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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Communities and Local Government

Advantage West Midlands

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what arrangements he has put in place to monitor the activities of the joint venture company PxP since the closure of Advantage West Midlands; [132672]

(2) what assessment he has made of the assets held by and the performance of the Advantage West Midlands joint venture company PxP since the closure of Advantage West Midlands; and if he will make a statement. [132673]

Mr Prisk: Advantage West Midlands' financial interests in the PxP West Midlands limited partnership was transferred to the Home and Communities Agency in September 2011, along with the other land and property assets from the former regional development agencies to form its economic assets programme.

Since then, the Homes and Communities Agency has put control systems in place to monitor and protect these financial interests. The agency's executive director for the Midlands has been appointed to the board of PxP, and there is a nominated project officer who is responsible for oversight and reporting on company's performance.

The agency and its private sector partner are currently reviewing the strategic and operational direction of PxP to ensure prudent and efficient use of resources.

Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

Andrew Bingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on making the installation of carbon monoxide detectors compulsory in all new build houses; and if he will make a statement. [132695]

Mr Foster: The Department regularly receives representations calling on the Government to extend requirements for carbon monoxide detectors. This includes the report of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee regarding building regulations applying to electrical and gas installation and repairs in dwellings.

Research carried out in 2010 concluded it would be disproportionate to require carbon monoxide alarms in all new homes, but a requirement to provide them in homes where new solid fuel appliances are being fitted was justified.

We have no plans to introduce further requirements in this area. A detailed response to the Select Committee report was published in July 2012.

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Charities

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to (a) Centrepoint, (b) Crisis, (c) Skill Force and (d) Shelter in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [132462]

Mr Prisk: The following tables shows the total allocations of funding allocated to Centrepoint, Crisis, Skill Force and Shelter in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13:

Homelessness funding
£
 2010-112011-122012-13

Centrepoint

0

0

0

Crisis

2,350,000

4,350,000

4,000,000

Skillforce

0

0

0

Shelter

3,223,365

2,437,460

2,494,069

Affordable housing
£
 2010-112011-122012-13

Centrepoint

3,364,783

446,264

0

Crisis

0

0

0

Skillforce

0

0

0

Shelter

0

0

0

This funding was provided to Centrepoint (via the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme) for the provision of affordable units in London; Crisis to help single homeless people access stable accommodation in the private rented sector and Shelter to operate the National Homelessness Advice Service (a partnership between Shelter and Citizens Advice) and debt advice for the Home Owners Mortgage Support Scheme. From 1 April 2012, affordable housing funding for London has been devolved to the Mayor of London which is why the Centrepoint funding has ceased by my Department.


Floods

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding from the public purse was provided to (a) residents and (b) agencies dealing with flooding in the aftermath of each major flood in each of the last 30 years. [132250]

Brandon Lewis: Records of payments in respect of flooding emergencies are neither held centrally for all of the period requested, nor does central Government pay grants directly to residents.

The UK's current approach to emergency management is based on the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Since the passing of that Act, there have been two major (i.e. Level 2) flooding emergencies: countrywide flooding in summer 2007, and the Cumbria floods of autumn 2009. A Level 2 (serious emergency) is one which has, or threatens, a wide and prolonged impact requiring sustained central Government co-ordination and support from many Departments and agencies.

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Payments made in respect of those emergencies were:

Summer 2007

Due to the wide extent of damage DCLG provided an initial Flood Recovery Grant as part of the wider package of immediate financial support for areas worst affected by the June flooding. £10 million was made available (£5 million of capital funding and £5 million revenue).

An additional award of up to £10 million was made to support other local authorities affected by the further exceptional flooding in July 2007. Both these grants were calculated by numbers of households affected.

The significant damage was sufficient that the UK Government applied for a grant from the EU Solidarity Fund to help with costs of recovery. The European Parliament and the Council made the necessary budgetary appropriations available to grant €162.388 million to the UK. The EU Solidarity Fund, created in 2002, grants aid to member states and acceding countries in the event of a major natural disaster. Its annual allocation amounts to €1 billion. To qualify for aid under the Solidarity Fund, countries must present an application containing a documented estimate of the damage.

Cumbria 2009

DCLG provided a £1 million fund to the local authority, known as Emergency Flood Relief due to the exceptional damage from the severe flooding.

The Bellwin scheme

Bellwin provides emergency financial assistance to local authorities to help them meet uninsurable costs they incur when responding to a major emergency in their area. It is limited by statute (Section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989) to:

“costs of immediate action to safeguard life or property or prevent suffering or severe inconvenience to inhabitants”.

The Government will reimburse authorities for 85% of eligible costs above a threshold (set at 0.2% of their annual revenue budget).

Housing: Cumbria

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of new homes for which planning permission has been granted but construction has not yet begun in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria in the latest period for which figures are available. [132387]

Nick Boles [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The number of homes where permission has been granted but where development has not yet started as at 31 September 2012 is estimated at 245,565 units for England. This figure excludes most small schemes with fewer than 10 units. A breakdown by constituency is not available.

We are undertaking a series of initiatives to help kick start development on stalled sites, including the £570 million Get Britain Building fund and our reforms to unlock economically unrealistic Section 106 agreements.

These are part of our broader policies to support house building as outlined in the written ministerial statement of 6 September 2012, Official Report, columns 29-34WS, and November 2011's Housing Strategy.

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Local Government Finance

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which authorities have raised recent concerns about the 2011 Census and its outputs in their areas. [132274]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

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), which has responsibility for the England & Wales Census, I have been asked to reply to your recent question to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking which local authorities have raised concerns about the 2011 Census and its outputs in their areas. (132274)

Since the publication of the census population estimates in July, ONS has received queries from a number of local authorities, a few of which were expressing concern but mainly seeking clarification. For example, some queries were asking for an explanation of the difference with the previously published mid-year population estimates, which have now been revised on the basis of the 2011 Census. Others were asking about the comparisons which ONS had published with administrative sources.

