Third Sector

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much direct funding her Department provided to each voluntary and community organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much such funding she expects to provide in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15; and if she will make a statement. [132617]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides grants to a number of bodies, many of which then distribute this money to a second tier of organisations. Some of these second tier organisations may be voluntary and community organisations, but the Department does not record this information.

Tourism: East of England

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in (a) Suffolk and (b) Norfolk attracted the largest number of visitors in each of the last three years. [132328]

Hugh Robertson: The Department does not record this information. However, each year VisitEngland invites all English visitor attractions to take part in an annual survey, recording visitor numbers alongside other key information such as entrance fees and visitor profiles. Full details of the results of this survey, including those for Norfolk and Suffolk attractions, in the last three years can be found at:

http://www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics/major-tourism-surveys/attractions/Annual_Survey/index.aspx

Transport

A1

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the timescale of the upgrade of the A1 between Leeming Bar and Barton. [132835]

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Stephen Hammond: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his 2012 autumn statement, announced the provision of additional capital expenditure in this spending review to ensure that four new major road projects, including the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement, are able start construction in this spending review period. Works are planned to start in 2013-14 with the scheme open for traffic by 2016-17.

Crossrail Line

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review existing contracts with those construction firms currently working on Crossrail which have had previous affiliation with the Consulting Association to prevent the practice of blacklisting construction workers. [132285]

Stephen Hammond: Crossrail Ltd is responsible for the delivery of the Crossrail project and the management of its contractors.

Crossrail Ltd is not aware of, and has seen no evidence of, blacklisting of any kind in connection with the Crossrail project.

Crossrail Ltd requires all companies working on the project to comply with the law, which includes compliance with the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010. The Department understands that Crossrail Ltd is seeking written assurances from its contractors that they are aware of and complying with these obligations.

Driving Offences: Insurance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of drivers driving without insurance. [132229]

Stephen Hammond: The Department has taken a number of steps to tackle uninsured driving, fraud and the cost of motor insurance:

(a) The continuous insurance scheme (CIE) introduced last year has enabled enforcement action to be taken against those who keep a vehicle without insurance. CIE supplements police powers introduced in 2005 to seize uninsured vehicles being driven on the road.

(b) Working with the insurance industry to allow them access to DVLA driver details on penalty points and disqualifications to reduce fraud.

(c) On 2 May the previous Secretary of State hosted a cross Government Summit with the insurance industry on measures to reduce the cost of premiums to lessen the incentive drive while uninsured.

East Coast Railway Line

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation about the defective rail at Colton Junction on the East Coast Main Line. [132750]

Mr Simon Burns: The Secretary of State for Transport has not held any discussions with either Network Rail (NR) or the Office of Regulation (ORR) about the incident at Colton Junction. However ORR has held discussions with NR to establish the facts of the incident.

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High Speed 2 Railway Line

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account his Department took of the High Speed 2 spur in reaching a decision on the proposed Western Connection to Heathrow. [131939]

Mr Simon Burns: The western connection and High Speed 2 spur to Heathrow would serve different areas. The western connection was included in Network Rail's Initial Industry Plan, published in September 2011, and is being built as an expansion of the existing rail network from the Great Western Main Line to improve airport access from the Thames Valley and the west. A High Speed 2 spur would provide direct services to Heathrow from the midlands and north.


ICT: Expenditure

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for his Department's websites in each of the last two years; and how much has been allocated for each such category of expenditure in 2012-13. [132126]

Norman Baker: Tables have been placed in the Libraries of the House showing how much has been spent on the Department for Transport's websites for the periods 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Department measured website costs during this period in line with the guidance issued by the then Central Office of Information, ‘Measuring website costs' (TG128). Costs provided are total external costs and do not include internal staff costs.

The Department is fully committed to the Government Digital Strategy and is in the process of moving its online content to GOV.UK. Departmental websites and content continue to be rationalised; the corporate website moved across to GOV.UK on 15 November 2012. As such funds for 2012-13 will have been allocated for continued maintenance taking into account future closure of websites and transition to GOV.UK.

In 2011/12 the Department spent £5,896,785.77 in total on its websites. This compares with £7,709,981.75 in 2009/10.

Level Crossings

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many collisions at level crossings have been caused or contributed to by inoperative warning lights in each of the last 10 years; [132541]

(2) how many train collisions with (a) vehicles and (b) pedestrians at level crossings there were in each of the last 10 years. [132542]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is not held by the Department for Transport. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and the Rail Safety and Standards Board collate figures of incidents and accidents on the railway that are reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

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Safety statistics for railways are available on the RSSB website at:

www.rssb.co.uk

In addition the ORR reports annually on safety performance, including at level crossings.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessors have had with Network Rail on safety at level crossings since June 2010. [132543]

Mr Simon Burns: The Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin) and his predecessors have not held any such meetings since June 2010. Operational safety is a matter for the Office of Rail Regulation who hold regular meetings with Network Rail to discuss level crossing issues.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have been caused by train collisions with people or vehicles at level crossings in each of the last 10 years. [132544]

Mr Simon Burns: The information on deaths and injuries is listed in the following table.

