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Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish each item of correspondence sent by his Department since 12 May 2010 requesting details of non-payroll staff from (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies. 
Mr Lammy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what average male life expectancy was in (a) Tottenham Green Ward, Haringey, (b) Northumberland Park Ward, Haringey, (c) Alexandra Ward, Haringey and (d) Queen's Gate Ward, Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 2003 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what average male life expectancy was in (a) Tottenham Green Ward, Haringey, (b) Northumberland Park Ward, Haringey, (c) Alexandra Ward, Haringey and (d) Queen's Gate Ward, Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 2003 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. (9105)
ONS does not routinely calculate life expectancies for individual local authority wards. The table provides male life expectancy figures at birth for (a) Tottenham Green Ward, Haringey, (b) Northumberland Park Ward, Haringey, (c) Alexandra Ward, Haringey and (d) Queen's Gate Ward, Kensington and Chelsea, for the five year period 1999-2003 (the only period available).
Period life expectancy figures for 1999-2003 based on 2001 Census Standard Table wards in England and Wales were published as experimental statistics in June 2006. Experimental statistics-which are in a testing or consultation phase and are not fully developed-should be treated with caution. Life expectancies for wards can be based on very small numbers of deaths and small populations. They may therefore be subject to large variations even when aggregated over five years, as shown by the width of the '95% confidence interval' in the tables. More information about these statistics can be found here:
|Life expectancy at birth for males, by ward in England and Wales, 1999 to 2003( 1, 2)|
|Local authority||Ward||Life expectancy at birth (years)||95% confidence interval( 3) (years)||Communal establishment indicator( 4)|
|(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area's age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives. (2) Five year averages, based on deaths registered in each year, and experimental ward population estimates based on the 2001 Census. The ward names and boundaries used are 2001 Census Standard Table wards. (3 )Confidence intervals (CIs) are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures. (4 )The presence of medical and care communal establishments, such as nursing homes and hospices, can artificially depress the average life expectancy of the ward in which they are located. To aid interpretation of the figures, this indicator shows the proportion of the population of each ward, aged 65 and over, who were resident in such establishments in 2001. For this purpose, all wards in England and Wales (not only the wards in these boroughs) were divided into six groups which are numbered from 0 to 5: '0' means that none of the over-65 population lived in medical and care communal establishments; '1' means that the proportion of the over-65 population in such establishments was in the lowest fifth of all wards . '5' means that the proportion of the over-65 population in such establishments was in the highest fifth of all wards.|
"We intend to ensure and consequently fund, a defence diplomacy programme in the SDSR that can make an important contribution to our global influence."
It is the responsibility of local health bodies to assist those living with CFS/ME, by providing access to health and social care services in line with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for this condition.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions have been issued by the private office of each Minister in his Department on the preparation of briefing, speeches and replies to official correspondence. 
Between 2003 and 2008, the Department undertook annual re-lamping exercises. The expenditure listed above included labour and the cost of all lamps and bulbs in London Buildings (Skipton House, Wellington House and Richmond House). From 2009, lamps and bulbs have been replaced only when they fail.
The expenditure on light bulbs is not held centrally for the following departmental buildings: Quarry House, New Kings Beam House, Premier Buildings, Premier House and Castle View House. Information is also not held centrally for NHS Connecting for Health, the Department's sole agency and its non-departmental public bodies. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr Simon Burns: In May 2010 Secretary of State decided to reduce the Department's administration budgets for the financial year 2010-11 by 3% in cash terms. Director generals who are accountable for these budgets are now managing expenditure within the lower totals.
All the Department's directorates also have local learning and development budgets but such figures are not held centrally. As such, the figures presented do not reflect total core departmental spend on this area.
Prior to 2005-06, the Department's human resources function was devolved, therefore figures for corporate learning and development are not available and could be established only at disproportionate cost.
Information about employee training is available from eight of the Department's current executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), and from its one current agency: the Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA). These are presented in the following table. For the other NDPBs, including those which were abolished during the period 1997 to
2010, similar information does not exist or could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|(1) Not in existence.|
(2) Before January 2007 this was an arm's length body of Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
(3) This information is not available centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
(4) Costs are included in the ALB annual accounts, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.
(5) Denotes the agency.
Figures may have come from various sources and so may not exactly match with accrual accounts.
Iain Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the European Commission to require the European Food Safety Authority to pay compensation to UK firms affected by delays in processing claims for the health benefits of food products and supplements. 
