Reoffenders

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of people going repeatedly through the criminal justice system on short sentences. [126358]

Jeremy Wright: We recognise that those sentenced to short custodial sentences have high reoffending rates and we are looking to see how best to deliver rehabilitation for this group, in addition to those who have been sentenced to 12 months or more and those given community orders. By the end of 2015 we intend to apply the payment-by-results approach right across our rehabilitation work with offenders in the community.

Reoffenders: Medway

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate was for (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency and (b) Medway in each of the last five years. [126391]

Jeremy Wright: Proven reoffending statistics for England and Wales are published quarterly, most recently for the period January to December 2010. These statistics provide proven reoffending rates at the national, regional, probation trust and local authority level, but not at the constituency level.

Table 1 presents the number of offenders in Kent and Medway local authorities who were released from custody, received a non-custodial conviction at court, received a caution, reprimand, warning or tested positive for opiates

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or cocaine in each of the years, 2006 to 2010; and the proportion that committed a proven reoffence within a one-year follow-up period.

Table 1: Number of offenders cautioned, convicted or released from custody in each year between 2006 and 2010 and the proportion who reoffended within a one-year follow-up period
 20062007200820092010

Kent

     

Number of offenders in cohort

17,138

17,880

17,827

17,482

15,361

Proportion of offenders who reoffend (%)

24.9

23.5

24.4

23.6

25.1

      

Medway

     

Number of offenders in cohort

3,613

3,908

3,647

4,034

3,437

Proportion of offenders who reoffend (%)

25.0

24.4

25.7

23.9

26.0

Proven reoffending is defined as any offence committed in a one-year follow-up period and receiving a court conviction, caution, reprimand or warning in the one-year follow-up period or a further six-month waiting period to allow cases to progress through the courts.

Policy Research

Chris Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research was commissioned; and what the cost of each such piece of research was. [123189]

Jeremy Wright: A list of external policy research projects commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (and formerly by the Department for Constitutional Affairs—DCA—and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform—OCJR) in each of the last six years, the organisation from which the research was commissioned and the cost of the research can be viewed in the following table.

Some research that was contracted before 2008-09 (for example research commissioned by OCJR) can only be supplied by the Home Office and is not included in this response. Additionally, because of departmental restructuring and the restructuring of its research and analytical services during the past six years, some research projects may be omitted from the table, or may be duplicated in returns for other Government Departments.

External policy research contracts commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in each of the last six years
Year commissioned(1)Title of research projectSupplierTotal contract cost (£)(2)Office(3)

2006-07

Access to justice for people with mental health problems

KMRC

19,900.00

DCA

2006-07

Access to justice for vulnerable groups—exploring issues of age, identity, health and social conditions

University of Birmingham

54,840.00

DCA

2006-07

Delivering excellent public services

Dr Chris Fox

28,593.73

DCA

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2006-07

Drivers of public satisfaction in the civil (family and non-family), criminal and tribunal justice systems

Cardiff University

61,084.00

DCA

2006-07

Drivers of satisfaction with the justice system

INLOGOV

34,340.00

DCA

2006-07

Evaluation of the measure to support victims of domestic violence in the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act (2004) and the proposed Croydon Integrated Domestic Violence Court

University of Bristol

105,993.00

DCA

2006-07

Impact of changing court fees on users

Opinion Leader

63,400.00

DCA

2006-07

Impact of changing court fees on users (2)

Opinion Leader

3,579.25

DCA

2006-07

Knowledge review of alternative dispute resolution

University of Salford

25,957.00

DCA

2006-07

North Liverpool Community Justice Centre Evaluation

ECOTEC

247,000.00

DCA

2006-07

Profiling public law s.31 cases

University of Bristol

199,363.00

DCA

2006-07

Public attitudes towards summary justice in England and Wales

Promise

39,250.00

DCA

2006-07

Public attitudes towards summary justice in England and Wales (2) DVD production

Exposure 4

7,300.00

DCA

2006-07

Public knowledge of and attitudes to the jury—an international literature review

ICPR

13,600.00

DCA

2006-07

Public legal education and support (PLEAS)

aB Consultancy

32,000.00

DCA

2006-07

Public protection, proportionality and the search for balance

University of Oxford

24,514.00

DCA

2006-07

Users' experiences of the coroner's court

Ipsos Mori

22,665.00

DCA

2006-07

Users' experiences of the coroner's court (2)

Ipsos Mori

200.00

DCA

2006-07

Users' experiences of the coroner's court (3)

Ipsos Mori

2,325.00

DCA

2006-07

Together Women action research

University of Leicester

100,000.00

NOMS

2006-07

Evaluating the use of mediation in employment tribunals

Peter Unwin

136,807.65

DCA

2006-07

Victims’ advocates pilots evaluation

BMRB

170,913.00

DCA

2007-08

Dedicated drug court pilot—data audit

Matrix

13,515.73

DCA

2007-08

Evaluation of alternative dispute resolution in the Social Security and Child Support Appeals Tribunal

ECOTEC

110,250.00

DCA

2007-08

Race and jury decision-making—all white juries

UCL

133,965.00

DCA

2007-08

The court experiences of adults with mental health problems, learning disabilities and limited mental capacity

