Railways: Franchises

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees from other Government Departments and other divisions within his Department have been seconded or permanently transferred to work on rail franchising since September 2012. [130732]

Mr Simon Burns: Since September 2012, no employees from other Government Departments have been seconded to the Department for Transport to work on rail franchising.

As of 13 November 2012, 11 individuals within the Department who do not normally work in rail franchising have been transferred to rail franchising roles on a temporary basis to support the Department's response to the cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise competition.

Roads: North West

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the North West Highways Management Contract for Area 10 in respect of the fuel spillage on the M60 near Trafford Centre on 14 November 2012. [131339]

Stephen Hammond: The Highways Agency's records confirm that the diesel spillage incident occurred on 15 November 2012, at approximately 05:49, on the M60 motorway between Junctions 8 and 6. Approximately 200 metres of carriageway was damaged and required resurfacing.

The Asset Support Contractor consulted the Highways Agency. Since the resurfacing work required the full closure of a section of the anti-clockwise carriageway of the motorway, the decision was taken to defer resurfacing until later that evening to minimise disruption to motorists.

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As with all responses to incidents, the Asset Support Contractor's performance in responding to this incident will be assessed and discussed with them.

Thameslink Railway Line

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reasons are for the time taken in reaching financial close for the Thameslink rolling stock contract; [131164]

(2) for what reasons his Department's forecast dates for financial close for the Thameslink rolling stock contract have changed. [131167]

Mr Simon Burns: We remain confident of reaching financial close with Siemens early in the new year. The Thameslink rolling stock is a very significant investment. Given the size of the transaction, detailed discussions to conclude the commercial documentation have taken place accordingly.

Transport: Merseyside

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of average spending per head of population on transport in (a) the city of Liverpool and (b) Merseyside; and what the (i) regional and (ii) national average was of such spending. [130956]

Norman Baker [holding answer 30 November 2012]:The most recent data available for total public expenditure on transport is given in HM Treasury's Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses for 2011/12. Identifiable expenditure on transport per head in 2011/12 was £279 for the North West, £292 for England and £315 for the whole of the UK. Equivalent data is not available below regional level.

Transport: Snow and Ice

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had on the implementation of flexible staff working levels during times when poor weather or increased traffic levels is forecast. [130836]

Norman Baker: The Secretary of State for Transport has not held discussions with his officials regarding implementation of flexible working during times when poor weather or increased traffic levels is forecast.

However, officials here have recently concluded Union negotiation on refreshed employee arrangements relating to the management of major disruption during periods of extreme weather, other natural events and industrial action affecting travel systems. The major disruption to travel policy was developed in parallel with departmental planning for the possible impact of the Olympics on the Department's business.

My Department is committed to flexible working. We encourage our employees to consider alternative working patterns as we recognise both the individual and business benefits of this in terms, of individual job satisfaction and personal productivity, and better usage of a decreasing Civil Service estate in Central London.

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Weather: Information Services

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had on the implementation of an online and VHF automated weather service. [130835]

Norman Baker: There have been no discussions specifically on the implementation of online and VHF automated weather services either with the Secretary of State for Transport or other Ministers within the Department or with Department for Transport officials.

Network Rail provides a dedicated online service for the rail industry covering information and forecasts on weather and seasonal conditions as they affect railway operations.

In addition, the Highways Agency launched in 2012 its new Highways Agency Weather Information Service. This service is to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of highways operational management on the strategic road network, in particular the effectiveness of winter maintenance services.

For mariners, and in support of the obligations of SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 5, maritime officials are responsible for providing meteorological services and warnings to mariners around the UK coast, and do this by obtaining forecasts and warnings from the Met Office and then transmitting them by Satellite, MF and VHF. This is a semi-automated process to ensure minimum mutual interference with adjacent coastal aerials. Discussions are underway at official level about the potential to automate some of these services to mariners under the Future Coastguard programme. Online maritime meteorological services are provided by the Met Office and some private service providers.

West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to provide detailed costings on the failures in the award of the West Coast Mainline rail franchise; and if he will make a statement. [130730]

Mr Simon Burns: As the Department reaches a conclusion regarding potential compensation payments or other liabilities, and when the amounts have been agreed by the National Audit Office, Parliament will be provided with that information.

The full costs of the cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise will not be quantifiable until after the Department has received the final findings of the Brown Review, which are due at the end of this year.

All exceptional costs arising from the InterCity West Coast franchise competition cancellation in this financial year will be disclosed as an exceptional item in the Department's annual accounts and governance statement, which will be laid in the House next summer.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made any financial provision in future budgets for (a) costs incurred by Directly Operated Railways relating to its preparatory work on the West Coast Mainline franchise, (b) reimbursing bid costs for (i) FirstGroup, (ii) Abelio, (iii) Keolis/SNCF and (iv) Virgin Rail, (c) external (A) legal and (B) financial consultancy to advise and assess the Department's

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awarding of rail franchises and

(d)

compensation to FirstGroup for the effect of his Department's actions on the company share price. [130731]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested is as follows:

(a) No specific provision has been made for Directly Operated Railways or other companies relating to the project. However, costs will be met from existing departmental resources.

(b) An estimate of £40 million has been made in the budget for reimbursing bid costs relating to the West Coast franchise. A breakdown of the budget between bidders has not been made.

(c) Future costs estimates will depend on the outcome of the Brown and Laidlaw Reviews.

(d) A claim has not been received from FirstGroup.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of attempting to award the West Coast Mainline rail franchise and the cancellation of the franchise award including staffing and consultancy costs between January 2011 to date. [130734]

Mr Simon Burns: The costs of attempting to award the West Coast Mainline rail franchise between January 2011 and 31 October 2012 are estimated to be £1.835 million. The costs of the cancellation of the franchise award to 31 October 2012 are estimated to be £1.722 million. There is separately an amount of £40 million allocated to reimburse bidders for bid costs.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment (a) Ministers and (b) the Laidlaw inquiry have made of the analysis in the letter sent by his Department's head of major projects to bidders for the West Coast Mainline franchise competition. [131299]

Mr Simon Burns: The content of these letters reflects the analysis of the Secretary of State for Transport that led him to conclude on 2 October that the Intercity West Coast franchise competition should be cancelled. Following their despatch, the letters were made available to aid Mr Sam Laidlaw's consideration. However, Mr Laidlaw's terms of reference confined him to a consideration of matters occurring up to 15 August 2012.

