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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 21 June 2012

Scotland

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and if he will estimate the potential savings to those affected in each case. [112987]

David Mundell: The Scotland Office has not repealed any regulations between 1 February and 31 May 2012.

Wales

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many regulations her Department has repealed between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and if she will estimate the potential savings to those affected in each case. [112984]

Mrs Gillan: The Wales Office did not repeal any regulations between 1 February and 31 May 2012.

Defence

AgustaWestland

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he first became aware of AgustaWestland's plan to move production of the Sea King Integrated Operational Support contract and the Lynx In-Service Support Agreement contract from Vector Aerospace to the AgustaWestland plant in Yeovil. [112781]

Peter Luff [holding answer 19 June 2012]:Defence Ministers were first notified of AgustaWestland's intent not to renew Vector Aerospace's sub-contracts for support of Lynx and Sea King helicopters in November 2011.

Amphibious Vehicles

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the BvS Viking armoured

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all-terrain tracked vehicles have been withdrawn from frontline use by the Royal Marines. [111949]

Peter Luff: The Viking protected all-terrain vehicle was deployed successfully on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. Viking was gradually withdrawn from frontline use and replaced by the Warthog vehicle which was designed specifically for use in Afghanistan.

Subsequent removal of the upgrades fitted for Op Herrick and close inspection of the vehicles identified that, as a result of the demanding deployment in Afghanistan, which required payloads in excess of the original design parameters, the vehicles have experienced accelerated mechanical fatigue compromising the structural integrity and safe operation of the vehicle.

At present, they cannot be operated in a manner which complies with the Department's legislative safety obligations and have been withdrawn from use by the Royal Marines until such a time as the vehicles have been regenerated.

Armed Forces: Housing

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF engineers are currently temporarily housed at hotels near Marshalls of Cambridge; and what the cost of all such accommodation is. [112315]

Peter Luff: As at 15 June 2012, there were two RAF engineers in hotel accommodation temporarily at a cost of £90 per person per night.

Chemring Group

Jessica Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his contribution of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 275, on Defence Budget and Transformation, what the total cost overrun is incurred to date by the Chemring Group on contracts with his Department. [112821]

Peter Luff: There have been no cost overruns incurred by the Chemring Group on current contracts with the Ministry of Defence.

Defence Equipment: Scotland

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft towing tractors, (b) aircraft lighting trucks, (c) air charging equipment and (d) air compressors of each type are permanently based at each location in Scotland. [112616]

Peter Luff: The information requested is shown in the following table:

 Equipment typeNumberLocation

Aircraft Towing Tractors

Medium Aircraft Tow Tractors

24

RAF Lossiemouth x 15

   

RAF Leuchars x 7

   

RNAS Gannet x 2

 

Large Aircraft Tow Tractors

2

RAF Lossiemouth x 1

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RAF Leuchars x 1

    

Aircraft Lighting Trucks

HY-LITE MK2 Mobile Floodlights

4

RAF Lossiemouth x 2

   

RAF Leuchars x 1

   

RNAS Gannet x 1

    

Air Charging Equipment

Four Cylinder Breathing Air Charging Trolley MK3

5

RAF Lossiemouth x 3

   

RAF Leuchars x 1

   

RNAS Gannet x 1

    

Air Compressors

General Purpose Air Compressor

15

RAF Lossiemouth x 7

   

RAF Leuchars x 7

   

RNAS Gannet x 1

 

Lightweight Tactical Air Compressor

4

RAF Lossiemouth x 4

For the purpose of answering this question equipment has been defined as that used in support of aircraft operations. This equipment is managed to meet operational needs and can be moved for operational purposes should the need arise. The UK Defence footprint is organised, resourced and managed on a national basis to meet operational needs.

Defence: Cryptography

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the delivery of the Extended Assessment Phase for CIPHER. [109517]

Peter Luff: The currently approved total cost of completing the Extended Assessment Phase for CIPHER is £44 million.

Defence: Procurement

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 22 February 2012, Official Report, column 77WS, on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of the Royal Navy's budget that will be used to fund the procurement of (a) versatile Type 26 frigates and (b) successor submarines; and how many vessels he expects to be procured in each case. [R] [109632]

Peter Luff: Procurement of new equipment projects, including the Type 26 frigate and the successor deterrent, is funded from the equipment procurement plan, which is held and managed centrally. As such, none of Navy Command's budget will be used to fund those projects.

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) current planning assumption is for the construction of 13 Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCS). The Type 26 GCS programme is currently in its assessment phase, with the results of this phase expected by the middle of this decade.

The Strategic Defence and Security Review included a detailed review of the successor deterrent programme and announced a deferral of the Main Gate approval point to 2016, at which point a decision will be made on whether three or four boats will be built.

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; and what proportion this represented of the monetary value of contracts awarded by his Department in 2011-12. [111923]

Peter Luff: During the financial year 2011-12, approximately 41% of new contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises. This represented approximately 13% of the value of all new contracts placed in the year.

Hercules Aircraft

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hercules transport aeroplanes are currently at Marshalls of Cambridge. [112314]

Peter Luff: There are currently eight Hercules aircraft at Marshalls of Cambridge.

Military Aircraft

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) C130-Js and (b) C130-Ks remain in the RAF fleet; and how many such aeroplanes are (i) on operation, (ii) in hangars at RAF Brize Norton and (iii) elsewhere. [112313]

Peter Luff: The information is provided in the following table and is correct as of 15 June 2012:

 Hercules C130JHercules CI30K

In-service fleet

24

8

Enduring Operations

5

1

In hangars at RAF Brize Norton(1)

2

1

Elsewhere

17

6

(1) The number of aircraft in a hangar at RAF Brize Norton will change on a regular basis and depend on the number of aircraft requiring maintenance, the extent of the maintenance or the preparation required for a specific task.

