Television: Licensing

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward legislative proposals to abolish television licences in the UK. [151716]

Mr Vaizey: We have no plans to abolish television licenses in the UK. In 2010, this Government decided to freeze the licence fee at £145.50 until March 2017.

Work and Pensions

Dementia

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has a dementia strategy. [151837]

Esther McVey: We fully support the Prime Minister's dementia challenge. Our disability strategy—fulfilling potential—is exploring how we can help all disabled people including people living with dementia, to realise their aspirations for life.

Disability: Children

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of disabled children living in poverty in Birmingham. [153034]

Esther McVey: It is not possible to provide figures for Birmingham due to small sample sizes. In 2010-11 across the UK there were 100,000 disabled children living in families with below 60% of relative median income, before housing costs. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100,000. Low income figures are published annually in the Households below Average Income publication available here:

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

The Government launched a consultation on measuring child poverty on 15 November 2012. The consultation sought views on better measurement of child poverty in the UK. The Government believe that, in addition to income, it is important to take other elements into account, such as worklessness, educational failure and poor health. The consultation closed on 15 February 2013. The responses to the consultation are currently being analysed, and the Government's response will be published in the summer.

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Fines: Scotland

Dame Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice on the creation of an Information Sharing Gateway between the Scottish Court Service (SCS) and his Department to help the SCS enforce fine collections; who was involved in such discussions; what was discussed; and what conclusion was reached. [152480]

Mr Hoban: The Department agrees that the Scottish Court Service should have the same access to its data as Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service to enforce fine collections. Primary legislation is required to achieve this. Following correspondence with the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), has asked officials to explore with officials in other Government Departments a suitable legislative vehicle for this purpose. Such discussions are now underway.

Funeral Payments

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) social fund crisis loan applications and (b) grants to cover funeral costs were (i) unsuccessful and (ii) successful in (A) each region of the UK and (B) in total in financial year (1) 2010-11, (2) 2011-12 and (3) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [153075]

Steve Webb: Tables 1 to 3 give the number of successful and unsuccessful applications for crisis loans and funeral payments by region in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively.

Table 1: Successful and unsuccessful applications for crisis loans and funeral payments in 2010-11, by region
Number
 Crisis loansFuneral payments
RegionSuccessfulUnsuccessfulSuccessfulUnsuccessful

East of England

192,100

53,200

2,300

2,100

East Midlands

151,000

42,300

3,900

3,900

London

288,900

91,500

3,200

3,600

North East

173,900

50,500

2,200

2,200

North West

476,800

122,200

5,200

5,200

Scotland

344,300

92,400

4,600

3,800

South East

288,600

67,100

2,700

3,300

South West

150,600

34,300

1,600

2,400

Wales

142,800

42,000

2,000

2,400

West Midlands

219,400

76,900

3,400

3,900

Yorkshire and Humberside

228,700

67,400

2,200

2,200

Total

2,657,100

739,700

33,300

35,000

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Table 2: Successful and unsuccessful applications for crisis loans and funeral payments in 2011-12, by region
Number
 Crisis loansFuneral payments
RegionSuccessfulUnsuccessfulSuccessfulUnsuccessful

East of England

140,700

33,300

2,400

2,500

East Midlands

123,800

30,600

2,300

2,500

London

206,400

52,600

3,200

3,700

North East

134,700

35,600

2,200

2,600

North West

354,500

86,100

5,100

5,600

Scotland

271,400

60,600

4,200

4,300

South East

222,700

44,800

2,600

3,800

South West

122,800

26,100

1,900

2,400

Wales

109,600

27,900

2,300

2,000

West Midlands

192,500

50,100

3,200

3,500

Yorkshire and Humberside

192,100

52,400

3,300

3,600

Total

2,071,200

500,000

32,700

36,300

Table 3: Successful and unsuccessful applications for crisis loans and funeral payments in 2012-13, by region
Number
 Crisis loansFuneral payments
RegionSuccessfulUnsuccessfulSuccessfulUnsuccessful

East of England

116,000

39,200

2,300

2,300

East Midlands

102,800

37,100

2,100

2,200

London

182,000

64,600

3,000

3,700

North East

113,000

42,800

1,700

2,500

North West

287,100

107,000

4,900

5,200

Scotland

222,400

78,700

4,100

4,200

South East

179,100

50,500

2,100

3,500

South West

104,400

31,700

1,800

2,400

Wales

89,200

33,200

2,200

2,000

West Midlands

164,800

60,000

3,100

3,500

Yorkshire and Humberside

170,200

63,900

3,200

2,900

Total

1,731,200

608,800

30,400

34,300

Notes: 1. The information provided is management information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using Official/National Statistics but in this case we only have management information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as Official/National statistics and there are some issues with the data, for example, they do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the social fund computer system. 2. These figures do not include applications that were withdrawn. Applications where a decision had not been made at the time of the count have also been excluded. 3. All volumes are rounded to the nearest 100. 4. These tables give the number of applications rather than the number of people making application. Individuals may make multiple applications.

Hearing Impairment: Telecommunications

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what provision his Department has made for video relay services for deaf people; [152314]

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(2) how many people requested the use of video relay services to access his Department's services in the latest period for which figures are available. [152317]

Esther McVey: For deaf people who want to contact us by telephone we offer a range of alternative services including textalk and the Big Word telephone interpreting services.

Although we do not currently provide Video Relay Services, we are reviewing options for improving the range of accessible technology the Department invests in, and we are working closely with DCMS and employers to encourage wider investment in accessible technology to assist disabled people.

In offices where we see customers face to face we provide a range of alternative communication support for deaf people such as induction loops, British Sign Language interpreter, Lipspeaker or other Communicator support.

The information on the number of people requesting the use of video relay services is not collected.

Incapacity Benefit: Peterborough

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Peterborough constituency previously in receipt of incapacity benefit have elected not to be reassessed for any successor benefit; and if he will make a statement. [151867]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not available. However the Department regularly publishes official statistics on employment and support allowance (ESA), the work capability assessment (WCA) and the reassessment of incapacity benefit claimants. This includes cases where the claim has been closed before the assessment is complete which will include claimants who have decided not to be assessed for employment and support allowance. The latest report was published in January 2013 and includes a breakdown by local authority. It can be found at:

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/workingage/esa_ibr/esa_ibr_jan13.xls

Independent Living Fund

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analysis his Department performed on the potential discrimination and human rights effects of those affected as part of the consultation process to close the Independent Living Fund in 2015. [151885]

Esther McVey: An equality impact assessment, “Closure of the Independent Living Fund and integration of users into the mainstream care and support system” was published on 18 December 2012 alongside the Government's response to the consultation exercise.

