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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Leader of the House

Parliament Square: Demonstrations

David Tredinnick: To ask the Leader of the House what the approximate cost to the (a) Greater London Authority, (b) Metropolitan Police and (c) Westminster city council has been of the demonstration and campsite in Parliament square since it was established. [148885]

Mr Lansley: Any costs pertaining to the demonstration and campsite in Parliament square are not the responsibility of the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons, but of the authorities listed in my hon. Friend’s question. Pursuant to my hon. Friend’s question following the Business Statement on 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 499, I have asked the Mayor's Office for Policing to respond.

International Development

Consultants

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2013, Official Report, column 85W, on consultants, with which consulting companies her Department has contracts; what the nature of each such contract is; and what the amount of spending is for which each is responsible. [148745]

Justine Greening: DFID has spent £0.7 million on Admin Consultancy in financial year 2012-13 comprised of 15 contracts ranging from £157 to £350,955 for services including financial, legal and other technical advice. This compares with £19.1 million spent in 2009-10.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated 11 November 2012 and 16 January 2013 regarding the situation in Somalia. [149076]

Lynne Featherstone: I am saddened to learn that my right hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed has not received a response to his letters, due to an administrative oversight.

I will send an interim reply to both my right hon. Friend and his constituent, and a substantive reply will issue in a few days.

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Public Expenditure

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department allocated to the (a) Conflict Pool, (b) Discretionary Peacekeeping Fund, (c) BBC World Service, excluding the BBC World Service Trust, (d) BBC World Service Trust, (e) Special Reserve, (f) British Council and (g) Security and Intelligence Fund in each year since 2010. [149121]

Mr Duncan: At the start of the current spending review period, Treasury allocated budgets for Official Development Assistance (ODA) across all Government Departments.

The Conflict Pool is a fund jointly controlled by DFID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence. It has a separate settlement for the current spending review period. Allocations are as follows:

2011-12: £256 million (of which £130 million was set aside for ODA-related activities)

2012-13: £270 million (of which £150 million was set aside for ODA-related activities)

2013-14: £290 million (of which £175 million was set aside for ODA-related activities)

2014-15: £309 million (of which £200 million was set aside for ODA-related activities).

As part of the Conflict Pool settlement, an additional £374 million per annum was provided for the peacekeeping budget.

The remaining areas listed above fall under the responsibility of the FCO. The FCO's departmental business plan sets out details of planned spend, broken down across the British Council, BBC World Service, FCO contributions to International Organisations and FCO programmes and network.

The publication “Statistics on International Development (SID) 2012” provides information on how official UK financial resources for international development are spent:

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

Culture, Media and Sport

Air Passenger Duty

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of air passenger duty on in-bound tourism to the regions of the UK. [148961]

Hugh Robertson: DCMS has not made an assessment of the effect of air passenger duty on in-bound tourism to the regions of the UK.

As part of the HM Revenue and Customs' report (October 2012), the impact of differing air passenger duty levels, and the effect it could have on demand, were looked at:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/report188.pdf

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Broadband

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has for the allocation of broadband spending in the period 2015 to 2017. [144193]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 25 February 2013]: The Department currently has no plans for allocating funding for new broadband programmes in the period 2015 to 2017.

Design

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on design of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e) campaigns in 2011-12. [143993]

Hugh Robertson [holding answer 25 February 2013]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not collate this information centrally, and to provide it would incur disproportionate costs.

Graduates: Equal Pay

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure greater pay equality between male and female graduates; and if she will make a statement. [148476]

Jo Swinson: The gender pay gap is steadily decreasing but there is more to do. Leading businesses know that attracting and retaining the best talent—both male and female—is vital to success. That is why we believe that a voluntary approach, working with business, is the best way to drive culture change. Our voluntary approach to increasing the number of women on boards has seen the biggest ever jump in the past year. Women now account for over 17% of FTSE 100 boards up from 12.5% in February 2011.

In 2011, the Government launched Think, Act, Report, a voluntary initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace. Nearly 80 leading businesses have now signed up, committing to greater action and transparency on gender issues, and covering over 1.3 million employees in the UK.

The new National Careers Service will encourage girls and young women to challenge stereotypes and encourage them to choose from the broadest possible career options. That includes giving all students good information about the wide range of career opportunities to which studying science and maths can lead.

Domestic legislation already in place to tackle discrimination against women is among the strongest in Europe, and includes provisions ensuring that women are not paid less than men for equivalent work for the same employer. The Equality Act 2010, which this Government commenced, also contains provisions to make pay secrecy clauses unlawful, extend positive action in recruitment and promotion and protect against discrimination “by association”.

Legislation currently before Parliament will require employment tribunals to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit when they have been found to

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have breached equal pay laws. This will ensure that those employers look at their pay structures in detail so they do not fall foul of the law in the future.

More generally, we are extending the right to request flexible working to all employees from 2014 to benefit those who need to juggle their personal and working life. We are also introducing a new system of shared parental leave.

Olympic Games 2012

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what companies in the entertainment technology industry can do to publicise their involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. [148705]

Hugh Robertson: I would encourage companies from the entertainment technology industry, which were involved in supplying the London 2012 Games, to apply for a licence under the Supplier Recognition Scheme, run by the British Olympic Association. A number of companies from within this sector have already been successful in securing a licence. Licensed suppliers can refer to their work on the 2012 Games, in business to business communications, and at trade fairs, both in the UK and overseas. The Supplier Recognition Scheme is another first for London 2012: the first time that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to the legal restrictions placed on suppliers and contractors being relaxed in this way.

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the exclusion to the Supplier Recognition Scheme for audio, video and audio-visual equipment, recording devices, navigation equipment and cameras includes those suppliers who provided (a) services, (b) equipment and (c) services and equipment; and if she will make a statement. [148706]

Mr Vaizey: This category excludes companies which supplied audio, video or audio-visual equipment to the London 2012 Games only. Companies which provided audio-visual services, either as part of or all of their supply, may be eligible and are encouraged to apply online.

