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Housing: North East

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what residential properties in Newcastle previously owned by the North East Regional Development Authority (a) were transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and (b) are currently on offer for sale by the HCA; and what processes are in place to support existing tenants of these properties. [108722]

Andrew Stunell: The Homes and Communities Agency have informed me that no residential properties in Newcastle were transferred to them from the North East Regional Development Agency, The list of properties transferred from the regional development agencies to the Homes and Communities Agency has been published on the BIS website and is available at:

www.bis.gov.uk/rda-assets

Land: Registration

Joseph Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to indemnify local authorities against settlement costs associated with claims in respect of land search fees. [107681]

Andrew Stunell: Several private property search companies have lodged claims against local authorities in England and Wales for restitution for fees paid by the companies to local authorities for information used in land searches carried out as part of the house buying process. The basis of the claims is the contention that the EU Environmental Information Regulations 2004 prohibited local authorities for charging for the provision of this information.

As this matter is the subject of ongoing litigation, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.

Meetings

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research, (ii) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (iii) the Institute of Economic Affairs, (iv) the Child Poverty Action Group, (v) ResPublica, (vi) the Centre for Social Justice and (vii) Policy Exchange; and if he will publish the minutes and agendas of these meetings. [108975]

Robert Neill: Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/transparencyingovernment/ministerialdata/

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Details of officials' meetings with external organisations are not held centrally and it would entail disproportionate cost to collate this information.

Mitzvah Day UK

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding he has allocated to Mitzvah Day UK; and on what basis. [108270]

Andrew Stunell: My Department has allocated £35,000 to the organisation Mitzvah Day in the present financial year, to enable it to perform a central co-ordinating role for a programme called ‘A Year of Service’. The funding is a contribution towards the employment of a dedicated worker to work with faith communities, the development and maintenance of a website, and monitoring of projects. ‘A Year of Service’ is promoting and linking up faith-based volunteering during the Diamond Jubilee year, with each of nine historic faith communities in turn hosting a day or days of volunteering and inviting others to join in.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many quangos his Department has (a) abolished and (b) established since May 2010. [108276]

Robert Neill: Since May 2010 the Department has abolished eight arm’s length bodies. The Department has not established any new bodies in that time. A further three are expected to close over the course of 2012.

Non-domestic Rates

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue was raised from business rates on (a) small and medium-sized enterprises, (b) micro businesses and (c) other businesses in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and what proportion of the total was raised from (A) small and medium-sized enterprises and (B) micro businesses. [108124]

Robert Neill: The information requested is not held centrally.

Non-domestic Rates: Charities

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has provided to local authorities on the application of business rate relief in respect of properties that are used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes. [108370]

Robert Neill: None. The eligibility criteria for charity relief are set out in the Local Government Finance Act 1988. It is for individual authorities to decide whether the criteria has been met, taking into account relevant case law. Ultimately, interpretation of the law is a matter for the courts.

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Planning Inspectorate

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ask the Planning Inspectorate to make it its policy to photocopy documents from the public rather than asking the public to provide three copies of their representations. [108142]

Robert Neill: The Planning Inspectorate actively encourages the public to communicate electronically when participating in the appeals process. Local authorities advise third parties of the submission of an appeal and the Planning Inspectorate's model notification letter encourages online submissions via the Planning Portal, e-mail to the case officer, or submission in writing if the third party does not have internet access. Only in the latter case are three hard copies of the submission requested.

The requirement to send three copies of any postal comments helps meet the Planning Inspectorate's statutory commitment to provide copies of all comments to the appellant and the local planning authority. If routinely undertaken, there would be an added administrative burden of photocopying at cost to the general taxpayer. I do not, therefore, intend to instruct the Planning Inspectorate on a policy in this matter.

Procurement

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of payments made by his Department to small and medium-sized enterprises have been paid late since May 2010; [107783]

(2) what proportion of his Department's expenditure on procurement has gone to small and medium-sized enterprises since May 2010. [107795]

Robert Neill: The proportion of late payments made by my Department (excluding the arm’s length bodies) to small and medium-sized enterprises between May 2010 and March 2012 was 4%. An invoice is considered late if it not paid within five working days. This five-day requirement is more demanding than the 10-day target that operated under the last administration.

The proportion of my Department's expenditure (excluding arm’s length bodies) on procurement with small and medium-sized enterprises between May 2010 and March 2012 was 11%. DCLG has agreed four tasks that will increase engagement with small and medium-sized enterprises (i.e. updating our website with information to help these organisations understand how to participate in our procurements, delivering product surgeries, breaking larger procurements into smaller lots and publishing a pipeline of upcoming procurement opportunities). This is an ongoing strategy and we have implemented the necessary changes and procedures ahead of time. This is helping us contribute to the overall 25% target set by the Prime Minister.

We do not centrally hold spend data on small and medium-sized enterprises for our arm’s length bodies for financial year 2010-11; however, for 2011-12 where data are available, the proportion of spend on small and medium-sized enterprises for the Department and its arm’s length bodies was 21.4 %.

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Annex B of the Cabinet Office report, "Making Government business more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises—One Year On" also contains information on my Department's spend with small and medium-sized enterprises up to Quarter 3 of 2011-12. This can be found at the following website:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/making-government-business-more-accessible-smes-one-year

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department next expects to undertake a spend recovery audit to identify overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error. [107915]

Robert Neill: The Department continuously conducts checks and balances to audit the payments process and identify overpayments and causes of fraud. However, DCLG entered into a contract with PRGX UK Ltd on 23 April 2012 to undertake an independent spend recovery audit of payments made in the period 2006-07 to present. The audit is expected to commence in June 2012.