Mr Simon Burns: This information is not held centrally. The Information Centre for health and social care collects data on the number of staff broken down by country of primary medical qualification and not by nationality. The 2009 medical and staff (England) shows 1,723 general practitioners (GPs) qualified within the European economic area (EEA) and 6,263 GPs qualified outside the EEA.
Anne Milton: Strategic health authorities contract with water undertakers and bear the full costs of fluoridating their water supplies. Evidence from existing schemes indicates that the recurring costs of fluoridation are about 80p per head of population per year.
Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which parts of the nutrition functions of the Food Standards Agency were not located in his Department prior to the establishment of that Agency. 
(i) reformulation of processed foods to reduce their levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar;
(ii) surveys of the nutrient composition of foodstuffs;
(iii) policy on nutritional labelling of foods; and
(iv) consumer information on the nutrient content of foods and a healthy, balanced diet.
The functions at (ii), (iii) and (iv) were previously the responsibility of the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), although the latter two areas have grown considerably in importance since 2000. The function at (i) has emerged since the FSA came into being.
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey series, and other dietary surveys, are currently a joint responsibility of the Department and the FSA and, prior to April 2000, were a joint responsibility of the Department and MAFF.
Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation he plans to undertake with the Scottish Executive on the transfer of public health functions of the Food Standards Agency. 
Anne Milton: The Secretary of State for Health wrote to the Minister for Public Health at the Scottish Executive in June to seek the Scottish Executive's view on his proposals to transfer responsibility for nutrition policy for England from the Food Standards Agency to the Department of Health.
Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to make for policy officials of the Food Standards Agency working on nutrition issues to publish advice issued to Ministers following their transfer into his Department. 
Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he had with individuals and organisations outside his Department on his plan to incorporate the Food Standards Agency nutrition functions into his Department before his announcement of 12 July 2010. 
Anne Milton: The Department has sought views from the devolved Administrations on proposals to transfer responsibility for nutrition policy for England from the Food Standards Agency to the Department.
Anne Milton: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) strives to ensure that all staff have the relevant and up-to-date skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to contribute effectively in achieving the organisation's business objectives. The FSA encourages qualified nutrition staff to become recognised as registered nutritionists through the Association for Nutrition and to maintain their registration through continued professional development. The FSA promotes reflective practice to learn from work activity, seminars, conferences and encourages all staff to keep up to date through reading peer reviewed nutrition journals.
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future of the Food Standards Agency (FSA); who will have responsibility in the future for each function currently carried out by the FSA; and if he will make a statement. 
Anne Milton: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 20 July 2010, Official Report, column 12WS on the machinery of government changes.
Anne Milton: We have been advised by the Food Standards Agency that under European law, food cannot be placed on the market if it is unsafe. This applies to food produced in other member states, which once placed on the market, is in "free circulation" or, food that is directly imported into the United Kingdom from Third countries, ie countries outside the European Union. Official controls are in place to monitor food that is imported from third countries to ensure it meets EU requirements.
Products of animal origin, such as meat, must come from approved establishments, in approved third countries and enter the UK through designated border inspection posts, under the control of veterinary inspectors. Such
food will then undergo documentary checks, identity checks and a prescribed proportion will be subject to physical checks, which could include testing for contaminants. Food not of animal origin is also subject to checks by authorised officers and, depending on its source and whether it is regarded as high risk, may undergo stringent checks to ensure it is safe for human consumption.
Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the evidence base is for his proposals for a GP-led commissioning system; and if he will publish the research undertaken by his Department into commissioning systems; 
Mr Simon Burns: The White Paper, 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS', published on 12 July 2010, sets out our proposals for transforming the quality of commissioning by devolving decision-making to local consortiums of general practitioner (GP) practices. There is a body of evidence both from this country and internationally about the importance of involving clinicians in commissioning decisions.
An analytical strategy was published alongside the White Paper. This set out that, between now and the legislation that will give effect to the proposals, the Department will be developing the analytical framework to give a picture of the likely effects of the White Paper. The Department will publish an impact assessment covering the proposals for GP commissioning alongside or shortly after its response to the consultation process. The Department will use the consultation period to inform the development of the impact assessments to ensure that a wide ranging and robust analysis is undertaken.
Mr Simon Burns: The White Paper, "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" published on 12 July 2010, sets out our proposals for transforming the quality of commissioning by devolving decision-making to local consortia of general practitioner (GP) practices.
