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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Attorney-General

Sexual Violence: Vulnerable Victims

8. Alun Cairns: To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to support vulnerable witnesses in cases of sexual violence and abuse. [149752]

The Solicitor-General: It is vital to ensure that vulnerable witnesses are able to give their evidence effectively. The range of special measures offered to vulnerable witnesses includes giving evidence by way of live link, video recorded evidence in chief and screens in court.

There is also a comprehensive network of joint police/CPS witness care units.

Vulnerable Witnesses

9. Stuart Andrew: To ask the Attorney-General what special measures Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors may offer to vulnerable witnesses to support them in giving evidence. [149753]

The Solicitor-General: It is vital to ensure that vulnerable witnesses are able to give their evidence effectively. The range of special measures offered to vulnerable witnesses includes giving evidence by way of live link, video recorded evidence in chief and screens in court.

There is also a comprehensive network of joint police/CPS witness care units.

Crown Prosecution Service

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General how many cautions the Crown Prosecution Service has approved for indictable-only offences in each quarter since 2008. [149480]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not hold central records showing the number of cautions approved for indictable only offences. This information could be obtained only by examining all of the files where a caution has been approved, which would incur disproportionate cost.

A table containing information on the total number of pre-charge cautions authorised for all offences, rather than just indictable only offences, has been deposited in the Library of the House along with a table showing the number of indictable only cases that were dropped post-charge in favour of a caution. Information has been split between simple and conditional caution for ease of reference.

Official data showing the number of simple cautions issued are contained within the official statistics relating to sentencing, criminal court proceedings and offenders brought to justice, maintained and issued by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

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Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made the cost of fraud committed against the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years. [149483]

The Solicitor-General: In addition to the recently discovered fraud resulting from false taxi journey invoices that has a cost of approximately £1 million over the last five years, the cost of fraud committed against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the last five years was reported as follows:

 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Losses (£)

0

0

0

18,000

0

Number of incidents

0

0

0

1

0

The loss in 2010-11 relates to the loss or theft of a mobile telephone to which £18,000 of telephone calls was charged before the loss or theft was discovered. Following this incident the affected Directorate reviewed its processes for scrutinising this expenditure, undertook a full inventory check of all mobile telephones and electronic devices, and issued advice to the relevant officer.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve its internal anti-fraud controls at (a) its west midlands division and (b) all other regional divisions. [149484]

The Solicitor-General: Following the discovery of fraudulent payments to a supplier in its West Midlands Area the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) immediately commissioned investigations to ascertain the extent of the fraudulent activity, how the prescribed controls were circumvented and whether the controls were being applied correctly in other parts of the organisation.

These investigations are ongoing. When they have concluded the findings will be reported and, if appropriate, recommendations on changes to the control framework will be implemented across the CPS. These recommendations will be considered in light of recent events and implemented as necessary.

At the same time it commissioned investigations the CPS put in place a number of additional mechanisms to ensure that all transactions originating from west midlands were subject to additional scrutiny and to gain assurance over the regularity of expenditure. The CPS has also sought assurance from all area and HQ business managers that controls are being applied effectively and in accordance with the departmental guidance.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 364W, on the Crown Prosecution Service, what the average sum agreed as financial consideration for entering into a confidentiality clause was in respect of the compromise agreements referred to in the answer; and what the total cost to the Crown Prosecution Service has been of entering into these agreements. [149550]

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The Solicitor-General: Not all compromise agreements since 2010 have included a specific financial consideration for confidentiality. For those that did, the average sum was £214.

The total cost to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of entering into compromise agreements during this period is £2,478,033.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 364W, on the Crown Prosecution Service, how many of the compromise agreements referred to in the Answer involved a waiver of the right to make claims of (a) unfair dismissal, (b) discrimination and (c) entitlements to redundancy payments. [149552]

The Solicitor-General: All 46 of the compromise agreements made by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) since 2010 have included a waiver to (a) future unfair dismissal and (b) discrimination claims. 10 included the additional waiver against (c) entitlements to redundancy payments.

Domestic Violence

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions the Crown Prosecution Service took no further action with regard to a suspect whose file had been marked with a domestic violence flag in each of the last five years. [149482]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recorded the following information with regard to the number of occasions no further action has been taken in cases flagged as domestic violence:

 Domestic violence flagged pre-charge decisions (PCD)Domestic violence flagged PCD where no further action was taken (NFA)Percentage NFA

2008

79,195

20,467

25.8

2009

87,499

22,712

26.0

2010

100,460

27,094

27.0

2011

97,642

25,716

26.3

2012

88,202

22,746

25.8

Rape: Prosecutions

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General (1) whether a second specialist prosecutor's decision is sought in all cases where the Crown Prosecution Service decides to drop or substantially alter charges against a rape suspect; [149485]

(2) whether a second specialist prosecutor's decision is sought in all cases where the Crown Prosecution Service decides to take no further action regarding the file of a rape suspect referred to it for a charging decision. [149486]

The Solicitor-General: All Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) rape specialist prosecutors, deciding to drop or substantially alter a rape charge, are required to obtain the agreement of a second rape specialist prosecutor before a final decision is taken.

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The same procedure also applies to any decisions made to take no further action on a rape file referred for a charging decision.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

Members: Payments

Mr Leigh: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many duplicate payments to hon. Members has the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) made in error during the last 12 months; how IPSA has recovered such payments; and how such payments are reported. [148474]

Mr Charles Walker: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, dated 25 March 2013:

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question relating to duplicate payments to Members of Parliament.

IPSA does not record duplicate payments systematically and providing the requested information could only be achieved at disproportionate cost.

If a duplicate payment were to be identified, the method of recovery would depend on the original purpose of the payment. The rules on the recovery of overpayments are set out in Chapter Two of the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses, available on our website:

www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk

Where an MP makes a repayment to IPSA, this is reported in the regular two-monthly publication round.

Staff

Helen Jones: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many staff in each pay band are employed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. [149524]

Mr Charles Walker [holding answer 25 March 2013]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, dated 25 March 2013:

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for staffing figures.

