Armed Forces: Recruitment

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department has collected in the last 10 years on the fitness levels and educational attainment of young people wishing to join the armed forces; what assessment he has made of that information; and if he will make a statement. [147159]

Mr Francois: The services have collected information on fitness levels over the last seven years and on educational qualifications over the past 10 years as part of the eligibility criteria for joining the armed forces. While the required fitness level is broadly similar across the services, each specialisation has its own educational criteria, ranging from nil to professionally qualified, as a pre-requisite for joining a given branch or trade.

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The data collected on fitness levels and educational attainment are used for the specific purpose of confirming an individual's eligibility for service.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on the Warrior Capability Sustainment programme; and if he will make a statement. [147599]

Mr Dunne: The Warrior Capability Sustainment programme (WCSP) is on target to meet the approved in-service date of November 2018 and continues to make good progress through the Demonstration Phase.

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are to replace or upgrade the Army's mechanised and armoured personnel carriers; and if he will make a statement. [147600]

Mr Dunne: The Defence Equipment Plan 2012, published on the 31 January 2013, laid out the Ministry of Defence (MOD) future equipment investment plans. These plans include an upgrade to our fleet of Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, maintaining their capability with enhanced lethality out to 2040 and beyond.

The continued development of the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles including specialist and utility variants will also replace a wide range of legacy armoured and protected platforms.

Challenger Tanks

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to upgrade the anti-armour lethality of Challenger 2. [147598]

Mr Dunne: We are currently in the early stages of a programme to extend Challenger 2 in service to 2035. The detailed scope and requirements for this Life Extension Programme are currently being investigated and specified. They will be considered at Initial Gate, currently scheduled to take place in 2014.

Federation of Small Businesses

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Ministers in his Department met with the Federation of Small Businesses in the latest period for which figures are available. [146990]

Mr Dunne: Since May 2010, Defence Ministers have met representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on seven occasions. On one occasion they attended the Defence Suppliers Forum chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence which I also attended. There were also six occasions when the FSB attended the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Forum which I chair.

Future Large Aircraft

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable for delivery of the A400M aircraft is. [147573]

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Mr Dunne: The UK has ordered 22 A400M aircraft with the first one due to be delivered by Airbus Military in autumn 2014, and the final one in autumn 2021.

The following table shows the aircraft delivery schedule by calendar year:

Calendar yearNumber of aircraft to be delivered

2014

3

2015

8

2016

6

2017

2

2018

2

2019

0

2020

0

2021

1

Service Personnel: Germany

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spouses of service personnel are based in Germany. [146986]

Mr Francois: As at 1 February 2013, there were approximately 6,370 spouses, including civil partners, of service personnel based in Germany.

GPT

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which dates (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of (i) GPT Special Project Management Ltd and (ii) the Serious Fraud Office to discuss allegations of bribery by GPT Special Project Management Ltd since 1 January 2012. [145308]

Mr Dunne: Ministry of Defence (MOD) officials meet regularly with representatives of GPT Special Project Management Ltd to discuss project progress, technical and commercial matters. Since 1 January 2012 no MOD officials or Defence Ministers have met with GPT Special Project Management Ltd, or the Serious Fraud Office to discuss allegations of bribery.

Iraq

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 78W, on depleted uranium, whether his Department's environmental monitoring of depleted uranium (DU) in Iraq is sufficiently detailed to support the belief that presence of DU are at levels too low to have any detectable health impact on civilians in Iraq. [147176]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 11 March 2013]: Yes.

Military Police

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the Ministry of Defence Police were stationed at each service manned quarters in the UK in each year since 2005; and how many police will be stationed at each such site in each of the next three years; [147410]

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(2) how many members of Ministry of Defence Police are employed to protect the UK's nuclear deterrent; [147411]

(3) how many members of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Police have been stationed at MoD Faslane and Coulport since 2005; and how many such police are projected to be stationed at those sites in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015. [147412]

Mr Francois: I am withholding the numbers of Ministry of Defence Police stationed at these sites for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

MOD Caledonia

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Royal Navy personnel that will be based at MOD Caledonia in each year from 2013 to 2019. [147395]

Mr Robathan: On current plans, some 95 Royal Navy personnel are expected to be based permanently at MOD Caledonia in each year from 2013 to 2019. These figures do not include the crews on the two Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers under construction at Rosyth, as the number of personnel accommodated at Caledonia will vary depending on the stage of the build.

Pipelines

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) process and (b) timescale are for the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system. [147602]

Mr Dunne: Provisions to enable the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system (GPSS) are included in this Session's Energy Bill. A decision to proceed with sale will not be made until the Bill has been approved and the Government can be sure that sale will deliver value for money.

The intention is to go to market to invite bids for the GPSS in early 2014.

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards will be in place within the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system to protect the interests of the public. [147603]

Mr Dunne: Working with other Government Departments and our advisers we are considering what additional safeguards, if any, will need to be put in place once the Government pipeline and storage system is sold to protect the interests not only of the public but also customers, including the Ministry of Defence.

All necessary safeguards will be identified prior to the start of the formal sale process and we expect they will be incorporated in the contractual arrangement between the Department and the buyer.

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expectations he has for the potential level of income which will accrue from the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system. [147604]

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Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence expects that the sale of the Government Pipeline and Storage System (GPSS) will result in a capital receipt. I am withholding the information requested as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Reserve Forces: Railways

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consideration he has given to extending the HM forces rail card to reserve forces; [146926]

(2) what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the HM forces rail card to reserve forces. [146927]

Mr Francois: The HM Forces railcard is a concession granted by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). Eligibility for these railcards is governed by a contract between the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and any extension of the eligibility criteria to include Reserve Forces would require the full consent of the TOCs. As a commercial organisation, ATOC has to carefully consider the financial implications of issues such as ticket pricing and railcards. While it would not be appropriate to comment in detail on these commercial aspects, we understand that ATOC consider its current product range, including a variety of railcard products and advance tickets, with reduced fares, to represent a fair and appropriate balance overall.

