India: Internally Displaced People

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to help prevent the displacement of the Adivasi peoples of central India. [71154]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: The Department for International Development (DFID) works in two central Indian states with high populations of Adivasi (tribal) people: Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

DFID programmes in these states help to promote the health, education and welfare of tribal people, especially women and girls. DFID also supports civil

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society groups, who help tribal communities to combat discrimination and obtain public services and social entitlements.

DFID is not currently supporting any programmes directly focused on preventing displacement.

Overseas Aid

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that aid recently allocated by his Department to Ethiopia reaches its intended recipients. [71411]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: All DFID expenditure in Ethiopia is subject to stringent systems and safeguards to make sure that every pound spent is used for the intended purpose.

Our approach is well illustrated by the Protection of Basic Services (PBS) programme, which provides health care, education and water to over 60 million people across Ethiopia. DFID support to PBS is protected by a range of systems and safeguards, including: quarterly audits; fairness tests that ensure that funds are distributed fairly across the regions and districts of Ethiopia; and the posting of budgets at local levels—to promote transparency and enable citizens to hold the authorities to account. We also provide funding to local civil society organisations to help citizens provide feedback on the quality and priorities of basic service delivery. And we are designing with other PBS contributors an independent grievance mechanism for citizens to report any wrongdoing.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Sky TV

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010. [67555]

Mr Davey: In the period May 2010 to present the Department has not held a subscription to Sky TV and has made no payments to Sky TV.

Departmental Expenditure

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the cost to the public purse was for (a) first class and (b) all train travel by (i) Ministers, (ii) staff and (iii) special advisers in his Department between June 2001 and May 2002; [68343]

(2) how many overseas visits were made by (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers in his Department between June 2001 and May 2002; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such visit; [68347]

(3) how many Government Procurement Cards were used by staff of his Department between June 2001 and May 2002; and what the (a) name of the supplier, (b) date and (c) value was of each transaction during this period; [68355]

(4) what the cost to the public purse was of (a) four star, (b) five star and (c) other hotel accommodation for (i) staff, (ii) Ministers and (iii) special advisers in his Department between June 2001 and May 2002; [68369]

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(5) what the cost to the public purse was of (a) cars leased by his Department to staff and (b) Ministerial chauffeurs between June 2001 and May 2002; [68385]

(6) what the cost to the public purse was of stationery purchased by his Department between June 2001 and May 2002; [68389]

(7) what late payments his Department has made to contractors between June 2001 and May 2002; and what the cost to the public purse was of any (a) penalty charges or (b) interest charges incurred in that period. [68393]

Mr Davey: Due to the age of the information requested an answer can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

EU External Trade: Taiwan

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the likely impact on trade and business investment of an economic co-operation agreement between the EU and Taiwan. [68153]

Mr Davey: In 2008 the European Chamber of Commerce in Taipei asked Copenhagen Economics to examine the economic merits of trade enhancement measures between the EU and the separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. The report estimated a boost of €2 billion per year to the EU GDP.

Insolvency

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an estimate of the effect of amending the insolvency rules to clearly define administration expenses on the number of businesses which would go into liquidation instead of administration. [71344]

Mr Davey [holding answer 12 September 2011]: Following a High Court decision in this area at the end of last year the Government invited views and evidence as to the impact of that decision from interested stakeholders. One of the potential consequences raised was that some companies may now go into liquidation rather than administration. We are considering all the representations made in deciding what legislative change might be required.

Intellectual Property

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to assist creative businesses in protecting their assets. [69666]

Mr Davey: There are a range of Government measures which will help creative businesses, including SMEs, to protect their innovative works. Those requiring or most likely to require legislation include ongoing reform of the Patents County Court to enable easier access to the courts, certain recommendations in the recent Hargreaves review of intellectual property (‘Digital Opportunity’), and measures flowing from the Digital Economy Act 2010 to enable copyright owners to tackle online infringement of copyright.

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Micro Firms

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the case for exempting micro firms from (a) redundancy regulations and (b) other provisions of employment law. [71007]

Mr Davey [holding answer 12 September 2011]: A moratorium exempting micro businesses from new regulation applies to new employment law, and the recent Modern Workplaces proposals take this into account. However, no new regulations in relation to redundancy are currently planned, and no assessment has therefore been made in this specific area.

More widely, the Employment Law Review is considering how to reduce the burden of existing regulation on businesses of all sizes, to make it easier for them to take on staff and grow. Any proposals for reform would need to assess the impact on the economy as a whole, including on all-sized firms, workers and Government. Where relevant, proposals would also need to consider whether an exemption for micro-businesses would be appropriate.

Post Offices

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the post office on (a) reduction of queuing in post offices and (b) improvements to customer services. [71358]

Mr Davey: I have regular discussions with Post Office Limited's management about a wide range of network and customer service issues but operational responsibility for quality and standards of service in post offices rests with the company. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the managing director of Post Office Ltd, to respond directly to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Post Offices: Bank Services

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he is having with banks to encourage all banks to offer the full range of current account transactions at post offices; and what recent progress he has made. [71359]

Mr Davey: This Government have been clear that we wish to see a situation where all UK current accounts are accessible through the post office network. While this will ultimately be a commercial decision for each bank, Ministers and officials have had regular contact with HSBC and Santander, who do not currently extend this access to all of their customers, on this subject.

Details of the arrangements between individual banks and Post Office Limited (POL) are a commercial matter, and therefore the responsibility of senior management at POL.

Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to businesses

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of employees with long-term sickness as a result of musculoskeletal conditions; and if he will make a statement. [70408]

Maria Miller: I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not have an estimate of the annual cost to businesses of employees with long-term sickness as a result of musculoskeletal conditions.