ONS has responded to these enquiries in an open and timely manner, giving explanations with strong supporting evidence, as well as clear guidance on the methodology and quality assurance processes used. The local authorities that have expressed concerns, with whom we are still in discussion are: Tendring District Council, Ceredigion County Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Westminster City Council, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Through the ongoing dialogue and correspondence, ONS has not been presented with any clear evidence that contradicts the population estimates resulting from the 2011 Census. ONS will continue to support all local authorities that have any question or concerns regarding the 2011 Census outputs.

I have full confidence in the Census population estimates, which are based on a robust and peer reviewed statistical estimation methodology, and an extensive quality assurance process involving experts. The checks and adjustments that have been made in order to arrive at the Census estimates have been published in Quality Assurance packs for every Local Authority.

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will keep the local government finance settlement open to an amending report should it be shown that the 2011 census has miscounted local authority populations. [132275]

Brandon Lewis: Statutory powers exist to issue an amending report on the Local Government Finance settlement for a particular year.

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether estimates of levels of short-term migration will be factored into the local government finance settlement for the financial year 2013-14. [132276]

Brandon Lewis: It is not intended that an estimate of short-term migration be factored into the local government finance settlement for 2013-14. Taking account of the preference of the local government sector, the Government response to the Local Government Resource Review Proposals for Business Rates Retention in December 2011 announced that there would be only limited technical

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changes to the funding formula for 2013-14. This was to ensure stability at the start of the new Business Rates Retention system.

Local Government: Disclosure of Information

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the latest level of leakage against the 2010 rating list is over the life of the list; and whether the Government are on schedule to meet its target for the 2010 list. [132068]

Brandon Lewis: One of the Valuation Office Agency performance indicators is to contain reductions in the 2010 rating lists to a maximum of 3.6% of the total compiled list rateable value, over the entire life of the lists. The figure is published annually in their annual report. At end March 2012 the measure was on target at 0.44%. At the mid point of 2011-12 to end September 2012, the measure was at 0.65%. The latest figure for end-November remains on target at 0.79%.

New Towns: Sherford

Mr Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to assist South Hams, Plymouth and Devon councils to deliver a new town at Sherford. [132482]

Mr Prisk: The Government are determined to do all they can to ensure more new homes and communities are delivered quickly. That is why the autumn statement announced a programme of Government support to help progress development on locally-supported large scale sites including supporting local capacity, working across Government to unblock barriers and providing access to a £225 million capital pot where appropriate.

I have held productive meetings with local authority and developer partners on a number of locally-supported large housing schemes, including Sherford. The Homes and Communities Agency, on my behalf, are taking forward those discussions further to undertake what support from Government may be needed.

Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 20WH, on business rates, what additional resource will be allocated to clearing the backlog of business rates appeals in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA); and if he will undertake a formal review into the systems and procedures inside the VOA to ensure that such backlogs are reduced with immediate effect and thereafter maintained; [132064]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of the current procedures for non-domestic rates appeals in the Valuation Office Agency on the length of time taken for appeals being heard in the Valuation Tribunal. [132065]

Brandon Lewis: The Valuation Office Agency expects to have cleared over 400,000 appeals in the two years up to next April and will continue to prioritise this area of work. HM Revenue and Customs regularly undertake a

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Framework Review of the Agency to ensure it continues to meet the Government's objectives. My officials meet regularly with the Valuation Office Agency and the Valuation Tribunal Service to discuss all aspects of their business rates work including the clearance of appeals.

Non-domestic Rates: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on business rates. [132154]

Brandon Lewis: Ministers and officials have regular discussions with the Scottish Government on a variety of issues related to the work of the Department.

Religious Buildings: Greater London

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for the building of (a) mosques, (b) churches and (c) synagogues have been made in London in the last five years; and what the planned capacity was of each such application. [132228]

Nick Boles: Information on the number of applications made for the building of (a) mosques, (b) churches and (c) synagogues is not centrally available.


Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) his Department and (b) each of the public bodies for which he is responsible since May 2010; what the rate of turnover of senior civil servants has been in (i) his Department and (ii) each such body since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [132177]

Brandon Lewis: The Department does not hold data centrally for its public bodies.

Since May 2010, 65 permanent senior civil servants have left the Department. 12 of these were formerly from the Government offices for the regions; transferring across to the Department when they closed but subsequently leaving.

The rate of turnover of permanent senior civil servants in this period has been calculated at 45%. The high rate of turnover is due to the Department's restructuring process, which completed in October 2011. That restructuring was undertaken in an open, fair and prompt way, starting at the highest levels of senior management.

Based on current budgets, the DCLG Group is making a 44% real-terms saving against its running costs over this spending review period by 2014-15. This equates to savings of over £570 million by 2014-15. This includes savings of around £420 million from the closure of the Government offices for the regions.

Staff Surveys

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. [132105]

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Brandon Lewis: From 2009 the Department has been part of the Civil Service Annual People Survey which takes place each autumn. Our 2012 People Survey closed in October and we are still receiving our survey results. As yet we have not had the final confirmation of costs but have budgeted for £25,500 which includes the costs for our executive agencies taking part. We will publish our survey results by 31 January 2013 on:

www.direct.gov.uk

Valuation Office Agency

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times officials from his Department have met the Valuation Office Agency in the last six months; who attended those meetings; and if he will publish the agenda, minutes and outcomes of those meetings. [132066]

Brandon Lewis: The Valuation Office Agency is one of this Department's key business partners and as such meets with the Department on a frequent basis. These meetings cover a range of topics including non domestic rates and council tax issues, the localisation of support for council tax and the Business Rates Retention scheme. The Valuation Office Agency is also represented on the Local Government Finance working group and agendas and meeting notes are available at:

http://www.local.odpm.gov.uk/finance/lgrr/lgfwg.htm

Scotland

ICT: Expenditure

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. [132135]

David Mundell: The total amount of expenditure on the Scotland Office website for the past two years is provided in the following table:

 £

2010-11

4,923.25

2011-12

4,404

The amounts noted include an annual hosting and licence fee of £4,200. This fee has been paid to cover the period from February 2012 to March 2013.