IPSA currently employs staff in the following pay bands:

GradeSalary rangeNumber of staff

A

£19,500 to £25,000

1

B

£23,000 to £30,500

19

C

£30,500 to £37,000

7

D

£35,000 to £46,000

4

E

£46,000 to £61,500

8

F

£60,000 to £73,000

1

G

1

SCS-equivalent

1

The above figures include 2 temporary staff members directly employed by IPSA and exclude those on secondments, whose pay is administered by their home departments. Other temporary staff are engaged and paid through recruitment agencies.

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Prime Minister

G8

Mr Dodds: To ask the Prime Minister what consideration he has given to the hosting or participating in a G8 Investment Conference in Northern Ireland following the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in June 2013. [149843]

The Prime Minister: As I said on the day I announced the G8 would be hosted at Lough Erne, I want to use this as an opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to the world as a modern and dynamic part of the United Kingdom that is open for business, with huge potential for investment and tourism. I would welcome plans for a G8 investment conference in Northern Ireland.

Syria

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister when he last discussed Syria with Mr Tony Blair. [149808]

The Prime Minister: I have met Tony Blair in his role as the Special Representative of the Middle East Quartet on a number of occasions, most recently on 6 February 2013 and 13 September 2012. During these meetings we discussed the prospects for the Middle East Peace Process and the vital role the US has in leading an effort to revive this, supported by European, Arab and other nations. There were no detailed discussions on Syria.

Scotland

Armed Forces: Electoral Register

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many family members of (a) serving and (b) former Scottish service personnel are registered to vote in Scotland. [149245]

David Mundell: Registration is a private matter and we do not collect information on whether or not family members of service personnel are registered to vote.

Under section 59 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Ministry of Defence must make appropriate provision to inform service personnel and their spouses of their rights under that Act. Under the Act, members of the forces; people employed overseas in the service of the Crown; people employed overseas by the British Council; and the spouses or civil partners of those groups are entitled to register under a service declaration. The Electoral Register does not differentiate between these various groupings.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness amongst the military community of voting registration procedures. [150186]

Michael Moore: The Government are committed to members of the armed forces being able to take their full part in the democratic process, in accordance with the armed forces covenant.

The Ministry of Defence works closely with the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of voting registration procedures, including through an annual campaign to promote service voter registration. As part of the annual campaign, a defence instruction notice is issued, and its key messages reinforced

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at unit level through posted routine orders. In addition, unit registration officers are expected to hold service registration days at all units.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish service personnel have been able to re-register as a service voter after their previous such registration had lapsed in the last 12 months. [150230]

Michael Moore: All service personnel are eligible to re-register as service voters when their existing registration lapses, however registration is a private matter and we do not collect information on whether or not personnel are registered to vote.

Scottish Parliament

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of his Department's progress in completing pre-release inspection of files relating to the creation of the Scottish Parliament; and when he expects to release the remaining such files. [149934]

David Mundell: There are 38 files which fall within the scope of the question: 36 have been reviewed by Scotland Office officials in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)—which applies to these files. Officials are expected to complete their review of the remaining two files during the week commencing 8 April 2013.

Of the 36 files which have been reviewed, 31 have been released, four have been passed to the Cabinet Office for further review and 1 has been fully withheld as it contains personal information (absolute exemption under s40 of FOIA).

Social Rented Housing

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many lettings of (a) one bedroom and (b) two bedroom socially rented housing units were made to existing tenants in the socially rented sector in each local authority area in (i) Scotland and (ii) Wales in the last 12 months. [149739]

David Mundell: Housing in Scotland is a devolved matter. The Scotland Office does not hold the information requested for Scotland, nor for Wales.

Northern Ireland

Disclosure of Information

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in her Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010. [150039]

Mike Penning: Since 2010, no civil servants in my Department have been subject to such an agreement. This response does not include reference to the Official Secrets Act which all civil servants are required to sign as part of their employment contract.

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Transport

Disclosure of Information

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010. [150041]

Norman Baker: We have taken “non disclosure agreements” to mean compromise agreements between the department and individual members of staff, and CoT3 agreements - an ACAS Conditional Settlement Form - resulting from Employment Tribunals.

The table below provides figures for the central Department for Transport and five of its Executive Agencies - the Driving Standards Agency, the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency, the Highways Agency, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Vehicle Certification Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. (No figures are available for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency).

2010201120122013

Between 16 and 24

15

9

<5

For the year 2010 a numerical range has been used because the data for one Agency is held in a financial year form and it is not possible in the timescale to establish which of the identified agreements were undertaken in the final 3 months of the financial year 2009/10.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on the East coast mainline of the construction of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement. [149457]

Mr Simon Burns: High Speed 2 will transform journey times, capacity and connectivity between major cities of the north, midlands and London. Journey time improvements will be possible from new classic-compatible high speed trains serving destinations on the east coast main line north of Leeds following completion of phase two of the scheme. HS2 will also free up space for additional commuter, regional and freight services on the east coast main line offering more opportunity for services to meet local needs. Latest estimates published in August 2012 suggest HS2 will deliver benefits of £2 for every £1 spent, including impacts on the east coast main line.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recent judgement handed down in R (on application of Buckinghamshire County Council and Others) v Secretary of State for Transport 2013 on the (a) length of the consultation and (b) announcement of the final design of the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those affected by phase 2 of High Speed 2; what his most recent estimate is of the likely date of the final announcement; and if he will make a statement; [149532]

(2) what changes he has made to the consultation on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those affected by phase 2 of High Speed 2 as a result of the recent

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judgement handed down in the case of R (on application of Buckinghamshire County Council and Others) v Secretary of State for Transport 2013; and if he will make a statement. [149533]

Mr Simon Burns: The recent judgment has no effect on the EHS for phase two of HS2. We will not be altering the length of the consultation, or altering the consultation in any other way. Subject to the outcome of the current consultation, which ends on 29 April 2013, we anticipate announcing the scheme later this year as the Government sees a strong case for providing early appropriate assistance for those who may be suffering exceptional hardship.