Employers pay statutory sick pay (and in some cases occupational sick pay) and are not required to submit this information to the Government unless they are seeking reimbursement for monies paid under the Percentage Threshold scheme.

Superconductors: Research

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 990W, on superconductors: research, if he will provide details on the 45 grants to academic institutions for research into superconductors. [68803]

Mr Willetts: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has provided long-term support for research into the study of superconductors. Currently the EPSRC portfolio for superconductivity represents 45 grants into UK academic institutions for a total value of £19 million. A full breakdown of the grants by grant title, institution and value will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Some of the grants in the table span a number of research areas with proportions devoted to superconductors. These proportions add up to 45 whole grants, spread over 67 projects.

Communities and Local Government

Civil Disorder: Birmingham

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support businesses which incurred a loss of earnings following the public disorder in Birmingham in August 2011. [70453]

Robert Neill: As part of a package of measures to help local communities and businesses to recover from these disturbances, we have set up the £20 million High Street Support Scheme. Working with local authorities, the scheme provides business rate hardship relief, building confidence and helping affected businesses get back up and running.

The scheme is specifically designed to help as many businesses as possible get back in business as quickly as possible, rather than as a compensation fund for direct loss of earnings or business income.

This does not mean that the scheme will not help small and medium-size enterprises in other related ways. The grants will cover many other costs of re-starting the business, including, for example, staff costs incurred while the business is affected by temporary closure, many of the costs not covered fully by insurance and help with cash flow while insurance claims are being made.

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It will also fully reimburse local authorities for their costs in providing hardship relief for businesses affected by the disturbances. I hope that local authorities would take full account of this in taking the decision to offer relief to affected businesses. I know that some local authorities have already decided to do this and as business rates are a significant aspect of a businesses operating costs, this should make a real difference to businesses.

Consumers

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken since his appointment to improve consumer protection in the private rented sector; and if he will make a statement. [71548]

Grant Shapps: This Government are committed to ensuring that consumers are treated fairly. At the same time, we do not want to swamp business in red tape which would force up rents and reduced the choice of accommodation for tenants. The private rented sector is an excellent example of how our approach can secure improvements in consumer protection without excessive regulatory burdens. Recent initiatives include support for the industry-led SAFEagent campaign; the publication of clear, accurate fact sheets on rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants; and coupled with legislation, in the Localism Bill, to safeguard tenancy deposit protection.

Departmental Flags

Charlie Elphicke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Stoddart of Swindon of 26 July 2010, House of Lords, Official Report, column 272WA, on EU: flag, what steps his Department has taken to inform the European Commission that it has complied with Article 7(2) of EC Regulation 1828/2006 by flying the EU flag since 2007. [68900]

Robert Neill: As a consequence of Article 7(2) EC Regulation 1828/2006, my Department is obliged to fly the flag of the European Union in front of its premises for one week every year, after Europe Day. There is no formal requirement to inform the European Commission, but I am informed that visible failure to comply would result in the European Commission imposing fines (described as ‘financial corrections').

Ministers consider that European regulations should focus on ensuring that European funds are used to best promote the economic development of the EU. I wish to reassure hon. Members that the United Kingdom's Union flag always flies in superior position outside our Department on its primary flagpole.

On the second flagpole, in the 51 weeks of the year that are not regulated by the European Commission, since May 2010 Ministers have undertaken to fly national, county and military flags of United Kingdom. This has included formally recognising historic counties such as Middlesex.

On 1 April 2011, the Department flew a flag to mark Britain's maritime heritage.

On 4 July 2011, we flew the flag of the United States of America to note the centenary of Ronald Reagan's birth and to mark the enduring ties of friendship between our two nations. We intend to fly a further range of worthy flags in the months ahead.

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Ministerial Policy Advisers

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed by his Department between June 2007 and May 2010; and what the cost to the public purse was in (i) cash and (ii) real terms of such appointments. [68330]

Robert Neill: The Department's special adviser and press office full-time equivalent staff numbers are summarised in the following table:


Special advisers Press office staff

2007-08

3

38

2008-09

3

43

2009-10

3

45.58

The number of special advisers within the Department varies within the year (as appointments sometimes overlap). The numbers given in the above table represent the number there were for the majority of each year. In 2010, the Department employed three special advisers up to the election in May 2010, and two special advisers subsequent to the election.

Salary costs for the Department's special advisers are given in the following table:

£

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Cash terms

240,252

201,850

296,653

Real terms

250,920

205,137

296,653

As part of the new Government’s transparency agenda, the individual salaries of special advisers in the current Administration are published on the Cabinet Office website; the pension arrangements are as laid out in the Cabinet Office’s model contract for special advisers.

Salary costs for the Department’s Press Office, which includes staff working on marketing , news planning and speech-writing as well as press office duties, are given in the following table:

£

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Cash terms

2,921,195

3,026,170

3,161,505

Real terms

3,050,902

3,075,443

3,161,505

The source for real term calculations are the GDP deflators as published 28 June 2011 by HM Treasury; 2009-10 is used as the base year.

Departmental Written Questions

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day named for answer between (a) 27 May 2010 and 19 July 2011 and (b) 9 March 2011 and 19 July 2011. [71124]

Robert Neill: 17% (143 out of 853) of named day parliamentary questions for answer between 27 May 2010 and 19 July 2011 were not answered on the due

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date. Within this, the proportion not answered on the due date between 9 March 2011 and 19 July 2011 was 23% (58 out of 250).

