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Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings officials of his Department have had with the Government Equalities Office on the effect of equalities legislation on small businesses since his appointment. 
Mr Prisk: Officials in BIS have met with officials from the Government Equalities Office on numerous occasions since my appointment to discuss a wide range of policy issues, including equalities legislation, and any such discussions that consider the impact of policy proposals on business include the effects on small businesses.
Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes his Department has in the higher education system to encourage female entrepreneurs; and how much his Department spent on each such programme (a) nationally and (b) in the West Midlands in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr Prisk: The Department funds the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) to provide programmes in the higher education system that encourage entrepreneurs. "Make it Happen" and "Flying Start" are the two programmes that promote entrepreneurship to students and graduates. The total grant in aid allocated for the NCGE was £1.824 million in 2009/10 and is £900,000 in 2010/11 (subject to finalisation of the organisation's business plan and ministerial agreement).
NCGE is continuing to support young people who joined "Make It Happen" last year. Of these, 1,875 are female entrepreneurs (46% of total numbers), and 117 of those female entrepreneurs are based in the West Midlands (6% of the total).
Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent those previously convicted for offences relating to trading practices in a particular sector owning more than a minority shareholding in a new business in the same sector. 
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to another position and (d) dismissed for matters relating to their (i) disciplinary record and (ii) performance in each year since his Department's inception. 
Mr Davey: Six officials in BIS have been subject to disciplinary action in the calendar year 2010 to date. In 2009, the year of the Department's inception, 11 officials were subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include warnings, downgrading or dismissal.
We are unable to provide the further breakdown requested as totals of five or less in each category are suppressed on the grounds of confidentiality under section 40 of the Data Protection Act. Also responsibility for commencing capability and minor disciplinary procedures rests with line management across the Department. No records are collated centrally regarding how many such procedures are initiated in the Department and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses he expects to receive assistance from the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme as a result of its recent extension. 
Mr Prisk: An extra 2,000 businesses could benefit from the extra £200 million announced in the emergency Budget in June 2010 for the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, bringing the total able to be assisted during 2010-11 to around 7,000.
Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion of the latest round of the European Regional Development Fund allocations to the UK for the period from 2007 to 2013 remains unspent. 
Mr Prisk: For the period 2007-13 the UK has been allocated €5,410 million (approximately £4,630 million) of European regional development funds under the Convergence and Competitiveness operational programmes. To date, some £740 million has been paid to projects, with some £3,890 million (84%) remaining to be spent. However, well over 50% of the ERDF allocation of £4,630 million has already been contracted to projects. Payments to projects are on target and can be made up until end 2015.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to introduce a body to monitor and enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. 
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the cost of studying as an (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate at a university in (i) London and (ii) outside London; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Willetts: The 'Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2007/08', published on 21 April 2009, provided estimates of the expenditure of higher education students attending higher education institutions and further education colleges in England and Wales.
The following table shows the average and median expenditure of full-time undergraduate students according to whether they were studying in London or outside London, and includes a breakdown of living, housing, participation and child care expenses.
The 2007/08 study covered a mixture of students to whom the pre and post-2006/07 student support arrangements applied, thus 61% of the full-time student-sample were subject to variable fees of up to £3,225, and 39% were under the previous arrangements.
Differing maintenance loan levels apply for students according to whether they live in London or elsewhere, but these also take account of whether the individual lives independently, or at home with their parents.
|Expenditure of full-time undergraduate students, by whether living in London or elsewhere|
|Living in London||Living elsewhere|
|(1) Figures adjusted for joint financial responsibility where relevant. (2) The standard error measures the extent to which we expect the sample mean can differ from the population mean. Plus or minus two standard errors usually provides a 95% confidence limit: that is, we can be 95% confident that the 'true' value lies within that range. (3) Participation costs include spending on tuition fees, travel to/from university, expenditure on books and equipment, and study related child care. Base: All English-domiciled students. Source: NatCen/IES SIES 2007/08.|
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value of imports of food supplements and other natural health products from the Channel Islands in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mr Davey: This information is not available. For the purposes of the Overseas Trade Statistics, "UK" is defined as Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the UK part of the Continental Shelf, so the Overseas Trade Statistics do not cover trade between these places.
Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the contiguity of proposed local enterprise partnership areas with county boundaries. 
