Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) convicted and (b) remand prisoners had a country of origin other than the UK in each of the last five years. [126633]

Jeremy Wright: Information is not held on prisoners' country of origin, but we do hold information on prisoners' self-declared nationality. The following table shows the number of remand and sentenced prisoners by nationality as at 30 June in each of the last five years.

Prison population: Remand and immediate custodial sentences by nationality, 2008 to 2012, England and Wales, as at 30 June each year
 200820092009(1)201020112012

Remand

13,440

13,456

13,276

13,004

12,464

11,324

British nationals

10,318

10,369

10,494

9,573

9,583

8,672

Foreign nationals

2,408

2,385

2,349

2,499

2,362

2,073

Unrecorded nationality

713

702

433

932

519

579

       

Immediate custodial sentence

68,124

68,375

62,503

65,521

66,189

73,562

British nationals

60,275

60,716

54,575

56,439

57,914

64,525

Foreign nationals

7,682

7,502

7,418

7,554

7,346

7,694

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Unrecorded nationality

168

156

510

1,528

929

1,343

(1) Due to the introduction of a new prison IT system, the 2010 prison population data is now taken from a different source. The 2009 figures from both the old and new systems have been presented to aid comparison. Data Sources and Quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisons

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what capital expenditure over £10,000 was made at HMP Ashwell and HMP Wellingborough, by type of spend, in each of the last five financial years. [125974]

Jeremy Wright: Capital expenditure over £10,000 for HMP Ashwell and HMP Wellingborough for the last five financial years is shown in the following table:

£ million
Description2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

HMP Ashwell

     

Major capital building works

3.2

8.7

0.6

0.1

0

Local capital acquisitions

0.195

0.106

0.035

0

0

Total

3.395

8.806

0.635

0.1

0

      

HMP Wellingborough

     

Major capital building works

3.5

1.1

0.2

0.1

0

Local capital acquisitions (net)

0.060

0.038

0.055

0.128

0.115

Total

3.560

1.138

0.255

0.228

0.115

Notes: 1. Figures subject to rounding. 2. HMP Ashwell closed at the end of 2010-11. 3. The capitalisation threshold increased from £5,000 to £10,000 from 1 April 2010.

The local capital acquisition figures are based on costs met directly by each establishment on capital items including plant and mechanical equipment, and machinery. Expenditure on major capital building works at each prison is that met at regional or national level.

HMP Wellingborough has around £32 million of identfied works at the site. It is estimated that £50 million would be required for a full reburbishment programme to make the prison fit-for-purpose, which would include the demolition of A to E Wings and construction of a new houseblock.

Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126155]

Jeremy Wright: The number of public appointments made to bodies overseen by the Ministry of Justice have been (a) 567 male and (b) 592 female since May 2010.

Unpaid Fines: West Midlands

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 500W, on unpaid fines: West Midlands, what steps he is taking to improve the repayment level of fines. [126476]

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Mrs Grant: Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) continues to implement and embed the principles set out in the Criminal Compliance and Enforcement Services Blueprint launched in July 2008. All regions have been focusing on directing resources to 'up front' compliance actions rather than 'back end' enforcement action such as warrant issue. Up front initiatives include the increased use of telephone and text message chasing, increased use of intelligence tracing tools and increased use of sanctions such as deductions from benefits and attachment of earnings.

During 2011-12 enforcement teams were restructured to integrate 18 different business units across HMCTS into a national structure for the first time. Work is ongoing to centralise and merge functions within regions and across HMCTS. This includes the development of national standard operating procedures for compliance and enforcement functions.

To build on improvements made in recent years in fine collection HMCTS is embarking on an ambitious programme of reform. While implementing the Criminal Compliance and Enforcement Services Blueprint a number of areas were identified where fundamental change is necessary in order to improve further, in order to increase fine collection, better serve the public and deliver value for tax payers' money. To meet these challenges HMCTS is looking to form a partnership with a commercial company for future provision of the service.