We envisage putting GP commissioning on a statutory basis, with powers and duties set out in primary and secondary legislation. Practices will have flexibility within the new legislative framework to form consortia in ways that they think will secure the best healthcare and health outcomes for their patients and locality. We envisage that the NHS Commissioning Board will be under a duty to establish a comprehensive system of GP consortia. We also envisage a reserve power for the board to be able to assign practices to consortia if necessary.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, what provision he plans to make for the establishment of new GP practices. 
Mr Simon Burns: An important function of the new, independent NHS Commissioning Board will be to contract for primary medical services that are appropriate to the needs of the local population, including where necessary to commission new or additional general practitioner provision.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, whether GP consortia will be able to make arrangements for their patients to receive medication on the NHS which the NHS does not currently provide. 
Mr Simon Burns: The White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS published on 12 July 2010, sets out our proposals for transforming the quality of commissioning by devolving decision-making to local consortia of general practitioner practices.
We will be considering the issue of whether consortia will be able to make arrangements for their patients to receive medication not currently funded by the national health service as we develop the detail of the new commissioning arrangements.
Mr Simon Burns: The last GP Workload Survey, published in July 2007 by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care, showed that the average amount of time spent on practice administration per week by general medical practitioners (excluding locums) was 1.9 hours, representing 5.5% of their time. The survey is available on the NHS Information Centre website:
|General practitioners in England as at 30 September 2009|
NHS Information Centre for health and social care
The number of GPs expected to be working in the NHS in 2015 is not held centrally. Local NHS employers are responsible for determining the staff required to meet the health care needs of the local population.
Mr Simon Burns: The White Paper, "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" published on 12 July 2010, sets out our intention to devolve power and responsibility for commissioning services to local consortia of general practitioner (GP) practices.
GP consortia will have the freedom to decide what commissioning activities they undertake for themselves and for what activities (such as some aspects of financial management) they may choose to buy in support from external organisations, including local authorities, private and voluntary sector bodies.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for commissioning healthy lifestyle services relating to (a) exercise, (b) smoking cessation and (c) weight management after the abolition of primary care trusts. 
Anne Milton: After the abolition of primary care trusts local directors of public health, employed within local authorities but jointly appointed with the new public health service, will be responsible for commissioning health improvement services, including healthy lifestyle services such as exercise, smoking cessation and weight management. They will use for this purpose a ring-fenced budget allocated by the Department. While the Secretary of State for Health will set national objectives for improving health outcomes, decisions on how to secure those objectives will be made locally, in the light of local needs and circumstances.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Oral Statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, if he will make additional funding available to (a) GP consortia and (b) local authorities in rural areas to reflect rural needs. 
Mr Simon Burns: The NHS Commissioning Board will make national health service revenue allocations to general practitioner consortia for 2013-14 onwards on the basis of seeking to secure equivalent access to NHS services relative to burden of disease and disability. In addition, the Department will create a ring-fenced public health budget to be allocated to local authorities, the allocation formula for which will include a new 'health premium' designed to promote action to improve population-wide health and reduce health inequalities.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the maximum time an NHS patient may have to wait from initial diagnosis to the commencement of treatment; and if he will make a statement. 
Information collected centrally shows that in May 2010, the average (median) time waited from referral to starting consultant-led treatment was 8.4 weeks for patients admitted to hospital for treatment and 4.3 weeks for patients whose treatment did not require an admission to hospital.
To ensure patients do not experience undue delay at any stage of their treatment we will continue to publish and monitor waiting times between referral and start of consultant-led treatment. General practitioners and commissioners of health services can use this information locally to ensure that they can continue to improve access to services for their patients.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of residents of Witham constituency (i) registered with a GP and (ii) with access to an NHS dentist. 
Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with an national health service dentist to receive NHS care. The closest equivalent measure to 'registration' is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services ('patients seen') over a 24 month period.
Information on the number and proportion of patients seen in the previous 24 months, in England, is available in Table Dl and D2 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics, Quarter 3: 31 December 2009 report. Information is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 31 December 2009 and is provided by primary care trust (PCT) and by strategic health authority (SHA).
|Primary Care Trust (PCT)||GP Registered Patients|
1. The GP Census collection contains data by trust level only. Witham constituency is contained within and served by Mid Essex primary care trust and north east Essex primary care trust. Data is for the number if GP patient registrations shown on the annual GP Census collection as at September 2009. Please note this is not resident population and may be higher than resident population in the given areas due to multiple registrations/GP systems not being fully up-to-date etc, Owing to this, proportions of numbers registered (and not registered) cannot be accurately calculated by dividing the numbers represented here by resident population statistics. The numbers here represent GP registrations to NHS GPs only.
2. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses.
Information Centre for health and social care.
Mr Simon Burns: Data are not available in the format requested. However, the national health service information centre has recently been commissioned to conduct an audit of vascular access in dialysis patients and this will investigate health care associated infection rates.
The mandatory surveillance system for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections provides some information on dialysis patients. The Health Protection Agency document "Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections Report: 2008", shows that nephrology (kidney care) has the highest rates of MRSA bacteraemias of all specialities. A copy has been placed in the Library.
Mrs Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has set targets for the optimum proportion of births at each maternity unit by (a) caesarean section, (b) medical induction, (c) surgical induction, (d) combined surgical and medical induction and (e) spontaneous labour; 
The Department is currently consulting on a national health service outcomes framework. The consultation document "Liberating the NHS: Transparency in outcomes for the NHS", published 19 July 2010, includes proposals for improvement and outcome indicators for maternity services. The consultation period closes on 11 October 2010.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England and is therefore responsible for assuring the safety and quality of services provided by maternity units. All providers of regulated activities have to register with the Commission and meet 16 requirements of essential safety and quality. The Commission has published its "Guidance About Compliance", which it uses to assess whether providers are meeting the registration requirements.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Justice an increase in support for NHS staff treating mental health patients in the Prison Service. 
Mr Burstow: The national health service is responsible for the commissioning of health care in prisons and the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice have regular discussions about health care in prisons.
Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services meeting internationally-agreed Standards of Care the NHS provides for young people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy making the transition from paediatric to adult services; 
(2) how much funding special commissioning groups allocated for the provision of services to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in each region in the last 12 months; and what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the organisation of care for such patients complies with the agreed Standards of Care. 
Mr Burstow: It is the responsibility of health and care professionals, working in conjunction with patients and their families, to arrange the most appropriate health and social care for those living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Those living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy should continue to be able to access the full range of health and social care services during the transition from paediatric to adulthood. It is the responsibility of local health bodies and health professionals to ensure transition to adult services does not result in a deterioration in available services.
The National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions (the NSF) provides an overview how this care should be provided. The eleven Quality Requirements of the NSF are compatible with more condition specific standards of care, such as the international TREAT-NMD recommendations for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Mr Burstow: The Department holds estimated England level expenditure on cancer and tumours, which can only be broken down into general sub-categories, therefore this information is not centrally collected.
Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 5q of his Department's White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, by what mechanisms he will limit the powers of Ministers over day-to-day NHS decisions. 
Mr Simon Burns: Current statutory arrangements allow the Secretary of State a large amount of discretion to micromanage parts of the national health service. In future, the Government will be clear about what the NHS should achieve; we will not prescribe how it should be achieved. It is intended that the forthcoming Health Bill will introduce provisions to establish more autonomous NHS institutions, with greater freedoms, clear duties, and transparency in their responsibilities to patients and their accountabilities.
Mr Simon Burns: The major control over the expenditure on national health service generic medicines is effected by the Category M system which adjusts reimbursement prices in line with market prices each quarter, taking into account the findings of the medicines margins survey, which monitors the amount of margin pharmacies earn on the medicines they dispense. These arrangements were agreed as part of the community pharmacy contractual framework and have the objectives of ensuring that safe and effective generic medicines are available to patients while securing value for money for the NHS.
The prices of branded prescription medicines and the profits that companies can make on these sales are controlled by the 2009 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, which is a voluntary agreement, agreed between the Department and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.
Purchasing of medicines in hospitals is supported by the Department's Commercial Medicines Unit (CMU). Its focus is on strategic supply management in medicines for secondary care, including securing the stable supply of critical drugs. As part of a selective competitive tendering work plan for hospital framework contracts, CMU works to maintain and develop competition. Specific procurement programmes deliver framework agreements for the NHS to call off requirements targeted at generic, branded and specialised medicines. CMU works collaboratively with both NHS pharmacists and suppliers in the collation and analysis of secondary care medicines spend on behalf of both the Department and the NHS via its information systems.
Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the NHS have responsibility for purchasing drugs; and how much their salaries were in the last 12 months. 
