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Northern Ireland

Nurseries

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many child care places her Department provides on its estate; what the cost is of providing such places; how many such places her Department provided in 2010; what the cost was of providing such places in 2010; what plans she has for changes in the provision of such child care places; and what the number of places will be once any such changes have been implemented. [121274]

Mike Penning: My Department does not provide child care places on its estate and no such places were provided in 2010. Northern Ireland Office staff have access to summer play schemes in Westminster and Croydon through our links with the Ministry of Justice. There are no plans to change these arrangements.

Departmental Contracts

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the name is of each company with which her Department has a contract; what the monetary value of each such contract is; and what is provided to her Department under the terms of the contract. [120766]

Mike Penning: My Department has seven contracts. The name, monetary value and details of services provided in relation to each are set out in the following table:

Contract holderServiceApproximate value per annum (£)

Povall Worthington

Property management

80,000

Independent security consultants

Security advice

50,000

I Cover

Provision of business transport service

24,000

Knock Travel

Travel administration service

20,400

Executive Marquees

Marquee service for royal functions

29,000

Direct Wine Shipments

Beverage services

9,000

Hamilton and Kirk

Catering services

126,000

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her Department's policy is on taking into account when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts the (a) apprenticeship schemes, (b) policies on employment of paid interns and (c) policies of payment of at least the living wage of each bidding company. [120792]

Mike Penning: My Department follows the agreed procedures and guidance established by Cabinet Office and Central Procurement Directorate (Department of Finance and Personnel, NI) when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts.

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Scotland

Food

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people sought assistance from food banks in Scotland in (a) 2011, (b) 2010, (c) 2009, (d) 2008, (e) 2007, (f) 2006 and (g) 2005. [121301]

Michael Moore: The Government do not hold information on the number of people seeking assistance from food banks. However, I am concerned by the Citizens Advice Scotland findings in their recent report on this matter. The Government are doing all they can by helping people back into sustainable employment through DWP's Work programme and Get Britain Working initiatives. We are also focused on helping people on the lowest incomes by, among other things, raising the starting point for paying income tax to £9,205 by next April.

Nurseries

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many child care places his Department provides on its estate; what the cost is of providing such places; how many such places his Department provided in 2010; what the cost was of providing such places in 2010; what plans he has for changes in the provision of such child care places; and what the number of places will be once any such changes have been implemented. [121275]

David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not provide any child care places on its estate. The Office did not provide any child care places on its estate in 2010.

Procurement

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the name is of each company with which his Department has a contract; what the monetary value of each such contract is; and what is provided to his Department under the terms of the contract. [120765]

David Mundell: Other than minor or bespoke purchases, the Scotland Office does not undertake direct procurement or tendering projects. It utilises existing service contracts between suppliers and the Scottish Government or the Ministry of Justice. The only significant contract issued directly by the Scotland Office is with the Royal Mail in relation to candidates' free mailings of election materials for the Scottish Parliament elections. The price paid by the Scotland Office depends upon the nature and extent of the services provided.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's policy is on taking into account when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts the (a) apprenticeship schemes, (b) policies on employment of paid interns and (c) policies of payment of at least the living wage of each bidding company. [120791]

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David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not generally invite tenders for contracts. It uses service contracts negotiated by the Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Government.

Transport

Airports

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to utilise spare capacity at (a) Birmingham International Airport and (b) other regional airports. [120969]

Mr McLoughlin: Government's Aviation Policy Framework consultation, which was published on 12 July 2012, identifies the UK's airports outside of London as having an important role in helping maintain the country's air connectivity and their potential to relieve pressure on the busiest airports in the south east.

On the wider issue of UK airport capacity, the Government have asked Sir Howard Davies to chair an independent Commission tasked with identifying and recommending to Government options for maintaining this country's status as an international hub for aviation. Further details on the Commission's full membership and terms of reference will be announced shortly.

Birmingham Airport

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he intends to consider expanding Birmingham airport; [120865]

(2) what meetings he has had on the expansion of Birmingham airport. [120866]

Mr Simon Burns: Birmingham airport already has planning approval to extend its existing runway. Construction of the extension is due for completion in 2014. The former Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), visited the airport in February as part of a visit to Birmingham to hear about this and other developments at the airport. On the wider issue of UK airport capacity, the Government have asked Sir Howard Davies to chair an independent Commission tasked with identifying and recommending to Government options for maintaining this country's status as an international hub for aviation. Further details on the Commission's full membership and terms of reference will be announced shortly.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government have assessed the likely effect on High Speed 2 passenger numbers of expanding Birmingham airport. [120867]

Mr Simon Burns: No quantitative assessment has been made of the effect on High Speed 2 passenger numbers of ongoing developments at Birmingham airport. However, the airport itself has made clear its support for HS2, citing the role of reduced journey times in increasing the airport's catchment area and helping reduce pressure on more crowded airports.

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Blue Badge Scheme

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the time taken and costs involved in processing applications for the Blue Badge Scheme; how he plans to rectify complaints regarding the length of time taken for the dispatch of badges; and if he will make a statement. [120814]

Norman Baker: Responsibility for administering and enforcing the Blue Badge scheme falls to local authorities. As part of recent reforms to prevent abuse and fraud of the scheme and to ensure that those most in need receive badges, the Government introduced a requirement for independent medical assessments to be carried out in cases where a person's eligibility is in doubt. It is for the relevant local authority to decide if someone applying under the eligibility criterion that relates to people who are either unable to walk or have very serious difficulty in walking should be referred for an assessment. For those that are, the process should take about 6 weeks between application and receipt of a badge. My Department has advised all local authorities to ensure existing badge holders are aware of the requirement and to apply in good time before an existing badge expires. People who apply under other criteria should receive badges more quickly.