Staff Surveys

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. [132102]

David Mundell: The Civil Service People Survey co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office took place in October. Departments are due to publish their results by 31 January 2013. A copy will be placed in the Library at that time.

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The survey was delivered for the Scotland Office by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice provide a generic version of the survey for each of the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices to reduce the cost of the survey. The cost of the 2012 survey is not yet available. The total cost of the survey for the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices in 2011 was £4,073 (excluding VAT).

Winter Fuel Payments: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people received winter fuel payments in Scotland in each of the last five years; and what the total value of such payments was. [132235]

Michael Moore: The following table shows the number of people who received winter fuel payments in each of the last five years in Scotland and the total expenditure in these years:

 Number of recipients(1)Expenditure (£ million)

2007-08

1,058,550

182

2008-09

1,083,690

236

2009-10

1,105,760

240

2010-11

1,113,920

240

2011-12

1,103,130

188

(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Department for Work and Pensions Information Governance and Security.

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for the administration of winter fuel payments. Information on expenditure on winter fuel payments for Scotland and the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) can be found in the ‘Expenditure by Local Authority’ tables published at:

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

Attorney-General

Fraud: Fines

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General what the five largest fines for fraud resulting from Serious Fraud Office corporate prosecutions have been since 1988; and in each such case (a) which company was fined and (b) in which year the fine was levied. [133112]

The Solicitor-General: Corporate fines are not the only successful outcome for Serious Fraud Office (SFO) cases in relation to companies. Up until 2008, all successful SFO prosecutions were of individuals. The following table shows the fines and civil recovery orders (CROs) in SFO cases involving corporates since then.

 CasePenalty(1)

2009

AMEC plc

£4.94 million CRO

2010

BAE Systems plc

£500,000 fine

2008

Balfour Beatty plc

£2.25 million CRO

2011

De Puy International Ltd

£4.8 million CRO

2010

Innospec Ltd

$12.7 million fine

2009

Mabey and Johnson Ltd

£3.5 million fine

2012

Mabey Engineering (Holdings) Ltd

£131,000 CRO

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2011

MacMillan Publishers Ltd

£11.3 million CRO

2011

M W Kellogg Ltd

£7 million CRO

2012

Oxford Publishing Ltd

£1.9 million CRO

2008

Severn Trent Water Ltd

£2 million fine

(1) Figures are rounded

If a company is to be prosecuted, it is usually necessary in SFO cases to demonstrate that the controlling minds of a company were knowing participants in the criminality being alleged. It is therefore far more common to prosecute individuals rather than corporates.

Other outcomes are also possible. In 2010, BAE Systems plc agreed to make a £29.5 million payment for the benefit of the people of Tanzania, following a settlement with the SFO and the US Department of Justice. This year, Oxford University Press (owners of Oxford Publishing Ltd) unilaterally offered to contribute £2,000,000 to not-for-profit organisations for teacher training and other educational purposes in sub-Saharan Africa.

ICT: Theft

Mr Thomas: To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from the Law Officers' Departments in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [132199]

The Solicitor-General: The information requested is contained in the following tables.

2010-11ComputersMobile telephonesBlackBerrysOther IT equipment

Crown Prosecution Service

5

12

8

0

Serious Fraud Office

1

3

3

5

Attorney-General's Office

0

0

1

0

Treasury Solicitor's Department

1

0

0

2

2011-12ComputersMobile telephonesBlackBerrysOther IT equipment

Crown Prosecution Service

0

3

4

0

Serious Fraud Office

0

1

3

11

Attorney-General's Office

0

0

0

0

Treasury Solicitor's Department

2

0

0

6

The HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has not recorded any thefts or losses of IT or communications technology during the past two years.

Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Attorney-General how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left the Law Officers' Departments since May 2010; what

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the rate of turnover of senior civil servants has been in the Law Officers' Departments since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [132180]

The Solicitor-General: The information requested is contained in the following table:

DepartmentSCS who left the Department since May 2010(2)Overall rate of turnover(3 )(percentage)

Treasury Solicitor's Department(1)

11

39

SFO

9

83.48

CPS

20

115.8

(1 )Includes AGO and HMCPSI data as TSol fulfil the personnel functions for both organisations. (2) Includes those transferring to other Government Departments, or other public bodies or those regarding. (3 )Turnover defined as the number of SCS leavers (headcount) in the period expressed as a percentage of the average headcount of SCS staff during the period.

Sickness Absence

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Attorney-General what the average number of working days lost per person through ill health was in the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five years. [132531]

The Solicitor-General: For the last three years I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by the former Solicitor-General, my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Harborough (Sir Edward Garnier), on 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 12W.

The figures for the preceding two years are contained in the following table.

Average working days lost
DepartmentApril 2007-March2008April 2008-March 2009

CPS

9.4

8.5

TSol(1)

6.7

7.2

SFO

8.1

11.2

(1) Figures for the Attorney-General's Office and HM Crown Prosecution service Inspectorate arc incorporated in the TSol data as such information was not recorded separately for this period.

Data are on the average number of working days lost due to ill health is routinely published in respective departmental resource accounts which are laid annually in the House of Commons. Copies of resource accounts relating to the Law Officers' Departments over the past five years can be found in the Library of the House.