Shingle Recycling: Dungeness

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to conducting a review of the proposal by Kent county council for shingle recycling at Dungeness. [108635]

Robert Neill: Since January 2012, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles), has received five letters drawing his attention to this proposal.

I understand that the application is currently under consideration by Kent county council. It has the statutory responsibility for considering this proposal and has to determine it in the light of any development plan for the area and any other material planning considerations, including any representations received.

As the Secretary of State has a quasi-judicial role in the planning process, with respect to call-ins and appeals, it would be inappropriate for me to express an opinion, as it may come before the Secretary of State at a later stage.

Should the council refuse this permission, the Secretary of State has no involvement, unless the applicant subsequently appeals against the council's decision.

Telephone Services

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. [107021]

Robert Neill: The Department for Communities and Local Government provides three public facing call centres:

The first is a public enquiry service that operates across DCLG and is the primary means for the public to request information and contact the Department.

The second is the Planning Inspectorate infrastructure appeal helpline.

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The third is the newly created hotline to support the National Planning Policy Framework created by the Planning Inspectorate to provide expert advice.

All three call centres are based within the UK.

Trade Unions

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library copies of the facility time agreements between trade unions and (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies. [107337]

Robert Neill: The following list shows which bodies have facility time agreements with trade unions. Copies of these agreements have been placed in the Library of the House.

Formal a greements

Department for Communities and Local Government

The Homes & Communities Agency

The Audit Commission

The Planning Inspectorate

Local Government Ombudsman

Valuation Tribunal Service

Independent Housing Ombudsman Ltd.

The Fire Service College do not have a formal facility time agreement but would discuss the arrangement of facility time and trade union representatives with the trade union side.

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Valuation Tribunal for England, Building Regulations Advisory Committee, Architects Registration Board, West Northants Development Corporation, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Leasehold Advisory Service do not have any trade union representative.

The Government have announced their intention to commence a consultation shortly with the civil service trade union on limiting the amount of paid time civil servants can spend on trade union duties and activities, and ending the practice of having civil servants engaged full-time in trade union representative roles.

Wind Power: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on onshore wind-farms. [107673]

Robert Neill: There have been no discussions between the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles), and the Scottish Government about onshore wind farms.

Education

Government Contracts: Political Affiliation

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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

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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. [107143]

Tim Loughton: We hold details of organisations in receipt of payments for consultancy or other services. We do not hold any further detail about individuals within those organisations to know whether they were employed in any capacity by the Conservative party or the Liberal Democrat party. To provide this information would incur disproportionate costs to the Department.

It is the Department's policy to publish all suitable contracts in either Contracts Finder

http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk

the Official Journal of the European Union

http://ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do

or other publications relevant to the subject matter of the contract. A suitable contract is one with a value over £20,000 and where the goods or services are not available via an existing framework agreement. Contracts with a value below £20,000 and which are not available from a framework agreement are competitively tendered by selecting suitable organisations to bid based on objective criteria.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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. [107144]

Tim Loughton: We hold details of organisations in receipt of payments for consultancy or other services. We do not hold any further detail about individuals within those organisations to know whether they held an elected position as a member of the Conservative party or the Liberal Democrat party. To provide this information would incur disproportionate costs to the Department.

It is the Department's policy to publish all suitable contracts in either Contracts Finder at this link:

http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk

the Official Journal of the European Union:

http://ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do

or other publications relevant to the subject matter of the contract. A suitable contract is one with a value over £20,000 and where the goods or services are not available via an existing framework agreement. Contracts with a value below £20,000 and which are not available from a framework agreement are competitively tendered by selecting suitable organisations to bid based on objective criteria.

E-mail

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has taken legal advice in respect of claims relating to Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests for e-mails about official business sent from non-departmental accounts. [107591]

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Tim Loughton [holding answer 16 May 2012]: Yes.

English Baccalaureate: West Midlands

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were awarded A* to C grades in the English Baccalaureate subjects in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) the west midlands region in each of the last five academic years. [107565]

Mr Gibb: The information requested for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years can be found in the following table. Information for earlier years is not currently available in the form requested and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Numbers and percentages of pupils at the end of key stage 4 (1,2,3 ) achieving A*-C grades in each of the English Baccalaureate subjects (4,5) in Birmingham Ladywood constituency (6) , Birmingham local authority (7) west midlands and England (8) . Years: 2009/10 to 2010/11. Coverage: England
Numbers and percentages of KS4 pupils achieving A*-C grades in each of the following English baccalaureate subjects 2009/10 2010/11

English

   

Birmingham, Ladywood (Number)

941

1,159

Birmingham, Ladywood (Percentage)

60.4

69.7

Birmingham (Number)

7,736

7,950

Birmingham (Percentage)

62.8

65.4

West Midlands (Number)

42,101

42,998

West Midlands (Percentage)

65.0

67.8

England (Number)

380,485

389,577

England (Percentage)

66.1

69.0

     

Mathematics

   

Birmingham, Ladywood (Number)

975

1,165

Birmingham, Ladywood (Percentage)

62.6

70.1

Birmingham (Number)

7,531

7,816

Birmingham (Percentage)

61.2

64.3

West Midlands (Number)

39,412

40,472

West Midlands (Percentage)

60.9

63.9

England (Number)

360,525

368,922

England (Percentage)

62.6

65.3

     

Science

   

Birmingham, Ladywood (Number)

675

717

Birmingham, Ladywood (Percentage)

43.4

43.1

Birmingham (Number)

4,955

4,981

Birmingham (Percentage)

40.2

41.0

West Midlands (Number)

27,762

27,628

West Midlands (Percentage)