MOD incurs no direct costs from the HM Forces railcard concession and therefore no estimate has been made of the costs associated with an extension to include Reserve Forces.

Ultra Electronics

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many items of correspondence have been sent between his Department and representatives of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc in the last two years; [147198]

(2) what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers of his Department have had with Mr Douglas Caster, Chairman of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, since May 2010. [147209]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence currently has 44 contracts with Ultra Electronics Holdings plc. Officials regularly correspond with representatives of the company on a wide range of issues. Records of correspondence are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ministers meet defence contractors to discuss a wide range of issues. Details of all ministerial meetings with external organisations, including companies, are published in the Ministry of Defence Transparency returns. Information can be found at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministers-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings

Since May 2010, there have been three meetings between Ministers and Ultra Electronics; these are shown in the following table.

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DateMinisterPurpose of meeting

July 2010

Gerald Howarth MP

Introductory meeting

November 2010

Peter Luff MP

Introductory meeting

October 2012

Philip Dunne MP

Introductory meeting

In addition I have met representatives of Ultra Electronics at defence exhibitions in Bangalore (India) and in Abu Dhabi in February 2013.

There have been no meetings between special advisers and Mr Douglas Caster since May 2010. Information about meetings that officials have had with Mr Caster since May 2010 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Veterans

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of his letter of 25 February 2013 sent to the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces on access by senior retired officers to his Department in the Library. [146928]

Mr Dunne: No. It is normal practice for follow-up letters to parliamentary questions to be published in the Official Report. I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 26 February 2013, Official Report, columns 416-21W.

Veterans: Homelessness

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of homeless veterans in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber. [147404]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence does not collect specific data on the prevalence of homelessness among veterans. Responsibility for housing ex-service personnel, and the issue of homelessness, lies with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

However, we work closely with DCLG, the devolved Administrations, ex-service organisations, service-providers and charities to seek to ensure a co-ordinated and structured approach to the issue of housing former members of our armed forces.

Weapons Operational Centre

Mr Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overtime costs have been incurred by the Weapons Operational Centre in each month since April 2011. [147179]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 11 March 2013]: The overtime costs for the Defence Equipment and Support Weapons Operating Centre in each month from April 2011 until January 2013 are shown in the following table. Figures for February 2013 are not yet available.

 £ million

2011:

 

April

0.05

May

0.12

June

0.15

July

0.19

August

0.13

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September

0.18

October

0.16

November

0.20

December

0.22

2012:

 

January

0.16

February

0.24

March

0.27

April

0.16

May

0.15

June

0.17

July

0.17

August

0.20

September

0.16

October

0.18

November

0.23

December

0.14

2013:

 

January

0.19

Wind Power: Planning Permission

Dr Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he has made to his policy on objections to onshore wind turbine planning applications in the last year. [147020]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence continues to assess every planning application on a case by case basis and on its own merits.

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Cabinet Office

Business: Kent

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized businesses were operating in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway and (c) Kent in each of the last five years. [147213]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized businesses were operating in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency (b) Medway and (c) Kent in each of the last five years. [147213]

Annual statistics on the number of businesses (enterprises) are available from the ONS release - UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bus-register/uk-business/index.html

Data on the number of enterprises broken down by districts, counties and unitary authorities within region and country by employment size band can be found in table B1.2 of the publication and data broken down by constituencies can be found in table B6.2.

The following table contains the count of small and medium-sized businesses that were operating in the Gillingham and Rainham Constituency, Medway Unitary Authority and Kent County from 2008 to 2012. Small businesses have been defined as those with an employment between 0 and 49 and medium-sized businesses as those with an employment between 50 and 249.

 20082009201020112012
 SmallMediumSmallMediumSmallMediumSmallMediumSmallMedium

Gillingham and Rainham

2,155

25

2,120

30

1,935

20

1,905

30

2,000

30

Medway UA

6,380

75

6,285

80

6,135

80

6,020

100

6,305

100

Kent County

50,360

705

49,800

725

48,920

730

48,375

735

49,675

780

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to protect confidentiality. 2. These numbers do not include very small businesses, typically those below the threshold for VAT and PAYE.

Employment: Gillingham

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people were employed in (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector and (c) third sector organisations in Gillingham and Rainham constituency in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [147214]

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

Letter from Glen Watson dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking, what proportion of people were employed in (a) public sector, (b) private sector and (c) third sector organisations in Gillingham and Rainham constituency in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (147214)

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

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

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

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As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the table.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Percentage of people aged 16 to 64 years employed in the public and private sectors(1), resident in Gillingham and Rainham constituency
Percentage
 Employed 
12 months ending:PublicPrivateUnknown(2)Unemployed or inactive

December 2008

14.6

56.2

(3)

28.7

December 2009

19.6

50.1

(3)

29.5

December 2010

13.8

54.8

(3)

30.5

December 2011

16.2

52.9

(3)

30.2

September 2012

19.1

52.1

(3)

28.1

(1) Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. (2) People who were employed but have not provided enough information to be accurately included in either the public or private sectors. (3) Not available. Note: Components may not add to 100% due to rounding and suppression of unavailable estimates. Source: Annual Population Survey

Jimmy Savile

Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of the Prime Minister of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 756W, on Jimmy Savile, if the Government will set aside the practice of not commenting on individual honours cases with respect to Jimmy Savile. [147413]

Mr Maude: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 756W. There are no plans to review the practice of not commenting on individual honours cases.

