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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 6 December 2012

Electoral Commission Committee

Police and Crime Commissioners

Robert Halfon: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what lessons the Electoral Commission has learned from the recent police and crime commissioner elections. [131761]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission has a statutory duty to report on the administration of police and crime commissioner elections. It expects to publish its report on the recent elections by the end of February 2013.

The Commission will use evidence about the experiences of voters, candidates and returning officers to identify whether improvements can be made for future elections. It will examine: the process of developing the legal framework for the elections; the rules for nominations and the disqualification of candidates; and the experience of voters, and whether they received the information they needed in order to participate in the elections.

The Commission would welcome views from any hon. Members or their constituents to inform its review.

The Commission will also publish information on candidate spending and donations at these elections after it has received this information from police area returning officers. This report will include any recommendations on the regulation of campaigning at future elections.

Scotland

Employment Schemes

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Scottish Employability Forum will next meet. [131828]

David Mundell: The Scottish Employability Forum is scheduled to meet on 31 January 2013.

Work Programme

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2012, Official Report, column 356W, on the Work Programme, whether the Scottish Government has agreed to (a) meet any of the training costs of and (b) provide training opportunities to those claimants who are taking part in the Work Programme in Scotland. [131826]

David Mundell: The Scottish Government have not agreed to meet the training costs of or provide training opportunities to Work Programme participants in Scotland.

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House of Commons Commission

Pate de Foie Gras

Mark Pritchard: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will phase out the sale of (a) foie gras and (b) foie gras derivatives in restaurants on the Commons Estate. [131791]

John Thurso: The House of Commons does not sell foie gras or foie gras derivatives in any of its restaurants and has no plans to do so.

Attorney-General

CPS Direct

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Attorney-General what CPS Direct's target for answering telephone calls made to it is; what the average response time was for telephone calls made to CPS Direct in each of the last three years; and how many telephone calls CPS Direct received in each of those years. [131468]

The Solicitor-General: CPS Direct's target to answer telephone calls from the police, as agreed with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), is to answer more than 75% of calls within three minutes.

The numbers of calls received by CPS Direct and the response times for the last three years are shown in the following table:

 Number of callsPercentage of calls answered within 3 minutesAverage queuing time

2009-2010

182,113

86.7

(1)00:50

2010-2011

191,392

80.6

03:03

2011-2012

159,242

84.6

01:53

(1) Note: A different telephone call handling system was in operation in 2009-10 and this figure only represents the time it took for an operator to respond rather than for the police officer to be in contact with a Duty Prosecutor.

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Attorney-General what the annual running costs of CPS Direct are; how many staff, including duty prosecutors, CPS Direct currently employs; and what the annual expenditure by CPS Direct on staff was in each of the last three years. [131469]

The Solicitor-General: The following tables give the details of CPS Direct budget and staff position for the last three years.

The total budget for each year, total spending in each year, and total staff salary costs are shown in Table A.

Table A
£
 Total budgetTotal spendTotal salary costs

2009-10

13,523,769

13,512,915

12,699,948

2010-11

13,037,959

13,010,208

12,619,372

2011-12

11,831,138

11,809,867

11,465,480

Current budget

11,563,959

Note: Current budget is for ‘out of hours’ workload, although CPS Direct is assisting some CPS areas by dealing with a proportion of their daytime charging workload for which a transfer of funds to CPS Direct from the area will be made.

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The number of duty prosecutors, legal managers and central support team staff is shown in Table B. The figures show staff numbers in terms of staff employed on a full-time equivalent basis.

Table B
 Duty prosecutorsLegal managersCentral support team

2009-10

125.5

12

19

2010-11

115.8

11

17

2011-12

98.7

11

15

Current staffing

143.5

10

18

Note: Current staffing levels now include for the first time staff employed to provide charging advice to the police during the ordinary working week. This is the first year that CPS Direct has had staff employed from area offices to advise police during the daytime on weekdays.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Attorney-General how many employees in the Law Officers' Departments were paid (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year in each of the last five years. [131850]

The Solicitor-General: The following table shows the number of permanent employees in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) who were paid £80,000 per annum or over as at 31 March in each of the last five years:

SFO
 Between £80,000 and £100,000In excess of £100,000

2007-08

4

2

2008-09

6

2

2009-10

5

4

2010-11

5

4

2011-12

5

3

The following table shows the number of permanent employees recorded by the Treasury Solicitors Department (TSol) office who were paid £80,000 per annum or over as at 31 March in each of the last five years. The TSol figures also cover staff in the Attorney-General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

TSol
 Between £80,000 and £100,000In excess of £100,000

2007-08

22

7

2008-09

29

7

2009-10

28

9

2010-11

25

(1)7

2011-12

25

(1)8

(1 )One individual paid in excess of £100,000 is a public appointment and not a civil servant.

The following table shows the number of permanent employees in the Crown Prosecution Service office (CPS) who were paid £80,000 per annum or over as at 31 March in each of the last five years:

CPS
 Between £80,000 and £100,000In excess of £100,000

2007-08

39

32

2008-09

45

35

2009-10

46

38

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2010-11

36

33

2011-12

41

28

Work and Pensions

Abu Qatada

Mr George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse has been of housing benefit claimed by Abu Qatada. [131069]

Steve Webb: All personal information held in social security records is treated as confidential. Personal information may be disclosed only where: the customer has provided consent; there is a statutory basis for disclosure; disclosure is required to comply with a court order; or where there is a compelling public interest in making the disclosure.