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Shipping

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which merchant ships were chartered by his Department in each year since 2000-01; and what the (a) vessel name, (b) flag, (c) ownership, (d) length of charter and (e) cost was of each. [109683]

Peter Luff: I will place the information held by the Ministry of Defence in the Library of the House.

Sovereignty: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Scottish Government on the potential consequences of Scotland leaving the UK; and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such correspondence; [112627]

(2) what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with Scottish Government Ministers or officials on the potential consequences of Scotland leaving the UK. [112637]

Mr Philip Hammond: Defence Ministers, officials and I have had no discussions with the Scottish Government on the consequences of Scotland leaving the UK. The Government's position on this is clear: Scotland is stronger as part of the UK and the UK is stronger with Scotland in it. The Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support the United Kingdom in any referendum.

Culture, Media and Sport

Freeview Service: Northern Ireland

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether under

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the Intergovernmental Agreement that allows RTE channels to be received in Northern Ireland by homes with Freeview, live sporting events covered by RTE channels will be available to people with Freeview. [113031]

Mr Vaizey: The Good Friday Agreement from 1998 and the subsequent Memorandum of Understanding of February 2010 do not make specific provisions for coverage of televised sporting events to be made available in Northern Ireland. It is at the discretion of individual sports associations and the rights holders, as to how they sell their properties by jurisdiction and by broadcast platform.

Leveson Inquiry

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much it cost to provide him with legal advice in relation to his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry. [112773]

Mr Jeremy Hunt [holding answer 19 June 2012]:Government witnesses have been provided with support from Treasury Counsel and Solicitors and other officials in the preparation for the part of their evidence relating to Government business. The Government will publish the cost of Treasury Solicitors and Counsel at the end of part 1 of the inquiry.

Music: Grants

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Arts Council spent on (a) opera and (b) brass bands in each of the last two years. [112898]

Mr Vaizey: Over the last two years, the Arts Council has allocated the following funding, across its various funding strands, to organisations that include (a) opera or (b) brass bands as part of their art form.

(a) Opera
£
Opera2010-112011-12Total

Regular Funded Organisations

67,079,350

62,450,875

129,530,225

Grants for the Arts

667,300

1,119,358

1,786,658

Managed Funds

540,161

220,000

760,161

Total investment

68,286,811

63,790,233

132,077,044

(b) Brass bands
£
Brass bands2010-112011-12Total

Regular Funded Organisations

24,626

22,927

47,553

Grants for the Arts

51,616

246,363

297,979

Managed Funds

6,000

6,000

Total investment

82,242

269,290

351,532

Regional Pay

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to introduce regional pay since 20 March 2012; and if he will make a statement. [112388]

John Penrose: The Department has not made any steps to introduce regional pay as it does not have any employees who are based outside of the London region.

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Public Libraries

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will estimate the number of libraries that charge for the use of e-books; [112510]

(2) if he will estimate the number of libraries that have e-books available for loan. [112543]

Mr Vaizey: Data about the library sector is published annually by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). CIPFA's most recent data shows that at 31 March 2011, 48 library authorities had e-book availability/stock. We would expect subsequent statistics to show an on-going increase in the take-up of e-lending.

We are unable to provide an accurate estimate of the number of libraries or library authorities that charge for the use of e-books as this information is not routinely collected.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will estimate the proportion of the population that use libraries; [112588]

(2) if he will estimate the average age of a library user. [112589]

Mr Vaizey: In 2011, 39.2% of adults had used a library in the last 12 months. Our most recent data for children shows that in 2010-11, 75.6% of children had visited a library in the last 12 months.

During January to December 2011, the average age of adults attending a library at least once in the year was 46.7 years old.

This data is taken from the Department's most recent Taking Part quarterly release, published on our website:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/research/TP_Y7_Q3_Figures_Libraries.xls

This link also contains "Taking Part 2011/12 Quarter 2: Statistical Release—Digital participation" that shows headline digital engagement figures, including digital participation in libraries.

Radio Frequencies

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many Freeview viewers he expects to be affected by interference arising from the rollout of 4G services; [112862]

(2) what assessment he has made of the level of interference likely to be experienced by Freeview viewers upon the rollout of 4G services; [112863]

(3) what estimate his Department has made of the level of funding which will be required to limit interference caused by the 4G rollout; [112864]

(4) whether his Department has considered providing funding to mitigate the interference arising from the 4G rollout from the proceeds of the airwaves auction. [112865]

Mr Vaizey: In Ofcom’s second consultation on co-existence of new services in the 800 MHz band with digital terrestrial television (DTT), their updated analysis

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estimated that the total number of potentially affected households for which DTT is the primary means of receiving television content, would be 900,000, in the absence of any mitigation measures.

The same updated analysis indicates that installing filters at customer premises reduces this figure to 15,500 households. If mobile networks also reduced the radiated power from the 150 base station sites, which are predicted to cause the greatest interference impact, the estimated total number of remaining households affected by interference is further reduced to 7,000.

The Government announced in February that there would be up to £180 million available to address the interference problems administered by a body called Mitco, with the money coming from the winning auction bidders.

Energy and Climate Change

Diesel Fuel

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the extent to which diesel produced in the UK meets demand; and how much diesel is likely to be imported from (a) Russia and (b) the far east in the next 12 months. [112938]

Charles Hendry: The UK is a net importer of diesel, with net imports in 2011 of 4.7 million tonnes against a demand of 20.0 million tonnes. Of the 7.8 million tonnes of diesel imported in 2011 22% came from Russia and less than 1% from the far east.

