Musculoskeletal Disorders

Mrs Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of regional variation in the NHS provision of musculoskeletal services. [110925]

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Paul Burstow: Assessment of the extent of variation in expenditure by primary care trust area on a number of musculoskeletal procedures is published in the NHS Atlas of Variation which is available at:

www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/nhs-atlas/atlas-downloads

We are also aware of variations in the quality of provision of musculoskeletal services in the national health service, alongside many examples of good practice.

We intend to hold the NHS to account, through the NHS Commissioning Board, for achieving sustained improvements in the quality of life of all patients with long-term conditions, and in outcomes relating to recovery from episodes of ill-health and injury. We are working in strategic partnership with the members of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance to identify measures that will help accelerate improvement. In addition, there are many existing sources of guidance for commissioners and providers who wish to improve their musculoskeletal services, including clinical guidelines and other guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). We have asked NICE to develop quality standards for some of the major musculoskeletal conditions; so that patients and commissioners can have a clear view of the standards of care which the NHS should be aspiring to achieve.

Mrs Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Long Term Conditions Outcomes Strategy will (a) address the needs and expected future needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions and (b) take into account demographic changes. [110926]

Paul Burstow: The Long Term Conditions Outcomes Strategy will be generic, rather than condition-specific. It will encourage service planners to conduct thorough assessments of present and future demand and to commission joined-up services/ meeting the holistic needs of people with long-term conditions. We recognise that demographic changes are leading to an increase in many types of long-term conditions, including musculoskeletal ones, and the strategy will describe a vision for how services can operate to meet these pressures.

NHS: Laboratories

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has issued to NHS trusts on adopting the Health Protection Agency's recommended swab analysis procedure in NHS laboratories. [110043]

Anne Milton: The Department has not issued any guidelines of this nature and would not expect to do so. However the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has statutory authority to make recommendations directly and in public.

There is insufficient information to identify the type of swabs to which the hon. Member refers. However, the Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) cover the processing of a variety of swabs.

The HPA provides a secretarial function for United Kingdom SMIs. UK SMIs comprise a collection of recommended algorithms and procedures covering all stages of the investigative process in microbiology The

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SMIs are produced with the involvement of microbiological professional organisations and societies and undergo peer review.

Nurses

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the effect of patient numbers on nurses' ability to give high quality care; and if he will make it his policy that the patient to nurse ratio should decrease. [112203]

Anne Milton: It would not be appropriate to mandate patient to nurse ratios. Decisions about staff to patient ratios are best made by local clinicians and managers, and will vary according to the individual needs of patients.

There is guidance available to trusts to assist them in setting safe staffing levels. For example the Royal College of Nursing guidance and Safer Nursing Care Tool developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires registered providers to take appropriate steps to ensure that, at all times, there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced persons employed for the purpose of carrying on the regulated activity. The CQC guidance about compliance, references guidance set out by, for example, professional bodies.

Psoriasis

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the proportion of patients suffering from severe psoriasis who have received a psoriasis area and severity index assessment. [111341]

Paul Burstow: The Department does not collect data on the numbers of people with severe psoriasis who have received a psoriasis area and severity index assessment.

Social Services

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to reform social care in the 2012-13 Session. [111087]

Paul Burstow: The Government plans to publish a draft Bill shortly, for pre-legislative scrutiny in this Session. This is the first comprehensive reform of social care law in over 60 years and is a unique opportunity to modernise the legal framework. That is why we will carry out pre-legislative scrutiny on the Bill, to give those with experience and expertise in care and support the opportunity to influence and shape the proposed legislation. We remain committed to introducing legislation at the earliest opportunity to establish a sustainable legal framework for adult social care.

Thalidomide

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to decide whether financial support for people affected by Thalidomide will continue beyond the three year pilot scheme; and when he plans to release the details of any such further support. [111605]

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Paul Burstow: The Thalidomide Grant is a three-year pilot, running from April 2010 until March 2013, to explore how the health needs of Thalidomide survivors can best be met in the longer term and how such a scheme might be applied to other small groups of geographically dispersed patients with specialised needs.

Departmental officials met with members of the National Advisory Council to the Thalidomide Trust in June 2011, to discuss their evaluation of the first year. Further meetings will be held to discuss years two and three and we will consider the future of the grant further into the pilot.

This corrects my written answers to the hon. Member for Midlothian (Mr Hamilton) on 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 359W, and the hon. Member for Belfast East (Naomi Long) on 24 April 2012, Official Report, column 875W, in which I stated that officials last met the trust in June 2010. I regret these errors.

Home Department

Asylum: Deportation

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refused asylum seekers have been returned to (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Iran, (c) Iraq and (d) Somalia annually since January 2010. [111382]

Damian Green: The following table shows the total number of asylum cases removed or voluntarily departed to Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Zimbabwe from the UK in 2010 and 2011.

Removals and voluntary departures(1, 2, 3) of asylum cases to Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Zimbabwe(4), January 2010 to December 2011
Total asylum cases removed or voluntarily departed to:2010(5)2011(5)

Iran

129

126

Iraq

537

332

Somalia

10

10

Zimbabwe

231

132

(1) Includes enforced removals, people departing voluntarily after notifying the UK Border Agency of their intention to leave prior to their departure, people leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by Refugee Action (prior to April 2011, run by the International Organisation for Migration) and people who it has been established left without informing the immigration authorities. (2) Figures include dependants. (3) Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. (4) Destination as recorded on source database. (5) Provisional figures. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.

It is not possible within these figures to say what stage in the asylum process these people have reached at the time of their removal, including whether their claim was refused at that point, because those departing voluntarily can do so at any stage without necessarily notifying the UK Border Agency.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK within 'Immigration Statistics'. The data on removals and voluntary departures by country of destination is available in the latest release, Immigration Statistics:

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January-March 2012, tables rv.06 and rv.06.q, from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, research and statistics web pages at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/

Bigamy

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on bigamous marriage in respect of applications for leave to enter or remain. [111371]

Damian Green: If a person is applying for leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of their marriage, that marriage needs to be valid in UK law.

A person cannot rely on a bigamous relationship that is not valid in UK law to support their application. If he or she has acted illegally in contracting a second marriage, the UK Border Agency may refer the case for prosecution.

Crown Prosecution Service

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she made of the annual savings which would be achieved by the police if Crown Prosecution Service and police staff were co-located in York prior to the opening of Athena House in York; and what estimate she has made of such savings made by the police in each year since Athena House was opened. [111151]

Nick Herbert: None. Decisions about the most effective use of available resources, including where staff should be located, are rightly a matter for the Chief Constable and Police Authority locally.