Transport

Cleaning Services

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have held with (i) ISS, (ii) Carlisle Cleaning, (iii) Churchill Cleaning and (iv) Initial; and what the subject has been of those discussions in each of the last 12 months. [133132]

Norman Baker: Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/ministerial-transparency/#meetings

The discussions held by officials with the above organisations is set out below:

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 (i) ISS(ii) Carlisle Cleaning(iii) Churchill Cleaning(iv) Initial

DfT Central

-

-

-

See note 1

DSA

-

-

-

Various discussions relating to the removal of Initial's equipment from Agency premises following the conclusion of a number of contracts.

DVLA

-

-

-

-

HA

-

-

-

-

MCA

See note 2

-

See note 2

See note 2

VCA

-

-

-

See note 3

VOSA

See note 3

-

-

-

Notes: 1) The Government Car Service has held various operational discussions during the year with Lancaster Cleaning, who are owned by Initial-Rentokil. 2) Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials have had discussions with (i) ISS, (iii) Churchill Cleaning and (iv) Initial regarding current, and potential future, cleaning service provision to the Agency. 3) Various discussions relating to operational matters.

Driving Under Influence

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely increase of incidences of drink driving over the Christmas period. [132001]

Stephen Hammond: Campaigns like the Department for Transports THINK! drink drive TV campaign and tough enforcement over past Christmas periods have pushed down Christmas drink drive levels. While we not anticipate there being any significant increases in drink driving over this Christmas period we will be making every effort to ensure this is a reality.

Driving: Insurance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to assist young drivers to find insurance. [132267]

Stephen Hammond: While it is up to young people to arrange their own insurance, in February the Prime Minister hosted a summit to explore what action might be undertaken to lower costs. The Department is committed to working with the insurance industry, young people and other key partners to reduce the level of risk to young drivers and, in turn, their insurance premiums.

East Coast Railway Line

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) East Coast Trains and (b) Network Rail on improving public performance measures on the East Coast Mainline route; and if he will make a statement. [132403]

Norman Baker: Ministers and officials regularly meet with Network Rail and Train Operators to discuss rail performance issues. East Coast and Network Rail have worked hard to improve performance, and as a result East Coast performance has significantly improved this year. In the most recent four-week period for which figures are available (14 October - 10 November 2012), East Coast PPM MAA stands at 87.7%, up from 83.3% a year ago.

ICT: Theft

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [132185]

Norman Baker: The numbers of (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment that were reported as lost or stolen for the years in question is shown below. The figures relate to the entire department, including its agencies and the shared service centre. (Other IT equipment has been for example USB sticks, encryption tokens, and hardware such as monitors and keyboards).

2010-11
ItemLostStolen

Computers

4

16

Mobiles

14

3

Blackberrys

16

8

Other IT Equipment

44

8

Total

78

35

2011-12
ItemLostStolen

Computers

2

7

Mobiles

9

1

Blackberrys

18

2

Other IT Equipment

51

12

Total

80

22

By way of comparison, the figures for 2009-10 are as follows:

ItemLostStolen

Computers

1

22

Mobiles

34

12

Blackberrys

21

7

Other IT Equipment

30

6

Total

86

47

Motor Vehicles: Testing

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles fail their MOT and are subsequently scrapped annually. [132344]

Stephen Hammond: The total number of annual MOT vehicle failures is shown in the following table from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency's Effectiveness Report. However, the Department for Transport do not hold estimates of the number of these vehicles which are subsequently scrapped.

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 TestsFails

2010-11

28,278,321

8,460,362

2009-10

27,609,056

8,444,117

2008-09

27,070,607

8,038,100

Procurement

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether performance of a company in delivering a previous contract with his Department for rolling stock is taken into account when future contracts are awarded by his Department. [132353]

Mr Simon Burns: Past performance of bidders was taken into account in relation to the Thameslink rolling stock contract, and it is likely that it will be taken into account in any future rolling stock contracts that the Department may procure, particularly given the provision in the draft Procurement Directives which expressly facilitate this.

Railways: Freight

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of investment (a) Network Rail and (b) freight operating companies have made in the Strategic Freight (Rail) Network in each year since 2007. [133068]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold the figures in the format requested.

The 2007 statement of funds available for control period 4 made provision for £200 million of Network Rail investment in the Strategic Freight Network (SFN) up to 2014, in addition to any Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) funding that might be agreed. An additional £55 million for the SFN was made available in the 2011 autumn statement. In addition, the SFN has been allocated £205 million from Productivity TIF since 2007. Network Rail is on course to have put all this investment in place by the close of control period 4 in 2014.

The freight operating companies do not invest in the SFN; their investment decisions are made on a commercial basis and relate to rolling stock and terminals.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been allocated from the Transportation Innovation Fund to the Strategic Freight (Rail) Network since 2007. [133069]

Mr Simon Burns: The Strategic Freight Network has been allocated £205 million from Productivity Transport Innovation Fund since 2007.

Railways: Snow and Ice

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with

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(a)

East Coast Trains and

(b)

Network Rail on preparations for inclement winter weather; and if he will make a statement. [132402]

Norman Baker: Ministers and officials regularly meet with Network Rail and Train Operators to discuss rail performance issues, including managing the effects of severe weather. The industry has well-established plans for dealing with winter weather, and these are currently being implemented around the network as conditions require.

Last week I spoke to senior management at Network Rail to reiterate the need to take precautionary actions to minimise disruption to services by winter conditions.

Roads: Accidents

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents occurred involving drivers from the EU who did not have the correct insurance in the last five years. [132093]

Stephen Hammond: The information requested is not held by the Department. This is because the Department does not collect information on whether drivers were insured or not as part of the accident data set.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the number of motor accidents involving young people. [132227]

Stephen Hammond: There is ongoing work to reduce the risks of accidents involving young drivers. The Department is considering several options to ensure that newly qualified drivers are properly prepared and drive safely.