This Government remain committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including the right to independent living.

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Jobcentre Plus: Worthing

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the letter to hon. Members of 22 February 2013 from the Surrey and Sussex district manager, if he will set out statistics for each of the last 12 months to illustrate the call volumes at Worthing Benefit Centre, with figures broken down for customers claiming (a) employment and support allowance and (b) other benefits; how much longer customers claiming employment and support allowance have had to wait for a call than his Department would have liked and in how many instances; if he will identify the further improvements that still need to be made; and if he will make a statement. [152397]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not collated in this format; Worthing Benefit Centre moved over to a new telephony system in June last year. Please see the following table which gives telephony data from this period for employment support allowance (ESA). The target is to return 95% of calls within three hours. While the target was not met initially, improvement measures put in place to ensure achievement of the performance standard of 95% have been successful.

During the same period jobseekers allowance (JSA) and income support (IS) have consistently met the target.

ESA 2012-13Percentage of calls returned within three hours (Target 95%)

July

12.0

August

17.6

September

13.7

October

17.5

November

24.4

December

36.8

January

44.3

February

78.0

March

95.2

Up to 12 April 2013

98.0

Jobseeker's Allowance: Newham

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new claims for jobseeker's allowance (a) in total and (b) made by claimants living in the London borough of Newham were made online in each of the last 12 months. [152747]

Mr Hoban: The following table shows the total percentage of new claims made for jobseekers allowance online nationally. These are internal data and have not been published as national statistics.

Data for claimants in the London borough of Newham, are not available in the format you have requested.

 National (MISP measure)(percentage)

2012

 

April

23.7

May

23.4

June

29.5

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July

30.9

August

32.1

September

39.0

October

39.3

November

41.9

December

45.5

  

2013

 

January

51.4

February

52.9

March

55.2

Personal Independence Payments

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential difficulties in assessing whether people with (a) multiple sclerosis and (b) other fluctuating conditions satisfy the 50% of days rule for personal independence payments; and if he will make a statement. [152813]

Esther McVey: We know that assessing fluctuating conditions, including multiple sclerosis, can be difficult. Health professionals, who will conduct the assessments for personal independence payment, are being trained in assessing health conditions that fluctuate. The assessment providers have also been issued with guidance, which details what their health professionals should consider when assessing claimants who have a health condition that fluctuates, and what they should record in their assessment report, including the frequency and duration of fluctuations. We are confident that this will allow health professionals and departmental decision makers to make an informed decision about whether a claimant fulfils a descriptor on the majority of days.

We recognise the need to ensure that the personal independence payment assessment is operating fairly and as planned, and that it can be amended in light of operational experience. We will be closely monitoring the operation of the assessment, including how it works for claimants with fluctuating conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Two independent reviews on the operation of the assessment will be carried out within the first four years of its operation. We intend that the first will be completed by the end of 2014, to allow us to consider its findings and make any necessary changes before the majority of existing DLA recipients begin to be reassessed from October 2015. This will ensure that we can learn the lessons of our early experiences.

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to decision-makers on the appropriate length of award for personal independence payment. [152814]

Esther McVey: The Advice for Decision Making—Personal Independence Payment guidance

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/advice-for-decision-making/

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which includes advice on the appropriate lengths of awards, was made available for decision makers prior to go live.

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he will take to monitor the rates of reassessment for personal independence payment and the effect of such reassessments on the individuals concerned. [152815]

Esther McVey: The decision to complete the reassessment of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants over a longer period will allow us to use lessons learned from our new claims experience, analyse the numbers of claims being reassessed and ensure the reassessment process is working correctly. We will use this information to inform the handling of the bulk reassessment of DLA claimants.

DWP officials are finalising plans for the evaluation of PIP, which will include an exploration of claimants' experience of the end-to-end claims process. Outline evaluation plans were published on the DWP website in December 2012:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/180969/pip-evaluation-proposals.pdf

We will also consider the findings from the first independent review of personal independence payment, due at the end of 2014, to inform our approach to reassessing DLA claimants for personal independence payment.

Social Security Benefits

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice his Department has received on its liability under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in cases where a coroner has returned a verdict attributing a cause of death to a benefit assessment undertaken on behalf of his Department. [152146]

Mr Hoban: The Minister is not aware of any advice being received to date, in connection with departmental liability under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data his Department publishes on fraud in the welfare sector. [152752]

Mr Hoban: Estimates of benefit fraud and error overpayments and underpayments, from 2005-06 to 2011-12, are published on the Department's website at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/index.php?page=fraud_error

These are National Statistics and are available at the Great Britain level only. These estimates typically show overpayments and underpayments both as the monetary value of fraud and error and as a percentage of the benefit expenditure paid out in the year. Additional tables are also published showing the percentage of claims overpaid and underpaid for certain benefits, but again at the Great Britain level only

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/fem/fem_1112.xls

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Housing Benefits Recoveries and Fraud contains statistics relating to housing benefit fraud volumes and amounts of incorrectly overpaid benefit. It is aggregate level data received on a quarterly basis from each local authority. Data have already been released for each quarter of 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. This release includes provisional local authority level statistics for Q1 and Q2 of 2012-13 and can be found here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/recoveries_and_fraud_data/index.php?page=recoveries_and_fraud_data

Universal Credit

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy that 80% of universal credit applications should be made online by 2017; and if he will make a statement. [152748]

Mr Hoban: For jobseekers allowance (JSA), we have a target of 80% of claims being made online by September 2013. Our latest figures show that more than 51% of JSA claims received by the Department are already made online, and we expect the proportion of online claims to build up as people are supported to use the new system. We are using the JSA online experience to prepare for the introduction of universal credit. Our target for universal credit is 80% by the end of 2017.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects all new claims to existing benefits and credits to be entirely phased-out and replaced with universal credit. [152908]

Mr Hoban: Universal credit will progressively roll-out in a carefully managed and controlled way from October 2013 with all those who are entitled to UC claiming the new benefit by 2017.

Vacancies: Advertising

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobs advertised on the Universal Jobmatch website were for self-employment in (a) Makerfield constituency and (b) the UK since that website was introduced. [152803]

Mr Hoban: The proportion of self-employed new jobs at UK level advertised on the Universal Jobmatch website between the dates of 19 November 2012, when the service was introduced, and 31 March 2013 was 13.7%. The proportion of self employed new jobs advertised for the Makerfield parliamentary constituency over the same period was 33.4%.