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost has been of the provision of housing benefit to Abu Qatada to date. [131872]

Steve Webb: This information cannot be released, as all personal information held in social security records is treated as confidential and may be disclosed only where: the customer has provided consent; there is a statutory basis for disclosure; disclosure is required to comply with a court order; or where there is a compelling public interest in making the disclosure.

Council Tax Benefits

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many persons aged under 65 are in receipt of the second adult rebate in each local authority area; [131307]

(2) what the weekly second adult rebate payment to recipients aged under 65 is in each local authority area; [131308]

(3) how many people aged under 65 in each council tax band are in receipt of council tax benefit in each local authority area. [131309]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not readily available, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Grants

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2012, Official Report, column 341W, on grants, how much was paid in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK through (i) work clubs, (ii) enterprise clubs, (iii) community care grants, (iv) sure start maternity grants, (v) funeral payments, (vi) cold weather payments, (vii) winter fuel payments, (viii) access to work grants, (ix) grants awarded under the Flexible Support Fund and (x) new enterprise allowance scheme in each of the last five years. [131816]

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Mr Hoban: The information is as follows:

(i) Final annual expenditure on work clubs
£
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

22,361

189,735

2011-12

57,480

603,045

Notes: 1. Work clubs launched in October 2010 in target areas and UK wide from April 2011. 2. Northern Ireland data are not included.
(ii) Final annual expenditure on enterprise clubs
£
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

4,477

149,524

Notes: 1. Enterprise clubs launched in April 2011. 2. Northern Ireland data are not included.
(iii) Final annual expenditure on community care grants
£ million
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

19.5

138.9

2008-09

20.9

139.2

2009-10

20.8

138.8

2010-11

20.8

138.9

2011-12

20.4

139.2

(iv) Final annual expenditure on Sure Start maternity grants
£ million
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

8.6

123.1

2008-09

9.8

132.9

2009-10

9.9

138.9

2010-11

9.3

130.1

2011-12

3.8

45.3

(v) Final annual expenditure on funeral payments
£ million
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

6.5

46.0

2008-09

6.7

48.4

2009-10

6.5

47.1

2010-11

6.2

46.5

2011-12

6.2

46.7

(vi) Final annual expenditure for cold weather payments (estimated)
£ million
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

3.2

4.1

2008-09

14.8

210.4

2009-10

51.1

297.6

2010-11

93.9

430.8

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2011-12

1.8

129.2

Notes for (iii), (iv), (v), (vi): 1. The information provided is Management Information. This information is not quality assured to the same extent as Official/National statistics and there are some issues with the data; for example, they do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the social fund computer system. 2. Information regarding annual expenditure for social fund schemes in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland office and is not included in the above figures. 3. These figures only include payments made in respect of weather stations whose coverage areas lie entirely within Scotland. There are some weather station areas that cross the border with England; as we do not know which country these recipients are in, they are excluded from the figures. 4. Cold weather payments are made to benefit units rather than to households or individuals. A benefit unit can be a single person or a couple and can include children. The annual expenditure for cold weather payments is based on the estimated number of eligible benefit units on the 31 October at the start of the relevant year. 5. Since 2008-09, each benefit unit is paid £25 for each seven day period of cold weather. In 2007-08, the rate was £8.50 for each seven day period. 6. Figure are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

(vii) Winter fuel payments

Expenditure on winter fuel payments for Scotland and the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) can be found in the expenditure by local authority table published here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/la_expenditure.xls

Source: DWP Statistical and Accounting Data.

(viii) Final annual expenditure on access to work grants
£
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

75,841,236

2008-09

81,223,332

2009-10

4,480,492

97,979,187

2010-11

6,303,050

107,049,733

2011-12

5,710,396

92,960,281

Notes: 1. No separate cost centre on access to work grants for Scotland prior to 2009-10; would require detailed transaction analysis which is disproportionate cost. 2. Northern Ireland data are not included.
(ix) Final annual expenditure on flexible support fund partnership grants
£
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

919,786

4,783,141

Notes: 1. FSF launched in April 2011. 2. Northern Ireland data are not included.
(x) Final annual expenditure on New Enterprise Allowance Scheme mentoring grants
£
 ScotlandGreat Britain

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

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2010-11

45,600

2011-12

11,178,133

Notes: 1. NEA was launched in 2010-11 in a pilot area only. National launch date was April 2011. 2. Costs for Scotland are not separately held; would require detailed transaction analysis which is disproportionate cost. 3. Northern Ireland data are not included.

Housing Benefit

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit live in accommodation with (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine and (j) 10 or more bedrooms in each local authority area. [130568]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (a) how many people claiming housing benefit live in and (b) what the total cost to the public purse is of housing benefit paid to households with (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four, (v) five, (vi) six, (vii) seven, (viii) eight, (ix) nine and (x) 10 or more children. [130574]

Steve Webb: The requested information is in the following table.

