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Infrastructure

Geraint Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the region and financial year breakdown is of the infrastructure investment contained within his Department's Investing in Britain's Future document, published in July 2013. [163622]

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Danny Alexander [holding answer 9 July 2013]: A regional breakdown can be found on page 12 of Investing in Britain's Future. In Wales most key infrastructure decisions are a matter for the Welsh Government. But I can confirm the Welsh Government will see a real terms rise in their capital budget in 2015-16, and Wales will also benefit from UK investment in a new prison in North Wales, further work on the M4 in south Wales alongside a response to the Silk Commission, and previously committed schemes such as the electrification of the Great Western Mainline to Swansea.

A financial year breakdown of specific transport schemes is included on page 8 of the document. The Government have also committed £21 billion for schools over the financial years 2015-16 to 2020-21, £7 billion for science over the financial years 2015-16 to 2020-21, £3.3 billion for affordable housing over the financial years 2015-16 to 2017-19, £2.3 billion for flood defences over the financial years 2015-16 to 2020-21, and at least £2 billion per annum for the Single Local Growth Fund for the financial years 2015-16 to 2020-21.

Pensions

Mr Bellingham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer against how many pension liberation schemes HM Revenue and Customs has taken punitive action to date. [164411]

Mr Gauke: Because of the way in which records are maintained it is not possible to differentiate between the number of schemes Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has taken enforcement action against in connection with liberation, as opposed to other activities for which compliance action is also appropriate.

HMRC has a strong compliance regime to detect and pursue those who deliberately bend or break the rules by offering schemes to access pension savings other than as intended by Parliament. HMRC is part of a cross-government task force set up to counter liberation activity, called “Project Bloom”.

Child Poverty

Stephen Timms: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) 2012 autumn statement, (b) 2013 Budget and (c) 2013 spending review on the number of children living in (i) absolute poverty and (ii) relative poverty. [164369]

Mr Gauke: HM Treasury has not measured the impact of fiscal events on the narrow relative or absolute income measures of child poverty, as the Government strongly believe that looking at relative income in isolation is not a helpful measure to track progress towards the target of eradicating child poverty.

The Government have sought a wide range of views as part of a consultation on better measures of child poverty, which include income, but also wider measures to tackle the root causes of poverty, including worklessness and educational failure. The Government will respond to this consultation in due course.

Pre-school Education: Finance

Julian Sturdy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposals on the new national funding formula for schools will include early years education for those under five years old. [163729]

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Mr Laws: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Education.

The Government are considering the implications of a national funding formula for early years education and will make an announcement in due course.


Public Sector: Redundancy

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of potential public sector redundancies up to May 2015. [163343]

Danny Alexander: The Treasury has not made such an estimate.

The current Office for Budget Responsibility forecast predicts that general government employment will fall from 5.2 million at the start of 2013 to 4.9 million by the second quarter of 2015.

The next publication of the Whole of Government Accounts will provide total numbers of redundancies in the public sector in 2011-12. This will be published on 17 July.

Remittances

Stephen Doughty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the total value of financial flows remitted by diaspora communities via UK-based money transfer services to (a) Somaliland, (b) Somalia, (c) Bangladesh, (d) Pakistan, (e) India, (f) Yemen and (g) Sudan in the latest period for which figures are available. [164365]

Mr Gauke: The Treasury does not hold information on financial flows relating to diaspora communities in the UK. The Treasury relies on the Office for National Statistics (ONS)for data on UK transfers. The ONS does not publish separate estimates for remittances as they are not considered to be of sufficient quality. Instead, estimates for remittances are combined with estimates for net transfers from UK charities, defined in the UK Balance of Payments (the Pink Book) as ‘other payments by households'.

The latest data from the World Bank's Bilateral Remittance Matrix estimate remittances totalled US$23.16 billion from the UK in 2011. Remittances to India totalled US$3.90 billion, to Pakistan US$1.34 billion, to Bangladesh US$740 million, to Sudan US$31 million and to Yemen is US$23 million. No comparable data exist for Somalia and Somaliland. Work is under way by the Government and private sector stakeholders to assess the reliance on money remittance services by such communities.

Revenue and Customs: North East

Ian Lavery: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on advertising the pilot closure of 13 HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centres in the North East of England and parts of Yorkshire between 14 March and 31 May 2013; and what proportion of this funding was spent on (a) publicity cards for distribution to members of the public, (b) signage, (c) media advertising and (d) other forms of advertising. [164003]

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Mr Gauke: The following amounts were spent on advertising the pilot in the north-east and Yorkshire regions:

DescriptionCost (£, exc. VAT)

(a) Publicity cards for distribution to members of the public

833.18

(b) Signage

(1)

(c) Media advertising

32,456.57

(d) Other forms of advertising

(2)

(1) No cost—internal production (2) No cost

Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

Ian Lavery: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many call attempts were made to HM Revenue and Customs contact centres on each working day between 3 June and 15 June 2013; how many such calls were answered by HM Revenue and Customs contact centres; and how many answered calls led to a request for a needs enhanced support face-to-face meeting. [164002]

Mr Gauke: HM Revenue and Customs contact centres received and answered the calls in the following table during the period requested.