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish details of the proportion of jobs advertised through the Universal Jobmatch website in each economic sector since that website was introduced. [152804]

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

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Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been subject to sanctions for not applying to vacancies advertised through the Universal Jobsmatch website. [152805]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not available.

Winter Fuel Payments: Peterborough

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Peterborough constituency are eligible for winter fuel payments. [153004]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available.

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

Information on the number of winter fuel payments paid is provided in the document ‘Winter Fuel Payment recipients 20,11 -12 by Parliamentary Constituencies and Gender (All)’. We expect a similar number of, payments to be made in future years.

This information is available on the internet at:

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

Work Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanction referrals were made by Work programme providers in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) January to March 2013. [152746]

Mr Hoban: This specific information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Statistics on how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) fixed length sanction referrals, where a decision has been made, were from Work programme providers from the 1 of June 2011 to the 21 of October 2012 can be found at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

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

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 404W, on the Work programme, for what reason his Department can no longer confirm that Work programme referral and outcome data will be published on 28 May 2013; and whether he plans to publish outcome data ahead of that date. [152756]

Mr Hoban: The delay in announcing the publication date of Work programme referral and outcome data is a result of the Department working to guidelines set by the UK Statistics Authority to ensure that the statistics we publish meet the required high quality standards.

Work programme referral and outcome data will be published on 27 June 2013.

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Andy McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that all participants involved in the Work programme and Work Choice programme should be explicitly informed, as part of their in-work support, of their right to join a trade union. [152906]

Mr Hoban: No. Our policy is that it is for providers to identify appropriate in-work support for individuals.

Transport

Electric Vehicles

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rapid chargers have been installed under the Plugged-in Places scheme; and in what locations they have been installed. [153019]

Norman Baker: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 22 April 2013, Official Report, columns 589-90W.

Electric Vehicles: Motorcycles

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles on electric motorbikes; and what progress has been made on electric motorbikes. [152257]

Norman Baker: I have met a senior management delegation of the Electric Motor Cycles Industries Association (eMCI) to discuss the potential role of electric motor cycles in realising our growth and environmental aspirations. I received briefing for this meeting from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The meeting was followed up with detailed technical meetings between representatives from the eMCI, motorcycle manufacturers and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Great Western Railway Line

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department plans to ensure that suitable electric rolling stock is available for use by the Great Western franchise from 2015 onwards. [152807]

Mr Simon Burns: On 31 January 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed that the Department for Transport would seek to ensure that the benefits for passengers sought in new franchise agreements are not impacted as a result of the delayed franchising programme.

The Department for Transport is currently investing in the InterCity Express programme, which will provide a fleet of trains for electrically operated services via Swindon.

Motor Sports

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on support for motorcycle sports. [152256]

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Stephen Hammond: DCMS had written to my predecessor drawing to his attention the Motorcycle Sport Code of Practice being planned and asking the DfT to support this. I have now given a statement in support of this code of practice. Officials have also corresponded with DCMS about the motor racing on the roads project.

Motorcycles: Accidents

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce motorcycle fatalities. [152258]

Stephen Hammond: The Government are aware that motorcyclists account for just 1% of the traffic on our roads but in 2012, they accounted for 19% of fatalities, so reducing this number is a key priority.

Our latest THINK! Motorcycle Safety Campaign, which began in March, reminds drivers to look out for motorcyclists—particularly at junctions—and to see the person behind the helmet and not just a motorbike.

In addition, as part of this Campaign, the THINK! team have worked with key motorcycling stakeholders and partners, including manufacturers, retailers, insurers and training organisations, in developing effective materials to communicate key messages to motorcyclists. These include promoting protective gear, post test training and defensive riding techniques.

The latest round of 11 motorcycle helmets rated under our ‘SHARP helmet safety scheme’ now brings the overall total to 300. With safety helmets across a wide price range scoring highly, all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them, and at a price they want to pay.

Official Hospitality

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible claimed reimbursements for working lunches and official entertainment in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each such year. [152676]

Norman Baker: The Department is unable to provide information on how much has been spent on the requested categories, if any, as data are not collected at this level of detail. It is not required for our statutory reporting and it could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Railways: Electrification

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress Network Rail has made with its electrification programme; and when he expects the current programme to be completed. [152809]

Mr Simon Burns: Network Rail's strategic business plan for the period between 2014 and 2019 includes a programme of electrification projects which are at varying stages of development and delivery. Network Rail's strategic business plan is currently being reviewed by the Office of Rail Regulation under the periodic review process. The Department expects that timescales for

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completion of the electrification projects will be confirmed through the periodic review. The next stage of the periodic review is the publication of a draft determination by the Office of Rail Regulation in June 2013.

Rescue Services

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in (a) Stornoway and (b) Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in March 2013. [152250]

Stephen Hammond: The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCC) at Stornoway and Belfast were staffed below the risk assessed levels in March 2013 on the following number of occasions:

(a) Belfast 54 occasions out of 62 shifts

(b) Stornoway 16 occasions out of 62 shifts

These situations are mitigated by ‘MRCC pairing’ where each MRCC is connected to at least one other MRCC which is available to provide mutual support.

In respect of Belfast MRCC mutual support is available through a fixed link from Stornoway MRCC and dial up links from the MRCCs at Shetland, Aberdeen, Liverpool or Holyhead. In respect of Stornoway MRCC mutual support is available through a fixed link from Belfast MRCC and dial up links from the MRCCs at Shetland or Aberdeen.

Roads: Safety

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the suitability of shared space schemes for people with a (a) mobility impairment, (b) visual impairment, (c) hearing impairment and (d) cognitive impairment. [152380]

Norman Baker: It is for local authorities to assess the suitability of their own shared space schemes for all road users including people with mobility, visual, hearing and cognitive impairments.

In October 2011, the Department for Transport published guidance on the design and provision of shared space schemes. It focuses heavily on designing for disabled people in general with a particular emphasis on the needs of blind or partially sighted people.

The research underpinning the guidance included accompanied journeys and interviews with a number of different user types: drivers; non-disabled pedestrians; visually impaired pedestrians; mobility impaired pedestrians; pedestrians with learning difficulties; and pedestrians who are deaf or hard of hearing. This research provides independent evidence and an improved understanding of how different user types behave in shared space, and how this differs from behaviour in conventionally designed streets.

