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Cycling

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to encourage commuters to cycle to work. [156655]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport actively encourages sustainable travel including cycling to work. The Cycle to Work Scheme provides tax incentives to help employees purchase bicycles and equipment. Alongside this, we work in partnership with Business in the Community, Transport for London, British Cycling and the Cycle to Work Alliance through the website ‘Businesscycle'. The aim is to increase cycling for work and commuting purposes.

We have also made available £14.5m to the Cycle Rail Working Group to improve cycle facilities at railway stations. Improvement projects will not only make it safer and more convenient for people to park their bike at the station but will encourage cycling for the onward journey from the station with new cycle hire schemes. This helps support the Department's recently published Door to Door Strategy which encourages use of sustainable transport for the whole journey.

Havering

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London Borough of Havering in each of the last five years. [156141]

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Norman Baker: The most recent data available for total public expenditure on transport are given in HM Treasury's Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses for 2011/12.

Identifiable expenditure on transport in the London region for the last 5 years is reproduced below. Equivalent data are not available below regional level.

£ million
 National Statistics
 Outturn
Transport:2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

London

4,756

4,621

5,801

5,207

5,282

Of which: current

     

London

2,445

1,822

2,219

1,864

1,857

Of which: capital

     

London

2,311

2,800

3,582

3,343

3,425

Local Government Finance: Transport

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value of awards to local authorities in England under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund was in 2012-13. [156506]

Norman Baker: In 2012-13, through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund we awarded local authorities £110.5 million revenue and £101 million capital funding.

Members: Correspondence

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to answer the letter from the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South dated 21 January 2013. [156565]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport does not have a record of receiving a letter from the hon. Member dated 21 January 2013, but we will be pleased to respond speedily if she could provide a copy.

Polyisobutene

Dr Wollaston: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent correspondence he has had with the International Maritime Organisation on the reclassification of polyisobutene. [155942]

Stephen Hammond: None. However officials at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have had initial, informal discussions with the International Maritime Organization Secretariat on the classification of polyisobutene (PIB) following the recent incidents off the South Coast.

Dr Wollaston: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cause and (b) source of the recent polyisobutene pollution incidents was. [155943]

Stephen Hammond: Officials at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are analysing data that show which vessels transited the area where it is estimated that the discharges could have taken place. That may help to determine the source of the pollution and allow further

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investigation to assess whether the discharge was permissible or whether there may be a case to take action against an unlawful discharge.

Dr Wollaston: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to prevent further seabird deaths as a result of polyisobutene pollution resulting from both legal and illegal discharges at sea. [155944]

Stephen Hammond: Once the full reasons for the incidents are established, the UK will, if appropriate, formally approach International Maritime Organisation to discuss the discharge requirements for products carried on chemical tankers.

Private Finance Initiative

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which private finance initiative projects relating to his Department have been refinanced in each year since May 2010; what the value is of each such project; what the refinancing gain has been in each such case; and how much any such gain the relevant Government body received through a (a) lump sum and (b) reduction in the unitary charge. [156004]

Norman Baker: None of the private finance projects sponsored by the Department for Transport has been refinanced since May 2010.

Railways: Bournemouth

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisation is responsible for keeping the tracks running through Bournemouth railway station free of litter. [156250]

Norman Baker: Network Rail.

Railways: Fares

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish his review of rail fares. [156296]

Norman Baker: We are considering a range of options to improve rail fares and ticketing, and we intend to set out our findings and next steps this summer.

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the cost of rail fares. [156297]

Norman Baker: Since January 2013, the Department has received around 700 items of correspondence from MPs, members of the public and other bodies about rail fares. The subject has also been discussed in a number of meetings with industries and interested parties.

Railways: Finance

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the total annual amounts paid in track access charges to Network Rail by each train operating company contracted to provide rail passenger services since April 2004. [156218]

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Mr Simon Burns: The data requested refer to transactions between private train operating companies and Network Rail which is not held by the Department. However, information for recent years is contained within Network Rail's Regulatory Financial Statements which are available on their website at:

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/regulatory%20documents/regulatory%20 compliance%20and%20reporting/regulatory%20accounts/regulatory%20financial%20statements%20for%20the%20year %20ended%2031%20march%202012.pdf

Railways: Romford

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that Romford station will be served by National Rail fast trains into London Liverpool Street and Essex once existing metro services are replaced by Crossrail services. [156140]

Mr Simon Burns: It is expected that Romford station will continue to be served by National Rail fast trains into London Liverpool Street and Essex once metro services are transferred to Crossrail.