A partnership would bring the necessary investment and technology HMCTS needs to achieve its aspirations for compliance and enforcement services in the future. It will enable the automation of many of the manual administrative processes and in turn decrease the cost of providing fine enforcement and increase the amount of fines that are paid. The innovation this will bring and the use of automated administrative processes will free up staff time to be more pro-active in pursuing offenders to ensure they comply with the orders of the court.

International Development

Developing Countries: Malnutrition

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will ensure that measures to tackle hunger and malnutrition in the developing world are included in the agenda for discussions during the UK's presidency of the G8 in 2013; and if she will make a statement. [126604]

Justine Greening: On 1 November, in an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Prime Minister confirmed that, following the Olympic Hunger Summit in August, the UK Government will continue to lead the battle against hunger with an event in 2013.

The Prime Minister has not yet announced his priorities for the UK's G8 presidency. He will do so shortly.

Ethiopia

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to publish the findings of the UK-led independent multi-agency mission to South Omo in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region, Ethiopia in January 2012. [126708]

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Justine Greening: I am considering, with USAID, whether to publish this report.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department found that human rights violations were occurring in South Omo in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region, Ethiopia during its recent mission to that area. [126709]

Justine Greening: The Department for International Development was not able to substantiate the allegations of human rights violation it received during its visit to South Omo in January 2012, and will be returning to the area to examine these further.

International Assistance

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK-Israeli co-operation on international development. [126022]

Mr Duncan: While we engage closely with Israel on issues affecting development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, we do not currently have any joint international development projects with Israel. We would consider any proposals made by Israel's Agency for International Development Co-operation, MASHAV, for collaboration on areas of mutual interest on their own specific merits.

Israel is also a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, established in December 2011 at Busan. Through this forum we have the opportunity to engage with Israel and other countries as necessary to maintain and strengthen support for more effective development co-operation.

Palestinians

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements are in place to ensure that UK financial aid to the Palestinian Authority is not directly or indirectly appropriated by Hamas. [126017]

Mr Duncan: DFID provides support to the Palestinian Authority, whose expenditure remains completely separate from the finances and political programme of Hamas. The UK takes extensive precautions to ensure that our support conforms with European Union and UK legislation on terrorist financing, and that Hamas does not derive any financial benefit from our projects.

In addition to ensuring that no UK funding goes directly to Hamas, we work closely with our partners to ensure that they have appropriate risk management and audit processes to confirm that financial rules are followed and no funds are transferred to Hamas.

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what projects the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Palestinian Territories have received funding from her Department. [126021]

Mr Duncan: The majority of UK support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is channelled through its General Fund rather than for specific projects. This is UNRWA's preferred funding

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mechanism as it enables them to allocate resources effectively according to need. From 2007 to 2011 the UK provided £110 million in core support, and in June this year I announced that we would continue this support by committing £106.5 million between 2012 and 2015. Such core support is essential as it enables UNRWA to provide health, education and relief and social services to Palestinian refugees.

Where appropriate, the UK has also provided support for specific projects. Currently the UK is supporting two UNRWA projects in Gaza, their "Job Creation Programme" and the construction of 14 new schools.

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what processes are in place to monitor the effectiveness of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. [126082]

Mr Duncan: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer) on 11 July 2012, Official Report, column 288W.

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department contributed to the Palestinian Authority general budget in the latest period for which figures are available; and how that contribution is distributed. [126189]

Mr Duncan: The UK provides financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) through a World Bank trust fund. From 2009 to 2011 the UK provided £107 million to help the PA fund the provision of basic services and develop Palestinian institutions.

The World Bank agree a reform plan with the PA each year and only transfer UK money during the year if the plan is on track; they also carry out close monitoring of PA expenditure.

