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Maria Eagle: For the financial year 2008-09, the average cost of custodial place in a secure children's home was £210,000. This figure has been provided by the Youth Justice Board.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Welfare: Circuses

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to prevent the use of wild animals in circuses. [319176]

Jim Fitzpatrick: After careful consideration of recent studies and the representations we have received on the issue of wild animal acts in travelling circuses, on 21 December 2009 DEFRA launched a public consultation on how best to safeguard the welfare of these animals.

We are consulting on three options:

The consultation will run until 15 March. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15 December 2009 on the welfare of racing greyhounds. [319250]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I wrote to the hon. Member on 8 January 2010. I regret that my letter was not received. A copy was sent to the hon. Member on 24 February 2010.

Cabinet Office

Pre-Budget Report 2009

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the transcript of oral evidence from the Public Administration Select Committee on Government Communications, 14 January 2010, HC 219-i, question 42 on the pre-Budget report, if she will place in the Library a copy of the evidential basis for determining the marketing and communication budget; what the financial value in absolute terms is of the proposed reduction; and over what time period such a reduction is proposed to take place. [318331]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

The 2009 pre-Budget report announced that Government would save £650 million from cuts of 50 per cent. in consultancy spend and 25 per cent. in marketing and communications (based on 2009-10 spending levels) spend across Government by 2012-13.


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House of Commons Commission

Audio Recordings

Mr. Amess: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 26W, what progress the House of Commons Commission has made on placing on the Parliamentary (a) intranet and (b) internet site a sound recording of the debate held on the Motion on Her Majesty's Government on 28 March 1979; and if he will make a statement. [318694]

Nick Harvey: The answer given in March 2009 stated that a history area of the website was planned and that this is the sort of material which would be considered for inclusion. The history section of the website

was launched in July 2009 with an initial selection of content. Consideration will be given to including this particular item, as well as other material, within the history section of the website in March 2010. New content may be publicised on the parliamentary intranet with a link to the Parliament website page.

Energy and Climate Change

Wind Power: Housing

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines in England are situated within two kilometres of a dwelling house. [319074]

Mr. Kidney: The information is not held centrally.

Treasury

Castle Point

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Castle Point constituency, the effects on that constituency of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. [318100]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: 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:

The Government have put in place a broad programme of reform since 1997. Over the decade to 2007, the economic performance of all parts of the UK has improved considerably.

The global recession has had a negative impact on economic activity in all parts of the UK. However, the economy was starting from a position of strength and is actively supported by policies implemented by the Government, including the fiscal stimulus and a significant package of support for those out of work. In Castle
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Point, people are benefiting from this investment. Over the second half of 2009, more than 450 people moved off of the claimant count each month on average. The claimant count fell for two consecutive months in October and November and stands below the level reached in September. Long-term unemployment is still nearly 80 per cent. lower than in 2000 at the start of 2010.

Departmental Recruitment

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs, (c) the Valuation Office Agency and (d) his Department's other agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months. [315291]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The accounting systems of HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs, the Valuation Office Agency and the Debt Management Office do not separately identify spending on recruitment consultants from within general spending on recruitment and the information could not be supplied within the disproportionate costs threshold.

Equitable Life Ex-gratia Payment Scheme Review

Annette Brooke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 212W, on Equitable Life, in which month he expects to receive Sir John Chadwick's final report; and in which month he expects to announce details of the payment scheme. [318784]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 25 February 2010]: The Government expect Sir John Chadwick to submit his final report in May 2010. The Government shall respond to this report as soon as possible thereafter.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 27 November 2009 on beer duty. [319246]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: A response was sent to the hon. Member on 16 December.

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 17 December 2009 on a high pay commission. [319247]

Mr. Byrne: I have replied to the hon. Member.