The guidance and the supporting research report are available online at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/ltn-01-11

Thameslink Railway Line

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest status is of the order for the new Thameslink trains. [152810]

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Mr Simon Burns: Bank credit committee approvals have now been confirmed in principle for the full funding required for the procurement. The Department is working with Siemens, Cross London Trains and relevant banks to complete the large amount of necessary legal documentation. We expect to reach financial close shortly.

Transport: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the Scottish Government Minister for Transport; and what issues were discussed at that meeting. [152213]

Norman Baker: The Secretary of State for Transport has not met with the Scottish Government Minister for Transport in an official capacity since taking office, but has had a number of telephone conversations. Issues discussed by Government Ministers are not normally disclosed.

Energy and Climate Change

Electric Cables: Runcorn

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce his decision in relation to the application by Manweb plc for a necessary wayleave to retain electric lines at land at the Heath Business and Technical Park, Runcorn, Cheshire. [152811]

Gregory Barker: The Inspector's report and recommendations are with Ministers for determination. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), expects to announce his decision in relation to this application shortly.

Electricity Generation

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the Energy Bill does not disadvantage independent energy generators. [153053]

Michael Fallon: In order to meet our energy and climate change commitments, we need to attract unprecedented investment in electricity generation and transmission. The Energy Bill sets out provisions to secure this investment.

The Government are committed to supporting investment by independent generators. Independent developers have played an important role in delivering new capacity, and we expect them to continue to make a material contribution to delivering investment and meeting our objectives of keeping energy prices affordable and supplies secure, as we decarbonise. We are therefore taking powers in the Energy Bill to enable the Government to take action to improve the liquidity of the electricity market (a key barrier to entry), should it prove necessary.

The contracts for difference proposed in the Energy Bill will also remove wholesale price risk and consequently improve conditions in the market for long-term power purchase agreements needed by many independent low carbon developers.

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Furthermore, we are taking powers to give Government the flexibility to ensure the availability of viable power purchase agreements for independent generators, should the market not develop as expected.

Energy: Billing

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to prevent energy companies from mis-selling their products. [151225]

Michael Fallon: There is a range of legislation that protects consumers from mis-selling. Where an energy company is offering a Green Deal product there are strict requirements about cold calling, including a requirement for companies to respect "no cold calling" zones set up by Trading Standards Authorities.

Energy consumers are further protected by rules in the supply licence that govern marketing activities for gas and electricity supplies, which are enforced by the independent regulator, Ofgem.

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy companies regarding the mis-selling of products. [151226]

Michael Fallon: DECC Ministers and senior officials meet on a regular basis with energy companies to discuss a range of issues relating to energy consumers.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to extend consumer protection on energy bills to businesses. [151929]

Michael Fallon: The independent regulator Ofgem is responsible for regulating gas and electricity supply in the business sector. As part of its retail market review Ofgem is proposing to extend consumer protection to around 160,000 more micro businesses (which typically spend up to £10,000 on gas or electricity per year) by extending existing protection on contract information and introducing enforceable standards of conduct covering billing, contracts and switching supplier.

On back-billing, Ofgem has been working with industry and consumer groups to introduce a new set of voluntary standards for the treatment of micro-businesses, which includes a time limit for back-billing of three years for electricity and four-five years for gas. Some suppliers have made further commitments on these time limits. Ofgem will continue to monitor this area.

Heating

Martin Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many heat pumps he expects to be installed by 2020. [152872]

Gregory Barker: The most recently published expectation is that a total of 354,000 heat pumps will be installed by 2020; 338,000 in the domestic sector and 16,000 in the non-domestic sector.

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These figures refer to air-to-water and ground-source heat pumps only; they do not include air-to-air heat pumps, as we did not propose to support these in our consultation on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

We are currently updating our baseline figures in light of consultation responses and new evidence we have collected, and as a result of the changes we have made to the timetable for implementing changes to the RHI. We are intending to publish our updated view of the projected number of installations this summer.

Martin Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many heat pumps he expects to be installed in UK homes by 2020 as a result of (a) the Renewable Heat Incentive and (b) the requirements of Part L of Building Regulations. [152874]

Gregory Barker: The most recently published expectation is that 338,000 heat pumps will be installed in UK homes by 2020.

This figure refers to air-to-water and ground-source heat pumps only; it does not include air-to-air heat pumps, as we did not propose to support these in our consultation on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

When we published that expectation, it was on the basis of the policy and evidence consulted on at the time, and we projected that 204,000 installations would be as a result of the RHI by 2020-21.

We are currently updating our baseline figures in light of consultation responses and new evidence we have collected, and as a result of the changes we have made to the timetable for implementing changes to the RHI. We are intending to publish our updated view of the projected number of installations, including those that are adopted as a result of the RHI, this summer.

Part L of the Building Regulations sets minimum energy performance standards, but does not prescribe specific technologies or heating fuels. The Government is committed to progressively strengthening Part L emissions targets as part of its commitment to Zero Carbon Homes from 2016. Home builders will increasingly need to install low or zero carbon energy sources such, as heat pumps, to meet these higher standards.

Martin Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many heat pumps he expects to be installed in homes by March 2015 as a result of the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive. [152967]

Gregory Barker: The most recently published expectation is that 16,000 heat pumps will be installed in homes by the end of 2014-15.

This figure refers to air-to-water and ground-source heat pumps only; it does not include air-to-air heat pumps, as we did not propose to support these in our consultation on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

When we published our projections, we estimated that 3,000 installations would be as a result of support from the RHI by 2014-15. However, we are currently updating our baseline figures in light of consultation

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responses and new evidence we have collected, and as a result of the changes we have made to the timetable for implementing changes to the RHI. We are intending to publish our updated view of the projected number of installations, including those that are adopted as a result of the RHI, this summer.

Natural Gas: Bedfordshire

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes in Mid Bedfordshire do not have access to the gas network. [152414]

Michael Fallon: The exact number of homes that do not have access to the gas network is not held centrally.

Estimates have been produced based on information from the Gemserv database on the location of electricity meters, and data from xoserve and independent gas transporters on the location of gas meters, which are used to produce the Department’s sub-national energy statistics. Subtracting the number of gas meters from the number of electricity meters produces a broad estimate of the number of homes that do not have access to the gas network. It should be noted that these estimates will overestimate the number of homes due to some homes having more than one meter, and also that the statistics may include non-domestic meters.

