Migration

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) financial and (b) other contributions the Government made to support the work of UK international organisations for migration in the last year in which information is available. [124517]

Mr Harper: The Secretary of State for the Home Office can confirm that financial contributions made by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in financial year 2011-12 consist of the following:

A membership payment to IOM, half of which is paid for by the Department for International Development (DFID), the other half of which is paid by the UK Border Agency.

The amount calculated and invoiced is for calendar years, but the amount calculated due from both parties for the financial year 2011-12 was £1,941,190.34.

Payment to IOM for running the UKBA Assisted Voluntary Returns (AVR) programme in Afghanistan for 2011-12 amounted to £718,635.67. This represents a payment on account for services receivable during the period August 2011 to August 2012.

Payment to IOM for running a Facilitated Return Scheme (FRS) in 2011-12 amounted to £396,176.27. This represents a payment on account for services during the period April 2011 to March 2012.

An amount of £28,978.34 was also paid in financial year 2011-12 in relation to payments for moving refugees.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for election material for the police and crime commissioner elections had been made via the Government's 0800 1070708 telephone number by 31 October 2012. [126766]

Damian Green [holding answer 5 November 2012]: Between 6 October, when the 0800 1070708 telephone number launched, and 31 October there were requests for 73,720 police and crime commissioner candidate information booklets.

Police: Cleveland

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each basic command unit in the Cleveland police force area on 31 March (a) 2010 and (b) 2012. [128037]

Damian Green [holding answer 12 November 2012]: Police service strength by basic command unit for Cleveland police force as at 31 March 2010 can be seen from the following table.

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Police officer strength by basic command unit for Cleveland police force as at 31 March 2010(1)
 Number

Hartlepool

198

Langbaurgh (Redcar and Cleveland)

240

Middlesbrough

314

Stockton

287

Central Services

686

Total

1,724

(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks.

The number of police officers at basic command unit level ceased to be collected from 2011-12.

Police: Conduct

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the fairness and conduct of the Police Service's Directorate of Professional Standards; [128242]

(2) what assessment she has made of the fairness and interpretation of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008; and if she will make a statement; [128243]

(3) what assessment she has made of the fairness of the police disciplinary boards. [128244]

Damian Green: The arrangements for dealing with police officer misconduct are kept under constant review by the Home Office. Statutory instruments which make changes to these arrangements were laid in Parliament on 23 October 2012.

Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on whether police disciplinary charges can be investigated and brought once a police officer has retired. [122328]

Damian Green: Disciplinary action is usually brought to an end when an officer retires because the sanctions available if the officer is found guilty of misconduct are no longer available. Retirement does not, however, prevent allegations from continuing to be investigated and, in the case of criminal matters, charges being brought.

Police: South Yorkshire

Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each basic command unit in South Yorkshire police force on 31 March (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [127955]

Damian Green [holding answer 12 November 2012]: Police service strength by basic command unit for South Yorkshire police force as at 31 March 2011 can be seen from the following table:

Police officer strength by basic command unit for South Yorkshire police force as at 31 March 2011(1)
 Number

Barnsley

360

Doncaster

472

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Rotherham

356

Sheffield

927

Central Services

774

Total

2,888

(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks.

The number of police officers at basic command unit level ceased to be collected from 2011-12.

Prostitution

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the risks of women and men involved in prostitution being a victim of serious sexual or violent crime; and if she will make a statement; [128114]

(2) what estimate she has made of the proportion of men and women involved in prostitution who are habitual drug users; and if she will make a statement; [128236]

(3) what estimate she has made of the average age of entry for women and men involved in prostitution; and if she will make a statement. [128237]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The Government is committed to tackling the harm and exploitation associated with prostitution. The cross-Government Action Plan to end Violence Against Women and Girls sets out our commitment to ensure that those involved in prostitution are protected from violence, free from exploitation and, where appropriate, given help to leave.

The Home Office has not made any recent formal assessment of the demographics and characteristics of men and women who are involved in prostitution. Local agencies are in the best position to make an assessment of the problems associated with prostitution in their local area. To empower them to do so and to respond effectively, in October 2011 the Home Office published a review of effective practice in terms of policing, exiting, minimising harm and general multi-agency working. Our review highlighted for local areas the importance of prevention, including identification of child sexual exploitation, and holistic support, including addressing alcohol and drug use.

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of trends in (a) on street, (b) off street and (c) escort prostitution; and if she will make a statement. [128991]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The Government are committed to tackling the harm and exploitation associated with prostitution. The cross-government Action Plan to end Violence Against Women and Girls sets out our commitment to ensure that those involved in prostitution are protected from violence, free from exploitation and, where appropriate, given help to leave.

Local agencies are in the best position to make an assessment of the characteristics and issues of prostitution in their local area. To empower them to do so and to respond effectively, in October 2011 the Home Office

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published a review of effective practice in terms of policing, exiting, minimising harm and general multi-agency working. Our review highlighted for local areas the importance of prevention, including identification of child sexual exploitation, and holistic support, including addressing alcohol and drug use.

Communities and Local Government

EU Grants and Loans

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the total amount of European Regional Development Funding in England remains (a) unallocated, (b) unpaid to projects and (c) uncontracted in each region. [127209]

Brandon Lewis [holding answer 7 November 2012]:I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 13 September 2012, Official Report, columns 306-08W.

EU Grants and Loans: Cumbria

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated under the European Regional Development Fund in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria in each of the last five financial years. [127881]

Brandon Lewis [holding answer 13 November 2012]:The North West European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 has invested (a) £4.89 million directly in Barrow and Furness constituency (2008) and (b)£19.102 million in direct European Regional Development Fund investments in Cumbria.

