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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 9 March 2011

Scotland

Human Trafficking

15. Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of cross-border human trafficking. [44089]

David Mundell: The UK Government continue to work closely with the Scottish Government on this tissue. The Scottish Government are involved in ongoing work to combat human trafficking issues across the United Kingdom, through the Government’s Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group.

Bank Lending

Mr David Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of levels of bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [44088]

Michael Moore: The Chancellor of the Exchequer told the House that the coalition Government have agreed that the major banks will increase lending to small and medium-sized businesses by £10 billion this year. This deal could unlock additional lending of around £800 million for small businesses in Scotland.

Wales

Departmental Procurement

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many procurement projects with a monetary value greater than (a) £10 million, (b) £50 million and (c) £100 million her Department was engaged upon in the latest period for which figures are available. [45692]

Mr David Jones: None.

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which procurement projects engaged upon by her Department had a designated senior responsible owner in the latest period for which figures are available; and on what date they were appointed in each such case. [45693]

Mr David Jones: The Wales Office obtains its services through the Ministry of Justice and consequently does not undertake procurement projects.

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Future Jobs Fund: Wales

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments of the performance of the Future Jobs Fund in Wales. [44649]

Mr David Jones: Policy on the Future Jobs Fund is a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions. The coalition Government assessed that the £1 billion fund, which was always designed to be a temporary measure, was an expensive short-term fix to get young people off the benefits register by creating temporary short-term jobs. Grants do not include any incentives to move people into permanent jobs.

This Government have decided to focus instead on getting people back into permanent employment rather than providing temporary, public-funded work placements, by investing instead in long-term sustainable apprenticeship opportunities across all sectors.

Housing Benefit: Wales

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments on the effect on recipients in Wales of changes to housing benefit. [44648]

Mr David Jones: The Secretary of State for Wales has raised with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the issue of the estimated impact on recipients in Wales of the range of measures included in the Welfare Reform Bill. My Department has also discussed with the Department for Work and Pensions the specific changes to housing benefit coming into effect in April 2011.

Specific information about the impact of changes to housing benefit as a result of the Welfare Reform Bill is available in the impact assessments produced for the Bill. Where estimates are available this includes the estimated number of claimants in Wales affected. The impact assessments are available at the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/legislation-and-key-documents/welfare-reform-bill-2011/

Information on the estimated impact in Wales of changes to the local housing allowance coming into effect in April 2011 is also available in the impact assessments available at the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/lha-impact-nov10.pdf

Unemployment: Young People

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned from other Departments on trends in the level of youth unemployment in Wales. [44647]

Mr David Jones: Statistics on the labour market situation in Wales are published monthly by the Office for National Statistics. The latest data for January 2011 show there are 24,600 young people aged 18 to 24 claiming jobseekers allowance in Wales. This is a fall of 3,600 or 12.6% compared to a year ago. By comparison, youth unemployment levels in Wales increased by around 30% from Q2 1997 to Q2 2010.

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This Government remain extremely concerned about youth unemployment and are determined to deal with their legacy in Wales. Our approach is to ensure that young unemployed people get the personalised help they need to find permanent jobs. As part of our reform of the welfare system we are introducing a number of measures to support young people to find employment. Jobcentre Plus local offices are being given more control to allow them to deliver a more personalised service in a way that is more responsive to local needs. Under the Work Programme, providers will be free to design support based on the needs of individuals and target the right support at the right time. Both Jobcentre Plus and Work Programme providers will work with local public, private, and third sector organisations where this delivers the best job outcomes for individuals.

Leader of the House

Private Members' Bills

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to announce proposed dates of Fridays after 17 June 2011 on which Private Members’ Bills may have precedence; and if he will make a statement. [44686]

Sir George Young: The Government will bring forward a motion to increase the number of sitting Fridays in due course.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Billing

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011. [45097]

Mr Paterson: The Northern Ireland Office paid 98% in January 2011 and 99% in February 2011 of undisputed invoices to suppliers within 10 days of receipt.

Departmental Leaseback Arrangements

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [45096]

Mr Paterson: The Northern Ireland Office has sold no assets for leaseback over the last 12 months.

Fuels: Northern Ireland

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) the cost of fuel in Northern Ireland and (b) the introduction of a fuel price stabiliser. [44560]

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Mr Paterson: Northern Ireland Ministers, the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office and I met with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury last month where these matters were discussed.

Justice

Departmental Expenditure

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each public body sponsored by his Department incurred on engaging external audit services in each of the last three years; and to which service providers such payments were made in each year. [43751]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: All external audit services are provided by the National Audit Office, except where indicated otherwise.

The following information is from the consolidated(1) resource accounts for the MoJ and specified Executive agencies and associated offices:

£

2009-10 2008-09 2007-08

MoJ

1,557,000

1,796,000

1,411,000

Non-departmental public bodies
£
Public body 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08

Criminal Cases Review Commission

27,000

21,000

16,000

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

82,000

81,000

73,000

HM Prison Service

(3)

(3)

190,000

Judicial Appointments Commission

38,000

37,000

38,000

Legal Services Board

21,000

15,000

(4)

Legal Services Commission

353,000

250,000

157,000

Offices of Court Funds

(3)

(3)

(3)

Office of the Information Commissioner

33,500

29,500

24,000

Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman

11,500

11,000

10,500

Office for Legal Complaints

28.000

(5)

(5)

Official Solicitor and Public Trustee

(3)

(3)

(3)

Parole Board

21,000

20,500

17,000

Probation Service(2)

(6)1,530,000

(6)1,520,000

(6)1,480,000

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Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

42,000

42,000

42,000

(1) Her Majesty’s Courts Service, the Tribunals Service, the Office of the Public Guardian (formerly the Public Guardian’s Office) and the National Offender Management Service, Court Funds Office, Official Solicitor and Public Trustee, Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner, HM Inspectorate of Courts Administration, Inspectorate of Prisons, Inspectorate of Probation, Assessor for Compensation for Miscarriages of Justice, Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman, Office for Judicial Complaints, Directorate of Judicial Offices for England and Wales, the Boundary Commission and the Law Commission. (2) There are 42 Probation Boards and Trusts across England and Wales. Their figures have been combined. (3) Part of the consolidated accounts. (4) Did not exist. (5) Agency did not exist. (6) For 2009-10 the following audit services were used by the Probation Boards/Trusts: The Audit Commission audited 29 Probation Boards/Trusts Welsh Audit Office audited four Probation Boards/Trusts Deloitte audited three Probation Boards/Trusts KPMG audited three Probation Boards/Trusts PricewaterhouseCoopers audited three Probation Boards/Trusts For 2008-09 the following audit services were used by the Probation Boards/Trusts: Audit Commission: 29 Probation Boards/Trusts Deloitte: Three Probation Boards/Trusts KPMG: Three Probation Boards/Trusts PricewaterhouseCoopers: Three Probation Boards/Trusts Welsh Audit Office: Four Probation Boards/Trusts

The data on audit services used by the Probation Boards/Trusts in 2007-08 are not held centrally and would incur disproportionate costs to gather from local offices.