Mr Prisk: No specific guidance has been issued to local authorities on the contiguity of proposed local enterprise partnership areas with county boundaries. In the joint letter that my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government sent to local authorities and businesses on 29 June they expressed concerns that some local and regional boundaries do not reflect functional economic areas. The letter encouraged partnerships to better reflect the natural economic geography of the areas they serve and hence to cover real functional economic and travel to work areas.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support manufacturing industry in the (a) short term and (b) long term. 
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students who were 30 years of age or older at the time of admission started university undergraduate courses in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr Willetts: The latest available information for the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is shown in the following table. Figures for the 2009/10 academic year will be available in January 2011.
|Undergraduate entrants( 1) aged 30 and over: UK Higher Education Institutions( 2) academic years 1999/2000 to 2008/09|
|Entrants aged 30 and over|
|(1) Covers entrants of all domiciles to both full-time and part-time courses.|
(2) Excludes the Open University due to inconsistencies in their coding of entrants across the time series.
Figures are based on a snapshot as at 1 December and have been rounded to the nearest five.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter dated 1 June 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman), with regard to Eleanor Massey, transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions. 
Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has identified the 500MHz of public sector spectrum below 5GHz which is to be released over the next 10 years as indicated in the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Mr Vaizey: The Government are keen that there is release of public sector spectrum in order to meet demands from the private sector. Work to identify suitable spectrum for release is now under way, but 180 MHz spectrum has already been identified from within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) holdings.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students have paid all or part of their tuition fees from their own funds in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Willetts: The latest available information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is shown in the following table. Figures for the 2009/10 academic year will be available in January 2011.
|English domiciled enrolments( 1) by major source of tuition fees( 2) : UK Higher Education Institutions academic year 2004/05 to 2008/09|
|No award or financial backing||Mix of student and SLC|
|(1) Covers enrolments to all levels and modes of study.|
(2) Excludes those with unknown/missing tuition fee information. In 2008/09 16,005 students had missing information.
Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the effect on the number of students entering (a) teacher training, (b) medical degree courses and (c) the police force of the implementation of the Browne Review proposals; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Willetts: We have endorsed the broad thrust of Lord Browne's proposals because they would place the funding of higher education on a sustainable basis; would protect students from low income backgrounds and low earning graduates; and because those students who benefit most in financial terms from their higher education would contribute most to the costs. Lord Browne also recommended that students need clearer information about the employment outcomes, including future earnings, of particular courses. Taken together, we would expect these recommendations to support appropriate levels of recruitment to graduate entry professions like teaching and medicine. We are considering our detailed response to Lord Browne's recommendations and will respond shortly.
15. Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of rail fare increases on the mobility of people seeking work. 
Mrs Villiers: The Secretary of State for Transport has not discussed this specific subject with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. However, the rail fare increases were part of the overall CSR package which received general Cabinet scrutiny and approval.
16. Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on an increase in security provision at ports for the purpose of preventing human trafficking. 
Mrs Villiers: The Department for Transport contributes to the wider cross-Government effort to tackle organised crime at UK ports. The Ports Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning), would be happy to have discussions on this issue with the Home Office.
It is our intention to remove the bus lane, initially for a trail period from December this year until the Olympic games and thereafter on a permanent basis, subject to the outcome of the trial and consultation.
Mr Philip Hammond: I refer the hon. Lady to my oral statement "Investment in Highways and Local Transport Schemes" made to the House on 26 October 2010, Official Report, columns 177-79 and the supporting details entitled "Investment in Highways Transport Schemes", placed in the Library of the House on the same day.
19. Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to make a decision on the statutory orders sought by Halton Borough Council in respect of the Mersey Gateway Bridge scheme. 
Norman Baker: We will not be able to issue decisions immediately on the statutory orders, as there is still some work to be done to ensure that our decisions on these complex orders are thorough and robust. We also need to ensure, in liaison with the Department for Communities and Local Government, that decisions issue at the same time on all 10 orders and planning consents relating to the Mersey Gateway Project. We will, however, make every effort to conclude the statutory processes as soon as is reasonably possible.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require commercial passenger airlines to provide free lavatory facilities for passengers on all international flights using UK airports. 
Mrs Villiers: The Government do not currently have any proposals to introduce regulation requiring airlines to provide free toilet facilities for passengers on international flights. We are not aware of any airlines which levy additional charges for the use of such facilities.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a legal weight limit for alloy wheels fitted to vehicles used on public roads in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Recently a new United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation has been agreed for the test methods and performance of replacement light vehicle alloy wheels. No decision has been made on whether to implement it in the UK, or across Europe.
