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Written Statements

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Written Statements

Monday 18 May 2009

Companies House: Targets

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Economic and Business (Ian Pearson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have set Companies House the following targets for the year 2009-10:

Customer

to achieve a score of more than 86 per cent in each quarterly Companies House customer satisfaction survey;

to achieve on average a monthly compliance rate for accounts submitted of 95.3 per cent;

to achieve an electronic filing target for accounts of 20 per cent;

to achieve an electronic filing target for other transactions of 67 per cent;

to ensure that 95 per cent of electronic documents can be accessed within 60 seconds by search customers from the Companies House Direct download area;

to resolve 97 per cent of all complaints within five days; and

the chief executive to reply within 10 days to all letters from Members of Parliament delegated to him to reply.

Process

to ensure that 95 per cent of electronic transactions received are available to view on the public record within 72 hours;

to ensure that 95 per cent of paper transactions received are available to view on the public record within eight days;

to ensure that 99.5 per cent of images placed on the Companies House image system are legible and complete; and

to ensure that Companies House Direct, WebCheck and WebFiling are available for 99 per cent of the time between the hours of 7 am and midnight.

People

to ensure that our average work days lost per person are no more than 10; and

to improve the operational energy efficiency rating of Companies House’s headquarters building by 10 per cent.

Finance

to achieve by 2010-11 a reduction, in real terms, of 15 per cent compared to 2007-08 in the operational monetary cost of the registry per company on the register (three-year target);

to achieve taking one year with another, a 3.5 per cent average rate of return based on the operating surplus expressed as a percentage of average net assets; and

to pay invoices within 10 days.

Correction to Commons Written Answer

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Ann Keen) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I regret that the Written Answer given to the honourable Member for Halton on 30 March (Official Report, col. 896W) was incorrect.

Data provided were not validated and this did not come to light until queries were raised about data for a subsequent Question. In addition, it is worth noting that Wakefield sits outside the North West catchment area and should not have been included in the previous table.

The correct information is given in the following table.

Table: The number of severe/complex burn cases treated by each burn centre in the North West in each year since 20031

North West Catchment Area

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

Paediatrics

Manchester

10

5

7

8

12

13

55

Liverpool

3

5

3

2

3

5

21

Preston

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Paediatrics total

13

10

10

10

15

18

76

Adults

Manchester

9

10

13

16

16

19

83

Liverpool

7

5

8

11

10

15

56

Preston

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adult total

16

15

21

27

26

34

139

Uncoded data2

1

1

NW total

66

25

31

37

41

52

216

Source: The National Burn Injury Database (NBID) was established in 2003 and had no data available before this time.

1: Data do not include readmissions.

2: Uncoded for paediatric or adult case.

Government Contracts

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment and Support (Quentin Davies) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Government have accepted the findings of the Review Board for Government Contracts as detailed in its report of the 2009 annual review of the profit formula for non-competitive government contracts. The board’s recommendations will be implemented in accordance with arrangements subsequently agreed with the industry side and recorded in an addendum to the published report. I will be placing a copy of the report in the Library of the House. The recommendations will be implemented for new non-competitive work with effect from 1 June 2009.

Health: Inequalities

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health (Alan Johnson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The House of Commons Health Select Committee published its report on health inequalities on 15 March 2009. The government response to this report (Cm 7621) has been laid before Parliament today.

The government response welcomes the committee’s support for its work on health inequalities. Cross-government action on health inequalities has helped contribute to major improvements in the health of the people in disadvantaged groups and areas over the past 10 years. The Government also welcome the committee’s support for the health inequalities target, for the post-2010 strategic review of health inequalities announced on 6 November 2008, and for the practical suggestions contained in the report.

The Government have used the experience of the past 10 years to shape their approach to the health inequalities agenda and develop practical, evidence-based programmes and policies. We are committed to continue this work.