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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 22 March 2012

Northern Ireland

Patrick Finucane Review

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the oral answer of 7 March 2012, Official Report, columns 832-3, on the Pat Finucane review, when the oversight team was appointed; who appointed the team; who was appointed to the team; how much the appointees will be paid; what guidelines he has issued to the appointees; what process was used to appoint members of the oversight team; what the remit of the team will be in respect of ongoing police investigations; what powers the team will be given; how many cases he expects the team to be involved in in the next 12 months; which police interviews with suspects the oversight team has attended since it was set up; whether the team has made any recommendations or observations to (a) the police and (b) his Department; and whether the Security Services were informed about the appointment of the team prior to its establishment. [101019]

Mr Swire: I understand that in November 2010 the Police Service of Northern Ireland appointed an oversight panel, Baroness O'Loan and Mr Richard Harvey, to receive regular and comprehensive briefings on the progress of the PSNI's investigation Operation Stafford. This is an investigation into a series of murders and other serious crimes in north Belfast.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has no locus in respect of the investigation or the oversight panel. The investigating team has not made any observations or recommendations to the Northern Ireland Office.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Council of Ministers

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU legislation in the Council of Ministers the Government has (a) vetoed, (b) voted against, (c) abstained on and (d) voted in favour of in each of the last three years. [101380]

Mr Lidington: We do not hold this information centrally, nor is a collated version available online. To provide this information in the form requested would therefore incur disproportionate cost.

However, the results of any individual vote in the Council of Ministers on any piece of EU legislation can be accessed at the following website:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/documents/legislative-transparency/public-votes?lang=en

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Embassies: Gardens

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on gardening and landscaping services at UK embassies and residences in each of the last five years. [100793]

Mr Lidington: Data on gardening and landscaping costs across our network of 260 posts are not all held centrally and could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a worldwide overseas estate consisting of several hundred buildings and sites. Gardening and landscaping is an integral part of the maintenance and facilities management of many of these properties. We are committed to reducing costs wherever possible and ensuring best value for money.

Human Rights

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the resolution of the House of 7 March on human rights abuses and the death of Sergei Magnitsky. [101220]

Mr Lidington: We are carefully considering the implications of the resolution agreed by the House of Commons on 7 March 2012 and the views expressed during the debate.

The Magnitsky case is of serious concern to the Government and one in which there is a clear need for Russia to act. It is vital that the Russian authorities complete a thorough and transparent investigation into Mr Magnitsky's death without further delay, as this case has wider implications for the rule of law and respect for human rights in Russia. Our fundamental goal is to ensure that the Russian Government secure justice for Mr Magnitsky and put measures in place to prevent such cases from happening again. We will continue to do what we consider will best help achieve this.

Libya

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Libya. [100861]

Alistair Burt: As the Prime Minister said on the anniversary of the revolution on 17 February, the Libyan authorities are making steady progress towards a peaceful country and in coping with the terrible legacy they have inherited. However, there are many challenges ahead, including disarming militias and building new Libyan security institutions. The Libyan Transitional Government understands the importance of these crucial tasks to establishing a secure environment throughout the country and is making gradual progress. The UK is providing senior-level strategic policing advice to the Interior Ministry and strategic defence training to senior Libyan military officers.

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Lost Property

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. [100896]

Mr Lidington: Records are held relating to various losses and thefts of both personal property and official furnishings, including IT equipment losses. However, the information is held separately by our network of overseas posts and at different sites in the UK, and to collate and provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Culture, Media and Sport

Regeneration: English Regions

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that consideration is given to the arts as part of the Government's regeneration plans for towns and cities in the English regions. [R] [101302]

Mr Vaizey: This Government recognise the crucial role that the arts can play in regeneration not just in England, but across the United Kingdom.

This is why my Department recently announced our intention to hold a competition to select a UK City of Culture for 2017, continuing a scheme which is already transforming Derry/Londonderry.

Arts

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department is providing to the creative industries. [101300]

Mr Vaizey: We have already introduced the Creative Industries Council and maintained existing direct support for film through the national lottery and film tax relief. Building on this success the Chancellor yesterday announced plans to introduce similar tax reliefs for the video games, animation and high-end TV production sectors. The UK has some of the world's most successful creative industries and yesterday's Budget will ensure that they can continue to grow and support jobs up and down the country.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to improve levels of participation and engagement with the arts in deprived areas in the English regions. [101496]

Mr Vaizey: Individual funding decisions are made by Arts Council England (ACE) at arm's length from Government.

We are however pleased to note that ACE are currently running the Creative People and Places fund, which will focus on parts of the country where people's involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.

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The programme will make £37 million available to establish around 15 creative people and places projects between autumn 2012 and autumn 2015.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the place of arts and culture in local regeneration projects. [101504]

Mr Vaizey: The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has met with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles), on a regular basis to discuss a wide variety of issues.

Film

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote the film industry. [101311]

Mr Vaizey: The Government will respond in the spring to the independent policy review, which was asked to identify barriers to growth in the British film industry. In addition, the Government recently re-notified the film tax credit which helped generate over £1 billion of film production investment in the UK last year alone. We also plan to introduce several new tax reliefs for the creative industries as part of our ambition to make the UK the technology hub of Europe.

Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect on those in rural areas of those areas having a choice of fewer than four mobile operators. [101067]

Mr Vaizey: The Mobile Infrastructure Project is focusing on areas where there is currently no coverage from any mobile network operator. Government and Ofcom do recognise that limited coverage is important and we are working with industry to seek solutions. However, it should be borne in mind that rural customers will have access to the same rates and packages as those in urban areas. So while the choice may be lower in places, this should have no direct impact on the prices people pay.

Ministerial Meetings: Newspaper Press

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which newspaper proprietors he has met since the start of the Leveson inquiry. [101402]

Mr Vaizey: Details of all ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on our website:

www.transparency.culture.gov.uk

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Press Complaints Commission

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the replacement of the Press Complaints Commission by a new regulatory body on the self-regulation of the press. [101400]

Mr Vaizey: The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is an independent body: any reforms by the PCC are a matter for them. The Leveson Inquiry was established by the Government last July and will make recommendations to this Department about reform for the system of press regulation, which the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), will consider carefully.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Press Complaints Commission (a) prior to and (b) following the announcement that it will be replaced by a new regulatory body. [101401]

Mr Vaizey: The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has had one official meeting with the Chairman and Director for Transition of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) since the announcement that it will be replaced by a new regulatory body. This is the first official meeting the Secretary of State has had with Lord Hunt since his appointment as Chair of the PCC in Oct 2011.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the replacement of the Press Complaints Commission by a new regulatory body on the handling of complaints about the press by members of the public. [101403]

Mr Vaizey: Reform of the Press Complaints Commission is a matter for the chairman, Lord Hunt, but he has assured this Department that the complaints handling function will continue through the period of transition.

Tourism

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to support cross-regional tourist strategies. [101505]

John Penrose: VisitEngland work closely with Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across the country, promoting better co-ordination, partnership working and best practice through the "Strategic Framework for Tourism in England", developed in consultation with the tourism industry. VisitEngland has also established a forum bringing together DMOs from across the country to facilitate this work.

VisitEngland's current domestic tourism marketing campaign will support this work, as will the programme of work undertaken through the regional growth fund and the promotion of rural tourism through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' rural development programme for England.

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Leader of the House

Ministerial Statements

Alun Michael: To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has for imposition of penalties on Ministers who do not meet the requirements of the House in respect of ministerial statements. [101329]

Sir George Young: Ministers are always mindful of the requirement of the Ministerial Code that “when Parliament is in session, the most important announcements of Government policy should be made in the first instance in Parliament”. The proposition that there should be specific penalties imposed by this House was considered and rejected after the debate which took place on 5 December 2011, Official Report, columns 38-81.

Health

Abortion: Advisory Services

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that respondents to his Department's forthcoming consultation on abortion counselling declare any (a) religious or ideological pro-life beliefs and (b) organisational funding from pro-life groups. [101013]

Anne Milton: The forthcoming consultation on pregnancy counselling will be carried out in accordance with the Government Code of Practice on consultations that became effective from 1 November 2008.

Ministers have agreed that the Government Code of Practice on Consultation is binding on United Kingdom Departments and their agencies unless Ministers conclude that exceptional circumstances require a departure from it.

Among other things, the Code of Practice on Consultation states that:

“it is important to understand who different bodies represent, and how the response has been pulled together, e.g. whether the views of members of a representative body were sought prior to drafting the response.”

and

“the Government should provide a summary of who responded to the consultation

exercise and a summary of the views expressed to each question. This information should normally be published before or alongside any further action, e.g. laying legislation before Parliament.”

However, the guidance does not specifically state that respondents should declare beliefs or funding, and so respondents of this consultation will be under no obligation to do so.

Ambulance Services

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is available for local ambulance trusts in relation to determining the location and level of ambulance provision in an area. [101045]

Mr Simon Burns: The decision on location and level of ambulance provision is one to be made locally by ambulance trusts. No specific guidance is available,

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but ambulance services undertake detailed modelling of 999 calls and incidents by hour of day and day of week by geographical area and ambulance services and then base their ambulance resources in line with national response time targets.

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessments are required to be made by an ambulance trust seeking to reconfigure its service provision. [101046]

Mr Simon Burns: Any strategy, plan or business case for reconfiguration would have a risk and impact assessment section. This would look at clinical, operational and financial risks and often would involve a risk assessment scoring matrix to assess the level of risk—high, medium or low—as well as a risk mitigation section.

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public consultation is required to be made by an ambulance trust seeking to reconfigure its service provision. [101047]

Mr Simon Burns: This is a decision to be taken locally by individual ambulance trusts, in line with guidance documents “Real Involvement” and “Changing for the Better” and on the basis of obligations established by s.242 (1B) of the NHS Act 2006.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Health Services

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who (a) require and (b) have access to specialist physiotherapy-led rehabilitation services; and if he will make a statement. [101145]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not collect this information centrally.

However, the Impact Assessment on ‘A Consultation on a Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) services in England’, published in February 2010, estimated the following:

around 716,000 people with COPD require pulmonary rehabilitation; and

around 644,000 people with COPD who require it have access to pulmonary rehabilitation.