BMRB

242,014.00

DCA

2007-08

Juvenile cohort study (JCS)

Morgan Harris Burrows

1,320,422.00

(4)

2007-08

The extent and value of pro bono work provided by legal executives and trainee legal executives

ECOTEC

39,813.00

DCA

2008-09

A baseline survey to assess the impact of legal services reforms

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

91,770.00

DCA

2008-09

A study of Sharia councils in relation to family law matters in England and Wales

University of Birmingham

21,630.00

DCA

2008-09

Assessment of the early implementation of the minimum dataset specification

AB Consultancy

24,000.00

OCJR

2008-09

Assessment of the implementation of postal charging and requisitions

University of York

43,580.00

OCJR

2008-09

Court fees remission system

PricewaterhouseCoopers

90,000.00

DCA

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2008-09

Evaluation of the new public law outline in family courts

National Centre for Social Research

104,464.00

DCA

2008-09

Evaluation of the project testing out the conditional cautioning scheme referral to TWP women's centres

London South Bank University

49,340.00

OCJR

2008-09

Evaluation on reoffending for community justice initiatives at north Liverpool and Salford

Cambridge University

26,466.00

DCA

2008-09

Examining implementation of the pilot of the stable and acute 2007 dynamic risk assessment tool

NatCen

125,859.00

NOMS

2008-09

Improving the structure and contents of psychiatric reports: research to develop good practice guidance

BMRB

86,500.00

DCA

2008-09

Mapping support services for victims and witnesses

MVA Consultancy

186,500.00

OCJR

2008-09

Offender management community cohort study

NatCen

1,730,113.00

MOJ

2008-09

Polygraph disclosure project

De Montfort University

52,159.90

NOMS

2008-09

Process evaluation of intensive alternative to custody—Derbyshire

Sheffield Hallam University

111,525.00

NOMS

2008-09

Public preferences feasibility study

LSE Enterprise Ltd

108,980.00

NOMS

2008-09

Statistics on women and the criminal justice system

Kings College London

35,800.00

OCJR

2008-09

SWAG evaluation

Sheffield Hallam University

60,300.00

NOMS

2008-09

Together Women (TW) feasibility study

University of Leicester

90,862.36

NOMS

2009-10

A baseline survey to assess the impact of legal services reform

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

22,352.50

MOJ

2009-10

Community payback


93,000.00

OCJR

2009-10

Constitutional tracker

BMRB

18,750.00

MOJ

2009-10

Integrated alternatives to custody: A process evaluation and outcome evaluation feasibility study in IAC pilot areas

Sheffield Hallam University

234,068.00

NOMS

2009-10

Integrated offender management: Feasibility study

Sheffield Hallam University

228,516.20

NOMS

2009-10

Mandatory polygraph pilots

University of Kent

315,777.00

MOJ

2009-10

National Crown court sentencing survey

Methodology and Consulting Services

3,765.00

MOJ

2009-10

Research on the strengths and skills of the judiciary in the magistrates courts of England and Wales (SRG/09/021)

Ipsos-Mori

268,000.00

DCA

2009-10

Right here, Right now

TNS - BMRB

19,900.00

MOJ

2009-10

Sharia research

University of Reading

21,630.00

MOJ

2009-10

Together Woman data collection

QinetiQ

14,600.00

MOJ

2009-10

Together Woman outcome evaluation

University of Leicester

88,108.00

MOJ

2009-10

Virtual court evaluation

WM Enterprise

189,669.38

OCJR

2010-11

Imprisonment for public protection (IPP)

IPSOS MORI

59,475.00

MOJ

2010-11

Homicide service evaluation

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

59,093.00

MOJ

2010-11

Peterborough independent assessor

QinetiQ

106,730.00

MOJ

2010-11

Police and CPS case file database and analysis

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

194,660.00

MOJ

2010-11

Sentence planning approaches (SPA)

Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)

72,915.00

NOMS

2010-11

Reflective supervision pilot (RSM)

Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)

25,625.00

NOMS

2010-11

SPA/RSM literature review

Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)

18,250.00

NOMS

2010-11

Offender management feedback questionnaire development

Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)