Level crossings
 PedestriansRoad Vehicle Occ. 
 FatalInjuriesFatalInjuriesTotal

2001

8

23

2

11

44

2002

6

24

2

7

39

2003

8

24

5

19

56

2004

5

40

3

6

54

2005

7

42

3

1

53

2006

5

46

51

2007

8

22

3

2

35

2008

11

22

1

6

40

2009

9

26

5

5

45

2010

5

22

1

5

33

2011

4

26

1

4

35

2012

3

32

3

5

43

Total

79

349

29

71

528

Northern Rail

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) age and suitability of the rolling stock, (b) punctuality and (c) customer services levels of the Northern Rail franchise. [132662]

Norman Baker: In most cases, trains are designed to have a service life of 30 to 35 years. The Northern fleet has an average age of just over 23 years. Rolling stock in the Northern fleet is of the same types as are used in East Anglia, South-West England, Wales and Scotland. These trains were designed for local regional services across Great Britain. I also scrutinise these issues at monthly meetings with the industry.

Department officials and Passenger Transport Executives meet to assess Northern Rail's train punctuality, operational issues, and service quality at regular intervals against the franchise delivery benchmarks.

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It is for Northern Rail and local stakeholders to consider the viability of providing additional train services on individual routes based on passenger demand.

In December 2011, Northern was provided with additional carriages funded by the Department for Transport to deliver additional places for passengers using peak services to and from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Olympic Games 2012

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to safeguard the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics in the policy areas for which he is responsible; and what budget his Department has allocated for that purpose. [132818]

Stephen Hammond: £6.5 billion of public transport infrastructure and capacity enhancements completed in advance of the games are delivering a long-term legacy of better transport services, particularly in East London.

Additionally, there are many softer legacy benefits from the games—for example in improved transport industry operating practices, partnership working, communication to businesses and the public on avoiding congestion ‘hotspots' and alternatives to travel. The Department and transport industry partners are working together to capture and build on the transport successes seen as part of their normal business activities.

Parking

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what contracts for providing car park management services to his Department are held by private companies; [132567]

(2) what the total value is of contracts between his Department and private companies for car park management services in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) South Lanarkshire local authority area. [132568]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport does not have any contracts for the provision of car park management services.

Police

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were employed in (i) London and (ii) total by British Transport Police in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13 to date; and if he will make a statement. [132079]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is not held by the Department for Transport but by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at: British Transport Police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail

parliament@btp.pnn.police.uk

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Railway Track

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate (a) Network Rail and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation have made of the number of cracked railway tracks in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 to date. [132749]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is not held by the Department for Transport. Information about broken rails is available on Network Rail's website at

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/searchresult.aspx?q=annual_returns

The Rail Safety and Standards Board also publishes data on track defects in its annual safety reports along with monthly summary of safety reports containing broken rail figures, which is available on its website at

http://www.rssb.co.uk/SPR/REPORTS/Pages/default.aspx

Railways

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Schedule 8 payments were made by Network Rail to individual train operating companies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [132286]

Norman Baker: The information requested is not held by the Department for Transport.

Information on Schedule 8 payments to train operators is held by Network Rail. The Schedule 8 regime is a contractual element within the Track Access Agreement between Network Rail and each operator, and is overseen by the Office for Rail Regulation.

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of spending per head of population on rail transport in (a) Plymouth, (b) Devon, (c) Cornwall, (d) the South West and (e) the UK. [132535]

Norman Baker: The most recent data available for total public expenditure on rail transport is given in HM Treasury's Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses for 2011/12. This reports that identifiable expenditure on rail transport per head in 2011/12 was £40 for the South West of England, and £119 for the whole of the UK. Equivalent data is not available below regional level.

Please note that for the purposes of these statistics, “rail transport” covers light rail, metro and underground rail systems (including London underground), as well as the national rail network.

Railways: Franchises

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account he takes of passenger-to-seat ratios when appraising bids for rail franchises; and if he will make a statement. [132487]

Mr Simon Burns: Capacity is a crucial part of specifying and procuring franchises. In general, bidders have been asked to minimise crowding in their bids and to match capacity to demand. This has been measured in a number of different ways during appraisal.

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Railways: Northampton

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve average journey times by train between London and Northampton; and if he will make a statement. [132602]

Mr Simon Burns: This week, London Midland has begun operation of a new timetable that reduces the journey time of the fastest trains from London to Northampton.

In addition, London Midland has undertaken work to upgrade its trains that operate along the West Coast Main Line so that they can operate at a maximum speed of 110 miles per hour instead of the previous 100, enabling more frequent services from London Euston and increasing passenger capacity on this line.

Railways: Passengers

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) lines and (b) routes have the (i) highest and (ii) lowest ratios of passenger-to-seats on the national rail network; and if he will make a statement. [132600]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department for Transport does not hold this information, although it does hold data from which it could be calculated. However, these data are commercially sensitive and cannot be released.

The Department publishes statistics showing passenger numbers and crowding in a number of cities in England and Wales, based on passenger counts carried out by train operators. These statistics are available by city or London terminal. The following table shows the number of peak passengers on all routes into each city or London terminal expressed as a percentage of the number of standard class seats.