Housing benefit recipients in 2012 and expenditure for 2011-12 by number of child dependants
Number of child dependantsCaseload August 2012Expenditure 2011-12 (£ million)

1

835,040

4,110

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2

557,020

2,884

3

250,940

1,454

4

89,260

547

5

28,390

200

6

9,070

71

7

3,100

29

8

1,070

10

9

360

4

10 or more

190

2

Notes: 1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 3. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data are available monthly from November 2008 and August 2012 is the most recent available. 4. Number of child dependants: Only count child dependants resident in the household on the extract date who are less than 20 years old. 5. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 6. The breakdown of HB expenditure into the above groups is estimated based on a combination of statistical data and local authority subsidy returns, as outturn expenditure data are not available at this level. 7. These estimates are consistent with the latest published expenditure outturn available at: http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/h_tables_budget_ 2012_300812.xls Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit there were in each income decile before housing costs; and what the cost to the public purse was of benefit to each such decile. [130577]

Steve Webb: The requested information is available in the following table:

Number of individuals in receipt of housing benefit and total amount received by income decile, before housing costs: United Kingdom, 2010-11
 Decile
 12345678910

Number (million)

1.2

2.0

1.6

1.3

0.8

0.5

0.3

0.1

HB expenditure (£ million)

2,850

4,450

3,950

3,600

2,600

1,650

1,350

700

Notes: 1. Benefit receipt is based on self-assessment and therefore may be subject to misreporting. The number of individuals in receipt of housing benefit is based on Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data sourced from the 2010-11 Family Resources Survey (FRS). The FRS is known to undercount receipt of certain benefits. 2. Overall expenditure by decile was produced by applying the proportion in each decile from HBAI to overall HB expenditure for 2010-11. 3. The calculation of income decile uses disposable household income, adjusted using modified OECD equivalisation factors for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living. 4. Net disposable incomes have been used to answer the question. This includes earnings from employment and self-employment, state support, income from occupational and private pensions, investment income and other sources. Income tax payments, national insurance contributions, council tax/domestic rates and some other payments are deducted from incomes. 5. Figures have been presented on a Before Housing Cost basis only. 6. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 7. The reference period for HBAI figures and HB expenditure is the financial year. 8. Numbers of individuals have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand individuals. 9. Amounts are presented in 2010-11 prices and have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand pounds. 10. The numbers, amounts and percentage share of housing benefit for deciles 9 and 10 have been suppressed due to small sample sizes. 11. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 12. Expenditure figures do not sum to total published 2010-11 expenditure due to suppression of deciles 9 and 10 and are rounded to the nearest £50 million. Source: Family Resources Survey (FRS) 2010-11, end of year local authority subsidy returns and DWP statistical data.

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Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of rent arrears has been identified among social tenants participating in the housing benefit demonstration project pilots; and if he will make a statement. [131206]

Steve Webb: The direct payment demonstration projects, running from June 2012 until June 2013, are testing how tenants can manage housing benefit monthly payments ahead of the introduction of universal credit from October 2013. The projects will also look at the appropriate level of safeguards needed to help landlords protect their income if tenants fall behind on their rent, as well as the support tenants will also need.

We anticipate that management information on the performance of the projects, including initial figures on the levels of tenants' payments, will be released before the end of the year. We will place a copy of this information in the Library of the House when it is available.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants in July to September in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [129857]

Mr Hoban: Statistics on how many benefit sanctions were imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants from April 2000 to April 2012, which are the latest data available, can be found at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=tabtool

Guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Social Security Benefits

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households who will be affected by the household benefit cap in April 2013; and how many are in (a) social housing, (b) temporary and emergency accommodation and (c) private tenancies (i) nationally and (ii) in each region. [131550]

Mr Hoban: The following table shows the breakdown of those estimated to be affected by the benefit cap in April 2013.

 Social rented sectorPrivate rented sectorTemporary accommodation

North East

500

500

North West

1,400

1,600

Yorkshire and the Humber

900

900

East Midlands

800

700

West Midlands

1,600

1,300

100

East of England

1,300

1,400

100

London

10,500

13,700

4,600

South East

1,700

2,600

200

South West

900

1,000

100

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Wales

700

500

Scotland

1,300

700

400

National

21,500

24,900

5,500

The figures presented above are consistent with the recent impact assessment published on 16 July 2012. To note these will not sum to total number of households due to some tenure information missing in the data and to rounding. Temporary accommodation is known to have issues in recording accuracy; therefore the figures presented are subject to an amount of uncertainty.

In making these estimates we assume that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find alternative accommodation. In all cases the Department is working to support households through this transition, using existing provision through Jobcentre Plus and the Work programme to move as many into work as possible. Therefore, please note that these figures are subject to change prior to the policy being implemented in April 2013.

Social Security Benefits: Carers

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support provided to carers in applying for benefits. [130977]

Mr Hoban: The Government recognises the valuable contribution carers make both to their families and society as a whole. We are keen to give them the support they need: whether to balance work with their caring responsibilities or to get back to work when their caring responsibilities end or reduce.

For carers seeking to enter the labour market, Jobcentre Plus advisers ensure that they have the same access to all the programmes, such as the Work programme, as other job seekers, and can be granted exemptions from requirements in certain circumstances. Advisers discuss each individual's circumstances and skills and tailor the help that will best equip them to enter the labour market.

The jobseeker's allowance (JSA) rules contain special provision to help carers back into employment. There is, in addition, a range of benefits, tax credits and other financial supports that carers may also be able to receive:

Carer's allowance if they are aged 16 or over and care for someone at least 35 hours a week.

