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An independent national evaluation of the projects will be conducted.

Part of this national evaluation is likely to entail collection of data on young people who are not receiving intervention from intensive intervention projects to act as a control group for the research.

In addition the Youth Task Force will undertake regular monitoring. This will include support offered, enforcement action taken and the outcomes for young people. It will involve a quarterly return to YTF of aggregate data about young people. Outcome monitoring will be based on the Youth PSA indicators but will also encompass measures of criminal and antisocial behaviour and homelessness.

Young People: Drugs

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department’s review of local area substance misuse treatment plans for young people (a) began and (b) will be completed; who is carrying out the review; and what the cost of the review will be. [234565]

Beverley Hughes: The Government are committed to reducing substance misuse related harm among young people, including harm arising from the misuse of drugs, alcohol and volatile substances. Specialist treatment for those young people who develop substance misuse problems is a vital part of our approach, and we are ensuring that effective treatment is available in all areas of England for under 18s who are in need . This is supported by £24.7 million of Government funding in 2008-09. Over 21,000 young people benefited from this help in 2007-08.

The Department has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) to continue to improve the quality and accessibility of specialist treatment for under 18s. The process for developing local area substance misuse treatment plans for young people for 2009-10 began in summer 2008, with the NTA issuing guidance to all areas. All formalised treatment plans will have been reviewed and agreed with local areas by March 2009 and then published on the NTA’s website in June 2009. In addition, all areas’ treatment systems for young people are reviewed by the NTA, along with the regional Government office and other partners, on a six monthly basis. The results of this review will be reported back to my Department in March 2009. This work is part of the NTA’s core role as detailed in their business plan and is therefore funded by NTA.

Young People: Unemployment

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people were not in education, employment or training in Enfield North constituency (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. [233894]

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Beverley Hughes: The Department publishes annual estimates of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England. These estimates cannot be disaggregated to local authority or constituency level.

However, we can use information collected by the Connexions Service to estimate the number and proportion of young people NEET at local authority level. The 2007 estimate for the London borough of Enfield is that 670 16 to 18-year-olds were NEET (7.2 per cent. of the 16 to 18-year-old population). The first local authority level data were made available in 2005, when an estimated 840 16 to 18-year-olds were NEET (8.3 per cent. of the 16 to 18-year-old population). Constituency level data are not available.


Airwave Service

Tom Brake: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets. [234693]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury does not use Airwave handsets and has no plans to use them in the future.

Bank Services

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority first (a) was informed of and (b) reported on the financial vulnerability of Icelandic banking institutions. [228197]

Ian Pearson [holding answer 17 October 2008]: The FSA intensified its supervision of all retail deposit-taking by Icelandic banks (including through increased contact with firms, more frequent visits and enhanced reporting requirements) from the beginning of 2008. As the economic situation deteriorated during the year and particularly since September the FSA has worked increasingly intensively with the banks concerned.

As the memorandum of understanding between HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the FSA sets out, the FSA informs the Bank of England and HM Treasury of its concerns on a regular basis.

Betting: Regulation

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received in support of moving regulation of spread betting from the Financial Services Authority to the Gambling Commission. [234585]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 10 November 2008]: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.

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Borrowing: Local Authorities

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications by local authorities to borrow from the Public Works Loan Board have been rejected in the last three years; and for what reasons in each case. [235096]

Angela Eagle: The Public Works Loan Board does not reject loan applications made within its published lending terms.


Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to expedite the administration of cheques on private accounts in the banks recapitalised from public funds. [232755]

Ian Pearson: As part of their investment, the Government have agreed a range of commitments with banks accessing the recapitalisation scheme.

Decisions on the terms of specific products are commercial decisions for the individual institutions.

Council Tax: Wales

Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what balancing adjustment was applied to the Welsh Assembly Government’s departmental expenditure limits in relation to council tax benefit for each year since 1999. [234328]

Yvette Cooper: The following adjustments have been made to the Welsh Assembly Government departmental expenditure limit since 1999 in respect of council tax benefit adjustments:








The 2006-07 adjustment also took account of adjustments pertaining to 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours per week. [233832]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury employs 5 per cent. of staff on part-time contracts. Some of these people are currently in job share arrangements. HM Treasury also offers other flexible working arrangements such as compressed hours. These are agreed directly between managers and staff in line and are therefore not recorded centrally. We do not keep central records of those who work from home.

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EU External Trade: Israel

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, columns 883-4W, on EU external trade: Israel, if he will list the (a) settlements involved, (b) import/export company involved and (c) UK retailer to whom the consignments were sent in each case; and whether full import duty was paid on those consignments. [234371]

Mr. Timms: The identities of the settlements and UK retailers involved cannot be disclosed for reasons of commercial confidentiality. HMRC does publish the names and addresses of importers of non-EU goods against eight digit commodity codes except where to do so might compromise the business activities of the companies or individuals involved.

Requests for importers’ details specifying the eight digit commodity code or codes should be sent to:

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of new vehicles which will be purchased and registered in each of the new vehicle excise duty bands in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2014-15; [234260]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of vehicles which will be in each of the new vehicle excise duty bands that were (a) purchased prior to 2001, (b) purchased prior to 2008-09 and (c) purchased after 2008-09 in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13 and (iv) 2014-15. [234261]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1950-51W and 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 724W. Pre-2001 cars are not affected by the structural reforms to carbon dioxide based emissions rates and bandings. They will remain in two bands according to engine size. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is administered on vehicle registration rather than the time of purchase.

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will link vehicle excise duty for motorcycles to engine emissions on a similar basis as for cars. [234512]

Angela Eagle: No, carbon dioxide based Vehicle Excise Duty for cars rests on data produced through the European-wide system of vehicle type approval. This system does not produce carbon dioxide data for motorcycles.

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Government Departments: Procurement

Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the approved suppliers that are in use by all Government Departments under the terms set out in the Official Journal of the European Union. [234268]

Angela Eagle: An A-Z list of all suppliers with an agreement with is available at:

Information relating to suppliers used by other Government Departments is not held centrally.

Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances procurement takes place by Government Departments from bodies other than those approved within the latest Catalist Framework. [234270]

Angela Eagle: Government Departments are responsible for their own purchasing decisions which will be based on value for money and usually achieved through competition.

They are encouraged to use existing collaborative procurement deals, where they provide value for money, such as those offered by the Catalist Framework.

Government Departments: Property

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) Government departments, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies have property which comprises part of the Government’s civil estate. [233373]

Angela Eagle: The Government Departments, which include their agencies and non-departmental public bodies, are as follows:

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