to recognise more widely citizens’ contributions to civic society since July 2007. (318355)

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

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 556W, on Equality and Human Rights Commission: industrial disputes, how much the Commission has spent to date on (a) internal courses, (b) external courses and (c) external trainers for staff training for employment tribunal litigation and process. (319748)

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

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (a) Dignity at Work policy and (b) accompanying communications strategy. (319625)

The Commission's Dignity at Work policy has not yet been finalised. It is due to be completed in March 2010. When the policy has been finalised I will place a copy in the Library, together with any accompanying communications strategy.

Solicitor-General

Departmental Energy

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Law Officers’ Departments plan to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010. (319100)

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.

Departmental Theft

To ask the Solicitor-General how many thefts from the Law Officers' Departments have been recorded in the last two years. (318990)

Special Advocates

To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 245W, on special advocates, in how many cases special advocates were used; on how many court or tribunal days special advocates were used; and what the total cost of the use of special advocates was in each of the categories listed in the question. (318930)

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

Transport

Automatic Number Plate Recognition

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer of 7 July 2009, Official Report, column 644W, on parking fines, which local authorities use automatic number plate recognition technology for (a) civil parking enforcement and (b) traffic lane enforcement, according to records held by his Department; and on what date each local authority was certified to use such technology. (319801)

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.

(a) Traffic Management Act 2004—civil parking enforcement

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

(b) Transport Act 2000—civil bus lane enforcement

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

Cars: Essex

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many registered car owners there were in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997. (320605)

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.

Number

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

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many cases heard by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal were brought by local authorities in respect of their own vehicles in the last 36 months. (319803)

Driving under Influence: Crime Prevention

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of instances of drink driving. (319753)

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.

Driving: Licensing

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy to collect information on the country of issue of driving licences held by drivers involved in traffic accidents. (319161)

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.

Exhaust Emissions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the total carbon dioxide emissions from trains in the last 10 years; and what projection he has made of such emissions from trains in the next (a) 10, (b) 20 and (c) 50 years. (317025)

Rail carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_change/gg_emissions/uk_emissions/2008_final/2008_final.aspx

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:

201420202022

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

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.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the total carbon dioxide emissions from (a) domestic and (b) international aviation in the UK in the last 10 years; and what projection he has made of the emissions from (i) domestic and (ii) international aviation in the UK in the next (A) 10, (B) 20 and (C) 50 years. (317026)

Aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_chanqe/gg_emissions/uk_emissions/2008final/2008_final.aspx

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:

Million tonnes

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.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the total carbon dioxide emissions from road transport in the last 10 years; and what projection he has made of such emissions from road transport in the next (a) 10, (b) 20 and (c) 50 years. (317028)

Road transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the last 10 years can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_change/gg_emissions/uk_emissions/2008_final/2008_final.aspx

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:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/economics/ntm/roadtransportforcasts08/rtf08.pdf

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made an estimate of the number of (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists injured in road traffic accidents in which the use of a personal music device was a contributory factor in the last five years. (320378)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents were recorded in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each year since 1997. (320645)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Reported personal injury road accidents in Essex and Southend: 1997 to 2008

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

Roads: Tolls

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a national satellite-based road pricing scheme. (319661)

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

Air Pollution

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking towards the achievement of public service agreement 28 on ambient air quality. (320000)

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:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/pbr_csr07_psa28.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas of the country he expects to be compliant with EU limits on ambient air concentrations of particulates and nitrogen oxide at the conclusion of the term of the renewable energy strategy. (320001)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the cost to his Department of the fees charged by Product Authentication International in respect of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme. (319441)

In respect of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme, the companies participating in the scheme pay for the fees charged by Product Authentication International. For this reason, there are no costs to DEFRA or any Government Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest assessment is of the financial effects on individual farms of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme; and if he will make a statement. (319442)

The Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme has no direct financial effect on individual farms. The scheme was designed specifically for the fertiliser supply chain. For this reason, there are no individual farms signed up as members of the scheme.

Food: Public Sector

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department provides to public sector bodies on procuring meat and dairy products that are free range or produced to standards equivalent to those of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Freedom Food scheme. (319537)

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.

Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) functions and (b) purposes are of (i) the Waste and Resources Action Programme and (ii) the Waste Improvement Network; and whether each body has provided guidance to local authorities on (A) adopting alternate weekly rubbish collections and (B) restricting residual refuse container capacity. (319733)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given to the East of England Waste Prevention Network since that body's inception. (319621)

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.

International Development

Malaria

11. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to control malaria in developing countries. (319874)

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

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much development aid his Department gave to Jamaica and Nigeria in the last 12 months. (319875)

The amount of bilateral aid provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) to Jamaica was £3.6 million and to Nigeria was £110.5 million in 2008-09.