Driving Offences: Insurance

Karl McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were arrested on suspicion of making fraudulent insurance claims in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2011. [111037]

Nick Herbert [holding answer 13 June 2012]: The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

Entry Clearances: Higher Education

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely effect of changes to the regulations for Tier 2 visas on the number of foreign academics wishing to work at UK higher education institutions who specialise in teaching STEM subjects; and what assessment she has made of the potential economic benefits of such changes. [111156]

Damian Green: No academics have been excluded as a result of Tier 2 changes. Foreign academics have the requisite skills and salary levels to qualify for Tier 2.

The annual limit for Tier 2 has been undersubscribed and, even if the limit was reached, academics are given high priority when allocating places.

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From 14 June we are making changes to the operation of the Resident Labour Market Test to better fit higher education recruitment practices, and to allow higher education institutions to select the best candidate for the role, regardless of whether they are a resident or migrant worker.

In addition to these generous provisions in Tier 2, academics who are world leaders in their field can apply in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. There are also further provisions for sponsored researchers in Tier 5.

The Government have made clear that it is committed to attracting the brightest and the best migrants and have had no representations from the sector about negative impacts.

Full impact assessments for Tier 2 changes have been published on the Home Office website and I have placed copies in the Library of the House.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 visas have been rejected on the basis of not meeting English language requirements (a) prior to and (b) after 21 April 2011. [111145]

Damian Green: Refusals of visas for not meeting the English language requirement are only collated for settlement visas.

Since April 2012, a Tier 4 applicant to a privately funded college has been required to provide an English language test certificate as evidence of English ability. During the financial year 2011-12, approximately 15% (39,454) of Tier 4 visas were refused; the reasons for refusal are not collated.

For Tier 4, it is the responsibility of the sponsor (college) to assess the English language level of the student. The sponsor must clearly state on the sponsor management system when they assign the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) how they have assessed the English language level.

Health Insurance

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff working in her Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package. [111257]

Damian Green: No officials in the Home Office or its agencies (UK Border Agency, Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau) are provided with private health insurance as part of their employment package.

Immigration

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will undertake an assessment of the effects of immigration at regional level in the United Kingdom. [111065]

Damian Green: No assessment has been made of the impacts of migration at the regional level. The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published an analysis of the impacts of migration on 10 January.

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I have placed a copy of the MAC's report in the Library of the House. The report and accompanying research are also available on the Home Office website at:

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

The Home Office is currently undertaking research to build a picture of the local impacts of non-EEA migration to the UK. The resulting data will enable an assessment of the impact of migration on public services, such as social housing, at the regional level. The research will be published in 2013.

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Security

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the suitability of Close Protection UK to provide security services at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [111240]

James Brokenshire: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 13 June 2012, Official Report, column 481W.

Pay

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Rob Whiteman received a bonus in 2011-12; and what the value of any such bonus was. [111088]

Damian Green: Rob Whiteman has been employed as chief executive of the UK Border Agency since September 2011. He did not receive any bonuses during the 2011-12 financial year. Bonus awards for Home Office Board members, including Rob Whiteman, for the 2011-12 performance year have not yet been considered.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to promote awareness of the elections for police and crime commissioners. [111337]

Nick Herbert: The election of 41 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) on 15 November is at the heart of this Government's commitment to bringing local accountability to policing and giving the public a say in how crime is tackled in their area. This is why the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires the Electoral Commission to take steps to raise public awareness of the election and how to vote in it. Home Office Ministers and the Home Office, working with our partners in policing, will support this awareness-raising by undertaking a range of activity, through various media, to explain the purpose and role of PCCs to the public.

Race Relations: EU Action

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK has fully implemented EU Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA; and what assessment her Department has made of its effectiveness in combating racism and xenophobia. [111068]

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Lynne Featherstone: The UK Government fully comply with the provisions of the Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia through the use of existing domestic legislation and common law.

Although the UK has no specific criminal offences of publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide; crimes against humanity; war crimes; and crimes against peace (as required in Article 1 (1) (c) and (d) of the Framework Decision), conduct of this type carried out in a manner likely to incite violence or hatred would be covered by existing offences.

While no formal assessment of the framework's effectiveness has been undertaken, post-legislative scrutiny of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act was undertaken and is available from the Vote Office and at:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm81/8164/8164.pdf

Stop and Search

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers and senior police officers on the use of section 60 notices under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. [110811]

Nick Herbert [holding answer 11 June 2012]: Home Office officials discuss these issues with the Association of Chief Police Officers regularly.

Terrorism: EU Action

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to UK anti-terrorism laws resulted from EU Council Framework Decision 2008/919/JHA. [111067]

James Brokenshire: The UK has a comprehensive range of terrorism offences. No changes have been made following the EU Council Framework Decision 2008/919/JHA.

UK Border Agency

Ian Lavery: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what indices the UK Border Agency has used to calculate annual resource budget uplifts for each of its contracts with the private sector in each of the last five years. [110481]

Damian Green: There are a number of different indices that can be included in UK Border Agency contracts to calculate annual resource budget uplifts, for example the RPIX (RPI minus mortgage interest payments). The indices used vary on a contract by contract basis and are dependant on the service being provided as well as the market, among other factors.

The UK Border Agency is unable to specifically outline, contract by contract, the indices used in each of its contracts for the past five years as this information is not centrally held. To provide this information would require a manual search of each of our contracts, and this would incur disproportionate cost.

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Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the criteria for UK Border Agency staff bonuses include rewards for the number of failed asylum seekers sent back to their country of origin. [111046]

Damian Green [holding answer 13 June 2012]: Bonuses are awarded to a maximum of 35% of staff, whose performance has significantly exceeded that which was set out in their individual objectives. Performance is measured against both the objectives, competencies and personal development needs required for the role. Each staff member's objectives would have been agreed with their line manager at the start of the performance year at a local level in a personal development review plan. The Home Office does not hold centrally any information on objectives.

Work Permits: Balkans

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the waiting times for Bulgarian and Romanian students applying for work permits in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date. [111146]

Damian Green: The UK Border Agency aims to decide 95% of Bulgarian and Romanian student work permit applications within six months of receipt. This has been achieved for each year since 2007 to date.

Treasury

Business: Finance

Simon Kirby: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the introduction of the Business Finance Partnership. [110985]

Mr Hoban: The Business Finance Partnership relies on negotiating co-investment from private sector investors to maximise the impact of the £1.2 billion allocated to the scheme by securing additional matching funds. All the money allocated to the scheme is currently in the process of being invested and it is expected that these investments will be finalised by the end of the year.

