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Government Contracts: Political Affiliation

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed in any capacity by (i) the Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) the Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised. [107104]

Norman Lamb: We do not request this type of information as part of our (a) grant award and (b) contract award processes and as a consequence the Department does not hold this information.

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Consumer Focus

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with interested parties on the new arrangements for the responsibilities of Consumer Focus. [107932]

Norman Lamb: In both the lead up to our announcement in April 2012 and while considering the way forward last year, I and my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, have met jointly and separately with those stakeholders with a key interest in our proposals to change and streamline the consumer landscape, including Citizens Advice, Consumer Focus and Which?

Consumer Focus and Office of Fair Trading

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provided to (a) Consumer Focus and (b) the Office of Fair Trading in the latest period for which figures are available. [107931]

Norman Lamb: In the financial year 2011-12, BIS provided £11,229,000 funding to Consumer Focus. In the same financial year BIS has so far provided the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with funding of £555,769.58 to end-December 2011. BIS funding to OFT pays for the cost of energy and postal calls and contacts received by Consumer Direct. A final quarter payment to OFT covering the period January to March 2012 is expected to be in the region of £200,000 once final out-turn call figures for that quarter are confirmed.

Credit

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that oversight of consumer credit is maintained during the proposed transition to the Financial Conduct Authority; and what steps he is taking to ensure that unscrupulous lenders or debt management providers cannot profit from the changes. [106887]

Norman Lamb: The Government are committed to ensuring the continued effectiveness of consumer credit regulation during the transition to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The Office of Fair Trading remains responsible for regulating consumer credit during the transition and it will continue its important work to tackle those practices that cause harm to consumers and to drive up standards in the market. This work includes the recently published revised guidance on the standards it expects from firms offering debt advice or credit repair services to debtors and the review of payday lenders' compliance with its Irresponsible Lending Guidance.

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill will include provisions for the submission of (a) third party evidence and (b) evidence given anonymously. [107970]

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Norman Lamb: The Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill allows for the adjudicator to consider third party evidence, both when deciding whether to initiate an investigation and as part of an ongoing investigation. The Bill also requires the adjudicator to protect the confidentiality of complainants.

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had to discuss the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator. [107972]

Norman Lamb: I have met with representatives of both suppliers and retailers to discuss the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator, as well as discussing it with hon. Members and Peers, most recently at a parliamentary briefing session on 14 May 2012. BIS officials have similarly met with representatives of suppliers and retailers and with officials elsewhere in Government with an interest in the proposed adjudicator.

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill will include provisions for retailers to be fined if they do not comply with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. [107971]

Norman Lamb: The Bill includes a provision allowing the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), to make an Order giving the adjudicator the power to fine. This will allow financial penalties to be introduced if the Secretary of State does not consider the adjudicator's other powers to have been sufficient to uphold the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Overseas Trade

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the survey by the British Chambers of Commerce entitled “Exporting is Good for Britain: Social Connections”, what steps his Department plans to take to encourage collaboration and networking of UK businesses with international partners. [106533]

Mr Prisk: UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK.

The economic rationale for UKTI services includes acting as an intermediary in identifying international partners for UK businesses. Therefore, its activities, services, help and advice, both in the UK and overseas, are geared towards helping UK companies to collaborate and network with international partners.

UKTI has a major role to play in helping to deliver the Government's ambition to get 100,000 more UK businesses exporting, and to increase to £1 trillion the value of UK exports by 2020. But UKTI cannot deliver its contribution to this objective alone, and therefore is working with a range of delivery partners and other

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private sector organisations, including the British Chambers of Commerce, to reach out to many more businesses in the UK.

Details of what more UKTI is planning to do are set out in its strategy “Britain Open for Business”, which was launched in May 2011. The UKTI website gives further information on UKTI services and its strategy:

www.ukti.gov.uk

Railways: Radlett

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answers of 1 May 2012, Official Report, columns 1401-2, on railways: freight and railways: Radlett, which private company contacted the Department regarding the Radlett strategic railfreight interchange; who attended the roundtable with representatives with the logistics sector; and whether the Radlett railfreight interchange was discussed at the roundtable with representatives from the logistics sector. [106941]

Mr Prisk: In November 2011, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable) received correspondence about the St Albans Strategic Railfreight Interchange from Community Connect Ltd, on behalf of their client Helioslough.

Aside from officials, representatives from the following companies attended the roundtable in August 2011:

Ford

Bibby Distribution

Kimberley Clarke Corporation

Skills for Logistics

Goodman

Wincanton

Nisa-Todays

Wilson James

Nissan.

The Radlett Railfreight Interchange was not discussed.

Supermarkets: Competition

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on potential improvements to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. [107946]

Norman Lamb: The Office of Fair Trading oversees the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and representations regarding changes to it should be made to them. Issues relating to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice have been raised as part of my discussions on the Groceries Code Adjudicator with suppliers, retailers, hon. Members and peers.

Technology: Greater London

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the progress made by the East London Tech City. [107042]

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Mr Prisk: A full assessment of the objectives and results of UKTI's Tech City Investment Organisation is given in its impact report dated May 2012:

https://www.techcityuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/TCIO_Impact_Report.pdf

I will place a copy of the report in the Libraries of the House.