The breakdown of investment on an annual basis is as follows:

 £

2007

945,298

2008

4,895,409

2009

4,960,460

2010

4,026,840

2011

0

2012

4,274,466

The gap in direct investment for 2011 reflects that no grant applications from Cumbria were either ready for approval or had been submitted for consideration.

In addition, the North West Programme has funded a number of region wide business support schemes that Cumbria would be benefiting from. Investment details on a sub-regional basis is not available for this activity.

Government Procurement Card

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of every individual transaction on government procurement cards held by his Department, including the (a) amount, (b) supplier, (c) date and (d) merchant category from the creation of the Department to date. [126804]

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Brandon Lewis [holding answer 6 November 2012]:A table with this information has been placed in the Library of the House.

Sir Philip Green's report into Government efficiency in October 2010 criticised insufficient monitoring and poor spending controls on such corporate charge cards.

This Government has put in place tougher controls on such card spending.

This has helped the Department reduce our card spending by over three-quarters, from £321,076 a year in 2009-10, to just £70,835 in 2011-12.

Grants

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grant giving programmes are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible; and which such programmes award grants in Scotland. [129156]

Brandon Lewis: Providing a full list of grant giving programmes operated by the Department of Communities and Local Government (and bodies for which the Department is responsible) would incur disproportionate cost. A full outline of the activities of the Department (and bodies for which the Department is responsible) is provided in the Department's latest Annual Report and Business Plan:

http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachement_data/file/5891/2171499.pdf

http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7527/2154390.pdf

The Department for Communities and Local Government (including bodies for which the Department is responsible) does not operate any grant giving, programmes in Scotland.

Housing: Construction

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local planning authorities which cannot achieve the number of houses using urban and brownfield land means to meet the population growth predicted in their local plan will be required to release green belt land or face their plan being found unsound by the Planning Inspectorate. [129492]

Nick Boles: It is for local councils to judge how to meet the objectively assessed development needs of their local area through their Local Plan. The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that councils should meet objectively assessed development needs, including housing, unless adverse impacts or the policies of the framework indicate otherwise.

Local planning authorities can work together to meet development requirements which cannot wholly be met within their own areas—for instance, because of a lack of physical capacity or because to do so would cause significant harm to the principles and policies of the National Planning Policy Framework. The Localism Act 2011 introduced a duty to co-operate for local planning authorities to work together to meet strategic planning priorities where these cross boundaries.

When assessing a Local Plan for soundness, the Inspector will judge whether the Local Plan is consistent with national policy, and based on a robust evidence base.

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Non-domestic Rates

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what revenue was accrued from business rates in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate the proportion of business rate revenue that was attributable to the revaluation of newly redeveloped properties in each such year. [129503]

Brandon Lewis: The total revenue in England from business rates in each of the last five years is shown in the following table:

£ million
 Net rate yieldIncome from Central List and from Former Crown List

2008-09

19,068

1,164

2009-10

19,412

1,182

2010-11

19,276

1,185

2011-12

21,034

1,261

2012-13 (B)

21,329

1,333

Source: Data are taken from local authorities in England on the NNDR1 and NNDR3 returns. All years are outturn data, except 2012-13 which is budget data.

No estimate is available for the proportion of business rates revenue that was attributable to the revaluation of newly redeveloped properties in each such year.

Press: Subscriptions

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which magazines, journals and newspapers his Department subscribes. [125336]

Brandon Lewis: The Department for Communities and Local Government subscribes to the following magazines, journals and newspapers. This includes transport titles provided to the Department for Transport as part of a shared service agreement.

Architects Journal

Aviation News

Big Issue (Display Copy Only)

Building (and Supplements)

Buildings Magazine

Buses

Campaign

Catholic Herald

Church Times

Civil Service World

CIWM—Journal For Waste Management Professional

Coach And Bus Week

Commercial Motor

Common Market Law Review

Consensus Economic Forecasts

Construction News

Daily Express

Daily Mail

Daily Mirror

Daily Star

Development Control ServicesOnline subscription

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DODS Civil Service World

Eastern Eye

Economist

Emergency Services Times

Encyclopaedia Of Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Encyclopaedia Of PlanningLaw & Practice

Ends Report

Equal Opportunities Review

Estates Gazette

European Human Rights Reports

Evening Standard

Financial Times

Fire Times

Flight International

FOI And Privacy And Data Protection E-Journals

House Magazine & Blue Pages

Housing And Property Law Review (Electronic)

Housing Law Reports

I—Newspaper

IDS Employment Law Brief

Inside Housing

Jewish Chronicle

Journal Of Planning And Environment Law

Journal Of Urban Regeneration & Renewal

Journal On Planning And Environmental Law

Judicial Review

Law Society Gazette

Legal Action

Local Government Chronicle

Local Government Reports

Local Transport Today

Mail On Sunday

Marketing Week

Mineral Planning And Waste Planning

Motor Transport

Municipal Journal

Muslim News

Muslim Weekly

New Civil Engineer

New Media Age

New Scientist

New Statesman

Observer

Occupational Pensions

PC Pro

Planning

PR Week

Press Gazette

Private Eye

Property Planning And Compensation Reports

Property Week

Public Finance

Public Law & Public Law

Public ServantPSCA Journals

Rail

Rating And Valuation Reporter

Research Fortnight

Social Housing

Solicitors Journal

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Spectator

Statute Law Review

Sun

Sunday Express

Sunday Mirror

Sunday People

Sunday Telegraph

Sunday Times

Surveyor

Tablet

Tec (Traffic Engineering And Control)

The Telegraph

The Big Issue

The Daily Jang M-S

The Daily Telegraph

The Economist

The Guardian

The Independent

The Independent (Sunday)

The Sun On Sunday

The Times

Town And Country Planning

Tramways And Urban Transit

Universe

Urban Design

Voice Weekly

Weekly Law Reports

The Department has made significant savings over the last three years through the rationalisation and consolidation of supplier contracts and continues to monitor and review these costs as part of our commitment to reduce back office spending. For example, the Department spent £136,892 on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in 2008-09 and £113,308 in 2009-10; this was reduced to £93,601 in 2010-11, and £62,074 in 2011-12.