In particular, as announced at Budget 2012, the Government have decided to invest up to £700 million in a shortlist of up to seven funds that lend to mid-sized companies. Due diligence and commercial negotiations on these potential investments are expected to complete by late summer. On 31 May 2012, two requests for proposals were published, one requesting proposals for investing a further £400 million in funds that lend to mid-sized businesses and a second requesting proposals for investing £100 million in non-traditional lending channels that can reach small businesses. These requests close on 20 July 2012, and subject to due diligence and commercial negotiations the related investments are expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 304W, on Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats, when he plans to publish a summary of responses. [111606]

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Mr Gauke: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 304W.

Corporation Tax

Mr Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the 1,000 largest companies paid no corporation tax in each year since 2005; and how many such companies paid (a) less than £10 million and (b) between £10 and £20 million in each of the last five years. [111239]

Mr Gauke: There is not an accepted methodology HMRC could use to identify the 1,000 largest companies. Additionally, in most cases, large firms will operate through a group structure comprising of many companies.

Information on the amount of corporation tax payable and the number of companies by the size of their liability is available in table 11.6 of HMRC's National Statistics which can be found at the following internet address.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/corporate_tax/ct-menu.htm

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average rate of corporation tax paid by (a) FTSE 100 companies and (b) companies with profits greater than £1,500,000 was in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. [111604]

Mr Gauke: In 2009-10 and 2010-11, taxable profits were subject to either the main rate of 28% or the small profits rate of 21%. Companies with taxable profits between £300,000 and £1.5 million would have received marginal rate relief.

Credit Unions

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on credit unions of erroneous claims for mis-selling of payment protection insurance. [R] [111530]

Mr Hoban: There has not been a significant effect regarding mis-selling payment protection insurance (PPI), or erroneous claims for mis-selling of PPI, on the credit unions sector. Only a minority of credit unions were involved in PPI due to the generally small size of credit unions and small size of loans issued.

The Government supports the work that the Financial Services Authority, the Competition Commission, the Financial Ombudsman Service, and the Office of Fair Trading are undertaking to recompense customers who have been mis-sold policies, and to prevent cases of mis-selling in the future.

Equitable Life

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, columns 297-98W, on the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, how frequently (a) he, (b) his special advisers and (c) officials in his Department receive progress reports on the Equitable Life Payment Scheme. [111251]

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Mr Hoban: The Treasury receives regular updates from the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, and these will form the basis of the progress report due to be published in the summer.

EU Budget

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the UK's contribution to the European Union from pounds to euros. [110942]

Mr Hoban: All UK contributions to the EU budget are paid in sterling.

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government take to mitigate the potential currency gain or loss from converting the UK's contribution to the EU budget and receiving funds from the EU. [111078]

Mr Hoban: All UK contributions to the annual EU budget are paid in sterling. Receipts from the EU budget are converted from euro to sterling at an exchange rate prevailing at the time the transaction is due to take place. The Government do not have a central exchange rate risk mitigation mechanism with respect to receipts from the EU budget but Government Departments and agencies that receive EU funds may choose to make individual exchange rate risk mitigation arrangements.

Gambling

Fiona O'Donnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the consultation on offshore gambling will commence. [111081]

Miss Chloe Smith: The consultation “Taxing remote gambling on a place of consumption basis: consultation on policy design” was published on 5 April. The consultation closes on 28 June 2012.

The consultation document is accessible on the HM Treasury website:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/consult_tax_remote_ gambling_consumption_basis.htm

Personal Savings

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to create a savings culture in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [110795]

Mr Hoban: The Government's savings strategy is based on the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility, so that it meets the needs of consumers while remaining effective and affordable. In particular, the Government aim to encourage more lower and middle income households to start saving and to save more, especially for the long term and retirement.

The Government have taken steps to support existing savers and encourage new savers, including:

1. Promoting choice by providing flexibility to consumers in a competitive market. This Government introduced the Junior ISA, removed the effective requirement to annuitise at age 75, and announced at Budget 2012 that the Government will work with industry to improve competitiveness and transparency in the ISA market, including encouraging industry to make use of the

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technological advances in how information and funds can be transferred to bring further reductions in the time taken to transfer a cash ISA between providers. The Government also welcomes and strongly supports the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) recommendations to make it easier for personal customers, small businesses and charities to switch their bank account. The Government is clear that the new switching proposals need to be fully implemented by the industry by September 2013 and will monitor progress closely through quarterly interim reports.

2. Promoting fairness in incentives to save by introducing automatic enrolment of employees into a pension scheme from October 2012, reforming the way pensions tax relief is restricted and indexing ISA contribution limits to inflation.

3. Promoting personal responsibility within the saving, debt and protection system so individuals are equipped to exercise effective choice and plan for expected and unexpected events. This Government has introduced the Money Advice Service, which amongst other services provides a free financial ‘health check’; asked an independent steering group to devise a suite of simple financial products to help increase the number of new participants in savings and protection insurance markets by providing straightforward, easy to understand products; and worked with industry and consumer groups to establish a ‘default’ open market option, which requires retirees to make an active choice about their provider and the shape of their annuity.

Procurement

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) his Department and (ii) bodies for which he is responsible which were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises was in the latest period for which figures are available. [111177]

Miss Chloe Smith: HM Treasury's spend with small and medium-sized enterprises has been reported in the Cabinet Office report, “Making Government business more accessible to SMEs—One Year On”, which is available online at:

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

Public Sector: Pay

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many public sector workers are being paid off-payroll in (a) the NHS, (b) non-maintained schools and (c) publicly-owned banks; and if he will publish the details of any such arrangements; [111466]

(2) with reference to his review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees, how much has been spent on legal fees relating to the review; how much the review cost; how many staff in his Department were allocated to the review; how many deals he considers are too expensive to unwind; and if he will publish all exemptions to the rules and the reasons for them. [111467]

Danny Alexander: On 23 May, Official Report, columns 1159-61, I announced the findings of the ‘Review of the Tax Arrangements of Public Sector Appointees’. This set out the extent of senior off payroll engagements across Government—and made recommendations to ensure that Government employers can assure themselves that their senior off payroll staff are meeting their tax obligations.

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The review collected information in relation to off payroll engagements that cost the Government more than £58,200 per annum—the senior civil service pay minimum—in central Government Departments and their arm's length bodies. The review did not collect information in relation to non-senior staff engaged off payroll in any public sector organisation. The publicly owned banks were outside the scope of the review, as I set out on 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 44W.

The review was financed from within existing Treasury and departmental budgets—and no estimate of the overall cost of the review has been made. The review was led by officials in the Treasury's Public Spending Group, supported by officials from across the Treasury, Cabinet Office, HMRC and other Government Departments. No external legal advice was sought by the Treasury as part of the review.

The review's recommendations will be applied to existing contracts, subject to ensuring value for money for the taxpayer. As Departments are currently taking forward these recommendations, it is not yet possible to estimate the number of contracts that will be unwound as a result of the review. However, Departments will report to Parliament on the outcome as part of the 2012-13 annual report and accounts process.

