Broadband

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2013, Official Report, column 117W, on broadband, what progress he has made on development of the information economy strategy. [143067]

Mr Willetts: As part of the Government's industrial strategy we are committed to developing a long-term strategic partnership with 11 key sectors, of which the information economy is one. Working with industry, we will produce a strategy for the information economy which outlines a long-term vision for the sector and an action plan for delivery. The information economy strategy is due to be published in spring 2013. A call for evidence is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/information-economy-strategy-call-for-views-and-evidence

and closes on 15 March 2013.

Business: Regulation

Mr Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to lift the burden of red tape from small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK. [144270]

Michael Fallon: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone) on 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 864W.

From 1 January 2013 we moved to the One-in, Two-Out rule under which any increase in the cost of regulation must be at least matched by finding double the savings elsewhere.

The number of businesses we have engaged in Primary Authority partnerships has risen from 611 to 674, and the number of local authorities involved has risen from 95 to 100. The consultation on the implementation of Primary Authority for several new areas of business has recently closed.

Business: Sittingbourne

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies are registered in Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency. [145044]

Michael Fallon: Companies House estimates that 5598 companies are registered in Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency.

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These figures are estimates because Companies House's data are drawn from postcode areas; and these areas can cross constituency boundaries.

Equal Pay

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which the employment practice known as the Swedish Derogation is utilised by public sector bodies. [145041]

Jo Swinson: The Swedish Derogation is the name sometimes used to describe a derogation permitted under the Agency Workers Directive.

For this derogation to apply the agency worker must be paid between assignments and be a permanent employee of the temporary work agency.

In addition to the benefits that agency workers under such contracts receive from being employees, they are also entitled to the rights set out in the Agency Workers Regulations. The one exception is the right to receive pay equal to a person recruited directly by the hirer to the same job.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not made an assessment about this and other types of employment contract utilised by public sector bodies.

EU Grants and Loans

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that EU transition zone funding is most effectively targeted on local economy priorities. [143919]

Michael Fallon: The Government will be in a position to advise on how funding should be best targeted for transition regions only after there is a final agreement between the European Parliament and member states on the EU budget for 2014-20.

Export Credit Guarantees: Indonesia

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 18W, if his Department will disaggregate Indonesia's debt between defence and non-defence exports; and what the defence exports to Indonesia consisted of. [144984]

Michael Fallon: As stated in my answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 18W, it is not possible to disaggregate current amounts owing under bilateral debt agreements between military and non-military exports.

UK Export Finance recently published information available in the House Library about original sovereign debts payables. This analysis indicates that approximately 74% of the value of Indonesia's original debt was attributed to defence exports. It would involve disproportionate cost to determine what defence exports make up this original debt.

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Groceries Code Adjudicator

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the cost to consumers of the introduction of the role of the Groceries Code Adjudicator; and if he will make a statement. [145006]

Jo Swinson: As set out in the Government's impact assessment, the Groceries Code Adjudicator will not result in any cost to consumers. On the contrary, by increasing investment and innovation in the groceries supply chain, the Adjudicator will act in the long-term benefit of consumers by increasing choice.

A link to the Government's impact assessment is as follows:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/31593/11-937-groceries-code-adiudicator-impact-assessment.pdf

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of Local Enterprise Partnership boards are comprised of representatives of (a) the private sector, (b) the public sector, (c) trade unions, (d) universities, (e) further education colleges and (f) chambers of commerce. [144805]

Michael Fallon: Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board membership is a matter for LEPs themselves, although Government request that LEP chairs and 50% of the LEP board should come from the business sector. Current information on LEP board representation across all 39 LEPs is:

Members of Higher Education institutions

36

Members of Further Education institutions

16

Trade unions

1

Chambers of commerce (this includes chief executives of Chambers and business people who are chamber members)

23

Last year's autumn statement announced that LEPs will be given a role setting skills strategies consistent with national objectives and chartered status for FE colleges will be linked to having taken account of the skills priorities of local LEPs. In addition, the Government will encourage LEPs to have a seat on FE colleges' governing bodies, with colleges represented on LEP Boards.

Public Expenditure

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) other departments on the single funding pot model for regional spending allocation. [144802]

Michael Fallon: Since my noble Friend Lord Heseltine published his report “No Stone Unturned” in October 2012, there have been a number of cross-departmental discussions of his recommendations, including the single pot model.

As announced at the autumn statement, the Government will publish a full response in the spring.

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Justice

Electronic Tagging

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what requirements his Department has imposed on the suppliers of the new electronic monitoring contracts, scheduled to commence in April 2013; and when his Department expects to have completed negotiations on those contracts. [144066]

Jeremy Wright: The specific details and the requirements imposed on specific contractors for the electronic monitoring contract are scheduled to be published in late summer 2013, after the contract award date. A redacted version of the contract and all the schedules will be published on the Contracts Finder website:

https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department has allocated for electronic tagging from 1 April 2013. [144062]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice is putting out to competition new contracts for the delivery of electronic monitoring services. The new contracts will allow us to introduce the most advanced technology, improving delivery and providing better value for taxpayers.

It would not be appropriate to give information on the budget while the competition is in progress.

Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claimants for employment and support allowance have had their appeals overturned at a tribunal in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) South Lanarkshire and (d) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency in each year since 2010. [142573]

Mrs Grant: Appeals against decisions made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on an 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 SSCS Tribunal covers Great Britain but not Northern Ireland, which has its own Appeals Service. The tribunal venue in Hamilton serves appellants living in South Lanarkshire and the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency as well as other nearby locations.

The following tables show the number and proportion of ESA appeals found (1) in favour of the appellant and (2) in favour of DWP in 2010-11, 2011-12, and April-September 2012 (the latest period for which information is available) in (a) Great Britain, (b) Scotland, and (c) Hamilton tribunal venue.

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Employment and support allowance appeals—Great Britain
  Decisions in favour of the appellantDecisions 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 September 2012

97,600

41,200

42

56,100

57

Employment and support allowance appeals—Scotland
  Decisions in favour of the appellantDecisions in favour of DWP
 ESA cases cleared at hearing(1)NumberPercentageNumberPercentage

April 2010 to March 2011

18,900

7,600

40

10,900

58

April 2011 to March 2012

22,800

9,600

42

13,000

57

April to September 2012

12,500

5,800

46

6,700

53

Employment and support allowance appeals—Hamilton tribunal venue
  Decisions in favour of the appellantDecisions in favour of DWP
 ESA cases cleared at hearing(1)NumberPercentageNumberPercentage

April 2010 to March 2011

2,200

720

33

1,400

66

April 2011 to March 2012

2,500

930

38

1,500

61

April to September 2012

1,400

580

42

800

58

(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 arc not the sum total of decisions in favour and decisions upheld. Note: Data is taken from management information.