South Sudan

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the proportion of the textbooks provided to South Sudanese children as a result of aid provided by her Department produced in formats that are accessible to visually impaired children; and whether such textbooks have been written in such a way as to improve social inclusion and social cohesion between different population groups. [126026]

Lynne Featherstone: On average every primary school text book in South Sudan is shared by six children. The UK is funding the printing and distribution of 9.2 million textbooks and 400,000 supplementary readers to all of the primary schools in South Sudan. As a result, for the first time, over 2 million primary school children and over-age students attending Accelerated Learning Programmes will have access to textbooks in the five main subjects.

The textbook printing and distribution is being undertaken on an emergency basis to ensure that textbooks reach schools next academic year. We have worked with the Ministry of General Education to ensure the highest possible quality of the textbooks. While we have not been able to explicitly address visual impairment in this

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emergency textbook distribution, we have worked to ensure the textbooks reflect South Sudan's cultural diversity, support social inclusion and cohesion and are gender sensitive. We are working with the Ministry to develop a textbook policy and capacity development strategy to ensure that future iterations of the textbooks are refined and improved, including to meet the needs of visually impaired pupils.

Yemen

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the cost of UK support for the recent presidential elections in Yemen. [126470]

Mr Duncan: The UK provided £1,605,000 in support of the Yemeni interim presidential election held in February 2012.

Northern Ireland

Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many appointments made to the boards of the public body overseen by her Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126149]

Mike Penning: Since May 2010, 43 public appointments (including re-appointments) were made to public bodies overseen by the Northern Ireland Office; 27 of these were male and 16 were female.

Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of her Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126150]

Mike Penning: As at 30 September 2012, the latest date for which figures are available, my Department's staff comprised 82 (51%) males and 80 (49%) females.

Work and Pensions

Work Capability Assessment

4. Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the work capability assessment. [126301]

Mr Hoban: The Department for Work and Pensions are committed to continuously improving the WCA to ensure that it is as fair and accurate as possible. An internal review of the WCA was completed in March 2010 with the recommendations of the review implemented in March 2011. There is also a statutory commitment to independently review the WCA for the first five years after it was implemented. Professor Harrington has published two reviews, and will publish his third before the end of the year. DWP has implemented all of the

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recommendations from the first review and have either implemented or are progressing all of the recommendations from the second review.

Disability Strategy

12. Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions the Minister for Disabled People has had with his ministerial colleagues on the Government's disability strategy. [126309]

Esther McVey: I have discussed what disabled people have told me with my colleagues in Government. Most recently I met the Minister of State for Care Services, the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb). The Government are committed to co-producing our strategy with disabled people and I have made a point of engaging directly with them to listen to their concerns, their ideas and solutions.

Exempt Accommodation

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that in the event of the exempt accommodation system being localised, the current budgets will be (a) maintained with adjustment for inflation and (b) ringfenced. [126334]

Steve Webb: For the longer term we are exploring a range of options, including the feasibility of a localised funding system. Decisions on funding will be made in the context of these new arrangements.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his proposed timescale is for introducing a new system for meeting the housing costs of supported exempt accommodation. [126468]

Steve Webb: We recently announced that help towards housing costs for those living in supported exempt accommodation will be provided outside universal credit. In the short term this means that, from the introduction of universal credit in October 2013, help will be delivered broadly as now through local authorities. For the longer term we are exploring the feasibility of a localised funding system, which will help inform the optimum timing for introducing any new arrangements.

Housing Benefit

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable he has set for his proposed plans to remove housing benefit from individuals under the age of 25. [126599]

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which groups would need to be exempted if his proposed reduction to under 25s housing benefit is introduced; and how much his Department estimates the measure will save once the exemptions and any associated administrative costs have been taken into account. [126617]

Steve Webb: Current Government policy does not include withdrawing housing support from people aged under 25.

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Incapacity Benefit

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his initial estimate was of the date by which the incapacity benefit reassessment exercise would be completed; and what his most recent estimate is. [126716]

Mr Hoban: The full roll-out of the incapacity benefit reassessment began nationally on 4 April 2011 and was expected to take three years to complete.