Recruitment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies used name-blank CVs or the blind sift function on the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system to recruit staff in the last year. [110953]

Miss Chloe Smith: Neither name blank CVs nor the blind sift function on the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system are used by HM Treasury, its non-departmental public bodies or agencies.

Tax Allowances: Charities

Mr Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1203W, on tax allowances: charities, what procedure is used by HM Revenue and Customs to recognise organisations as charitable organisations for tax purposes. [111520]

Mr Gauke: Charities and other organisations seeking recognition by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of their entitlement to UK charity reliefs need to fill in a charity application form (ChA1). HMRC checks the details on the form and, if satisfied that the organisation is entitled to UK charity tax reliefs, issues a charity reference number.

Detailed guidance on the process is available on the HMRC website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/tax/recognition.htm

The definition of a charity for tax purposes is set out in part 1 of schedule 1 of Finance Act 2010.

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Taxation: Multinational Companies

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of reforms to the controlled foreign companies regime on developed countries; [111075]

(2) what estimate he has made of the value of revenue from corporation tax forgone under the changes to the controlled foreign companies regime; [111076]

(3) what estimate he has made of revenue expected to accrue to the Exchequer from companies returning to the UK as a result of reforms to the controlled foreign companies regime; [111077]

(4) what the changes are to modelling and data referred to on page 14 of the Budget 2012 Policy Costings document, which made a difference to the costing of reforms to the controlled foreign companies reforms between Budget 2011 and Budget 2012. [111086]

Mr Gauke: The Government have not undertaken an assessment of the effect on other countries of the proposed changes to the controlled foreign companies (CFC) rules as these rules are designed to protect the UK Exchequer by preventing artificial diversion of UK profits.

Such an impact assessment would need to focus primarily on the nature of tax regimes in other countries and the interactions of multinational companies with those tax systems, making it an assessment not of our tax rules, but of the tax rules of those other countries. The Government do not think that such an assessment would be feasible.

The cost of changes to the controlled foreign companies (CFC) rules were set out in table 2.1 and 2.2 of Budget 2012. The total cost of £910 million in 2018-19 is detailed in the 2012 Policy Costings Document available on the HM Treasury website.

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget2012_chapter2.pdf

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget2012_policy_costings.pdf

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The costings for the reforms to the controlled foreign companies (CFC) rules did not include any assessment of the Exchequer impact of groups returning to the UK.

The changes to modelling and data referred to on page 14 of the “Budget 2012 Policy Costings” document reflect further analytical work undertaken since Budget 2011 and changes to the detailed policy design. As there is no precise way to separate these impacts they are presented together.

VAT: Listed Buildings

John Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the levying of VAT on approved alterations on the upkeep of listed buildings. [111309]

Mr Gauke: An assessment of the impact of levying VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings was set out in the consultation document ‘VAT: Addressing borderline anomalies’ published at the time of the Budget. An updated assessment will be published as part of the Government's response to the consultation.

Energy and Climate Change

Biofuels

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) designed output and (b) average load factor is of each bio-mass power station in the UK; and how many megawatts of electricity were produced from bio-mass in 2011. [111678]

Gregory Barker: Provisional 2011 data for the designed output (installed capacity), load factors and electricity generation for biomass power plant, are given in the following table. Final figures for 2011 will be published on 28 June 2012.

 Installed capacity (as at 31 December 2011) (MW)Generation (GWh)Load factor (percentage)

Landfill gas

1,062

5,345

58.5

Sewage sludge digestion

203

755

43.9

Biodegradable municipal solid waste combustion

504

1,732

42.1

Animal Biomass

161

756

57.6

Plant Biomass

1,074

1,626

26.8

Biomass co-fired in fossil fuel power stations

n/a

3,061

n/a

Capacity is not given for biomass co-fired in fossil fuel power stations, as this is not dedicated biomass capacity. A load factor can also therefore not be calculated. However, in 2011, the part of fossil fuel installed capacity used for co-firing was provisionally estimated as 349 MW.

Data from table ET 6.1 of Energy Trends, available at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/source/renewables/renewables.aspx

Carbon Emissions

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether low carbon generation projects which make final investment decisions before the contract for difference mechanism becomes law will be eligible for a contract under the scheme. [111054]

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investment decisions to progress to timetable wherever possible, including those required ahead of implementation of the feed-in tariff with Contracts for Difference (CfD).

The draft Energy Bill contains a number of provisions which would enable the Government to issue what are called “investment instruments” at an early stage in advance of the regime for CfDs being established. These instruments would be broadly similar to CfDs and the provisions in the Bill permit the Secretary of State to issue them on terms and conditions he considers are appropriate. What is actually offered (if at all) in relation to projects will depend on the projects that come forward and the outcome of any engagement.

Carbon Emissions: Shipping

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects emissions from the shipping industry to be included in the UK carbon budget; and what recent discussions on this matter he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport. [R] [112279]

Gregory Barker: Emissions from domestic shipping are already included within the UK's carbon budgets. International shipping emissions are not yet included with this framework; however, the Climate Change Act also requires the Government to consider whether to include these emissions this year. The CCC have provided us with advice on this issue and we are now working closely with the Department for Transport to consider the Government's response. The Government will respond to the report by end 2012 as required by section 30 of the Climate Change Act.

Coryton Oil Refinery

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has received any representations from the administrators of Coryton Oil Refinery in respect of the provision of state aid. [111528]

Charles Hendry: The administrators of Coryton Oil Refinery have contacted the Department on 15 May in respect of the provision of government assistance for the refinery. These representations are necessarily commercially confidential.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the implications for (a) the security of UK fuel supply and (b) UK energy resilience of the potential closure of Coryton Oil Refinery; and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such assessment. [111529]

Charles Hendry: The Department has assessed the implications for (a) the security of UK fuel supply and (b) UK energy resilience of the potential closure of Coryton Oil Refinery. As part of this process the Department has been in close contact with fuel suppliers who use Coryton. London and South-East England are served by a number of supply points and suppliers have plans in place to maintain their fuel supply operations in the event of the closure of the refinery. There is a healthy, global market with supplier diversity for refined

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product, and the UK has a further seven operational refineries. Consequently, there are no significant risks to security of fuel supply or energy resilience should refining activity stop at Coryton.

Energy Supply

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to continuously match supply and demand in the grid. [111670]

Charles Hendry: National Grid, as the National Electricity Transmission System Operator, is responsible for ensuring electricity supply and demand are balanced in real time.

The electricity market reform White Paper recognised there will be new challenges to the balancing of supply and demand of electricity in future as a result of changes to the generation mix and demand profiles as we decarbonise. We intend to publish a document this summer which will make an assessment of the future challenges to the electricity system and highlight areas where Government action may be required.