95,255.00

NOMS

2010-11

Sex offender project

London Economics Ltd

46,800.00

MOJ

2010-11

Prison and crime

Professor Roger Tarling

3,300.00

MOJ

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2010-11

The social impact bond at HMP Peterborough

RAND Europe

97,960.00

MOJ

2010-11

Skills for effective engagement and Development (SEED)—investigating quality

University of Sheffield

176,536.00

NOMS

2010-11

Skills for effective engagement and development (SEED)—evaluation

University of Sheffield

172,541.00

NOMS

2010-11

SPCR missing data project—part 1 and 2

University of Surrey

59,004.25

MOJ

2011-12

Analysis of paedophile interviews

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

20,000.00

NOMS

2011-12

Evaluating the low-value road traffic accident process

Professor Paul Fenn

12,500.00

MOJ

2011-12

Doncaster PbR process evaluation project

GVA Grimley Limited

99,645.00

MOJ

2011-12

Evidence and practice review of support for victims and outcome measurement

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

89,668.80

MOJ

2011-12

FOI study

Market and Opinion Research International Ltd

64,310.00

MOJ

2011-12

Informal mentoring project evaluation

M and E Consulting

75,850.00

NOMS

2011-12

Investigation of prison climate

Nottingham Trent University

15,000.00

NOMS

2011-12

Justice reinvestment project

Sheffield Hallam University

143,168.80

MOJ

2011-12

PIPES observational evaluation

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

39,663.00

NOMS

2011-12

Security health check of the Traka key management solution at HMP Stocken

QinetiQ

2,500.00

MOJ

2011-12

SPCR attrition project

Ian Brunton-Smith

39,812.00

MOJ

2011-12

Systematic review for general and violent reoffending

Matrix Insight Ltd

69,137.50

NOMS

2011-12

The effectiveness of different community order requirements for offenders

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

41,240.00

MOJ

2011-12

Circles of support and accountability

University of the West of England

46,475.00

MOJ

2011-12

Exploring a new language for adult sentences to improve public understanding

DUCKFoOT Research and Development Ltd

26,110.00

MOJ

2011-12

Youth justice reinvestment pathfinder evaluation

Sheffield Hallam University

171,591.50

MOJ

(1) “Year commissioned” denotes the year in which the contract was originally commissioned. This is not the same as the year in which payments for research were made. (2) “Total contract costs” includes the most accurate information that could be obtained at the time of response on the value of the contract as initially agreed, or the amount finally paid where this was different. (3) MOJ = Ministry of Justice; DCA = the Department for Constitutional Affairs; OCJR = Office for Criminal Justice Reform; NOMS = National Offender Management Service. (4) Costs were shared between MOJ, NOMS and the Youth Justice Board. Note: This response includes policy research commissioned through analysis and research teams within MoJ. Other externally commissioned research (for example surveys) is not included. It does not include research by the Home Office's Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) which is funded by the Ministry of Justice. Some research before 2008-09 (such as research contracted by OCJR) can only be supplied by the Home Office and is not included in this response. Source: Analytical and Business Support Team, Analytical Services Directorate—Ministry of Justice

Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126156]

Jeremy Wright: The following table shows the proportion of male and female staff within the Ministry of Justice.

Percentage
Department/Agency(a) Male(b) Female

Ministry of Justice HQ

42.90

57.10

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service

29.80

70.20

National Offender Management Service

64.20

35.80

Office of the Public Guardian

39.20

60 80

This information relates to civil servants as of 31 March 2012 and is published on the Office for National Statistics website.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials at payband SCS3 in his Department have met representatives of (i) G4S, (ii) Sodexo, (iii) Mitie and (iv) Serco since May 2010; what the name was of each attendee at each such meeting; and what the nature was of each such meeting. [126184]

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Jeremy Wright: The information requested is being collated from ministerial and official diaries over the period from May 2010 to date. I will write to the right hon. Gentleman as soon as possible.

Young Offender Institutions

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the capacity of each young offender institute is; and how many offenders each held on 1 November 2012. [126925]

Jeremy Wright: Information on the capacity and population of each young offender institution is set out in the following table. The data are based on the latest available published figures from 28 September 2012.

Capacity and population data for young offender institutions: September 2012
Predominant young offender institutionPopulationOperational capacity

Ashfield

211

360

Aylesbury

414

444

Brinsford

529

577

Cookham Wood

121

143

Deerbolt

383

513

Feltham

642

762

Glen Parva

643

808

Hindley

243

506

Isis

582

622

Lancaster Farms

506

530

Northallerton

237

252

Portland

525

530

Reading

214

320

Rochester

642

658

Stoke Heath

641

750

Thorn Cross

299

321

Warren Hill

130

192

Werrington

135

160

Wetherby

280

381

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Only those establishments with a predominant function of young offender institution are listed in the above table. Dual-use establishments with other predominant functions are not included.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible error with data entry and processing.

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many deaths there have been in young offenders institutions in each year since 2005; in which institutions the deaths occurred; and what the cause of death in each case was. [127037]

Jeremy Wright: It is convention when answering questions on deaths of young offenders in young offender institutions (YOIs), to include all deaths in prison custody of those aged 20 and under irrespective of the type of prison establishment they were held in. This is because the roles of prisons may have changed over time and particular prison establishments may hold both adult and young offenders.

A number of 21-year-olds are held in YOIs, some of whom will be in transition to the adult prison estate. Approximately 10% of deaths of 21-year-olds occur in YOIs. By convention, these are excluded from young offender deaths in custody figures.

Table 1 shows the total number of deaths in prison custody by YOI/prison establishment by year for those aged 20 or under at the time of their death.

Table 2 provides a list of these deaths by apparent cause. In summary, of the 46 deaths of those aged 20 and under, 43 are classified as self-inflicted, two as natural causes and one as other/non-natural. These figures are provisional because the actual cause of death is not determined until the inquest.

Table 1: Deaths in prison custody by establishment of those aged 20 or under: 2005-11, England and Wales
 2005200620072008200920102011

Total

13

2

9

5

5

4

8

Aylesbury

1

1

Bedford

1

Brinsford

1

1

1

Castington

1

Chelmsford

1

2

1

Doncaster

1

Durham

1

Forest Bank

1

Glen Parva

2

1

2

1

2

2

High Down

1

2

Hindley

1

Lancaster Farms

1

1

Moorland

1

New Hall

1

Northallerton

1

Norwich

1

1

Parc

1

Portland

1

Reading

3

1

Stoke Heath

1

1

1

Swinfen Hall

1

Wetherby

1

Note: The figures exclude four further deaths of 21-year-olds that occurred in YOIs: Deerbolt (2009), Brinsford (2009), Aylesbury (2011) and Glen Parva (2011).

