Young Offender Institutions

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the under-18 secure estate capacity in England and Wales was in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; [127059]

(2) how many people under the age of 18 were held in custody in England and Wales in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [127060]

Jeremy Wright: The average under-18 secure estate capacity in England and Wales in (a) 2011 was 2,637 and (b) in 2012 (January to August) was 2,497. Please note these figures are not comparable as full data for 2012 is not yet available.

Capacity is defined as beds commissioned by the Youth Justice Board. This includes beds that may be out of use or unoccupied.

The average number of young people under the age of 18 held in custody at any one time in England and Wales in (a) 2011 was 2,001 and (b) in 2012 (January to August) was 1,785. Please note these figures are not comparable as full data for 2012 is not yet available.

The figures from April 2011 onwards are provisional. The figures for 2011 will be finalised in the 2011/12 Youth Justice Statistics publication on 31 January 2013. Provisional data for subsequent months is published on a monthly basis:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/youth-justice/custody-data

These data are from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and refer to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children's Homes (SCHs), and Under-18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). These figures have been drawn from operational sources and IT systems, which arc subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and can be subject to change over time.

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Transport

Biofuels

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking to address the effect of indirect land use change resulting from biofuel production; [127484]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the European Commission's proposal to cap the use of food-based biofuels at five per cent of transport fuels. [127485]

Norman Baker: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave the Rt Hon Member for Warley (Mr John Spellar) on 1 November 2012 [Official Report, columns 332-3W].

Bus Services: Environment Protection

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to ensure that bus services are promoted as a source of green travel. [126991]

Norman Baker: Under the coalition Government, the Department for Transport has provided £45m of funding through the Green Bus Fund which helps bus operators and local authorities to purchase low carbon buses. This funding will result in 593 green, low carbon buses on the roads of England by summer 2013.

In addition, operators of low carbon buses which run on local registered bus services are also eligible to claim the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) low carbon emission bus incentive of 6p per kilometre.

The Department is also investing £600m through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in order to cut carbon emissions and create local growth. Projects under the fund will help cut carbon, as well as deliver other environmental and public health benefits, by improving local access by sustainable modes, including public transport.

Driving: Eyesight

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the economic effects of crashes caused by poor driver eyesight. [127436]

Stephen Hammond: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, columns 613-14W.

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department collects on the number of drivers who have failed the number plate eyesight test at a driving test centre. [127437]

Stephen Hammond: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, column 614W.

Press: Subscriptions

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which magazine, journal and newspaper subscriptions held by his Department have been cancelled since May 2010. [127082]

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Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has cancelled the following subscriptions since May 2010.

Building

Concrete Quarterly

Design Weekly

Digital Arts

Electronic Engineering Times

Electronics Weekly

Estates Gazette

Fleet News (including Fleet News Europe)

Ground Engineering

Highways

Highways Electrical News

Horticulture Weekly

Institution of Civil Engineers - Bridge Engineering

Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering

Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Building

Institution of Civil Engineers-Transport

Intelligent Highway

Journal of British Photography

Journal of Bridge Engineering

Management Today

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Motor Trader

New Civil Engineer

Opportunities in the Public Sector

Pay in Public Services

Planning

Police Gazette

Structural Engineer

Traffic Engineering and Control

Yachts & Yachting

Yachting World

Public Expenditure

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its executive agencies have spent in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and what each is forecast to spend in (A) 2012-13 and (B) 2013-14. [126919]

Norman Baker: The table below shows actual expenditure for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and planned expenditure for 2012-13 and 2013-14.

£ million
  2010/112011/122012/132013/14

Exec Agencies

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

187.1

229.4

212.3

211.5

 

Highways Agency

3,975.0

3,656.8

3,859.0

4,112.0

 

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

131.6

145.5

137.4

124.1

 

Vehicle Certification Agency

1.1

-0.3

-0.2

-0.5

 

Driving Standards Agency

-7.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

-27.7

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exec NDPBs

British Transport Police

7.6

16.3

39.2

10.9

 

Passenger Focus

7.5

6.4

4.7

4.9

 

High Speed 2 Ltd

1.0

0.4

172.3

146.9

 

Directly Operated Railways

1.4

0.8

0.0

0.0

 

Rail Heritage Committee

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Arms Length Bodies Total

4,312.4

4,055.3

4,424.8

4,609.8

 

Department for Transport

8,460.1

10,082.9

11,079.2

10,616.0

 

Total

12,772.5

14,138.2

15,503.9

15,225:8

Railways: Freight

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost to the public purse will be of Network Rail taking over the leasehold for rail freight facilities from DB Schenker; [127330]

(2) what the cost to the public purse will be of Network Rail buying rail freight facilities from DB Schenker. [127339]

Mr Simon Burns: This is a matter for Network Rail as it will depend on the way in which Network Rail decides to fund the acquisition and the use subsequently made of the property.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which freight facilities will be obtained by Network Rail from DB Schenker; and what estimate he has made of the monetary value of those facilities. [127331]

Mr Simon Burns: A full list of the sites under discussion is available on the Network Rail website at:

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/Freight/Aquisition-of-DBS-freight-sites-consultation/

The Department has made no estimate of their monetary value; this is a matter for commercial negotiation between Network Rail and DB Schenker.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated value was of rail freight facilities (a) leased and (b) sold to the private sector at the time of railway privatisation. [127332]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not have this information available.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he proposes that all the freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Schenker will be used to support the development of rail freight; [127333]

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(2) whether he proposes that the freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Schenker will be used to support other railway activities in future; [127334]

(3) whether freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Shenker will be used to support non-railway activities. [127340]

Mr Simon Burns: This is a matter for Network Rail. Network Rail's consultation document states that its key objectives in acquiring sites currently held by DB Schenker include growing freight network capacity, facilitating non-discriminatory access to sites and expanding the portfolio of sites with freight potential available to all freight operating companies.

To the extent that any of the sites acquired may be subject to future disposal, Network Rail recognises that condition 7 of its network licence imposes land disposal obligations and Network Rail is committed to compliance with these.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the Government's rail freight strategy of the decision of DB Schenker to sell its rail freight facilities and leaseholds to Network Rail; [127335]

(2) what assessment his Department has made on the possible effect on the Government's rail freight strategy of the decision on whether freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Shenker will be used to support non-railway activities. [127342]

Mr Simon Burns: None. Network Rail's consultation document states that its key objectives in acquiring sites currently held by DB Schenker include growing freight network capacity, facilitating non-discriminatory access to sites and expanding the portfolio of sites with freight potential available to all freight operating companies.

Network Rail's consultation document notes that the list of sites in question includes over one hundred

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vacant sites and a number of other sites capable of wider use which Network Rail considers to represent a significant potential opportunity to improve operational utilisation of the portfolio.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail and DB Schenker on Network Rail obtaining rail freight facilities from DB Schenker; [127336]

(2) whether he has discussed with Network Rail a timetable for Network Rail to obtain rail freight facilities from DB Schenker; [127337]

(3) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials had with Network Rail on ensuring that freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Shenker will be used to support rail freight; and what the outcome of such discussions was. [127341]

Mr Simon Burns: Neither I, the Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), or my officials have held discussions with Network Rail or DB Schenker about these matters, which are a commercial issue between Network Rail and DB Schenker, although officials are kept informed as a matter of routine.

Sickness Absence

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of his Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last five years. [127172]

Norman Baker: The number of days of absence and the average working days lost (AWDL), by pay grade, for the Central Department and its six Executive Agencies, for each of the last four financial years, is shown in the following table. The Department does not hold data for sickness absence in this format prior to April 2008 and it would cost a disproportionate amount to provide it.

 April 2008 to March 2009April 2009 to March 2010April 2010 to March 2011April 2011 to March 2012
 Days lostAWDLDays lostAWDLDays lostAWDLDays lostAWDL

AA

24,941.79

11.4

20,090.10

10.1

15,998.20

8.6

13,807.85

8.5

AO

52,269.91

8.9

49,252.70

8.6

45,871.40

8.2

46,362.52

8.7

EO

59,230.82

9.2

61,757.70

9.7

54,946.60

9.1

52,925.56

9.2

HEO

12,403.52

6.1

12,714.10

6.2

11,210.50

5.5

10,711.22

5.5

SEO

6,234.04

4

6,903.00

4.2

7,412.40

4.5

7,804.04

5.1

G7

2,919.86

4

3,141.10

3.9

3,540.80

5.1

3,365.56

5.0

G6

895.43

3.7

1,363.50

3.9

866.10

4.2

735.07

3.7

SCS

272.45

2.2

577.00

5.3

100.00

1.5

205.50

2.3

Total

159,167.82

8.3

155,799.10

8.2

139,945.90

7.7

135,917.33

7.9

Written Questions

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six and 10 working days and (c) after more than 10 working days in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [127283]

Norman Baker: Of the 1,922 ordinary written questions tabled between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012 and answered by the Department for Transport, 1,234 (64.2%) were answered in five working days or fewer.

The number of questions answered between six and ten working days was 476 (24.8%), and those answered in more than ten working days were 212 (11.0%). However, the House allows Departments to answer questions

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during long recesses although they are not printed in

Hansard

until the House returns. Therefore some questions, although actually answered in less than ten days, will appear to have taken much longer.

The Government has committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written Parliamentary Question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the current session. Statistics relating to performance for the 2010-12 Parliamentary session are available on the Parliament website as follows:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/procedure/P35_Memorandum_Leader_of_the_House_ Monitoring_PQs.pdf

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of written parliamentary

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questions to his Department received holding responses in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [127284]

Norman Baker: Of the 801 Named Day questions tabled between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012 answered by the Department for Transport, 252 (29.6%) received a holding reply.

The Government has committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written Parliamentary Question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the current session. Statistics relating to performance for the 2010-12 Parliamentary session are available on the Parliament website as follows:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/procedure/P35_Memorandum_Leader_of_the_House_ Monitoring_PQs.pdf