Length of service (years)
MRCC<55-1011-1516-2021-2526-3031-3536-40Total

London CG

7

2

1

1

11

Aberdeen

7

8

3

6

4

2

30

Belfast

7

9

3

3

4

26

Brixham

7

6

4

7

1

1

26

Clyde

2

3

7

9

1

3

1

26

Dover

13

13

4

2

1

1

34

Falmouth

10

8

6

6

1

2

33

Holyhead

4

5

5

5

1

20

Humber

4

6

8

4

2

3

27

Liverpool

4

3

5

4

4

20

Milford Haven

6

7

4

4

2

23

Portland

8

7

5

3

3

26

Shetland

8

3

2

5

2

20

Solent

8

7

8

5

2

30

Stornoway

8

4

6

6

2

26

Swansea

7

4

7

4

22

Thames

12

6

2

1

1

1

23

Yarmouth

4

5

3

3

1

2

1

19

Grand Total

126

106

83

77

29

14

5

2

442

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to address any change in the operational capability of coastguards in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency headquarters and volunteers as a result of a reduction in the number of experienced officers. [134497]

Stephen Hammond: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency keeps the operational capability of all its staff and volunteers under constant review, taking account of planned changes as set out in the Blueprint which the Government published in November 2011.

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Road Traffic

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the change in traffic volumes on (a) the national strategic road network, (b) other A roads, (c) B roads, (d) other adopted public highways and (e) all adopted public highways in England in each of the last 10 years for which records are available. [134193]

Stephen Hammond: A table containing road traffic volume in England, and the percentage change, for 2001 to 2011 has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

The table splits the road traffic figures between the strategic road network and local authority managed roads. Please note that while the majority of the motorway network is included in the strategic road network, there are some small sections of motorway that are managed by local authorities. The traffic for these local authority managed motorways is presented separately.

Robust estimates of traffic volumes for different categories of ‘local authority minor roads' are not available.

Roads

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) length and (b) proportion is of roads in each local authority area in England which are (i) part of the national strategic road network, (ii) other A roads, (iii) B roads, (iv) other adopted public highways and (v) adopted public highways of any type. [134192]

Stephen Hammond: A table providing the length of public road within each local authority in England in 2011, broken down by road type, has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

The road type categories used in the table are as follows:

Strategic Road Network—motorways

Strategic Road Network—‘A' roads

Local Highway Authority motorways

Local Highway Authority ‘A' roads

Local Highway Authority ‘B' roads

Local Highway Authority ‘C’ roads

Local Highway Authority ‘U’ roads

A second table has been deposited, which provides the proportions of road length within each local authority in each of these categories.

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) maintenance and (b) capital spending on (i) the national strategic road network and (ii) all other public highways in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [134194]

Stephen Hammond: The following table shows spend on maintenance and capital spending for the national strategic road network and other public highways for the last 10 years for which figures are available.

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All figures £ million
 National strategic road networkOther public highways
 MaintenanceCapital spendMaintenanceCapital spend

2001-02

711

601

2,700

985

2002-03

796

691

2,848

1,410

2003-04

726

397

2,975

1,198

2004-05

732

592

3,150

1,278

2005-06

852

722

3,138

1,297

2006-07

850

1,080

3,028

1,250

2007-08

904

1,008

3,088

1,320

2008-09

914

1,039

2,688

1,554

2009-10

1,307

1,134

3,257

1,321

2010-11

772

1,227

3,067

1,486

Notes: 1. National strategic road network—Maintenance (total capital and resource); Capital (capital spend on SRN less capital spend on structural maintenance and bridges ). Figures shown are at outturn prices. 2. Other public highways—Maintenance (total capital and resource); Capital (capital spend on roads less capital spend on structural maintenance and bridges). Figures are adjusted for inflation using the latest HM Treasury GDP deflator.

Roads: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road traffic accidents in Greater London in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [134177]

Stephen Hammond: The Department collects and publishes information on reported personal injury road accidents on calendar year bases. The information requested is given in the following table for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years:

Number of casualties
Severity20102011

Killed

126

159

Serious

2,763

2,651

Slight

26,048

26,481

Total

28,937

29,291

Statistics for calendar year 2012 will be published in June 2013.

Road safety is a top priority and it remains a fact that Great Britain's roads are some of the safest in the world.

Any road death or injury is a tragedy and I will continue to take urgent action to crack down on the most dangerous drivers and improve road safety.

Roads: Suffolk

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred in Suffolk on each day of the week in each of the last three years. [134431]

Stephen Hammond: The Department collects information relating only to personal injury accidents and therefore does not include in its statistics damage-only accidents.

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In each of the last three years, the total number of reported personal injury accidents occurring in Suffolk on each day of the week were as follows:

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Reported number of personal injury accidents in Suffolk, by day of week, 2009-11
Number of accidents
 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday

2009

220

276

302

297

266

311

275

2010

188

249

266

293

281

293

242

2011

193

240

268

283

288

332

247

Speed Limits: Cameras

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when approval was given for the introduction of variable speed enforcement cameras. [134178]

Stephen Hammond: Section 17 2 (d) of the Road Traffic Act 1991, which commenced on 1 April 1992, allowed variable speed limits which can be enforced by speed enforcement cameras. Speed enforcement cameras were allowed under section 23 of the Road Traffic Act 1991.

Transport

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the conclusion of the British Chambers of Commerce in its Business Transport Priorities Update 2012 that there has been too little progress on important projects since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [134250]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport is firmly committed to delivering the infrastructure UK needs to ensure it is an effective place to do business. That is why the Autumn statement put Transport at the centre of the Coalition Government's plan to boost growth and drive the UK's economic recovery by committing over £1 billion for crucial schemes. It outlined a bold package of measures which will overhaul key parts of the country's transport system, tackling congestion bottlenecks and building new roads to allow quicker and more efficient journeys. As well as announcing four new major road schemes, £95 million was committed to accelerating existing schemes.

We are engaged in the biggest rail investment programme since the 19(th) century.

Alongside the Autumn Statement, HM Treasury also published the 2012 National Infrastructure Plan Delivery Update, which sets out recent progress for all our major infrastructure projects.

West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his statements of 15 October 2012, Official Report, columns 6-8WS, on West Coast Main Line, and 6 December 2012, Official Report, columns 83-4WS, on InterCity West Coast franchise, if he will publish the legal advice upon which he has based his decision to extend the arrangements for the ICWC management contract with Virgin Rail from nine to 13 months. [134127]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is legally privileged and will therefore not be published.

Justice

Crown Courts: Lancaster

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the utilisation rate of Lancaster Crown court. [133806]

Mrs Grant: There are two courtrooms at Lancaster, but only one is used for criminal work. Based on this one criminal courtroom, the utilisation for the period July 2011 to June 2012 was 53%.