Regulation

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what processes his Department has put in place to (a) monitor, (b) collate cost information on, (c) review and (d) respond to requests to amend or revoke regulations introduced by his Department. [155803]

Stephen Hammond: The information is as follows:

(a) All regulations introduced by the Department are monitored and examined through the Government's rigorous Better Regulation processes, which are described in full at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-the-impact-of-regulation-on-business

All UK regulation that impacts on business and civil society organisations is listed on Department for Transport's (DFT's) statements of new regulation (SNR). These cover all regulations planned to be implemented or removed in six month periods (January to June and July to December each year) and are published on the website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-transport-statement-of-new-regulations

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(b) Information on costs and benefits of the regulations we introduce is assessed and recorded in impact assessments (IAs) which are published alongside the regulations on the

www.legislation.gov.uk

website. The information is collated in the SNR.

(c) DFT had four themes under the Red Tape Challenge programme—Road Transportation, Rail, Maritime and Aviation. Alongside internal government review of the body of regulations in these areas, this invited businesses and the public to suggest which regulations should be revoked or improved.

Since December 2011, new regulations have been subject to a sunsetting policy to ensure they are kept under regular review. Details of the policy can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sunset-clauses-and-regulations

As a matter of good practice most IAs outline arrangements for post implementation review even for regulations where statutory review clauses do not apply.

(d) Each Red Tape Challenge (RTC) theme had a period in the spotlight on the RTC website but it was also made clear that contributions and suggestions from businesses and the public on burdensome regulation were welcome outside that period. That remains the case.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; and which of those regulations have been (a) subject to the (i) one in one out and (ii) one in two out procedure and (b) (i) revoked and (ii) amended. [155826]

Stephen Hammond: The one in one out rule was introduced in September 2010 and applied to regulations introduced from 1 January 2011. One in two out replaced this rule and has applied to regulations introduced since January 2013. The Statement of New Regulation published every six months lists regulatory changes that are subject to the one in one out/one in two out rule. This includes the introduction of new regulations and amendments and revocations of existing regulations. The following regulations that were listed on the statements have been introduced.

TitleNumberIn Force

Airport Bylaws (Designation) Order 2011

2011 No. 828

13 April 2011

Aerodromes (Designation) (Detention and Sale of Aircraft) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Order 2011

2011 No. 832

13 April 2011

Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 1771

1 August 2011

Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 2324

18 October 2011

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 1885

24 October 2011

Goods Vehicles (Community Licences) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 2633

4 December 2011

Public Service Vehicles (Community Licences) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 2634

4 December 2011

Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011

2011 No. 2632

4 December 2011

Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2011

2011 No. 2675

1 December 2011

M25 Motorway (Junctions 2 to 3) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 104

10 February 2012

Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 308

1 April 2012

Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 977

20 April 2012

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M62 Motorway (Junctions 25 to 30) (Actively Managed Hard Shoulder and Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 1865

20 August 2012

The Port Security (Port of Aberdeen) Designation Order 2012

2012 No. 2607

19 November 2012

The Port Security (Port of Workington) Designation Order 2012

2012 No. 2611

19 November 2012

The Port Security (Port of Grangemouth) Designation Order 2012

2012 No. 2608

19 November 2012

The Port Security (Port of Tees and Hartlepool) Designation Order 2012

2012 No. 2610

19 November 2012

The Port Security (Port of Portland) Designation Order 2012

2012 No. 2609

19 November 2012

Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 2652

18 November 2012

Motor Fuel (Road Vehicle and Mobile Machinery) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations 2012

2012 No. 3030

1 January 2013

Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Passengers by Sea) Regulations 2012

2012 No. 3152

31 December 2012

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Railway Heritage Committee) Order 2013

2013 No. 64

29 October 2013

Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 258

8 March 2013

Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 1013

1 June 2013

Road Vehicles (Testing) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 271

20 March 2013

Greater Manchester (Light Rapid Transit System) (Exemptions) Order 2013

2013 No. 339

1 April 2013

Channel Tunnel (Safety) (Amendment) Order 2013

2013 No. 407

(1)

Merchant Shipping (Passengers' Rights) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 425

27 March 2013

Operation of Air Services in the Community (Pricing etc.) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 486

5 April 2013

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2013

2013 No. 816

(1)

Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 950

1 June 2013

Rights of Passengers in Bus and Coach Transport (Exemptions) Regulations 2013

2013 No. 228

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(1) Come into force in accordance with article 1 in the regulations.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide the estimated cost of each regulation introduced by his Department since May 2010; and what the estimated benefits of each regulation (a) amended and (b) revoked were. [155969]

Stephen Hammond: All changes to UK regulation in scope of the one in, one out and one in, two out rules (i.e. those that impact on business and civil society organisations) are listed, along with their estimated impact on business as validated by the independent Regulatory Policy Committee, on the Statements of New Regulation (SNRs). This includes the introduction of new regulations and amendments and revocations of existing regulations, divided up into six month periods (January to June and July to December each year). The answer to PQ155826 provides a list of titles of regulatory changes that have come into force. DFT’s SNRs are published on the website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-transport-statement-of-new-regulations

The one in, one out rule was introduced on 1 September 2010 and applied to regulations introduced from 1 January 2011. One in, Two out replaced the one in, one out rule and has applied to regulations introduced from 1 January 2013.

