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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 3 November 2011

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

Government Procurement Card

Charlie Elphicke: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report, column 366W, on Government Procurement Card, what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the authority using the Government Procurement Card from its creation to date. [73442]

Mr Charles Walker: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, 11 October 2011:

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for details of transactions undertaken on the two Government Procurement Cards held by IPSA staff, pursuant to the answer to question 68889.

The requested information is being placed in the House of Commons Library.

Charlie Elphicke: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report, column 366W, on Government Procurement Card, if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will make it its policy to routinely publish all detailed spending on the Government Procurement Card on its website. [73443]

Mr Charles Walker: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, 11 October 2011:

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will make it its policy to routinely publish all detailed spending on the Government Procurement Card on its website.

IPSA plans to publish routinely details of spending on Government Procurement Cards on its website in due course. We are currently considering the appropriate cycle for publication of this information.


Attorney-General

Corruption

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Attorney-General what guidance he has issued to Ministers and officials in the Law Officers' Department to ensure their actions are compliant with the UK's obligations under Article 5 of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. [78287]

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The Solicitor-General: Guidance on the need for prosecutors to comply with the UK's obligations under article 5 of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention was most recently issued in March 2010. The guidance was issued jointly by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Attorney-General how many people were in possession of a security pass for the Law Officers' departments headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or contractors, in each month since May 2010. [77944]

The Solicitor-General: The information requested is detailed as follows.

  Number of passes held by individuals who are not staff or contractors

Treasury Solicitors Department HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Serious Fraud Office

May 2010

16

5

22

June 2010

16

5

23

July 2010

16

5

26

August 2010

17

5

28

September 2010

17

5

29

October 2010

17

5

31

November 2010

19

5

30

December 2010

22

5

26

January 2011

22

5

24

February 2011

23

5

23

March 2011

24

5

26

April 2011

25

2

26

May 2011

26

2

23

June 2011

28

2

24

July 2011

19

2

25

August 2011

20

2

22

September 2011

21

2

22

October 2011

22

0

22

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only issues security passes to staff and contractors who need access to its headquarters sites in London and York. All other people are issued with escorted visitor day paper passes, which are issued on the day of the visit and collected by security on exit.

The Attorney-General's Office (AGO) does not keep a historical record of passes issued for its headquarters but there are currently 23 passes held by individuals who are not staff or contractors. 22 of these are held by staff of the Office for Budget Responsibility who share the building with the AGO.

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Scotland

Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010. [77935]

David Mundell: The document HMG Personnel Security Controls is published on the Cabinet Office website and describes the circumstances in which a postholder may be required to undergo national security vetting checks. It would not be appropriate to confirm which specific posts within a Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes. Since May 2010, the Scotland Office head of communications has been Paul Geoghan and the head of the press office has been Clark Dunn. There has been no deputy head of communications.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) Ministerial private secretaries in his Department. [77936]

David Mundell: The document HMG Personnel Security Controls is published on the Cabinet Office website and describes the circumstances in which a postholder may be required to undergo national security vetting checks. It would not be appropriate to confirm which specific posts within a Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010. [77937]

David Mundell: The document HMG Personnel Security Controls is published on the Cabinet Office website and describes the circumstances in which a postholder may be required to undergo national security vetting checks. It would not be appropriate to confirm which specific posts within a Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes.

The names of special advisers are published quarterly. The list is available in the Library of the House and can also be accessed on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/special-adviser-data-releases

There have been no ministerial-appointed policy advisers in the Scotland Office since May 2010.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter terrorist check, (b) security check and (c) developed vetting level in his Department. [77938]

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David Mundell: The staff in the Scotland Office are employees of other Government bodies mainly the Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Government. It is the responsibility of those bodies to arrange any security vetting.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or contractors, in each month since May 2010. [77939]

David Mundell: The main departmental headquarters of the Scotland Office is Dover House, 66 Whitehall. The information is not recorded in the form requested.

Internships

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible employed in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [78376]

David Mundell: In the last 12 months, the Scotland Office itself has had one unpaid intern as part of the Whitehall Internship Programme. The only public body the Secretary of State for Scotland is responsible for is the Boundary Commission for Scotland, which had no unpaid or expenses-only internships in this period.

Renewable Energy

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the location of the proposed Technology and Innovation Centre for renewable energy. [78216]

David Mundell: Decisions on the location of Technology and Innovation Centres, including the Offshore Renewables TIC, are a matter for the Technology Strategy Board, following a process of engagement with business and the research base. Scottish businesses and universities have been actively involved in this programme, and in developing the three TICs announced to date, including High Value Manufacturing and Cell Therapy as well as Offshore Renewables. I am in regular contact with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), to stay apprised of progress on this and other matters.

House of Commons Commission

Parking

Mr Knight: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the major refurbishment of the House of Commons underground car park ventilation system scheduled for 2010-12 has been completed; and what recent assessment has been made of the air quality in the underground car park. [77222]

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John Thurso: As previously reported to the right hon. Member on 19 July 2010, Official Report, column 52W, the project to upgrade fire and safety systems in the underground car park was forecast to commence in early 2012. It is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

In the meantime, to ensure that any air quality problems are swiftly dealt with, the present system is maintained and cleaned in accordance with current industry best practice, to Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association standards.

As part of routine maintenance all the ductwork was cleaned during the summer recess. Additional inspection hatches were installed to ensure that best practice is being adhered to.