42.9

43.6

England (Number)

263,326

261,820

England (Percentage)

45.7

46.4

     

History or Geography

   

Birmingham, Ladywood (Number)

393

459

Birmingham, Ladywood (Percentage)

25.2

27.6

Birmingham (Number)

3,638

3,565

Birmingham (Percentage)

29.5

29.3

West Midlands (Number)

19,722

19,627

West Midlands (Percentage)

30.5

310

England (Number)

184,066

183,819

England (Percentage)

32.0

32.5

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Languages

   

Birmingham, Ladywood (Number)

444

537

Birmingham, Ladywood (Percentage)

28.5

32.3

Birmingham (Number)

3,087

3,095

Birmingham (Percentage)

25.1

25.5

West Midlands (Number)

15,502

15,081

West Midlands (Percentage)

23.9

23.8

England (Number)

159,406

153,408

England (Percentage)

27.7

27.2

(1) Percentages are based on all pupils at end of key stage 4 in each area. (2) Figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. (3) Figures include all maintained schools (including CTCs and academies). (4) The English Baccalaureate covers achievement in GCSE (or accredited iGCSE English, mathematics, sciences, a language (including Latin, classical Greek or ancient Hebrew) and history or geography. (5) Including attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years. (6) Parliamentary constituency figures are based on the postcode of the school. (7) Local authority and region figures are based on the local authority maintaining the school or in the case of CTCs and academies the local authority in which the school is situated. (8) England figures are the sum of all local authority figures. Source: National Pupil Database, final data

Food Technology: Young People

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to support families in teaching young people practical cooking skills. [106916]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 16 May 2012]: The Department believes that learning about food and cookery is an important life skill.

The Government promotes healthy living through programmes and campaigns to encourage families and children to eat sensible portions, to eat fruit and vegetables and to be more physically active. The Healthy Schools toolkit helps schools to plan health and well-being improvements for their pupils. The Healthy Schools toolkit is available from the Department's website at:

http://tinyurl.com/healthyschoolskit

The School Food Trust's Let's Get Cooking scheme is a national network of cooking clubs for children, families and their communities across England. Information is available at:

http://www.letsgetcooking.org.uk

The Change4Life website also has information about staying healthy for families, and resources for schools. It provides links to local activities and organisations in local areas. The website is available at:

http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

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Free School Meals: South West

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Newton Abbot constituency are eligible for free school meals. [107700]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 17 May 2012]: Information on the number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals is shown in the tables.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals as at January 2011 is published in the Statistical First Release ‘Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2011' available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001012/index.shtml

Maintained nursery, state-funded primary, state-funded secondary, special schools and pupil referral units (1,2,3,4) : January 2011
  Number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals
  Maintained nursery and state-funded primary (1,2)
  No. on roll (5,6) No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5,6) % known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

3,873,175

743,255

19.2

Newton Abbot constituency

5,677

813

14.3

  Number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals
  State-funded secondary (1,3)
  No. on roll (5,6) No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5,6) % known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

2,837,825

450,275

15.9

Newton Abbot constituency

4,744

643

13.6

  Number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals
  Special (4)
  No. on roll (5,6) No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5,6) % known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

79,030

28,830

36.5

Newton Abbot constituency

102

24

23.5

  Number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals
  Pupil referral units
  No. on roll (5,6) No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5,6) % known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

13,725

4,745

34.6

Newton Abbot constituency

*

*

*

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  Number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals
  Total
  No. on roll (5,6) No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (5,6) % known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

6,803,755

1,227,110

18.0

Newton Abbot constituency

10,523

1,480

14.1

* = Not applicable. No schools of this type. (1.) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes primary academies. (3) Includes city technology colleges and secondary academies. (4) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (5) Includes full time and part time pupils who are sole or dual main registrations, includes boarding pupils. In pupil referral units, also includes pupils registered with other providers and further education colleges. (6) Pupils who have full time attendance and are aged 15 or under, or pupils who have part time attendance and are aged between five and 15. Note: National totals have been rounded to the nearest 5. Source: School Census

Fruit

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his private ministerial office has spent on fresh fruit in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [108004]

Tim Loughton: The Department for Education does not provide fresh fruit to ministerial private offices and therefore has not incurred any such costs in the last 12 months.

Departmental Staff

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many jobs formerly in his Department and its agencies and non-departmental bodies were transferred to the private sector in 2011-12. [106995]

Tim Loughton: The Department, its associated agencies and non departmental public bodies did not transfer any staff to the private sector in 2011-12.

Procurement

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department next expects to undertake a spend recovery audit to identify overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error. [107919]

Tim Loughton: In accordance with the requirements of "Tackling Fraud and Error in Government", published in February this year by Cabinet Office, the Department for Education will conduct a spend recovery audit on our accounts payable system by December 2013.

Pupils: Disadvantaged

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department has provided to schools on effective use of funds received under the pupil premium; [107063]

(2) how many schools have contacted his Department seeking advice on use of funds received as part of the pupil premium. [107064]

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Sarah Teather: One of the fundamental principles of the pupil premium is that schools should be free to decide how to use their pupil premium allocation since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. Not only are schools best placed to know what works in their circumstances, this approach has been widely welcomed by schools.

To support schools in making effective use of the pupil premium, we have published ‘what works’ evidence on strategies to improve the attainment and progress of children who attract the pupil premium. We have also made available to schools information on other related premium issues, which is available via:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/a00200492/ppstrategies?1=1

Further tranches of ‘what works’ evidence will be published on a regular basis including case studies from schools with a good record in narrowing attainment gaps and projects supported by Education Endowment Foundation. Between December 2011 and May 2012, the relevant web pages have been visited 5,526 times by 4,475 unique visitors.