We are on track to complete the whole reassessment process by spring 2014.

Older Workers: Brighton and Hove

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in the working population in each over the last 15 years. [126968]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in the working population in each over the last 15 years. (126968)

Due to small sample sizes, estimates for the number of people aged 65 and over in employment in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency are not available from the Annual Population Survey (APS), from which ONS compiles local area labour market statistics.

Personal Independence Payment

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the Prime Minister of 17 October 2012, Official Report, column 318, on engagements, whether disabled ex-service personnel will be exempt from face-to-face assessments for personal independence payments. [126484]

Esther McVey: On 19 July the Prime Minister announced additional financial support for members of the armed forces who have been seriously injured.

Eligibility for the new payment, the Armed Forces Independence Payment, will be linked to the level of award an individual receives under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Those who are eligible for the Armed Forces Independence Payment will not undergo an additional assessment.

Injured service and ex-service personnel who chose to apply for PIP or who are not eligible for AFIP, will follow the same application process as other PIP applicants; this may include a face-to-face consultation.

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Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126153]

Mr Hoban: The number of ministerial public appointments made for the period from May 2010 to March 2012 are as follows:

 MaleFemale

New appointments

10

6

Reappointments and extensions

19

6

Total

29

12

More detailed information on appointments for 2010-11 can be found in the DWP Public Bodies Report 2011 which can be downloaded from

www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dwp-public-bodies-2011.pdf

2011-12 information is expected to appear in a forthcoming cross-government Public Bodies publication.

Public Order Offences

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions individuals were accused of committing offences against his Department under the Public Order Act 1936 in the last year for which figures are available. [126078]

Mr Hoban: The Department for Work and Pensions does not record or hold this information. Any prosecutions against individuals accused of committing offences against the Department under the Public Order Act 1936 would be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, not the Department. The Crown Prosecution Service has informed the Department that it does not hold management information on prosecutions brought against individuals for offences committed on departmental premises or against departmental officials under the Public Order Act 1936.

Social Security Benefits

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has considered allocating benefits proportionally in accordance with defined contact arrangements in child custody cases. [124718]

Mr Hoban: We do not consider custody arrangements in current DWP benefits as payments for children are made through tax credits.

Once it is introduced, universal credit will be paid to the person the child normally lives with.

Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126154]

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Mr Hoban: The figures included are the latest published staff in post on 31 March 2012. This corresponds to the most recent summary figures published on the DWP equality information page on

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/about-dwp/diversity-and-equality/dwp-equality-information/equality-information-2012/

GenderPercentage

Female

68.3

Male

31.8

Universal Credit

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who he plans to appoint as acting senior responsible officer for the universal credit programme. [126554]

Mr Hoban: Like other well run large organisations, DWP has a range of contingency plans in place, including for when a member of staff is absent. I do not believe it necessary to comment on each use of such plans. Universal credit remains on track for pathfinder launch in April 2013.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to introduce national minimum standards for (a) face-to-face services for universal credit applicants and (b) replacements for the Social Fund; and if he will make a statement. [126717]

Steve Webb: The information is as follows:

(a) Our current plans are to set out the required standards to underpin the successful and compliant delivery of universal credit face to face services; this includes minimum service standards.

(b) There are no plans for the social fund because it is not being replaced. Payments for maternity, heating and funeral expenses will continue. Some discretionary payments are being abolished and funding for a new better targeted local provision is being given to local authorities in England and the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Details of the funding for this new local provision have been accompanied by a settlement letter which provides clarity on the purpose of the funding.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether elements of a claim intended to support a claimant's children will be identified separately to universal credit recipients. [126718]

Mr Hoban: The universal credit decision notice will explain how much of the maximum award is payable in respect of the children in the household. However, because universal credit is a single payment to which the disregard and taper will be applied we will not separate the award into amounts that correspond to individual elements.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on women of the switch to monthly single payments on the introduction of universal credit. [126719]

Mr Hoban: Universal credit will be paid as a single amount every month to eligible households. This approach will smooth the transition into work where 75% of employees are paid monthly, will enable claimants to

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see the effect of decisions about work on total household income and will also encourage claimants to take responsibility for budgeting.

