Nurses: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses and (b) Macmillan community nurses were employed by the NHS in each primary care trust area in London in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [133198]

Dr Poulter: The information is not available in the format requested. Data on Macmillan community nurses are not available as it has not been possible to separately identify community staff as opposed to other Macmillan nurses.

The number of district nurses working in the London strategic health authority area by NHS organisation for September 2010 and 2011 and the latest available data at August 2012 are shown in the following table.

Data for September 2012 have not yet been published.

NHS hospital and community health services; district nurses for London strategic health authority area by organisation(1) and specified dates(2)
Full-time equivalent
London strategic health authoritySeptember 2010September 2011August 2012
 

1,093

1,037

1,026

    

Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT)

74

13

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

15

16

Barts and the London NHS Trust

28

Barts Health NHS Trust

21

Bexley Care Trust

2

Brent Teaching PCT

48

Bromley Healthcare

41

Bromley PCT

46

44

3

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

1

1

Camden PCT

6

11

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

19

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

42

51

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

21

3

1

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

83

23

Croydon PCT

16

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

114

102

Ealing PCT

27

5

5

East London NHS Foundation Trust

70

51

Enfield PCT

77

1

Greenwich Teaching PCT

60

1

1

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

39

42

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

3

0

0

Haringey Teaching PCT

47

Harrow PCT

41

Havering PCT

101

162

Hillingdon PCT

11

12

1

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

10

9

Hounslow PCT

1

1

1

Islington PCT

28

1

5

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Kensington and Chelsea PCT

50

Lambeth PCT

25

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

61

53

Lewisham PCT

59

9

10

Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust

71

Newham PCT

68

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

13

14

236

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

1

1

1

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

12

66

64

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

74

87

83

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

16

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

1

Southwark PCT

19

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

30

34

38

Sutton and Merton PCT

14

18

Tower Hamlets PCT

31

Wandsworth PCT

3

9

JO

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

69

110

Your Healthcare

15

13

12

‘—’ Denotes zero (1) Figures are provided for district nurses by organisation in London as it is not possible to associate NHS trusts with specific PCT areas. (2) 2010 and 2011 figures are from the annual workforce census, as at 30 September. 2012 figures are from the Provisional Monthly Workforce Statistics, as at 31 August. September 2012 figures are not yet available. Note: As part of the ongoing changes that have been affecting the organisational structure of the NHS many services have clustered into larger regional units to provide a more consistent approach to care in their local health economy and to benefit from the savings such as shared management teams that this offers. In the case of London these changes have been present for some time and this can be seen in the increases and decreases in staff numbers across the PCTs and trusts. As a further consequence of the restructuring of the NHS a few NHS organisations have continued to exist within the Electronic Staff Record database with small numbers of staff as a result of the impact of Transforming Community Services and the resultant system mergers and demergers which are still ongoing. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Sources: 1. Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census 2. Provisional Monthly Workforce Statistics

Obesity

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults are (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index according to the most recent health survey figures in (A) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (B) Suffolk County Council area, (C) the East of England and (D) England. [132327]

Anna Soubry: Information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the prevalence of children (aged two to 15) who are obese and overweight in England is available in Table 4 of the Child trend tables from “Health Survey for England—2010 trend tables”. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10trends

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Information on the prevalence of obesity and overweight in children aged two to 15 by Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is available in Table 11.3 of the “Health Survey for England—2010: Respiratory health”. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10report

Information on the prevalence of obesity and overweight in children by Government office region, local authority, county/unitary authority and local authority district/former district is available in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in tables 3A and 3B in the excel file accompanying “National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2010/11-school year”. However, this information is only available for children in Reception year (four to five years) and year 6 (10 to 11 years).

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles/obesity/national-child-measurement-programme-england-2010-11-school-year

Information on the prevalence of obesity and overweight in adults aged 16 and over in England is available in Table 4 of the Adult trend tables from “Health Survey for England—2010 trend tables”. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10trends

Information on the prevalence of obesity and overweight in adults aged 16 and over by Strategic Health Authority (SHA) for 2010 is available in Table 10.3 of the “Health Survey for England—2010: Respiratory health”. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10report

Copies of the “Health Survey for England—2010 trend tables” and the “National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2010/11 school year” have already been placed in the Library.

The “Health Survey for England—2010: Respiratory health” report has been placed in the Library.