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Table 2: Deaths in prison custody by year, establishment and apparent cause of those aged 20 or under: 2005-11, England and Wales
 EstablishmentApparent cause

2005

Lancaster Farms

Self-inflicted

2005

Stoke Heath

Self-inflicted

2005

Brinsford

Self-inflicted

2005

Reading

Self-inflicted

2005

Reading

Self-inflicted

2005

Norwich

Self-inflicted

2005

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2005

Castington

Other non-natural

2005

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2005

Durham

Self-inflicted

2005

Reading

Self-inflicted

2005

Hindley

Self-inflicted

2005

Doncaster

Self-inflicted

2006

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2006

Parc

Self-inflicted

2007

Glen Parva

Natural Causes

2007

Brinsford

Self-inflicted

2007

Northallerton

Natural Causes

2007

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2007

Moorland

Self-inflicted

2007

Lancaster Farms

Self-inflicted

2007

High Down

Self-inflicted

2007

Reading

Self-inflicted

2007

Chelmsford

Self-inflicted

2008

Chelmsford

Self-inflicted

2008

High Down

Self-inflicted

2008

High Down

Self-inflicted

2008

Chelmsford

Self-inflicted

2008

Aylesbury

Self-inflicted

2009

Norwich

Self-inflicted

2009

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2009

Swinfen Hall

Self-inflicted

2009

Brinsford

Self-inflicted

2009

Portland

Self-inflicted

2010

Forest Bank

Self-inflicted

2010

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2010

Stoke Heath

Self-inflicted

2010

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2011

Aylesbury

Self-inflicted

2011

Bedford

Self-inflicted

2011

Stoke Heath

Self-inflicted

2011

New Hall

Self-inflicted

2011

Wetherby

Self-inflicted

2011

Chelmsford

Self-inflicted

2011

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

2011

Glen Parva

Self-inflicted

Women and Equalities

Apprentices

Mike Crockart: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many apprentices working in the Government Equalities Office are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship. [123102]

Maria Miller: On 1 April 2011 the Government Equalities Office ceased to be a separate Government Department. The information requested will be included in the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s reply to your similar questions PQ123089 and PQ123090, which relate to the Home Department.

Equality: Travellers

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with the Secretaries of State for Health and for Education on equality of health and education outcomes for members of Gypsy and Traveller communities. [123294]

Mrs Grant [holding answer 18 October 2012]: I have had no such discussions.

However, in 2010 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles), set up a Ministerial Working Group on tackling Gypsy and Traveller inequalities, which included Ministers responsible for health and education issues. The Working Group published

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a progress report in April 2012, setting out 28 commitments from across Government, including a number relating to health and education.

The report can be found at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/mwgreporttravellers

Work and Pensions

Billing

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last three financial years. [125305]

Mr Hoban: A table with the information, which lists the figures of DWP payments to external suppliers and contractors, the times taken for these payments and the performance levels, from 2009 to date, will be placed in the Library.

Children

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency makes provision to allow children to be away on school trips organised by recognised youth groups; whether such nights away are counted towards nights when the non-resident parent has custody; and if he will make a statement. [127042]

Steve Webb: In the current legislation the purpose of the allowance for shared care is to recognise the additional costs that a parent will incur when they provide overnight care for their child or children by means of a reduction in the amount they are required to pay.

The definition of shared care for child support purposes is defined in legislation—Regulation 7(1) Child Support Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases Regulations 2000—and relates to the provision of night-time care.

If the child is away on holiday or a school trip, the award of a shared-care reduction will only apply if care over the period of the trip or holiday has been provided by the non-resident parent, that care was provided overnight, and that both child and parent were at the same address.

Where the reduction is applied, the amount of maintenance payable is reduced pro-rata by the number of nights per week the child stays with the non-resident parent, provided that they share overnight care of the child(ren) for at least 52 nights a year.

However it remains open to all parents, including those currently using the CSA, to make their own family-based child maintenance arrangement on whatever terms they can agree between themselves. Child Maintenance Options can provide free support to parents to help them do this.

Disability Living Allowance

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people in receipt of disability living allowance died in 2011. [124215]

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Esther McVey: The information requested is in the following table:

 Number/percentage

Total number of claimants in receipt of DLA who died in 2011

86,020

Number of DLA claimants in 2011

3,450,360

Proportion of DLA claimants who died in 2011 (percentage)

2.5

Notes: 1. DWP administrative data from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Survey and National Benefits Database. 2. Data are only available until November 2011.

Employment

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission a survey into the labour force to obtain further detailed information on (a) the latest employment figures, (b) the number of recently employed people who are in (i) part-time and (ii) temporary work and (c) the number of recently-employed people who were previously in receipt of a pension. [126454]

Mr Hoban: I do not believe a further survey would represent an efficient use of Government resources. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) already runs the Labour Force Survey which is the largest household survey in the UK covering around 45,000 households. That survey provides information on employment, unemployment, and inactivity, including levels of part-time and temporary work, on a timely and regular basis. It also includes information on length of time with current employer and age.

