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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Wales

Mobile Telephones

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what progress has been made toward the extension of mobile telephone coverage on the A470(T); and what the anticipated timetable is for delivery; [114949]

(2) discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the extension of mobile telephone coverage on the A470(T). [114950]

Mrs Gillan: I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues on a range of issues that affect Wales, including the extension of mobile telephone coverage along the A470.

The Government have shortlisted six potential providers from the pre-qualitative questionnaires it received and the six providers will be invited to tender in due course. A list of those providers can be found at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/telecommunications_and_online/8757.aspx

The Mobile Infrastructure Project's procurement timeline is for the award of the contract to be made around the end of this year and that the work would commence in early 2013 to be completed by the target date of the end of this Parliament in 2015.

Aviation

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many first-class flights paid for from the public purse Ministers in her Department have taken since May 2010. [114961]

Mr David Jones: None.

Billing

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of invoices her Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [114959]

Mr David Jones: The information requested is provided in the following table:

 Total invoices paidInvoices paid within 10 daysPercentage paid within 10 days

June 2011

55

55

100

July 2011

102

102

100

August 2011

81

79

97.53

September 2011

65

64

98.46

October 2011

78

75

96.15

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November 2011

82

82

100

December 2011

102

102

100

January 2012

88

83

93.87

February 2012

107

107

100

March 2012

149

133

87.88

April 2012

88

75

85.22

May 2012

111

111

100

Broadband

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made on making Cardiff a super-connected broadband city; and what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on this proposal. [114941]

Mrs Gillan: I have had regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt) and other ministerial colleagues about broadband issues in Wales, including Cardiff becoming a super connected city.

Cardiff is currently finalising the details of its proposals in preparation for its submission to the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. Upon receipt of these details, the Government will be able to determine the final level of funding for the project, which could be up to £12 million.

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps she is taking to support the efforts of (a) Swansea and (b) Newport to become a super-connected city. [114942]

Mrs Gillan: I have written to the Leaders of both Swansea and Newport city councils highlighting the funding available for this latest round of the super connect city programme and expressing my hope that they would be putting forward strong bids to secure this valuable funding and become super connected cities. I hope the hon. Gentleman will also be urging them to do the same.

Business Plans

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she next expects to update her Department's business plan. [114924]

Mrs Gillan: The Wales Office business plan is reviewed periodically and I expect the next update to follow publication of the Wales Office Annual Report 2011-12, due to be published before summer recess.

Cabinet

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what bilateral meetings she has had with each of her Cabinet colleagues in the last 12 months. [114908]

Mrs Gillan: I meet Cabinet and other ministerial colleagues on a regular basis.

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Disposable Income

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the change in the level of disposable income in households in Wales since May 2010. [114951]

Mrs Gillan: Latest statistics released two weeks ago show that gross disposable household income rose in Wales in 2010 to £13,783 per head from £13,341 per head in 2009.

Economic Growth

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of the rate of economic growth in Wales. [114931]

Mrs Gillan: I refer the hon. Gentlemen to the response given by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the right hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander), to the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards) on 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1187W.

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much of the 0.8 per cent growth forecast she expects to come from Wales. [114932]

Mrs Gillan: The Office for Budget Responsibility bases its forecasts on macro-economic data which are not disaggregated to sub-national level. The Government remains committed to rebalancing growth across the UK.

Job Creation: Private Sector

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many private sector jobs have been created in Wales since May 2010; and in which areas. [114936]

Mrs Gillan: According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 March 2012, for the first quarter of 2010, 923,000 people were employed in the private sector in Wales. The latest figures available are for the third quarter of 2011 and show that 967,000 people were employed in the private sector in Wales, an increase of 44,000. At present there are no industry level figures available.

Olympic Games 2012

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which events she plans to attend in the London 2012 Olympics in her official role. [114960]

Mrs Gillan: My programme for the Olympics has yet to be finalised.

Police

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what assessment she has made of any link between levels of spending on policing in Wales and the number of front-line police officers in Wales; [114928]


(2) what estimate she has made of the effect on the number of police officers in Wales of reductions in spending on policing up to 2015; [114929]

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(3) what discussions she has with ministerial colleagues on the effect of reductions in expenditure on policing on Wales. [114930]

Mrs Gillan: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues about a range of matters relating to policing in Wales.

We have set a challenging but manageable funding settlement for the police service. It is a matter for the chief constable and the police authority in each force to determine the number of police officers that are deployed within the available resource.

Poverty: Children

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effects of the Government's welfare policies on the level of child poverty in Wales since May 2010. [114943]

Mrs Gillan: The Government are firmly committed to eradicating child poverty. In his report to Parliament, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) made clear that, while income is important, considering this measure in isolation fails to properly reflect the real experience of poverty. The Government are developing more effective measurements of child poverty which will provide a more accurate picture in Wales and the UK. We will be launching a consultation seeking views on how to do this in the autumn.

The Welsh Government also have responsibility for a number of factors that affect child poverty including its own Child Poverty Strategy and Delivery Plan for Wales. It is important that both strategies work together.

Redundancy: Public Sector

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public sector job losses there have been in Wales since May 2010. [114934]

Mrs Gillan: The Office for National Statistics published latest figures on public sector employment on 20 June 2012 which showed that public sector employment has decreased by 11,000 since the first quarter of 2010. There were 336,000 people employed in the public sector in Wales in the first quarter of 2012.

It is worth noting that the decrease includes a drop of 9,000 in local government employment in Wales, a devolved matter, between the first quarter of 2010 and the end of 2011.

Social Security Benefits

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the change in the level of welfare spending in Wales up to 2015. [114945]

Mrs Gillan: Benefit expenditure forecasts are produced at Great Britain level only. These are available at the following link:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/budget_2012_2205.xls

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Tax Allowances: Pensioners

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many pensioners in Wales will be affected by the freezing of age-related allowances announced in Budget 2012; [114904]

(2) what the average monetary effect will be for pensioners in Wales as a result of the freezing of age-related allowances announced in Budget 2012. [114905]

Mr Gauke: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Members for Newport East (Jessica Morden), for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cathy Jamieson), for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) and for Glasgow North East (Mr Bain) on 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1204W, which provides available estimates of numbers and average monetary effects by country and region.

Third Sector

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the objective in her Department's Business Plan to help develop and communicate the Government's vision for the big society in Wales. [114909]

Mr David Jones: Since the Department's Business Plan was published we have held an all-Wales seminar on the big society (September 2011), established a Wales Office Big Society Advisory Forum, which is due to meet next on 12 July, and we are in the process of planning a joint event with Cardiff metropolitan university on social investment which will be held in September.

