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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Business, Innovation and Skills

Air Travel

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of his Department travelled economy class by aeroplane in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and what the total cost was of such travel in each such year. [165370]

Jo Swinson: The number of economy class flights taken by BIS staff (including UKTI) and the costs for these journeys are as follows:

 Number of flightsTotal cost (£)

2009/10

2,252

398,823

2010/11

2,278

641,742

2011/12

2,641

815,992

Data for prior years are not held centrally within the Department and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of his Department travelled first class by aeroplane in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2008-09; and what the total cost was of such travel in each such year. [165373]

Jo Swinson: The number of first class flights taken by BIS staff (including UKTI) and the costs of these journeys are as follows:

 Number of flightsTotal cost (£)

2009/10

76

143,479

2010/11

1

3,591

2011/12

4

10,081

Data for prior years are not held centrally within the Department and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of his Department travelled business class by aeroplane in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and what the total cost was in each year. [165438]

Jo Swinson: The number of business class flights taken by BIS staff (including UKTI) and the costs for these journeys are as follows:

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 Number of flightsTotal cost (£)

2009/10

1,742

2,381,601

2010/11

494

1,152,991

2011/12

572

1,383,060

Data for prior years are not held centrally within the Department and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Responsibilities

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the full responsibilities of the new Minister for Trade will be; and if he will make a statement. [165954]

Jo Swinson: This is a matter for the Prime Minister.

Post Offices

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the safety of personnel of downgrading local post office counter security from fortress counter level to open plan desks. [165711]

Jo Swinson: An assessment of the suitability of branches will be undertaken by Post Office Ltd before converting any branch to either the new Main or Local operating model which typically sees post office services offered within an open plan format. This is a model which is already working well in the many branches within the Post Office network, and is a significant customer service improvement over the more impersonal, screened fortress counters found in traditional branches.

Independent research is showing higher levels of customer satisfaction at branches operating the new models compared to traditional branches.

A fortress position can be retained where an assessment suggests that a branch is in a high risk area, or if a sub-postmaster requests it be kept.

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential cost of retraining Post Office staff in order to undertake roles in marketing or retail of commercial, business and new financial services. [165712]

Jo Swinson: Matters relating to Post Office employees are an operational matter for the company. The Government, as shareholder, play no role in these matters. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd, to respond directly to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely change in revenue for Post Office Ltd as a result of separating from Royal Mail; and what support his Department plans to provide to post offices which cannot achieve the volume of sales of commercial, business or new financial services necessary to provide their current service level. [165713]

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Jo Swinson: Prior to the separation of Post Office Ltd and Royal Mail in April 2012, the Chief Executive of Royal Mail told Parliament that it was "unthinkable" that the two companies would not always have a close relationship. In January 2012, the two companies signed a long-term inter-business agreement. This agreement ensures that Royal Mail products and services, which account for around a third of Post Office Ltd's revenues, will continue to be available at post office branches. The Government, as shareholder in the respective companies, played no role in these commercial negotiations.

Alongside this the Government are providing £1.34 billion to maintain and modernise the Post Office network, making it a stronger partner for the Royal Mail. The ongoing Network Transformation programme is seeing post offices offering customers greater access to services through significantly longer opening hours in much improved retail environments. This is enabling Post Office Ltd to pursue a growth strategy, and the 2011-12 financial year saw revenues grow for the first time in many years.

Additionally, in its 2010 Policy Statement, this Government were clear that there will remain a need for an element of public subsidy in the future to maintain those branches which could never be profitable, such as those in remote rural areas, but which provide a valuable social purpose.

Post Offices: Glasgow

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of sub-postmasters in (a) Glasgow and (b) Glasgow South West constituency likely to take up compensated exit from the network as a result of the Network Change programme. [165561]

Jo Swinson: Network Change was a post office closure programme funded by the Labour Government between 2007 and 2009, which saw the mandatory closure of around 2,500 post offices.