The Blue Badge Improvement Service has been in operation since January 2012. All local authorities use this service to order the new badge design that is now printed using sophisticated, anti-fraud technologies at a secure site. The supplier has a contractual requirement to deliver badges to the holder or the relevant local authority within five days of the badge being requested by the local authority. Since January, this service level has been met for the 700,000 badges that have been requested and printed using the new service. There is provision for local authorities to request a fast-track 24 hour service for a small additional charge.

In 2011, my Department published an Impact Assessment which estimated average costs as follows:

Administration cost of processing application: £14.42

Cost of assessing applicant: £11.80

Cost of producing a Blue Badge: £4.60

Local authorities are permitted to charge successful badge applicants up to £10. Local authorities receive grant funding to cover the cost of independent mobility assessments from the Department of Health.

I am aware of delays in a small number of local authorities as a result of local implementation decisions. These are a matter for the relevant local authority to resolve. The vast majority of local authorities are issuing badges without any problems.

Motor Vehicles: Registration

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to introduce a re-registration system for classic and vintage motor vehicles; and which classes of vehicle would be subject to any planned system. [121129]

Stephen Hammond: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has operated a re-registration scheme for classic and vintage motor vehicles since 1990. The scheme is intended to ensure that historic vehicles registered

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for the first time on DVLA's system are able to reclaim their original registration numbers, subject to satisfactory evidence. There are no plans to change this scheme.

Departmental Contracts

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the name is of each company with which his Department has a contract; what the monetary value of each such contract is; and what is provided to his Department under the terms of the contract. [120774]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport and its seven Executive Agencies hold 1474 live contracts as of 31st July 2012. A table with details of each contract has been placed in the library of the house. It would not be possible to provide full details of what is provided under the terms of each contract without incurring disproportional cost. However, the contract titles give a general indication of the types of goods or services provided.

Transport: Weather

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to draw on lessons learnt during the last two winters to provide continuity of transport services during times of severe weather. [121421]

Norman Baker: Significant efforts have been made this year across the transport sectors, including road, rail and aviation, in order to boost resilience and preparedness for the forthcoming winter. This builds on the actions we have taken in response to a number of winter resilience reports.

The Department for Transport continues to work closely with all key transport operators, the local government sector, salt suppliers and other key partners to ensure that we minimise disruption on our transport network in the event of any severe winter weather.

Travel: Health

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that local facilities and services are easily and safely accessible on foot, by bicycle and by other modes of transport involving physical activity. [121250]

Norman Baker: The Department provides funding to Local Transport Authorities to implement small transport improvement schemes, including road safety and walking and cycling schemes, through the Integrated Block. This funding allows authorities the freedom to develop and implement solutions which best suit their localities. We are also allocating £600m to local authorities through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to support packages of measures that deliver economic growth and cut carbon. The majority of the successful bids contain a walking or cycling element.

In addition to this, earlier this year, we awarded £8 million for Sustrans and £7 million for the Cycle Rail Working Group specifically for cycle infrastructure, some of which will help develop traffic free and traffic calmed routes. Furthermore, in June, the Department

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announced a £15m fund to improve safety for cyclists outside London, by tackling dangerous junctions. This was in addition to the £15m fund awarded to Transport for London in March for the same purpose.

The Department for Transport also supports local authorities in improving cyclist safety by producing guidance on providing for cyclists in Local Transport Note 2/08: “Cycle Infrastructure Design”: http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/local-transport-notes/ltn-2-08.pdf We have also just published updated advice on providing shared use facilities, in “Local Transport Note 1/12: Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists”: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/ltn-01-12/ This complements the advice in Cycle Infrastructure Design.

The Department's document “Manual for Streets” provides guidance for practitioners involved in the planning of new streets and modifications to existing ones, and emphasises the importance of taking into account people of all ages and abilities when designing pedestrian access.

Wales

Buildings

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what the cost to the public purse was of moving the Wales Office in Cardiff to Caspian Point; [121170]

(2) what the cost was of refurbishing the Wales Office in Caspian Point. [121171]

Stephen Crabb: The project to relocate the Department's Cardiff base to Caspian Point has not yet been fully completed nor all invoices received and, as a consequence, while the cost will be within budget, we do not yet have a final figure.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Susan Elan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure that the election of police and crime commissioners will be conducted on a fully bilingual basis in Wales; [121245]

(2) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on ensuring that the election of police and crime commissioners will be conducted on a fully bilingual basis in Wales; [121246]

(3) for what reason a Welsh Forms Order was not laid by the Home Department before Parliament by six months before the election of police and crime commissioners. [121313]

Mr David Jones: The Government are committed to conducting the election of police and crime commissioners in Wales on a fully bilingual basis. I have discussed the forthcoming elections with the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), and the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green). The Home Office is working to ensure legislation is in place to enable ballot papers in Welsh and English, and the Secretary of State for the Home Department intends to lay a draft Welsh Forms

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Order when Parliament returns in October. The reasons why the Welsh Forms Order is yet to be laid is a matter for the Home Office.

Departmental Contracts

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the name is of each company with which his Department has a contract; what the monetary value of each such contract is; and what is provided to his Department under the terms of the contract. [120764]

Stephen Crabb: The information requested is contained in the following table:

CompanyServiceContract value (£)

Eduserve

Website hosting

6,936

PHS Group

Recycling services in Cardiff

1,000

Paper round

Recycling services in London

3,000

Civic Maintenance Services Ltd

Cleaning services in Cardiff

8,143

All amounts are exclusive of VAT.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's policy is on taking into account when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts the (a) apprenticeship schemes, (b) policies on employment of paid interns and (c) policies of payment of at least the living wage of each bidding company. [120793]

Mr David Jones: As a small Department, we are not involved in assessing such tenders.