DECC does not forecast imports by country. Imports are a commercial matter for individual companies and the proportion of diesel coming from each country varies over time according to conditions on the global market.

Energy Supply

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish an updated impact assessment on Contracts for Difference following the publication of the Draft Energy Bill. [111379]

Charles Hendry: DECC intends to publish an impact assessment on Contracts for Difference alongside the final CfD operational framework in the autumn.

Energy: Conservation

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on providing updated guidance to local authorities under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995. [113033]

Gregory Barker: We are finalising the updated guidance to local authorities on the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA) working with local government in the context of DECC's Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Government Association.

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Green Deal Scheme

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 15 March 2012, Official Report, column 361W, on the Green Deal Scheme, how many small electricity suppliers have indicated to his Department that they (a) have and (b) have not chosen to accede to the Green Deal Arrangements Agreement. [112879]

Gregory Barker: Smaller electricity suppliers with less than 250,000 customers can choose to take part in the Green Deal charge mechanism by acceding to the Green Deal Arrangements Agreement (GDAA). The drafting of this Agreement is currently being finalised and the GDAA will come into operation in due course. Smaller electricity suppliers will only be in a position to indicate whether they will accede to the GDAA when this Agreement is finalised.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to issue a draft Green Deal code of practice for consultation with stakeholders; and when such a draft will be published. [113034]

Gregory Barker: A draft of the Code of Practice, written in co-operation with consumer groups and industry, was included in the Green Deal consultation launched last November. This has now been revised to reflect further comments received and to ensure that it provides the right balance between protecting consumers and providing clarity to participants. I plan to lay a final draft of the Green Deal Code of Practice in Parliament before the end of the month in accordance with the procedure set out in section 39 of the Energy Act 2011.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many signatories to the Green Deal memorandum of understanding already have a category A consumer credit licence. [113035]

Gregory Barker: Consumer credit licences are a matter for the Office of Fair Trading.

We are working with Green Deal providers to ensure that those who wish to enter the market early are able to do so. This would include having the necessary authorisation to offer credit to consumers.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department made an assessment of how many category A consumer credit licences the Office of Fair Trading has issued in each of the last five years during the development of the Green Deal; and how long it takes on average for such a licence application to be completed. [113036]

Gregory Barker: Consumer credit licensing is a matter for the Office of Fair Trading. The Department has been working closely with the Office of Fair Trading during development of the Green Deal policy.

Oil

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people are

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employed in the petroleum refinery sector in

(a)

the UK and

(b)

Scotland. [112939]

Charles Hendry: According to the latest ONS figures the total employment in the petroleum refinery sector in the UK is approximately 10,000. A separate figure for Scotland is not published by ONS.

Publications

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure the recent report, co-sponsored by his Department and Renewables UK, and the corresponding press release are made available on the website of his Department. [111779]

Charles Hendry: Copies of the recent report by BiGGAR Economics on ‘Onshore Wind—Direct and Wider Economic Impacts’ and the corresponding joint DECC /RenewableUK press release issued on 7 May 2012 are currently available on the DECC website(1).

(1) A copy of the report is at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/wind/5229-onshore-wind-direct--wider-economic-impacts.pdf

A copy of the joint DECC/RenewableUK press notice issued on 7 May at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/off_wind_pn/off_wind_pn.aspx

Wind Power

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to introducing a decommissioning bond to wind farm applications. [111583]

Charles Hendry: Onshore, wind farm developers make decommissioning arrangements with the relevant local planning authorities and other parties who have a particular interest, for example, the landowner.

Offshore, the statutory decommissioning scheme for wind farms provides security that their removal can be undertaken by developers.

Both of these regimes provide for the use of bonds if appropriate in the circumstances.

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that wind farms will be decommissioned at the end of their useful life and that the developer will be responsible for the cost of this and the restoration of the site to its original condition. [111658]

Charles Hendry: For onshore wind farms, the Secretary of State, or relevant local planning authorities are able to include requirements for decommissioning and restoration of land to an acceptable state condition as part of the planning approval process.

Offshore, there is a statutory decommissioning scheme which allows the Secretary of State to compel wind farm developers to submit costed programmes for the removal of their projects with funds set aside for that purpose.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measures taken to date on the recruitment of women in the Afghan National Security Forces. [112997]

Alistair Burt: Recruitment of women to the Afghan National Security Forces remains difficult for cultural and historical reasons, with a mixed picture across the forces. Women currently represent just under 2% of the Afghan National Army and around 1% in the Afghan National Police. The Afghan Government and the international community are working to create opportunities for women within the police force and to recruit 5,000 women over the next five years.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Afghan counterpart on the future recruitment of women in the Afghan National Security Forces. [112998]

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has not had recent discussions with Afghan counterparts on this specific issue but was able to discuss security challenges and the developing capability of the Afghan National Security Forces when he met the Deputy Commander of ISAF in Kabul last week. Our embassy in Kabul and the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Lashkar Gah work closely with the Afghan Government and international partners to encourage opportunities for women within the Afghan National Security Forces.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of training which (a) has taken place and (b) is planned within the Afghan National Security Forces on the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. [112999]

Alistair Burt: There has been real progress in the provision of effective training since the NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan was established in 2009. The Afghan National Police receive training on gender integration, domestic violence and the prevention of violence against women. Standards of behaviour are set out in their code of conduct, including respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We regularly press the Afghan Government to implement their human rights commitments, including the elimination of violence against women law and the UN convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in developing monitoring and accountability mechanisms with the Afghan National Security Forces. [113000]

Alistair Burt: At the NATO summit in May, the Afghan Government and troop contributing nations noted the former's commitment to a democratic society,

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based on the rule of law and good governance, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens, including equality of men and women and their active participation in Afghan society. They emphasised the importance of Afghan women participating as fully as possible in a future secure and stable Afghanistan and the need to respect institutional arrangements protecting their rights. The summit communiqué reaffirmed NATO's commitment to full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security.