Telephone Services

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many call centres provide services for his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible; and how many such call centres are based abroad. [107022]

Norman Lamb: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has one call centre, situated in London, which answers all calls for the Department and for UK Trade and Investment and the UK Space Agency.

All other BIS partner organisations, of which there are 56, have their own local facilities for receiving calls, all based in the UK.

UK Export Finance

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the names are of all existing and past clients of UK Export Finance for which records are available. [106917]

Norman Lamb: Clients are companies for which UK Export Finance has supported an export contract through the provision of credit insurance or guarantees to banks who provide loans to finance export contracts by UK exporters.

The following information lists clients since 2000-01 financial year to date. For reasons of commercial confidentiality, some clients have been withheld.

Exporter

Aedas Architects Ltd

Aeromatic Fielder Ltd

Air Products plc

Airbus Financial Services

Alderley Systems Ltd

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Alstom Power Ltd

Alvis plc

Angloco Ltd

Apollo Sheeters Ltd

Asmag UK Ltd

Astrium Ltd

BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd

Balcke Marley UK Ltd

Balfour Beatty Construction International Ltd

Battenfeld Gloucester Europe Ltd

Bombardier Incorporated

BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd

Brackett Green Ltd

Brecknell, Willis & Co. Ltd

Caley Ocean Systems Ltd

Capital Valves Ltd

Carillion Construction Ltd

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Caterpillar UK Ltd

Cementation Skanska

Chinook Sciences Ltd

Cleveland Potash Ltd

Clyde Union Holdings

Contained Air Solutions Ltd

Corus UK Ltd

Cri Catalyst Company UK Ltd

Crown Agents Services Ltd

Dennis Specialist Vehicles Ltd

Diamond Offshore Drilling UK Ltd

Doncasters Middle East Ltd

Dunlop Oil & Marine Ltd

ES Group Ltd

Europa Crown Ltd

European Marine Contractors Ltd

Fairbak Brearley Ltd

Faun Municipal Vehicles Ltd

Fernau Avionics Ltd

Findel Education Ltd

FIRA International Ltd

Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd

Flakt Woods Ltd

Fluor Ltd

Foster Wheeler (GB) Ltd

Gall Thomson Environmental plc

Gateway (Textile) Ltd

GEA Process Engineering Ltd

Gentec Energy plc

Graham & Brown Ltd

Greys Exports Ltd

Guralp Systems Ltd

Hawker Beechcraft Inc.

Hydroflow Europe Ltd

Invsat Ltd

John Gordon Ltd

Johnson Matthey plc

Joy Mining Machinery Ltd

Kellogg Brown & Root Ltd

Kelton Engineering Ltd

Kier International Ltd

Koch Chemical Technology Group Ltd

Lagan International Ltd

Leafield Logistics And Technical Services Ltd

M W Kellogg Ltd

Mabey & Johnson Ltd

MAN B&W Diesel Ltd

MAN Ltd

Marlborough Communications Ltd

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd

MBDA UK Ltd

Mivan Ltd

Motherwell Bridge Engineering Ltd

Motorola Ltd

MRB Schumag Ltd

Northey Technologies Ltd

NSG Exports Ltd

Odebrecht Oil and Gas Services Ltd

Omega Foundry Machinery Ltd

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Perry Slingsby Systems Ltd

Pipeline Tube And Casing Ltd

PW Ltd

Reviss Services UK Ltd

Rolls Wood Group (Repair and Overhaul) Ltd

Rolls-Royce plc

Salzgitter Mannesmann UK Ltd

Saywell International Ltd

Securon (Amersham) Ltd

Sedgewall Communications Group Ltd

Sembcorp Simon-Carves Ltd

Shell Research Ltd

Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd

Sir William Halcrow & Partners Ltd

SLP Engineering Ltd

SMS Mevac UK Ltd

Snamprogetti Ltd

Stage Technologies

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Telspec Europe Ltd

TES (NI) Ltd

Tetronics Ltd

Thales ATM Ltd

The Football Association Premier League Ltd

Traffic Safety Systems Ltd

UTM Ltd

VAI Industries Ltd

Vikoma International Ltd

Voith Paper Ltd

Volvo Bus Exports (U.K.) Ltd

VT Shipbuilding International Ltd

VWS Westgarth Ltd

Weir Westgarth Ltd

Wellstream Ltd

Welltrade Services Ltd

WRG Creative Communications Ltd

York International Ltd

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much UK Export Finance has paid out as liability in each year for which figures are available. [106918]

Norman Lamb: Liability is sums paid out to exporters and banks by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in respect of claims made under credit insurance policies and bank guarantees. The following table lists claims paid by financial year since 1991/92 to date.

