UK Membership of EU

Wayne David: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have been sought with (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Departments by (i) Ministers, special advisers and civil servants in other Departments, (ii) representatives of the European Commission or other European institutions and (iii) representatives of governments of the member states of the European Union to discuss renegotiation of Britain's terms of membership of the EU; and how many have taken place. [141685]

Greg Clark: Treasury Ministers and officials engage with a wide variety of 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 organisations. This is available online at:

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

Education

Adoption

Craig Whittaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the role of voluntary adoption agencies in recruiting adopters. [138520]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 21 January 2013]: The Government believe that Voluntary Adoption Agencies are an essential part of the adopter recruitment system. To ensure the Department's adoption reform programme is informed by the expertise contained within the voluntary sector, members of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA UK) are a part of the expert working group that advises the Department on its adoption reform programme.

The CVAA's Sector Performance report for England for 2011-2012 reported that Voluntary Adoption Agencies placed 20% more children with adoptive families than in the previous year—611 in comparison to 510. Ministers and officials regularly meet representatives of Voluntary Adoption Agencies to discuss how the sector can work with the Government to improve and increase the recruitment and approval of adopters. To this end, the Department has announced a £1 million grant to the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies to enable it to pump-prime local Voluntary Adoption Agencies to recruit more adopters.

Craig Whittaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what role he plans for voluntary adoption agencies in recruiting adopters and tackling the shortage of adopters. [138571]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 21 January 2013]: The Government's current adoption reform programme will help all adoption agencies make improvements to their services and increase the number of adopters they recruit. We have proposed a more streamlined adopter approval process and commissioned market research into attitudes, motivations and barriers to adoption to support the recruitment of adopters. We have also announced improvements to adoption support and launched the National Gateway for Adoption, which is an information line providing accurate advice to people interested in adoption.

We welcome the commitment from the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies to increase the number of children placed with Voluntary Adoption Agency

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approved adoptive families by 20% each year for the next three years. We are committed to continuing to work with Voluntary Adoption Agencies to make sure that all the children who need adoption can swiftly find loving homes. In particular, we welcome recent signs that local authority representatives are seriously considering raising the level of the fee paid by one local authority to another to that charged by Voluntary Adoption Agencies. This will remove a significant barrier to greater Voluntary Adoption Agency participation in the system.

In addition, the Department has announced a £1 million grant to the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies to enable it to pump-prime local Voluntary Adoption Agencies to recruit more adopters.

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children (a) were placed for adoption, (b) were adopted and (c) started to be looked after due to the breakdown of an adoptive family in each year since 2003. [140605]

Mr Timpson: Information on the number of looked after children who were (a) placed for adoption and (b) adopted for the years ending 31 March 2003 to 2012 is shown in the following table:

Children looked after at 31 March who were (a) placed for adoption in the year ending 31 March or (b) adopted during the year ending 31 March, years ending 31 March 2003 to 2012, coverage: England
Number
 All looked after children who were placed for adoption at 31 March(1, 2)All looked after children who were adopted during the year ending 31 March(1, 2)

2003

3,790

3,540

2004

3,610

3,760

2005

3,440

3,770

2006

3,020

3,700

2007

2,710

3,330

2008

2,860

3,180

2009

2,680

3,330

2010

2,510

3,200

2011

2,710

3,090

2012

2,680

3,450

(1) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. (2) Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials. Source: SSDA 903

Information on the number of children who started to be looked after following the breakdown of an adoptive family is not currently available. Information on children who return to care following the breakdown of a previous adoption will be collected for the first time in 2014.

Children: Human Trafficking

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what pilot schemes his Department is funding to improve the care of child victims of human trafficking. [140816]

Mr Timpson: The Department for Education (DFE) is supporting a Barnardo's project through an investment of £1.4 million over two years from 2011-12 to 2012-13. This project is developing specialised foster care placements for victims of trafficking and child sexual exploitation, and a high quality two day training course for foster carers.

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The DFE is currently considering applications from voluntary and community sector organisations for grants for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Schools: Freedom of Expression

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on freedom of speech for staff in schools who are opposed to same sex marriage of the case between Mr Adrian Smith and Trafford Housing Trust. [135044]

Mr Laws: The Government's proposals for equal marriage do not change anything about freedom of speech for staff. Schools have a responsibility to educate children, and not to impose the opinions of teachers or politicians on them.

Cabinet Office

Civil Servants: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people he plans to recruit into the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2013 in Scotland. [141038]

Mr Maude: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 17 January 2013, Official Report, column 935W, to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Tom Blenkinsop).

Cleveland Fire Brigade

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) who drafted the Invitation for Tender issued in December 2012 for the Mutual Support Programme for Cleveland Fire Brigade; [141782]

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the invitation to tender for support provision under his Department's Mutuals Support Programme for Cleveland Fire Brigade; [141818]

(3) whether he will place in the Library all correspondence between (a) his Department, (b) the Government Procurement Service, (c) Cleveland Fire Brigade and (d) Cleveland Fire Authority about the drafting of the invitation to tender for Cleveland Fire Brigade's mutual support programme. [141627]

Mr Hurd: The Cabinet Office Mutuals Support Programme details all the support it provides on its website at:

http://mutuals.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Invitations to tender were drafted by Cabinet Office officials and representatives of Cleveland Fire Brigade. Copies have been placed in the Library, but are also published on the Contracts Finder website.

In line with the practice of previous Administrations such correspondence is not normally disclosed.

Cybercrime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the potential cost to (a) the public purse, (b) businesses and (c) individual citizens of breaches of cyber security. [141362]

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Miss Chloe Smith [holding answer 4 February 2013]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire), on 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 418W.

Efficiency and Reform Group

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the budget is of the Efficiency and Reform Group in each of the next three years; [141819]

(2) what reforms have been recommended by the Efficiency and Reform Group to date; and how many of those reforms had been implemented by 13 January 2013. [141823]

Mr Maude: The Efficiency and Reform Group budget is published annually as part of the Main Supply Estimates and this is then updated in the Supplementary Estimates. Main Supply Estimates 2012-13 were published on 19 April 2012 (HC1919) and it is expected that the Supplementary Estimates 2012-13 will be published during the week commencing 11 February 2013.

The Efficiency and Reform Group has helped Departments to make a host of reforms which have transformed Whitehall. Since the General Election it has supported Departments in making savings for the taxpayer of over £12 billion.

Employment: East Sussex

Amber Rudd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people in (a) Hastings and Rye constituency and (b) East Sussex were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. [141610]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking, what proportion of people in (a) Hastings and Rye constituency and (b) East Sussex were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. (141610)

Employment statistics for local areas are calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Estimates of people employed in the third sector are currently not available from APS. Individuals employed in voluntary organisations, charities and trusts are included in private sector estimates.

Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. In the APS the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on a National Accounts' definition and are not available for areas smaller than regions.

The tables show the number and percentage of people aged 16 to 64 years, who were employed in the public or private sector along with those who were unemployed or inactive, resident in Hastings and Rye constituency and East Sussex. These estimates are compiled from APS interviews held during the period October 2011 to September 2012, the latest period available, and the 12 month periods ending in December from 2008 to 2011. It

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should also be noted that the estimates also include people who were employed but have not provided enough information to be accurately included in either the public or private sectors.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the table. The Table will be stored in the Library of the House.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOM13 website at

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Employment: East Yorkshire

Mr David Davis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) East Yorkshire were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. [141381]

Mr Hurd [holding answer 4 February 2013]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking, what proportion of people in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) East Yorkshire were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. (141381)

Employment statistics for local areas are calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Estimates of people employed in the third sector are currently not available from APS. Individuals employed in voluntary organisations, charities and trusts are included in private sector estimates.

Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. In the APS the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on a National Accounts' definition and are not available for areas smaller than regions.

The tables show the number and percentage of people aged 16 to 64 years, who were employed in the public or private sector along with those who were unemployed or inactive, resident in Haltemprice and Howden constituency and the East Riding of Yorkshire. These estimates are compiled from APS interviews held during the period October 2011 to September 2012, the latest period available, and the 12 month periods ending in December from 2008 to 2011. It should also be noted that the estimates also include people who were employed but have not provided enough information to be accurately included in either the public or private sectors.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the tables, which will be stored in the Library of the House.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk


Employment: Lancashire

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. [141838]

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Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking, what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire were employed in the (i) private, (ii) public and (iii) third sector in each of the last five years. (141838)

Employment statistics for local areas are calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Estimates of people employed in the third sector are currently not available from APS. Individuals employed in voluntary organisations, charities and trusts are included in private sector estimates.

Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. In the APS the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on a National Accounts' definition and are not available for areas smaller than regions.

The tables show the number and percentage of people aged 16 to 64 years, who were employed in the public or private sector along with those who were unemployed or inactive, resident in Pendle constituency and Lancashire. These estimates are compiled from APS interviews held during the period October 2011 to September 2012, the latest period available, and the 12 month periods ending in December from 2008 to 2011. It should be noted that the estimates also include people who were employed but have not provided enough information to be accurately included in either the public or private sectors.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the table. The tables will be stored in the Library of the House.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [141452]

Miss Chloe Smith: Procurement cards were introduced in 1997 but in the past there was no consistent approach to monitoring them or controlling procurement spend. By clamping down on waste, making procurement smarter and slashing the use of these cards, we saved the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds since May 2010. And information on procurement card use is now published for everyone to see and scrutinise.

Since May 2010 we have tightened the controls on the use of cards and implemented new cross-Whitehall standards, a taskforce to tackle fraud, and a group that monitors the spend and activity on cards.

The average spend per GPC cardholder in the Cabinet Office in 2011 was £1,023,11, and £804.74 in 2012.

The information for the Department's arm's length bodies is not held centrally.

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Health

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will publish the location of the 175 evidence gathering events that the Office for National Statistics held in developing the measurement of well-being; [141418]

(2) with which policymakers and academics the Office for National Statistics has collaborated with in developing a measure of well-being; [141419]

(3) what international collaboration the Office for National Statistics has developed on the subject of well-being; [141420]

(4) what recent assessment he has made of trends on well-being at work. [141518]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated 1 February 2013:

As Director-General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office to provide further details relating to work of the Measuring National Well-being (MNW) Programme. Each of your questions is answered separately, combining the questions on collaboration.

1. To ask the Minister for the Cabinet, if he will publish the location of the 175 evidence gathering events that the Office for National Statistics held in developing the measurement of well-being (141418).

Information pertaining to the location and nature of the 175 events during the Measuring National Well-being National Debate were published on the Office for National Statistics website in July 2011. This information can be found in Annex A of the ‘Findings from the National Well-being Debate—July 2011’ report at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/well-being/publications/index.html

2. To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with which policymakers and academics the Office for National Statistics has collaborated with in developing a measure of well-being. (141419) and To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what international collaboration the Office for National Statistics has developed on the subject of well-being (141420)

The Measuring National Well-being Programme has collaborated with policy makers, academics and the international stakeholders from the start of the programme in November 2010.

The development of well-being measures has been discussed at engagements with policy makers through two groups: the ‘Well-being Policy Steering Group’ (hosted by Cabinet Office) of which the National Statistician is a member and the ‘Social Impacts Task Force’ (hosted by HM Treasury) of which the Deputy Programme Director is a member.

In early 2011 the Programme Director and the Programme Sponsor (the National Statistician) convened two advisory groups: the ‘MNW Advisory Forum’ and the ‘MNW Advisory Group’. The membership of these groups includes academics, policy makers, international stakeholders, third sector, other government departments and think tanks. These groups have provided advice and technical expertise to aid the delivery of measures and methodological approaches. Membership details for these groups can be found at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/well-being/advisory-groups/index.html

The Programme has collaborated heavily with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who are driving forward the measurement of progress across the European Union and further afield. In

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addition, the Programme has collaboratedclosely with Eurostat (i.e. Expert Group on ‘Quality of Life’) and UN SEEA Ecosystem Accounting Group in taking forward the well-being and environmental agendas.

3. To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of trends on wellbeing at work (141518)

The Measuring National Well-being Programme has not carried out any assessment of trends on well-being at work to date.

Due to the size of this document it will be stored in the Library of the House.

ICT

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the top 20 ICT suppliers to his Department were in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [141822]

Mr Hurd: This Government are committed to transparency, and since January 2011, central Government Departments have been required to publish on Contracts Finder information on the contracts they award:

https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

Infrastructure

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage private owners of critical national infrastructure to increase its resilience. [141567]

Miss Chloe Smith [holding answer 4 February 2013]: The UK's National Security Strategy and the UK's Strategy for Countering Terrorism (CONTEST) both identify the importance of ensuring the security and resilience of our most important infrastructure.

The Cabinet Office works with other Government Departments, intelligence agencies, regulators and trade bodies to encourage owners and operators of ‘Critical National Infrastructure' to improve their resilience by identifying risks, assessing vulnerabilities and encouraging proportionate mitigation measures.

Overtime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his

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Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13 to date. [141472]

Mr Maude: Overtime payments have fallen significantly since before the last General Election. This should be seen in the context of the work—led by my Department's Efficiency and Reform Group since May 2010—to drive savings from across Whitehall which has so far saved the taxpayer over £12 billion.

Average overtime costs in the Cabinet Office in 2009-10 were £989. In 2010-11 they were £703 and in 2011-12 they were £662.

Total overtime payments have also been down every year since the General Election, compared with 2009-10. Last year they were £1.14 million, and in 2010-11 they were £1.16 million.

Figures for 2012-13 will be released in due course. Data for arm’s length bodies are not held centrally.

Pay

Amber Rudd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average annual salary was for (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment in (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) East Sussex, (iii) the South East and (iv) England in each of the last five years. [141611]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average annual salary was for (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment in (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) East Sussex, (iii) the South East and (iv) England in each of the last five years. (141611)

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Annual levels of earnings are estimated from ASHE, and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay, who have been in the same job for more than a year.

The following table shows the median gross annual earnings for employee jobs in (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) East Sussex local authority, (iii) the South East and (iv) England for full-time males and full-time females, for each year from 2008 to 2012.

Median gross annual earnings (£)—for employee jobs(1) in (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) East Sussex local authority, (iii) the South East and (iv) England, for full-time males and full-time females from 2008-12
 Hastings and Rye constituencyEast Sussex local authoritySouth EastEngland
 MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale

2008(2)

**20,692

**18,705

*23,230

**19,486

29,882

22,468

28,023

21,792

2009(2)

**22,413

**18,065

*24,872

**19,717

30,373

22,997

28,657

22,402

2010(2)

**24,952

*19,417

25,083

*20,967

30,423

23,247

28,552

22,780

2011(2)

**25,066

**20,957

*25,642

*21,320

30,748

23,446

28,833

23,069

2011(3)

**25,004

**20,350

*25,775

*21,006

30,949

23,194

28,817

22,831

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2012(3)

**22,858

**21,219

*24,378

*22,333

31,194

24,000

29,102

23,321

(1) Employees on adult rates who have been in the same job for more than one year. (2) Results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2000. (3) Results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2010. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: CV =5% * CV >5% and =10% ** CV>10% and =20% CV = Coefficient of Variation Source: Annual Population Survey and Annual Labour Force Survey

Pay: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average salary was in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency for (i) women and (ii) men in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [141711]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average salary was in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency for (i) women and (ii) men in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (141711)

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Annual levels of earnings are estimated from ASHE, and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay, who have been in the same job for more than a year.

The following table shows the median gross annual earnings for all male and all female employee jobs in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency, for each year from 2010 to 2012.

Median gross annual earnings (£) for all male and all female employee jobs(1) in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency, from 2010-12
 ScotlandKilmarnock and Loudoun constituency
 MaleFemaleMaleFemale

2010(2)

25,610

16,500

*23,897

**16,489

2011(2)

25,470

16,521

**21,598

**16,184

2011(3)

25,303

16,326

**21,340

**15,844

2012(3)

25,836

16,760

**22,864

**16,776

(1 )Employees on adult rates who have been in the same job for more than one year. (2 )Results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2000. (3 )Results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2010. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5%, we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. Key: CV <= 5% * CV > 5% and <= 10% ** CV>10% and <=20% Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics.

Public Sector: East Midlands

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public sector jobs have been lost in (a) Nottingham and (b) the East Midlands since May 2010. [141581]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many public sector jobs have been lost in (a) Nottingham and (b) the East Midlands since May 2010. (141581)

ONS compiles Labour Market Statistics following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions for areas smaller than the UK from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

Information regarding jobs lost is not available. As an alternative we have provided estimates of the change in number of people who were employed in the public sector according to survey responses.

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Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. In the APS the distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on a National Accounts' definition and are not available for areas smaller than regions.

The following table shows the number of people who were employed in the public sector during the 12 month periods ending June 2010, the survey period closest to May 2010, and September 2012 the latest period available, along with the net change between these two periods.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of people employed in the public sector
Thousand
12 months endingJune 2010September2012Change between 12 month periods ending June 2010 and September 2012

Nottingham

34

34

(1)

East Midlands

517

463

-53

(1) Less than 500 Note: All estimates are independently rounded. Source: Annual Population Survey

Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting departmental offices; [141068]

(2) how many senior officials in his Department's arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting the offices of the arm's-length body. [141069]

Mr Maude: The details requested are not held centrally.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many chairs in his Department's arm's-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm's-length body; [141070]

(2) how many senior officials of his Department's arm's-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm's-length body. [141071]

Mr Maude: This information is not held centrally within the Cabinet Office.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Algeria

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet representatives of Polisario to discuss the security situation in Algeria and that part of Western Sahara under their control. [141027]

Alistair Burt: We have no current plans to meet representatives of the Polisario to discuss the security situation in Algeria. However, officials have met representatives of Polisario to discuss Western Sahara.

Babar Ahmed

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support and assistance the Government have provided to the family of Babar Ahmed. [141795]

Alistair Burt: Consular staff are in contact with Mr Ahmad and his family and are providing consular assistance to them. However, due to consular confidentiality we cannot share full details of consular cases with third parties, including hon. and right hon. Members, if not authorised to do so by the individual who is receiving consular assistance. Details of the assistance we provide to British nationals detained in the United States of America are provided on our website:

http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/arrested

British Nationals Abroad: Capital Punishment

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on contributing to the costs of appeals for British nationals on death row. [141401]

Mark Simmonds: It is the policy of the British Government not to pay for legal representation for British nationals overseas. However, we can assist British nationals in identifying potential legal representation in a number of ways, including by providing a list of local lawyers and by working closely with non-governmental organisations with experience of death penalty cases.

British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what residency rights UK citizens have in other European countries beyond those which derive from membership of the EU and the European economic area. [140897]

Mr Lidington: UK citizens' rights to live and work in other EU and European economic area (EEA) countries are part of their rights to free movement, derived from EU and EEA membership.

Croatia

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what transitional arrangements will be in place for the planned accession of Croatia to the European Union. [140827]

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Mr Lidington: Croatia has agreed a limited number of transitional arrangements with the EU, which are publicly available—listed in Annex 5 of the treaty of accession. Recognising that in some areas it is reasonable to provide a "phase-in" period, many of the transitional arrangements permit a delay in application of the acquis in specific technical areas for a set period of time to enable Croatia to come into full alignment with the EU's rules while ensuring the continued functioning of the single market upon its accession.

The arrangements for Croatia include: transitional arrangements on the free movement of persons by which other member states can apply transitional arrangements restricting Croatian nationals' access to their labour markets for up to five years and for a further two years in the event of serious labour market disturbance; additional time for Croatia to meet the EU's environmental standards; an adjustment period to enable certain Croatian producers that do not yet meet the single market's rules to continue to market their products in Croatia only; and temporary arrangements that will enable the operation of the border crossing at Neum of Croatian goods transiting Bosnia and Herzegovina that re-enter Croatian territory. In addition, the Croatian accession treaty includes transitional arrangements to enable the ceiling on MEP numbers to be temporarily lifted for the remainder of the 2009 to 2014 term to allow for an additional 12 Croatian MEPs.

The Government are committed to applying transitional restrictions on workers from all future accessions to the European Union and will apply such restrictions to Croatian nationals from 1 July 2013. Regulations implementing such restrictions, which will restrict Croatian nationals' access to the labour market to skilled workers, will be laid before Parliament in due course. The Home Office published a Statement of Intent in October 2012 which can be found here:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/immigration/croatia-eu-accession/?view=Standard&pubID=1081807

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo on local government elections in that country. [141607]

Mark Simmonds: The lack of provincial and local elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a matter of concern. Since the DRC's presidential and parliamentary elections in November last year, the British ambassador and his staff have regularly underlined to the DRC Government, including to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), that we support the recommendations of the EU election observation mission report. This includes the provision that the DRC Government should hold provincial and local elections within reasonable deadlines and in the best possible conditions. We welcome the passage in January 2013 of election reform legislation by the National Assembly, and hope that early and effective implementation of the legislation, including the appointment of new CENI leadership, will pave the way to early and high- quality local and provincial elections.

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Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on why a peace and security framework for the Great Lakes Region was not signed at the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. [141609]

Mark Simmonds: The UK regards the peace and security framework as the potential basis for future action by regional governments, and the international community, to ensure that long-term peace and stability arc established in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We are disappointed that negotiations were not concluded in time for the framework to be signed at the recent African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Negotiations on it continue. We remain in close touch with all the parties involved and are urging them to conclude their discussions soon.

Hezbollah

Mr Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Hezbollah's involvement in the Burgas terror attack. [141204]

Alistair Burt: We remain deeply concerned by indications that Hezbollah was involved in the terrorist attack in Burgas. Once the official Bulgarian investigation has concluded, the EU will need to decide how to respond. Based on our national proscription, we believe there is a strong case for action against the military wing of Hezbollah. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), is in discussions with his EU counterparts on this issue as is the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May).

Mr Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on adding Hezbollah to the list of EU-proscribed organisations. [141208]

Alistair Burt: We believe there is a strong case for EU designation of the military wing of Hezbollah under the EU's terrorism asset freezing regime. We are actively discussing this with our EU partners.

Israel

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on child prisoners. [141036]

Alistair Burt: We remain concerned about the treatment of Palestinian children under the Israeli military court system. We continue to lobby the Israeli authorities for improvements, including a reduction in the number of arrests that occur at night, an end to shackling and the introduction of audio-visual recording of interrogations.

We welcomed Israel's decision of 4 October 2011 to raise the age of legal majority for Palestinian children in the Israeli military justice system, a step we had advocated. I raised the implementation of this decision with the Israel ambassador on 23 February.

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In addition to our lobbying of the Israeli authorities, we also funded and facilitated an independent report into the issue of child detainees by leading British lawyers:

http://www.childreninmilitarycustody.org/report/

We are urging the Israeli Government to take forward the recommendations from this report. Our ambassador to Israel has discussed the report's findings with the Israeli Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we will continue this dialogue. I have written to the Israeli ambassador to urge Israel to take action on the report and have discussed follow-up to the report with the right hon. Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC. The Attorney-General, during his visit to Israel in November 2012, discussed the report with his Israeli counterpart who agreed to further detailed talks between Israeli and British officials on the recommendations.

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at the UN regarding the imposition of an arms' embargo against Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [141797]

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) has not been involved in any recent discussions at the UN regarding an arms embargo against Israel and the Occupied Palestinians Territories.

The UK maintains a rigorous and transparent arms export control system, whereby all applications are assessed on a case by case basis, against the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria. The criteria make clear our commitment to assess the risk of exports being used for internal repression or to provoke or prolong armed conflicts or aggravate existing tensions or conflict in the country of final destination. We apply these criteria rigorously, including with respect to Israel.

At the same time, Israel faces some very real security threats and I do not believe that imposing a blanket arms embargo on Israel would either increase our influence or promote progress in the peace process.

Languages

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which language courses are made available to his Department's employees. [141792]

Alistair Burt: In support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) diplomatic excellence initiative we are aiming to significantly strengthen language skills throughout the FCO. This includes ensuring that our language training is targeted carefully to enable officials to perform their various roles effectively.

All UK-based FCO staff appointed to language ‘speaker' slots overseas, where the ability to communicate effectively in the host country's language is considered essential to undertaking their role, are entitled to language training.

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currently deliver training in up to 80 different languages every year including those languages which are a priority for the FCO e.g. Mandarin, Arabic and Russian.

We have recently expanded our range of language training classes offered to all members of the FCO. These classes are aimed at developing new language skills or maintaining existing ones.

To strengthen further the quality and consistency of our language training we will open a new language centre in King Charles street in summer 2013. The new centre will be able to accommodate 1,000 students a year, including staff from other Government Departments. It will include facilities for one-on-one and group training, a multi-media suite, and study space. For the first time, we will be able to accommodate all of our students on-site, including the very many FCO staff who study languages part-time.

All staff also have the opportunity to learn a language via e-learning software.

Mali

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Security Council on provisions for monitoring troop behaviour in the EU Mali mission. [141200]

Mark Simmonds: The UK supported UN Security Council Resolution 2085, which states that any support to Mali should be consistent with international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law. It requests the UN Secretary-General to ensure that the UN presence in Mali observes adherence to these laws and to include any violations in his regular reports to the Security Council.

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Concept of Operations of the EU-supported mission to Mali, what assessment he has made of the degree of separation between military and humanitarian objectives in that operation. [141222]

Mark Simmonds: The EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali will provide military training and advice to the Malian Security and Defence Forces, with the objective of strengthening military capacity to enable Government forces to take responsibility for security in Mali. Although it is primarily a military mission, part of the training package will include education on the legal and humanitarian dimensions of conflict, with a particular focus on Human Rights and the Protection of Civilians.

A programme co-ordinated by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department will separately address humanitarian objectives in Mali. However, the success of humanitarian efforts will be dependent on establishing stability and removing restrictions on access to communities affected by conflict.

Middle East

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at the UN regarding the establishment of a weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East. [141798]

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Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) and other Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers have discussed the conference with counterparts in the middle east. The UK statement to the UN General Assembly First Committee on 11 September 2012 made clear our support for the objective of establishing such a zone and our support for the facilitator of the conference, Under-Secretary of State Jaako Laajava of Finland.

Senior British officials meet regularly with representatives of the UN and the other co-convenors (the United States of America and Russia) to discuss progress and provide support to the appointed facilitator of the conference, Jaakko Laajava of Finland. The British Government support the objective of a middle east weapons of mass destruction free zone, and the convening of a conference as soon as possible. British officials have also travelled to the region to promote constructive engagement and support for the work of the facilitator.

North Africa

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions and (b) contacts he or any UK diplomatic representative has had with representatives of Touareg groups in north Africa. [141626]

Alistair Burt: In the course of their duties, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office meet with a diverse range of officials and people from north Africa. This includes leaders from various tribes within the north African region including Arab, Berber, Tuareg, and other groups indigenous to the region. We continue to encourage Governments to work with their regional neighbours on issues of common interest and concern, including security. We continue to support reform as the path to the region's long-term stability.

North Korea

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support calls to set up a Commission of Enquiry into crimes against humanity in Democratic Republic of North Korea. [140996]

Mr Swire: We agree with the principle that more needs to be done to put pressure on North Korea to improve its appalling human rights record. To this end, we are consulting with partners in the UN about whether to establish an international inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea in the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March.

Occupied Territories

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) Qassam rockets, (b) Grad rockets and (c) mortar bombs launched into Israeli territory from Gaza in 2012; and what reports he has received of the number of persons (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) slightly injured in such attacks. [140859]

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Alistair Burt: We are aware of reports that in 2012 over 2,320 rockets and 230 mortars were launched into Israeli territory from Gaza. We are also aware of reports that there were seven Israeli fatalities, 64 casualties who were seriously injured, and 218 casualties slightly injured following these attacks.

We have condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel and continue to urge all sides to exercise restraint and prevent civilian casualties and loss of life. We believe it is in no one's interest to see further violence in Gaza.

Paul Maynard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure Hamas renounce violence, recognise the State of Israel and accept previous diplomatic agreements. [141012]

Alistair Burt: We do not have any contacts with Hamas. However we continue to make clear in public and to our partners that if Hamas wish to be treated by the UK and the rest of the international community like other Islamist movements in the region, it must first make credible movement towards the conditions of renouncing violence, recognising Israel and accepting previously signed agreements.

Pakistan

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Pakistan on persecution and massacres of the Hazaras. [140734]

Alistair Burt: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to my answer of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 947W.

Palestinians

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on Palestine; and if he will make a statement. [141081]

Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), discussed a wide range of issues concerning Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process with the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on 30 November 2012 and the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on 3 December. Our officials at the embassy in Tel Aviv recently met with the Israeli Government officials and discussed a wide variety of issues pertaining to the Palestinian Authority including the issue of releasing clearance revenues to the Palestinian Authority. The UK continues to urge both sides to refrain from any steps that would make the two-state solution, or a return to negotiations, more difficult. 2013 is a crucial year for the Middle East Peace Process if progress is to be made before the window for a two-state solution closes.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent demolition of homes in the villages Al-Maleh and Al-Mayta in the northern Jordan Valley by the Israeli army on the UK's policy on Israel. [141126]

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Alistair Burt: We are aware of reports that the Israeli authorities declared the villages Al-Maleh and Al-Mayta in the northern Jordan Valley as closed military zones and proceeded with demolition of these villages. We have repeatedly made clear to the Israelis our serious concern at the increase in demolitions of Palestinian properties in the Jordan valley.

We view these demolitions and evictions as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; as harmful to the peace process; and, in all but the most limited circumstances, as contrary to international humanitarian law.

The full range of developments is factored into the UK's policy on Israel. Israel is a strategic partner for the UK but we continue to underline at the highest level our views on the need for substantive progress on the peace process.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the recent demolition of homes in the Al-Maleh region of the Jordan Valley by the Israeli army with the Israeli ambassador. [141127]

Alistair Burt: We have repeatedly raised the issue of demolitions in the Jordan Valley with the Israeli authorities. We view such demolitions and evictions as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; as harmful to the peace process; and, in all but the most limited circumstances, as contrary to international humanitarian law.

The recent demolition of homes in Al-Maleh region of Jordan Valley was raised on 21 January 2012—embassy officials in Tel Aviv raised concerns over the decision, and the impact on the local community with the Israeli Co-ordinator Of Government Activities Territories. I will also continue to discuss issues linked to settlements and demolitions with Israel's ambassador to the UK.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Israeli Government on the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank. [141128]

Alistair Burt: We have repeatedly made clear to the Israelis our serious concern at the 40% increase last year, as recorded by the UN, in demolitions of Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Officials from the British embassy in Tel Aviv raised this issue with the Israeli Co-ordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on 21 January 2013.

We view such demolitions and evictions as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; as harmful to the peace process; and, in all but the most limited circumstances, as contrary to international humanitarian law.

In addition we continue to support Palestinians facing demolition of their homes or eviction through support to the Norwegian Refugee Council legal aid programme which helps individuals to challenge these decisions in the Israeli legal system.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Israeli counterparts to urge the

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Government of Israel

(a)

to reverse the decision of the Israeli military to declare the village of Al-Maleh a closed military zone on 19 January 2013 and

(b)

to permit aid agencies to provide assistance to the village's residents. [141129]

Alistair Burt: Officials from the British embassy in Tel Aviv have raised the situation in Al-Maleh with the Israeli authorities, and the need for the International Committee of the Red Cross to be able to provide assistance to the village's residents. In addition we continue to support Palestinians facing demolition or eviction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories through support to the Norwegian Refugee Council legal aid programme which helps individuals to challenge these decisions in the Israeli legal system.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Israeli counterparts to urge the Israeli Government to lift the ban on Palestinian residents of Area C in the Jordan Valley building permanent structures or infrastructure and renovating homes. [141130]

Alistair Burt: We are concerned about the demolitions of Palestinian property in Area C in the Jordan Valley, which we consider to be, in all but the most limited cases, contrary to Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law and harmful to the peace process.

While there is no formal ban in place, the British embassy in Tel Aviv has raised with the Israeli authorities the high refusal rate, under Israel's permit system, for Palestinian residents of Area C who want to build permanent structures and homes.

Michael Ellis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the incidence of arms smuggling into Gaza. [141201]

Alistair Burt: Officials at the British embassy in Tel Aviv recently discussed continued arms smuggling into Gaza with Israel's National Security Council. The main diplomatic effort to stop arms smuggling is now the Israeli Government's dialogue with the Egyptian authorities following the November ceasefire.

The UK has also been actively engaged in international efforts to stop arms smuggling into Gaza. We are an active participant in the Gaza Counter-Arms Smuggling Initiative. This initiative aims to develop an effective framework for international cooperation, supplementary to measures taken by regional states to prevent and interdict the illicit flow of arms, ammunition, and weapons components, to Gaza.

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on whether Hamas will dismantle the Al-Qassam Brigades as part of a reconciliation deal with Fatah; and what assessment he has made of the effects of such a move on the Middle East peace process. [141214]

Alistair Burt: We have not received any reports on whether Hamas will dismantle the Al-Qassam Brigades. We are continuing to follow closely developments regarding the issue of reconciliation between Hamas

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and Fatah, including the recent meeting between President Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mesh'al in Cairo on 9 January.

The British Government's position and that of the EU remains that Palestinian reconciliation, if agreed on the basis of the principles set out by President Abbas in his speech of 4 May 2011, would be a positive step for the unity of a future Palestinian state and for reaching a two state solution.

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the implications for the Middle East peace process of unity between Fatah and Hamas. [141217]

Alistair Burt: We continue to follow closely developments regarding the issue of reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, including the recent meeting between President Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mesh'al in Cairo on 9 January. The British Government's position and that of the EU remains that Palestinian reconciliation, if agreed on the basis of the principles set out by President Abbas in his speech of 4 May 2011, would be a positive step for the unity of a future Palestinian state and for reaching a two state solution.

Jessica Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on incitement. [141352]

Alistair Burt: We raise instances of incitement with both the Palestinian Authority and Israel whenever we are aware of serious concerns. The Government oppose the advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence in all circumstances.

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish his response to the conclusions of the report sponsored by his Department, “Children in Military Custody”; and if he will make a statement. [141523]

Alistair Burt: We have welcomed the independent report entitled “Children in Military Custody” and share many of the concerns contained in it. We have passed the report to the Israeli authorities. I have written to the Israeli ambassador to London to urge Israel to take action on the report and the British embassy in Tel Aviv has also raised it with the Israeli authorities on a number of occasions. During his visit to Israel in November 2012, the Attorney-General, my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), discussed the report with the Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and other senior interlocutors. Mr Weinstein agreed to further talks between UK and British legal experts on the subject. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials discussed the recommendations and progress on this issue with a senior Israeli legal delegation on 31 January.

Private Military and Security Companies

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure UK-based private military companies are fully held to account for their actions when operating in hostile environments. [141300]

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Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to the written statement I made on 17 December 2012, Official Report, columns 72-3WS. The UK’s strategy to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights will also look to address the use of private security services and the need to protect against human right abuses by these companies in a range of situations and complex environments overseas.

Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting departmental offices. [141146]

Alistair Burt: We have assumed that the term senior officials refers to staff in our senior management structure (SMS).

Our records indicate that one senior official, employed on a fixed-term contract, works predominately from home and is entitled to claim travel expenses when visiting departmental offices.

Our records refer to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) SMS staff only and not to senior officials employed by FCO Services, an executive agency of the FCO.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior officials in his Department's arm's length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting the offices of the arm's length body. [141160]

Alistair Burt: None of the senior officials in any of our arm's length bodies have, or have had during 2012-13, terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting the offices of the arm's length body

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many chairs in his Department's arm's length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm's length body. [141174]

Alistair Burt: One. The chair of the British Council is exempt from this tax liability. The chair of the British Council receives no remuneration for the role and any expenses are claimed and paid in accordance with the British Council's processes and procedures. The postholder does not receive any travel-related payments for attending meetings at the primary office of the British Council, but they are able to claim for other travel on behalf of the British Council. Reimbursement, in line with the British Council's policy, is based on actual expenditure.

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The British Council policy on travel -related expenditure for its chair is based on a statutory dispensation from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which is available to other organisations and businesses. Claims for reimbursement for travel-related expenditure from the chair while travelling on British Council business are not taxable.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's other arm's-length bodies do not have anyone paid on this basis.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior officials of his Department's arm's length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm's length body. [141188]

Alistair Burt: The British Council policy on claims for travel related expenditure is based on a dispensation from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which is available to other organisations and businesses. The relevant rates, and limits for claims, are within permissible tax exemptions in the relevant categories. This applies to 56 senior officials of the British Council. Any claims and reimbursement for travel-related expenditure from these officials while travelling on British Council business will not be taxable.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's other arm's length bodies do not have anyone paid on this basis.

Health

Asbestos

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that people continue to be aware of the dangers of inhaling asbestos. [141286]

Anna Soubry: The Department has no current activity in this area. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out work to consider how best to build upon the success of its Hidden Killer campaign, which targeted trades people who could be exposed to asbestos as a result of their work. Information on the risks of inhalation of asbestos is available on the HSE, Health Protection Agency and NHS Direct websites. The GOV website also links to local councils in England to provide information about asbestos and its disposal.

Depression: Older People

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of volunteering on depression levels in people over 70 years old. [140843]

Norman Lamb: We have not carried out any specific assessment into the effects of volunteering on depression levels in people over 70 years of age.

However, the coalition Government strongly believe that volunteering presents a wealth of opportunities for people to learn new skills, share ideas and experiences and give back to their community. In the case of older people, volunteering can facilitate meaningful interaction with others and reduce social isolation and depression that is so damaging to their health and well-being.

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The Department's strategic vision for volunteering “Social action for health and well-being: building co-operative communities (2011)” recognises the considerable, and often untapped, potential within our communities, identifying where volunteering can add value in terms of quality and outcomes and build community capacity and resilience.

The Care and Support White Paper, “Caring for our Future (2012)” also sets out a commitment to make it easier for people to contribute to their communities through volunteering and timebanking schemes that help people share time, talents and skills with others in their community, particularly with the most vulnerable people such as the elderly and those experiencing mental health problems.

Golden Jubilee National Hospital Glasgow

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in the last year for which figures are available consultants from England travelled to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow to carry out surgery. [141715]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not collected. Hospital Episode Statistics only cover activity in England. In addition, it is not possible to identify whether a consultant was working away from their “home'’ hospital even within England.

Health Services

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of out-of-hours NHS services run by private companies and run directly by NHS organisations. [140904]

Anna Soubry: It is not possible for the Department to make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of out-of-hours NHS services run by private companies and those run by NHS organisations.

All out-of-hours services must be delivered in line with national quality requirements. Primary care trusts have a legal obligation to ensure they provide, or secure provision of, a high quality, sustainable service for their local population and are responsible for performance- managing their providers in the delivery of high-quality out-of-hours services.

Lead: Health Hazards

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the effects on human health of exposure to lead from exhaust emissions; and if he will make a statement. [141817]

Dr Poulter: The Department has no plans to commission work on this topic. The current public health significance of exposure to lead from exhaust emissions is considered to be small following the phasing out of lead from petrol. Levels of lead from exhaust emissions have declined by around 98% since 1990. The largest source of lead until 1999 was from anti-knock lead additives in petrol, which was phased out from general sale at the end of 1999.

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Mental Health Services: Birmingham

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for mental health provision in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham in each of the last five years. [140909]

Norman Lamb: Information is not available, in the format requested. Funding for national health service services is currently allocated to primary care trusts

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(PCTs). PCTs commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations; taking account of national and local priorities. From 2013-14, the NHS Commissioning Board will be responsible for the allocation of resources to clinical commissioning groups.

The following table shows the reported spend for adult mental health services in Birmingham by PCT. Data are not available by constituency. Birmingham, Erdington constituency falls within Birmingham East and North PCT.

PCT2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Birmingham East and North

39,246,050

39,335,080

n/a

41,163,890

43,057,230

Heart of Birmingham

49,837,530

48,588,810

n/a

50,847,840

47,699,040

South Birmingham

44,904,980

51,914,070

n/a

54,327,710

51,882,880

Notes: 1. The surveys were commissioned annually by the Department of Health from Mental Health Strategies and published on the Department's website. 2. The survey is non-mandatory and includes some estimated data. 3. Data cover services provided for working age adults (age 18 to 64). 4. Data for 2009-10 are not available as the Birmingham PCTs did not make a return that year. Source: National Survey of Investment in Mental Health Services, Mental Health Strategies 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham were treated for mental illness in each of the last five years. [140921]

Norman Lamb: The information is not available in the format requested.

Available data on the number of adults using national health service specialist mental care in Birmingham metropolitan district in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11 are shown in the following table:

April to March each yearMental health service users: persons count

2010-11

27,008

2009-10

26,528

2008-09

28,217

Notes: 1. Data on numbers of people under 18 accessing mental health services are not available. 2. The data relate to number of adults accessing secondary mental health care. The data do not include number of adults treated in primary care. 3. Data are provided at local authority level. Source: Mental Health Minimum Dataset 2010-11, Health and Social Care Information Centre

Mental Health Services: Lancashire

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for mental health provision in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire in each of the last three years. [141205]

Norman Lamb: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to him on 19 December 2012, Official Report, columns 851-52W.

Mental Illness: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the proportion of children with a mental disorder by family social class; [140822]

(2) what assessment he has made of the educational qualifications of the parents of children diagnosed with a mental disorder; [140886]

(3) what proportion of children with a mental disorder are members of a family which is (a) married, (b) cohabiting, (c) a single lone parent and (d) a widowed lone parent. [140887]

Norman Lamb: This information is not collected centrally.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the prevalence of mental disorder by number of children in household. [141411]

Norman Lamb: Although this is not collected centrally, the Department has given a commitment to disaggregate data for indicators in the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Framework by inequalities and equalities characteristics where possible, to support local priority setting and enable a sharper focus on inequalities in outcomes.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Pauline Latham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the amount of funding available to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is determined by his Department on an annual basis; [141548]

(2) what criteria his Department uses to determine the amount of funding allocated to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. [141549]

Norman Lamb: Funding made available by the Department to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is determined on an annual basis.

The Department adopts a business planning process for all its arm’s length bodies, including NICE. Annual business plans are developed with consideration to the

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overall national health service landscape, in alignment with Government priorities and the Department's financial targets. Funding for all arm's length bodies is agreed to ensure statutory duties can be performed alongside agreed priorities.

Nurses: West Midlands

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community psychiatric nurses, (d)

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community matrons and

(e)

community learning disabilities nurses were employed by the NHS in each primary trust area in the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available; [140912]

Dr Poulter: The information is not available in the format requested.

The numbers of full-time equivalent staff for the staff groups requested employed by national health service organisations in the West Midlands as at 31 October 2012 are shown in the following table.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing staff in the West Midlands strategic health authority area by organisation in each specified area of work as at 31 October 2012
Full-time equivalent
      Of which:
  All specified staffCommunity learning disabilitiesCommunity psychiatryCommunity servicesCommunity matronDistrict nursesHealth visitors

West Midlands strategic health authority area

 

7,190

325

1,683

5,181

152

838

930

         

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

RXT

331

331

Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

RQ3

2

2

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

RYW

982

49

3

930

42

146

159

Birmingham East and North PCT

5PG

21

21

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

RRK

45

45

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

TAJ

231

41

95

94

57

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

RJF

3

3

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

RYG

571

88

193

289

13

9

29

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

RKB

6

6

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

RYK

236

233

3

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

RNA

203

203

Dudley PCT

5PE

19

19

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

RLT

22

22

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

5MX

6

6

3

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

RR1

209

2

3

204

9

28

27

Herefordshire PCT

5CN

7

2

5

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

RLY

265

67

186

12

North Staffordshire PCT

5PH

14

14

Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust

RL4

248

248

9

90

50

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

RXK

274

274

13

43

55

Sandwell PCT

5PF

10

10

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

RID

372

5

9

358

5

47

84

Shropshire County PCT

5M2

15

15

10

Solihull PCT

5QW

5

5

2

South Birmingham PCT

5M1

16

16

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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

RRE

512

38

460

15

South Staffordshire PCT

5PK

12

1

11

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

RJC

414

414

11

174

92

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust

R1E

976

6

1

968

33

157

209

Stoke On Trent PCT

5PJ

10

10

Telford and Wrekin PCT

5MK

4

4

1

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

RBK

264

264

10

14

40

Walsall Teaching PCT

5M3

2

2

Warwickshire PCT

5PM

41

41

16

West Midlands strategic health authority

Q34

3

3

Wolverhampton City PCT

5MV

1

1

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

RWP

26

26

1

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

R1A

659

23

163

473

8

75

100

Worcestershire PCT

5PL

17

17

Wye Valley NHS Trust

RLQ

135

5

2

128

22

27

“—” = Zero Notes: 1 Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. 2. Community matrons, health visitors and district nurses work exclusively in the community services area of work. This area of work also includes nurse consultants, modern matrons, nurse managers, RSCNs, Other 1st Level nurses and Other 2nd Level nurses who are not separately identified in this table. 3. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census