Communities and Local Government

Council Tax Benefit

20. Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from local authorities on his plans for the localisation of council tax benefit. [120905]

Brandon Lewis: Ministers regularly receive representations on the reform of council tax support from a range of organisations and individuals.

In December the Government published their response to the outcome of consultation on proposals for localisation.

Earlier this year the Government consulted on funding distribution, and are currently consulting on arrangements for local precepting authorities.

The Government intend to respond to the outcome of both these consultations in the autumn.

Housing Starts

21. Dame Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely level of housing starts in the next quarter. [120907]

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Mr Foster: We do not estimate future housing starts on a quarterly basis. However, we estimate that Government and private sector investments of £19.5 billion will deliver 170,000 affordable homes by 2015 and that further funding of £780 million and a guarantee of £10 billion, announced last week, will deliver a further 70,000 new homes.

Armed Forces: Leisure

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to provide discounts on leisure facilities for service personnel; and if he will make a statement. [120741]

Hugh Robertson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Sports and recreation facilities are delivered by local authorities; it is for each local authority to determine appropriate discounts and concessions for members of its community.

Certification Quality Markings: Iron and Steel

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2012, Official Report, column 37W, on certification quality markings: iron and steel, which derogations are available to smaller-sized companies with regard to the requirement for CE markings of structural steel products. [121344]

Mr Foster: The European Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011) contains derogations and simplified procedures in:

Chapter II—Declaration of performance and CE marking

Chapter VI—Simplified procedures

The full text of the Regulation can be found on:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:088:0005:0043:EN:PDF

Community Infrastructure Levy

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the effect of the community infrastructure levy on the number of self-built homes. [121032]

Nick Boles [holding answer 14 September 2012]: Representations have been received from the National Self-Build Association. We are currently reviewing whether there is a disproportionate impact from the levy on self-build housing.

Green Belt

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to ensure that existing planning permissions are implemented before further greenfield sites can be developed. [120901]

Mr Foster: The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that land should be used effectively by re-using brownfield land that is not of high environmental value. Councils can continue to set local targets for

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development on brownfield sites. Local councils should identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirements with an additional buffer of 5%. Sites with planning permission should be considered deliverable until permission expires (unless there is clear evidence that schemes will not be implemented within five years). The Government have also extended a measure that allows developers the chance to seek additional time to get their sites up and running before planning permission expires.

Housing: Construction

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his proposed changes to the planning rules regarding the building of extensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that such extensions comply with Part M of the Building Regulations; and if he will make a statement. [120954]

Mr Foster [holding answer 14 September 2012]: Part M of the Building Regulations does not apply to the extension of domestic buildings but does apply to extensions to non domestic buildings. Proposed changes to the planning system will not make any difference to the way in which Part M applies.

Housing: Greater London

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many overcrowded households there were in each London borough in each year since 2001. [120602]

Mr Prisk: Overcrowding is estimated using survey data. Due to limited sample sizes a three-year moving average is generally used, and the results are not robust below regional level. Even taking this into account, there remains some uncertainty around the figures. The figures given as follows are for overcrowded households in London as a whole, and are derived from the Survey of English Housing, the Labour Force Survey and the English Housing Survey.

Given that these figures include data from at least two years' worth of surveys that were carried out prior to May 2010, they are primarily a reflection of the situation that the coalition Government have inherited from the last administration.

The Government are taking a series of steps to promote house building, to help councils tackle waiting lists and better manage their housing stock, to get empty homes into productive use, and to build 170,000 affordable homes over the spending review period.

PeriodHouseholdsPercentageSurvey Source

2008-09 to 2010-11

259,000

8.4

English Housing Survey

2007-08 to 2009-10

237,000

7.8

2007-08 Survey of English Housing, 2008-10 English Housing Survey

2008-09

224,000

7.2

2008-09 English Housing Survey and Labour Force Survey combined

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2005-06 to 2007-08

207,000

6.8

Survey of English Housing

2004-05 to 2006-07

203,000

6.6

Survey of English Housing

2003-04 to 2005-06

203,000

6.6

Survey of English Housing

2002-03 to 2004-05

194,000

6.5

Survey of English Housing

2001-02 to 2003-04

180,000

6.1

Survey of English Housing

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the potential housing capacity of the Heathrow site, in the event that it was sold off as a result of development of a Thames Estuary airport. [120721]

Mr Prisk: No assessment has been made by the Department of the potential housing capacity of Heathrow.

Mortgages: Government Assistance

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to facilitate building firms forming commercial arrangements with lenders in the context of the NewBuy Guarantee scheme. [121252]

Mr Prisk: It is for builders and lenders to make commercial arrangements. We are working closely with the House Builders Federation, the Council for Mortgage Lenders, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (the scheme administrator), individual lenders and builders to optimise the scheme. The six participating lenders (Aldermore, Barclays, Halifax, Nationwide, Natwest and Santander) cover nearly 75% of the mortgage market. The 53 builders that are either operational or due to be operational shortly cover over 55% of the new build construction market. All of the top five builders, and nine of the top 10, are operational.