The Department has a shared serviced arrangement with Department for Transport hence the subscription to journals such as Aviation News, Coach and Bus Week, Flight International and Tramways and Urban Transit. The Department for Transport reimburses my Department these costs (£3,339 per annum).

Mike Freer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months. [125670]

Brandon Lewis: The Department spent £62,074, including VAT, on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in 2011-12. Significant savings have been made since May 2010 through the rationalisation and consolidation of supplier contracts, from the £136,892 spent in 2008-09 and £113,308 in 2009-10. Costs continue to be monitored and reviewed as part of our commitment to reduce back office spending.

Under our shared serviced arrangement with them, a proportion of the journals are purchased for the Department for Transport and we are reimbursed by them for these; the current reimbursement is around £3,300 per annum.

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Health

Air Pollution

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body is undertaking the assessments of air pollution and mortality burden for particulate pollution PM2.5 in respect of joint strategic needs assessment of health and well-being strategies for local authorities outside London. [128682]

Anna Soubry: The Health Protection Agency has arranged the calculation of the mortality burden attributable to long-term exposure to particulate air pollution (PM2.5) for English upper-tier local authorities. These estimates have been published in the base line data set for the Public Health Outcomes Framework, which can be found at:

www.phoutcomes.info

Indicators from all of the outcomes, frameworks, including the Public Health Outcomes Framework, can be used by health and well-being boards to inform Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Well-being Strategies (JHWSs). JSNAs and JHWSs are local strategic planning processes which will underpin local commissioning plans across the local national health service and local authorities including public health, social care and children's services. JSNAs must therefore be inclusive of the health and care needs of the whole local population as an objective, comprehensive and—most importantly—a locally-owned process of developing evidence based priorities for commissioning.

Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of 11 to 15 year old (a) boys, (b) girls and (c) children had drunk alcohol at least once in each of the last 30 years by each (i) region and (ii) constituent part of the UK. [128603]

Anna Soubry: Data published since the ‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2000’, providing national estimates from 1988, are included in the ‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2011’, a copy of this has already been placed in the Library. However, a regional breakdown from 1988 to 2010 could be calculated only at disproportionate cost. It may also not be possible due to the sample size and methodology used in some years.

The information on the proportion of 11 to 15-year-olds who have reported ever having had a drink by both sex and region for the years 2006 to 2008 is included in the ‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England, findings by region 2006 to 2008’. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is not held centrally.

Breast Cancer

Sir Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the possible factors associated with the changes in detection of breast cancers since 1982; and if he will make a statement. [128666]

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Anna Soubry: Female breast cancer incidence rates have increased in the United Kingdom since the mid-1970s, at around 1% to 2% per year. In 1982 in England, there were 21,914 cases of breast cancer in women and in 2010 this figure had risen to 41,259. This increase is due to many factors, including the ageing population.

The introduction of the NHS Breast Screening Programme in 1988 led to a short-lived additional increase in incidence as a number of existing breast cancers were diagnosed in women screened for the first time. This trend largely occurred in women aged 50 to 64, the age group invited when the screening programme first started. By the mid-1990s, the increase in incidence rates had returned to the pre-screening level.

A recent steep rise in incidence rates for women aged 65 to 69 can be attributed to the extension of breast screening to women aged 65 to 70 between 2001 and 2006. Trends in breast cancer incidence have also been affected by the reduction in the number of women taking hormone replacement therapy, which had been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in some women.

Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department made of the cost to the NHS of treating carbon monoxide poisoning in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011. [128972]

Dr Poulter: No assessment has been made. The cost to the national health service of treating carbon monoxide poisoning is not reported separately to the Department.

Care Homes: Fees and Charges

Paul Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the economic micro-simulation model for the years 2015-16 to 2025-26 published on pages 33 to 34 of his Department's July 2012 report entitled Caring for Our Future: progress report on funding reform, if he will publish and place in the Library an estimate of the costs of capping care costs at £60,000 with £10,000 general living costs according to that model. [129355]

Norman Lamb: The progress report sets out the cost to Government of different levels of the cap. Pages 33 and 34 demonstrate the costs of caps set at £25,000 with a £7,000 contribution to general living costs and caps of £35,000, £50,000, £75,000 and £100,000 with a £10,000 contribution to general living costs.

We do not hold information on the cost of capping care costs at £60,000.

Dementia

Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will use the NHS Atlas of Variation to calculate the potential savings which would arise if each primary care trust area performed as well as the best in terms of (a) the number of hospital bed days for people with dementia and (b) rates of admission for people with dementia; and if he will take steps to ensure that poorly-performing areas learn lessons from areas with better performance. [128913]

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Norman Lamb: There are no plans to use the NHS Atlas of Variation to calculate national savings on dementia care. The atlas can be used by the national health service locally to benchmark its hospital admission rates and bed stays against similar organisations. It can also identify variation and help clinicians to understand what is going on in their area and where to focus attention to improve the care they provide.

Providing high-quality compassionate care in hospital is one of the priorities of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. A range of actions including the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation goal, the Call to Action to make hospitals dementia-friendly and improving training and awareness will all help to deliver a better hospital experience for people with dementia and their carers.

Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect information on memory clinic waiting times by each clinical commissioning group area. [129061]

Norman Lamb: Data on waiting times for memory services are not collected centrally.

The Department is commissioning an audit of memory services which will look at a range of measures, including capacity.