The cost of external and internal audits is included in the annual accounts of each Government Department and associated body.

Departmental Procurement

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) his Department, (ii) other Departments in respect of which his Department manages those functions and (iii) each (A) agency and (B) non-departmental public body for which he is responsible in the last financial year for which figures are available. [43965]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: The Cabinet Office has published procurement costs of all Government Departments for 2009-10 at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/back-office-benchmark-information-200910

MoJ HQ and its executive agencies(1) have a shared services procurement function. Any outsourcing for MoJ HQ and the executive agencies would be handled by the procurement team. In the financial year 2009-10, the procurement function (staff and operating costs) for MoJ and its executive agencies cost £13.3 million.

The NDPBs' costs were as follows:

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£
NDPB Procurement cost Outsourcing cost

Criminal Cases Review Commission

0

0

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

(2)0

(2)0

Information Commissioner's Office

20,294

0

Judicial Appointments Commission

0

0

Legal Services Board

0

0

Legal Services Commission

781,658

0

Office for Legal Complaints

0

0

Parole Board

0

0

Youth Justice Board

88,000

0

Other Departments the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor has jurisdiction over:

£
NDPB Procurement cost Outsourcing cost

The Land Registry

1,048,633

255,614

The National Archives

191,783

0

(1) The executive agencies are Her Majesty's Courts Service, the Tribunals Service, the Office of the Public Guardian and the National Offender Management Service. (2) CICA does not have a procurement department. Two staff have procurement responsibilities as part of their overall job descriptions. One Band B is expected to give approximately 20% of their time to procurement related tasks, one Band D is expected to give approximately 10% of their time to procurement related tasks. Note: The Cabinet Office lists The National Archives and The Land Registry as being in the MoJ—they are separate organisations with their own funding arrangements.

Legal Aid Scheme: Bolton

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) Bolton received legal aid in each of the last five years. [44846]

Mr Djanogly: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is responsible for administering the legal aid scheme in England and Wales. The LSC does not record the number of people who receive legal aid, but instead records the number of ‘acts of assistance’. One individual may receive a number of separate acts of assistance, and one act of assistance can help more than one person.

The tables show the volumes of legal aid granted in each of the last five years based on legal aid providers with postcodes falling within (a) Bolton South East constituency and (b) the local authority area of Bolton.

The figures do not include legal aid received via telephone advice, Community Legal Advice Centres, the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme, telephone triage, or family mediation. These figures are not available on a regional basis.

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Bolton South East constituency—Legal aid volumes
Thousand

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Civil Representation certificates issued

0.82

0.85

0.88

0.90

0.93

Legal Help New Matter Starts in Civil and Immigration

2.32

3.51

3.84

4.18

4.52

Crime Lower claim volumes

7.28

7.09

6.48

6.79

6.26

Crime Higher case volumes

0.81

0.83

0.83

0.89

0.79

Total

11.23

12.29

12.05

12.76

12.50

Bolton—Legal aid volumes
Thousand

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Civil Representation certificates issued

0.92

0.97

0.97

0.98

1.03

Legal Help New Matter Starts in Civil and Immigration

2.57

3.86

4.11

4.42

4.85

Crime Lower claim volumes

7.46

7.27

6.67

6.95

6.41

Crime Higher case volumes

0.83

0.86

0.86

0.92

0.81

Total

11.77

12.96

12.60

13.26

13.10

Attorney-General

Crown Prosecution Service: Manpower

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to employ (a) at the end of March 2011 and (b) at the end of each subsequent financial year in the comprehensive spending review period; [44763]

(2) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to employ as (a) prosecutors and (b) caseworkers and administrators supporting frontline prosecutions at (i) the end of March 2011 and (ii) the end of each subsequent financial year in the comprehensive spending review period; [44764]

(3) how many prosecutors the Crown Prosecution Service expects to employ who are (a) able to appear in the Crown court and higher courts and (b) able to present cases in magistrates court at (i) at the end of March 2011 and (ii) the end of each subsequent financial year in the comprehensive spending review period. [44765]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has not finalised its workforce plans for the comprehensive spending review period. Each CPS group and division is currently undertaking a more detailed planning exercise which is expected to be completed in May 2011.

Departmental Procurement

Mr Raab: To ask the Attorney-General what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) procurement and (b) outsourcing function of (i) the Law Officers'

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Departments and (ii) the (A) agency and (B) other non-ministerial departments for which he is responsible in the last financial year for which figures are available. [43964]

The Solicitor-General: Information on the procurement function costs for the Law Officers' Departments in the last full financial year are contained in the following table.

Department Recorded procurement function costs 2009-10 (£)

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

(1)692,087

Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

125,903

Treasury Solicitors Department (TSol)(2)

102,430

National Fraud Authority

4,857

(1 )Data cover cost of the CPS central procurement team. Some minor procurement activity is carried out at local offices, but the associated costs could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. (2 )The procurement section at TSol provides procurement/outsourcing services to TSol, AGO and HMCPSI. Neither AGO nor HMCPSI have dedicated procurement/outsourcing personnel.

None of the Law Officers' Departments currently operate any outsourcing function for procurement.

Departmental Redundancy

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent in 2010-11 to date on redundancy costs. [44543]

The Solicitor-General: In the nine months to December 2010, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has spent a total of £2.5 million on the voluntary early retirement and voluntary early severance costs of staff leaving the Department in 2010-11. The CPS has followed a policy of voluntary early release in achieving staff reductions.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make redundant in each Crown Prosecution area in 2010-11; and from what roles he expects staff to be made redundant; [44607]

(2) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service has made redundant in each Crown Prosecution Service area in 2010-11 to date; and from what roles staff have been made redundant. [44766]

The Solicitor-General: In 2010-11 a voluntary early release (VER) scheme was launched for headquarters functions. It is anticipated that between 60 and 90 staff will be released on voluntary terms by end of March 2011.

An additional 30 people who were employed in a mixture of management and administrative roles have already left the Department earlier in the financial year on a voluntary basis. Three people have been released from east midlands, one from Yorkshire and Humberside, one from Wales and one from the south-east. The remaining 24 staff have been released from London headquarters.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in 2010-11. [44608]

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The Solicitor-General: The CPS expects between 90 and 120 staff to leave the Department under a voluntary early release scheme this financial year. The CPS does not expect to make any compulsory redundancies in this period.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General how much funding the Crown Prosecution Service allocated to meet redundancy costs in 2010-11. [44609]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has currently allocated £6 million to meet the voluntary early release costs of staff leaving the department in 2011. The CPS has adhered to its policy of releasing staff on a voluntary basis and intends to maintain this policy in 2010-11.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make redundant in each Crown Prosecution area in each financial year from 2011-12 to 2014-15; and from what roles staff are expected to be made redundant; [44610]

(2) how many people the Crown Prosecution Service expects to make (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in each financial year from 2011-12 to 2014-15. [44611]

The Solicitor-General: Initial planning indicates that CPS will need to reduce staffing levels by 530 in 2011-12, 390 in 2012-13, 310 in 2013-14 and 220 in 2014-15 to achieve the required workforce reductions for financial year 2014-15. The CPS is committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies, and these reductions will be achieved through not filling vacancies that arise through normal staff turnover and the application of voluntary early release schemes in the first three years of the comprehensive spending review period. The CPS anticipates that there will be reductions in all grades of staff

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General how much funding has been allocated by the Crown Prosecution Service to meet redundancy costs in each financial year from 2011-12 to 2014-15. [44612]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has allocated £14 million to meet the voluntary early release costs of staff in 2011-12.