Its primary use is to show point-in-time estimates of the number of people involved in different activities within the labour market. Useful information can be obtained from changes in the aggregate numbers over time, but it is less appropriate for looking at flows of people between labour market statuses. ONS publishes experimental statistics on flows between employment, unemployment and economic activity as an aid to understanding the movements in the published Labour Force Survey aggregate estimates, although they are not suitable as labour market indicators in their own right. ONS does not consider data to be of sufficient quality to provide reliable estimates of flows between more detailed states such as part-time or temporary employment.

Further to this, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), which is part-funded by Government, allows us to analyse relationships between working and drawing a pension among the 50-plus in England. In addition to ELSA, the Wealth and Assets Survey will also provide information about those who have re-entered the work force after beginning to draw a private pension in Great Britain when additional waves of data are available.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission a survey into the labour force to obtain detailed information on changed employment behaviour and incentives in order to learn more about the current labour market and the number of people who have chosen to leave the labour market to care for children full-time. [126455]

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Mr Hoban: The Labour Force Survey already provides information about the labour market status of people in the UK. This includes people who are economically inactive and their reasons for not being part of the labour force. In the latest data (June to August 2012) it is estimated that there were 2,315,000 people who were inactive because they were looking after the family or home. This estimate is seasonally adjusted.

In June 2012 the Prime Minister set-up a Childcare Commission, led jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education, to look at how to improve the affordability and accessibility of child care for working families. As part of the Call for Evidence which ran from 19 July until 31 August, DFE also commissioned surveys from a number of stakeholders. The Commission is due to report in the autumn.

Housing Benefit

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households have moved home as a result of the changes to local housing allowance that came into force on 1 April 2011; and if he will make a statement. [127093]

Steve Webb: The Department has commissioned a consortium of academics and research organisations led by Ian Cole, professor of housing studies at Sheffield Hallam university to undertake an independent review of the impact of changes to the local housing allowance system of housing benefit.

Elements of the research include a survey of claimants, including those who move and a spatial analysis of the effects of the changes that will examine movement from one local authority to another.

The Department published a report of early findings on 14 June and a copy of the report has been lodged in the House Library. Further findings from the interim stage of the review will be published early next year.

Housing Benefit: North West

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in employment received housing benefit in each local authority in the north-west in each year since 2009. [126810]

Steve Webb: The available information has been placed in the Library.

Jobcentre Plus

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has issued guidance to Jobcentre Plus staff on the circumstances in which they should seek emergency assistance for a member of the public who requires medical assistance (a) while on his Department's premises and (b) within a short distance of such premises. [126813]

Mr Hoban: DWP has procedures in place for provision of first aid to members of the public while on our premises. Our first-aid guidance has recently been updated and includes guidance on seeking emergency assistance.

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These specific arrangements and obligations do not extend beyond our premises. However, there are no rules that prevent our staff from helping any individual who needs medical assistance in the vicinity of our premises.

Social Security Benefits

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the terms of reference will be for the review of the household benefit cap after its first year of operation; when he expects the review to report; and if he will make a statement. [127094]

Mr Hoban: A review of the initial impact of the cap will be published in autumn 2014, which will also contain an assessment of effectiveness of the delivery of the cap. In light of the findings we will then explore the scope for further evaluation.

The review, to a great extent, will attempt to evaluate the effect of the cap on the number of people who are currently receiving more than the threshold and thus will have their benefit payment reduced in April 2013. We aim to provide as full picture as possible to this time scale.

The scope of the evaluation will assess savings against those forecast in the impact assessment. It will also use administrative data to capture movement of households to affordable accommodation and into work. We plan to engage external experts in the field to advise on feasibility of assessing to what extent we are able to attribute this to the cap. We will also elicit the views of stakeholders with regard to the preparations and mitigations of the cap.

Work Capability Assessment

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the evidence he has for the assertion by the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr Hoban) on BBC Radio 4's “The World At One” on 11 October 2012 that claimants are withholding medical evidence during their work capability assessments until the appeals stage of the assessment. [126812]

Mr Hoban: There was no suggestion made that claimants are deliberately withholding medical evidence, but we would like encourage claimants to gather the right medical information quickly to support their claim. Evidence from the President's Report, Social Entitlement Chamber:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/tribunals/social-security-and-child-support/publications/president-report-2008-09.pdf

suggests that tribunals were given additional evidence not available to the DWP decision-maker in 65% of cases.

One of the main reasons for introducing the “mandatory reconsideration” process is that when a claimant queries a DWP decision, they will be given an explanation and helped to identify any additional evidence that could change the decision to enable DWP to ensure that all claimants receive the benefits to which they are entitled at the earliest opportunity.

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Cabinet Office

Construction: Standards

Mr Doran: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on the review of Government Construction Standards; and when the Review is expected to report. [126731]

Miss Chloe Smith: The “Government Construction Strategy One Year On Report” confirms that the Government Construction Standards (incorporating the Common Minimum Standards) were refreshed in autumn 2011. We are currently reviewing the Government Construction Standards and the work is on track for consideration at the Government Construction Board's December meeting. Publication will follow in due course.