The air handling units are regularly maintained and cleaned.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Subsidies

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the processing of payments by the Rural Payments Agency. [77661]

Mr Paice: I meet regularly with the Rural Payments Agency chief executive to discuss topical issues, most recently on 21 October to review progress on, and potential indicators of performance for, the processing of payments under the 2011 single payment scheme. The RPA Oversight Board, which I chair, will review these and other performance issues at its next meeting on 2 November.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will conduct a further impact assessment on the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by companies, taking into account the social and environmental costs and benefits of emissions reporting, before any decision is made on her Department's preferred option; [77798]

(2) when she expects to announce her Department's preferred option for the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by companies. [77988]

Richard Benyon: An impact assessment accompanied the recent consultation on options to improve measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by companies. In light of the responses to that consultation, the impact assessment is being updated. A revised one will be published when the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs Spelman), makes a decision on the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by companies later this autumn.

Lighting: Complaints

Joseph Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of steps taken by local authorities to investigate complaints of light nuisance using powers under sections 79 and 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. [77190]

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Richard Benyon: In November 2010, DEFRA published a report entitled ‘An Investigation into Artificial Light Nuisance Complaints and Associated Guidance', which examined complaints and how local authorities had dealt with them since the introduction of artificial light as a Statutory Nuisance in 2006.

Based on annual data, the study suggested that on average 12 light nuisance complaints were made per authority each year.

The report showed that the principal resources used by local authorities to support the exercise of their statutory duties were the DEFRA statutory guidance (2006) and the Institute of Lighting Engineers guidance note on the reduction of obtrusive lighting (2005).

Lighting: Greater London

Joseph Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many notices requiring the abatement of light nuisance, or prohibiting or restricting its occurrence or recurrence, have been issued by London borough councils in the last 12 months. [77191]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA does not hold this information. However, the 2010 DEFRA report ‘An Investigation into Artificial Light Nuisance Complaints and Associated Guidance’ showed that between 2006-09, 4,309 light nuisance complaints were made to 114 local authorities in England, and between 2007-09, 274 complaints were made to eight local authorities in Wales.

As a result of these complaints 32 abatement notices were served. Case examples suggested that authorities had sought an informal resolution wherever possible rather than immediate service of an abatement notice.

Joseph Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce the level of (a) nuisance lighting and (b) light pollution in London. [77220]

Richard Benyon: As stated in the Natural Environment White Paper 2011, the Government have committed to work with industry and other bodies to reduce the negative impacts of artificial light and to protect existing dark areas. Examples of work undertaken to fulfil this commitment include the inclusion of text regarding light pollution within the draft National Planning Policy Framework that requires local planning authorities to ensure light pollution is limited, and the inclusion of guidance on light pollution in the Highways Authority's code of practice for highway lighting management, “Well-lit Highways”.

The Government have also committed to consulting relevant organisations this year on whether the exemptions for some types of premises from artificial light statutory nuisance continue to be appropriate. No action is being taken that is specific to London.

Natural Gas: Exploration

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are registered in accordance with Article 5 of

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EU Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; and if she will make a statement. [75454]

Richard Benyon: Unless a substance is exempt from the EU Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) it must be registered with the European Chemicals Agency. REACH specifies various deadlines in 2010, 2013 and 2018 by which substances must be registered, depending on the tonnage manufactured or imported. These terms apply to substances used in hydraulic fracturing in the same way as they apply to other industrial processes.

REACH requires member states to establish enforcement arrangements, which in the United Kingdom are set out in The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/2852). The duty to enforce the registration provisions of REACH within the UK lies with the Health and Safety Executive and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland.

Veterinary Laboratory Service: Newcastle upon Tyne

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are currently employed in the Veterinary Laboratory Service in Newcastle upon Tyne. [77505]

Richard Benyon: The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has three sites in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As at 1 October, the laboratory site at Long Benton has 27 staff in post; 24 work in the Laboratory Services Department (21 full-time and three part-time), and three in the Veterinary Surveillance Department (all full-time).

Water Abstraction

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition her Department uses of sustainable abstraction of water from rivers. [77234]

Richard Benyon: Sustainable abstraction is where water can be taken from rivers or from the ground without damage to the environment. The Environment Agency's assessment of damage will consider whether there is, or is a risk of, unacceptable environmental change and will include reference to relevant definitions across a range of environmental legislation, including:

(A) The Water Framework Directive: for surface waters damage would be where there is an impact on the ecology to a level that it is causing failure against good ecological status/potential. For groundwater it would represent failure against good groundwater quantitative status.

(B) The Habitats Directive: environmental damage is where the damage has a ‘significant adverse effect on reaching or maintaining the favourable conservation status' of a protected species or habitat.

(C) Sites of Special Scientific Interest: environmental damage is where there has been damage to the flora or fauna notified under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 or the EU protected species or natural habitats in the site, and that damage has an adverse effect on the integrity of the site.

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Defence

Departmental Allowances

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much members of his departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010. [74953]

Mr Philip Hammond: We are in the process of collating the expenses of our senior staff, including non-executive directors, for this period and will publish the details on a quarterly basis on the Ministry of Defence website in due course. I will write once these are published.

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in his Department; and if he will make a statement. [77498]

Peter Luff [holding answer 31 October 2011]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not hold the information requested centrally as the number of full-time equivalent staff held is a matter for the contractors we employ. However, we do monitor the number of consultancy contracts we place and our total spend on external assistance which has reduced significantly over the past decade. Information about departmental spend on consultancy can be found on the MOD website:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/FinancialReports/ModSpend/ExceptionsToSpendingMoratoria.htm

Procurement

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint procurement exercises his Department has undertaken with partners in (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Norway, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland and (f) Denmark. [74112]

Peter Luff: The UK is engaged in the following equipment programmes, on both a bilateral and multilateral basis, with France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. We are currently engaged in no collaborative equipment programmes with Finland.