£ million
Financial year Account 2 (Business supported since 1991) Account 1 (Business supported prior to 1991)

1991/92

0

954

1992/93

0

734

1993/94

3

509

1994/95

29

393

1995/96

25

270

1996/97

32

205

1997/98

17

142

1998/99

45

98

1999/2000

214

81

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2000/01

254

44

2001/02

223

27

2002/03

226

36

2003/04

205

12

2004/05

89

0

2005/06

79

5

2006/07

61

0

2007/08

59

0

2008/09

44

0

2009/10

48

0

2010/11

30

0

2011/12

6

0

     

Total since 1 April 1991

-1,689

-3,510

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the economic benefit to the UK of applications for UK Export Finance support. [106919]

Norman Lamb: No recent assessment has been made of the economic benefit of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's (ECGD), support to the UK. ECGD's statutory function is to support exports and overseas investment and in doing so it enables companies to fulfil export contracts which help secure employment and create wealth, including companies in the supply chains of those exporters who directly receive support. In the last 10 years, ECGD has met financial objectives set for it by HM Treasury.

Cabinet Office

Cancer

Mr Arbuthnot: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) incidence, (b) mortality and (c) survival rates are for (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) low-grade cancers of the brain and central nervous system. [107750]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the (a) incidence, (b) mortality and (c) survival rates are for (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) low-grade cancers of the brain and central nervous system. [107750]

Detailed information about secondary and low-grade cancers are not routinely recorded on individual cancer registrations sent to ONS for processing and publishing as National Statistics. For this reason it is not possible to:

1) Provide (a) incidence, (b) mortality and (c) survival rates for (ii) secondary cancers of the brain and central nervous system.

2) Provide (a) incidence, (b) mortality and (c) survival rates for (iii) low grade cancers of the brain and central nervous system.

ONS publish one and five-year cancer relative survival (percentage) for England, for the 21 common cancers. Cancer of the central nervous system is not one of the 21 common cancers, therefore survival figures for the central nervous system are not routinely available.

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Tables 1 and 2 provide the latest (a) age standardised incidence rates and (b) age standardised mortality rates for (i) primary cancers of the brain and central nervous system, for persons resident in England. Table 3 provides the latest one- and five-year survival figures for brain cancer, also for persons resident in England.

The latest published figures on incidence of cancer in England are available on the National Statistics website:

ixhttp://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html? definition=tcm%3A77-27451

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The latest published figures on cancer mortality in England and Wales are available on the National Statistics website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/mortality-statistics--deaths-registered-in-england-and-wales--series-dr-/index.html

The latest published figures on cancer survival in England are available on the National Statistics website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html? definition=tcm%3A77-21521

Table 1: Number of newly diagnosed cases and incidence rates (with 95% confidence intervals) for malignant neoplasm of the brain and central nervous system, England, 2010 (1,2,3,4,5)
  Rate Lower confidence interval Upper confidence interval Cases

Malignant neoplasm of brain

6.44

6.24

6.64

3,935

Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system

0.19

0.15

0.23

98

(1)Figures are for cases registered in the calendar year and exclude non-residents. (2) Cancer of the brain and the central nervous system was defined using the International Classification of Diseases: Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C71 and C72 respectively. (3) Age-standardised rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages. (4 )Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures. (5) Figures are based on boundaries as of February 2012. Source: Office for National Statistics
Table 2: Number of deaths and mortality rates (with 95% confidence intervals) for malignant neoplasm of the brain and central nervous system, England, 2010 (1,2,3,4,5)
  Rate Lower confidence interval Upper confidence interval Deaths

Malignant neoplasm of brain

5.01

4.83

5.18

3,200

Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system

0.03

0.01

0.04

16

(1) Figures are for deaths registered in the calendar year and exclude non-residents. (2 )Underlying cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases. Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C7I and C72. (3)Age-standardised rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages. (4) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures. (5) Figures are based on boundaries as of February 2012. Source: Office for National Statistics
        One-year survival Five-year survival
Cancer Sex Age group Number of patients % 95%C1 % 95%CI

Brain

Persons

Age-standardised

17,060

41.5

40.8

42.2

(1)

(1)

(1)

   

Un-standardised

 

35.7

34.9

36.4

15.2

14.5

15.9

   

15-39

2,159

84.8

83.2

86.2

56.7

53.9

59.4

   

40-49

1,826

65.2

63.0

67.4

33.1

30.4

35.9

   

50-59

3,087

44.6

42.8

46.3

10.7

9.2

12.2

   

60-69

4,323

27.3

26.0

28.7

5.3

4.4

6.4

   

70-79

3,741

9.0

8.1

10.0

2.0

1.4

2.7

   

80-99

1,924

3.3

2.6

4.2

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1) ( )Not possible to estimate. Notes: 1. Relative survival is the probability of survival (shown here as a percentage) after correction for other causes of death. 2. Because cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, the summary survival estimates for all ages combined (15-99 years) have been age-standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time. 3. Brain cancer was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C7I. 4. Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures. 5. It is not possible to give an age-standardised figure if there are too few patients in a given age group to provide a reliable survival estimate or if very few patients actually died in one of the intervals of time since diagnosis in which survival was estimated. That may happen because survival is very high (there are very few deaths) or because it is very low (most of the patients died). These figures refer to the unstandardised survival. Source: Office for National Statistics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Government Departments

Ian Austin: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government offices, locations and facilities based in the UK have over 1,000 registered members of staff. [107572]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking which Government offices, locations and facilities have over 1,000 registered members of staff and are based in the UK.

Civil Service Statistics are published annually by the Office for National Statistics on the National Statistics website. Statistics relating to the Civil Service are available, with complete coverage of the Civil Service, from 2007 through to 2011 inclusive.