We support Afghan Government efforts to develop policies and monitoring within the Afghan National Security Forces to ensure that women are encouraged and empowered to play a full role in the delivery of security across Afghanistan.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether special advisers in his Department are permitted to use non-departmental e-mail addresses for departmental business. [113073]

Mr Lidington: The special advisers adhere to the Ministerial Code, the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, and the Civil Service Code which set out how Ministers, officials and special advisers should conduct Government business.

FCO guidance stales that: Unofficial and private e-mail accounts should not routinely be used for official purposes. Such accounts may be used when there is no viable alternative, but only for unclassified material.

This guidance applies to everyone, including special advisers.

Nepal: Tibet

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the ability of British passport holders to cross the border between Nepal and Tibet. [112437]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The British embassy in Kathmandu recently received a report that a group of British nationals were not allowed to cross the border from Nepal into Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu confirmed that those without travel permits issued from Lhasa are not allowed to cross the border.

Foreigners wishing to travel to the TAR require the permission of the Chinese authorities. However the Chinese authorities periodically suspend issuing permits for travel to, and within, the TAR for foreign nationals, and may also restrict travel to the region by those who have already obtained a permit. This is clearly stated in our travel advice for China:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/china

Travel agencies in China reported on 6 June that permits are not currently being granted to foreign tourists. The Chinese Government have not confirmed this.

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Work and Pensions

Employment and Support Allowance

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rate of Employment and Support Allowance is paid to applicants who have not been given an appointment for an Atos Assessment after 13 weeks; and if he will make a statement. [112800]

Chris Grayling: While awaiting a Work Capability Assessment a claimant is paid basic allowance of employment and support allowance (ESA). The rate is dependent on specific circumstances but currently it is £71.00 for a single person aged 25 or over—the same rate as jobseeker’s allowance.

This rate applies to the first 13 weeks of the claim after which an extra component is paid if the claimant is found to have a limited capability for work and is awarded ESA. The amount of the component depends on whether the claimant is placed in either the Work Related Activity Group or the Support Group.

If a claimant is assessed after 13 weeks and is found to be eligible for ESA, then the appropriate component rate is backdated to the same 13 week point in the claim.

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each parliamentary constituency (a) no longer receive any employment and support allowance (ESA) and (b) receive income-related ESA as a result of the introduction of a one-year time limit for eligibility of contributory ESA. [113140]

Chris Grayling: In answer to part (a), off-flows for employment support allowance, by parliamentary constituency, are available from 100% data and are published on the Department's website at:

http://83.244.183.180/flows/flows_off/esa/ccparlc/payment_type/a_carate_r_ccparlc_c_payment_type_nov11.html

Guidance for users is available at:

http://83.244.183.180/flows/flows_off/Guidance%20for%20Users.pdf

The information requested at part (b) is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To provide an estimate of those who have received contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) for 365 days, who then go on to receive income-related ESA would require a new piece of analysis. We estimate that to assess the completeness of recording and quality assure the results would take in excess of five working days and would therefore incur disproportionate cost.

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each parliamentary constituency he expects to cease receiving contributory employment and support allowance as a result of the introduction of a one-year time limit in the next 12 months; and what impact assessment his Department has undertaken in relation to this policy. [113141]

Chris Grayling: Information on the parliamentary constituency of those affected by the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance for those in the Work Related Activity Group could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

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The impact assessment is available at

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/esa-time-limit-wr2011-ia-revised-apr2011.pdf

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK have been receiving the assessment phase rate of employment and support allowance for more than (a) 12 months and (b) six months. [113145]

Chris Grayling: Statistics on Employment Support Allowance, for Great Britain, by the Phase of claim and duration, are available from 100% data and are published on the Department's website at:

http://83.244.183.180/100pc/esa/esa_phase/ctdurtn/a_carate_r_esa_phase_c_ctdurtn_nov11.html

Guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Statistics for Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Department for Social Development and are published on their website at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research.htm

Jobcentre Plus: : Hearing Impairment

Mr David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that deaf and hearing impaired people can communicate with Jobcentre Plus through mechanisms other than the telephone, including making urgent contact to rearrange appointments. [109520]

Maria Miller: The Department, through Jobcentre Plus, recognises its responsibilities to make reasonable adjustments for those of its clients for whom the standard telephony channel is not suitable. It is also recognised that people sometimes need to contact Jobcentre Plus urgently, for example to rearrange appointments.

To help ensure deaf and hearing impaired people have full access to its services the Department has taken a number of steps.

Hearing loops are available in offices and textphones are offered as an alternative to telephones; textphone numbers are advertised on relevant websites and included in communication materials. DWP introduced Texbox in late 2009 to improve access to textphone services; this desktop application enables staff to answer textphone calls more effectively using their PCs.

The Department uses a framework of suppliers to provide a range of communication methods, including British Sign Language; lip speakers; sign language communicators and note takers. Jobcentres can arrange for these communicators to be available in offices to support deaf and hearing impaired clients at interviews.

DWP can also communicate with people via email if this is needed as a reasonable adjustment relating to a disability.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter of 14 May 2012 to the Child Support Agency, ref CSA/0285524. [112988]

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Maria Miller: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Noel Shanahan:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner as the Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter of 14 May 2012 to the Child Support Agency, ref CSA/0285524. [112988]

The Senior Resolution Manager of our North West office wrote to you on 18 June 2012 in reply to your correspondence of 14 May 2012. I trust this letter clarifies the situation.