If an assessment by their local council confirms they need support services to help them in their caring role, the carer can choose direct payments. This allows carers to buy in and arrange help themselves instead of receiving it directly from social services.

Carer's credit is a national insurance credit which enables carers to build up qualifying years for the basic state pension and additional state pension. This means there will be no gaps in their national insurance record if they need to take on caring responsibilities.

They may still be able to build up entitlement to additional state pension if they are not working or caring for someone. A carer may also qualify for extra pension credit.

If they are claiming income support and also entitled to carer's allowance, they may be able to get an extra amount in their income support. This is called the ‘Carer Premium'.

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If they are on a low income and need financial help to pay their rent, they may be able to get housing benefit. They may get extra money if they are caring for a disabled child or adult.

If they are on a low income and need financial help to pay their council tax, they may be able to get council tax benefit. They may also get extra money if they are caring for a disabled child or adult.

Personal advisers give advice on local childcare and social care provision to assist carers when attending appointments with a personal adviser or an approved provider, or even when starting work. New markers on customer computer records have also been introduced to identify customers as carers and record whether there are care needs to be addressed.

The characteristics and circumstances of carers vary enormously, as does the range of benefits they might claim. These markers will therefore help to ensure that carers receive appropriate support and, in time, they will provide data which will inform assessments of the support provided to them.

Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of benefit fraud his Department has investigated in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (c) England and Wales in each of the last three financial years; and how many such investigations subsequently resulted in a conviction. [131473]

Mr Hoban: The number of investigations by DWP for benefit fraud in Bury St Edmunds is not available. The number of investigations for Suffolk, and England and Wales is shown as follows.

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 SuffolkEngland and Wales

2009-10

1,187

135,241

2010-11

1,242

140,275

2011-12

1,592

150,231

The number of convictions for benefit fraud in prosecutions taken by DWP in England and Wales is shown as follows. This information is not available by geographical region and was provided by the DWP Prosecution Division, (part of the CPS since 1 April 2012).

 England and Wales

2009-10

6,606

2010-11

8,084

2011-12

9,169

The information supplied by the Department has not been subjected to the rigorous quality assurance checks applied to our published official statistics. It is therefore possible this information may change due to operational reasons.

Unemployment Benefits: Scotland

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire and (c) Scotland have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for (i) one year, (ii) two years, (iii) three years, (iv) four years, (v) five years and (vi) 10 years. [131815]

Mr Hoban: The following tables show the number of people in receipt of out of work benefit in Scotland, South Lanarkshire and Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency by duration.

 AllUp to one yearOne to two yearsTwo to three yearsThree to four yearsFour to five yearsFive years and up to 10 years10 years and over

Scotland

492,310

205,680

58,350

27,800

19,700

15,570

57,290

107,930

         

Jobseeker’s Allowance

149,510

117,320

24,060

5,530

1,660

440

400

100

Incapacity Benefits

278,470

69,120

23,000

14,650

12,450

11,140

47,660

100,450

Lone Parents

46,610

13,200

8,860

6,100

4,530

3,130

6,730

4,050

Carers

13,260

3,180

2,040

1,380

940

750

2,180

2,780

Other Income Related Benefits

4,460

2,850

380

130

120

110

320

550

 AllUp to one yearOne to two yearsTwo to three yearsThree to four yearsFour to five yearsFive years and up to 10 years10 years and over

South Lanarkshire Local Authority

31,510

13,220

3,710

1,720

1,190

1,030

3,490

7,150

         

Jobseeker’s Allowance

9,670

7,640

1,590

310

100

20

10

*

Incapacity Benefits

17,720

4,390

1,420

900

730

720

2,880

6,670

Lone Parents

2,940

780

570

400

290

220

440

240

Carers

920

230

120

100

60

60

150

190

Other Income Related Benefits

270

170

10

10

10

*

20

40

 AllUp to one yearOne to two yearsTwo to three yearsThree to four yearsFour to five yearsFive years and up to 10 years10 years and over

Rutherglen and Hamilton West Parliamentary Constituency

12,540

5,200

1,490

650

430

400

1,350

3,020

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Jobseeker’s Allowance

3,750

2,950

630

110

40

10

*

*

Incapacity Benefits

7,040

1,750

560

350

250

270

1,080

2,780

Lone Parents

1,210

320

230

150

110

90

180

120

Carers

440

120

60

40

20

30

80

90

Other Income Related Benefits

100

60

*

*

*

*

*

20

"*" Denotes nil or negligible. Notes: 1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Statistical Group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible. 3. Out of work benefits which are included in this analysis are: Jobseeker’s Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance Income Support 4. Incapacity Benefit was replaced by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for new claims from October 2008. 5. Durations shown are the longest claim duration of the benefits of interest. 6. The duration of claim reflects the longest out-of-work benefit claim for each person: For the Jobseekers statistical group this will be the length of the JSA claim. For the Lone Parent, Carer, and Others on income related benefit statistical groups this will be the length of the IS claim. For the ESA and incapacity benefits claim this will be the length of the IB/SDA or ESA claim if the person is only claiming that benefit, or the oldest of either the IB/SDA/ESA and IS claim if the person is claiming a combination of these benefits. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Universal Credit

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Warrington North of 17 September 2012, Official Report, columns 537-38W, on universal credit: Warrington and the answer to the hon. Member for Jarrow of 29 October 2012, Official Report, columns 64-65W, on universal credit, on what date he plans to announce what support will be made available to those claimants who do not currently make benefit claims online. [130865]

Mr Hoban: A framework that describes how we will help people who cannot use the standard online UC service will be published in the new year. The framework will set out the support available to claimants who will need to make claims online.