A copy has already been placed in the Library and is available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_113280.pdf

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standard for COPD contains a quality statement on pulmonary rehabilitation:

‘People with COPD meeting appropriate criteria are offered an effective, timely and accessible multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation programme.’

NICE Quality Standards set out what good care and management look like, and can be used by health care professionals and local commissioners to ensure that local services are appropriate to their population's need.

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Intellectual Property

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has a role in intellectual property policy development. [101251]

Mr Simon Burns: The overall policy lead for Intellectual Property is held by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via the Intellectual Property Office. Many Government Departments have an interest in intellectual property, and the policy-making process, including collective ministerial consideration of proposals, reflects those interests. The Department of Health has an interest in patents associated with the life sciences industry in particular, and works closely with the Intellectual Property Office in this area.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the number of staff that have been made redundant by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since May 2010; what the average cost per staff member was of such redundancies; how many redundancies involved an individual redundancy payment of over £40,000; and what the cost to the public purse has been of such redundancies since May 2010; [101264]

(2) how many redundancies there were in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a result of the implementation of NHS reforms in financial year 2010-11; how many he expects there to be in financial year (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14; and what resources he plans to transfer to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to cover the cost of his proposed NHS reorganisation. [101265]

Mr Simon Burns: Information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number, total cost and average cost of exit packages, and the number and cost of exit packages over £40,000 for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2010-11, is shown in the following table:

  Total number of exit packages Total cost of exit packages (£000) Average cost of exit packages (£000) Total number of exit packages over £40,000 Total cost of exit packages over £40,000 (£000)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

2

107

54

2

107

Notes: 1. The data are taken from the audited summarisation schedules of NHS trusts, from which the NHS (England) Summarised Accounts are prepared. The disclosure in the accounts reports the number and value of exit packages taken by staff leaving in the year. 2. Exit packages include compulsory redundancies and other departures. The latter includes the cost of both early retirements (excluding those relating to ill-health) and voluntary redundancies. It is not possible to separately identify the value of either of these costs from the data collected. An overall figure for redundancies is not separately identifiable. 3. Figures for the 2011-12 financial year will be available in the summer, once the Department's annual report and accounts are laid before Parliament. 4. The expense associated with these departures may have been recognised in part or in full in a previous period. Source: Audited summarisation schedules of national health service trusts.

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Information on the reasons for redundancies is not centrally held. Responsibility for determining the level of work force required to ensure the delivery of high- quality care is a matter for the local NHS. As such, information on the number of redundancies expected at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 is not centrally held.

We recognised in the White Paper “Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS” that, as a result of the record national debt and lower spending growth available to the NHS in the coming years, the service will employ fewer staff at the end of this Parliament, although it will be rebalanced towards clinical staffing and frontline support rather than excessive administration.

Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts (PCTs). These allocations are not broken down by service or policy area. It is for PCTs to decide how their resources are allocated to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations, in line with local and national priorities.

Multiple Sclerosis: Health Services

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the development of quality standards for multiple sclerosis; and if he proposes that the quality standards will be developed alongside the review of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines on multiple sclerosis. [100931]

Paul Burstow: We have asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop a Quality Standard on multiple sclerosis, as part of a library of approximately 170 NHS Quality Standards. It is for NICE to schedule the production of the Quality Standards and to determine how best it should be co-ordinated with the update of its existing clinical guideline on multiple sclerosis.

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement I gave on 19 March 2012, Official Report, column 50WS.

Nurses: Schools

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the ratio of full-time equivalent school nurses to pupils was in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, (b) Cumbria, (c) the north-west and (d) England in each of the last five years; [101378]

(2) how many qualified school nurses there were in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, (b) Cumbria and (c) the north-west region in each of the last five years. [101501]

Anne Milton: Information on pupil to nurse ratio is not collected by the Department, The following table gives the number of school nurses employed in the areas requested in the last five years.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified School Nurses in England, the North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area and the Cumbria Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

England

1,129

1,227

1,447

1,620

1,467

of which:

         

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North West SHA

223

250

299

364

338

of which:

         

Cumbria Teaching PCT

38

15

18

24

22

Notes: 1. The new headcount methodology for 2010 data is not fully comparable with previous years data due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication at: www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/010_Workforce/nhsstaff0010/Census_Bulletin_March_2011_Final.pdf 2. Two other organisations cover the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, the. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Neither of these organisations employed school nurses in any of the specified years. 3. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed, but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census

Organs: Donors

Mr David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were added to the organ donor register in Haltemprice and Howden constituency in each of the last five years for which data are available. [101547]

Anne Milton: The information requested is in the following table.

Number on the organ donor register in Haltemprice and Howden constituency by year 2007 to 2011
Year of registration Number

2007

1,397

2008

1,483

2009

1,531

2010

1,576

2011

1,379

Current total—20 March 2012

30,866

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant

Prescription Drugs

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2012, Official Report, column 378W, on drugs: shortages, what discussions he has had with local pharmacy committees on shortages of medicines. [101379]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has not had discussions with local pharmaceutical committees regarding drugs shortages. However, we continue to meet with national supply chain stakeholders regularly to review supply issues. Participants at these meetings include the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee which promotes and supports the interests of all national health service community pharmacies in England and works closely with local pharmaceutical committees.