The Government believe that it is for the household to decide who receives their universal credit and how that money should be budgeted. This approach is in line with evidence that suggests that only 7% of cohabiting couples and only 2% of married couples keep their finances completely separate. To that end we will encourage payment into a joint account where appropriate.

Moving to a single monthly household payment is a significant change to the way most benefits are currently paid and we will provide support for claimants needing help to manage that change. In exceptional cases alternative payment arrangements may be required. The Government will retain powers to split payments between members of a. couple in joint claim cases. The details and circumstances of these arrangements are still being considered.

Cabinet Office

Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of children lived in a household in which no person worked in each of the last 30 years. [126990]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of children lived in a household in which no person worked in each of the last 30 years (126990).

Data on the proportion of children living in workless households are routinely published each year as part of the Working and Workless Households Statistical Bulletin, which uses the Labour Force Survey household datasets. This contains estimates for April to June of each year from 1996 to 2012. Data is not available before 1996. These estimates can be found in the table.

Proportion of children(1) living in workless households(2), April to June 1996-2012, UK—Not seasonally adjusted
Percentage
April to June each yearChildren living in workless households

1996

19.8

1997

18.6

1998

18.4

1999

17.6

2000

16.4

2001

16.1

2002

16.5

2003

15.9

2004

15.8

2005

15.4

2006

15.3

2007

15.3

2008

15.2

2009

16.7

2010

16.1

2011

15.6

2012

15.1

(1) Children refers to children under 16. (2) A workless household is a household that includes at least one person aged 16 to 64 where no one aged 16 or over is in employment. Source: Labour Force Survey household datasets

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Immigration: Kashmir

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the size of the Kashmiri-origin population in the UK. [126897]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, asking what recent estimate he has made of the size of the Kashmiri-origin population in the UK. (126897)

The Annual Population Survey (APS), used by the ONS to provide population by country of birth and nationality estimates for the UK, does not record information about Kashmiri origin.

In the 2011 Census, Kashmiri was not included as a tick-box option on the ethnicity question, but could be self-declared by

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respondents. Ethnicity data from the 2011 Census will be released between November 2012 and February 2013.

Infant Mortality

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the infant mortality rate in (a) each region and (b) each constituent part of the UK was in each of the last 30 years. [126989]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the infant mortality rate in (a) each region and (b) each constituent part of the UK was in each of the last 30 years. [126989].

The latest infant mortality figures are for the year 2011. The tables provide the infant mortality rates for each region in England (table 1) and each constituent country of the UK (table 2) for the years 1982 to 2011.

Table 1: Infant mortality rate, regions(1,) England, 1982 to 2011(2)
England
 North EastNorth WestYorkshire and the HumberEast MidlandsWest MidlandsEast of EnglandLondonSouth EastSouth West