This coalition Government are investing £1.34 billion to maintain the post office network at its current size with no programme of closures, and to provide for the modernisation and improvement of up to 6,000 post offices under the Network Transformation programme. Network Transformation started in October 2012 and offers sub-postmasters the choice of converting their branches to new operating models, leaving the network with compensation if a replacement sub-postmaster has been identified to continue access to services, or to stay as they are.

How sub-postmasters in Glasgow or Glasgow South West in particular choose to participate in the Network Transformation is a personal decision for them. At the end of June 2013, six post offices in Glasgow had converted to the new operating models, of which one, Govan Post Office, is in Glasgow South West constituency. Independent research shows customer satisfaction with the new models is well above 90%, higher than for traditional post offices.

Rail Travel

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department travelled business class by train

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in

(a)

2009,

(b)

2010,

(c)

2011 and

(d)

2012; and what the cost to the public purse was in each such year. [165336]

Jo Swinson: There were no business class rail journeys made by BIS staff (including UKTI) during 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The rail journeys made during this time were either at first or standard (economy) class.

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department travelled by economy class train in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and what the cost to the public purse was in each such year. [165342]

Jo Swinson: The number of standard (economy) class rail journeys taken by BIS staff and the costs for these journeys are as follows:

 Number of journeysTotal cost (£)

2009/10

21,870

1,698,579

2010/11

19,186

1,757,341

2011/12

18,049

1,258,693

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department travelled by first class train in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and what the cost to the public purse was in each such year. [165346]

Jo Swinson: The number of first class rail journeys taken by BIS staff (including UKTI) and the costs for these journeys are as follows:

 Number of journeysTotal cost (£)

2009/10

1,970

387,949

2010/11

1,265

171,773

2011/12

568

53,195

For ease, the data have been provided in financial years as this mirrors the recording of all corporate travel and hotel use. Data for prior years are not held centrally within the Department and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Trade Unions: Finance

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer will make an assessment of the probity and appropriateness of trade unions purchasing political party memberships from political fund revenues (i) with and (ii) without the consent of the trade union members who are joined up. [165785]

Jo Swinson: The Certification Officer has certain statutory powers in relation to trade union political funds. These statutory powers extend to approving trade union political fund rules that must contain certain elements such as separate political funds and the ability for members to opt out of paying into the trade union's political fund. He can also determine complaints about ballots for establishing or renewing a political resolution.

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The effect of the legislation contained in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 is to ensure payments for certain specified political objectives can only be made from the political funds of a union as established in accordance with that legislation. The manner in which those funds are spent is a matter for the trade union's rules and the Certification Officer has no direct role in relation to the appropriateness or probity of such payments.

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on how trade unions may (i) spend monies from political funds and (ii) purchase memberships of political parties from political funds. [165786]

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has produced a guide called “Trade union political funds: a guide for trade unions, their members and others”. The guide is available at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/BISCore/employment-matters/docs/10-817-trade-union-political-funds-guide.pdf

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The Certification Officer has produced a guide called “Political funds: guidance for trade unions and employers’ associations wishing to establish a political fund”. The guide is available at:

http://www.certoffice.org/CertificationOfficer/files/48/48158bbc-23a4-4032-abdf-87d56040af28.pdf

Both guides deal with the statutory provisions relating to the spending of trade union and employers' associations funds for political objectives. However, the manner in which those funds are spent is a matter for the trade union's rules.

Unite

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints the Certification Officer has received in relation to the Unite trade union in each of the last five years; and what the outcome was in each case. [165772]

Jo Swinson: The number of complaints the Certification Office (CO) has received, and the outcome of the CO's investigation in each case, in relation to the Unite trade union in each of the last five years is as follows:

As at 31 March:ComplaintSubstance of complaintOutcomeTotal

2009

Simms v. Unite

Breach of rule by unreasonably excluding her from standing in its National Executive Committee election.

Dismissed

4

 

Hicks v. Unite

Breach of section 46(1) of TULRCA, relating to the holding of office of the Joint General Secretary of Unite,

Withdrawn and Dismissed

 
 

Finlay v. Unite

Breach of rules in relation to the management of his branch of the union.

Dismissed

 
 

McGinnes v. Unite

Breach of rule in relation to the union's disciplinary procedures.

