Government Procurement Card

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a non-permanent employee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. [113342]

Gregory Barker: There are currently 166 Government procurement card (GPC) holders in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Of these, one is employed on a part-time basis and is on secondment into DECC and paid off-payroll. A further seven of these are employed on a part-time basis.

The following table shows previous cardholders.

Year in which GPC cancelledNumberPaid off-payrollPart timeNon-permanent employee

2012

14

0

0

0

2011

62

0

1

0

2010

23

0

0

0

2009

16

0

1

0

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010. [113360]

Gregory Barker: The dates of publication of DECC’s Government procurement card expenditure over £500 are as follows:

April to June 2011: 9 September 2011

July to September: 4 November 2011

October 2011: 6 December 2011

November to December 2011: 2 April 2012

January to March 2012: will be published shortly.

Green Deal Scheme

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2012, Official Report, column 361W, on the Green Deal Scheme, if he will assess the compatibility of this answer with the provisions of regulation 34 of The Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012. [113215]

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Gregory Barker: Regulation 34 of the draft Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012 prevents Green Deal Providers from including in Green Deal plans a term which restricts a bill payer from changing gas or electricity supplier. So, for example, a Green Deal Provider who is also an energy supplier (or is connected to a supplier) will not be able to use the Green Deal Plan as a way of tying customers to their supply.

This is different from the provision that will be enacted through a modification to the electricity supply licence conditions: the electricity supplier for a property with a live Green Deal plan must have acceded to the Green Deal Arrangements Agreement (GDAA), and suppliers who have not acceded to the GDAA will not be able to accept customers with Green Deal Plans.

The licence condition modifications will stipulate that larger electricity suppliers (more than 250,000 customers) must be a party to the GDAA while smaller electricity suppliers (less than 250,000 customers) can choose to accede to the GDAA.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative assessment he has made of the steps consumers will be able to take (a) during and (b) following the controlled launch period of the Green Deal. [113222]

Gregory Barker: The carefully managed introduction of the Green Deal framework and the new Energy Company Obligation is designed to ensure that this long-term programme is built on solid foundations. The managed introduction of the programme is subject to parliamentary approval of the legislation laid on 11 June 2012.

From October, Green Deal assessors will be able to complete assessments and providers will be able to issue quotes so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal plan at the end of January when the relevant parts of the framework regulations come into effect. In addition, Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the £200 million to support incentives for the early adopters of the Green Deal will be drawn from his existing departmental budget. [113243]

Gregory Barker: The 2011 autumn statement announced £200 million of additional one-off capital resource to support the Green Deal. This will be added to DECC's departmental budget as £30 million in financial year 2012-13 and £170 million in financial year 2013-14.

Oil

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (1) the effect of environmental legislation and policy on the petroleum refining industry; [113019]

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(2) the effect of energy legislation and policy on the petroleum refining industry. [113020]

Charles Hendry: DECC has made a number of assessments of the impact of a range of factors on the petroleum refining industry. Most recently, in 2011, we published a detailed study on developments in international downstream oil markets and their drivers, and implications for the UK refining sector. This included an assessment of the effect of energy and environmental legislation and policy on the petroleum refining sector. The report can be found on DECC's website at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/en_security/downstream_oil/improving/improving.aspx

DECC is currently working with the industry on a further study, which is looking at a range of factors that could impact on the competitiveness of the UK refining industry to form the basis for a strategic policy framework for the UK refining sector. The study is due to be concluded in autumn 2012.

Renewable Energy: Business

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to promote the use of renewable energy in business. [113527]

Gregory Barker: The Government has a number of incentives in place to support renewable generation by businesses, individuals and communities. The renewables obligation (RO) and feed-in tariffs (FITs) support renewable electricity generation, with the renewable heat incentive (RHI) supporting renewable heat.

In addition, DECC published a Microgeneration Strategy in June 2011. The actions set out in the strategy will support the increased uptake of small-scale localised energy production. Such projects can engage individuals, neighbourhoods, businesses and communities in becoming involved with generating local heat and power.

Warm Front Scheme

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have taken up Warm Front grants since April 2011. [113557]

Gregory Barker: 37,925(1) households have been assisted by Warm Front since April 2011.

(1) As of 31 May 2012.

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Warm Front scheme, how much remains unallocated of the (a) £110 million available in 2011-12 and (b) £100 million available in 2012-13. [113558]

Gregory Barker: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 620W.

The budget for Warm Front and associated expenditure in 2012-13 is £100 million. Of this, £70.1 million(1) remains available to provide insulation and heating measures to qualifying households.

(1) Warm Front budget remaining as at 31 May 2012.

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Wind Power

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what consideration his Department has given to compensating people living in the proximity of wind farms whose property is adversely affected; [111582]

(2) if he will take steps to require wind farm developers and local authorities to compensate homeowners for any loss of property value arising from aerodynamic modulation noise arising from wind turbines. [111783]

Charles Hendry: The evidence of a general fall in property prices caused by the presence of the wind farms is mixed. The Government is nevertheless keen to give host communities a greater stake in local wind farm developments and will be legislating this year to enable local retention of business rates accruing to renewables development over the lifetime of such projects. In addition, many generators have committed to a voluntary contribution to local communities in England of a minimum of £1,000 per megawatt installed capacity per year.

Studies have considered the noise phenomenon known as amplitude modulation (AM), but show that to date

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only one wind farm in the UK has presented a noise nuisance to residents. The issue has since been resolved. We will keep the issue of AM under review and welcome the additional research on AM that RenewableUK have commissioned.

Mr Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the level of Government support to wind power has been, by category of expenditure, in each of the last 10 years; how much such funding was allotted to landowners in each of those years; and what estimate he has made of the sums to be allocated for similar purposes in each of the next five years. [113081]

Charles Hendry: The Government's main mechanism for incentivising large-scale renewable electricity is the renewables obligation (RO), which provides support for eligible generation. Wind farm hosts do not receive public subsidies other than support for eligible generation under the RO.