As well as being collated in the SNR, information on the costs and benefits of the regulations we introduce is assessed and recorded in impact assessments (IAs) which are published alongside the regulations on the following website:

www.legislation.gov.uk

Roads: Carbon Emissions

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of how much the carbon footprint of the UK's roads could be reduced through the sustainable production of asphalt at lower temperatures over the next 10 years; [156519]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of how much the production of asphalt contributes to the annual carbon footprint of the UK's roads. [156520]

Norman Baker: As part of the Highways Agency's carbon reporting, asphalt purchased by its supply chain for use on the Strategic Road Network estimates the production of asphalt contributes a little over 11% of the average annual reported carbon footprint of the Highways Agency, excluding traffic. It should be noted that the traffic loads on the strategic road network does not allow them at present to use cold asphalt.

The Department for Transport does not retain similar information for local highway authority roads.

Roads: Plymouth

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Plymouth City Council received from his Department for highway maintenance in 2012-13; and how much his Department has allocated to Plymouth City Council for highway maintenance in 2013-14. [156062]

Norman Baker: The funding the Department for Transport is providing to Plymouth City Council for highways maintenance in 2012/13 and 2013/14 is as follows:

Financial Year£ million

2012-13

2.183

2013-14

2.498

Local authorities are also able to use revenue funding, allocated by the Department of Communities and Local Government through the Revenue Support Grant for maintaining their local highways.

Neither capital nor revenue highways maintenance block funding is ring-fenced and it is for local highway authorities to decide upon their spending priorities across the whole range of services that they provide.

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Roads: Romford

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there have been as a result of road traffic accidents involving motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians in Romford constituency in the last five years. [156138]

Stephen Hammond: In the last five years in Romford constituency there have been the following numbers of fatalities in road traffic accidents:

Number of fatalities in accidents involving
 MotorcyclistsCyclistsPedestrians

2007

1

0

3

2008

0

0

0

2009

0

0

1

2010

0

0

0

2011

0

0

3

Note: Constituency boundary as at 2010

Data for the year 2012 will be available in June 2013.

Transport: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what spending on transport infrastructure in Yorkshire and the Humber was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [156504]

Norman Baker: The most recent data available for total public expenditure on transport are given in HM Treasury's ‘Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses’ for 2011/12.

The information requested is shown in the following table. This includes a split between current and capital expenditure for all years.

Identifiable transport expenditure in Yorkshire and the Humber, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12
£ million
Financial yearTotal expenditureof which: Capitalof which: Current

2009/10

1,482

801

681

2010/11

1,393

774

619

2011/12

1,326

730

596

Energy and Climate Change

Anaerobic Digestion

Sir James Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many crop-only anaerobic digestion plants have (a) been awarded feed-in tariffs, (b) applied for feed-in tariffs and (c) been rejected for feed-in tariffs in the last five years. [156017]

Gregory Barker: We do not hold information on which AD plants are crop only as part of the feed-in tariffs scheme which has been operational since April 2010. AD plants may use crops as part of a crop/waste mix although the split between the amounts of crops/waste used may vary from week to week.

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Climate Change

David T. C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason his Department relies on the Met Office's assessment of the probability in relation to global temperatures of a linear trend with first-order autoregressive noise rather than a driftless third-order autoregressive integrated model. [156568]

Gregory Barker: The Met Office is one of Government's key advisory institutions on climate science, which undertakes climate research and modelling and provides advice on technical questions related to climate, to the Department. Global temperatures, along with other aspects of the climate system, are primarily assessed using physically-based mathematical models, rather than statistical models.

Clothing

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have made a claim for evening dress allowance in each of the last five years; and what the total cost of such claims has been. [155447]

Gregory Barker: There have been no claims by officials of (a) the Department of Energy and Climate Change or (b) its non-departmental public bodies for evening dress allowance.

Energy

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with energy providers on industry-supported helplines and Welsh language provision. [156219]

Gregory Barker: The Department has not had any recent discussions with energy providers on industry-supported helplines and Welsh language provision.

Energy: Disconnections

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in the UK who have been disconnected by their gas supplier in the last 12 months; [156293]

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the number of households in the UK who have been disconnected by their electricity supplier in the last 12 months. [156294]

Gregory Barker: Ofgem monitors and publishes information about disconnections of domestic electricity supplies in its Domestic Supplies Quarterly Debt and Disconnection reports:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Sustainability/SocAction/Monitoring/SoObMonitor/Pages/SocObMonitor.aspx

The following tables show the number of disconnections of domestic electricity and gas supplies due to debt during 12 month period of Q2 and Q1 of 2012, Q4 and Q3 of 2011, the latest figures to be published.