Defence

Defence Equipment and Support

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for the (a) decision on, (b) legislative proposals for and (c) contract award relating to any change in status of Defence Equipment and Support; and if he will make a statement. [130429]

Mr Dunne: The final decision on any change of status and contract award will be determined following consideration of a business case by the Investment Approvals Committee and Ministers. We are currently considering what, if any, legislative requirements may arise from proposals for reforming Defence Equipment and Support.

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Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the result is of his Department's value-for-money assessment of the possible establishment of Defence Equipment and Support as a Government-owned, contract-operated entity; and if he will make a statement. [130517]

Mr Dunne: The value-for-money analysis is in the final stages of completion. A decision will be made in due course.

Libya

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 809W, on Libya: military intervention, if he will place in the Library the aircraft condition survey conducted on the Apache helicopters which flew from HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy; and if he will make a statement. [125901]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 30 October 2012]: A review of the information requested is being conducted with regard to its suitability for release. I will write to my hon. Friend concerning the information requested once the assessment is complete.

Substantive answer from Philip Dunne to Tobias Ellwood:

Further to my response of 31 October 2012 (Official Report, column 293W) I am writing to inform you that I have received copies of the Aircraft Condition Survey reports on Apache aircraft ZJ207, ZJ188, ZJ179 ZJ218 and XJ233.

These reports, which relate to the Apache helicopters which flew from HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy, contain details which may reveal effectiveness of operational equipment used by our Armed Forces and therefore I have decided not to release. The reports identify higher than normal levels of corrosion due to the maritime environment the aircraft had been flown in, but in all cases were within normal tolerance levels and the aircraft remained fully airworthy.

A copy of this letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Lynx Helicopters

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air-to-ground weapon systems will be used by the Royal Navy's version of the AW159 Lynx Wildcat. [130658]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 29 November 2012]: The Royal Navy variant of the Lynx Wildcat helicopter will be equipped with the General Purpose Machine Gun 7.62 mm, Heavy Machine Gun 12.7 mm and the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon as air-to-surface weapons. It will also be equipped with the Sting Ray Torpedo and Mk 11 depth charge for use in an anti-submarine role.

Military Alliances

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost to his Department was of military aviation collaboration projects in the EU in the last year; [130010]

(2) what the cost to his Department was of military aviation collaboration projects with non-EU countries, excluding the US, in the last year; [130011]

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(3) what the cost to his Department was of military aviation collaboration projects with the US in the last year. [130013]

Mr Dunne: Ministry of Defence expenditure on military aviation collaboration projects for the financial year 2011-12 is shown in the following table. The expenditure includes airframes, engines and other systems intrinsic to the aircraft. It does not include airborne weapons fitted to aircraft.

Aviation collaboration projectsExpenditure (£ million)

EU

2,291.3

Non-EU

19

US

377

One project includes a collaboration of EU, non-EU countries and the US. This explains the cost in the ‘non-EU’ category above.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that collaborative defence projects in which the UK participates work on competitiveness principles without discrimination as to the countries involved. [130404]

Mr Dunne: The National Security Through Technology White Paper (CM 8277), published in February 2012, stated that when the UK participates in a multinational programme our preference for doing so will be on a bilateral basis, as this offers the best balance of advantages and disadvantages. In these cases, we will adopt a “best athlete” approach to ensure that principles of competitiveness are pursued.

Wherever possible, we will also ensure that the principles of open competition are followed in multinational programmes in which the UK participates.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that future collaborative defence projects are, wherever possible, bilateral collaborations to ensure efficiencies. [130409]

Mr Dunne: As stated in the National Security Through Technology White Paper (CM 8277), our preference is to work on a bilateral basis, particularly with the US and France, to develop technology, equipment and support arrangements that meet our mutual defence and security needs.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on extending collaborative defence projects to include collaboration on (a) mid-life updates of the equipment produced through the project, (b) repairs and maintenance of such equipment and (c) training on such equipment; and if he will make a statement. [130410]

Mr Dunne: In order to improve the management of projects and programmes and achieve best value for money for the UK, the Ministry of Defence adopts a through-life management approach to acquisition, including when we collaborate with our international partners.

Each programme is assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they are managed in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Reviews

Gemma Doyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reviews are taking place in his Department. [131045]

Mr Francois [holding answer 30 November 2012]: Following the strategic defence and security review, we are delivering one of the most ambitious transformation programmes ever undertaken, including implementing the defence reform review. Progress is reported annually to Parliament.

Transforming Defence is driving wide-ranging change to the organisation and the way we work at all levels across almost all of Defence. Much of this, in accordance with the spirit of Lord Levene's recommendations, is being taken forward locally by the relevant delegated authority.

Work in progress includes:

establishing the way forward for Defence equipment and support;

transforming how defence infrastructure will be delivered in future;

reviewing Army basing developing our reserve forces; and

modernising the offer we make to our people, under the new employment model for service personnel, and as part of civil service reform.

Scotland

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what communications the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has had with the Scottish Minister for Transport and Veterans since 4 September 2012. [131227]

Mr Robathan: I have received one letter since 4 September 2012.

Type 26 Frigates

Penny Mordaunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on export negotiations in respect of the Type 26 Frigate. [129571]

Mr Dunne: Bilateral conversations are ongoing with a number of potential international partners to explore opportunities for co-operation, with respect to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship itself and systems destined to be fitted to it.

It is not appropriate to comment until we are in a position to make a firm announcement.

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the (a) total cost and (b) unit cost of the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships to be purchased by his Department. [131036]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 30 November 2012]: The Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme is in it’s assessment phase. The total programme and unit costs will be determined at the main investment decision, which is expected in the middle of the decade. Given the status of the project, I am withholding the information on costs as its disclosure would risk prejudicing the Ministry of Defence's commercial position.

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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he made of his Department's maritime unmanned aerial systems strategy; and if he will make a statement. [130660]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 29 November 2012]: The Ministry of Defence is in the process of developing a strategy paper considering maritime unmanned air systems; it is expected that this will be completed in the first quarter of 2013. Elements of the paper are likely to be classified.