To support an improvement in diagnosis rates of dementia, the Department has developed an analytical model toolkit which will support Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve their dementia diagnosis rate and commission sufficient memory services.

Drugs: Rehabilitation

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the payment by results for drug recovery pilot programme. [129308]

Anna Soubry: The Payment by Results pilot programme launched in April 2012. Ministers from the Department of Health, Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and Ministry of Justice met with the eight pilot teams in October to review progress and informally assess the effectiveness. However, it is too early to draw any conclusions. A team led by the university of Manchester will independently evaluate the programme. A report on the initial scoping and feasibility phase of the evaluation will be published by the university of Manchester by the end of the year.

Employment Agencies

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in his Department and its associated public bodies. [128734]

Dr Poulter: Staff at the Department and its arm's length bodies acting in seconded roles, as specialist contractors or interim managers, may have their salaries paid through recruitment agencies or staff supply organisations.

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The Department uses the Government Procurement Service centralised agreements and frameworks which select a range of these organisations by public tender, such as the managed service provider agreement with Capita and the master vendor arrangement with Hays Specialist Recruitment for contingent labour requirements.

The Department undertakes procurement in accordance with public procurement legislation and best practice policies. This includes the inclusion into contracts, when appropriate, of a specific tax assurance clause.

General Practitioners: Complaints

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that patients who make a formal complaint against their GP are not without good reason removed from a GP's list. [129359]

Dr Poulter: All providers of national health service funded care must handle complaints in accordance with the NHS and adult social care complaints regulations. We expect their handling to be in line with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's 'Principles of Good Complaints Handling'.

Nobody should be without a general practitioner (GP) practice. If anyone who has been removed from a practice's list has difficulty in finding another practice, the NHS has a legal responsibility to find them a new practice where they can register.

Primary care trusts have a duty to ensure that everyone in their area has access to NHS primary medical services. Part of this duty entails keeping and maintaining lists of NHS patients registered with GP practices.

Under their contractual arrangements, practices may notify their primary care trust of their wish to have a patient removed from their lists. Practices must have reasonable, non-discriminatory grounds for doing so, and unless the reason is because of violence or the threat of violence, practices are required to warn patients when taking such a step and to give reasons.

Primary care trusts must decide, considering the individual circumstances of each individual case, whether a practice has breached the terms of its contract, and what action to take.

On 1 April 2013, this responsibility moves to the NHS Commissioning Board, where we expect more consistency and effectiveness in handling these issues.

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which individuals and organisations proposed that the provisions of the existing legislation relating to proportionality in sections 15 and 17 and Schedule 1 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 should be disapplied in respect of the composition of health and well-being boards. [129362]

Norman Lamb: The Department engaged broadly with stakeholders to develop the content arid policy proposals for regulations relating to health and wellbeing boards. This included:

input from the Local Government Association (LGA);

input from Local Authority Chief Executives;

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engagement with local areas setting up shadow health and wellbeing boards via regional networks, the National Learning Network for health and wellbeing boards and the Association of Democratic Services Officers; and

engagement via an invitation to local areas to provide detailed feedback on the National Learning Network's online forum (which has over 1,000 members involved or interested in the set up of health and wellbeing boards).

The overarching theme of feedback from the engagement exercise was the need for the regulations to provide flexibility and to enable local areas to have the freedom to shape their boards as best fits with local circumstances, through disapplication or modification of specific provisions in current legislation relating to committees of local authorities. This included a very strong view from stakeholders that provisions in relation to political proportionality of health and wellbeing boards should be disapplied.

Health Services

Liz Kendall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding his Department has provided for clinical networks in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; [129487]

(2) what funding the National Commissioning Board has allocated for clinical networks in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15. [129488]

Anna Soubry: Information concerning the funding provided for clinical networks in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 cannot be provided in the format requested. Only cancer, cardiac and stroke network funding is identified centrally, and this is provided via the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) bundle. Funding for cancer, cardiac and stroke networks provided in the SHA bundle for the years requested has been placed in the following table.

Cancer, cardiac and stroke network funding
 £ million

2009-10

33

2010-11

33

2011-12

33

2012-13

33

These allocations are based on estimates of the funding required to deliver cancer, cardiac and stroke networks. However, it is for each SHA to determine how the total amount they receive in the SHA bundle is allocated to specific services, such as clinical networks, taking into account the needs of local populations.

Funding allocated for Strategic Clinical Networks in 2013-14 is £42 million. The NHS Commissioning Board has made no decision about the funding allocation in 2014-15.

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has the power to take a decision based on the recommendation of a trust special administrator (TSA) which results in the closure or downgrading of services at a hospital which is not part of the trust to which that TSA has been appointed; [129555]

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(2) whether the terms of appointment of the Special Administrator of the South London Healthcare Trust include the power to consult on changes to health services at a hospital not located in the trust to which he has been appointed. [129556]

Anna Soubry: The remit of a trust special administrator (TSA) appointed to a national health service trust is to develop recommendations for the Secretary of State on the action that should be taken in relation to that trust to secure sustainable provision of health services which meet patients' needs and deliver value for money. For those recommendations in relation to the NHS trust to be viable and credible, the TSA will need to consider relevant factors, including the intentions of NHS commissioners and the consequential impact upon the local health system. This will invariably require a TSA to consider implications for other health care providers that are part of the local system, as suggested by the former Secretary of State, the Leader of the House of Commons, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley) in a written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, columns 47-49WS, regarding South London Healthcare Trust.

Legislation, rather than the terms of appointment in individual cases, requires a TSA to consult publicly on his draft recommendations. He is expected to take the consultation responses into account when drawing up his final recommendations report for the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt). The Secretary of State is required to take a final decision about the action to be taken in relation to the NHS trust in question, which may have implications for the local health system.