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Disconnection of electricity supplies
Quarter periodNumber of disconnections

Q2 of 2012

138

Q1 of 2012

26

Q4 of 2011

83

Q3 of 2011

419

Disconnection of gas supplies
Quarter periodNumber of disconnections

Q2 of 2012

33

Q1 of 2012

2

Q4 of 2011

38

Q3 of 2011

128

Green Deal Scheme: North East

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the rollout of the Green Deal in the North East. [156580]

Gregory Barker: The latest Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation monthly statistics, as released on 14 May 2013, reported that there were 18,816 Green Deal Assessments lodged in Great Britain up to the end of April 2013:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-deal-and-energy-company-obligation-eco-monthly-statistics-may-2013

DECC will publish, on 27 June 2013, our first quarterly Official Statistics publication which will contain more detailed analysis of Green Deal Assessments lodged up to the end of March. This will include geographic breakdowns.

Hydrofluorocarbons

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the implementation of the Montreal protocol and a strategy to reduce HFCs. [156626]

Gregory Barker: The UK is fully supportive of action through the Montreal protocol to phase-down HFCs. DEFRA is the lead Department for the implementation of the Montreal protocol. The UK is also working through the Department to secure a call from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the Montreal protocol to phase-down the production and consumption of HFCs. DEFRA and DECC officials are working closely together on this issue. There has been no direct discussion between the respective Secretaries of State.

Given the importance of this issue and the emissions reduction potential, the UK also supports efforts to phase-down HFCs through a wide range of other fora such as the G8, G20 and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

ICT

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other

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pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [156425]

Gregory Barker: The following items were lost or stolen during:

2010-11
 Number

Computers (including laptops)

5

Mobile phones

3

BlackBerry

12

Other IT equipment

0

2011-12
 Number

Computers (including laptops)

10

Mobile phones

1

BlackBerry

17

Other IT equipment

0

2012-13
 Number

Computers (including laptops)

5

Mobile phones

0

BlackBerry

9

Other IT equipment

0

All computers and BlackBerrys lost were encrypted to protect Government information.

Procurement

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that procurement and tendering processes run by his Department give a high priority to the improvement and retention of local specialist skills. [156574]

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change procurement policies aim to ensure transparency, fairness, non-discrimination and value for money in accordance with Cabinet Office policy and legal requirements.

There is no specific requirement for policy teams to consider and include the improvement and retention of local skills within the scope of procurements, although they may become part of larger value contract service requirements through the promotion of apprenticeships and skills training.

Renewable Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the remit of the local energy assessment fund; and if he will make a statement. [154937]

Michael Fallon: The Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) ran from December 2011 to March 2012.

The project, which provided £10 million grant funding to support 236 early stage community energy projects, covering energy efficiency, electricity and heat, is currently being evaluated. This independent evaluation is examining the outputs achieved through LEAF funding and distilling lessons learned, which

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can be shared with other community energy projects, and inform future policy in this area. We expect to publish in summer 2013.

Initial feedback from LEAF-funded renewables projects has been used to inform the design of the forthcoming £15 million DEFRA/DECC rural renewable energy fund (for England). This is due to be launched shortly.

Travel

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible claimed reimbursement for travel subsistence expenses in each of the last five years; what the total cost was of such claims; and what the monetary value was of the 20 highest subsistence claims in each such year. [155407]

Gregory Barker: Neither the Department of Energy and Climate Change nor its non-departmental public bodies keeps a central record of the number of individual staff claiming travel and subsistence.

We are able to provide the number and value of claims recorded from 2008-13, as shown in the following table for (a) core-DECC and (b) DECC's NDPBs (excluding the Committee on Climate Change).

 Core DECCNDPBs(1)
PeriodTotal claims (number)Amount (£000)Top 20 (£000)Total claims (number)Amount (£000)Top 20 (£000)

2008-09

249

18

10

670

1,983

44

2009-10

392

68

29

774

1,786

38

2010-11

336

46

19

784

1,566

23

2011-12

327

35

15

962

1,922

40

2012-13

697

151

43

1,101

1,856

36

(1) NDPBs' Total number of claims and “Top 20” relate to NDA and CNPA only.

The Committee on Climate Change's travel and subsistence data are published in their Annual Reports as follows:

2009-10—(page 45)

http://archive.theccc.org.uk/aws2/Annual%20Report/CCC-AnnualReport-2010-web.pdf

2010-11

http://archive.theccc.org.uk/aws2/Annual%20Report%20&%20Accounts%202011/1427_CCC-AnnualReport-2010_6_bookmarks.pdf

2011-12—(page 40)

http://archive.theccc.org.uk/aws/corporate%202012/CCC_Annual%20Report%202012_Final.pdf

2012-13

Not yet available.