Peak standard class seating load factors(1) on a typical autumn weekday on routes into London terminals and selected cities: 2011
Percentage
 AM peakPM peakBoth peaks

London Waterloo

136

119

128

London Fenchurch Street

119

106

112

London Paddington

111

110

111

London Bridge

119

98

108

Moorgate (London)

114

100

107

London Victoria

106

94

100

London Euston

100

97

99

London Blackfriars (via Elephant and Castle)

111

82

98

London Liverpool Street

103

91

97

Leeds

93

94

94

London Marylebone

96

82

89

Manchester

87

91

89

London St. Pancras

95,

81

88

Birmingham

83

87

85

London King's Cross

85

81

83

Bristol

68

87

77

Liverpool

74

78

76

Sheffield

64

84

74

Cardiff

61

66

64

Nottingham

60

65

62

Leicester

53

64

58

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Newcastle

46

62

54

(1 )Number of standard class passengers expressed as a percentage of the number of standard class seats. Passenger numbers are measured at a train's busiest point on arrival into or departure from the city.

These figures are based on the statistics published in “Rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2011”, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rail-passenger-numbers-and-crowding-on-weekdays-in-major-cities-in-england-and-wales-2011

Note that these figures are based on all routes into the city or London terminal, so do not reflect any differences that may exist between different routes into the same city or London terminal. As the figures are based on the number of standard class seats they do not take into account the availability of standing room on each route, which varies by type of rolling stock, with some commuter trains designed to have a large amount of standing space.

Railways: South West

Mr Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to improve the resilience of the train link between London and the far South West. [132481]

Norman Baker: We are looking at the issue of long term resilience in relation to more extreme weather conditions with senior rail industry colleagues. Initially, Network Rail will need to understand why the present railway structures were not able to cope in the recent wet weather and if there are value for money improvements possible. They will also need to consider the longer term implications of changes to the climate.

In this respect, as part of the HLOS process the Secretary of State requires the industry to confirm how decision-taking processes and investment plans will take appropriate account of the risks and opportunities from anticipated climate change. The Office of Rail Regulation will be taking account of this while determining and assessing Network Rail funding for CP5. HLOS also requires maintenance of train performance at 92.5% PPM so the rail industry has a good incentive to ensure routes are open and services operational.

Roads: Accidents

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 357, on road deaths and injuries, what sanctions he will apply to those local authorities who exceed road casualty forecasts; [131619]

(2) when his Department's forecasts for casualty numbers for the period 2013 to 2030 will be published; [131620]

(3) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the devolved Administrations over plans to publish road casualty forecasts; [131621]

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(4) whether his Department's casualty number forecasts up to 2030 will be broken down by (a) region or (b) local authority; [131622]


(5) how his Department will forecast the number of casualties as a result of accidents on the roads. [131623]

Stephen Hammond: No sanctions are planned for local authorities who exceed road casualty forecasts. However, the Department intends to launch a road safety comparison website in the spring. The website will provide information on local highway authority performance that is easily accessible to citizens in a straightforward format, so that they are able to make their own assessment of performance. This will increase transparency and build capability to help citizens and communities solve problems in their area.

Casualty reduction forecasts for killed and seriously injured were published in the Strategic Framework for Road Safety on 11 May 2011, following consultation with the devolved Administrations. My officials meet officials from the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales regularly.

The forecasts have not been broken down by region or local authority and there is no intention to do so.

Details of how the forecasts were established are in the Strategic Framework, which can be viewed online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategic-framework-for-road-safety

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor accidents involving uninsured drivers occurred in (a) Havering and (b) the UK in each of the last five years. [132013]

Stephen Hammond: The information requested is not held centrally. This is because the Department does not collect insurance data as part of reported personal injury road accidents.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many car accidents there were in Havering involving drivers (a) unfit to drive through drugs and (b) over the safe drink drive limit in the last five years. [132024]

Stephen Hammond: We do not collect data on a constituency by constituency basis. The following table shows the number of reported personal injury road accidents where at least one car driver was assigned a contributory factor of "impaired by alcohol" or "impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)", for the London region, in each of the last five years:

Number of reported accidents involving at least one car with a contributory factor: impaired by alcohol or drugs (illicit or medicinal): 2007-11
Number
 Car driver impaired by alcoholCar driver impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)

2007

269

26

2008

270

32

2009

354

26

2010

306

20

2011

298

23

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Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 357, on road deaths and injuries, what consideration he has given to the actions he will require, and of whom, if the level of road deaths and injuries is higher than forecast. [132087]

Stephen Hammond: Actions required to reduce the level of deaths and injuries and by whom are set out in Annex A to the Strategic Framework for Road Safety. It would not be surprising to see some fluctuations within the context of a long-term downward trend. We will monitor performance against the indicators in the Road Safety Outcomes Framework at Annex B to the Strategic Framework and keep actions under review. The outcomes framework can be viewed online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there have been as a result of road accidents involving agricultural vehicles in the last five years. [132231]

Stephen Hammond: The number of fatalities in reported accidents involving agricultural vehicles for last five years is given in the following table:

 Number of fatalities

2007

34

2008

21

2009

18

2010

22

2011

21

Roads: North West

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the North West Highways management contract for area 10. [132284]

Stephen Hammond: The Asset Support Contract for the geographical area known as Area 10 is publicly available on the Government Contracts Finder website at:

http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&lang=en&noticeid=569302&fs=true

Rolling Stock

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will develop a comprehensive national rolling stock plan. [132913]

Mr Simon Burns: Our March 2012 Command Paper "Reforming our Railways: Putting the Customer First" explained that we would look to the rail industry to develop a high-level rolling stock strategy. We believe this could deliver important benefits, including better value for money and greater visibility for manufacturing suppliers.