We will continue to work with young people, the insurance industry and other key partners on the development of any policy interventions we may take toward in the future.

Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) his Department and (b) each of the public bodies for which he is responsible since May 2010; what the rate of turnover of senior civil servants has been in (i) his Department and (ii) each such body since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [132165]

Norman Baker: The number of senior civil servants who have left the Department for Transport and each of the public bodies as well as the rate of turnover of the senior civil servants since April 2008 is shown in the table below.

 Department for TransportPublic Bodies
PeriodNo of LeaversStaff TurnoverNo of LeaversStaff Turnover

01/04/08-31/03/09

30

15.46%

2

12.74%

01/04/09-31/03/10

12

5.97%

0

0%

01/04/10-31/03/11

42

24.00%

2

12.27%

01/04/11-31/03/12

26

16.25%

3

17.34%

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01/04/12-30/11/12

6

3.66%

2.6

12.75%

Severn River Crossing

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with Ministerial colleagues on management of the Severn river crossings once they pass into Government ownership. [132400]

Stephen Hammond: Ministers and officials have had some internal discussions on the Severn Crossings, including the need to recover costs incurred by UK taxpayers in relation to the Crossings after the current concession agreement ends.

After the end of the current concession there will remain an amount of Government debt outstanding relating to the Crossings. The exact amount is still being worked through, but could be over £100 million. The Government have been clear that they 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.

Transport

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies have made on (i) light rail, (ii) heavy rail, (iii) bus and (iv) roads in (A) Yorkshire and Humber and (B) London in each year since 2007; and if he will estimate the likely level of expenditure for each year to 2015. [133125]

Norman Baker: The Treasury publishes Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, showing departmental spending. This can be found at the following link:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/9802.htm

The following table shows expenditure by the Department for Transport and its public bodies on railways, bus services and national roads in Yorkshire and the Humber and London in each year since 2007/08.

Expenditure by the Department for Transport and its public bodies (£ million)
  2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/12

Yorkshire and the Humber

Railways(1)

     
 

Department for Transport

348.0

321.5

421.9

374.4

413.5

       
 

Bus Services

     
 

Department for Transport

47.8

48.1

50.0

40.7

43.6

       
 

National roads

     
 

Department for Transport

-2.7

5.1

5.9

2.1

1.2

 

Cycling England

0.0

0.0

3.5

1.0

0.2

 

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

20.9

21.9

16.5

12.0

11.4

 

Driving Standards Agency

0.2

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Highways Agency

136.4

239.4

352.9

324.0

296.5

 

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

2.1

1.2

2.2

0.3

1.0

 

Vehicle Certification Agency

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.0

0.0

       

London

Railways(1)

     
 

Department for Transport

878.6

596.3

1,052.4

1,047.6

1,125.9

       
 

Bus Services

     
 

Department for Transport

88.7

90.1

93.7

108.5

112.5

       
 

National roads

     
 

Department for Transport

-4.7

9.7

8.3

3.2

1.5

 

Cycling England

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

16.5

17.5

15.4

11.7

10.4

 

Driving Standards Agency

0.3

0.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Highways Agency

24.9

20.5

25.6

20.0

20.5

 

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

3.0

1.6

2.8

0.4

1.3

 

Vehicle Certification Agency

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.0

0.0

(1) Includes expenditure on all types of railway

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The Department has not made any estimate of the likely level of expenditure in these regions for future years. While the Department's estimated expenditure in each year up to 2014/15 is set out in the spending review 2010, it is not allocated on a regional basis at this stage.

The Department's estimated spending in each year up to 2014/15 set out in the spending review 2010 can be found at the following link:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sr2010_chapter2.pdf

Transport for London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department expects to allocate to Transport for London (a) in total and (b) for capital investment in each year between 2010 and 2015; and if he will make a statement. [133181]

Stephen Hammond: Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 7 October 2012 in relation to rail fares, the Department has increased the amount of GLA Transport Grant for the remainder of the current spending review period, as follows:

£ million (cash)
 2011-122012-132013-142014-15

General

1,943

1,954

1,873

1,639

Investment Grant

861

881

904

928

GLA Transport Grant

2,804

2,835

2,777

2,526

These figures do not include funding for Crossrail, payments made under the Bus Service Operator's Grant, or funding for the East London Line extension to Clapham Junction.

The Department for Transport (DFT) grant is split nominally into a general and an investment grant, reflecting the importance the Government place on major projects such as the Tube upgrade. However, following devolution agreement in July 2003, it is for the Mayor of London to decide transport priorities in London and to allocate his budget (including the grant funding received from the Department) accordingly.

No decisions have yet been taken on how to implement the changes announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the autumn statement. This will include any resulting changes from the introduction of the Business Rates Retention scheme. DFT Ministers and officials will consult the Mayor and Transport for London before making a final determination.

Home Department

Arrests: Children

Mr Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of arresting a child in England and Wales. [132848]

Damian Green: This information is not collected centrally.

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Asylum: Housing

David T. C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount paid out in utility bills was for asylum seekers in National Asylum Support Service accommodation in the most recent year for which figures are available. [132651]

Mr Harper: Accommodation for asylum seekers is provided on behalf of the UK Border Agency by G4S, SERCO and Clearel. Payment is made to the suppliers by way of a daily unit rate which includes provision of utility services. The total amount paid by each supplier is not made available to the UK Border Agency.

Asylum: Yorkshire and the Humber

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the private sector accommodation to be delivered by G4S to re-house asylum seekers in Yorkshire as part of G4S's contract with her Department has opened. [132236]

Mr Harper: G4S were awarded the contract for the provision of accommodation and transport services for asylum applicants on 9 March 2012. Since this time, there has been a period of transition during which asylum applicants have been moved from the previous housing providers to G4S accommodation. This transition period is now complete and all asylum applicants in the Yorkshire area are accommodated by G4S.