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Defence

Afghanistan

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of people killed in unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in Afghanistan in each of the last three years. [155021]

Mr Robathan: While we investigate carefully all alleged incidents involving UK forces from whatever cause, the Government do not record total figures for insurgent or civilian casualties in Afghanistan because of the immense difficulty and risks that would be involved in collecting robust data.

Afghanistan and Iraq

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many minors have been deployed to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since the start of British military operations in those countries. [154864]

Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence can only provide information for the period after the implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system in 2007. Pre-JPA data could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

No such deployment has taken place since 2010. In the period 2007-10, a total of seven personnel, who were all 17 years old, were confirmed as having entered an area of operations, four on Op Telic, Iraq and three on Op Herrick, Afghanistan. We take immediate action to correct any breach of our policy as soon as it is discovered.

Armed Forces: Apprentices

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) with reference to the answer of 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on armed forces: apprentices, how many armed forces personnel completed military apprenticeships as a proportion of the total strength of each service in academic year (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; [155946]

(2) with reference to the answer of 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 611W, on armed forces: apprentices, how many armed forces personnel completed apprenticeships to level (a) two and (b) three as a proportion of the total strength of each service in (i) academic year 2009-10, (ii) academic year 2010-11 and (iii) academic year 2011-12. [156034]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 20 May 2013]: Apprenticeship completions by service, level and year, and by proportion of total strength, are shown in the following table:

Apprenticeships completed2009-10Proportion of strength (%)2010-11Proportion of strength (%)2011-12Proportion of strength (%)

Level 2

      

RN

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

2,182

6.6

Army

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

4,507

4.6

RAF

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

764

2.0

Total

9,874

5.6

9,836

5.6

7,453

4.4

       

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Level 3

      

RN

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

339

1.0

Army

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1,682

1.7

RAF

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

655

1.7

Total

2,065

1.2

2,173

1.2

2,676

1.6

       

Level 2/3

      

RN

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

2,521

7.6

Army

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

6,189

6.3

RAF

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1,419

3.7

Total

11,939

6.7

12,009

6.8

10,129

6.0

(1 )Figures by service are not available prior to 2011-12.

Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 613W, on armed forces: disciplinary proceedings, (1) of the appeals against both finding and punishment, how many have resulted in the (a) finding being changed and (b) sentence being changed; and if he will make a statement; [155251]

(2) of the appeals against punishments, how many have resulted in the punishment being (a) altered and (b) quashed; and if he will make a statement. [155252]

Mr Robathan: The requested further breakdown of the data is provided in the following tables:

 Appeals against finding and punishmentFinding quashedPunishment only changed

2005

120

39

23

2006

98

37

13

2007

91

25

10

2008

68

21

3

2009

47

14

4

2010

20

7

3

2011

31

11

2

2012

32

15

7

 Appeals against punishment onlyPunishment changedPunishment quashed

2005

192

81

11

2006

127

57

3

2007

88

44

2

2008

53

27

3

2009

85

33

1

2010

85

50

6

2011

86

49

6

2012

65

42

4

In the course of preparing this answer, some inaccuracies have emerged. I refer the hon. Member to the answer the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), gave on 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 613W. In that table, two appeals dating from 2005 were omitted, and some data on outcomes were mis-categorised. A corrected version of the table is given in the following table:

Tri-Service Summary Hearing Appeals 2005-12
 Appeals against finding and punishmentAppeals against punishment onlyFinding changed (ie quashed)Punishment changed (ie quashed or altered)

2005

120

192

39

115

2006

98

127

37

73

2007

91

88

25

56

2008

68

53

21

33

2009

47

85

14

38

2010

20

85

7

59

2011

31

86

11

57

2012

32

65

15

53

Armed Forces: Health Services

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rights are in place to ensure his Department's personnel are treated within 18 weeks, in line with the NHS constitution, if commissioned by his Department. [156635]

Mr Francois: The treatment of military personnel aligns with NHS arrangements for the treatment of civilians. Armed forces personnel have the same constitutional right to the standard NHS timeframe of 18-weeks referral to treatment in accordance with the NHS Constitution dated 26 March 2013, published by the Department of Health.

Where there is an operational or occupational requirement, the Ministry of Defence secures higher levels of access from specified NHS Trusts or independent providers.

Up until April 2013 armed forces personnel could only be identified by NHS providers who hosted MOD hospital units. However, in line with the revised NHS Commissioning Strategy, the MOD has been working with NHS England, using NHS Connectivity, to introduce a system to identify all armed forces personnel.

The MOD has a close working relationship with the UK Departments of Health at both strategic and working levels to ensure, in line with the armed forces covenant, military personnel and their dependants receive the healthcare they are entitled to—at no disadvantage.