Social Incubator Fund

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 821W, on the Social Incubator Fund, what the defined plans of (a) Wayra and UnLtd and (b) Bethnal Green Ventures to reach beyond London are. [147592]

Mr Hurd: Both ventures will actively work with local partners to recruit social ventures from across England and use online publicity and social media.

Wayra and UnLtd have committed to working with delivery partners who have reach beyond London. They will focus on building up a network of referral partners across England; and deliver a regional road-show each year—targeting major cities throughout England.

Bethnal Green Ventures have committed to linking with local organisations and networks, and engage with local communities. They will provide travel grants for selected teams to travel for interviews and aim to run two or three workshops a week across England, during their Call for Ventures.

Further incubators are due to be announced shortly.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure the Afghan Government remain committed to equal rights for males and females. [147210]

Alistair Burt: Afghanistan's Constitution makes clear that men and women have equal rights. The Afghan Government made a series of public commitments at the Tokyo Conference in July 2012, including to ensure the human rights of all Afghan citizens, including women, are promoted and protected as enshrined in their constitution. We, along with our international partners, will hold the Afghan Government to account for the commitments they have made and to implement the human rights obligations that it has committed to, including implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

We regularly raise respect for women's rights and the protection of women's security with the Afghan Government. Women's rights were a key priority during the visit to Afghanistan on 4-6 March this year by the Senior Minister of State, my noble and right hon. Friend the Baroness Warsi. She met Government and civil society representatives to discuss women's issues and raised this issue with the Afghanistan Foreign Minister.

British Indian Ocean Territory

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 904W, on Chagos Islands, when the taking stock process is expected to be complete; and when he anticipates he will be able to make a statement. [147512]

Mark Simmonds: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 6 March 2013, Official Report, column 1018W.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 904W, on Chagos Islands, what he has identified as the fundamental difficulties with resettlement; and if he will discuss those matters with interested stakeholder groups and the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group. [147528]

Mark Simmonds: The fundamental difficulties are numerous. Any long-term settlement would be precarious and very costly. The outer islands, which have been uninhabited for 40 years, are low-lying and lack all basic facilities and infrastructure. The cost of infrastructure and public services could become a heavy ongoing contingent liability for the UK tax-payer. There are also defence considerations.

As we have made clear in various PQs this year we will be positive in our engagement with all interested stakeholders.

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Burma

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects are being funded or otherwise supported by his Department in relation to capacity building for the government of Burma. [146696]

Mr Swire: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not currently fund directly any projects which build the capacity of the Government of Burma. Our embassy in Rangoon funds a number of projects through its bilateral programme budget. Two of these projects provided funding to non-governmental organisations to support Burma's peace process, and included capacity-building elements to Government, opposition, civil society and ethnic groups by sharing experiences of peace processes.

The majority of the projects funded by our bilateral programme budget aim to build the capacity of civil society groups in areas such as human rights, peace processes, interfaith dialogue, advocacy for disability rights, revenue transparency and responsible investment, labour rights and conservation.

The British Government, through the Department of International Development, have made the largest bilateral commitment of aid to Burma—allocating £187 million for development from 2011-15. This includes capacity-building support to Government and non-government institutions through trusted expert organisations to support reform in Burma. This capacity-building also includes support to Burma's Parliament; for example, the visit of three Burmese MPs to the UK in December 2012 to learn about parliamentary process and legislative drafting.

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the links between elected officials in the Burmese national and regional parliaments and the illegal drugs trade in that country. [146697]

Mr Swire: We are aware of media and non-governmental organisation reports which have linked elected officials in the Burmese national and regional parliaments and the illegal drugs trade.

The illegal drugs trade in Burma is of serious concern. The British Government are actively looking for opportunities to engage with Burmese law enforcement authorities to tackle the trade of illicit drugs in Burma.

Capital Punishment

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has he made of the number of countries that use the death penalty for offences committed by minors; and what discussions has he had with his international counterparts on the abolition of the death penalty. [147486]

Mr Lidington: The execution of minors is expressly forbidden by Article 6 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, which is accepted by the vast majority of states. We expect all states to refrain from the execution of minors.

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It is difficult to obtain reliable information about the execution of minors. However, Amnesty International states in its most recent report that in 2011 there may have been seven executions in Iran, individuals who were minors at the time of the crimes for which they were convicted, as well as one in Saudi Arabia. Civil society groups have raised further possible cases in Saudi Arabia and Yemen in 2012. While we cannot verify the details of any of these, we have intervened bilaterally with the authorities of Saudi Arabia in one recent case, and through the EU in a recent case in Yemen.

We regularly discuss abolition of the death penalty with a wide range of international counterparts, bilaterally, through the EU and through multilateral bodies such as the UN.

India

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of India regarding the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana. [147326]

Mr Swire: During my recent visit to India as part of the Prime Minister's delegation, I raised the British Government's concerns about the death penalty with India's Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai, on 19 February. The British Government will continue to make its position clear to the Indian Government on this issue.

I refer the hon. Member to the debate on the 'Death Penalty (India)' on 28 February 2013, Official Report, columns 492-529.

I also refer the hon. Member to my answer to the right hon. Member for Warley (Mr Spellar) of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 324W.

Maldives

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives and the arrest of former President Nasheed. [147483]

Alistair Burt: The Government have ongoing concerns about human rights issues in Maldives, including on freedom of religion, rule of law, and women's rights. We are also concerned about allegations of police brutality, physical and political intimidation of parliamentarians, and arrests which appear to be politically motivated. Officials at our high commission in Colombo, which is also accredited to Maldives, regularly discuss our concerns with the Maldivian Government. During my visit to Maldives last month, I raised with the Maldivian Government the importance of fully investigating all allegations of police brutality, and ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable.