Mr Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the jobs associated with the development phase of High Speed 2 will be based in (a) Greater London and (b) Birmingham. [150133]

Mr Simon Burns: As at the end of February, there were 364 staff within the core HS2 Ltd organisation engaged in the development of High Speed 2. This figure includes directly employed staff as well as secondees and development partner staff. Five employees are currently based in Birmingham with the remainder in London.

HS2 Ltd anticipates the number of employees outside London in the future will reflect the places the network will serve. To this end, the company will be conducting a strategic review in due course as to where HS2 staff will be located during the development phase of the project.

Motorcycles: Driving Tests

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will publish the results of its review into motorcycle driver testing. [149874]

Stephen Hammond: As part of the motorcycle test review, the Department for Transport is currently undertaking research to see if it is feasible and safe to carry out the module 1 manoeuvres on the road.

The Department expects to receive a final research report in the next few months. Once the report has been received and considered, the Department will make a further statement on the future of the motorcycle test review.

Overtime Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) average and (b) total cost of overtime payments was for each pay grade in his Department in the last 12 months. [150233]

Norman Baker: The average cost per employee and the total cost of overtime payments in the Department for Transport including its six executive agencies in the last 12 months is shown in the following table:

 £

Average cost per employee

934.48

Total cost

16,492,631.70

A breakdown of these payments by each pay grade can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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Public Expenditure

Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the estimated Resource DEL underspend in financial year 2012-13 of £700 million as set out in Table 2.5 of the Budget 2013 Red Book which service areas in his Department have received reduced resources; what the amounts of resource reduction were; and if he will make a statement. [150192]

Norman Baker: Table 2.5 of the Budget 2013 Red Book shows the difference between Budget 2012 plans and department's latest estimates of their full-year position.

In addition to forecast underspend against final plans, since Budget 2012 the Department for Transport surrendered £153m of RDEL at supplementary estimates, of which £151m is available for future years through the Budget Exchange mechanism, and switched £360m from its resource budget to the capital budget.

The Department will set out its spending for the year in detail in its annual accounts in the usual way.

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Road Traffic: Brigg

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of congestion on the roads in Brigg and Goole constituency. [150157]

Stephen Hammond: Estimates of road congestion levels for parliamentary constituencies are not held centrally.

Telephone Services

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for each of the principal access numbers operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible, what revenue has been retained by (i) the telephone provider for that line and (ii) his Department in each of the last three years; [150000]

(2) which telephone lines are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible for public enquiries or other services; what the (i) principal access number and (ii) telephone service provider is for each number; and which such lines (A) are free to the caller and (B) may incur a charge to the caller. [150023]

Norman Baker: The information requested has been provided in the table below.

AgencyPrincipal access noService providerCallers charged? Yes/NoRevenue retained by service providerRevenue retained by DfT/Agency?

DfTc

0300 330 3000

The service provider was KCom until 21 March 2013, but changed on 21 to Virgin Media Business

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued.

DSA

0300 200 1122

BT

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued

 

0300 200 1155

    
 

0300 200 1177

    
 

0300 200 1133

    
 

0300 200 1144

    
 

0300 200 1166

    

DVLA

Public:

All of the DVLA’s contact numbers have moved to Virgin Media Business from BT between November 2012 and January 2013.

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued from the 0300 numbers.

 

0300 790 6801

    
 

0300 790 6802

    
 

0300 790 6806

    
 

0300 123 4321

    
 

Premium rate numbers for Motor Trade

   

However, the DVLA does operate three premium rate services for the use of the motor trade. The revenue generated from these numbers over the last three years is shown below:

2010-11-£922,382

2011-12-£740,144

2012-13(1)-£753,899

(Provisional Outturn—11 months)

 

0906 139 3837

  
 

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0906 765 7585

  
 
 

0906 185 8585

    
 

0906 302 1234 (this line receives around six calls a year and is shortly to be discontinued)

    

HA

0800 0186969

Verizon UK

No

  
 

0844 6931448 (press no not public)

Colt Technology

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued

 

0300 1235000

BT

No

  
 

0845 7504030(2)

BT

Yes

  
 

08459556575

Cable and Wireless

Yes

  

MCA

0870 (local rate)

BT

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued

VOSA

0300 123 9000

BT

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued

VCA

0300 330 5797

Daisy Communications

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued

 

0300 330 5799(local rate numbers)

    

AAIB

01252 510300

Alternative Networks

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued.

 

01252 512299 (24 hour accident reporting line)

    

MAIB

023 8039 5500

Virgin Media

Yes

We do not have data of what revenue has been retained by the service provider.

No revenue has been accrued.

 

023 8023 2527

BT

   

RAIB

01332 253300

Maintel

Yes

We do not have data on provider’s costs and revenue for individual line.

No revenue has been accrued.

 

01332 253333

    
(1) DVLA revenue from premium rate numbers—The figure for 2012-13 is provisional outturn and is such is subject to year-end audit adjustments. The figures for both 2010-11 and 2011-12 are reported in financial years. The revenue, which DVLA receives from the motor trade lines, is used to offset normal running costs. (2) This is the old number for the Highways Agency Information Line (HAIL). Calls to this number are redirected to the new HAIL number: 0300 1235000. The old number has been retained because it may still appear in old literature.

Tonnage Tax

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) proportion and (b) number of ships under each flag registered by company groups for inclusion in the tonnage tax scheme in each year since 2001 traded to or from UK ports in each such year. [150309]

Stephen Hammond: The Department does not hold the information as requested.

Transport: Finance

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will establish a generic exceptional hardship scheme to help those affected by national infrastructure projects as opposed to designing bespoke schemes for each project; and if he will make a statement. [149379]

Mr Simon Burns: A generic exceptional hardship scheme would not be helpful. Exceptional hardship schemes need to be targeted at the specific hardship suffered by the people affected by a particular infrastructure scheme, where circumstances warrant it. Where the Government decides such a scheme is required, the previous scheme might provide a useful template but this would depend on the particular circumstances of the case.