The Department has been contacted by a number of schools seeking advice about the pupil premium using a variety of means. Many such contacts will have been of an informal type, for example, by phone or email which will not have been logged or recorded. This means we do not have a record of the number of schools.

We have, however, received 78 official letters or emails from a variety of people and organisations, including schools about the use of the pupil premium. This is correspondence sent to the Department either direct from individuals or organisations or via a Member of Parliament and are logged and recorded.

Pupils: West Midlands

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) pupils in (i) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (ii) the Birmingham local authority area and (iii) the West Midlands region have received the pupil premium to date. [107564]

Mr Gibb: The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and allocations have so far been made for the 2011-12 financial year only. For 2011-12 the pupil premium funding was £488 per pupil in respect of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), and for children in care who have been continuously looked-after for at least six months; and £200 per pupil for those whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

In 2011-12 in the Birmingham, Ladywood constituency 52 schools received the pupil premium and 9,760 pupils were eligible for the deprivation premium. Fewer than five pupils were eligible for the service premium. Figures for pupils in alternative provision, or looked-after children, are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

In 2011-12 in Birmingham local authority 374 schools received the pupil premium and 56,510 pupils were eligible for the pupil premium. This includes 55,204 pupils eligible for the deprivation premium, 1,268 eligible for the looked-after premium and 35 eligible for the service premium.

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In 2011-12 in the West Midlands region 2,151 schools received the pupil premium and 165,370 pupils were eligible for the pupil premium. This includes 158,060 pupils eligible for the deprivation premium, 5,180 eligible for the looked-after premium and 2,140 eligible for the service premium.

Schools: Food

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on nutritional standards in schools. [107577]

Sarah Teather: The Secretary of State for Education, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has not recently discussed the nutritional standards in schools with the Secretary of State for Health, the right hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley). However, Department for Education officials do meet with officials from the Department of Health to discuss such matters.

Schools: North Yorkshire

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many (a) schools and (b) pupils have participated in the pupil premium in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) the Harrogate District in the latest period for which figures are available; [107744]

(2) how much additional funding his Department will make available to schools in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) the Harrogate District as a result of the pupil premium in 2012-13. [107745]

Mr Gibb: The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and allocations have so far been made for the 2011-12 financial year only. For 2011-12 the pupil premium funding was £488 per pupil in respect of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), and for children in care who have been continuously looked after for at least six months; and £200 per pupil for those whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

In 2011-12 in North Yorkshire local authority 342 schools received the pupil premium and 9,970 pupils were eligible for the pupil premium. This includes 6,950 eligible for the deprivation premium, 313 eligible for the looked after premium and 2,703 eligible for the service premium.

The Department does not hold information on the pupil premium at district level because of the way we collect data for these pupils, so it is not possible to present this information for Harrogate district. We do, however, have information at constituency level. In 2011-12, Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency, 36 schools received the pupil premium and 1,160 pupils were eligible for the pupil premium. This includes 965 eligible for the deprivation premium and 195 eligible for the service premium. Figures for pupils in alternative provision, or looked after children are not available at constituency level.

In 2012-13 the pupil premium amount in respect of pupils known to be eligible for FSM has risen from £488 to £600 per FSM pupil and extends to cover pupils who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years.

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The numbers for the pupil premium in 2012-13 are indicative and will not be confirmed until June, when the January 2012 census figures are available centrally.

Based on 2011-12 data, this would mean over £3.7 million additional pupil premium funding being made available to North Yorkshire local authority in 2012-13. This figure includes an additional £554,000 pupil premium funding in 2012-13 for eligible pupils in the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency.

Stakeholder Advocacy Group

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he took to ensure that the Stakeholder Advocacy Group complied with the Civil Service Code of Conduct. [106408]

Tim Loughton: All civil servants in the Department for Education are expected to follow the Civil Service Code of Conduct. The code is made available on the Department's intranet.

Taxis

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 17 April 2012, Official Report, column 329W, on taxis, how much each Minister in his Department has spent on private hire vehicles between August 2011 and January 2012. [107879]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 17 May 2012]: The information requested is shown in the following table:

Minister Spend on private hire vehicles (August 2011 to January 2012 (£)

right hon. Michael Gove MP

0

Nick Gibb MP

0

Sarah Teather MP

0

Lord Hill of Oareford

753

Tim Loughton MP

1,617

Total

2,370

Theft

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many thefts from his private ministerial office have been recorded in the last two years. [108005]

Tim Loughton: There are no recorded thefts from the Secretary of State for Education's private office in the last two years.

Justice

Community Orders

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community orders have been issued to each of the 10 recorded offenders with the most community sentences in the latest period for which figures are available. [107245]

Mr Blunt: The following table gives the number of community orders previously issued to each of the 10 offenders who received community sentences for an

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indictable or a trial either way offence in the 12-month period to the end of September 2011 and who had most community sentences previously recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC).