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the Reaper squadron has taken to tackle illegal piracy and fishing in areas beyond national jurisdiction. [130735]

Mr Robathan: UK Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System is certified for use only in support of ground forces in Afghanistan. For further details, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne), during the Westminster Hall debate on 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 203WH.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer question 130504 from the hon. Member for Bournemouth East, tabled on 22 November 2012 for answer on 25 November 2012. [131280]

Mr Dunne: PQ 130504 was tabled on 23 November 2012 for answer on 28 November 2012. I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 457W.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department provided to the Arts Council in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and how much such funding she plans to provide in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [131397]

Mr Vaizey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) on 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 815W.

Arts: Ethnic Groups

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of whether the Creative Industries Council might play a role in improving ethnic diversity in the media and creative industries as a means of fulfilling its remit to encourage growth and competitiveness in those industries. [131165]

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Mr Vaizey: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 30 November 2012, Official Report, column 535W.

Broadband

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the role of Ofcom in the negotiation of the 4G network rollout; and if she will make a statement. [129378]

Mr Vaizey: Ofcom has no role in the negotiation of the 4G network rollout, although it was involved in the discussions between the Government and other interested parties about speeding up the process of making that spectrum available. 4G network rollout is a commercial matter within the scope of the requirements appropriate to the relevant licence.

Domestic Visits

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) libraries, (b) galleries and (c) museums she has visited in her official capacity. [131175]

Mr Vaizey: Since her appointment, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), has visited a number of different venues and institutions related to her official duties. She looks forward to further visits in the future.

Football: Tickets

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice the Premier League has sought from her Department on the resale of tickets to Premier League football matches through secondary ticketing websites; [131245]

(2) what discussions she has had on ensuring that the resale of tickets to Premier League football matches through secondary ticketing websites does not allow individuals banned from football grounds to acquire match tickets; [131246]

(3) what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had with secondary ticketing organisations regarding the resale of tickets to Premier League football matches. [131355]

Hugh Robertson: None. For reasons related purely to public order, the resale of tickets for football matches is illegal under section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, unless the resale is authorised by the organiser of the match.

Local Government

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings Ministers in her Department have had with leaders of local authorities since May 2010. [131176]

Hugh Robertson: The Department publishes details of all ministerial meetings with external organisations on its transparency website, at the following link:

http://www.transparency.culture.gov.uk/category/other/meetings/

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Communities and Local Government

Council Tax Benefits

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what analysis he undertook of the potential effect on incentives to work of his proposed localisation of council tax support. [130839]

Brandon Lewis: The design and levels of council tax support are matters for each individual local authority. To support local authorities in designing schemes which provide positive work incentives, the Department has published guidance, which it will shortly be re-issuing, setting out the key considerations relating to work incentives which local authorities will want to take into account in designing their schemes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/localising-support-for-council-tax-taking-work-incentives-into-account-guidance

The Department has also set out, in the regulations prescribing the Default Scheme, an approach to taking into account universal credit that helps to support work incentives. The Explanatory Note for these provisions explains that this approach could help limit combined marginal deduction rates to 81% taking into account a person's tax and national insurance contributions.

The draft Default Scheme regulations are available here:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2886/contents/made

The explanatory note on the universal credit provisions is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/14822/expan_note_univ_credit_2245014.pdf

Enterprise Zones: Corby

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to reopen applications for enterprise zone status in order that Corby can apply to become an enterprise zone. [130758]

Mr Prisk: We have no current plans to invite bids to create additional enterprise zones. The Government are committed to supporting the current 24 enterprise zones in delivering their ambitions.

Many of the key benefits are now available for local areas to use without any special designation from the Government. For example, local authorities can bring speed, certainty and reduced costs to the planning process through the use of Local Development Orders, and they can offer business rate discounts according to local circumstances. And from April 2013 they will also benefit from the local retention of business rates too—a strong incentive to go for growth.

Housing

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much demand he estimates there will be for additional housing by 2030 by type of demand. [131178]

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Mr Prisk: The Department does not estimate demand for housing. However, the Department publishes household projections, which are a trend-based view of the number of households that would form given projected population and previous demographic trends.

The most recent household projections are 2008-based. The projected household numbers are disaggregated by household type and are published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-communities-and-local-government/series/household-projections

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of additional housing need he estimates will result from family breakdown in the next 20 years. [131179]

Mr Prisk: The Department does not have this information.

Housing and Council Tax Benefits

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of households who will be affected by both the housing benefit under-occupation penalty and a restriction of council tax benefit (a) nationally and (b) in each English region. [131347]

Brandon Lewis: The Department for Communities and Local Government published an updated impact assessment in June 2012, setting out its assessment of the potential impacts of the localisation of support for council tax in England. The updated impact assessment can be found on the Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8465/2158675.pdf

Welfare reform is vital to tackle the budget deficit we have inherited from the last Administration, under which council tax benefit and housing benefit expenditure doubled.

The localisation of council tax support will also give councils stronger incentives to support local firms, cut fraud, promote local enterprise and get people back into work.

Non-domestic Rates

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, column 571W, on non-domestic rates, how many business rate revaluations took place in each of the last five years; what the total rateable value was in each such year; what the average percentage increase was in rateable value for those properties that were re-rated in each such year; and what the reasons were for rateable value reassessments in addition to a redevelopment of the site. [131392]

Brandon Lewis: The Valuation Office Agency undertakes a revaluation of all non-domestic property periodically in accordance with the legislation. The last revaluation took effect from the 1 April 2010.

During the period between revaluations, the Valuation Office Agency is under a statutory obligation to maintain the rating lists, making amendments to the list on a

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frequent basis. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as new properties, properties being demolished, and changes in properties, including extensions and alterations. Changes are also made following successful appeals.

Official Statistics on total rateable value are available only from 2009-10 onwards. The total rateable value for each local rating lists as at 31 March for each of the last three financial years is as follows:

Rateable value (£ million)
Financial year20052010

2009-10

48,992

n/a

2010-11

48,543

59,449

2011-12

48,374

59,708

The agency typically makes between 175,000 and 275,000 alterations to the England and Wales 2010 local rating lists annually. A summary of list changes (new, amended and deleted entries) is published on their website in the following location:

2011-12 financial year:

http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/statisticalReleases/120524_LocalRatingListChanges.html

2010-11 financial year:

http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/statisticalReleases/localRatingListSummary.html

2005-06 to 2009-10 financial years:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110320170052/http://www.voa.gov.uk/publications/statistical_releases/changes-to-rating-list.html

Planning Permission: Appeals

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of planning appeals relating to major applications made to the Planning Inspectorate in each of the last five years were (a) heard and (b) decided within 13 weeks. [130515]

Nick Boles [holding answer 28 November 2012]: Local planning authorities should decide planning applications within the statutory time limits (13 weeks for major applications, eight weeks for other applications); there is a right of appeal for non-determination if a decision is not made in that period.