Decisions on the detailed allocation of budgets for the years beyond 2011-12 have yet to be taken. For financial planning purposes the current highest estimate for the costs of early departure for the CPS is £40 million resource over the spending review period. The figure could reduce significantly if additional savings are achieved in other areas of expenditure or if staff turnover is higher than forecast.

Electronic Case Files

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Attorney-General (1) what recent progress has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service in developing a full electronic case file system; and when he expects full electronic case files to be fully operational; [44613]

(2) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (b) the

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Secretary of State for Justice and

(c)

the Law Society on the development of a full electronic case file system by the Crown Prosecution Service; and if he will make a statement. [44614]

The Solicitor-General: The Law Officers meet regularly with Ministers at the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, as well as the President of the Law Society, to discuss a range of issues.

Methods of digital working, including the use of the electronic case file, are being developed and tested at a number of sites across England and Wales. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) aims to make widespread use of the electronic case file from April 2012 onwards.

Energy and Climate Change

Departmental Energy

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to install (a) solar panels or (b) renewable heat technologies on buildings occupied by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [45491]

Gregory Barker: The Department only has authority over one building, 3 Whitehall Place in London. There are no current plans to install solar panels or renewable heat technologies on this site. However, we are keeping this under review.

Departmental Food

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects his Department to meet the Government's commitment to source food that meets British or equivalent standards of production. [43321]

Gregory Barker: It is a Government commitment to ensure that food procured by Government Departments, and eventually the whole public sector, meets British standards of production wherever this can be achieved without increasing overall costs.

DECC's catering services are provided through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRA are introducing Government Buying Standards (GBS) for food and catering, which will be mandatory for central Government Departments and executive agencies and promoted to the wider public sector. The external review of the proposed GBS criteria ended on 24 January and DEFRA are taking account of all the responses before we finalise the standards this month.

DEFRA also published new guidance in January to help ensure that Government Departments and executive agencies source food meeting British or equivalent standards of production, subject to no overall increase in costs.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what method his Department uses to calculate food miles incurred by food sold in its refreshment outlets. [45487]

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Gregory Barker: The Department does not calculate food miles incurred by food sold by the catering service providers on the DECC estate. However, our caterers, BaxterStorey, do offer a sustainable catering service, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce. All meat, eggs and milk used are produced in the UK, and the frequency of deliveries is minimised.

Departmental Marketing

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) press officers, (b) marketing officers, (c) speech writers, (d) website managers and (e) other communications and marketing staff his Department directly employs. [45522]

Gregory Barker: As at 8 March 2011, DECC employed six press officers, five marketing officers, two speechwriters, four website managers and five other members of the Government Communications Network working across a range of disciplines.

Departmental Travel

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department takes to encourage carbon off-setting for air travel undertaken by its Ministers and officials; and what scheme it uses. [45489]

Gregory Barker: The Department offsets all of its ministerial and official air travel through the Government Carbon Offsetting Facility (GCOF).

Information on GCOF can be found on the DECC website:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/lc_uk/co2_offsetting/gov_offsetting/gov_offsetling.aspx

Electricity Generation

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects on industrial electricity prices of his proposals for electricity market reform; and if he will make a statement. [45060]

Charles Hendry: On 16 December, Government launched consultations on a package of options for reforming the electricity market. The preferred package is to have a ‘contract for difference’ model for supporting low-carbon generation in combination with a targeted capacity mechanism, carbon price support and an emissions performance standard. Due to the high upfront costs and low running costs nature of most low carbon generating plant, the preferred package may increase business electricity prices and bills in the near term, but from the mid 2020s onwards prices are expected to be lower than they otherwise would be. Please see following table.


Impact of the preferred electricity market reform package on industrial electricity prices (percentage)

2010

0

2011-15

1

2016-20

3

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2021-25

7

2026-30

-5

Government are aware of industry concerns about competitiveness impacts from climate change and energy policies, particularly for those industries that use the most energy. This is why BIS and DECC are working together on the Energy Intensive Industry Strategy which aims to maximise greenhouse gas reductions in these sectors while ensuring their future competitiveness. The strategy will include analysis of the estimated energy price and bill impacts for illustrative energy intensive users. Findings of this analysis will be published in spring.

Electricity Generation: Northern Ireland

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on electricity market reform. [44773]

Charles Hendry: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and DECC Ministers have regular meetings with Ministers in the devolved Administration of Northern Ireland on a variety of topics.

The Electricity Market Reform team within DECC has had a number of contacts with Northern Ireland officials (from DETI-NI and the Northern Ireland utilities regulator) and has presented and fielded questions at a stakeholder event arranged by DETI on 24 February 2011 in Belfast.

Energy: Housing

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) minimum and (b) maximum rate of interest that will be set on Green Deal finance loans. [44878]

Gregory Barker [holding answer 7 March 2011]: It is not possible to make a reliable estimate of the likely commercial interest rate which will be offered to Green Deal customers at this stage. We are working with the finance industry to ensure that the design of the scheme is robust enough to secure the most efficient types of financing, which in turn, will drive down the cost. The Green Deal is a market mechanism and therefore it is not appropriate for government to dictate the interest rate. We may however, set out permissible financial terms in secondary legislation to ensure consumer protection, and will be considering whether these should place controls on the structure of interest rates which can be applied to Green Deal plans.

In addition, we are working to ensure a competitive Green Deal market—this should put downward pressure on prices and leave little room for profiteering.

Energy: Private Rented Housing

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the merits of (a) producing a timetable

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introducing minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector above F or G levels from 2016 and

(b)

the introduction of a more stringent enforcement regime with higher financial penalties. [44627]

Gregory Barker: The powers we are proposing in the Energy Bill will require domestic landlords to honour reasonable requests from their tenants for energy efficiency improvements, and will require local authorities to insist that landlords improve the worst performing homes. Our intention is that this local authority enforcement would be targeted at F and G properties from 2015, if we do not see voluntarily improvement under the Green Deal. We are not currently pursuing a minimum energy efficiency standard in the private rented sector.

Under these plans, non-compliant landlords could be fined up to £5,000. This is in line with the current fine local authorities can place on landlords who rent out hazardous sub-standard property (under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System).