The industry's Rail Delivery Group is taking this work forward.

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Severn River Crossing

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what debts the Government will incur relating to the Severn river crossings after they have passed into Government ownership. [132364]

Stephen Hammond: After the end of the current concession there will remain an amount of Government debt outstanding relating to the crossings. The exact amount of Government debt outstanding is still being worked through, but could be over £100 million. The Government have been clear that it will need to continue to toll after the current concession ends in order to recover costs incurred by UK taxpayers in relation to the crossings.

Sickness Absence

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 758W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made of the difference in the proportion of working days lost due to ill health between officers at AA grade and at SCS grade; and what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness-based therapies in reducing the proportion of working days lost in his Department. [132710]

Norman Baker: The Department has made no assessment of either the difference in the proportion of working days lost due to ill heath between officers at AA grade and at SCS grade or, the use of mindfulness-based therapies in reducing the proportion of working days lost.

However, departmental officials routinely report to senior managers on sickness absence levels in order to identify trends, address any concerns relating to short and long term absences and, agree appropriate interventions on a case by case basis.

Staff Surveys

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and what the cost of the survey was. [132113]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport participates in the annual Civil Service People Survey co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office and administered by ORC International. The Department's costs for the 2012 Survey have not yet been finalised. Core costs were £34,985 in 2011 and they are expected to be similar in 2012. This compares with £52,000 for the 2009 survey.

The Department's results for 2012 will be published on its external website prior to 1st February 2013. A copy will be placed in the Library at the same time as the external publication.

Thameslink Railway Line

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the original timetable was for completion of the Thameslink rolling stock contract; and when he expects the contract to complete. [131781]

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Mr Simon Burns: The original date for awarding the contract, as indicated in the Invitation to Tender document of 27 November 2008, was March 2010. We expect the contract to be complete early in the new year.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he proposes to automatically award the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Bombardier as reserve bidder if it is not possible for his Department to reach financial close with Siemens. [132367]

Mr Simon Burns: We remain confident of reaching financial close with Siemens. If it were not possible to reach financial close with Siemens, we would not automatically award the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Bombardier. However, Bombardier remain reserve bidder.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reasons Siemens has provided to his Department for the time taken to reach financial close of the Thameslink rolling stock contract. [132389]

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, with the Department protecting its commercial position accordingly.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the tendering process for the Thameslink rolling stock contract will need to start again if it is not possible for his Department to reach financial close with Siemens. [132399]

Mr Simon Burns: We remain confident of reaching financial close with Siemens. If it were not possible to reach financial close with Siemens we would thoroughly review all options at that time.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to publish or announce its assessments of alternatives to Siemens for the Thameslink programme before the New Year. [132914]

Mr Simon Burns: We are confident of reaching commercial close with Siemens before the end of the year and financial close early in the new year. We have no plans to announce an assessment of alternatives to Siemens.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider alternative providers to Siemens for the Thameslink programme. [132962]

Mr Simon Burns: We are confident of reaching financial close with Siemens early in the new year. And so we are not currently considering alternatives at this time. Bombardier remain reserve bidder.

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Transport

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of spending per head of population on transport in (a) Plymouth, (b) Devon, (c) Cornwall, (d) the South West and (e) the UK. [132529]

Norman Baker: 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 £184 for the South West and £315 for the whole of the UK. Equivalent data is not available below regional level.


Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the RAC Foundation's report On the Move: Making sense of car and train travel trends in Britain; and if he will make a statement. [132624]

Stephen Hammond: The report ‘On the Move' includes some very useful insights into recent road travel behaviour and we warmly welcome its publication. We think that the findings are wholly consistent with our current policies. The report does demonstrate the significance of a wide range of factors, such as the impact of the decline in the use of company cars as well as the importance of different trends in different locations. We continuously review our assessment of the trends in transport demand and will be looking closely at how this report can add to our understanding.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Land

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has plans to gather data which will record national and regional agricultural land values; and if he will make a statement. [132365]

Mr Heath: DEFRA is currently carrying out a review of land price data sources and is looking to collect both national and regional land prices and rents.

Angling

George Hollingbery: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the contribution of recreational sea angling to the economy. [131458]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA is currently sponsoring the Sea Angling 2012 project, where officials are working alongside representatives from the sector to gather information on recreational sea angling.

Part of the information gathering will assess the economic contribution of recreational sea angling in England. We expect the conclusions to be available in late 2013.

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Bovine Tuberculosis

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department made of the possible introduction of an oral badger vaccine; and what estimate it has made of how long it would take to introduce such a vaccine. [129694]

Mr Heath: An oral badger vaccine is still in development. It is not possible to say with any certainty if and when such a vaccine might be available for use in the field.