I have also held several meetings with key figures, such as the Minister for Civil Society, my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (Mr Hurd), as well as stakeholder groups, for example the Urdd, to discuss the big society in relation to Wales. It is regrettable the Welsh Government have not yet engaged with the UK Government on big society themes; however, I will continue my attempts to secure that they do so.

Further, in December the Secretary of State for Wales, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan), presented the Prime Minister's big society award to Creation Development Trust which operates in Blaengarw. Representatives of the trust also recently attended a reception for big society award winners in Downing Street.

Unemployment Benefits

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the change has been in the amount paid in unemployment benefits in Wales since May 2010. [114948]

Chris Grayling: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

2011-12 outturn expenditure information for Wales is not currently available. Outturn expenditure for jobseeker's allowance for Wales in 2010-11 can be found using the following URL:

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http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/la_expenditure.xls

2011-12 data will be published in September 2012 and will be accessible from the same URL as above.

Average amount data for jobseeker's allowance payments in Wales, up to November 2011, can be accessed using the DWP Tabulation Tool which can be found at the following URL:

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

Claimant count information can be found using the NOMIS website which gives data up to May 2012. The NOMIS website can be accessed using the following URL:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/

VAT: Caravans

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect on the Welsh economy of the decision to impose five per cent VAT on static caravan holidays. [114907]

Mrs Gillan: 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 has been published as part of the Government's response to the consultation, which can be found at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/downloadFile?contentID=HMCE_PROD1_032138

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Cetaceans

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the Resolution on Highly Migratory Cetaceans and Ocean Governance introduced by Monaco at the 2012 International Whaling Commission meeting. [114109]

Richard Benyon: The UK has consistently taken the view that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) should increase and improve the effectiveness of efforts to address the conservation status of all cetaceans, as well as those whales listed in the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. DEFRA believes that the IWC has a clear role to address issues surrounding small cetaceans as well as large whales and it views this as an important part of the Commission's work. DEFRA will be considering the UK's position in relation to Monaco's draft resolution to the IWC in discussions with other EU member states during the annual IWC meeting taking place in Panama in July.

Common Agricultural Policy

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the UK contributed to the common agricultural policy in the most recent month for which figures are available. [114655]

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Mr Paice: The UK contributes to the EU Budget as a whole and not to individual spending programmes within it and there is not, therefore, a specific UK contribution to common agricultural policy expenditure. Details of

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the UK's contributions to the EU Budget for the period 2005-06 to 2010-11 are set out in Table 3B, page 16, of European Union Finances 2011 (Cm 8232).

£ million
 2005 Outturn2006 Outturn2007 Outturn2008 Outturn2009 Outturn2010 Outturn2011 Estimated outturn(2)

Gross payments

12,483

12,426

12,456

12,653

14,129

15,197

15,289

Less: UK Abatement

-3,572

-3,569

-3,523

-4,862

-5,392

-3,047

-3,141

Less: Public sector receipts

-5,329

-4,948

-4,332

-4,497

-4,401

-4,769

-4,776

Net contributions to EU Budget(3)

3,581

3,909

4,601

3,294

4,336

7,381

7,372

(1 )The figures for 2011 are forecasts; those for the earlier years are outturn. (2) Gross payment figures include TOR payments at 75%. The remaining 25% is retained by the UK to cover the costs of administering collection on behalf of the EU. (3) Due to rounding, totals may not exactly correspond to the sum of individual items. Source:HM Treasury

In 2005, expenditure on the CAP represented 46.2% of the EU budget. By 2011 this had declined to 43.7%.

Sources:

European Union Finances 2011:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm82/8232/8232.pdf

Financial Management in the European Union (2007):

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc0607/hc04/0401/0401.asp

Fish Farming

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fish farms were set up in each of the last five years. [114356]

Richard Benyon: The following numbers of fish farms were newly authorised to operate across the UK in the last five years:

 Number

2007

23

2008

46

2009

28

2010

29

2011

27

However, in some cases a new licence may reflect a change of ownership rather than a new farm being set up, and figures from the devolved Administrations may include authorisations of single businesses operating at more than one farm site.

Public Expenditure

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a statement of her Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps her Department is taking to avoid an annual underspend. [109715]

Richard Benyon [holding answer 14 June 2012]: DEFRA's Annual Report and Accounts set out the Department's annual expenditure. The 2010-11 Annual Report and Accounts are available on the Department's website. These can be accessed using the following link. Expenditure for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is shown in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Net Expenditure on page 70:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2011/07/26/annual-report-accounts-2010-11/

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2011-12 are due to be published in July 2012.

DEFRA has been improving its financial management and forecasting systems over recent years, enabling it to manage its finances more effectively. The Department regularly monitors and reports its spend in-year to identify potential over and under-spending including a detailed process to challenge quarterly forecast outturns. If an under-spend is identified then funds are re-prioritised and allocated to alternative areas ensuring value for money.

Timber

Susan Elan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect on (a) the wood market, (b) the wood panel industry and (c) other wood processing industries of not differentiating subsidy support for biomass feedstocks sourced domestically and internationally; and if she will make a statement. [114780]

Charles Hendry: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

DECC has carefully considered the potential impacts on the wood products industry of biomass electricity incentives.

Analysis published alongside the Government's Bioenergy Strategy(1) shows that the UK is a price taker in the global market and that UK wood prices have not correlated with energy demand in recent years. The use of sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks by the energy sector is set to increase' both in the UK and globally. However, for commercial reasons the very large majority of the UK increase is expected to be fuelled by imported feedstocks under long-term supply contracts, and as such the Government does not consider that biomass deployment in the electricity sector will have a significant impact on the dynamics of the domestic UK wood market.

Recognising the scope for market uncertainty, DECC is working closely with the wood products industry and biomass electricity generators to ensure robust monitoring

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measures are in place for biomass feedstocks. These measures will provide early warning of any supply risks from the electricity sector and give confidence to the wood products industry and its investors that domestic supplies of feedstocks will continue to be available.