France

Equipment programme

Manufacture/in-service

Olympus/Tyne Gas Turbines

 

NATO Submarine Rescue System

 

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System

 

Multiple Launch Rocket System In-Service Support

 

NATO Armament Ballistics Kernel

 

Counter Battery Radar (COBRA)

 

Principal Ami Air Missile System (PAAMS)

 

Lynx

 

Puma

 

Gazelle

 

RTM322 Helicopter Engine

 

NATO Improved Link Eleven

 

NAVSTAR GPS

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Demonstration

Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile

 

A400M

 

Functional Integration of Electro-Magnetic Sensors

 

Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)

   

Concept

ACCOLADE

 

40mm Cannon

Germany

Equipment programme

Manufacture/in-service

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System

 

Multiple Launch Rocket System In-Service Support

 

NATO Armament Ballistics Kernel

 

Counter Battery Radar (COBRA)

 

M3 Amphibious Bridge

 

Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile

 

Typhoon

 

Tornado

 

NATO Improved Link Eleven

 

NAVSTAR GPS

   

Demonstration

Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile

 

A400M

Norway

Equipment programme

Manufacture/in-service

NATO Submarine Rescue System

 

NATO Armament Ballistics Kernel

 

Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile

 

NAVSTAR GPS

   

Demonstration

Joint Strike Fighter

Sweden

Equipment programme

Manufacture/in-service

M3 Amphibious Bridge

   

Demonstration

Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon (NLAW)

 

Meteor

Denmark

Equipment programme

Manufacture/in-service

NATO Armament Ballistics Kernel

 

C-130J Hercules In-Service Software Upgrade

 

NAVSTAR GPS

 

EH101 Helicopter

   

Demonstration

Joint Strike Fighter

Apart from these committed programmes, we have a number of mechanisms under which we cooperate to exchange information and identify potential new joint projects. With both Norway and Sweden we have general

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“Defence Materiel Cooperation” Memorandum of Understandings under which meetings are arranged to discuss equipment issues of mutual interest. We are also conducting a structured dialogue with Germany, which includes potential equipment cooperation. We currently have no general procurement discussions with either Denmark or Finland.

Following the UK/France summit on 2 November 2010 we are investigating cooperation with France in a number of areas of defence acquisition. These include support to the A400M aircraft, Submarine Technologies and Systems, Maritime Mine Counter Measures, Satellite Communications, Unmanned Air Systems, Complex Weapons and Research and Technology.

Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010; [77880]

(2) what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) ministerial private secretaries in his Department. [77881]

Mr Robathan: Circumstances in which a post may require the holder to be the subject of national security vetting checks are described in the HMG Personnel Security Controls document which is available from the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/hmg-personnel-security-controls

It would not be appropriate to confirm which specific posts within a Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes.

The Ministry of Defence Head of Communications is the Director Media and Communication (DMC); this post is currently held by Mr Simon Wren who has been in post since March 2011. Prior to this Mr Nick Gurr held the post since 2007. The Head of News is Mr James Shelley. DMC does not have a Deputy Head of Communications.

European Fighter Aircraft

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 872W, on the European Fighter Aircraft, what estimate he has made of the cost of the flying time from (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Lossiemouth for each range complex. [77140]

Peter Luff [holding answer 31 October 2011]: Flying time between bases and range or training areas can vary according to the training activities pursued in transit.

However, the investment appraisal of basing the Typhoon Fleet at Lossiemouth allowed an additional 300 flying hours a year for each RAF Lossiemouth based Typhoon Squadron at an annual cost of £3.4 million per squadron. This was in recognition of the additional transit times to ranges and training areas compared to RAF Leuchars.

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I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer the Minister for the Armed Forces, my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey), gave on 5 September 2011, Official Report, columns 84-85W. It was judged that these and other costs associated with relocating the Leuchars Typhoon at RAF Lossiemouth were outweighed by wider savings and other benefits to defence.

Home Department

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Antisocial Behaviour Orders were issued in each local authority for each category of anti-social behaviour in each of the last five years. [77401]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 31 October 2011]: These data are not available in the format requested and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Asylum

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was for processing legacy asylum cases in the latest period for which figures are available. [78106]

Damian Green: Cases dealt with under the remit of the legacy casework programme were the older, previously unresolved cases.

Due to the complex nature and variable age of the cases within the legacy cohort, many cases predated the Asylum Case Information Database (ACID). This means that it is not possible to provide a reliable assessment of the average processing time for such cases; to attempt to do so would incur disproportionate costs.

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 497W, on asylum, whether 479,000 or 455,000 asylum cases under the legacy programme have been fully concluded. [78154]

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Damian Green: As Jonathan Sedgwick, then acting chief executive of the UK Border Agency, reported to the Home Affairs Committee on 12 September, 479,000 of the 500,500 cases in the legacy programme have been fully concluded.

Criminal Records Bureau: Liverpool

Mrs Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the Criminal Records Bureau office at Princes Dock, Liverpool. [77970]

Lynne Featherstone: As a result of the recent reviews of both the Vetting and Barring Scheme and Criminal Records Regime we have decided to merge the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to create a new non departmental public body, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is provided for in the Protection of Freedoms Bill.