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his preferred test is to determine whether alpacas have contracted tuberculosis; what the reasons are for preferring that test; and if he will make a statement. [132744]

Mr Heath: Different tests (and combinations thereof) can be used to diagnose or rule out the same disease, depending on the circumstances and background risk of infection in a particular country or group of animals. In the case of TB in alpacas and llamas, and in the absence until recently of a better alternative, the comparative intradermal tuberculin test ("skin test") has traditionally been used to screen camelids for TB infection in most countries.

However, it is acknowledged that the skin test has a low sensitivity in camelids, it is cumbersome and difficult to standardise under field conditions and, consequently, it fails to detect many infected animals in a herd. As a result, to increase the sensitivity of the TB testing regime in known infected camelid herds, AHVLA has deployed since 2006 a supplementary blood test (the Chembio StatPak). This test is offered to camelid keepers on a voluntary basis in conjunction with the skin test. AHVLA, with the financial support of the British camelid industry, has recently validated this and other blood tests for TB in alpacas, the results of which have been peer reviewed and published.

Dogs

Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of dogs kept as pets in England; and how many of those have been microchipped. [132283]

Mr Heath: In April this year, the consultation on the Government's proposals to tackle irresponsible dog ownership was accompanied by an impact assessment on the microchipping of dogs. Within this, we estimated that the dog population in England is 6.7 million and that around 58% of these are microchipped.

Fish: Conservation

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential use of offshore wind turbines to protect and encourage fish stocks in UK waters by creating artificial reefs and nurseries undisturbed by commercial fishing practices. [132368]

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Richard Benyon: Both ongoing monitoring at offshore wind farm sites (UK and overseas) and research studies have shown increases in fish number around the foot prints of offshore wind farms. However, it is still unclear whether offshore wind farms simply attract fish from elsewhere or whether they have the potential to increase the number of fish within the population. There are a number of factors that could result in an increase and these are:

protection from fishing mortality;

provision of food found in or around the offshore wind farms; or

provision of spawning/nursery grounds and protection from predators.


Floods

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 25, on flooding, which local authorities have received grants under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010; what the value of such grants has been; and how each grant has been spent. [131897]

Richard Benyon: Grants for lead local flood authorities in England to meet their new burdens under the Flood and Water Management Act were announced by DEFRA in December 2010. Funding for 2011-12 totalled £21 million, rising to £36 million for 2012-13 and for each of the subsequent years of this spending review period. Allocations within this are based on levels of local flood risk, with local authorities consulted in advance on the methodology to be used.

The funds to date have been allocated through area-based grant arrangements (now local services support grant) and it is for each local authority to decide where the money will be of most use. From April 2013, an element of these funds will be provided to local authorities through the new business rates retention system. The overall amounts being provided to each authority are unaffected by this change.

A list of lead local flood authorities in England and the amount they are receiving is as follows:

£000
 Funding allocation
Local authority2011-122012-13 to 2014-15

Barking and Dagenham

121.7

162.7

Barnet

132.2

210.4

Barnsley

117.7

144.8

Bath and North East Somerset UA

125.9

182.0

Bedford

125.4

179.5

Bexley

130.7

203.5

Birmingham

157.0

321.8

Blackburn with Darwen UA

118.9

150.4

Blackpool UA

116.6

139.9

Bolton

119.8

154.3

Bournemouth UA

116.3

138.5

Bracknell Forest UA

119.5

153.0

Bradford

131.9

208.7

Brent

133.5

216.1

Brighton and Hove UA

140.7

248.7

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Bristol UA

136.4

229.2

Bromley

141.6

252.7

Buckinghamshire

161.4

341.8

Bury

121.5

162.1

Calderdale

136.7

230.5

Cambridgeshire

162.6

347.1

Camden

134.4

220.2

Central Bedfordshire UA

128.7

194.6

Cheshire East UA

124.7

176.5

Cheshire West and Chester UA

128.5

193.5

City of London

114.4

129.8

City of Nottingham UA

132.6

212.1

Cornwall

155.8

316.4

Coventry

127.4

188.6

Croydon

141.8

253.6

Cumbria

160.8

338.9

Darlington UA

113.8

127.6

Derby City UA

124.5

175.7

Derbyshire

169.2

376.8

Devon

207.2

548.2

Doncaster

140.7

248.3

Dorset

153.6

306.6

Dudley

123.0

168.9

Durham

130.0

200.5

Ealing

126.5

184.4

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

162.4

346.4

East Sussex

157.9

326.2

Enfield

134.5

220.4

Essex

218.5

598.8

Gateshead

116.1

137.5

Gloucestershire

162.3

346.0

Greenwich

142.2

255.4

Hackney

130.8

203.9

Halton UA

115.6

135.6

Hammersmith and Fulham

159.1

331.3

Hampshire

208.2

552.6

Haringey

131.4

206.6

Harrow

124.4

175.3

Hartlepool UA

115.2

133.5

Havering

132.0

209.5

Herefordshire UA

129.8

199.5

Hertfordshire

207.2

548.1

Hillingdon

126.5

184.7

Hounslow

130.5

202.8

Isle of Wight UA

120.0

155.4

Islington

133.8

217.5

Kensington and Chelsea

131.5

207.0

Kent

260.0

750.0

Kingston upon Hull UA

193.7

487.2

Kingston upon Thames

120.5

157.5

Kirklees

138.4

238.3

Knowsley

114.8

131.9

Lambeth

150.1

291.0

Lancashire

200.1

516.2

Leeds

145.6

270.5

Leicester City UA

137.9

235.9

Leicestershire

153.1

304.5

Lewisham

143.5

261.1

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Lincolnshire

238.6

689.4

Liverpool

129.1

196.2

Luton UA

124.5

175.5

Manchester

133.8

217.4

Merton

127.4

188.8

Middlesbrough UA

116.3

138.8

Milton Keynes UA

120.5

157.6

Newcastle upon Tyne

118.4

148.3

Newham

146.8

276.1

Norfolk

198.6

509.2

North East Lincolnshire UA

142.4

256.2

North Lincolnshire UA

131.4

206.6

North Somerset UA

144.4

265.4

North Tyneside

115.1

133.2

North Yorkshire

168.1

371.8

Northamptonshire

149.9

290.0

Northumberland

130.3

201.6

Nottinghamshire

175.1

403.3

Oldham

121.0

159.9

Oxfordshire

157.6

324.8

Peterborough UA

118.5

148.7

Plymouth UA

119.8

154.5

Poole UA

116.2

138.0

Portsmouth UA

128.9

195.3

Reading UA

124.0

173.4

Redbridge

124.6

175.9

Redcar and Cleveland UA

117.4

143.5

Richmond upon Thames

130.2

201.4

Rochdale

124.2

174.2

Rotherham

120.2

156.3

Rutland UA

112.4

121.1

Salford

122.5

166.7

Sandwell

125.5

180.1

Scilly

111.4

116.4

Sefton

120.6

157.9

Sheffield

134.6

221.1

Shropshire

135.4

224.7

Slough UA

121.2

160.7

Solihull

118.8

149.8

Somerset

187.8

460.9

South Gloucestershire UA

124.7

176.4

South Tyneside

115.1

133.4

Southampton UA

119.9

154.7

Southend-on-Sea UA

122.3

165.7

Southwark

182.8

438.2

St Helens

119.3

152.0

Staffordshire

164.3

354.8

Stockport

121.8

163.2

Stockton-on-Tees UA

116.2

138.1

Stoke-on-Trent UA

120.7

158.3

Suffolk

172.7

392.9

Sunderland

120.6

158.1

Surrey

217.0

592.1

Sutton

125.0

177.8

Swindon UA

119.3

152.0

Tameside

119.3

152.0

Telford and the Wrekin UA

117.1

142.4

The Medway Towns UA

131.9

209.0

Thurrock UA

129.2

196.7

Torbay UA

119.6

153.7

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Tower Hamlets

146.5

274.4

Trafford

117.0

141.9

Wakefield

128.2

192.2

Walsall

121.7

163.1

Waltham Forest

127.2

187.6

Wandsworth

154.7

311.7

Warrington UA

124.1

173.6

Warwickshire

142.5

256.7

West Berkshire UA

127.0

186.7

West Sussex

176.7

410.6

Westminster

158.4

328.3

Wigan

128.3

192.7

Wiltshire

153.0

303.8

Windsor and Maidenhead UA

130.1

200.7

Wirral

122.8

167.9

Wokingham UA

119.5

152.9

Wolverhampton

123.4

170.8

Worcestershire

143.3

260.2

York UA

120.0

155.3

Total

21,000

36,000

Floods: Insurance

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that an affordable and sustainable flooding insurance scheme is in place when the current regime expires in June 2013; and if he will make a statement. [131512]

Richard Benyon: We remain committed to ongoing discussions with the Association of British Insurers, on behalf of their members and others about what replaces the Statement of Principles agreement. However, it is not our policy to conduct negotiations in public. There are a range of options are on the table. We need a lasting solution that ensures affordable insurance bills for those at flood risk but does not place unsustainable costs on wider policyholders arid the taxpayer.

Earlier this year DEFRA, in collaboration with, the National Flood Forum and insurance industry representatives published a guide to help householders in high flood risk areas obtain appropriate insurance. We have also established a common methodology for reporting the impact of property level flood protection measures in reducing potential flood damages so that insurers can take this into account in their pricing decisions.

Tackling flood risk remains the most effective way of keeping insurance terms affordable in the long term. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the right hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander), recently announced that an extra £120 million will be spent over the next two years (April 2013 to March 2015) to accelerate around 50 flood defence projects. This, combined with increasing levels of external co-funding, means that over the current spending period more will be spent on flood and coastal risk management than ever before.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK's policy will be on the discussions on the reduction in F gas emissions at the UN Doha Climate Change Conference. [131222]

Richard Benyon: The UK is supporting efforts at the UN Doha Climate Change Conference to secure a decision on the need for further international action to address the increasing global production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most commonly used F gases. The UK Government support the use of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer as the most suitable framework for further action on HFCs, to complement efforts under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to minimise their emissions to the environment.

Landfill

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK landfills accepting waste in each year between 2012 and 2017. [132391]

Richard Benyon: There are currently 509 landfills permitted by the Environment Agency in England and Wales that accept waste. The Department does not have an estimate of the number of sites that will accept waste in the years to 2017. This would depend on any newly authorised sites and the closure of existing sites, and these are decisions primarily for the landfill operators to make. However, the landfill industry has estimated there may be a 25% reduction in sites over the next five years as more biodegradable and recyclable waste is diverted away from landfill. Furthermore, operators may seek to temporarily close or extend the life of existing sites.