The Government have committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written parliamentary question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the Session. Statistics relating to Government Departments' performance for the 2009-10 parliamentary Session were previously provided to the committee and are available on the Parliament website.

Brownfield Sites

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives are in place to encourage developers to use brownfield sites in preference to greenfield sites. [70787]

Robert Neill: The Government believe that local communities should determine their own vision for the future development of their area, setting out in their local plan which sites are most appropriate for development. The draft National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that councils should make effective use of land, allocating for development land with the least environmental and amenity value where practical. We are removing the national brownfield target, as this had a distorting effect in some areas, driving up land prices and resulting in high density, unpopular development.

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change was in brownfield site development in the city region of (a) Bristol, (b) Newcastle Upon Tyne, (c) Liverpool, (d) Cardiff, (e) Nottingham, (f) Southampton, (g) Leeds, (h) Bradford, (i) Birmingham, (j) Stoke-on-Trent, (k) Greater Manchester and (l) Belfast between May 1997 and May 2010. [71351]

Robert Neill: The following table provides estimates of the proportion of land changing to developed use that was previously-developed land in Bristol, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Liverpool, Nottingham, Southampton, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester (defined as area of Manchester city council).

Estimates for Cardiff and Belfast are not available in this form but some information may be available from the devolved Administrations.

Such ‘brownfield’ development included building on residential gardens. The estimates are shown as averages for ‘four-year periods’ because of volatility in estimates at local authority level for individual years.

Percentage of land area
Local authority 1995-98 1999-2002 2003-06 2007-10

Birmingham

86

62

66

87

Bradford

53

68

86

62

Bristol

60

77

84

70

Leeds

61

61

69

67

Liverpool

86

77

71

91

Manchester

88

41

70

83

Newcastle Upon Tyne

80

74

82

61

Nottingham

88

46

41

75

Southampton

82

52

61

86

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Stoke-on-Trent

95

59

55

90

Source: Land Use Change Statistics, Department for Communities and Local Government

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change was in brownfield site development between (a) 1997 and 2007, (b) May 1997 and May 2010 and (c) May 2010 and the latest period for which figures are available. [71353]

Robert Neill: The following table provides estimates for the proportion of land changing to developed use that was previously-developed land in England over the period 1997 to 2009. Such 'brownfield' development including building on residential gardens.


Percentage of land area England

1997

51

1998

51

1999

52

2000

53

2001

57

2002

59

2003

57

2004

60

2005

61

2006

52

2007

55

2008

53

2009(1)

51

(1) Provisional estimate. Source: Land Use Change Statistics, Department for Communities and Local Government

Brownfield Sites: Greater London

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in brownfield site development in Greater London was between 1997 and 2010. [71352]

Robert Neill: The following table provides estimates for the proportion of land changing to developed use that was previously-developed land for London, for the years 1997 to 2009 (the latest available estimate). Such ‘brownfield' development including building on residential gardens.


Percentage of land area London

1997

81

1998

88

1999

80

2000

89

2001

85

2002

88

2003

91

2004

91

2005

91

2006

78

2007

95

2008

81

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2009(1)

92

(1) Provisional estimate. Source: Land Use Change Statistics, Department for Communities and Local Government

Employment Agencies: Public Finance

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of employment of external recruitment consultants by local authorities in the latest period for which figures are available; [70168]

(2) if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the cost implications of employing external recruitment consultants. [70169]

Robert Neill: It is for councils, as individual employers, to ensure that they manage and recruit their work forces in a way that delivers the best value for money for taxpayers. While we have no plans to publish any such guidance, given the need to achieve savings, councils will wish to review their work force costs, including the use of consultants, to help preserve front-line services.

All local authorities are asked to make public any item of spend over £500. This means that any residents can see for themselves how much their local authority is spending on external recruitment consultants. The Government are clear that local authorities should be held to account by the citizens that they serve, not central Government Departments.

Government Procurement Card

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Government Procurement Cards were used by staff of his Department between June 2007 and May 2010; and what the (a) name of the supplier, (b) date and (c) value was of each transaction during this period. [68353]

Robert Neill: I refer my hon. Friend to my answers to my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol North West (Charlotte Leslie), on 7 June 2011, Official Report, columns 33-34W, and 11 July, 2011, Official Report, column 56W. Copies of Government Procurement Card transactions for financial years 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2007-2008 and 2006-2007 have been deposited in the Library of the House.

The Department has also published full details of all transactions on the Government Procurement Card since 2006 (including financial year 2010-11) on its Freedom of Information disclosure log on the Department's website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/foi/disclosure-log/disclosurelog2011/jul2011/gpc20062011/

A total of 135 Government Procurement Cards were used in the period June 2007 to May 2010.

The Department has reviewed its policy on Government Procurement Card usage and has reduced the number of cards on issue to 36.

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Housing: Energy

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that new houses meet targets for (a) the reduction of carbon emissions and (b) energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement. [71024]

Andrew Stunell [holding answer 9 September 2011]: The “Plan for Growth”

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2011budget_growth.pdf

set out our policy on zero carbon homes so that new homes do not add additional carbon emissions to our carbon footprint.

As part of our policy we want to ensure that zero- carbon homes must be energy efficient homes. We have already made clear our intention to introduce the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard as recommended by the independent Zero Carbon Hub. This will ensure that homes are warmer, and cheaper and easier to heat.

My Department is working on other aspects of the policy, including looking at the right level for carbon reductions on the site of the homes itself; building on the industry's commitment to move to an approach based on real world carbon savings rather than modelled reductions in emissions; and, where emissions cannot be mitigated cost effectively measures on the site of the home, ensuring that mechanism is available that allows house builders to meet their obligations at a cost no higher than the Government's long term value of carbon.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has a range of fuel poverty policies to assist low income, vulnerable households irrespective of the age of the property.