Cabinet Office

British Nationals Abroad: Electoral Register

Sir Roger Gale: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his estimate is of the number of expatriate UK citizens who have lived overseas for more than 15 years and are as a consequence not allowed to vote in UK general elections. [149479]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question to ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his estimate is of the number of expatriate UK citizens who have lived overseas for more than 15 years and are as a consequence not allowed to vote in UK general elections. [149479]

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not collect information regarding UK citizens resident outside the UK, and so is unable to answer your question.

For more information about UK migrants abroad, please see the World Bank publication “Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011”

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTLAC/Resources/Factbook2011-Ebook.pdf

Alternatively, an individual country breakdown for Europe can be found on the Eurostat website:

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/population/data/database

Constituencies

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, column 439W, on constituencies, if he will change the range of questions used in future censuses to help overcome any obstacles to using the census as the basis for boundary reviews. [148429]

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 14 March 2013:

As Director General of the Office for National Statistics I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about whether the range of questions used in future censuses will be changed to help overcome obstacles to using the census as the basis for boundary reviews (148429).

The Office for National Statistics is currently engaged in a major programme of work, the Beyond 2011 Programme, to assess options for meeting future requirements for population and small area socio-demographic statistics. At this stage it is too early to know whether or not there will be another census in England and Wales and, if so, what questions will be asked.

Defence

Armed Forces: Food

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the food supplied as operational rations to UK armed forces is sourced in the UK; and what steps he is taking to increase that proportion. [150182]

Mr Francois: For armed forces personnel serving on operations, overseas exercises and HM Ships there is a single food supply contract with Purple Foodservice Solutions Ltd (PFS). PFS lists approximately 1,150 different food-related items for the armed forces in the core range price list. Currently, they estimate that approximately 60% of lines listed, excluding fresh produce, are sourced from suppliers within the UK. The percentage of UK produced goods changes regularly as a result of seasonality, value for money incentives and changes of supplier. All food procured through the PFS contract is produced to UK and EU production standards, farm assurance or equivalent.

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is bound by European Union Public Procurement Directives which demand fair and open competition for all food contracts involving the expenditure of public funds. The directives do not permit the MOD to specify only British products or to only source products from a particular region.

Armed Forces: Housing

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) length of contract and (b) other terms are of the private finance initiative with Bannockburn Homes Ltd in respect of service family accommodation for Redford and Dreghorn Barracks. [149594]

Mr Francois: The private finance initiative contract with Bannockburn Homes Limited was let in 1999 for 20 years and expires on 17 August 2019. Further details about the contract can be found at the following website:

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

Despite the announced future closures of Craigiehall and part of Redford Barracks, there is still a requirement for service families accommodation in the Edinburgh area, including the PFI properties, to meet the continuing demand from personnel based at other sites in the region.

Armed Forces: Housing Benefit

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2013, Official Report, column 74W, on armed forces: housing benefit, what the outcome was of the meeting between the Minister of Personnel, Veterans and Welfare and Lord Freud regarding housing benefit and the armed forces held in January 2013. [145714]

Mr Francois [holding answer 1 March 2013]: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 March 2013, Official Report, column 685W.

Army: Redundancy

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide the Government Actuary's estimate of the total remuneration package, including pension and redundancy, from leaving aged 39 to age 65 for a Major on pay level 6 (a) made redundant at 15 years 364 days' pensionable service and (b) made redundant at 16 years' pensionable service with more than three years remaining on their current contract. [149205]

Mr Francois: The Government Actuary's Department (GAD) has based its estimate upon two scenarios—redundancy at 15 years 364 days pensionable service and redundancy at 16 years pensionable service. The GAD has estimated the discounted present capital value of pension and redundancy payments, made between age 39 and age 65 to a member of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 holding major's rank, pay level 6 and aged 39.

The following assumptions were used in preparing these estimates: the discount rate is 5% per annum, consumer price index inflation is 2% per annum, there

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is no allowance for death before age 65 and, in the 16 year scenario, the individual opts for full resettlement commutation.

The resultant estimates are shown in the following table:

Discounted present capital values of pension and redundancy payments up to age 65
£000
 15 years 364 days16 years

No allowance for tax

160

330

Reduced to allow for tax on pension payments at assumed marginal rate of 40%(1)

150

250

(1) Pension scheme lump sums and redundancy payments are normally tax-free, for armed forces personnel.

Departmental Co-ordination

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of the Ministers in his Department is responsible for liaison with the Department for Work and Pensions on (a) changes to housing benefit and (b) public sector pension reform. [146987]

Mr Francois: I am.

Military Bases: Scotland

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of the Basing Review on levels of continuing educational allowance claimed in Scotland; [149588]

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of the Basing Review on levels of continuing educational allowance claimed by Scottish regiments. [149590]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence has made no assessment along the lines described. Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) is designed to assist eligible service personnel to achieve continuity of education for their children. Eligibility for CEA is not dependent on unit or location. However, the assessed likelihood of a future change of location is a factor in determining eligibility.

Public Expenditure

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his 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. [149122]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 20 March 2013]: The Conflict Pool is part of a HM Treasury-funded settlement on conflict resources. It is not funded from Ministry of Defence (MOD) departmental expenditure limits and is managed jointly by the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the MOD. The MOD's use

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of Conflict Pool funds is explained in its annual reports, which can be found online at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-annual-report-2011-12

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-resource-accounts-2010-11

There is no Discretionary Peacekeeping Fund. Responsibility for funding discretionary peacekeeping activities is currently accounted for within the Conflict Resources Settlement provided by HM Treasury in the 2010 spending review.

The MOD has not allocated funds to the BBC World Service or the BBC World Service Trust. The MOD has, however, made payments to the BBC World Service Trust for the provision of specific services.

The MOD does not contribute funds to the Special Reserve, which is the responsibility of HM Treasury. The MOD receives funds from the Special Reserve for paying the net additional costs of military operations in Afghanistan.

The MOD has not allocated funds to the British Council. The MOD has, however, made payments to the British Council for the provision of specific services.

There is no Security and Intelligence Fund. There is however a Single Intelligence Account to fund the business of the Intelligence and Security Agencies. The MOD is reimbursed for services it provides.

Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Budget 2013 Red Book, Table 2.5, which capital items and projects are no longer proceeding as a consequence of the underspend by his Department in 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [150125]

Mr Philip Hammond: No capital items or projects have been cancelled as a result of the underspend in 2012-13.

Recruitment

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials were recruited to (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years. [147965]

Mr Francois: There has been a freeze on external recruitment to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) including its trading funds and non-departmental public bodies since May 2010. Exceptions apply to front line or business critical posts; fast streamers and apprentices; and posts paid for in full by other parties, for example United States visiting forces and NATO support facilities. There is also a continuing need to recruit to certain specialisms, such as Service Children's Education teachers to educate the children of service personnel, certain medical grades, and posts that are critical to delivering defence transformation. The numbers recruited for these reasons will vary from year to year according to requirements.

The following table details the number of civilian staff recruited to the MOD during each of the last four financial years, and as at 31 January 2013.

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Civilian intakeFY 2008-09FY 2009-10FY 2010-11FY 2011-12FY 2012-13 to 31 January 2013

MOD Main

     

Recruitment/reinstatement

3,940

3,990

1,410

770

860

Transfer from other public office

110

210

190

100

220

MOD Main total

4,040

4,200

1,610

870

1,080

      

Trading Funds

     

Recruitment/reinstatement

460

380

190

180

120

Transfer from other public office

570

560

240

330

420

Trading funds total

1,040

940

430

520

540

      

Overall total MOD Intake

5,080

5,140

2,040

1,380

1,620

Notes: 1. All people are counted equally regardless of their hours of work. 2. MOD Total intake includes all permanent, casual and Trading Funds civilian personnel but excludes all Royal Fleet Auxiliary and locally engaged civilians. 3. Where rounding has been used, totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not equal the sums of their rounded parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in ‘5’ have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. 4. Reinstatement applies to civilian staff who have been previously employed by the MOD.

Reserve Forces

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the full cost estimates are for mobilising and deploying (a) a Territorial Army battalion and (b) the Army Reserves as a whole. [146946]

Mr Francois [holding answer 11 March 2013]: Our policy in recent years has generally been to use reservists as individual reinforcements to serve alongside their regular counterparts and there has been no requirement to mobilise and deploy a Territorial Battalion (TA) or the Army Reserve as a whole.

Under Army 2020 we anticipate that in the future we will routinely use reservists not only in providing augmentation but as part of the integrated Army, operating in formed combat and support units. The future cost of such mobilisation and deployments will vary depending on the number and size of the reserve units deployed, the type of role they are fulfilling, the manpower mix and the nature of any operation they might undertake.

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of the planned additional £1.8 billion investment in Reserve Forces will cover the cost of mobilisation and operations; [146947]

(2) what assumptions he has made regarding the number of reservists to be mobilised in a five year period. [146948]

Mr Francois [holding answer 11 March 2013]: Our intention is to increase integration of the reserves and regulars and to use reservists routinely to deliver Defence outputs. The number of reservists mobilised

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will vary depending on the type, scale and location of the task. Costs will vary commensurately. The precise source of funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We do not expect any major contribution from the £1.8 billion for the cost of mobilisation.

Theft

Gemma Doyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the total proportion of the defence estates and bases budget that is written off annually as a result of fraud, corruption and theft. [149716]

Mr Francois [holding answer 25 March 2013]: No assessment has been made by the Ministry of Defence of the proportion of the defence estates and bases budget that is written off annually as a result of fraud, corruption and theft.

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [142633]

Mr Dunne: Road transport for the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), is normally provided by the Metropolitan police.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) expenditure on car travel by the Junior Defence Ministers is shown in the following table:

£
Financial yearGovernment car serviceMOD pool cars(1)TaxisTotal

2009-10

106,343

218,090

n/a

324,433

2010-11

39,419

131,622

147

171,188

2011-12

0

127,160

232

127,392

(1 )The Junior Defence Ministers have, in accordance with the Ministerial Code, given up their cars with a dedicated driver to reduce costs and now share a central MOD car pool with senior staff working in the MOD main building. The costs quoted represent a notional estimate of the use the Junior Defence Ministers have made of the shared vehicles.

Type 45 Destroyers

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for Type 45 destroyers to participate in ballistic missile defence training with the US armed forces. [149366]

Mr Robathan: The UK has no plans to integrate UK warships into the US Ballistic Missile Defence programme for training or otherwise. However, a science and technology programme is in place to evaluate the Type 45 destroyer's capabilities against difficult air targets and as part of this, a Type 45 has been invited to take part in a forthcoming US Ballistic Missile Defence trial.

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Home Department

Asylum

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to increase the ring-fenced allocation for asylum cases on the Fast Track process on the immigration detention estate; and what estimates she has made of the size of the ring-fenced allocation for asylum cases on the Fast Track process on the immigration detention estate by 1 December 2013. [148665]

Mr Harper [holding answer 20 March 2013]: Entry to the detained fast track procedure is determined by reference to published policy available on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/asylumprocessguidance/detention/guidance/detained_fast_processes

The Detained Fast Track process deals with applications for asylum that appear, after screening, to be ones where a quick decision can be made. The system operates flexibly and in cases where it becomes apparent that an application is more complicated and cannot be determined within the Detained Fast Track time-scale, the case is taken out of the process and the claimant normally released from detention. The Government believes that the process provides claimants with the necessary time and opportunity to enable their applications to be justly decided and heard. The Agency will continue to seek to process as many cases that fall within the criteria through this process. Numbers of eligible cases and therefore detention requirements are difficult to predict given that entry levels rely on intake.

Asylum: Females

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of dispersal on the health of (a) pregnant women seeking asylum and (b) new mothers seeking asylum; and if she will make a statement. [149497]

Mr Harper: Asylum seekers who are homeless are placed in an initial accommodation centre, where there are medical teams on site. An assessment is then made of their longer term accommodation needs. Any decision to disperse the person to accommodation in another part of the country takes account of the outcome of the medical examination carried out in the centre.