Mr Simon Burns: The purchasing of medicines for use in primary care in the national health service is undertaken by dispensing contractors under the reimbursement arrangements detailed in the Drug Tariff. In secondary care, this is undertaken through a network of procurement specialists and hospital pharmacists. Information is not held centrally on the number and salaries of staff involved.
There are 62 officials in the Department who currently manage the framework agreements for generic and branded medicines for use in NHS hospitals. This work is undertaken as part of a wider role, which includes work associated with supply chain activity, e-commerce, the collection and provision of medicines information in secondary care and the supply of specialised medicines, childhood vaccines and clinical countermeasures.
|Number of staff||Grade||Pay range 2009-10|
Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent Health White Paper, what steps he plans to take to ensure that commissioning consortia do not underspend allocated financial resources. 
Mr Simon Burns:
The White Paper, 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS', published on 12 July 2010, sets out our proposals for transforming the quality
of commissioning by devolving decision-making to local consortiums of general practitioner (GP) practices supported by an independent NHS Commissioning Board.
Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the guidance issued by his Department to professionals working with incidents of self-harm amongst (a) prisoners, (b) asylum seekers, (c) armed forces veterans, (d) people bereaved by suicide, (e) ethnic minority groups and (f) sexual orientation minority groups; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abattoirs and meat cutting plants are subject to inspection by staff of the Food Standards Agency; and how many such plants are not required to have meat hygiene inspectors on site when operating. 
Anne Milton: All abattoirs are subject to inspection and audit, with Food Standards Agency (FSA) presence required during the hours of operation. As at 20 July 2010, there are 425 approved abattoirs in Great Britain.
Anne Milton: The hourly rates charged for a meat hygiene inspector to a Food Business Operator (FBO) in Great Britain for the delivery of official controls in an approved establishment over the last three years are:
From April 2001 until 28 September 2009 charging was based on the lower of throughput or time charges. The vast majority of FBOs paid throughput charges. Those FBOs that paid time charges were not paying for the full cost of the service provided. This was approximately 30% below full cost due to Ministers freezing charge rates in 1999 and capping rates in 2000.
From 28 September 2009, a fully time based charging system was implemented, FBOs are charged the full cost of the service less a discount. The discount has been calculated such that the 2009-10 charge for an FBO would be the same should their throughput and operating hours remain the same, subject to compliance with the European Union minima requirement. After recalculating the EU minima requirement using the average sterling/euro exchange rate for 2009, the range of discounts received by FBOs is currently 0-100%.
Graham Evans: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees in his office attended Civil Service Live in 2010; what estimate he has made of the number of early leavers taken up in such attendance; and how much such attendance cost the Cabinet Office. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 21 July 2010, Official Report, column 375W, which covers the attendance of Cabinet Office staff.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by the Government on encouraging people to register to vote in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be spent on this in 2010-11. 
In addition, in each of the last five years, funds have been provided from the Participation Fund to support local electoral officers in undertaking their statutory duties under sections 9 and 69 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (which require them to maintain the electoral register and to encourage participation by electors):
|(1) The Government provided pre-approval for a further £399,976 to be spent by local electoral officers. This will be paid upon receipt of relevant claims and invoices.|
In addition, a total of £67,354.96 is planned to be spent in 201011. This sum relates to the cost of activities which were undertaken by local authority electoral officials to encourage participation at the elections which were held on 6 May. The Participation Fund has now been ended, in the Emergency Budget of 22 June 2010. Support for the work of electoral registration officers will be strengthened as part of the move to individual electoral registration which this Government are committed to speeding up.
Mr Prisk [holding answer 20 July 2010]: The Cabinet Committee on Banking and the Independent Commission on Banking were established to address the fundamental banking issues, including lending to small businesses.
In addition to this, Ministers will hold a quarterly forum to bring together representatives from the high street banks as well as key small business representative bodies to discuss access to credit issues.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to bring forward proposals to increase the flow of credit to small and medium-sized enterprises; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Prisk: Our coalition agreement makes clear that ensuring the flow of credit to viable SMEs is essential for supporting growth and should be a core priority for a new Government, and we will work together to develop effective proposals to do so.
In the meantime, we continue to encourage the banks to lend to credit worthy businesses. The Budget also announced that the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) facility for this year is being increased by £200 million to £700 million for small businesses until 31 March 2011. In addition, the Government have in place agreed lending commitments to Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) businesses with RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the European Commission to review
time taken by the European Food Safety Authority to assess the health benefits claimed for food products and supplements produced by Clasado Ltd in Milton Keynes. 