The excluded categories exist to protect the rights of worldwide Olympic sponsors. These rights last beyond 2012 and give exclusive rights of association to the Games in the UK and worldwide. It is the support of these sponsors which ensures the Games can take place—without them there would be no Games and no opportunity for businesses to associate with them.

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the eligibility criteria for the Supplier Recognition Scheme to be fully defined; and if she will make a statement. [148707]

Mr Vaizey: The eligibility criteria were fully set out at the launch of the scheme in January this year. Full details of these criteria can be viewed on the website at

www.srs2012.com

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Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what detailed advice her Department plans to provide to companies who supplied audio and audio visual equipment and services to the London 2012 Olympic Games on their eligibility for inclusion in the Supplier Recognition Scheme. [148762]

Mr Vaizey: This guidance is already available for suppliers to view in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the scheme website at

www.srs2012.com

Suppliers are also encouraged to contact the scheme direct to find out more. Contact details can be found on the website.

Pay

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what allowances and subsidies in addition to salary were available to officials in (a) her Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years; and what the monetary value was of such payments and allowances in each such year. [148040]

Hugh Robertson: DCMS introduced a specialist allowance in 2004, to assist in the recruitment and retention of staff, in certain specialist posts. It also pays an allowance to employees working in designated posts in the Private Offices, which was introduced in 2009, as an alternative to payment of overtime.

The monetary values of such allowances are set out in the following table:

 £ (per annum)

Specialist Allowance

4,000

  

Private Office Allowance:

 

SCSI—Principle Private Secretary

8,500

Grade A—Private Secretary

8,500

Grade B—Private Secretary

6,500

Grade C—Assistant Private Secretary

5,000

Grade C—Diary Secretary

4,500

Grade D—Diary Secretary

3,500

DCMS does not pay any other subsidies and does not hold central records for its public bodies.

Recruitment

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials were recruited to (a) her Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years. [147964]

Hugh Robertson: The number of officials who were recruited by DCMS in each of the last five years is shown in the following table:

 Number of new starters in the Department

2008

13

2009

28

2010

43

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2011

25

2012

26

These numbers include Fast Streamers and employees who have transferred in from other Government Departments either permanently or on loan.

DCMS does not hold central records for its non-departmental public bodies.

Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 718W, on the Third Sector, if she will publish a list of the strategic relationships with the Third Sector. [146354]

Hugh Robertson: The Department does not hold this information centrally and to collate this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Communities and Local Government

Homelessness

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) total and (b) percentage change was in the number of homeless people in English local authorities between 2009-10 and 2011-12; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for such changes. [148504]

Mr Prisk: Figures on the number of households accepted as homeless by English local authorities are published on my Department's website (Live Tables 770). To assist the hon. Member, this following table provides comparative figures:

 Number

1998-99

104,270

1999-2000

105,590

2000-01

114,670

2001-02

116,660

2002-03

128,540

2003-04

135,420

2004-05

120,860

2005-06

93,980

2006-07

73,360

2007-08

63,170

2008-09

53,430

2009-10

40,020

2010-11

44,160

2011-12

50,290

These figures show that homelessness rates are far below the average rates of the last Labour Government.

We are investing £470 million in homelessness prevention over four years (2011-12 to 2014-15) to help local authorities and voluntary sector partners prevent and tackle homelessness, rough sleeping and repossessions.

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We have also increased the Discretionary Housing Payments pot to around £400 million over the spending review period to help families and those in vulnerable situations.

Sportsgrounds: Emergencies

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people his Department's computer model for the emergency evacuation of sports stadia anticipates can be evacuated from a stadium within five minutes. [139338]

Hugh Robertson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Department does not have a computer model for the emergency evacuation of sports grounds. Responsibility for the safety of spectators, including the evacuation of spectators in an emergency, is a matter for ground management. The ‘Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds’, written by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, includes guidance on the design and management of emergency evacuation routes and how to calculate the capacity of the emergency exit system. The guide can be found at the following link:

http://www.safetyatsportsgrounds.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/green-guide.pdf

Treasury

Air Passenger Duty

Mr Dodds: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps the Government has taken in response to the Resolution of the House of 1 November 2012 calling for a comprehensive review of air passenger duty; [148960]

(2) how much revenue has been raised through air passenger duty in each year since its introduction; [148962]

(3) what proportion of revenue raised through air passenger duty in each year since its introduction has been raised on routes to and from Northern Ireland. [148963]

Sajid Javid: HM Revenue and Customs does not collect information on the contribution to air passenger duty (APD) revenues made from flights to or from specific airports. The published statistics on APD, including historic information on revenues from the duty, are available at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Pages/TaxAndDutyBulletins.aspx

The Government have no plans to undertake a comprehensive review of APD at this point. The Government have limited the rise in APD to inflation over the period 2010-11 to 2012-13. Budget 2012 set out rates from April 2013, which will also only rise in line with inflation, ensuring that level of APD will again remain constant in real terms. The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review and considers them in the round.

Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Mrs Laing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of excise duty revenue likely to be foregone over a parliament were a minimum unit price for alcohol introduced. [149072]

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Sajid Javid: The Government's consultation on the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol of 45p has recently closed. The consultation stage impact assessment sets out the impacts of a 45p minimum unit price—this is available on the Home Office website.

The estimate of the impact on Exchequer revenue will be developed further based on the consultation feedback.

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the (a) total and (b) average annual saving arising from the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 will be. [148948]

Miss Chloe Smith: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

Estimated savings are set out in the impact assessments which can be found at:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/electoralregistrationandadministration/documents.html

Equitable Life Assurance Society

Katy Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will monitor the annuity rates for Equitable Life With Profits policyholders who took out their policies prior to September 1992. [148902]

Sajid Javid: The Treasury has no plans to monitor the annuity rates of Equitable Life With Profits policyholders who purchased their policies prior to September 1992.