The figures presented in the table are a further breakdown of Table Q7.5 of ‘Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly Update to September 2011’ by the Ministry of Justice based on the dataset used for that production. The further breakdown has been derived using the dataset for the production of the full report of Criminal Justice Statistics which can be found at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/criminal-justice-stats/criminal-stats-quarterly-sept11.pdf

‘Criminal Justice Statistics Update to the end of December 2011’ will be published by the MOJ on 24 May 2012.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

Number of community orders previously issued to each of the 10 recorded offenders sentenced to community sentence for an indictable or trial either way offence in the 12-month period to the end of September 2011 and had received the most community sentences previously (1) —England and Wales
Number
Offender identification Number of previous community orders imposed (2)

1

20

2

14

3

14

4

11

5

9

6

9

7

9

8

8

9

7

10

7

(1) Figures are counts of sentences occasions. If there is more than one offence on the same sentence occasion, only the primary offence will be counted. (2) Community order is a subset of community sentence which include: Community order—without electronic monitoring; Community order—with electronic monitoring; Community order—with curfew requirements and with electronic monitoring; Community order—with curfew requirements and without electronic monitoring; Community order—with exclusion requirements and with electronic monitoring; Community order—with exclusion requirements and without electronic monitoring; Community order—with exclusion and curfew requirements and with electronic monitoring; Community order—with exclusion and curfew requirements and without electronic monitoring. Source: Ministry of Justice. Police National Computer

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have received more than one community sentence in each of the last five years. [107252]

Mr Blunt: Table 1 gives the number of offenders who were sentenced to community sentence for an indictable or a trial either way offence and had previously received

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at least one community sentence in each year between 2006 and 2010. The figures are the latest information available broken down by calendar year.

The figures presented in Table 1 have been extracted from Table A7.14 of “Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly Update to the end of December 2010” published by the Ministry of Justice on 26 May 2011. The full report can be found at the link

http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/criminal-justice-stats/criminal-stats-quarterly-dec10.pdf

The tables of the report can be found at the link

http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/criminal-justice-stats/offending-histories-tables.xls

“Criminal Justice Statistics Update to the end of December 2011” will be published by the MOJ on 24 May 2012.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

Table 1: Number of offenders who were sentenced to community sentence for indictable offences (2) in each year between 2006 and 2010 and had previously received at least one community sentence (3) in England and Wales
  Number of offenders (1)

2006

49,117

2007

50,159

2008

51,816

2009

51,036

2010

52,812

(1) Figures are counts of distinct offenders. Each offender would only be counted once where an offender has been sentenced to a community sentence more than once within the same year. (2) This includes indictable and trial either way offences. (3) The number of previous community sentences received included community sentence for breach offences. Source: Ministry of Justice, Police National Computer

Criminal Proceedings

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to speed up the administration of criminal justice. [107873]

Mr Blunt: The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, my right hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert), will shortly announce proposals for reform of the criminal justice system, focused on the delivery of swift and sure justice to ensure an effective deterrent to crime.

Steps have already been taken to simplify and streamline the system, including through increasing the use of digital and video technology. We will build on this to further exploit technology in order to modernise the system. We will continue to test innovative approaches to court sitting times and joint working at the local level, to ensure that the system reacts swiftly, and is responsive to local priorities. We will also embed the learning from the response to last year's disturbances.

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Legal Aid Scheme

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on legal aid providers in (a) the fourth quarter of 2010-11, (b) the first quarter of 2011-12 and (c) the second quarter of 2011-12 [107820]

Mr Djanogly: The amount spent by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) on providers of legal aid was £526 million in the fourth quarter of 2010-11; £473 million in the first quarter of 2011-12; and £504 million in the second quarter of 2011-12.

Personal Injury: Compensation

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what percentage of the total number of personal injury claims made in the last full year for which figures are available were for damages of £5,000 or less; and how many claims there were for £5,000 or less in that period; [107645]

(2) how many of the personal injury claims with a damages value of £5,000 or less in the last year for which figures are available arose from a work-related injury. [107756]

Mr Djanogly: The Ministry of Justice does not hold figures centrally which specifically relate to claims for personal injury or work-related injuries, or the amounts of damages in these. Such cases are logged onto the administrative computer systems used in the county courts of England and Wales. However, the information held in these systems does not enable them to be separately identified from other types of claims for unspecified amounts of money or for the amount of damages claimed to be identified.

Exact identification of personal injury cases and the amount of damages claimed in these would require the inspection of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the report by Professor Paul Fenn on extension of the road traffic accident portal will be published before the completion of the Government's information gathering exercise on possible extension of the current portal arrangements and before any decision is taken based upon that exercise. [107949]

Mr Djanogly: Professor Fenn’s report will not be published before the conclusion of the Government's evidence gathering exercise on 25 May 2012. However, it is expected to be published by summer 2012 and, in any event, before any announcement is made on the final form of the extended Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury scheme and its associated costs.

Probation

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms exist for members of the public to complain about decisions taken by probation services; and if he will make a statement. [107552]

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Mr Blunt: Probation trusts are required to have in place a scheme for considering and responding to complaints. Trusts are also required to provide enquirers with information about the scheme, which must include arrangements for appeal against the initial decision.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaints process, there is a further avenue of appeal to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in certain cases; and the complainant can ask the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to investigate the trust's handling of the complaint.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints were recorded against the probation service in (a) Essex, (b) Southend and (c) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; what the rate of complaints per 1,000 of population was in each such year; and if he will make a statement. [107556]

Mr Blunt: Statistics of the number of complaints against the probation service in Essex are available for the last nine years only. These are shown in the following table. Information relating to south-east Essex and Southend is available for the last five years only.

  Essex South-east Essex and Southend

2011

32

8

2010

47

2

2009

38

6

2008

24

4

2007

37

6

2006

36

2005

13

2004

21

2003

24


The Ministry of Justice does not hold the other information requested. It could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to increase the cost-effectiveness of probation authorities in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [107561]

Mr Blunt: Probation trusts are working, in collaboration with the National Offender Management Service, to focus their resources on delivery of front-line services.

On 27 March 2012, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), published two consultations, entitled ‘Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences’ and ‘Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services’. The Government's proposals are designed to give full effect to the aims of the Offender Management Act 2007, which provides the basis to raise the effectiveness, innovation and efficiency of services through competition. We will announce our plans in due course; once we have considered the responses we receive.