Pensioners: Income

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average annual income of pensioner households in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d) the UK was (i) in cash terms and (ii) at current prices in each year since 1992. [111435]

Steve Webb: Estimates of pensioner incomes are published in the Pensioners' Incomes Series. The latest information is available on the Department's website at

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http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page-pensioners_income

These statistics provide a breakdown of the income levels of pensioners at a regional level.

Three-year averages are used to report regional statistics as single-year estimates are subject to volatility.

(a) It is not possible to provide the information at this geographical level.

Table 1 shows the gross annual mean income in (i) cash terms, for pensioner couples and single pensioners in (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d) the UK, for three year periods spanning 1994-95 to 2009-10, which is the latest year for which figures are available.

Table 2 shows the gross annual mean income in (ii) 2009-10 prices, for pensioner couples and single pensioners in (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d)the UK, for three year periods spanning 1994-95 to 2009-10, which is the latest year for which figures are available.

These statistics are based on Pensioners' Income Series (PI) data sourced from the Family Resources Survey (FRS) which started in 1994-95, so it has not been possibly to provide figures prior to 1994-95.

Data for the UK are not available in the PI series prior to 2002-03.

In each case, incomes have been rounded to the nearest £100.

Table 1: Gross annual mean incomes in (i) cash terms
Incomes in £ per year, in cash terms
 Pensioner couplesSingle pensioners
 (b) Yorkshire and the Humber(c) England(d)UK(b) Yorkshire and the Humber(c) England(d)UK

1994-95 to 1996-97

12,600

15,200

6,700

7,200

1995-96 to 1997-98

14,100

16,000

7,000

7,500

1996-97 to 1998-99

15,600

17,200

7,300

8,000

1997-98 to 1999-2000

16,900

18,100

8,000

8,500

1998-99 to 2000-01

17,100

19,200

8,800

9,100

1999-2000 to 2001-02

18,100

20,200

9,300

9,600

2000-01 to 2002-03

18,700

21,100

9,700

10,100

2001-02 to 2003-04

20,800

22,300

10,000

10,500

2002-03 to 2004-05

21,000

23,400

23,000

10,600

11,100

11,000

2003-04 to 2005-06

22,300

24,800

24,400

11,000

11,800

11,600

2004-05 to 2006-07

21,900

25,900

25,500

11,500

12,500

12,300

2005-06 to 2007-08

23,300

27,200

26,800

12,100

13,100

12,900

2006-07 to 2008-09

24;200

28,600

28,100

12,700

13,700

13,600

2007-08 to 2009-10

25,500

30,100

29,900

12,900

14,300

14,200

Table 2: Gross annual mean incomes in (ii) 2009-10 prices
Incomes in £ per year, in 2009-10 prices
 Pensioner couplesSingle pensioners
 (b) Yorkshire and the Humber(c) England(d) UK(b) Yorkshire and the HumberEngland(d) UK

1994-95 to 1996-97

17,800

21,500

9,600

10,200

1995-96 to 1997-98

19,400

22,100

9,700

10,400

1996-97 to 1998-99

20,900

23,100

9,800

10,700

1997-98 to 1999-2000

22,100

23,600

10,400

11,100

1998-99 to 2000-01

21,800

24,400

11,300

11,700

1999-2000 to 2001-02

22,600

25,300

11,600

12,000

2000-01 to 2002-03

22,900

25,900

11,900

12,300

2001-02 to 2003-04

25,100

26,800

12,100

12,600

2002-03 to 2004-05

24,700

27,500

27,000

12,500

13,000

12,900

2003-04 to 2005-06

25,600

28,500

27,900

12,600

13,500

13,300

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2004-05 to 2006-07

24,300

28,700

28,300

12,800

13,900

13,700

2005-06 to 2007-08

25,000

29,200

28,800

13,000

14,000

13,800

2006-07 to 2008-09

25,000

29,600

29,200

13,200

14,200

14,100

2007-08 to 2009-10

25,800

30,400

30,200

13,000

14,500

14,400

Notes: 1. Mean incomes have been presented in line with the Pensioners' Incomes series publication. 2. Gross incomes have been used to answer the question. This includes earnings from employment and self-employment, state support, income from occupational and private pensions, investment income and other sources. 3. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 4. Incomes have not been equivalised (ie they have not been adjusted for household size or composition). 5. Annual incomes have been rounded to the nearest £100. 6. It was announced in May that the 2009-10 results will be revised when the 2010-11 results are published on 12 July 2012. See the DWP PI website for further information. Source: Pensioners' Incomes Series 2009-10

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average annual value of state pensions, cash benefits and benefits in kind received from the state by pensioner households in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d) the UK was (i) in cash terms and (ii) at current prices in each year since 1992. [111436]

Steve Webb: Estimates of pensioner incomes are published in the Pensioners' Incomes Series. The latest information is available on the Department's website at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php? page=pensioners_income

These statistics provide a breakdown of the income levels of pensioners at a regional level.

Three-year averages are used to report regional statistics as single-year estimates are subject to volatility.

(a) It is not possible to provide the information at this geographical level.

Table 1 shows the annual mean benefit income in (i) cash terms, for pensioner couples and single pensioners in (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d)the UK, for three year periods spanning 1994-95 to 2009-10, which is the latest year for which figures are available.

Table 2 shows the annual mean benefit income in (ii) 2009-10 prices, for pensioner couples and single pensioners in (b) Yorkshire and the Humber, (c) England and (d)the UK, for three year periods spanning 1994-95 to 2009-10, which is the latest year for which figures are available.