New data on levels of obesity and overweight are due to published from the National Child Measurement Programme on 12 December and the Health Survey for England on 20 December.

Roaccutane

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the possible link between the Roaccutane form of the drug isotretinoin and mental health disorders. [132015]

Norman Lamb: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency continuously monitors the safety of all medicines on the market. Clear warnings about the risk of mental health disorders, including depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviour, have been present for many years in the Patient Information Leaflet for Roaccutane provided with the medicine and the product information for preservers.

Roaccutane and all brands oral isotretinoin are subject to annual European safety assessments which review all safety data including suspected adverse reactions reported in association with isotretinoin, published literature and studies. These assessments include the detailed assessment of adverse reactions affecting mental health.

This year's European safety assessment, which was led by the United Kingdom, concluded that the current product information reflected the available knowledge

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regarding the risks of depression, suicide and other mental health disorders and that no further amendments to the product information were required at that time.

These important safety issues remain under close monitoring throughout Europe and will be reconsidered if new data become available.

Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. [132171]

Dr Poulter: The number of senior civil servants (SCS) who have left the Department since May 2010 is 86. This represents 33%, of workforce SCS based on the SCS workforce in May 2010. The annual turnover rate of SCS at the end of May 2010 was 17%, compared with annual turnover of 16%, as at the end of November 2012.

The Department's executive non-departmental public bodies do not employ civil servants. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) does employ civil servants. Information about the SCS in MHRA is presented in the following table:

DatesHeadcountLeaversTurnover (Percentage)

5 May 2010 to 4 May 2011

122

11

9

5 May 2011 to 4 May 2012

129

14

11

5 May 2012 to 5 December 2012

134

6

5

Thromboembolism

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to include a venous thromboembolism prevention measure from the NHS Outcomes Framework, for consideration as a quality premium payment for clinical commissioning groups. [132085]

Anna Soubry: The Health and Social Care Act 2012 makes provision for the NHS Commissioning Board to reward clinical commissioning groups that commission effectively and so improve the quality and outcomes of patient care with the payment of a quality premium. Further rules around the payment scheme will also be set out in secondary legislation in due course. The detailed design of scheme within this framework, including which indicators will be included, will then be a matter for the NHS Commissioning Board.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that primary care professionals are aware of the risks of venous thromboembolism to their patients; [132086]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis and referral of venous thromboembolism occurring in patients within the primary care setting. [132137]

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Anna Soubry: As part of the venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention programme the VTE Board is developing a VTE commissioning toolkit to support clinical commissioning groups deliver a systematic, high quality approach to VTE prevention across the whole patient pathway. The toolkit will be published by April 2013.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency readmissions made within 28 days of discharge from hospital were due to patients contracting venous thromboembolism in each of the last five years. [132138]

Anna Soubry: These data are not available.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to mandate venous thromboembolism risk assessment and provision of prophylaxis for high-risk patients on admission to hospital; [132139]

(2) if he will take steps to reduce the number of cases of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism presenting following discharge from hospital. [132261]

Anna Soubry: A number of steps are already being taken to reduce incidence. Levers comprise the NHS standard acute contract, which includes not only risk assessment of all adult inpatients, but also root cause analysis of incidents of hospital-associated thrombosis; and inclusion in the NHS litigation authority risk management standards. In addition trusts that have failed in the past to provide the mandatory data return for risk assessment have been brought to the attention of the regulator (Care Quality Commission).

The Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) prevention programme is embedding best practice in core clinical practice by a combination of tools and incentives. NICE Clinical Guideline 92 and the VTE Prevention Quality Standard, together with statements from the ‘4 Professions Group’ provide the clinical best practice guidance. Incentivisation of the risk assessment for all adult admitted patients through the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme, with a goal of 90%, has been in place since June 2010, and across the NHS this goal has been achieved for the last three quarters for which data are available.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to include venous thromboembolism prevention as a national commissioning for equality innovation goal in the NHS in 2013-14. [132258]

Anna Soubry: The national commissioning for equality innovation goals for the NHS in 2013-14 will be set out in the NHS. Planning Guidance for 2013-14, which is due to be published later in December.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to include an indicator on venous thromboembolism prevention in the commissioning outcomes framework. [132259]

Anna Soubry: It is for the NHS Commissioning Board to make decisions on how it will hold clinical commissioning groups to account for their performance, and we understand they will be publishing details soon.