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Probation: Essex

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the chief executive of Essex Probation has met hon. Members since her appointment; and when such meetings took place. [107542]

Mr Blunt: Since her appointment in April 2010, the chief executive has met the following MPs:

MP Date

Rebecca Harris MP

13 January 2012

Robert Halfon MP

14 October 2011

Mark Francois MP

22 July 2011

Steven Metcalfe MP

1 July 2011

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

13 May 2011

Priti Patel MP

29 October 2010

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the salary was of the (a) chief executive of Essex Probation and (b) chairman of the Essex Probation Trust in each year since appointment. [107543]

Mr Blunt: The current chair of Essex Probation Trust was appointed on 1 November 2011 and the chief executive when the trust was formed on 1 April 2010.

The following table provides information published in the Essex Probation Trust's Annual Report and Accounts. The salary information is shown in bandings of £5,000: it includes all pay-related costs and any performance-related bonus payments.

    Salary

Chair

2011-12

£5,000 to £10,000

     

Chief executive

2011-12

£115,000 to £120,000

 

2010-11

£115,000 to £120,000

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings the chief executive of Essex Probation has had since June 2007; what the location was; whether a record of each meeting was kept; who attended each meeting; and if he will make a statement; [107544]

(2) how much has been spent on (a) office accommodation, (b) staff costs, (c) staff travel and subsistence and (d) staff bonuses at Essex Probation in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement; [107555]

(3) what relevant specialist qualifications each member of staff of Essex Probation holds; when each was appointed; what process was followed in his or her appointment; where the post was advertised; how many people applied for each post; how many people were short-listed for interview; and how each was appraised. [107582]

Mr Blunt: The Ministry of Justice does not hold the information requested. It could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

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Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) publications, (b) periodicals and (c) newspapers have been purchased by Essex Probation in each month since 2010; what criteria Essex Probation uses on the purchase of such items; and if he will make a statement. [107545]

Mr Blunt: Essex Probation Trust purchased the Police and Courts Directory in 2010 and the National Probation Offices Directory in January 2011 and May 2012. The reason for purchase was business need.

Daily local newspapers may be used for the purpose of looking for job opportunities with offenders. The Ministry of Justice does not hold information on the number of newspapers purchased by Essex Probation Trust and this could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any people employed by Essex Probation have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years. [107546]

Mr Blunt: Three employees of Essex Probation have been convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years. Information on prosecutions that do not result in conviction is not collated.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) barristers' chambers and (b) solicitors' firms have undertaken work for Essex probation in each of the last two financial years; what the reason was for the work undertaken in each case; and if he will make a statement. [107547]

Mr Blunt: Essex Probation Trust contracts with Essex county council to arrange representation in the Crown court by counsel, in cases where an action for breach of a community order is contested. Essex county council also provides legal advice to the trust, as required, in relation to some matters of business.

Essex Probation Trust also employs the services of DLA Piper for advice on employment and business matters, as required, and the Treasury Solicitors in relation to insurance claims.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent by Essex Probation defending actions brought against it by victims of crime in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; [107548]

(2) how much was spent by Essex Probation defending itself against vexatious litigation in each year since 2001. [107549]

Mr Blunt: There has been no expenditure by Essex Probation Trust in defending actions brought by victims of crime or defending itself against vexatious litigation since 2001.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Essex Probation (a) budgeted and (b) spent on security in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. [107551]

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Mr Blunt: Essex Probation Trust is required to adhere to a national contract for the provision of estates and facilities management: there is no requirement locally to set a budget for these services.

The national contract does not make separate allocation for the provision of physical security. Costs relating to security form part of wider budget allocations and this information could not be separately identified without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what complaints against Essex Probation have been upheld in each year since 2000; what (a) response was made and (b) steps were taken by Essex Probation in each case; and if he will make a statement. [107557]

Mr Blunt: All complaints made to Essex Probation are responded to on an individual basis. The information requested is therefore contained in a variety of records and could not be retrieved without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the morale of probation officers in Essex Probation; and if he will make a statement. [107559]

Mr Blunt: No recent representations have been received in relation to the morale of probation officers in Essex Probation Trust.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances an Essex Probation security pass may be (a) suspended and (b) revoked; and if he will make a statement. [107560]

Mr Blunt: A staff member would be suspended if he or she was subject to disciplinary proceedings. The

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employee's security pass would be removed and would be returned only following satisfactory completion of the disciplinary process. A security pass would be revoked following termination of a staff member's employment.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many copies of the Essex Probation (a) Three Year Strategic Plan 2010 to 2013 and (b) Annual Report 2010-11 were produced; at what cost; how many copies were supplied free of charge; to whom; at what cost; how much of the cost was attributable to (i) postage, (ii) time of staff and (iii) the cost of producing copies; how many officials employed by Essex Probation were responsible for researching the information contained in the report; and if he will make a statement. [107562]

Mr Blunt: Essex Probation Trust published its Three Year Strategic Plan 2010-13 and Annual Report 2010-11 electronically, using in-house office printers to produce copies on request. The annual report can be viewed on the trust's website. The total cost of a limited run of copies for 22 stakeholders, was £53.90. Paper copies of the Three Year Strategic Plan, which is also published on the trust's website, can be produced at a cost of £0.26 per copy.