Health Services: Homelessness

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure homeless people are able to register with a GP. [128961]

Dr Poulter: It is the duty of each primary care trust to ensure that anyone who wishes to do so can register with a general practitioner practice in their area. Homeless people are entitled to access national health service primary medical services in the same way as anyone else.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve hospital discharge procedures for homeless people. [129059]

Anna Soubry: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for South Swindon (Mr Buckland) on 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 1035W.

Health Services: Lancashire

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding allocated to the NHS in 2012-13 is being transferred to Lancashire County Council under the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012; and for what purposes. [128689]

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Dr Poulter: From April 2013, upper tier unitary authorities will have a duty to take appropriate steps to improve the health of their population, funded through a ring-fenced grant which will be announced by the end of the year.

Estimates of 2010-11 primary care trust baseline spend on public health services uplifted to 2012-13 values and mapped onto local authorities for their future public health responsibilities were published in February 2012. No local authority will receive less, in real terms, than the baseline spending estimates.

The estimated 2012-13 baseline for Lancashire county council is £46 million. However, this is undergoing revision. The revised baseline and final allocations will be published in due course.

Hospitals: South West

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proposed merger of Bournemouth and Christchurch and Poole Hospitals; and if he will make a statement. [129310]

Anna Soubry: We have made no assessment. The Department does not have a role in approving a merger between two foundation trusts.

In the first instance it is for foundation trusts, in consultation with their staff, patients and local communities, to consider the benefits of a merger and take decisions on whether a merger should be pursued or not.

The protection of patients' interests is delivered through independent regulation by Monitor and the Office of Fair Trading.

Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that girls who do not attend school are able to access the HPV vaccine in all primary care trust areas. [129358]

Anna Soubry: The policy and national guidance on human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation is that all girls aged 12 to 13 years should be offered vaccination, whether they are attending school or not. Primary care trusts are currently responsible for the implementation of the HPV immunisation programme in their localities taking into account local circumstances.

Junior Doctors

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications have been made by junior doctors for inter-deanery transfers in each of the last five years; how many such applications have been approved; and what the basis was for approving such applications. [128945]

Dr Poulter: The Department does not hold information regarding the number of applications for inter-deanery transfers.

Mental Illness

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on physical health of untreated mental illness. [128679]

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Dr Poulter: The Department has not commissioned or evaluated research specifically on the effect on physical health of untreated mental illness.

The Department's National Institute for Health Research funds a wide range of research on mental health, including research relating to comorbidity of mental and physical illness.

The Government's mental health strategy, ‘No Health Without Mental Health’, recognises that those with mental ill health are more likely to have poor physical health. Its third agreed objective is that fewer people with mental health problems will die prematurely and more people with physical ill health will have better mental health.

The main aim of the Information Centre's Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England Survey of 2007 was to collect data on mental health among adults aged 16 and over living in private households in England. It is the primary source of information on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders and collected data on the prevalence of physical ill health in the same population.

The Government has made it clear that mental health problems should be treated as seriously as physical health problems and this commitment has now been made explicit in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The Government's mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board explicitly recognises the importance of putting mental health on a par with physical health, and tasks the board with putting mental health on a par with physical health, and closing the health gap between people with mental health problems and the population as a whole.

We have commissioned the Royal College of Psychiatrists to lead work, involving a wide range of professional and other organisations, to consider how we can ensure mental health receives equal priority with physical health in practice.

NHS: Empty Property

Mark Reckless: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS spending on empty properties relates to PFI or similar schemes which started before 2010. [128964]

Dr Poulter: Information is not collected by the Department on properties which are not in use as part of private finance initiative (PFI) and other public private partnership capital investment schemes.

The details of PFI properties may be available locally.

Mark Reckless: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on empty properties surplus to requirement in the latest period for which figures are available. [128965]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not collected.

National health service organisations are responsible locally for making decisions regarding the use of their facilities including when they are made surplus.

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Pharmacy

Mr Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total cost is to his departmental budget and the budget of the agencies for which his Department is responsible of administering the community pharmacy contract; [128993]

(2) how many statisticians are employed to support the administration of the community pharmacy contract by his Department and the agencies for which his Department is responsible; and what the total cost is of employment. [128994]

Norman Lamb: The total cost to the Department and the agencies for which it is responsible of administering the community pharmacy contractual framework in 2011-12 was £20,158,000. Of this, there was a cost of £178,000 for 3.30 whole-time equivalent statisticians.

These figures cover revenue costs, but not capital costs, for changes to the services in the national community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF), including negotiation, legislation and implementation; drug reimbursement, with monthly changes to the Drug Tariff; assessment of medicine margin and adjustments for Category M generic medicine reimbursement prices; forecasting prescription volume to inform delivery of agreed funding; the Cost of Service Inquiry; settlement of annual funding for the CPCF and adjustment of fees and allowances; publication of the Drug Tariff and payment of pharmacy contractors.

Public Health England

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidance and (b) support Public Health England will provide to local authorities in relation to their new duties on public health. [128537]

Anna Soubry: From April 2013, a new national organisation, Public Health England, will support the efforts of upper tier and unitary local authorities in their new leadership role for public health.

Public Health England will provide a range of knowledge, information and other services to support local leadership for public health. The precise nature of any guidance and support is currently being discussed with local government, including the Local Government Association.

Wales

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees in his Department are paid more than (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000. [129345]

Stephen Crabb: The information requested is contained in the Wales Office Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.

Northern Ireland

Coroners

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on the decision of Northern Ireland's senior coroner to suspend inquests

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into 14 deaths related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement. [129481]

Mrs Villiers: I am currently considering the correspondence from the solicitor acting on behalf of the Coroners for Northern Ireland and have sought legal advice on the issues raised therein and my responsibilities as Secretary of State. I recognise the importance of clarifying the position at the earliest opportunity, given the impact of the suspension of the inquests on the families in question.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses her Department has received to its consultation on Measures to Improve the Operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and when she intends to respond to that consultation. [129483]

Mrs Villiers: The Northern Ireland Office received 48 responses to a recent consultation on Measures to Improve the Operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly, including from the majority of Northern Ireland political parties. The Government's response to the consultation will be issued in due course.