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Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to improve (a) NHS workforce and (b) patient information on the importance of venous thromboembolism prevention. [132260]

Anna Soubry: Improving awareness and information, both for staff and patients, has been a high priority for the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Board since the VTE prevention programme began, and the board has provided leadership and co-ordination across key activities for both national health service staff and patients:

Information for the NHS workforce has been developed through the National VTE Exemplar Centres Network, whose work includes developing and sharing VTE guidelines, education and audit materials. An online training module has been completed by over 11,000 participants. The network is multi-professional, incorporating the VTE Prevention National Nursing and Midwifery Network, and working closely with the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association—Haemostasis, Anticoagulation and Thrombosis group.

The VTE ‘4 Professions’ Group, comprising the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives has provided professional leadership, releasing a position statement on 20 September 2012 supporting VTE prevention. The position statement has been placed in the Library.

Patient information leaflets, one designed for all patients on admission to hospital, and one for obstetric patients are in development with support from Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry VTE Group. The leaflets will be templates to enable trusts to incorporate relevant local information.

Tobacco: Packaging

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Barnsley Central of 28 November 2012, Official Report, columns 377-8W, on smoking: young people, when he expects his Department to have finished considering the consultation responses, evidence and other information on standardised packaging of tobacco products; if he will provide a timescale for his announcement of the Government's proposed course of action on standardised tobacco packaging; whether he has held discussions with his counterpart in Australia on the (i) reason he believes that policy action on tobacco packaging has the potential to bring additional public health benefits, over and above those expected to accrue from existing tobacco control initiatives and (ii) extent to which the UK can make use of the work done in Australia prior to the implementation there of a ban on standardised packaging; and if he will make a statement. [132234]

Anna Soubry: The Department has received many thousands of responses to the “Consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products” from a range of interested parties. The Department is in the process of collating and analysing these responses. We will give full and proper consideration to all of the responses received, as well as to the evidence, and other relevant information, before making any decisions on future policy for tobacco packaging.

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No current Health Minister has met with any Australian Health Minister to discuss standardised packaging of tobacco products. However, contact is maintained at official level with the Australian Department of Health and Ageing regarding tobacco control.

The Government have an open mind on whether standardised packaging should be introduced. To inform responses to this consultation and any subsequent policy-making, the Department of Health in England commissioned a systematic review of the evidence on plain tobacco packaging. The review was supported through the Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC), a network of researchers funded by the Department's Policy Research programme. The review was undertaken by academics at the University of Stirling, the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Education, London. The resulting report has been peer-reviewed in accordance with the Department's Research Governance Framework10 and is available on the PHRC's website at:

http://phrc.lshtm.ac.uk/project_2011-2016_006.html

The PHRC report represents the work and views of the authors, not necessarily those of the Department.

International Development

Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the incidence of polio in (a) Nigeria, (b) India (c) Pakistan and (d) Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement. [132256]

Justine Greening: The global polio eradication initiative (GPEI) reports weekly on the number of cases of polio worldwide. They report that as of 28 November 2012 there have been 110 cases in Nigeria, 56 cases in Pakistan and 31 cases in Afghanistan so far this year. In January 2012, India (previously classed endemic) passed one year without recording any new cases of polio and there have been no new cases recorded so far in 2012.

Public Appointments

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many public appointments (a) regulated by and (b) not regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments have been made by her Department since 2007; and in how many such cases the services of recruitment consultants were retained. [132774]

Mr Duncan: The number of public appointments made by DFID from 2007 is detailed in the following table:

 Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)Commonwealth Development Corporation Group (CDC)Commonwealth Scholarship scheme (CSC)

(a) Regulated by OCPA

4

3

14

(b) Not regulated by OCPA

0

0

0

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The services of a recruitment consultant were retained in the support of the recruitment of public appointments to CDC only during this period.

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department last assessed the (a) utility and (b) value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of candidates for public appointments on advisory boards. [132775]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not have a central policy on the use of psychometric testing in the recruitment of candidates for public appointments on advisory boards. It is for each public body with the support of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments to determine the most appropriate selection methodology for each individual appointment.

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment centres and interviews when pursuing applications for selection to a public appointment. [132776]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not have a central policy for the reimbursement of travel expense to candidates attending assessment centres and interview for selection to public appointments. The policy for such payments is for the non-departmental public body or arm's-length body that has the vacancy to determine.