Energy: Coventry

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the average proportion of household expenditure on energy bills in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry North East constituency in each of the last five years. [111751]

Charles Hendry: Data on spend on energy bills is available from the Living Costs and Food Survey, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The following table shows the average weekly spend on electricity, gas and other fuels for households in the West Midlands, along with the proportion of total household expenditure that this accounts for. The data are shown as three-year averages because sample sizes are not sufficient to produce data for a single year. These averages cover the five-year period from 2006 to 2010, with data for 2008-10 being the latest available. Data are not available below regional level, so we are unable to provide figures by constituency.

 Average weekly spend on fuel and power (£)As a proportion of total spend (%)

2006-08

17.70

4.8

2007-09

19.70

4.4

2008-10

20.70

4.8

Fuel Poverty: Kent

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford, (b) Erith and Thamesmead and (c) Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency living in fuel poverty. [111894]

Gregory Barker: In 2010, the last year for which data are available, the number of households in fuel poverty was estimated to be:

(a) 4,100 in Bexleyheath and Crayford (12.5%);

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(b) 4,100 in Erith and Thamesmead (10.2%);

(c) 4,000 in Old Bexley and Sidcup (12.3%).

Fuel Poverty: West Midlands

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households living in fuel poverty in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) the West Midlands in the most recent period for which figures are available. [112222]

Gregory Barker: The following table shows the number of households living in fuel poverty by parliamentary constituency, local authority and region, for the latest available year, 2010.

AreaFuel poor households (Thousand)Percentage living in fuel poverty (%)

Birmingham, Ladywood constituency

10.8

23.4

Birmingham, local authority

93.3

23.3

West Midlands, region

484.9

21.6

Heating

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the rate of return on capital is for combined heat and power and district heating schemes. [111091]

Gregory Barker: Various fuel types and technologies can be used for CHP and for district heating, at a number of different scales. Therefore, rates of return on capital are dependent on particular circumstances and vary considerably between different schemes. Following the publication of a Strategic Framework for Heat, officials in the Department are looking closely at barriers to the development of CHP and heat networks, including but not restricted to commercial and economic issues such as rates of return.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to provide grants to fund feasibility studies for combined heat and power and district heating schemes in the remainder of the comprehensive spending review period. [111092]

Gregory Barker: We are currently working with a number of cities exploring the potential for low carbon heat networks to consider ways in which the Department can assist their development.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider extending the Renewable Heat Incentive to waste heat from power stations. [111093]

Gregory Barker: The primary purpose of the RHI is to increase renewable heat generation in order to contribute to our legally binding EU 2020 renewable energy target as set out in the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

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Heat rejected by power stations comes from fossil or nuclear fuels and is not classified as renewable under the RED.

As set out in the strategic framework for low carbon heat, published in March, we are keen to promote the recovery and re-use of heat, including from power stations. In the strategy we undertook to consult on policy proposals by March 2013. We are investigating options to support this form of heating as part of these proposals.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider reclassifying waste heat from power stations as a renewable resource where it reduces emissions of carbon dioxide by displacing gas burnt for heating. [111094]

Gregory Barker: Heat rejected from power stations comes from fossil or nuclear fuels so it is not classified as renewable under the Renewable Energy Directive.

As set out in the strategic framework for low carbon heat, published in March, we are keen to promote the recovery and re-use of heat, including from power stations. In the strategy we undertook to consult on policy proposals by March 2013. We are investigating options to support this form of heating as part of these proposals.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of combined heat and power and district heating to reductions in carbon emissions; and if he will make a statement. [111095]

Gregory Barker: As recorded in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2011, combined heat and power (CHP) reduced carbon emissions by 13 million tonnes of CO2 in 2010 when compared against electricity generated from fossil fuels. CHP saved 9.3 million tonnes CO2 when compared to all fuels, including renewables and nuclear.

These figures include district heating schemes that are connected to CHP plants. We currently do not have data on district heating schemes fuelled from non-CHP sources.

Nuclear Power Stations

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish any evidence used to determine the strike price that new nuclear power stations will receive under the contract for difference support mechanism. [111055]

Charles Hendry: There will be full transparency over the terms agreed following the negotiation of nuclear generation contracts. However, as set out in the draft Energy Bill 2012, the Secretary of State may not disclose information that consists of trade secrets or sensitive commercial information, unless the person to whom the information relates consents to the disclosures.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether strike prices for new nuclear power stations will be negotiated on a site-by-site basis; [111056]

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(2) how contract for difference strike prices for new nuclear power stations will be determined. [111057]

Charles Hendry: The draft operational framework for the proposed feed-in tariff with contracts for difference (published as Annex B to the draft Energy Bill 2012) states that, for nuclear ¦projects, the level of the strike price will be determined through an administrative price setting process until the conditions are in place to move to competitive forms of price discovery. To begin with, under FID enabling, this process will involve negotiation with developers on a project by project basis.

Culture, Media and Sport

Ministerial Meetings

12. Pat Glass: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which newspaper proprietors he has met since the start of the Leveson Inquiry. [111310]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: Each Cabinet Minister publishes a list of meetings on a quarterly basis. These are available on the Cabinet Office website.

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos. [111205]

John Penrose: The Department currently has two contracts with Atos. The first is for a managed ICT service which is approximately valued at £25 million. The second is for technical advice in relation to the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which is valued at approximately £1.2 million.

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended. [111206]

John Penrose: The Department currently has two contracts with Atos. The first is for a managed ICT service which was (a) agreed on 1 December 2007. It has not been renewed or extended as the contract runs until 1 December 2014.

The .second contract is for technical advice in relation to the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which was agreed on 15 March 2012. It has not been renewed or extended.

Adam Smith

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether Adam Smith received any severance package upon resigning from his Department; whether Adam Smith received any payment in lieu of notice; and if he will place in the Library details of any such severance package. [111635]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: Adam Smith received his contractual monthly salary for April. Contractual payments were made in line with the terms of his employment, namely five weeks' notice in lieu and outstanding annual leave. No further payments have been made.

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Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will place in the Library the clear requirements, referred to in his Department's statement of 26 April 2012, that were set out for Adam Smith to follow in his contact with News Corporation for the News Corporation bid for BSkyB; and what arrangements were made to ensure compliance with such requirements; [111699]

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of each document relating to the authorisation of Adam Smith as a point of contact with News Corporation for the News Corporation bid for BSkyB. [111748]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: All legal and policy advice on my Department's handling of News Corporation's bid for the remaining shares in BSkyB and records of meetings at which this was discussed, was contained in the evidence I submitted to the Leveson inquiry, which I have now placed in the House Library.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department's Permanent Secretary gave prior authorisation for Adam Smith to act as a contact point for the News Corporation bid for BSkyB. [111749]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: In his statement to the Leveson inquiry, the Permanent Secretary said that he approved of and helped establish the process to support my decision-making, which included a role for Adam Smith, which he saw as a normal and acceptable part of such a decision-making process.