Fuels: Smuggling

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with other Government departments on the number of custodial sentences handed down for offences relating to fuel smuggling in the last 10 years; and what assessment his Department has made of the deterrent effect of harsher sentences for offences involving fuel smuggling. [143691]

Jeremy Wright: My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has had no specific discussions with other Government Departments on sentencing for fuel smuggling. The Ministry of Justice has made no assessment of the deterrent effects of sentencing for fuel smuggling. The Department of Justice for Northern Ireland will shortly be consulting on new legislation which will enable the Director of Public Prosecutions to seek leave to appeal those sentences in fuel and other excise frauds, perceived to be unduly lenient, to the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

Hunting Act 2004

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been executed under each category of offence under the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 in each year since the commencement of that Act. [143998]

Jeremy Wright: The number of defendants proceeded against for each category of offence under the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 since the commencement of the Act can be viewed in the following table:

Defendants proceeded against for offences under the Hunting Act 2004(1), England and Wales, 2005-11(2,3)
Offence descriptionSection2005200620072008(4)200920102011

Hunting a wild mammal with a dog

SS.1 and 6

2

10

57

41

77

46

60

Knowingly permitting land to be entered or used in the course of hunting a wild mammal with dogs

SS.3(1) and 6

1

Knowingly permitting a dog to be used in the course of hunting a wild mammal

SS.3(2) and 6

1

5

3

1

Participating in a hare coursing event

SS.5(1)(a) and 6

1

5

11

Attending a hare coursing event

SS.5(1)(b) and 6

2

2

Knowingly facilitating a hare coursing event

SS.5(1)(c) and 6

1

Permit land to be used for the purpose of a hare coursing event

SS.5(1)(d) and 6

2

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Entering, permitting or controlling/handling a dog for a hare coursing event

SS.5(2)(a)(b)(c) and 6

4

‘—’= Nil (1) The Act came into force on 18th February 2005. (2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (4) Excludes Cardiff magistrates court records for June, July and August 2008. Source: Ministry of Justice, Justice Statistics Analytical Services

Prisoners: Disclosure of Information

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he first became aware of the case of R(M) v. Parole Board and Secretary of State for Justice; [143248]

(2) when he approved the issuing of a statement by a Ministry of Justice spokesperson criticising the granting of anonymity for one of the parties in the case of R(M) v. Parole Board and Secretary of State for Justice. [143249]

Jeremy Wright: I first became aware of the case of R(M) v. Parole Board on 24 January 2013. On the same day, I approved a statement to make it clear that I did not approve of the consent order which had been signed on my behalf in relation to an application for anonymity for one of the parties to that case. As was explained in the statement, the signing of the consent order was as a result of a misunderstanding between officials. I have now applied for the anonymity order to be discharged.

Prisons

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with respect to HM Prison (a) Cardiff, (b) Forex Bank, (c) Northallerton, (d) Nottingham, (e) Portland, (f) Preston, (g) Rochester, (h) Stone Heath and (i) Swansea, what facilities and services have been shared between the adult and young offenders' institutions; and to what extent there was interaction between the inmates of both institutions within each prison since May 2010. [144077]

Jeremy Wright: Young adults and adult offenders held at the prisons named have been located together on the same wings thereby enabling them to mix during periods of association. However, where the available prison cellular accommodation is designed to hold two offenders, young adults (ie aged 18 to 21 years of age) and adults do not share cells. Both young adult and adult offenders are able to access equally all facilities and services offered by the individual prisons such as education, work opportunities, health services and the Chaplaincy. This also includes periods of access to the open air and the gymnasium. Between May 2010 and March 2011 Stoke Heath held young persons under the age of 18 and young adults. These populations were held separately and did not mix within the establishment.

Prisons: Arson

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of arson took place in prisons in each of the last five years. [141279]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service has a range of measures for monitoring fire safety in prisons but does not specifically monitor the number of arson incidents. Counting these, requires knowledge of the cause of each fire, the motivation of any perpetrator and the outcome of any subsequent police investigation.

The following table shows the number of fire incidents in London prisons and the total for all prisons in England and Wales for the last five years for which data is available (figures for 2012 will not be available until April 2013). The majority of the fire incidents reported are non-accidental but the precise numbers due to arson are unknown.

Fire incidents
 London prisonsPrisons in England and Wales

2007

185

980

2008

148

1,030

2009

114

996

2010

173

907

2011

173

942

These figures are drawn from administrative systems and have not been quality assured to the standard required of official statistics and should be treated as provisional.

Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to combat violence in prisons; [141281]

(2) how many violent incidents have been recorded in prisons in London in each of the last five years; [141282]

(3) how many violent incidents were recorded in prisons in each of the last five years. [141284]

Jeremy Wright: NOMS is fully committed to zero tolerance to violence in our prisons. Violence is not acceptable in any form. Everyone has the right to be in a safe environment free from abuse, harm or oppression.

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The National Offender Management Service requires that details of a variety of incidents are reported through central administrative systems but the term "violent incident" is not one used in the data held on administrative systems. The closest match of the type of incident recorded on administrative systems is assaults, which by definition are violent incidents, though other types of incident may also be regarded as being violent incidents.

Figures for assaults in the London Region and all prisons in England and Wales for 2007 to 2011, the last five complete calendar years for which figures are available, are provided in Table 1. Figures for 2012 are scheduled to be available on 25 April 2013.

Figures for the number of assaults in a region may not be comparable over time. This is because the number of assaults in a particular region may be affected by a number of factors including the opening and closing of prisons and changes to the categorisation or composition of establishments within a region.

Within the London Region the prison population increased between 2007 and 2011. This was partly due to the opening of HMP and YOI Isis in July 2010 and changes in capacity in existing prisons over the period. HMP Latchmere House closed in September 2011.

Table 1: Assaults in prisons, 2007-11
 Number of assault incidents
 20072008200920102011

London Region (excluding new and closed establishments)

1,862

2,100

2,016

2,051

2,296

London Region (all establishments)

1,862

2,101

2,017

2,075

2,503

England and Wales

15,272

15,959

15,185

14,356

15,457

Note: Figures for the London Region are based on the current regional group consisting of Brixton, Bronzefield, Coldingley, Downview, Feltham, High Down, Holloway, Isis, Latchmere House, Pentonville, Send, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs. Belmarsh is included since it is physically in the London region but it is managed within the high security prisons directorate. Thameside opened in 2012 and so is not included in these figures. Source: National Offender Management Service administrative systems

The National Offender Management Service are investigating the causes of the increase in assaults in London and will take appropriate action to address the rise.