DayCall attempts madeCall attempts handled

3 June 2013

432,829

230,483

4 June 2013

303,293

239,433

5 June 2013

275,449

244,557

6 June 2013

258,957

222,146

7 June 2013

261,677

170,346

8 June 2013

52,759

43,607

9 June 2013

(1)

(1)

10 June 2013

487,726

272,389

11 June 2013

363,057

254,071

12 June 2013

351,012

229,126

13 June 2013

344,947

229,479

14 June 2013

340,268

212,086

15 June 2013

68,850

45,327

Totals

3,540,824

2,393,050

(1) Closed

Between 3 and 7 June, regional industrial action taken by Public and Commercial Services Union members in HMRC, DWP and VOA led to reduced staffing in many contact centres, with increased demand therefore impacting later weeks.

84 telephone requests resulted in 14 needs enhanced support face-to-face meetings in the north east pilot area. The remaining needs enhanced support calls were resolved over the phone. HMRC continues to work on developing its pilot to ensure all customers who need additional help receive it.

Roads: Safety

Alok Sharma: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse in 2015-16 of restoring spending on road safety and traffic cameras to the level it would have been without the decisions made in the 2010 Spending Review and 2013 Spending Round. [164413]

Danny Alexander: The Treasury has not made an estimate of this cost.

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Tonnage Tax

Karl Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) company groups and (b) shipping companies were elected into the Tonnage Tax scheme (i) in each year since 2000-01 and (ii) 2013-14 to date. [163979]

Mr Gauke: Estimates of the number of company groups and shipping companies electing into the Tonnage Tax scheme each year since 2000-01 based on corporation tax records could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

However, groups claiming tonnage tax have to apply (annually) to the Department for Transport for approval of a training commitment linked to the scheme. Where the application is on a group basis, the group is required to list the tonnage tax companies within the group.

A summary of these annual applications provides a marker for the number of groups and their constituent companies involved in the tonnage tax scheme.

Training commitment yearNumber of company groupsNumber of entities (companies/partnerships)

2000-01

15

(1)

2001-02

42

78

2002-03

59

230

2003-04

59

248

2004-05

71

275

2005-06

77

294

2006-07

79

288

2007-08

86

285

2008-09

90

321

2009-10

88

324

2010-11

87

317

2011-12

86

311

2012-13

81

300

(1) Figure not available

Scotland

Youth Work

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [164085]

David Mundell: In 2011-12, the Scotland Office hosted a National Convention on Youth Employment, at a cost of £3,745, aimed at enhancing collaborative working between the UK Government and the Scottish Government across the employment sector to support young people into work.

Health

Cataracts

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for cataract surgery on a second eye; and what information his Department holds for international benchmarking purposes on the average such waiting time in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. [164152]

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Dr Poulter: The Department does not hold this information in the format requested, and the main international sources for health data do not contain comparisons for waiting times for cataract treatment.

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the use of new eye lens technologies in the treatment of cataract patients using NHS services of the implementation of the proposals in the Health and Social Care Bill. [164312]

Dr Poulter: The implementation of the Health and Social Care Act is intended to create a strong framework for improving the quality of services, ensuring that national health service patients have access to evidence-based care through clinically led commissioning arrangements.

Clinical Trials

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the future viability of randomised controlled trials in the era of personalised medicine. [164446]

Dr Poulter: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is actively involved in discussions on the design of randomised clinical trials in the scope of personalised medicine. These discussions involve regulators, academics and industry in Europe and the United States of America, as well as the Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform headed by the Technology Strategy Board. Personalised medicine offers the prospect for smaller, targeted clinical trials in which the likelihood of response is improved by selection of patients based on their inherited characteristics. Several such studies have already been conducted to support new medicinal product development. These studies will continue to be randomised and controlled in their design, albeit in a more stratified population and are expected to play an important role in the realisation of personalised medicine.

Cystic Fibrosis

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the use of interventional lung assist devices in transplants for cystic fibrosis patients. [164040]

Anna Soubry: The Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has received no representations on the use of interventional lung assist devices in transplants for cystic fibrosis patients.

Deficiency Diseases: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of childhood (a) rickets and (b) scurvy have been recorded in each of the last 10 years. [164147]

Dr Poulter: The Hospital Episode Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre has provided a count of finished admission episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of rickets and scurvy for 0-17 year olds, for 2002-03 to 2011-12. It should be noted that

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these data should not be described as a count of people as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage.

Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
 RicketsScurvy

2002-03

190

5

2003-04

227

2

2004-03

200

6

2005-06

280

9

2006-07

373

7

2007-08

382

5

2008-09

518

5

2009-10

559

2

2010-11

529

2

2011-12

748

6

Doctors: West Midlands

Mr Robin Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were employed in Worcestershire and the West Midlands in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010. [164212]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is provided in the following table.

All Doctors in Worcestershire and the West Midlands: Full-time equivalents 2010 and 2013
Full-time equivalents
  2010(1)March 2013(2)

West Midlands Strategic Health Authority total

   
 

All Doctors

13,252

n/a

 

Of which:

  
 

Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Doctors

9,498

10,068

 

General Practitioners (GPs)

3,754

n/a

All specified Worcestershire Trusts

   
 

All Doctors

1,107

n/a

 

Of which:

  
 

HCHS Doctors

703

712

 

GPs

405

n/a

 

Of which:

  
 

Worcestershire Primary Care Trust:

  
 

All Doctors

465

n/a

 

Of which:

  
 

HCHS Doctors

60

3

 

GPs

405

n/a

 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust:

  
 

All Doctors

n/a

130

 

Of which:

  
 

HCHS Doctors

n/a

130

 

GPs

n/a

n/a

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All Doctors

73

n/a

 

Of which:

  
 

HCHS Doctors

73

n/a

 

GPs

n/a

n/a

 

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust:

  
 

All Doctors

569

579

 

Of which:

  
 

HCHS Doctors

569

579

 

GPs

n/a

n/a

n/a = not applicable. (1 )Census Data as at 30 September 2010 to 2012. (2) Provisional monthly data as at 31 March 2013. Note: GP data are not collected as part of the monthly electronic staff record download, figures for GPs are available on the annual census only. Sources: Health and Social Care Information Centre Medical and Dental Workforce Census Health and Social Care Information Centre Provisional Monthly Workforce Statistics Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

Fertility

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommendations for fertility treatment. [164071]

Norman Lamb: We have no plans to do so. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence regularly reviews its clinical guidelines to ensure they take account of the available evidence base.