Two Excel spreadsheets have been provided, copies of which have been placed in the libraries of the House, containing information about Government departments with a headcount of over 1,000 employees and geographical locations where Government departments have a headcount of over 1,000 employees.

Government Departments: Databases

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the G-Cloud service will be comparable in terms of (a) security and (b) availability to the services it will replace. [107834]

Mr Maude: The G-Cloud programme will not be replacing any services as it is not a single, Government- owned, entity.

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1175W, on Government Departments: databases, what the time frame is for the delivery of savings of £340 million by the G-Cloud programme. [107835]

Mr Maude: The savings of £340 million will be delivered over the spending review period.

Government Departments: ICT

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what date he expects to publish his Green ICT Strategy Report. [107818]

Mr Maude: Shortly.

Households: Expenditure

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much of the expenditure of an average household was made up of expenditure on self-storage facilities, hot and cold food consumed on the supplier's premises, sports drinks and holiday caravans in the last period for which figures are available. [108013]

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

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Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking Her Majesty's Government how much expenditure of an average household is made up of expenditure on self-storage facilities, hot and cold food consumed on the supplier's premises, sports drinks and holiday caravans. (108013)

The categorisation used by the Living Costs and Food Survey does not allow expenditure to be presented exactly as asked. The closest available category to spending on storage facilities is: moving and storage of furniture, which is defined as one of the expenses associated with moving house. Average household weekly expenditure in this category was estimated at £0.30 in 2010.

Average household expenditure on restaurant and cafe meals (including soft drinks) was £14.00 per week. Expenditure on canteens, including school meals and meals bought and eaten in the workplace, including soft drinks, was £1.80 per week. Combining these categories gives a total of £15.80 spent.

Sports drinks are not separately categorised, and the closest available category is expenditure on soft drinks. Average weekly household expenditure on soft drinks bought from take away venues was £0.80, and from shops and other outlets for consumption off premises was £1.80, giving a total of £2.60. It should be noted that these figures exclude expenditure on soft drinks bought in restaurants and cafes.

The closest available category to expenditure on holiday caravans is expenditure on: purchase of caravans and mobile homes (including decoration). Expenditure on this category averaged £1.80 in 2010.

These estimates are based on data from the Living Costs and Food Survey, an annual survey of approximately 5,000 private households in the UK. As the survey covers only private households, people living in hostels, hotels, boarding houses or institutions are excluded.

The estimate, as with any involving sample surveys, is subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Life Expectancy

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what projections have been made of life expectancy for (a) males at birth, (b) males at current pensionable age, (c) females at birth and (d) females at current pensionable age for each of the next five decades. [108306]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 16 May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 1 have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, asking what projections have been made of life expectancy for (a) males at birth, (b) males at current pensionable age, (c) females at birth and (d) females at current pensionable age for each of the next five decades. (108306).

Every two years, ONS produces projected period and cohort life expectancy figures for the UK and its constituent countries, based on assumptions for future mortality from the national population projections.

A period life expectancy figure is the average number of additional years a person would live if he or she experienced the age-specific mortality rates of the given area and time period for the rest of their life. So a period life expectancy does not assume improvements in mortality rates after the reference year, whereas a cohort life expectancy takes such improvements into account. For example, period life expectancy at age 60 in 2020 is worked out using the projected mortality rate for age 60 in 2020, for age 61 in 2020, for age 62 in 2020, and so on. Cohort life expectancy is worked out using the projected mortality rate for age 60 in 2020, for age 61 in 2021, for age 62 in 2022, and so on. As with any projection into the future, the further from the projection base year the more uncertain the figures become.

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As well as the principal (central) projection ONS also produces two mortality variant projections, “high life expectancy” and “low life expectancy”, with different assumptions about future improvements in mortality. These variant assumptions are intended as plausible alternatives to the principal assumptions and are not upper or lower limits for future life expectancy.

The table below gives the projected period life expectancy at birth and at State Pension age (SPA) in 2010 for males and females in the United Kingdom, each decade 2010 to 2060. These life expectancy figures are from the 2010-based principal and variant projections, published in October 2011, available on the ONS website at:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html? edition=tcm%3A77-227587

2010-based projected period life expectancy, selected years, United Kingdom
Years
  At birth Age 65 (SPA (1) )
  Low Principal High Low Principal High

Males

           

2010

78.5

78.5

78.5

18.1

18.1

18.1

2020

80.2

80.8

81.5

19.7

20.2

20.6

2030

81.0

82.7

84.3

20.3

21.6

22.9

2040

81.0

84.1

87.1

20.4

22.7

25.0

2050

81.0

85.4

89.8

20.4

23.7

27.3

2060

81.1

86.8

92.5

20.4

24.8

29.5

  At birth Age 60 (SPA (1) )
  Low Principal High Low Principal High

Females

   

2010

82.4

82.4

82.4

24.9

24.9

24.9

2020

84.1

84.5

84.9

26.5

26.8

27.1

2030

85.3

86.3

87.3

27.5

28.4

29.2

2040

85.5

87.6

89.8

27.7

29.5

31.3

2050

85.5

88.8

92.2

27.7

30.5

33.5

2060

85.5

90.1

94.6

27.7

31.6

35.7

(1 )SPA = state pension age at March 2010.