We will continue to encourage the Maldivian Government to comply with their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, and to take the necessary measures to protect individuals, Our high commissioner to Maldives will continue to raise these concerns in his regular dialogue with the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The British Government are watching events closely following the recent arrest and detention of former President Nasheed in Maldives. Immediately after the arrest the UK high commissioner made urgent representations to the Maldivian Government, calling on them to ensure due process was followed, and that proceedings were fair and transparent. The former President has now been released following his hearing, and we understand that his trial has been postponed for four weeks. We urge all parties to remain calm and to act responsibly. We have made it clear to the Maldivian authorities that no harm must be orientated towards the former President.

Saudi Arabia

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Saudi Arabia Government in support of the rule of law and the abolition of the death penalty in that country. [147485]

Alistair Burt: Ministers and officials frequently raise the issue of the death penalty with the Saudi authorities, bilaterally and through the European Union. I publicly set out the Government's strong opposition to use of the death penalty in a statement in January 2013 on the execution in Saudi Arabia of Rizana Nafeek:

“The UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed. The beheading of Ms Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17 at the time the crime was committed. We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty.”

Sri Lanka

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department about human rights in Sri Lanka and the safety of any Tamils returned to that country. [147482]

Alistair Burt: 1 have discussed human rights in Sri Lanka and the return of individuals with the Home Office on a number of occasions in recent weeks. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office shares assessments of, and reporting on, human rights in Sri Lanka with the Home Office on a regular basis. This material, taken together with reporting from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, and other governments, is used to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and is taken into consideration by the UK Border Agency when making asylum decisions.

UK Membership of EU

Mr Leigh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which treaties and conventions the UK is a party solely by virtue of its membership of the EU. [147011]

Mr Lidington: The UK is bound, as a matter of EU law, by treaties and conventions by virtue of its membership of the EU where such agreements are concluded on behalf of the EU only. The decision on whether the EU

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should become a party to such agreements is taken by the Council. Details of EU-only agreements are available on the website of the Council of the European Union at:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/agreements/search-the-agreements-database?lang=en

Yemen

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Yemeni Government on juvenile offenders sentenced to the death penalty in that country. [147484]

Alistair Burt: I am deeply concerned by reports of the use of the death penalty against juveniles in Yemen, and in particular was appalled to hear of the execution of the alleged juvenile Hind al-Barti on 3 December. Our ambassador to Yemen has lobbied the Yemeni Government at the highest levels on this issue, most recently in February. Together with the EU we continue to urge the Yemeni Government to honour its obligations under international treaties and immediately cease the execution of juveniles in Yemen.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs raised the UK's concerns about the use of the death penalty in Yemen with Dr al-Qirbi, the Yemeni Foreign Minister, on 7 March.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Billing

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups and local authorities to sign up to the prompt payment code. [147301]

Michael Fallon: BIS is working with central Government Departments to encourage all public authorities that have not yet done so to sign up to the prompt payment code, to ensure that public authorities are aware of late payment legislation that sets out an obligation for the public sector to pay suppliers within 30-days or pay mandatory interest, and to share knowledge of best practice in procurement.

Business: Finance

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 725W, on business finance, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of advisers available under the Business Finance Adviser Scheme in each region. [147317]

Michael Fallon: The Business Finance Advisor scheme is welcomed by Government as an industry-led scheme, jointly organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Government do not hold details of individual members. However, as of March 2013 there are over 1,900 offices participating in the scheme.

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Copyright

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium-sized businesses in the creative sector on potential increases in the regulatory burden following the implementation of the modernising copyright proposals; and if he will make a statement. [146888]

Jo Swinson: Ministers in this Department have regular meetings with representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises, in which the subject of regulation comes up frequently. The Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my noble Friend Viscount Younger of Leckie, and his predecessors, regularly meet groups interested in the impact of implementing Modernising Copyright. These groups will include people who represent or are themselves small businesses in the creative sector.

Data Strategy Board

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who sits on the Department's Data Strategy Board; and what their level of remuneration is. [147590]

Matthew Hancock: The current members of the Data Strategy Board (DSB) are:

Chair: Stephan Shakespeare: CEO and Co-founder of YouGov

Nick Baldwin: Chair, Public Weather Service Customer Group

Professor Sir John Beddington: Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Michael Coughlin: Executive Director, Local Government Association

John Dodds: Director of Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Sir Ian Magee: Chair, Geographic Information Customer Group

Heather Savory: Chair, Government's Open Data User Group

Steve Thomas: MD Strategic Development, Experian plc

Bill Roberts: CEO, Swirrl IT Ltd

Chris Yiu: Head of Digital Government Unit, Policy Exchange

Professor Mark McGurk: Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, GKT Dental Institute

The only member to receive any remuneration for the DSB role is the Chair, who receives an honorarium of £26,304 per annum.

All DSB members are entitled to reclaim any reasonable expenses, including travel, subsistence and other expenses, properly and necessarily incurred in respect of their appointment.

EU Grants and Loans

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the European Council negotiations on the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework, how much the UK will receive in economic, social and territorial cohesion funding for Transition Regions; and how much such funding will be allocated to each of the UK's 11 Transition Regions. [147355]

Michael Fallon: The Government will be in a position to set out how much total funding is available for transition regions only after there is a final agreement

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between the European Parliament and member states on the 2014-20 EU budget. No decision has been made on what criteria will be used within the UK.

Exports

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Bank of England's Inflation Report February 2013, pages 24 and 25, if he will take steps to address the disappointing export performance referred to in that report; and if he will make a statement. [146892]

Michael Fallon: This Government recognise that trade is essential if we are to achieve sustainable, balanced growth in the UK economy. The Government's strategy for trade and investment is set out in Trade and Investment for Growth White Paper, published in February 2011. The National Export Challenge, launched in November 2011, set an ambitious target to get an extra 100,000 companies exporting by 2020. Towards this, funding has increased to UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to enable it to double the number of small and medium-sized firms it supports, to 50,000 by 2015. Our industrial strategy sets out a long-term approach to supporting business, including building export capacity in key sectors of the economy.