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that fertility treatment is consistent across the NHS. [164072]

Anna Soubry: The level of provision of health services, including fertility treatment, is a matter for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), taking account of the needs of all their population. NHS England has issued a factsheet to CCGs about commissioning fertility services. The factsheet sets out how CCGs should approach commissioning fertility services and take account of the revised National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Fertility Guidelines.

NHS Staff: Worcestershire

Mr Robin Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many midwives were employed by the NHS in Worcestershire in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010; [164213]

(2) how many nurses were employed in Worcestershire and the West Midlands in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010; [164214]

(3) how many health visitors there were in Worcestershire in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010. [164215]

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Dr Poulter: The information requested is provided in the following table:

Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and GP practice nurses for specified organisations in the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority area, 30 September 2010(1) and March 2013(2)
Full-time equivalent
 2010March 2013

West Midlands Strategic Health Authority

34,813

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

33,184

33,670

Registered midwives

2,210

2,418

Health visitors

878

971

Other qualified nurses(3)

30,097

30,281

GP practice nurses

1,629

n/a

   

Of which:

  

All specified Worcestershire organisations

2,924

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

2,749

2,837

Registered midwives

215

210

Health visitors

102

106

Other qualified nurses(3)

2,432

2,521

GP practice nurses

175

n/a

   

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

1,610

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

1,610

1,678

Registered midwives

215

210

Health visitors

0

1

Other qualified nurses(3)

1,395

1,466

GP Practice nurses

0

0

   

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

n/a

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

n/a

1,139

Registered midwives

n/a

0

Health visitors

n/a

105

Other qualified nurses(3)

n/a

1,034

GP practice nurses

0

0

   

Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

940

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

765

20

Registered midwives

0

0

Health visitors

102

0

Other qualified nurses(3)

663

20

GP practice nurses

175

n/a

   

Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

373

n/a

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

373

n/a

Registered midwives

0

n/a

Health visitors

0

n/a

Other qualified nurses(3)

373

n/a

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GP practice nurses

0

0

n/a = not applicable (1) 2010-12 data from the annual workforce census as at 30 September (2) March 2013 data from provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics. This does not include GP practice nurse data which is only collected as part of the annual workforce census. (3) Other contains qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff excluding midwives and health visitors. Note: Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. Sources: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census Health and Social Care Information Centre, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

NHS: Complaints

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been made to NHS bodies since May 2010; and how many such complaints have yet to receive a response. [164436]

Dr Poulter: The Health and Social Care Information Centre collects annual data on the number of NHS written complaints. These datasets cover Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) and General Practice (including Dental) Health Services. Data for 2012-13 will be published in the autumn.

The figures for 2010-11 and 2011-12 are given in the following table.

All NHS written complaints, 2010-11 and 2011-12, England
 2010-112011-12

All NHS written complaints

149,765

162,129

   

Total HCHS Complaints

99,057

107,259

Total organisations approached for data

381

453

Of which:

  

Foundation Trusts not returning data(1)

23

   

Total general practice (including dental) health services complaints

50,708

54,870

‘—’ denotes zero (1 )Prior to 2011-12 Foundation Trust participation was voluntary. Notes: 1. Data as at 1 April-31 March each year. 2. Central data are not collected on the number of complaints yet to receive a response. Source. Health and Social Care Information Centre, Workforce and Community datasets K041a and K041b. All rights reserved.

NHS: Pay

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual pay settlement in the NHS has been since 2010; [164744]

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(2) what the annual pay settlement for doctors and consultants paid from the public purse has been since 2010. [164745]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is provided in the following table.

 Hospital medical staff(1)Settlement NHS Staff (non-medical)

2010-11

0% consultants 1% Foundation Years 1 and 2 (Doctors in training) 1% other grades

2.25%—Year 3 of Multi Year Deal

2011-12

Public Sector Pay Freeze for those earning £21,000 or more = 0%

Public Sector Pay Freeze for those earning £21,000 or more = an uplift of £250 to Agenda for Change spine points 1-15

2012-13

Public Sector Pay Freeze for those earning £21,000 or more = 0%

Public Sector Pay Freeze for those earning £21,000 or more = an uplift of £250 to Agenda for Change spine points 1-15

2013-14

1%

1%

(1) Includes consultants, hospital specialists and junior doctors.

Obesity

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the indicators set out in the Quality and Outcomes Framework in providing incentives to GPs to tackle obesity; and if he will make a statement. [163722]

Anna Soubry: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 3 July 2013, Official Report, column 707W.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of levels of obesity in the UK and other comparable countries; and if he will make a statement. [163860]

Anna Soubry: The Department has not itself undertaken a comparative assessment of obesity rates in the United Kingdom and other countries.