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South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what remuneration was paid to the chief executive of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in each year since his appointment. [101455]

Mr Simon Burns: This is a matter for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. We have written to the trust's chair, Madeliene Long, informing her of your inquiry. She will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Transplant Surgery

Mr David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) kidney, (b) liver and (c) heart transplants was in (i) Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust, (ii) Yorkshire and Humber and (iii) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [101546]

Anne Milton: The information is not available in the format requested. Information regarding average waiting times is recorded by transplant centres as in the following tables.

Table 1: Median waiting time to transplant for adult patients registered on the deceased kidney transplant list, 2005-08 (1)
Centre Total patients Median wait (days)

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

433

823

Belfast City Hospital, Belfast

244

1,651

Churchill Hospital, Oxford

432

1,006

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

230

631

Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

403

779

Guy's Hospital, London

496

1,164

Leicester General Hospital, Leicester

403

1,825

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester

640

1,343

Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

231

1,338

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

253

1,310

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

364

1,053

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

639

1,620

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

360

1,337

Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool

321

1,059

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

426

1,158

St George's Hospital, London

445

1,311

St James's University Hospital, Leeds

579

944

The Royal Free Hospital, London

348

994

The Royal London Hospital, London

365

1,171

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

415

987

Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry

137

1,569

West London Renal and Transplant Centre

576

1,314

Western Infirmary, Glasgow

389

1,312

UK

9,091

1,191

(1 )Latest published data. Source: NHS Blood and Transplant
Table 2: Median waiting time to transplant for paediatric patients registered on the deceased kidney transplant list, 2005-08 (1)
Centre Total patients Median wait (days)

Belfast

11

415

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Birmingham

44

572

Bristol

33

228

Glasgow

19

145

Leeds

40

211

London, Great Ormond Street Hospital

44

423

London, Guy's Hospital

23

415

Manchester

30

364

Newcastle

8

542

Nottingham

39

374

UK

328

357

(1 )Latest published data. Source: NHS Blood and Transplant.
Table 3: Median waiting time of adults (1) registered on the active non-urgent transplant list, 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2010—Cardiothoracic transplants (2)
  Active waiting time (days)
Centre Heart/lung Median waiting time estimate (days) Total registrations

Birmingham

Heart

71

25

 

Lung

353

36

 

Heart and Lung

(3)

3

       

Glasgow

Heart

302

12

       

Great Ormond Street

Heart

73

2

 

Lung

(3)

2

       

Harefield

Heart

688

36

 

Lung

299

107

       

Manchester

Heart

657

28

 

Lung

511

69

 

Heart and Lung

116

1

       

Newcastle

Heart

377

34

 

Lung

498

130

 

Heart and Lung

(3)

1

       

Papworth

Heart

217

44

 

Lung

140

79

 

Heart and Lung

452

13

       

UK

Heart

293

181

 

Lung

347

423

 

Heart and Lung

452

18

(1 )Adult registration is a patient aged 16 years or older at time of registration onto the transplant list. (2)Excludes urgent heart registrations. (3) Indicates summary statistics not estimated due to small numbers of patients therefore unable to conduct further analysis. Note: There were an additional 89 adult registrations on the urgent heart transplant list, in this time period. Source: NHS Blood and Transplant.
Table 4: Median waiting time to elective liver transplant in the UK for adult patients (=17 years) registered between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2010
Centre Total patients Median wait (days)

Birmingham

386

99

Cambridge

222

105

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Edinburgh

205

90

King's College

415

158

Leeds

285

260

Newcastle

105

172

Royal Free

213

124

UK

1,831

138

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant.
Table 5: Median waiting time to elective liver transplant in the UK for paediatric patients (<17 years) registered between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2010
Centre Total patients Median wait (days)

Birmingham

55

59

Cambridge

0

(1)

Edinburgh

0

(1)

King's College

79

126

Leeds

36

56

Newcastle

0

(1)

Royal Free

0

(1)

UK

170

77

(1) Indicates summary statistics not estimated due to no data. Source: NHS Blood and Transplant.

Tuberculosis

Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS has an appropriately-skilled work force for tuberculosis control. [101482]

Anne Milton: The content and standard of health care training is the responsibility of the independent regulatory bodies. Through their role as the custodians of quality standards in education and practice, these organisations are committed to ensuring high-quality patient care delivered by high-quality health professionals and that health care professionals are equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deal with the problems and conditions they will encounter in practice.

Local national health service organisations, professional bodies and other organisations such as the Health Protection Agency also provide training opportunities in relation to tuberculosis (TB) to improve the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and other professionals who may be involved in TB prevention and control.

The Department has funded TB Alert, the national TB charity, to develop an online learning resource about TB for primary healthcare professionals, which is being produced with the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Transport

Bus Services: Concessions

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes the Government has made to the concessionary bus fares scheme since it came to power; what further changes it plans to make in the next 18 months; and how many routes previously open to the scheme have been cancelled since May 2010. [100416]

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scheme since coming to power and they have currently no plans to amend the legislation governing concessionary travel.