78% of planning applications were determined within statutory time limits in 2011-12. However, over a fifth of applications for major development took more than half a year to determine, and 9% took more than a year; any subsequent appeal against a refusal of permission would add further time. Consequently, in the recent consultation paper, “Planning performance and the planning guarantee”, we proposed that very poor performance be classified as councils failing to determine 30% or fewer of major applications within the statutory period.

There is no 13-week timetable for appeals: appeals are typically more complex and controversial than the generality of planning applications.

However, our Planning Guarantee states that no application should spend more than 26 weeks either with the local authority or by the Planning Inspectorate; this is to ensure that the consideration of applications does not take more than one year from start to finish.

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In 2011-12, the Planning Inspectorate decided 97% of appeals within its target of 26 weeks. This is considerably better performance than there was under the last Administration.

The reasons for the small number of appeals taking longer than 26 weeks are outlined in the “Planning Guarantee Monitoring Report” published by my Department on 28 September; the most common reason was postponement due to one of the interested parties (i.e. the applicant or the local authority) being unavailable.

Planning Permission: Mole Valley

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to report on planning inquiry number 2172145 concerning The Glade in Mole Valley District local authority. [131343]

Nick Boles: The three planning appeals and eight enforcement appeals heard at the inquiry to which the hon. Gentleman refers are still under consideration and a decision letter will be issued as soon as possible.

Private Rented Housing

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the powers available to local authorities to regulate the length of time letting agents are allowed to retain letting signs outside properties once the property is off the market. [131279]

Nick Boles: Estate agents have deemed consent under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 to display sale or letting boards on relevant premises. It is a condition of the consent that the advertisement must be removed within 14 days after the completion of a sale or the grant of a tenancy. If the advertisement is not removed within 14 days, it is being displayed without consent, which is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £2,500 in the magistrates court.

If there is a proliferation of estate agents' boards in a particular area the local planning authority may apply to the Secretary of State for a direction to restrict the

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deemed consent and require that all boards must have express consent. As well as dealing with proliferation that may have an adverse effect on the amenity of an area, the requirement for express consent allows the local planning authority to monitor boards more closely and enforce the conditions, including the requirement to remove the board once the need for it has passed.

Wind Power: Planning Permission

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider further ways of safeguarding (a) landscape character and (b) visual amenity in the planning process for onshore wind farm development. [131322]

Nick Boles: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report,House of Lords, column WA13.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England for people aged (i) 16 to 24, (ii) 25 to 49 and (iii) 50 years in each of the last five years. [130693]

Matthew Hancock: The following table shows the number of Apprenticeship programme starts in (a) Liverpool Walton parliamentary constituency, (b) Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral local education authorities, and (c) England by age. Final data are shown for the 2006/07 to 2010/11 academic years and provisional data are shown for the 2011/12 academic year.

We publish apprenticeship starts at region, local education authority and parliamentary constituency levels of geography, therefore data for Merseyside are not presented.

Provisional data for the 2011/12 academic year provide an early view of performance and will change as further data returns are received from further education colleges and providers. They should not be directly compared with final year data from previous years. Figures for 2011/12 will be finalised in January 2013.

Apprenticeship programme starts by geography and age, 2006/07 to 2011/12 (provisional)
  FinalProvisional
GeographyAge2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/12

Liverpool Walton constituency

16 to 24

630

720

550

680

890

870

 

25 to 49

40

100

200

580

670

 

50+

10

20

80

160

 

All age

630

760

660

900

1,550

1,700

        

Knowsley local education authority

16 to 24

830

910

950

1,200

1,600

1,500

 

25 to 49

80

160

220

840

1,150

 

50+

20

20

140

220

 

All age

830

990

1,130

1,430

2,580

2,860

        

Liverpool local education authority

16 to 24

2,410

2,480

2,250

2,730

3,630

3,710

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25 to 49

140

440

670

2,450

2,880

 

50+

20

50

80

380

550

 

All age

2,410

2,640

2,740

3,470

6,470

7,140

        

Sefton local education authority

16 to 24

1,440

1,370

1,160

1,560

1,830

1,800

 

25 to 49

100

280

360

1,270

1,580

 

50+

10

40

40

280

370

 

All age

1,440

1,470

1,480

1,970

3,370

3,750

        

St Helens local education authority

16 to 24

760

810

710

1,050

1,260

1,320

 

25 to 49

50

150

190

690

1,210

 

50+

10

20

130

240

 

All age

760

860

870

1,260

2,070

2,760

        

Wirral local education authority

16 to 24

1,620

1,710

1,380

1,870

2,500

2,560

 

25 to 49

210

380

300

1,360

1,750

 

50+

30

50

50

280

380

 

All age

1,620

1,950

1,810

2,210

4,140

4,680

        

England

16 to 24

184,170

197,610

184,080

230,540

275,130

282,680

 

25 to 49

250

24,550

50,490

44,280

152,600

186,660

 

50+

10

2,610

5,380

4,860

29,480

33,210

 

All age

184,400

224,800

239,900

279,700

457,200

502,500

Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10 except for England totals, which are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. “—” indicates a base value of less than five. 3. Age is based on age at the start of the programme. A small number of learners aged under 16 are included in the 16 to 24 age category. 4. Geographic breakdowns are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 5. Figures are based on the geographic boundaries as of May 2010. 6. Provisional data for 2011/12 should not be directly compared with data for earlier years. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by geography is published in a supplementary table to a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 11 October 2012:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_supplementary_tables/Apprenticeship_sfr_supplementary_tables/

Boilers

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the proportion of (a) oil fired, (b) gas fired and (c) biomass boilers that were manufactured (i) inside and (ii) outside the UK in the latest year for which figures are available. [131223]

Michael Fallon: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold this information.

Copyright

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost of implementing the recommendations of the Hooper report on copyright works published in July 2012. [131336]

Jo Swinson: As Richard Hooper notes in his report, the recommendations he makes are intended for industry to take forward. The Government have made no analysis of the likely cost of implementing these recommendations.