Mr Prisk: The Government are aware of a large backlog of claims as a result of the increased rigour required from the scientific review of health benefit claims and the concerns of industry arising from this. The Government will urge the Commission to expedite the assessment and authorisation process.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which Commonwealth organisations his Department provides grant funding; and how much it has provided to each in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr Davey: The Department does not record grant funding under the heading of Commonwealth organisations and generally does not use this definition. It is unable to provide details of any grant funding without the names of specific organisations.
Graham Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees of his Department and its predecessors attended Civil Service Live in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and what estimate he has made of the (i) employee working hours taken up by and (ii) cost to his Department and its predecessors of such attendance in each such year. 
Mr Davey: Civil Service Live events are owned and managed by the private company Dods, the publishers of Civil Service World, who bear the financial risks. The overall delegate numbers for Civil Service Live in 2008, 2009 and 2010 were approximately 6,000, 8,000 and 7,700 respectively. Delegate registration is managed centrally by Dods. Departments do not keep a detailed record of every member of staff that attends.
Civil servants do not pay to attend Civil Service Live events. There will have been some travel and subsistence costs for delegates, which are paid for by individual Departments. Civil servants attending the event will have followed the travel and subsistence guidelines set by the Department.
In the Budget the Government announced plans for reducing the regulatory burdens on business, including the introduction of a one-in-one out system for new regulations and a fundamental review of all regulation inherited from the previous Government scheduled for introduction over the coming year. These
regulations will not be implemented until they have been reviewed and re-agreed by the Reducing Regulation Cabinet Committee.
"ensure they maximise flexibility for both parties while protecting fairness and providing the competitive environment required for enterprise to thrive."
The Your Freedom website launched by the Deputy Prime Minister on 1 July 2010, will also give members of the public the opportunity to suggest existing regulations for removal, in order to reduce the burden on business.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of its expenditure on travel undertaken in an official capacity by each Minister in his Department in (i) May 2010 and (ii) June 2010. 
As set out in the Ministerial Code Departments will publish, at least quarterly, details of
all travel overseas by Ministers. Information for the first quarter will be published as soon as it is ready.
Graham Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) electricity, (ii) water, (iii) heating and (iv) telephone services in each year since 1997. 
Mr Davey: The following figures relate to spend by this Department and its predecessors on utilities and telephones since 2003/04. Costs are not available prior to this. Utility figures for the years 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 cannot be split by separate services as this information is not available. Telephone costs show spend from the Department's central budget and do not include any costs for mobile phones/line rental that may have been purchased by individual Directorates.
I have approached the Chief Executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office, the Intellectual Property Office and the Skills Funding Agency and they will respond to the hon. Friend directly.
I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 6 July 2010, UIN 7581 to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Companies House's financial records do not go back as far as 1997. In each year for which figures are available Companies House spent the following on electricity, water, heating, and telephone services:
The Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) electricity, (ii) water, (iii) heating and (iv) telephone services in each year since 1997.
The Insolvency Service Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is unable to provide the information requested for each year since 1997
Accounting records are only available from 2003/2004. Heating costs are not separately identifiable as they are normally included in building maintenance or rent costs. Costs for the use of gas are available for the reporting period and are shown below. All amounts are in £000s.
|(1) Companies Investigation Branch merged with The Insolvency Service from 2006-07. Figures from 2006-07 onwards therefore include both The Insolvency Service and the Companies Investigation Branch|
I am replying on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 6 July (UIN 7581), to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, concerning spend on (i) electricity, (ii) water, (iii) heating and (iv) telephone services in the Department and its agencies.
The Skills Funding Agency was set up as an agency of BIS on 1 April 2010. Since that date we have spent the following:
I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 6 July 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills asking about expenditure on electricity, water, heating and telephone services in each year since 1997.
Information on such expenditure prior to 2001 is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Since 2001, the National Measurement Office and its predecessor, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, spent the following:
|Electricity||Water||Heating (Gas)||Telephone services|
|(1) Water costs prior to 2008 cannot be properly disaggregated because of a lack of sub-metering.|
I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 6 July 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Intellectual Property Office has spent the following amounts on electricity, water heating and telephone services (including data lines). Data for periods before 1999/2000 are not available in the required timescale.