The following table sets out the annual RO spend on onshore and offshore wind for each year from 2002-03 to 2010-11 (the latest year for which data are available). RO bands are currently being reviewed and we expect to announce the outcomes shortly.

Annual RO spend on onshore and offshore wind for each year from 2002-03 to 2010-11
£ million (real 2012-13 prices)
 2002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Onshore

75

91

101

140

258

308

391

425

441

Offshore

0

3

16

26

44

62

94

159

288

Total

75

94

117

166

302

369

485

584

729

In addition, the following table shows UK public energy spend on Research, Development and Demonstration (R,D&D) on wind technology, as reported to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

UK public energy RD&D spend on wind (in 2010 £)
 £ million

2001

1.782

2002

2.469

2003

2.873

2004

2.193

2005

19.145

2006

31.989

2007

18.42

2008

4.26

2009

9.474

2010

63.234

Total

155.839

The spending review of November 2010 announced funding of over £200 million for low-carbon technologies over the next four financial years from April 2011. Of this funding, up to £60 million was included to support the establishment of major offshore wind manufacturing facilities at coastal locations in assisted areas of England and the Department announced up to £30 million for offshore wind technology development.

Nigel Adams: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number and capacity of wind turbines which are (a) operational and (b) in the planning process; and whether his Department relies on the industry trade body to provide statistics on the number and capacity of wind turbines. [113282]

Charles Hendry: DECC's Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD)(1) tracks the progress of renewable electricity projects from inception, through planning, construction and operational phases and is updated on a monthly basis. The following tables show the breakdown of wind turbine numbers and capacity for May 2012.

(1)Note:

https://restats.decc.gov.uk/cms/planning-database/

   (b) Planning Applications—number of turbines
Wind TechnologySource(a) Number of operational turbinesSubmittedAwaiting ConstructionUnder Construction

Wind Offshore

REPD

568

1,072

323

863

Wind Onshore

REPD

3,311

2,809

1,819

925

 

RESTATS

318

n/a

n/a

n/a

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Total

 

4,197

3,881

2,142

1,788

  (b) Planning application capacity MW
Wind Technology(a) Operational capacity MWUnder construction MWAwaiting construction MWUnder consideration MW

Wind offshore

1,858

2,729

988

4,521

Wind onshore

4,794

2,220

4,217

6,451

Total

6,652

4,949

5,205

10,972

The data are derived from REPD surveys, carried out on a monthly basis, and RESTATS data collection activities carried out primarily on an annual basis with estimates on a quarterly basis. Data sources include the Infrastructure Planning Commission, planning authority websites, developers’ websites, trade association websites, journals, ad hoc market intelligence sources, DECC and devolved Government websites/contacts (including S36 Consents), Ofgem ROCs database with crosschecking against other data collection activities such as Renewables UK. It should be noted that within REPD the definition of an operational project requires that every turbine must have generated. The definitions used by other organisations may vary.

Wind Power: Noise

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the work of research in the British Medical Journal by Dr Hanning relating to the effects of wind farm noise on human health. [111765]

Charles Hendry: A number of independent peer reviewed research studies commissioned by DECC and its predecessor Departments have looked at the impacts of noise from wind farms and concluded that there is no evidence of direct health effects arising from infrasound or low frequency noise generated by wind turbines.

The Government reviews new evidence carefully to assess whether these conclusions remain valid. In our assessment the British Medical Journal editorial article of 8 March 2012 on wind turbine noise does not change the conclusion that appropriately sited wind turbines do not have a direct effect on public health.

Treasury

Asset Owners Disclosure Project

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on encouraging institutional investors to sign up to the Asset Owners' Disclosure Project. [111505]

Mr Hoban: Investors can play a positive role in the stewardship of companies. To help them make informed decisions they need to know the risks, including social and environmental, that could impact on the strategy and business model of the firm.

The Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code encourages institutional investors to set out the circumstances when they will actively intervene in the companies they invest in; including the suggestion that institutional investors may want to intervene when they have concerns about the company's approach to the risks arising from social and environmental matters.

However, it is for individuals and businesses to decide for themselves which, if any, not-for-profit organisations they wish to support or become involved in or with.

Child Benefit: Lanarkshire

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency receive child benefit. [113060]

Mr Gauke: I refer the hon. Member to the parliamentary question answered on 14 March 2012, Official Report, column 259W.

The next publication of child benefit statistics will be on 28 February 2013.

Child Care Vouchers

Kate Green: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information employers are required by HM Revenue and Customs to provide to employees when childcare vouchers are offered through a salary sacrifice scheme. [113448]

Miss Chloe Smith: General guidance on salary sacrifice arrangements in respect of employer-supported child care is published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a number of documents on its website

www.hmrc.gov.uk

There is no requirement under the existing legislation for employers to provide any information to employees when child care vouchers are offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement. However, if the child care support provided by the employer exceeds the statutory limits, whether or not salary sacrifice arrangements are in place, the employer must report the excess value of the benefit to HMRC and will also need to inform the employee concerned.

Combined Heat and Power

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on industry of the decision to remove support for combined heat and power; [113676]

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(2) what reduction of indirect supplies of electricity from combined heat and power plants (CHP) he anticipates following the removal of CHP levy exemption certificates from 2013. [113696]

Miss Chloe Smith: This Government is committed to creating an environment that supports manufacturing within the UK and continues to incentivise combined heat and power (CHP) overall through public subsidy.

Budget 2012 announced that the input fuels used to generate heat in high-efficiency CHP plants will be exempt from the carbon price floor, subject to state aid approval. It also announced that we will exempt small scale electricity generators of 2 megawatts capacity and less, removing many CHP stations from the carbon price floor completely.

Budget 2011 announced the removal of levy exemption certificates from 2013. This exemption was administratively complex and costly to the taxpayer. Budget 2012 announced transitional arrangements to allow electricity generators to use up their remaining levy exemption certificates for a period of five years after the ending of the exemption.