Export Controls

Mr Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the introduction of Council Regulation (EU) 388/2012, on dual-use items, if he will make an assessment of whether the Export Control Organisation is meeting its performance targets; and if he will make a statement. [129379]

Michael Fallon: Council Regulation (EU) 388/2012 amended Annex I of Council Regulation (EC) 428/2009, which is the list of dual-use items subject to export control from the EU. This was a technical amendment which did not change the overall scope of the EU dual-use controls and has had no impact on the performance of the Export Control Organisation (ECO) against its Government targets.

The ECO's primary target is to finalise 70% of Standard Individual Export Licence applications within 20 working days. As at 12 November 2012, the ECO's performance for 2012 was 71% and so it is currently meeting the

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target. This is a significant improvement on 2011 and 2010, when the corresponding figures were 65% and 63% respectively.

Manufacturing Industries

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies have been awarded funds as part of his Department's Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry initiative for (a) research and development projects and (b) feasibility projects in the latest period for which figures are available; what the value was of each such award; how many such companies have received the full amount awarded; how many such companies have completed the work; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the initiative on (i) economic performance, (i) innovation in manufacturing and (iii) the environment. [131029]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 30 November 2012]: The Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry (SMPI) competition was delivered by the Technology Strategy Board as part of its collaborative R&D programme. The Technology Strategy Board is a BIS sponsored body and is the Government's prime channel for supporting business-led technology innovation.

Under its SMPI competition, the Technology Strategy Board has offered grants to seven companies in support of feasibility projects and is in the process of offering grants to 17 companies in support of R&D projects. The value of grant awards ranged from £36,000 to £75,000 for feasibility projects and will range from £67,000 to £604,000 for R&D projects.

The Technology Strategy Board expects all companies to receive the full amount awarded overtime. However, the projects have start dates ranging from November 2012 to January 2013 and so I am not able at this time to comment on the project work or assess the effectiveness of the initiative on economic performance, innovation in manufacturing or the environment.

New Businesses: Worcestershire

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new businesses were created in Worcestershire in the last 12 months; and what plans his Department has to help businesses in Worcestershire export more goods and services to fast growing economies. [130563]

Michael Fallon: According to Worcestershire county council there were 2,175 business start-ups in 2010. The figures for 2011 are due for release on 13 December 2012.

Worcestershire companies were invited to the events during the recent Export Week which included an Export Event attended by over 60 commercial officers from embassies and consulates around the world, including South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, India, Thailand and Russia. UK Trade & Investment and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are working with Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership on a major export event on 5 March 2013. Plans are being developed in the west midlands for events and trade missions in 2013/14, including visits to Russia, China and Hong

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Kong, India, South Africa, Brazil, Thailand and many other export markets. These opportunities will be promoted widely to companies in Worcestershire along with other regionally and nationally organised events and trade missions, such as the Asia Task Force Events planned for March 2013, with the aim of getting more companies to trade internationally, especially to the faster growing economies.

Royal Mail: Trade Unions

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which trades union Royal Mail allowed staff (a) time to work on trade union duties and (b) facility time in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; how many full-time equivalent staff were allowed that time in each such year, by trade union; and how much Royal Mail paid to trades union in each such year. [131097]

Michael Fallon: This is an operational matter for Royal Mail.

I have therefore asked the chief executive of Royal Mail, Moya Greene, to respond directly to my hon. Friend and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Science: Research

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on implementation of his Department's Strategy for Life Sciences published on 5 December 2011; and if he will make a statement. [131298]

Mr Willetts: Further to my reply on 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 702W, details of progress to date in implementing the strategy were sent to stakeholders in a letter dated 20 August 2012. The letter was published on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/innovation/docs/l/12-1123-life-sciences-strategy-update-august-2012.pdf

A ‘One Year On' report updating on progress in implementing the Strategy for UK Life Sciences will be published shortly.

Student Loans

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a marketing budget will be made available to publicise the introduction of 24+ advanced learner loans. [131291]

Matthew Hancock: In preparation for the introduction of 24+ advanced learning loans, the Department has been developing a range of communication materials to inform learners about the introduction of loans. The messages have been developed with feedback from learners.

In conjunction with learner-facing materials, the Skills Funding Agency, the Student Loans Company and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service have produced a range of communication materials for colleges and training organisations. There were a series of successful events in July for colleges and training organisations and a further series of events are currently taking place around the country.

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We are continuing to track awareness and understanding of providers, learners and employers to inform our future communication activities. We are also looking at further marketing activities that would be appropriate to support the introduction of loans. The level of marketing activity needs to be proportionate to the number of learners affected by the introduction of loans and the activity needs to be targeted effectively.

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the contribution of the then Minister of State for Further Education and Skills, of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 260WH, whether an online application system will be in operation for the 24+ advanced learner loans first year of operation; and from when that system will be available. [131292]

Matthew Hancock: An online application system will be available from the beginning of April 2013 for those wishing to apply for a 24+ advanced learning loan for courses starting from 1 August 2013.

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A paper-based application form will also be available for those learners who wish to apply for a 24+ advanced learning loan but are unable to do so online.

Teesside University

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK students studying at Teesside university have yet to receive a student finance payment for this financial year. [131290]

Mr Willetts: Student finance is paid to students by academic years (AY) not financial years (FY). The following table provides a breakdown of payments for AY 2012/13 on or before the 28 November made by Student Finance England to Teesside university students domiciled in England and entitled to maintenance support. (Figures for payments to UK-wide students are not easily available).

DescriptionApplications to Teesside university for AY 2012/13

Applications prepared for payment with maintenance support entitlement:

7,700

Of which:

 

Attendance confirmed and first payment made

7,290

Of which:

 

First payment made to those studying away from the institution (medical course, placement etc.)

70

Of which:

 

Attendance confirmed and first payment will be made at term start date or is currently in the banking system

50

Of which:

 

Awaiting confirmation of attendance from the institution

280

Of which:

 

Attendance confirmed but first payment withheld

(1)10

(1) Payments are withheld in exceptional cases, for example where the bank details provided by the applicant have been found to be invalid or where the NINO has not yet been validated.

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students whose home address is in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency and are registered for study at Teesside university had outstanding student finance applications on (a) 24 September 2012, (b) 8 October 2012, (c) 22 October 2012, (d) 5 November 2012 and (e) 19 November 2012. [131340]

Mr Willetts: Table 1 as follows sets out the total number of Teesside university student finance applications from Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland students submitted to Student Finance England on the specified dates, along with those not yet processed. Table 2 provides a breakdown of the outstanding applications.