Prisons: Drugs

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons have held amnesties for needles used for drug-taking in the last three years. [143216]

Jeremy Wright: Information related to the number of prisons in England and Wales that have held amnesties for needles is not recorded centrally. To provide it information would require a survey of all prisons and incur disproportionate cost.

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the types of illegal drugs which are being taken intravenously in prisons. [143217]

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Jeremy Wright: Estimating the extent of any covert activity, such as drug use in prisons, is by nature very difficult. However between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2012 932 needles and improvised needles were seized in prisons which indicates that the extent of intravenous drug use in prisons is low.

These figures have been drawn from live administrative data systems on 13 February 2013 which may be amended at any time. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department takes (a) disciplinary and (b) other action in respect of prison governors whose prisoners are found to be (i) under the influence of and (ii) in possession of illegal drugs. [143218]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has not taken disciplinary action or any other action in respect of prison governors whose prisoners are found to be under the influence of and in possession of illegal drugs.

NOMS has a comprehensive range of measures available to prison governors to tackle drugs. These include drug detection dogs, procedures to tackle visitors who seek to smuggle drugs and phones into prisons, increasing the number of drug free wings in prisons and rolling out a networked IT intelligence system.

If circumstances arose where a prison governor were complicit in prisoners being under the influence or in possession of illegal drugs, the person concerned would be dealt with under the NOMS disciplinary process.

Prisons: Equality

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends that his proposed new prison regime will apply equally to male and female prisons. [144008]

Jeremy Wright: The review of the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme is ongoing. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the public can be confident that any privileges earned in prison are gained through hard work and good behaviour.

The review is looking at the application of the scheme in all parts of the prison estate, including in women's prisons. In undertaking the review, due regard will be given to the public sector equality duty. The findings of the review will be set out in due course.

Probation

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many probation service staff have been subject to disciplinary action in each year since 2001; and for what reasons; [144232]

(2) how many probation service staff have been disciplined for drugs offences since 2001. [144233]

Jeremy Wright: Information is not available on the number of probation service staff that have been subject to disciplinary action or the reasons for the disciplinary action as this information is not collected centrally.

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As employers in their own right, each of the 35 probation trusts has its own investigation and disciplinary policy and procedure, and the investigation and disciplinary process is a matter for them.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse. [143605]

Mrs Grant: The Ministry of Justice has laid no statutory instruments that introduced regulation which have regulatory impact between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013.

Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department provides to victims to support them in testifying in sexual assault cases, by region. [144642]

Mrs Grant: The data requested is not recorded by either the Ministry of Justice or Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes and the Government is committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses have access to the support they need. In 2012-13 the MOJ is providing £38 million core funding to Victim Support for the provision of emotional and practical support for all victims and witnesses. This funding includes the provision of a Witness Service in every criminal court in England and Wales. In addition, the Ministry of Justice is providing over £3.2 million funding for rape support services for women and girls over the age of 13 in 2012-13. We will consult on a revised Victims' code this spring. The draft Code is intended to give victims clearer entitlements and to better tailor support services to individual need, including for victims of rape and sexual violence.

Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who is responsible for the provision of the educational needs of young offenders in the secure youth estate. [143939]

Jeremy Wright: Education in public sector young offender institutions is currently commissioned by the Education Funding Agency. In other parts of the secure estate, education is commissioned as part of the overall contract for the establishment by the Youth Justice Board.

On 14 February, we published plans in Transforming Youth Custody—Putting education at the heart of detention (Cm8564) to ensure that young people in custody are helped back onto the right track through the provision of high quality education.

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who assesses the quality of educational provision for young offenders in the secure youth estate. [143940]

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Jeremy Wright: The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects and reports on education provision in secure children's homes and secure training centres and, working under the general direction of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, in young offender institutions.

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place for communication and co-operation between his Department and the Department for Education regarding young offenders. [143941]

Jeremy Wright: Ministers and officials from our respective Departments maintain close communication and co-operation on matters regarding young offenders, most recently in the preparation of the consultation paper, ‘Transforming Youth Custody—Putting education at the heart of detention’ (Cm8564), published on 14 February.

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision is made for the educational support of young offenders with special educational needs in the secure youth estate. [143942]

Jeremy Wright: Education providers in the youth secure estate will screen anyone entering custody who shows signs of having a learning difficulty or disability using tests, such as the Hidden Disabilities Questionnaire developed by Dyslexia Action. This identifies a range of learning difficulties, allowing the education provider to refer the learner for further assessments and to arrange appropriate educational support for the young person. Where a local authority was maintaining a statement of special educational needs for a young person immediately prior to his or her detention, it is required to provide that information so that appropriate special educational provision can be made in custody.

As part of our consultation on ‘Transforming Youth Custody—Putting education at the heart of detention’ (Cm8564), which runs to 30 April, we are inviting views on how best to meet the needs of young people in custody with special educational needs or learning disabilities.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials of her Department are responsible for policy on the creative industries; and if she will make a statement. [142941]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport deploys staff flexibly across a range of projects and priorities. Currently, eight full-time staff are deployed on projects that include work on the creative industries, led by a deputy director who is responsible for creative industries as part of a wider portfolio. Press officers and legal advisors also support the work in this area.

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areas where there are barriers facing the sector. Jointly chaired by the Secretaries of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Nicola Mendelsohn, President of the IPA, the Council focuses on finding practical solutions to issues across the sector.

The Government are committed to creating the right environment to start and grow a business, making sure that people working in the creative industries have the right managerial and leadership skills to succeed, access to finance to grow their business and a skilled work force to draw upon. In April this year we will add to the tax relief already available for British film, with three new tax reliefs available for high-end TV, video games and animation.

Arts and Cultural Services

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in the local government budgets for arts and cultural services (a) in general and (b) each region of England; [142312]

(2) what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes in the local government budget on (a) dance organisations, (b) theatre organisations, (c) visual arts organisations, (d) museums, (e) libraries and archives and (f) music organisations in (i) the UK and (ii) each region of England. [142409]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been monitoring the proposed changes in local authority spend on arts and culture. In addition, the Arts Council regularly speaks to local authorities about funding for arts and culture and will continue to do so.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) leaders of councils and (b) cabinet members for arts and cultural services following the written ministerial statement of 19 December 2012, Official Report, columns 103-4WS, on local government finance. [142406]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]: DCMS Ministers have recently discussed local government funding for arts and culture with the Local Government Association. As the Minister with responsibility for culture, communications and the creative industries, I am also addressing the Local Government Association's annual culture, tourism and sport conference on 7 March 2013 on growth and the economy.