The impacts of removing the exemption are set out in the Tax Information and Impact Note published at Budget 2012. This can be found on the HMRC website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2012/tiin-0700.pdf

Electricity

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the climate change levy minimum carbon floor pricing reforms on petroleum refinery combined heat and power electricity supply. [112940]

Miss Chloe Smith: As with other combined heat and power (CHP) stations, good quality petroleum refinery CHPs will be exempt from the carbon price floor on the fossil fuels used to generate heat. In addition, small scale electricity generation (of 2 megawatts capacity and less) is exempt from the carbon price floor. This removes many CHP stations from the carbon price floor completely.

Taken together, these measures put CHP electricity generation on a level playing field with alternatives, as large CHP stations will pay for the fossil fuels burned to generate electricity, but not heat.

HM Revenue and Customs have produced a Tax Information and Impact Note on the impacts of these policy changes, along with other changes that have been made to the Carbon Price Floor policy since Budget 2011. This can be found on the HMRC website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2012/tiin-0701.pdf

Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years. [113466]

Miss Chloe Smith: The electricity supplier to the Treasury building changed in October 2008 from E.on to EDF Energy.

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Caroline Flint: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which energy supplier supplies his Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity. [113484]

Miss Chloe Smith: HM Treasury's current energy suppliers are Corona Energy for gas and EDF Energy for electricity.

Equitable Life

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2012, Official Report, columns 557-8W, on Equitable Life, what the frequency is of the updates he receives from the Equitable Life payment scheme. [113054]

Mr Hoban: Treasury Ministers receive updates at varying levels of frequency depending on ministerial commitments, the progress of the scheme and the parliamentary timetable.

Excise Duties: Fuels

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed three pence increase in fuel duty on (a) private motorists, (b) local businesses and (c) local authorities; and if he will make a statement. [112888]

Miss Chloe Smith: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson), on 13 June 2012, Official Report, column 475W.

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the freight transport industry of a reduction in the rate of road fuel duty charged on used cooking oil; [113018]

(2) how much revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from road fuel duty on fuel gases in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how much he expects to accrue in each of the next three years; [113115]

(3) how much revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from road fuel duty on used cooking oil in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how much he expects to accrue in each of the next three years; [113116]

(4) what estimate he has made of the likely revenue which will accrue to the Exchequer from road fuel duty from road fuel gases in each of the next three years. [113758]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), routinely considers the balance between providing fiscal support through discounted tax rates or market-based mechanisms. The 20p per litre duty differential for used cooking oil came to an end as intended on 31 March 2012. Under changes to the renewable transport fuels obligation, biofuels derived from waste, including used cooking oil, receive twice the level of support as provided to conventional biofuels.

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Information on historic fuel duty receipts by fuel type is published in table 2 of the UK Trade Info Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Pages/TaxAndDutybulletins.aspx

The forecast of future fuel duty revenues has been published in table 4.7 of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2012 “Economic and Fiscal Outlook”. This considers dutied fuels in aggregate rather than individually.

George Freeman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings he has had with (a) representatives of Fair Fuel UK and (b) the automotive industry on fuel duty; and if he will make a statement. [113236]

Miss Chloe Smith: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations, available at:

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

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review the effect of the removal of the reduced rate of fuel duty on that part of fuel made up of used cooking oil on (a) the freight transport industry, (b) consumers and (c) bus operators; [113690]

(2) what fiscal steps he is taking to support the use of (a) gas powered heavy goods vehicles and (b) other gas powered vehicles. [113759]

Miss Chloe Smith: The 20p per litre duty differential for used cooking oil came to an end as intended on 31 March 2012. Under changes to the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO), biofuels derived from waste including used cooking oil receive twice the level of support as provided to conventional biofuels. An impact assessment was published by the Department for Transport on 7 November 2011, at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-05

Cars that have been constructed or modified to run on road fuel gases benefit from a £10 reduction in taxation levels for alternative fuel cars under vehicle excise duty. Owners of liquefied petroleum gas capable vehicles benefit from a fuel duty reduction worth the equivalent of 35.79p per litre compared with petrol, and natural gas capable vehicle owners from a reduction worth in excess of 40p per litre. Budget 2012 extended the existing 100% first-year capital allowance for gas refuelling equipment for two years to 31 March 2015.

Experian

Jessica Morden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) cost and (b) duration is of the contract between Experian, the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs to use data to detect fraud and error in tax credits and other benefits. [112775]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 19 June 2012]: The contract with Experian is for 12 months and is due to expire in early December 2012.

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The total cost of the contract is not yet known because it is being delivered through a Payment by Results model. This means that Experian receive payment when they help HMRC and DWP deliver their targets to reduce fraud and error.

HMRC does not expect payment to exceed £170,000 in total by the end of the contract.

Financial Services

John Glen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 842W, on financial services, (1) how he proposes that the level of compliance with the Retail Distribution Review will be measured; [113089]

(2) when he expects the detail of the Retail Distribution Review in respect of platform rebates will be published; [113090]

(3) for what reasons he proposes that the cost of advice will be listed separately from any platform costs and the costs associated with fund management; [113092]

(4) if he plans to include (a) dealing costs, (b) initial charges and (c) platform charges in the (i) total expense ratio and (ii) ongoing charge. [113091]

Mr Hoban: The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) is the responsibility of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), an independent body. These questions have been passed on to the FSA, which will reply to you directly by letter. A copy of the response will be placed in the Library of the House.

Income Tax: British Nationals Abroad

Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the exchequer received from income tax paid by UK citizens abroad in each of the last five years. [113387]

Mr Gauke: Estimated income tax liabilities for those with a tax correspondence address which is abroad are shown in the following table:

 Income tax (£ million)

2005-06

1,280

2006-07

1,630

2007-08

2,100

2008-09

(1)

2009-10

2,160

(1) Figures for 2008-09 tax year are not currently available.

Estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes, of which 2009-10 are the latest outturn data available.