There has been no specific assessment of the effect of dispersal on the health of pregnant women seeking asylum, but the dispersal policy is kept under regular review and changes made from time to time in light of the views of health professionals and other interested parties. The policy was most recently revised in August 2012 following an extensive consultation exercise. All asylum seekers have full access to the United Kingdom's health care system.

Birmingham Airport: Immigration Controls

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Force target for queuing times for (a) EEA and (b)

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non-EEA passengers at Birmingham Airport were breached in (i) October 2012, (ii) November 2012, (iii) December 2012 and (iv) January 2013. [146412]

Mr Harper [holding answer 5 March 2013]: During October, November and December 2012 and in January 2013, queues exceeding service standards occurred on the following number of occasions:

Birmingham airport
DateNumber of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

3

0

583

485

November 2012

1

1

596

559

December 2012

0

0

584

567

January 2013

0

0

638

630

Please note that figures quoted are management information only which have been subject to internal quality checks and may be subject to change.

I also refer you to the published statistics on the clearance of passengers, at the national level:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/clearance-of-passengers/

Crime Prevention: Rural Areas

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce rural crime; and if she will make a statement. [149845]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The Government recognise that rural communities are vulnerable to certain crimes. The election of police and crime commissioners has given rural communities a stronger voice in determining local policing priorities. We are also giving the public more street-level information about crime on a monthly basis so they have the information they need to hold local forces to account.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the announcement of 12 December 2012 that from April 2013, PhD students who have completed their studies will be allowed to stay in Britain for 12 months after they have completed their PhD before having to find a job or start a business, what procedures will be required to extend a visa; whether those extending a visa in this way will have to apply for a new visa; whether biometric information or a passport will need to be submitted as part of such an application; what fees applicants will need to pay; and what timeframe will be required for such an application. [146650]

Mr Harper [holding answer 7 March 2013]: On 14 March 2013 I laid a written ministerial statement in Parliament outlining a number of changes to the immigration rules. These will come into effect on 6 April and include changes to tier 4 to allow completing PhD students to stay in the UK for one year beyond the end of their course to find skilled work or to set up as an entrepreneur. Full details are available in the Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules (HC1039), a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

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The Home Office and the UK Border Agency have worked with the higher education sector to produce guidance on how the policy will be implemented. Amendments to the Tier 4 guidance will be published on the UK Border Agency website on 6 April 2013.

Gatwick Airport: Immigration Controls

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Force's target for queuing times for (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA passengers at London Gatwick airport was breached in (i) October 2012, (ii) November 2012, (iii) December 2012 and (iv) January 2013. [146170]

Mr Harper [holding answer 4 March 2013]:During October, November and December 2012 and in January 2013, queues exceeding service standards occurred on the following number of occasions:

Gatwick—North terminal
 Number of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

0

3

1,011

1,010

November 2012

0

0

2,878

2,877

December 2012

5

7

2,853

2,854

January 2013

3

9

2,975

2,975

Gatwick—South terminal
 Number of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

1

0

998

998

November 2012

1

1

2,880

2,873

December 2012

11

26

2,854

2,852

January 2013

2

6

2,976

2,973

Note: The figures quoted are management information only which have been subject to internal quality checks and may be subject to change.

I also refer the hon. Member to the published statistics on the clearance of passengers, at a national level:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/clearance-of-passengers/

Government Procurement Card

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) UK Border Force in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [144996]

Mr Harper [holding answer 27 February 2013]: The information requested on Government Procurement Card spend for (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) Border Force in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012 can be found as follows:

£
 2011 GPC Spend per member of staff2012 GPC Spend per member of staff

UK Border Agency

168

120

Border Force

298

205

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Human Trafficking

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will appoint an anti-slavery commissioner. [149517]

Mr Harper [holding answer 22 March 2013]: The Government has no plans to create such a role. The Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group co-ordinates the cross-Government work on tackling human trafficking. The Government will keep the role of the group under review.

Immigrants: Detainees

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of transferring detainees from Northern Ireland to immigration removal centres in England and Scotland in each of the last five years. [148778]

Mr Harper: The escorting contract prior to May 2011 has a fixed price and it is therefore not possible to disaggregate the costs of removing detainees from Northern Ireland to immigration removal centres in England and Scotland.

Since May 2011, the costs are subject to commercial confidentiality restrictions since disclosure of this information would release price sensitive information. Under the Government's transparency agenda, we are committed to publishing details of any new tenders for contracts and new contracts over £10,000 and publishing new items of spend over £25,000. As such the UK Border Agency publishes monthly all payments to all of its suppliers at the following link:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/non-personal-data/transparency/

Immigration

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential inward migration to the UK of non-EU nationals who have obtained EU passports over the next five years. [149466]

Mr Harper [holding answer 22 March 2013]: The Home Office has not made such an assessment. UK population projections, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS):

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_235886.pdf

assume net migration up to 2035. However, it is not possible to identify separately how much of the migration may be due to non-EU nationals who have acquired citizenship of an EU member state.

Immigration Officers: Olympic Games 2012

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of re-employing retired UK Border Agency and UK Border Force officers to work during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. [145587]

Mr Harper [holding answer 1 March 2013]: The total cost to the public purse of re-employing retired Border Force and UK Border Agency staff to work

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during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was £0.9 million. This was spent on pay costs and also on training for staff to ensure their skills were up to date.

Immigration: Greater London

Steve Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2013, Official Report, column 1174W, on immigration: Croydon, how many older live cases unit live cohort cases are outstanding in postal codes (a) SE19, (b) SE25, (c) SW16, (d) CR0 and (e) CR7 and (f) the London borough of Croydon. [148466]

Mr Harper [holding answer 18 March 2013]: The number of older live cases outstanding in the named post codes and in the London borough of Croydon is as follows:

(a) SE19: 31 cases

(b) SE25: 90 cases

(c) SW16: 165 cases

(d) CRO: 285 cases

(e) CR7: 198 cases

(f) London borough of Croydon: 665 cases.