(1) http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/bioenergy /strategy/strategy.aspx

Transport

Aviation: Working Hours

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the adoption by the UK of European Aviation Safety Agency flight time limitations without the incorporation of (a) a 30 minute reduction in flight duty period (FDP) for each sector after the first and a reduction in FDP of twice the sleep lost due to early rising and (b) other scientific recommendations in the Appendix to the Comment Response Document to NPA 2010-14. [114879]

Mrs Villiers [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is still considering the responses to its consultation. We will consider our position, taking into account advice from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), once a final set of rules has been proposed. We will not support EASA's proposals if they do not provide an adequate level of protection against fatigue.

Gatwick Airport

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the average seat occupancy rate on flights (a) departing from and (b) arriving at Gatwick in the latest period for which such figures are available. [115041]

Mrs Villiers: In 2011, the average seat occupancy rate on flights at Gatwick was estimated to be 80% on both departing and arriving flights.

M62

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M62 between Hull and Leeds is going to be devoid of lane closures and roadworks; and if she will make a statement. [114290]

Mike Penning: The Highways Agency has responsibility for the operation and stewardship of strategic road network and this responsibility is reflected through the delivery of emergency repair work, programmed maintenance activity and major improvement projects.

The Agency currently have six planned schemes involving road works on the M62 between Hull and Leeds. Of these, five separate schemes between Junctions 34 and 38 involving carriageway and barrier repair and renewal are all due to finish by the end of July 2012.

Between the M62 J25 to J30, a Managed Motorway scheme is currently under construction. The Agency are working section by section and plan to have the first two sections fully operational in summer 2013 with the rest entering operation by autumn/winter 2013. This scheme will cut congestion, make journey times more

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reliable and improve safety through the use of variable mandatory speed limits and by opening the hard shoulder as an extra running lane.

Overnight closures are being used as part of delivering the Managed Motorway scheme to minimise inconvenience to road users.

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any plans to install motorway lighting on the M62; and if she will make a statement. [114291]

Mike Penning: The Highways Agency currently has no plans to install any additional lighting on the M62.

Some lighting renewal work to replace existing lighting is planned in the Agency's forward programme.

The ongoing managed motorway improvements between junctions 25 (Brighouse) to 30 (Rothwell) will include replacement lighting where required.

Operation StepChange

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 785W, on Operation StepChange, how much her Department has spent on video production, editing and promotional costs as part of the campaign. [113425]

Mrs Villiers: The Department utilised existing in-house resources to produce the Operation StepChange videos, therefore spending no additional money.

Telephone Services

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private sector call centre staff were used by her Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years; and at what cost to the public purse. [114435]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport and its seven Executive Agencies directly operate four public facing contact centres for motoring and highway services, an internal facing contact centre for its Shared Service functions, and two contracted out contact centres for the Driving Theory Test and the National Vehicle Recovery Centre.

The Highways Agency Contact Centre employed 6 temporary private sector staff for varying lengths of time between April 2009 and 25th June 2010 at a cost of £56,811 in financial year 2009-10 and £11,742 in financial year 2010-11.

The VOSA Contact Centre employed 53 temporary private sector staff over the last three financial years at a cost of £191,000 in financial year 2009-10, £321,000 in financial year 2010-11, and £184,000 in financial year 2011/12. These figures are estimates based on standard daily charges. To provide more precise figures would incur a disproportionate cost.

None of the Department's other directly operated contact centres employed any private sector staff during the previous three financial years.

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Staff numbers and costs for the fully outsourced National Vehicle Recovery Centre contact centre are as follows:

Financial yearTotal (£)Staff (Full-time equivalent)

2011/12

892,672

35

2010/11

1,005,920

46

2009/10

1,341,768

51

Staff numbers and costs in the contact centre for the outsourced DSA Driving Theory Test service are not specified separately under the terms of the contract.

Northern Ireland

Corporation Tax

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the devolution of powers in relation to corporation tax; and if he will make a statement. [114610]

Mr Paterson: I regularly discuss the rebalancing of the Northern Ireland economy, including the potential devolution of powers relating to corporation tax, with ministerial colleagues, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the devolution of powers in relation to corporation tax; and if he will make a statement. [114611]

Mr Paterson: Ministers from the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive held the third meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy in Belfast on 25 June. While good progress has been made on some aspects of the work, including the potential shape of a devolved corporation tax regime, there remain some crucial areas where significant differences of opinion still exist, including on the potential costs to the Northern Ireland block grant. Officials will continue to work over the summer to resolve these differences and the Ministerial Working Group have agreed to meet again in September.

Publications

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars have been issued by his Department since May 2010; and what the title was of each such publication, consultation document or circular. [114173]

Mr Paterson: All publications and consultation documents issued by my Department since May 2010 have been issued via the internet and can be found at the following link:

http://www.nio.gov.uk/index/nio-publication.htm

No publications officially classified as circulars have been issued.

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Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [114967]

Mr Paterson: My Department has introduced one regulation in the period in question, namely the Identification and Traceability of Explosives (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) regulations 2012. The cost to the public purse could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Energy and Climate Change

Combined Heat and Power

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on incentives to (a) build and (b) sustain new combined heat and power (CHP) plants of the cancellation of levy exemption certificates; what alternative incentives his Department has identified to encourage the (i) acquisition and (ii) maintenance of CHP capacity; what his policy is on the desirability of such capacity; and if he will make a statement. [114155]

Gregory Barker: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cathy Jamieson) on 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 422W.

We are working closely with the industry and other stakeholders on these questions and the Department will make clear our policy on support for CHP once this work is complete.

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on exemptions for industries participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from liability for payments under the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) when phase 2 of the CRC is implemented in 2014. [114158]

Gregory Barker: The Government's consultation on a package of simplification measures for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was launched on 27 March. Our CRC simplification proposals include measures to remove overlaps between the CRC and the EU Emissions Trading System and also the voluntary climate change agreements. We have proposed that EU ETS installations will no longer be required to purchase allowances for electricity supplies under the CRC. ETS installations are already exempt from buying allowances for other fuel use. The Department is currently considering responses to our consultation, which closed on 18 June, and decisions on the final CRC package will be announced in the autumn.

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he plans to make to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the protection of industries currently subject to both the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Reduction Commitment in the event of the Carbon Reduction Commitment being replaced by an alternative scheme. [114159]

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Gregory Barker: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), regularly discusses matters of common interest with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne). The Department is currently considering responses to our consultation on simplification of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme which closed on 18 June. The Government will make a further announcement in due course.

Lighting

Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the prospects for LED lighting as a means of reducing (a) energy consumption and (b) household bills. [114451]

Gregory Barker: Low energy lighting has the potential to make significant energy savings in larger non-domestic buildings. We are therefore including low energy lighting, systems and controls in the non-domestic Green Deal.