For students who apply near the start of term, or for those who have not yet supplied the required evidence of household income, SLC will do everything it can to ensure they get at least the basic non means-tested maintenance loan and tuition fee loan so that the student can start their course, and it will pay any additional amounts due as soon as possible after the start of term.

Table 1: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland students
 24 September 20128 October 201222 October 20125 November 201219 November 2012

Total number of applications for academic year 2012/13

610

630

640

640

650

Total number of student finance application outstanding

100

80

50

50

30

Table 2: Breakdown of outstanding applications
 24 September 20128 October 201222 October 20125 November 201219 November 2012

Applications awaiting signatures from applicant

50

40

20

20

10

Applications awaiting further details or evidence

30

20

20

20

10

Applications currently being assessed

20

20

10

10

10

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Vocational Training

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) with reference to the announcement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills on 20 November 2012, at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference 2012, whether the new traineeship scheme will be in operation and open to all applicants in time for the 2013-14 academic year; [131293]

(2) with reference to the announcement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills on 20 November 2012, at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference 2012, what the academic and training content of the new traineeships will be; [131294]

(3) whether he will be prioritising any sector frameworks in his introduction of traineeships; and, if so, if he will publish those sectors. [131295]

Matthew Hancock: The Government are considering how a new traineeships programme could be implemented as part of our overall offer for young people. We expect that traineeships will include a rigorous core of work preparation, a work placement, and English and maths.

We plan to issue a discussion document shortly and will invite employers, providers and other partners to support us in formulating the detail of traineeships, building on effective practice and experience.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general hospitals in England provide accident and emergency services which include major injury and trauma; and how many beds there are at each such hospital. [130756]

Anna Soubry: Injury and trauma patients occupy beds in many specialties across all acute national health service hospitals, including:

orthopaedics;

plastic surgery;

general surgery;

ear;

ENT;

maxillofacial surgery;

ophthalmology;

neurosurgery;

cardiothoracic;

intensive care;

general medicine and others.

In each service they will occupy a variable proportion of the bed complement dependent on the unpredictable case load on any particular day. The remainder of the beds are occupied by other emergency cases and elective surgery patients. There is therefore no specific bed complement for injury and trauma; it is a demand-led service.

As of April 2012, in NHS England there are 26 designated major trauma centres, with locations determined by NHS strategic health authorities. They are the hub of regional trauma networks composed of all the local hospitals and are also linked up to specialist

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services (such as burns, spinal cord injury, paediatrics) as required. Major trauma beds are located in different specialities and vary according to the mix of patients with different injuries at that time.

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) issued guidance and (b) (i) conducted and (ii) commissioned any research or studies on travel times to accident and emergency departments since May 2010. [130757]

Anna Soubry: The Department has neither issued any guidance on travel times to accident and emergency departments nor has it commissioned or conducted any research or studies on travel times since May 2010. It is a matter for the local national health service to ensure that there is appropriate provision of urgent and emergency services that are responsive to people's needs.

Arthritis

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to see a rheumatology nurse specialist following their initial diagnosis in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [130740]

Norman Lamb: We are not aware that this information is held in the Department.

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the use of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme in improving the quality of care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis; and if he will make a statement. [130742]

Norman Lamb: Local commissioners are responsible for commissioning services to meet the needs of their local populations and for determining the priority for service improvements. The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme is one way through which local commissioners can incentivise improvements in quality for local clinical priorities, which could include services for people with musculoskeletal conditions. There is no national monitoring of local CQUIN schemes.

Care Homes: Learning Disability

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people with learning disabilities whose care is paid for by the NHS are being cared for in facilities owned by private companies. [131230]

Norman Lamb: The Care Quality Commission “Count Me In” national census of in-patients and patients on supervised community treatment in mental health and learning disability services in England and Wales found that in 2010, of a total of 3,376 patients with learning disabilities, 1,072 (29.4%) were with independent providers.

Genito-urinary Medicine

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish its proposed sexual health policy document. [131229]

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Anna Soubry: The sexual health policy document will set out the framework for improving all aspects of sexual health in England. We plan to publish the document before the end of the year.

Health Services

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the planned national clinical audit will include analysis examining the provision of personal care plans and access to treatments; and if he will make a statement; [130738]

(2) what the expected publication date is for the national clinical audit on rheumatoid arthritis. [130739]

Norman Lamb: An invitation to tender for the delivery of the national clinical audit on rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis was published in November 2012 by the Healthcare Quality Improvement partnership (HQIP). A contract for this work is expected to be awarded by HQIP in April 2013. Details of the publication schedule for this audit will be published following the commencement of this contract.

Details to tender for the planned national clinical audit will depend on the supplier selected following the procurement process. The specification for this audit was developed following a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the audit proposal. Minutes of this meeting can be found on the HQIP website:

www.hqip.org.uk/arthritis

Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which EU countries UK citizens are required to have a European health insurance card to access health services by reciprocal arrangements. [130762]

Anna Soubry: The European health insurance card entitles the holder to access clinically necessary, state-funded medical treatment while on a temporary visit to another European Economic Area (EEA) country on the same basis as a resident of that country.

The card is accepted in all 31 EEA countries:

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

the Czech Republic

Cyprus

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

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Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Spain

Sweden

Slovakia

Slovenia

Sweden

Switzerland

the Netherlands

the United Kingdom.

Health: Disadvantaged

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle health inequality. [130754]

Anna Soubry: The Government are committed to reducing health inequalities as part of a wider focus on fairness and social justice and improving health outcomes for all. As well as helping people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives, our aim is to improve the health of the poorest fastest.

As a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, we are introducing the first specific legal duties on health inequalities for NHS commissioners and the Secretary of State. The duties include:

the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups will have a duty to have regard to the need to reduce inequalities in access to, and the outcomes of, health care, and;

the Secretary of State will have a wider duty to have regard to the need to reduce inequalities relating to the health service (including both NHS and public health, and relating to all the people of England).

We believe that the provisions in the Act will be a powerful force for tackling health inequalities and improving the health of those with greater health needs.

The Government support the Institute of Health Equity, based at University College London and led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, which helps promote the findings of the “Fair Society, Healthy Lives” review of health inequalities across the NHS, public health and local government.