Arts: Education

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent conversations she has had with the Secretary of State for Education about creative subjects in the (a) English baccalaureate, (b) the English baccalaureate certificate and (c) national curriculum. [142311]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]:Department for Culture, Media and Sport Ministers and officials regularly meet colleagues from the Department for Education to discuss a range of matters.

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Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has for commemorating the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015. [142439]

Mr Vaizey: Planning for the commemoration, in 2015, of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is being carried out by Waterloo 200, an umbrella organisation which is overseeing the anniversary. More information can be found on its website at the following link:

www.waterloo200.org

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she had with the Scottish Government on the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. [143034]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 12 February 2013]: Planning for the commemoration, in 2015, of the 200(th) anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is being carried out by Waterloo 200, an umbrella organisation which is overseeing the anniversary. More information can be found on its website at the following link:

www.waterloo200.org

Broadband

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department plans to conduct a review of how small and medium-sized enterprises can make better use of broadband. [140556]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 5 February 2013]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has no plans at present to review the use of broadband by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but is working with the Departments for Business, Innovation and Skills and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to deliver the Government's wider support for SMEs. DCMS is also working closely with the Federation of Small Businesses to ensure SMEs recognise the benefits of faster broadband.

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 5 February 2013, Official Report, column 117W, on broadband, what progress has been made with (a) local authorities, (b) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, (c) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (d) the Federation of Small Businesses to stimulate broadband take-up by small businesses and encourage innovation through its use. [143068]

Mr Vaizey: BDUK has delivered two SME demand stimulation workshops, attended by 34 local broadband projects, to support the development of effective business engagement programmes. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Federation of Small Business and the Go ON UK founding partners attended the workshops and outlined the support they could offer broadband projects to drive strong demand at the local level.

BDUK has also run a workshop for broadband projects in receipt of, or applying for, ERDF business support funding. 22 local broadband projects attended this workshop and were given presentations from the North Yorkshire and the South West ERDF business

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support delivery programmes to sharing best practice. The North Yorkshire and South West business support programmes aim to collectively support over 2,000 small businesses to develop digital skills to support economic growth. More businesses will also receive support from the other projects as their business support programmes are implemented.

Broadband: Wales

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the timing of the roll-out of superfast broadband beyond 2015. [143113]

Mr Vaizey: The Welsh Government are managing a single project to provide broadband coverage in Wales. The Wales project was given state aid clearance by the Broadband Delivery UK State Aid National Competency Centre on 10 December, enabling the project to get under way at the start of this year. The delay in receiving the umbrella state aid clearance from the European Commission last year may mean that the Welsh Government project is unable to complete delivery before the end of 2015. My Department will work closely with the Wales Office and the Welsh Government to identify potential solutions to any delay, and to ensure that implementation of broadband in Wales is able to progress as smoothly as possible. I am delighted that the first cabinets funded by the scheme are already in place.

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the criteria used for determining which areas in Wales are prioritised for investment of superfast broadband. [143114]

Mr Vaizey: The criteria for determining which areas are prioritised for superfast broadband investment is a matter for the Welsh Government to determine. My Department maintains an oversight of the overall Wales project through representation on the Project Board.

Broadcasting: Equality

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure equality is promoted in the broadcasting industry. [142040]

Mr Vaizey: My Department is committed to ensuring that equality is promoted in all of its sectors including the broadcasting industry. However, it is primarily up to the broadcasting industry itself, including broadcasters and producers to promote equality among its employers.

Public bodies (or organisations carrying out public functions) are required to follow duties set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Communications Act 2003. In addition to this, the relevant sector skills council, Creative Skillset, monitors through its research programme representation of different groups in the work force in the creative industries for which it has responsibility and alerts those industries to issues that arise from underrepresentation, developing wider industry-led solutions as required.

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In November 2012, my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral West (Esther McVey), chaired a media round table with representatives from the major television channels and a number of production companies, which focused discussions on how Government and broadcasters could work together to increase understanding and positive attitudes towards disability. They are continuing to work together on this to produce long-term relationships.

Buildings

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by her Department. [143350]

Hugh Robertson: The information is as follows:

Cockspur Street—NIA 4,201.94 sq m, and there are 289 FTE members of staff giving space per person of 14.53 per sq m.

Queens Yard—NIA 1,558 sq m, and there are 14 FTE members of staff giving space per person of 111.28 per sq m. The Queen's Yard houses the Government Art Collection and consists of workshops and storage space.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) occupies 688.48 sq m in Marsham Street, and there are 104 members of staff giving space per person of 6.62 per sq m.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of her Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b) leased by the Department and (c) subject to a private finance initiative agreement; when existing lease agreements relating to such properties are due to expire; and what the total floor space is of each property. [143371]

Hugh Robertson: The information is as follows:

2-4 Cockspur Street, London—Leased—the lease has been surrendered from 31 March 2013. Total space occupied by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is 4,201.94 sq m.

Queen's Yard, London—Leased—expires April 2014. Total space occupied by DCMS is 1,558 sq m.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) rent space in 2 Marsham Street from the Home Office. Space occupied is 688.48 sq m.

Cultural Heritage

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of likely departmental expenditure in the heritage sector in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16 and (d) 2016-17. [143985]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 25 February 2013]: The Department has made the following estimates of likely departmental expenditure in the heritage sector:

(a) 2013-14: £146.83 million

(b) 2014-15: £133.39 million

No estimates have been made beyond 2015. In addition to the departmental funding shown above, the heritage sector has access to lottery funding. Current projections are that lottery income, in 2013-14 of £373 million and in 2014-15 of £376 million, will be available to the heritage sector. This means that more than £500 million of funding should be available in each of these two years. The heritage sector also has access to the £100

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million Catalyst private giving investment scheme, aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access funding from private sources. The scheme is made up of £30 million of investment from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and lottery funding from Arts Council England. Also available is funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Culture: Higher Education

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to encourage greater co-operation between higher education and the culture sector in (a) Liverpool and (b) England and Wales. [142239]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]:The Government, through its arm’s length bodies such as the Arts Council England (ACE), and the wider arts and culture sector, has developed strong working relationships looking at the provision of arts and creative-based subjects in education across all stages.

Mass Media

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) for what reason her meetings with media executives and journalists and those of her predecessor have not been published since June 2012; [143904]

(2) if she will publish the details of all meetings held between herself and media executives and journalists since September 2012; [143905]

(3) if she will publish details of all meetings held between her predecessor and media executives and journalists between June 2012 and September 2012; [143906]

(4) if she will publish details of all meetings held between her special advisers and media executives and journalists since September 2012. [143907]

Mr Vaizey: Details of Ministers’ and special advisers’ meetings will be published as usual in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance.