Marine Conservation Zones

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date he expects to publish his public consultation on marine conservation zones. [131924]

Richard Benyon: I expect to consult shortly on the first tranche of marine conservation zones.

National Flood Forecasting Centre

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget for the Flood Forecasting Centre was in each of the last three years; and what the planned budget for the centre is in each of the next three years. [131948]

Richard Benyon: The Flood Forecasting Centre received £2.64 million from DEFRA and the Environment Agency in 2010-11. Since 1 April 2011 the Flood Forecasting Centre receives a total of £3.69 million annually from DEFRA and the Environment Agency. The current contract runs until 31 March 2015. We will review our commitment to continue funding the Flood Forecasting Centre before the end of the current contract.

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National Wildlife Crime Unit

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will guarantee funding for the National Wildlife Unit after March 2013. [131626]

Richard Benyon: The Government take the matter of wildlife crime very seriously and appreciate the contribution made by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in tackling these crimes. Decisions on NWCU funding beyond 2012-13 will be taken as soon as possible.

Natural Capital Accounting

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned budget is for the Natural Capital Committee in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15. [131638]

Richard Benyon: The planned budget for the Natural Capital Committee is as follows:

 Planned budget (£)

(a) 2012-13

432,322

(b) 2013-14

432,322

(c) 2014-15

441,322

This includes administration, programme spend and research and development.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions he has met Dieter Helm in his capacity as Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. [131639]

Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), met Professor Dieter Helm in his capacity as chair of the Natural Capital Committee on 18 September 2012. On 26 November he shared a platform with the chair at the Natural Capital Committee's Royal Society public engagement event.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions the Natural Capital Committee has met; and if he will make a statement. [131640]

Richard Benyon: The Natural Capital Committee has had four formal meetings:

(1) 23 May 2012

(2) 18 July 2012

(3) 17 September 2012

(4) 14 November 2012

It also has monthly teleconference updates and ad hoc subgroup meetings on various workstrands.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what key performance indicators he has set for the Natural Capital Committee; and what progress has been made against each such indicator. [131649]

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Richard Benyon: The independent Natural Capital Committee (NCC) does not have a set of performance indicators. It has a remit to:

To provide advice on when, where and how natural assets are being used unsustainably—for example, in a way that takes us beyond some acceptability limits or non linearity thresholds, or in a way that diminishes some measure of comprehensive wealth;

To advise the Government on how they should prioritise action to protect and improve natural capital, so that public and private activity is focused where it will have greatest impact on improving wellbeing in our society. This will include advising the Government on tools and methodologies to ensure that the value of natural capital is fully taken into account in policy decisions and in economic planning;

To advise the Government on research priorities to improve future advice and decisions on protecting and enhancing natural capital. The Committee's advice in this area will reflect consultations with the Research Councils and the academic community.

Progress against each of these aspects of the remit will be recorded in the NCC's annual report.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on including natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts. [131641]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA has a commitment to work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts. DEFRA is already acting on this commitment by working in close partnership with ONS and is strongly committed to ensuring this happens quickly. The Government understand that the ONS intends to publish a roadmap on their plans later this month.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the first annual State of Natural Capital Report will be published. [131642]

Richard Benyon: The Natural Capital Committee aims to publish its first annual State of Natural Capital report in spring 2013.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of natural capital assets in the UK; and which such assets are most important to (a) wellbeing and (b) the economy. [131643]

Richard Benyon: The evidence in the independent National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) report takes into account the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature. The Government are committed to adding to this knowledge base and is therefore supporting a two-year long follow-on phase of the UK NEA. The follow-on phase will further develop and promote the arguments the UK NEA put forward.

We do not yet know which assets are most important to wellbeing or the economy. The Natural Capital Committee's State of Natural Capital report will combine science and economic evidence in a way that will better enable valuation of natural capital stocks and flows.

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Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions he has met representatives of the Office of National Statistics to discuss natural capital accounting. [131644]

Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has had no formal meetings with the Office for National Statistics (ONS). DEFRA officials have met the ONS several times to discuss natural capital accounting.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions he has met business representatives to discuss the development of corporate natural capital accounting in the UK. [131645]

Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has had no formal meetings with business representatives specifically about the subject of corporate natural capital accounting. However, engagement with business and financial institutions on corporate natural capital accounting is one of the independent Natural Capital Committee's (NCC) main work streams. Several informal meetings initiated by the NCC took place in August and September 2012 to discuss this.