The Common Minimum Standards can be found at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/CMS-for-publication-v1-2.pdf

Emergencies: Planning

John Mann: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information his Department holds on differences in protocol for emergency disaster planning at sporting stadiums when the disaster was (a) inside and (b) outside the stadium. [122584]

Miss Chloe Smith: The “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds”, published by DCMS, advises that ground management should assess the risk of any incident occurring at a sports ground which might prejudice spectator safety, or disrupt normal operations, and produce contingency plans to provide a structured and graduated response inside the stadium to such incidents which take account of both the internal and external factors specific to the sports ground. Although the contingency plans are prepared by ground management the guide recommends that there should be consultation with the emergency services to ensure that the contingency plans are compatible with any emergency procedures outside the stadium for dealing with a major incident, as required under the Civil Contingencies Act 1975.

Although the “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds” has no statutory force many of its recommendations will be made statutory at individual grounds by their inclusion in safety certificates issued under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 or the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987. The advice on drawing up contingency plans in the “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds” has been supplemented by further detailed advice published by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority in their publication “Safety Management”.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made on the Government's emergency preparedness. [126335]

Miss Chloe Smith: The forthcoming second Annual Report on the implementation of the National Security Strategy (NSS) and the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) will give the most recent assessment of progress on Government emergency preparedness for civil emergencies. It will set out work being done to plan for the highest priority risks, measures being undertaken to improve the resilience of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger corporations, and programmes to improve emergency response.

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Government Departments: Buildings

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to his recent agreement on the lease of Admiralty Arch, whether he plans to reach such agreements for other Government buildings; and what estimate he has made of the likely net proceeds that would arise. [126953]

Miss Chloe Smith: The civil estate is kept continually under review and we report regularly on changes.

The Cabinet Office's preference is to consolidate Government operations into freehold space where that is practical and cost-effective. Freehold buildings which are no longer required for Government use should generally be sold. Since 2010 we have generated over £640 million from the sale of more than 250 freeholds. In some exceptional cases, such as Admiralty Arch, we will retain freeholds of space which we are not using while selling a lease.

Immigration: Eastern Europe

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people born in A8 countries of Eastern Europe have been resident in the UK for less than 12 months; what the increase in the population was between 2004 and 2011 from those born in the A8 countries of Eastern Europe; and what the figure was for net migration between 2004 and 2011 from those born in the A8 countries of Eastern Europe. [R] [126754]

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 questions regarding (1) how many people born in A8 countries of Eastern Europe have been resident in the UK for less than 12 months, (2) what the increase in population was between 2004 and 2011 from those born in the A8 countries of Eastern Europe and (3) what the figure was for net migration between 2004 and 2011from those born in the A8 countries of Eastern Europe (126754).

(1) The Office for National Statistics does not collect country of birth data for short term migrants but does collect citizenship information. The most recent estimate of people with A8 citizenship staying for between 3 and 12 months is 29,395. This data is for the year to June 2010. More recent data will be published in May 2013. This estimate is based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

(2) The number of people born in the A8 countries in 2004 was 167,000, and in 2011 was 988,000. The increase in this population was therefore 821,000. These estimates are based on the Annual Population Survey (APS).

(3) The latest figures for the year to December 2011 for net migration by country of birth will be published at the end of this month. The figure for net migration from 2004 to 2010 is 355,000. This estimate is based on the IPS.

Differences between the samples of the IPS and the APS, for example the inclusion of short term migrants in the APS, meant that caution should be applied when comparing the two datasets. More detail on the differences between the two surveys can be found in the document 'Estimating International Migration: An exploration of the definitional differences between the Labour Force Survey, Annual Population Survey, International Passenger Survey and Long-Term International Migration'.

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/population-by-country-of-birth-and-nationality/sources-of-international-migration-data/differences-between-sources-of-international-migration-data.pdf

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Press: Subscriptions

Mike Freer: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months. [125652]

Miss Chloe Smith: In the last 12 months the Cabinet Office spent £16,618 with our main supplier of newspapers and periodicals.

However Management Units are free to make their own arrangements for the provision of newspapers, periodicals and trade publications and as a result no records are kept centrally of total costs to the Department.

Procurement

Michael Connarty: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the commissioning of services by non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies; and if he will make a statement. [126922]

Mr Hurd: As with all public bodies we expect non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies to take an intelligent approach to commissioning services from the most appropriate provider. Intelligent commissioning is a crucial element of high-quality public services and this is why we are establishing a Commissioning Academy which is being piloted and will formally launch next year.

Treasury

Deficit Reduction

22. Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that the wealthiest contribute most to deficit reduction. [126541]

Mr Gauke: The Government are committed to a fair tax system in which those with the most contribute the most. The UK's tax system is a progressive one and wealthy individuals make a substantial contribution to the Exchequer. The Government have increased this contribution in a number of ways since the election.

Child Benefit

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's planned introduction of the high income child benefit charge on 7 January 2013 is progressing to timetable. [125083]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 26 October 2012]: Yes. Letters explaining the new child benefit rules have been issued in batches from the week commencing 29 October 2012, on schedule. There will be plenty of time for those affected to consider their options and make an informed choice in time for the 7 January 2013 rule change.