Local Government: Procurement

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department is taking steps to require local authorities to publish procurement contracts on the Contracts Finder website. [107841]

Mr Maude: The Cabinet Office has been working closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government to assist with embedding the use of Contracts Finder within local authorities, and to raise awareness of it.

Since January 2011, central Government Departments have been required to publish on Contracts Finder information on the contracts they award.

Local authorities are not required, but are encouraged, to use Contracts Finder.

Malnutrition

Andy Burnham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many patients died of malnutrition in NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years. [107692]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many patients died of malnutrition in NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years. (107692)

The following tables provide the numbers of deaths in-NHS hospitals where (a) malnutrition was the underlying cause of death (Table 1), and (b) malnutrition or ‘effects of hunger' was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause or as a contributory factor (Table 2), in England and Wales between 2001 and 2010 (the latest available year).

Malnutrition may be recorded as the underlying cause of death, but this is a rare occurrence. The ‘effects of hunger' is never recorded as the underlying cause of death, because it is defined by the International Classification of Diseases as a ‘secondary cause' only. Consequently, deaths with any mention of either of these causes on the death certificate have been provided.

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales each year by sex, age, cause, marital status and place of death are published annually and are available here:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html? definition=tcm%3A77-27475

Table 1: Number of deaths that occurred in NHS hospitals where the underlying cause was malnutrition, England and Wales 2001-2010 (1,2,3,4)
  Deaths

2001

45

2002

56

2003

51

2004

45

2005

45

2006

59

2007

53

2008

42

2009

57

2010

48

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes E40-E46 'Malnutrition'. (2) NHS hospitals include acute or community hospitals but not psychiatric hospitals. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non residents. (4) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Table 2: Number of deaths that occurred in NHS hospitals where malnutrition or effects of hunger were mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales 2001-2010 (1,2,3,4)
  Mentions

2001

195

2002

253

2003

225

2004

222

2005

220

2006

265

2007

267

2008

289

2009

284

2010

301

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases. Tenth Revision where (ICD-10) codes E40-E46 'Malnutrition' or T73.0 'Effects of hunger' were mentioned anywhere on the death certificate either as an underlying cause or contributor factor. (2) NHS hospitals include acute or community hospitals but not psychiatric hospitals. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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Departmental Staff

Frank Dobson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many jobs formerly in his Department and its agencies and non-departmental bodies were transferred to the private sector in 2011-12; [107843]

(2) how many jobs formerly in the Prime Minister's Office were transferred to the private sector in 2011-12. [107842]

Mr Maude: The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

No jobs were transferred from the Cabinet Office, its agencies or non-departmental bodies to the private sector during 2011-12.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the (a) public funding and (b) accountability of a non-departmental body which is reconstituted as a committee of experts under his Department's reforms. [107987]

Mr Maude: Reforms which reconstitute NDPBs as committees of experts are not primarily motivated by a need to make savings but by a desire to make ministers more accountable for decision making.

Committees of experts typically do not employ staff and do not have independent budgets.

Storage

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the expenditure of an average household was accounted for by spending on storage facilities in the latest period for which figures are available. [107682]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the expenditure of an average household was accounted for by spending on storage facilities in the latest period for which figures are available. (107682)

The categorisation used by the Living Costs and Food. Survey does not allow expenditure on storage facilities to be presented separately. The closest available category is: moving and storage of furniture, which is defined as one of the expenses associated with moving house, Average household weekly expenditure in this category was £0.30 in 2010. Total average weekly household expenditure was £473.60, so expenditure on moving and storage of furniture represents less than 0.1 per cent of total expenditure.

This estimate is based on data from the Living Costs and Food Survey, an annual survey of approximately 5,000 private households in the UK. As the survey covers only private households, people living in hostels, hotels, boarding houses or institutions are excluded.

The estimate, as with any involving sample surveys, is subject to a margin of uncertainty.

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VAT

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the likely effect on (a) CPI and (b) RPI inflation of the measures in Budget 2012 relating to the imposition of VAT. [107990]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 18 May 2012:

As Director General of the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the likely effect on CPI and RPI inflation of the measures in Budget 2012 relating to the imposition of VAT [107990].

The March 2012 budget announced that the Government would address anomalous VAT borderlines. These include the application of VAT to self-storage facilities and also, to the extent that it does not already do so, to the sale of hot food, cold food consumed on the suppliers' premises, sports drinks, holiday caravans and to the rental of hairdressers' chairs. These changes impact on the rotisserie chicken and self storage items that are included in the goods and services measured by the CPI and RPI. The estimated effects on the CPI and RPI are to add 0.03 and 0.02 percentage points to the 12-month rates in October 2012.

ONS published this information as part of a wider release on the estimated impact on CPI and RPI of measures announced in the March 2012 budget, previous budgets and pre-budget reports. This is available at

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/cpi/estimated-effect-of-the-budget-on-consumer-prices-index-and-retail-prices-index/spring-2012/estimated-effect-of-the-2012-budget-on-consumer-prices.pdf

Voluntary Organisations

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information his Department holds on the number of voluntary groups there were operating in Newton Abbot constituency in each of the last three years. [107701]

Mr Hurd: The Cabinet Office does not hold such information.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited more than (a) two hours and (b) four hours to be seen by accident and emergency staff at (i) Northwick Park Hospital, (ii) Hillingdon Hospital, (iii) St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and (iv) Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [106970]

Mr Simon Burns: The total numbers of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances during 2010-11 for the trusts covering the specified hospitals are shown in the following table, together with figures showing duration to departure.