Museums and Galleries: Overseas Visitors

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of visits to regional museums and galleries by overseas visitors. [140042]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 28 February 2013]:The Department does not hold this information centrally and to collate this information would incur disproportionate cost. However, VisitBritain estimates that Britain's unique culture and heritage attracts £4.5 billion worth of spending by inbound visitors annually, equivalent to more than one quarter of all spending by international visitors.

Nominet

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she took to ensure that the Nominet Consultation was widely advertised in order to receive the views of ordinary business users. [144070]

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Mr Vaizey [holding answer 25 February 2013]: Nominet is recognised by the Government as the registry with responsibility for oversight of the .co.uk top level internet domain. It is a private sector, not for profit, public purpose company. Nominet's day-to-day operations are not subject to regulation by the Government.

Nominet has informed the Government of the actions it has undertaken to raise awareness of its consultation process. These include coverage through news articles and other media, hosting a series of public roundtable events and working with member organisations, for example the British Computer Society, to provide news stories, guest articles and briefings for their members.

Political Parties: Advertising

Angie Bray: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regulations she or her predecessors have made relating to advertising by political parties during election campaigns; and whether she plans to review those regulations. [143538]

Mr Vaizey: Party political election broadcasts are regulated under section 333 of the Communications Act 2003. I have made no further regulations in this area and have no power to do so. I currently have no plans to make changes to the existing provisions in the Communications Act on party political election broadcasts.

Public Libraries

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will undertake a full assessment of the needs of the local population for the services provided by libraries. [131082]

Mr Vaizey: Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service that is based on local need within available resources. It is therefore the responsibility of each local authority to determine, through consultation, the local needs and to deliver a modem efficient library service that meets the requirements of their communities. The Government's response to the Select Committee report on Library Closures, published on 29 January, reported that a number of publications have already been produced by ACE and the LGA which provide guidance for authorities to interpret what they consider local circumstances.

Richard III

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plans to hold a state funeral for King Richard III. [142327]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]:We have no such plans. I understand that plans are already under way for a re-interment of the remains of what is believed to be Richard III in Leicester.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed by her Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142779]

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Hugh Robertson: The number of full-time staff equivalents (FTEs) employed within my Department by

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pay bands, as disclosed in our Remuneration Report, are shown in the following table:

 Full-time equivalent staffNumber of staff at grade SCSNumber of staff at grade A(U)Number of staff at grade ANumber of staff at grade BNumber of staff at grade CNumber of staff at Grade D

2008-09

459.2

38.2

20.6

94.1

170.7

98.1

36.5

2009-10

454.1

45.9

21.3

106.4

157.7

93.7

29.1

2010-11

483.5

46.6

31.2

117.3

169.1

89.4

28.9

2011-12

456.9

40.2

29.9

124.2

172

66.6

23

2012-13(1)

317

32

16

88

109

51

23

(1) Latest data -final figures will be published in the Remuneration Report after the year-end.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate her Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations. [143329]

Hugh Robertson: The statutory obligations of the Secretary of State are set out in a wide range of legislation. However, the total staffing numbers involved in fulfilling our statutory obligations are not recorded separately from the costs of wider policy making and delivery across the full range of the Department's responsibilities for Culture, Media, Sport and Equalities.

Television and Computers

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the number of (a) hours of television watched and (b) hours spent using a computer by (i) adults and (ii) children in the course of a day; and if she will make a statement on the long-term trends in advertising being viewed by UK citizens. [142464]

Mr Vaizey: I have made no assessment of these issues or of the long-term advertising trends. Ofcom is responsible for gathering and analysing data on media consumption. In July last year, it published its ninth annual Communications Market report which outlines data about viewing habits among children and adults.

Training

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. [144082]

Hugh Robertson: The following table sets out how much the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has spent on training and education for civil servants in 2010-11 and 2011-12 (2008-09 and 2009-10 have been added for context). In looking to make efficiencies and to utilise existing skills held within the Department, DCMS has developed a series of in-house Masterclasses to aid the training and development of staff:

 Amount spent on learning and development (£)

200809

603,298.99

2009-10

538,927.71

2010-11

448,738.37

2011-12

296,160.54

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if she will make a statement. [142632]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport spend on car services for ministerial travel through the Government Car Service is set out as follows.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
 £

2008-09

243,400.00

1 April 2009-31 March 2010 total

305,397.32

1 April 2010-12 May 2010 total

25,631.37

13 May 2010-31 March 2011 total

65,108.55

2011-12

1,740.81

Details of the costs for 2012-13 will be published in the normal way later this year.

The following table sets out spending on taxi and other car services.

Ministerial use of taxis and other car services
 £

2008-09

7,450.49

2009-10

5,163.25

2010-11

3,885.72

2011-12

13,234.14

The following table sets out total spending on the Government Car Service, taxis and other car services.

Total spend on Government Car Service, taxis and other car services
 £

2009-10

312,827.81

2010-11

94,625.64

2011-12

14,974.95

Details of the costs for 2012-13 will be published in the normal way later this year.

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Voluntary Work

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people volunteered to work in (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d) national heritage sites in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 (iii) 2010-11 and (iv) 2011-12. [142613]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 11 February 2013]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 4 February 2013, Official Report, columns 54-56W.

World War I: Anniversaries

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which events her Department (a) have planned and (b) are planning in Scotland to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. [144072]

Mr Vaizey: The Prime Minister has announced that there will be national commemorations to mark the opening day of the war on 4 August 2014, the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016 and Armistice Day 2018. The precise arrangements have yet to be determined. There are also likely to be events to commemorate the engagements at Gallipoli, Jutland and Third Ypres (Passchendaele), but planning for these is at an early stage. We understand that the Scotland Government will also be organising its own programme of events to commemorate this occasion.

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated (a) in total and (b) for events in Scotland for centenary commemorations of the First World War. [144073]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 25 February 2013]: The first world war centenary commemoration is a United Kingdom programme with £53 million of funded activity across a number of specific projects. There are no allocations by region.

Work and Pensions

Asbestos

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on how many deaths per million per annum from asbestos exposure are an acceptable risk for (a) adults and (b) children. [144785]

Mr Hoban: Asbestos is recognised as capable of causing cancer. Every asbestos related death is a tragedy. Stringent legal requirements in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for control of work and active management of asbestos in non domestic buildings require that exposure to asbestos is reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.