Borders: Personal Records

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency's e-Borders system will be operational. [132278]

Mr Harper: The e-Borders programme is a fully operational system and each day helps to protect the UK against terrorist attack, serious crime and abuses of the immigration system.

The programme is currently tracking around 55% of inbound and 60% of outbound passenger and crew movements. This equates to approximately 138 million passenger movements a year on over 4,253 routes. Border Force met the public commitment of receiving data for 100% of aviation routes starting outside the EEA for passengers and crew by April 2012.

Dual Nationality

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many UK citizens hold dual nationality with France; [131981]

(2) how many UK citizens hold dual nationality with the Republic of Ireland; [131982]

(3) how many UK citizens hold dual nationality with the US. [131983]

Mr Harper: No statistical information is available showing whether UK nationals hold another nationality.

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Dyfed Powys Police: Helicopters

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times the Dyfed Powys police helicopter has been deployed in the Dyfed Powys area in each year since 2007; [132454]

(2) how many of the occasions in which the Dyfed Powys police helicopter has been deployed in the Dyfed Powys area have involved (a) the transport of dogs, (b) assistance to someone in need of medical treatment and (c) flying over hilly terrain or sea cliffs in each year since 2007. [132455]

Damian Green: This information is not held centrally.

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Entry Clearances

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for a Tier 2 General visa were (a) granted and (b) refused by the UK Border Agency in each of the last 10 years. [132345]

Mr Harper: Tier 2 of the Points Based System was introduced in November 2008.

Figures for the number of Tier 2 General entry clearance visas issued and refused from 2008 to 2011 appear in the following table.

PBS Tier 2 General(1) entry clearance visas issued and refused (main applicants), 2008 to 2011
 IssuedRefused

2008

17

23

2009

8,556

1,648

2010

9,914

1,613

2011

7,762

567

(1) PBS Tier 2 was introduced in November 2008. Corresponding dependants cannot be separately identified. Source: Table be.01, Immigration Statistics July-September 2012

The latest Home Office immigration statistics on entry clearance visas including the Points Based System, are published in the release Immigration Statistics release, which is available at:

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

A copy of the latest release, ‘Immigration Statistics July-September 2012’, has been placed in the House Library.

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were (a) granted and (b) rejected for each type of visa in each of the last 10 years. [132352]

Mr Harper: Figures for the number of entry clearance visas issued and refused by types of visa from 2005 to 2011 appear in the following tables.

Entry clearance visas issued and refused, by type of visa (including dependants), 2005 to 2011
 Entry clearance visa issued
 2005200620072008200920102011

Work

243,466

249,634

205,826

184,712

155,691

160,739

149,221

Study(1)

191,584

211,114

213,052

231,975

303,363

285,544

261,405

Student visitors(2)

15,834

23,215

33,144

42,238

37,703

49,191

61,381

Family

66,324

70,119

64,389

53,544

49,473

53,716

45,677

Dependants joining/accompanying

28,421

27,559

42,088

41,460

17,480

15,357

14,148

Other(3)

1,519,795

1,646,623

1,504,137

1,400,681

1,431,664

1,580,095

1,741,059

Total

2,065,424

2,228,264

2,062,636

1,954,610

1,995,374

2,144,642

2,272,891

 Entry clearance refused
 2005200620072008200920102011

Work

36,205

35,575

31,693

40,728

25,445

19,875

12,506

Study(1)

86,536

91,458

93,807

98,653

103,268

90,458

50,939

Student visitors(2)

986

1,626

4,458

7,730

7,466

8,195

12,399

Family

13,941

14,294

15,801

15,113

13,452

14,848

11,430

Dependants joining/accompanying

4,484

4,980

6,995

6,309

2,879

3,337

2,957

Other(3)

316,899

330,852

316,729

260,086

275,815

242,871

232,773

Total

459,051

478,785

469,483

428,619

428,325

379,584

323,004

(1) The student visitor category was introduced in 2007 and may include individuals previously recorded as visitors, so for consistency and comparability over time they have been excluded from study-related totals. (2) Student visitors are allowed to come to the UK for six months (or 11 months if they will be studying an English Language course) and cannot extend their stay. (3) Mainly visitors. Source: Table be.01, ‘Immigration Statistics July-September 2012’

Comparable data are not available for earlier years.

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The latest Home Office immigration statistics on entry clearance visas are published in the release Immigration Statistics release, which is available at:

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

A copy of the latest release, ‘Immigration Statistics July-September 2012’, has been placed in the House Library.

Entry Clearances: South Sudan

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visas the UK Border Agency has received from residents of South Sudan in the latest period for which figures are available. [131986]

Mr Harper: The UK Border agency has not received any applications from South Sudan nationals. This is because the nationality recorded on the computer system is taken from that printed on their passports and it might be that most nationals still have Sudanese passports.

Entry Clearances: Syria

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether visa concessions are being offered to Syrian nationals in the UK whose leave to remain is due to expire; and whether such concessions are consistent with the treatment offered to Libyan nationals. [133201]

Mr Harper: On 15 October 2012 limited visa concessions were introduced for Syrian nationals who are currently in the UK and have valid leave. The concessions are intended to allow greater flexibility for this group when either extending their visas or switching into a different immigration category but do not significantly change the underlying requirements of any visa category. They will be in place until March 2013 but may be extended further, subject to review. These concessions are consistent with those previously offered to Libyan nationals but reflect the learning from the operation of that concession and the differences in country situation.