Results are based on person ID rather than case reference ID in line with older live cases unit reporting. As the query relies on postcodes, data quality in relation to formal addresses on the UK Border Agency database may affect the accuracy of the figures.

The information has been provided from local management information and has not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

Immigration: Peterborough

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency legacy cases are outstanding for applicants resident in the (a) (i) PE1, (ii) PE3 and (iii) PE4 postcode area and (b) Peterborough unitary authority area; and if she will make a statement. [147938]

Mr Harper: The number of UK Border Agency legacy cases outstanding for applicants resident in the cited postcodes and Peterborough unitary authority is as follows:

PE1: 78 cases

PE3: 23 cases

PE4: three cases.

Peterborough unitary authority area: 124 cases (we have assumed this relates to the number of people in the Peterborough local authority).

Results are based on person ID rather than case reference ID in line with older live cases unit reporting. As the query relies on postcodes, data quality in relation to formal addresses on the UK Border Agency database may affect the accuracy of the figures.

The information has been provided from local management information and has not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

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Annual Leave

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies qualify for privilege days; and what the total cost to the public purse was of the number of privilege days utilised each year by such officials. [147742]

James Brokenshire: Within the Home Department (including its Executive Agencies), all staff have a contractual entitlement to 2.5 privilege days per year. Table 1 provides information on the number of staff within the Department (including each Agency). The total cost to the public purse of these privilege days in any given year could be provided only at disproportionate cost. This is because costs need to be calculated dependent upon individual terms and conditions as well as whether rotas/shifts include privilege day working.

Each non-departmental public body (NDPB) of the Home Department can have its own terms and conditions for contractual entitlement to privilege days. Table 2 provides information on the number of staff within each NDPB of the Home Department. It has not been possible to obtain information on either contractual entitlement or cost in each NDPB without incurring a disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Number of staff in the Home Department (including its Executive Agencies) who qualify for up to 2.5 days privilege leave
AreaFull-Time Equivalent Headcount

Home Office Headquarters (excl agencies)

10,801.93

Identity and Passport Service

3,087.22

UK Border Agency

10,688.97

National Fraud Authority

46.60

HO Total

24,624.72

Extract Date: 1 February 2013 Period Covered: Data provided are as at 31 January 2013. Employee Coverage: Data are based on headcount FTE of all paid civil servants, who were current as at the 31 January 2013. Data Sources: Home Department—Data View, the Home Office's single source of Office for National Statistics compliant monthly snapshot corporate Human Resources data.
Table 2: Number of staff in the Non-Departmental Public Bodies
Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs)Full-Time Equivalent Headcount

Disclosure and Barring Service

735.16

Independent Police Complaints Commission

375.99

National Policing Improvement Agency

31.21

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

58.40

Security Industry Authority

162.35

Serious Organised Crime Agency

3,747.60

NDPB Total

5,110.71

Extract Date: 1 February 2013. Period Covered: Data provided are as at 31 January 2013. Employee Coverage: Data are based on headcount FTE of all paid staff who were current as at the 31 January 2013. Data Sources: NDPBs—NDPBs compile and submit data separately for inclusion in the Workforce Management Information return.

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Manchester Airport: Immigration Controls

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Force targets for queuing times for (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA passengers at Manchester airport were breached in (i) October 2012, (ii) November 2012, (iii) December 2012 and (iv) January 2013. [146405]

Mr Harper [holding answer 5 March 2013]:During October, November and December 2012 and in January 2013, queues exceeding service standards occurred on the following number of occasions:

Manchester terminal 1
 Number of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

0

0

191

160

November 2012

0

0

206

153

December 2012

0

0

163

125

January 2013

0

1

207

171

Manchester terminal 2
 Number of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

2

1

232

158

November 2012

0

0

137

86

December 2012

0

0

162

113

January 2013

0

0

156

120

Manchester terminal 3
 Number of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon EEAEEANon EEA

October 2012

0

0

82

79

November 2012

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

December 2012

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

January 2013

1

0

71

63

(1) No data. Data not collected during this period. Note: The figures quoted are management information only which have been subject to internal quality checks and may be subject to change.

I also refer the hon. Member to the published statistics on the clearance of passengers, at the national level:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/clearance-of-passengers/

Stansted Airport: Immigration Controls

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Force's target for queuing times for (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA passengers at London Stansted airport was breached in (i) October 2012, (ii) November 2012, (iii) December 2012 and (iv) January 2013. [146169]

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Mr Harper [holding answer 4 March 2013]: During October, November and December 2012 and in January 2013, queues exceeding service standards occurred on the following number of occasions:

Stansted airport
DateNumber of queues exceeding service standardsNumber of queue measurements taken
 EEANon-EEAEEANon-EEA

2012

    

October

4

6

572

478

November

4

4

517

435

December

5

13

604

615

2013

    

January

1

5

489

479

Note: The figures quoted are management information only which have been subject to internal quality checks and may be subject to change.

I also refer you to the published statistics on the clearance of passengers, at the national level:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/clearance-of-passengers/

UK Border Force

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on advertising the position of Director General of the UK Border Force in the last year. [146413]

Mr Harper [holding answer 5 March 2013]: The role of Director General, Border Force was advertised twice during 2012. Adverts were placed in a range of publications including The Sunday Times (print and online), The Guardian (online), Exec-Appointments (online), and Police Professional (online) at a cost of £17,174.

Work and Pensions

Carers

Guto Bebb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of single earner families have caring responsibilities for very young children, relatives with a long-term illness or the disabled. [150082]

Esther McVey: The information is not readily available and has not previously been published as official statistics. We will consider whether it is feasible to produce the statistics requested within the disproportionate cost limit, and if so, will issue them in an official statistics release in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Council Tax Benefits: Greater London

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Poplar and Limehouse constituency will be affected by the changes in council tax benefit due to take place in April 2013. [149806]

Steve Webb: This information is not available.

Council tax benefit is being abolished on 31 March 2013 and replaced with localised council tax reduction schemes. In England, local authorities will be responsible for the design and administration of their scheme, reflecting local priorities.