The date for establishment of the new organisation is yet to be determined and is subject to parliamentary timetabling. There will be no requirement for either the CRB or ISA to relocate as part of the transition into the DBS.

Departmental Manpower

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible (i) in 2000, (ii) in 2005, (iii) in 2007, (iv) in 2010 and (v) on the most recent date for which figures are available. [78117]

Damian Green: The Home Office sponsors seven executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) that have discretion to employ their own staff who are classed as public servants rather than civil servants as they do not work directly for the Crown. Details of civil servants employed, directly or otherwise, are included in the following table.

  2000 2005 2007 2010 Most recent data

Direct Other Direct Other Direct Other Direct Other Direct Other

Equality and Human Rights Commission(1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

2

0

2

0

7

Independent Police Complaints Commission(2)

n/a

n/a

0

13

1

5

0

2

0

16

Independent Safeguarding Authority(3)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

1

0

1

National Policing Improvement Agency(4)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

82

0

22

0

38

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(5)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Security Industry Authority(6)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

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Serious Organised Crime Agency(7)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

12

0

19

0

31

(1) Most recent data from 20 September 2011. EHRC established 2007 and joined the Home Office 1 April 2011. (2) Most recent data from 31 October 2011. IPCC established 2004. (3) Most recent data from 31 October 2011. ISA established 2008. (4) Most recent data from 31 October 2011. NPIA established 2006. (5) Most recent data from 11 September 2011. OISC established 2000. (6) For the SIA the information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. (7) Most recent data from 30 September 2011. SOCA established 2006.

Departmental Pay

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department and the bodies for which she is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c) £140,000 and (d) £175,000 in the last year for which figures are available. [78050]

Damian Green: In line with the Prime Minister's commitment to improve transparency about how the Government spend public money, the Home Office and non-departmental public bodies are required to publish a snapshot of the Department on a rolling six monthly basis. This snapshot includes a remuneration report which shows the salaries of posts. We have collated this information into the relevant bands required and produced one figure for the overall Department, agencies and bodies. These figures show all employees which includes public servants, civil servants and non civil servants.

Table 1: Employees of the Home Office, its Executive agencies or the Non-departmental public bodies by salary band
Question Salary bands Number of posts

(a)

£44,053 to £94,999

391

(b)

£95,000 to £139,999

50

(c)

£140,000 to £174,999

10

(d)

£175,000+

(1)8

Total

 

459

(1) Of these employees five are from HMIC two from headquarters and one from EHRC. Notes: 1. This information identifies all posts, whether or not they are vacant. 2. These figures represent civil servants, public servants and non civil servants. 3. Some posts have been excluded for reasons of national security. 4. Full-time rate of pay or total pay includes base pay plus any contractual taxable allowances but excludes bonuses. 5. Employees on loan or secondment out of the body (where the organisation is not paying any of the salary) have been excluded from the exercise. 6. This information includes salaries with a minimum band of £44,053 but a maximum band of £72,986 to ensure all relevant salaries are captured. Source: Transparency Agenda Salary information published on the Home Office website.

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department received a bonus in each year since 2007. [78136]

Damian Green: Non-consolidated performance payments are an integral part of staff reward package in the Home Office and its agencies. They encourage and reward high performance. As non-consolidated payments, they have to be re-earned each year and do not add to future pay bill costs, for example pension costs.

The data in the table include information from the Home Office (including the UK Border Agency), Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau.

One individual may receive a payment under one or more schemes. The data show the number of payments made, not the number of staff in receipt of payment. The payments relate to the performance year, with payment being made in the subsequent year.

Table A
Performance year Payments made

2007-08

15,326

2008-09

14,148

2009-10

15,981

2010-11

8,857

Regulation

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by her Department in (i) 1990, (ii) 1995, (iii) each year since 1999 and (iv) 2011 to date. [78109]

Damian Green: No departmental figures exist for 1990 and 1995. The number of Home Office England and Wales statutory instruments (which includes ministerial orders where they are SIs) made between 1 January 1999 and 20 October 2011 is as follows:


Total per year

1999

113

2000

152

2001

137

2002

137

2003

157

2004

149

2005

131

2006

111

2007

103

2008

96

2009

88

2010

84

2011

60 (to date)

There are no other pieces of secondary legislation which are recorded for these years.

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Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were in possession of a security pass for her main departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or contractors, in each month since May 2010. [77919]

Damian Green: Following satisfactory security checks, permanent building passes are issued to Home Office Department staff, contractors/agency staff and/or individuals who are required to work in or have a legitimate business requirement to access the Home Office Department headquarters. These are excluded from the scope of the above question.

We are unable to easily disaggregate the numbers of other Government Department staff issued with Home Office building passes since May 2010. However, we would confirm that our procedures require that their security clearance is verified with their home Department before a pass is granted.

An appropriate security management regime is in place for visitors who are issued with temporary passes to access the Home Department headquarters on each visit, which are then surrendered on exit. We do not have readily available records for how many visitors were issued with temporary passes since May 2010 across all Home Office buildings.

Internships

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) her Department and (b) each public body for which she is responsible employed in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [78381]

Damian Green: In 2011 the Home Office provided unpaid placements for three interns through the Whitehall Social Mobility programme. Information on all unpaid or expenses-only internships is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Deportation: Offenders

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals convicted of offences in the UK and subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have (a) been deported, (b) been permitted to remain in the UK and (c) successfully appealed against a deportation order; [75560]

(2) how many foreign nationals living in the UK are subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements; and what offences they have committed. [75561]

Damian Green: To establish how many foreign national offenders subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements are living in the UK, have been allowed to remain on human rights grounds and the type of offence committed in the UK would require cross referencing a large volume of electronic records, which would incur a disproportionate cost.