Work Capability Assessment

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 18 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment, published in November 2012, how many assessments carried out by Atos Healthcare achieved (a) an A, (b) a B, (c) a C and (d) a D grade or lower in each month since May 2010. [131909]

Mr Hoban: The number of assessments carried out by Atos Healthcare that achieved an A, B or C grade at audit in each month since May 2010 is shown in the following table.

 ABCTotal

May 2010

240

54

11

305

June 2010

202

89

10

301

July 2010

211

81

15

307

August 2010

235

60

13

308

September 2010

221

76

14

311

October 2010

207

89

9

305

November 2010

219

78

9

306

December 2010

194

97

18

309

January 2011

204

93

13

310

February 2011

209

86

11

306

March 2011

232

65

10

307

April 2011

213

80

12

305

May 2011

209

85

11

305

June 2011

226

74

6

306

July 2011

199

95

14

308

August 2011

210

85

14

309

September 2011

204

78

20

302

October 2011

219

74

15

308

November 2011

224

71

12

307

December 2011

209

86

12

307

January 2012

214

79

14

307

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February 2012

220

74

13

307

March 2012

240

59

10

309

April 2012

220

77

9

306

May 2012

221

73

13

307

June 2012

199 .

85

18

302

July 2012

217

89

7

313

August 2012

207

83

14

304

September 2012

201

94

12

307

October 2012

226

70

7

303

November 2012

195

95

13

303

At audit, category D is not a recognised category.

Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department has been as a result of appeals against a work capability assessment decision in the financial year 2012-13 to date; and what estimate he has made of the total cost of appeals for 2012-13. [131827]

Mr Hoban: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 30 November 2012, Official Report, column 530W, to the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin), for the estimate cost to the public purse on appeals against work capability assessment for the first half of 2012-13.

Work Programme

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is responsible for imposing sanctions when a work placement provider has made a referral in a Work programme. [131259]

Mr Hoban: Where a Work programme participant fails to comply with a mandated activity, it is at the provider's discretion whether to raise a compliance doubt to Jobcentre Plus for consideration. The Jobcentre Plus Decision Maker is responsible for imposing a sanction if they deem it appropriate.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 492W, on the Work programme, whether publication by Work programme providers and sub-contractors of their own job outcome data contravenes the rules on pre-empting official statistics; and if he will make a statement. [131812]

Mr Hoban: It would be in contravention of rules on the pre-empting of official statistics for Work programme providers and subcontractors to publish their own job outcome data prior to the release of official statistics. Once official statistics have been released, providers and subcontractors can release their own job outcome data for the period covered by the official statistics.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 492W, on the Work programme, whether prime providers and sub-contractors in the Work programme are free to publish their own job start data. [131813]

Mr Hoban: The Department does not hold data on the number of “job starts” to the Work programme and therefore this information is not scheduled for publication. This means there are no restrictions, according to the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice, which prevent providers or subcontractors sharing this information as it will not compromise the release of any future official statistics.

Work Programme: Crawley

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have come off benefits after joining the Work programme in Crawley constituency to date. [131568]

Mr Hoban: This information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Women and Equalities

Grants

Margaret Curran: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what grant-giving programmes are operated by the Government Equalities Office; and which such programmes award grants in Scotland. [129146]

Maria Miller: The Government Equalities Office (GEO) currently provides the funding for the Access to Elected Office Fund (A2EO). Scottish residents can apply to the fund if they are applying for UK Westminster elections. GEO also contributes funding to three initiatives led by other Government Departments. These are the BIS Get Mentoring Scheme, which is available to women in Scotland, the DEFRA Rural Growth Network Pilot Scheme and projects funded by the Home Office Violent and Youth Crime Prevention Unit, which do not cover Scotland.

Home Department

Abu Qatada

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total cost to her Department has been of the detainment and surveillance of Abu Qatada since 2001; [131873]

(2) what the total costs incurred by her Department have been in respect of the removal of Abu Qatada since 2001. [131874]

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James Brokenshire: The information requested could be obtained only by the examination of individual records at a disproportionate cost.

Asylum

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) applied for asylum, (b) were granted asylum, (c) appealed against a refusal of refugee status and (d) were successful in such appeals, by gender, in each year since 2005. [131603]

Mr Harper: Figures on how many main applicants (a) applied for asylum, (b) were granted asylum, (c) appealed against an initial decision and (d) received an allowed appeal, by gender, have been published in a number of Home Office statistical bulletins over the years.