The Department for Transport implemented a package of reforms to ensure the efficient administration of this key benefit. This consisted of:

new guidance (November 2010) and Regulations (April 2011) to help make the process of reimbursing bus operators for statutory concessionary travel fairer and more efficient;

moving responsibility for administering the concessionary travel scheme from district to county councils (April 2011); and

new guidance to assist local authorities assessing the eligibility of service personnel and veterans for the concession (August 2011).

Changes to individual bus services are a matter for bus operators and local transport authorities. The Government do not and cannot make an assessment of every individual change but are working with local transport authorities to get an overall picture.

The latest statistics on bus services can be found on the Department for Transport's website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/buses/

These are updated periodically.

DVLA

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received from residents of the London borough of Bexley on the proposed closure of the Sidcup DVLA office. [101361]

Mike Penning: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has received 11 responses to its consultation on transforming its services that can be identified as being from within the London borough of Bexley. Five of these are from private individuals, six are from the motor trade. The consultation closed on 20 March 2012. A summary of responses will be published once the analysis has been completed.

M1: Cameras

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons cameras have been installed alongside both carriageways of the M1 motorway north and south of junction 11; what the cost was of such installation; from what budget such expenditure was made; and if she will make a statement. [100412]

Mike Penning: The Hard Shoulder Running Scheme on the M1 between Junctions 10 and 13 is being delivered within the existing highway boundary. Both the northbound and southbound carriageways, through the works, are subject to narrow lanes and contraflows. These temporary arrangements can be particularly hazardous. To improve safety and mitigate the risk to the travelling public and our work force, a 50 mph limit is in place. Cameras have been installed on this stretch of motorway to improve compliance with the temporary 50 mph speed restriction.

The cost of installation and calibration including the cost of associated equipment and cabling is £850,000 and the cost of the cameras forms part of the scheme budget of £458.8 million.

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Media Monitoring

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what media monitoring services her Department has purchased in each of the last five years. [100907]

Norman Baker: The cost to the Department of press cuttings services and the services of the Central Office of Information's Media Monitoring Unit for each of the last five years is provided in the following table for the central Department and its seven executive agencies.

£000
  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 (1)

Press cuttings

         

DfT(C)(2)

267.3

191.3

187.7

149.2

120.2

DSA

5.5

21.4

5.0

6.7

8.3

DVLA

2.2

3.3

3.7

0.8

0

GCDA

0

0

0

0

0

HA

73.4

49.8

62.3

31.2

14.0

MCA

16.8

16.8

0

0

0

VCA

0

0

0

0

0

VOSA

0

0

0

0

0

           

Central Office of Information's Media Monitoring Unit

         

DfT(C)

68.7

78.3

76.6

73.7

40.0

(1) To date (2) The DfT(C) press cuttings cost for 2007-08 and 2008-09 do not include regional (local) press cuttings provided by the Central Office of Information (COI). The central Department stopped purchasing regional press cuttings in June 2011.

In addition to those receiving press cuttings the following agencies use other media monitoring services. Costs are as follows:

Additional media monitoring
£000
  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 (1)

HA

14.4

17.9

26.0

(2)7.0

17.4

MCA

89.1

87.0

61.0

93.0

56.5

VCA

0

1.2

1.4

1.5

1.5

VOSA

63.5

143.3

139.6

60.0

57.6

(1) To date. (2) Highways Agency's charges for 2010-11 were part paid in advance in 2009-10 and part in arrears in 2011-12.

Rotherham Central Station

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects Rotherham Central Station to be fully re-opened. [101216]

Norman Baker: South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is responsible for the delivery of the refurbishment of Rotherham Central railway station. They have advised that they expect the station to fully re-open in early April.

Traffic Penalty Tribunal

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what funding her Department allocated to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal in each of the last five years; [101460]

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(2) what value-for-money assessment her Department has made of the work of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. [101461]

Norman Baker: None.

Transport: Sustainable Development

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Communities and Local Government and (b) Energy and Climate Change on encouraging sustainable modes of transport, including walking and cycling. [101406]

Norman Baker: Ministers within the Department for Transport regularly hold discussions with colleagues from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Energy and Climate Change on a range of matters.

I have recently announced over 7,500 new cycle spaces at railway stations and 38 new and improved cycle routes, as part of a £30 million package of developments to connect communities, reduce carbon emissions, get people active and make cycling safer and more convenient. This is in addition to the £560 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund to support local authorities in their use of transport to lever growth and cut carbon at the local level. 38 of the first 39 projects awarded funding contain a cycling element, and I expect this number to increase when we announce decisions on Tranche 2 and on large projects this summer.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Apprentices

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her intention to maintain the national minimum wage for agricultural apprentices at a higher level than the normal national minimum wage regardless of the changes to the Agricultural Wages Board. [99794]

Mr Paice: The Government believe that the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board will remove a regulatory and administrative burden from farmers. Decisions on the future of the board will take account of the legislative process.