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As part of the Home Office, the UK Border Agency is not obliged to comply with any information request where the prescribed costs of supplying the information exceed £600. The £600 limit applies to all central Government Departments and is based on work being carried out at a rate of £25 per hour, which equates to 3.5 days work per request. Prescribed costs include those which cover the cost of locating and retrieving information, and preparing a response. They do not include considering whether any information is exempt from disclosure, overheads such as heating or lighting, or disbursements such as photocopying or postage.

857 foreign nationals convicted of an offence subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have been deported from the UK between October 2010 and September 2011.

138 foreign nationals convicted of an offence subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have successfully appealed against deportation between October 2010 and September 2011.

Domestic Violence

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of domestic violence her Department uses; and whether there are any qualifications of that definition in respect of particular services and processes for which her Department is responsible. [77010]

Lynne Featherstone [holding answer 27 October 2011]: The Home Office adheres to the current cross-government definition which defines domestic violence as:

“any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality(1)”.

We are not aware of any qualifications of the definition in respect of particular services and processes for which the Home Office is responsible.

There is a commitment in the Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan to

“consult on a revised definition of domestic violence to take into account younger victims”.

This action is to be completed by December 2011.

(1) Recognises Female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’. Adult is any person aged 18 and over, family members are: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents; directly related, in-laws or step-family.

Entry Clearances

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, columns 681-82W, on foreign workers, what assessment the 2010 review of labour migration routes made of the likely change in the number of intra-company transfer applications for Indian nationals; and what estimate of any such change she has made for each of the next five years. [77973]

Damian Green: The Government’s assessment of the impact of their policies to reduce net migration on the intra-company transfer (ICT) route was set out in an impact assessment published at the time.

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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, columns 1279-80W, on overseas students: entry clearances, what the principal issues of concern were which were raised by religious education colleges. [78290]

Damian Green: The principle issues of concern raised by religious education colleges in relation to Tier 4 of the Points Based System have related to international students' entitlements to work and bring dependants, and the impact of the UK Border Agency's new educational oversight and Highly Trusted Sponsor requirements.

The Government have been clear that genuine high quality education institutions have nothing to fear from our reforms of student visas, which ensure that we attract the best students whose main motivation is study.

Federation of Student Islamic Societies

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to engage with Islamic students; and if she will make a statement. [77983]

James Brokenshire: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which is the Department responsible for universities, engages with students on a range of issues that may affect them while they are at university.

The National Union of Students, who have an advisory group which looks at issues affecting faith groups in Higher and Further Education, also provides regular feedback.

Harassment

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 46W, on police: harassment warnings, what her Department's policy is on monitoring the effects of issuing harassment warnings. [77959]

Lynne Featherstone: The Home Office does not hold information centrally on the effects of harassment warnings.

Knives: Crime

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of knife crime by people under 18 years old were recorded in (a) North Wales and (b) Aberconwy constituency in each of the last four years; [77776]

(2) how many incidents of knife crime were recorded in (a) North Wales and (b) Aberconwy constituency in each of the last four years. [77992]

Nick Herbert: Data for selected offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument have been collected by the Home Office since April 2007. From these data, it is not possible to identify which offences specifically involved the use of a knife.

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Data are collected at police force area level only, so they are not available for Aberconwy constituency. Additionally, suspect data are not collected, so they cannot be broken down by suspect age.

In 2007-08, North Wales police force recorded 111 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument for a select group of offences. The offences were: homicide, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, GBH without intent and robbery.

In 2008-09 the offence coverage was expanded to also include actual bodily harm (ABH), threats to kill, sexual assault and rape offences. Therefore figures are not comparable with those offences recorded in 2007-08. In 2008-09, North Wales police force recorded 136 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument.

The corresponding figure for 2009-10 was 100 offences.

Data for homicides involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument for 2010-11 will be available at police force area level from January 2012. The total of other offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by North Wales police in 2010-11 was 138 offences (as above, this figure comprises attempted murder, threats to kill, GBH, ABH, robbery, rape and sexual assault but excludes homicides).

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of knife crime were recorded in (a) North Kent and (b) Kent in each of the last four years. [78285]

Nick Herbert: Data for selected offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument have been collected by the Home Office since April 2007. From these data, it is not possible to identify which offences specifically involved the use of a knife.

Data are collected at police force area level only, so they are not available for North Kent.

In 2007-08, Kent police force recorded 332 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument for a select group of offences. The offences were: homicide, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, GBH without intent and robbery.

In 2008-09 the offence coverage was expanded to also include actual bodily harm (ABH), threats to kill, sexual assault and rape offences. Therefore figures are not comparable with those offences recorded in 2007-08. In 2008-09, Kent police force recorded 556 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument. The corresponding figure for 2009-10 was 386 offences.

Data for homicides involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument for 2010-11 will be available at police force area level from January 2012. The total of other offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by Kent police in 2010-11 was 343 offences (as above, this figure comprises attempted murder, threats to kill, GBH, ABH, robbery, rape and sexual assault but excludes homicides).