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Armed Forces: Private Education

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) (a) for which schools continuity of education allowance was claimed and (b) to which schools that allowance was paid to in each of the last three years; [156051]

(2) how much his Department has spent on private school fees; and for how many individuals such fees have been paid in each year since 2009. [156052]

Mr Robathan: Continuity of education allowance is paid to eligible service personnel to facilitate a stable education for their children from the age of eight. It is not paid to schools. The information is not held in the format requested.

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on private school fees for the children of commissioned officers in the armed services in each year since 2010. [156172]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 20 May 2013]: Continuity of education allowance (CEA) is an allowance available to personnel of all ranks who are eligible to claim it. As it is not possible to separate out payments for children who attend private schools from those at maintained schools, except at disproportionate cost, the answer reflects the annual totals of CEA paid to officers. The information requested is set out in the following table:

CEA paid to commissioned officers(1)
Financial year£ millions

2010-11

74.0

2011-12

72.2

2012-13

65.8

(1) Some recipients included in the data for later years will have received CEA payments in earlier years as non-commissioned ranks.

It is worth remembering that this allowance is open to all eligible personnel, officers and other ranks. Of the current CEA claimant community around 50% were, or currently are, other ranks.

Armed Forces: Qualifications

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of service is before attaining level 2 qualifications in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. [156379]

Mr Robathan: The overall policy aim is that all personnel are qualified to level 2 within eight years. Where service personnel are engaged on an apprenticeship scheme they will achieve level 2 upon completion of their course. Some will enter the services already having achieved level 2 qualifications, but unless these form part of the entry requirement for their chosen specialist trade, this will not be recorded. This means that sufficient data to calculate an average length of service are not held.

Armed Forces: Rape

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many allegations of rape in the armed forces have resulted in prosecutions in each of the last three years. [156462]

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Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence takes all reports of sexual offences very seriously.

The following table shows the number of cases of rape reported by members of the armed forces which resulted in prosecution by the Service Prosecuting Authority since 1 January 2010:

 Rape referralsDirected for trialConviction

2010

6

1

0

2011

4

2

1

2012

9(1)

5(2)

2

(1 )One yet to be decided for trial. (2) Three awaiting trial in 2012, tried in early2013.

A case referred in any one year may be directed for trial, and the trial held, in a later year.

Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, columns 1229-30W, on armed forces: sexual offences, what the (a) average length of an investigation is and (b) start date of each case was; and if he will make a statement. [155253]

Mr Robathan: The Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many allegations of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) assault by penetration against members of the armed forces have been reported by civilians to the service police in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. [155263]

Mr Robathan: The following table details the number of allegations of rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration against members of the armed forces reported by civilians to service police in each year since the implementation of the Armed Forces Act 2006 on 1 November 2009 to 31 December 2012.

 RapeSexual assault by penetrationSexual assault

2009

3

0

1

2010

15

3

9

2011

11

4

13

2012

9

2

7

Total

38

9

30

The term ‘civilians’ here include civilian dependants of service personnel, together with civilians unconnected with HM forces.

The data provided are based on information recorded by the service and shows cases where the service police have jurisdiction and the investigative lead. It does not, therefore, include cases which have been dealt with by the civilian police, including the Ministry of Defence Police, for which only limited information is held.

The rape figures comprise allegations of sections 1 and 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and inchoate offences.

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Daniel Nightingale

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department has been of legal proceedings in respect of Sergeant Danny Nightingale up to the end of March 2013; what the estimated costs are of the current proceedings against Sergeant Nightingale; and if he will make a statement. [154567]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 May 2013]:There is no separately identifiable internal cost to the Ministry of Defence for the Nightingale case. The total external costs of appointing external counsel for legal proceedings to the end of March 2013 in respect of the case of Sergeant Nightingale are in the region of £8,000. The anticipated cost of the current proceedings is between £5,000 and £7,000. All costs are exclusive of VAT.

Guided Weapons

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about SPEAR (3) in relation to (a) Typhoon and (b) F35. [156513]

Mr Dunne: SPEAR Cap 3, an air-to-surface capability for the joint strike fighter (JSF), is currently in its assessment phase. As part of SPEAR Cap 3 development onto JSF there is a requirement to trial and demonstrate the missile on a similar platform. Typhoon will be used for these trials.

Pensions

Mr Reid: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the calculations which estimated the cost of (a) making the normal pension age 60 years for members of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service and the Ministry of Defence Police and (b) a potential average increase in pension contributions for these members of staff; and which organisation carried out these calculations. [155248]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 15 May 2013]: I am withholding the information requested as it relates to the formation or development of Government policy. The normal pension ages of both the Defence Fire and Rescue Service and Ministry of Defence Police are currently under review in accordance with Clause 36 of the Public Sector Pensions Act 2013. This review of our current policy should be completed by the end of the year.