Telephone Services

Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's customer service telephone lines are restricted to those beginning 0870. [149030]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury does not have any 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845 or 0870 customer service telephone lines. The Debt Management Office (DMO), an Executive agency of HM Treasury, has 10 0845 contact numbers provided for the public on its website.

Home Department

Customs: Animals

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many live animals have been confiscated at UK borders in each of the last five years. [148356]

Mr Harper: The most recent published data on seizures by Border Force, which was made available to the Environmental Audit Committee on Wildlife Crime, is as follows:

Seizures of live animals and birds
 Number of seizuresNumber of items seized

2007-08

25

442

2008-09

37

1,212

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2009-10

21

563

2010-11

8

1,620

The figures and the transcript of the Committee hearing can be found at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenvaud/140/140.pdf

Customs: Drugs

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much heroin has been confiscated at UK borders in each of the last five years. [148525]

Mr Harper: There are published figures for heroin seizures at the UK border but for ease of reference the figures requested are set out in the following table:

 Quantity (tonnes)(1)

2008-09

1.0

2009-10

(2)0.8

2010-11

(2)0.4

2011-12

1.6

2012-13(3)

0.2

(1) Conversion factors have been applied to convert tablets and litres to tonnes. (2) Published figures cover England and Wales only. (3) Covers Q1 of 2012-13 (1 April 2012 to 30 June 2012) only. Note: Figures have been rounded to one decimal place.

These figures for heroin seizures at the UK border are published as part of the Border Force publication for drugs seizures within the UK and the Home Office Statistical Bulletin ‘Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales’.

Border Force figures:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/drug-seizures/

Home Office statistics:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/police-research/hosb1212/hosb1212?view=Binary

Scotland

Sovereignty

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on (a) passports and (b) dual citizenship with the UK in the event of Scottish independence. [149103]

David Mundell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 406W.

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Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills where each of the 79 apprentices employed by his Department is based. [148682]

Jo Swinson: Of the 79 apprentices referenced in the question, 37 are employed by core BIS and they are based as follows: London 25, Sheffield nine, Cambridge one, Cardiff one and Glasgow one. The remaining 42 apprentices are employed by our agencies and we do not collate data centrally.

Clothing: Fire Prevention

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2013, Official Report, column 745W, on clothing: fire prevention, what assessment he has made of the risk of materials presenting a health hazard if regulations on fire-retardant clothing were to include all children's clothing; [148631]


(2) what estimate he has made of the cost of cotton garments if regulations on fire-retardant clothing were to include all children's clothing. [148632]

Jo Swinson: The UK already has the most stringent flammability regime for children's clothing in Europe and as such, no assessment has been made of the possible health risks or estimated cost of extending the regime to all children's clothing.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what response he made to the Regulatory Policy Committee in respect of its representations on the impact assessment of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and similar issues; [149108]

(2) what assessment he has made of the Regulatory Policy Committee's criticism of his Department for not addressing its comments on the impact assessment of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [149109]

Jo Swinson: In response to the Regulatory Policy Committee's opinion on the Government's economic impact assessment, the Government committed to consulting on transitional provisions that would seek evidence on how and when to implement the change if the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 was approved by Parliament.

The Government also committed to producing a new impact assessment in relation to those transitional provisions.

Credit: Interest Rates

Mr Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of a cap on (a) the number of loans and (b) the value of a loan which can be taken out from payday loan companies. [148613]

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Jo Swinson: Both the Bristol report and the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) compliance review provide us with evidence on (a) the number of payday loans and (b) the value of payday loans.

On (a), the OFT found that, of the 21 lenders accounting for 85% of the market by turnover, an average of 58% of customers took out more than one new payday loan in 2011-12 and 15% of customers took out more than five loans. The Bristol Report found that, of the 788 payday customers surveyed, they had taken out an average of three online payday loans and 5.1 retail payday loans in the last 12 months. On (b), the OFT found that the average payday loan issued in 2011-12 by the 21 lenders surveyed was for an amount between £265 and £270 over 30 days. The Bristol report's business survey found that the average retail payday loan was typically between £300 and £400 over a loan period of 28 to 31 days while the average online payday loan ranged from £140 to £320 over a loan term of either 30 days or 15 to 20 days.

Having reviewed these data, Government are concerned about the cost of borrowing associated with such loans. We are also concerned about the levels of repeat borrowing, which suggest consumers are using a short-term credit product for longer term borrowing and therefore potentially exposed to high levels of debt without the means to repay.

Government have recently set out how we intend to work with the current and future consumer credit regulators to ensure a strong and co-ordinated response to the problems identified, now, as well as from April 2014. This involves tough enforcement action by OFT, as well as immediate work by Government to clamp down on the advertising of payday loans. Government are also strongly pressing industry to improve compliance with the sector's existing voluntary codes and put in place new provisions to address specific areas of concern, notably use of continuous payment authority. Further, the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will have tough, responsive and dynamic powers to tackle emerging problems in credit markets quickly and effectively from April 2014. The FCA has committed to prioritise action on payday lending as soon as they take on the regulatory responsibility in April 2014. During the rest of this year, they will consider whether there are gaps in the regulation of payday lending that need to be addressed from April 2014 and will turn existing OFT guidance into rules that are binding on firms.

Enterprise Zones

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has commissioned or undertaken on the effectiveness of enterprise zones in promoting economic growth. [148877]

Mr Prisk: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

When developing the current Enterprise Zone programme, the Department considered the Government evaluation on the economic impacts of Enterprise Zones in the 1980s and 1990s: PA Cambridge Economic Consultants, 1995, Final Evaluation of Enterprise Zones, for the Department for Environment. The Department also considered reviews of the wider research evidence

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that were produced by Centre for Cities, 2010, ‘What Would Maggie Do?'; and The Work Foundation, 2010, ‘Do Enterprise Zones Work?’ This research is publicly available.

We are currently working closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships in delivering Enterprise Zones. This includes assisting in monitoring the outputs and economic outcomes of Enterprise Zones which will assist the Department in understanding their effectiveness for economic growth.