EU Immigration

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on future UK participation in the Common European Asylum System; and if she will make a statement. [132650]

Mr Harper: The Government do not support the creation of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) as a whole. We believe that this focuses member states on “paper based” legislative solutions for problems which really need to be addressed through practical co-operation. Nonetheless we support two elements of CEAS—the Dublin and EURODAC Regulations—and have opted in to both. These reduce abuse of the asylum system by tackling “asylum shopping”.

It is firmly in the UK's interests that other EU member states have well functioning border and asylum systems. We believe that this is best achieved through practical assistance to help member states build capacity, improve the quality of their asylum systems and by

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sharing best practice. The Government support the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) which leads this work, focusing in particular on assistance to Greece and the development of an ‘early warning’ system to prevent future migration crises.

Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to actively remove illegal immigrants from the UK. [132016]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency takes swift action to enforce the removal of persons who do not have any legal right to stay in the United Kingdom and who have failed to leave voluntarily. The UK Border Agency works to remove all identified illegal migrants from the UK and encourages illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin voluntarily. Action will be taken against those who have no lawful permission to remain in the UK and illegal immigrants who fail to depart will be arrested, detained and have their removal enforced.

The Agency works in partnership with other law enforcement bodies to identify and remove illegal migrants, such as the ongoing work with the Metropolitan police delivered through Operation Nexus.

Immigration

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) immigrants to the UK and (b) foreign nationals awarded British citizenship in each of the last five years; what the country of origin was of the 10 countries with the largest number of people in each such category; and if she will make a statement. [132599]

Mr Harper: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces estimates of long-term international migration (LTIM). ONS uses the UN definition of a long-term migrant which is a person who changes their country of usual residence for a period of 12 months or more. LTIM data are primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

Long-term international migration (LTIM) estimates are available on the ONS website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-280889

Table 2.01a "LTIM Citizenship 1991-2011", provides estimates of immigration to the UK in each of the last five years.

Table 3.20abc "IPS Top Countries of Last or Next Residence by Citizenship, 1975-2011", provides estimates of the top 10 countries of last residence in each of the last five years.

The Home Office published statistics of persons granted British citizenship by previous nationality are given in the tables.

Grants of British citizenship—top 10 countries of previous nationality
2007
 Number

India

14,507

Philippines

10,844

Afghanistan

10,554

South Africa

8,149

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Pakistan

8,143

Somalia

7,450

Sri Lanka

6,496

Nigeria

6,031

Zimbabwe

5,592

Iraq

5.479

Total grants

164,637

2008
 Number

India

11,835

Pakistan

9,442

Iraq

8,894

Somalia

7,163

Zimbabwe

5,707

Afghanistan

5,539

Philippines

5,382

South Africa

5,266

Turkey

4,641

Nigeria

4,531

Total grants

129,377

2009
 Number

India

26,541

Pakistan

20,945

Bangladesh

12,041

Philippines

11,751

South Africa

8,367

Somalia

8,139

Zimbabwe

7.703

Turkey

7,207

Nigeria

6,953

China

6.041

Total grants

203,789

2010
 Number

India

29,405

Pakistan

22,054

Philippines

9,429

Bangladesh

7,966

Nigeria

7,873

China

7,581

South Africa

7,446

Zimbabwe

6,301

Somalia

5,817

Afghanistan

5,281

Total grants

195,046

2011
 Number

India

26,290

Pakistan

17,641

Nigeria

7,932

Philippines

7,133

China

6,966

South Africa

6,351

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Sri Lanka

5,886

Iraq

5,742

Iran

5,540

Bangladesh

5,149

Total grants

177,785

Source: Home Office Statistics, Migration Statistics. Derived from table cz.06 of 'Immigration Statistics July-September 2012'.

The latest Home Office immigration statistics on persons granted British citizenship, from which the citizenship data in this reply are derived, are given in table ‘cz.06' of the statistical release ‘Immigration Statistics July-September 2012’. This publication is available from 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/

Immigration: Africa

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that children educated in the UK having arrived from Africa and with no status or passport on reaching their majority should be able to apply for UK citizenship. [133153]

Mr Harper: The Government will not introduce the suggested policy. There are a number of routes in the Immigration Rules which enable individuals to obtain residency in the United Kingdom. Generally permanent residents of the UK are eligible to apply to naturalise as British citizens after 12 months free of immigration control.

Whether any individual may remain in the UK is considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the immigration rules. The fact that an individual was educated in the UK, in whole or in part, is not determinative of any application.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply from the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency to her letter of 29 October 2012 about a constituent, ref B28233/12. [132145]

Mr Harper [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The UK Border Agency replied to the hon. Member on 3 December 2012.

Metropolitan Police

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has allocated to the Metropolitan police (a) in total and (b) for capital investment in each year between 2010 and 2015; and if she will make a statement. [133180]

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Damian Green: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The Home Office has allocated the following total resource payments to the Metropolitan police:

 £

2010-11

1,259,313,871

2011-12

1,375,321,319

2012-13

1,369,047,898

Notes: 1. Figures are only available on a financial year basis and do not include police funding provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government. 2. Allocations for 2013-14 and 2014-15 have not been made. 3. The above figures do not include counter-terrorism funding. The Home Department does not break down the counter-terrorism budget beyond what is already published for reasons of national security. It has been the policy of successive Governments not to reveal these details.

(b) The Home Office has allocated the following separate capital payments to the Metropolitan police:

 £

2010-11

55,641,159

2011-12

33,695,787

2012-13

34,118,023

Note: Capital allocations for 2013-14 and 2014-15 have not been made.

Overseas Students: Syria

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will permit students from Syria to work during their time in the UK; and if she will make a statement. [131930]

Mr Harper: As a result of the exceptional situation in Syria we have allowed Syrian students in the UK to extend the period of their visas.