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of additional homes built in each English region as a consequence of the introduction of the NewBuy Guarantee scheme. [121260]

Mr Prisk: Government are committed to reviewing the NewBuy Guarantee scheme in 2014. This review will include an assessment of the number of additional homes built and jobs supported by the scheme. NewBuy statistics will be made publicly available on Thursday 27 September and will be published on the DCLG website.

The House Builders Federation estimates there will be at least 25,000 additional new homes built as a direct result of NewBuy, which is run nationally and not on the old regional boundaries.

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of NewBuy Guarantee Scheme mortgages agreed with (a) NatWest, (b) Barclays and (c) Nationwide. [121314]

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Mr Prisk: The Department is unable to provide commercially sensitive information. NewBuy statistics will be made publicly available on 27 September and will be published on the DCLG website in the form of an official statistical release, but this will not include information that is commercially sensitive.

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current total value is of the Government's 5.5 per cent guarantee with respect to the NewBuy Guarantee Scheme; and how much of this sum the Government have released to builders. [121315]

Mr Prisk: Government's maximum possible contingent liability under the NewBuy Guarantee scheme is £1 billion. Statistics, including the Government's contingent liability under the NewBuy Guarantee scheme as at 30 June 2012, will be made publicly available on 27 September and will be published on the DCLG website in the form of an official statistical release.

In the event that Government pay out against this liability, any funds would be released to mortgage lenders rather than builders.

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of new commercial arrangements formed between builders and lenders since the introduction of the NewBuy Guarantee Scheme. [121316]

Mr Prisk: The NewBuy Guarantee scheme is industry-led. Details concerning the commercial relationships between participating builders and lenders are not held by the Department.

Rented Housing: Warrington

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of properties suitable for single people which are available for rent in Warrington; and how many such properties are vacant. [121154]

Mr Prisk: The Department for Communities and Local Government does not hold information about the number of properties available for rent that are suitable for single people.

Data on empty homes can be found in the Department's live tables on dwelling stock. Live table 615 shows empty homes by local authority district.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/stockincludingvacants/livetables/

However, the number of these vacant properties that are suitable for single people is not available.

Education

Pupils: Foreign Nationals

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of non-native English speaking pupils in the classroom; and if he will make a statement. [120215]

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Mr Laws: The Government's priority for children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) is to promote rapid language acquisition and include them in mainstream education as quickly as possible. Internal analysis undertaken in 2009 found that the proportion of EAL pupils in a school does not appear to have an effect on the performance of non-EAL pupils when prior attainment and contextual factors, such as deprivation and ethnicity, are taken into account. This analysis was based on the National Pupil Database and focused on outcomes at the end of key stage 4. A copy of the analysis has been placed in the House Libraries

Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure that education is available for all children of compulsory school age that is appropriate to their age, ability, aptitudes and any special educational needs they may have. This duty applies irrespective of a child's immigration status, country of origin or rights of residence in a particular area.

School Meals

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will commission further qualitative research, with a large sample size, on the standard of school meals in free schools and academies; [120232]

(2) if he will commission a quantitative survey, with a large sample size, to establish how many and what proportion of academy and free school heads (a) treat school food as a priority and (b) ensure that food served in their school meets the requirements of the Education (Nutritional Standards and Requirements for School Food) (England) Regulations 2007. [120233]

Mr Laws: A number of pieces of research undertaken by the School Food Trust, looking at school food in both academies and maintained schools, were published earlier this year. Together these showed a strong commitment from academies to providing healthy, nutritious food. The research also demonstrated that there is room for improvement in the quality of food in both maintained schools and academies.

In the light of this evidence, the Secretary of State for Education, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has asked Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent to examine school food across the country, in order to produce an action plan for schools. The trust's research has provided some valuable information for the plan, and we are now looking to widen the debate beyond one which focuses solely on the existing standards. Mr Dimbleby and Mr Vincent are building on the research evidence by talking to a wide range of interested parties, including sector bodies, campaign groups and schools. Our view is that it would not, therefore, be necessary at the present time to undertake further research.

Schools: Inspections

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to make all Ofsted inspections unannounced. [121024]

Mr Laws: The Secretary of State for Education, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has no plans to make all Ofsted inspections unannounced. The determination of notice of inspections is a matter for Her Majesty's chief inspector to decide. The chief

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inspector has recently reviewed notice periods for many of Ofsted's inspection remits as part of wider changes to inspection frameworks.

Schools: Playing Fields

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons Ministers in his Department have overruled the Schools Playing Fields Advisory Panel in all cases since June 2010. [119145]

Mr Laws [holding answer 5 September 2012]:The Schools Playing Fields Advisory Panel does not make decisions, its remit is purely advisory, with the decision making power resting with Ministers. The panel's remit makes clear that the Secretary of State for Education’s decision will take account of all relevant matters including all information provided by the applicant, objectors, the advisory panel and departmental officials.

There have been five occasions since June 2010 where the panel has not advised approval of the disposal but the Government have. Details of these five cases are set out as follows. Ministers only approve playing fields for sale where the sports and curriculum facilities remain sufficient or will be improved. In every case money from the sale was earmarked to improve education and sports facilities in the local community.

Woodhouse Middle

The school wanted to sell surplus untended grassland that had not been used for sport for five years. The Government approved the application and the money was dedicated to supporting a new library and improved changing facilities.

Clarborough Primary

This was originally a school based on two sites. A rebuild of the school meant one site became surplus. The Government approved the sale of the surplus site and the money was earmarked for sports facilities at other local schools.

Elliott School

The school wants to enhance its academic and sporting provision. Its sporting facilities are dilapidated and out of date. The Government approved the application. The sale will fund a new Multi-Use Games Area to host competitive sports fixtures such as football matches, which it cannot currently do. It will also replace its old gym with a state-of-the-art indoor facility with four sports courts.