The latest release, Immigration Statistics July to September 2012, is available in the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q3-2012/

Information on the number of asylum applications and grants of asylum received for 2005 to 2007 is available from Asylum Statistics 2005, Tables 5.1 and 5.2, Asylum Statistics 2006, Table 5.1 and Asylum Statistics 2007, Table 5:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110218135832/http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/asylum.html

Confiscation Orders: Human Trafficking

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has received from the confiscation of assets of convicted human traffickers in each of the last two years. [131838]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The value of confiscation orders enforced against those convicted for human trafficking offences in England and Wales in each of the last two years, as recorded on the Joint Asset Recovery Database, is as follows:

 Amount (£)

2010-11

293,329.05

2011-12

184,645.12

Driving Under Influence: Arrests

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people arrested for drink driving in each of the last five years were not UK or EU nationals; [131984]

(2) how many people arrested for drink driving in each of the last five years were from within the EU. [131985]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The information requested is not collected centrally by the Home Office.

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Immigration

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will seek a variation of the EU Free Movement Directive 2004 to restrict entry to the UK from Bulgaria and Romania after 2014. [129023]

Mr Harper [holding answer 21 November 2012]: Transitional controls limiting Romanian and Bulgarian access to the UK labour market are imposed under the terms of the Accession Treaties rather than the Free Movement Directive. The Government has extended these transitional controls until December 2013 which is the maximum time possible under the Treaties. No further extension is possible.

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to monitor the effect of new family migration rules affecting sponsorship of non-EEA spouses, partners, or adult/elderly dependants, which came into force on 9 July 2012, on family life in the UK. [129469]

Mr Harper [holding answer 22 November 2012]: The new family migration rules are intended to reduce burdens on the taxpayer, promote integration and tackle abuse, as reflected in the impact assessment published on 13 June 2012. The Government will keep the impact of the new rules in achieving these objectives and more generally on family life in the UK under review in the light of the published immigration statistics and other sources of information available on the operation of the rules.

National Crime Agency

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the National Crime Agency is for 2012-13; how much was spent on the establishment of the National Crime Agency by 5 November 2012; and how many people were employed by the National Crime Agency on 5 November 2012. [128478]

Mr Jeremy Browne: [holding answer 19 November 2012]: The Government has committed to delivering the National Crime Agency (NCA) in 2013 within the combined budgets of its precursor organisations. Subject to the passage of legislation, we expect the NCA to be operational during the financial year 2013-14. Before the establishment of the NCA and to improve the operational response to serious, organised and complex crime, funding has been provided by the Secretary of State for the Home Department for shadow NCA operations. This includes funding for the Director General of the NCA and the Director Designate of the Border Policing Command. Funding has also been provided to the Organised Crime Co-ordination Centre in the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which will form an integral part of the NCA's intelligence hub.

To oversee the overall implementation of the NCA, a modest programme team has been established in the Home Office.

Costs are as follows:

In 2010-11 £0.49 million on NCA programme costs.

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In 2011-12 £1.09 million on NCA programme costs and £0.12 million on shadow NCA operational costs.

In 2012-13 (to November 2012) £1.36 million on programme costs and £1.41 million on shadow NCA operational costs.

Until the NCA becomes a legal entity in 2013 it will not itself directly employ staff or have budgets allocated to it.

National Wildlife Crime Unit

George Freeman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what interaction she expects Police and Crime Commissioners to have with the National Wildlife Crime Unit; and if she will make a statement. [130267]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will hold Chief Constables to account for the totality of policing in their area. This includes taking account of those crimes like wildlife crime, that have an impact locally but which go beyond traditional force boundaries, and where forces need to work collaboratively, and with partners, national agencies or national arrangements, to ensure such issues are tackled effectively.

Offences against Children

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources she plans to allocate to police for the investigation into child abuse allegations. [127651]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Central Government funding to the police in England and Wales will total £9 billion this year. How the police use their resources is a matter for Police and Crime Commissioners and their Chief Constables.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers will be available to (a) Keith Bristow and (b) the National Crime Agency in the inquiry into historic allegations of child abuse. [127652]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Keith Bristow has been invited by the Chief Constable of North Wales to lead the review into historic allegations of child abuse in North Wales. In doing so, he will draw on the resources and expertise of a multi-agency team made up of the NCA's precursor organisations, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), together with the police and other relevant agencies. As a Chief Constable currently on secondment to the Home Office, Keith Bristow holds the powers of a constable. The officers supporting the review (whether SOCA, CEOP or police etc.) will hold the powers of their home agency or force.

Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens have been (a) investigated and (b) charged with sexual offences against children abroad since extra-territorial legislation came into force in the UK. [131062]

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Mr Jeremy Browne: Data held centrally in an aggregated format provide information on offences provided by the statutes under which proceedings are brought, but not all the specific circumstances of each case. It is not possible to identify separately from this centrally held information the jurisdiction in which offences have taken place, nor the nationality of each defendant. However, the police and CPS take very seriously their responsibility to protect children both at home and abroad, and work closely together to prosecute robustly cases using section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 where appropriate.

Cabinet Office

Alcoholic Drinks: Females

Ms Abbott: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average number of alcohol units consumed by women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group since 2008. [131888]

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

Letter from Glen Watson:

As Director General for ONS, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate he has made of the average number of alcohol units consumed by women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group since 2008. (131888)

Estimates of average weekly drinking can be obtained from the General Lifestyle Survey, a multi-purpose continuous sample survey of people living in private households in Great Britain.

The average weekly number of alcohol units consumed by women is based on the updated method of converting volumes of alcoholic drinks to units of alcohol consumed, which now includes data on wine glass size. The tables below provide the figures for average weekly alcohol consumption for women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group between 2008 and 2010 (the latest period available).