Higher Education: Barnsley

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people from Barnsley Central constituency went on to university in academic year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [149100]

Mr Willetts: The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students at UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The numbers of entrants to UK HEIs who were domiciled in Barnsley Central constituency prior to their course by level of study has been provided in the table for the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Information for the 2012-13 academic year will become available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency in January 2014.

Entrants(1) domiciled in Barnsley Central constituency(2) prior to their course, UK higher education institutions, academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12
Level of study2010/112011/12

Postgraduate

185

155

Undergraduate

775

770

Total

965

925

(1) Covers all students in their first year of study. (2) Parliamentary constituency is derived from the student's postcode. The boundaries were revised in the 2010 general election. Notes: Figures are based on an HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Transport

A23

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what reports he has received from the Highways Agency on events on Handcross Hill in Sussex on 11 March 2013; [149105]

(2) what reports he has received on the gritting of the A23 at Handcross Hill in Mid Sussex and south to Brighton on 10 March, 11 March and 12 March 2013. [149106]

Stephen Hammond: Following the severe weather that brought particularly difficult driving conditions across Kent and Sussex including the A23 at Handcross Hill and Highways Agency routes south to Brighton, I was briefed initially at 06.00 on 12 March. I asked for a more extensive and detailed update which was received at 16.00 on the same day from the Deputy Chief Executive of the Highways Agency.

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These reports included a summary of the Highways Agency's preparations for snow and ice both before and after the severe weather warnings had been issued and their operation to respond to a high number incidents across the region. Although routes had been treated, many of the incidents involved heavy goods vehicles unable to negotiate uphill gradients. This caused closures at several locations—which caused delay for many other vehicles.

Bus Services: Concessions

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England who qualify for a disabled person's bus pass that are in receipt of such a pass. [149124]

Norman Baker: We estimate that in 2011-12, the latest year for which data is available, there were 748,000 disabled bus passes in circulation in England, of which 33,000 were issued by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. We do not have an estimate for Barnsley Central. The relevant published tables are BUS0820 and BUS0890 which can be found at-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/bus08-concessionary-travel

In some Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs), a number of eligible, older disabled people will hold an older person's bus pass instead - in particular, if no discretionary concessions are available in a TCA or if they offer the same to both older and disabled people. For example, if pre-9.30 am travel is offered to both older and disabled people then an older disabled person may choose to apply for an older person's pass as eligibility is easier to prove. They will therefore not be included in the figures quoted for disabled passes.

We do not know the number of people who qualify for a disabled bus pass but do not apply for one.

Bus Services: Visual Impairment

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the proportion of bus routes in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England which have audio facilities announcing the destination of the bus and the next stop for the purpose of aiding those who are blind or partially sighted with their journey. [149102]

Norman Baker: We estimate that in 2012 there were 8877 buses operating in England that offer audio announcements on the destination of the bus and the next stop. This amounts to approximately 25% of all buses in England.

We do not hold specific figures for South Yorkshire or Barnsley Central. However, Stagecoach have confirmed that they currently operate 7 buses with next stop visual displays on two routes (93 & 95) in Barnsley and that three of these buses also provide audio announcements.

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is currently undertaking a pilot scheme involving the use of 4 buses with audio announcement facilities in and around Barnsley. The SYPTE will seek to extend

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the provision of audio visual announcement systems on buses around the region as part of its successful 'Better Bus Area' proposal.

Railways: Bus Services

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the inclusion of rail replacement buses within the National Rail Conditions of Carriage; and if he will make a statement. [149198]

Norman Baker: No such representations have been received.

The National Rail Conditions of Carriage already apply to passengers travelling and luggage, articles, animals and cycles conveyed in these buses unless it is made clear to passengers buying a ticket that different conditions apply. Train Companies may refuse to accept some types of luggage, articles, animals and cycles. Ticket sellers must make clear to passengers if any planned replacements of which they are aware are likely to affect their journey when they buy a ticket.

If the replacement is at short notice and a passenger cannot complete their journey because the Train Company is unable to transport their luggage, articles, animals and/or cycles, they will be entitled to compensation as if their train had been cancelled.

I am encouraging Network Rail and Train Operating Companies to minimise the number of times when trains are replaced by buses.

Shipping: Accidents

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many maritime accidents have involved a pilot vessel in each of the last 10 years. [148543]

Stephen Hammond: The number of accidents in each of the last 10 years that have involved a pilot boat and have been reported to MAIB are:

 Number

2003

8

2004

5

2005

8

2006

6

2007

9

2008

5

2009

7

2010

6

2011

5

2012

7

Telephone Services

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 286, on telephone services, whether an alternative UK landline number beginning with 01, 02 or 03 is publicly available as an alternative to the 0800 numbers and 0870 number in use by his Department and the agencies for which he is responsible. [149107]

Norman Baker: Yes.

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Defence

Afghanistan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 370W, on Afghanistan, how many missiles have been fired by Royal Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan since 22 October 2012. [149016]

Mr Robathan: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State for Defence, Lord Astor of Hever, to the noble Lady, Baroness Stern of Vauxhall, in the other place on 12 March 2013 (Official Report, House of Lords, column WA46).

Armed Forces: Housing Benefit

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the statement of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 18, how many service personnel and military families will be affected by changes to housing benefit relating to under-occupancy; [146649]

(2) pursuant to the statement of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 8, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between the Minister for Veterans' Personnel and Welfare and Lord Freud to discuss service personnel and the housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. [146668]

Mr Francois [holding answer 7 March 2013]: My recent meeting with my noble Friend Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, led to a greater shared understanding of how changes to benefit policies impact on members of the armed forces. However, I do not intend to publish a record of this meeting. Defence Ministers have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues and others as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

As I have previously stated, the decision to claim benefits is a private matter about which the Ministry of Defence has no requirement to collect information. It is not possible, therefore, to provide a numerical answer.