Gleneagles Summit 2005

13. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards implementing those recommendations of the Africa Commission which were adopted at the Gleneagles summit in 2005. (319877)

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.

14. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his G8 counterparts on progress towards meeting commitments made at Gleneagles in 2005. (319878)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department (a) allocated to each Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Creditor Reporting System code in each of its bilateral country programmes in each of the last five years and (b) intends to allocate to each such code for each such programme in each of the next three years. (319483)

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

http://stats.oecd.org/qwids/

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department (a) allocated and (b) disbursed for (i) agriculture and (ii) food security through (A) bilateral expenditure, (B) multilateral contributions and (C) research in each of the last five years; and how much it intends to disburse in each such case in each of the next three years. (319484)

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

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

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will apply the rules of the extractive industries transparency initiative in relation to any oil that may be discovered in the Falkland Islands. (320104)

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

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm

The UK practice of disclosure of revenue information is in line with the principles of the extractive industries transparency initiative.

South Africa: Natural Resources

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will propose a joint commitment by the UK and South Africa to implement the extractive industries transparency initiative. (320105)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Sri Lanka on humanitarian issues. (319876)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the salary was of the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 2007. (319810)

Details of remuneration for the UK Atomic Energy Authority's directors are disclosed in its annual reports and accounts.

Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 735W, on the Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme, what estimate he has made of the maximum potential cost to a local authority at the bottom of the Carbon Reduction Commitment league table; whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on levels of council tax bills of that scheme; and whether those costs will be classified a new burden. (319738)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely change in sea levels attributable to climate change after 2100; and if he will make a statement. (319969)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many micro-combined heat and power installations he expects to participate in the feed-in tariff scheme. (319793)

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.

Electricity Generation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much energy generated from (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) nuclear sources was supplied to the National Grid in each week of January 2010. (319956)

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:

http://decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/source/electricity/electricity.aspx

Energy Supply

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with which energy companies he has discussed the potential contributions of oil shale to the UK's energy supply; and when he expects the British Geological Survey to complete its reassessment of potential oil and gas shale resources in the UK. (320088)

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:

https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/UKpromote/index.htm

Energy: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households resident in Stroud constituency have received assistance under the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme since its inception. (318977)

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.

Stroud constituency

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

Energy: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the take-up rate of home energy efficiency improvements in the Energy Savings Trust Penistone area project has been to date; and which such improvements are (a) free of charge and (b) made at a cost to the householder. (319734)

The total take-up of home energy efficiency improvements in the Energy Saving Trust Penistone area project is 273. Of the total, 121 of these have been free and the balance, 152, have been provided at cost to the customer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the take-up rate of home energy efficiency improvements in the Home Energy Efficiency programme trials has been to date; and which such improvements are (a) free of charge and (b) made at a cost to the householder. (319735)

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.

Feed-in Tariffs

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of public (a) awareness of and (b) opinion on the effects on energy bills of the implementation of a feed-in-tariff scheme. (319566)

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.

Fuel Oil

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent representations he has received on the delay in the delivery of domestic heating oil to consumers; and if he will introduce measures to bring the regulation of domestic heating oil providers within the remit of Ofgem; (319707)

(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

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what projection his Department has made of the proportion of UK gas demand that will be met by imports in (a) 2012, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020. (320359)

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

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/publications/lc_trans_plan/lc_trans_plan.aspx

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.

Renewable Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what figures are represented in chart (a) 2.1 on page 39 and (b) 2.4 on page 44 of The UK Renewable Energy Strategy, Cm 7686. (320362)

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.

Data behind chart 2.1 on page 39 of the Renewable Energy Strategy—renewable energy deployment in TWh of energy generation/use

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

Data behind chart 2.4 on page 44 of the Renewable Energy Strategy—renewable electricity deployment in GW of installed capacity

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

UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding he has allocated to the work of the UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change; when and where the group will next meet; and which civil society organisations are expected to participate in the group. (320090)

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.

Wales

Departmental Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible in 2009. (319585)

The Wales Office does not have any non-departmental public bodies or executive agencies, and we have not spent anything on advertising in 2009.

Departmental Theft

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years. (318992)

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the proportion of accident and emergency admissions on Friday and Saturday nights attributable to alcohol-related incidents. (319603)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance his Department plans to provide to local authorities and primary care trusts to develop (a) local autism teams and (b) local planning groups as part of implementation of the adult autism strategy; and if he will make a statement; (320003)

(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.