The figures relating to ethnic groups are based on small sample sizes, and therefore changes between years should be treated with caution.

Table 1: Average weekly alcohol consumption (units) for women, by socio-economic group, 2008-10—Women aged 16 and over, Great Britain 2008-10(1)
 Average weekly alcohol consumption
Socio-economic group(2)200820092010

Managerial and professional occupations

10.1

9.8

9.1

Intermediate occupations

8.1

7.7

7.6

Routine and manual occupations

7.3

7.1

6.6

(1 )Results for all three years include longitudinal data. (2) Figures do not include full-time students, members of the Armed Forces, the long-term unemployed and those who have never worked. Source: General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Table 2: Average weekly alcohol consumption (units) for women, by ethnic group, 2008-10—Women aged 16 and over, Great Britain 2008-10(1)
 Average weekly alcohol consumption
Ethnic group200820092010

White

8.9

8.5

8.1

Mixed

9.1

6.7

8.7

Asian or Asian British

2.4

1.1

0.8

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Black or Black British

2.1

2.6

2.5

Chinese

1.3

1.8

4.9

Other ethnic group

4.3

2.4

2.3

(1) Results for all three years include longitudinal data. Source: General Lifestyle Survey: Office for National Statistics.
Table 3: Average weekly alcohol consumption (units) for women, by age group, 2008-10—Women aged 16 and over, Great Britain 2008-10(1)
 Average weekly alcohol consumption
Age group200820092010

16-24

10.3

10.3

8.4

25-44

9.6

8.7

8.1

45-64

9.0

8.9

8.8

65 and over

4.7

4.6

4.6

(1) Results for all three years include longitudinal data. Source: General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.

Charitable Donations

Robert Flello: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Office for Civil Society has made of what the likely cost to (a) charities which hold them of the removal of national exemption orders and (b) local authorities to administer extra licence applications caused by the removal of national exemption orders. [131328]

Mr Hurd: There are no plans to abolish national exemption orders. However, there is a general recognition that some changes are needed to the current regime. The Cabinet Office plans to work closely with the charitable sector, local authorities and other interested parties on changes to the scheme for national exemption orders, which will include assessing the impact of any proposed changes.

Charities

Mr Bone: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what guidance his Department has given to Ministers on their involvement in the award of public funding to charities; [131818]

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(2) what mechanism his Department has put in place to oversee the allocation of Government funding to charities; [131819]

(3) what procedure his Department used to grant funding for 2013-14 and 2014-15 to the Booktrust; and what were the amounts awarded; [131820]

(4) if he will publish all (a) emails and (b) other correspondence received or sent by the Government in relation to the award of grants to the Booktrust in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15. [131821]

Mr Hurd: Ministers have a legitimate and proper role in decisions relating to the award of public funding to charities. The decision to award grant funding to Booktrust for 2013-15 was taken by the Secretary of State for Education on the basis of advice from officials. The amounts awarded to Booktrust are £6 million for the period 2013-14 and a further £6 million in 2014-15. Internal records and e-mails relating to such decisions are not routinely disclosed. The cabinet secretary has replied to a letter from my hon. Friend and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

Emigration

Mark Field: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the sample size of the International Passenger Survey on people emigrating from the UK was for each (a) ethnic grouping and (b) country of birth in each year since 2004. [132277]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated December 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question what the sample size of the International Passenger Survey on people emigrating from the UK was for each (a) ethnic grouping and (b) country of birth in each year since 2004. 132277

The International Passenger Survey (IPS), used by ONS to calculate estimates of long-term international migration (LTIM), does not collect any information on the ethnicity of respondents to the survey.

The IPS does, however, collect data on the country of birth of respondents to the survey. Table 1 shows the country of birth of respondents emigrating from the UK for a period of 12 months or more, from 2004 to 2011.

Number of outflow migrant contacts in the IPS by country of birth, 2004 to 2011
United Kingdom
 Year of interview
Country of birth20042005200620072008200920102011

Afghanistan

1

1

4

1

2

Albania

1

1

1

1

2

Algeria

1

1

1

1

2

Angola

2

2

4

Antigua and Barbuda

1

Argentina

2

1

2

3

1

Armenia

1

Australia (Group)

65

70

64

238

223

136

102

90

Austria

2

1

2

3

2

3

2

3

Azerbaijan

1

1

1

1

Bahamas, The

2

Bahrain

2

4

1

1

Bangladesh

1

2

12

8

13

8

9

Barbados

1

1

1

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Belarus

1

Belgium

2

2

1

1

1

3

1

Belize

1

1

Benin

1

Bolivia

1

1

1

Bosnia Herzegovina

1

1

1

Botswana

1

2

1

2

2

2

Brazil

5

7

7

27

22

12

16

10

Brunei

1

3

4

2

1

1

Bulgaria

2

4

7

6

Burma/Myanmar

1

3

1

1

Burundi

1

1

Cambodia/Kampuchea

1

Cameroon

1

1

Canada

13

7

11

29

18

26

26

17

Chile

1

2

1

3

2

China (exc. Taiwan)