For domestic properties it has proved difficult to date to model standard energy saving estimates for lighting systems and controls, and these measures are not therefore included in our modelling tools at present.

My officials will shortly be holding a meeting with representatives from the lighting industry to explore more fully the issues identified with domestic properties. I look forward to considering the outputs of this meeting.

Oil: Refineries

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) refining capacity of UK oil refineries and (b) minimum number of refineries which the UK needs to retain as long-term strategic assets; and if he will make a statement. [114156]

Charles Hendry: Data from the UK Petroleum Industry Association Statistical Review 2011 indicates that in 2009 the UK had the fourth largest refining capacity in Western Europe at over 1.7 million barrels per day.

The UK has an open and competitive market for oil refining, that we consider to be in the best long-term interest of consumers. The Government seek to ensure that the right conditions exist to attract those best able to make investment decisions in the UK's refining sector.

DECC is currently working with the industry to develop a strategic policy framework for the UK refining sector.

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the comparative regulatory burdens on the UK oil refining industry in (a) the UK, (b) India and (c) Saudi Arabia; what effect such differences have on the competitiveness of the UK oil refining industry; what steps he plans to take to create a level playing field; and if he will make a statement. [114157]

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Charles Hendry: The UK has an open and competitive market for oil refining that we consider to be in the best long-term interest of consumers, with regulation under UK and EU competition, environmental and health and safety regimes.

DECC is currently working with the industry to examine the global risks and challenges that could impact on the competitiveness of the UK refining industry in the longer term. This will form the basis for a strategic policy framework for the UK refining sector.

Warm Front Scheme: Bolton

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess how his Winter Warmth Appeal announced in February 2012 has helped raise awareness of the Warm Front scheme amongst Bolton residents. [114438]

Gregory Barker: In February 2012, we launched the Winter Warmth Appeal urging anyone who is eligible to receive assistance through the Warm Front scheme to apply for the help to which they are entitled. As part of this appeal we wrote to 675,000 households across England, targeting areas with high levels of fuel poverty, to help raise awareness of the Warm Front scheme. 9,319 letters were sent to households in the Bolton area as part of this campaign.

Home Department

Animal Experiments

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 use (a) old world monkeys, (b) dogs, (c) old world monkeys in pharmaceutical toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation and (d) dogs in pharmaceutical toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation. [113248]

Lynne Featherstone: The information is as follows:

14 establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used old world monkeys in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

17 establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

Four establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used old world monkeys in pharmaceutical safety/efficacy evaluation (including biological products, e.g. cells) in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

11 establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in pharmaceutical safety/efficacy evaluation (including biological products, e.g. cells) in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 use (a) old world monkeys, (b) dogs, (c) old world monkeys in pharmaceutical toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation, (d) old world monkeys in method development in toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation, (e) dogs in pharmaceutical toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation, (f) dogs in other

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toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation and

(g)

dogs in method development in toxicology or other safety/efficacy evaluation. [113249]

Lynne Featherstone: The information requested is as follows:

36 project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used old world monkeys in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

50 project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

12 project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used old world monkeys in pharmaceutical safety/efficacy evaluation (including biological products, e.g. cells) in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

Five project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used old world monkeys in method development or validation in toxicology or other safety efficacy evaluation in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

30 project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in pharmaceutical safety/efficacy evaluation (including biological products, e.g. cells) in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

13 project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in other toxicology or other safety or efficacy evaluation in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

Eight project licences regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 used dogs in method development or validation in toxicology or other safety efficacy evaluation in scientific procedures started in 2010 in Great Britain.

Arrest Warrants

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information on the implementation by the UK of the Council Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant and surrender procedures has been requested by the Council of the European Union since 2007. [111911]

Damian Green: The UK has been operating the European arrest warrant (EAW) since 2004. In 2006 the UK's implementation of the EAW was the subject of a peer evaluation by other EU member states and the Commission published reports in 2007 and 2010, to which the Government responded.

Additionally, there is an annual requirement on member states to provide the Council with numerical data on the operation of the EAW as both issuing and executing state.

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 862W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between her Department and Atos in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012. [115116]

Damian Green: The Home Office has one contract with Atos Origin. Spend in each of the last three financial years on this contract is as follows:

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Table 1
£ million
Financial yearTotal (in the order of)

2011-12

61.9

2010-11

38.7

2009-10

38.3

Total

138.9

Crime: Coventry

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) burglary offences, (b) robbery offences, (c) violence against the person offences, (d) antisocial behaviour offences and (e) offences against vehicles in Coventry local authority area in each of the last five years. [114770]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 2 July 2012]: Police recorded crime data on the offences of burglary, robbery, violence against the person and offences against vehicles in the Coventry local authority area from 2006-07 to 2010-11 are provided in the following table.

Antisocial behaviour is not a criminal offence defined in law. The Home Office collects data on the number of calls to service the police receive in relation to antisocial behaviour incidents but these are not available at the local authority area level.

Police recorded offences of burglary, robbery, violence against the person and offences against vehicles for Coventry local authority area, 2006-07 to 2010-11
Financial yearBurglaryRobberyViolence against the personOffences against vehicles

2006-07

4,649

843

7,592

5,828

2007-08

4,069

646

7,229

3,862

2008-09

3,787

699

6,631

3,887

2009-10

3,977

616

6,552

3,458

2010-11

4,459

816

5,153

3,929

Drinking Banning Orders

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drinking banning orders on (a) application and (b) conviction were issued in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) Ashfield constituency in the last three years. [114846]

James Brokenshire: Drinking banning orders were introduced on 31 August 2009. Between their date of introduction and 31 December 2011, 625 were issued in England and Wales, 55 upon application and 570 upon conviction. During the same period local justice Areas within Nottinghamshire have issued four drink banning orders upon application and 25 on conviction.

Figures for the individual constituency area of Ashfield are not held centrally.

Source:

HM Courts Service (latest published figures available).

Drugs: Misuse

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new psychotic substances are being monitored by her Department's Forensic Early Warning System. [114443]

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James Brokenshire: The Home Office Forensic Early Warning System (FEWS) was set up to identify emerging new psychoactive substances in the UK. Since inception in January 2011, FEWS has identified 18 substances seen for the first time in the UK, a number of which are already controlled under UK legislation.

The results from FEWS are passed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) which keeps drug-related issues under review, including new psychoactive substances. The current availability of substances identified by FEWS is being monitored and, as appropriate, individual substances will be reviewed by the ACMD and advice provided to the Government.