Sarah Newton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will encourage large retailers to close their shops on the day appointed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. 
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the number of jobs created of implementation of the Agency Worker Regulations 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Davey: An impact assessment (IA) on the Agency Workers Regulations was published when they were laid by the previous Government in January. This considered a range of possible dynamic effects, including the impact on job creation. The IA noted that higher costs associated with hiring temporary agency workers may manifest themselves in terms of price (wages) and/or quantity (number of agency workers hired) adjustments, and that the nature of the effect is likely to vary by sector or occupation.
Kris Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's budget for English as a Second or Other Language training is for 2010-11; what plans he has for the budget in subsequent years; and if he will make a statement. 
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have paid recoveries to the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 2000; how much has been paid by each country; and to what projects these payments relate. 
The original defaults covered thousands of contracts over many years involving a very wide range of UK capital and consumer goods. Most of the claims were consolidated and repaid under multilaterally negotiated debt agreements and it is no longer possible to identify the precise nature of the exports.
Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to businesses based in Israel seeking to invest in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency; how much financial assistance it has provided in each of the last 13 years; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of annual investment to the North East from such businesses attributable to the work of One NorthEast. 
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department with responsibility for attracting foreign direct investment into the UK. It is the joint responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. UKTI provides bespoke information and location advice to potential and existing foreign direct investors. This work is delivered through UKTI's global network, in partnership with a range of organisations, including English regional development agencies and devolved administration economic development agencies. Overseas, the UKTI network is based in British embassies, high commissions and Consulates-General, including a UKTI inward investment team at the British embassy in Tel Aviv.
In the financial year 2009-10 UK Trade and Investment provided approximately £16 million, via BIS, specifically for foreign direct investment work by the English regional development agencies. Devolved administrations have separate funding arrangements.
UKTI assisted a total of 57 foreign direct investment projects from Israel which located or expanded in the UK in the financial years 1997-98 to 2009-10 inclusive (see Table A). Of these, 15 were assisted in collaboration with one or more RDAs or devolved administration economic development agencies. Additionally, English RDAs or devolved administration economic development agencies assisted a further 14 such projects in which UKTI was not directly involved.
ONE North East is the organisation which, in collaboration with UKTI and partner organisations, assists inward investors to locate and expand in the North East of England. The Middlesbrough South and Cleveland constituency is covered by the inward investment team at ONE North East.
UKTI assisted a total of three foreign direct investment projects from Israel which located or expanded in the North East of England in the financial years 1997-98 to 2009-10 inclusive (see Table B). All of these were assisted in collaboration with ONE North East. Additionally, ONE North East assisted a further two such projects in which UKTI was not directly involved.
UK Trade and Investment does not provide financial assistance to inward investors. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and RDAs do, according to their respective roles and competences. In the period from financial year 2002-03 to 2009-10 inclusive, One North East provided a total of £1,362,600 to such projects in the North East of England, of which £870,000 went to such projects in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. In 1998-99 a Regional Selective Assistance payment of £50,000 was made via Government Office in connection with a project in the North East region. The annual breakdown of these figures is given in Table C.
One North East, and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
During the period 1997-98 to 2009-10 inclusive, 99 foreign direct investment projects from Israel located or expanded in the UK. Of these, six located or expanded in the North East of England. As indicated above, three were assisted jointly by UKTI and ONE North East. Additionally, ONE North East assisted a further two such projects in which UKTI was not directly involved.
UK Trade and Investment
|Breakdown of UKTI recorded foreign direct investment projects from Israel in each year from 1997-98 to 2009-10 showing amount of financial assistance, the number of projects assisted by UKTI and/or ONE North East locating or expanding in the North East of England, and the number of such projects locating or expanding in the constituency of Middlesb rough South and East Cleveland|
|A: National figures|
|Total number of projects into UK from Israel-all sources||Total number of projects with RDA/DA only involvement from Israel||Total number of projects with RPA/PA and UKTI involvement from Israel||Total number of projects with UKTI only involvement from Israel|
|North East region|
|B: Project numbers|
|Total number of projects into the NE from Israel-all sources||Total number of projects with North East region only involvement from Israel||Total number of projects with North East region and UKTI involvement from Israel||Total number of projects with UKTI only involvement from Israel||Total number of projects into Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency from Israel|
|C: Financial assistance from ONE|
|Financial assistance provided to FDI projects from Israel in the North East Region (£)|
One North East and BIS
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