A breakdown of these liabilities arising between UK citizens and others is not available through income tax data.

Income Tax: Lanarkshire

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency pay tax at (a) 20, (b) 40 and (c) 50 per cent. [113059]

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Mr Gauke: It is estimated that there were 45,000 basic rate taxpayers and 3,000 higher rate taxpayers in Rutherglen and Hamilton West parliamentary constituency in 2009-10.

These estimates are based on the 2009-10 Survey of Personal Incomes data, the latest outturn survey available. Reliable estimates for later years based on the projected SPI data, are not available due to greater uncertainties in projections for small geographical areas.

Estimates of additional rate taxpayer numbers in 2010-11 from Self Assessment data are not published for local areas.

Loans: Republic of Ireland

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Republic of Ireland is due to begin repayment of the UK contribution to the EU-IMF bailout programme; [113229]

(2) by what date the Republic of Ireland is (a) required and (b) expected to have repaid in full the UK contribution to the joint EU-IMF bailout programme. [113225]

Mr Hoban: As part of a €67.5 billion international financial assistance package, the UK has made a bilateral loan of £3.2 billion available to Ireland. The UK also holds a contingent liability for any loans made through the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism. With regard to IMF involvement, the UK lends to the IMF as an institution and not to particular programmes. The repayment arrangements for the UK's bilateral loan to Ireland are set out in the Loan Agreement which I deposited in the Library of the House on 10 January 2011. The Government expects it to be repaid in full.

Each tranche of the loan is due for repayment in full, 7.5 years following the date of disbursement. The maturity dates of the tranches disbursed to date are: 15 April 2019, 30 July 2019 and 30 September 2019.

Interest on each disbursed tranche of the loan is payable every six months on 15 December and 15 June until its maturity date.

Disbursements made under the bilateral loan to Ireland are conditional on successful completion of EU/IMF reviews and also require Ireland to make a formal drawdown request. Consequently, future disbursement (and therefore, maturity) dates are not set. However, under the terms of the Loans to Ireland Act 2010, the Treasury may make payments to Ireland until 8 December 2015. We can therefore expect the very latest maturity to be 7.5 years following this date.

PAYE

Mr Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of employers who do not use commercial payroll software; and on what date this estimate was made. [112728]

Mr Gauke: Quantitative research undertaken by HMRC in November 2011, with a sample size of 711 employers, suggested that 23% of employers do not currently use a payroll agent or commercial software for PAYE. Most of those employers said they used HMRC's free products.

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Mr Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) the total cost to employers of commercial payroll software, (b) the number of employers who will upgrade their commercial payroll software and (c) the amount this upgrade will cost per employer as a result of PAYE Real Time information. [112729]

Mr Gauke: Total software costs have not yet been estimated. Software developers will need to implement changes in their products, and these costs may be passed on to employers via increased software charges. HMRC is working closely with software developers on the implementation of RTI but, for commercial reasons, many developers are not prepared to disclose their development costs or upgrade charges. Some employers are also expected to move to using software for the first time.

Employers with nine or fewer employees will have the option to use HMRC’s free Basic PAYE Tools.

Indicative costs for those purchasing commercial software for the first time are currently in the region of £200 to £300 but some software developers provide payroll packages free of charge for employers with nine or fewer employees and other packages are available from less than £70.

Mr Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of PAYE to (a) all businesses, (b) micro-businesses with one to nine employees, (c) small businesses with 10 to 49 employees, (d) medium-sized businesses with 50 to 249 employees and (e) large businesses with over 250 employees. [112730]

Mr Gauke: Reliable estimates of administrative burdens, broken down by business size, are not available within HMRC.

HMRC expects the current costs of operating PAYE to fall with transition to RTI. Administrative burden savings to all businesses under RTI are estimated to be £300 million per year from 2014-15. HMRC accepts that this figure may change as business impacts are better understood through the pilot, but expects the final impact to be a significant net saving.

Mr Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs has estimated the administrative cost of PAYE under Real Time Information for (a) each size category of business in terms of employees and (b) the payroll practice sector. [112731]

Mr Gauke: Reliable estimates of administrative burdens, broken down by business size or sector, are not available within HMRC.

HMRC expects the current costs of operating PAYE to fall once Real Time Information (RTI) has been implemented. Administrative burden savings to all businesses under RTI are estimated to be £300 million per year from 2014-15. HMRC accepts that this figure may change as business impacts are better understood through the pilot, but expects the final impact to be a significant net saving.

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Mr Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration HM Revenue and Customs has given to providing the option of monthly filing of the full-payment submission as opposed to filing the full-payment submission at or before the point of payment for PAYE Real Time Information; if he will estimate the administrative cost of PAYE to businesses of each size under monthly filing; and if he will estimate the administrative cost of PAYE to business under PAYE Real Time Information reporting. [112732]

Mr Gauke: The introduction of real time reporting of PAYE information is expected to generate annual saving to all businesses of £300 million per year from 2014-15 as a result of employers integrating reporting to HMRC with their normal payroll activity. HMRC accepts that this figure may change as business impacts are better understood through the pilot but expects the final impact to be a significant net saving.

Monthly returns would have generated a reconciliation and reporting process at the end of each month, outside the normal payroll process, and as a consequence created an additional burden on the employer.

Reliable estimates of administrative burdens, broken down by business size or sector, are not available within HMRC.

Public Expenditure: Scotland

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the Barnett consequentials that would be paid to Scotland for the UK Government's funding of phase one of High Speed Rail 2. [113400]

Danny Alexander: The funding for High Speed Rail has yet to be decided. The Barnett formula will be applied in the usual way to any additions to the Department for Transport's budget.

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials have been paid to Scotland for the UK Government's funding of the Crossrail project. [113401]

Danny Alexander: The Barnett formula is applied at departmental level in accordance with the ‘Statement of Funding Policy’. Full details of the Department of Transport's settlement for the 2010 spending review are set out in the Treasury publication ‘Spending Review 2010’. The settlement included provision to enable Crossrail to go ahead.