Ingleton Middle

When the school was closed the site wasn't needed. The Government approved the application. Proceeds from the sale were used to improve the changing rooms at Settle College.

Netley Primary

The school is on a constrained site in north London. The local authority wants to sell a small part of the school's land. It wants to redevelop a unit for vulnerable children which neighbours the school and improve the primary school's facilities. The Government approved the application after the leader of the council made an appeal for the project to be approved. Delay could have affected the whole project with unwelcome consequences for the children concerned.

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Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take further steps to protect school playing fields from sale. [121239]

Mr Laws: No disposal of publicly-funded playing field land may take place without consent of the Secretary of State for Education, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove). Strict controls continue to remain in place and decisions on applications are not taken lightly. As well as retaining the same criteria as used by the previous Administration, we have introduced a new requirement which means schools and local authorities require the Secretary of State's permission before they can change the use of publicly-funded playing fields by using them for other educational or recreational purposes.

Teachers: Manpower

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the headcount of in-service teachers in state secondary schools teaching (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) biology, (d) chemistry, (e) physics, (f) other science, (g) history, (h) geography, (i) French, (j) Spanish, (k) German, (l) other modern languages, (m) classical languages, (n) art, (o) drama, (p) citizenship, (q) leisure and tourism, (r) religious education, (s) vocational subjects/diploma subjects, (t) sociology and social studies, (u) psychology, (v) media studies, (w) business studies, (x) dance, (y) performing arts, (z) textiles, (aa) food technology, (ab) ICT, (ac) personal, social, health and economic education and (ad) general studies was in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011. [114308]

Mr Laws: Information on the number of in-service teachers in publicly-funded secondary schools in a typical week broken down by the subject they teach is available in table 12 of the School Workforce in England Statistical First Release, November 2011, which is available at the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00205723/school-workforce-in-england-provisional-nov-2011

Similar information for 2010 is available in table 12 of the equivalent November 2010 publication, which is available at the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00196713/school-workforce-sfr

The tables cover all the subject categories that are included in the data collection. Some of the subjects requested are not available individually and are captured under broader subject categories.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bovine Tuberculosis

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of TB herd breakdowns his Department estimates result from cattle-to-cattle transmission; what steps he is taking to reduce that proportion; and what assessment he has made of the efficacy of those measures. [119336]

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Mr Heath: Modelling work using data from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) indicates that approximately 50% of cattle cases in the RBCT areas could be due to infection from badgers, suggesting that 50% of cattle infection could be caused by cattle-to- cattle transmission in the infected areas of the country. In the low incidence areas of England the majority of bovine TB breakdowns are caused by cattle-to-cattle transmission, due to cattle movements from the infected areas. The breakdowns in the low incidence areas represent, however, a small proportion of national breakdown numbers—less than 2% of all cases, nationally.

We have a wide range of cattle surveillance and control measures in place, including routine testing of all herds, slaughterhouse surveillance, pre-movement testing, removal and slaughter of infected animals, herd movement restrictions and tracing of animals moved from infected herds before disclosure of infection. These cattle measures will remain the foundation of our bovine TB eradication programme. Recent strengthening of them has included enhanced controls on some high-risk herds, improvements to slaughterhouse surveillance and reduced compensation payments for owners of affected herds with overdue tests. There are plans to introduce further improvements to control the geographic spread of infection and to enhance risk-based approaches to cattle trading.

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a farmer whose cattle is diagnosed with tuberculosis on arrival at a slaughterhouse is eligible for compensation. [120122]

Mr Heath: No, a farmer whose cattle is diagnosed with tuberculosis on arrival at a slaughterhouse is not eligible for compensation. Compensation is only paid by the Government to owners of cattle they require to be slaughtered for bovine TB control purposes, as laid down in the Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012. Where an owner slaughters an animal voluntary and privately no compensation is payable.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Mr Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the planned pilot badger culls to proceed. [120942]

Mr Heath: The dates for the badger control pilots will be agreed between Natural England and the licence holder and we are working with the farming industry so they can commence as soon as is practical.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence his Department holds on the effect of vaccinating badgers in the areas surrounding the proposed badger cull areas on the elimination of tuberculosis in badgers in those areas; and whether he has given consideration to promoting such vaccination as Government policy. [118974]

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Mr Heath: Although there is limited scientific evidence on the cattle disease control benefits of badger vaccination, those benefits are greater than taking no action to tackle bovine TB in badgers. There is some evidence from modelling work on the beneficial effect of the disease in cattle through the combination of badger culling with vaccination.

The guidance to Natural England for issuing badger culling licences includes advice on using vaccination as a buffer to mitigate the negative effects of perturbation in and surrounding culling areas.

The Government have set up a Badger Vaccination Fund and made available up to £250,000 a year to encourage the use of badger vaccination in and around licensed culling areas.

Dairy Farming

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department is providing to ensure the long-term viability of dairy farms in England and Wales. [120597]

Mr Heath: The Government continue to support the UK dairy industry's work on a number of initiatives. We have given our full support to the industry's negotiations on a new code of practice which will help to improve contractual relationships in the supply chain.

I want to see a profitable, thriving and competitive dairy sector. Product innovation and exploring new domestic and export markets is an integral part of this and would benefit all parts of the industry. The Government are providing £5 million worth of new funding under the Rural Economy Grant scheme for high quality dairy projects which can help dairy farmers to explore the potential in new markets through support for collaboration and marketing.