The Ministry of Justice does not hold the remainder of the information requested and it could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group were employed by Essex probation service at the latest date for which figures are available; and how many were employed in 2000. [107579]

Mr Blunt: Staffing figures broken down to the level requested have only been collected since 2004. The figures provided in the following table therefore relate to staffing levels by gender and age band at 31 December 2011 (latest published figures) and 31 December 2004:

Essex probation service: Staffing by gender and age band
  2011 2004
Age band Female Male Total Female Male Total

<19

6.80

1.00

7.80

0.00

0.00

0.00

20-29

52.79

23.00

75.79

68.45

15.00

83.45

30-39

87.42

30.50

117.92

65.39

25.00

90.39

40-49

62.25

38.70

100.95

76.46

31.20

107.66

50-59

79.83

50.03

129.86

76.78

37.40

114.18

60+

19.10

7.87

26.97

22.89

15.23

38.12

Total

308.19

151.10

459.29

309.97

123.83

433.80

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women employed by Essex Probation service retired in each year since 2000. [107580]

Mr Blunt: The number of staff employed by Essex Probation Service retiring in each year between 2000 and 2011, by gender is provided in the following table:

Essex Probation Service: Retirements by gender, 2000 to 2011
Number
  Female Male Total
  Retirements Medical retirement Total Retirement s Medical retirement Total Retirements Medical retirement Total

2000

1

0

1

3

0

3

4

0

4

2001

4

0

4

4

0

4

8

0

8

2002

3

0

3

2

0

2

5

0

5

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2003

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

1

2

2004

2

2

4

2

1

3

4

3

7

2005

2

0

2

4

1

5

6

1

7

2006

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

1

3

2007

11

1

12

3

0

3

14

1

15

2008

8

0

8

3

2

5

11

2

13

2009

4

0

4

4

0

4

8

0

8

2010

6

0

6

6

0

6

12

0

12

2011

5

0

5

1

0

1

6

0

6

Total

47

4

51

34

5

39

81

9

90

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Essex Probation service in the last three years; what issues were discussed in each case; what steps his Department took in each case; and if he will make a statement. [107585]

Mr Blunt: I visited Essex Probation in 2010, and accompanied the chief executive on a visit to the Military Corrective Training Centre, where Essex Probation does some work. I also attended the launch of the Essex Probation-Sodexo working partnership in 2011.

Officials in the National Offender Management Service are in frequent contact with the trust.

Public Order Offences

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for public order acts offences for an individual convicted of public order acts offences without being sent to prison was in each of the last three years; and how many offences that individual had committed at the point of sentence for the latest offence. [107194]

Mr Blunt: Table 1 shows the highest number of previous convictions for public order acts offences for individuals convicted of this offence in each year between 2008 to 2010 and received a sentence other than immediate custody. It also shows the offender's total number of previous offences for any offence at the point of sentence and the number of previous immediate custodial sentences for any offence in each year.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

Table 1: Highest number of previous convictions for public order acts offences, for individuals convicted of this offence without being sent to prison, in England and Wales in the years 2008 to 2010
  2008 2009 2010

Number of previous convictions for public order act offences

60

70

60

Number of previous cautions and convictions for any offence at time of conviction

487

441

515

Number of previous immediate custodial sentences for any offence

154

118

123

Source:

Police National Computer, MOJ JSAS

Reoffenders

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-offending rate is for people sentenced to one year’s imprisonment or less; and what steps he is taking to reduce reoffending by such people. [107874]

Mr Blunt: The proven reoffending rate for adults released from custodial sentence lengths of less than a year in the 12 months ending June 2010 is 56.8%

Proven reoffending is defined as any offence committed in a one year follow-up period and receiving a court conviction, caution, reprimand or warning in the one year follow-up. Following this one year period, a further six months is allowed for cases to progress through the courts.

As set out in ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Green Paper and the Government Response, we are implementing a radical new approach to work across Government and with the private and voluntary sectors to reform offenders, paying providers by the results they achieve in reducing reoffending. We are also supporting closer partnership working at the local level on release, including: getting offenders free from drug and alcohol problems and addressing offenders' mental health problems; improving offenders’ skills and getting them into work; and reducing barriers to resettlement, for example through the Integrated Offender Management approach.

In addition, we are currently consulting on measures to make community sentences more effective. We believe there is a need for intensive community punishment for offenders who deserve a significant level of punishment, but for whom punishment in the community is appropriate and will be more effective at reducing the risks of their reoffending.

Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to extend the scope of legal aid to include appeals to first-tier tribunals on welfare

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benefits matters where a point of law is raised; and if he will make a statement. [107661]

Mr Djanogly: We have undertaken to explore whether we can find a way whereby someone, other than the claimant or their lawyer, certifies that a welfare benefits appeal in the first-tier tribunal involves a point of law. There is still much work to do to determine how and in what circumstances this might be done.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the proportion that the £20 million funding assigned for debt, housing, welfare benefit and employment advice by not-for-profit advice agencies represents of the collective total funding likely to be lost to those agencies when legal aid is taken out of scope. [107662]

Mr Djanogly: The £20 million fund announced by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (Mr Hurd) in November 2011 was designed to provide immediate support to the advice sector in the short term, during 2012-13. This fund was not designed to replace any reduction in legal aid funding that not-for- profit agencies may experience, following the scope changes taking effect from April 2013. As stated in my previous answer of Thursday 17 May on this issue, once implemented, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will reduce the number and types of cases for which legal aid will be available, including some matters currently handled by not-for-profit providers. However, these providers will be able to bid for the contracts that will be available going forward to deliver legal aid for the subjects that remain in scope.