Tax Avoidance

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of measures in the 2012 Budget in reducing tax avoidance through the K2 tax avoidance scheme. [113819]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Government is aware of the K2 scheme. The scheme was already under investigation by HMRC prior to the publication of recent articles in the press.

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HMRC does not nonetheless believe that the scheme achieves the effect that is claimed and will challenge it in every way available. The Government expects the General Anti-Abuse Rule announced in the Budget will be a useful additional tool to help HMRC tackle tax avoidance.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue lost to the exchequer through the use of tax avoidance schemes by individuals in each of the next three years. [113822]

Miss Chloe Smith: Forecasts of likely revenue lost to the Exchequer from individuals' tax avoidance are not produced.

The most recent estimate of the net tax gap due to avoidance is published in Measuring Tax Gaps 2011:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/mtg-2011.pdf

The total tax gap is estimated to be around £35 billion in 2009-10. Of this total figure, the estimated tax lost to avoidance by all taxpayers and across all taxes was around £5 billion.

Measuring Tax Gaps also provides some information on the components of that overall figure. It estimates that the net tax gap for income tax, national insurance contributions and capital gains tax due to avoidance was £1.5 billion in 2009-10.

HMRC monitors, investigates and challenges emerging avoidance schemes, and, where necessary, advises the Government to take legislative action to close schemes down.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward legislation to close down the K2 tax avoidance scheme. [113823]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Government keeps all aspects of the tax system under review. HMRC does not believe that the scheme achieves the effect that is claimed and will challenge it nonetheless in every way available. The Government will announce a change in the law if this becomes necessary.

UK Membership of EU

Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the UK's membership of the EU in each of the next three years. [113551]

Mr Hoban: The Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) latest forecast of UK contributions to the EU budget over the period 2010-11 to 2016-17 was published in March 2012. This can be found in Table 2.15 of the OBR's “economic and fiscal outlook supplementary fiscal tables” at

http://budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/

Mr Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net cost to the public purse was of the UK's membership of the EU in each year between 2005 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of such costs in each of the next three years. [113659]

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Mr Hoban: Details of the UK's contributions to the EU Budget over the period 2005-06 to 2009-10 were published in December 2011 in Table 3C (page 19) of European Union Finances 2011 (Cm 8232). This document is available in the House Library.

The Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) latest forecast of UK contributions to the EU Budget over the period 2010-11 to 2016-17 was published in March 2012. This can be found in Table 2.15 of the OBR's “economic and fiscal outlook supplementary fiscal tables” at:

http://budgetresponsibility.independent.gov.uk/

Unpaid Taxes

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 21 July 2010, Official Report, column 388W, on unpaid taxes, what the change was in the level of receivables owed to his Department between 31 March 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available. [113717]

Mr Gauke: The most recent published HMRC accounts are those for 2010-11 and note 7 to the Trust Statement shows total receivables of £29.5 billion as at 31 March 2011. Note 6 to the 2009-10 Trust Statement shows total receivables of £26.1 billion as at 31 March 2010. Receivables represent all liabilities that have been established irrespective of whether they are due or overdue.

VAT

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office of Police Commissioners in England will be liable for payment of VAT. [113010]

Mr Gauke: The new police and crime commissioners in England and Wales and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will be liable to pay VAT on taxable purchases. However, police and crime commissioners will be able to recover the VAT paid on purchases made to support their non-business activities under the section 33 refund scheme of the VAT Act 1994.

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent representations he has received from the Scottish Government on the VAT liability of a single Scottish police force; [113011]

(2) what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the Scottish Government on the payment of VAT by a single Scottish police force. [113012]

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Mr Gauke: The Treasury has had various discussions with and received representations from the Scottish Government since December 2011, about VAT and the Scottish police force.

Karl Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on unemployment in Hull of the proposed five per cent increase in VAT on the sale of static caravans; [113760]

(2) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the static caravan industry of the proposed five per cent increase in VAT on the sale of static caravans. [113761]

Mr Gauke: An assessment of the impact of levying VAT on the sale of static caravans 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.

VAT: Lanarkshire

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency were registered for VAT in each of the last three years. [113061]

Mr Gauke: No estimate has been made of the number of businesses in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency registered for VAT in each of the last three years. The number of Value Added Tax registrations by parliamentary constituency up until 2008 can be found in the report ‘Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations', published by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform:

http://stats.berr.gov.uk/ed/vat/

This report was discontinued in 2008.

VAT: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland were registered for VAT, in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [112936]

Mr Gauke: Between 2007 and 2008, the number of businesses registered for value added tax in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland at the start of the year is shown in the following table.

Scotland constituency20072008

Aberdeen North

1,730

1,915

Aberdeen South

3,605

3,920

Airdrie and Shotts

1,430

1,485

Angus

2,515

2,665

Argyll and Bute

3,590

3,625

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

2,390

2,430

Banff and Buchan

3,865

3,960

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

3,945

3,970

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

2,645

2,685

Central Ayrshire

1,805

1,870

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Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