Feed-in Tariffs

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on feed-in tariff payments to date; and how much it expects to spend in the first year of the scheme's operation. [43347]

Gregory Barker: This information is not currently available in the form requested. However, Ofgem has published data from the quarterly levelisation process which show a total of £2,686,712.55 paid for all technologies up to 30 September 2010. Levelisation data can be viewed at:

www.ofgem.gov.uk/Sustainability/Environment/fits/Levelisation/Pages/Levelisation.aspx

Levelisation data for 1 October to 31 December 2010 will be made available on Ofgem's website soon.

Details of the expected costs of the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme were published under the previous Administration in February 2010. However, details on level of projections of all eligible technologies under the scheme were sent to all electricity suppliers at the start of the scheme. This information was also provided in response to specific requests and used in meetings with stakeholders.

A copy of the projections can be found in the Libraries of the House.

Departmental Pay

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that his published departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff paid over £58,200 per annum in his Department and in the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible. [43541]

Gregory Barker: The coalition Government are committed to improving transparency and the Coalition programme includes commitments to publish salary information for the most senior civil servants and to publish organograms for the entire organisation.

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As a first step, the Government published the details of 345 senior officials in departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in post at 31 March 2010 whose rate of pay was £150,000 or more. Publication of name, job title and base salary details was then extended to some lower levels of the senior civil service (SCS) as part of the organograms that were published last October.

Although individualised salary details for the most junior level of the SCS (Pay Bands 1 and 1A) were not released, the numbers and grades of staff in each of their teams and the total salary costs of that team were published. Organograms will next be updated by the end of May to show structures as at 31 March 2011.

Good progress is being made across the civil service and beyond in improving transparency of how Government works and uses its resources. We are now in a period of consolidating and embedding transparency processes into business as usual. We are always looking to go further and we will continue over the coming months to review, and where necessary improve, the quality and extent of data being released.

Social Enterprises: Co-operatives

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of goods and services supplied directly to his Department were sourced from (a) social enterprises, (b) mutuals and (c) co-operatives in the latest period for which figures are available. [45492]

Gregory Barker: This information cannot be identified from the Department's payment records.

Solar Photovoltaic Sector

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the size of the solar photovoltaic market in (a) the Brighton and Hove area, (b) East and West Sussex and (c) the UK; what estimate he has made of the proportion of the global market the UK market represents; and if he will make a statement. [43508]

Gregory Barker: The Department does not have estimates for the size of the solar PV market for the areas requested. Under the low carbon buildings programme, 1,562 grants were provided in south-east England for solar PV technology, of which, 283 were in East and West Sussex. Of these, 23 were in Brighton.

While the solar PV market in the UK is growing it is remains relatively small in comparison to the global size of the market.

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's review of feed-in tariffs on plans for the installation of solar panels on publicly-owned buildings; and whether he has received representations on the matter from the Leader of Brighton and Hove city council. [43509]

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not aware of any representations received by the Secretary of State from the Leader of Brighton and Hove council.

Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the level of each tariff for solar photovoltaics is to be considered under the fast-track review announced on 7 February 2011. [43727]

Gregory Barker: On 7 February 2011, the Secretary of State announced the comprehensive review of the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme. That review will include fast-track consideration of solar photovoltaics (PV) installations over 50kW.

The fast-track consultation will be launched later this month.

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many representations his Department has received on the fast-track review of feed-in tariffs for large scale solar photovoltaics. [43728]

Gregory Barker: The Department has received several representations on the fast track review of feed-in tariffs for large scale solar photovoltaics. Detailed information on these representations will be provided as part of the consultation on this issue.

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of small-scale photovoltaic projects to community projects; if he will exclude such projects from the scope of his review of feed-in tariffs; and if he will make a statement. [43793]

Charles Hendry: The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking analysis of all aspects of feed-in tariffs as part of the first comprehensive review of the scheme which commenced on 7 February. Detailed proposals on the fast-track element of the review are being worked up and we intend to publish them for consultation later this month.

Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he has taken of the Compact between the Government and Civil Society in policy development. [42604]

Gregory Barker: The Compact between this coalition Government and civil society organisations was agreed and launched on 16 December 2010. It was accompanied by guidance on accountability and transparency for the first time, ensuring that Government Departments as well as civil society organisations are clear about the level of commitment and the implications for not following the Compact. The Cabinet Office considers policy that is relevant to civil society organisations from a Compact perspective, ensuring that it is adhered to, and where it is not possible for whatever reason, that this is explained to the sector in an open and transparent manner.

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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to support the big society initiative. [42645]

Gregory Barker: The big society is more than a collection of policies—it is an approach which is at the heart of the Government's reforms across all policy areas with the aim of localising power and opening up public services and encouraging social action. Each department has a range of specific programmes which will contribute to growing the big society. These policies are coordinated across Government through meetings at official and ministerial level, including the Informal Ministerial Group on the Big Society and Localism, which shares ideas and supports progress on cross cutting-issues relating to the big society.

DECC has several programmes aimed at achieving the big society goals of catalysing social action, decentralising power and opening up public services. These include:

the Low Carbon Communities Challenge—a two year action-research programme for testing localised, community-led models for delivering carbon savings, reducing energy consumption, and fostering social cohesion;

the community energy online web portal (launched late 2010)—the Portal provides helpful tools and information to enable communities and others to develop local community based energy projects;

enabling local authorities to sell electricity—a change in legislation (effective from 18 August 2010) was made to allow local authorities to sell electricity they generate themselves from renewable sources; and

the Green Deal—from late 2012 this will enable private companies, local authorities and civil society organisations to offer energy efficiency improvements to households, communities and businesses at no upfront cost.

Work and Pensions

Disability Living Allowance: Children

Gordon Birtwistle: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how parents of a disabled child will be able to acquire the aids and adaptations necessary for the well-being of that child under his proposed reforms to disability living allowance. [43282]

Maria Miller: Parents of disabled children may receive additional support for their child, including aids and adaptations, from a variety of sources including the health, social care and education systems. If the child receives disability living allowance, the parent may choose to use the benefit to purchase additional items. DLA will be replaced by personal independence payment from 2013, but it will remain a non-means-tested, non-taxable cash benefit which can be spent according to the priorities of the individual.

When personal independence payment is introduced from 2013 the reforms will initially apply to the working-age caseload only. We want to use the experience of reassessing the working-age caseload to inform any future decisions on arrangements for children.

Electoral Reform Services

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monetary value was of contracts his Department placed with Electoral Reform Services in each year since 2005. [44228]

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Chris Grayling: DWP has not had any expenditure with Electoral Reform Services from 2005 to date.

Employment Schemes

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what circumstances cited for failing to take part in the training or education mandated by the work programme will be considered reasonable. [44672]

Chris Grayling: Work programme providers will be able to require customers to participate in work-related activity, including training or education, in circumstances where the customer’s benefit conditionality rules allow this. If a customer fails to participate in work-related activity, they will be given an opportunity to demonstrate good cause. Jobcentre Plus decision makers will come to a view on whether or not a customer has good cause on a case-by-case basis, taking a customer’s individual circumstances into account.