Mr Byrne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people will be affected by the income tax charge for those on higher incomes in receipt of child benefit in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency. [125984]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 31 October 2012]: We estimate that about 1.2 million people will be affected by the child benefit higher income charge nationally.

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Estimates broken down by

(a)

local authority area and

(b)

parliamentary constituency are not available.

Dr Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the capping of child benefit at two children. [126808]

Mr Gauke: The Government are exploring further options for making the welfare system fairer and more affordable, and details will be announced in due course.

European Central Bank

Mr Cash: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis in the proposed revised European Banking Authority Regulation is for any difference in treatment between the European Central Bank and national competent authorities of non-Eurozone member states. [125205]

Greg Clark: The proposed regulation amending the regulation establishing the European Banking Authority (the "EBA") causes some concerns for the UK. In particular, there is a risk of asymmetry in the treatment of the ECB versus other competent authorities in relations with the EBA under the proposed arrangements. Under the proposed provisions the ECB would not be bound by the decisions of the EBA in relation to binding mediations and determinations as to whether there has been a breach of EU law, while national competent authorities would be bound by the decision of the EBA. Binding mediation is the process whereby the EBA can in the event of disagreements between competent authorities adopt decisions requiring the competent authority to adopt measures necessary to settle the matter.

As an EU institution, the ECB cannot legally be bound by EBA decisions on binding mediation, and would be subject to a "comply or explain" arrangement, whereas other national competent authorities would be bound by EBA decisions. The UK has been clear in negotiations that the EBA should have the same powers and authority in relation to the ECB as other national competent authorities. It would be inequitable if, for example, the ECB and a national competent authority brought a case to binding mediation with only the national supervisor bound by the outcome.

The UK will continue to insist on symmetry in the treatment of competent authorities, including the ECB in the performance of its supervisory tasks.

Income Tax: Hampshire

Mr Denham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher-rate taxpayers were resident in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in each of the last five years. [126727]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is shown in the following table:

Higher rate taxpayers
Thousand
Tax yearHampshireSouthampton

2004/05

104

7

2005/06

112

8

2006/07

116

8

2007/08

116

10

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2009/10

104

7

Note: Figures for 2008/09 are currently unavailable.

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

Job Creation: Private Sector

Caroline Nokes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage job creation in the private sector. [126531]

Danny Alexander: Despite these tough economic times, under this Government private sector employment has increased by over 1 million since 2010.

The Government are continuing to support private sector growth through a radical programme of reforms and investment including the £2.4 billion regional growth fund, the £1.2 billion Business Finance Partnership access-to-finance scheme and reducing corporation tax to 22% by 2014.

The Government are helping the long-term unemployed return to work. The £3 billion to 5 billion Work programme will support 2.4 million people by 2017.

Meetings: Media

Helen Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives he has met since 1 July 2012. [127007]

Sajid Javid: Details of meetings that Ministers have with proprietors, editors and senior media executives are published on a quarterly basis on the Treasury's website under the Government's transparency agenda:

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

Mining: Takeovers

John McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the regulations on reverse takeovers issued by the Financial Services Authority apply to mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange; and what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the regulations. [124876]

Greg Clark: The regulations on reverse takeovers issued by the Financial Services Authority in October 2012 apply to all companies with a premium listing, a standard listing of shares or a standard listing of certificates representing equity securities. This would capture mining companies who have such a listing.

The effect of the regulations is a matter for the Financial Services Authority (FSA), whose day-to-day operations are independent from Government control and influence. The FSA has provided a cost benefit analysis in its consultation paper “CP12/2 Amendments to the Listing Rules, Prospectus Rules, Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules”, which is accessible from:

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/static/FsaWeb/Shared/Documents/pubs/cp/cp12_02.pdf

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PAYE

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingency plans are in place to mitigate any potential problems with the implementation of his Department's real-time information reporting system. [126652]

Mr Gauke: HMRC is front-loading the migration of employers onto the real time information (RTI) system. This means that most employers, who are not involved in the RTI pilot, will join RTI in April 2013. There will be six months to resolve issues for employers or HMRC before the Department for Work and Pensions starts to roll out universal credit. Universal credit will be phased in over four years and there will be facilities for individuals to self-report their income in the event of problems with the real-time reporting system.

Sovereignty: Scotland

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on (a) the supervision of the banks and the financial system, (b) membership of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, (c) membership of the Financial Conduct Authority, (d) the supervision of the housing market, (e) the definition of financial stability within the Financial Services Act 2012, (f) the regulation of the pensions industry and (g) the regulation of the insurance sector were Scotland to become a separate state in 2016. [124478]

Danny Alexander: In relation to the possibility of Scotland becoming a separate state in 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had no such discussion with the Scottish Government on any of the issues set out in the question.

Tax Avoidance

Mr Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to monitor and enforce the principle set out in Annex 4.4.16 of the 2007 Treasury document, “Managing Public Money”, that central Government bodies should restrict contractors' use of offshore jurisdictions, consistent with EU and other international obligations and the Government's stated objectives on tax transparency and openness, to avoid harmful tax competition; how many violations of this principle have taken place in each of the last five years; and what penalties were imposed in each such case. [125329]

Danny Alexander: One of the main concepts in “Managing Public Money” is that every central Government public body should have an accounting officer who is personally responsible for the standards and conduct of their organisation. As it is the individual accounting officers who are responsible for managing their dealings with contractors, detailed monitoring of their decisions and circumstances is not undertaken.