The Public Health England Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence team (formerly National Obesity Observatory) produced a paper in June 2012 which sets out international comparisons of obesity prevalence. These papers, and supporting web pages, include information on the prevalence of adult and child obesity in the UK and a number of other countries around the world, where data are available. This paper and further information is available at:

www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity/adult_obesity/international

and;

www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity/child_obesity/international

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between activity levels and obesity in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [163931]

Dr Poulter: The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds a wide range of research relating to obesity.

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The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit has been awarded £4.5 million over five years for two research themes. The title of the first of these themes is ‘Exploiting the potential of the physical activity and sedentary behaviour paradigms in the prevention and management of chronic disease'.

In 2009, the Department set. up an expert group to review existing evidence on the impact of sedentary behaviour on overweight and obesity, and the impact on health and activity levels. The group drew up recommendations on limiting sedentary behaviour for all ages. These are reflected in “Start Active, Stay Active”, a report on physical activity for health from the four home countries' chief medical officers published in July 2011. The expert group submitted its report on 26 March 2010 and this is available on the Department's website at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/135121/dh_128225.pdf.pdf

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the likely cost to the economy of illness, economic inactivity and premature death associated with obesity since June 2012; what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had on that matter since June 2012; and if he will make a statement. [163933]

Anna Soubry: The Department has not undertaken a recent assessment of the estimated cost of obesity to the economy. However, the Foresight team which is part of the Government Office for Science, published ‘Tackling Obesities: Future Choices’ in 2007. The Foresight team estimated the costs of overweight and obesity to society and the economy at almost £16 billion in 2007, based on obesity prevalence at the time.

Ministers are concerned about the impact of overweight and obesity on the economy and meet weekly with officials, Public Health England and others to discuss this issue.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance on reducing obesity his Department (a) has issued since May 2010 and (b) plans to issue in the next six months; and if he will make a statement; [163934]

(2) what material his Department has produced which is intended to prevent adult obesity since May 2010; and if he will make a statement; [163940]

(3) what steps he has taken to tackle childhood obesity since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [163944]

Anna Soubry: In October 2011 the Government published ‘Healthy Lives; Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England’, which sets out how obesity among children and adults will be tackled in the new public health and national health service systems, and the role of key partners.

The document sets out details of two new national ambitions for achieving a downward trend in the level of excess weight in children and adults by 2020, and set out proposed Government action. In relation to tackling childhood obesity a number of programmes are in place, including the Change4Life campaign, the National

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Child Measurement Programme, the school games, the Public Health Responsibility Deal, and the Change4Life Sports Clubs.

As part of the Change4Life campaign the Department has produced a range of materials to encourage individuals and families to make healthier choices.

There is guidance to help with the local delivery of the National Child Measurement Programme. This is updated annually, and a refreshed version for the 2013-14 school year will be published by Public Health England (PHE) in the coming weeks.

Advice and guidance in the form of fact sheets has also been produced for businesses wishing to sign up to Public Health Responsibility Deal pledges designed to help people improve their diet and address obesity, including out of home calorie labelling, front of pack nutrition labelling and calorie reduction. A copy of these fact sheets have been placed in the Library.

In addition the Department and PHE produced best practice guidance for the NHS Health Check Programme. The guidance is currently in draft form. The document is available at:

www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/news/nhs_health_check_programme_best_practice_guidance/

In March this year the Department published ‘Developing a specification for lifestyle weight management services: Best practice guidance for tier 2 services’. This guidance was developed to improve the commissioning of weight management services. This document has been placed in the Library.

A copy of the ‘Call to action’ has already been placed in the Library.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Public Health England (PHE) about reducing obesity; what PHE's response was; and if he will make a statement. [163935]

Anna Soubry: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer I gave on 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 475W, to the right hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr Barron) and the hon. Member for Corby (Andy Sawford).

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) childhood and (b) adult obesity was in each (i) local authority area, (ii) health authority area and (iii) constituency in each of the last 30 years; and if he will make a statement. [163993]

Anna Soubry: The information requested is not available in the format or years requested.

Information on the prevalence of obese children is provided through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). However, this is only available for children in Reception year (four to five years) and year 6 (10 to 11) for the school years 2006-07 to 2011-12. This information is available in the following tables.

Tables 3A and 3B in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2011-12 school year’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09283

Table 3A and 3B in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2010-11 school year’. This information is available at:

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www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB03034

Table 3 in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme; England, 2009-10 school year’. The table has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB00776

Table 3 in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2008-09 school year’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB00760

Table 4-6 in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2007-08 school year’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB02314

Table 4 in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2006-07 school year’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB02302

Further information showing the prevalence of children (aged two to 15) who are obese is also collected through the Health Survey for England. This information is provided at Table 4 of the Child trend tables from ‘Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09302

Information on the prevalence of obese adults (aged 16 and over) in England for each year from 1993 to 2011 is available in Table 4 of the Adult trend tables from ‘Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09302

Information on the prevalence of obese adults is collected by strategic health authority (SHA) for years 2006-08, and 2010-11. Data were not collected by SHA in 2009. The information available is provided in table 10.4 of the ‘Health Survey for England—2011: Health, social care and lifestyles’ report. The table has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09300

Table 10.3 on page 15 of chapter 10—Adult anthropometric measures, overweight and obesity of the ‘Health Survey for England—2010: Respiratory health’ report. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/hse10report

Table 7.3 on page 194 of the ‘Health Survey for England—2008: Physical activity and fitness’ report. The table has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/hse08physicalactivity