The immigration rules allow a student studying at degree level or higher at a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) to work for 20 hours per week during term time and without limit during vacations. Where the student is studying below degree level at a HEI or is studying at a publically funded Further Education institution they are able to work for 10 hours per week during term time and without limit during vacations. There are no plans to alter the current provisions for Syrian students in the UK.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Sir Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the availability to the public of information provided by her Department for the elections of police and crime commissioners. [129456]

Damian Green: The Home Office ran a police and crime commissioner (PCC) advertising campaign from 6 to 24 October. The purpose of the campaign was to increase people's awareness and understanding of the PCC role as well as direct the public to further information about candidates standing in their area. The campaign reached 84% of the adult population in England and Wales (excluding London) through television advertising alone.

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Information that the public needed about PCC candidates was available to everyone either via:

www.choosemypcc.org.uk

or a free phone number (0800 1 070708) which the public could ring to order a free printed copy of the candidate information.

By the end of the election day, on 15 November, there had been more than 1.8 million visits to www.choosemypcc.org.uk. In addition 120,361 candidate information leaflets were dispatched.

An evaluation of the awareness raising campaign is currently being conducted.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 1011W, what the cost of the advertising campaign for police and crime commissioner elections was for (a) television, (b) radio, (c) print, (d) online and (e) other media. [130108]

Damian Green: Costs for the police and crime commissioner advertising campaign are shown in the table:

 £

Television (including costs of online on-demand TV as well as standard TV media)

1,141,270

Radio

167,501

Print media (including costs of press and outdoor media)

604,517

Online media

267,017

Other media

(1)

(1) No further media costs have been incurred

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the returning officer costs for the election of 14 November 2012 for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) by PCC area; [130864]

(2) if she will publish the amount to be reimbursed to returning officers by her Department following the election held for police and crime commissioners in November 2012, by police area. [131241]

Damian Green: The cost estimates, including the maximum amounts claimable, are set out in full in the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Local Returning Officers' and Police Area Returning Officers' charges) Order, 12 September 2012, which is available on the legislation.gov.uk website.

The following link to the Order is provided for ease of reference:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2378/contents/made

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2012, Official Report, columns 36-7W, on police and crime commissioners, what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) telephone helpline, (b) website, (c) postage and (d) other costs. [130939]

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Damian Green: The costs to the public purse (excluding VAT) for making police and crime commissioner candidate information available to the public were as follows:

(a) Telephone order line

The final cost of the 0800 1070708 telephone number was £73,384.05, which covers the period 5 October up until 4 pm on 14 November. This figure includes initial set up and development of the service, call charges, costs for call handling and transcription of messages left via the automated order line.

(b) Website

The cost of the website was £91,729.35. This figure includes all website development, design and build, testing and hosting costs for the website up until 24 November.

(c) Postage

The cost of posting the information booklets was £49,592.60.

(d) Other costs

In order to make candidate information available to the public, there were other costs incurred as follows:

Print: The cost for setting up the print system, printing and enclosing the candidate information leaflets was £136,250.36. This includes printing standard and large format booklets and producing and printing alternative formats (Braille, audio).

Data management: The cost for developing the data management system to process requests for leaflets received via the order line and website was £17,220.

Leaflet design costs: The cost for designing and artworking 41 regional candidate information leaflets was £6,020.

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police and crime commissioners on the appointment of deputies. [131945]

Damian Green [holding answer 6 December 2012]: The Government have not issued any guidance to police and crime commissioners on the appointment of deputies.

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish for each police authority area (a) the name and salary of the elected police and crime commissioner and (b) the names, salaries and titles of any deputies or assistants such commissioners have appointed. [131946]

Damian Green [holding answer 6 December 2012]: The information requested in part (a) is provided in the following ‘Salaries Analysis’ table.

The information requested in part (b) needs to be addressed to police and crime commissioners.

ForceCandidatesSalary (£)

Avon and Somerset

Sue Mountstevens

85,000

Bedfordshire

Oily Martins

70,000

Cambridgeshire

Graham Bright

70,000

Cheshire

John Dwyer

75,000

Cleveland

Barry Coppinger

70,000

Cumbria

Richard Rhodes

65,000

Derbyshire

Alan Charles

75,000

Devon and Cornwall

Tony Hogg

85,000

Dorset

Martyn Underhill

70,000

Durham

Ron Hogg

70,000

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Dyfed-Powys

Christopher Salmon

65,000

Essex

Nick Alston

85,000

Gloucestershire

Martin John Surl

65,000

Greater Manchester

Tony Lloyd

100,000

Gwent

Ian Johnston

70,000

Hampshire

Simon Hayes

85,000

Hertfordshire

David Lloyd

75,000

Humberside

Matthew Grove

75,000

Kent

Ann Barnes

85,000

Lancashire

Clive Grunshaw

85,000

Leicestershire

Clive Loader

75,000

Lincolnshire

Alan Hardwick

65,000

Merseyside

Jane Kennedy

85,000

Norfolk

Stephen Bett

70,000

North Wales

Winston Roddick

70,000

North Yorkshire

Julia Mulligan

70,000

Northamptonshire

Adam Simmonds

70,000

Northumbria

Vera Baird

85,000

Nottinghamshire

Paddy Tipping

75,000

South Wales

Alun Michael

85,000

South Yorkshire

Shaun Wright

85,000

Staffordshire

Matthew Ellis

75,000

Suffolk

Tim Passmore

70,000

Surrey

Kevin Hurley

70,000

Sussex

Katy Bourne

85,000

Thames Valley

Anthony Stansfield

85,000

Warwickshire

Ronald Ball

65,000

West Mercia

Bill Longmore

75,000

West Midlands

Bob Jones

100,000

West Yorkshire

Mark Burns-Williamson

100,000

Wiltshire

Angus Macpherson

70,000