However, in the absence of the Agricultural Wages Board, the Low Pay Commission would be asked to incorporate consideration of the agricultural sectors in setting the adult national minimum wage rate and the other rates for young people, including apprentices, and the accommodation offset rate.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects Natural England to issue licences for badger culling; and how such licences will be issued. [101399]

Mr Paice: Groups of farmers in the two pilot areas of West Gloucestershire and West Somerset are now able to apply to Natural England for licences to cull badgers to control bovine TB in cattle. Natural England will

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assess whether the application meets the licensing criteria which DEFRA has set out in its Guidance to Natural England. The guidance is available at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb13692-bovinetb-guidance-ne.pdf

We expect these licences to be issued later in the spring if the licensing criteria are met.

Droughts

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of drought in the East and West of England on food prices. [99785]

Mr Paice: We continue to monitor the situation for a number of crops, production of which could be affected by drought conditions in England, including grains, horticultural produce and potatoes. We do not currently expect drought in the East or West of England to contribute to upward pressure on consumer prices as there are many factors to be considered. However, we recognise that if there is significant dry weather in other parts of Europe or further afield, we could see some price rises on individual products.

Farmers

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect the reduction in annual investment allowance will have on farmers. [100453]

Mr Gauke: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

Over 95% of businesses are expected to be unaffected by the changes to the annual investment allowance (AIA). The reductions in the AIA were part of a package of measures to fund reductions in the main rate of corporation tax and the small profits rate.

Due to limited data availability, it is not possible to assess the impact of the AIA reduction on the farming sector. The overall package reduces the tax burden on business.

Food Procurement

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of food procured by her Department (a) meets the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering and (b) is from British sources. [99781]

Mr Paice: DEFRA's current catering contract was awarded on 16 May 2011 and is now fully complying with the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering.

Data provided by our caterers show that between May and September 2011 food sourced from the UK under the contract was:

Meat: 43.5%

Poultry: 67.1%

Fruit and Veg: 23.3% of total, 38.5% of indigenous.

In the period between September and December 2011 this had increased to:

Meat: 57% (including 100% beef, 100% fresh pork joints)

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Poultry: 90%

Fruit and Veg: 96% of indigenous, in-season products (not including potatoes)

Potatoes: 17% (of which 100% of fresh potatoes are sourced from the UK)

And in total 61% by value of the food provided was sourced from the UK.

The figures for the current catering contract are representative of the whole of DEFRA, including offices in Workington, Newcastle, York (Sand Hutton), York (Kings Pool), Worcester, London (Nobel House), London (DECC at Whitehall), Weybridge and Lowestoft, in all of which the caterer trades from the premises on a largely unsubsidised, commercial basis.

Public Forest Estate

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of Forestry Commission England replanting on the public forest estate is with (a) monocultures and (b) intimate mixtures of species. [98999]

Mr Paice: Details of restocking after felling on the public forest estate are held on the Forestry Commission's sub-compartment database. The average restocked sub-compartment over the last 10 years was 2.9 hectares. A single species of broadleaf or conifer was planted on 71% of the area and a mixture of species, broadleaf, conifer or both, on the other 29%. A number of sub-compartments may combine to form a single restocked area.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) cost of establishing and (b) area of replanting conifer on the public forest estate in England; and what estimate she has made of the likely long-term financial returns from such replanting. [99001]

Mr Paice: The cost of establishment of conifer restocking varies considerably between sites depending on site- specific conditions and is incurred over a number of years. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2010-11, 1,139 hectares were restocked with conifers.

Long-term financial returns from such replanting have not been estimated as these will depend on a number of factors, including global markets, future demand for timber and timber prices.

International Development

Bangladesh

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what representations his Department has received concerning the Phulbari coal project in Bangladesh in each year since 2006; [101166]

(2) what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held with GCM Resources plc since 2006; [101167]

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(3) whether his Department has recently had discussions with GCM Resources plc concerning the Phulbari coal project in Bangladesh. [101168]

Mr Duncan: The Department for International Development (DFID) is not involved in any discussions on the Phulbari mine with either GCM Resources plc or the Government of Bangladesh. We have recently answered correspondence from GCM Resources plc on the matter, restating DFID's position that we are not involved in the issue of the Phulbari mine.

DFID received a representation from NGOs in London last year, at official level. As far as we are aware, this is the only representation on the project that we have received. We have received correspondence on the matter, both from those opposed to the mine, including campaign letters, and those in favour of the mine.

Mining

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his policy is on support for projects that involve open-pit coal mining; [101279]

(2) whether his Department has recently made an assessment of the potential effect of open-pit mining in Bangladesh on (a) the environment and (b) human rights. [101169]


Mr Duncan: Open-pit mines have been financed in the past by some of the funding instruments the Department for International Development (DFID) supports, for example through the World Bank. These instruments conduct robust environmental impact assessments before agreeing to support any open-pit coal mine.