Dementia

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to identify people with dementia when they are admitted to general hospitals; and whether steps are taken to provide additional care for those people in respect of (a) dehydration and (b) confusion during their stay. (319924)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what written information is provided to people with dementia and their carers (a) at the point of diagnosis and (b) by a general practitioner during subsequent consultations. (319925)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are recorded on the Quality and Outcomes Framework registers kept by general practitioners as having dementia; and what estimate he has made of the number of carers of those patients who have been reviewed by a general practitioner within 15 months of the diagnosis of the person for whom they act as carer. (319967)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to revise his Department's Caldicott Guardian Manual 2006 on data sharing. (319895)

The Department's Caldicott Guardian Manual has recently been revised in collaboration with the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians. The revised manual will be published shortly.

Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the designation of specialist providers as recommended in the Carter Report of 2006 to have been completed. (319478)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards implementation of the 2008-09 Operating Framework which required Specialised Commissioning Groups to create pooled budgets for commissioning specialised services. (319479)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to assure the performance of (a) specialised commissioning groups and (b) the national commissioning group under the World Class Commissioning programme. (319480)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's review of the discontinuance of reciprocal health arrangements with the Crown Dependencies. (318221)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the Cross-Government Health Inequalities Programme Board. (320067)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether subordinate legislation is required to give effect to the decision of the UK Government to end the reciprocal health agreement between the UK and the Isle of Man with effect from 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement. (320155)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will negotiate an agreement with the Isle of Man Government to ensure that elderly persons and chronically sick and disabled persons who wish to make visits between the UK and the Isle of Man will continue to be eligible for free emergency hospital admission and treatment in either jurisdiction, providing that they are unable to obtain travel and health insurance at a reasonable cost due to their medical condition. (320188)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to paragraph seven of the Minister of State's letter of 22 January 2010 to the co-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on the UK's decision to terminate reciprocal health arrangements with the Isle of Man with effect from 1 April 2010, under what arrangements free emergency hospital admission and treatment will continue to be afforded to visitors to the Isle of Man who are visitors to the UK from a country which has a bilateral healthcare agreement with the UK; and if he will make a statement; (320189)

(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.

Hospitals: Admissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people of each age were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained as a result of an assault by (a) a sharp object and (b) a blunt object on school premises in each year since 1997; (317671)

(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.

I have been asked to reply.

Information on assaults which take place on school premises and result in hospital admission is not collected centrally.

NHS: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether efficiency savings targets will be set for each strategic health authority for the purposes of making savings of between £15 and £20 billion between 2011 and 2014. (320122)

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust: Translation Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on translation staff and services by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust in each of the last three years. (319706)

This information is not held centrally. However, it should be available directly from the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

Supranuclear Palsy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated (i) UK-based and (ii) international research into causes of progressive supranuclear palsy; and if he will make a statement. (319760)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether those diagnosed with (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and (b) symptoms associated with ME have automatic access to swine influenza vaccination. (319842)

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.

Defence

Air Force: Military Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fixed wing aircraft were in the effective fleet in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010. (319494)

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

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s policy is on equal opportunities in the armed forces; how his Department implements that policy; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness. (319929)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises originally planned for 2010 have been cancelled; and what the reasons are for each cancellation. (312661)

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.

Exercise

Jordan Express

Malaysian Express

Steppe Eagle

Cossack Steppe

French Connection

Tricolour

Asterix

Winged Star

Glow Worm/Rattlesnake

Gobi Dust

African Thorn

Oman Express

Bald Eagle

Chartered Flight

Citadel

Crown Eagle

Destier/Aurige

Devils Hat

Devils Horizon

First Eagle

First Rock

Guibert

Horizon

Kleiber

Gaulish

Longboat Warrior

Larksong Foxtrot

Marble Tor

Medoc

Modulex

Pathfinder

Pony Express

Ponte Vecchio/Tower Bridge

Readiness Challenge

Silver Eagle

Steam Drive

Top Kitten

Tunuk Warrior

Wet Gap

Work Sheet

Roman Eagle

Turtle Truss

Lion Sun 1

Lion Sun 2

Lion Star 1

Lion Star 2

Iron Ram/Ferro Ariete

Bass Rock

Anatolian Eagle 10

Green flag West 10-9

Torpedo Focus 10-3

Pitch Black

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) logistics and (b) engineering vehicles of each type were (a) in service and (b) available for operations on the latest date for which figures are available. (319488)

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

Departmental Theft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years. (318984)

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

Haiti: Earthquakes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assets his Department has deployed to Haiti since the earthquake on 12 January 2010; (319431)

(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.

Harassment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of harassment have been reported by (a) military and (b) civilian personnel in (i) each of the armed forces and (ii) his Department in each of the last 10 years. (319927)

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

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

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.

HMS Sheffield

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 351W, on HMS Sheffield, if he will lay before the House the findings of the comprehensive review of the Board of Inquiry report on the sinking of HMS Sheffield; (315473)

(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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the legal and contractual issues between International Military Services Ltd (IMS) and the republic of Iran have been resolved; what the outcome was; and whether IMS will now be wound up. (320129)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department's military establishments (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in each year since 2005. (319768)

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:

Tonnes CO2

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

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.