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Trust name Total A&E attendances 0-120 minutes to departure 121-240 minutes to departure Over 240 minutes Unknown

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

105,925

51,287

52,482

2,156

0

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

83,624

33,137

48,245

2,150

92

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

172,000

64,112

98,536

9,652

0

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

181,770

72,377

89,066

20,137

190

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics collated by the NHS Information Centre

The total amount of time spent in the A&E department is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is discharged from A&E care. This includes being admitted to hospital, died in the department, discharged with no follow up or discharged—referred to another specialist department.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) in total and (b) in each hospital in London who were admitted to accident and emergency were not seen by a doctor within four hours in the latest period for which figures are available. [107241]

Mr Simon Burns: The information is not available in the format requested. Data for accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for individual London trusts, for overall attendances in the London strategic health authority area, and for overall attendances in England during 2010-11 are shown in the following table. All figures are for where duration to departure from A&E was greater than four hours rather than when patients were seen by a doctor.

Trust name Number of attendances

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

17,090

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

4,005

Bart's and the London NHS Trust

12,951

Brent Urgent Care Centre—Central Middlesex Hospital

95

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

11,487

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2,150

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

2,433

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

13,969

East London NHS Foundation Trust

24

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

4,077

Greenwich Teaching PCT

22

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

10,235

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6,392

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

20,137

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6,259

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

2,430

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

2,016

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

620

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

4,190

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

4,193

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

9,652

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

5,472

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

20,477

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

4,994

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2,156

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

2,520

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,577

Wandsworth Primary Care Trust

53

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2,370

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

5,409

London total

179,155

England total

912,829

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre

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Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients admitted to A&E at (a) Northwick Park hospital and (b) other hospitals in London spent time on a trolley while waiting for a bed in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [107696]

Mr Simon Burns: The information is not collected centrally.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at the accident and emergency departments run by the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [107758]

Mr Simon Burns: During 2011-12, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust recorded a total of 210,525 attendances at accident and emergency.

Source: Unify2 data collection WSitA&E

AIDS

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on AIDS research in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he expects to spend in 2012-13. [107237]

Mr Simon Burns: Expenditure by the Department through research programmes, research centres and units, and research training awards on research, on HIV and AIDS is shown in the following table.

  HIV and AIDS (£ million)

2010-11

4.8

2011-12

4.3

In addition, the Department supports research on HIV and AIDS through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network

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(CRN). Spend on these topics cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure.

Expenditure in 2012-13 on research on HIV and AIDS depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity. The usual practice of the NIHR is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including HIV and AIDS. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of each age under the age of 16 have been treated for alcohol related health problems in each of the last five years. [107712]

Anne Milton: The information is not available in the format requested.

The information on numbers of admissions to hospital for alcohol-related illnesses for young people under 16 is in the following table. (See conditions included in the notes.)

This does not include treatments in the community for such illnesses, for which information is not collected centrally.

This also does not include numbers In specialist treatment for alcohol misuse or other substance misuse. Table 4.2 of the National Treatment Agency annual report “Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS), Statistics relating to young people” December 2011, provides national figures (2005-06 to 2010-11) for under 18s treated primarily for an alcohol problem, but this information is not available broken down by age.

A copy of the “Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS), Statistics relating to young people” December 2011 has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/ypannualreport-statistical reportfinal.pdf

Count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) (1) with a primary diagnosis of an alcohol related illness (2) or a cause code of alcohol (3) for people aged 16 and under for the years 2006-07 to 2010-11 (4)
Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Age 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

0

7

3

6

4

6

1

26

24

29

25

15

2

25

21

21

30

18

3

15

18

11

5

7

4

4

3

6

5

5

5

12

6

2

5

3

6

7

7

1

1

7

5

8

6

1

3

8

3

9

7

5

4

9

15

12

13

7

2

10

20

22

14

18

13

11

68

41

51

31

32

12

239

239

145

161

114

13

679

628

480

481

378

14

1,255

1,112

914

928

704

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15

1,342

1,190

977

973

773

(1) Finished admissions episodes A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2) Primary diagnosis The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital. ICD-10 Codes used: E24.4—Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing's syndrome F10—Mental and behavioural disorders due to the use of alcohol G31.2—Degradation of nervous system due to alcohol G62.1—Alcoholic polyneuropathy G72.1—Alcoholic myopathy I42.6—Alcoholic cardiomyopathy K29.2—Alcoholic gastritis K70—Alcoholic liver disease K86.0—Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis T51—Toxic effect of alcohol (3) Cause code A supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in HES. ICD-10 Codes used: X45—Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol X65—Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol (4) Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data, quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Z50.2—Alcohol rehabilitation Z72.1—Problems related to lifestyle, Alcohol use Data quality: HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Ambulance Services: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operational ambulances were owned by the London Ambulance Service in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how many are expected to be owned in 2012-13; and how many (i) managerial and (ii) (A) paramedics and (B) other non-managerial staff (1) worked for and (2) are expected to work for the Service. [107697]

Mr Simon Burns: It is the responsibility of individual ambulance trusts to ensure that adequate ambulance resources are available to all patients in their area. The Department considers this is an operational matter for ambulance services.