Non-Domestic Rates

Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average Rateable Value on the 2010 Rating List is of hereditaments in each such location area. [317864]

Ian Pearson: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Public Expenditure

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Putting the Frontline First: smarter government, CM 7753, over which financial years changes to the level of funding of (a) arms length bodies, (b) Government advertising and marketing and (c) management consultants will be made; and how much will be saved in each such year. [318351]

Mr. Byrne: The pre-Budget report 2009 announced that Government would save at least £500 million by 2012-13 by reducing duplication between organisations and streamlining arm's length bodies.

The pre-Budget report 2009 also announced Government would save £650 million from cuts of 50 per cent. in consultancy spend and 25 per cent. in marketing and communications spend across Government by 2012-13. The 25 per cent. cut in marketing and communications spend will be based on 2009-10 spending levels and the 50 per cent. cut in consultancy spend will be based on 2008-09 levels.

For all savings, Government will work with Departments to help them deliver cuts although it will for individual departments and arm's length bodies to decide their priorities for future spending.

Valuation Office: Local Government

Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 January 2010, Official Report, column 393W, on the Valuation Office: local government, who is undertaking the work referred to; and when that work is expected to be completed. [318077]

Ian Pearson: The Valuation Office Agency had discussions with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and has submitted a request that a legislative gateway be created. It is not possible to predict when this work will be completed because this will require primary legislation to be placed before Parliament.

Wales

Port Businesses in Wales

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in port businesses in Wales in each year since 1997. [318908]

Mr. Hain: These figures are not collated on a regular basis or specifically for Wales.

In November 2005 the Department for Transport published a report entitled "Port Employment and Accident Rates" which stated that 74,000 people in the UK are working directly on port related activities either on or off the port estate.

Sheep Meat Smokies

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the legalisation of the practice of preparing sheep meat smokies in the last 12 months. [318909]


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Mr. Hain: None. However, the hon. Member will recall that my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy), met the hon. Member and a representative of the Farmers Union Wales on 22 April 2008 and subsequently made representations to DEFRA Ministers.

I am informed that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and representatives of the UK meat industry have indicated that it is possible to produce such meat safely and hygienically in approved slaughterhouses.

The FSA is in discussion with the European Union to allow production of smoked skin-on sheep meat, commonly known as "smokies" for human consumption.

In the meantime, the production of smoked skin-on sheep meat for human consumption remains illegal. The FSA will continue to work closely with local authorities to take action against those breaching the relevant food hygiene and animal welfare regulations.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 28 October 2009, transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions, reference: POS(2)10520/0243. [309022]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 5 January 2010 and I apologise for the long delay in doing so.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with officials of North Central London Health Authorities on the provision of accident and emergency departments; and what consultation there has been on the future provision of emergency and intensive care facilities. [318020]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There have been no specific discussions between the Secretary of State for Health and officials of North Central London Health Authorities on this specific subject.

However, I met with representatives from NHS London, and the chief executives of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and Islington PCT on 2 December 2009 in advance of the Adjournment debate entitled 'The future of Whittington Hospital'. NHS staff brief Ministers on their local reconfiguration plans in order to support parliamentary business and do so as necessary.

Arthritis: Drugs

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, column 220W, on arthritis: drugs, what
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discussions on RoActemra his Department has had with the Prime Minister since the Prime Minister's press conference of 25 January 2010; and if he will make a statement. [318324]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Prime Minister made publicly clear on the 2 February 2010 that he will take an interest in RoActemra and I will be writing to him shortly to update him on the situation.

The Department has not needed any discussions with the Prime Minister since that statement because we are aware of it.

Audiology

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many places for the Bachelor of Science degree in audiology have been funded by each strategic health authority in each year since 2007; [318299]

(2) how many places for the Bachelor of Science degree in audiology will be funded by each strategic health authority in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011. [318300]

Ann Keen: The information available for those strategic health authorities that participated in commissioning is set out in the following table. The information requested for 2010-11 and 2011-12 is not yet available.

Strategic health authority 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

North West

41

34

41

Yorkshire and Humber

24

25

25

East Midlands

34

32

33

London

20

22

15

South Central

30

40

40

West Midlands

31

25

25

South West

31

30

30

Total

211

208

209


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