Prime Minister

Sickness Absence

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Prime Minister what the average number of working days lost was per person in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years. [133144]

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

Analysis of the average working days lost for the Cabinet Office and its agencies is published on a quarterly basis on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/absence-data

Aggregated figures for the whole civil service are published on the civil service website at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/improving/health-and-wellbeing/sickness-absence

Treasury

Child Benefit

19. Mr McKenzie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents will lose child benefit as a result of the changes coming into force in January 2013. [132512]

Mr Gauke: In 2012-13 HMRC estimates that 1.1 million families will be affected by the new high income child benefit charge. Those affected may not all be parents as child benefit can be claimed by any adult who is responsible for a child.

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Child benefit will continue to be paid to all families who claim and are entitled to it. The tax charge will only apply to people on an income over £50,000 who claim child benefit or whose partner claims child benefit. This charge will increase gradually for taxpayers with an income between £50,000 and £60,000.

Business Creation

20. Mark Menzies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support business creation. [132513]

Sajid Javid: I refer the hon. Member to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), earlier response to questions 2, 3,7 and 9.

Autumn Statement

21. Mr Bellingham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his autumn statement. [132514]

Mr Gauke: The Treasury received a number of representations from a variety of organisations in the run-up to the autumn statement. As was the case with previous Administrations, the Government do not provide details of these representations.

Financial Services: New Entrants

22. Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage new entrants to financial services. [132515]

Greg Clark: The information is as follows:

This Government are committed to the creating a transparent, stable and competitive banking sector.

The Government announced in June that the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England would review the prudential and conduct requirements for new entrants to the banking sector.

This is an excellent opportunity to take positive action to remove barriers to entry and expansion in banking and I look forward to publication of the review in the new year.

Job Creation: Private Sector

23. Mr Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage private sector job creation. [132516]

Danny Alexander: I refer the hon. Member to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), earlier response to questions 2, 3, 7 and 9.

24. Mary Macleod: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage private sector job creation. [132517]

Danny Alexander: I refer the hon. Member to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's earlier response to questions 2, 3, 7 and 9.

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Annuities

Katy Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking in respect of the level of annuity rates offered to pensioners; [132251]

(2) what recent discussions he has had with pension providers on the level of annuity rates which they offer. [132061]

Sajid Javid: The Government are committed to ensuring that everyone has the information and tools they need to make responsible and informed decisions at retirement and support the Association of British Insurers' new Code of Conduct for Retirement Choices, due to be implemented by 1 March 2013. The code, complemented by the impartial information offered by the Money Advice Service and the Pensions Advisory Service, will help ensure that many more retirees maximise their assets by effectively exercising the “Open Market Option” and considering the best annuity for their needs.

Treasury Ministers have discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such discussions.

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff were employed on consultancy contracts in his Department on the latest date for which figures are available; how many such staff were employed on the same date 12 months ago; and if he will make a statement. [132218]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury holds multiple consultancy contracts. Suppliers of services to these contracts are responsible for providing adequate levels of resources to deliver the outcomes as contractually agreed. In order to determine full-time equivalent staff deployed by suppliers for all such contracts, the information required could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Financial Services

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the UK's dependence on the financial services sector. [132220]

Sajid Javid: Increasing reliance on the financial sector and on borrowing in the private and public sectors drove growing imbalances in the UK economy during the pre-crisis decade. This Government are rebalancing the economy towards strong, sustainable growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries, through a radical programme of supply-side reforms, as well as providing financial support for businesses creating jobs and growth. For example, autumn statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-882, announced a temporary increase in the annual investment allowance limit from £25,000 to £250,000, and a further £5 billion of capital investment in infrastructure to underpin the UK's long-term competitiveness. The Government also announced an extension to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative of £120 million to increase the UK manufacturing sector's competitiveness and repatriate supply chains nationally.

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ICT: Theft

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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. [132184]

Sajid Javid: The following computers, mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and other pieces of IT equipment have been lost or stolen from the Department in the financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12:

Items lost or stolen from the DepartmentRecovered

2010-11

 

12 laptop computers

4

1 mobile phone

0

10 BlackBerrys

2

11 other pieces of IT equipment

0

  

2011-12

 

8 laptop computers

5

0 mobile phones

n/a

17 BlackBerrys

2

29 other pieces of IT equipment

3

All the laptop computers involved in these incidents were encrypted devices which are not accessible without a security token and more than one password. The BlackBerrys are also password protected.