Inform

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has provided funding to the organisation Inform in the last five years. [71666]

Andrew Stunell: Inform, a centre for independent research on new religious movements, has received funding from the Department in each of the last five years. We are considering whether further grant support is appropriate.

Inventory Companies

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals for the regulation of inventory companies instructed by the private rented sector; and if he will make a statement. [71547]

Grant Shapps: It is a general principle of this Government that we will not rush into regulation where voluntary approaches to ensuring safeguards for consumers have not been properly tested and where there is little evidence to suggest that such an approach is needed. Therefore, given the paucity of evidence to suggest any problems with inventory companies that might be remedied by regulation, we have no plans to regulate this sector. Excessive regulation would push up rents and reduce the choice of accommodation for tenants.

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Local Government: Expenditure

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant the oral answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 5, on local government expenditure, what the evidential basis is for the estimate of the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the hon. Member for Bromley and Chiselhurst (Robert Neill) that 20 per cent. savings could be made by local authorities on expenditure. [71508]

Robert Neill: It is the Local Government Group's own findings from its Local Productivity Programme, which has assessed the experience of councils of making savings through collaborative procurement, that has identified savings of up to 20% in some service areas. This is evidenced in the Procurement, Capital and Shared Assets Productivity Workstream's published “Response to Spending Review, Quick Wins Strategy, October 2010”. The document is available here:

http://www.niepbuiltenvironment.org.uk/documents/PCSAWorkstream-QuickWinsStrategyOct2010.pdf

Local Government: Manpower

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) local authorities in England and (b) City of York council spent on employing (i) educational and (ii) other staff in (A) 2002-03 and (B) the latest year for which figures are available; and what change there has been in the proportion of (1) local authority and (2) City of York council expenditure on staff since 2002-03. [71486]

Robert Neill: The information requested is in the following table:

Employee expenditure
£ million

2002-03 2010-11 (1)

City of York

   

Education service

67.5

99.5

Other services

37.6

84.3

All services

105.1

183.7

     

Percentage of total net current expenditure—all services

63

72

     

England

   

Education service

21,972.8

32,463.5

Other services

22,372.0

33,083.3

All services

44,344.8

65,546.9

     

Percentage of total net current expenditure—all services

68

64

(1) Provisional outturn

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Total expenditure on employees as reported by authorities to Department for Communities and Local Government on Revenue Outturn (RO) forms. This includes all direct and indirect employee expenses including pay, employers' national insurance and pension contributions, location allowances and other employee-related costs such as training and recruitment and retention premiums.

Figures are not necessarily comparable year on year owing to changes in the funding, function and structure of local authorities during this time.

Local Government: Standards

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what performance statistics local authorities are under a statutory requirement to collect; and what plans he has for any changes to such requirements in the next three years. [68975]

Robert Neill: Following the abolition in 2010-11 of local area agreements and the National Indicator Set there is no longer any general centralised collection of performance data from local authorities. The Single list of central Government data requirements from local government (the "Single Data List") published by my Department on 14 July 2011 lists all data returns that central Government expect from local government. Central Government do not distinguish between data provided to then for performance or other purposes.

The following extract from the Single Data List shows all those data collections which local authorities are under a specific statutory obligation to collect. This list includes all statutory collections (including those which are required to fulfil legal obligations under European/International law and directives), regardless of whether or not they are collected for performance purposes.

The length of this list illustrates the scale of the data reporting and bureaucratic burdens placed on local government by central Government.

Since May 2010, Departments across Whitehall have ended a wide range of unjustified data demands and bureaucratic burdens placed on local government; including Comprehensive Area Assessment, the National Indicator Set, the 4,700 Local Area Agreement targets, and over 40 separate data collection requirements such as the Place Survey. This has already reduced the bureaucratic burden placed on local government, but there is more to do.

Reducing unnecessary burdens will free councils to protect frontline services and focus spending on local priorities. The coalition Government are committed to giving councils more freedoms and flexibilities.

Extract from the Single Data List showing all local authority data collections which are a statutory requirement
Data collection Department Reference (1)

House Building Return (form P2)

DCLG

002-00

Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Claim forms

DCLG

015-00 to 017-00

Housing Revenue Account Subsidy base data forms

DCLG

018-00

Housing Capital Receipts pooling

DCLG

167-00

Housing Capital Receipts pooling—signed paper return

DCLG

168-00

Annual Monitoring Reports

DCLG

024-00

Revenue Summary

DCLG

026-00

Revenue Grants

DCLG

027-00

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Revenue Outturn

DCLG

028-00

Trading Services Return

DCLG

029-00

Subjective Analysis Return

DCLG

030-00

Business Improvement Districts Outturn

DCLG

031-00

Revenue Account budget

DCLG

032-00

Revenue Account Specific and Special Grants

DCLG

033-00

Business Improvement Districts Revenue Account

DCLG

034-00

Capital Outturn Return

DCLG

035-00 to 038-00

Capital Forecast Return

DCLG

039-00

Capital Estimates Return

DCLG

040-00

Capital Payments and Receipts (forms CPR 1 to 4)

DCLG

041-00

Budget Requirement returns (forms BR1 to 3)

DCLG

042-00

Quarterly Return of Council Taxes and Non-domestic rates

DCLG

043-00 and 166-00

Quarterly Revenue Outturn

DCLG

044-00

Council Tax Base

DCLG

045-00

National Non-domestic Rates Return 1

DCLG

046-00

National Non-domestic Rates Return 2 downward calculation

DCLG

047-00

National Non-domestic Rates Return 3

DCLG

048-00

Local Government Pension Scheme Funds (form SF3)