The FEWS annual report published in May is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/alcohol-drugs/drugs/drug-strategy/fews

One new substance has been identified in the UK since publication of this report.

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to undertake a statistical analysis to establish the effectiveness of the 2010 Drugs Strategy in (a) reducing demand and (b) restricting supply of illicit drugs. [114771]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The Home Office is committed to undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness and value for money of the 2010 Drug Strategy. A document setting out the approach to the evaluation will be published in autumn 2012.

Electronic Surveillance: Admissibility of Evidence

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Attorney-General on the use of intercept evidence; and if she will make a statement. [114717]

James Brokenshire: By long-standing convention, observed by successive administrations and embodied in the Ministerial Code, the fact that the Law Officers may or may not have advised or have been requested to advise on a particular issue, and the content of any advice, is not disclosed outside Government.

Entry Clearances: Israel

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether for the purposes of the UK Border Agency visa requirements an Israeli citizen resident in an Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian Territories is considered legally resident in Israel or the Palestinian Authority. [114583]

Damian Green: Israeli citizens who hold valid travel documents and meet the requirements of the immigration rules are allowed to enter the UK regardless of their area of residence.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the refusal of Tier 4 visas owing to the applicant not meeting the English language standards, in the latest period for which figures are available. [114695]

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Damian Green: Information on tier 4 visa refusals owing to the applicant not meeting the English language standards is only held locally at the UK Border Agency's visa sections. To provide an accurate answer to the question tabled would require the examination of individual records, which would incur a disproportionate cost.

Europol

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information her Department holds on the number of UK nationals who have their personal data held by Europol; [114856]

(2) what steps her Department takes to check the sharing of the personal data of UK nationals by Europol with the third states and organisations listed in EU Council Decisions 2009/935/JHA; [114859]

(3) what steps her Department takes to check the processing of data relating to UK nationals which is supplied to Europol for the purpose of analysis under EU Council Decisions 2009/936/JHA. [114860]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The Europol National Unit (ENU), based in SOCA International, does not have information on how many UK nationals have their personal data held by Europol. Personal data is submitted to Europol by law enforcement agencies of the 27 EU member states and eight third party countries. The ENU does not have access to the information submitted by other parties but would have access to personal data on UK nationals that it has placed on the system itself. We are not able to provide a figure for the number of UK nationals whose personal data has been inputted to Europol by the UK; Europol data systems are not configured to provide this data by nationality.

Europol databases are governed by handling codes. When personal data are inputted to Europol, the owner of the data (which will be the competent law enforcement agency of a member state) specifies a handling code which dictates to whom the information can be disseminated. The member state can therefore state whether or not the data may be shared with other states. Europol has internal controls to monitor compliance with these handling codes.

Data contributed by the UK, which may include data on UK nationals, are initially assessed by the relevant competent law enforcement authority within the UK for compliance with the Europol mandate. The UK Europol National Unit will also have sight of this information. The UK has no ability to check data provided by other member states.

Extradition: USA

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to the UK-US extradition regime resulted from the entry into force of the Agreement on extradition between the European Union and the United States on 1 February 2010. [114487]

Damian Green [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The main change to the extradition regime between the US and the UK following the entry into force of the EU-US Agreement on Extradition came about as a consequence

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of Article 5(2) of the Agreement, so that the requirement for requests from the UK to the US to be certified by an official of the US embassy no longer applied. Also, the transmission of additional case information directly between the Home Office and the US Department of Justice was formalised by way of Article 10. Other potential amendments did not change existing UK practice.

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her response to the Baker Review of the UK-US extradition treaty. [115025]

Damian Green: The UK-US extradition treaty was only one area considered by the independent review of the UK's extradition arrangements chaired by Sir Scott Baker. The report was published on 18 October 2011. The Government are currently considering how to respond to what is a very detailed and complex review of nearly 500 pages and will report their conclusions to Parliament when this has been completed.

Illegal Immigrants

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the early results from the e-borders system on the (a) nationality and (b) entry route of those identified as having overstayed their leave to remain. [114870]

Damian Green [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The e-Borders system enables checks to be made on individuals arriving or exiting the UK, but does not collect information specifically on individuals identified as overstayers, except when they leave the UK on certain routes.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she intends to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 21 May 2012 with regard to Mr M. Awan; [115029]

(2) when she plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 21 May 2012 with regard to Shelley Johnson. [115030]

Damian Green: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 25 June 2012.

Proceeds of Crime

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, (1) whether the sums awarded to her Department were allocated for a specific use; and what the sums provided to her Department were used for; [113988]

(2) what proportion of the sums allocated to her Department were used for crime prevention in 2011-12. [113991]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 27 June 2012]:Under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme, half of all assets recovered are returned to law enforcement

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and prosecution agencies involved in the asset recovery process, and half forms part of the Home Office budget.

In 2010-11 this funding was used to support a range of activity including core funding for the police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Regional Asset Recovery Teams, and work on crime prevention including projects on knife crime and ending gang violence.

As the sums received by the Home Office are not directly attributable to individual budget lines but instead form part of the aggregate budget available for distribution it would not be possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to provide a full breakdown of what proportion of funding was used for crime prevention.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, how much each Department covered by the amount paid to other Government Departments received in 2010-11. [113989]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 27 June 2012]:The value of assets recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) in 2010-11 and provided to other Government Departments was £6.4 million.

The breakdown of how that sum was divided is contained in the following table:

Agency£

Serious Fraud Office

3,697,637,24

Department for Work and Pensions

1,333,178.22

Financial Services Authority

565,648.63

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

246,633.84

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

213,660.07

Environment Agency

153,111.21

Security Industry Authority

64,279.58

Marine Management Organisation

63,411,56

Department for Social Development (Northern Ireland)

32,652.51

Vehicle Operator Services Authority

26,779.58

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

15,248.55

Ministry of Defence

11,276.85

Royal Mail

2,125.68

Gambling Commission

1,875.00

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, who decides how much money is allocated to the relevant bodies; and by what means such allocations are calculated. [113990]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 27 June 2012]: Under the asset recovery incentivisation scheme, half of all assets recovered are returned to law enforcement and prosecution agencies involved in the asset recovery process.

The Home Office calculates quarterly the amounts to be allocated.

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For cash forfeitures, civil recovery and taxation, agencies receive a 50% share of the money remitted to the Home Office.