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Disability Living Allowance

Mrs McGuire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of a disability living allowance award who have been re-assessed in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available have had their benefit payment (a) terminated, (b) reduced and (c) increased. [149573]

Esther McVey: The information requested is contained in the following table:

Number of disability living allowance renewal claims in Great Britain between the period March 2012 to February 2013
Disability living allowanceMarch 2012 - February 2013

Total Renewal claims

266,400

(a) Disallowed

33,900

(b) Reduced

33,400

(c) Increased

12,200

Employment: Learning Disability

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work he is doing with employers to ensure that they understand and accommodate adults with moderate to mild learning difficulties. [149562]

Esther McVey: In October 2010, DWP responded to a number of requests from disabled people and disability organisations to improve work opportunities for individuals with learning difficulties by supporting the development of a national steering group entitled The Hidden Impairment National Group (HING). The main aim of the HING is to improve the DWP customer service experience for people with a range of learning difficulties including: Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Speech and Language Difficulties and Mental ill Health.

The group, led by DWP, has a strong and productive membership including disabled people with Hidden Impairment conditions, medical professionals and academics and disability specific organisations such as The Adsetts Partnership, Autism Plus, Complex Minds, Addept, The National Autistic Society, The Dyscovery Centre, The Dyspraxia Foundation, The Dyslexia Foundation and Dyslexia Action.

Together, the HING has had a significant impact on improving the DWP customer journey for people with learning difficulties; developing a range of learning and development resources that are supporting DWP staff/managers to better understand the disability agenda; this includes an on-line toolkit, available to all staff via the intranet system that offers information on individual conditions and hints and tips on reasonable adjustment solutions that will be needed throughout the process.

The HING has also recognised the importance of sharing this information with the wider business community across the country and has engaged with a large number of employers to help them to better recruit and retain disabled people and in particular individuals with learning difficulties. The HING has also embarked upon a national employer campaign entitled to ‘Uncovering Hidden Impairments' to raise awareness of the skills, talents and abilities of many

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people with these conditions. For further information the HING has created a website that enables employers to register for free resources that will encourage them to recruit and retain disabled talent. This can be found at:

www.hing.org.uk

The Department's specialist disability employment programmes, including Work Choice, include provision for third party providers to support both employers and individuals with tailored support to meet their mutual needs in entering and remaining in employment. Access to Work is available for people whose health or disability affects the way they do their job, and provides support that is over and above what is considered a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act.

The Department is also currently updating its strategy on engaging with employers on disability employment. This is expected to include deepening the support and resources available to employers in a strategic way.

Housing Benefit: Morecambe

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency in (a) the private sector and (b) social rented housing qualify for housing benefit. [150045]

Steve Webb: The information we have which relates to how many people in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency in (a) the private sector and (b) social rented housing are receiving housing benefit is available at:

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

Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households affected by the raising of the age threshold for the shared accommodation rate to 35 years old in (a) Scotland, (b) Airdrie and Shotts constituency and (c) each local authority area in Scotland. [149786]

Steve Webb: The Department for Work and Pensions published an impact assessment in August 2011 which estimated the number of claimants affected by the raising of the age threshold for the shared accommodation rate to 35. Figures for Scotland and by local authority are contained in Annex 2, Tables 1 and 4 at the following web address. Figures are not available by parliamentary constituency.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-hb-shared-accommodation-age-threshold.pdf

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Scotland containing an individual aged between 25 and 35 years old received an exemption from the shared accommodation rate owing to such an individual having spent at least three months in a homelessness hostel at which resettlement support was issued in 2012. [149794]

Steve Webb: This information is not available.

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Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the exemption for under-occupying households with disabled children or armed forces personnel is; and how that cost will be funded. [149711]

Steve Webb: The Department does not hold data on disabled children who cannot share bedrooms. However, claimants with disabled children are already entitled to claim housing benefit for an extra bedroom where the local authority is satisfied that it is necessary. This is included in existing housing benefit expenditure.

The Department is also unable to make an estimate from survey data of non-dependants who are armed forces personnel. Parents of those who are in the armed forces are already entitled to claim housing benefit for an extra bedroom and this is included in existing expenditure. The recent amendments to the regulations allow housing benefit to continue for the extra bedroom while the non-dependant is deployed on operations.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on modifying the social housing underoccupation penalty to allow a room to be kept free for the overnight carer of a disabled child; and if he will make a statement. [150173]

Steve Webb: Overnight care for a disabled child is normally provided by parents or other family members who already have a bedroom within the household.

If overnight care by a non-resident carer is required, local authorities can consider discretionary housing payments.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the omission of foster parents and a family with a child who serves away from home in the armed forces from the social housing underoccupation rules will be funded from the existing budget for discretionary housing payments; and if he will make a statement. [150174]

Steve Webb: Central Government originally allocated £5 million to the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme towards the cost of foster carers. As legislation has now been amended to cover the cost of allowing foster carers an additional room, if appropriate, and allowing the parents of armed forces personnel who are away from home to retain their room in both the private and social rented sectors, the £5 million has been reallocated.

This means that the total DHP funding for 2013/14 is now £150 million. Local authorities will be notified of their revised allocation.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward legislative proposals to automatically omit disabled children from the social housing underoccupation guidelines that siblings must share a room as appropriate to their age; and if he will make a statement. [150175]

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Steve Webb: We have already clarified that local authorities should allow an extra bedroom for children who are unable to share because the nature of their disabilities disturb the sleep of the child they are normally expected to share with. However, it will be for local authorities to satisfy themselves that this is the case, based on individual circumstances.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made on the implications of the outcome of Gorry versus the Department for Work and Pensions case for couples who cannot share a bedroom due to disability in respect of the new social housing under-occupancy rules; and if he will make a statement. [150178]

Steve Webb: Removal of the spare room subsidy in the social rented sector will be monitored and evaluated over a two-year period from April this year. Initial findings will be available in 2014 and the final report in late 2015. The evaluation will include small-scale, independent primary research with a range of local authorities, social landlords and voluntary organisations.

As part of the research, we will look at people who are unable to share rooms and where possible it will also consider people's financial circumstances, social networks and family life.