Theft: Convictions

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for theft for an individual convicted of an offence of theft without being sent to prison was in each of the last three years; and how many offences that individual had committed at the point of sentence for the latest offence. [107192]

Mr Blunt: Table 1 shows the highest number of previous convictions for the offence of theft for an individual convicted of this offence in each year between 2008 and 2010 (it is the same individual in each case) and who received a sentence other than immediate custody. It also shows the offender's total number of previous offences for any offence at the point of sentence and the number of previous immediate custodial sentences for any offence.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

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Table 1: Highest number of previous convictions for the offence of theft, for an individual convicted of this offence without being sent to prison, in England and Wales in the years 2008 - 10
  2008 2009 2010

Number of previous convictions for theft offences

342

347

373

Number of previous cautions and convictions for any offence at time of conviction

419

424

452

Number of previous immediate custodial sentences for any offence

274

277

299

Source: Police National Computer, MOJ JSAS

Translation Services

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) tier 1, (b) tier 2 and (c) tier 3 interpreters have been supplied by Applied Language Solutions for (i) Crown court and (ii) magistrates court hearings since the beginning of its contract with his Department; and if he will make a statement; [107853]

(2) what proportion of interpreters supplied by Applied Language Solutions are registered with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters; and if he will make a statement; [107854]

(3) how many wasted costs applications were (a) lodged and (b) granted due to interpretation failures in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011; and if he will make a statement; [107855]

(4) how many wasted costs applications were (a) lodged and (b) granted against Applied Language Solutions due to interpretation failures since the beginning of its contract with his Department; and if he will make a statement. [107856]

Mr Blunt: Under the contract for interpretation and translation services it is for Applied Language Solutions to provide interpreters at the appropriate tier to meet the requirements of each booking. The Ministry does not hold information on the tiering status of individual interpreters, their qualifications, or what organisations they are members of Those are matters for the contractor. The Ministry has announced that it intends to publish statistics on the use of interpreters on 24 May.

Decisions about whether to make wasted costs orders and third party costs orders are at the discretion of the court. Information about the number of cases where wasted costs have been considered is not collected centrally by the Ministry.

Young Offenders: Greater Manchester

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile offenders from the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside were being held in (a) a secure children's home, (b) a secure training centre and (c) a young offender institution in each month since May 2005. [107959]

Mr Blunt: The table shows the number of juvenile offenders (aged 10 to 17) either sentenced or remanded in custody attached to Tameside Youth Offending Team (YOT) who have been held in a (a) secure children's home, (b) secure training centre and (c) under 18 young offender institution in each month from May 2005 to March 2012.

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Those data have been provided by the Youth Justice Board (YJB). The YJB only holds data at the YOT area level. YOT area data may cover more than one Metropolitan Borough or local authority area, however in this case the YOT and the Metropolitan Borough cover the same geographical area.

This is based upon monthly snapshot data. Therefore one young person who is serving more than one month in custody may be shown in more than one month in the table.

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The data from April 2011 onwards are provisional and will be finalised when the 2011-12 Youth Justice Statistics are published in 2013.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and can be subject to change over time.

Table 1: Young people in custody attached to Tameside YOT by establishment type in each month from May 2005 to March 2012
  Secure Children's Homes Secure Training Centres Young Offender Institutions

May 2005

4

0

13

June 2005

5

0

12

July 2005

4

1

17

August 2005

4

0

18

September 2005

5

0

16

October 2005

3

0

16

November 2005

1

1

16

December 2005

2

0

16

January 2006

2

0

16

February 2006

0

1

15

March 2006

2

1

21

April 2006

2

0

16

May 2006

3

0

17

June 2006

3

0

20

July 2006

2

1

25

August 2006

2

1

29

September 2006

1

2

23

October 2006

1

1

22

November 2006

1

0

23

December 2006

2

0

20

January 2007

3

2

16

February 2007

3

2

14

March 2007

2

3

12

April 2007

3

2

8

May 2007

3

1

10

June 2007

2

1

12

July 2007

2

2

14

August 2007

2

0

13

September 2007

3

0

15

October 2007

0

0

15

November 2007

0

0

17

December 2007

1

0

14

January 2008

2

0

18

February 2008

2

0

16

March 2008

2

0

14

April 2008

1

0

14

May 2008

1

0

17

June 2008

0

0

16

July 2008

0

0

15

August 2008

0

0

13

September 2008

0

0

17

October 2008

0

0

13

November 2008

0

0

13

December 2008

0

0

9

January 2009

0

0

7

February 2009

0

0

3

March 2009

2

0

5

April 2009

0

0

7

May 2009

1

0

9

June 2009

1

0

7

July 2009

0

0

8

August 2009

1

0

5

September 2009

2

0

7

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October 2009

2

0

9

November 2009

1

1

5

December 2009

1

1

6

January 2010

1

1

7

February 2010

1

1

7

March 2010

0

1

11

April 2010

0

1

9

May 2010

1

2

4

June 2010

1

3

5

July 2010

1

3

5

August 2010

2

2

5

September 2010

2

1

6

October 2010

0

1

6

November 2010

0

0

8

December 2010

0

0

6

January 2011

0

0

10

February 2011

0

1

12

March 2011

0

1

15

April 2011

0

0

15

May 2011

0

0

13

June 2011

2

0

14

July 2011

3

0

10

August 2011

1

0

12

September 2011

1

0

13

October 2011

1

0

15

November 2011

2

0

16

December 2011

2

0

16

January 2012

1

0

12

February 2012

1

0

10

March 2012

2

0

11

Notes: 1. YJB data referring to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs), and Under 18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). This is based upon monthly snapshot data therefore one young person who is serving more than one month in custody, will be shown in more than one month in the table. The figures from April 2011 onwards are provisional. Data from April 2011 onwards will be finalised when the 2011-12 Annual Youth Justice Statistics are published in 2013. 2. The data comes from the Youth Justice Board's Secure Accommodation Clearing House System (SACHS). These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time.