Table 3.3 on page 53 of the ‘Health Survey for England—2007: Healthy lifestyles: knowledge, attitudes and behaviour’ report.. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/hse07healthylifestyles

Table 5.3 on page 99 of the ‘Health Survey for England—2006: CVD and risk factors for adults, obesity and risk factors for children: Volume 1, Cardiovascular disease and risk factors in adults' report’. The table, has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/hse06cvdandriskfactors

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Information on the percentage of obese adults (aged 65 and over) by SHA in 2005 is available in Table 4.3 on page 80 of the ‘Health Survey for England—2005: Health of Older People' report’. The table has been placed in the Library and is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/article/2021/Website-Search?productid =1408&q==health+survey+for+england&topics=13208& infotype=13370&sort=Relevance&size=10&page=l&area= both#top

The following publications have already been placed in the Library:

Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables

Health Survey for England—2010: Respiratory health

Health Survey for England—2007: Healthy lifestyles: knowledge, attitudes and behaviour

National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2011-12 school year

National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2010-11 school year

National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2008-09 school year

National Child Measurement Programme: results from the 2007-08 school year, headline results

National Child Measurement Programme: results from the 2006-07 school year, headline results

Obesity: Children

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on measures to tackle childhood obesity in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date; and how that money was allocated in each such year; [163930]

Anna Soubry: Prior to April 2013 it was for primary care trusts to decide how to use their allocations to improve the health of their population, including tackling child obesity.

Local authorities are now responsible for improving public health at local level, including addressing obesity. They have been given a ring-fenced public health budget of £5.4 billion over two years.

In addition, the Department has invested in a number of nationally-coordinated programmes which contribute to tackling childhood obesity—the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), Change4Life, the School Games, and Change4Life School Sports Clubs.

Responsibility for the Change4Life campaign and NCMP transferred to Public Health England from April 2013.

Information is available on how much has been spent in each financial year, between 2010-11 to 2012-13 on these programmes. For 2013-14 we have provided the amount allocated. This information is provided in the following table:

£
 2010-112011-122012-132013-14 (allocated)

NCMP(1)

220,000

190,000

400,000

1.5 million

Change4Life(2)

10 million

10.3 million

14 million

14.5 million

The School Games

7 million

7 million

2.5 million

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Change4Life School Sports Clubs

475,000

4.8 million

1.6 million

1 million

Primary School Sports funding

60 million

(1) Funding for 2012-13 and 2013-14 includes capital for a new data collection system for NCMP. (2) The Change4Life campaign addresses individuals and families, it is not possible to break down the expenditure on children.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of children in each age group who were classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese (i) in Southend, (ii) in each borough in (A) Essex, (B) Kent and (C) Greater London and (iii) nationally in each year since 2012. [163932]

Anna Soubry: Information about children who are overweight and obese is not available for the years requested. The latest available information is provided through the National Child Measurement Programme and the Health Survey for England. Neither source can be used to provide information in the format requested.

Information on the prevalence of overweight and obese children in England and by region and local authority is available through the National Child Measurement Programme in tables 3A and 3B in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2011/12 school year’. However, this information is only available for children in Reception year (four to five years) and year 6 (10 to 11 years). This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09283

Information showing the prevalence of children (aged two to 15) who are overweight and obese is available in Table 4 of the Child trend tables from ‘Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09302

The information contained in the tables referenced has already been placed in the Library.

Ophthalmic Services

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has made available to the NHS for eye lens treatments in 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [164175]

Dr Poulter: This information is not held in the format requested.

For the year 2012-13, treatment services for ophthalmic conditions were funded from local national health service commissioners' general recurrent revenue allocations, in common with most other elements of health care. General allocations were not centrally attributed to specific services. Individual commissioners were responsible for deciding the distribution of resources, after taking account of local and national priorities.

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Prescription Drugs

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of how methods of dispensing medically-issued drugs vary between England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. [163945]

Norman Lamb: No such assessment has been undertaken.

Primary Care Trusts

Pamela Nash: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money that was transferred to primary care trusts and subsequently classed as underspend in Budget 2013 has yet to be paid back to his Department; and how much money transferred to primary care trusts remains unaccounted for in total. [164006]

Dr Poulter: Budget 2013 included an underspend of £2.2 billion for the Department against the total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) control. This comprised an underspend of £1.4 billion against the Revenue DEL control and £0.8 billion against the Capital DEL control.

The strategic health authority (SHA)/primary care trust (PCT) sector underspend, at the time reported in the national health service quarterly performance update “The Quarter”, was £1.4 billion. This comprised SHA surpluses of £0.8 billion and PCT surpluses of £0.6 billion.

Underspends are not lost to the NHS and are made available in the following financial year. “The Mandate” set out NHS England's allocation for 2013-14 and included the carry forward of the estimated 2012-13 underspend of £1.2 billion.

Radiotherapy

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer centres were treating patients with intensity-modulated radiation therapy at the level of 24 per cent on 1 April 2013. [163751]

Anna Soubry: The £23 million Radiotherapy Innovation Fund was designed to support radiotherapy centres to prepare to deliver 24% of radical (curative) treatments using intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) from 1 April 2013.

On 1 April 2013 all centres were delivering some level of IMRT. 15 of 50 centres were delivering at least 24% of radical treatment using IMRT at the start of April, and by the end of the month this figure had risen to 26 centres.

NHS England is working with providers to ensure that radiotherapy centres can deliver 24% of treatment with IMRT as quickly as possible. It is currently anticipated that that all centres will have to the capacity to deliver this by the end of December 2013.