However, I am aware that there are concerns by some parents of service personnel that they may be affected and I am glad to be able to say that, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), announced on 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 9-10WS, adult children who are in the armed forces but who continue to live with parents will be treated as continuing to live at home, even when deployed on operations.

Armed Forces: Redundancy

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, after planned redundancies have taken effect, the armed forces will have a lower ratio of officers to non-commissioned ranks than in 2010. [147398]

Mr Francois [holding answer 12 March 2013]: The ratio is expected to be broadly unchanged from 2010.

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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days of flight testing have occurred and how many days of flight testing have been lost due to grounding of the aircraft since delivery of the first Joint Strike Fighter. [145270]

Mr Dunne: From the start of Flight Test on 11 June 2008 to 27 February 2013, there have been a total of 6,382 Development Flight Test days of F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft. Over this period, the equivalent of 285 days of Development Flight Test on F-35B aircraft did not take place while aircraft were grounded, or 4.5% of the maximum available flight days.

Military Bases

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) he, (b) Ministers or (c) officials of his Department have (i) received written communication from or (ii) met representatives of (A) Thales Training and Simulation Ltd, (B) Infrastructure Investment Ltd or (C) Robertson Group in relation to his Department's Basing Review. [134191]

Mr Robathan: It will take a little time to co-ordinate details of any possible written communications from Thales Training and Simulation Ltd, Infrastructure Investment Ltd or Robertson Group in relation to the Basing Review. I will write to the right hon. and learned Member when the information is available.

Substantive answer from Andrew Robathan to Sir Menzies Campbell:

In my answer to your Parliamentary Question (134191) of 18 December 2012 (Official Report, column 711W) I undertook to write to you with further details of any meetings or written communications between the Secretary of State for Defence, MOD Ministers and MOD officials with Thales Training and Simulation Ltd, Infrastructure Investment Ltd and Robertson Group in relation to the Basing Review.

MOD officials did hold a meeting attended by a number of contractors, including representatives of Thales, with regard to one specific move under consideration as part of the basing review, on 22 November 2012.

There have been no meetings at any level or correspondence with either Infrastructure Investment Ltd or Robertson Group in relation to basing.

Sudan

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he has taken to monitor and evaluate the effect and outcomes of his Department's Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context training on the conduct of the armed forces of Sudan; [148212]

(2) how much his Department has spent on providing training in military institutions in Sudan; and what further such spending is planned; [148213]

(3) what additional military co-operation is planned between the British armed forces and those of Sudan; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of any such co-operation. [148214]

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Mr Francois: Ministry of Defence engagement with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) is funded by the tri-departmental Conflict Pool and is in line with the objectives of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy and the International Defence Engagement Strategy. This year the MOD has spent approximately £750,000 on defence education for the SAF, of which £450,000 was spent on provision of education within Sudanese military institutions. The education provided in Khartoum included English Language teaching and the delivery of the Management of Defence in the Wider Security Context (MDWSC) course. The Defence education programme for the next financial year has yet to be finalised. We currently expect it to be largely similar in nature and cost.

Our Defence engagement in Sudan contributes to wider cross-government and international efforts to promote stability, accountability and good governance across Sudan. The intent is to encourage security sector reform, with an emphasis on respect for human rights, professionalism, and governance and accountability mechanisms within the armed forces. This engagement has also allowed the UK to play a key role in supporting African Union-led negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan, influencing senior Sudanese military officials to make progress on security-related post-secession issues, thereby contributing to regional stability.

The MDWSC has formed part of our Defence education programme since 2010 with three courses delivered at the Higher Military Academy in Khartoum. It is intended to increase awareness of the range of processes and techniques that may be utilised to enhance the effective governance and management of defence. The UK Defence Academy has undertaken an internal validation of each MDWSC course to determine whether it met its immediate objectives and to ensure that subsequent courses are tailored to meet identified areas of need. MOD Defence education in Sudan is also subject to scrutiny annually as part of the Conflict Pool funding process. The Deputy Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sudan presented on the course held in January 2013. ICRC participation helps ensure that UK-delivered education is coherent with and supports wider international efforts to encourage respect for International Humanitarian Law.

Work and Pensions

Employment

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners worked beyond the retirement age and (b) young people were unemployed in (i) each constituency and (ii) each region of the UK in each year for which data is available. [148644]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

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 Parliamentary Questions asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners

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worked beyond the retirement age and (b) young people were unemployed in (i) each constituency and (ii) each region of the UK in each year for which data is available (148644); and how many (a) pensioners were working beyond the retirement age and (b) young people were unemployed in each (i) constituency, (ii) region and (iii) constituent part of the UK in each of the last 30 years (149075).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessors, following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Estimates of the number of people in employment beyond state pension age are not available for parliamentary constituencies or regions. Table 1 shows the number of people above state pension age in the UK who were in employment according to survey responses from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in the final quarter of each year from 1992 to 2012. Estimates for periods prior to this are not available. The state pension age is the age at which people become eligible to claim the state pension in the UK. For women the state pension age is currently being increased incrementally to 65 in order to be equalised with that for men in 2018. On the LFS the identification of respondents' eligibility for the state pension is based on their age at the time of interview. During the survey period for October to December 2012 the state pension age for women varied between 61 and 3 months and 61 and 4 months.

Estimates are also not available for the number of young people who were unemployed for parliamentary constituencies. As an alternative, table 2 shows the number of people aged 18 to 24 who were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and its predecessor unemployment related benefits in January 2013, the latest available period, and December of each year from 1985 to 2012. Data prior to 1985 is not available. Data for the current parliamentary constituencies, used in the 2010 general election, are not available prior to 2004. The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level. As this data is quite extensive a copy has been placed in the House of Commons library.