I will arrange for a copy of this statement and its supporting evidence to be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legal advice not to meet representatives of News Corporation he received and from whom in November 2010; and what involvement his Department's Permanent Secretary had in this advice. [111750]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: All legal and policy advice put to me on this subject by officials, is part of the package of evidence I submitted to the Leveson inquiry, which I have now also placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he sought any advice from his Department's Permanent Secretary on taking responsibility for the decision on the News Corporation bid for BSkyB; and what such advice he received. [111752]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: As I explained when I appeared at the Leveson inquiry on 31 May2012, I received legal and policy advice from officials when I took responsibility for News Corporation's bid for the remaining shares in BSkyB. My Permanent Secretary was involved in this

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process and has also provided evidence to the inquiry. I have deposited all the written evidence that I submitted to the Leveson inquiry in the Libraries of both Houses.

A copy of the statement given to the inquiry by the Permanent Secretary, along with its supporting evidence, will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

Diamond Jubilee 2012

Mr Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Diamond Jubilee celebration. [112070]

Hugh Robertson: The national events that took place over the four-day Jubilee Weekend in London, were funded by the organisers, and through individual donations and corporate partnerships. Costs for elements of support and coordination falling to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including certain stewarding and temporary structures built for the public and media, are still being finalised.

Digital Technology

Mrs Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the principles of digital inclusion are taken into account by his Department's website. [110932]

Mr Vaizey: The Department is constantly striving to ensure that its website offers a fully inclusive experience for all visitors. We ensure the website is compliant to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) priority 1 and 2 (AA standard), adheres to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines and follows recommendations set out by the Government Digital Service. This includes providing users with guidance on how to make the website more accessible for them, through changing browser settings and font sizes. Our accessibility page has more information:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/accessibility.aspx

We test our site using screen readers, automated validation tools and by manual checks. During major site redesigns we have also undertaken accessibility testing with users from a spectrum of disabilities—visual, cognitive and motor. We look to reflect and promote best practice, including the ‘10 principles of inclusive web design’:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/telecommunications_and_online/8161.aspx

across our site and our social media channels, and we aim to subtitle the majority of our video content.

Food: Advertising

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the amount spent by the private sector on advertising foodstuffs to (a) children and (b) adults in each of the last five years. [111652]

Mr Vaizey: The Department has made no estimate. However, according to the latest industry data, the total spend on food advertising in the last five years was as follows:

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 Total spend on food advertising

2007

404,024,262

2008

725,129,654

2009

700,985,884

2010

841,265,230

2011

819,758,591

Source: Nielson: http://www.nielsen.com/uk/en.html

Health Insurance

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package. [111111]

John Penrose: There are no officials in the Department that have private healthcare funded as part of their employment terms and conditions.

Leveson Inquiry

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received from media groups since the start of the Leveson Inquiry. [111311]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: Each Cabinet Minister publishes a list of meetings, including those with the media, on a quarterly basis. These are available on the Cabinet Office website. My Department regularly receives representations from media groups in the normal course of business.

Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of the Leveson Inquiry has been to date; and what estimate he has made of its total projected cost. [111686]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: The cost of the Leveson Inquiry to the public purse to date is about £3.2 million, which represents payments made. The total cost for Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry from start-up in July 2011 is currently projected to be about £5.6 million.

Listed Buildings

Dr Phillip Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on heritage of the decision to remove VAT relief for restoration and maintenance works to listed buildings; and if he will make a statement. [107608]

John Penrose: The Department has encouraged its stakeholders and arms' length bodies to identify the impact of this change and respond directly to HM Revenue and Custom's consultation. We will be extending the assistance provided by the Listed Places of Worship Scheme to ensure that alterations to listed places of worship receive additional support.

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Misleading Advertising

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in dealing with misleading advertising; whether the ASA verifies that companies comply with its rulings; how many companies were subject to more than one ruling by ASA in the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ASA rulings in dealing with misleading claims in advertising by (a) Nestle and (b) Ferrero. [110977]

Mr Vaizey: No assessment has been made. The matters raised are operational ones for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which is independent of Government.

Accordingly, my officials spoke to the ASA, who advised that in 2011 they handled 19,510 complaints about misleading advertising across all sectors and 31,458 complaints overall. As a result of their action, 4,591 ad campaigns were amended or withdrawn in 2011.

The ASA requires assurances from advertisers subject to adjudication that they will comply with its rulings, and the ASA will take compliance action should such assurances not be received.

Some 330 advertisers have been subject to more than one upheld ASA adjudication over the past 12 months. Approximately two-thirds of these were subject to just two rulings. However, the ASA has noted that multiple rulings are not a direct corollary of non-compliance but, rather, reflects the amount of advertising produced by large advertisers.

The ASA's monitoring team undertakes a significant amount of ongoing work monitoring the effectiveness of the rules, including, since 2007, three proactive monitoring surveys of the food and soft drink sector. Their 2009 food and soft drink advertising survey revealed an overall compliance rate with the rules of 99.4%.

Olympic Games 2012

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to using UK-built vehicles for official use during the London 2012 Olympics. [111114]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has given no such consideration. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is the private company responsible for staging the London 2012 games. LOCOG appointed BMW as the automotive partner for the games back in 2009, and is working on the details of the 4,000 cars required for its fleet, including low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars. LOCOG also procured c1,600 buses and coaches in early 2010, which will be provided by a range of companies across the UK.

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what training his Department provides to enable its staff involved with the London 2012 Olympics to recognise victims of human trafficking. [111754]

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Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is not providing training for its staff working on the Games to recognise victims of human trafficking, as DCMS staff will not have frontline Games-time operational responsibilities for this issue. Personnel who are involved in combating trafficking, such as police officers, are provided with training and awareness material as part of core policing business.

To date, DCMS is not aware of any evidence of an increase in human trafficking as a result of the Games. However, the Government remains vigilant, and has measures in place to deal with any potential increase.

Radio Frequencies

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress he has made on the auction of 4G spectrum; and if he will make a statement. [111313]

Mr Vaizey: The matter raised is an operational one for the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom). Accordingly, my officials have spoken to Ofcom, who have advised that they will issue a statement in the summer.