In the meantime, the new national commissioning arrangements for radiotherapy services that began on 1 April ensure that patients are now considered for the most appropriate radiotherapy treatment regardless of where they live, guaranteeing access to innovative radiotherapy, such as IMRT, where clinically appropriate, safe and cost effective.

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York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients had been waiting (a) over six months and (b) over three months for in-patient admission at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each year since March 1997. [163922]

Anna Soubry: Information is not available in the format requested. Information on the number of patients waiting over six months and three months for in-patient admission at what is now York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from March 1997 to March 2010 is shown in the following table:

Number of patients waiting more than six months and three months from decision to admit for in-patient admission at the end of March
As at March each yearOrganisationSix monthsThree months

1997

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,317

3,138

1998

York Health Services NHS Trust

2,744

4,651

1999

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,641

3,368

2000

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,752

3,540

2001

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,884

3,488

2002

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,900

3,697

2003

York Health Services NHS Trust

1,711

3,416

2004

York Health Services NHS Trust

826

2,542

2005

York Health Services NHS Trust

532

2,076

2006

York Health Services NHS Trust

0

1,490

2007

York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (FT)

0

606

2008

York Hospitals NHS FT

0

227

2009

York Hospitals-NHS FT

0

298

2010

York Hospitals NHS FT

0

132

Note: Data on in-patient waiting lists not collected after March 2010. Source: Department of Health KH07 from March 1992 to March 2007 and MMRProv (monthly monitoring return) from March 2008 to March 2010.

Since 2007, waiting times on a referral to treatment (RTT) basis have been published. Information on the number of patients who waited over six months and over three months on an admitted RTT pathway at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between March 2008 and March 2012 is shown in the following table:

Number of patients who waited more than six months and three months from referral to start of in-patient (admitted) treatment in March
As at March each yearOrganisationSix monthsThree months

2008

York Hospitals NHS FT

42

413

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2009

York Hospitals NHS FT

46

529

2010

York Hospitals NHS FT

44

449

2011

York Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

38

530

2012

York Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

119

736

2012

York Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

89

864

Source: Department of Health monthly RTT return

Youth Work

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [164081]

Dr Poulter: The Department did not allocate any funding specifically for youth work in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Wales

Business

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for a coordinated effort by the UK and Welsh Governments to improve prospects for small and medium businesses in Wales. [164372]

Mr David Jones: I will continue to have regular discussions with the First Minister and UK Cabinet colleagues on how the Welsh and UK Governments can work together to support economic growth in Wales. The new campaign to help motivate and inspire small businesses to succeed under the GREAT Britain brand is an excellent example of a joined-up approach to business support across Britain that I fully support and will be promoting to the Welsh Government.

I am keen that all businesses in Wales have access to the support they need. My Business Advisory Group met on 9 July to discuss the new finance available to businesses across Wales as a result of the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), in the spending review. Promotion of these new finance opportunities is a matter my Office will be taking forward.

Foreign Investment in UK

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what inward investment there has been in Wales as a result of the event he held at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote Wales as a location for job creation and investment; [164370]

(2) what foreign investment there has been in Wales as a result of the series of events that he hosted with business investors in Hong Kong. [164371]

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Mr David Jones: The Wales Office has been actively promoting Wales as a destination for investment at home and abroad. I welcome the news from Ernst and Young's attractiveness survey that in 2012 Wales recorded its highest level of inward investment for five years.

Sky Lanterns

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the proposal of the Farmers' Union of Wales that a total ban on the sale of Chinese lanterns be introduced. [163839]

Mr David Jones: I have had no such discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), on these proposals. I will be meeting the Farmers' Union of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show later this month and will discuss their concerns with them.

Wylfa Power Station

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what supply chain opportunities have been identified for Welsh and UK companies during the construction of the new nuclear reactor at Wylfa in Anglesey. [164373]

Mr David Jones: In purchasing Horizon Nuclear Power, Hitachi has made a strong commitment to the UK supply chain. I am committed to ensuring that Welsh companies are in the best possible position to compete for the significant opportunities offered by this investment and also by the wider nuclear sector.

The Government have published a Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan and Nuclear industry Strategy which details particular actions that Government and industry will take to ensure the continued and growing success of the UK Civil Nuclear Industry.

Cabinet Office

Big Society Network

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 332W, on Big Society Network, if he will place a copy in the Library of all monitoring reports for the Get In campaign completed prior to and immediately before the decision to end the project. [163342]

Mr Hurd: Further to my answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 332W, Big Society Network Foundation submitted one monitoring return for their ‘Get In' project in October 2012. In response to an FOI request a redacted copy of this was previously released. It has been placed in the House of Commons Library. No further monitoring reports were submitted.

Employment: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who

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were employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in York Central constituency for the 12-month Annual Population Survey periods ending in September in each year since the inception of the survey. [163889]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated July 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who were employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in York Central constituency for the 12-month Annual Population Survey periods ending in September in each year since the inception of the survey. (163889)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

The table provided shows the number of males and females in full-time and part-time employment for York Central constituency. These estimates are compiled from APS interviews held during the period October 2011 to September 2012 and the 12 month periods ending in September in each year since 2005.

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

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk.