1982

10.3

12.2

11.6

11.3

12.6

10.6

11.1

10.3

10.7

1983

10.4

10.5

10.9

10.6

10.9

8.6

9.4

9.3

10.1

1984

9.3

9.4

10.4

9.0

11.3

8.6

9.5

8.7

9.1

1985

8.2

9.4

10.3

8.2

10.5

8.5

9.2

9.1

8.5

1986

9.7

10.2

10.5

10.1

10.0

8.4

9.1

8.5

9.3

1987

8.1

9.3

9.9

9.4

9.5

8.1

9.6

8.8

8.6

1988

8.5

9.2

9.3

10.1

10.2

7.5

9.0

8.5

9.5

1989

8.8

8.5

8.9

8.3

9.9

7.1

8.8

7.8

7.9

1990

8.0

8.1

8.9

7.8

9.9

6.0

7.9

7.1

6.8

1991

8.6

7.5

8.6

7.8

8.7

5.7

7.0

6.6

6.3

1992

7.3

6.9

6.6

6.8

8.1

4.8

7.1

5.4

5.7

1993

6.7

6.5

7.4

6.5

7.2

5.4

6.5

5.4

5.7

1994

6.3

6.1

7.7

6.8

7.3

5.3

6.3

4.5

5.4

1995

6.7

6.6

6.9

5.8

7.0

5.1

6.4

5.2

5.2

1996

6.4

6.3

6.6

6.3

6.8

5.4

6.4

5.3

5.6

1997

5.8

6.7

6.5

5.7

7.0

4.8

5.8

5.0

5.8

1998

5.0

6.1

6.9

5.5

6.4

5.0

5.9

4.4

4.8

1999

5.5

6.7

6.2

6.1

7.0

4.7

6.1

4.8

4.6

2000

6.5

6.2

7.3

5.5

6.9

4.4

5.4

4.4

4.6

2001

5.6

5.9

5.8

5.0

6.4

4.5

6.1

4.2

5.4

2002

5.0

5.4

6.2

5.6

6.5

4.4

5.6

4.4

4.4

2003

4.7

5.9

5.8

5.9

7.3

4.5

5.5

4.3

4.0

2004

4.9

5.4

5.5

5.1

6.7

4.2

5.2

3.9

4.8

2005

4.5

5.8

6.1

4.7

6.5

4.0

5.1

3.9

4.5

2006

5.4

5.6

5.7

5.4

6.4

4.1

4.9

4.2

4.1

2007

4.7

5.1

5.7

5.3

6.0

4.3

4.5

3.9

4.2

2008

4.2

5.1

5.4

4.9

6.5

4.4

4.2

4.0

4.0

2009

3.8

4.9

5.5

5.1

6.1

4.0

4.5

3.9

4.0

2010

3.9

4.7

5.2

4.0

5.5

3.6

4.7

3.6

3.3

2011

3.6

4.7

4.9

4.3

6.1

4.1

4.2

3.5

3.7

(1) Using geographic boundaries as of August 2012. (2) Figures are based on registrations in each calendar year. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Table 2: Infant mortality rate, constituent countries of the UK, 1982 to 2011(1)(,)(2)(,)(3)(,)(4)(,)(5)
United Kingdom
 United KingdomEngland and WalesEnglandWalesScotlandNorthern Ireland