Information on the number of ambulances operated by each national health service ambulance trust is not held centrally.

The following table sets out the staff numbers at the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. It is for individual trusts to plan their work force numbers.

NHS hospital and community health services: Non-medical staff in the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust by main staff group and by level as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
  2010 2011

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

4,939

4,821

     

Qualified ambulance service staff:

3,223

3,123

Manager

243

255

Emergency Care Practitioner

63

2

Ambulance Paramedic

1,812

1,947

Ambulance Technician

1,105

919

     

Support to ambulance staff:

1,113

1,088

Ambulance Personnel

525

519

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Trainee Ambulance Technician

57

75

Clerical and administrative

531

494

     

NHS infrastructure support:

604

611

Central functions

374

382

Clerical and administrative

374

382

Hotel, property and estates

91

91

Clerical and administrative

8

6

Estates (maintenance and works)

83

85

Managers and senior managers

139

138

Senior manager

48

48

Manager

91

90

Notes: 1. The drop in Emergency Care Practitioners numbers and rise in Ambulance Paramedic figures may be due to data cleansing and subsequent staff recoding. 2. Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components. 3. The new headcount methodology from 2010 onwards 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 Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce census

Cancer

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department intends to issue to clinical commissioning groups to ensure that they draw upon existing expertise held within cancer networks when developing their commissioning plans; [106876]

(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that expertise currently held within cancer networks will not be lost following the introduction of the proposed new clinical networks structure; [106906]

(3) what steps he is taking to ensure that the restructuring of cancer networks to cover larger population areas will not result in a loss of the local engagement work previously undertaken by such networks; [106907]

(4) what steps he is taking to safeguard the future of clinical networks; and what future governance structures he proposes for such networks. [106908]

Paul Burstow: We have made it clear that there is a role for clinical networks, such as cancer networks, in the reformed national health service. The networks are a place where clinicians from different sectors come together to improve the quality of care across integrated pathways and are a clear example of how this way of working delivers better quality care.

The review of clinical networks, including cancer networks, that is currently under way is considering the functions, structures and governance that will most effectively support commissioners to improve outcomes for patients. The NHS Commissioning Board Authority will publish its recommendations for clinical networks in the new commissioning system shortly.

In May 2011, we announced that cancer networks would continue to be funded in 2012-13 and that the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) will support strengthened cancer networks. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be required to obtain appropriate, multi-professional advice to support their commissioning decisions. The NHS CB will have a duty to publish commissioning guidance, some of which may be statutory, and to which CCGs must have regard. In addition, CCGs will work with local authorities to develop a comprehensive analysis of health and social care needs in each local area, and to translate these into action through the joint health and wellbeing strategy and their own commissioning plans. CCGs will have a range of resources from which to seek advice, of which clinical networks will be one.

Cancer: Drugs

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was (a) allocated to and (b) spent by the Cancer Drugs Fund in 2011-12. [107691]

Mr Simon Burns: £200 million was available for the Cancer Drugs Fund in 2011-12. This comprised £140 million allocated to the national health service and a further £60 million made available for strategic health authorities to draw down as needed.

Expenditure figures for 2011-12, based on the final accounts, are expected to be available in mid-late June.

Care Homes

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates each care home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in each of the last two years. [107193]

Paul Burstow: The information requested has been supplied by the Care Quality Commission and has been placed in the Library.

Hazel Blears: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were in receipt of free residential care on the most recent date for which figures are available; [107208]

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(2) if he will estimate the level of the means test capital limit for those requiring residential care if it had been increased in line with inflation since 2010; [107209]

(3) whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment in respect of its decision not to increase the means test capital limit for those requiring residential care since 2010; [107210]

(4) how many people were paying for all of their residential care on the most recent date for which figures are available. [107211]

Paul Burstow: Unless they are in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare, which is fully funded by the national health service, all care home residents contribute towards the cost of their care.

People with more than £23,250 in capital pay the full cost of personal care. People with less than £23,250 in capital can ask their local authority for assistance with the cost of personal care. In both cases, if individuals are assessed as eligible for NHS funded nursing care, primary care trusts have a responsibility to pay a flat rate contribution towards registered nursing care costs.

We are informed by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care that, at the end of the third quarter of 2011-12, the latest published data, the number of people eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare was 54,833. Continuing Healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings, including care or nursing homes and in the community. Information on the care setting of individuals in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare is not collected.

Had the capital limits been uprated in line with general inflation, we estimate that, assuming the normal rounding process:

the lower limit would be £15,000 now, rather than £14,250, as set in 2010; and

the upper limit would be £24,500 now, rather than £23,250, as set in 2010.

The decision in the Spending Review 2010 not to increase capital limits was taken in order to help local authorities, at a time of financial stringency, to maintain the level of services they provide. The Spending Review 2010 covers government spending up to April 2015. However, the capital limits are being kept under review in order to monitor the impact of not increasing them.