We are currently developing guidance on the types of circumstances which may be considered when judging whether or not a customer has good cause. This guidance will be published prior to the implementation of the work programme.

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether individuals who participate in mandatory training or education as part of the work programme or skills conditionality programme will have a maximum course length; [44673]

(2) whether claimants of jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance undertaking mandatory training as part of the work programme or skills conditionality programme will continue to receive their benefit during the course; whether such people will be required to attend job interviews which are timetabled during course commitments; and whether their benefit entitlements will be dependent on the length of their course. [44674]

Chris Grayling: Skills conditionality will apply to both jobseeker’s allowance claimants and benefit recipients in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance. People referred to training on a mandatory basis will be subject to the same benefit rules as those engaging in training on a voluntary basis. Skills conditionality is currently being piloted in 11 Jobcentre Plus districts and will apply nationally from August 2011. Mandatory referrals to training may then take place prior to a claimant’s entry to the work programme as well as once they are on the work programme.

The course length will not be prescribed but will depend upon the identified job goals and skills need of the claimant. Before a mandatory referral to training can be made, the college or training provider must have confirmed that they are able and willing to accept the claimant onto an appropriate course. Benefit entitlements will not be dependent on the length of the training course. Units of accredited training will be offered as well as longer courses depending on the skills needs of the individual and those of the local labour market. Claimants will be subject to sanctions for failure to participate but where they can demonstrate good cause they will not be sanctioned.

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Recipients of jobseeker’s allowance who take part in part-time training will continue to receive jobseeker’s allowance provided they continue to meet the full labour-market requirements and are willing to give up the course if a job opportunity is offered. Courses funded by the Skills Funding Agency, Welsh Assembly Government and Scottish Government are considered to be full-time training where they involve 16 hours or more a week. There is no definition about what constitutes a full- or part-time course where training is funded from other sources—it is for the course provider to determine. Jobseekers who take part in full-time training are moved onto a training allowance and are not subject to jobseeker’s allowance conditionality for the duration of their time on the training.

Recipients of employment and support allowance referred to training by Jobcentre Plus will continue to receive their usual benefit entitlement. In setting the work-related activity for a member of the employment and support allowance work-related activity group, Jobcentre Plus advisers will ensure that the requirements they place on a person are apt and reasonable in their circumstances. Work-related activity may include attending training to address a skills need if this will make it more likely that a customer will obtain or remain in work.

Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an individual appealing against a work capability assessment decision on their ability to work may continue claiming incapacity benefit up to the point at which the appeal is determined. [44652]

Chris Grayling: If an incapacity benefit recipient who is found fit for work following a work capability assessment then appeals against the decision, they will receive the assessment phase rate of employment and support allowance during the appeals process. They will no longer receive incapacity benefit.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Jonathan Reynolds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people not in work who are ineligible for jobseeker's allowance owing to insufficient national insurance contributions. [44644]

Chris Grayling: The information requested is not available. The latest information available is in the following table.

There are two types of jobseeker's allowance. Contribution-based jobseeker's allowance is payable for up to 183 days as long as sufficient national insurance contributions have been paid at the relevant time. Income-based jobseeker's allowance is payable irrespective of the claimant’s contribution record but according to the claimant's household income, and can be paid in addition to contribution-based jobseeker's allowance. For both types of the benefit, the claimant must also satisfy statutory conditions of entitlement, such as being available for and actively seeking work.

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Jobseeker's allowance claimants: Type of jobseeker's allowance —May 2010
Type of jobseeker's allowance Total

All

1,354,600

Contribution-based benefit only

205,300

Income-based and contribution-based benefit

21,200

Income-based benefit only

1,010,900

No benefit in payment (credits only)

117,300

Notes: 1. The preferred statistics on benefits are now derived from 100% data sources. However, the 5% sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the100% data sources. DWP recommends that, where the detail is only available on the 5% sample data, the proportions derived should be scaled up to the overall 100% total for the benefit. These figures have been scaled up to the overall total. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 therefore totals may not sum due to rounding. 3. These data were extracted from the Department's tabulation tool at: http://83.244.183.180/5pc/tabtool.html then rated up. Source: DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) Information Directorate, 5% samples

Jobseeker's Allowance: Mortgages

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of jobseeker’s allowance in (a) Stockton North constituency and (b) the UK who (i) were affected by his Department’s changes to entitlement to mortgage interest payments and (ii) will be affected over 12 months following the change. [43518]

Chris Grayling: The change in the standard interest rate used to calculate support for mortgage interest applies to all customers who receive that help as part of their benefit.

In May 2010, the latest period for which figures are available, the number of jobseeker’s allowance customers in (a) the Stockton North constituency, and (b) Great Britain, who were also in receipt of support for mortgage interest, is given in the table.

No estimate has been made of the number of jobseeker’s allowance customers who will be affected over 12 months following the change to the standard interest rate at which support for mortgage interest is paid.

Jobseeker’s allowance claimants in receipt of mortgage interest in the Stockton North parliamentary constituency and in Great Britain—May 2010

Jobseeker’s allowance claimants receiving mortgage interest

Stockton North

*100

Great Britain

34,000

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. Figures have been uprated using 5% proportions against 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) totals. 3. Parliamentary constituency of claimants are for the Westminster Parliament of May 2010. 4. Figures are for Great Britain. Northern Ireland statistics are prepared by DSDNI and can be obtained from: www.dsdni.gov.uk 5. Numbers marked “*” are based on very few sample cases and are subject to a high degree of sampling variation. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5% samples

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Mortgages: Government Assistance

Mr Frank Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency received support for mortgage interest payments in each of the last five years. [44265]

Steve Webb: As requested, the following table presents the total number of claimants, in receipt of either pension credit (PC), income support (IS) or jobseeker's allowance (JSA), receiving support for mortgage interest in Motherwell and Wishaw parliamentary constituency over the last five years.

Total number of claimants of PC, IS, JSA receiving mortgage interest in Motherwell and Wishaw parliamentary constituency
As at May each year Number

2005

(1)500

2006

600

2007

(1)500

2008

(1)500

2009

(1)500

2010

(1)500

(1) Numbers are based on very few sample cases and are subject to a high degree of sampling variation. Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. Figures are based on 5% sample data. All figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. 3. Caseload figures have been uprated by using 5% proportions against 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) data. 4. Figures provided are a point in time estimate at May in each year. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5% samples.

Poverty: EU Action

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Commission Communication on The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion: A European framework for social and territorial cohesion, COM(2010) 758 final; what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of implementing each measure recommended in the Communication; and whether the implementation of any measure recommended in the Communication would involve a transfer of powers from the UK to the EU. [44416]

Chris Grayling: The UK Government can agree to the principles that underpin the Platform or the European Commission’s aspiration to lift 20 million people out of relative poverty by 2020. These goals are in line with the Government’s commitment to freedom, fairness and responsibility. However, our support is contingent on there being no additional resource implications for the UK and upon full respect for the principles of UK competence as provided for in the EU Treaties.