Economic research has consistently shown that productivity is the primary driver of export performance. BIS has a comprehensive policy agenda to support UK business in driving up UK productivity. Key strands include support for innovation through the Technology Strategy Board and support through UKTI to help individual UK businesses and sectors overcome barriers to exporting and entering new markets.

The Government are also encouraging ambitious trade negotiations. Deep and comprehensive trade agreements will significantly increase the opportunities for UK exporters. The EU Commission has estimated that extra-EU exports could grow by around 6% as a result of the EU's ongoing and potential free trade agreements.

Fossil Fuels: Reserves

Mr Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has the power to enforce an obligation for companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves under the provisions of the Companies Act 2006. [147170]

Jo Swinson: The Companies Act 2006 provides powers for the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to determine what information companies must disclose in their directors' report. There is no obligation for companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

Mr Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department's proposed regulations on greenhouse gas reporting will contain powers to require disclosure under the provisions of the Companies Act 2006. [147169]

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Jo Swinson: The Government will shortly be introducing regulations that amend the Companies Act 2006 to make changes to the narrative reporting framework, including a requirement that quoted companies disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

Nuclear Power

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Green Construction Board on the need for research into the extent to which investment in new nuclear power plants, along with associated ancillary uranium nuclear fuel cycle production plants, abroad at the front-end of the fuel production cycle and within the UK in operation and at the back-end, meet the Government's low-carbon and sustainability agendas. [147577]

Michael Fallon: It is not part of the remit of the Green Construction Board to consider matters relating to investment in new nuclear plants, and no such discussions have taken place.

Open Data Institute

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the Technology Strategy Board has provided to the Open Data Institute. [147589]

Matthew Hancock: Since May 2012, the Technology Strategy Board has provided £1.2 million to the Open Data Institute. The Technology Strategy Board is due to provide £10 million to the Open Data Institute over a five-year period from 2012/13.

Regional Growth Fund

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what processes and safeguards he will put in place for benchmarking awards under the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund against similar bids from previous rounds of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF); and whether this decision will be made by Ministers or the RGF Independent Advisory Panel. [147318]

Michael Fallon: As with an open round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), applications for exceptional support will be appraised in line with the bidding guidance set out in the HMT Green Book:

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

This appraisal will look at the value for money case for RGF support and the fit with RGF objectives. The appraisal will allow applications for exceptional support to be benchmarked against previous bids to the RGF.

The economic appraisal and the benchmarking information will be available to both my noble Friends Lord Heseltine and Lord Shipley, acting on behalf of the Independent Advisory Panel, and to Ministers to inform the decisions they make.

Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 641W, on

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Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside, which projects and programmes have received funding from the Regional Growth Fund; and how much each such project and programme has received. [147503]

Michael Fallon: The following Round 1 and Round 2 projects and programmes in Merseyside have received finalised awards:

 £

Crown Speciality Packaging UK Ltd

1,030,000

Dairy Crest Ltd

5,265,000

Eldonians (Liverpool City Council)

25,335,000

Getrag Ford Transmissions

3,360,000

Harpscreen and QuarryTech

1,097,750

Liverpool City Council (Housing)

6,468,715

Liverpool Council and Liverpool Echo

1,000,000

North West Aerospace Alliance

4,422,257

Pilkington Coatings

5,000,000

Redx Pharma Ltd

5,920,000

Sefton Council (Mersey Docks)

35,000,000

Unilever UK

2,830,000

The Department will provide details of Round 3 and 4 projects when the awards are finalised.

In aggregate, these projects have drawn down a total of £43,455,162. The Department is not able to provide details of the draw down for individual projects as the disclosure of this information may prejudice the commercial interests of some beneficiaries.

Seeds: Patents

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings, discussions and correspondence his Department has had with the World Trade Organisation regarding patented seeds since June 2010. [147266]

Jo Swinson: The only UK engagement in this area with the WTO is via our participation in the World Trade Organisation's Council on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), at which the topic of intellectual property and biodiversity features regularly on the agenda. This covers plant varieties as part of the ongoing review of Article 27.3(b) of the TRIPS Agreement, which provides for the protection of plant varieties either by patents or by a “sui generis” system. Further details are available online at:

http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/art27_3b_background_e.htm

Health

Bowel Cancer

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications were (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected through the Cancer Drugs Fund for bowel cancer treatments in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority for (A) October 2010 to March 2011, (B) April 2011 to March 2012 and (C) April 2012 to December 2012. [147014]

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Norman Lamb: A number of the drugs funded through the cancer drugs funding arrangements for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 are used in the treatment of bowel cancer. However, the Department does not collect information on the specific indications for which drugs have been funded and some of these drugs may be used in the treatment of a number of cancers. Neither is information collected on the number of applications or applications that are turned down.

Cancer

Tessa Munt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the new national clinical director for cancer will be appointed. [147194]

Anna Soubry: It is anticipated that the NHS Commissioning Board will announce the appointment of a new national clinical director for cancer before the end of March 2013.

Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many permanent admissions to residential and nursing care homes there were of people over 65 years in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; [147488]

(2) how many permanent admissions to residential and nursing care homes there were of people between 18 and 65 years in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years. [147489]

Norman Lamb: Data on the number of adults—aged 18 to 64—and older people—aged 65 or over—permanently admitted to local authority-arranged residential and nursing care are collected and published by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Data for Brigg and Goole constituency are not available separately. The Information Centre has provided data for the North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire local authorities, which include Brigg and Goole constituency, and the Yorkshire and Humber region. This information is shown in the tables.

Information on admissions to privately funded and arranged residential and nursing care is not collected centrally.