DCLG

050-00

Monthly Borrowing and Lending Inquiry

DCLG

051-00

Quarterly Borrowing and Lending Inquiry

DCLG

052-00

Public Contracts Regulations 2006

DCLG

213-00

Quarterly Return of Wages and Salaries

DCLG

053-00

Fire and rescue incident data

DCLG

060-00

Fire and rescue service non-financial annual returns

DCLG

061-00

Fire Fighters Pension Fund—Non-financial data

DCLG

172-00

Fire Fighters Pension Fund—Financial data

DCLG

173-00

Imports of products of animal origin from third countries

DEFRA

068-00

Animal Welfare: during transport; on Farm

DEFRA

069-00

Prosecutions under the Animal Health Act 1981 (and other animal health and welfare legislation) (Section 80 Report)

DEFRA

073-00

Local Pollution Control Statistical Survey

DEFRA

075-00

Incidents under the Environmental Damage Regulations 2009

DEFRA

078-00

Fly-tipping incidents (Flycapture)

DEFRA

079-00

Flood and coastal erosion risk management and sustainable drainage systems

DEFRA

080-00

Developments in flood risk areas

DEFRA

243-00

WasteDataFlow—LA waste management statistics

DEFRA

082-00

Local Authority Private Water Supplies Data submission

DEFRA

083-00

Child Death Review Panels (form LSCB1)

DfE

086-00

Children in Need Census

DfE

087-00

Children Looked After (form SSDA903)

DfE

088-00

Missing from Care and Home

DfE

089-00

Private Fostering (form PF1)

DfE

090-00

Secure Children's Homes (form SA1)

DfE

092-00

Early Years Census

DfE

096-00

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

DfE

098-00

Admissions: Parental Preferences met

DfE

100-00

Admissions: report to the School Adjudicator

DIE

101-00

Key Stage assessment data

DfE

161-00

School Census

DfE

159-00

Alternative Provision Census

DfE

102-00

Parental Responsibility (Attendance and Behaviour)

DfE

104-00

Pupil Referral Unit Census

DfE

105-00

School Admissions Appeals

DfE

107-00

School Capacity

DfE

108-00

School Exclusion Appeals

DfE

109-00

School Workforce Census

DfE

111-00

Section 251 financial return—budget

DfE

113-00

Section 251 financial return—outturn

DfE

182-00

Special Educational Needs Statement Completion

DfE

115-00

Standards Fund monitoring (TO CEASE DURING 2011-12)

DfE

116-00

Teacher Pension Contributions

DfE

117-00

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Teacher Pension Service

DfE

118-00

16-18 Year-olds not in employment education or training

DfE

119-00

Chief Finance Officer Sign-Off Statements

DfE

120-00

Consistent Financial Reporting

DfE

171-00

Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs (form SEN2)

DfE

189-00

Road Lengths Survey

DfT

132-00

Personal Social Services Expenditure return (form PSSEX1)

DH

133-00

Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care

DH

134-00

Adult Social Care Survey

DH

135-00

Adult Social Care Combined Activity Return

DH

136-00

Abuse of Vulnerable Adults return

DH

137-00

Mental Health Guardianship return (form SSDA702)

DH

138-00

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Return

DH

139-00

Carers Survey

DH

140-00

National Minimum Data Set—Social Care workforce data

DH

142-00

Register of blind and partially sighted people (form SSDA902)

DH

144-00

Register of deaf or hard of hearing people (form SSDA910) (PROPOSED FOR DELETION)

DH

174-00

Grant Funded Services return (PROPOSED FOR DELETION)

DH

175-00

Personal Social Services Staffing (form SSDSOOI) (PROPOSED FOR DELETION)

DH

176-00

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit subsidy estimates and claims

DWP

150-00

Discretionary Housing Payment estimates and claims

DWP

151-00

Whole of Government Accounts

HMT(DCLG)

183-00

Alcohol and Late Night Refreshment Licensing

HO

163-00

Weights and measures enforcement (section 70)

BIS/NMO

001-00

Public rights of way

BIS/OS

158-00

Parish council boundaries

BIS/OS

177-00

National Fraud Initiative

DCLG/AC

170-00

Fraud and Corruption Survey

DCLG/AC

242-00

Gambling Licensing Authority Returns

DCMS/GC

207-00

Small Society Lottery

DCMS/GC

208-00

Gambling Temporary Use Notices

DCMS/GC

209-00

Club Machine Permits and Club Gaming Permits

DCMS/GC

210-00

Gambling Premises data

DCMS/GC

211-00

Flood risk management capacity

DEFRA/EA

244-00

Strategic Overview of Flood and Coastal Erosion risk

DEFRA/EA

245-00

Reporting on EU flood risk regulations

DEFRA/EA

246-00

Newly Qualified Teachers—Induction Returns

Dfe/GTC

200-00

Fee Collection—Salary Deduction Process

DfE/GTC

201-00

Childcare inspection data

DfE/Ofsted

219-00

Local Authority Adult and Community Learning provision

DfE/Ofsted

225-00

Standard bus permits

DfT/TC

124-00

Health protection Part2A Order notifications

DH/HPA

143-00

Notification of Infectious Diseases

DH/HPA

233-00

Billing Authority Report

HMRC/VOA

241-00

Youth Justice Management Information System

MOJ/YJB

180-00

Food Hygiene (Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System)

FSA

190-00

Food Standards (Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System)