DFID supports countries to improve the management of their mining sectors so as to maximise the benefits for growth and development. For example, in Sierra Leone, the UK supports a new National Minerals Agency which aims to help raise $2.4 billion in additional government revenues from mining by 2021. The Government of Bangladesh and others have undertaken some assessments of the potential impact of open-cast mining. DFID has not carried out a separate assessment. Whether or not to allow open-cast mining at Phulbari or elsewhere is a decision that only the Government of Bangladesh can make, but all environmental and human rights issues must be addressed.

Palestinians

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of aid to the Palestinian Territories. [101372]

Mr Duncan: Through our programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, UK aid is building the institutions of a future Palestinian state, promoting growth and supporting vulnerable Palestinians. In 2010-11 UK aid paid for 5,466 children to go to primary school, provided skilled personal to deliver 2,213 live births in Palestinian Authority hospitals, and supported 4,825 vulnerable households through social safety net payments.

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Most donors in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including the UK, align their programmes to the Palestinian Authority's ‘Palestinian National Development Plan 2011-13’. The Palestinian Authority is currently assessing progress at the country level against commitments under the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. We expect this report to be published soon.

Treasury

Council Tax Benefits

Ms Buck: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households incurred marginal rates of deduction in excess of (a) 60, (b) 70, (c) 80, (d) 90 and (e) 100% in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12; and how many households are projected to incur marginal rates of deduction at each level in (A) 2012-13 and (B) 2013-14. [101529]

Miss Chloe Smith: Table A3 in Annex A of the June Budget 2010 set out estimates of the number of families subject to marginal deduction rates in excess of 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% for 2010-11 and 2011-12. For 2012-13 and 2013-14 estimates have not been produced, and to produce these would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold. However estimates of marginal deduction rates for example individuals are available, and can be found in Table B.2 in Annex B of Budget 2012.

Feed-in Tariffs: Renewable Energy

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2012 from the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Official Report, column 116W, on additional funding for the feed-in-tariff scheme, whether his Department has formally approved the use of 20 per cent. headroom. [101373]

Miss Chloe Smith: The control framework for DECC levy-funded spending sets out the arrangements for agreement between Departments including the circumstances under which approval is required. These can be found on the HM Treasury website at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/psr_controlframework_decc.htm

Treasury and DECC officials have regular discussions on this basis.

Revenue and Customs: Telford

David Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which HM Revenue and Customs buildings located in Telford have been transferred to providers of IT services under the Aspire contract; [101025]

(2) whether Aspire is permitted to carry out any non-HM Revenue and Customs work from premises in Telford; [101026]

(3) whether HM Revenue and Customs is allowed to take up any spare office accommodation in its premises in Telford; [101027]

(4) whether HM Revenue and Customs is contributing to the lease costs for its buildings in Telford directly or indirectly through the Aspire contract. [101028]

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Mr Gauke: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has assigned the leasehold interests in Plaza 1, Plaza 2, Coalport 1, Coalport 2 and St James House in Telford to providers of IT services under the Aspire contract. HMRC did not occupy space in these buildings and following the transfer of the leases to Aspire, HMRC no longer has an interest in these properties.

Aspire is permitted to carry out non-HMRC work from premises in Telford provided they satisfy security and licence requirements.

HMRC is able to occupy any office accommodation within its premises in Telford that it has retained on its estate.

HMRC does contribute to the lease costs of HMRC buildings occupied by Aspire staff in Telford through the Aspire contract. HMRC pay a fixed charge as part of the Aspire invoice. The lease costs of the buildings in Telford occupied by HMRC staff are paid by HMRC and are not part of the Aspire contract.

David Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost-benefit analysis his Department has completed on the potential of HM Revenue and Customs and the Land Registry to share office accommodation in Telford;

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and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such analysis. [101029]

Mr Gauke: HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have not undertaken any cost-benefit analysis on the potential for HMRC to share office accommodation with the Land Registry in Telford.

David Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff (a) at each grade, (b) in each business stream and (c) at each site were directly employed by HM Revenue and Customs in Telford constituency as at 1 January 2012; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures in March 2015. [101030]

Mr Gauke: The number of staff employed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Telford at 31 December 2011, broken down by site, grade and business stream is shown in the following table.

By 2015, HMRC will be operating with 56,000 full-time equivalent posts (FTE), 10,000 fewer than in April 2011 and HMRC's plans on just what work will be undertaken and where are still being developed. However, I can tell the hon. Member that Telford is one of 16 key centres where HMRC has confirmed it will maintain a long-term presence until at least 2020.

Office name Directorate SCS Gr 6 Gr 7 FS SO HO O AO AA Total

Abbey House Telford

Benefits and Credits

6

1

7

Abbey House Telford

Business Tax

1

1

Abbey House Telford

Corporate Services

1

1

Abbey House Telford

Enforcement and Compliance

1

1

1

9

15

23

34

8

92

Addenbrooke House

Business Tax

2

2

Addenbrooke House

Corporate Services

6

14

36

38

12

8

1

115

Addenbrooke House

Enforcement and Compliance

1

3

1

1

1

7

Addenbrooke House

Personal Tax

3

3

1

7

Denby House

Corporate Services

1

6

9

1

6

4

2

1

30

Hollinswood House

Corporate Services

1

3

7

4

14

1

30

Kelsall House

Corporate Services

3

11

19

2

1

36

Kelsall House

Enforcement and Compliance

1

1

1

4

4

14

1

26

Kelsall House

Personal Tax

5

9

13

13

14

3

3

60

Matheson House

Corporate Services

1

2

6

9

Reynolds House

Business Tax

1

1

Reynolds House

Corporate Services

7

11

24

55

61

21

14

3

196

Reynolds House

Personal Tax

1

3

1

5

St James House Telford

Corporate Services

2

2

6

4

1

15

                       