Omagh Self Help and Support Group

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations she has received from the Omagh Self Help and Support Group; and if she will make a statement. [129480]

Mrs Villiers: I am currently considering the report which the Omagh Support and Self Help Group (OSSHG) presented to my predecessor in June 2012. I am undertaking a range of consultations to ensure that I have all relevant information in advance of making a decision in relation to the families' request for a public inquiry. I have been in correspondence with the OSSHG on various matters related to the report. My office is currently scheduling a meeting with them.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees in her Department are paid more than (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000. [129348]

Mike Penning: My Department currently has two members of staff who are paid more than £80,000, and one member of staff who is paid more than £100,000.

Terrorism

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of threats to the personal security of (a) prison officers and (b) police officers in Northern Ireland. [129482]

Mike Penning: The Security Service has the lead on the assessment of threat in Northern Ireland.

The threat from Northern Ireland related terrorism remains severe. The threat in Great Britain from Northern Ireland related terrorism has recently been assessed at moderate by the Security Service.

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The Northern Ireland Prison Service and Police Service for Northern Ireland both keep arrangements for the personal security of their officers and staff under constant review.

Defence

Aircraft Carriers

Sir Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the possibility of both the aircraft carriers currently under construction entering into operation by 2020. [129455]

Mr Dunne: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 615W, to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Thomas Docherty).

Consultants

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget was for the recruitment of consultants at his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years. [126705]

Mr Francois [holding answer 5 November 2012]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) specifies its required output to be achieved at a particular price on consultancy contracts, as defined by the Cabinet Office. The MOD does not have a budget for the recruitment of consultants.

Consultancy expenditure as defined by the Cabinet for financial years (FY) 2005-06 to 2010-11 is shown in the following table:

FY£ million

2005-06

261

2006-07

129

2007-08

120

2008-09

106

2009-10

79

2010-11

26

Expenditure on consultancy is now published annually in UK Defence Statistics and can be found at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/modintranet/UKDS/UKDS2011/c1/trans_sup.php

Defence: Procurement

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many projects being delivered for his Department by (a) BAE Systems, (b) Raytheon, (c) Qinetiq, (d) AWE Management Ltd, (e) MAN Truck and Bus Ltd, (f) British Telecom, (g) MBDA UK Ltd, (h) Westland Helicopters Ltd, (i) HP Enterprise Services Defence and Security UK Ltd, (j) Serco Ltd, (k) Sodexo, (l) Aspire Defence Ltd, (m) Debut Services Ltd, (n) Purple Foodservice Solutions Ltd, (o) the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (p) the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, (q) BP Oil Limited and (r) Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd are overrunning in terms of time; and where each project is located; [128061]

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(2) which projects being delivered by (a) BAE Systems, (b) Raytheon, (c) Qinetiq, (d) AWE Management Ltd, (e) MAN Truck and Bus Ltd, (f) British Telecom, (g) MBDA UK Ltd, (h) Westland Helicopters Ltd, (i) HP Enterprise Services Defence and Security UK Ltd, (j) Serco Ltd, (k) Sodexo, (l) Aspire Defence Ltd, (m) Debut Services Ltd, (n) Purple Foodservice Solutions Ltd, (o) the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (p) the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency and (q) Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd for his Department are running over budget; and by how much in each case. [128062]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 13 November 2012]: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. A similar question asked by the hon. Gentleman was answered but the information provided took four months to prepare and cost many times the disproportionate cost threshold limit set by HM Treasury for answering parliamentary questions.

HMS Ocean

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Ocean has an end-of-service date. [129204]

Mr Dunne: The date of HMS Ocean's withdrawal from service has not yet been decided.

Libya

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 372W, on Libya, whether the Voyager tanker was used for any mid-air refuelling requirements during Operation Ellamy. [129407]

Dr Murrison: No. The first Voyager aircraft was not due to have been delivered until after Op Ellamy had finished.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to answer Question 124617 from the hon. Member for New Forest East, tabled on 19 October 2012 for answer on 24 October 2012. [128640]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 19 November 2012]: I replied to my hon. Friend on 20 November 2012, Official Report, columns 459-60W. I apologise for the delay.

Justice

Community Orders

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the short-term prison population of requiring a court to include in any community order at least one requirement imposed for the purpose of punishment. [129040]

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Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice published its response to the 'Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences' consultation on 23 October 2012. The impact assessment that we published alongside the Government response estimated that the cost of introducing a punitive requirement to all community orders could be between £15 million and £40 million per year. We have not made any estimates of the potential effect on the short-term prison population arising from this proposal.

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect on reoffending of requiring a court to include in any community order at least one requirement imposed for the purpose of punishment. [129041]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice published its response to the ‘Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences’ consultation on 23 October 2012. We are legislating to require courts to include a punitive element in every community sentence unless there are exceptional circumstances.

We have undertaken research to determine the relative effectiveness of community order requirements at reducing re-offending, for offenders with similar characteristics. This research is published on the MOJ website and can be located on the following webpage:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/research-and-analysis/moj/effectiveness-community-order-requirements

We have also published a full impact assessment which outlines the impact of this proposal on reoffending rates. This can be located on the following webpage:

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/effective-community-services-1/results/community-sentences-response-ia.pdf

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect on breach rates of requiring a court to include in any community order at least one requirement imposed for the purpose of punishment. [129042]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice published its response to the ‘Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences’ consultation on 23 October 2012. We are legislating to require courts to include a punitive element in every community sentence, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

We have published a full impact assessment of this proposal, including a summary of the potential effect of these proposals on breach rates. This can be located on the following webpage:

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/effective-community-services-1/results/community-sentences-response-ia.pdf

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the potential effect will be on the rehabilitative function of the Probation Service of including at least one requirement imposed for the purpose of punishment on all community orders. [129043]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice published its response to the ‘Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences’ consultation on 23 October 2012.