Struck out

 
     

2010

Harrison v. Unite

Breach of TULRCA and rules in relation to the elections of the First Executive Council of Unite

Dismissed

3

 

Fleming-Clooney v. Unite

Breach of rule in relation to the union's First Executive Council amending the union's rules outside its powers to do so.

Dismissed

 
 

Lyons v. Unite

Breach of section 52(2) and 48(6) of TULRCA and breach of rule in relation to the election of the Joint General Secretary of Unite.

No breach of statute but breach of union rule. Declaration issued/no enforcement order.

 
     

2011

Parkhill v. Unite

Breach of rule. Union had allegedly made payment to its political fund a condition of membership.

Dismissed

3

 

Owen v. Unite

Breaches of rule in relation to alleged disciplinary proceedings against him by the union.

Dismissed

 
 

Kruger v. Unite

Breach of rule in relation to the election of an Operating Convenor to the London Advisory Committee.

Dismissed

 
     

2012

Hutchinson v. Unite

Complaint relating to political fund contribution. Struck out on the grounds that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success or is otherwise misconceived.

Struck out

2

 

Beaumont and Smith v. Unite

Breach of section 47(1) of TULRCA and of its rules in excluding them from eligibility to stand in 2011 National Executive Committee elections

Dismissed

 
     

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2013

Vowles v. Unite

Breach of rules in relation to disciplinary procedures

Dismissed

1

Information on the above complaints is publically available on the Certification Officer's website at:

http://www.certoffice.org/Nav/Decisions.aspx

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of the political fund of the Unite trade union in each of the last five years according to records held by the Certification Officer. [165787]

Jo Swinson: The value of the political fund of the Unite trade union in each of the last five years is as follows:

Year endingValue of Unite political fund (£)

2008

2,989,000

2009

4,484,000

2010

3,020,000

2011

5,489,000

2012

9,339,000

Figures on trade union political funds are available in the annual reports published by the Certification Officer at:

http://www.certoffice.org/Publications/Annual-Reports.aspx

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what investigations the Certification Officer has undertaken in relation to the Unite trade union in each of the last five years. [165788]

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him today to parliamentary question 165772.

Written Questions

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department follows in determining whether statistics in answers to parliamentary questions are (a) provided in full, (b) provided via a link to a website and (c) deposited in the Library. [165481]

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Leader of the House of Commons, the right hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East (Mr Watson) on 12 February 2013, Official Report, column 649W, which refers to guidance available to officials when providing links to websites in answers to parliamentary questions

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/61205/guide_to_parliamentary_work.pdf

Home Department

Abu Qatada

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on legal fees in respect of the removal of Abu Qatada in each year since the case commenced. [157018]

James Brokenshire: The following table sets out the Home Office's expenditure on legal fees in respect of the Abu Qatada deportation case, year on year since the current immigration proceedings began in 2005.

 Expenditure (£)

2005

11,202

2006

164,645

2007

32,646

2008

241,418

2009

97,713

2010

64,472

2011

7232

2012

333,372

2013 (to May)

115,948

Total

1,068,648

Accountancy

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year since 2008. [164954]

James Brokenshire: The Home Department's expenditure on contracts with Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Ernst and Young, in each year since financial year 2008-09, is detailed in the following table:

Expenditure (£000)
 2008-092009-102010-112011-122012-13

Deloitte

20,115

27,713

7,325

675

788

Ernst & Young

16,462

39,025

26,618

18,068

12,754

KPMG

16,240

18,239

8,623

5,516

2,109

PwC

899

275

2,803

2,473

321

Ammunition

Stephen Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to work with her European counterparts on tackling illicit manufacture and trafficking of ammunition. [165072]

James Brokenshire: The Home Office and operational law enforcement partners are actively participating in the recently agreed EU organised crime priorities, which include the illicit trafficking of firearms and component

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parts (such as ammunition). The National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NABIS) and other law enforcement agencies from the UK (such as the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and United Kingdom Border Force (UKBF)) also regularly liaise with European partners, including Europol, exchanging information and intelligence on ballistics, as necessary.