In each case, incomes have been rounded to the nearest £100.

Benefit income includes the state pension as well as all social security benefits (including social fund, maternity, funeral and community care grants but excluding social fund loans) and tax credits.

These statistics are based on Pensioners' Income Series (PI) data sourced from the Family Resources Survey (FRS) which started in 1994-95, so it has not been possible to provide figures prior to 1994-95.

Data for the UK are not available in the PI series prior to 2002-03.

Data are not available to show the cash equivalent of benefits received in kind.

Table 1: Annual mean benefit income in (i) cash terms
Incomes in £ per year, in cash terms
 Pensioner couplesSingle pensioners
 (b) Yorkshire and The Humber(c) England(d) UK(b) Yorkshire and The Humber(c) England(d) UK

1994-95 to 1996-97

5,800

5,800

4,600

4,500

1995-96 to 1997-98

6,000

6,000

4,700

4,700

1996-97 to 1998-99

6,300

6,300

5,100

5,000

1997-98 to 1999-2000

6,700

6,500

5,400

5,200

1998-99 to 2000-01

7,000

6,800

5,600

5,500

1999-2000 to 2001-02

7,400

7,200

5,800

5,800

2000-01 to 2002-03

7,700

7,500

6,100

6,100

2001-02 to 2003-04

8,100

7,900

6,400

6,400

2002-03 to 2004-05

8,400

8,200

8,300

6,800

6,700

6,800

2003-04 to 2005-06

8,800

8,600

8,700

7,200

7,100

7,100

2004-05 to 2006-07

9,100

9,000

9,000

7,500

7,400

7,400

2005-06 to 2007-08

9,300

9,200

9,300

7,700

7,700

7,700

2006-07 to 2008-09

9,500

9,500

9,500

8,100

8,000

8,000

2007-08 to 2009-10

9,900

10,000

10,000

8,600

8,400

8,400

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Table 2: Annual mean benefit income in (ii) 2009-10 prices
Incomes in £ per year, in 2009-10 prices
 Pensioner couplesSingle pensioners
 (b) Yorkshire and The Humber(c) England(d) UK(b) Yorkshire and The Humber(c) England(d) UK

1994-95 to 1996-97

8,300

8,200

6,500

6,400

1995-96 to 1997-98

8,300

8,300

6,500

6,500

1996-97 to 1998-99

8,500

8,400

6,800

6,600

1997-98 to 1999-2000

8,700

8,500

7,000

6,800

1998-99 to 2000-01

9,000

8,700

7,200

7,000

1999-2000 to 2001-02

9,300

9,000

7,300

7,300

2000-01 to 2002-03

9,500

9,300

7,500

7,500

2001-02 to 2003-04

9,700

9,500

7,700

7,700

2002-03 to 2004-05

9,900

9,700

9,800

8,000

7,900

7,900

2003-04 to 2005-06

10,100

9,900

10,000

8,200

8,100

8,100

2004-05 to 2006-07

10,100

10,000

10,000

8,300

8,200

8,200

2005-06 to 2007-08

9,900

9,900

10,000

8,200

8,200

8,200

2006-07 to 2008-09

9,900

9,800

9,900

8,400

8,300

8,300

2007-08 to 2009-10

10,000

10,100

10,200

8,700

8,500

8,500

Notes: 1. Mean incomes have been presented in line with the Pensioners' Incomes series publication. 2. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 3. Incomes have not been equivalised (i.e. they have not been adjusted for household size or composition). 4. Annual incomes have been rounded to the nearest £100. 5. It was announced in May that the 2009-10 results will be revised when the 2010-11 results are published on 12 July 2012. See the DWP PI website for further information. Source: Pensioners' Incomes Series 2009/10.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and if he will estimate the potential savings to those affected in each case. [112986]

Chris Grayling: The following sets of regulations were revoked between 1 February and 31 May 2012 by my Department, and no cost savings were identified:

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/2739)

The Jobseeker's Allowance (Work for Your Benefit Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/1222)

The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/830).

S.I. 2006/2739 was revoked and replaced by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/632) to introduce amendments needed to fulfil the requirements of a European Commission reasoned opinion. S.I. 2010/1222 provided for a Work for Your Benefit pilot scheme to be set up; in November 2010 I announced that the scheme would not go ahead. S.I. 2011/830 is an annual set of up-rating regulations which are revoked when the up-rating regulations for the following year come into force.

The following sets of regulations were revoked on 6 April 2012 by my Department, for which cost savings were identified:

The Personal Pension Schemes (Compensation) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1988/2238)

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Discharge of Protected Rights on Winding-up) Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/775)

The Protected Rights (Transfer Payment) Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/1461)

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Mixed Benefit Contracted-out Schemes) 1996 (S.I. 1996/1977)

The Personal and Occupational Pension Schemes (Protected Rights) Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/1537)

The Personal Pension Schemes (Appropriate Schemes) Regulations 1997 (S.I.1997/470)

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Age-related Payments) Regulations 1997 (S.I. 1997/946).