Admissions to residential care
AreaYearAge 18 to 64Age 65 and over

East Riding of Yorkshire local authority

2007-08

25

475

 

2008-09

30

265

 

2009-10

45

540

 

2010-11

25

490

 

2011-12

25

505

    

North Lincolnshire local authority

2007-08

15

225

 

2008-09

10

235 .

 

2009-10

10

235

 

2010-11

15

200

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2011-12

10

190

    

Yorkshire and Humber region

2007-08

360

4,550

 

2008-09

375

4,725

 

2009-10

315

4,805

 

2010-11

380

4,505

 

2011-12

355

4,570

Admissions to nursing care
AreaYearAge 18 to 64Age 65 and over

East Riding of Yorkshire local authority

2007-08

5

70

 

2008-09

5

110

 

2009-10

0

50

 

2010-11

5

55

 

2011-12

0

35

    

North Lincolnshire local authority

2007-08

5

40

 

2008-09

5

60

 

2009-10

5

25

 

2010-11

0

20

 

2011-12

5

15

    

Yorkshire and Humber region

2007-08

145

2,035

 

2008-09

105

1,835

 

2009-10

105

1,430

 

2010-11

105

1,445

 

2011-12

115

1,355

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five. 2. Figures include admissions to local authority operated and independent sector homes. 3. Yorkshire and Humber region includes other local authorities in addition to East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Thromboembolism

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NICE-approved rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism has been prescribed in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years. [147402]

Norman Lamb: Information has been placed in the Library.

A table is provided for each of the last available three financial years 2009-10 through to 2011-12, together with April to September 2012, giving the total number of prescription items dispensed in the community, in England, by primary care trust, for rivaroxaban. The net ingredient cost of these dispensed prescription items is provided in a further table.

Prescription data do not include the indication for which the medicine has been given. It is therefore not possible to separate out any prescribing for rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention

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of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism from any other use such as prevention of stroke and systemic embolism.

In terms of cost, the main usage of rivaroxaban is in secondary care. In the calendar year 2011 the estimated cost in hospitals in England was £3.4 million. This figure is taken from the Hospital Prescribing 2011 report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy instruments he has at his disposal to ensure compliance of healthcare providers with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on prescribing of rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and the prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; and whether he has any plans to use them. [147593]

Norman Lamb: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) technology appraisal guidance, published in July 2012, recommends rivaroxaban as an option for treating deep vein thrombosis and preventing recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after a diagnosis of acute deep vein thrombosis in adults.

Primary care trusts are legally obliged to fund drugs and treatments recommended in NICE technology appraisal guidance, within three months of guidance being published, unless the requirement is waived in a specific case.

The NHS chief executive's report, “Innovation Health and Wealth”, committed the NHS to establishing a compliance regime to promote rapid and consistent implementation of NICE technology appraisal guidance.

As “Creating Change: Innovation Health and Wealth one year on” sets out, this compliance regime is already reducing variation.

Dementia: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber. [147403]

Norman Lamb: The 2012 dementia campaign, which ran from September 2012 to January 2013, consisted of national television, radio, press and digital advertising supported by public relations. Its objective was to raise awareness of the signs of dementia and encourage people to visit their doctor if they are concerned about their memory.

General Practitioners: Lancashire

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were removed from each GP practice list in Lancashire in 2012. [147265]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not held by the Department. The hon. Member may wish to approach the local national health service directly.

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Genito-urinary Medicine

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department intends to publish its sexual health policy document. [147264]

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department intends to publish its Sexual Health Policy document. [147529]

Anna Soubry: The sexual health policy document will be published as soon as possible.

Health Services: Watford

Richard Harrington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department allocated to the Watford Health Campus between May 1997 and May 2010. [147174]

Dr Poulter: The Department allocated £37 million to the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust for the development of an acute admissions unit on the Watford Health Campus between 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Department allocated a further £7 million to the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2011-12 for the development of an access road to the Watford Health Campus.

Horsemeat

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which company supplied Sodexo with the meat which tested positive for horse DNA. [147508]

Anna Soubry: The Food Standards Agency advises that due to ongoing investigations, which may lead to legal proceedings, the FSA is unable to release further details at this time about the company that supplied Sodexo with the meat that tested positive for horse DNA.

Medicine: Research

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Strategy for UK Life Sciences, for what reason his Department has not brought forward consultation proposals for a new early access scheme to increase the speed and efficiency of routes to market for innovative therapies; and when he expects to bring forward such a consultation. [146992]

Norman Lamb: In line with the commitments made in the Strategy for UK Life Sciences, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency launched, in July 2012, a public consultation on the feasibility and desirability of introducing an “early access” scheme in the United Kingdom to make certain new and promising medicines available to patients before they are formally licensed.

The consultation closed in October 2012 and the responses are being assessed. Discussions are continuing across Government following the consultation and the Government expect to make an announcement as soon as these discussions have concluded.

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Mental Illness: Employment

Sarah Newton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with mental or psychological health problems who have moved off out of work benefits and into employment in each of the last 10 years. [146693]

Mr Hoban: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

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

NHS: Competition

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to lay the amended regulations in respect of procurement, patient choice and competition under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. [147538]

Anna Soubry: The National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No 2) Regulations 2013 were laid in Parliament on 11 March.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walsall South of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 844, which Minister considered the original section 75 regulations and subsequently signed them off for submission to Parliament. [147596]

Anna Soubry: The National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013 were approved by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Earl Howe). Alongside this to assist

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interpretation, my noble Friend arranged for the publication of a detailed explanatory note in addition to the explanatory memorandum.

NHS: Finance

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances payments made from the NHS budget as a result of judicial mediation require (a) his approval and (b) the approval of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. [147601]

Dr Poulter: Approval has not hitherto been required by the Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Secretary of State for Health for special severance payments made as a result of judicial mediation. However, as of 11 March 2013 approval will be required by both the Department of Health and HM Treasury for special severance payments made as a result of judicial mediation.