For confiscation receipts, 50% of the receipts to the Home Office are split between the investigation, prosecuting and enforcing agencies in the following ratio: 18.7%: 18.7%: 12.5%.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations her Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [114964]

Damian Green: The following table sets out the regulations which the Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012.

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In general, there was no identifiable cost to the public purse flowing from the introduction of these regulations with the following proviso.

In some cases, the Explanatory Memorandum to the regulations records that the impact on the public sector is "minimal" (see the Police/Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1204) and the Police and Crime Panels (Nominations, Appointments and Notifications) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1433)) or "negligible" (see the Police (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/680)).

Similarly, in the case of the Immigration (Biometric Registration)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/594), it is expected that the overall cost to the public purse will be negligible when income from fees is taken into account (save for the cost of providing (free) biometric residence permits to certain categories of person such as refugees and persons with humanitarian protection).

Regulations introduced between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012
TitleS.I. 2012 No.Date made

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) (Revocation) Regulations 2012

2012/385

15 February 2012

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/523

23 February 2012

The Police Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/536

27 February 2012

The Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/594

28 February 2012

The Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/640

28 February 2012

The Police (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012/680

2 March 2012

The Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) Regulations 2012

2012/813

13 March 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/946

24 March 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/955

24 March 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Permitted Temporary Activities) (Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/960

24 March 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Persistent Selling of Alcohol to Children) (Prescribed Form of Closure Notice) Regulations 2012

2012/963

24 March 2012

The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2012

2012/971

27 March 2012

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No. 2) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2012

2012/973

27 March 2012

The Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012/1203

2 May 2012

The Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012

2012/1204

1 May 2012

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No. 3) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2012

2012/1311

16 May 2012

The Police and Crime Panels (Nominations, Appointments and Notifications) Regulations 2012

2012/1433

31 May 2012

Tim Larkin

George Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the implementation of an exclusion order against US citizen Tim Larkin; and if she will make a statement. [114423]

Damian Green: It is not Home Office policy to comment on individual cases. Therefore details cannot be provided of this particular case.

The Home Secretary has the power to exclude from the UK any foreign national whose presence here is not considered conducive to the public good. All exclusion decisions must be justified and there must be a rationale between the exclusion and the legitimate aim being pursued. The decisions themselves must be reasonable, proportionate and consistent.

This exclusion policy makes a clear distinction between reasonable, moderate debate and statements or actions that deliberately set out to create tensions and cause divisions within society.

Health

Cancer

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on improving the proportion of cancer patients who begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral from their GP. [114761]

Paul Burstow: We have had no discussions with the Trust.

In the most recent period for which statistics are available (Quarter 4 2011-12) 85.9% of patients, who were urgently referred for suspected cancer by their general practitioner and subsequently diagnosed with cancer, began their first definitive treatment within two months (62 days) at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The operational standard expected of the national health service for the 62-day waiting time standard is 85%.

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Carers: Birmingham

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered as carers in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency and (b) Birmingham in each of the last five years. [115034]

Paul Burstow: We do not hold this information centrally. However, some local authorities and general practitioners may maintain their own registers of carers.

In 2011-12, we provided up to £1 million funding to the Royal College of General Practitioners, Carers UK and the Carers Trust (formerly Princess Royal Trust for Carers/Crossroads Care) to take forward a range of initiatives to increase awareness in primary health care of carers of all ages, including young carers.

Cataracts

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made any changes to the NHS guidelines for cataract procedures since 2010; and whether he plans to make any changes in the next two years. [114815]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has made no changes to national health service guidelines on cataract procedures since 2010.

Primary care trusts are responsible for the commissioning of treatment and services for people with cataracts, taking into account the available evidence on best practice and the needs of the local population.

From 1 April 2013, clinical commissioning groups will be responsible for the commissioning of most health services, including cataract procedures.

In March 2012, we asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop a quality standard on cataracts as part of a library of approximately 170 NHS quality standards. NICE has not yet published a timescale for the development of this quality standard.

A full list of Quality Standards, including information on those currently in development and those already published can be found on NICE'S website at:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qualitystandards/qualitystandards.jsp


Dementia

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of his Department's budget was allocated to research into dementia in each of the last two years; [115033]

(2) what recent progress has been made on research into dementia. [115044]

Paul Burstow: The Department's expenditure on dementia research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Department's Policy Research Programme was £18.6 million in 2010-11 and £25.1 million in 2011-12.

In March 2012, the Prime Minister announced as part of the coalition Government's challenge on dementia that the combined value of the NIHR, Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council

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(ESRC) funding for research into dementia will increase from £26.6 million in 2009-10 to an estimated £66.3 million in 2014-15. Three champion groups have been convened to bring together the leading organisations and groups with an interest in dementia to support the delivery of the challenge.

Three meetings of the Better Research Champion Group will be held between June and December 2012 and the frequency of meetings will be reviewed thereafter. The first meeting was held on 8 June 2012, bringing together some of the world's leading dementia scientists to strengthen research coordination and engagement, spanning basic research and translational research. The group will address the challenge of co-ordination and engagement, focusing on the actions needed to strengthen partnerships between research funders, research charities, universities, national health service trusts, providers and the life science industry.

Four new NIHR biomedical research units in dementia are being funded from April 2012:

NHS organisationUniversity partner

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University of Cambridge

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle University

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

King's College London Institute of Psychiatry

University College London Hospitals

University College London

These research units and NIHR biomedical research centres which include dementia themed research will share their considerable resources and world leading expertise to improve treatment and care.

The NIHR has completed a £17 million call for applied health research on dementia, as part of the programme of work to push further and faster progress in the prevention, treatment and cure of dementia. A full list of successful research bids will be announced soon.

The ESRC and NIHR will be working together to support an initiative with up to £13 million funding available for social science research on dementia. The call for proposals will open in the week commencing 9 July and will fund national or international social science research in dementia which can make a significant contribution to scientific, economic and social impact.

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve early diagnosis for dementia; [115043]

(2) what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia. [115060]

Paul Burstow: Early, accurate diagnosis is important so that people with dementia can access information, treatment and support and can make decisions about their future. Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia and improving early diagnosis are a key part of the challenge on dementia announced by the Prime Minister. We are taking forward a number of actions to ensure that diagnosis rates improve across the country and that the level of variation between primary care trusts is reduced. For example, the Commissioning

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for Quality and Innovation goal will ensure that people aged 75 and over admitted to hospital as an emergency will be assessed for their risk of dementia so that they are diagnosed early and get the right support. We are also taking forward a behaviour change campaign starting in 2012-13 to encourage people to see their general practitioner at an earlier stage. This will build on the 2010 dementia awareness campaign, which showed a positive impact on awareness, recognition of symptoms and attitudes to dementia.