FSA

191-00

Imported Food (Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System)

FSA

192-00

Central Lists of Feed Business Establishments

FSA

193-00

Approved Food Premises

FSA

194-00

Imported Food Safeguard Measures

FSA

195-00

Animal Feed Data returns

FSA

196-00

Performance Standards for Electoral Registration Officers

Electoral Commission(2)

227-00

Performance Standards for Returning Officers

Electoral Commission(2)

228-00

Statement of Postal Ballot Papers

Electoral Commission(2)

229-00

Annual Financial Information return

Electoral Commission(2)

230-00

Electoral administration plans

Electoral Commission(2)

231-00

(1) Reference numbers relate to the collection reference in the main Single Data List. (2) Collections by the Electoral Commission are included on the Single Data List for completeness. The Commission is a body entirely independent from Government, and these returns are not subject to the normal arrangements for the single data list.

The full Single Data List is published on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/tacklingburdens/singledatalist/

The Government are committed to reducing the burden of data collection on local authorities, and the Single Data List provides a mechanism for ensuring this. However, there will be situations where new reporting requirements

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are necessary. For example, from 2013-14 local authorities will be reporting on public health outcomes and other issues following transfer of responsibilities and functions in this area. These and any other changes will be captured and reflected in the planned annual refresh of the Single Data List.

Non-domestic Rates

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the likely yield from national non-domestic rates in each local authority area in each of the next five years; [70549]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the forecast change in national non-domestic rates yield in each local authority area in each of the next five years. [70554]

Robert Neill: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government set out proposals to allow local retention of business rates in his oral statement to the House on 18 July 2011, Official Report, columns 662-64. The Government's proposals will ensure a stable starting point, so that no local authority will be worse off as a result of its business rates base at the outset of the new system.

The precise impact of the Government's proposals upon individual local authorities will depend on a range of factors, including future business rates growth at the local level, the behavioural response to the changes, and the final design of the scheme following consultation. The Government have sought views on their proposals and, on 19 August, published eight technical papers which provide further details on the proposals, together with an interactive calculator. The calculator enables users to explore the possible effects of certain scheme design options based upon their own assumptions about local circumstances.

The proposals incorporate a range of protections to ensure councils can meet local needs, including a safety net for places in need of additional support, funded by a levy recovering a share of disproportionate gain, while at the same time ensuring that councils always benefit from encouraging business growth in their area.

Information is available at a local authority level for 2011-12 forecast national non-domestic rates to be collected. This is as supplied by local authorities:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/xls/1910477.xls

Outturn information is also available for 2010-11 at local authority level as supplied by local authorities:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/localregional/localgovernmentfinance/statistics/nondomesticrates/outturn/outturndatalocallevel/

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's consultation on business rates retention of July 2011, paragraphs 3.9 to 3.20, whether local authorities will be able to appeal against (a) the baseline and (b) tariff or top-up designated to them by Government. [70555]

Robert Neill: It is our intention that the proposed local authority baselines, tariffs and top ups, and the

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basis on which they are calculated, will be subject to consultation and that local authorities will be able to make representations on those proposals.

Smoking: Public Places

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legal requirements exist in respect of the erection and display of signage where a local authority seeks to introduce a smoking ban in a public place where smoking is not otherwise prohibited by law. [71449]

Robert Neill: The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 grant deemed consent to display advertisements which give a direction or warning with respect to the land or buildings on which they are displayed. There are restrictions on the dimensions of such advertisements and their height above ground level.

Tenants: Leasehold

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the rights of business leasehold tenants to acquire properties; and whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals in respect of such rights. [71742]

Grant Shapps: We do not believe most business tenants would benefit from a right to acquire the freehold and have no plans to legislate. Business tenants normally enjoy statutory rights of security of tenure, and there is generally a plentiful supply of commercial premises for purchase on the open market for businesses that would prefer to occupy their property freehold.

Travellers

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the provision of Traveller sites over the next five years. [70553]

Andrew Stunell: On 13 April the Government published their draft planning policy for Traveller sites for consultation. The consultation on the Government's draft planning policy for Traveller sites ended on 3 August. The Government are considering the responses and intend to publish their new policy as soon as possible.

Vandalism

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered the merits of conducting an assessment of the effects on local environments of unauthorised fly-posting; and if he will consider the merits of taking steps to control fly-posting. [70396]

Robert Neill: The Government have not undertaken an assessment on the effects of fly-posting on the environment. However the latest annual Local Environmental Quality Survey of England 2009-10,

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undertaken by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Government, indicates that fly-posting was a concern at only 1% of sites surveyed.

Local authorities have a wide range of powers to remove or obliterate illegal advertisements, prosecute offenders and recover their costs. They may also issue notices to require those responsible to remove fly-posters. Guidance on these can be found in paragraphs 129-144 of the Annex to DCLG Circular 03/2007 "Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007" at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/circulartown

The good practice guide “The Control of Fly-Posting” can be found at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/156909.pdf

Further powers to remedy persistent problems with unauthorised advertisements by requiring owners or occupiers of “relevant surfaces” to carry out specified measures to prevent or reduce the frequency of fly-posting are being taken in the Localism Bill.

Culture, Media and Sport

Government Procurement Card

John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish the (a) purchase date, (b) transaction amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry if held for each individual transaction undertaken by Arts Council England using the Government Procurement Card in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10. [71221]

Mr Vaizey: The Department does not hold information relating to its arm's length bodies' Government Procurement Cards.

Arts Council England does not hold this information in the format requested centrally, and to collate it would exceed the disproportionate cost limit.