NHS: Staff

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) registered nurses and (b) healthcare assistants were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [147588]

Dr Poulter: The numbers of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and healthcare assistants employed in the national health service from 2007 to 2011 are shown in the following table:

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Healthcare assistants care for patients, working under the supervision of nurses; midwives and other health professionals. There are other support staff who work with doctors and nursing staff, including nursing auxiliaries and support workers.

NHS hospital and community staff: Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff by area of work—England as at 30 September each year
Full-time equivalent
 20072008200920102011

Total qualified nursing staff

308,516

313,879

320,469

322,306

319,919

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

293,962

299,917

306,887

309,139

306,346

General practice nurses(1)

14,554

13,962

13,582

13,167

13,573

(1) Practice staff counts for 2011 represents an improvement in data collection processes and comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution. Note: Totals may not equal the sum of component parts due to rounding and the inclusion of unclassifiable staff. In 2011 the bank staff return was ceased. All data (for all years) in these tables excludes bank staff. Source: 2012 Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Healthcare assistants—England at 30 September each year
Full-time equivalent
 20072008200920102011

All healthcare assistants

36,260

39,851

44,212

45,015

46,574

Support to ambulance service

901

781

866

887

891

Support to doctors and nursing staff

34,532

38,221

42,331

43,212

44,787

Of which:

     

Acute elderly and general

23,403

26,410

28,836

29,751

31,055

Paediatric nursing

1,043

1,181

1,295

1,512

1,508

Maternity services

2,062

2,312

2,458

2,746

2,916

Other psychiatry

3,105

2,935

3,072

2,594

3,006

Other learning disabilities

2,830

2,687

2,641

2,288

2,027

Community services

1,930

2,565

3,912

4,210

4,185

Central functions

159

131

117

111

91

Support to allied health professionals

461

513

582

561

506

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Of which:

     

Chiropody

29

25

20

17

15

Occupational therapy

135

158

187

130

89

Physiotherapy

131

139

156

143

123

Radiography (diagnostic)

148

166

184

230

224

Speech and language therapy

18

25

35

41

56

Support to Healthcare Scientists

45

22

21

16

20

Support to other Scientific, Technical and Therapeutic staff

120

143

175

134

171

Hotel, property and estates

200

171

236

205

199

Note: Sum of figures may not equal totals due to rounding. Source: The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Olaseni Lewis

Steve Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department or the agencies for which he is responsible have held or intend to hold an investigation into the death of Olaseni Lewis in September 2010; and if he will make a statement. [147341]

Norman Lamb: In September 2012, the Metropolitan Police commissioned an independent review into how it responds to people with mental health conditions. Under the chairmanship of Lord Adebowale, the review has examined every case during the last five years where someone with a mental health condition has either died or been seriously injured after police contact.

In addition, under Regulation 17 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) the hospital must notify the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of the death of any patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. The CQC will determine any further action by CQC, having reviewed the case.

Phenylbutazone

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on horses: slaughterhouses, on what date (a) the positive phenylbutazone samples were collected, (b) those samples were passed to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, (c) the Veterinary Medicines Directorate confirmed the positive test result, (d) the positive test results were reported to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), (e) the FSA issued a recall on the positive meat and (f) the EC Rapid Alert system for Feed and Food team were alerted of the positive test results. [147546]

Anna Soubry: Details are provided in the following table:

Establishment where sample was collectedEstab. No.YearDate positive phenylbutazone samples were collectedDate samples passed to Veterinary Medicines Directorate (tested by either Laboratory Government Chemist (LGC) or Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera)Date Fera/LGC confirmed positive test result to Veterinary Medicines DirectorateDate when positive sample reported to the Food Standards AgencyFSA issued a recall on the positive meatEC Rapid Alert system for Feed and Food team were alerted of the positive test results

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2010

24 February 2010

2 March 2010

16 April 2010

20 April 2010

21 April 2010

RASFF submitted to the EC on 21 April 2010-Carcase distributed to France. RASFF 2010.0496 issued by the EC on 22 April 2010

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231-

2010

24 February 2010

2 March 2010

16 April 2010

20 April 2010

21 April 2010

RASFF submitted to the EC on 21 April 2010—Carcase distributed to France. RASFF 2010.0496 issued by the EC on 22 April 2010

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Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2010

21 April 2010

27 April 2010

24 June 2010

28 June 2010

2 July 2010

RASFF submitted to the EC on 2 July 2010—Carcase distributed to France. RASFF 2010.0889 issued by the EC on 2 July 2010

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2010

14 April 2010

20 April 2010

3 June 2010

7 June 2010

14 June 2010

RASFF submitted to the EC 14 June 2010—RASFF 2010.0779 issued by the EC on 15 June 2010

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2010

19 May 2010

25 May 2010

9 September 2010

22 September 2010

7 October 2010

RASFF submitted to the EC on 7 October 2010—Carcase distributed to France. RASFF 2010.1366 issued by the EC on 8 October 2010

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2011

8 June 2011

14 June 2011

29 June 2011

29 June . 2011

 

FSA has no record of notification, being received. RASFF not issued.

High Peak Meat Exports Ltd

4185

2012

21 May 2012

25 May 2012

27 June 2012

27 June 2012

4 February 2013

RASFF submitted by the UK on 4 February 2013, following a reconciliation exercise with VMD. Distribution to Netherlands. RASFF 2013.0142 issued by the EC on 5 February 2013

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

25 April 2012

1 May 2012

30 May 2012

6 June 2012

13 June 2012

Distribution to France. RASFF submitted to the EC on 13 June 2012. RASFF 2012.0810 issued by the EC on 14 June 2012

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Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

18 January 2012

24 January 2012

15 February 2012

15 February 2012

15 March 2012

Distribution to France. RASFF submitted to the EC on 15 March 2012. RASFF 2012.0394 issued by the EC on 15 March 2012.