Whilst estimates of the number of young people who were unemployed are not available for parliamentary constituencies, they are available for regions and countries. Table 3 shows an estimate for the number of people aged 16 to 24 who were unemployed according to survey responses to the APS in the 12 month period ending October 2012, the latest available period, and for the 12 month periods ending in December for 2004 to 2011. Estimates are also shown for 12 month periods ending in February for 1995 to 2004 from the Annual LFS. Estimates are not available for periods prior to this. Due to the size of the tables, they will be stored in the library of the House.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS, APS and its predecessors are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the tables based on survey results.

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

Housing Benefit

Mrs McGuire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 25 are currently in receipt of housing benefit by the smallest reporting unit and by gender with costs for each category. [147723]

Steve Webb: I have arranged for tables of housing benefit recipients aged under 25 broken down by gender and by local authority to be placed in the House of Commons Library.

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Pensioners: Poverty

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of pensioners have been living in poverty in the last 10 years for which figures are available; [148684]

(2) how many people in Warrington North constituency are living in poverty; and how many of those people are (a) in work, (b) people of working age who are not in work and in receipt of benefits and (c) pensioners. [148746]

Steve Webb: The answer to the first question is published in Tables 6.1tr and 6.3tr of the Households Below Average Income report, available here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/hbai/hbai2011/index.php?page=contents

It is not possible to answer the second question because estimates of poverty are not available at a constituency level due to insufficient sample size.

Remploy

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will instruct the Chief Executive and Board of Remploy in furtherance of valid bids to permit bid officers immediate access to the Data Room; [148764]

(2) if he will instruct the Chief Executive and Board of Remploy in furtherance of valid bids to permit immediate direct contact between bid officers and authorised workforce representatives and interested staff of Remploy Dundee; and if he will make a statement. [148765]

Esther McVey: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the commercial process is owned by Remploy and not the Department. It is their process to manage and deliver. Remploy has confirmed that only following submission of an Expression of Interest and once a bidder has signed a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and Conflict of Interest form (if necessary) will parties be given access to the Data Room.

Site visits will be considered for those bidders who have signed and returned the appropriate NDA and Conflict of Interest documentation. However, this will not give access to any additional commercial information. Remploy and the DWP are clear that any visits be conducted in a way that maintains fairness of the commercial process and does not adversely impact on employees.

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Remploy workers have been made redundant to date; and how many of them have found work. [149101]

Esther McVey: Since the announcement by the Department and Remploy in March 2012 about implementing the Sayce Review recommendations, 1,450 employees have been made redundant and 90 have transferred to a new employer.

Not all ex-Remploy employees have elected to take up the People Help and Support Package, which we have put in place to help them find employment, for example because they have decided to retire. However,

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I can confirm 1,062 are engaging with a personal case worker, 307 jobs have been found for disabled former Remploy workers, and 256 are now in work.

State Retirement Pensions

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to introducing a taper into proposals for state pension reform to ensure that individuals reaching pensionable age in the period immediately prior to a shift towards a single tier also benefit from the arrangements. [147576]

Steve Webb: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for High Peak (Andrew Bingham) on 29 January 2013, Official Report, column 784W.

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill, (1) how many children he estimates live in the affected households; and what proportion of all children in the UK he estimates to live in these households; [144833]

(2) how many adults he estimates to be in the affected households; and what proportion of all adults in the UK he estimates to be in those households. [144876]

Steve Webb: The Department for Work and Pensions impact assessment on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill estimates that 11 million children are in families that were affected by the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill; this represents 85% of all children. Of this population 38% were in families only affected by changes in child benefit.

It also estimates that 14.8 million adults are in families that were affected by the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill; this represents 31% of all adults. Of this population 35% were in families only affected by changes in child benefit.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's impact assessment on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill, how many disabled children in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA) he estimates to be in the affected households; and what proportion of all disabled children in receipt of DLA in the UK he estimates to be affected by the Bill. [144875]

Steve Webb: The data requested is not available since the analysis does not allow us to accurately identify families where the child is the recipient of DLA.

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the provisions of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill on the number of employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the support group and (b) the work-related activity group living in relative poverty; [149125]

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(2) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the provisions of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill on the number of employment and support allowance claimants living in relative poverty. [149126]

Steve Webb: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to my answer to his earlier question on 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 508W (PQ 141901) for an estimate of the impact of the Up-rating Bill on disabled individuals in poverty.

It is not possible to disaggregate this population into recipients of employment and support allowance (ESA) and its individual components due to insufficient sample size. It should be noted that the population referred to in the above PQ identify self-reported disability as defined by the 2010 Equality Act, and the ESA recipient population constitutes a smaller and different group of individuals than this wider population.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agricultural Wages Board

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on which respondents to his consultation on the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board have been (a) investigated, (b) sanctioned or (c) prosecuted in relation to agricultural workers by the (i) Health and Safety Executive or (ii) Gangmasters Licensing Authority. [148972]

Mr Heath: DEFRA has not made an analysis of whether respondents to the consultation on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board have been investigated, sanctioned or prosecuted in relation to agricultural workers by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). Details of those who responded to the consultation exercise are published on the DEFRA website. The GLA also publishes details on its website of labour providers whose GLA licences have been revoked.

DEFRA does not hold information about agricultural workers investigated, sanctioned or prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what evidence his Department has used to estimate badger population numbers in the two pilot cull areas; [148773]

(2) what margins of error apply to his Department's estimates of badger populations in the two pilot cull areas; [148774]

(3) what contingency plans are in place if the estimates of badger population numbers in the two pilot cull areas are found to be significantly (a) higher or (b) lower than his Department's estimates. [148775]

Mr Heath: Surveys for active badger setts were undertaken in the two pilot cull areas in order to estimate the total number of active setts within each area. These were supported by hair trapping surveys conducted to estimate the average number of badgers per active sett.

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The badger populations in the two pilot cull areas are estimated to be 2,657 to 4,079 in West Gloucestershire and 1,972 to 2,973 in West Somerset, with 80% confidence in both minimum and maximum limits. The methodology for estimating the badger numbers in the two pilot areas makes use of the best available data and provides a reliable estimate of the populations.