The Department undertook an equality impact assessment in respect of the decision not to increase the capital limits for those requiring residential care in 2011. A copy of the equality impact assessment has been placed in the Library.

Information on the numbers of people funding their own residential care costs is not collected centrally.

Government Contracts: Political Affiliation

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed in any capacity by (i) the Conservative party or its elected representatives and (ii) the Liberal Democrat party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised; [107157]

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(2) what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative party and (ii) Liberal Democrat party since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised; [107158]

(3) which individuals have been paid by his Department for consultancy or other services who were previously employed in any capacity by the (a) Conservative party or its elected representatives and (b) Liberal Democrat party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (i) cost and (ii) nature was of the services provided; and whether they were publicly advertised; [107159]


(4) which individuals have been paid by his Department for consultancy or other services who previously held an elected position as a member of the (a) Conservative Party and (b) Liberal Democrat Party since May 2010; what the (i) cost and (ii) nature was of the services provided; and whether they were publicly advertised. [107160]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold central records about which individuals run companies or organisations when contract or grant funding is awarded and is unable to provide information about which, if any, contracts or grants have been awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed by, or held an elected position as a member of, the Conservative party or the Liberal Democrat party.

The Department's procurement policy sets out that when the Department awards contract funding, it seeks information about the organisation's capacity and capability to successfully deliver the activities being procured and about the delivery proposals. Information about the identities of individuals who run organisations tendering for the Department's contacts is not routinely sought.

The Department awards contracts for consultancy services and does not hold central records about the individual consultants used by a consultancy to deliver consultancy engagements or about individual workers used by suppliers of other services and is unable to provide information about individual consultants who were previously employed by, or held an elected position as a member of, the Conservative party or the Liberal Democrat party.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who was previously employed in any capacity by the (i) Conservative party or its elected representatives and (ii) Liberal Democrat party or its elected representatives; and whether their position was advertised publicly; [107271]

(2) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative party and (ii) Liberal Democrat party; and whether their position was advertised publicly. [107272]

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Mr Simon Burns: As part of the pre-employment checks process, the Department requires new entrants to complete and return a character inquiry form that includes a section asking if the individual (or a close relative) has any interest that might be in conflict with the post for which they have applied, including involvement in other organisations.

Any individuals who declare any interest on the character inquiry form are then asked to report it fully and promptly using the Department's Declarations of Interest and Hospitality Database, in line with the requirements set out in the Department's Code of Business Conduct.

Since May 2010, the Department has recruited 11 people from outside the civil service. None identified a potential conflict of interest in the character inquiry form that they completed.

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on external consultants, including management consultants, in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [107497]

Mr Simon Burns: The total expenditure on all consultancy services by the Department, including Connecting for Health, for the financial year 2010-11 is set out in the following table; validated full-year expenditure on consultancy services for 2011-12 is not yet available. The figures are based on the definition of consultancy services provided by the Government Procurement Service (formerly the Office of Government Commerce).

2010-11
  £ million

Core Department

9.8

Connecting For Health

5.0

Total expenditure on all consultancy services by the core Department and Connecting for Health for financial year 2009-10 was £115 million.

Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he has made for the appraisal of ivacaftor for the treatment of cystic fibrosis; and if he will make a statement. [107459]

Mr Simon Burns: We have no plans to ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to develop guidance on the use of ivacaftor for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Diabetes

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding his Department allocated to beta cell research in relation to diabetes in the latest period for which figures are available; [106642]

(2) how much funding he allocated to research into type 1 diabetes in the latest period for which figures are available. [106710]

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Paul Burstow: Expenditure by the Department through research programmes, research centres and units, and research training awards on research on type 1 diabetes and on beta cell research in relation to diabetes is shown in the following table.

2011-12
  £ million

Type 1 diabetes

1.8

Beta cell research

0.2

The Department's total spend on research on type 1 diabetes and on beta cell research in relation to diabetes is higher than the figures shown because expenditure by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (CRN) on these topics cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure.

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on research into diabetes in the latest period for which figures are available; and what information his Department holds on comparable spending in other European countries. [107255]

Mr Simon Burns: Expenditure by the Department in 2011-12 on diabetes research was £28.1 million.

The Department does not hold information on comparable spending in other European countries.

Diseases

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the consultation on the UK plan for rare diseases. [107463]

Mr Simon Burns: The consultation on the UK Plan for Rare Diseases will end on 25 May 2012. The consultation document and the responses received through the consultation will be used to inform the final UK Plan for Rare Diseases. A summary of consultation responses will be published in due course, and the final UK Plan for Rare Diseases will be published by the end of 2013 as required by the EC Recommendation on Rare Diseases (2009/C 151/02).

Hospitality

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his private ministerial office has spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and (d) bottled water in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [107035]

Mr Simon Burns: The data requested are not collected at the level of detail requested. Figures taken from the Department's Business Management System categorised as spend on catering or hospitality show that £889.16 was spent in the 12 months between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 by the Secretary of State's private office. This compares with £1,187.63 in 2010-11 and £2,393.62 in 2009-10. The figures for 2010-11 and 2011-12 do not include money spent on alcohol, as ministerial private offices are forbidden from spending departmental money on this.