Child Maintenance

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the length of time it takes between a payment being

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made by the Child Support Agency and the payment reaching an individual's bank account; [143827]

(2) if he will take steps to introduce a system for faster payment of child maintenance payments from the Child Support Agency. [143828]

Steve Webb: The vast majority of payments are made using the standard bank automated clearing system (BACS) process which normally takes three days.

We are able to make payments via the faster payments system, and this is used when hardship would occur if we use the BACS system. This process is more costly to administer due to additional resourcing requirements. In addition, the transaction costs for faster payments are around 35 times more than BACS payments.

In balancing client service against our responsibility to taxpayers to provide value for money, therefore, we have no plans to increase our use of faster payments. The 2012 scheme, recently introduced on a Pathfinder basis, will further improve client service overall by providing a faster and more effective service.

Community Care Grants: Newham

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many items were awarded in the London Borough of Newham under each category in the community care grant in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; [143908]

(2) how much was awarded in the London Borough of Newham under each category of item in the community care grant in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [143909]

Steve Webb: Information about expenditure on items at local authority level is not available except at disproportionate cost.

Information at local authority level is not available for 2010-11 except at disproportionate cost.

The information that is available for Newham is shown in table 1 as follows; this shows the 2011-12 expenditure under each category of the community care grant qualifying conditions.

Table 1: Community care grants—number of awards and spend under each condition in Newham 2011-12
Community care grant condition satisfiedNumberSpend (£)

Moving out of residential/institution care

180

59,300

Helping people stay in the community

400

253,500

Families under exceptional pressure

600

518,800

Prisoner or young offender on release on temporary license

(1)

(2)

People setting up home as a planned programme of resettlement

60

62,200

Travelling expenses

10

4,000

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(1) No awards (2) No spend Notes: 1. More information about 2011-12 Community care grant applications in Newham is at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-fund-additional-1112-data.xls 2. 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, it does not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the social fund computer system. 3 Figures are for applications received, not for the number of people who made an application, and for initial awards made, not the number of people who received an initial award. (Some people made more than one application or received more than one initial award.)

Crisis Loans

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for crisis loans have cited the cessation of contributory-based employment and support allowance as a reason for the application since May 2012. [144178]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

Disability Living Allowance: Hyperkinetic Syndrome

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research to assess the potential of parent-infant psychotherapy and other early interventions to reduce the cost of disability living allowance relating to a diagnosis of Hyperkinetic Syndrome. [143840]

Esther McVey: The Department of Work and Pensions have no plans to make such an assessment.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides advice to the NHS on clinical best practice. NICE published the clinical guideline “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults” in September 2008. The guideline makes recommendations for the diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults but does not include recommendations relevant to children aged under three. NICE routinely reviews its published guidance in order to take account of the latest available evidence.

Housing Benefit

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2013, Official Report, column 217W, on housing benefit: Scotland, whether there are any indications that the spread of the 5,000 affected households across the UK will be uneven. [144702]

Steve Webb: The information is not available.

Housing Benefit: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) correspondence and (b) meetings the Secretary of State has had with Scottish

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Government officials or Ministers on the introduction of the size criteria for housing benefit; and if he will place in the Library a record of any such meetings and copies of any such correspondence. [144994]

Mr Hoban: There has been no recent correspondence between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), and Scottish Government Ministers or officials on social sector size criteria. There have been a number of meetings but the size criterion has not been a specific agenda item.

Independent Living Fund

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by the independent living fund in each local authority area in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 to date. [145046]

Esther McVey: The independent living fund publishes figures on expenditure in local authorities on a quarterly basis. The information the hon. Member has requested can be found at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/ilf/publications/corporatepublications/statistics/index.shtml

Ingeus

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received from employers regarding the work provider Ingeus. [145016]

Mr Hoban: Work programme providers are required to resolve any complaints about their service. The Department does not therefore collate information on employer complaints due to the contractual arrangements with providers. If the complainant is unhappy with the provider's final response they can escalate the complaint to the independent case examiner.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received from people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance regarding the service provided by Ingeus. [145017]

Mr Hoban: All welfare to work providers, including Ingeus, are required to have effective, accessible complaints procedures available to all participants. We require providers to work directly with participants to resolve complaints about their service, with provision for complaints that are not resolved to a participant's satisfaction to be escalated to the independent case examiner. The Department does not therefore hold this information.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Bassetlaw constituency have been helped into employment by Ingeus since the Work programme was introduced. [145022]

Mr Hoban: Official statistics on Work programme participants who start work are not available.

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Work programme official statistics on job outcomes and sustainment payments are available on the Department's website via:

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

Guidance for users can be found at:

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

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hon. Members have complained to his Department on behalf of a constituent about the Work programme provider Ingeus to date. [145023]

Mr Hoban: To date, the Department has received 15 complaints about Ingeus from Members of Parliament on behalf of their constituents.

The Department will address any policy or process issues raised by MPs. However, if an MP is raising a complaint on behalf of a constituent about their experience whilst participating on the Work programme they are referred to the provider complaints process.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department had with representatives of Ingeus since the Work programme was introduced. [145024]

Mr Hoban: The information requested can be found at the following link to the Department's website:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/corporate-publications/ministers-meetings-overseas.shtml

The information for the period 1 October to 31 December is currently being collated and will be published in due course.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Statement to the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee on the draft Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 2013 on 12 February 2013, column 19, that the sanctions notification will be in writing; what sanctions he intends to be covered by this statement; whether these notifications will be posted to jobseekers; and whether he intends to issue guidance about the use of sanction notifications. [144987]

Mr Hoban: All sanctions for failing to meet work related requirements will be notified to claimants in writing and will include details of the claimant's rights of reconsideration and appeal. The notification will either be posted to the claimant or handed to them if the circumstances permit. We are currently developing the notifications for the new contributory jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance and universal credit.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Kingston upon Hull

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in Hull have had their benefit sanctioned in each of the last three years; and how many such sanctions have subsequently been overturned. [144541]

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Mr Hoban: The information is provided in the following table:

Number of individuals with a jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanction by decision and year in Kingston upon Hull local authority: 1 January 2010-21 October 2012
 Year of decision(1)
Sanction decision201020112012

Sanction applied(2)

3,810

3,710

4,080

Overturned following reconsideration(3)

570

700

590

Overturned following appeal(3)