16

17

22

71

64

70

80

73

Colombia

2

2

6

2

4

8

5

Costa Rica

1

Croatia

1

3

2

1

Cuba

1

Czech Republic

1

6

5

3

3

14

9

14

Denmark

1

3

2

5

5

5

5

3

East Timor

1

Ecuador

2

1

2

1

Egypt

1

2

2

4

2

2

El Salvador

1

Estonia

2

1

1

1

Ethiopia

3

Faroe Islands

1

Fiji

1

1

1

Finland (Group)

1

2

4

6

4

6

11

France

10

12

7

16

21

34

35

31

Gambia, The

1

Georgia

1

1

1

1

Germany

10

11

8

31

24

40

32

35

Ghana

1

4

1

1

5

3

Gibraltar

2

1

Greece

7

4

5

9

5

16

11

8

Grenada

1

1

Guatemala

1

1

Guyana

1

1

2

Hong Kong

7

4

6

14

24

23

17

16

Hungary

2

3

1

4

20

14

10

Iceland

2

1

2

3

India

16

24

24

131

130

132

139

166

Indonesia

1

1

5

3

3

3

1

Iran

2

1

1

6

4

4

2

7

Iraq

2

1

2

1

2

4

5

Ireland—Eire

6

5

5

17

13

11

15

13

Israel

2

1

1

3

2

3

Italy

4

3

2

10

14

16

21

17

Ivory Coast

1

Jamaica

2

2

5

4

3

2

2

Japan

18

7

13

47

33

28

23

23

Jordan

2

1

4

3

4

1

2

Kazakhstan

5

4

Kenya

3

2

1

9

5

16

1

4

Korea, South/Republic

3

7

6

15

14

13

25

18

Kosovo

1

1

Kuwait

1

2

2

1

2

1

Kyrgyzstan

1

Laos

1

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Latvia

1

2

5

9

Lebanon

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Liberia

1

Libya

3

1

1

4

6

3

Lithuania

2

5

2

2

5

5

11

Luxembourg

1

Macao

1

Macedonia

1

2

1

Madagascar

1

Malawi

1

1

3

2

4

2

2

Malaysia

19

9

8

36

28

20

17

26

Malta

1

1

3

1

1

Mauritius

1

1

3

8

8

9

4

Mexico

1

2

1

3

8

3

5

3

Moldova

1

1

2

Mongolia

1

3

1

Montserrat

1

Morocco

1

2

Mozambique

1

Namibia

3

1

2

1

Nepal

1

2

1

3

2

2

4

Netherlands

2

3

4

2

6

7

7

8

New Caledonia

1

New Zealand

25

34

25

80

76

61

40

37

Nicaragua

1

Nigeria

2

2

4

15

7

11

12

9

Northern Cyprus

1

1

Norway (Group)

2

3

3

11

9

2

4

6

Oman

1

1

1

1

1

4

2

Pakistan

3

11

3

25

26

34

23

17

Palestine

1

Papua New Guinea

1

2

Peru

4

1

2

Philippines

2

1

11

11

11

9

15

Poland

4

8

26

67

84

57

51

Portugal (Group)

1

1

2

3

7

12

3

Qatar

2

1

Romania

1

1

1

1

2

10

4

12

Russia

2

2

2

1

5

7

1

Rwanda

1

Samoa, Western

1

Saudi Arabia

2

1

1

9

6

7

10

12

Senegal

2

Seychelles

1

1

2

1

Sierra Leone

2

1

4

3

Singapore

5

2

2

8

7

3

5

6

Slovakia

1

2

5

11

15

7

9

Slovenia

1

5

1

Solomon Islands

1

Somalia

2

2

1

South Africa

25

42

36

101

57

49

51

23

Southern Cyprus

1

1

7

3

10

6

8

Spain (Group)

9

5

11

6

15

22

33

30

Sri Lanka

2

6

6

4

8

3

5

7

St Helena/Ascension/ Tristan da Cunha

1

St Lucia

1

Sudan

1

3

2

1

Suriname

1

Swaziland

1

1

Sweden

6

6

2

20

18

12

16

11

Switzerland

2

2

3

1

2

5

12

5

Syria

1

1

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Taiwan (China)

6

4

6

13

22

11

6

4

Tanzania

1

5

3

Thailand

6

2

2

12

16

17

15

13

Tonga

1

Trinidad and Tobago

1

2

1

3

2

Tunisia

1

1

1

1

Turkey

1

1

2

4

10

8

11

6

Turkmenistan

1

Uganda

2

4

3

2

Ukraine

1

1

5

3

1

2

1

United Arab Emirates

1

7

9

4

3

1

United Kingdom (Group)

382

374

387

1,064

962

778

728

742

USA (Group)

20

25

29

69

69

75

64

49

Uzbekistan

1

3

Venezuela

1

1

1

1

Vietnam

1

4

9

3

6

3

Yugoslavia: Serbia

1

1

2

1

1

Zambia

1

2

5

6

2

1

1

Zimbabwe

4

3

4

13

8

8

5

10

Total outflow contacts

755

781

789

2,362

2,231

2,043

1,888

1,824

Notes: 1. Countries of birth for which there were no IPS contacts between 2004 and 2011 have been removed from the table. 2. “—” = No contact. This value is used where the International Passenger Survey has had no contact with any migrant having the particular characteristics in the selected year. For example, if no one born in Australia was interviewed by the IPS in a given year the estimate will be set to “—”. Please note, where no contact has occurred no estimate is possible, but this does not imply that the actual number is zero (although it is probably low).