Legal Opinion

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times her Department's legal section provided legal advice to Ministers in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011. [78076]

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Damian Green: The legal adviser's branch of the Department comprises some 50 lawyers who provide a constant flow of oral and written advice to Ministers as one of their main functions. The same applies to the lawyers in the Government Equalities Office which is part of the Home Office. No records are kept of the quantity of advice given per year.

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department spent on (a) legal advice and (b) instructing counsel in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) the first six months of 2011; how many times (A) her Department was taken to court and (B) a decision taken by her Department was subject to a judicial review; and what the outcome was of each such (1) case and (2) review; [78092]

(2) what the cost was of (a) internal and (b) external legal advice commissioned by her Department in the first six months of 2011; [78072]

(3) how many times her Department sought legal advice from external counsel in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011. [78060]

Damian Green: In financial years 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Department (including the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS)) spent £35,618,000, £34,045,000 and £35,619,421 respectively on legal advice. This includes staff in our Legal Adviser’s Branch as well as litigation services provided by the Treasury Solicitor, counsels' fees and legal services provided outside Government. No separate figures exist for the first six months of 2011.

The amount spent on instructing counsel in each of those financial years was £6,577,167, £5,645,523 and £6,204,991 respectively.

No central records are kept of the number of cases that actually went to court.

The numbers of judicial review cases opened for the Department (including UKBA and IPS) during those financial years was 5,313, 7,145, and 7,583 respectively.

No central record was kept of the outcome of such cases/judicial reviews for the years in question.

The cost of internal legal advice obtained by the Department for the financial year 2010-11 was £5,469,000 (the budget for the Legal Adviser's Branch in that year as well the budget for lawyers working in UKBA's cash forfeiture team).

The cost of external legal advice during that financial year was £30,150,421 which includes litigation services provided by the Treasury Solicitor's Department, counsels' fees and legal services provided outside Government. No separate figures exist for the first six months of 2011.

No central records are kept of the number of times the Department seeks legal advice from external counsel.

Prostitution: Olympic Games 2012

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, (c) local authorities and (d) women's groups on the prevention of street-based prostitution (i) in advance of and (ii) during the London 2012 Olympics. [78338]

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James Brokenshire: I have had no such specific discussions.

Currently, we are not anticipating significant increases in street-based prostitution relating to the Games. Intelligence on human trafficking, including trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, is assessed on a quarterly basis as part of the Olympic Strategic Threat Assessment. It is anticipated that such activity would be the primary cause of any substantive rise in prostitution, and current evidence does not suggest that there is any increase in human trafficking linked to the Olympics at the moment. Despite this, we remain vigilant. We have law enforcement measures in place to deal with any potential increase in the threat. The Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Operational Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police Service are working to disrupt prostitution and recover victims, including victims of trafficking, in the five Olympic boroughs in London. If the evidence indicates an increase in trafficking we shall ensure that appropriate measures are put in place.

This Government are committed to tackling the harm and exploitation to individuals, impact on communities, and links to organised crime, that can be associated with prostitution. We have published a review of effective practice in responding to prostitution, to empower local areas to respond to local issues.

Culture, Media and Sport

BBC World Service

15. Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the future of the BBC World Service. [78187]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: I discussed the future of the BBC World Service with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), in the context of the spending review and the licence fee settlement in October 2010. Following that, officials from both Departments, together with the BBC Trust and the World Service, discussed the details of how the changes should be formalised in the amended BBC Agreement, which was laid in Parliament in September 2011. I have had no other discussions with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the World Service.

World Athletics Championships

16. Mary Macleod: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department has provided for London's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics championships; and if he will make a statement. [78188]

Hugh Robertson: My Department has worked closely with UK Athletics in developing their bid and has provided the necessary financial and security guarantees in its support.

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I personally represented the Government at October’s successful Evaluation Commission visit—during the party conference. I am visiting the International Association of Athletics Federations tomorrow with Lord Coe, the bid President, and will be part of the team making the final bid presentation next Friday. The Prime Minister is also backing the bid.

Departmental Pay

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many civil servants in his Department received a bonus in each year since 2007. [76382]

John Penrose: The number of civil servants in this Department who received performance related payments and in-year performance payments in each year since 2007 is shown in the following table:


Total number of civil servants Number receiving in-year non-consolidated performance related payments Number receiving year-end non-consolidated performance related payments

2007-08

379

144

235

2008-09

397

178

219

2009-10

399

129

270

2010-11

327

81

246

A close and effective link between pay and performance is a key element of the reward arrangements for the civil service. For the senior civil service (SCS), for whom pay is managed by the Cabinet Office and which is based on recommendations by the Senior Salaries Review Body, performance incentives are paid primarily as non-consolidated performance payments. For staff outside SCS, Departments operate within the guidelines set by the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010; [77870]

(2) what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) Ministerial private secretaries in his Department; [77871]

(3) what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010. [77872]

John Penrose: It would not be appropriate to list out details of individual staff vetting levels. All staff in the Department are vetted to an appropriate level, according to guidance set out in HMG Personnel Security Controls, which can be found on the Cabinet Office website at:

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www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/hmg-personnel-security-controls

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter terrorist check, (b) security check and (c) developed vetting level in his Department. [77873]

John Penrose: The Department uses the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting Agency to undertake its security vetting.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or contractors, in each month since May 2010. [77874]

John Penrose: The information the hon. Gentleman has requested is set out in the following table:


Number of security passes

2010

 

May

42

June

42

July

44

August

46

September

46

October

46

November

51

December

51

   

2011

 

January

53

February

63

March

63

April

83

May

83

June

148

July

202

August

219

September

229

October

233

The increase from June 2011 is because of the occupation of the 5th and 6th floors in Cockspur street, the Department's main offices. Private tenants who work within the Department's main building in Cockspur street do not have access to the Department's occupied floors.