The Communication represents a high level summary of the Commission’s intentions. It is not possible at this stage to determine whether there would be any cost implication arising from the proposals or whether they represent an erosion of member states’ powers. As detailed proposals emerge over coming months we will subject them to rigorous scrutiny to ensure that there are no adverse consequences for the UK.

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Social Security Benefits

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be subject to the total cap on benefit entitlement which are currently in social housing. [40578]

Steve Webb: If the benefit cap is applied in full, it is estimated that around 70% of those affected by the household cap on total benefit income will be living in social housing.

The estimated number of households affected by the benefit cap is based on survey data using the Department for Work and Pension’s Policy Simulation Model. Small sample sizes for those estimated to be affected mean that further estimating the characteristics of this group are uncertain and should be treated with caution.

We are currently looking at how we could transitionally protect those particularly adversely affected.

Note:

Percentages have been rounded to the nearest 10%

State Retirement Pensions

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the effects on the Exchequer of bringing forward the proposed increase in the state pension age to 67 years old to (a) 2035 and (b) 2034; [44866]

(2) if he will estimate the effects on the Exchequer of bringing forward the proposed increase in the state pension age to 68 years old to (a) 2045 and (b) 2046. [44867]

Steve Webb: Under existing legislation, the state pension age will increase gradually to 67 between April 2034 and March 2036, and gradually to 68 between April 2044 and March 2046.

We have interpreted the proposed changes to the increase in the state pension age to 67 as:

(a) bringing the change forward by one year so that the state pension age rises gradually to 67 between April 2033 and March 2035. This would result in reduced spending of £6.9 billion, in 2010-11 prices, over the three years from 2033-34 to 2035-36.

(b) bringing the change forward by two years so that the state pension age rises gradually to 67 between April 2032 and March 2034. This would result in reduced spending of £13.7 billion, in 2010-11 prices, over the four years from 2032-33 to 2035-36.

and the proposed changes to the increase in the state pension age to 68 as:

(a) bringing the change forward by one year so that the state pension age rises gradually to 68 between April 2043 and March 2045. This would result in reduced spending of £9.1 billion, in 2010-11 prices, over the three years from 2043-44 to 2045-46.

(b) bringing the change forward by two years, so that the state pension age rises gradually to 68 between April 2042 and March 2044. This would result in reduced spending of £18.1 billion, in 2010-11 prices, over the four years from 2042-43 to 2045-46.

Unemployed People: Travel

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with Transport for London on the promotion of discounted public transport fares for people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance. [44670]

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Chris Grayling: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions about what discussions our Department has had with Transport for London (TfL) on the promotion of discounted public transport fares for people in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

TfL provides discounted fares for customers claiming JSA, by providing them with a card giving them a 50% discount on buses and trams.

It is available across London and promoted through Jobcentre Plus offices at Fortnightly Job Reviews, Adviser interviews and other appropriate opportunities. Programme Providers are also aware of and promote take up of the scheme.

To be eligible for the card, customers must have been receiving JSA for a minimum of 13 weeks. At this point Jobcentre Plus issues application forms which customers can take to their local post office to receive the discount card.

This has been a very successful scheme since its introduction in April 2009. By March this year over 173,000 cards had been issued to JSA customers.

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the availability of discounts for bus, train or tram fares provided to recipients of jobseeker's allowance for the purposes of encouraging them to apply for jobs outside their immediate locality. [44671]

Chris Grayling: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the availability of discounts for bus, train or tram fares provided to recipients of Jobseeker's Allowance for the purposes of encouraging them to apply for jobs outside their immediate locality. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus has a partnership agreement with the Association of Train Operating Companies, which offers a 50% discount on rail travel in England and Wales to Jobcentre Plus customers who are seeking work or have entered the various New Deal Programmes for lone parents and disadvantaged groups. This agreement has been in place for the last 13 years and has helped a wide range of customers with travel costs. A similar scheme is also in place in Scotland via Scot Rail.

More locally, other schemes are available such as discounted fares through Oyster Card in London and Centro Partnership in the West Midlands, both of which allow multi use of the card on rail and bus travel. In terms of travel by bus, there is no national agreement, but advisers will signpost people to schemes available locally.

For those wishing to consider employment outside their immediate locality, we currently have the Travel to Interview Scheme, which helps with the cost of attending interviews considered to be outside the local travel to work area. The scheme does not have a large annual budget, so careful management is required to ensure it helps as many customers as possible each year. In doing so, advisers make awards, taking into account individual circumstances and factors which include making sure the applicant has an established claim to a qualifying benefit, the availability of jobs locally, the distance involved in attending the interview in question and what is considered to be the local travel to work area. Customers must apply for help before attending an interview to check entitlement.

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In delivering a more personalised service from April this year, we are providing District Managers with a flexible support fund, which will subsume a number of current discretionary funds, including the Travel to Interview Scheme. This new fund will be used directly and in partnership with other local organisations to tailor services to individual and local need. Where appropriate, this will include support for people who are looking to travel further afield to look for and take-up work.

Unemployment

Mr Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in England aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21, (e) 22, (f) 23 and (g) 24 were (i) unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definition and (ii) unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definition and not in full-time education in the latest period for which figures are available. [43904]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in England aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21, (e) 22, (f) 23 and (g) 24 were (i) unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definition and (ii) unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definition and not in full-time education. 43904

The table provided shows the information requested.

Number of unemployed people aged 18 to 24, by educational status. Three months ending December, 2010. England, not seasonally adjusted
Thousands
Age Total unemployed Unemployed and not in full-time education

18

***90

***54

19

***96

***74

20

***103

***85

21

***86

***76

22

***87

***83

23

***74

***70

24

***64

***61

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below: Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 = CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 = CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 = CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≥ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes CV = Coefficient of Variation Note: It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.). Source: Labour Force Survey

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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effects of unemployment on income inequality. [44096]

Chris Grayling: My Department has not made an assessment of the effects of unemployment on income inequality.

Prime Minister

Big Society Initiative

Chris Ruane: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether (a) he and (b) any staff of his Office are participating in volunteering activity as part of the Government’s big society initiative; [44188]

(2) what steps his Office has taken to support the Government’s big society initiative. [44200]

The Prime Minister: My Office is undertaking volunteering activity with two social action partners during 2011.

The first is with “Blue Sky Development and Regeneration”, a non-profit organisation employing ex-offenders in maintenance and recycling businesses to help reduce reoffending rates. The second is with Street League, a charity that delivers sports and educational programmes to tackle issues including homelessness, substance addiction, crime and unemployment.