1,600

1,735

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

1,305

1,410

Dumfries and Galloway

3,785

3,805

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

3,525

3,585

Dundee East

1,385

1,460

Dundee West

1,725

1,740

Dunfermline and West Fife

1,800

1,875

East Dunbartonshire

1,830

1,905

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

2,175

2,320

East Lothian

2,380

2,385

East Renfrewshire

1,910

1,960

Edinburgh East

2,210

2,320

Edinburgh North and Leith

5,440

5,680

Edinburgh South

1,680

1,700

Edinburgh South West

1,955

2,060

Edinburgh West

1,930

2,000

Falkirk

1,925

2,055

Glasgow Central

6,385

6,440

Glasgow East

1,120

1,205

Glasgow North

1,475

1,525

Glasgow North East

975

1,030

Glasgow North West

1,015

1,105

Glasgow South

1,300

1,400

Glasgow South West

1,000

1,040

Glenrothes

1,360

1,405

Gordon

3,985

4,330

Inverclyde

1,275

1,350

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

3,205

3,280

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

2,165

2,205

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

1,730

1,800

Lanark and Hamilton East

2,610

2,705

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

2,195

2,365

Livingston

2,035

2,165

Midlothian

1,770

1,820

Moray

2,650

2,695

Motherwell and Wishaw

1,375

1,445

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

1,010

980

North Ayrshire and Arran

1,965

1,995

North East Fife

2,390

2,415

Ochil and South Perthshire

3,020

3,120

Orkney and Shetland

2,735

2,670

Paisley and Renfrewshire North

1,970

2,075

Paisley and Renfrewshire South

1,530

1,605

Perth and North Perthshire

3,215

3,230

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

3,335

3,360

Rutherglen and Hamilton West

1,545

1,630

Stirling

3,230

3,355

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

4,000

4,270

West Dunbartonshire

1,265

1,360

Total

136,915

141,895

These figures originate from the report “Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations”, published by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in November 2008. This report has now been discontinued. An extended series covering later years can be produced only at disproportionate costs.

Welfare Tax Credits: Lanarkshire

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency were in receipt of each type of tax credit in the last three years. [113058]

Mr Gauke: This information is published in the HMRC publication series ‘Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised annual awards. Geographical analysis.'

Information for the last three years available can be found here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/final-award-geog.htm

Table 3 in each of these publications has the information by parliamentary constituency.

For ease, the figures for Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency are recreated in the following table.

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Average number of benefiting families in Rutherglen and Hamilton West
thousand
  In-work families 
  With children   
   Receiving CTC only With no children 
 Total out-of-work familiesReceiving WTC and CTCMore than the family elementFamily element or lessOf which: lone parentsReceiving WTC onlyTotal in receipt (out-of-work and in-work families)

2010-11

2.6

3.9

1.2

3.1

3.1

1.4

12.2

2009-10

2.6

3.8

1.2

3.2

3.1

1.2

12.0

2008-09

2.6

3.7

1.1

3.4

3.1

1.1

11.9

Information for 2011-12 will be published in May 2013.

International Development

Afghanistan

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposals he plans to put to the Tokyo conference on Afghanistan on the position of women and minorities. [113565]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: The Tokyo conference is an opportunity to agree the principles that will guide Afghanistan through the ‘Transformation Decade’ (2015-24). We are working with the Government of Afghanistan, Japan and other international partners to ensure that the conference reinforces the importance of ongoing support for the rights of women and minorities as enshrined in the Afghan constitution.

Azerbaijan

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to assist refugees and internally displaced persons in Azerbaijan. [113095]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not work directly in Azerbaijan. However we do provide core funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which provides protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced people. UNHCR are pursuing structured consultations with the State Migration Service, Parliament and law enforcement bodies in Azerbaijan to strengthen their asylum system. Refugees living in urban areas will be assisted to become self-reliant.

Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years. [113449]


Mr Duncan: DFID has not changed gas supplier over this period but has made one change in our electricity supplier. In July 2003, our London office moved from Bizz Energy to our current supplier, EDF, and our East Kilbride office changed from Scottish Power, also to EDF.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which energy supplier supplies his Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity. [113472]

Mr Duncan: The current energy suppliers for both of the DFID's UK offices are:

(a) Gas: Corona Energy, and

(b) Electricity: EDF Energy.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years. [113507]

Mr Duncan: The amounts spent on gas and electricity in the DFID's UK offices over the last 10 years is as set out as follows.

Gas
 Amount (£)

2002-03

54,336

2003-04

57,692

2004-05

67,911

2005-06

104,297

2006-07

139,854

2007-08

103,294

2008-09

69,756

2009-10

100,541

2010-11

59,804

2011-12

53,237

Electricity
 Amount (£)

2002-03

264,659

2003-04

285,970

2004-05

336,880

2005-06

479,125

2006-07

620,304

2007-08

573,520

2008-09

405,828

2009-10

669,715

2010-11

502,612

2011-12

474,580

The reduction in expenditure in recent years is mainly attributable to energy efficiency measures which have reduced our consumption, and partly to fluctuations in tariff prices.

Procurement

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department plans to further streamline its procurement strategy. [113023]

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Mr Duncan: DFID is committed to the coalition Government procurement reform objectives being led by the Government Procurement Service within the Cabinet Office. The Department will use the central contracts mentioned in the reform objectives for the nine common procurement categories.

The Department is also making good progress in the area of staff training and developing our key systems, embedding best practices and implementing new coalition Government procurement policy directives. The Department's compliance with Government targets is high and in some areas, such as contracting with small and medium-sized enterprises, has exceeded its targets.

World Refugee Day

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to mark World Refugee Day. [113062]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not have any specific plans to mark World Refugee Day.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress was made on increasing stability in Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Chicago; whether any discussions took place on (a) violence against women and (b) co-ordination on this issue between (i) the Ministry of Defence and (ii) the Department for International Development; and if he will make a statement. [113238]

Alistair Burt: At the NATO Chicago summit, the international community clearly demonstrated its commitment to increasing stability in Afghanistan. All 50 International Security Assistance Force partners signed the NATO Strategic Plan which set out NATO's post-2014 role and its long-term relationship with Afghanistan. International Security Assistance Force partners delivered on the commitments made at the Bonn Conference with credible financial contributions to sustain the Afghan National Security Forces beyond the end of security transition.

There were discussions on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. The summit communiqué reaffirmed NATO's commitment to full implementation of UNSCR 1325 and also endorsed a Strategic Progress Report on mainstreaming UNSCR 1325 into NATO-led operations and missions.

Discussions on internal UK co-ordination did not take place at the NATO Chicago summit. The Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to co-ordinate their defence, diplomatic and development activities in Afghanistan to promote the inclusion of women in conflict resolution through a specific country action plan for Afghanistan contained in the UK's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.