Eggs

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks are being carried out on eggs and egg products entering the UK to identify suspected illegal eggs from conventional battery cages; how many suspected illegal eggs or egg products have been identified by such checks; and what happened to any suspected illegal eggs or egg products. [119430]

Mr Heath: Risk based surveillance continues to be carried out by officials from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Scottish Government egg marketing inspectors and officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland on imports of shell egg (Class A eggs) from other member states to check they have been produced in compliance with the conventional cage ban. Origin details are checked against member states' lists of compliant premises and using ultra violet light analysis to identify batches of caged eggs that are not from an enriched cage environment. This action, coupled with the pressure on importers from their customers to ensure that they are provided with eggs from hens reared in a legal environment, continues to act as a real deterrent to such imports.

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In total, 116 batches of imported shell eggs have been checked by inspectors since the conventional cage ban came into force on 1 January 2012. None of these has been found to be non-compliant. If they had been, the eggs would have been disposed of accordingly, as an animal by-product or been sent for processing (i.e. treated as Class B eggs) if, indeed, any UK processors would accept them. The UK's full enforcement strategy is set out in the written ministerial statement of 6 December 2011, Official Report, columns 15-19WS.

Unlike for shell eggs, there is no provision in legislation to prohibit the marketing of Class B eggs used in processing which have been produced in non-compliant conventional cages. This is the reason why we worked closely with the food industry at the end of last year to persuade retailers, food manufacturers, food service companies and processors to sign up to a voluntary pledge to not stock or source conventional caged eggs. In addition, non-compliant member states' action plans include the commitment that eggs from conventional cages can only go for processing in the member state of origin and cannot be exported. These egg products can then be used only in food products or industrial products manufactured within the member state of origin and only these food products can then be exported. This measure has proved very successful.

We continue to discuss compliance with the conventional cage ban with member states and the Commission at every opportunity. We wish to see the rest of Europe come into compliance as swiftly as possible.

Floods: Insurance

Mr Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made in establishing a successor arrangement to the Statement of Principles on the provision of flood insurance which expires on 30 June 2013. [120730]

Richard Benyon: Since taking office the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has joined me in meeting representatives from the insurance industry, continuing the negotiations that his predecessor started. Together we are considering a number of options to address the availability and affordability of home insurance in flood risk areas. Discussions with the industry continue to be positive and further announcements will be forthcoming in due course.

Government Departments: Milk

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the price paid for milk by Government procurement services; and whether the price paid for such milk is below the cost of production where sourced. [119151]

Mr Heath: My predecessor, the right hon. Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Mr Paice), wrote to all Government Departments on 27 July 2012 to establish the position in central Government on the procurement of milk. Responses were clear that Government Departments are not directly involved in milk purchasing. Private companies are contracted to provide catering services to staff and each contract must meet the mandatory

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Government Buying Standards (GBS) for Food and Catering Services. Companies declined to say how much they pay their suppliers for milk on commercial sensitivity grounds.

Horses: Databases

Simon Hart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has assessed the potential effects of the closure of the National Equine Database on the response to any future outbreak of equine disease. [118801]

Mr Heath: The National Equine Database (NED) does not support equine disease control strategies. It does not contain horse location data, nor does it record animal movement data, and is therefore of very limited use in the event of disease incursion.

Milk

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what indicators will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the voluntary code on contractual relationships between milk buyers and dairy farmers. [120096]

Mr Heath: The dairy industry code includes a formal process to review its effectiveness and compliance levels. These are matters for the industry itself to judge.

Reservoirs: Safety

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish revised guidance on reservoir safety; and if he will make a statement. [120670]

Richard Benyon: The Institution of Civil Engineers, working with the Environment Agency is reviewing both ‘A guide to the Reservoirs Act 1975’ and ‘Floods and reservoir safety, 3rd edition’.

The review of ‘A guide to the Reservoirs Act 1975’ is focused on changes to the legislation and will be completed once the amendments set out in schedule 4 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 have been commenced.

The review of ‘Floods and reservoir safety, 3rd edition’ is focusing on technical matters, and will take current guidance and research and relevant changes to UK reservoirs legislation into account. The review was commissioned in August 2011 with an explicit target timescale of two years, subject to consideration of a detailed programme and budget. We are working with the institution's working group to achieve publication as soon as possible.

Rural Areas: Broadband

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many applications his Department has received to the Rural Community Broadband Fund; and how many of those applications were successful; [120672]

(2) how much has been awarded to each successful community under the Rural Community Broadband Fund. [120673]

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Richard Benyon: Round one of the Rural Community Broadband Fund closed on 31 January, with 39 expressions of interest received. Of these, 16 have been endorsed with conditions and invited to develop full applications, with a total value of grant requested of £4,998,294.

An additional five separate applications were submitted ahead of the formal launch of the fund from communities in Cumbria as part of a pilot to enable DEFRA to test the processes under the fund with a total grant request of £836,400. Of these, two have so far been approved with pre-contract conditions, with a grant request of £175,000.

Round two closed on 6 July. A total of 46 expressions of interest were received, of which seven were resubmissions from round one. The total value of grant requested was £14,170,779. Decisions from the round two appraisal process are expected to be notified in late September.

For those expressions of interest that are endorsed to proceed to full application stage, the selected applicants are asked to submit a full application providing the detail of the project (including a business plan). No funding will be committed to a project until a full application has been received, appraised, and approved. No funding has yet been awarded under the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

A third round is likely to open early in January 2013.

Health

Asthma

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS National Prescribing Centre advice relating to asthma is being implemented consistently across the NHS. [120728]

Norman Lamb: The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) became part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in April 2011.