These regulations were revoked as part of the implementation of the abolition of contracting-out for defined contributions pension schemes. Annual administrative cost savings for employers and pension schemes are estimated to be £5.3 million. There are also estimated annual cost savings to the Government of administering the contracting-out system for these schemes of £2 million. The relevant Impact Assessment which sets out the detail of the cost savings for the abolition of contracting-out on a defined contributions basis can be found alongside the Explanatory Memorandum for S.I. 2012/1245 at:

www.legislation.gov.uk

The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1537), made on 13 June, laid before Parliament on 18 June and due to come into force on 1 October 2012, will revoke the following sets of regulations, and no cost savings were identified:

Regulations, dated August 24(th), 1906, made by the Secretary of State for Use of Locomotives and Wagons on Lines and Sidings in or used in connexion with Premises under the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901 (S.R. & O 1906/679)

The Pottery (Health and Welfare) Special Regulations 1950 (S.I. 1950/65)

The Non-ferrous Metals (Melting and Founding) Regulations 1962 (S.I. 1962/1667)

The Employment Medical Advisory Service (Factories Act Orders etc. Amendment) Order 1973 (S.I. 1973/36)

The Health and Safety (Foundries etc.) (Metrication) Regulations 1981 (S.I. 1981/1332)

The Pottery (Health etc.) (Metrication) Regulations 1982 (S.I. 1982/877); and

The Anthrax Prevention Order 1971 etc. (Revocation) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/228).

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Most of these instruments are old and the provisions of some have been revoked in large part by other instruments or contain amendments to instruments which have been subsequently revoked or have been superseded by more modern legislation. The Impact Assessment can be found alongside the Explanatory Memorandum for S.I. 2012/1537.

Social Security Benefits

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) the north-west and (c) England will be eligible for fewer benefits upon the introduction of the benefit cap in April 2013. [112903]

Chris Grayling: The estimate for Greater Manchester is that 1,800 households will have their benefit reduced to the cap level, from April 2013.

The corresponding estimate for the north-west of England is 4,000 households, and the corresponding estimate for England as a whole is 61,600 households.

The figures presented above are consistent with the impact assessment published on 23 January 2012, where the total number of affected households in Great Britain was estimated as 67,000. Following the concessions made in the House of Commons on 1 February, we estimate that the introduction of an exemption for those in receipt of the support component of employment support allowance and a grace period of 39 weeks for claimants who have been in employment for 52 weeks or more before leaving work will reduce the overall number of households affected in Great Britain to around 57,000.

This assumes that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find alternative accommodation. In all cases the Department is working to support households through this transition, using existing provision through Jobcentre Plus and the Work programme to move as many into work as possible.

Work Capability Assessment

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the Government's response to his Department's consultation paper, Work Capability Assessment: accounting for the effects of cancer treatment; and if he will make a statement. [113144]

Chris Grayling: We are determined the benefits system should support people who are diagnosed with cancer in the most sensitive, fair and appropriate way.

People who are receiving or recovering from many forms of chemotherapy are currently automatically eligible for employment and support allowance. Since spring 2011, this provision has been extended to include those who are awaiting or in between courses of such treatment.

Following our informal consultation on accounting for the effects of cancer treatment in the Work Capability Assessment which closed in spring 2012, we continue to analyse the responses and will publish a consultation response, outlining our proposals, in the summer.

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Business, Innovation and Skills

Credit Reference Agencies: Telephone Services

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had on bringing forward legislative proposals to ensure that credit ratings agencies are obliged to provide freephone 0800 access to their organisation for the purposes of reporting and dealing with errors. [112895]

Norman Lamb: This Department has had no such discussions. Reporting and dealing with errors can be dealt with in writing either online, by e-mail or by correspondence to the Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs):

Experian Customer Support Centre, PO Box 8000, Nottingham NG80 7WF

Equifax Ltd, Credit File Advice Centre, PO Box 1140, Bradford, BD1 5US

Callcredit plc, PO Box 491 Leeds LS3 1WZ.

If a consumer has written to the CRA concerned because the information on their credit reference file was wrong and the CRA has either not replied within 28 days or they have replied but the information is still wrong, consumers can write to the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Electronic Cigarettes: Trading Standards

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2012, Official Report, column 511W, on electronic cigarettes, if he will consider issuing guidance to local trading standards officers on the sale of electronic cigarettes and the evidence of illegal sales from other markets such as China. [112822]

Norman Lamb: BIS has recently established a Product Safety Focus Group with regional representatives of Trading Standards product safety groups. This group of safety experts share information on current trends in the market and on product safety concerns. We are aware that e-cigarettes are a concern to some local authorities and that Trading Standards have also been working with the industry association to develop an industry code of practice. Should Trading Standards need additional guidance on a particular product such as e-cigarettes then we have established a mechanism to facilitate this.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total saving to those affected will be of repealing such regulations. [112079]

Mr Prisk: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has repealed two measures between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012:

(1) Export Control (Syria Sanctions) and (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2012—repeals The Export Control (Uzbekistan) (Amendment) Order 2009. The 2012 Order entered into force on

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1 April 2012. It is a country-specific export control order implementing trade sanctions and arms embargoes imposed by legally-binding United Nations Security Council Resolutions and Decisions of the Council of the EU. It sets out the penalties for breaches of those sanctions.

(2) The Restriction on Agreements and Conduct (Specified Domestic Electrical Goods) Order 1998 (Revocation) Order 2012—repeals the Restriction on Agreements and Conduct (Specified Domestic Electrical Goods) Order 1998. The 2012 Order entered into force on 1 February 2012 by the Competition Commission. It prohibits suppliers of certain domestic electrical goods agreeing with retailers on recommended retail pricing, essentially price fixing, as well as certain other forms of anti-competitive behaviour.

There are no associated savings from repealing these regulations.

Health

Brain Cancer

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that more cancer research focuses on brain tumours. [112647]

Paul Burstow: The Department is fully committed to clinical and applied research into treatment and cures for cancer.

The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including brain tumours. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made. In all disease areas, the amount of NIHR funding depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity.

In August 2011, the Government announced £800 million investment over five years in a series of NIHR biomedical research centres and units. This includes £61.5 million funding for the Royal Marsden/Institute of Cancer Research Biomedical Research Centre, which undertakes research on cancer sites including the brain.