Independent monitoring of cull effectiveness will take place in the first year of the pilots. If this monitoring indicates that the population in an area is higher than originally estimated, then discussions will take place between the licence holder, Natural England and DEFRA to agree an appropriate remedy. If the badger population is lower than expected, badger removal effort for the second year of culling may be adjusted accordingly. However, in this scenario, there are additional safeguards in place to ensure that the risk of local disappearance of the population is low.

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Mr Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which company holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; how much is paid each year under that contract; how many individual devices are covered by the contract; when the contract was awarded; and when and how the contract will next be reviewed. [148404]

Richard Benyon: Vodafone holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). It started on 7 March 2011 and covers 238 devices.

CEFAS has spent the following since the contact began:

 £

2011-12

43,923

2012-13

(1)31,942

(1) Latest data—up to and including 31 December 2012.

The current contract was put in place through the Government Procurement Service framework arrangement and expires on 30 March 2015. We would expect the same approach to be taken to procuring a replacement contract at that time.

Crayfish: South East

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many crayfish licences have been granted by the Environment Agency in (a) Berkshire, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) Havering borough in each of the last five years. [148275]

Richard Benyon: The information is as follows:

Table 1 presents the figures for the number of crayfish licences granted in the area in which Berkshire and Oxfordshire sit. The areas are defined by catchment and not county boundaries. The authorisations issued are for non-native species of crayfish and are for the purposes of Scientific Survey, Personal Consumption, Commercial and Fishery Management.

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Table 1
 Number of licences granted

2008

271

2009

290

2010

298

2011

308

2012

382

Table 2 presents the figures for the number of crayfish licences granted in the area in which Havering borough sits. These authorisations issued are also for non-native species of crayfish and are for the purposes of Scientific Survey, Personal Consumption, Commercial and Fishery Management.

Table 2
 Number of licences granted

2008

48

2009

62

2010

79

2011

113

2012

163

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many crayfish licences have been granted by the Environment Agency on the (a) Kennet and Avon Canal, (b) River Thames and (c) River Kennet in each of the last five years. [148357]

Richard Benyon: The following tables present the figures for crayfish licences granted in (a) the Kennet and Avon Canal, (b) River Thames and (c) River Kennet. The authorisations issued are for non-native species of crayfish and are for the purposes of personal consumption, commercial, fishery management and scientific survey.

(a) Kennet and Avon Canal
 Number of licences granted

2008

10

2009

6

2010

17

2011

16

2012

21

(b) River Thames
 Number of licences granted

2008

107

2009

128

2010

118

2011

105

2012

98

(c) River Kennet
 Number of licences granted

2008

27

2009

27

2010

18

2011

20

2012

24

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Dogs: Imports

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs were imported into the UK via (a) ports and (b) airports in the last 12 months; from which country each dog was imported from; and what breed was each imported dog. [146513]

Mr Heath: The number of dogs imported into Great Britain in 2012 (the last complete year for which there is data) via sea ports was 63,706 and via airports was 4,632. We do not hold any information on the breeds of the dogs imported.

Over the last 12 months, dogs were presented for entry into Great Britain—by sea, rail and air—with documentation (a pet passport or third country veterinary certificate) that had been issued in the following countries:

Country in which paperwork was issuedNumber of dogs imported (1 March 2012 to 28 February 2013)

Afghanistan

4

Andorra

11

Antigua and Barbuda

3

Argentina

20

Australia

267

Austria

284

Bahrain

12

Barbados

12

Belgium

2,700

Bermuda

13

Bulgaria

483

Canada

223

Cayman Islands

9

Chile

7

China

2

Costa Rica

1

Croatia

50

Cyprus

701

Cuba

1

Czech Republic

529

Denmark

476

Estonia

52

Finland

161

France

12,915

Germany

7,299

Gibraltar

93

Ghana

1

Great Britain

84,941

Greece

947

Hawaii

1

Hong Kong

53

Hungary

2,547

Iceland

4

Indonesia

1

Republic of Ireland

700

Israel

1

Italy

1,928

Jamaica

1

Japan

35

Latvia

382

Kyrgyzstan

3

Liechtenstein

5

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Lithuania

1,698

Luxembourg

144

Malta

85

Mauritius

4

Mexico

23

Netherlands

4,793

Netherland Antilles

2

New Zealand

58

Norway

259

Pakistan

2

Poland

3,637

Portugal

595

Romania

1,855

Russia

117

San Marino

1

Saudi Arabia

1

Singapore

34

Slovakia

481

Slovenia

172

Spain

6,712

South Africa

3

South Korea

1

Sri Lanka

1

St Vincent

3

Sudan

1

Sweden

577

Switzerland

883

Taiwan

5

Tanzania

1

Thailand

3

Trinidad and Tobago

6

Turkey

2

UAE

230

USA

1,030

Country not recorded

137

Total

141,434

This information was taken from the Pets Statistics Database on 5 March 2013.

Floods: Insurance

Mr Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what substantive discussions took place between his Department and the insurance industry with regard to the statement of principles on flood risk insurance between July 2008 and May 2010. [148630]

Richard Benyon: As has become custom, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of meetings that were held under a previous Administration.

Food: Poverty

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a food poverty measure; and if he will commission an annual review of levels of food poverty in the UK. [148340]

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Mr Heath: DEFRA actively monitors retail food prices and their impact on household expenditure through its Family Food Survey. We know that some households are seeing the amount they spend on food increase and there is evidence that households are trading down to cheaper products.

On average in 2011, food accounted for 11.3% of all household expenditure, an increase from 10.5% in 2007. However, expenditure on food in low income households (the bottom 20%) accounted for 16.6% of all expenditure in 2011. This was 15.2% in 2007.

We have no plans to conduct any additional measurement of food poverty or to commission annual reviews.

The Government provide safety nets through welfare to support those on low incomes and out of work. The Government also provide schemes to help the most vulnerable in society afford and have access to nutritious food, such as the Healthy Start scheme. Through schemes like Love Food Hate Waste and Change4life we are helping individuals to plan affordable, nutritious meals and reduce the food they waste.