EU Law

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013 and (ii) the next two years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such directive to the (A) public purse and (B) private sector; [133707]

(2) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013 and (ii) the next two years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such directive to the (A) public purse and (B) private sector. [133708]

Jeremy Wright: In 2011 the Ministry of Justice transposed the directive on certain aspects of mediation 2008/52/EC, which was implemented under The Cross-Border Mediation (EU Directive) Regulations 2011, SI 2011 No 1133, which came into force on 20 May 2011.

The costs of transposition of this directive were negligible to the tax payer.

In terms of impact on the private sector, we would expect the use of mediation in cross-border disputes will enable disputes to be resolved in a more cost- effective and timely manner, when compared to taking the matter to court either in the UK or in courts of another member state and for this directive therefore to reduce costs to business.

No EU directives were transposed by the Ministry of Justice in 2012.

In 2013 the Ministry of Justice expects to transpose:

Directive 2010/64/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings; and

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Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 2011 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA.

In 2014 and 2015 the Ministry of Justice expects to transpose:

Directive 2011/99/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on the European protection order;

Directive 2012/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 on the right to information in criminal proceedings; and

Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA.

The Ministry of Justice conducted analysis of the potential costs associated with the above instruments, including for the public purse and the private sector, at the time that they were originally proposed. The content of the instruments has subsequently been amended during negotiations within the EU Council and with the European Parliament, generally resulting in downward pressure on costs of implementation. Following their entry into force, the Ministry of Justice is considering how best to transpose the above directives at minimal cost and in accordance with the Government's Guiding Principles for EU legislation(1).

(1)Note:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/31637/11-775-transposition-guidance.pdf

ICT: Expenditure

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. [132133]

Damian Green: This response relates to the costs of justice.gov.uk, which is the website for the Ministry of Justice, its agencies and arm’s length bodies, providing a presence for some 27 organisations.

2010-11

Justice.gov.uk was redeveloped between November 2010 and March 2011, converging a large number of MoJ-related websites.

CategoryNotesCosts (£)

(a) strategy and planning

This cost covers the 9.5 FTEs who, all of whom had other responsibilities in addition to their duties on:

www.justice.gov.uk

496,360

(b) design and build

 

(d) content provision

 

(e) testing and evaluation

 

4,285

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(c) hosting and infrastructure

This cost relates to search appliance used on the site. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of hosting and infrastructure costs forjustice.gov.uk. because of the broad nature of the ICT contracts in place at the time. In redevelopingjustice.gov.uk more cost effective hosting arrangements were put in place. This is reflected in the costs detailed for subsequent years.

53,000

2011-12:

In 2011-12 justice.gov.uk was moved onto a more cost-effective platform to complete the redevelopment started in 2010-11. The costs are as follows:

CategoryNotesCosts (£)

(a) strategy and planning

These are non-staff costs. Further strategy and planning, design and build was by existing staff (see staff costs as follows)

10,000

(b) design and build

 

200,000

(d) content provision

All content provision and testing and evaluation was by existing staff (see staff costs as follows)

(e) testing and evaluation

 

(c) hosting and infrastructure

This cost covers the service level agreement, search and hosting for justice.gov.uk and a number of other applications and services.

187,000

Staff costs

5.38 FTEs, all of whom had other responsibilities in addition to their duties on justice.gov.uk

224,514

2012-13

For 2012-13 the forecast costs are:

CategoryNotesCosts (£)

(a) strategy and planning

Strategy and planning, design and build was by existing staff (see staff as follows

(b) design and build

 

(d) content provision

All content provision and testing and evaluation is by existing staff (see staff as follows)

(e) testing and evaluation

 

(c) hosting and infrastructure

This cost covers the service level agreement, search and hosting for justice.gov.uk and a number of other applications and services

135,000

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Staff costs

4.85 FTEs, all of whom have other responsibilities in addition to their duties on justice.gov.uk

237,528

Legal Profession

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of practising barristers in England and Wales were male in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; [133566]

(2) what proportion of practising barristers in England and Wales were (a) white British, (b) black Caribbean, (c) black African, (d) Pakistani, (e) Indian, (f) Bangladeshi and (g) of another ethnicity in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; [133567]

(3) what proportion of practising barristers in England and Wales were (a) Christian, (b) Muslim, (c) Jewish, (d) Hindu, (e) Sikh, (f) of no faith and (g) of another faith in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012. [133568]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice does not hold data on the gender, ethnicity or religion of barristers.

Information on the gender and ethnicity of barristers is published by the General Council of the Bar in its “Bar Barometer” publication. The latest edition (published November 2012) can be found at:

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media/1436638/bar_barometer_nov_2012_web_upload_higher_res.pdf

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of solicitors practising in England and Wales were (a) white British, (b) black Caribbean, (c) black African, (d) Pakistani, (e) Indian, (f) Bangladeshi and (g) of another ethnicity in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; [133569]

(2) what proportion of solicitors practising in England and Wales were (a) Christian, (b) Muslim, (c) Jewish, (d) Hindu, (e) Sikh, (f) of no faith and (g) of another faith in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; [133570]

(3) what proportion of practising solicitors in England and Wales were male in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012. [133576]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice does not hold data on the gender, ethnicity or religion of solicitors.

Information on the gender and ethnicity of solicitors is published by the Law Society in its “Annual Statistical Report”. The annual reports since 2000 can be found at:

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/representation/research-trends/annual-statistical-reports/

Probation: West Yorkshire

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) completed and (b) passed a probation programme in each probation area in West Yorkshire in each year since 2010. [133508]

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Jeremy Wright: There is a single probation trust which covers West Yorkshire. The following table shows the number of accredited offending behaviour programmes completed by offenders supervised by West Yorkshire Probation Trust in the financial years 2009-10 to 2011-12. The totals include completions of sex offender treatment programmes and domestic violence programmes.

 Completions

2009-10

743

2010-11

528

2011-12

377

There is no concept of ‘passing’ a probation programme, but satisfactory attendance and engagement on the part of the offender are required if it is to be successfully completed.

The figures used in the reply have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Business: Devon

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Devon and (b) Newton Abbot constituency. [132458]

Michael Fallon: The Government have a range of measures in place to enable and encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized businesses.

The Government and the Bank of England have launched the Funding for Lending Scheme, which allows banks and building societies to borrow at cheaper rates from the Bank of England for up to four years. This creates a strong incentive for the banks to increase lending to UK businesses by lowering interest rates and increasing access to credit.