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Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what level his Department will be represented at the Tokyo conference on Afghanistan. [113566]

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell), will lead the UK delegation to the Tokyo conference. The UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Sedwill, will accompany him.

Anguilla

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of (a) murders that there have been in Anguilla and (b) convictions resulting from such murders in each of the last five years. [112867]

Mr Bellingham: There has generally been a low level of crime in Anguilla over the last five years. We are concerned, however, by a recent increase in violent crime with three violent deaths in the last two months. The police have responded quickly and charged suspects in relation to two of the murders. Investigations are ongoing.

The Police Commissioner in Anguilla has confirmed that the last known violent death was in 2009 and that there was also one violent death in 2008, both of which were resolved. In 2007 there were four violent deaths of which two were resolved by the police.

The Caribbean Overseas Territories Law Enforcement Advisor, based in Miami, is in frequent communication with and visits all the Overseas Territories, including Anguilla, regularly to advise the Governor and the Commissioner of Police on strategies to tackle crime. He last visited Anguilla on 18-20 June this year. The UK Government has agreed to fund technical support to assist in the detection of crime.

Argentina

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to end the blocking of British trade to Argentine ports. [112232]

Mr Jeremy Browne: We are concerned that the Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers union (CATT) is currently boycotting ships flying the British flag or the red ensign of other UK territories, which has resulted in several British-flagged vessels being refused tug boat services to access Argentine ports.

This, along with a range of other Argentine measures directed towards British and Falkland Island trade interests is deeply disappointing and goes against the principles of open and transparent trade. The British Government have raised their concerns with Argentina directly and made clear our opposition to actions against legitimate commercial activity. We have also issued advice to British interests in the region, outlining the potential impact of Argentine trade action. The UK fully supports the EU’s decision to initiate a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement case against Argentina’s restrictive import measures. It is essential that all WTO members meet their obligations to abide by WTO rules.

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Euro 2012

Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any member of the Government is due to attend any matches that England will play following their qualification in the group stages of the European football championships. [113701]

Mr Hague: The Government regret that this question is no longer relevant.

Falkland Islands

Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the quantity of commercially viable oil deposits in the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands. [113830]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Hydrocarbon exploration is a legitimate commercial venture and the British Government fully support the rights of the Falkland Islanders to develop their hydrocarbons sector.

The total extent of the hydrocarbon deposits are not fully known, but Rockhopper Exploration have declared a commercially viable find in the Northern Basin, and Borders and Southern have declared an untested gas condensate discovery from the Southern Basin. The results of the continuing exploration are required to make any meaningful long-term assessment. Drilling results so far are encouraging.

Government Procurement Card

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010. [113349]

Mr Lidington: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office published Government Procurement Card spending on the following dates:

Expenditure DateDate Published

April to August 2011

27 October 2011

September 2011

3 January 2012

October 2011

3 January 2012

November 2011

11 May 2012

December 2011

11 May 2012

January 2012

15 May 2012

Greece

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of anti-Semitism in Greece; and if he will make a statement. [R] [113240]

Mr Lidington: The Government have not received recent reports of anti-Semitism in Greece. Sporadic desecration of monuments does occur. The election of 18 neo-Nazi MPs, from the Golden Dawn party, in the general election on 17 June, is however a cause for concern.

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Iran

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral discussions he has had with his counterparts in (i) China and (ii) Russia on tightening sanctions against Iran. [113662]

Alistair Burt: The UK regularly raises the importance of international sanctions on Iran, particularly recent oil measures, in bilateral and multilateral discussions with China and Russia. We believe sanctions are a key reason why Iran recently agreed to talks with the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK, US). In April, the UN Security Council's Iran Sanctions Committee (which includes Russia and China) imposed new sanctions on two individuals and one company involved in Iranian arms smuggling.

Israel

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on administrative detention. [112956]

Alistair Burt: We continue to raise our concerns over the extensive use of administrative detention with the Israeli authorities, pressing for Israel to either charge, or release administrative detainees.

We welcome Israel’s recent agreement to limit the use of administrative detention and solitary confinement and reinstate family visits for detainees. These are important issues which we have repeatedly raised with the Israeli Government, including in early May with the Israeli Foreign Minister, Vice Prime Minister and National Security Adviser. We are following closely the implementation of the agreement reached to end the recent mass hunger strike and its impact on the situation of Palestinian detainees.

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre of Jenin; and if he will make representations to the Government of Israel on this issue. [113051]

Alistair Burt: We have received reports that Nabil Al-Raee was arrested in relation to the investigation into the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, a founder of the Freedom Theatre. He is being accused of being indirectly related to the murder.

A group of Israeli soldiers arrested Al-Raee at the family's home in the early morning of 6 June. He was, until Tuesday 19 June, being held in Jalameh prison in northern Israel and was subsequently transferred to the Ashkelon prison facility.

Our officials in Tel Aviv have not raised the Al-Raee case specifically, but they have discussed the Freedom Theatre in Jenin with the Israeli authorities previously. Our officials in Jerusalem have also held a meeting with Al-Raee's lawyer recently to discuss this issue.

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Jordan

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Jordanian Government on forthcoming parliamentary elections. [112955]

Alistair Burt: The Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), and I most recently discussed the forthcoming parliamentary elections with King Abdullah of Jordan on 18 June during the King’s visit to London. The Foreign Secretary welcomed the creation of the Independent Electoral Commission and agreed with the King the importance of holding inclusive, free and fair elections by the end of the year.

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Jordanian Government on the safety of Afaq Ahmed. [112957]

Alistair Burt: To date, this case has not been raised in our discussions with the Jordanian Government.