Procurement

Charlotte Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance his Department issues regarding the employment of outgoing civil servants by private employers with whom his Department has a contractual relationship. [155575]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 16 May 2013]: It is right that those with experience in government should be able to move into business or other areas of public life, but it is equally important that, in the taking up of an appointment, there is no cause for suspicion of impropriety.

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to upholding the Business Appointment Rules for civil servants which can be accessed using the following website:

http://acoba.independent.gov.uk/

This document sets out the circumstances in which officials should seek permission to take up an external role. MOD policy on this issue is available to all staff via the internal website.

Regulation

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what processes his Department has put in place to (a) monitor, (b) collate cost information on, (c) review and (d) respond to requests to amend or revoke regulations introduced by his Department. [155790]

Mr Robathan: None of the regulations made by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) since May 2010 impose a regulatory burden on business. The regulations put in place by the MOD are almost entirely for the internal administration of the Armed Forces and Defence assets. Requests for changes to them come from the appropriate MOD and armed forces policy branches.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; and which of those regulations have been (a) subject to the (i) one in one out and (ii) one in two out procedure and (b) (i) revoked and (ii) amended. [155812]

Mr Robathan: The one in, one out rule was introduced on 1 September 2010 and applied to regulations introduced from 1 January 2011. All Ministry of Defence (MOD) regulations are related to internal administration of defence.

The one in, two out rule replaced the one in, one out rule and applies to regulations introduced from 1 January 2013. All MOD regulations are related to internal administration of defence.

Regulations introduced by month since May 2010 are as follows:

May 2010

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield Byelaws 2010—SI 2010/249

August 2010

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2010—SI 2010/1723

November 2010

The Reserve Forces Act 1996 (Isle of Man) Regulations 2010—SI 2010/2643

The Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (Isle of Man) Rules 2010—SI 2010/2644

The Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2010—SI 2010/2475

December 2010

The Visiting Forces (Designation) Order 2010—SI 2010/2970

February 2011

The Armed Forces Redundancy Schemes 2006 and the Armed Forces Redundancy Etc. Schemes 2010 (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/208

April 2011

The Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/811

The Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/235

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May 2011

The Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2011—SI 2011/1240

The Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Time Limit for Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2011—SI 2011/1239

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011—SI 2011/517

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund Order 2011—SI 2011/1330

June 2011

The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/1364

July 2011

The Armed Forces (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2011—SI 2011/1523

Harbours, Docks, Piers and Ferries—The Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011—SI 2011/1680

August 2011

The Thetford Range Byelaws 2011—SI 2011/1142

The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011—SI 2011/1848

October 2011

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Armed Forces) (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/2282

November 2011

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/2552

January 2012

The Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme 2006, The Armed Forces Redundancy Etc. Schemes 2010 And The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 (Amendment) Order 2011—SI 2011/3013

April 2012

The Armed Forces Act 2011 (Commencement No. 1, Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012—SI 2012/669 (C.15)

The Ministry of Defence Police (Performance) Regulations 2012—SI 2012/808

The Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2012—SI 2012/670

The Northwood Headquarters Byelaws 2011—SI 2011/3102

June 2012

The Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 (Designation of Vessels And Controlled Sites) Order 2012—SI 2012/1110

July 2012

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2012—SI 2012/1573

September 2012

The Armed Forces (Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme and Further and Higher Education Commitment Scheme) Order 2012—SI 2012/1796

The Ot Moor Range Byelaws 2012—SI 2012/1478

October 2012

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Armed Forces) (Amendment) Order 2012—SI 2012/2505

November 2012

The Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2012—SI 2012/1750

December 2012

The Armed Forces Act 2011 (Commencement No. 2) Order—SI 2012/2921 (C.116)

The Armed Forces (Powers of Stop and Search, Search, Seizure and Retention) Order 2012—SI 2012/2919

April 2013

The Armed Forces Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2013—SI 2013/784 (C.37)

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The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Consequential Provisions: Primary Legislation) Order 2013—SI 2013/796

The Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2013—SI 2013/241

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2013—SI 2013/436

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (Consequential Provisions: Subordinate Legislation) Order 2013—SI 2013/591

The Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2013—SI 2013/707

The Caversfield SFA Byelaws 2012—SI 2012/3088

The Visiting Forces (Designation) Order 2013—SI 2013/540

None. However, please note that each Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order remains in force for one year only and the byelaws replace earlier versions.

None, although the instruments mentioned above may amend earlier orders.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide the estimated cost of each regulation introduced by his Department since May 2010; and what the estimated benefits of each regulation (a) amended and (b) revoked were. [155956]

Mr Robathan: Regulations introduced, amended and revoked are a result of the regular updating and consolidation of departmental secondary legislation. They are prepared within existing departmental resources and do not have any external financial impact.