Drugs: Misuse

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives he plans to offer to health and well-being boards to fund drug prevention programmes aimed at young people. [114445]

Anne Milton: Local authority commissioners will work through health and well-being boards to develop a comprehensive analysis of health and social care needs in each local area, called joint strategic needs assessments, and to translate these into action through joint health and well-being strategies and their own commissioning plans, including for public health. This will provide an opportunity for needs around drug prevention to be identified and addressed as appropriate through action by the local authority and other partners.

One of the most effective approaches for preventing young people from using drugs is to improve their general life skills and resilience. The Department's Youth Social Marketing Strategy will set out how we intend to help young people build these skills and be able to make sensible choices on a wide range of risky behaviours, including drug use. The Public Health Grant which will be allocated to local authorities during 2013-14 will also include funding for the Healthy Child Programme for five to 19-year-olds.

Health Education

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to campaigns highlighting (a) men's and (b) women's health issues in each of the last 10 years. [114448]

Anne Milton: The Department has funded a number of health-related campaigns, most of which are not gender specific, but which are nevertheless intended to improve the health of men and women. It is not therefore straightforward to provide an overall figure for the funding of such campaigns. However, over the last 10 years the Department has provided funding for some campaigns that highlight awareness of particular gender-related issues. For example, it has funded the Men's Health Forum to support health issues relevant to men

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and has provided funding to highlight awareness of male cancers. Also, in 2008, the Department introduced an immunisation programme against human papillomavirus (HPV), which is aimed at preventing infection by HPV strains that are most likely to lead to cervical cancer in women.

Heart Disease

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will be diagnosed with heart disease before the age of 75 in each of the next five years; and what plans his Department has to reduce this number. [114449]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has made no such estimate. We do know that, because of an aging population, there will be an increase in the prevalence of heart disease. Other factors may also influence incidence, particularly lifestyle factors.

Over the last decade mortality from heart disease has reduced by 40%. The national health service continues to work hard to reduce heart disease. For example, it is currently implementing the NHS Health Check programme. This is a risk assessment and risk management programme aimed at people between 40 to 74 designed to reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. On average, the programme could prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes a year, and detect at least 20,000 cases of diabetes and kidney disease (risk factors for heart disease) earlier. A cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy is also being developed which will help to identify what will make the biggest impact on reducing the burden of heart disease now and in the future.

Heart Disease: Males

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of men diagnosed with heart disease in (a) England and (b) Leeds Primary Care Trust area in each of the last five years. [114541]

Mr Simon Burns: The table provides a count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) with a diagnosis of heart disease for males in England country of residence and Leeds primary care trust (PCT) of residence for the years 2006-07 to 2010-11.

These data are not a count of people as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion. Heart disease is a broad term. The table includes all the conditions that can be found in the ICD-10 Alphabetical Index under the specific term 'heart disease', as well as other conditions that cannot be directly indexed under this term but are diseases/conditions of the structures of the heart and may also be considered 'heart disease'.

A count of finished admission episodes (FAEs)(1) of males with a primary diagnosis(2) or diagnosis mention(3) of heart disease for (a) England country of residence(4) and (b) Leeds PCT of residence(5) for the years 2006-07 to 2010-11(6)
Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
 2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Leeds PCT

3,551

3,401

3,591

3,758

3,590

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England

336,729

342,043

344,902

341,396

341,223

(1) Finished admission episodes: A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2) Primary diagnosis: The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital. (3) Number of episodes in which the patient had a (named) primary or secondary diagnosis: The number of episodes where this diagnosis was recorded in any of the 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a HES record. Each episode is only counted once, even if the diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record. (4) Country of Residence: The country containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another area or region for treatment. England is defined as: Q30—North East SHA of Residence Q31—North West SHA of Residence Q32—Yorkshire and the Humber SHA of Residence Q33—East Midlands SHA of Residence Q34—West Midlands SHA of Residence Q35—East of England SHA of Residence Q36—London SHA of Residence Q37—South East Coast SHA of Residence Q38—South Central SHA of Residence Q39—South West SHA of Residence U—England Not Otherwise Specified (5) SHA/PCT of residence: The strategic health authority (SHA) or primary care trust (PCT) containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another SHA/PCT for treatment. (6) 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 that may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Hospital Beds: Greater London

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of NHS beds in the South London Healthcare NHS Trust area in each year since 2005. [114988]

Mr Simon Burns: The following tables show the average daily number of available beds for this trust and its predecessor organisations.

Average daily number of available beds
  Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS TrustBromley Hospitals NHS TrustQueen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust
  Beds open overnightBeds open day onlyBeds open overnightBeds open day onlyBeds open overnightBeds open day only

2004-05

Annual

561

41

551

41

444

42

2005-06

Annual

481

48

552

90

428

45

2006-07

Annual

510

55

533

89

386

46

2007-08

Annual

455

530

99

387

44

2008-09

Annual

471

490

102

408

45

South London Healthcare NHS Trust
  Beds open overnightBeds open day only

2009-10

Annual

1,334

152

2010-11

Quarter 1

1,232

174

2010-11

Quarter 2

1,205

162

2010-11

Quarter 3

1,237

151

2010-11

Quarter 4

1,162

177

2011-12

Quarter 1

1,125

144

2011-12

Quarter 2

1,102

161

2011-12

Quarter 3

1,096

173

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2011-12

Quarter 4

1,136

182

Note: The data represents an annual collection from all national health service organisations that have beds, both trusts and primary care trusts that collected the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by ward classification. From Quarter 1 2010-11 the collection was changed to a quarterly collection. The classification was changed from ward type to the consultant speciality of the responsible consultant. In 2009 Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust merged to form South London Healthcare NHS Trust. Source: Department of Health

Mental Health

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department. [114681]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department is dedicated to ensuring that it provides a positive working environment to its employees, where positive mental health is promoted and staff with mental health problems are supported.

The Department has recently updated its internal mental health policy and intranet pages. The policy has a focus on promoting good mental health in the workplace, tackling stigma and supporting staff. This update was cascaded to all staff within the Department.

The Department also provides an occupational health service; an employee assistance programme that also includes a free counselling service for staff; and a variety of learning and development opportunities to build resilience and manage stress.

