Legal Aid Scheme

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2012, Official Report, column 428W, on the legal aid scheme,

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how many people have received legal aid for asylum and immigration issues in each of the last five years. [139184]

Jeremy Wright: It is not possible to state how many individuals received legal aid as an individual can receive more than one act of assistance and one act of assistance can assist more than one individual(1). The number of acts of assistance for immigration and asylum matters funded by legal aid in each of the past five years is as follows:

(1 )An act of assistance is the provision of legal advice and help or the grant of a certificate in more serious and complicated cases.

 Number of acts of assistance in immigration and asylum

2007-08

86,646

2008-09

97,268

2009-10

101,634

2010-11

85,917

2011-12

86,646

Pre-trial Procedures

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were remanded (a) in custody and (b) on bail in each month in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012. [139129]

Jeremy Wright: The estimated number of defendants who were remanded in custody and the number of defendants remanded on bail at all courts in England and Wales, by month in 2010 and 2011 (latest currently available), is shown in the table.

The table presents data by month based on the final date on which the defendants appeared in court and proceedings were concluded. The date on which the court made remand decisions on those defendants is not held centrally, with remand decisions potentially made at an earlier stage during proceedings in previous months.

Data for 2012 are planned for publication in May 2013.

Defendants remanded in custody and defendants remanded on bail at all courts(1) in England and Wales, by month(2), 2010 and 2011(3), England and Wales
Defendants
 Month
Remand statusJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal

2011

             

Remanded in custody(4)

5,374

5,564

6,077

4,791

5,487

5,803

5,715

5,567

6,072

5,649

5,943

5,448

67,490

Remanded on bail

44,916

42,400

47,747

37,822

42,667

44,449

43,670

43,209

43,679

41,820

42,007

34,913

509,299

              

2010

             

Remanded in custody(4)

5,861

5,801

6,449

5,341

5,308

6,039

6,446

5,573

5,845

5,691

6,096

4,955

69,405

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Remanded on bail

43,583

44,321

50,204

45,195

43,188

48,282

49,792

45,783

48,522

47,062

48,055

38,135

552,122

(1 )Includes those defendants remanded in custody or remanded on bail during proceedings at magistrates courts and those defendants remanded in custody or remanded on bail at the commencement of trial or sentence at the Crown court in England and Wales. The magistrates courts component of the data presented in this table excludes those defendants who failed to appear and those who were committed for trial or sentence at the Crown court. The remand status used for the Crown court component of the data is that recorded at the point of committal from the magistrates court to the Crown court for trial or sentence. (2 )The table presents data by month based on the final date on which the defendants appeared in court and proceedings were concluded. The date on which the court made remand decisions on those defendants is not held centrally, with remand decisions potentially made at an earlier stage during proceedings in previous months. (3 )The magistrates courts component of the data presented in this table are estimated. (4 )Including those remanded in custody at any stage of proceedings at magistrates courts or the Crown court who may also have been given bail at some stage of those proceedings. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

Prisoners: Self-harm

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners in each prison in the UK committed self-harm in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; [138819]

(2) how many people in prison considered to be at risk of self-harm received extra support from the Prison Service in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; [138818]

(3) how many prisoners in HMP Lincoln considered to be at risk of self-harm received extra support from that prison in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; [138832]

(4) what support mechanisms are in place in prisons for prisoners considered to be at risk of self-harm. [139128]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice is only responsible for prisons in England and Wales. Statistics for other areas of the UK should be obtained from the respective Administration. The number of individuals reported as self-harming in England and Wales for 2010 and 2011 are given in the following table.

Statistics on the total number of individuals who self-harmed in English and Welsh establishments during 2010 and 2011 calendar years were provided in the Safety in Custody bulletin published in July 2012. This showed there were 6,623 individuals self-harming in 2010 and 6,854 individuals self-harming in 2011. The sum of individuals in the table will add up to more than these numbers as some individuals may be counted in more than one establishment if they have been transferred and committed an act considered to be self-harm in both establishments. Statistics on reported self-harm incidents for 2012 are scheduled to be published on 25 April 2013.

Number of individuals reported as self-harming in England and Wales by establishment, 2010-11
Number of individuals
Establishment20102011

Acklington

58

72

Altcourse

144

174

Ashfield

36

51

Ashwell

10

(1)

Askham Grange

(1)

(1)

Aylesbury

35

51

Bedford

84

86

Belmarsh

52

51

Birmingham

123

122

Blundeston

(1)

15

Brinsford

29

75

Bristol

67

62

Brixton

56

83

Bronzefield

193

184

Buckley Hall

26

18

Bullingdon

83

54

Bullwood Hall

10

24

Bure

(1)

9

Canterbury

7

(1)

Cardiff

20

24

Castington

53

23

Channings Wood

25

43

Chelmsford

83

109

Coldingley

18

26

Cookham Wood

20

20

Dartmoor

17

41

Deerbolt

50

67

Doncaster

161

159

Dorchester

34

31

Dovegate

121

87

Dover

22

25

Downview

49

54

Drake Hall

43

41

Durham

106

136

Eastwood Park

186

165

Edmunds Hill

12

(1)

Erlestoke

18

24

Everthorpe

27

34

Exeter

37

64

Featherstone

24

33

Feltham

133

100

Ford

(1)

(1)

Forest Bank

144

141

Foston Hall

109

124

Frankland

91

75

Full Sutton

28

31

Garth

32

42

Gartree

25

35

Glen Parva

101

105

Gloucester

43

44

Grendon/Spring Hill

16

10

Guys Marsh

25

24

Haslar

(1)

(1)

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Haverigg

39

29

He well

89

77

High Down

105

151

Highpoint

43

50

Hindley

34

60

Hollesley Bay

(1)

(1)

Holloway

123

148

Holme House

73

75

Hull

70

72

Huntercombe

16

8

IOW: Albany

37

26

IOW: Camp Hill

23

18

IOW: Parkhurst

56

42

Isis

(1)

24

Kennet

(1)

(1)

Kingston

(1)

(1)

Lancaster Farms

16

23

Leeds

68

79

Leicester

61

77

Lewes

71

75

Leyhill

(1)

(1)

Lincoln

78

95

Lindholme

20

16

Littlehey

56

87

Liverpool

74

59

Long Lartin

45

37

Low Newton

90

111

Lowdham Grange

41

67

Maidstone

18

22

Manchester

81

92

Moorland

55

56

Morton Hall

31

22

Mount

17

19

New Hall

177

162

Northallerton

12

13

Norwich

123

139

Nottingham

67

99

Onley

41

46

Parc

139

143

Pentonville

115

134

Peterborough

177

79

Peterborough Female

87

159

Portland

39

52

Preston

112

123

Ranby

33

57

Reading

15

3

Risley

28

25

Rochester

59

63

Rye Hill

64

61

Send

67

69

Sheppey: Elmley

57

71

Sheppey: Standford Hill

(1)

(1)

Sheppey: Swaleside

24

38

Shepton Mallet

(1)

(1)

Shrewsbury

33

30

Stafford

37

41

Stocken

49

57

Stoke Heath

114

52

Styal

109

123

Swansea

32

26

Swinfen Hall

66

74

Thorn Cross

6

9

Verne

(1)

8

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Wakefield

33

41

Wandsworth

77

63

Warren Hill

21

24

Wayland

57

37

Wealstun

30

47

Wellingborough

49

50

Werrington

11

16

Wetherby

76

78

Whatton

35

50

Whitemoor

31

35

Winchester

91

84

Wolds

14

19

Woodhill

49

80

Wormwood Scrubs

76

68

Wymott

46

20

(1) Five or fewer Notes: 1. These figures have been drawn directly from the National Offender Management Service's administration systems. Caution should be exercised in using these figures as they have not been quality assured to Official Statistics standards and are subject to change. The detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although the figures are shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level. 2. The numbers of different individuals is based on unique surname and date of birth. 3. For questions (2), (3) and (4) I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 22 January 2013, Official Report, column 222W. For (2) and (3) information on additional support provided to prisoners at risk of self-harm is not held centrally. The ACCT care planning process will identify any specific support needs of individual prisoners. For (4) The National Offender Management Service has in place a prisoner-focused care planning system for those identified as at risk of self-harm or suicide. The system, Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT), has helped prisons to manage prisoners' risk of self-harm and suicide since 2007. The vast majority of self-harm is not directly life threatening but nevertheless can be extremely distressing both for those affected by it and those who have to deal with it. There are no easy solutions to self-harm but we remain committed to managing and finding ways to reduce it.

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138871]

Mrs Grant: The proportion of procurement contracts offered by the Ministry of Justice that have been advertised on Contracts Finder since the website's inception is 79%. Remaining procurement contracts offered were not open opportunities, therefore not eligible for publication.

Shrewsbury Prison

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people from Stoke-on-Trent are imprisoned at HMP Shrewsbury; [138829]

(2) what his policy is on future prison provision for offenders from North Staffordshire. [138830]

Jeremy Wright: On 31 December 2012 there were eight prisoners at HMP Shrewsbury recorded as coming from Stoke-on-Trent. Information on offenders' residences is provided by offenders on reception into prison and recorded on a central IT system. Addresses can include a home address, an address to which offenders intend to return on discharge or next of kin address, and these figures are included in the answer.

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If no address is given, an offender's committal court address is used as a proxy for the area in which they are resident. These figures are also included in the answer. No address has been recorded and no court information is available for around 3% of all offenders. These figures are excluded from the answer. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible error with data entry and processing.

There are approximately 690 prisoners from Staffordshire in custody in England and Wales, with over half of this total held in the West Midlands. The role of prisons in the West Midlands, as with the rest of the custodial estate, is open to review to ensure they provide appropriate levels of security; suitable accommodation for an offender's gender, age and legal status; special facilities appropriate to prisoner needs and are near to their homes or the courts dealing with their cases.

Additionally, I announced on 10 January 2013 that a review of the female custodial estate would take place. The review will look at the current provision of places across the female estate and consider options to deliver places more effectively at reduced cost while meeting the gender specific needs of the population.


Northern Ireland

Civil Disorder

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the involvement of proscribed loyalist terrorist organisations in the recent violence in Northern Ireland; [139199]

(2) what her assessment is of the involvement of proscribed loyalist terrorist organisations in the recent violence in Northern Ireland. [139200]

Mike Penning: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs Villiers) and I continue to keep the Prime Minister and Cabinet colleagues, including the Home Secretary, briefed on developments in Northern Ireland.

The Chief Constable has said that although individual members of loyalist paramilitary organisations have been involved in recent public disorder, the recent violence has not been sanctioned by their leadership.

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of procurement contracts offered by her Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138872]

Mike Penning: All procurement contracts offered by my Department are advertised on the eSourcing NI website which is the dedicated website for public sector procurement in Northern Ireland.

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Public Accounts Commission

House of Lords

10. John Mann: To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what assessment he has made of the adequacy of scrutiny of the House of Lords under the current strategy of the National Audit Office. [139100]

Mr Leigh: The NAO's strategy is to provide assurance to both Houses of Parliament that public funds are properly spent. The Comptroller and Auditor General audits the resource accounts of the House of Lords which is equivalent to his audit of any Government Department. The resource accounts include both the costs of running the House of Lords administration and the expenses and allowances payable to Members of the House of Lords. The Comptroller and Auditor General reports the results of his audit to both Houses of Parliament. I therefore consider that the Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of the House of Lords provides adequate financial scrutiny over the House of Lords.

Transport

Commuters

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the average daily distance travelled to and from work by commuters in each of the last five years. [139240]

Norman Baker: Estimates of the average length of a commuting trip are available from the National Travel Survey. Figures for the last five years for which data are available (2007-2011) are as follows:

 Average commuting trip length (miles)

2007

8.9

2008

8.6

2009

8.6

2010

9.0

2011

8.9

Source: Department for Transport statistical table NTS0405, downloadable from: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/nts04-purpose- of-trips

A daily average total distance travelled to and from work can be estimated at twice the distances shown in the table, assuming one home-to-work trip and one work-to-home trip per day.


Railways: Scotland

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects new rolling stock for the Anglo-Scottish sleeper service to be procured. [139381]

Mr Simon Burns: Responsibility for Anglo-Scottish sleeper services lies with the Scottish Government. Questions relating to those services, including the procurement of new rolling stock, should be addressed to that organisation.

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Rescue Services: Rural Areas

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on protecting coastguard stations in rural communities. [139045]

Stephen Hammond: The Government announced their policy on the modernisation of Her Majesty's Coastguard on 22 November 2011. The blueprint document which supports this announcement is available on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's website.

The co-ordination arrangements will allow the workload to be better managed across the new national network. The modernisation plans include specific steps to increase the support to our voluntary coastguard rescue officers and Her Majesty's Coastguard will have a greater presence in coastal communities. No frontline services will be affected.

Shipping: Employment

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Oxford Economics report for Maritime UK on the economic impact of the UK Maritime Services Sector published in December 2012, if he will estimate the proportion of the estimated 48,200 UK-based jobs in the shipping industry in 2011 that were filled by seafarers. [139154]

Stephen Hammond: The Department does not hold the information to provide this detail.

Shipping: Equal Pay

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of non-UK seafarer ratings and officers employed on UK-registered vessels are protected from pay discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011. [139153]

Stephen Hammond: The Department does not hold this information.

Shipping: Foreign Workers

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of non-UK seafarer ratings and officers employed on UK-registered vessels in 2011 were non-EEA nationals. [139160]

Stephen Hammond: The Department does not hold this information.

Thameslink Railway Line

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the legality of the procurement process for the Thameslink rolling stock. [139052]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has continually taken account of its legal obligations throughout the Thameslink rolling stock procurement process to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

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Tonnage Tax

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the proportion of the total number of jobs on ships which qualified for the tonnage tax scheme in 2012 that were held by (a) UK seafarers, (b) EEA seafarers and (c) non-EEA seafarers. [139155]

Stephen Hammond: The Department only holds figures for seafarers employed in the deck and engine departments on vessels in the tonnage tax. The proportions by nationality of seafarers in such jobs, as currently reported to us by companies and groups for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 tonnage tax training commitment years, are as follows:

Percentage
 UK seafarersOther EEA seafarersNon-EEA seafarers

2011-12

23.4

20.2

56.4

2012-13

23.7

19.9

56.4

Written Questions

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day by his Department (a) received a substantive answer after the named day and (b) have not received a substantive answer in this Session; [139323]

(2) how many and what proportion of questions tabled for ordinary written answer by his Department (a) were answered after 30 days and (b) have not been answered in this Session. [139324]

Norman Baker: Up to 22 January, Department for Transport Ministers have answered 470 named day PQs so far this session. Of these, 425 were answered on time, which accounts for 90.4%. 45 (9.6%) were answered after the named day. Six named day PQs have yet to receive a substantive answer, none of which is past its named day.

Up to 22 January, Department for Transport Ministers have answered 1,714 ordinary written Parliamentary Questions. All of these received an answer before 30 sitting days after tabling. There are currently 22 questions that have not yet received an answer, all of which were tabled in the past week.

The Government have committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written parliamentary question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the session. Statistics relating to Government Department's performance for the 2010/12 parliamentary session were previously provided to the committee and are available on the Parliament website.

Treasury

11 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) official and (b) charity receptions he held at 11 Downing Street in 2011-12; and what the (i) date and (ii) cost to the public purse was of each. [137341]

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Sajid Javid: There have been 13 receptions held for charities in the last 12 months hosted by the Chancellor and other Ministers, and eight receptions relating to Government business.

There has been no cost to the public purse for any charitable receptions held at No. 11. Information relating to costs of receptions held for Government business is not readily available.

Bank Services: ICT

Mr Raab: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the potential cost of the Government creating an IT system to facilitate retail bank account portability. [139163]

Sajid Javid: Following recommendations by the Independent Commission on Banking, the Government have secured an industry commitment to deliver a seven-day account switching service by September 2013.

The Government have been clear that further measures, including “full account portability”, will be considered if this service does not deliver the expected consumer benefits.

Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the report of the Ministerial Working Group on the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland; [138939]

Mr Gauke: The report of the Joint Ministerial Working Group has made real progress in understanding the practicalities and potential impacts of devolution to Northern Ireland. A decision on the report will be made in due course.

Emigration

Nick de Bois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2013, Official Report, column 983W, on emigration, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of emigration; and if he will make a statement. [139041]

Sajid Javid: It is very difficult to make robust estimates of the effect on the UK economy of emigration, especially when trying to assess the costs and benefits of different types of migrants. Any assessment should take into account immigration and hence consider the effect of net migration to the UK.

There are many factors to consider when assessing the impact of emigration on the economy, such as the age, economic activity and skills of the migrants and how these interact with the resident and immigrant population. A recent Home Office report examined emigration from the UK and found that the majority of British people emigrating are of working age, there appears to be an inverse association between British emigration and unemployment in the UK, and that a large and increasing proportion of British citizens emigrating from the UK are those from professional or managerial occupations.

This study is available here:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/horr68/horr68-report?view=Binary

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Gift Aid

John Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2013, Official Report, column 760W, on gift aid, (1) if he will undertake research to establish how many people know how to donate under gift aid; [138661]

(2) if he will undertake a campaign to explain to the public how to donate under gift aid; [138662]

(3) if he will undertake research on why some donors do not donate under gift aid. [138663]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury regularly engages with charities and their representative bodies to discuss how to improve the gift aid system.

In the autumn statement the Chancellor announced that

“the Government will examine whether the administration of Gift Aid can be improved to reflect new ways of giving money to charity, in particular digital giving”.

Following this we are exploring with charities what scope there is to ease the administrative burden on claiming gift aid through these channels, so making gift aid more attractive to donors.

We have no current plans to undertake a formal campaign or research into the take-up of gift aid.

Mortgages: Arrears

Bob Blackman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with the banking sector measures to give flexibility to people with cancer who go into mortgage arrears because of being unable to work during treatment. [138926]

Sajid Javid: The Government are determined that repossession is a last resort for lenders to take, whatever the reason for that individual entering arrears. This is set out in the Mortgage Pre-Action Protocol.

The Government are also committed to supporting people who are diagnosed with cancer. Homeowners who have a mortgage, and who receive income-based employment and support allowance (ESA)—a benefit that is intended for those who are ill or disabled, including those with cancer—may be entitled to support for mortgage interest (SMI).

SMI is intended to provide financial help towards mortgage costs of claimants, in order to help them to avoid mortgage arrears and subsequent repossession. It covers eligible interest on loans, up to prescribed capital limits, taken out to purchase a home and on certain home improvement loans.

Claimants who receive SMI as part of their ESA award do not have a time-limit applied to their SMI claim.

Autumn statement 2012 announced that temporary measures to increase the generosity of SMI to working-age claimants have been extended until 2015.

Pensions

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the rules which he announced in the 2012 autumn statement on changes to drawdown rates for pensions will be implemented. [138654]

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Sajid Javid: The change announced at autumn statement is subject to legislation being passed by Parliament as part of Finance Bill 2013. The Government published draft Finance Bill legislation on 17 January. It would allow individuals to choose to receive drawdown pension income up to 120% of an equivalent annuity for all drawdown pension years starting on or after 26 March 2013.

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138875]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury comply with the Government's Transparency agenda and routinely publish opportunities, tenders and contracts with a value £10,000 (excluding VAT) and above on Contracts Finder:

www.contractsfinder.co.uk

Departmental performance (on a month by month basis) for the period up to end November 2012 can be viewed at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/transparency-progress-reports

HM Treasury's performance including December 2012 will be reported by the Cabinet Office in February 2013.

Public Expenditure

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to commence the next comprehensive spending review. [138694]

Danny Alexander: Departmental budgets have been set to financial year 2014-15. As announced in the autumn statement 2012, the Government will set out detailed spending plans for 2015-16 in the first half of this year.

Railways: Freight

Mrs Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1113W, on railways: Radlett, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had any discussions on (i) the Helioslough Radlett rail freight exchange proposal and (ii) other rail freight issues since May 2012; and whether he has received any representations on these issues since May 2012. [138608]

Danny Alexander: Treasury Ministers and officials receive regular correspondence and representations from external organisations whom they engage with as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations, available at:

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

Retail Prices Index

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the indexation basis of new issues of index-linked gilt-edged securities

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following the review by the Office for National Statistics of the retail prices index. [139162]

Sajid Javid: As set out in my written ministerial statement of 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 21WS, the Government will continue to issue new index-linked gilts linked to the retail prices index.

Separately, the Government announced at autumn statement 2011 that they would not issue gilts linked to the consumer prices index (CPI) in 2012-13 but would keep the case to issue CPI-linked gilts in the medium-term under review.

The Government will as usual set out the Debt Management Office's financing remit for the next financial year at Budget.

Wales

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138876]

Stephen Crabb: The Wales Office obtains its support services through the Ministry of Justice, and has not procured any contracts on its own.

Work and Pensions

Employment and Support Allowance

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total level of underpayment of employment and support allowance as a result of departmental error was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland and (iii) South Lanarkshire; and how many people in each such area were affected. [139042]

Mr Hoban: The information is not available in the format requested.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount is by which the income of cancer patients in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group of employment and support allowance will be reduced as a result of the decision to uprate components of employment and support allowance by 1% instead of CPI in (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16. [139136]

Steve Webb: It is not possible to provide an average amount of income for cancer patients as the data cannot be broken down according to illness.

Housing Benefit

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the housing benefit cap on people who will no longer be excluded due to the change in retirement age. [137578]

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Steve Webb: The equalisation of women's state pension age with men's, the legislated rise in state pension age to 66, and the announced rise to age 67 were factored into the updated Benefit Cap Impact Assessment which was published on 16 July 2012 and the updated Equality Impact Assessment which was published on 23 July 2012.

The Impact Assessment can be accessed at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/benefit-cap-wr2011-ia.pdf

and the Equality Impact Assessment at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-benefit-cap-wr2011.pdf

These changes in state pension age will not lead to the benefit cap affecting anyone who has reached state pension age on its introduction in April 2013.

Housing Benefits: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the amount of housing benefit payments paid in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland has been in each of the last five years. [139049]

Steve Webb: Housing benefit expenditure by parliamentary constituency is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Housing benefit expenditure by local authority, region and country is on the table entitled “Tables showing benefit expenditure by country, region and local authority from 2000/01 to 2011/12" which can be accessed via the following URL:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/index.php ?page=expenditure

Such information by parliamentary constituency that is available is on a new visualisation tool Stat-Xplore published at:

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

Jobcentre Plus: Greater London

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices in London have dedicated lone parent advisers. [139135]

Mr Hoban: All 67 Jobcentre Plus offices in London have dedicated lone parent advisers.

Pensions

Richard Graham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what feedback he has received from stakeholders following the launch of automatic enrolment on to workplace pensions. [139538]

Steve Webb: The response to automatic enrolment has been consistently positive. Stakeholders have broadly welcomed the launch of automatic enrolment, maintaining the consensus supporting the workplace pension reform programme.

We are in regular contact with a wide range of representatives about the implementation of these reforms. This includes pension providers, payroll companies, intermediaries, and consumer groups, and we welcome their feedback on their experiences.

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Poverty: Children

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential effect of (a) universal credit and (b) the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill on child poverty in Scotland. [139043]

Esther McVey: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on 15 January 2013, Official Report, columns 715-17W. The requested figures are not available at lower geographies.

Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for benefit fraud in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland and (iii) South Lanarkshire in each of the last five years. [139053]

Mr Hoban: The number of investigations closed by Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) for the fiscal years 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 within Great Britain and the proportion closed in Scotland. The information is not available for the South Lanarkshire area.

 Great BritainScotland

2008-09

128,513

13,716

2009-10

150,146

15,712

2010-11

154,819

15,291

2011-12

165,387

15,769

The information in the format above is not available for the fiscal year 2007-08.

The number of people convicted for benefit fraud from DWP's investigations in each year requested is shown as follows identifying the number for Great Britain and the proportion convicted for Scotland. The information is not readily available for the South Lanarkshire area.

 Great BritainScotland

2007-08

7,745

117

2008-09

6,700

119

2009-10

7,040

434

2010-11

8,598

514

2011-12

9,861

692

Staff

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to pay compensation under his Department's work force management redeployment package for (a) mobile and (b) non-mobile grades who decide to travel outside of their mobility conditions of service travelling time to Peel Park. [139197]

Mr Hoban: Work force management redeployment packages are only used in instances where an employee is being asked to work outside of their mobility and as a redundancy avoidance measure.

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Staff moving to Peel Park who are in a mobile grade can be compulsorily transferred anywhere in the UK. They may be entitled to receive excess fares. A limited redeployment package of up to a maximum of £10,000 would only be paid if their transfer requires a home move, subject to their individual circumstances. This is not a work force management redeployment package (WMRP).

Staff in a non-mobile grade who may be at risk of redundancy and who are willing to accept a permanent post outside of their normal reasonable daily travel may receive the WMRP, subject to their individual circumstances.

Work Capability Assessment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 725W, on work capability assessment, how many of those with Parkinson's disease who were found fit for work at their first repeat assessment appealed against this finding; and how many such people had their appeal upheld. [139134]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not readily available. We estimate that the work required to produce this information would come at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to record the number of appeals of the outcomes of work capability assessments which are based on claims (a) that the Atos report does not accurately reflect discussions or physical examinations which took place at the assessment and (b) of disagreement between Atos assessment reports and supporting medical letters from a claimant's GP or consultant. [139137]

Mr Hoban: DWP maintains records of the number of appeals which are received based on the work capability assessment. Obtaining data to the level of detail suggested would involve disproportionate cost. We therefore have no plans to collect the proposed data.

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Atos health care professionals are trained in disability assessment to a standard commensurate with their required role of providing advice on the functional effects of a person's condition or disability to a DWP decision maker in respect of benefit entitlement. [139138]

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Mr Hoban: All Atos' health care professionals (HCPs) are trained in disability assessment, providing advice on the functional effects of a person's condition or disability to a DWP decision maker, who will make a decision on benefit entitlement.

Following training, all HCP assessments are audited until they achieve four consecutive A grade reports. This ensures reports are of the required standard.

All HCPs are then referred to the Department's Chief Medical Adviser for approval on behalf of the Secretary of State. Following approval, audit is ongoing, at a reduced frequency to ensure HCP reports remain at the required standard.

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessments were carried out in 2012 by Atos; and in how many such assessments the claimant was successful. [139140]

Mr Hoban: The Department regularly publishes statistics on work capability assessment (WCA) outcomes for new employment and support allowance (ESA) claims, and for people undergoing the incapacity benefits reassessment (IBR) process.

The latest ESA statistics were released in January 2013 and can be found here:

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

The latest IBR statistics were released in November 2012 and can be found here:

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

Work Programme: Cumbria

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Copeland constituency participated in the Work programme scheme in 2012; and how many such people went on to find permanent employment as a result. [139050]

Mr Hoban: Statistics on how many people in Copeland constituency participated in the Work programme in 2012 can be found at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

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

Statistics on how many such people went on to find permanent employment are not available.