E-mails

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) emails, (b) letters and (c) meetings (i) he and (ii) his officials have had with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the National Planning Policy Framework in the last six months. [R] [77961]

Hugh Robertson: Both Ministers and officials in this Department are in regular contact with colleagues at the Department for Communities and Local Government

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by e-mail, letter and meetings, and discuss a full range of issues, including the National Planning Policy Framework.

Gambling: Young People

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department is taking steps to publicise the negative effects of gambling (a) in general and (b) on younger people. [76658]

John Penrose: Industry funding for problem gambling research, education and treatment (which includes education about the potential negative effects of gambling) is currently channelled through the Responsible Gambling Fund (RCF), who made grants and awarded contracts worth £5.7 million in 2010-11. Details about the full range of research education and prevention programmes supported by them, including their youth education programme can be found at:

http://www.rgfund.org.uk/

News International

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of News International; and whether the BBC licence fee settlement was discussed at any such meeting. [77580]

Mr Vaizey: A list of meetings with media organisations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has been published on the Department's website, and can be found using the link:

http://www.transparency.culture.gov.uk/2011/07/26/sos-meetings-with-proprietors-editors-and-senior-media-executives-11may1-15jul11/

The licence fee settlement was not discussed during these meetings.

Third Sector

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department allocated to organisations other than arm's length bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he expects to allocate for such purposes in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [77722]

John Penrose: The Department has allocated, or plans to allocate, the following grants to organisations other than our arm's length bodies, in the years 2010-11 to 2014-15.


£ million (1)

2010-11

95.36

2011-12

84.911

2012-13

64.079

2013-14

73.517

2014-15

55.549

(1) The amounts shown are net of income and therefore represent the funding allocated directly by the Department from its own settlement.

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Tourism

Stephen Mosley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the attractiveness of the UK as an international tourist destination. [78180]

John Penrose: Results from the recently released Anholt Nation Brand Index Survey 2011 reveal that the UK was ranked third out of 50 nations on the overall index, one place higher than was the case in 2010. The survey relates to arts and culture, heritage and historic environment, natural beauty, city life and urban attractions, and the welcome provided to overseas visitors.

Work and Pensions

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in his Department; and if he will make a statement. [77486]

Chris Grayling: Consultancy provides management with objective advice relating to strategy, structure, management or operations outside the business-as-usual environment when in-house skills are not available. DWP (Core Department and its Agencies) pays for consultancy on a project basis usually on a fixed fee based on defined outcomes or deliverables. The consultancy supplier is responsible for providing appropriate resource. DWP does not employ consultants on a full-time staff equivalent basis.

Legal Opinion

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times his Department's legal section provided legal advice to Ministers in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011. [78081]

Chris Grayling: Unfortunately, it is not possible to answer this PQ at a reasonable cost. This is because information is not recorded in this form and in order to establish the answer it would be necessary to gather together every file over the relevant period and to go through them to identify each and every occasion on which advice was given. In addition, this exercise may not identify every case in which oral advice was given.

For that reason the probable cost of answering the PQ would be well in excess of £800.

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications from employees to run services for which his Department is directly responsible he has received since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [77596]

Chris Grayling: Since May 2010 I have received no applications from employees to run services for which my Department is responsible.

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My Department continues to engage with the Cabinet Office which has overall responsibility for developing the provision of public service mutuals/right to provide across the public sector.

Departmental Security

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or contractors, in each month since May 2010. [77854]

Chris Grayling: The Department occupies the vast majority of its properties under the terms of a 20-year PFI contract with Telereal Trillium (TT), for which it pays a unitary charge in return for fully fitted and serviced accommodation. This includes responsibility for issuing temporary security passes to visitors. The Department has 13 head office buildings across the country located in London, Sheffield, Leeds, the North West and North East of England. From the information held, details on the number of security passes excluding staff and contractors, issued location by location is given on the table. A summary of the monthly figures is given as follows:


Number of passed issued

May 2010

14,345

June 2010

14,000

July 2010

15,005

August 2010

12,452

September 2010

15,785

October 2010

15,264

November 2010

17,082

December 2010

11,487

January 2011

15,716

February 2011

15,999

March 2011

18,931

April 2011

13,487

May 2011

15,727

June 2011

17,628

July 2011

15,625

August 2011

12,881

September 2011

15,752

October 2011

15,586

Disability Living Allowance

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of disability living allowance as a result of musculoskeletal disorders in the latest period for which figures are available. [78402]

Maria Miller: The percentage of people in receipt of DLA as a result of musculoskeletal disorders in November 2010 was as follows:


Total Percentage

Musculoskeletal disorders

1,098,500

34.5

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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 the 100% data sources, in particular more complete information on the disabling condition of DLA claimants. DWP recommends that, where the detail is only available on the 5% sample data, or disabling condition is required, the proportions derived should be scaled up to the overall 100% total for the benefit. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Percentages have been rounded to one decimal place. 3. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate 5% sample.