It is estimated that, for 2011, 14,000 homes in the Central Bedfordshire local authority and 11,600 homes in Bedford local authority did not have access to the gas network; this represents 12.9% and 17.1% of homes in those areas respectively.

Natural Gas: Lancashire

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire do not have access to the gas network. [151242]

Michael Fallon: The exact number of households off the gas grid is not held centrally.

Estimates have been produced based on information held from two administrative sources; these are the Gemserv database on the location of electricity meters, and data from xoserve and independent gas transporters on the location of gas meters. Subtracting the number of gas meters from the number of electricity meters produces a broad estimate of the number of off grid properties.

However some households can have more than one electricity meter associated with their property (for instance, a supply for communal facilities such as stairwell lighting or a lift). Additionally, the standard gas industry definition of domestic use uses a consumption threshold, with any consumer using less than 73,200 kWh of gas per year being classed as a domestic user; it is estimated that—Great Britain-wide—this definition allocates around 2 million small business users as domestic. Furthermore a small number of meters (less than one third of one percent) do not have sufficient information associated with them to be able to allocate them to a specific area.

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The underlying data on the number of gas and electricity meters in each local authority are available on the Departments website:

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/regional/electricity/electricity.aspx

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/regional/gas/gas.aspx

The following table shows, for 2011, the number of domestic electricity meter points, the number of gas meter points where consumption was less than 73,200kWh, and the difference between the two figures, which forms

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an estimate of the number of households off the gas grid for each local authority within Lancashire. Also provided are the consumption values for the local authority of Pendle, which covers the same area as the parliamentary constituency of Pendle. A table listing similar data for all local authorities in available in the Libraries of the House.

The estimated number of households off the gas grid in Pendle is 1,500; in Lancashire as a whole the estimated number is 51,500.

Estimated number of households off the gas grid in Lancashire (2011)
ONS codeLAU1 codeLAU1 areaNumber of domestic electricity meters (thousand)Number of domestic gas meters (thousand)Estimated number of households off the gas grid (thousand)Estimated percentage of households off the gas grid

30UJ

UKD4306

Pendle

39.4

37.9

1.5

4

Total Lancashire

643.9

592.4

51.5

8

Nuclear Power Stations

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of (a) inward investment in England and Wales by (i) region, (ii) value added and (iii) gross domestic product and (b) new jobs created (i) in total and (ii) by region arising from the development of all the sites identified by the Government for the establishment of new nuclear power stations. [151891]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 18 April 2013]:Industry has set out plans to develop approximately 16 GW of new nuclear power in the UK. Independent analysis for Government of the potential economic benefit of improving the UK's nuclear supply chain capabilities was published alongside the Nuclear Industrial Strategy in March 2013. The report provides an assessment of a range of potential levels of domestic content within indicative new nuclear programmes with installed capacity of 10 GW and 16 GW by 2030, and at the UK level, sets out the estimated gross and net impacts on output, gross value added and employment. The report does not provide estimates at the UK regional level. The full report is available from website of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-benefit-of-improving-the-uks-nuclear-supply-chain-capabilities

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the nuclear energy strike price negotiations between EDF and his Department began; and when he expects them to conclude. [151892]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 18 April 2013]: Formal negotiations with NNB GenCo (a subsidiary of EDF) began in February 2013 following NNB's request in March 2012 to take part in the final investment decision (FID) enabling process. The negotiations remain on-going. Any deal reached would have to be fair, affordable and value for money.

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Government is liable to reimburse EDF for any part of its £1 billion investment in Sizewell in the event of failure to reach agreement on the strike price for nuclear energy; and what estimate he has made of the potential cost of this liability to the public purse. [151893]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 18 April 2013]: The negotiations between the Government and NNB GenCo (a subsidiary of EDF) on the Hinkley Point C project are progressing on a no commitments basis. No agreement has been reached on terms. Development costs incurred are at EDF's own risk.

Official Gifts

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which ministerial gifts (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues have chosen to keep since May 2010. [152432]

Gregory Barker [holding answer 22 April 2013]: Details of ministerial gifts are published on the Government website:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/accesstoinform/registers/registers.aspx

Radioactive Materials

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which occasions since May 2010 nuclear material has been withdrawn from safeguards under the provisions of article 14 of the 1977 trilateral safeguards agreement between the UK, Euratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency; at which facility each such withdrawal took place; what the (a) type and (b) quantity of nuclear material was in each case; and for what reasons each withdrawal from the safeguards took place. [152796]

Michael Fallon: Information on nuclear material withdrawn from safeguards is available on the Office for Nuclear Regulation website at

http://www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/safeguards/withdrawals.htm

in the same format as in the paper provided to Parliament on 28 July 2000, Official Report, column 1094W, and in the written answer to Parliament on 1 March 2001, Official Report, columns 732-33W. The website provides

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annual reports on withdrawals from 2001 to 2012. Information on the facility from which the material was withdrawn was provided in the annual reports up to 2008, but is no longer given for security reasons. In 2013, the notifications received to date are as follows:

Summary of notifications of withdrawals from safeguards (2013, year to date)
Number of withdrawal notifications (by type of nuclear material involved)Reason for withdrawal

Two notifications involving plutonium (Pu), microgrammes quantities

Two notifications for use in analysis/analytical purposes (eg samples, standards/tracers and/or in instrument calibration) from organisations that provides standards/tracers and/or nuclear material for instrument calibration(1). One notification also involved mg quantities of depleted uranium(1).

Two notification involving high enriched uranium (HEU), total ~ 1.8 g

One notification for material contained in radiation detectors(1) (from a company that manufactures radiation detectors); one notification for use in analysis/analytical purposes (eg samples, standards/tracers and in instrument calibration)(1) which also involved mg quantities of depleted uranium.

Eight notifications involving depleted uranium (DU), total ~ 278 kg and one notification involving natural uranium (NU), total ~ 0.5 kg

Eight notifications for depleted uranium as shielding containers(2); one notification for natural uranium for use in analysis/analytical purposes (eg samples, standards/tracers and in instrument calibration)(1).

(1) There are no facilities outside safeguards that have material in such quantities and forms, and defence establishment requirements for these specialist materials have therefore been met by supply from civil organisations. (2) The advance notifications of withdrawal for depleted uranium shielded containers were for temporary withdrawals, the containers being used during the replacement of spent radioactive sources at UK defence establishments. Note: Tabulated information covers advance notifications of withdrawal approved by ONR—Safeguards.