No tokens or passwords were left with these items, and so there was no data loss, and steps were taken, as soon as the theft of these electronic items were reported, to ensure that they provided no means of access to any of the Department's IT systems.

Interest Rates

Katy Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit banks from placing savers in accounts which offer interest rates excessively below market levels. [132060]

Sajid Javid: The Financial Services Authority currently has responsibility for regulating the conduct of financial services firms offering savings accounts. This responsibility will be transferred to the Financial Conduct Authority from 1 April 2013.

The Government want consumers to be able to get the best from their savings, and encourage savers to shop around to get the best deal. The Money Advice Service has been established to provide information and generic advice on money matters, including helping people understand how to make decisions about their savings. At Budget 2012 it was announced that the Money Advice Service would develop and introduce web-based resources to show consumers when ISA bonus rates are ending.

Pensions

Katy Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers he proposes that the Financial Conduct Authority will have over private pension providers. [132062]

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Sajid Javid: The Financial Conduct Authority will be responsible for the conduct regulation of all non-occupational pension providers. It will also be responsible for the prudential regulation of non-occupational pension providers other than insurance companies, banks, systemically important investment firms, and firms passporting into the United Kingdom from other European member states. If a retail pension product is based offshore, the FCA will regulate the marketing and distribution of this by a UK firm. The Financial Conduct Authority will be able to apply the full range of its powers in support of this role. These include:

authorisation powers;

powers to make rules and issue codes and guidance;

new product intervention powers;

enforcement powers;

powers to agree or impose schemes for providing consumer redress.

Sandra Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) review the income limits on drawdown pension policies and (b) consider reinstating the link between the income cap and the Government Actuary's Department rate. [132242]

Sajid Javid: The Government announced in the autumn statement that they will increase the capped drawdown limit for pensioners of all ages with these arrangements from 100% to 120% of the value of an equivalent annuity in FB13.

The Government keep all aspects of their policies under review.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of quantitative easing on pensions; and if he will make a statement. [133002]

Sajid Javid: The independent Monetary Policy Committee's (MPC) policy tools, including Bank Rate and quantitative easing (QE), are macroeconomic policy tools designed to affect the economy as a whole, in order to meet the 2% inflation target over the medium term.

The Bank of England's paper “The Distributional Effects of Asset Purchases” published on 23 August 2012 notes that:

"The main factor affecting the valuation of defined benefit pension schemes and defined contribution pension pots over the past five years has been the fall in equity prices relative to gilt

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prices. That fall in the relative price of equities was not caused by QE, and stemmed in large part from the reluctance of investors to hold risky assets, such as equities, given the deterioration in the economic outlook, almost certainly as a result of the financial crisis."

The paper concludes that:

"Without the Bank's asset purchases...[there] would have [been a] significant detrimental impact on savers and pensioners along with every other group in society."

Petrol: Expenditure

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of income was spent on petrol by those earning an annual salary of between (a) £10,000 and £20,000, (b) £20,000 and £30,000, (c) £30,000 and £40,000, (d) £40,000 and £50,000 and (e) over £50,000 in the latest period for which figures are available. [133072]

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, I have been asked to reply to your recent question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, asking what proportion of income was spent on petrol by those earning an annual salary of between (a) £10,000 and £20,000, (b) £20,000 and £30,000, (c) £30,000 and £40,000, (d) £40,000 and £50,000 and (e) over £50,000 in the latest period for which figures are available. (133072)

As data on expenditure is only available at the household and not the individual level, the figures given in Table 1 below refer to household disposable income and expenditure on petrol refers to total household expenditure on petrol. Disposable income has been used as it is the income measure which most accurately reflects a household's spending power. Disposable income, is defined as income from wages and salaries, self-employment, occupational pensions, investments and other non-government sources, plus cash benefits, less direct taxes.

Table 1 shows household expenditure on petrol as a percentage of household disposable income for each of the above bands. The table also displays the equivalent figures for diesel and both petrol and diesel combined.

Estimates of income and expenditure are taken from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF), which is a sample survey covering approximately 5,000 private households in the UK. The LCF has been used for this response because it collects both income and expenditure data.