Within a broad strategy to tackle health inequalities across the country, we are also exploring how to address the health needs of those most vulnerable to poor health outcomes, through the Inclusion Health programme.

Latex: Allergies

Jonathan Lord: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the difficulties experienced by patients in hospitals diagnosed with severe latex allergies; [130842]

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Surrey and (b) England who have latex allergies. [130845]

Norman Lamb: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued general advice on its website in relation to latex reactions (allergies) and medical devices, which can be found at the following address:

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www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Generalsafety informationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice-G-L/Latexre actions(allergies)andmedicaldevices/index.htm

The National Patient Safety Agency published advice in May 2005 which can be found at the following address:

www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=59791

Information on the number of people in Surrey and England who have latex allergies is not held centrally.

Medical Treatments

Mr Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to prevent cost-based rationing of treatments since June 2012. [131288]

Anna Soubry: The Department is clear that commissioners must comply with their legal requirements when taking commissioning decisions. Last year, the medical director of the national health service, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, wrote to medical directors in strategic health authorities to remind them that, in particular, commissioners must ensure they:

do not introduce outright blanket bans for interventions or treatments;

are sensitive to individual circumstances, clinical need and take account of those circumstances in any decisions;

have systems in place to enable exceptional case reviews; and

have robust policies in place which can support clear and defensible decisions on whether access to services will or will not be possible.

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Where the Department has been made aware of suggested cases of rationing, it has worked through strategic health authorities to investigate. No evidence of rationing has been found through these investigations.

Mental Health Services

Mr Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited for mental health services on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for more than (a) 18 and (b) 28 days in the last quarter for which figures are available. [131287]

Norman Lamb: Not all of the information requested is collected. However, the number of people waiting more than 28 days for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme services in the last reporting quarter (Q1 2012-13—1 April-30 June) is 119,343.

Paul Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he has spent on training therapists through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by (a) cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) at step 2, (b) CBT at step 3, (c) counselling for depression, (d) couples therapy for depression, (e) dynamic interpersonal therapy and (f) interpersonal psychotherapy in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement. [131393]

Norman Lamb: The following table gives estimates for the amount spent on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT) training fees in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12 for each modality of therapy.

£
Therapy2008-092009-102010-112011-12

Step 2 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

2,190,000

4,430,000

2,620,000

2,680,000

Step 3 CBT

4,870,000

10,040,000

6,230,000

2,910,000

Counselling for Depression

192,000

204,000

Couple Therapy for Depression

44,000

(1)207,000

Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

189,000

81,000

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

258,000

246,000

(1) Includes training fees for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence approved Behavioural Couples Therapy

In addition, to increase the CBT work force within the national health service we have paid the salaries of CBT trainees for the training year. The following table sets out the estimated expenditure in each year.

£
Therapy2008-092009-102010-112011-12

Step 2 CBT

9,863,000

19,951,000

11,799,000

6,845,000

Step 3 CBT

15,382,000

31,711,000

19,677,000

7,391,000

Methadone

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of individuals in receipt of methadone prescriptions are (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free prescriptions; [130687]

(2) what rate is paid to chemists and pharmacists for methadone on prescription in each primary care trust area; [130688]

(3) what the cost to the NHS was of prescribing methadone as an opiate substitute in each of the last five years. [130690]

Norman Lamb: Information is not held centrally on the number of people prescribed particular medicines or the medical condition being treated. NHS Prescription Services does, however, hold information on the number of methadone prescription items dispensed in England, supplied free of charge or paid for at the point of dispensing. Information for the latest complete calendar year is provided as follows.

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Payment status of methadone items, prescribed in the United Kingdom and dispensed, in the community, in England—2011(1,2)
 ChargedExempt from charge at the point of dispensing(3)

Quantity (Thousand)

63.0

2,904.5

Percentage

2.1

97.9

(1) Data have been supplied for methadone products listed under British National Formulary (BNF) section 4.7.2 (Opioid Analgesics) and 4.10.3 (Opioid Dependence). Medicines listed under BNF section 3.9.1, which relates to cough mixtures containing methadone, have been excluded. It is not possible from the information collected from prescriptions to be sure whether a particular prescription was for pain relief or substance dependence. (2) The data exclude items dispensed in prisons, hospital and private prescriptions but do include dental, prison and hospital NHS prescriptions, which are dispensed in the community. (3) Figures may include prescriptions issued to holders of prepayment certificates. The NHS Prescription Services cannot provide any further information about the number of prescriptions issued to holders of prepayment certificates as exemption category data are not available at product level. Source: NHS Prescriptions Services Base data.

For dispensing oral liquid methadone on prescription, contractors are paid a professional fee (90p) and a Schedule 2 controlled drug (CD) fee (128p) for each dispensing episode. Contractors are also paid a fee of £4.05 per prescription. For other formulations of methadone, the contractor is paid only the professional fee and Schedule 2 CD fee for each dispensing episode.

Fees are agreed nationally as part of funding for the community pharmacy contractual framework. They are not set by individual primary care trusts.

The net ingredient cost of methadone for the most recent complete five years is provided in the following table. These figures do not include dispensing fees or any other costs associated with prescribing methadone, which can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Net ingredient cost (NIC) of methadone prescription items written in the UK and dispensed, in the community, in England (Thousnd)(1)
 NIC (£)

2007

29,143.2

2008

34,472.0

2009

36,314.4

2010

37,535.4

2011

29,903.6

(1) Data have been supplied for methadone products listed under British National Formulary (BNF) section 4.7.2 (Opioid Analgesics) and 4.10.3 (Opioid Dependence). Medicines listed under BNF section 3.9.1, which relates to cough mixtures containing methadone, have been excluded. It is not possible from the information collected from prescriptions to be sure whether a particular prescription was for pain relief or substance dependence. Source: Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system supplied by the NHS Information Centre.

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those who have completed a methadone course and who are no longer prescribed methadone have subsequently used (a) heroin, (b) crack cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) alcohol, (e) amphetamine, (f) cocaine and (g) MDMA. [130689]

Anna Soubry: This information is not collected centrally.

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Muscular Dystrophy

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount spent by the NHS on unplanned emergency admissions to hospitals for people with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions; and if he will make a statement. [130971]

Norman Lamb: Information on the cost of unplanned emergency admissions to hospital for people with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions is not collected centrally.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a national musculoskeletal conditions patient experience survey; and if he will make a statement. [130737]

Norman Lamb: Information on the experience of patients with musculoskeletal conditions is available from a number of sources. The 2011 Health Survey for England included a module on chronic pain, including pain of musculoskeletal origin, and results will be published in the near future together with those of the first national pain audit.

One of the overarching indicators in the NHS Outcomes Framework will give information on the quality of life for people with long-term conditions, and earlier work indicates that the experience of people with musculoskeletal conditions will make a major contribution to this indicator.

The NHS Commissioning Board will be held accountable for improving the quality of life for people with long-term conditions, including those with musculoskeletal disease, and it will be for the board to determine what additional information they may need in order to meet this responsibility.

NHS: Procurement

Penny Mordaunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what review of NHS tariffs has been undertaken in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [129570]

Dr Poulter: The national Payment by Results tariffs are subject to ongoing development. The Department works with a number of clinical and technical advisory groups that provide advice on the structure and scope of the tariff.

The draft tariff for 2012-13 was shared with clinicians and a number of national health service organisations in October 2011 for ‘sense checking’. This is a key stage in tariff development where prices are reviewed so that any anomalies or perverse clinical incentives can be identified and addressed. The 2012-13 tariff was subsequently published for ‘road testing’ in December 2011, and the final tariff package for 2012-13 was published in February 2012.

The draft tariff for 2013-14 was shared for ‘sense checking’ in September and October 2012, and the tariff will be published for ‘road testing’ in December 2012.

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NHS: Public Appointments

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis Tim Higginson has been appointed chief executive-designate of a trust which does not exist; and from which budget the cost of appointment and any salary arising from that appointment will be paid prior to the formal creation of any such trust; [130819]

(2) who is responsible for the authorisation of any expenditure incurred by the appointment of a chief executive-designate to a putative new trust. [130820]

Anna Soubry: Tim Higginson has been asked by the chief executive of London Strategic Health Authority, Ruth Carnall, to lead a piece of exploratory planning work with regard to the possible bringing together of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

This planning work is being undertaken as part of Mr Higginson's existing duties and remuneration. No decisions have been taken about the future of these two hospitals. The Trust Special Administrator (TSA) appointed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) continues to seek views and ideas to help improve his draft recommendations through the current consultation process. The Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has an open mind on the future of SLHT and on other related matters which are the subject of draft recommendations by the TSA. The Secretary of State will make his decision on what action should be taken in relation to SLHT within the specified statutory period following receipt of the final report from the TSA.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the planned acquisition of the North Cumbria Trust by the Northumbria Healthcare Trust to be complete. [131286]

Dr Poulter: The acquisition of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a matter for the local national health service.

The hon. Gentleman may wish to contact the chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust about this issue.

Palliative Care

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who (a) was invited and (b) attended his Department's roundtable discussion on the Liverpool Care Pathway held on 26 November 2012. [131098]

Norman Lamb: I hosted a roundtable meeting to discuss the Liverpool Care Pathway on 26 November 2012. Organisations invited were:

Age UK

Association for Palliative Medicine

British Geriatrics Society

Care Not Killing Alliance

Help the Hospices

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Macmillan

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Medical Ethics Alliance

National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)

National End of Life Care Programme

NHS Commissioning Board

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Physicians

University of Liverpool

Invitations were also sent to patient and family representatives.

Those attending were

Tony Bonser—Chair of the People in Partnership Group of NCPC

Fiona Bruce MP

Dr Patrick Cadigan—Consultant Cardiologist Sandwell Hospital; Registrar Royal College of Physicians of London

Denise Charlesworth-Smith—patient and families representative

Amanda Cheesley—Long Term Conditions Adviser Royal College of Nursing

Dr Anthony Cole JP FRCPE FRCPCH—Chairman Medical Ethics Alliance

Dr Jane Collins—CEO Marie Curie Cancer Care

Professor John Ellershaw—University of Liverpool

Claire Henry—Director, National End of Life Care Programme

Ruthe Isden—Public Services Programme Manager, Age UK

Baroness Knight of Collingtree

Professor Patrick Pullicino—Consultant Neurologist, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Kent, Canterbury

Stephen Richards—Director of England, Macmillan Cancer Support

Eve Richardson—Chief Executive, The National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters Coalition

Dr Heather Richardson—National clinical lead, Help the Hospices

Dr Peter Saunders—Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance

Professor Keri Thomas—Clinical Expert in End of Life Care, Royal College of General Practitioners; National Clinical Lead, the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre for End of Life Care

Dr Bee Wee—President, the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

Dr Martin Vernon—Consultant Geriatrician, Manchester; British Geriatrics Society Spokesperson for End of Life Care

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to his announcement of an independent review into the Liverpool Care Pathway, what the timetable is for appointing a chair of the review; how the review will provide a clear and transparent mechanism for patients, patient representative groups and other stakeholders to submit evidence to it; and if he will make a statement. [131099]

Norman Lamb: I hope to announce the chair for the independent review of the use and experience of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) very shortly.

The review will draw together the work of the National End of Life Care Programmes and the Association for Palliative Medicine and Dying Matters, which are each investigating different aspects of the LCP. Patients, families and patient groups are already contributing to

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Dying Matters's user engagement work on LCP. The National End of Life Care Programme is undertaking a review of hospital complaints relating to integrated care pathways for end of life care and has commissioned a literature review from Nottingham university. The APM will run a survey of health professionals to explore their experience and views of integrated care pathways including the LCP.

Patients, patient representatives groups and other stakeholders will be able to submit evidence to the independent chair directly.

Prostate Cancer

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the amount spent on funding research into prostate cancer by (a) the Government and (b) the third sector in each of the last 10 years. [131297]

Dr Poulter: Estimated figures for total expenditure on prostate cancer research by the Government and by the third sector in each of the last 10 years are not available.

Prior to the establishment of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in April 2006, the main part of the Department's total health research expenditure was devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. From April 2006 to March 2009, transitional research funding was allocated to these organisations at reducing levels. The organisations have accounted for their use of the allocations they have received from the Department in an annual research and development report. The reports identify total aggregated expenditure on national priority areas, including cancer. They do not provide details of research into particular cancer sites.

The NIHR funds research infrastructure for clinical studies in prostate cancer through the NIHR Cancer Research Network, and experimental cancer medicine centres funded jointly with Cancer Research UK. Data for NIHR spend on prostate cancer research through these infrastructure funding streams cannot be disaggregated from total expenditure on the funding streams.