The NPC has produced a number of pieces of advice relating to asthma. This advice is not mandatory and it is for national health service organisations to decide how to use it to support local work to improve services.

Dementia: Worcestershire

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has allocated for support and treatment of people diagnosed with dementia in Worcestershire in each of the next three years. [120970]

Norman Lamb: Improving the quality of care for people with dementia and their carers is a priority for the Government. We continue to support implementation of the dementia strategy and are making additional funding available over the course of the current spending review period. The funding has been included in primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations and will in future be allocated to the National Health Service Commissioning Board.

It is for PCTs to decide how best to deliver the dementia strategy as set out in the NHS Operating Framework. This includes determining how much of their total allocation to spend on commissioning dementia services.

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Heart Diseases: Children

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the findings of the Safe and Sustainable Review of Children's Congenital Heart Services. [121076]

Anna Soubry: The Safe and Sustainable Review of Children's Congenital Heart Services was a clinically led, national health service review independent of Government. However, the Government share the review's aim to continue improving these services for children now and in the future.

NHS: Private Patients

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income NHS trusts and foundation trusts earned from the treatment of private patients in each of the last five years. [121317]

Dr Poulter: The consolidated figures for private patient income of national health service foundation trusts and NHS trusts are provided in the following table.

The most recent financial year for which figures for NHS trusts are available is 2010-11. Figures for 2011-12 will become available in October once the Department's annual report and accounts are laid before Parliament.

Where an NHS trust obtains foundation trust status part way through any financial year, it will submit two sets of accounts for the parts of the year it operated as an NHS trust and as a foundation trust.

Financial yearPrivate patient income across all NHS trusts (£ million)Number of NHS trusts submitting consolidated accounts in each financial yearPrivate patient income across all NHS foundation trusts (£ million)Number of NHS foundation trusts submitting consolidated accounts in each financial year

2011-12

n/a

n/a

304

143

2010-11

176

116

261

136

2009-10

190

121

224

129

2008-09

227

149

190

115

2007-08

238

178

165

89

Psychiatry: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical and (b) non-medical staff there were in the psychiatry group of specialties in the NHS London area, by primary care trust on 31 July in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [121300]

Dr Poulter: The numbers of staff employed in each specified category as at 30 September in the years 2010 and 2011 are shown in the following tables. Data for 2012 are not currently available and will be published in spring 2013.

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NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Medical staff within the Psychiatry group of specialties by Organisation in London SHA, as at 30 September each year
headcount
 20102011

London Strategic Health Authority

2,377

2,329

   

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

2

2

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

223

217

Barts and the London NHS Trust

5

3

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

141

136

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

341

325

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

4

8

Ealing PCT

1

0

East London NHS Foundation Trust

292

272

Enfield PCT

0

0

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

_

2

Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust

14

14

Greenwich Teaching PCT

0

3

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

5

3

Haringey Teaching PCT

3

0

Harrow PCT

4

'

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

0

1

Hounslow PCT

0

0

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

0

0

Islington PCT

14

0

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

0

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

0

2

Kingston PCT

0

0

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

2

1

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

2

1

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

167

173

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

1

1

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

146

142

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

2

2

Royal Brampton And Harefield NHS Trust

0

0

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

6

4

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

441

446

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

2

0

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

240

246

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

3

5

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

52

52

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

5

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

264

252

West Middlesex University NHS Trust

0

0

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

2

2

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

0

17

Your Healthcare

6

5

Data Quality: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where changes impact on figures already published, this is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Notes: 1. Due to the new headcount methodology introduced in 2010, headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components. 2. A few NHS organisations existed within the ESR database with small numbers of staff as a result of the impact of Transforming Community Services and the resultant system mergers and demergers which were still ongoing at the time of the 2011 census. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Medical and Dental Workforce Census

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NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified Scientific, Therapeutic and Technical staff in the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy areas of work in the London Strategic Health Authority area by organisation as at 30 September each specified year
headcount
 20102011
 Clinical psychologyPsycho-therapyClinical psychologyPsycho-therapy

London Strategic Health Authority area

2,360

771

2,230

793

     

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

3

0

2

0

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

0

0

1

0

Barnet PCT

1

2

1

0

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

146

45

150

41

Barts and the London NHS Trust

15

0

62

1

Brent Teaching PCT

5

0

0

0

Bromley PCT

1

0

2

0

¦Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

166

22

120

37

Camden PCT

5

4

3

1

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

287

92

294

80

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

0

0

14

25

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

65

0

1

0

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

5

2

5

2

Croydon PCT

0

0

0

0

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

0

0

9

0

Ealing PCT

18

6

16

5

East London NHS Foundation Trust

107

88

140

103

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

7

0

7

0

Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust

57

9

61

10

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

33

4

33

4

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

2

0

2

0

Haringey Teaching PCT'

7

29

0

0

Harrow PCT

5

0

0

0

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6

2

66

1

Hounslow PCT

0

0

0

0

Islington PCT

68

17

0

0

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

10

19

0

0

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7

0

10

1

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

3

0

3

0

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Kingston PCT

0

0

0

0

Newham PCT

29

0

0

0

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

147

91

138

87

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

0

2

0

3

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

5

1

7

1

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

168

45

170

52

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

5

0

4

0

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

0

0

0

0

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

24

4

34

9

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

6

1

4

1

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

481

59

385

84

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

196

50

189

45

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

23

1

21

1

Sutton and Merton PCT

3

0

0

0

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

73

135

60

136

Tower Hamlets PCT

53

1

0

1

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

24

0

52

1

Wandsworth PCT

0

0

1

0

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

131

59

128

50

Westminster PCT

0

1

0

0

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

0

0

66

31

Your Healthcare

7

0

7

0

Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Notes: 1. Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components. 2. The new headcount methodology from 2010 onwards is not fully comparable with previous years data due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further Information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication here: http://www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/010_Workforce/nhsstaff0010/Census_Bulletin_March_2011_Final.pdf 3. 2012 annual census data are not yet available, and are due to be published in the spring. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census.