On 5 December 2012 the NCC met landowners and land managers to discuss the methods of accounting for natural capital assets. DEFRA officials are also involved with The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study for business.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has developed an inventory of natural capital assets for which it is responsible. [131646]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA has not developed an inventory of natural capital assets for which it is responsible and currently do not have any plans to do so. Core DEFRA is not directly responsible for any assets but elements of the DEFRA network are, such as the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Natural England.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Natural Capital Committee has been asked to consider the efficiency and effectiveness of Government policies on natural capital. [131647]

Richard Benyon: The Natural Capital Committee remit covers the following three areas:

To provide advice on when, where and how natural assets are being used unsustainably—for example, in a way that takes us beyond some acceptability limits or non linearity thresholds, or in a way that diminishes some measure of comprehensive wealth;

To advise the Government on how they should prioritise action to protect and improve natural capital, so that public and private activity is focused where it will have greatest impact on improving wellbeing in our society. This will include advising the

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Government on tools and methodologies to ensure that the value of natural capital is fully taken into account in policy decisions and in economic planning;

To advise the Government on research priorities to improve future advice and decisions on protecting and enhancing natural capital. The Committee's advice in this area will reflect consultations with the Research Councils and the academic community.

The Committee may not:

Perform a watchdog or advocacy role with respect to Government's policy decisions;

Be policy prescriptive in its advice unless requested by the Secretary of State for the Environment (or by the EA Committee via the Secretary of State); nor

Make decisions on classifications or statistical standards.


Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the commitment to fully include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts will value both the stock and flow of natural capital. [131648]

Richard Benyon: The accounts will cover both the value of the stocks and the value of the services.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a requirement that all environmental impact assessments incorporate a costed explanation of how Government policy proposals will affect natural capital assets. [131650]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA committed in the Natural Environment White Paper that as part of our approach to sustainable development the Government will consider the value of nature in all relevant impact assessments in its policy making process.

To support this, DEFRA has worked with Treasury and produced new supplementary guidance to Treasury’s Green Book for use by all Government Departments on valuing the natural environment in appraisals. An evaluation of how guidance on accounting for environmental impacts is used is being undertaken.

DEFRA does not currently have a methodology for natural capital asset valuation but we expect this to be developed as part of the ongoing work on ecosystem accounting.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department is contributing to the update of the UN's system of integrated environmental and economic accounting; and if he will make a statement. [131651]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA is represented on the United Nations committee which is steering the update of the UN manual. We are also represented on the editorial boards for Volumes II and III and have provided funding for the editor. We have presented issue papers and hosted an international workshop jointly with the Office for National Statistics. We have contributed material and comments on drafts throughout the process of the update.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department is supporting the World Bank's global partnership for wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services; and if he will make a statement. [131652]

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Richard Benyon: The Department for International Development is leading in supporting the World Bank's Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership. It contributed £0.5 million during the design phase and has agreed to contribute £1.9 million over four years for the implementation phase (2012-15). DEFRA is also engaged with the WAVES initiative in terms of sharing expertise and experience of relevant work in the UK. DEFRA is also represented through a senior economist on the WAVES Policy and Technical Expert Committee.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent members of staff in his Department are working to implement the commitment in the Natural Environmental White Paper to fully include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts. [131653]

Richard Benyon: The Office for National Statistics has the overall lead on the Natural Environmental White Paper commitment on ecosystem accounting but DEFRA is supporting this with its own resources expertise. Specifically:

There is about 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) of DEFRA staff supporting the Office for National Statistics roadmap.

There are additional staff working on the production of key environmental statistics that we expect to underpin the accounts.

There is about 4.5 FTE DEFRA staff providing expert advice and administrative support as the secretariat to the Natural Capital Committee.

DEFRA and the Natural Capital Committee are expecting to support this work with Research and Development funding.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent members of staff in his Department have responsibility for assessing the state of natural capital assets for which his Department is responsible. [131654]

Richard Benyon: Core DEFRA has direct responsibility for only a limited amount of land, composed of old bovine tuberculosis burial sites. DEFRA contracts the management of this land out to the Wildlife Trusts.

Partners in the wider DEFRA network such as the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and Natural England are responsible other natural capital assets.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what accounting methodology his Department currently uses to measure the value of the UK's natural capital assets. [131655]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA does not currently have a methodology for asset valuation but we expect this to be developed as part of the ongoing work on ecosystem accounting.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require the Government to integrate natural capital accounting into national accounts. [131656]

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Richard Benyon: The Department has no plans to integrate natural capital accounting into national accounts via legislation. However DEFRA already has a commitment to work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts. DEFRA is already acting on this commitment by working in close partnership with ONS and is strongly committed to ensuring this happens quickly. ONS intends to publish a roadmap on its plans later this month.


Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what key performance indicators he has set to ensure that the Government fulfil their commitment to fully include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts. [131659]

Richard Benyon: The Government will be monitoring progress in developing the accounts against the plans which the independent Office for National Statistics intends to publish in a roadmap later this month.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of his Department were paid (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year in each of the last five years. [132302]

Richard Benyon: The following table shows the numbers of staff employed within Core DEFRA as at 30 June for each year given.

Number
 Paid between £80,000 and £100,000Paid £100,000 or more

2008

31

18

2009

34

20

2010

38

21

2011

35

15

2012

25

13

School Milk

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to increase consumption rates of school milk since May 2010. [131800]

Mr Heath: The industry is doing its own work on promoting milk consumption across all age groups through campaigns such as "Make Mine Milk".

Water: Regulation

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which water regulations he plans will be modified or abolished following public consultation through the red tape challenge. [132747]

Richard Benyon: On 5 December DEFRA published the “Red Tape Challenge—Water and Marine Theme. Water Proposals”. This outlines the current plans for each area of legislation reviewed under the water part of the theme.