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [141458]

Richard Benyon: The mean average spend by the Department and in arm's length bodies is shown in the table by financial year. Therefore the calculations reflect the average spend on Government Procurement Cards for all staff in each body, although not all staff held a card.

Information for the 2012-13 financial year is not yet available.

£
Body2010-112011-12

Core DEFRA

1,353

1,395

   

Executive Agencies

  

Rural Payments Agency

167

106

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

518

887

Animal Heath and Veterinary Laboratory Agency

351

306

Food and Environment Research Agency

1,580

1,761

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

2,067

2,265

   

NDPBs

  

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

73

275

Natural England

2,074

2,128

Marine Management Organisation

1969

2,625

Environment Agency

2,892

3,103

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

3,112

3,679

Consumer Council for Water

2,142

2,019

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Gangmasters Licensing Authority

234

399

Horse Passports

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued by each organisation in the UK able to issue them in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [148811]

Mr Heath: DEFRA does not collect annualised data on horse passports issued by each UK passport issuing authority (PIO). The following table lists the total passports issued by UK PIOs and uploaded to the National Equine Database as at 2 July 2012 broken down by PIO:

PIO namePIO codeNumber of passports issued as of 2 July 2012

Northern Ireland Horse Board Co-op Society Ltd

372414

17,601

Anglo-European Studbook Ltd.

826002

24,288

British Association for the Purebred Spanish Horse Ltd

826003

2,683

British Horse Society

826004

31,280

British Appaloosa Society

826005

2,993

British Hanoverian Horse Society

826006

3,396

British Horse Database

826007

6,681

British Miniature Horse Society

826008

1,674

British Morgan Horse Society

826009

461

British Palomino Society

826010

706

British Percheron Horse Society

826011

1,523

American Quarter Horse Association UK

826012

1,831

British Skewbald and Piebald Association

826013

7,929

British Spotted Pony Society

826015

2,036

Warmblood Breeders Studbook—UK

826016

2,688

Caspian Horse Society

826017

316

Cleveland Bay Horse Society

826018

5,641

Dales Pony Society

826020

2,498

Dartmoor Pony Society

826021

15,255

Donkey Breed Society

826022

705

British Connemara Pony Society

826023

6,385

Eriskay Pony Society

826024

319

Exmoor Pony Society

826025

4,049

Spotted Pony Breed Society (Great Britain)

826026

450

Fell Pony Society

826027

6,358

Fjord Horse National Stud-book Association of Great Britain

826028

496

Friesian Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland Ltd

826029

347

Hackney Horse Society

826030

930

Highland Pony Society

826031

2,244

Icelandic Horse Society Of Great Britain

826032

237

International Miniature Horse and Pony Society

826033

3,588

Irish Draught Horse Society (GB)

826034

6,708

Lipizzaner National Studbook Association of Great Britain

826035

2,687

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National Pony Society

826037

11,752

New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society

826038

24,437

Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society

826039

23,315

Shire Horse Society

826040

5,740

Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain

826041

31,318

Spotted Horse and Pony Society(1)

826042

131

Suffolk Horse Society

826043

697

Arab Horse Society

826044

27,465

Trakehners UK

826045

1,830

Welsh Pony and Cob Society

826046

131,531

Scottish Sports Horse

826047

4,857

Weatherbys ID Passports

826048

61,809

British Driving Society

826049

21,919

British Harness Racing Club(1)

826050

194

British Equestrian Federation

826051

2

Hurlingham Polo Association

826052

14,544

Caspian Breed Society (UK)

826053

0

Coloured Horse and Pony Society (UK)

826054

7,063

Scottish Icelandic Horse Association

826055

0

Standard and Trotting Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland

826056

8,257

British Bavarian Warmblood Association

826057

78

Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHc) UK Ltd

826058

594

Fjord Horse Studbook Society

826059

82

Sport Pony Studbook Society

826060

790

Eriskay Pony (Mother Society)—Comann Each nan Eilean Ltd

826061

84

American Saddlebred Association of Great Britain

826063

99

British Show Jumping Association

826064

7,329

Haflinger Society Of Great Britain

826065

864

Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association of UK

826066

0

Pleasure Horse Society

826067

41,333

Gypsy Cob Society(1)

826068

7,992

Horse Passport Agency Ltd

826069

178,293

Lipizzaner Society of Great Britain

826070

102

United Saddlebred Association UK Ltd

826071

550

Clydesdale Horse Society

826072

1,419

Pet-ID Equine

826073

118,744

Horse Passports Ltd

826074

5,639

Veteran Horse Society

826075

21,727

Farmkey

826076

22,804

Selle Francais EquiCours(1)

826077

43

American Miniature Horse Club

826078

65

British Falabella Studbook(1)

826079

180

British Carmargue Horse Society

826080

79

Lusitano Breed Society (Great Britain)

826081

250

Show Jumping Association of Ireland—Ulster Region

826082

1,128

Oakdales (NI) Ltd

826083

588

British Show Horse Association

826084

127

Studbook for Irish and European Sporthorses

826088

113

The Traditional Gypsy Cob Association Limited

826089

0

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Weatherbys

8260GB

396,816

British Equestrian Federation (EU non-UK Equines)

826BEF

397

Total

 

1,352,153

(1) No longer authorised to issue or update passports

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has in place to improve the process of issuing horse passports; [148812]

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the horse passport issuing system; and if he will make a statement. [148813]

Mr Heath: The Government remain committed to exploring ways to improve the horse passport system within the framework of European legislation, and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and my noble Friend the Lord de Mauley met representatives of various equine sectors on 21 February to discuss this. Officials will continue to work with representatives of the sectors to improve the system.

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Trading Standards Institute regarding horse passports. [148814]

Mr Heath: DEFRA has not received any recent representations from the Trading Standards Institute regarding horse passports.