Norman Baker: Local highway authorities are responsible for the planning, design and delivery of cycle-friendly infrastructure within their areas. To assist them in this, the Department for Transport has published a considerable amount of evidence-based technical advice on good practice in the design and provision of cycle infrastructure, including 'Local Transport Note 2/08 Cycle Infrastructure Design, Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2':
Road user safety and cycling data
Attitudes and behaviours
"Collisions involving cyclists on Britain's roads: Establishing the causes" (December 2009)
"The potential for cycle helmets to prevent injury: A review of the evidence" (December 2009)
"Cycling, safety and sharing the road: Qualitative research with cyclists and other road users" (September 2010)
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport commissioned a research project looking at a range of road safety and cycling issues in August 2008. This includes a strand of research focussing on cycle helmets. An initial review of the literature on road safety and cycling revealed a lack of robust and reliable evidence on the effect of cycle helmets on the behaviour of cyclists and other road users. An exploration of road users' views on possible interventions to improve driver and rider behaviour was undertaken within the qualitative research task. The report for this work was published in September 2010 and is available via the Department's website.
Norman Baker: Cycling England was set up as the independent expert body to advise on the promotion of cycling. The Government believe that this work can now be better delivered within the Department for Transport through the newly announced Local Sustainable Transport Fund, so Cycling England is to be wound up at the end of this financial year.
Bikeability-cycle proficiency for the 21(st) Century-will be supported for the remainder of this Parliament (i.e. until 2015) from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. We will be announcing further details about this shortly. We want arrangements in place so that cycle training for children can be delivered in spring and summer 2011.
Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to provide financial support to (a) train operating companies and (b) Network Rail for the integration of cycling and rail travel after April 2011; 
We will grant longer rail franchises in order to give train operators the incentive to invest in the improvements passengers want including better cycle facilities at stations.
We will also be considering options to alter the balance of responsibility for stations between Network Rail and the train operators.
It is a commercial consideration for the individual train operating companies to provide storage space for cycles on their trains. It is not for the Department to dictate how many cycle spaces an operator should provide but we do encourage train operators to accommodate folding bicycles at all times.
The Station Travel Plan pilot scheme being run by the rail industry aims to encourage passengers to travel to and from the station by more sustainable means. It is considering the provision of cycle storage facilities at stations and safe cycle routes to stations.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department have been (a) subject to disciplinary action, (b) removed from post, (c) transferred to another position and (d) dismissed for matters relating to their (i) disciplinary record and (ii) performance in each year since 1997. 
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport was formed on 29 May 2002 comprising a central Department and seven agencies. The Department for Transport does not keep disciplinary records for the years prior to 2006 in accordance with Data Protection Act. The information reported is as follows:
|(d) Dismissed for matters relating to their:|
|(a) Subject to disciplinary action||(b) Removed from post( 1, 4)||(c) Transferred to another position( 4)||(i) Discipline record( 3)||(ii) Performance|
|(1) Highways Agency does not have information about staff who have been removed from their post as a consequence of disciplinary action.|
(2) Maritime and Coastguard Agency does not keep records of spent disciplinary penalties. For the period in question they are only able to report on disciplinary penalties which have led to a dismissal. Figures reflecting a number of disciplinary penalties that are still in force are for 2009 and 2010 to date only.
(3) Vehicle and Operator Services Agency combined their answers for (d) (i) and (d) (ii) as more detailed information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information is therefore reflected in (d) (i).
(4) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is unable to provide information about the number of officials who have been removed from post or transferred to another position due to disproportionate cost. Their information therefore is recorded in (a), (d) (i) and (d) (ii) only.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department have had (a) fewer than five days, (b) five to 10 days, (c) 10 to 15 days, (d) 15 to 20 days, (e) 20 to 25 days, (f) 25 to 50 days, (g) 50 to 75 days, (h) 75 to 100 days, (i) 100 to 150 days, (j) 150 to 200 days, (k) more than 200 days, (l) more than three months, (m) more than six months and (n) one year on paid sick leave (i) consecutively and (ii) in total in each year since 1997. 
Mike Penning: The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) was introduced in September 2008 for coach and bus drivers, and September 2009 for lorry drivers to implement the requirements of EU Directive 2003/59/EC. It is too early yet to make any assessment of the scheme's effectiveness.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department and its non-departmental public bodies of compliance with (a) domestic, (b) European and (c) other international human rights requirements in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport does not collate information on the costs of compliance with human rights requirements or the benefits that accrue. The Department takes account of the domestic and international human rights framework in developing all its policies and practices, as it does other relevant legal obligations; an accurate estimate of the total cost of compliance with human rights obligations could not be made without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mrs Villiers: We are currently considering revised proposals from Agility Trains for the Intercity Express Programme. An announcement on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line will be made in light of the Government's final decision on that programme.