Papua

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) death of Mako Tabuni, the leader of the West Papua national Committee and (b) effect on civilians of operations undertaken by Indonesian police and military in West Papua in the last three months; and if he will make a statement. [112946]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Our embassy in Jakarta reported that the Indonesian security forces had shot dead Mako Tabuni on 14 June. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear. The police in Indonesia have stated that Mako Tabuni was approached by police in connection with recent shootings in Jayapura and that he resisted arrest. However, some sources in the press dispute this. The recent upsurge in violence in Papua, centred on Jayapura and Wamena, has created tension across Papua. This no doubt undermines the trust between the authorities, the activists and ordinary people, and the work to resolve regional governance disputes. Our embassy in Jakarta has raised our concerns about the security situation with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is monitoring the situation closely. The UK encourages meaningful dialogue between all parties and remains committed to urging all levels of Government to work with the Papuans towards resolving regional governance issues peacefully.

Sri Lanka

Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the military presence in northern Sri Lanka on the prospects for reconciliation in that country. [113378]

Alistair Burt: We remain concerned about the role of the military in the north and east of Sri Lanka. We support the recommendation of Sri Lanka's Lessons

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Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that the Northern Province should return to civilian administration and the presence of the military should progressively recede to the background.

Syria

Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the involvement of Vladimir Lisin in the shipment of Russian arms to Syria. [113148]

Alistair Burt: We are aware of media reports linking Vladimir Lisin to the ship, Professor Katsman, which docked in Tartus in Syria at the end of May. We are looking into these reports.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Syria following the Kofi Annan peace plan. [113801]

Alistair Burt: We have seen a recent escalation of violence across Syria. This has led General Mood to suspend operations by the UN Supervision Mission in Syria because of the increased risk to his observers. Following the meeting between the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), and UN/Arab League Special Envoy, Kofi Annan, on 21 June they expressed their deep concern at the situation in Syria.

The Secretary of State has reiterated his continuing support for Kofi Annan's six-point plan, which remains the best hope to achieve an end to violence and a genuine, peaceful political transition. He made clear that the UK would continue to do all that it could to compel the regime to implement the plan in full, and encourage all parties to step back from confrontation. The Secretary of State reiterated to Kofi Annan that the UK stood ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations in support of his work.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: South West

Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the performance of NHS Accident and Emergency departments against the four hour maximum waiting time target for each hospital in south west England in the (a) most recent period for which figures are available and (b) period prior to the most recent period for which figures are available. [112949]

Mr Simon Burns: The data requested are in the public domain and have been published on a weekly basis since November 2010. The information can be found via the following website at:

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

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Accidents: Older People

Dr Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to the NHS on the coding of falls and related injuries in older people. [113057]

Paul Burstow: The coding of falls and related injuries in older people is currently supported by national clinical coding guidance. The national clinical coding standards (including the standard for geriatric/elderly falls) are contained within the National Clinical Coding Standards ICD-10 fourth Edition for use by health informatics professionals and clinical coders.

Pain Relief

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the advice given by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on acupuncture as a pain management treatment. [113722]

Paul Burstow: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and its clinical guidelines, developed through a rigorous and consultative process, are widely recognised as authoritative guidance for the national health service. Local commissioners are expected to take account of NICE and other professional guidance in determining the services they commission for their local populations in the light of local needs and priorities.

Breasts: Plastic Surgery

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast reduction operations have taken place on the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the age of the patient was in each case. [112910]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested is available in the following table.

Total count of all breast reduction procedures(1) by age for the years 2006-07 to 2010-11(2)
Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Age2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Total

4,552

4,116

3,870

4,578

4,212

10 and Under

11

*

12

*

13

*

*

*

14

*

*

*

*

*

15

7

*

*

7

*

16

17

15

21

16

12

17

45

42

42

52

25

18'

69

61

67

87

62

19

60

66

66

100

66

20

92

87

74

80

66

21 .

83

79

68

97

61

22

95

64

85

88

61

23

74

74

61

79

65

24

98

54

67

85

51

25

71

63

49

61

46

26

77

56

58

66

51

27

81

50

48

60

51

28

53

60

55

55

50

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29

62

58

54

47

42

30

53

66

52

51

49

31

64

78

44

54

55

32

86

48

56

57

43

33

97

57

60

44

48

34

108

82

57

70

52

35

136

80

70

70

51

36

126

100

62

94

68

37

138

98

84

82

66

38

136

110

92

105

74

39

129

107

103

106

97

40

116

115

98

103

92

41

123

111

96

109

104

42

133

112

104

114

99

43

120

152

104

101

106

44

135

112

121

127

110

45

104

124

113

126

121

46

100

91

111

123

118

47

85

86

104

125

114

48

114

91

92

119

118

49

107

99

66

109

104

50

103

105

76

112

117

51

108

94

80

117

120

52

111

83

101

121

117

53

113

118

80

114

119

54

86

86

81

101

100

55

89

92

82

100

95

56

80

80

93

100

106

57

91

80

76

89

87

58

89

76

87

91

92

59

78

66

67

95

82

60

53

76

68

78

84

61

59

53

79

88

93

62

40

59

65

95

95

63

44

57

41

52

77

64

36

29

51

49

72

65

28

30

38

44

57

66

32

30

27

47

55

67

19

30

26

45

42

68

19

23

35

28

37

69

9

18

21

29

35

70

17

16

21

20

29

71

10

12

9

16

18

72

7

20

15

7

23

73

7

*

9

16

13

74

*

*

6

12

12

75

*

*

7

*

9

76

*

6

*

10

*

77

*

*

*

7

*

78

*

*

6

*

*

79

*

*

*

*

80

*

*

*

*

81

*

*

*

*

82

*

*

83

*

*

84

*

*

*

85

*

86

87

*

*

88

89

90

*

25 Jun 2012 : Column 95W

91 and Over

Unknown

*

*

*

*

*

(1 )Total number of (named) procedures The total number of (named) procedures recorded in any of the 24 (12 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and four prior to 2002-03) procedure fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) episode. If a procedure is recorded in more than one procedure field during an episode, all instances are counted. OPCS Code used: B31.1—Reduction mammoplasty (2 )Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Activity included Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector. By convention, figures which could risk identifying single patients (figures of five or less) are withheld and have been replaced by an *. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre