Multinational Companies

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the multinational companies with which Ministers in his Department are buddied in the strategic relations initiative announced in July 2011; and how many times each Minister has met his allotted company. [141421]

Michael Fallon: The Government are committed to a whole-Government approach to developing strategic relationships with major exporters and investors. Ministers play an important part in helping to develop and sustain winning relationships with these investors and exporters to deliver jobs and economic growth. The full list of companies is available here:

http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/item/203560.html

All Ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website which can be accessed using the following hyperlink:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-innovation-skills/series/bis-quarterly-publications-april-to-june-2012

Oil: Prices

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Office of Fair Trading report into petrol prices, published on 30 January 2013, what steps he plans to take on the oil market, its price-levels and its resilience; and if he will make a statement. [141619]

Mr Hayes: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The Office of Fair Trading published its findings on the UK petrol and diesel sector in January 2013. In particular, the OFT looked at whether the prices at the pump fairly reflect the price retailers pay, and

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concluded that they do. The Government will continue to monitor price movements closely and the OFT has not ruled out taking further action in local markets if there is persuasive evidence of anti-competitive behaviour. The report makes clear that OFT has not seen such evidence to date.

The Government recognise that the price of petrol is a significant part of day-to-day spending. Since coming to office we have listened to the concerns of motorists and acted to reduce the effects on them of high global oil prices, including cancelling the planned 3p fuel duty rise planned for 1 January and deferring the 2013/14 increase from April 2013 to September 2013.

In December 2012 DECC published a report from Deloitte LLP considering the implications of recent changes to the retail market for road fuels on energy resilience. This makes clear that, despite the closure of many filling stations over recent decades, on a postcode basis 98% of drivers live within 10 minutes of a filling station and the average driving time of the remaining 2% is just two or three minutes more than this. The report does not suggest that the changes to the size and shape of the retail market for road fuels to date have significantly reduced our resilience to supply disruptions. The rate of closures has slowed significantly in recent years and DECC will continue to monitor this closely.

DECC engages regularly with the sector to ensure that risks to supply disruptions are minimised and that supplies remain as close to normal as possible. My officials will work with industry and the trade associations to discuss the findings from both reports.

Overseas Trade: EU Countries

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of Liverpool's exports and imports are with EU member states. [141015]

Michael Fallon: In 2012 Q3 (latest data available), 45.1% of all goods exported by businesses based in the North West were to EU member states. The corresponding import proportion was 52.6%. Figures are not compiled for areas below Government Office Region level.

Regional data on trade in services, broken down by EU and non-EU markets, are not available.

Source:

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics

Overseas Trade: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Scottish companies have been supported by UK Trade and Investment in the last year for which figures are available. [141720]

Michael Fallon: According to UK Trade and Investment's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system data, in the last financial year 2011/12, UKTI supported 1,587 companies located in Scotland on trade related activities.

In that period, UKTI was involved in 75 of the 96 Foreign Direct Investment projects landed in Scotland.

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Pay

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with trades unions to discuss the living wage. [141719]

Jo Swinson: Ministers meet regularly with trade unions on a wide range of issues. However neither the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), nor other Ministers in the Department have had any recent meetings with trade unions specifically on the living wage.

Regional Growth Fund: West Midlands

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much money allocated to businesses in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands under the Regional Growth Fund (i) has been allocated and (ii) is yet to be paid out. [140910]

Michael Fallon: Under Rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Growth Fund £75,000,000 has been allocated to two programmes in Birmingham, of which £72,500,000 has been paid out. £154,024,048 has been allocated to one programme and 26 projects in the West Midlands (excluding Birmingham) of which £8,240,491 has been paid out. Projects can start as soon as they receive our offer and many do, with their own private investment, drawing down their Government grant by agreement with us at whatever stage best suits them.

Projects and programmes selected for Round 3 are in the contracting stages and allocations have not been confirmed yet.

Trade Promotion

Mike Freer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote trade and export opportunities for UK businesses in high growth markets. [141426]

Michael Fallon: To help promote trade and export opportunities to high growth and emerging markets, the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) corporate strategy, Britain Open for Business, identifies 20 key emerging markets for particularly focussed efforts. UKTI is shifting resource into these markets in response to growing demand; undertaking awareness- raising outreach events throughout the UK; working with business-led partner organisations such as the China-Britain Business Council and UK-India Business Council; and tackling barriers to trade, for instance, through Government-to-Government dialogues, such as those held with India, Russia, UAE, and Vietnam in 2012.

In addition, the December 2012 autumn statement set out an increase to UKTI's annual budget of £70 million that will help deliver services to more exporters and help to refocus UKTI activities on the highest value opportunities and emerging markets.

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Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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. [141060]

Jo Swinson: BIS has had no senior officials in the Department during 2012-13 whose terms of employment specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they were entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting departmental offices.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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. [141062]

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold the details of the terms and conditions of chairs centrally. Reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs is generally made on the basis of the actual expenses incurred. Senior staff and board members of organisations within the BIS family are required to comply with the terms of the Alexander review and pay tax and national insurance on their full earnings, including allowances.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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. [141063]

Jo Swinson: The Department does not hold this information centrally. Reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs is generally made on the basis of the actual expenses incurred. Senior staff and board members of organisations within the BIS family are required to comply with the terms of the Alexander review and pay tax and national insurance on their full earnings, including allowances.

Vocational Training

Sarah Champion: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for future funding of (a) apprenticeships for people aged between 19 and 24 and (b) the Skills Funding Agency; and what assessment he has made of the value of such funding in improving young people's future employability. [140740]

Matthew Hancock [holding answer 1 February 2013]: The Skills Funding statement for 2012-15, which was published on 6 December, set out the funding and priorities for post-19 education and skills. This includes funding for adult apprenticeships,

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including for people aged 19-24, which are funded through the single adult skills budget managed by the Skills Funding Agency. Details of the agency's overall budget for 2013-14 will be set out in an annual funding letter, due to be issued before the start of the financial year.

Justice

Shrewsbury Pickets

19. Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government will release the remaining papers relating to the Shrewsbury pickets. [141258]

Chris Grayling: Most of the papers relating to the trials of the “Shrewsbury 24” are available at the National Archives. However, the Cabinet Office, for example, has retained a small number of papers supplied by or otherwise relating to the intelligence agencies. It is for individual Government Departments holding particular papers to decide whether they wish to retain them in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958.

Human Trafficking

20. Mrs Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that under the Salvation Army contract with his Department, trend mapping data are kept on the local authority district in which each victim of human trafficking is discovered in England and Wales. [141260]

Chris Grayling: The safety and support of victims of trafficking is paramount. Providing this level of information could result in them being rediscovered by their trafficker. It is for this reason that the region in which the victim was encountered was and will continue to be provided rather than the local authority area.

Therefore in order to protect these vulnerable victims we do not intend to ask the Salvation Army to collate trend mapping data under its contract with Government.

New Prison

21. Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the proposed size and cost is of the new prison to be sited in London, north-west England or north Wales. [141261]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice is carrying out a review to examine the feasibility of constructing a new prison. The feasibility work will determine the most appropriate location, size and role of the prison as well as examining the operating and funding arrangements. This work will allow us to estimate the cost.

I look forward to meeting the hon. Gentleman to discuss the matter when he has had the opportunity to consult with his parliamentary and local government colleagues.

Sentencing Policy

22. Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his sentencing policy is for the most serious and violent offenders; and if he will make a statement. [141262]

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Jeremy Wright: Serious and violent offenders deserve to go to prison. That is why we introduced mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted for a second time of a very serious sexual or violent offence, and tough extended determinate sentences for other dangerous offenders. The new regime restores clarity, coherence and common sense to sentencing.

Interest Rate Swap Products

23. Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce costs protection for litigation for small and medium-sized businesses that have been mis-sold interest rate swap products. [141263]

Mrs Grant: The Government welcome the Financial Services Authority's announcement on 31 January that the full review process into the mis-selling of interest rate swaps will now begin. I am confident that the process will provide the correct level of redress for all those businesses affected, as quickly as possible, without the need to go to court.

Community Orders: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on achieving compliance with community sentences in London; and if he will make a statement. [139468]

Jeremy Wright: London Probation Trust (LPT) has focused on increasing compliance as one of the key areas for performance improvement. Over the last three years there have been a number of LPT projects that have focused on performance improvement and the quality of work with offenders. The impact of these initiatives can be seen in improving compliance results, as shown in the following table:

Table: Orders and Licences successfully completed for offenders managed by London Probation Trust from 2008-09 to 2011-12
 Percentage successfully completed(1)

2008-09

72

2009-10

73

2010-11

75

2011-12

77

(1) A successfully completed order or licence is one which has run its full course or been terminated early for good progress. Data sources and quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) of what offence each person who breached the conditions of their community payback sentence in London had been found guilty in each year from 2007 to 2012; [140257]

(2) what the sanction was on each person who breached the conditions of their community payback sentence in London in each year from 2007 to 2012; [140258]

(3) how many people were (a) sentenced to, (b) successfully completed and (c) breached the conditions of their community payback in London in each year from 2007 to 2012. [140259]

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Jeremy Wright: The information requested on breaches of community sentences is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, data are available on the reasons for termination for requirements of community orders and suspended sentence orders. These reasons include early termination for failure to comply with requirements or for conviction of a further offence.

Table 1 provides data on the total number of unpaid work requirements started under community order and suspended sentence orders in London from 2007 to 2011, along with the number of requirements successfully completed (terminated early due to good progress or ran their full course) and unsuccessfully completed (committal of a further offence or failure to comply).

Please note that a requirement may start in one year and complete in another, so the starts and completions figures within a given year cannot be directly compared.

It should be noted that not all breaches of community sentences will result in early termination. In line with National Standards for the Management of Offenders 2011 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003, an offender who fails to comply with the terms of his or her supervision in the community may be given one formal warning in any 12-month period on an order (and no more than two warnings within a 12-month period while on post-release licence) before breach or recall action becomes required. Furthermore, although the court which hears an allegation of breach relating to a community order may decide to revoke the order and replace it with an alternative community or custodial sentence, it may on the other hand decide that the order should continue with more onerous requirements, or fine the offender.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Total(1) number of starts, successful(2) and unsuccessful(3) completions of unpaid work requirements(4) in London, 2007-11(5)
 2007200820092010

Starts

12,686

12,890

13,976

14,148

Successful completions

6,516

7,950

9,218

10,401

Unsuccessful completions

1,822

2,156

2,346

2,595

(1) The total number of unpaid work requirements given under community orders and SSOs are provided rather than the number of offenders, because an offender may have more than one order with an unpaid work requirement. (2) Successful completion of requirements: those that ran their full course and those that were terminated early for good progress. (3) Unsuccessful completion of requirements: those that were revoked for failure to comply and revoked for committing a further offence—information on breaches of requirements is not held centrally.

Conditions of Employment

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in his Department. [140682]

Mrs Grant: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ HQ, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Public Guardian) employed 140 members of staff on zero- hour contracts (as at 31 December 2012).

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The use of zero-hour contracts enables greater flexibility where work is irregular, thereby making more efficient use of resources to meet demand.

Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claimants on employment and support allowance have had their appeals overturned at a tribunal in each year since 2010. [141813]

Mrs Grant: Appeals against decisions made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on an

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individual's entitlement to employment and support allowance (ESA) are heard by the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support), administered by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Appeals can be made against elements of an ESA award, such as the rate of entitlement, as well as against a decision to refuse ESA.

The following table shows the number and proportion of ESA appeals found (a) in favour of the appellant and (b) in favour of DWP in 2010-11, 2011-12, and in the first two quarters of 2012-13 (the latest period for which information is available).

Employment and support allowance appeals
  (a) Decisions in favour of the appellant(b) Decisions in favour of DWP
 ESA cases cleared at hearing(1)NumberPercentageNumberPercentage

April 2010 to March 2011

127,100

47,600

37

78,400

62

April 2011 to March 2012

168,000

65,400

39

101,600

60

April to June 2012

44,400

18,700

42

25,600

58

July to September 2012

53,200

22,500

42

30,600

57

(1) These are cases that were disposed of at a hearing. The total number of cases cleared at hearing includes some cases that were withdrawn and on which no decision was made. These figures therefore are not the sum total of decisions in favour and decisions upheld. Note: The above data are taken from published statistics and values are rounded to the nearest 100.

Law of Property Act 1925

Stuart Andrew: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many receiverships under the Law of Property Act 1925 took place in each year from 2005 to 2012. [141811]

Mrs Grant: The Ministry of Justice does not hold figures centrally which specifically relate to the Law of Property Act 1925. This is because the administrative computer systems used in courts do not presently identify this specific dispute type. While the relevant cases will be logged on the system, they cannot be distinguished from other types of actions brought to court. Obtaining the information requested would require the inspection of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

Members: Correspondence

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the occasions on which (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have written circular letters to only Conservative hon. Members since his appointment. [137462]

Mrs Grant: I am committed to keeping Parliament fully informed about our reforms and do so through correspondence, statements and briefing sessions on a range of issues. I work closely with coalition colleagues and members from all sides of the House.

Minimum Wage

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average back-payment is in cases where employees have successfully claimed for not having not been paid the minimum wage (a) nationally and (b) in the Vale of Clwyd. [141765]

Mrs Grant: The current standard pay ranges within the Ministry of Justice (Ministry of Justice HQ, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Public Guardian) all exceed the national minimum wage.

Since the Department was formed in May 2007, I am not aware of any payment for claims for back-payments in respect of an employee not having been paid the national minimum wage either (a) nationally or (b) in the Vale of Clwyd.

Prisoner Escapes

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many absconded criminals launched their appeals while on the run in each of the last three years. [140517]

Mrs Grant: The information requested is not centrally held by the Ministry of Justice. The information may be available via the manual inspection of case files for all appeals but this would be possible only at a disproportionate cost.

Prisons: Wales

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he has had with people in north Wales on the siting of a new prison in that area; [135132]

(2) which sites in north Wales are under consideration for a new prison. [135133]

Jeremy Wright: I met with the North Wales Regional Leadership Board on 16 October 2012 to discuss custodial provision in north Wales.

Decisions on prison capacity and if appropriate on any sites for development will be taken in due course.

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Recruitment

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010. [139978]

Mrs Grant: Since May 2010, the Ministry of Justice has significantly cut the amount spent on advertising job vacancies. In the last full year of the previous Government, more than £1 million was spent on recruitment advertising. Under the coalition, this has been reduced by nearly 75%, to just over £250,000 in 2011-12, making better use of taxpayers' money.

The Ministry of Justice has spent £639,994 (exclusive of VAT) on advertising staff vacancies through our contracted suppliers between May 2010 and July 2012. A breakdown is provided in the following table to show the amounts spent in each of the financial years:

 £

2009-10

1,003,523

2010-11

(1)545,642

2011-12

258,235

2012-13

109,327

(1) Only £272,432 since May 2010

Sexual Offences

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suspended sentences were passed for (a) rape and (b) other serious sexual offences in 2012; [138521]

(2) how many cautions were handed out for (a) rape and (b) other serious sexual offences in 2012. [138522]

Jeremy Wright: Court proceedings data for 2012 are planned for publication in May 2013.

Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. [141151]

Mrs Grant: Within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ HQ, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and the Office of the Public Guardian), there were no senior civil servants who, as at 31 December 2012, had their main place of employment as their home address. However, at one stage during 2012-13, there was one senior civil servant who had their main place of employment as their home address.

The Department's travel and subsistence policies set out the circumstances in which it may be possible for employees to reclaim part or all of the extra costs incurred in the course of their official duties. This can include those individual members of staff who travel between their main place of employment and other departmental offices.

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Witnesses: Protection

Mr Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provisions are in place to protect witnesses whose lives are put in danger as a result of their testimony. [141259]

Mrs Grant: Witness protection plays a vital role in tackling serious and organised crime in our communities. Witnesses deserve society's thanks and protection. In December we announced the UK Protected Persons Service which will ensure that those who risk their lives to bring criminals to justice get the best possible support and protection.

Defence

Adjutant General's Corps: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Adjutant General's Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3. [140888]

Mr Francois: As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Adjutant General's Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

 Number

Major

22

Captain

9

Warrant Officer Class 1

2

Sergeant

15

Corporal

35

Lance Corporal

19

Private

53

Africa

Gemma Doyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's programmes, are currently operational in (a) Mali, (b) Niger, (c) Nigeria, (d) Algeria, (e) Mauritania, (f) Burkina Faso, (g) Chad, (h) Libya, (i) Sudan, (j) South Sudan, (k) Ethiopia, (l) Somalia, (m) Kenya and (n) Western Sahara. [140871]

Dr Murrison [holding answer 1 February 2013]:The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is conducting an active programme of defence engagement, including liaison and training, with Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

With regard to Mali, I refer the hon. Lady to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), on 29 January 2013, Official Report, column 781.

Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the New Employment Model. [141132]

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Mr Francois: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave on 13 November 2012, Official Report, column 162W, to the right hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Mr Murphy).

Army Air Corps: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Army Air Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank. [140893]

Mr Francois: As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Army Air Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

 Number

Lance Corporal

10

Private

60

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the potential consequences are of making a false statement to his Department as part of the requirement scrutiny obligation. [141575]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 4 February 2013]:The military requirement for any acquisition is carefully scrutinised as part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) approvals process. This involves the submission of a business case together with supporting evidence as directed by the relevant technical scrutineers.

The scrutiny process is designed to test thoroughly and independently the validity of the assertions made against the available evidence. Any misrepresentation of the facts would, if identified during the approval process or thereafter, be brought to the attention of the approving authority and they would take a view on the appropriate action.

Economic Community of West African States

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if there is a military memorandum of understanding with any Economic Community of West African States country; and if he will make a statement. [141425]

Mr Robathan: The United Kingdom Government have extant military memoranda of understanding with the following members of the Economic Community of West African States: The Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mali. These bilateral arrangements provide for military training, cooperation and support for both the UK and the host nation.

Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the grounding of the F35-B aircraft due to improper crimping of the fueldraulic lines; and when the aircraft will resume testing. [140884]

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Mr Francois: The investigation into the fueldraulic fault on the F-35B has revealed a manufacturing quality control discrepancy. Out of tolerance units have been removed from aircraft and returned to the F-35 propulsion system prime contractor for replacement. Corrective actions to improve quality control processes and ensure part integrity have been instituted by the contractor.

Ground testing of the F-35B remains unaffected. The F-35 Joint Program Office, Naval Air Systems Command and the UK are developing a return to flight plan, which, once approved will inform when F-35B will return to flight.

Lost Property

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total value of loss was from (a) COD Donnington, (b) COD Bicester, (c) HMNB Clyde, (d) HMNB Portsmouth, (e) ACIO Colchester and (f) HMNB Devonport in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement; [135296]

(2) what the total value was of items classified as trivial losses at (a) COD Donnington, (b) COD Bicester, (c) HMNB Clyde, (d) HMNB Portsmouth, (e) ACIO Colchester and (f) HMNB Devonport in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement. [135298]

Dr Murrison: This information is not held centrally and will take time to collate. A letter will be sent to the hon. Lady as soon as this task has been completed.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which items were listed as (a) lost, (b) lost in transit and (c) missing at (i) COD Donnington and (ii) COD Bicester from 2010 to date; and if he will make a statement; [132901]

(2) what the total value was of items (a) lost, (b) lost in transit and (c) missing from Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2007; and if he will make a statement; [132902]

(3) what the total value was of items (a) lost, (b) lost in transit and (c) missing from (i) COD Donnington, (ii) COD Bicester, (iii) HMNB Clyde, (iv) HMNB Portsmouth, (v) ACIO Colchester and (vi) HMNB Devonport; and if he will make a statement. [132903]

Mr Dunne: This information is not held centrally and will take time to collate. I will write to the hon. Lady as soon as it is available.

Letter from Philip Dunne, dated 4 February 2013:

You recently tabled five written Parliamentary Questions about equipment lost from a number of named MOD establishments. In the replies published in Hansard on 18 December 2012 (Official Report, column 710W) and on 10 January 2013 (Official Report, column 389W) I said that I would write to you once the requested information had been collated. This task has now been completed. (135296, 135298, 132901, 132902, 132903).

Information on the number or description of items lost or lost in transit from Logistic Commodities & Services (LCS) Bicester and LCS Donnington is not held in the format requested. Between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012 a total of 7,505 incidences of materiel loss (a single incidence may involve the loss of more than one item) were reported from Depots from

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within the LCS Operating Centre (OC), part of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The LCS OC includes the three main storage and distribution depots at Bicester, Donnington and Dulmen in Germany.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Annual Report and Accounts includes reportable materiel losses. Culpable losses include the result of proven or suspected fraud, theft, arson or sabotage, or any other deliberate act including repairable damage caused maliciously to buildings, stores or other equipment.

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Non-culpable losses include the result of accidental damage or unavoidable and/or unforeseen circumstances. Non-culpable losses can also occur where the loss of materiel could be expected in the normal course of MOD business e.g. inventory or equipment damaged or destroyed by enemy fire or due to authorised tests or practice firings. However, unless there is evidence of culpability, losses in these circumstances are not reportable in the Annual Report and Accounts. The value of reportable materiel losses is contained in the following tables:

Value of items lost
£ million
 Financial year
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

(DE&S)(1)

1.546

0.987

1.030

2.520

(2)34.957

LCS Donnington(3)

0

0.240

0.193

0.005

0.064

LCS Bicester(3)

0

0.022

0.019

0.002

0.192

HMNB Clyde

0.047

0.028

0.038

0.034

0.059

HMNB Portsmouth

0.067

0.044

0.039

0.053

0.024

HMNB Devonport

0.020

0.022

0.043

0.025

0.034.

ACIO Colchester(4)

0

0

0

0

0

(1) HM Naval Bases (HMNB) and Logistic Commodities and Services (LCS) sites are part of DE&S. (2) Included within an amount for the write-off costs of Bowman radio assets (£184 million) initially reported in the MOD's accounts 2009-10, which through subsequent investigation was reduced to £33.1 million which was reported in the MOD's Accounts 2011-12. (3) Costs are not available for LCS Donnington, LCS Bicester in financial year 2007-2008. (4) Army Careers Information Office (ACIO) Colchester is not part of DE&S.
Value of items lost in transit
£ million
 Financial year
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

DE&S

3.144

4.991

7.425

4.512

4.835

LCS Donnington(1)

0

2.061

4.230

3.170

2.412

LCS Bicester(1)

0

0.843

0.809

0.919

0.639

HMNB Clyde

0.132

0.049

0.024

0.014

0.018

HMNB Portsmouth

0.597

0.187

0.314

0.227

0.202

HMNB Devonport

0.006

0.017

0.010

0.016

0.006

ACIO Colchester

0

0

0

0

0

(1) Costs are not available for LCS Donnington, LCS Bicester in financial year 2007-2008. Note: Trivial losses (valued at less than £250) are included in this table.
Total value of accountable stores losses
£ million
 Financial year
 2010-112011-12

LCS Donnington

3.175

2.476

LCS Bicester

0.921

0.831

HMNB Clyde

0.048

0.077

HMNB Portsmouth

0.280

0.226

HMNB Devon port

0.041

0.040

ACIO Colchester

0

0

Value of trivial losses
£ million
 Financial year
 2010-112011-12

LCS Donnington

0.010

0.004

LCS Bicester

0.002

0.001

HMNB-Clyde

0.002

0.004

HMNB Portsmouth

0.013

0.007

HMNB Devonport

0.006

0.004

ACIO Colchester

0

0

Note: Trivial losses are losses valued at less than £250.

I am sorry for the delay in providing this information which has taken some time to compile.

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Mali

Mr Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will be responsible for the protection of UK military trainers in Mali. [141229]

Mr Robathan: The UK is offering up to 40 military personnel for the EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali, primarily in a training role. Provision of force protection elements, including medics, is the responsibility of EUTM, and a force generation process is under way to generate these elements. Until this process concludes, the allocation of specific elements to nations will not be confirmed.

The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), and the Prime Minister have made it clear that the UK does not plan to offer force protection for EUTM Mali.

Military Aircraft

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Rivet Joint RC-35 surveillance aircraft to (a) be delivered and (b) enter operational service. [140999]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence is acquiring three RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft, as part of the Airseeker signals intelligence capability. The first of these aircraft will be delivered in December 2013, followed by further deliveries in 2015 and 2017. Airseeker is expected to enter service in October 2014.

Military Bases

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects to announce the basing review; [141131]

(2) when he expects to announce his plans for the drawdown of troops from Germany. [141133]

Mr Robathan: The basing review and the timetable for the drawdown of troops from Germany will be announced later this year.

Navy: Australia

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy will be represented at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney in October 2013. [141336]

Dr Murrison: No decision has yet been taken on the nature of the United Kingdom's representation at the Royal Australian Navy's centenary fleet review in 2013.

Qatar

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with NATO on the signing of a Status of Forces Agreement with Qatar; and if he will make a statement. [140512]

Dr Murrison: The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), has not had specific discussions

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with NATO on the signing of a Status of Forces Agreement with Qatar but we are aware that NATO remains in dialogue with Qatar in pursuit of such an agreement.

Royal Army Dental Corps: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Army Dental Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank. [140891]

Mr Francois: As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Royal Army Dental Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

 Number

Officers (may be of any rank)

7

Staff Sergeant

2

Sergeant

6

Corporal

12

Lance Corporal

6

Private

4

Royal Army Medical Corps: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Army Medical Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank. [140895]

Mr Francois: As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Royal Army Medical Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

 Number

Officers (may be of any rank)

4

Soldiers (may be of any rank)

10

Royal Logistic Corps: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Logistic Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank. [140894]

Mr Francois: As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 post, the number of personnel in the Royal Logistic Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

 Number

Lt Col

12

Major

22

Captain

14

Warrant Officer Class 2

1

Staff Sergeant

1

Sergeant

33

Corporal

95

Lance Corporal

90

Private

399

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Church Commissioners

Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Peter Luff: To ask my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the steps being taken to draw the attention of parishes and dioceses to advice available on the need to regulate church repair liability; and if he will make a statement. [141276]

Sir Tony Baldry: The general position with regard to chancel repair liability is now a good deal clearer and more satisfactory than it has previously been. Following discussion with the Charity Commission in the light of the Broadway case, the commission has now given general advice—available on its website—which explains that chancel repair liability need not be enforced or registered in every case. Instead,

“PCC members must actively consider whether it should be registered and enforced, taking account of their PCC’s particular circumstances to reach a decision.”

The guidance goes on to provide a helpful framework for taking decisions on these questions.

The other significant development is the statement from the Heritage Lottery Fund (which will take over the grants repair scheme for places of worship in April). It will not encourage PCCs to pursue chancel repair liability where it is unreasonable for them to do so. These two developments should make is much less difficult for PCCs when it comes to balancing their responsibilities as charity trustees with their responsibility to support the Church’s mission. If a PCC—having taken a decision not to enforce or register chancel repair liability in accordance with the framework set out by the Charity Commission—wished to give householders the added assurance that there would be no subsequent change of mind, it would be open to them to enter into deeds under which they agreed not to register or enforce the liability. While the Church nationally cannot give advice to PCCs in specific cases, the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions is able to offer advice to diocesan Registrars on this subject.

International Development

Consultants

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many consultants her Department employed in 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [140785]

Mr Duncan: In line with Cabinet Office reporting requirements, DFID does not record consultancy expenditure by calendar year and does not hold information on the number of individuals employed to deliver each consultancy contract. To do so would incur disproportionate costs.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the potential effect on development projects in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo of the failure to sign a peace and security framework for the Great Lakes Region; and if she will make a statement. [141606]

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Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development undertook an assessment of the impact of the conflict on DFID programmes in North Kivu in August 2012 and has been closely following any changes to that original assessment. Elements of our programme have come to a complete halt as the conflict jeopardises their delivery. We have continued providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to those in need, as well as basic services, such as access to water and sanitation.

The current conflict illustrates that a coordinated international approach to diplomacy and aid programmes is fundamental to ensuring that UK investments produce long-lasting results in eastern DRC. Officials from DFID, FCO and MOD are meeting in Kampala this week to determine how the UK should work together to promote peace, stability, and development in eastern DRC. FCO and DFID Ministers will consider options on this in February.

While our approach will be geographically focussed on eastern DRC, it will consider regional dynamics and how a regional political settlement could be supported. The UK sees the UN Secretary General's initiative to bring countries in the region together to support stability in eastern DRC (the Regional Framework Agreement) as an important opportunity to promote long-term peace and stability. We are actively following this process and we urge all the parties involved to conclude these discussions soon.

Developing Countries: Human Trafficking

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps she is taking to help victims of human trafficking return to their countries of origin and provide reintegration support; [140825]

(2) which organisations and countries are in receipt of Government funding for the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking to their country of origin; and what the value of such funding is; [140826]

(3) how many victims of human trafficking and slavery have been returned to their country of origin; and how much funding her Department has provided to help with their reintegration to date. [141350]

Lynne Featherstone: Responsibility for helping victims of trafficking return to their countries of origin rests with the UK Border Agency (UKBA), with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The Department for International Development (DFID) supports reintegration for victims of trafficking indirectly through its contribution to the Returns and Reintegration Fund, jointly managed by UKBA, FCO, DFID and the Ministry of Justice. In 2012-13, DFID contributed £2 million.

Libya

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of how the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of revolutionary fighters priority of the Conflict Pool has been implemented in respect of Libya. [140787]

Justine Greening: The Conflict Pool has funded several strands of activity relating to disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of revolutionary fighters in Libya.

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This includes disarmament, defence reform and policing advisers, and the Defence Advisory Team, who provide advice to the Prime Minister's Office, Ministries of Defence and Interior, and military. Examples of activities this has supported include the provision of leadership and forensics training to the Ministry of Interior, explosive ordnance disposal training to the Ministry of Defence and emergency repairs of improvised explosive device disposal equipment used by the police. It also funds the United Nations Mine Action Service to support de-mining activities.

Future planned activities include sending an advisory team to Libya for six months to assist the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and Armed Forces Chief of Staff’s Office establish the police and the armed forces training facility.

Mali

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with (a) her EU counterparts and (b) the European Commission on increasing supplies of humanitarian aid to Mali. [140730]

Lynne Featherstone: Britain has responded quickly to meet the growing humanitarian needs in Mali. The European Commission (EC) has also provided substantial assistance of over £17 million so far this year, but it is vital that other donors step forward to carry their share of the international response.

To this end on 30 January 2013, the Secretary of State for International Development, the right hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) met with the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response, to discuss the EC's ongoing plans for providing support to Mali.

In the coming weeks, the Secretary of State will be meeting with her French, Danish, German and Dutch counterparts, to help ensure an effective response to the crisis takes place.

Mali and Algeria

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to set up aid streams to (a) Mali and (b) Algeria. [140786]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have a bilateral development programme in Mali and does not provide direct funding to the Malian Government. We have however provided £12 million in humanitarian assistance in direct response to the Mali conflict over the last year and are currently supporting 200,000 displaced people with provision of food, emergency health care and medicines.

DFID does not have bilateral programmes in North Africa and does not provide direct funding to the Algerian Government. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office-led regional Arab Partnership Participation Fund, to which DFID has contributed £20 million, supports projects in Algeria working on human rights and youth entrepreneurship. The tri-departmental Middle East and North Africa Conflict Pool, which aims to promote greater stability and security in the region and to which DFID contributes, also funds projects in Algeria.

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Overseas Aid

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid channelled through international bodies goes to (a) the European Commission, (b) the World Bank, (c) the UN, (d) the Global Fund and (e) international charities. [140814]

Justine Greening: In 2011, total UK aid spent through the following multilateral institutions was:

 £ million

(a) European Commission

1,184

(b) World Bank

1,707

(c) UN Agencies

378

(d) Global Fund

378

In 2011, UK aid provided to international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) totalled £895 million.

Full information on our aid spend is available within the Statistics on International Development publication, which can be found at:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-us/How-we-measure-progress/Aid-Statistics/Statistics-on-International-Development-2012/SID-2012-Tables-index/

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK spending through international bodies and international charities is transparent and readily accessible to the public. [140815]

Justine Greening: Non-governmental organisations (NGO) in receipt of funding from DFID's major grant schemes must meet new international transparency standards for UK funding from April 2013. The Department co-funds a transparency programme supporting UK NGOs to comply with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and to improve NGO disclosure of project, governance and performance information.

In its multilateral aid review, the Department assessed transparency as a priority area for reform. Since then, multilateral organisations have made considerable progress on transparency, with a significant number already publishing data in accordance with the IATI standard.

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what effect the recent figures on the economy from the Office for National Statistics will have on the Government's target for overseas aid of 0.7%. [141056]

Justine Greening: At the time of the spending review in October 2010 the Government committed to deliver 0.56% of gross national income (GNI) as Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2011 and 2012 and 0.7% in 2013 and thereafter.

At that time we forecast that the UK would need to allocate £8,705 million in 2011. (0.56%), £9,117 million in 2012 (0.56%), £12,011 million in 2013 (0.7%) and £12,646 million in 2014 (0.7%)—a total of £42,479 million over the four years.

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This was updated at both the 2011 and 2012 autumn statement, based on the latest Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts.

Budgets now allow for the UK to spend £8,651 million in 2012 (0.56%), £11,300 million in 2013 (0.7%) and £11,774 million in 2014 (0.7%).

Overtime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) her Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13 to date. [141482]

Mr Duncan: The information is as follows:

1(a) DFID's average overtime payment per member of staff for the period 2008-12 is set out in the following table.

Financial yearOvertime cost per employee (£)

2008-09

649.18

2009-10

543.45

2010-11

430.45

2011-12

405.05

2012-13 (April to December)

225.77

1 (b) DFID's total cost for overtime payments to members of staff for the period 2008-12 is set out in the following table.

Financial yearTotal overtime cost (£)

2008-09

1,069,194.87

2009-10

879,850.11

2010-11

692,594.23

2011-12

687,373.54

2012-13 (April to December)

415,650.03

2 (a and b) None.

Palestinians

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) Ministers in her Department, (b) staff in her Department and (c) the Consulate General in Jerusalem have had with representatives of the Palestinian Authority on payments made to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in the last 12 months. [141016]

Mr Duncan: Discussions on such matters are held on a regular basis.

Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior officials in her 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. [141164]

Mr Duncan: None.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many chairs in her Department's arm's length bodies are paid on the basis

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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. [141178]

Mr Duncan: None.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior officials of her 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. [141192]

Mr Duncan: None.

Work and Pensions

Cold Weather Payments: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was spent on cold weather payments in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in each of the last three years for which figures are available; [141712]

(2) how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were allocated cold weather payments in (a) November 2012, (b) December 2012 and (c) January 2012. [141713]

Steve Webb: The constituency of Kilmarnock and Loudoun is covered by two weather stations, Auchincruive and Bishopton, in 2012-13 and 2011-12 and one weather station, Bishopton, in 2010-11 and so the figures reflect this.

Please note that weather stations also cover other constituencies and this is reflected in the figures.

We have interpreted the question to mean January 2013 not 2012.

There were no triggers in either of the weather stations in November 2012, December 2012 or January 2013 and no payments have been made to individuals in Kilmarnock and Loudoun during this period.

Table 1: Expenditure in Scotland and Kilmarnock and Loudoun over the past three years
£
 ScotlandKilmarnock and Loudoun

2010-11

93,947,500

24,895,000

2011-12

1,812,500

0

November 2012 to date

5,280,000

0

Notes: 1. The information provided is Management Information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using official/national statistics but in this case we only have Management Information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as official/national statistics and there are some issues with the data. For example, they do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the Social Fund computer system. 2. Information regarding annual expenditure for Social Fund schemes in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office and is not included in the above figures. 3, These figures only include payments made in respect of weather stations whose coverage areas lie entirely within Scotland. There are some weather station areas that cross the border with England; as we do not know which country these recipients are in, they are excluded from the figures. 4. Cold weather payments are made to benefit units rather than to households or individuals. A benefit unit can be a single person or a couple and can include children. The annual expenditure for cold weather payments is based on the estimated number of eligible benefit units on 31 October at the start of the relevant year. 5. Since 2008-09, each benefit unit is paid £25 for each seven-day period of cold weather. In 2007-08, the rate was £8.50 for each seven-day period. 6. Figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

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Employment and Support Allowance: Kilmarnock

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were underpaid employment and support allowance as a result of departmental error in each of the last three years; and what the total amount of underpayment was. [141721]

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

Housing Benefit

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20, (f) 21, (g) 22, (h) 23 and (i) 24 years old were in receipt of housing benefit in each year since 1997; and what the annual cost to the Exchequer was of such payments. [140828]

Steve Webb: The information requested is shown in the following tables:

Housing benefit (HB) recipients by single age: Timeseries
AgeNovember 2008September 2009September 2010September 2011

16

2,370

2,200

1,790

1,550

17

8,720

9,610

8,450

7,220

18

20,870

24,580

23,960

21,670

19

31,370

38,200

39,430

37,200

20

41,100

48,480

51,150

50,700

21

48,490

58,880

60,680

61,350

22

53,250

65,020

70,650

69,950

23

57,100

68,180

75,020

78,460

24

59,160

71,540

77,540

81,570

Housing benefit (HB) expenditure by single age: Timeseries
£ million
AgeNovember 2008September 2009September 2010September 2011

16

14

14

12

11

17

48

53

48

43

18

105

124

123

114

19

150

185

188

183

20

193

234

244

243

21

225

279

290

295

22

246

310

334

338

23

263

329

359

379

24

273

344

374

399

Notes: 1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. Caseload figures are rounded to 10. 3. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 4. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data are available monthly from November 2008 and August 2012 are the most recent available. 5. Age is based on the age of the claimant, whether single or a couple so will not match published figures for under 25 year olds. 6. Claimants with an unknown age recorded are excluded from these figures. 7. Expenditure is reported in £millions and rounded to the nearest £ million. 8. The breakdown of HB expenditure into the above groups is estimated based on a combination of quarterly statistical data and local authority subsidy returns, as outturn expenditure data are not available at this level. For 2008-09, November 2008 data have been used as this is the most representative dataset available during this period. 9. These estimates are consistent with the latest published expenditure outturn available at: http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/h_tables_autumn_2012_211212.xls Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE)

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Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 16 and 35 and without children in each parliamentary constituency received housing benefit for a single dwelling in each financial year since 1997; and what the cost to the Exchequer was of such payments. [140829]

Steve Webb: Information by parliamentary constituency is not readily available prior to June 2012 and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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

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

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 25 whose parents earned between (a) £34,000 and £42,475, (b) £42,475 and £150,000 and (c) more than £150,000 per annum were in receipt of housing benefit in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the total amount received by such individuals was. [140836]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

Information regarding the amount of earnings of parents of housing benefit recipients is not required as part of the claims process and is therefore not recorded on the datasets available for analysis in respect of housing benefit.

Housing Benefit: Coastal Areas

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the potential effect on numbers of vulnerable people in seaside towns of proposed changes to housing benefit. [139254]

Steve Webb: Independent evaluation of the current housing benefit reforms has been commissioned and the findings will be published. The evaluation will examine the effect of the changes in a range of local communities including seaside towns.

Housing Benefit: Liverpool

Mrs Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Liverpool, Riverside constituency and (b) Liverpool which will be affected by the under-occupancy changes to housing benefit due to come into effect in April 2013; [141237]

(2) what estimate he has made of the average reduction in housing benefit for recipients resident in (a) Liverpool, Riverside constituency and (b) Liverpool following the under-occupancy changes due to come into effect in April 2013. [141238]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

Regional figures were included in the impact assessment which can be found at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011-ia.pdf

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Housing Benefit: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foster carers in Scotland he estimates will be affected by changes to housing benefit. [141809]

Steve Webb: We estimate that across the UK the number of foster carers who may be affected by the introduction of the social sector size criteria is fewer than 5,000.

The information requested for Scotland is not available.

(Indicative information from a variety of sources including a survey conducted by the Fostering Network in 2010, Department for Education and devolved Administrations, Family Resources survey).

Housing: North West

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the North West have moved out of their home due to under-occupancy rules, by local authority. [141320]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available. The size criteria rules have been applied when assessing housing benefit entitlement for people renting in the private sector since the 1990s. People move for a variety of reasons and it is not possible to accurately disaggregate these.

The size criteria rules are being extended to social sector tenants from April 2013. As part of this change the Department is commissioning an independent evaluation. An interim report of the evaluation will be published during 2014.

Jobcentre Plus

Jonathan Lord: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus in (i) Woking constituency, (ii) Surrey and (iii) the UK in each of the last four years. [140242]

Mr Hoban: The following tables show the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies advertised in Jobcentre Plus in (i) Woking constituency, (ii) Surrey and (iii) the UK in each of the last four years.

Full-time vacancies
 Woking constituencySurrey countyGreat Britain

2009

3,525

34,110

2,350,358

2010

5,148

43,597

2,634,137

2011

5,233

48,169

2,929,032

2012

5,856

53,224

3,290,314

Part-time vacancies
 Woking constituencySurrey countyGreat Britain

2009

1,189

13,540

963,083

2010

1,298

20,533

982,416

2011

1,426

19,942

1,030,550

2012

1,488

24,353

1,171,505

Notes: 1. The latest available data are for November 2012. 2. Data for September 2010 are unavailable. 3. One month's figures could include some vacancies that had been carried forward from prior months and hence there could be an element of double counting. Source: NOMIS

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Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs were advertised with Jobcentre Plus as of 24 January 2013; and how many of those were (a) long-term, (b) short-term, (c) self-employed, (d) zero-hours contract and (e) unclassified vacancies. [140348]

Mr Hoban: As of 24 January 2013, the information is as follows:

261,114 jobs were advertised as live on Universal Jobmatch; (a) 220,623 jobs were long term, (b) 2,364 were short term, (c) 38,037 were self employed and (e) 90 were unclassified. We do not have a figure for zero-hours contract.

National Insurance Credits

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for national insurance credit were disallowed for refusal to comply with a jobseeker direction in the two years prior to September 2012. [141224]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

New Enterprise Allowance

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Glasgow East constituency have been supported towards self-employment by a business mentor through the new enterprise allowance to date. [141821]

Mr Hoban: The new enterprise allowance is available to people aged 18 and over who are claiming jobseeker's allowance and is available only in Great Britain.

For the period April 2011 up to and including May 2012 there have been 17,880 starts with a business mentor in Great Britain, 1,520 starts in Scotland and 30 starts in Glasgow East constituency.

All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. These figures are based upon official Get Britain Working statistics available via the DWP website:

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/pwp/pwp_gbw_aug12.pdf

Social Security Benefits

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) families and (b) individual claimants who, once the benefit cap is introduced, will be able fully to cover any shortfall with their rent with discretionary housing payments (i) nationally and (ii) in Brighton and Hove in each of the next two years; how many jobs Jobcentre Plus has been able to identify as available for such individuals; and if he will make a statement. [141415]

Steve Webb: Local authorities have discretion on whether to pay, how much to pay and the period over which to pay discretionary housing payments, it is therefore not possible to estimate the precise impact on individual cases.

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We have made available to the Discretionary Housing Payments scheme an additional £65 million in 2013-14 and £35 million in 2014-15 to provide transitional support to help workless households affected by the cap. However, welfare reform is aimed at encouraging people to move into work, increase their hours, and/or move to more affordable accommodation. It is anticipated that the behavioural changes that the reforms are intended to encourage will take place in many cases without assistance from discretionary housing payments.

We are working with the families affected and providing the support they need through Jobcentre Plus and the Work programme to help them back to work. The Office for National Statistics' vacancy survey shows employers holding around half a million unfilled vacancies nationally at any one time, but this figure cannot be broken down to local level.

Travellers: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which discussions he has had with the Scottish Government regarding the number of Roma families who have become resident in Scotland and the funding available to support them. [140855]

Mr Hoban: No specific discussions have been had with the Scottish Government in relation to targeted funding for Roma families.

Universal Credit

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will give consideration to introducing a weekly payment system for universal credit in exceptional circumstances, such as domestic violence cases. [140395]

Mr Hoban: For a minority of claimants, alternative payment arrangements will be required in addition to budgeting support. This may include making more frequent than monthly payments, paying housing costs directly to landlords or splitting payment of an award between partners. Wherever possible, these exceptional arrangements will be time-limited and delivered in conjunction with appropriate support to help claimants successfully make the transition to monthly budgeting. In order to provide greater flexibility, applications will be considered on a case by case basis and assessed on their individual merits.

Winter Fuel Payments: Birmingham

Jack Dromey: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham are eligible for winter fuel payments. [140920]

Steve Webb: Over 95% of winter fuel payments are made automatically, without the need to claim, based on information held in DWP records. A small number of people whose circumstances we do not know need to make a claim. It is not possible to give the exact number of eligible people, but we have no reason to estimate that eligibility is materially different from the number of payments made.

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Information on the number of winter fuel payments paid is provided in the documents ‘Winter Fuel Payment recipients 2011-12 by Parliamentary Constituencies and Gender (All)’. This is available on the internet at:

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

Work Capability Assessment

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 656W, on work capability assessment, if he will list the number of people reassessed for each time period by medical condition. [141812]

Mr Hoban: A copy of the tables will be placed in the Library. These cover the durations between the date of decision by the Department's decision maker at the initial work capability assessment (WCA) and the date of decision by the Department's decision maker at the second WCA by medical condition for all claims with repeat decisions taken on them (i) in 2010, (ii) in 2011, (iii) between January and May 2012.

The number of repeat assessments in 2010, particularly the number held a longer duration after the initial assessment, is lower than in subsequent years, as ESA had only been introduced in October 2008 and therefore the caseload was lower in earlier years. Therefore, one would expect an increase in repeat assessments over time.

Work Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Work programme sub-contractors have received no referrals since the programme started; and if he will make a statement. [141683]

Mr Hoban: The Department does not hold this information.

The level of referrals is a commercial matter between the prime provider and their sub-contractors.

Written Questions

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. [139329]

Steve Webb: At the end of December 2012, 891 questions for written answer on a named day were received of which 23 (2.6%) received a substantive answer after the named day. All named-day questions had received a substantive answer.

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 Departments' performance for the 2010 to 2012 parliamentary Session were previously provided to the Committee and are available on the Parliament website.

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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. [139330]

Steve Webb: At the end of December 2012, 1,124 questions for ordinary written answer had been received of which 3 (0.3%) were answered after 30 days. All questions have now received a substantive answer.

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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 Departments' performance for the 2010 to 2012 parliamentary Session were previously provided to the Committee and are available on the Parliament website.