Apprentices

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many apprenticeships her Department offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in each year since 2010. [165876]

James Brokenshire: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 162W.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategies she has to create apprenticeships in her Department; and what plans she has to promote such strategies. [165894]

James Brokenshire: The Home Department's apprenticeship scheme has been in operation since 2008 and the Department currently has seven apprentices recruited externally through this route.

Apprenticeships are also available to existing staff through Learning and Development provision.

Asylum

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the operational differences between the Older Live Cases Unit and its predecessor the Case Assurance and Audit Unit are; and what the reasons are for such differences. [164599]

Mr Harper [holding answer 11 July 2013]: The Case Assurance and Audit Unit was established in April 2011 to deal with the ongoing management of legacy migration and asylum cases.

In 2013, the name of the Case Assurance and Audit Unit was changed to the Older Live Cases Unit, the new name more accurately describes the remit to deal with the remaining legacy cases. The Older Live Cases Unit still has the same operational responsibility for dealing with the older unresolved asylum cases, where the initial asylum claim was lodged before March 2007, and for the older migration cases.

Asylum: Finance

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the administrative cost is of running section 4 support to failed asylum applicants; [164898]

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(2) what the administrative cost was of running section 95 support to asylum applicants in the latest period for which figures are available. [164903]

Mr Harper: The information required is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Counter-terrorism

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many counter-terrorism intelligence officers have been funded through the Prevent strategy in each of the last five years; and how many such officers served in the Metropolitan Police Force. [161584]

James Brokenshire: The Prevent programme ceased all future funding of counter-terrorism intelligence officers from the beginning of the 2011-12 financial year. Counter-terrorism intelligence officers are now funded by the main Police CT Grant. The number of counter-terrorism intelligence officers is not held centrally.

Of the 321 new dedicated Prevent police officers in 2008, 80 were counter-terrorism intelligence officers, 67 of whom were funded by the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism, distributed across 42 forces.

Further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Crime

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the overall reduction in crime since May 2010. [165033]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Police-recorded crime has fallen by 13% under this Government, and the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows crime at its lowest level since the survey began in 1981.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) total number of recorded crimes, (b) number of offences in the category of detected (sanction) and (c) sanction detection rate was by (i) police force area and (ii) London borough in (A) 2009-10, (B) 2010-11, (C) 2011-12 and (D) 2012-13. [165941]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The available information is given in the tables. Data for 2012-13 will be published on 18 July 2013.

Table 1: Offences recorded and sanction detections by police force area
 2009-102010-112011-12
Police force areaNo. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)No. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)No. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)