The NIHR funds 15 Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres across England in close partnership with Cancer Research UK. Brain cancer is included within the disease focus of three of these centres.

In 2010-11, the equivalent of 19.8% of new incident cancer cases were recruited into studies hosted by the NIHR Cancer Research Network (NCRN), representing a fivefold increase in recruitment in the decade since the network was established. In the same year, 194 patients were recruited to randomised controlled trials in brain cancer hosted by the NCRN.

Cancer

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases there were of emergency readmission to hospitals through accident and emergency departments of cancer patients within 30 days of discharge from hospital in each of the last three years. [112831]

Paul Burstow: This information is not available.

Defibrillators: Schools

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) effect of having

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defibrillators in public places and

(b)

health benefits which would result from having defibrillators in schools. [113004]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has made no such assessment. The National Defibrillator Programme, which is the responsibility of ambulance trusts and is co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation, installs automatic external defibrillators where they are most needed.

However, ambulance trusts now report on clinical outcomes of patients who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The number of patients who have a return of spontaneous circulation at the point of arrival at hospital and the number of patients who survive to discharge are recorded and published on the Department's website and on ambulance trust websites. The statistics can be accessed from:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Statistics/Performancedataandstatistics/AmbulanceQualityIndicators/index.htm

Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust: Pharmacy

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take in the event that the consultation on the proposal to privatise pharmacy services in the Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust is opposed by the public. [112820]

Paul Burstow: This is a matter for the trust, its board of directors and governors to determine. However, we are advised that the trust is only proposing to outsource its out-patient dispensing and distribution of drugs to patients at home and that it has no plans to change the in-patient or pharmacy manufacturing services. As this represents a change of provider and not a change to services, there is no requirement for public consultation. We understand that the small number of staff potentially affected by the change will be consulted.

Health Services

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the review of the role of clinical networks; and if he will place a copy in the Library. [112695]

Mr Simon Burns: To date, over 800 stakeholders have contributed to work being taken forward by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA) on the development of clinical networks. These include patients, clinicians, commissioner providers, Royal Colleges and academics. The NHS CBA will publish its recommendations for clinical networks in the new health system in July. A copy of the recommendations will be placed in the Library.

Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients registered at an address in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland received treatment at a hospital in England in each month since May 2010. [113075]

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Mr Simon Burns: The following tables show the number of finished admission episodes (inpatients), out-patient attendances (out-patient) and accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for patients identified as resident in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland strategic health authorities.

In-patient finished admission episodes (FAEs)
MonthScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandTotal FAEs

2010

    

May

608

4,808

153

1,214,441

June

662

5,027

208

1,267,020

July

802

4,974

192

1,271,826

August

712

4,781

191

1,207,305

September

697

4,800

174

1,265,420

October

722

4,651

175

1,260,699

November

644

4,877

182

1,288,492

December

528

4,160

127

1,185,182

     

2011

    

January

615

4,228

158

1,223,968

February

522

4,329

141

1,173,697

March

625

5,033

159

1,334,848

April

597

4,333

156

1,143,829

May

631

4,803

184

1,236,016

June

673

4,875

189

1,270,039

July

849

4,630

223

1,243,368

August

720

4,828

199

1,239,111

September

641

4,895

178

1,256,844

October

697

4,728

184

1,255,873

November

521

4,880

153

1,290,444

December

580

4,667

157

1,206,888

     

2012

    

January

519

4,764

184

1,281,100

February

524

4,709

167

1,244,131

Out-patient attendances
MonthScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandTotal attendances

2010

    

May

1,332

20,253

281

5,589,873

June

1,603

22,325

399

6,187,189

July

1,541

21,915

345

6,024,397

August

1,365

20,541

334

5,586,435

September

1,506

22,525

314

6,132,641

October

1,515

21,031

294.

5,815,430

November

1,532

22,704

338

6,266,164

December

1,072

17,456

259

4,978,292

     

2011

    

January

1,424

21,013

379

5,870,157

February

1,360

20,690

314

5,675,057

March

1,622

24,419

371

6,514,378

April

1,382

19,143

314

5,245,498

May

1,486

21,930

306

6,021,551

June

1,458

23,416

356

6,327,896

July

1,434

21,899

345

5,853,529

August

1,465

22,791

340

5,990,906

September

1,420

23,235

361

6,228,323

October

1,314

22,423

327

6,046,456

November

1,393

24,122

361

6,499,683

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December

1,128

20,123

258

5,387,921

     

2012

    

January

1,452

23,836

265

6,384,001

February

1,349

22,879

304

6,085,981

Accident and emergency attendances
MonthScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandTotal attendances

2010

    

May

1,443

4,041

255

1,443,785

June

1,562

4,078

278

1,397,321

July

2,686

4,342

436

1,442,289

August

1,874

4,468

333

1,345,139

September

1,511

3,813

275

1,346,328

October

1,553

3,764

264

1,356,486

November

968

3,358

203

1,285,427

December

1,113

3,518

215

1,322,514

     

2011

    

January

1,020

3,118

200

1,311,577

February

948

3,098

209

1,212,860

March

1,193

3,513

186

1,420,207

April

1,773

4,103

275

1,452,786

May

1,489

4,124

256

1,495,912

June

1,596

4,092

299

1,427,753

July

2,935

4,289

476

1,493,887

August

1,963

4,746

378

1,413,804

September

1,673

3,914

301

1,440,447

October

1,643

4,113

265

1,494,034

November

1,106

3,546

213

1,401,244

December

1,317

3,798

243

1,389,247

     

2012

    

January

1,091

3,352

189

1,410,554

February

1,061

3,532

227

1,380,494