Reserve Forces

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reserve units are currently based in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Wales and (d) England; and what the location is of each such unit. [154733]

Mr Robathan: There are some 142 reserve units in Scotland, 62 units in Northern Ireland, 47 in Wales and 696 units in England. The following lists detail the locations of these units, by service and UK country. Many locations have more than one unit.

Royal Naval Reserve

EnglandUnits

Bristol

Devonport

Fleet

Gateshead

Liverpool

London

Northwood

Nottingham

Shefford

Whale Island

Yeovil

Scotland Units

Greenock

Rosyth

WalesUnits

Sully

Northern Ireland Units

Lisburn

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Royal Marine Reserve

England Units

Bristol

London

Merseyside

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Plymouth

Scotland Units

Glasgow

Army

England Units/Sub Units

Abingdon

Aldershot

Alnwick

Altcar

Ashford

Ashington

Ashton Under Lyne

Aylesbury

Banbury

Barnsley

Barnstaple

Barrow-In-Furness

Bath

Bedford

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Beverley

Bexleyheath

Bilborough

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Bishop Auckland

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bletchley

Blyth

Bodmin

Bolton

Bootle

Bovington

Bradford

Bramley

Brentwood

Brighton

Bristol

Brize Norton

Bulwell

Burton-On-Trent

Bury

Bury St Edmunds

Buxton

Camberley

Cambridge

Cannock

Canterbury

Carlisle

Chelmsford

Chester

Chesterfield

Chilwell

Chorley

Cirencester

Cobridge

Colchester

Corby

Corsham

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Coulby Newham

Coulsdon

Coventry

Cramlington

Crawley

Crewe

Croydon

Darlington

Derby

Digby

Ditton

Doncaster

Donnington

Dorchester

Dover

Dudley

Durham

Eastbourne

Ellesmere Port

Ewell

Exeter

Farnham

Gateshead

Gloucester

Grantham

Grimsby

Hartlepool

Headington

Hebburn

Hereford

Hermitage

Hertford

Hexham

Hilsea

Hitchin

Hornsey

Huddersfield

Hull

Huyton

Ilford

Ipswich

Islington

Keighley

Kidderminster

Kingston Upon Hull

Lancaster

Leeds

Leicester

Lincoln

Liverpool

London

Loughborough

Lowestoft

Luton

Maidstone

Manchester

Mansfield

Middle Wallop

Middlesbrough

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Milton Keynes

Newcastle

Newport

Newton Aycliffe

Northallerton

Northampton

Norton

Norwich

Nottingham

Oldbury

Peterborough

Plymouth

Pontefract

Poole

Portsmouth

Preston

Prittlewell

Pudsey

Reading

Redditch

Redhill

Reigate

Rochester

Rotherham

Rugby

Rusholme

Salford

Salisbury

Scarborough

Scunthorpe

Sheffield

Shrewsbury

Southall

Southampton

Southfields

St Helens

Stockport

Stoke On Trent

Stourbridge

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Strensall

Sunderland

Sutton

Swaffham

Swindon

Taunton

Telford

Thorney Island

Truro

Tunbridge Wells

Tyne And Wear

Tynemouth

Upavon

Uxbridge

Wakefield

Walker

Walsall

Washington

Wattisham

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West Bromwich

Westminster

Widnes

Wigan

Wigston

Windsor

Wolverhampton

Woolwich

Worcester

Workington

Worthing

Worthy Down

York

Scotland Units/Sub Units

Aberdeen

Arbroath

Ayr

Bathgate

Cumbernauld

Cupar

Dreghorn

Dumbarton

Dumfries

Dundee

Dunfermline

Dunoon

East Kilbride

Edinburgh

Elgin

Forfar

Galashiels

Glasgow

Glenrothes

Govan

Grangemouth

Hamilton

Inchinnan

Inverness

Keith

Kirkcaldy

Kirkwall

Lerwick

Leuchars

Livingston

Motherwell

Paisley

Perth

Peterhead

Stirling

Stornoway

Wick

Wales Units/Sub Units

Abertillery

Bridgend

Caernarfon

Cardiff

Carmarthen

Colwyn Bay

Cwmbran

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Haverfordwest

Monmouth

Newport

Pontypridd

Prestatyn

Queensferry

Swansea

Wrexham

Northern Ireland Units/Sub Units

Aldergrove

Armagh

Ballykinler

Ballymena

Bangor

Belfast

Coleraine

Enniskillen

Holywood

Limavady

Lisburn

Londonderry

Newtonabbey

Newtownards

Portadown

Royal Auxiliary Air Force

England Squadrons

Benson

Brize Norton

Henlow

Honington

High Wycombe

Leeming

Marham

Northolt

Waddington

Woodvale

ScotlandSquadrons

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Leuchars

Lossiemouth

WalesSquadrons

To be decided

Northern Ireland Squadrons

Aldergrove