The estimates provided, as with any involving sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Table 1: Percentage of banded household disposable income spent on petrol, 2010-11(1, 2)
Band of household disposable income (£)Expenditure on petrol as a percentage (%) of disposable incomeExpenditure on diesel as a percentage (%) of disposable incomeExpenditure on petrol and diesel as a percentage (%) of disposable incomeNumber of households (million)

10,000 to 20,000

3.2

1.0

4.2

7.70

20,000 to 30,000

3.6

1.3

4.9

5.79

30,000 to 40,000

3.1

1.3

4.4

3.90

40,000 to 50,000

3.0

1.4

4.4

2.28

Over 50,000

2.2

1.1

3.3

3.64

(1) Household disposable income is income from employment, occupational pensions, investments and other non-government sources, plus cash benefits, less direct taxes. (2) Figures may not sum due to rounding. Source: Effects of Taxes and Benefits and Living Costs and Food survey, Office for National Statistics

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Smuggling: Tobacco

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people at ports and airports have been intercepted with tobacco above the allowed duty limits in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many such people were believed to be professional criminals. [132020]

Sajid Javid: It is not possible to provide details of the number of people stopped at ports and airports with tobacco above the allowed duty limits, or how many such people were believed to be professional criminals.

Limits only apply to people travelling from outside the European Union. There are no limits to the amount of tobacco products that travellers from the European Union can bring into the UK, as long as they are for their own use and transported by them.

To the extent that the Government are able to provide information, the UK Border Force made 28,750 individual seizures of cigarettes at ports and airports in 2011-12, totalling 455 million cigarettes and 11,533 seizures of hand-rolling tobacco totalling 508 tonnes.

Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

Mr Reid: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in spending on each of the working age benefits and tax credits in each of the next five financial years due to his up-rating policy decision announced in the autumn statement. [133114]

Sajid Javid: The fiscal impact of the decision to up-rate most working age benefits and tax credits by 1% from April 2013 is set out in Table 2.1 of the autumn statement document 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-882. Further details of forecast benefit and tax credit expenditure are set out in Tables 4.22 and 4.23 of the Office for Budget Responsibility's Economic and Fiscal Outlook, published on 5 December. DWP will shortly publish the Benefit Expenditure tables setting out forecast expenditure for the range of DWP benefits.

Tax Avoidance

Mr Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many extra tax inspectors will be employed as a result of the £154 million now being devoted to increasing efforts to counter tax avoidance; and how much extra revenue he estimates will be raised in total and each year for the next 10 years as a result. [132292]

Mr Gauke: As the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury recently announced, the Government will invest a further £77 million in HM Revenue and Customs in the current spending review period to expand its tax avoidance and evasion activity. This investment is to tackle the unacceptable minority that choose to avoid paying their fair share, sometimes breaking the law.

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The announcement includes a range of activities, including additional tax specialists to tackle tax evasion and avoidance by wealthy individuals and multinationals and improving HMRC's CONNECT computer system so that the Department is able to better identify areas of compliance risk.

Therefore the £77 million investment package will fund a range of activities including over 250 tax professionals.

By 2014-15 it is expected that HMRC will bring in around £22 billion in additional revenues that would otherwise have gone unpaid an increase of around £9 billion since 2010-11.

Mr Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the number of tax inspectors employed by HM Revenue and Customs was in each of the last 15 years; and what was estimated to be the average revenue, or range of revenue, which each obtained per year through their work. [132294]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 10 December 2012]:HMRC was created by the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise in 2005 and “tax inspector” is no longer a role within the merged organisation. Data from before 2005 can be provided only at disproportionate cost. It follows that it is not possible to ascribe the average revenue or range of revenue obtained each year through such work. However, in 2011-12 there were circa 17,000 tax professionals in HMRC who carried out a range of duties—from answering queries from customers to tackling non-compliance with taxation obligations, and of the £474.2 billion collected £16.7 billion was due to compliance activities, an increase of £2.8 billion over the previous year (HMRC Annual Report and Accounts 2011/12).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/annual-report-accounts-1112.pdf

Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of people employed in the City of London advising individuals and organisations on tax efficiency. [132305]

Mr Gauke: We do not hold the information requested.

Taxation: Business

Mr Raab: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce taxes on small businesses. [132511]

Mr Gauke: The autumn statement announced a number of steps to support small business, including a temporary increase in the annual investment allowance limit from £25,000 to £250,000 for two years and the doubling of small business rate relief until March 2014. This follows previous steps taken including reducing the small profits rate to 20%, in place of the previous Government's plans to raise it to 22%.