Mike Penning: UK ports have a strong record of operating competitively both domestically and internationally. Our policy is to enable ports to build on this success by avoiding the creation of any unnecessary burdens or impediments to fair competition.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail improvements he plans to fund in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West during the comprehensive spending review period. 
The routes between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool will be electrified.
Power supplies on the West Coast Main Line will be upgraded to support the running of more services.
Some platforms will be lengthened where necessary to accommodate patronage growth.
We are investing to improve line speeds on the Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds route.
North West stations have been highlighted for improvement through the National Stations Improvement and Access For All programmes.
In Manchester, we are providing funding for the extension of Metrolink. In addition to work under way, a further £170 million extension plan was announced in July.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what rail electrification schemes in the North West his Department plans to fund during the Comprehensive Spending Review period; 
Mrs Villiers: On 20 October, the Chancellor announced that electrification of the lines between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool would go ahead. We are working with Network Rail to determine the timetable for the completion of these schemes, and will make an announcement in due course.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department (a) has allocated and (b) plans to allocate to road safety in the financial year 2010-11; and how much was allocated in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10. 
Mike Penning: The UK has the safest roads in Europe and the Government wish to ensure that we maintain that position. However, the Government have made clear that their urgent priority is to tackle the UK's record deficit in order to restore confidence in our economy and support the recovery. As a contribution to the in-year spending reductions as part of our programme to address the record deficit, we have reduced the planned level of road safety grant in 2010-11. At the same time, local authorities were given greater freedom and flexibility in the management of their finances and the use of grant funding streams. Therefore, the fact that this grant has been reduced does not mean that the Government necessarily expect local authorities to reduce their road safety spending by a similar proportion. It is for local authorities and local communities to determine the priorities for their areas. The Department currently forecasts allocating £76.5 million towards dedicated road safety programmes and administration in 2010-11. It allocated £145.0 million in 2008/09 and £143.1 million in 2009-10 towards comparable activities.
These totals include the road safety funding stream in area-based grant and the specific road safety grant. Other items included are expenditure on THINK! campaigns, road safety research and statistics, vehicle safety and related administration.
These totals do not include expenditure by the Department's agencies, nor do they include funding support for other organisations used in part for, but not dedicated to, road safety (for example the integrated transport funding for local authorities and the block grant for Transport for London).
Mrs Villiers: As set out in the spending review on 20 October, the Government are still finalising their position regarding a number of rail projects, including Thameslink. An announcement is expected to be made shortly.
Mrs Villiers: As set out in the spending review on the 20 October, the Government are still finalising their position regarding a number of rail projects, including Thameslink. An announcement will be made shortly.
Norman Baker: We intend to invite bids to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund later in the year. The Department for Transport will at that stage publish guidance on the bidding process and set out an indicative timetable for the submission and assessment of bids.
Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons academies are not required to (a) have regard to the local Children and Young People Plan, (b) promote the well-being of pupils and (c) promote community cohesion. 
Mr Gibb: Academies are currently required to have regard to the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) in the same way as maintained schools. However, the Government intend-subject to parliamentary approval-to withdraw the regulations requiring CYPPs to be prepared.
Academies have a very important role in promoting the well-being of their pupils and we trust the governors to exercise their functions with the aim of promoting their pupils' well-being, responding to local circumstances and the wishes of their parents.
"at the heart of its community, promoting community cohesion and sharing facilities with other schools and the wider community".
Academies are therefore required to promote community cohesion as part of their Funding Agreement which includes the right of the Secretary of State to call for information on their outreach work with other schools and the local community.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has provided per pupil to schools with academy status in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years. 
Mr Gibb [holding answer 6 September 2010]: The amount of funding per pupil paid to academies in each relevant local authority area for academic years from 2005/06 to 2009/10 is shown in the table. Since April 2010, payment has been made by the Young People's Learning Agency on behalf of the Secretary of State. It does not include start-up grants (since these would distort comparisons), nor standards fund grants, which for many academies in the years in question were paid by local authorities.
|Local authority name order|
|Funding per pupil for academic year:|
|LA name||Academy name||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08||2008/09||2009/10|
|(1 )The high funding per pupil for City Academy Hackney, Chelsea Science Academy and Harris Boys Academy Southwark in 2009/10 is due to their opening with only Year 7 pupils.|
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