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of disability living allowance had a learning disability (a) as a main disabling condition and (b) in addition to a main disabling condition which was not a learning disability in each year since 2008. [78408]

Maria Miller: The information is as follows:

Disability living allowance cases in payment where the main disabling condition or secondary condition (1) is learning difficulties

All Learning difficulties as main disabling condition Learning difficulties as secondary disabling condition

February

     

2011

3,192,100

379,900

46,600

2010

3,137,700

353,600

31,300

2009

3,044,000

327,400

(2)

2008

2,945,600

293,500

35,200

(1) In October 2008 the system used to record disabling condition for DLA recipients changed. Prior to October 2008 disabling conditions were recorded relating to care and/or mobility depending on entitlement to these components, and main and secondary disabling conditions were derived for the purposes of statistical reporting. After October 2008 a primary and secondary code were recorded. Information on secondary condition for February 2009 is not available due to a number of transitional recording issues; the impact of these issues is thought to be reducing over time. (2) Not available. Notes: 1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. Figures are adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the WPLS. 3. Figures do not include people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 4. The preferred data source for benefit statistics is 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. However, the 5% sample data are generally the preferred source for analysis on disabling condition as information is more complete for disabling condition on the 5% sample. (Some recipients of DLA who transferred from the AA system may not have been allocated a specific disabling condition code. This problem can be corrected on the sample data but not on the WPLS data. The number of cases affected is decreasing over time). 5. A diagnosed medical condition does not mean that someone is automatically entitled to DLA. Entitlement is dependent on an assessment of how much help someone needs with personal care and/or mobility because of their disability. These statistics are only collected for administrative purposes. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Sample data (5%).

Employment and Support Allowance

Caroline Dinenage: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to ensure that people in receipt of employment and

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support allowance in the work related activity group whose conditions have deteriorated over 12 months whilst on the benefit are identified and moved into the support group. [78286]

Chris Grayling: There are two ways in which changes to a claimant's health can lead to a change in the amount of benefit.

Firstly, claimants who are entitled to employment and support allowance (including those in the Work Related Activity Group) will be reassessed at regular intervals through the work capability assessment process.

Secondly, claimants can declare a change in their condition which could affect their entitlement to benefit and they will also be reassessed through the work capability assessment process. Where such arrangements are followed and a decision maker decides that there is sufficient evidence, claimants will be moved to the support group.

Flexible New Deal Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the publication by providers in the Flexible New Deal programme of their own performance data. [77966]

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Chris Grayling: The arrangements for releasing Flexible New Deal information were established by the last Government.

Housing Benefit

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on exempting single pregnant local housing allowance claimants from the shared accommodation rate limit. [70145]

Steve Webb: Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. This was due to an administrative error. No exemption is made for single pregnant claimants from the shared accommodation rate. The local authority can consider making a discretionary housing payment where they think it appropriate to meet such a need.

Industrial Accidents: Construction

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people employed in the construction industry in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK died in the workplace in each year since 1997. [78151]

Chris Grayling: The information requested is as follows.

Fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry (1) as reported to all enforcing authorities 1997-98 to 2010-11 (2)
  South Tyneside (3) North East (4) Great Britain (5)

Employees Self-employed Employees Self-employed Employees Self-employed

1997-98

2

1

58

22

1998-99

47

18

1999-2000

61

20

2000-01

1

73

32

2001-02

8

60

20

2002-03

3

56

14

2003-04

1

4

1

52

19

2004-05

1

1

55

14

2005-06

3

1

43

17

2006-07

 

1

1

54

25

2007-08

53

19

2008-09

2

1

32

20

2009-10

1

29

12

2010-11(2)

1

1

32

18

(1) Statistics for the years 1997-98 to 2000-01 are identified by Standard Industrial Classification 1992 (SIC92) Section F—Construction. For the years 2001-02 and on, statistics are presented on the new basis of ‘SIC 2007'. Changes of this nature occur periodically, to reflect how the industrial composition of the economy changes over time. (2) Provisional. (3) Identified by local authority code 4520 ‘South Tyneside'. (4) Identified by Government Office Region and includes South Tyneside LA. (5) Includes North East Government Office Region.

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1997. [78152]

Chris Grayling: Detailed information is available only in the form requested from 1999-2000 onwards.

(a) The proportion of workplace deaths in the construction industry that resulted in prosecution are shown in the following table:

Work year (1 April to 31 March) Number of deaths Proportion resulting in prosecution (percentage)

1999-2000

87

36

2000-01

113

40

2001-02

85

33

2002-03

75

40

2003-04

75

47

2004-05

77

45

2005-06

64

36

2006-07

86

34

2007-08

75

53

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2008-09

57

35

2009-10

45

20

2010-11

(1)52

8

(1) Provisional.

The prosecution figures are based on information available on 31 October 2011.

The numbers of prosecutions for later years, particularly 2009-10 and 2010-11, will increase as it can be a number of years after the fatality before the resulting prosecution comes to court.

The fatality figures are based on deaths reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

2010-11 figures are based on the provisional fatalities statistics.

(b) The proportion of workplace deaths in the construction industry that resulted in conviction (based on the numbers prosecuted) are shown in the following table:

Work year (1 April to 31 March) Number of deaths Proportion resulting in conviction (percentage)

1999-2000

87

33

2000-01

113

39

2001-02

85

31

2002-03

75

35

2003-04

75

44

2004-05

77

39

2005-06

64

33

2006-07

86

26

2007-08

75

39

2008-09

57

19

2009-10

45

7

2010-11

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(1) Provisional.

These figures show the proportion of prosecution cases resulting in a conviction based on information available on 31 October 2011.

The numbers of convictions for later years, particularly 2009-10 and 2010-11, will increase as it can be a number of years after the fatality before the related prosecution cases are heard by the courts.