The Government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme has enabled banks and other finance providers to lend to small and medium-sized businesses that lack adequate collateral or financial track record to secure a normal commercial loan.

Both of these measures are applicable across the whole of the United Kingdom.

Business: Finance

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the 1,000 business finance advice mentors announced on 12 December 2012 were included in the allocation of mentors (a) announced by his Department on 15 November 2010, (b) referred to on 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 423, (c) referred to on 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 1076W, (d) announced by the Better Business Finance taskforce on 4 July 2011, (e) referred to on 13 July 2012, Official Report, column 401W and (f) referred to on 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 481. [134157]

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Michael Fallon: No. The Business Finance Advisers referred to on 12 December are distinct from the national network of mentors. The Business Finance Advice Scheme (BFAS) network is the ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA's response to the Breedon recommendation to create a credible new kitemark for Business Finance Advisers (further detail is in the Government's response to the Boosting Finance Options for Business report, published 20 March 2012).

The Business Finance Adviser brand helps small and medium-sized enterprises identify those qualified accountants who are best placed to offer professional, expert and qualified advice specifically on business finance issues. Members of this network are accountants placed to provide professional advice, and are not mentors, and are not included in the mentor allocation.

In response to the specific points raised, there is no mention of mentors raised in the 13 January 2011 Official Report, column 423. Column 424 of that date, however, and the other references given all refer to the national network of mentors.

Construction: Industrial Health and Safety

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the current standards on construction sites are maintained and improved in order to reduce accidents and fatalities. [134326]

Michael Fallon: The responsibility within Government for safety standards on construction sites lies with the Health and Safety Executive. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has numerous contacts with business and sector organisations where the subject of safety is raised. The Department also supports a range of industry initiatives aimed at raising standards within the construction sector. A number of policy objectives such as the implementation of Building Information Modelling and greater use of ‘Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ techniques support the objective of safer site working.

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that current levels of skills, knowledge and training standards are maintained and further improved beyond the ongoing review of the Construction Design and Management regulations. [134327]

Michael Fallon: Officials for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills regularly meet construction leads at the Health and Safety Executive to discuss a range of issues, including those covering skills, knowledge and training standards.

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution which the current Construction Design and Management regulations make to improving skills, knowledge and training levels on construction sites; and if he will make a statement. [134328]

Michael Fallon: Responsibility for Construction Design and Management regulations lies with the Health and Safety Executive. Officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regularly meet construction

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officials at the Health and Safety Executive to discuss a range of issues, including those covering skills, knowledge and training standards.

Debts: Advisory Services

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure people seeking support with debt problems can distinguish between commercial and charitable providers offering responsible and high-quality services and irresponsible or lower-quality providers. [133646]

Jo Swinson: All those offering consumers support with debt problems should be licensed by the Office of Fair Trading. They set the standards they expect to see from businesses (whether commercial or charitable) offering debt management services.

The Government are also working closely with all sides of this industry, including creditors, to see whether a best practice protocol of debt management can raise the standards a consumer can expect. Progress on this project will be reported in the new year.

Green Investment Bank

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investments he expects the Green Investment Bank to make in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16; and what the total value of those investments is expected to be in each year. [133561]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 13 December 2012]: We anticipate that the Green Investment Bank will make announcements on a number of investments shortly. In light of market analysis and its developing pipeline of investment opportunities, the UK Green Investment Bank's senior management is confident it will commit the full £3 billion that has been allocated to the bank for the period to April 2015. The bank is committed to meeting high levels of transparency with regard to all its operations.

Higher Education: Business

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage the development of links between employers and universities; and if he will make a statement. [132632]

Mr Willetts: Effective engagement between employers and universities is crucial to the future growth of the UK economy and is something this Government continue to promote.

Our 2011 Higher Education White Paper commissioned Professor Sir Tim Wilson to undertake an independent review into how universities work with business to ensure graduate skills and employability meet the needs of business, and to maximise the university sector's capabilities in business-led research and innovation.

The review was clear that much such engagement already exists but that there is still room for improvement. However, it is for universities and businesses to lead on

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driving forward change—they need to own their actions to improve their collaboration.

The key role for the Government and our agencies is in supporting both partners in a range of ways to make sure change is achieved. We are supporting partners in a range of ways:

We announced funding for CIHE (Council for Industry and Higher Education) to develop a National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), to gather evidence, share good practice and bring together university and business leaders, and support engagement between stakeholders. The centre will cover all aspects of HE-business working. It will focus particularly at the strategic level, bringing together university and business leaders and senior managers. It will be launched in January 2012.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is working to support employers and HEIs to increase graduate employability. Most employers believe that graduates are generally well prepared for work, but concerns remain about employability skills. All English higher education institutions already set out in employability statements the range of support they provide to help students prepare for employment. Ultimately, Government, universities, business and students themselves need to work in partnership to ensure that graduate skills and knowledge match employer needs.

We are improving information available on courses and outcomes—Key Information Set available since September

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

We are encouraging student entrepreneur skills through establishing student enterprise societies in every university by 2015 and the new Startup Loans for youth entrepreneurs. We are supporting Graduate Talent Pool website for a further three years to provide an internship matching service for SMEs and graduates

http://graduatetalentpool.bis.gov.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/p!ekppgba

We are supporting the Association of Graduate Recruiters with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services to promote diversity in graduate recruitment.

Our response to the Wilson review outlined Government support for universities and employer collaboration on research and innovation, including the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Programme; the new national Innovation Voucher programme, which supports SMEs; and the network of Catapult Centres to help commercialise new and emerging technologies.

The 2012 autumn statement, 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-82, announced an additional £600 million for facilities for technological R&D and Research Council infrastructure and in October we announced an additional £200 million for the Research Partnership Investment Fund adding to £100 million

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provided at Budget 2012, which will build on strategic partnerships between universities and businesses. In September, a further £6 million of Higher Education Innovation Funding was allocated between the top HEIF performing HEIs to help them in further driving growth, creating and supporting innovative enterprises and building strategic relationships.

Through business-led LEPs, we are devolving power to where it can be used most effectively. HEIs are represented on most LEP boards (34 of 39) and our autumn statement response to the Heseltine recommendations set the scene for HEI engagement on developing new LEP strategic local growth plans.

A task force of UK Business Schools established following the Mid-Sized Growth review published their final report on 22 November

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/b/12-1290-business-school-mid-sized-business-collaboration.pdf

They make practical recommendations to build better engagement between MSBs and their local business schools. During their research they uncovered some excellent examples of collaboration but there is room on both sides for much more. The report has been welcomed by influential organizations, including CBI, Association of Business Schools and the Institute for Family Business.