Navy: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days each Royal Navy frigate spent on non-operational deployment for (a) diplomatic engagements and (b) defence industry exhibitions in each of the last five years. (319943)

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.

Nuclear Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey) of 28 November 2007, Official Report, column 453W, on nuclear weapons, whether any funding for the work of his Department’s Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group is included in the funding allocation for the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme; what the cost was of work undertaken by the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group in 2008-09 and 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of the projected cost of work scheduled to be carried out by the Working Group in the next three years. (319190)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any stocks of defence special nuclear materials are held at locations other than sites owned by his Department. (319194)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many RAF (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft will be used for the EU Training Mission for Somalia; (319512)

(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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of Territorial Army personnel were available to be deployed on operations on the latest date for which figures are available. (319490)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions has he had on the weapons systems on the new Type 45 destroyers; (319708)

(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.

Olympics

Government Car and Despatch Agency

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the Government Olympic Executive paid to the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each year since its inception; how much it has spent on such payments in 2009-10; and what proportion of such payments was made in respect of the Government Car Service. (319900)

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

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of plants for landscaping of the Olympics site she expects to come from UK growers. (319200)

Overall, the Olympic Delivery Authority estimate that approximately 90 per cent. of plants for landscaping of the Olympic Park will have come from UK suppliers.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Bankruptcy: Leeds

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcies of (a) individuals in each age group resident and (b) businesses based in Leeds, North-West constituency there have been in each year since 2005. (319499)

Figures for bankrupts in Leeds, North- West constituency by age group since 2005 are shown in Table 1 as follows:

Table 1: Bankruptcies in Leeds Northwest constituency1

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)

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.

Table 2: Bankruptcies among sole traders in Leeds Northwest constituency1

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

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

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of carbon emissions from his Department’s buildings in each year since 2005. (319769)

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:

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

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:

http://www.sd-commission.org.uk

Further Education: Finance

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the use by colleges of (a) ring-fenced and (b) general funding provided by his Department to respond to local and regional priorities; and if he will make a statement. (319160)

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.

Grimsby

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Great Grimsby constituency, the effects of his Department's policies on that constituency since 1997. (320182)

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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

http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/

Leave: Leeds

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of residents of Leeds North West constituency who qualify for paid leave entitlements. (319504)

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

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what datasets not included within the national indicator set local authorities are required to submit to (a) his Department and (b) the Better Regulation Executive. (319657)

This Department, of which the Better Regulation Executive is part, does not require local authorities to submit any additional data other than that required for the national indicator set.

Maternity Leave: Essex

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of women resident in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point who have taken 26 weeks maternity leave since 1997. (318106)

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.

Science

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse of the Science: [So what? So everything] programme has been in each year since its launch; how many officials in each pay band are responsible for that programme; and what mechanisms are in place to measure the effectiveness of that programme. (318921)

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.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on creating the Science: [So what? So everything] website; what estimate he has made of the annual cost of maintaining that website; how many unique visitors that website (a) has received since its launch and (b) receives on average each day; and how many officials in each pay band are responsible for maintaining that website. (318922)

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)

2009-10: £235,161

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

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in each age group who have attended events supported by his Department's Science: [So what? So everything] programme. (318923)

The Science: [So what? So everything] campaign has supported and organised a wide range of events which have attracted significant presence from people of all ages.

Science: Finance

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes and initiatives received funding from the other minor science programmes budget referred to in Table 11 of his Department's Departmental Report for 2009; and how much such funding was allocated to each such programme and initiative in the latest year for which figures are available. (318919)

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

The loan repayment relates to an intra-Departmental loan from Departmental non-science budgets that was made in 2007-08.

Students: Disabled

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1095W, on students: disabled, what functions Postcomm performs in relation to the delivery of financial support for disabled students; and when he expects the Chief Executive of Postcomm to write with a substantive reply. (319071)

[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

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of meetings of the (a) Business and Community Safety Forum and (b) Practitioners' Forum held in the last 18 months. (319285)

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:

http://www.pforum.fire.gov.uk/111

Community Infrastructure Levy

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there will be on local planning authorities to update charging schedules under the Community Infrastructure Levy scheme. (319135)

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:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/communitylevyconsultation.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to prevent developers from being charged under both the Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy schemes. (319136)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what conditions will apply to expenditure by local planning authorities receipts from Community Infrastructure Levy which they receive from developers. (319137)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is being given to local planning authorities on the use of Grampian conditions alongside the Community Infrastructure Levy to ensure development does not proceed until infrastructure has been delivered. (319139)

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.

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