1982

11.0

10.8

11.3

11.2

11.4

13.7

1983

10.2

10.1

10.0

10.6

9.9

12.1

1984

9.6

9.5

9.5

8.8

10.3

10.5

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1985

9.4

9.4

9.2

9.8

9.4

9.6

1986

9.5

9.6

9.5

9.5

8.8

10.2

1987

9.1

9.2

9.1

9.6

8.5

8.7

1988

9.0

9.0

9.1

7.5

8.2

8.9

1989

8.4

8.4

8.5

8.1

8.7

6.9

1990

7.9

7.9

7.9

6.9

7.7

7.5

1991

7.4

7.4

7.3

6.5

7.1

7.4

1992

6.6

6.6

6.5

6.0

6.8

6.0

1993

6.4

6.3

6.3

5.6

6.5

7.1

1994

6.2

6.2

6.1

5.9

6.2

6.1

1995

6.2

6.1

6.1

6.1

6.2

7.1

1996

6.1

6.1

6.1

5.6

6.2

5.8

1997

5.9

5.9

5.9

5.9

5.3

5.6

1998

5.8

5.7

5.6

5.6

5.6

5.6

1999

5.8

5.8

5.8

6.5

5.0

6.4

2000

5.6

5.6

5.6

5.2

5.7

5.0

2001

5.5

5.5

5.4

5.5

5.5

6.0

2002

5.3

5.3

5.3

4.7

5.3

4.6

2003

5.3

5.3

5.3

4.1

5.1

5.2

2004

5.1

5.1

5.1

5.1

4.9

5.3

2005

5.1

5.0

5.0

4.3

5.2

6.1

2006

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.1

4.5

5.1

2007

4.8

4.8

4.8

5.3

4.7

4.9

2008

4.7

4.8

4.7

4.1

4.2

4.7

2009

4.6

4.7

4.6

4.8

4.0

5.1

2010

4.3

4.3

4.3

4.0

3.7

5.7

2011

(6)4.3

4.4

4.4

3.9

4.1

(6)4.3

(1 )Figures for the United Kingdom, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland represent country of occurrence. (2 )Figures for infant deaths in England and Wales represent the usual residence of the deceased. Deaths to individuals whose usual residence is outside England and Wales are included in the figures for England and Wales but are excluded from the separate figures for England and Wales. Consequently, figures for England and for Wales will not sum to the England and Wales figures. (3) The infant mortality rates for Northern Ireland represent the rate per 1,000 live births including non Northern Ireland resident births. (4) Infant mortality rates for the United Kingdom are calculated by including births in Northern Ireland to non residents in the denominator. (5) Figures are based on registrations in each calendar year. (6) Data are provisional. Sources: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Major Projects Authority

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many projects examined by the Major Projects Authority have received red/amber status; and which those projects were. [124438]

Miss Chloe Smith [holding answer 23 October 2012]: I refer my right hon. Friend to the figures in the NAO report ‘Assurance for Major Projects’ (HC1698, 2 May 2012) which stated that 33 projects had amber/red status in the quarter three Government major project portfolio returns.

The Government is committed to publishing an annual report covering the first year's operation of the Major Projects Authority, which will include further details.

New Businesses: Brighton and Hove

Simon Kirby: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new businesses were set up in (a) the UK and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last three years. [127061]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many new businesses were set up in (a) the UK and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last three years. (127061)

Annual statistics on the number of enterprise births are available from 2004 onwards in the ONS release on Business Demography at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

These statistics are only available up to the calendar year 2010. The results for 2011 will be released in mid- December 2012.

The following table contains the latest statistics available, which give the number of enterprise births for the United Kingdom and the constituency Brighton, Kemptown 2008-2010, rounded to the nearest 5, Count of enterprise births for United Kingdom and the constituency of Brighton, Kemptown 2008-2010

 YearCountConstituencyYearCount

United Kingdom

2008

267,445

Brighton, Kemptown

2008

310

United Kingdom

2009

236,030

Brighton, Kemptown

2009

280

United Kingdom

2010

235,145

Brighton, Kemptown

2010

300

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Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126176]

Mr Maude: Information on work force diversity in the Cabinet Office is available at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/public-sector-equality-duty

Unemployment: Mothers

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of mothers who do not work who have a youngest child aged (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 11 to 18 years old. [126564]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking

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what estimate has been made of the number of mothers who do not work who have a youngest child between (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 11 to 18 years old (126564).

For the UK, the latest information available is from the Labour Force Survey household datasets, for April to June 2012.

Using the age bands requested would result in the number of mothers not in work with a youngest dependent child aged 5 being included in two categories (youngest child aged 0-5 years and aged 5-11 years) as would be the case for mothers not in work with a youngest dependent child aged 11. Therefore estimates of the number of mothers not in work with a youngest dependent child in the age groups 0-5, 6-11 and 12-18 years have been provided.

These estimates can be found in the attached table.

Number of mothers(1) who are not in work(2), by age of youngest dependent child(3), April to June 2012, UK
Thousand
 Age of youngest dependent child
 0-5 years6-11 years12-18 years

Mothers not in work

1,434

522

458

(1) Mothers are women aged 16-64 years old. (2) Not in work includes mothers who are unemployed or inactive. (3) Dependent children are children under 16 and those aged 16 to 18 who are never-married and in full-time education. Source: Labour Force Survey household datasets.