Tourism: North Yorkshire

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps VisitBritain and VisitEngland are taking to promote tourism in (a) East Cleveland and (b) the North York Moors. [111263]

John Penrose: The Department sponsors VisitBritain, which is charged with promoting Britain overseas, and VisitEngland, which is responsible for promoting England within the UK and to selected overseas markets. Funding is based on tourism destinations rather than apportioned on a regional basis, but is intended to ensure that tourism assets and destinations receive coverage in national marketing campaigns.

The Government also recently announced a major initiative to support both international and domestic tourism promotion. Including money from the GREAT campaign and private sector support, VisitBritain is investing over £120 million in an international marketing programme. Over the next four years, this is expected to deliver 4.6 million extra visitors from overseas, £2.27 billion in extra visitor spend and over 50,000 job opportunities. VisitEngland's domestic tourism campaign is supported by a £5 million investment from the Olympic budget and is expected to deliver up to 12,500 new job opportunities and £500 million in extra visitor spend over four years. This promotion includes an invitation to the industry to join up in a 20.12% discount or special offer incentive for consumers.

In addition, the Regional Growth Fund Project, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’, which is managed and co-ordinated by the National Tourist Board, VisitEngland, aims to stimulate increased visitor spend across England, particularly in areas that are facing challenging economic times, but which have tourism growth potential. VisitEngland is also working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England on rural economic growth, in particular, opportunities made available for tourism through the Rural Development Programme for England.

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International Development

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended. [111203]

Mr Duncan: DFID has four centrally awarded contracts in place with Atos, including two Framework Agreements.

Details of the contracts, including title, type and start/end dates are as follows. No decision to extend these contracts has been taken at this time.

Contract titleContract start dateContract end date

Safety and Access to Justice Programme

14 March 2010

13 March 2014

Federal Public Administration Reform Programme in Nigeria

24 January 2011

24 January 2016

Fragile and Conflict Affected States Framework Agreement

1 February 2012

31 January 2014

Governance and Security Framework Agreement

1 March 2012

28 February 2014

Developing Countries: Water

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes and projects his Department funds which support the provision of clean water and sanitation in developing countries. [111468]

Mr O'Brien: Full details of the Department for International Development's (DFID's) current water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) portfolio are available from the WaSH Portfolio Review on the DFID website:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Site-search/?g=wash+portfolio+review

DFID is implementing nine major WaSH bilateral programmes in Africa (Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and four in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam). We also contribute to the results achieved by multilateral organisations including the European Commission, the World Bank, Unicef and the African Development Bank.

At the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington on 20 April 2012, the Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell), announced that the UK has doubled its results ambition for the number of people we will reach with WaSH programmes and committed to reach at least 60 million people by 2015. Details of how we will deliver the scaled-up ambition are under development.

Mexico

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that aid to Clean Technology Fund projects in Mexico is directed towards generating affordable, renewable energy for the indigenous population. [111137]

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Mr O'Brien: The UK Government support the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and sits on the Trust Fund Committee which reviews country-owned investment plans and projects. The UK has been instrumental in ensuring that the CTF meets both climate and development objectives, providing broader benefits for local populations. This includes poverty alleviation, access to renewable energy, improved air and water quality, and local industrial development potential.

Mexico's investment plan was endorsed in 2009 by the CTF Committee. It supports the low-carbon objectives in the country's 2007-12 National Development Plan, its National Climate Change Strategy and Special Climate Change Program. Projects have now also been approved and are being implemented.

Pay

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff working for his Department and its non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement. [110829]

Mr Duncan: DFID recently conducted a comprehensive review of tax arrangements for public sector appointments in contract at 31 January 2012. This was a Government-wide review commissioned by Her Majesty's Treasury.

DFID had 77 appointments off payroll at 31 January 2012 and at an annual cost to the Department of less than £58,200: 76 contracted through an employment agency or consultancy firm and one non-executive director.

DFID will continue to review all non-payroll arrangements to ensure that all appointments meet their tax obligations and that the contractual arrangement is the most appropriate for the situation.

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to introduce regional pay since 20 March 2012; and if he will make a statement. [111543]

Mr Duncan: DFID's pay freeze concludes this year. DFID, in line with the civil service pay guidance for 2012-13 issued by HM Treasury, will submit a three-year pay strategy to the Cabinet Office which, among other things, will explain how DFID is going to move to a more market-related pay structure.

Publications

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) circulars and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department in each of the last two years. [110511]

Mr Duncan: DFID has issued 12 consultations in the last two years:

June 2010 to May 2011—nine consultations

June 2011 to May 2012—three consultations

There have been no circulars.

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Recruitment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its non-departmental public body used name-blank CVs or the blind sift function on the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system to recruit staff in the last year. [110959]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not yet manage recruitment through the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system. DFID is currently in discussions with Civil Service Resourcing with the aim to introduce the system in the second half of 2012.

DFID does though manage external recruitment for all grades below the Senior Civil Service through an e-recruitment system and all sifting is done blind. The personal details section of the application process is not available to the recruiting manager until after this part of the process is complete.

Syria

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to work with the UN Refugees Agency on meeting the needs of Syrian refugees. [111498]

Mr Duncan: I recently visited the border between Jordan and Syria and I saw first-hand the devastating harm the violence is having on the increasing numbers of Syrians who are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. I also saw the commendable work the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and governments of neighbouring countries are doing to support those in need.

The UK is working with UNHCR to address the critical needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. We have committed £2 million to provide safe accommodation for nearly 2,000 people fleeing their homes as well as providing food for up to 1,200 and water and sanitation for 800 people.

UNHCR and UN agencies are working with local partners to allocate UK funding flexibly to respond to a rapidly changing situation to ensure aid reaches those who need it most. The UK also provides substantial core funding to UNHCR for its operations globally, including in this region. We remain in regular contact with UNHCR to ensure the humanitarian response is effective and coordinated.

Defence

Army: Personnel

Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the actual manning against establishment figures is for each infantry battalion; and what proportion of soldiers is (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh, (d) Northern Irish or (e) of Commonwealth extraction by birth. [111080]

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Nick Harvey: The following table provides the establishment and strength information for Service personnel in infantry battalions.