For further details I refer the hon. Member to the press notice on the No. 10 website

http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/latest-news/2010/12/number-10-staff-select-two-charities-to-support-in-2011-58400

In addition, many members of my Office take part in volunteering activities with a wide range of charities and organisations.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council England

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding Arts Council England allocated per head of population in (a) Wolverhampton North East constituency, (b) Wolverhampton South East constituency, (c) Wolverhampton South West constituency, (d) Dudley North constituency, (e) Dudley South constituency, (f) Stourbridge constituency and (g) Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. [44653]

Mr Vaizey: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has not yet published current population and constituency data, therefore, Arts Council England has advised that the figures in the table are approximates based on the most recent available alternative data from the ONS, which are from mid-2007.

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Sum of amount awarded 2009-10
£
Constituency Grants for the Arts Regularly funded organisations Totals Population (1) Funding per head

Dudley North

15,912

0

15,192

79,587

0.20

Dudley South

7,000

51,350

58,350

78,032

0.75

Halesowen and Rowley Regis

49,695

0

49,695

83,563

0.59

Stourbridge

82,008

0

82,008

87,441

0.94

Wolverhampton North East

4,669

0

4,669

83,955

0.06

Wolverhampton South East

5,000

57,326

62,326

84,568

0.74

Wolverhampton South West

177,710

290,257

467,967

81,623

5.73

(1) Figures from 2007

Arts: Brighton and Hove

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the contribution to UK gross domestic product by the arts and creative industries (a) nationally and (b) in the Brighton and Hove area; and if he will make a statement. [44640]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not hold separate measures of the arts and creative industries’ contribution to the economy. The contribution of music, performing and visual arts to the economy is measured as part of the DCMS Creative Industries Economic Estimates. We estimate that the contribution of the creative industries to the economy as a whole was 5.6% of gross value added (GVA) in 2008. GVA is the most accurate measure of an industry's contribution to the economy and so this measure is used instead of GDP.

The Department does not measure or hold data on the contribution of creative industries to the economy at a regional level.

BBC

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the potential effects of BBC online local news content on private sector providers of such news services. [44696]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has regular discussions with the BBC Trust on the measures agreed in last year's licence fee settlement including support for local TV.

At the time of the licence fee settlement, the BBC committed to the principle that the BBC should not launch services which are more local than the BBC's current offerings on radio, the web and television.

British Sky Broadcasting: News International

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on his decision on the News Corp bid for BSkyB; and if he will make a statement. [45636]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: I refer the hon. Member to the Statement I made to the House on 3 March 2011, Official Report, columns 518-19, setting out that I propose to accept undertakings from News Corporation on their proposed merger with BSkyB. I have launched a consultation as to whether the undertakings in lieu offered by News Corporation are sufficient to remedy, mitigate or prevent the public interest concerns in relation to media plurality raised by this merger. I will consider all representations before reaching a final decision on the undertakings in lieu.

Departmental Pay

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will ensure his departmental organisational chart includes the names and responsibilities of all staff paid over £58,200 per annum in his Department and in the non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible. [43543]

John Penrose: The level of salary disclosure in our organisational structure charts already helps enable the public to hold the Department to account for its use of public funds. There are no current plans to extend the scope of salary disclosure when structure charts are updated.

Gambling

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the outcomes of the next Gambling Prevalence Survey to be published. [43057]

John Penrose: We are currently developing plans on the precise form, funding and timing of the next Gambling Prevalence Survey, working closely with the Gambling Commission.

Languages: Scotland

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress he has made on meeting his Department's responsibilities regarding Scottish Gaelic for (a) language maintenance and development under the European Charter for Minority or Indigenous Languages and (b) broadcasting services in UK languages. [44709]

Mr Vaizey: My Department's interests in the UK Government's responsibilities under the Charter relating to Gaelic were taken forward through the arrangements made for the establishment of BBC Alba.

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Ofcom: Finance

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons Ofcom owes £29.3 million to central Government bodies; what plans there are to recover these funds; and for what reasons such liabilities arose. [43739]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 3 March 2011]: Ofcom's 2009-10 Annual Report lists £29.238 million grant in aid paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in respect of the following Ofcom activities for the months of April, May, June and July 2010:


£ million

Spectrum Management

22.5

Spectrum Awards

1.8

Spectrum Clearance

4.1

Ex-Post Competition

0.7

Other - Online Copyright Infringement, Local Media, Digital Participation and Postal Integration

0.1

This is grant in aid paid in line with agreed procedures with BIS and is appropriately classified within Ofcom's statutory accounts under International Financial Reporting Standards conventions.

In addition, BIS has provided a loan of £2,036,000 to Ofcom to enable it to undertake work to meet its obligations under the Digital Economy Act 2010. Those costs will fall to industry, but will not be recouped until the code of practice comes into force, at which time Ofcom will repay the loan to BIS.

Olympic Games 2012: Housing

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of the affordable homes to be provided through the transformation of the Olympic Athletes' Village will be (a) accessible homes and (b) affordable accessible homes; [44786]

(2) whether developers undertaking work for the London 2012 Olympics will be obliged to provide a certain proportion of accessible housing in new developments in the area; [44787]

(3) how many of the 1,379 affordable homes to be provided through the Olympic Athletes' Village will be accessible; [44791]

(4) if he will take steps to ensure that no accommodation unit in the Olympic Athletes' Village which has been modified for paralympians will be demolished or have its modifications removed following the London 2012 Olympics; [44792]

(5) what proportion of short-term housing in the Olympic Athletes' Village will be designated as accessible housing as part of the Olympic Legacy strategy. [44793]

Hugh Robertson: The Olympic and Paralympic Village has been designed to be part of a successful social, environmental and economically sustainable community. All the 2,818 housing units have been built to the Lifetime Homes Standard for accessible and adaptable homes. The planning consent requires that 8% of these

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properties be fully wheelchair accessible and that 10% of the social for rent housing and 8% of the intermediate housing be fully wheelchair accessible.

All the accommodation built for Olympians and Paralympians will be retrofitted to provide homes in legacy in compliance with this planning consent.

1,379 affordable housing units in the Village have been sold to Triathlon Homes, an approved provider of affordable homes. The provision of short-term lets to tenants will be a matter for Triathlon.

Sports: Bexley

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support grassroots sport in the London borough of Bexley. [45407]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England is the arm's length body with responsibility for community sport. Their aim is to increase and sustain levels of participation in sport.

National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) are responsible for the strategy, delivering through their networks of community clubs, coaches and volunteers, across all parts of the country. Sport England is investing £480 million through 46 governing bodies over the next four years and has agreed ‘grow’ and ‘sustain’ targets with each one. Each sport has developed a whole sport plan to achieve these targets.

Additionally, the £135 million Mass Participation Olympic Legacy—Places People Play—was launched in November 2010 and will benefit residents of Bexley and the country more widely. This programme will be funded by lottery money and has been developed in partnership with Sport England, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games (LOCOG), the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA).

In addition to the current funding being invested through NGBs, Sport England has invested a total of £3,114,049 into Bexley since 2006. This includes a recent investment of £1.24 million via the Sustainable Facilities Fund to the Europa Gymnastics Centre, the site which will be the new home of the Europa Gymnastics Club, which will also act as an Olympic and Paralympic training venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Home Department

Departmental Billing

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in January and February 2011. [45073]

Damian Green: The Home Department has invested significantly in process improvement through the creation of a professional Shared Service Centre and Procurement Centre of Excellence complemented by upgraded Procure to Pay systems.