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

21 March 2012

27 March 2012

26 April 12

11 May 2012

15 May 2012

Distribution to France. RASFF submitted to the EC on 15 May 2012. RASFF 2012.0662 issued by the EC on 15 May 2012.

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

10 October 2012

16 October 2012

13 November 2012

13 November 2012

4 February 2013

RASFF submitted by the UK on 4 February 2013, following a reconciliation exercise with VMD. Distribution to France. RASFF 2013.0137 issued by the EC on 5 February 2013.

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

1 August 2012

7 August 2012

16 August 2012

16 August 2012

29 August 2012

Distribution to France. RASFF submitted to the EC on 29 August 2012. RASFF 2012.1215 issued by the EC on 29 August 2012.

High Peak Meat Exports Ltd

4185

2012

3 August 2012

8 August 2012

22 August 2012

22 August 2012

6 September 2012

Distribution to two farms in UK for their own consumption. No RASFF required.

Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd

8231

2012

8 August 2012

15 August 2012

22 August 2012

22 August 2012

29 August 2012

Distribution to France. RASFF submitted to the EC on 29 August 2012. RASFF 2012.1251 issued by the EC on 29 August 2012.

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High Peak Meat Exports Ltd

4185

2012

13 September 2012

19 September 2012

27 September 2012

27 September 2012

No recall required

Carcase never left the abattoir. It was disposed of as Cat-1 Animal By Product. No RASFF required.

Respiratory System: Diseases

Mr Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons respiratory disease was omitted from the NHS Commissioning Board's list of strategic clinical networks. [147247]

Anna Soubry: In July 2012 the National Health Service Commissioning Board (NHS CB) published a report entitled “The Way Forward: Strategic Clinical Networks”. This report explained how the NHS CB had come to the decision on the four priority areas it would support through strategic clinical networks, and how these networks would be supported by the NHS CB.

The NHS CB has made clear that as priorities change, or should the work of one of the initial strategic clinical networks conclude, the board will identify new conditions or patient groups that would benefit from a strategic clinical network approach.

Thromboembolism

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of people with venous thromboembolic diseases continuing anticoagulation therapy beyond an initial dose had their dose adjusted for weight and renal function in the latest period for which figures are available; [147021]

(2) what proportion of people with suspected pulmonary embolism are offered anticoagulation therapy if diagnostic investigations take longer than (a) one and (b) four hours to complete from presentation. [147022]

Dr Poulter: Information is not available on the extent of adherence to these elements of Clinical Guideline CG144, published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2012, Official Report, column 285W, if he will encourage the NHS Commissioning Board to promote the venous thromboembolism prevention commissioning toolkit currently in development by the National Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Programme to inform clinical commissioning groups on how to ensure best practice in venous thromboembolism prevention. [147171]

Dr Poulter: It will be for the NHS Commissioning Board to determine its priorities for commissioning guidance. We understand that clinical commissioners would welcome a framework for commissioning services that deliver a systematic, high quality approach to venous thromboembolism prevention across the patient pathway in order to drive up standards and improve health outcomes; and that the work in hand on this product is expected to continue.

Warm Homes Healthy People Fund

Jason McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to publicise the Warm Homes Healthy People fund to local authorities. [147019]

Anna Soubry: On 11 September 2012, Dr Felicity Harvey, Director General of Public Health, Department of Health, wrote to all ‘upper tier’ local authorities advising them of Ministers’ decision to establish the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund (WHHP) again for this winter 2012-13.

Local Authority Circular LAC (DH) (2012)2 published on 13 September 2012 invited local authorities to make applications for funding from the fund by 5 October 2012. This was sent to all local authority and NHS chief executives in the Department's publication “the Week” Issue 264, which is the main method for disseminating information to the NHS and local authorities.

We issued a written ministerial statement on 22 November 2012, Official Report, columns 38-39WS, notifying Parliament of the outcomes of the Warm Homes Healthy People fund bidding process. Subsequently, we sent a letter to all local authorities who bid for funds, notifying them of the outcome of their individual bid. We have published a summary of all the successful proposals from the WHHP fund on the Local Government Association Knowledge Hub website.

Justice

Civil Disorder: Reparation by Offenders

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has undertaken a review of the use of restorative justice used in the sentencing of cases related to the public disturbances of August 2011. [146610]

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Jeremy Wright: There has been no review of the use of restorative justice in the sentencing of cases related to the public disturbances of August 2011. This is because data on the number of cases relating to the disturbances reported to my Department by courts did not include any information on whether these cases involved any element of restorative justice.

However, we have published a number of statistical bulletins covering cases relating to the disturbances. These publications provide information on defendants brought before the courts, including initial outcomes, sentencing information, analysis of criminal histories, prison population and socio-economic factors relating to these defendants. The latest publication is available at

www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/criminal-justice/public-disorder-august-11/public-disorder-august-11-editions

Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that the implementation in April 2013 of reforms to civil litigation funding and costs does not have serious negative consequences for access to justice. [146743]

Mrs Grant: The Government are making fundamental changes to civil litigation funding and costs, including ‘no win no fee’ conditional fee agreements. The reforms come into effect on 1 April 2013.

The reforms form a balanced package, and include a number of measures which will protect claimants' damages. These include a 10% increase in general damages for non-pecuniary loss such as pain, suffering and loss of amenity and, in personal injury cases, the introduction of qualified one way costs shifting—which will provide protection limiting the costs that a losing claimant may have to pay the other side—and a cap on the amount that the lawyer can charge as a success fee.

It is important for access to justice that costs are more proportionate.