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Social Services: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff based in social services were employed by the NHS in London by (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospitals in 31 July (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012; and if he will make a statement. [121296]

Dr Poulter: The numbers of staff employed in each specified category as at 30 September in the years 2010 and 2011 are shown in the following table. Data for 2012 are not currently available and will be published in spring 2013.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff in the social services area of work in the London strategic health authority area by organisation as at 30 September in 2010 and 2011
Headcount
 20102011

London strategic health authority area

198

238

   

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

1

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

38

50

Barts and the London NHS Trust

3

3

Brent Teaching PCT

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

10

7

Camden PCT

3

3

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

21

30

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

2

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

1

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

2

Ealing PCT

1

East London NHS Foundation Trust

5

Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust

2

2

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

2

Haringey Teaching PCT

10

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

1

Islington PCT

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

2

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6

8

Lambeth PCT

1

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

3

15

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

18

17

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

4

5

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

2

2

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

14

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

1

1

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

28

13

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

1

1

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Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

31

26

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

Wandsworth PCT

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

6

7

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

17

Notes: 1. Social services staff are defined in the Non-Medical Workforce Census as former local authority social care staff who may be employed by PCTs and care trusts. These are staff who need to be (or work directly with) qualified social services staff to do their jobs within the organisation. For example social or youth workers, day care advisers, child protection officers, family placement officers, rehabilitation staff, or handicapped service workers. (Note that this list is not exhaustive). 2. The new headcount methodology from 2010 onwards is not fully comparable with previous years’ data due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication here: http://www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/010_Workforce/nhsstaff0010/Census_Bulletin_March_2011_Final.pdf 2012 annual census data is not yet available, and is due to be published in the spring. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level, figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census.

Home Department

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with antisocial behaviour orders for noise pollution in each of the last five years. [121168]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The information requested is not held centrally, and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Asylum: Deportation

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency chartered flights deporting failed asylum seekers were less than (a) 25, (b) 50, (c) 75 and (d) 100 per cent full in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012 to date. [118676]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency's charter flights carry those individuals who have no lawful basis of stay in the United Kingdom. This includes, but is not limited to, failed asylum applicants and the data reflect all categories of returnees.

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The following table shows the capacity of all UK Border Agency charter flights between 2009 and 2012 to date:

Number
 2009201020112012

Flights with less than 25% capacity

0

1

0

0

Flights with less than 50% capacity

10

1

1

0

Flights with less than 75% capacity

11

9

8

8

Flights with less than 100% capacity

25

14

10

4

Flights with 100% capacity

22

33

20

7

The UK Border Agency strives for 100% utilisation of its chartered return flights. It is sometimes the case that flights depart under capacity due to reasons which include, but are not limited to, last minute legal interventions and logistical and security constraints.

Figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information. They are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what agreements the UK Border Agency has in place with recipient countries, limiting the number of failed asylum seekers who can be deported from the UK at one time, by country and agreement. [118686]

Mr Harper: Chartered repatriation flights are the subject of ongoing negotiations with receiving countries. Negotiations around capacity limitations and charters more generally are diplomatically sensitive and release of this information may jeopardise the UK Border Agency's longer term ability to use these flights and, therefore, to maintain an effective immigration control.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per person was of deporting failed asylum seekers in each year since 2008. [118687]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency does not store data in a form where they could be analysed to provide this information except at disproportionate cost.

UK Border Agency annual accounts can be viewed on the UK Border Agency website:

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

A copy has also been placed in the House Library.

Asylum: Yorkshire and the Humber

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contractual issues caused G4S to replace United Property Management as her Department's housing subcontractor in Yorkshire and the Humber in June 2012; and which subcontractors are housing asylum seekers for G4S in (a) Yorkshire and (b) Wakefield. [121028]

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Mr Harper [holding answer 14 September 2012]:The UK Border Agency has a contract with G4S for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers but is not party to any contractual discussions between G4S and their sub-contractors. G4S and United Property Management could not reach an agreement and consequently G4S engaged with alternative contractors to provide accommodation. The UK Border Agency is satisfied that the contractors being used by G4S have the capability to provide fit and habitable accommodation for asylum seekers.

In Yorkshire G4S have contractual arrangements in place with Live Management Group, Cascade, Target and the Citrus Group. Cascade will house asylum seekers in Wakefield, as will the Citrus Group, operating under the name 'Urban Housing,' should they agree with G4S to provide Initial Accommodation services in Wakefield.

Correspondence

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was by her Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion of letters the time taken to send a response was longer than (a) one month, (b) six weeks, (c) two months, (d) three months and (e) six months in that period. [118649]

Mr Harper: The Home Office replied to 8,648 pieces of ministerial correspondence in the period from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012 with 74% responded to within 15 working days.

The proportion and number of letters replied to within target and for the specific periods requested is as follows:

 PercentageNumber

Within 15 day target

74

6,398

15 days to one month

7.3

628

One month to six weeks

6.4

554

Six weeks to two months

3.7

322

Two months to three months

4.5

390

Three months to six months

4.1

356

More than six months

0

0