It would be prohibitively expensive to find out how many violations of the principles identified in the question had occurred as it would require writing to every public sector body individually to review their records. Although there is no penalty regime specifically aimed at this area, contractors risks losing the specific contract.

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As part of a review of procurement and tax, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Cabinet Office have been charged to come up with a workable solution to address the issue of tax avoidance by companies holding Government contracts and will set out more details later this year.

Taxation: Property

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential revenue which would accrue to the Exchequer from a tax levied on an annual basis on property valued at or above £1,000,000; and if he will make a statement. [127016]

Mr Gauke: No estimate is available. Exchequer revenues would depend on the design of such a tax.

Health

Cancer

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the NHS Commissioning Board will hold cancer networks to account after 2013. [126491]

Anna Soubry: Strategic clinical networks, including cancer networks, are non-statutory bodies. They will, however, have clear terms of reference and an annual accountability agreement with the NHS Commissioning Board for the programmes of quality improvement they carry out.

Drugs: Prices

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2012, Official Report, column 397W, on drugs: prices, how much advance notice he proposes to give to health stakeholders on how prices will be calculated under value-based pricing. [126943]

Norman Lamb: Within value-based pricing, the proposal is that companies would be free to propose a price for a new medicine at launch. The assumption is that prices at launch will be set at a level that is close to their expected assessed value.

The Department's preference for the new pricing arrangements for branded medicines would be to achieve a negotiated agreement with the pharmaceutical industry, if possible. The new pricing arrangements will be introduced on 1 January 2014.

General Social Care Council

Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department plans to provide to the General Social Care Council in 2012-13. [125572]

Norman Lamb: Funding from the Department in 2012-13 for the General Social Care Council was £5.714 million. This consisted of £1.868 million running costs and £3.846 million one-off closure costs.

The General Social Care Council was abolished on 1 October 2012.

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Health Services: Leighton Buzzard

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it cost to run Whichello's Wharf House in Leighton Buzzard in the last year for which figures are available; what the average number of in-patients was in that year; and how many out-patients were treated there in that year. [127019]

Anna Soubry: This is a matter for Lorraine Cabel, the chair of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

We have written informing her of my hon. Friend’s inquiry. She will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Lung Diseases

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being carried out into the threat posed by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. [127020]

Dr Poulter: The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is currently funding a range of research relating to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme is funding a systematic review of evidence on the benefits, harms and costs of treatments for IPF. The review began in May 2012 and is expected to report in mid- 2014. Results will be helpful to patients and carers and also to health care professionals treating IPF. In addition the NIHR is funding two one-year biomedical research fellowships studying IPF.

Meetings: Media

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives he has met since 1 July 2012. [127008]

Dr Poulter: Details of ministerial meetings with external stakeholders including newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives are published quarterly in arrears on the Department's website at:

http://transparency.dh.gov.uk/category/transparency/ministerial-gifts-hospitality/

Midwives

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of midwifery graduates went on to work as midwives in 2010-11. [126684]

Dr Poulter: The Department does not collect this information. The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

The contact details for HESA can be viewed at:

www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2/52/

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in 2011. [126685]

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Dr Poulter: The following table shows the births per full-time equivalent (FTE) national health service midwife in England and for each region in 2011.

Special health authoritiesAverage midwife FTEs(1)Live births(2)Live births per midwife FTE

North East

1,059

30,527

28.8

North West

2,925

88,752

30.3

Yorkshire and Humber

2,120

66,451

31.3

East Midlands

1,507

55,378

36.7

West Midlands

2,270

73,023

32.2

East of Enqland

2,011

73,220

36.4

London

3,918

132,843

33.9

South East Coast

1,574

53,161

33.8

South Central

1,376

53,971

39.2

South West

1,900

60,794

32.0

    

England

   

Total average midwife FTEs(1)

20,661

Total live births(2)

688,120

Average live births per midwife FTE

33.3

(1 )Source—Health and Social Care Information Centre, Provisional NHS Hospital and Community Health Service monthly workforce statistics. (2 )Source—Office for National Statistics live births by usual area of residence of mother. Notes: 1. Workforce statistics do not include bank staff, therefore the above table is likely to overestimate birth to midwife ratios. 2. Midwives who work in Special Health Authorities are excluded. 3. Average workforce size is used to remove natural monthly variation. 4. Data relate to calendar year 2011.

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people graduated from midwifery courses in 2010-11. [126747]

Dr Poulter: Graduation figures are not collected by the Department. However we do collect information on numbers of training places commissioned each year.

Strategic health authorities are responsible for commissioning midwifery training places. Commissions made in 2007-08 give an indication of the number of people graduating in 2010-11. The actual number of training places commissioned between 2007-08 and 2010-11 are shown in the following table:

Midwifery Training Commissions, 2007-11
 Number

2007-08

2,071

2008-09

2,272

2009-10

2,482

2010-11

2,488

2011-12

2,484

Note: The figures include degree, 18-month diploma and, in 2007-08, diploma in higher education courses. Source: Multi professional education and training quarterly monitoring returns.