40

30

(1 )Data are for each calendar year up to 21 October 2012 which are the latest available information. (2) The number of sanctions applied is the number of Varied(4), Fixed Length(5) and Entitlement Decision(6) referrals where there has been an adverse decision. (3) The decision to apply a sanction can be overturned following reconsideration or appeal by the Sector Decision Maker. (4) Varied Length sanctions: A sanction of between 1 week and 26 weeks is imposed for leaving employment voluntarily without just cause, refusing employment without good cause, or losing employment through misconduct. The actual period in each case is at the discretion of the Adjudication Officer who makes the decision. (5) Fixed Length sanctions: A sanction of between 1 week and 26 weeks is imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme or carry out a Jobseeker's direction. (6 )Entitlement Decisions: These are questions on which entitlement to JSA depends. For example, if there is doubt around whether the jobseeker's agreement (JSAg) is suitable, whether they are actively looking for work or making themselves available for work. In most cases payment of JSA will be suspended by benefit processing until the doubt is resolved. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. "—" denotes nil or negligible. 2. All figures may include individuals who have had more than one sanction decision eg if an individual has a sanction applied and another sanction overturned following appeal then they will appear twice. Source: DWP: Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics database.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Preston

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers' allowance claimants in Preston in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 had their (i) benefit sanctioned and (ii) sanction overturned. [143641]

Mr Hoban: The information is provided in the following table:

Number of individuals with a jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanction by decision and year in Preston local authority: 1 January 2010-21 October 2012
 Year of decision(1)
Sanction decision201020112012

Sanction applied(2)

1,630

1,950

1,860

Overturned following reconsideration(3)

200

300

290

Overturned following appeal(3)

20

10

10

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(1) Data is for each calendar year up to 21 October 2012 which is the latest available information. (2) The number of sanctions applied is the number of Varied(4), Fixed Length(5) and Entitlement Decision(6) referrals where there has been an adverse decision. (3) The decision to apply a sanction can be overturned following reconsideration or appeal by the Sector Decision Maker. (4) Varied Length sanctions: A sanction of between 1 week and 26 weeks is imposed for leaving employment voluntarily without just cause, refusing employment without good cause, or losing employment through misconduct. The actual period in each case is at the discretion of the Adjudication Officer who makes the decision. (5) Fixed Length sanctions: A sanction of between 1 week and 26 weeks is imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme or carry out a Jobseeker's direction (6) Entitlement Decisions: These are questions on which entitlement to JSA depends. For example, if there is doubt around whether the jobseeker's agreement (JSAg) is suitable, whether they are actively looking for work or making themselves available for work. In most cases payment of JSA will be suspended by benefit processing until the doubt is resolved. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10."—" denotes nil or negligible. 2. All figures may include individuals who have had more than one sanction decision eg if an individual has a sanction applied and another sanction overturned following appeal then they will appear twice. Source: DWP: Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics database.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place within his Department to deal with breaches of the code of conduct by special advisers. [145169]

Mr Hoban: Matters relating to special advisers are handled in accordance with the ministerial code, the model contract and code of conduct for special advisers.

Personal Independence Payment

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total amount NHS trusts in England will pay Atos Healthcare for advice and consultation services for the delivery of personal independence payment assessment contracts. [144806]

Esther McVey: NHS Trusts are not paying Atos for any services. Some NHS trusts will be acting as sub-contractors for Atos. DWP have contracted directly with Atos for the PIP assessment service and as such would not seek to have any direct relationship with the Atos sub-contractors. DWP are therefore not privy to any of the contractual arrangements/agreements made between Atos and their sub-contractors.

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with (a) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, (b) King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, (c) Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, (d) Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, (e) University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (f) York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on those trusts becoming supply chain partners of Atos Healthcare for personal independence payment assessments. [145035]

Esther McVey: DWP have contracted directly with Atos for the PIP assessment service and therefore would not seek to have any direct relationship with their sub-contractors, such as the NHS Trusts listed. We

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believe that it is right for Atos to partner with the NHS to offer PIP claimants familiar surroundings for their assessments undertaken by experienced health professionals. The partnership proposed here demonstrated best value for money for the Department and its customers.

Public Expenditure

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) other Departments on the single funding pot model of regional spending allocation. [144803]

Mr Hoban: Since Lord Heseltine published his report ‘No Stone Unturned’ in October 2012, there have been a number of cross-departmental discussions of his recommendations, including the single pot model.

As announced at the Autumn Statement, the Government will publish a full response in the spring.

Social Security Benefits

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what methods other than online applications for benefits can be made. [144788]

Mr Hoban: In addition to making online applications for benefits, people who are unable, or would find it difficult, to use this method may make a claim by telephone. For those customers whose circumstances preclude claiming either online or by telephone, arrangements can be made for a claim form to be completed.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his plans are for phasing the implementation of the benefit cap; and if he will make a statement. [144812]

Mr Hoban: The benefit cap will be implemented from 15 April 2013 in the London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. We plan to implement the benefit cap in all other local authorities during the summer and as such all households identified as being appropriate to be capped will, in line with existing plans, have been capped by the end of September 2013.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants (a) have been referred to each of his Department's work placement schemes by Jobcentre Plus, (b) have been referred to each of his Department's work placement schemes by Work programme providers, (c) have served or are serving a sanction as a result of failing to comply with a requirement to attend his Department's work placement schemes, (d) have appealed against such sanctions, (e) have been successful in their appeals and (f) have been issued with letters of clarification by his Department since the Court of Appeal's ruling in respect of Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson. [145047]

Mr Hoban: In answer to part (a) the information is as follows:

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Number of benefit claimants referred to the Work programme, mandatory work activity and community action programme and the number of benefit claimants that started work experience and sector-based work academies
Work placement schemeNumber

Claimants referred

 

Mandatory Work Activity (May 2011 to August 2012)

68,430

Community Activity Programme

5,140

Work programme (June 2011 to July 2012)

877,880

  

Claimants started

 

Work experience (January 2011 to November 2012)

94,460

Sector-based work academies (August 2011 to November 2012)