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The full research that MOJ published alongside the Government response can be found on the MOJ website on the following webpage:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/research-and-analysis/moj/effectiveness-community-order-requirements

Convictions

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 824W, on Communication Act 2003, how many of the convictions since 2003 were due to (a) racial harassment, (b) sexual harassment, (c) stalking, (d) school bullying, (e) homophobia and (f) other categories of offence. [128927]

Jeremy Wright: Information held centrally by the Criminal Justice System Statistics in the Ministry of Justice does not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, beyond the description provided in the statute under which proceedings are brought. It is not possible to identify from this centrally held information whether the grossly offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing or false message/matter sent or caused to be sent by electronic communications network for which a defendant was found guilty constituted racial harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, school bullying, homophobia or other aggravating factors.

Human Trafficking

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support scheme operated by the Salvation Army in October 2012; in which (i) region and (ii) local authority area each of the suspected victims was found; and which agency referred each case to the scheme. [129368]

Mrs Grant: In October 2012 there were 77 referrals to the Government-funded support service for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales administered by the Salvation Army. Details are provided as follows.

NationalityGenderRegionReferring agency

Albanian

Female

South East

UKBA

Albanian

Female

Yorkshire

UKBA

Albanian

Female

south west

UKBA

Albanian

Female

North West

UKBA

Albanian

Female

Yorkshire

Police

Albanian

Female

South East

Social services

Angolan

Female

South East

Social services

Angolan

Female

South East

Social services

Bangladeshi

Female

Wales

Police

Bangladeshi

Female

South East

UKBA

British

Female

South East

Police

British

Male

West Midlands

NGO

Chinese

Female

Yorkshire

UKBA

Congolese

Female

Wales

NGO

Czech

Male

South East

NGO

Czech

Male

Yorkshire

NGO

Eritrea n

Female

South East

Legal representative

Filipino

Male

South West

NGO

Ghanaian

Female

Yorkshire

UKBA

Hungarian

Female

South East

Police

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Indonesian

Female

West Midlands

Police

Kenyan

Female

South West

UKBA

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Male

South East

Police

Lithuanian

Female

South East

Social services

Namibian

Female

South East

Social services

Nigerian

Female

South East

Self-referral

Nigerian

Female

South East

City Council

Nigerian

Female

South East

Self-referral

Nigerian

Female

South East

NGO

Nigerian

Female

South East

UKBA

Nigerian

Female

North West

UKBA

Pakistani

Female

South East

NGO

Polish

Male

West Midlands

GLA

Polish

Male

South West

Self-referral

Polish

Male

Yorkshire

NGO

Romanian

Male

South East

NGO

Romanian

Female

South East

NGO

Romanian

Female

West Midlands

NGO

Romanian

Male

West Midlands

NGO

Romanian

Female

South East

NGO

Slovakian

Male

Yorkshire

Self-referral

Slovakian

Female

Yorkshire

Self-referral

Slovakian

Female

South East

City Council

Slovakian

Male

West Midlands

GLA

Slovakian

Male

West Midlands

GLA

Slovakian

Female

Yorkshire

Police

Slovakian

Female

North West

Police

Ugandan

Female

Wales

NGO

Ugandan

Female

South East

NGO

Judicial Review

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the CBI on 19 November 2012, (1) if he will list all the judicial reviews brought since May 2010 that he regards as having been pointless; [129486]

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(2) what plans he has to (a) increase charges and (b) decrease time limits for bringing judicial reviews. [129479]

Mrs Grant: In 2011 there were around 11,200 applications to apply for judicial review. Of the applications determined in that year, five out of every six were refused permission to proceed by the judge. This indicates that there was a significant volume of claims which did not display an arguable case.

The written ministerial statement issued on 19 November 2012 confirmed that Government intends to seek views on a package of options that will include shortening time limits in certain cases, restricting the opportunities for an oral reconsideration of the application for permission in certain circumstances, and introducing new fees. The detail of these proposals will be set out in the engagement exercise.

Offenders: Unpaid Work

Ian Lavery: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of increasing the number of offenders in unpaid work by (a) 25 per cent, (b) 50 per cent and (c) 100 per cent. [128617]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice published its response to the “Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences” consultation on 23 October 2012. We are legislating to require courts to include a punitive element in every community sentence, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We have made no specific estimates of the potential costs of the scenarios outlined by the hon. Member.

The impact assessment that MOJ published alongside the Government response can be found on the following webpage:

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/effective-community-services-1/results/community-sentences-response-ia.pdf

Planning Permission: Judicial Review

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many applications for permission to apply for judicial review of a planning decision made in each of the last 10 years were brought within (a) 0 to six weeks and (b) six to 12 weeks of the decision appealed against; [129323]

(2) how many applications for permission to apply for judicial review of a planning decision made in each of the last 10 years were brought by (a) developers, (b) other commercial enterprises and (c) other persons or bodies. [129349]

Jeremy Wright: Information relating to the date of the planning decision being judicially reviewed and whether the claimant was a developer, a commercial enterprise or other persons or bodies is not held on the Administrative Court Office database in a searchable statistical format. The case files over the 10-year period (1,481 files) would have to be viewed individually to provide the specific information requested.

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The number of judicial reviews received in the last 10 years relating to planning decisions are provided as follows.