The Department has also recently renewed its Mindful Employer charter status; and has also signed up to the responsibility deal on mental health reasonable adjustments, to ensure that people with mental health conditions are managed at work in the best way possible with reasonable flexibilities and workplace adjustments.

Dementia: Accidents

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the number of people diagnosed with (a) dementia and (b) Alzheimer's who were involved in road traffic accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [115038]

Paul Burstow: The Department for Transport does not hold any data on the number of people diagnosed with dementia or with Alzheimer's who are involved in road traffic accidents.

NHS: Finance

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what savings were made within the NHS under the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge in 2011-12; under what budget headings; and how much was saved as a result of the NHS staff pay freeze. [115085]

Mr Simon Burns: Primary care trusts reported total efficiency savings of £5.8 billion in 2011-12 towards the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge. These savings are split into 10 categories. Total savings in each category were published on page 26 of “The Year: NHS Chief Executive's Annual report 2011/12”. This report can be viewed at:

www.dh.gov.uk/health/files/2012/06/the-year-and-quarter-4-210612-gw-17802-PDF-2.33MB.pdf

Separately, the Department estimates savings from the pay freeze at around £850 million on the Hospital and Community Health Services paybill in 2011-12. This reflects a headline pay freeze for all staff with full-time equivalent basic earnings of £21,000 or over and a £250 basic pay award for other staff.

NHS: Property

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to ensure the smooth transfer of ownership of NHS properties previously owned by primary care trusts on 31 March 2013; what transfer measures he has put in place; and if he will make a statement. [115009]

Mr Simon Burns: On 8 June, the Department published guidance for primary care trusts (PCTs) on planning for property transfers. The guidance sets out the actions, and timing, required from PCTs in preparing for the transfer of property to successor bodies on 31 March 2013.

The key steps for PCTs in the run up to transition are to:

identify all property and legal charges that will need to be transferred and recorded in Property Transfer Schemes;

identify all other assets, rights and liabilities that will need to be transferred and recorded in Property Transfer Schemes. This will include identifying not only assets held such as equipment and IT but also identifying, options, overages, grant agreements, development agreements, warranties and guarantees given;

provide any other information that is essential to the transfer of ownership of estate to facilitate operation and management without causing disruption to services provided; and

to transfer estate without disruption to services provided.

This guidance is available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/Dearcolleagueletters/DH_134521

Copies of the guidance have also been placed in the Library.

NHS: Public Appointments

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used in determining the need for a National Clinical Director post to be (a) set up and (b) discontinued; and if he will make a statement. [115052]

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Mr Simon Burns: National clinical directors (NCDs) lead specific national improvement effort in their field of clinical expertise where we determine that such extra effort is needed to provide better quality services in that specialty, or to deal with variations in provision or in outcomes. The typical NCD role is to identify the problems facing a specialty, build a consensus on how to solve them, and lead the change.

Since 2007 appointments of NCDs have been on a part-time basis, typically two or three days per week, and for a time-limited period, typically three years. The NCDs remain employees of their host organisation (typically a national health service trust) and are seconded to the Department for the proportion of their time they spend on their NCD role. This allows those appointed to remain active in clinical practice while serving as an NCD and also to return to their practice at the end of their term of office.

Appointments of NCDs are made through open competition, save in exceptional circumstances. Proposals to appoint NCDs are currently agreed by Ministers. In future any such appointment decisions will be the responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB). The NHS CB will develop the criteria for recruiting clinical leads and for discontinuing any such appointments.

Obesity: Children

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of rates of childhood obesity in the UK and other European countries. [114463]

Anne Milton: The Department has not undertaken a comparative assessment of childhood obesity rates in the United Kingdom and other European countries.

The National Obesity Observatory has produced a paper which sets out international comparisons of

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childhood obesity prevalence. This includes information on prevalence in a number of European countries. This information is available at:

www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity/international/

Post-mortems

George Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to ensure that body scanners are available for the post mortem of the bodies of Muslims and people of other religions where there is a religious obligation to seek to preserve the integrity of the body. [114422]

Anne Milton: A joint working party (consisting of the Ministry of Justice and experts in autopsy and post mortem imaging under the chairmanship of Professor Erika Denton, National Clinical Director for Imaging) is considering current practice and the potential for extending the use of imaging in the coronial post mortem process. Two reports are expected to be completed shortly.

The ongoing research ‘Diagnosis of cause of death in adults by post mortem imaging: a validation study’ has identified a number of national health service trusts and independent health care providers that have local agreements to provide access to imaging for use in the coronial post mortem process.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [114963]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has introduced 24 regulations between 1 February and 31 May 2012. Information on the cost to the public purse is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Statutory instrument numberTitleCome into force

2012/387

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) Amendment Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/417

The National Health Service (Functions of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts and Administration Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/470

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/476

The Special Health Authorities (Establishment and Constitution Orders) Amendment Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/502

The National Health Service (Primary Dental Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2012.

1 April 2012

2012/504

The Medicines (Products for Human Use) (Fees) Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/515

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/610

The National Health Service Pension Scheme and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2012

1 April 2012

2012/663

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) Amendment (England) Regulations 2012

9 April 2012

2012/677

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display and Specialist Tobacconists) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

6 April 2012

2012/690

The Authorised Officers (Meat Inspection) (Revocation) (England) Regulations 2012

6 April 2012

2012/755

The Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust (Establishment) and the Hammersmith Hospitals National Health Service Trust and the St Mary's National Health Service Trust (Dissolution) (Amendment) Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/779

The National Health Service Trusts (Originating Capital) Order 2012

31 March 2012

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2012/788

The Torbay and Southern Devon Health Service Trust (Establishment) Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/786

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust (Establishment) 2012

1 April 2012

2012/796

The Barts Health National Health Service Trust (Establishment) and the Barts and The London National Health Service Trust, the Newham University Hospital National Health Service Trust and the Whipps Cross University Hospital National Health Service Trust (Dissolution) Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/803

The Trafford Healthcare National Health Service Trust (Dissolution) Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/950

The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2012

1 April 2012

2012/970

The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2012

30 April 2012

2012/1108

The Health Research Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2012

28 May 2012

2012/1109

The Health Research Authority (Establishment & Constitution) Order 2012

28 May 2012

2012/1155

The Food Additives (England) (Amendment) and the Extraction Solvents in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012

28 May 2012

2012/1186

The Care Quality Commission (Registration and Membership) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

31 May 2012

2012/1319(C. 47)

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No.1 and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012

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