Internet: Broadband

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the 4G spectrum auction to be completed. [71540]

Mr Vaizey: Ofcom is currently expecting to conduct the auction in the first half of 2012.

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with mobile telephone network operators on the minimum Sub-1GHz spectrum portfolio required by an operator in order for them to provide the coverage needed to support the universal broadband commitment. [71678]

Mr Vaizey: No discussions have been held with network operators on the minimum spectrum portfolios, as the design and timing of the auction is a matter for Ofcom. Ofcom consulted on competition issues in the mobile sector and the combined auction earlier this year and received representations from the network operators and others regarding the design of the auction.

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Museums: Yorkshire and the Humber

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996-97. [71468]

Mr Vaizey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the then Minister of State, Culture, Media and Sport, the right hon. Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) on 8 December 2009, Official Report, columns 194-6W.

Additionally, the number of visitors in 2009-10 and 2010-11 to the national museums which fall within the Yorkshire and Humber region are in the following table:


National Coal Mining Museum f or England National Media Museum National Railway Museum, York Royal Armouries Leeds Total

2009-10

118,417

606,837

709,166

269,591

1,704,011

2010-11

107,582

497,522

630,396

273,824

1,509,324

National Lottery: Sports

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial assistance (a) the Government and (b) the National Lottery has given to (i) amateur sports clubs, (ii) sport in schools and (iii) professional sports clubs in York since 1996-97. [71469]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England invests national lottery and Exchequer funding in community sport.

Sport England does not hold details of Exchequer funding prior to 2002-03, however since this date the City of York local authority has been awarded £281,800 of Exchequer funding, and since 1996-97 £2,795,987 of lottery funding.

Of this, £2,067,594 was awarded to amateur and professional sports clubs, and £1,010,193 to local authorities and statutory bodies. Sport England does not record funding by the categories requested, and the hon. Member has identifying the funds in this way could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Newspaper Press: Olympic Games 2012

Joseph Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what representations he has received from London-based local newspapers concerning media accreditation during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; [71684]

(2) what advice he has received from (a) the British Olympic Association and (b) the International Olympic Committee concerning media accreditation for London-based local newspapers during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; [71685]

(3) what discussions he has had with (a) the British Olympic Association and (b) the International Olympic Committee on steps to ensure that London-based local newspapers are able to provide coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; [71686]

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(4) whether he plans to provide support to London-based local newspapers to ensure that they are able to provide coverage of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; [71687]

(5) how many requests have been made by London-based local newspapers for media accreditation during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; [71688]

(6) if he will assess the merits of providing London-based local newspapers with media accreditation during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. [71689]

Hugh Robertson: The Secretary of State has received two representations. The British Olympic Association (BOA), as the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is responsible for allocating accreditation for the Olympic Games for media based in the United Kingdom. The British Paralympic Association (BPA), as the National Paralympic Committee, is similarly responsible for UK media allocation to the Paralympic Games. The process for the Paralympic Games has yet to be finalised.

I understand from the BOA that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the BOA far more accreditations than in the past and more accreditations than any other National Olympic Committee. Over 3,000 applications have been received for the approximately 400 accreditations available.

To assist with the allocation process, the BOA established a Media Accreditation Committee composed of representatives from a broad spectrum of the written and photographic press respected for their knowledge and experience from Olympic Games or understanding of the UK media.

For 2012 the IOC awarded BOA the following number of accreditations:


Number

Journalist

270

Photographer

80

Sport specific journalist

20

Sport specific photographer

20

Support staff

8

Technician

12

When determining the allocation of accreditations BOA has taken into account, among other things, continuous editorial commitment to Olympic sport throughout the four-year Olympic cycle; history of attending Olympic Games; circulation numbers; and publication frequency. Throughout this process the BOA's primary purpose has been to ensure that the allocations made are fair given the limited number of accreditations available. The Press Association has been appointed by the IOC as the National Host News Agency for the London 2012 Olympic Games (and has also been appointed by the International Paralympic Committee as the National Host News Agency for the 2012 Paralympic Games) to service the local and regional press in the UK and they have committed to covering every British athlete at the games. The BOA has also agreed that regional written and photographic press who applied for accreditation should benefit from a small number of passes to be allocated on a pool basis. The distribution of these will be decided by the BOA with guidance from the Newspaper Society, in consultation with regional publishers. The

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Newspaper Society will be in touch with representatives of regional newspaper groups in the next few months to set up a meeting to discuss practical arrangements over operation of the pool.

I will shortly be writing to the BOA on this matter and I will ensure the outcome of this correspondence is passed on to my hon. Friend.

Sports: Yorkshire and the Humber

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on sport in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York local authority area in each year since 1996-97. [71470]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England invests national lottery and Exchequer funding in community sport.

A breakdown of Exchequer and lottery funding in Yorkshire and the Humber and the City of York local authority area can be found in the following tables. Sport England does not hold details of Exchequer funding prior to 2002-03.

Exchequer

Region Total (£)

2002-03

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,558,804

2003-04

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,349,205

2004-05

Yorkshire and the Humber

4,983,347

2005-06

Yorkshire and the Humber

6,207,436

2006-07

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,840,496

2007-08

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,724,876

2008-09

Yorkshire and the Humber

10,333,111

2009-10

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,353,093

2010-11

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,202,472

2011-12

Yorkshire and the Humber

5,513,364

Grand total

 

71,066,205

Lottery

Region Total (£)

1996-97

Yorkshire and the Humber

14,914,022

1997-98

Yorkshire and the Humber

11,241,054

1998-99

Yorkshire and the Humber

22,638,684

1999-2000

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,718,667

2000-01

Yorkshire and the Humber

44,691,693

2001-02

Yorkshire and the Humber

51,067,268

2002-03

Yorkshire and the Humber

15,827,220

2003-04

Yorkshire and the Humber

18,408,969

2004-05

Yorkshire and the Humber

15,205,251

2005-06

Yorkshire and the Humber

11,394,807

2006-07

Yorkshire and the Humber

10,515,917

2007-08

Yorkshire and the Humber

7,673,690

2008-09

Yorkshire and the Humber

5,327,842

2009-10

Yorkshire and the Humber

30,853,738

2010-11

Yorkshire and the Humber

7,207,008

2011-12

Yorkshire and the Humber

12,538,140

Grand total

 

289,223,970

The regional figures include national awards to governing bodies of sport situated in the region and funding to the English institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Exchequer

Local authority Total (£)

2007-08

York

131,000

2008-09

York

149,800

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2010-11

York

1,000

Grand total

 

281,800

Lottery

Local authority Total (£)

1996-97

York

20,754

1997-98

York

89,212

1998-99

York

288,690

1999-2000

York

572,367

2000-01

York

166,969

2001-02

York

749,459

2003-04

York

146,882

2004-05

York

472,723

2005-06

York

61,583

2008-09

York

120,000

2009-10

York

14,824

2010-11

York

84,480

2011-12

York

8,044

Grand total

 

2,795,987

In addition, the Department allocated £30 million of private finance initiative (PFI) credits in 2005 to Leeds city council to provide two New Leaf Leisure Centres.

Justice

Probation Trusts

18. Meg Munn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of probation trusts; and if he will make a statement. [71325]

21. Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of probation trusts; and if he will make a statement. [71328]

Mr Blunt: The Ministry of Justice is taking forward work on the future shape of probation services in England and Wales and considering different models for delivering offender services in the community. We will set out our preferred approach later in the autumn.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

20. Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential effects of implementation of the provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. [71327]

Mr Djanogly: Before the Bill was introduced on 21 June 2011 the Ministry of Justice conducted three wide-ranging public consultations, which received over 6,000 responses.

During the Commons Committee stage of the Bill there were four public evidence sessions where the Bill Committee heard from various organisations such as the Bar Council, Law Society, the Victims Commissioner and prison and probation trade unions.

Civil Justice System

22. George Eustice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the civil justice system. [71329]

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Mr Kenneth Clarke: The Government will be publishing their response to the recent Civil Justice consultation paper: “Solving Disputes in the County Court”, later this year. In addition, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill includes provisions to implement fundamental reform of civil litigation funding and costs, as recommended by Lord Justice Jackson. We have also begun an extensive modernisation programme which will improve efficiency in the civil justice system.

Public Disorder: Response of the Criminal Justice System

23. Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to assess the effectiveness of the response of the criminal justice system to the public disorder of August 2011. [71330]

Mr Blunt: The criminal justice system, with its dedicated work force, responded well to the challenges caused by the recent disturbances. It is too early to learn all the lessons, but my Department intends to review all aspects of the CJS response, considering what it can learn both for future emergencies and for adopting as business as usual.

Civil Disorder

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants were (a) charged and (b) found guilty of riot following the public disorder in August. [71364]

Mr Blunt: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 8 September 2011, Official Report, column 809W.

Courts: Televisions

Mr Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of his proposals for further televising of aspects of the work of the judiciary; and from what budget such funding will be drawn. [71414]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: Full costs have yet to be determined and will depend on operational details which I am working with the judiciary and others to agree. However, it is my intention to ensure that additional costs resulting from these proposals will not be met from the public purse.

Curfew Orders: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many curfew orders have been issued by courts in York since the introduction of such orders; and how many of those people have been proceeded against for breaching them. [71500]

Mr Blunt: The following data, submitted by the service provider G4S, shows the number of electronically-monitored curfews ordered by York Crown, magistrates and youth courts, and Selby magistrates courts, in each financial year since 2005-06, and the number of breaches reported by G4S to the authorities in each period.

The data for breaches show the number of individuals whom G4S reported to the appropriate authority for further action. In the case of Bail, this is the Police. For Community Orders or Suspended Sentences it is the

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Youth Offending Team, Probation Offender Manager, or directly to the Court if the curfew is a standalone sentence. The final outcome of breach notifications is not routinely provided to the contractor, unless it is a standalone sentence. This information is not recorded centrally and would require a trawl of individual records

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of Probation Trusts, Youth Offending Teams and Police Areas at disproportionate cost. Breach data for the periods 2005-06 and 2006-07 is not available, and could only be retrieved with a manual trawl of records at disproportionate costs.

Bail
  Financial year

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 (1)

Orders

53

60

143

166

213

178

53

Breaches reported

n/a

n/a

86

105

129

108

11

Community Order/Suspended Sentence
  Financial year

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 (1)

Orders

77

118

225

318

403

345

123

Breaches reported

n/a

n/a

90

147

215

203

49

(1) To end August 2011.

Housing: Sales

Mark Reckless: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason sale prices of houses sold before 2000 are not made available online. [71194]

Mr Davey: I have been asked to reply.

Before 1976 the price paid or value stated was entered on the register of title maintained by HM Land Registry. A change to the land registration rules made in 1976 removed the requirement to enter this information.

On 1 April 2000, following a public consultation and a further change to the land registration rules, the requirement was restored. All applications received by the Land Registry since that date have resulted in the price paid being entered on the register where it is practicable to do so. No information was entered retrospectively.

The register has been available online to the public since January 2005 allowing customers to search the register and download title registers, plans and deeds.