 JR civil

1998

112

1999

116

2000

121

2001

142

2002

119

2003

122

2004

119

2005

140

2006

142

2007

151

2008

184

2009

165

2010

148

2011

191

Prison Sentences

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking in conjunction with other Government Departments to ensure that the likelihood of imprisonment is the same for all offenders regardless of ethnic background. [129410]

Jeremy Wright: Sentencing is entirely a matter for the courts, taking into account all the circumstances of the offence and the offender. Any differences in the type and severity of the sentence given to different offenders may be attributable to a wide range of factors, such as the type and gravity of offence committed, and the individual's previous offending history.

The sentencing framework and sentencing guidelines, including all aggravating and mitigating factors, are entirely neutral and applicable to all offenders.

Prisoners: Pay

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average hourly wage is for prisoners who undertake work in prison. [129403]

Jeremy Wright: Prisoners' pay policy is set out in Prison Service Order (PSO) 4460 (Prisoners' Pay), a copy of which has been placed in the House Library. PSO 4460 prescribes national weekly minimum rates of pay however, within the terms of the Order and subject to the prescribed national weekly minimum rates of pay, governors and directors of contracted prisons have devolved responsibility to devise their own local pay schemes that reflect regime priorities of their establishment.

PSO 4460 does not anticipate prisoners being paid an hourly rate however, should an establishment be operating their local pay policy based on an hourly rate, these figures are not held centrally and could be collated only by manual checking with individual establishments, which would incur disproportionate cost.

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Prisons: Procurement

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to his Department was of his recent prison marketisation process, by type of cost. [128572]

Jeremy Wright: The PCP2 competition process incurred £3.5 million of expenditure between July 2011 and the end of September 2012. The table gives a breakdown of the type of cost.

 £ million

Payroll costs

2.3

Non-payroll costs

0.1

Staff-related costs

0.1

Admin running costs

0.4

Professional services

0.7

Total

(1)3.5

(1 )Rounded

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which companies placed bids in respect of the prisons marketisation process; and in respect of which prisons each such bid was placed. [128574]

Jeremy Wright: The table lists all the companies who originally placed bids for each prison in Phase 2 of the Prison Competition Programme. MITIE subsequently withdrew from the competition. HM Prison Service also placed a bid for each prison.

CompetitionCompanies placing bids

HMP Northumberland (previously HMP Acklington and HMP Castington)

G4S, MTC/Amey, Serco, Sodexo

HMP Coldingley

GEO, MITIE, MTC/Amey, Sodexo

HMP Durham

Interserve, MTC/Amey, Serco, Sodexo

HMP/YOI Hatfield

G4S, GEO, Serco

HMP/IRC Lindholme

 

HMP/YOI Moorland

 

HMP/YOI Onley

G4S, Interserve, MTC/Amey, Sodexo

HMP Wolds

G4S, Interserve, MITIE, Sodexo

Working Conditions

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the Emergency Workers Obstruction Act 2006 to include all public-facing workers. [127594]

Damian Green: We have no plans to extend the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006 to include all public-facing workers. The offences under the Act were enacted specifically to address the obstruction or hindrance of emergency workers (and those assisting them) when responding to emergency circumstances. It would not be appropriate to extend these offences to encompass other public-facing workers.

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Business, Innovation and Skills

British Antarctic Survey

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Natural Environment Research Council on the appointment of a full-time director of the British Antarctic Survey and on the timing of that appointment. [129324]

Mr Willetts: I have had discussions with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) about the British Antarctic Survey but not specifically about this appointment. This appointment is a matter for the Chief Executive of NERC.

Broadband: Greater London

Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will assess the effect of broadband service suppliers speed of connection on the establishment of start-up businesses in and around Shoreditch; [127799]

(2) how many meetings he has had with start-up companies or their representatives to discuss broadband connections in and around Shoreditch in the last 12 months. [127800]

Michael Fallon: The Government is aware of concern about broadband provision in Tech City and takes every opportunity to encourage suppliers to meet demand in this vibrant and growing technology cluster. In addition, the Government recently announced the provision of up to £25 million funding to make London a super-connected city, and is working with the Greater London Authority to ensure that the particular needs of Tech City entrepreneurs and companies are reflected in their plans for the use of that funding.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has not had any meetings to discuss this issue in the last 12 months.

Business: Loans

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on improving access to finance for businesses. [129327]

Michael Fallon: The Government has put in place a comprehensive package of support to improve access to finance for businesses:

We have put in place a package of credit easing measures, to improve the supply of affordable credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the country, such as the Funding for Lending scheme to support supply of credit to the whole economy, and the £1.2 billion Business Finance Partnership to stimulate the development of alternatives to bank finance.

We are supporting SMEs who lack sufficient track record or collateral to access bank finance by providing a Government guarantee on their loan. Since May 2010, over 9,400 SMEs have been offered Enterprise Finance Guarantee loans, supporting more than £970 million worth of lending.

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We are working with larger companies to encourage them to make available affordable working capital to their supply chains.

We are encouraging businesses to export by providing a range of financial support through UK Export Finance—including support for small firms.

We are increasing our commitment to venture capital investment and bridging the equity gap for early stage innovative SMEs through the Enterprise Capital Fund programme. Since May 2010, £94 million has been invested in over 70 companies.

We are also encouraging a more enabling environment for investment in SMEs through: (a) tax incentives—having launched the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and expanded the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and (b) the Business Angel Co-Investment Fund, which aims to support angel investments into high growth potential early stage SMEs.

But we know more still needs to be done to improve access to finance for businesses and restore business confidence to invest. That is why we have announced the creation of a business bank, which will receive £1 billion of funding to stimulate the provision of finance to business and will also consolidate Government finance schemes and advice so they are more easily understood and accessible to businesses.