Renewable Energy

Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that independent renewable energy generators are not disadvantaged compared to the larger utilities following implementation of the provisions of the Energy Bill. [151726]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 22 April 2013]: In order to meet our energy and climate change commitments, we need to attract significant investment in electricity generation and transmission. The Energy Bill sets out provisions to secure this investment.

The Government are committed to supporting investment by independent renewable generators. Independent developers have played an important role in delivering new renewable capacity and we expect them to continue to make a material contribution to delivering investment and meeting our targets.

By removing wholesale price risk, the contracts for difference proposed in the Energy Bill will improve conditions in the market for long-term power purchase

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agreements needed by many independent renewable developers and consequently provide an improved route to market.

The Government have been working closely with independent renewables developers and has started a process to ensure that the market is ready for the introduction of the CfD, which will smooth the transition to the new arrangements.

We are taking powers in the Energy Bill that would enable the Secretary of State to make changes to supply licence conditions if necessary. Furthermore, we are also considering whether additional steps are necessary including consideration of proposals for a Green Power Auction Market.

Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evidence his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on whether the long-term power purchase agreement market will improve following the introduction of contracts for difference. [151727]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 22 April 2013]: Viable power purchase agreements are expected to continue to play an important role in ensuring that independent generators can participate in the energy market. Last year we issued a call for evidence to investigate concerns raised by independent generators and published a response to the call for evidence alongside the Energy Bill in November. This concluded that there are some temporary issues that should improve under contracts for difference but that there are remaining concerns over barriers to entry into the market and long-term uncertainties over imbalance costs.

We have commissioned further analysis to consider the potential impacts of these remaining concerns, the initial outputs of which were discussed with stakeholders at a workshop on 12 April. Conclusions will be presented in the coming weeks and will be published on the DECC website.

Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what powers he is considering taking to intervene should the long-term power purchase agreement market not improve under contracts for difference for independent renewable energy generators. [151728]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 22 April 2013]: By removing wholesale price risk, contracts for difference will improve conditions in the market for power purchase agreements and consequently provide a better route to market for independent renewable energy generators.

However, the importance of independent generators is such that it is necessary to take powers in the Energy Bill to give Government the flexibility to act in the case that the market does not develop as expected, or if further steps are needed to improve access for independent renewable generators.

The powers in the Energy Bill would enable the Government to change supply licence conditions, potentially mandating the way that the large energy companies contract with independent generators.

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Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by renewable electricity generation in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in 2012. [151791]

Gregory Barker: The following table shows how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by renewable electricity generation in 2011, the latest year for which the carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied measure is available. To note this measure is calculated for the UK as a whole. Data for 2012 will be available on 25 July 2013.

 Renewable electricity generation in 2011 (GWh)Average tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied by fossil fuels (UK) in 2011Thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide displaced by renewable electricity generation in 2011

England

17,499

609

10,655

Scotland

13,753

609

8,374

Wales

2,163

609

1,317

UK

34,410

609

20,952

Sources: Renewable electricity generation by UK country, from Energy Trends table ET 6.1, available at: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewables-section-6-energy-trends Tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied by fossil fuels (UK) in 2011 from table 5A, page 124, chapter 5, of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2012, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/series/electricity-statistics

Wind Power

Mr Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many accidents related to wind turbines have been recorded by his Department in the last three years. [151179]

Michael Fallon: Neither DECC, nor the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), collect specific data for wind turbine accidents.

Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the energy output performance of offshore wind turbines. [152415]

Michael Fallon: The energy output performance of offshore wind turbines can be measured in terms of annual generation and load factors. These can be found in tables 6.4 and 6.5 of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-sources-of-energy-chapter-6-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

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Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England completed in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 have led to a permanent job. [153014]

Matthew Hancock: We do not collect data which allow us to answer the specific questions.

However, we do have relevant data from a survey of apprentices (published 15 May 2012) which show that 85% of apprentices who completed their apprenticeship in the last 12 months were employed by an employer at the time of the survey, with a further 4% being self-employed and a further 3% in education.

We are not able to break these findings down by electoral constituency or by sub regions (such as South Yorkshire) as the survey is not large enough to do this robustly.

We do have data for Yorkshire and the Humber which showed that 88% of apprentices who completed within the last 12 months were employed by an employer with a further 4% being self-employed at the time of the survey.

The numbers of apprenticeship starts in Barnsley Central have increased from 750 in 2009/10 to 1,320 in 2011/12.

Business: Ethnic Groups

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress the Government have made in completing its review of access to finance for people from black and minority ethnic communities; when he expects that review to be published; and if he will make a statement. [152639]

Michael Fallon: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to lead a cross-Government review into the barriers being faced by ethnic minority businesses in accessing finance in November 2011.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ contribution has included work with ethnic minority business groups and stakeholders in the wider banking sector as part of the process of assembling robust analysis and evidence to underpin DCLG's review. The review will be published shortly.

Copyright

Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government's proposed exception to copyright for private copying will apply to audiovisual works which may be protected by technological protection measures. [152702]

Jo Swinson: The Government's proposed exception to copyright for the purposes of private copying will apply to ail types of copyright work, including audiovisual works. Where a technological protection measure has been applied to a work, the provisions that prohibit

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circumvention of such measures will apply, as will the remedies where an effective technological measure prevents a permitted act. The Government are currently preparing draft regulations which will implement this exception. It will be inviting comments from all interested parties when these are made available for technical review later in the year.

Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the circumvention of technological protection measures will be permitted in the event that a notice of complaint is received as a result of the proposed exception to copyright for private copying (a) if a commercial digital offering with secure copies is available and (b) in any other circumstances. [152703]

Jo Swinson: The circumvention of effective technological protection measures is explicitly prohibited by EU Directive 2001/29/EC and this is reflected by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. This will not change as a result of introducing any private copying exception.

Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of whether (a) the proposed exception to copyright for private copying will apply to legally downloaded audiovisual works and (b) this conforms with Article 6(4)—(4) of the EU Copyright Directive in light of the definition of on-demand services provided in Chapter 1 (B)—(6) of the explanatory memorandum to that directive. [152704]

Jo Swinson: The proposed exception would apply to all types of copyright work, including audiovisual works. Section 296ZE(9) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 implements Article 6(4)(4) of the EU Copyright Directive, and is closely modelled on the wording of that directive. Section 2962E(9) applies to the UK's existing copyright exceptions and will apply to any new private copying exception. The Government are currently preparing draft regulations which will implement this exception in accordance with all relevant EU law, including the EU Copyright Directive. The draft regulations will be made available publicly for technical review later in the year.

Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of whether the inclusion of cloud services within the scope of the proposed exception to copyright for private copying conforms with the three-step test set out in article 5.5 of the EU copyright directive. [152705]

Jo Swinson: The Government believes all its proposed measures on copyright exceptions, including the inclusion of cloud storage within the scope of the exception for private copying, will be compatible with the three-step test as set out in article 5.5 of the EU copyright directive. The Government are currently preparing draft regulations and will ensure that these conform with its international obligations, including the three step test. Draft regulations will be made available publicly for technical review later in the year.

Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has received legal advice on the potential use of the

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European Communities Act 1972 to implement new exceptions to copyright via secondary legislation. [152706]

Jo Swinson: The use of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 has been the subject of a number of decisions by the courts, including in relation to intellectual property. In the light of these decisions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills considers that the use of section 2(2) is appropriate to adjust the copyright exceptions contained in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of his Department's impact assessment on the proposed repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for its argument that repeal will increase creativity. [153065]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has made no such assessment.

The Impact Assessment in question was assessed by the Regulatory Policy Committee as fit for purpose.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that his Department's management of the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is conducted in a sympathetic and fair way; [153077]

(2) what assessment he has made of whether a long commencement period will be necessary to allow replica manufacturers, distributors and retailers to adjust and clear existing stock in relation to the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [153078]

Jo Swinson: The Government will consult on how and when to implement the repeal of the section in question. The decisions required will be made in accordance with relevant best practice, and will take into account the impact on those affected.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from rights holders pressing for early implementation of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [153079]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has received no such representations.

Dementia

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has a dementia strategy. [151818]

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Mr Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) actively contributes to the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge and provides support for the Government's strategic approach through the Research Councils and Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is the lead agency for relevant biomedical research, with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) supporting relevant socio-economic research. The MRC led the development of the UK's dementia research priorities as published by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research (MAGDR) in 2011, which underpins the work of the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge Research Champions' Group.

The MRC works closely with the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), as well as the Wellcome Trust and the research charities Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society, in delivering a strategic approach in this area.

The MRC is also a leading player in the pan-EU Joint Programme in Neurodegeneration Research (JPND), which is the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of dementia.

A progress report on the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge was published in November 2012 and contains full details of the Research Councils' work in this area. It can be downloaded from:

http://dementiachallenge.dh.gov.uk/2012/11/08/report-on-progress/

Highlights of this work include the MRC, ESRC and the Department of Health's NIHR committing to increase funding for research into dementia from £26.6 million in 2009/10 to an estimated £66.3 million in 2014/15.

Most recently, MRC has announced a £6 million stratified medicine initiative in the dementias, which aims to build a national platform to support experimental medicine for the development of new therapeutic approaches, as well as providing a vehicle for partnership with the biopharma sector. Funding decisions will be announced in the later part of 2013.

Employee Ownership

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects the Institute for Employee Ownership to be operational; and what deadlines and benchmarks he has set for that process. [152993]

Jo Swinson: The Government accepted Graeme Nuttall's recommendation that key organisations from the employee ownership and co-operatives sectors should develop and deliver an independent Institute. For the Institute to be successful it must, among other things, have cross-sector support and be economically self-sustaining. The Government will consider next steps once we receive a detailed business plan from industry.

Energy: Bedfordshire

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the current value of the energy sector to the economy of Mid Bedfordshire; and what he estimates the value of the energy sector to the economy of Mid Bedfordshire to be in (a) 2018 and (b) 2023. [152418]

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Michael Fallon: There are no Government forecasts of the value of individual industrial sectors and financial estimates for the energy sector (here defined as the supply of electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning) are not collected at this level of detail.

Statistics covering Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire shows that in 2010 the energy sector contributed £188 million Gross Vale Added (0.5% of the total for the area) and provided around 1,000 jobs (around 0.1% of the total for the area).

Engineering: North Africa

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to showcase British industrial engineering products at trade fairs in (a) Morocco, (b) Tunisia, (c) Libya and (d) Algeria. [153060]

Michael Fallon: UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is the part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills tasked with supporting UK-based firms internationally. UKTI's Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) supports UK-based firms participating at trade fairs worldwide. For the four countries listed, TAP 2013/14 currently includes one industrial trade fair: National Electronics Week North Africa in Tunisia. However, individual companies may be assisted at trade fairs not in the programme, and the events list is kept under regular review. UKTI provides a broad range of other assistance to companies.

Export Controls: India

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to engage with those businesses refused export licences to India on account of issues related to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. [152410]

Michael Fallon: Officials of the Export Control Organisation (ECO) within BIS, which is the licensing authority for strategic exports in the United Kingdom, are always willing to establish a dialogue with exporters on the export control process in order to understand the particular concerns of exporters.

ECO works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to understand the commercial and diplomatic effect of decisions to refuse licences.

Exports: Mauritania

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the level of UK exports to Mauritania was in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [152576]

Michael Fallon: Data on UK exports of goods to Mauritania are published by HM Revenue and Customs in their ‘Overseas Trade Statistics’ publication on:

www.uktradeinfo.com

Data on UK exports of services to Mauritania are published by the Office for National Statistics in their ‘UK Balance of Payments 2012’ (Pink Book) publication (Table 9.13) at:

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http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bop/united-kingdom-balance-of-payments/2012/index.html

Latest data are for 2011. Data for 2012 are due for release on 31 July 2013.

Exports: Morocco

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the financial value was of British exports to Morocco in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [153062]

Michael Fallon: Data on UK exports of goods and services to Morocco are published by the Office for National Statistics in their UK Balance of Payments 2012 (Pink Book) publication (Table 9.3) at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bop/united-kingdom-balance-of-payments/2012/index.html

Latest data are for 2011. Data for 2012 are due on 31 July 2013.

Exports: Russia

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the financial value of exports to Russia was in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [152571]

Michael Fallon: Exports to Russia from the UK in 2011 and 2012 can be found in the Office for National Statistics ‘Economic Accounts Q4 2012’ publication (Table B6B):

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/naa1-rd/united-kingdom-economic-accounts/q4-2012/bod-ukea-2012q4.pdf

Exports: Shrewsbury

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of UKTI (West Midlands) in assisting Shrewsbury businesses to export in each of the last three years. [152611]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 22 April 2013]:UKTI does not evaluate the support provided on a sub regional basis. The PIMS (Performance and Impact Monitoring) Survey assesses performance by UKTI in the whole of the West Midlands. In two recent surveys over 90% of companies gave the quality of supported they received at least 4 marks out of 5 and 68% of companies said the support received will help them improve their business performance.