Table 1: The number of males and females in full-time and part-time employment in York Central constituency
Thousands
 Number of people in full-time employment aged 16 years and overNumber of people in part-time employment aged 16 years and over
12 months ending:MalesFemalesMalesFemales

September 2005

24

13

****—

11

September 2006

22

12

****—

12

September 2007

23

12

****—

11

September 2008

24

12

****—

11

September 2009

25

15

****—

10

September 2010

24

17

****—

10

September 2011

24

14

****—

13

September 2012(1)

**23

***12

****—

***15

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(1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below: Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 = CV <5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 = CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 = CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ? 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes CV = Coefficient of Variation Source: Annual Population Survey

Youth Work

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [164074]

Mr Hurd: As was the case under previous Administrations, most spending on youth services happens at a local level. Details of this are published at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/strategy/financeandfunding/section251

The Prime Minister announced on 3 July 2013 that the Cabinet Office is assuming cross-Government responsibility for youth strategy and policy. This will include the ongoing management of some grants already allocated by the Department for Education.

Cabinet Office already provides funds and support to civil society organisations, including those that work with young people. Beside our flagship programme National Citizen Service we also, for example, supported the launch of the independent Campaign for Youth Social Action on 27 June 2013 and announced a Youth Social Action Fund which has been created to offer financial support to social action programmes —£5 million will be provided over two years (£4 million from the Cabinet Office's Centre for Social Action alongside £1 million from the Education Endowment Foundation).

Energy and Climate Change

Electric Cables

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many miles of electricity transmission cabling were constructed by National Grid (a) overground and (b) underground in each of the last five years. [163652]

Michael Fallon: The vast majority of National Grid activity in the last five years has been to replace, maintain and refurbish existing assets. National Grid has advised me of the following projects:

(a) Overground projects:

14 miles of 400 Kilovolt (kV) overhead line between Norton and Spennymore was completed in 2011 to replace an existing 275 kV overhead line.

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(b) Underground projects:

6.25 miles of new 400 kV underground cable was constructed in Croydon in 2010.

1.7 miles of underground cable was upgraded to400 kV in Ross on Wye in 2013.

The London Power Tunnels project is upgrading 20 miles of underground cable to 400 kV and started construction in 2010.

Electricity

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate his Department has made of the de-rated capacity margins for electricity in each year since 1989 for which figures are available; [163244]

(2) what forecast his Department has made of the likely de-rated capacity margins for electricity in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18 and (e) 2018-19. [163246]

Michael Fallon: The information is as follows:

Historic margins

The following table shows the Great Britain capacity margin for 1999-2000 to 2011-12. Figures for 2012-13 will be available on 25 July 2013. For consistency with estimated future margins, this has been answered for Great Britain. However, unlike the figures in the estimated future margins, only renewables are de-rated in these figures (by factors set out in the 1989 Electricity Act for the calculation of declared net capacity for intermittent renewables), so margins are not comparable with the estimated future margins—the historical margins are likely to be higher.

 Capacity margin (GB de-rated major power producers capacity(1)/GB maximum demand) (percentage)

1999-2000

21.0

2000-01

23.5

2001-02

25.2

2002-03

14.0

2003-04

18.1

2004-05

20.3

2005-06

19.6

2006-07

26.9

2007-08

23.5

2008-09

27.5

2009-10

28.8

2010-11

36.8

2011-12

42.9

(1) Only wind, small hydro and solar PV capacity are de-rated in these figures, therefore they are not directly comparable with the estimate of future margins below. Source: Digest of UK Energy Statistics, tables 5.8 (GB capacity) and 5.10 (GB Maximum Demand), available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electricity-chapter-5-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

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Estimated future margins

The Energy Act 2011 placed an obligation on Ofgem to provide the Secretary of State with a report assessing capacity margins into the future. On 27 June 2013 Ofgem published their 2013 Capacity Assessment covering the period from winter 2013-14 to winter 2018-19.

Their assessment was that de-rated margins over the period would be as follows:

 De-rated(1)capacity margin (percentage)

2013-14

6.25

2014-15

4.75

2015-16

3.81

2016-17

6.34

2017-18

8.91

2018-19

7.76

(1) All technologies have been de-rated to take into account their expected availability at times of system peak, therefore they are not directly comparable with the historical margins above.

More details on the Ofgem Capacity Assessment, including on the outlook for capacity margins in different scenarios, can be found in their report:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Pages/MoreInformation.aspx?docid=5&refer=Markets/WhlMkts/monitoring-energy-security/elec-capacity-assessment

As required by the Energy Act 2011, DECC will publish a response to the Ofgem Capacity Assessment later this year.

Energy Supply

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many non-renewable energy projects that have started generation since 2010 had (a) planning determined and (b) construction begun (i) before May 2010 and (ii) after May 2010; [163251]

(2) what the installed capacity was of non-renewable energy projects that have started generation since 2010 which had (a) planning determined and (b) construction begun (i) before May 2010 and (ii) after May 2010. [163252]

Michael Fallon: The number of non-renewable energy projects that have started generation since 2010 are listed in the following table, together with the dates of determination of planning, construction, and installed capacity of each plant.

Power stationOperatorGeneration startedPlanning determinedConstruction dateInstalled capacity (MW)

Langage

Centrica

March 2010

November 2000

Constructed June 2006 to March 2010

905

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Grain

E.on UK

June 2010

October 2006

Constructed May 2007 to May 2010

1,320

Staythorpe

RWE npower

November 2010

May 1993

Construction began in 1998; then halted and recommenced 2007 to November 2010

1,724

Severn Power

Dong Energy

November 2010

August 2007

Constructed 2007 to 2010

848

Pembroke

RWE npower

September 2012

February 2009

Constructed 2008 to mid 2012

2,180

West Burton

EDF Energy

Expected by end 2013

October 2007

Construction started January 2008

1,300

Fracking

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which date he and his Ministers and officials received the report from the British Geological Survey on the extent of shale gas reserves in the UK. [164196]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 9 July 2013]: The final report was received in the Department on 24 June.

Hinkley Point C Power Station

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Report by HM Treasury, Investing in Britain's Future, Cm 8669, published in June 2013, what criteria will be used to decide whether the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C is eligible for a UK guarantee. [163162]

Danny Alexander: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

To be considered eligible for a guarantee a project must meet five key criteria:

nationally significant as defined in the National Infrastructure Plan (although the Government will also consider other projects of national or economic significance on a case-by-case basis);

ready to start construction within 12 months from a guarantee being given and having obtained (or about to) necessary planning permission and other required consent;

financially credible;

dependent on a guarantee to proceed; and

good value to the taxpayer.

Once a project has been deemed eligible it will go through a robust assessment and due diligence process before being submitted to Ministers for final approval of a guarantee.

Renewable Energy

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on burning wood to create electricity. [164219]

Michael Fallon: The Government's policy is that use of sustainable biomass, including wood, as a transitional fuel to reduce carbon emissions can make an important contribution to decarbonisation. In addition, combined heat and power generation (CHP) offers a more efficient use of biomass resource than electricity only and should be promoted where possible. This reflects the conclusions of the Government's Bioenergy Strategy, published in April 2012.

Northern Ireland

Welfare Reforms

9. Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Government’s proposed welfare reforms. [163468]

Mike Penning: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs Villiers), met Nelson McCausland the Minister for Social Development on 27 June.

We have agreed some flexibilities in respect of Northern Ireland’s special circumstances but it is now essential that the Assembly implements the reforms by January so as to avoid Treasury passing on additional costs to the Executive.

Unemployment

10. Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on tackling unemployment in Northern Ireland. [163469]

Mike Penning: The Government’s efforts to reduce the largest structural deficit in UK peacetime history and deliver sustainable economic recovery remain the best way to help people find employment. We are keen to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to rebalance the economy, attract investment and help people into work.

Parades

11. Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on parading; and if she will make a statement. [163470]

Mrs Villiers: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave today to the hon. Member for Bolton West (Julie Hilling).

Party Funding

13. Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of donations and funding to political parties and political campaigns in Northern Ireland comes from (a) the UK and (b) the Republic of Ireland. [163472]

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Mike Penning: The Electoral Commission is under a strict statutory obligation not to disclose information relating to donations or loans to Northern Ireland parties.

Following the passage of the Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, we intend to introduce secondary legislation which would allow this information to be disclosed.

Official Hospitality

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department has spent on hospitality at (a) Hillsborough Castle, (b) Stormont and (c) other venues in each year since 2010. [163725]

Mrs Villiers: The amount spent on hospitality in each year since 2010 was as follows:

(a) Hillsborough Castle
 £

2010-11

19,542

2011-12

15,254

2012-13

22,250

(b) Stormont House
 £

2010-11

6,259

2011-12

5,198

2012-13

6,156

(c) Other venues
 £

2010-11

0

2011-12

0

2012-13

0

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which people have received hospitality from her Department at (a) Hillsborough Castle, (b) Stormont and (c) other venues in each year since 2010. [163760]

Mrs Villiers: With the exception of the annual garden party, royal and presidential visits to Hillsborough Castle, hospitality is only provided by my Department to external organisations for the purpose of promoting the strategic policy objectives of the Northern Ireland Office.

Since 2010, such hospitality was provided at Hillsborough Castle and Stormont House to a range of stakeholders including those from the business, private and voluntary sectors. Since 2010, no such hospitality has been provided at other venues.

Work and Pensions

Atos Healthcare

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the procurement timetable for the medical services contract is. [164379]

Mr Hoban: The current Medical Services Contract between the Department for Work and Pensions and Atos Healthcare is currently due to expire on the 31 of August 2015.

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Eyesight: North Yorkshire

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many free NHS sight tests were given to people aged 60 years and over in the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust area in each year since 2004-05; and what estimate he has made of the cost of providing those tests. [163882]

Dr Poulter: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Health.

The table shows the number of national health service sight tests for persons aged 60 and over, in England from 2004-05 to 2011-12. This information has been extracted from the report, ‘General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England, Year ending 31 March 2012’. This report is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid= 7880&pubdate=JUL%2c20128tsort=Relevance&size=10&page= 2#top

The cost has been established by multiplying the number of sight tests conducted by the price paid per sight test.

Number and cost of NHS sight tests for the 60 years and over eligibility group, in North Yorkshire and York PCT, 2004-05 to 2011-12
 60+ sight tests(1)Price per sight test (£)Approximate Cost (£)

2004-05

17.82

2005-06

18.39

2006-07

18.85

2007-08

88,428

19.32

1,708,432

2008-09

90,380

19.80

1,789,521

2009-10

89,805

20.26

1,819,454

2010-11

88,324

20.70

1,828,300

2011-12

97,711

20.70

2,022,617

1 Number of sight tests by eligibility group was not available at PCT level for the years 2004-05 to 2006-07. Note: Patients may qualify for an NHS sight test on more than one criterion. However, they would only be recorded against one criterion on the form. Patients are more likely to be recorded according to their clinical need rather than their age. For example, a patient aged over 60, with glaucoma is likely to be recorded in the glaucoma category only. The count by eligibility is therefore approximate. Source: General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England publication by the Health and Social Care Information Centre