35,730

Notes: 1. Data relating to work experience and sector-based work academy referrals are not available; the data show the number of claimants that started on these schemes. 2. Values are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. The numbers refer to the number of claimants referred or started (Official Statistics publishes the number of referrals/starts, i.e. for some schemes there maybe multiple referrals/starts for one claimant). 4. Some claimants may have been referred or started on more than one work placement scheme. 5. Work experience started in January 2011. Sector-based work academies started from 1 August 2011 in England and from 30 January 2012 in Scotland. They are not available in Wales. Some testing took place in Scotland prior to the official launch date and the figures are included in the table. 6. A work experience start is defined as the date the claimant accepted their work experience placement with the employer. This is input by an adviser to the Jobcentre Plus' Labour Market System. 7. A start on sector-based work academy pre-employment training is defined as the first date the claimant attended sector-based work academy pre-employment training. The number of starts was based on the individual claimant level data supplied by further education colleges or training providers and entered by an adviser onto the Jobcentre Plus' Labour Market System. Further education colleges and training providers may submit data on starts some time after the actual event occurred. 8. The Community Action Programme (CAP) was part of a randomised control trial to test support options for the very long term unemployed. A “referral” to CAP is defined as a random allocation to the programme. Randomisation took place 13-15 weeks before claimants started the programme. 9. A referral to Mandatory Work Activity is defined as the date the claimant is referred to the placement, recorded within their adviser interview. This was inputted by the adviser to the Jobcentre Plus' Labour Market System. 10. Between 16 January and 31 March 2012 the Department trail-blazed an extension of Mandatory Work Activity across five Jobcentre Plus districts in London, Wales and the West Midlands. The trailblazer tested how the scheme works for claimants who have received more than one labour-market sanction or disallowance within the last year. Numbers for January 2012 and February 2012 therefore include referrals to the ‘MWA Trailblazer’. 11 .Work programme referrals shown are ‘net’ referrals which do not include rejections, cancellations or referrals to ESA information sessions. 12. Work programme mandatory referrals are classified as referrals to the following customer groups: JSA 18-24, JSA 25+, JSA NEET, JSA Claiming 22 of 24 months, JSA ExIB, ESA (IR) WRAG 3/6 Month Mandatory, ESA (IR) WRAG 3/6 Month Mandatory ExIB and JSA Ex-offender Day 1 Mandation. More detailed information can be found at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wp-pg-chapter-2.pdf Customer groups are assigned by Jobcentre Plus, on the basis of a claimant's circumstances, and benefit they receive. A small number of claimants appear in an incorrect group caused by the way information is recorded on the administrative system. 13. Statistics on the Derbyshire Mandatory Youth Activity Programme in Derbyshire have not been published. Source: DWP Official Statistics databases

(b) Work programme providers do not refer participants to other DWP work placement schemes, with the exception of sector-based work academies where this is agreed with Jobcentre Plus. In addition, the Department does not record statistical information on the number of Work programme participants who have undertaken a work placement.

In answer to part (c), (d) and (e) the information is as follows:

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Number of benefit claimants who received a jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanction for failing to participate on a work placement scheme, up to and including 21 October 2012
Work placement schemeClaimants with a sanction appliedClaimants who appealed against their sanctionClaimants whose sanction was overturned on appeal

Work programme

92,110

3,360

810

Sector-based work academy

190

10

Community Action Programme

460

Work experience

460

Mandatory Work Activity

9,650

510

150

Notes: 1. Figures are cumulative and rounded to the nearest ten. ‘—’ means nil or negligible. 2. Some claimants may have been sanctioned for failing to participate on more than one scheme. 3. The number of sanctions applied is the number of fixed length sanction referrals where there has been an adverse decision. 4. Figures may include individuals with a sanction applied, who appealed a sanction and who had a sanction overturned for failing to participate in more than one programme. 5. The decision to apply a sanction can be overturned following appeal by the Sector Decision Maker. 6. Fixed length sanctions: A sanction of between one week and 26 weeks is imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme. 7. Since March 2012, sanctions for work experience can only be applied for the reason of ‘gross misconduct’. Source: DWP: Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics database.

(f) Around 750,000 claimants have been written to informing them that when they participate in the relevant employment programmes they are taking part in a scheme established by law under the Jobseeker's Allowance (Schemes for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations 2013.

Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 403W, on social security benefits: Greater London, how many (a) households and (b) individuals will be affected by the benefit cap in (i) Bromley, (ii) Croydon, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Haringey. [144922]

Mr Hoban: The following table shows the number of households and individuals we estimate to be affected by the benefit cap in (i) Bromley, (ii) Croydon, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Haringey.

Local authorityHouseholdsIndividuals

Bromley

300

400

Croydon

900

1,100

Enfield

1,900

2,500

Haringey

1,100

1,400

Total

4,300

5,400

The figures presented above are consistent with the impact assessment published on 16 July 2012. The figures in the table assume that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find

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alternative accommodation. The Department is identifying and writing to all the households who are likely to be affected by the cap and we are offering advice and support through Jobcentre Plus, including, where appropriate, early access to the Work programme before the cap is introduced in April 2013.

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 403W, on social security benefits: Greater London, what criteria were used in deciding that (a) Bromley, (b) Croydon, (c) Enfield and (d) Haringey would implement the benefit cap before other local authorities. [144923]

Mr Hoban: Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey are the local authorities which together enable us to deliver the end-to-end delivery solution in a controlled test that is a realistic preparation for national rollout. These four local authorities have all three of the major LA IT systems and have the required volumes and necessary claimant diversity to make it a realistic preparation for national roll-out.

The phased approach has to be controlled so that risks are managed and activity targeted. As such it needs to be in one regional area. This provides the right conditions for testing, achieves value for money and allows us to work hand-in-hand across the end-to-end delivery solution with local authority partners.

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 403W, on social security benefits: Greater London, what criteria he will use to determine whether the benefit cap has been a success in (a) Bromley, (b) Croydon, (c) Enfield and (d) Haringey before implementing the cap in other local authorities. [144924]

Mr Hoban: The phased rollout of the benefit cap will:

test systems and processes end to end in a controlled live environment

ensure the supporting products and services for both staff and claimants are effective

ensure there is a measured approach to rolling out the cap to affected households

build capacity to learn and respond to issues raised in the initial phase of rollout to inform national rollout.

Social Security Benefits: Terrorism

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to removing entitlement to benefits from those convicted of terrorism charges. [145297]

Mr Hoban: Entitlement to benefits is dependent upon individual circumstances and subject to the normal rules and conditions. For people in prison there is normally no entitlement to benefits.

Unemployment: Young People

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young unemployed people his Department has taken on through the Youth Contract. [144942]

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Mr Hoban: Central Government Departments are ineligible to recruit young unemployed people using the wage incentive elements of the Youth Contract.

Universal Credit: North West

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus or local authority staff will (a) process universal credit claims, (b) process change of circumstances notifications and (c) verify tenancy and other documents in the universal credit pathfinders starting in the North West in April 2013; and if he will make a statement. [144809]

Mr Hoban: DWP staff will undertake these activities in the universal credit pathfinder.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the full information technology for universal credit applications will be available for the pathfinders in the North West by April 2013, or whether some manual processing will initially be required. [144810]

Mr Hoban: Claimants will be able to make an online application for universal credit in the pathfinder. Information technology support will also include payment calculation and integration with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' real time information system for earnings reported by employers. There will also be some manual processes, particularly for reported changes of circumstances after the new claim. We have always said that we would incrementally introduce more information technology support as we roll out universal credit. This incremental approach will allow us prove key elements of the business process and the supporting information technology.