UKTI's team based in Shropshire has significantly assisted on average 46 companies based in Shrewsbury per year in the last three years.

Insolvency: Ethnic Groups

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number and rate of (a) business deaths and (b) insolvencies of black and ethnic minority businesses from November 2011 to date. [152599]

Jo Swinson: Figures are not available at the level of detail requested.

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The Office for National Statistics publishes statistics on business demography. This data include total numbers and rates of business deaths, but do not include information on ethnicity. The latest annual release of business demography is available at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bus-register/business-demography/2011/index.html

The Insolvency Service publishes statistics on company insolvencies and business bankruptcies. These data are not broken down by ethnicity. The latest quarterly Official Statistics for insolvency are available here:

http://www.insolvencydirect.bis.gov.uk/otherinformation/statistics/insolvency-statistics.htm

Manufacturing Industries

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of manufacturing activity in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c) England; and what assessment he has made of future capacity in that sector. [152395]

Michael Fallon: The following table lists the contribution of manufacturing to employment and gross value added (GVA) for the west midlands and England and employment for Coventry. Estimates of GVA are not collected in sufficient detail to report on manufacturing in Coventry. GVA figures for 2011 are not yet available.

 20102011
 GVA (£billion)% area GVAEmployment (thousand)% area employment

Coventry

14

10.2

West midlands

3.5

15.4

282

11.7

England

116.9

10.6

2,045

8.5

Sources: Business Register Employment Survey, Regional GVA (both ONS)

Forecasts for manufacturing capacity are not available from official sources.

Medicine: Research

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) average funding award and (b) average length of project supported through the Technology Strategy Board Biomedical Catalyst scheme allocation has been for (i) feasibility awards, (ii) early stage awards and (iii) late stage awards to date. [152451]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 22 April 2013]:The average funding award and average project length for Technology Strategy Board supported projects under the Biomedical Catalyst scheme are as follows:

 Feasibility AwardsEarly Stage AwardsLate Stage Awards

Average grant award

£133,000

£1.5 million

£1.5 million

Average duration (months)

10.7

27

26.3

These figures reflect Rounds 1, 2 and 3 for the Feasibility Awards and Rounds 1 and 2 for the Early and Late Stage Awards. Round 3 Early and Late Stage proposals

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are currently under assessment and awards will be announced by the Technology Strategy Board in July 2013. These figures include Medical Research Council co-funding of academic collaborators in projects.

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will publish a list of Biomedical Catalyst award winners in each therapeutic area to date; [152452]

(2) if he will publish a list of all Biomedical Catalyst award winners to date in each parliamentary constituency. [152453]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 22 April 2013]:The information requested by the hon. Member will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been awarded through the Biomedical Catalyst scheme through (a) the Technology Strategy Board and (b) the Medical Research Council to date, by (i) feasibility awards, (ii) early stage awards and (iii) late stage awards. [152455]

Mr Willetts [holding answer 22 April 2013]: In total the Biomedical Catalyst scheme has committed £98.51 million to date of which the Technology Strategy Board committed £64.5 million and the Medical Research Council £34.01 million. Breakdown by Feasibility, Early Stage Award and Late Stage Award is shown in the following table:

£ million
 Technology Strategy BoardMedical Research Council

Feasibility Awards

8

7.41

Early Stage Awards

41.2

20.9

Late Stage Awards

15.3

5.7

Non-domestic Rates

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which 100 towns in the UK experienced the biggest fall in the collection of business rates in the last five years. [150343]

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

Only nine local authorities in England reported their contribution to the national non-domestic rates pool fell over the period 2006-07 to 2011-12. The authorities were Bassetlaw. Corby, Harborough, Redcar and Cleveland, Rushcliffe, Selby, Suffolk Coastal, Vale of White Horse and West Somerset.

The contribution to the national non-domestic rates pool figures were as reported by all billing authorities in England on their annual national non-domestic rates returns i.e. the local list. Contributions from the central list e.g. railways, communication networks, and utilities, were not included.

The figures used reflected both the non-domestic rates collected in respect of the year in question but also changes in respect of previous years. This could be

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either the payment of arrears or the repayment of overpayments in respect of previous years.

In addition, because the data span a range of years, they are not strictly comparable.

Year-on-year changes reflect a number of factors such as:

changes in the rate base;

the Retail Price Index adjustment to annual bills; and

variations in levels of relief granted.

Following the introduction of business rates retention in April 2013, any authority experiencing a decline in business rates of more than 7.5% will be eligible for support from the safety net, ensuring that no authority's income within the business rates scheme will drop below 92.5% of its baseline funding level.

The figures used in the answer take into consideration the creation of nine unitary authorities on 1 April 2009 from 37 shire district authorities.

Overseas Trade: BRIC Countries

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of (a) imports from and (b) exports to (i) Brazil, (ii) Russia, (iii) India and (iv) China in each of the last five years; and what the value of each was as a proportion of total UK imports and exports in each such year. [153031]

Michael Fallon: The information is tabled as follows:

Table 1: UK exports of goods and services to the BRICs
£ million
 20082009201020112012

Brazil

2,337

2,540

3,134

3,768

3,625

Russia

6,503

4,295

5,285

7,192

7,350

India

5,934

4,678

6,208

8,339

6,964

China

7,633

7,626

10,332

12,518

13,444

Table 2: UK exports of goods and services to the BRICs
Percentage of total UK exports
 20082009201020112012

Brazil

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.7

Russia

1.5

1.1

1.2

1.5

1.5

India

1.4

1.2

1.4

1.7

1.4

China

1.8

1.9

2.3

2.5

2.8

Table 3: UK imports of goods and services from the BRICs
£ million
 20082009201020112012

Brazil

2,998

2,891

3,550

3,126

2,912

Russia

8,061

5,934

6,283

8,445

9,501

India

6,795

6,571

8,288

8,719

8,816

China

24,767

25,798

31,841

32,801

32,721

Table 4: UK imports of goods and services from the BRICs
Percentage of total UK imports
 20082009201020112012

Brazil

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.6

Russia

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.6

1.8

India

1.5

1.5

1.7

1.7

1.7

China

5.4

6.1

6.6

6.3

6.2

Source: ONS United Kingdom Economic Accounts 2012Q4.