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The Department puts a firm focus on paying its suppliers on time when it is in receipt of a compliant invoice. The Home Department’s performance information for paying suppliers within 10 days of receipt of a compliant invoice in January and February 2011 is:

Home Department—invoices paid within 10 days

January 2011 February 2011

Number of compliant invoices paid

5,121

5,522

Number of compliant invoices paid within terms

4,154

4,751

Percentage of compliant invoices paid within terms

81

86

Departmental Redundancy

Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects an announcement to be made on redundancies in the Sheffield offices of (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) her Department. [45176]

Damian Green: There are currently no plans to announce redundancies in the Sheffield offices of UK Border Agency and the Home Department this year. In line with the budget settlement of the spending review 2011-15, the UK Border Agency Offices and Home Department in Sheffield will have to carry out restructuring exercises.

Departments will explore all possible and reasonable alternatives such as redeployment and voluntary exit schemes to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of likely redundancies in the UK Border Agency in the next four years. [45177]

Damian Green: The UK Border Agency is committed to making no compulsory redundancies unless as a last resort. Announced headcount reductions of 5,200 posts over the next four years will be achieved wherever possible through voluntary early release schemes, ceasing recruiting, and reducing the numbers of contractors and agency staff.

Dr Michael Savage

Mr Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the exclusion from the UK of Dr Michael Savage. [44157]

Damian Green: Michael Savage was excluded from the UK for making statements that brought him within scope of the published unacceptable behaviour policy. He expressed views that seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence. In the absence of clear, convincing and public evidence that Mr Savage has repudiated his previous statements, his exclusion remains in place.

Foreign Workers

Mr Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had on the grant of intracompany transfer visas or other visas to

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(a)

Indian and

(b)

other non-EU workers; what proposals she has received from the (i) EU and (ii) Indian Government concerning such visas; what representations she has received on this subject; what proposals have been made for the EU to grant the right of entry to EU member states for such workers from outside the EU and what proposals have otherwise been made in respect of the EU on this subject; what discussions she has held with other Ministers regarding such matters; and if she will make a statement. [44594]

Damian Green: The Indian Government responded to last year's public consultation on the changes we are making to economic migration routes, including Intra-Company Transfers (ICTs). The European Commission brought forward a proposal for a directive on the admission of third country ICTs, which the UK has not opted into. The EU is also holding discussions with India on a free trade agreement which, it is proposed, will contain provisions on migrant workers.

The Home Secretary has frequent discussions with other Ministers concerning migration policy, among other matters.

Human Trafficking

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce the Government’s policy on human trafficking. [45122]

Damian Green: Combating human trafficking is a key priority for the Government. We are committed to tackling organised crime groups which profit from this human misery and to protecting victims. We are due to publish our new strategy on human trafficking in the spring.

Immigrants: Detainees

Nicola Blackwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which Department of the UK Border Agency is responsible for ensuring that immigration detainees scheduled for removal are able to retrieve personal possessions from their homes before removal; [44990]

(2) what changes there have been to (a) policy and (b) practice on responsibility within her Department and the UK Border Agency for ensuring that immigration detainees scheduled for removal are sent personal possessions before removal. [45186]

Damian Green: Where UK Border Agency enforcement officers (based in Local Immigration Teams around the country) attend an individual's home in order to detain them with a view to removal, the opportunity to pack a reasonable amount of luggage (determined by baggage flight allowances) is given prior to departure for the Immigration Removal Centre (IRC). Full details are set out in Chapter 61.10.8 of the UK Border Agency's Enforcement Instructions and Guidance, available to view at:

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/enforcement/

However, once an individual is in detention, it is their responsibility to make arrangements for the retrieval of any further possessions from their home, via friends or family for instance. Such possessions may be brought to

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the IRC in question for inclusion in the individual's luggage for their removal flight.

Should this lead to an excess of baggage for the flight, however, separate arrangements for their transport must be made by the individual. Detainees are allowed to retain their mobile phones or use phone cards to facilitate this, and welfare officers are on site to assist detainees with any concerns surrounding their departure, such as luggage.

There has been no recent change to this policy or practice.

Local Child Curfew Schemes: Suffolk

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders were issued in Suffolk in each year since 1997; and how many such orders were breached in each such year. [45149]

James Brokenshire: Local child curfew schemes were introduced by section 14 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, and amended in sections 48 and 49 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. They were repealed by the Police and Crime Act 2009.

Information on the number of local child curfew schemes was not collected centrally.

Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on sentences given for (a) possession of a knife and (b) possession of a handgun. [45120]

James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State for the Home Department has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on a range of sentencing issues.

Prevent Scheme

Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to Milton Keynes local authority under the Prevent scheme in each of the last three years. [44756]

Andrew Stunell: I have been asked to reply.

Milton Keynes council received the following amounts from the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of their Area Based Grant under the Prevent programme.


£

2008-09

105,000

2009-10

143,292

2010-11

138,193

Victims of Crime

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the chance of an individual becoming a victim of crime (a) nationally and (b) in North Wales in each of the last 30 years. [44558]

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James Brokenshire: Information on adults' and households', resident in England and Wales, risk of being a victim of crimes covered by the British Crime Survey (BCS) is available for many of the last 30 years. However, the BCS does not cover all types of crime and all population groups, with for example victimisation of children excluded.

Data for England and Wales and North Wales between 1981 and 2009-10 are provided in the table. The BCS sample was expanded in 2001-02 to allow the provision of some key estimates at police force area level but prior to this it is not possible to provide estimates for North Wales.

Trends in percentage of adults/households who were victims once or more (prevalence risk)
  Personal crime Household crime

North Wales England and Wales North Wales England and Wales

1981

7

22

1983

7

24

1987

7

27

1991

7

29

1993

9

33

1995

10

33

1997

10

28

1999

9

25

2001-02

5

7

(1)17

22

2002-03

(1)5

8

(1)13

21

2003-04

(1)4

7

(1)14

20

2004-05

(1)4

7

16

18

2005-06

(1)4

6

(1)12

18

2006-07

6

7

17

19

2007-08

(1)3

6

(1)11

17

2008-09

(1)4

6

(1)9

18

2009-10

(1)3

6

(1)11

16

(1) Denotes statistical significance (at 95% level) in comparison with England and Wales. Notes: 1. All risks are rounded to nearest whole number. 2. Details of Personal and Household crime as measured by the BCS are given in section 2.6 ‘BCS measures of crime’ in ‘User Guide to Home Office Crime Statistics’ at: http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/crimestats-userguide.pdf 3. Differences in estimates between years may not be statistically significant. Significant differences between years covering this period can be found in table 2.03 in ‘Crime in England and Wales 2009/10’ at: http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb1210.pdf Source: British Crime Survey