Total

 

10

36

68

1

156

170

117

63

19

640

VAT: Disability

Alun Cairns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the scope for abuse of the disability VAT exemption for the purchase of motor homes; and what steps he is taking to tackle any such abuse. [101082]

Mr Gauke: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is investigating the use of the zero-rate relief on adapted motor vehicles for wheelchair users and has established that the exemption is open to abuse. As announced at Budget 2012, a voluntary scheme is to be introduced for suppliers of adapted motor vehicles to provide information about sales of zero-rated vehicles to HMRC. HMRC will use the information to help to understand how the relief is used and, if appropriate, to identify options for change.

HMRC will continue to deal with individual cases of abuse as they are identified.

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Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Pricing

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Ministers in the Welsh Government on the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol. [101160]

James Brokenshire: Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. It is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Crime Prevention: EU Action

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which EU member states the Joint Investigation Team established in 2011 to combat carbon credit fraud has operated. [97899]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 5 March 2012]: The UK is not involved in any Joint Investigation Team in this area and I am therefore not in a position to comment.

Flowers

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants between May 2010 and February 2012. [101432]

Damian Green: Information on spend on pot plants and cut flowers is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Freezing Orders

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of (a) assets frozen by UK authorities and (b) frozen assets held by UK authorities in each of the last 10 years; and how many individuals were made subject to asset freezing orders in each such year. [97900]

James Brokenshire [holdin g answer 5 March 2012]:The information extracted from the Joint Asset Recovery Database (JARD) is as follows:

Total value of Asset Restraining Orders obtained in the UK
  £

2001-02

73,475,000.00

2002-03

88,550,000.00

2003-04

227,866,528.00

2004-05

379,400,415.00

2005-06

645,854,479.00

2006-07

610,438,957.00

2007-08

871,967,286.00

2008-09

917,222,677.00

2009-10

686,116,042.00

2010-11

861,552,195.00

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Total value of Asset Restraining Orders obtained in the UK in respect of UK based assets only
  £

2001-02

55,044,342.18

2002-03

55,126,835.81

2003-04

223,131,328.09

2004-05

354,422,435.71

2005-06

629,366,589.26

2006-07

352,305,185.19

2007-08

863,224,204.10

2008-09

905,699,501.14

2009-10

682,707,327.56

2010-11

855,558,108.49

Number of Asset Restraining Orders
  Number

2001-02

107

2002-03

106

2003-04

315

2004-05

775

2005-06

1,133

2006-07

1,222

2007-08

1,629

2008-09

1,937

2009-10

1,731

2010-11

1,885

A restraint order can be made against a person's entire assets even though these are not known or precisely valued. Therefore, the values given in all respects are estimates. With regard to the number of individuals, the figures provided in the table set out the number of cases in which assets were restrained, but an individual case may have proceeds restrained, not only in respect of the defendant, but also, for example, family members and associates.

Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers are on the Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking. [101477]

Damian Green: The interdepartmental ministerial group is comprised of the following Ministers:

Damian Green, Minister of State for Immigration, Home Office;

Lynne Featherstone, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities and Criminal Information, Home Office;

Crispin Blunt, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Ministry of Justice;

Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education;

Anne Milton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health;

Norman Lamb, Minister for Employment Relations, Customer and Postal Affairs, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills;

Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions;

Baroness Hanham, Department for Communities and Local Government;

Stephen O'Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Department for International Development;

Jeremy Brown, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office;

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Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scotland;

Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities, Wales;

David Ford, Minister of Justice, Northern Ireland;

Edward Gamier, Solicitor-General.

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates the Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking has met since May 2010. [101478]

Damian Green: The Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking met on 17 February 2011 and 11 October 2011. It is scheduled to meet again in April 2012.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer the hon. Member for Harrow West's letter about the answering of a parliamentary question on senior staff being paid through a private company. [97050]

Damian Green [holding answer 27 February 2012]: I refer the hon. Member to the Department's letter of 12 March 2012, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Parking

Steve Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce further details of her proposal to introduce a new system of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency-accredited parking management companies to regulate parking on private land. [101044]

Mike Penning: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Transport.

It is already the case that any private car parking management company requesting information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency must be a member of an accredited trade association.

Police Complaints Commissioner

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Independent Police Complaints Commissioner on accountability for contracted-out services for police authorities. [99197]

Nick Herbert: The Home Office is discussing with the Independent Police Complaints Commission the appropriate extent of the Commission's remit in respect of private sector contractors working in policing and will continue to keep this under review.

UK Border Agency

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits to UK ports and airports the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency has conducted since September 2011; and to which locations. [97989]

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Damian Green: Home Office officials have meetings with a wide variety of partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.