DivisionUnitEstablishmentManning

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

536

520

 

1 Coldstream Guards

535

462

 

1 Scots Guards

603

545

 

1 Irish Guards

537

483

 

1 Welsh Guards

530

506

    

Scots

1 SCOTS

535

517

 

2 SCOTS

528

448

 

3 SCOTS

537

520

 

4 SCOTS

608

460

 

5 SCOTS

556

465

    

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

599

594

 

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

535

541

 

1 Royal Regiment Fusiliers

599

601

 

2 Royal Regiment Fusiliers

532

523

 

1 Royal Anglian

571

565

 

2 Royal Anglian

538

528

    

Kings

1 LANCS

571

551

 

2 LANCS

523

489

 

1 YORKS

533

408

 

2 YORKS

532

487

 

3 YORKS

599

593

    

Prince of Wales

1 MERCIAN

533

494

 

2 MERCIAN

527

439

 

3 MERCIAN

604

507

 

1 Royal Welsh

527

501

 

2 Royal Welsh

575

529

    

Rifles

1 RIFLES

532

504

 

2 RIFLES

528

506

 

3 RIFLES

527

511

 

4 RIFLES

571

551

 

5 RIFLES

599

575

    

Royal Irish

1 Royal Irish

554

554

    

Para

2 PARA

553

463

 

3 PARA

548

500

In addition to the battalions shown above, there are three incremental Guards companies whose primary role is Public Duties but which can also be used to augment the other Guards battalions as required. The establishment and strength information for these elements is as follows:

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UnitEstablishmentManning

Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards

100

104

7 Company Coldstream Guards

100

102

F Company Scots Guards

100

100

It is not our policy to release corresponding data for 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

Information relating to the birth nationality of personnel is not held in the format requested.

Army: Scotland

Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether recruits will be allowed to choose the infantry cap badge within the Scottish regiments that they join. [111079]

Nick Harvey: Recruits joining the Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Scottish Division) are allocated to a particular battalion of the regiment during weeks 10 to 12 of initial training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick. All recruits in the Royal Regiment of Scotland are given the opportunity to prioritise their choice of battalion, with the final allocation based on the operational needs of the battalions, balanced with the wishes of the individual. In addition, recruits cannot be assigned to battalions that may deploy while they remain under 18 years of age.

Recruits wishing to join another infantry regiment also recruiting in Scotland may choose alternatively to join The Scots Guards or The Parachute Regiment.

Defence: Procurement

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2012, Official Report, column 721W, on defence: procurement, what discussions his Department had with HM Treasury on the assumed annual 1% annual increase to the equipment and equipment support budget from 2015. [110649]

Peter Luff: The Chief Secretary to the Treasury agreed that the Ministry of Defence should plan on an annual 1% real terms increase in spending on the Equipment programme from 2015 to 2020. This was originally agreed during the preliminary work on Planning Round 12 announced by the previous Secretary of State for Defence my right hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox), on 18 July 2011. This planning assumption has not changed.

Cabinet Office

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos; [111211]

(2) when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended. [111212]

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Mr Maude: As part of my Department's transparency programme, details of contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder:

http://www.contractsfinder.co.uk

Average Earnings

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average household income was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) in 2010, (c) in 1997 and (d) in 1992 in the areas covered in 2012 by (i) York travel to work area, (ii) City of York Council and (iii) York Central constituency (A) in cash terms and (B) at 2012 prices. [111430]

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 June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average household income was (a) at the latest date for which figures are available, (b) in 2010, (c) in 1997 and (d) in 1992 in the areas covered in 2012 by (i) York travel to work area, (ii) City of York Council and (iii) York Central constituency (A) in cash terms and (B) at 2012 prices (111430).

Table 1 shows the average net weekly equivalised household income for the City of York Council and York Central constituency areas, both before and after housing costs, for the years 2007/08, the latest available, and 2001/02, the earliest period for which data are available, in cash terms and 2011 prices. These figures are based on small area income estimates published by the ONS. The data in the table have been adjusted to 2011 prices using the implied expenditure deflator for the household sector.

Small area income estimates for the York travel to work area are not currently produced.

These estimates, as with any involving sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Table 1: Average net weekly equivalised household income in the City of York council and York Central parliamentary constituency areas, 2001-02 and 2007-08(1, 2)
£ per week
  City of York councilYork Central parliamentary constituency
  Mean income (before housing costs)(3)Mean income (after housing costs)(3)Mean income (before housing costs)(3)Mean income (after housing costs)(3)

(A) In cash terms

2001-02

370

340

360

310

 

2007-08

480

400

460

370

      

(B) In 2011 prices

2001-02

470

430

450

400

 

2007-08

540

450

510

410

(1) Incomes are presented net of income tax payments, national insurance contributions and council tax. (2) Figures rounded to the nearest £10. (3) Housing costs include rent (gross of housing benefit), water charges, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance, ground rent and service charges. Source: Office for National Statistics

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Business: Richmond Park

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of micro-businesses in Richmond Park constituency. [111577]

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:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of micro-businesses in Richmond Park constituency. [111577]

Annual statistics on the number of enterprises are available from the ONS release UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

The table below contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of enterprises in Richmond Park constituency by employee size band.

Count of VAT or PAYE enterprises in the constituency of Richmond Park by employee size band
 0-9 Micro

Richmond Park

5,980

Note: The above figures have been rounded to the nearest 5, to avoid disclosure.

Business: West Midlands

Mr Godsiff: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses there were in (i) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (ii) the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available. [111443]

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 June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses there were in (i) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (ii) the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available. [111443]

Annual statistics on the number of enterprises are available from the ONS release UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

The following table contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of enterprises in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and the West Midlands by employee size bands.

Count of VAT or PAYE based enterprises for the constituency of Birmingham, Hall Green and the West Midlands by employee size bands
 0-9 Micro10-49 Small50-249 Medium250 + LargeTotal

Birmingham, Hall Green

2,210

210

20

5

2,445

West Midlands

149,100

15,090

2,705

690

167,585

Note: The above figures have been rounded to the nearest 5, to avoid disclosure.

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Charitable and Voluntary Organisations

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what support his Department is giving to charitable and voluntary organisations seeking funding from his Department. [110363]

Mr Hurd: We have made grants available to a wide range of frontline charities and social enterprises and the infrastructure organisations that exist to support them.

We have also put in place Big Society Capital, the world's first social investment institution.

Civil Servants

Mr McCann: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what range of appraisal markings, and how many markings in each grade, were given to civil servants, by grade, in the most recent year for which figures are available. [110875]

Mr Maude: Appraisal markings are determined by individual Departments.

Mr McCann: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average bonus paid to civil servants was, by grade, in the most recent year for which figures are available. [110876]

Mr Maude: Since May 2010, non-consolidated performance-related pay (NCPRP) for senior civil servants (SCS) has been cut back, reducing the number who receive awards from 65% to 25% and rewarding only exceptional performance. This has delivered savings of around £15 million.

The level of average awards made by each department and agency is published on departmental websites and data.gov.uk.

Mr McCann: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants, by grade, were subject to disciplinary penalties in the year ended March 2012. [110882]

Mr Maude: Disciplinary penalties are a responsibility of individual Departments.

Emergency Planning College

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will visit the Civil Service Emergency College at Hawkhills, Easingwold; and if he will make a statement. [110629]

Mr Maude: I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to its valuable work in sports safety training in support of the Olympics. I intend to visit in due course to see this for myself.