Higher Education: Scotland

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much grant funding was awarded to universities in Scotland (a) per head of the UK population and (b) per head of the UK student population in each year since 2006-07. [133755]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 17 December 2012]: The following table gives details of grant funding awarded to universities in Scotland by Research Councils and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) by (a) per head of UK population and (b) per head of UK student population, from 2006-07. Figures were not available for 2011/12. Figures for TSB funding are from 2007-08, when it was established.

The Scottish Funding Council also administers its own grants to universities in Scotland. The UK student population figures are from HESA and include the entire number of students in HEIs in the UK, including foreign students.

 2010-112009-102008-092007-082006-07

UK population

63231800

62262000

61792000

61398000

60986000

UK student population

2501295

2493415

2396050

2306105

2304700

Research council grant funding to Scottish universities per head of UK population (£)

5.634649

5.728052

5.774113

4.966904

4.211016

Research council grant funding to Scottish universities per head of UK student population (£)

142.4418

143.0327

148.9092

132.2394

111.4301

TSB grant funding to Scottish universities per head of UK population (£)

0.152636

0.068733

0.11558

0.026551

n/a

TSB grant funding to Scottish universities per head of UK Student Population (£)

3.858591

1.716299

2.980701

0.706909

n/a

Human Embryo Experiments

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with their ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health on (i) embryo research, (ii) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and (iii) stem cell research; and if he will make a statement. [132634]

Mr Willetts: I meet Department of Health Ministers regularly to discuss a range of issues.

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Manufacturing Industries: Vocational Guidance

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the status and profile of manufacturing as a career path; and if he will make a statement. [132633]

Michael Fallon: There is a wealth of careers in the UK manufacturing industry, which currently employs around 2.5 million people. Manufacturing offers one of the most exciting and dynamic careers possible, with enormous scope and potential to do something really worthwhile and be well rewarded in the process.

There is a role for the Government in ensuring that there are strong, consistent messages about the importance of manufacturing in the UK economy, and in highlighting UK manufacturing excellence. If we are to equip manufacturers with the skilled employees they need to compete and grow in the future, we must incentivise young people to choose careers in the sector.

We launched the “Make it in Great Britain” campaign to challenge people's outdated views of manufacturing, raise its profile, promote the excellent career and investment opportunities that it presents and help inspire a new generation of manufacturers. The first phase of the campaign culminated in a free exhibition which celebrated the best of British manufacturing, held at the Science Museum during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over 40,000 visitors visited the exhibition. We are now looking at wider legacy and how best to embed the campaign learning across Government and building greater awareness of UK manufacturing.

This campaign builds on our work with industry through the successful “See Inside Manufacturing” programme, which has opened young people's eyes to the career opportunities available in manufacturing by showing them around some of the UK's leading industrial companies. This is currently available across three of the largest manufacturing sectors; automotive, aerospace and defence, and food and drink. We are now looking at extending to further sectors across the UK in 2013. Along with the exhibitions showcasing British manufacturing excellence regularly hosted by BIS, these initiatives have helped us reach a new audience.

Overseas Trade: Israel

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice he is giving to UK companies who are doing or planning to do business with Israeli settlements. [134154]

Michael Fallon: Our position on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is: they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, harder to achieve. We consistently urge the Israeli authorities to cease all settlement building and to remove illegal outposts, as required under international law and in fulfilment of Israel's obligations under the Roadmap.

International law does not impose obligations on corporations, and for a company to operate in Israeli settlements is not, per se, contrary to UK law. So we do not provide advice or guidelines to UK companies that

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operate, or are considering operating, in Israeli settlements. However, if we are approached by these companies we make clear our position on settlements as above.

Science: Finance

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's expenditure on science capital was in each year since 2009-10. [133292]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 12 December 2012]: The Department's expenditure for these periods is available in the BIS Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12, HC60, September 2012. This shows the position for science capital as follows:

 £ million

2010-11

930

2011-12

756

Students: Loans

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 35WS, on advanced learning loans, (1) how the £50 million bursary fund will be distributed to recipients of advanced learning loans; and if he will make a statement; [133813]

(2) how the £50 million bursary fund for recipients of advanced learner loans will be distributed by colleges. [133814]

Matthew Hancock [holding answer 17 December 2012]:All colleges and training organisations which have received a 24+ advanced learning loans facility from the Skills Funding Agency have also received an indicative Bursary Fund allocation for the 2013/14 academic year. The agency expects to confirm final amounts for each provider in December. The Bursary Fund will be distributed at providers' discretion to vulnerable and disadvantaged learners taking out a 24+ advanced learning loan.

Indicative loans facilities have been calculated for each provider based on the number of new starts in the 2011/12 academic year on provision that will in future be covered by loans. The proportion of this provision delivered by individual colleges and training organisations was then applied to the overall national budget in order to give individual loan facilities. This same proportion was applied to the Bursary Fund budget to create loans bursary allocations.

The Bursary Fund will comprise of £17 million in the 2013/14 academic year and £33 million in the 2014/15 academic year. Further guidance for colleges and training organisations will be published in the Skills Funding Agency funding rules in January 2013.

Timber: EU Law

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had any discussions with his EU counterparts on the potential effects on the EU Illegal Timber (Due Diligence) Regulation and the US Lacey Act of a trade agreement between the EU and the US. [133462]

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Michael Fallon: These issues have not been specifically raised. Nevertheless, the UK seeks to understand all potential effects of any trade agreement currently being negotiated or that will be negotiated in the future.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Fossil Fuels: Reserves

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of including an obligation for UK-listed companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves in any forthcoming greenhouse gas reporting regulations. [134370]

Richard Benyon [holding answer 18 December 2012]: The powers under the Climate Change Act 2008 to require companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions do not extend to include an obligation for companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves.

Livestock: Exports

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of live exports of (a) sheep, (b) pigs, (c) cattle and (d) horses was in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [134373]

Mr Heath [holding answer 18 December 2012]: The following table shows the value of UK exports of sheep, pigs, cattle and horses for each year from 2007 to 2011, as recorded in HMRC overseas trade statistics.

Value of UK exports of live sheep, pigs, cattle and horses
£ million
Type20072008200920102011

Live sheep

0.1

2.4

5.0

4.3

7.0

Live pigs

10.6

3.0

3.0

2.5

5.9

Live cattle

2.5

1.5

0.2

0.1

0.5

Live horses

331.3

323.6

328.2

244.3

261.9

Source: HM Revenue and Customs Data prepared by Trade Statistics, Analysis and Evidence Team, DEFRA

Livestock: Transport

Ben Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the cost of veterinary checks for animals transported (a) around the UK by road and (b) from the UK by sea are borne by the companies undertaking the transport or by the public purse. [134311]

Mr Heath: Normally, the internal commercial transport of animals within the UK by road vehicle is not subject to any form of veterinary check.

In relation to exports of animals, exporters bear the costs of veterinary checks for export certification purposes which are undertaken by private Official Veterinarians (OVs).

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In terms of any other veterinary checks made in relation to exports of live animals, which are covered by the EU legislation on the protection of animals during transport (Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005), the only costs that can be recovered from the person responsible for the animals is in any situation where a breach of the legislation is identified and the competent authority is required to take action to safeguard the welfare of the animals.

Rural Areas: Broadband

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to simplify the roll-out of broadband in rural areas. [134788]

Richard Benyon: Under the Government's £530 million rural broadband programme, the target is for at least 90% of premises to have access to superfast broadband, with the final 10% areas receiving a minimum standard broadband of 2 Mbps. DEFRA is working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) on the development of broadband policy and delivery of the rural programme.

Projects are being led and procured by local authorities and are being delivered in a timetabled pipeline. To help with the procurement process, BDUK has established a framework agreement to provide a consistent approach to delivery. The framework process will be quicker and procurement costs reduced.

DCMS has also established a Broadband State Aid National Competence Centre which can give state aid approval for broadband projects without them each needing to get their own approval from the European Commission.

A package of broadband measures to stimulate economic growth was announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), on 7 September. It included new measures to allow overhead broadband lines and street cabinets to be installed in any area (except in Sites of Special Scientific Interests) without the need for planning or other permission. The Growth Bill proposes a relaxation of planning requirements to allow street cabinets and overhead lines to be introduced much more easily, saving time and money for operators.

International Development

Africa

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to withhold aid from (a) the Government of Uganda and (b) other African Governments in order to deter the implementation of homophobic policies; and if she will make a statement. [133791]

Justine Greening: Our financial aid to the Government of Uganda, and other countries, is predicated on partnership principles, in fundamental commitments and agreed principles, which include poverty reduction, respect for human rights, improved public financial management, and promoting good governance.

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The UK Government are committed to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are free to live their lives in a safe and just environment. We are therefore concerned about the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill being considered by the Ugandan Parliament. We have raised our concerns regularly at the most senior levels of the Ugandan Government.

Consultants

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the findings were of the report on her Department's use of private consultants. [134487]

Justine Greening: The advice found that the Department's capacity to achieve value for money from suppliers had significantly increased since 2010. During the period 2005 to 2010, including 2008-09, when the hon. Gentleman was a Minister, contracts worth around £1 billion were awarded, with only a small fraction subject to direct ministerial scrutiny. The advice also identified opportunities to further improve value for money, including introducing a threshold at which Ministers sign off contracts with suppliers, and action is being taken as a result. No strategic value for money review had taken place under the last Government.

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps or policy changes have been implemented in relation to her Department's use of private consultants other than meetings with private consultants. [134488]

Justine Greening: New controls have been introduced—ministerial approval is now required for the award of all supplier contracts over £1 million and for key areas of administrative spend, and processes are being strengthened to ensure tougher monitoring of supplier performance. These controls provide direct, systematic ministerial oversight of the awarding of large supplier contracts in a way which significantly differs from previous practice. Under the previous system, from 2005-10, including 2008-09, when the hon. Gentleman was a Minister, contracts worth around £1 billion were awarded, with only a small fraction subject to direct ministerial scrutiny. No strategic value for money review had taken place under the last Government.

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (a) how many and (b) which private consultants funded by her Department she has met since she received her Department's report on the use of private consultants. [134489]

Justine Greening: I have called all 12 of DFID's top suppliers into the Department. It was the first time DFID Ministers have directly engaged with them to challenge them to improve value for money for DFID and for the taxpayer.

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how long it took her Department to produce its report on the use of private consultants. [134490]

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Justine Greening: I commissioned internal advice on the use of contractors for aid delivery shortly after taking office and received this from officials at the end of September as requested.

Developing Countries: Land

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will discuss with the World Bank its policies on the financing of large-scale land acquisitions. [133942]

Mr Duncan: The UK Government believe that private sector investment in poor countries and the growth of small and large commercial agriculture are key to global food security and economic growth in Africa. When done well, and in conjunction with the rights and interests of those living on the land, commercial investments in agriculture have the potential to transform people's lives.

The need for responsible investment also applies to investments supported by the World Bank. The UK Government support the World Bank’s work on land and welcomes the efforts the Bank is making to be more transparent in its land programmes. We are actively engaged in discussions with the World Bank on its investment policies, including on land, through regular discussions led by the Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), at the annual and spring meetings, through our presence on the board and through working-level communication.

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on improving land governance and security of tenure for the rural poor in developing countries; and if she will make a statement. [134060]

Justine Greening: The UK Government, through our international development programme, aim to improve access to, and productivity of, land and ensure that people's rights are protected. Improving land governance, by addressing the institutional framework, land management and administration and systems to resolve disputes, is essential to improving the security of land rights.

The UK Government take a context-specific and evidence-based approach to land governance and securing land rights for the rural poor. Examples of ongoing projects include helping to secure land tenure of local communities in Mozambique and increase sustainable land management.

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what operational projects her Department is currently funding that aim to support the registration of land rights in developing countries; [134067]

(2) how much her Department spent on projects to establish land rights in developing countries in the last five years for which figures are available; [134061]

(3) how much funding her Department currently provides to Governments in Africa to support their capacity to register land rights. [134066]

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Justine Greening: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not directly track spending on ‘establishing or registering land rights’. This is not one of the standardised categories which all members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development use to describe how they allocate their resources. Improving land rights is often one component of larger programmes, for example on agriculture or rural development.

UK aid is supporting efforts to secure land rights for individuals, businesses and communities in at least eight countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and through investments in key multilateral organisations. Examples of ongoing projects include supporting rural communities in Mozambique to register their land and helping at least 4 million landholders obtain formal titles in Rwanda. The International Fund for Agricultural Development, to which DFID provides core funding, supports poor people to secure their land rights in about 45 countries. It is estimated that DFID has at least £100 million worth of commitments on improving land and property rights for the current spending review period.

Developing Countries: Sanitation

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement she made at the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in Washington US, April 2012, what steps she has taken to meet her Department's target of doubling the provision of sanitation by 2015; and how progress against this target will be measured. [134062]

Justine Greening: We aim to meet this target through programmes managed by our offices in countries in Africa and Asia, and existing partnerships with a range of organisations such as the Water and Sanitation Program, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor and WaterAid, as well as through exploring further options, including new partnerships with the UN, civil society and the private sector.

We currently have water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes in 15 countries and these are the principal routes through which we will deliver our results.

Once further programmes are approved, they will be made publically available via the DFID website, alongside annual reviews of progress.

Specific results of DFID's ongoing WASH programmes are detailed in the ‘DFID Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12’. Results from the implementation of more recent commitments will be detailed in the next annual report, due in June 2013.

Developing Countries: Sexuality

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy not to allocate direct aid to Governments who are legislating to discriminate against people based on their sexuality; and if she will make representations to the Ugandan Government in this respect. [134440]

Justine Greening: Our financial aid to the Government of Uganda, and other countries, is predicated on partnership principles in fundamental commitments and agreed

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principles, which include poverty reduction, respect for human rights, improved public financial management, and promoting good governance.

The UK Government are committed to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are free to live their lives in a safe and just environment. We are therefore concerned about the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill being considered by the Ugandan Parliament. We have raised our concerns regularly at the most senior levels of the Ugandan Government.

Immigration

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which her Department is responsible arising from inward migration since 1997. [134298]

Mr Duncan: The Department estimates that it has incurred no additional cost.

Syria

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what safeguards are in place to ensure that UK aid is not being used by jihadist forces operating within the Syrian opposition. [134010]

Mr Duncan: All of the UK's humanitarian aid is channelled through trusted, neutral and impartial humanitarian agencies that have a proven track record of delivering aid in complex operating environments. In order to minimise misappropriation of aid, we are working with multilateral agencies, such as the UN, or with International NGOs with which we are carrying out due diligence checks. We are monitoring the situation inside Syria and the region to ensure UK aid is not misused. Our partners assure us that aid is reaching those in need despite the challenges.

In addition to, but clearly separate from, our humanitarian programme, the UK is providing practical support to Syrian civil society and opposition groups, with which Her Majesty's Government have a continuing political and developmental relationship. We have put in place a mechanism to undertake vetting of these groups prior to providing support.

Treasury

Banks: Loans

Guto Bebb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Bank of England and (b) the financial services industry on the funding for lending scheme and its availability to the real estate sector. [122388]

Greg Clark: We have regular discussions with the Bank of England and financial institutions on credit conditions. The funding for lending scheme is designed to increase bank lending in aggregate and is not targeted at any particular sector of the economy.

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Capital Allowances

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what benchmarks or targets his Department has set in relation to the effect of the temporary increase of the annual investment allowance from 2013 to 2015. [134443]

Mr Gauke: The Government's ambition is to encourage exports and investment as a route to a more balanced economy. The increase in the annual investment allowance (AIA) for two years from £25,000 to £250,000 was designed to provide temporary support for business investment in the current economic climate. The measure particularly supports small and medium-sized businesses by reducing the cost of investing in qualifying plant and machinery.

The autumn statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-882, policy costings document:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/as2012_policy_costings.pdf

sets out the Government's estimates of the effects of this measure.

Child Benefit

Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families his Department estimates will lose their entitlement to child benefit in each constituency from January 2013. [133952]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 17 December 2012]: An individual's entitlement to child benefit is not affected by the introduction of the high income child benefit charge. Underlying entitlement to child benefit will remain if an individual decides to stop receiving child benefit as a result of the charge.

It is estimated that around 1.2 million people will be affected by the child benefit higher income charge nationally. Estimates of this number broken down by local authority, or by parliamentary constituency, are not available.

Economic and Monetary Union

Mr Binley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of support (a) pledged and (b) paid for the European single currency to date; and if he will make a statement. [132596]

Greg Clark: The UK's exposure to the existing financial assistance packages to euro area member states arises through: the UK's bilateral loan to Ireland; European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM) loans from the EU to Ireland and Portugal; and International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme loans to Ireland, Portugal and Greece. We expect all of these loans to be repaid.

For the status of the UK's bilateral loan to Ireland, I refer my hon. Friend to the most recent report provided under section 2 of the Loans to Ireland Act 2010, laid before the House on 15 October 2012:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/other/9781909096097/9781909096097.asp

The European Commission's website provides information on all financial assistance to EU member states:

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http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/assistance_eu_ms/index_en.htm

Economic Situation

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent International Monetary Fund report on the effect ratio of cuts in the UK on gross domestic product. [134128]

Greg Clark: Fiscal multipliers estimate the impact of different elements of tax and spending consolidation on GDP. The Government note the International Monetary Fund's discussion on fiscal multipliers in its World Economic Outlook. The OBR's October 2012 forecast evaluation report did not see evidence to suggest that multipliers were significantly different from those estimated in the June Budget 2010 forecast. The OBR has not altered the estimated fiscal multipliers being used in its latest forecast.

Employee Ownership

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, following his Department's consultation on employee owner status, whether employee ownership shares will be treated as employee related securities as defined under the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. [134053]

Mr Gauke: It is anticipated that shares issued under the employee shareholder status will be employment related securities as defined in the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.

As announced at the autumn statement on 5 December, the Government are considering options to reduce income tax and NICs liabilities that arise when employee shareholders receive shares under the status, including an option to deem that employee shareholders have paid £2,000 for shares they receive. This option would mean that the first £2,000 of share value received under the new status would be free from income tax and NICs.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on employee owner status, whether it will be necessary for employee ownership shares to confer voting rights in order to qualify for exemption from capital gains tax on disposal. [134285]

Mr Gauke: The type of shares used as employee shareholder shares will not be specified, in order to allow companies to design arrangements that meet their own commercial requirements and the requirements of their employees. The shares will not have to carry voting rights in order for gains on them to be exempt from capital gains tax.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on employee owner status, whether employees will be required to have paid market value as defined in sections 272 and 273 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 for employee ownership shares to qualify for exemption from capital gains tax on disposal. [134286]

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Mr Gauke: Employee shareholders will not provide consideration or payment for any shares they receive under the new employment status, other than by entering into the agreement that they will be an employee shareholder. The actual value of that consideration is immaterial.

Excise Duties: Beer

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from Oxfordshire supporters of the Campaign for Real Ale on the abolition of the beer duty escalator. [134044]

Sajid Javid: Treasury Ministers and officials receive and consider a wide variety of representations from organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organizations. This is available online at:

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

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research he has undertaken or commissioned on the effect of the level of duty and VAT on beer on the number of pubs and of people employed by them; [134045]

(2) what evidence he has considered of the relationship between the level of duty on beer and total receipts of beer duty; [134046]

(3) what steps he plans to take to improve commercial prospects and employment in the pub industry. [134047]

Sajid Javid: The Government keep all taxes under review and regularly monitor the industry and alcohol consumption to ensure we are well informed of the impact of alcohol duty rates. A wide variety of factors are considered when the Government decide alcohol duty rates, including the public finances, the impact on business, receipts from alcohol duty, the likely impact on the illicit trade and the broader social impacts of taxation.

Budget 2012 made no further changes to alcohol duties, beyond the increases designed and pre-announced by the previous Government.

The Government's ambition is for the UK to be the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business. In support of this aim the Government have taken a number of steps to support business, from which pubs and brewers will benefit, including an additional reduction in the main rate of corporation tax, a reduction in the small profits rate and a further extension of the small business rate relief holiday until April 2014. Local authorities have also received wide powers to grant business rate discounts to businesses, including pubs and brewers, as they consider appropriate.

Financial Services

Chris Leslie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to the involvement of the Financial Ombudsman Service in dealing with complaints about interest rate hedging products as part of an independent appeals process resulting from the

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current review arrangements by the Financial Services Authority; and if he will make a statement; [134277]

(2) when he expects the full review by the Financial Services Authority into the sale of interest rate hedging products to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [134278]

Greg Clark: The FSA has been in discussions with the Financial Ombudsman Service with regard to complaints about interest rate hedging products.

The FSA has confirmed that the full review process will begin by 31 January 2013 and the majority of cases will be completed within six months. This means that the majority of businesses will have had their case reviewed, and where appropriate, received redress by the end of July.

Immigration

Priti Patel: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration since 1997. [134300]

Sajid Javid: The Treasury is not directly responsible for the delivery of any public services.

Non-domestic Rates

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, columns 619-20W, on non-domestic rates, how many appeals against valuations for business rates by the Valuation Office Agency were outstanding at the end of the (a) 2011-12 financial year and (b) 2010-11 financial year; what amounts were in dispute at each point; and whether he is satisfied with the efficiency of current procedures. [134107]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 17 December 2012]: The numbers of formal challenges (appeals) against valuation assessments in the 2005 and 2010 England and Wales local ratings lists that were unresolved on 31 March for each of the two previous financial years are provided in the following table:

Formal challenges2005 rating list2010 rating list

Unresolved as at1 31 March 2011(1)

113,000

220,650

Unresolved as at1 31 March 2012(1)

76,410

241,700

(1 )VOA Official Statistics, Local Rating Lists: Challenges, May 2012: http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/statisticalReleases/120503-localRatingListChallenges.html

There are currently no official statistics available for total rateable value under challenge. These will be included in a new experimental statistics release for business rates currently under development, the release date for which will be announced as soon as possible.

The VOA cleared 190,000 appeals in 2011-12 and expects to have cleared over 400,000 appeals in the two years to the end of March 2013. Around three quarters of those appeals result in no change. The VOA has prioritised the clearance of appeals by improving efficiency,

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diverting resources from other work areas and recruiting additional frontline staff. These measures are delivering significantly higher appeal clearances.

Pensions: Tax Allowances

Chris Leslie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the yield to the Government (a) in 2013-14 and (b) for the next five financial years if the restrictions to pensions tax relief announced in the autumn statement 2012 were to be brought forward by a year and commenced in April 2013. [133901]

Mr Gauke: The changes to pension tax reliefs announced in the autumn statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-882, are to take effect for 2014-15 rather than for 2013-14 to help manage complex delivery issues for pension schemes and scheme members. An estimate of yield from introducing the changes in April 2013 is therefore not available.

Personal Income

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there has been in the average net annual income between 2007 and 2012. [134411]

Mr Gauke: Figures for the median taxpayer income since 2007 are published in HMRC’s table 2.4. Since 2007, the median salary has risen from £18,500 to a projected £21,300 in 2012-13 cash terms. Despite the value of the median total income being projected to increase by nearly £3,000, the tax paid on the median income will increase by only £168. Therefore, the median income recipient is expected to receive a net income of £17,016 in 2012-13 which will be an increase of £2,632 since 2007-08.

Public Expenditure

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the latest population projections, as calculated in the 2011 census, will be used by Government Departments in the calculation of future grant settlements. [134282]

Danny Alexander: Departments will consider all relevant factors when calculating future grant settlements. Where appropriate, this will include population or population-related elements. It is up to Departments to decide on the source of these data.

Shares: Fraud

Graham Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been investigated by the Financial Services Authority for (a) boiler room and (b) recovery room scams in each year for which figures are available. [132246]

Greg Clark: This is a matter for the Financial Services Authority (FSA). I have asked the FSA to write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested. A copy of the response will be placed in the Library of the House.

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Tax Allowances: Charities

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to end tax relief for charities which fund Israeli settlements. [134153]

Sajid Javid: Where an organisation is recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission and by HM Revenue and Customs, it is entitled to UK tax relief on its income, subject to that income being applied for wholly charitable purposes only. Applying income for wholly charitable purposes can include making a payment to a body outside the UK, but for tax relief to remain intact HM Revenue and Customs must be satisfied that the charity has taken reasonable steps to ensure that payment will be applied for charitable purposes only.

The Charities Act 2011 lists charitable purposes, which are followed for UK tax purposes. It follows that if payments are made to organisations in Israel and those payments are applied for wholly charitable purposes, the charity remains entitled to tax relief.

If a charity applies its income for non-charitable purposes, tax relief is denied, and where it has already been given it is recovered.

Tax Avoidance

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will launch an investigation into large-scale tax avoidance and ways to tackle it. [131537]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 4 December 2012]: The vast majority of people and businesses in the UK do not try to avoid their tax, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is consistently looking at ways to tackle the small minority who do. On 3 December we announced that we would go further to clamp down on those avoiding or evading paying their taxes by allocating an additional £77 million in funding to HMRC during this spending review period.

This investment will secure a further £2 billion in additional revenue in 2014-15, bringing the total additional revenue through HMRC's compliance activity to £22 billion over the spending review period. We also announced that we would strengthen the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes rules and introduce the UK's first General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR). Once introduced, the GAAR will act as a powerful deterrent to those engaging in abusive avoidance schemes and, where such schemes persist, will also improve HMRC's means of tackling them effectively. The autumn statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-882, will provide a further update on the Government's efforts to tackle tax avoidance.

Universal Credit

Guto Bebb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how best to reduce marginal effective tax rates under universal credit. [134477]

Sajid Javid: Universal credit parameters were set at the autumn statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-822, following discussions between

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HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions. One key parameter is the taper, the rate at which universal credit will be withdrawn.

The single taper in universal credit will withdraw benefits at a rate of 65p for every £1 of earnings. The impacts of this on marginal deduction rates for households likely to claim universal credit is set out in the Impact Assessment for Universal Credit, available on DWP's website:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/universal-credit-wr2011-ia.pdf

Working Tax Credit: Merseyside

Alison McGovern: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Wirral South constituency and (b) Merseyside receive working tax credit; and what the average weekly payment is. [134057]

Sajid Javid: HMRC publishes tax credit statistics based on finalised awards every year, the latest of which is the HMRC publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics: Finalised Annual awards 2010-11 Geographical Analysis’. This publication can be accessed from:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/fin-geog-stats.htm#2

Details on the number of families benefitting from working tax credit (WTC) can be found in Table 2 (Merseyside), and Table 3 (Wirral South). The requested statistics have been reproduced in the following table for convenience.

The figure for average weekly payment is the average payment across all those benefitting from tax credits in the respective regions, not just those receiving WTC.

 WTC and CTC(1) (thousand)WTC only (thousand)Average weekly payment (£)

Wirral South

1.8

0.5

74.70

Merseyside(2)

48.5

17.7

88.40

(1) CTC = child tax credit (2) Merseyside includes the following local authorities: Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens, Wirral

WTC only families will definitely be in receipt of WTC. However, those benefitting from WTC and CTC will benefit from WTC through a higher entitlement although they may not actually receive it as this part of their award is tapered away first.

Defence

Afghanistan

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to make a quarterly report to the House on the weekly totals of fatalities of (a) International Security Assistance Force forces, (b) Afghan civilians and (c) Afghan National Army forces. [134288]

Mr Robathan: The UK Government publish monthly progress reports on Afghanistan which, when appropriate, contain details of casualties in Afghanistan. These are laid in the Library of the House and are also available online at the following link:

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-progress-reports

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) publishes casualty reports on its website after each ISAF fatality sustained on operations in Afghanistan at the following link:

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/casualty-report/index.php

Although we investigate carefully all alleged incidents involving UK forces, the UK Government do not record total figures for civilian casualties in Afghanistan because of the immense difficulty and risks that would be involved in collecting robust data. The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) releases its own report, every six months, which records details of civilian casualties. These reports can be accessed through UNAMA's website at the following link:

http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=12265&language=en-US

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan do not release figures for Afghan National Army casualties.

Armed Forces: Housing

Mr Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many individuals serving in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force live in non-service provided accommodation; [132465]

(2) how many of those deployed to operations in Afghanistan from the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force have not been based in either single living accommodation or service families accommodation since those operations began. [132466]

Mr Francois [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, there are an estimated 45,000 regular service personnel living in non-service provided accommodation.

Armed Forces: Interpreters

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many native translators and interpreters are working for the armed forces in each country in which the armed forces are based. [133767]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 17 December 2012]: Locally engaged civilian staff working for our armed forces in Afghanistan and across the world make an invaluable contribution to the UK's efforts to help support the spread of security, stability and development. We do not have a consolidated database of all those working as translators and interpreters for the armed forces, but approximately 600 are employed in Afghanistan alone.

EU Law

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013 and (ii) the next two years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such directive to the (A) public purse and (B) private sector; [133697]

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(2) which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations his Department expects to implement as a result of EU legislation in (i) 2013 and (ii) the next two years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each such regulation to the (A) public purse and (B) private sector. [133698]

Dr Murrison: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the then Minister for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan), on 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 17W, which provided the direct costs associated with transposing EU Directive 2009/81/EC, which remain unchanged. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is unable to estimate the wider cost of this directive to the public purse. The private sector has estimated that it cost around £2.7 million for industry to become familiar with the new directive.

The MOD is not responsible for any further EU measures requiring transposition into UK law, nor have any other regulations been introduced as a result of EU legislation. No directives or regulations are due to be transposed or introduced as a result of EU legislation during 2013-15.


Germany

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what official guidance his Department issued to service personnel based in Germany on legal assistance insurance between 2004 and 2011. [134086]

Mr Francois [holding answer 17 December 2012]: A range of guidance and information is available to personnel serving in Germany, including on insurance issues. However, the Ministry of Defence does not provide advice specifically related to legal assistance insurance, which is not a term we recognise.

Service personnel, their dependants and UK-based civilians working in Germany are able to seek free, confidential, legal assistance on personal issues from the Army Legal Assistance (ALA) scheme, which has been in place since 1960. The ALA scheme exists to reduce some of the disadvantage of serving overseas by offering soldiers and their families access to the sort of legal advice and assistance which would normally be readily accessible when stationed in Britain.

Meetings: Security

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times since May 2010 the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (a) met and (b) stayed with Sir John Kiszely; [123285]

(2) how many times and for what reasons (a) Lord Dannatt, (b) Sir John Kiszely, (c) Sir Trevor Soar, (d) Richard Applegate, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) Sir Mike Jackson have visited his Department since May 2010; [123287]

(3) on what occasions and for what reasons the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has met with Sir John Kiszely since May 2010; [123296]

(4) if he will publish details of the occasions on which (a) Lord Dannatt, (b) Sir John Kiszely, (c) Sir Trevor Soar, (d) Richard Applegate, (e) Lord Stirrup

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and

(f)

Sir Mike Jackson have visited his Department's main building since retirement; [123297]

(5) how many former three- and four-star personnel possess security passes for his Department's main building; [123298]

(6) what meetings Lieutenant General Richard Applegate has had with (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) senior military personnel since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123919]

(7) what meetings (a) General Sir Peter Wall and (b) General Sir David Richards have had with General Sir Mike Jackson since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123924]

(8) what meetings (a) Air Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier and (b) Lord Astor of Hever have had with Lord Stirrup since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123925]

(9) whether (a) General Sir David Richards, (b) General Sir Peter Wall and (c) General Sir Nick Parker have met Sir John Kiszely in an official capacity in 2012. [123931]

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many formal meetings have taken place between (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszely, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson and Ministers and senior civil servants in his Department since May 2010; [123967]

(2) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszely, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments since May 2010; [123968]

(3) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszely, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments within two years of each of their retirements since May 2010; [123969]

(4) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszely, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments to discuss the final stages of a procurement bid with Ministers or senior officials since May 2010; [123970]

(5) on how many occasions the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has met Sir John Kiszely since May 2010; and on how many such occasions formal meetings of the meetings were taken; [124322]

(6) which people employed in the defence industry hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises; [126746]

(7) how many people employed by companies who have contracts with his Department hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises. [129100]

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Mr Robathan [holding answer 18, 19 and 22 October 2012]:Information on third parties who have passes to access the Ministry of Defence (MOD) main building is being compiled as part of the permanent secretary's review into allegations made in The Sunday Timesabout the access arrangements for retired personnel.

Information is also being compiled on the number of occasions that senior retired officers have visited the MOD over the last few years.

His review is expected to conclude shortly and I will write to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) and the right hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Mr Murphy) when it is complete.