Avon and Somerset

125,899

32,735

26

119,122

35,729

30

115,186

35,038

30

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Bedfordshire

42,048

10,748

26

43,617

10,128

23

40,795

9,799

24

British Transport Police

60,074

20,977

35

58,326

18,690

32

52,938

16,734

32

Cambridgeshire

60,017

16,074

27

56,527

16,938

30

51,658

14,812

29

Cheshire

67,056

18,655

28

63,729

17,895

28

59,829

15,456

26

Cleveland

47,252

18,803

40

43,018

16,912

39

43,535

16,410

38

Cumbria

28,234

11,182

40

26,988

10,849

40

26,071

10,211

39

Derbyshire

68,005

15,435

23

65,884

16,736

25

61,483

16,686

27

Devon and Cornwall

92,704

28,059

30

86,689

28,718

33

91,808

25,450

28

Dorset

48,237

11,423

24

46,300

10,371

22

45,148

9,813

22

Durham

40,295

13,427

33

36,517

14,623

40

35,331

13,261

38

Dyfed-Powys

22,377

10,659

48

21,728

10,673

49

21,163

10,498

50

Essex

104,796

35,114

34

103,445

30,597

30

105,077

28,073

27

Gloucestershire

38,270

11,499

30

36,044

8,444

23

34,602

7,072

20

Greater Manchester

246,117

60,869

25

227,838

62,490

27

207,523

56,652

27

Gwent

50,842

13,225

26

45,593

13,652

30

38,879

13,879

36

Hampshire

142,261

38,814

27

133,500

37,243

28

129,269

35,960

28

Hertfordshire

70,001

24,504

35

66,441

23,106

35

62,251

21,627

35

Humberside

80,663

22,472

28

76,161

21,464

28

72,017

21,786

30

Kent

106,558

35,582

33

105,638

33,236

31

101,793

32,576

32

Lancashire

107,361

37,863

35

102,503

37,841

37

99,075

36,360

37

Leicestershire

81,244

18,608

23

71,355

17,909

25

68,242

16,601

24

Lincolnshire

46,927

11,223

24

44,992

11,285

25

44,164

11,710

27

London, City of

6,532

2,355

36

6,374

2,471

39

6,119

2,248

37

Merseyside

107,730

41,892

39

100,113

37,579

38

96,561

31,327

32

Metropolitan Police

829,433

202,059

24

823,414

193,524

24

814,625

175,839

22

Norfolk

44,692

14,999

34

43,222

14,293

33

42,154

13,890

33

Northamptonshire

55,168

13,292

24

49,288

12,999

26

49,571

11,159

23

Northumbria

89,700

35,513

40

82,299

33,766

41

75,396

32,695

43

North Wales

44,919

18,527

41

41,865

14,885

36

43,214

13,425

31

North Yorkshire

42,197

13,268

31

42,464

13,258

31

38,716

12,432

32

Nottinghamshire

98,319

25,300

26

84,263

27,298

32

77,421

25,655

33

South Wales

103,253

31,429

30

93,788

30,157

32

87,349

28,700

33

South Yorkshire

112,869

34,917

31

102,741

30,037

29

100,852

27,752

28

Staffordshire

76,137

17,165

23

70,890

18,511

26

65,680

19,061

29

Suffolk

46,447

13,802

30

46,357

11,960

26

45,641

11,305

25

Surrey

64,329

13,427

21

65,124

13,169

20

61,757

12,619

20

Sussex

101,200

29,468

29

97,134

28,938

30

96,546

24,844

26

Thames Valley

185,529

37,665

20

172,422

39,901

23

149,806

36,435

24

Warwickshire

33,828

8,095

24

32,827

7,457

23

33,861

6,042

18

West Mercia

71,152

19,259

27

72,142

17,582

24

69,582

17,394

25

West Midlands

211,399

51,155

24

215,350

42,458

20

193,532

42,215

22

West Yorkshire

197,553

53,337

27

189,388

47,691

25

184,085

45,612

25

Wiltshire

38,671

11,496

30

37,496

9,558

25

36,046

8,793

24

Total

4,338,295

1,206,370

28

4,150,916

1,153,021

28

3,976,351

1,075,906

27

Table 2: Offences recorded and sanction detections by London borough
 2009-102010-112011-12
London boroughNo. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)No. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)No. of offences recordedNo. of sanction detectionsSanction detection rate (%)

Barking and Dagenham

19,846

4,024

20

19,177

3,898

20

18,825

3,702

20

Barnet

26,273

6,397

24

25,706

5,664

22

26,281

4,608

18

Bexley

15,455

3,665

24

13,754

3,606

26

12,168

2,964

24

Brent

29,051

6,792

23

29,498

8,441

29

31,592

9,695

31

Bromley

23,783

5,652

24

22,029

5,051

23

21,902

4,472

20

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Camden

33,778

8,423

25

34,229

7,145

21

35,799

6,988

20

City of Westminster

64,005

15,446

24

64,063

16,053

25

66,315

15,334

23

Croydon

33,210

7,751

23

32,288

6,725

21

32,775

7,045

21

Ealing

33,660

7,158

21

35,037

7,493

21

32,575

6,543

20

Enfield

24,454

5,028

21

23,654

5,557

23

22,928

4,584

20

Greenwich

25,625

6,359

25

24,147

5,658

23

22,415

5,102

23

Hackney

28,727

7,961

28

28,035

6,987

25

27,902

6,402

23

Hammersmith and Fulham

22,866

6,320

28

24,176

6,289

26

23,426

5,795

25

Haringey

25,744

6,075

24

24,604

5,547

23

25,911

5,302

20

Harrow

15,395

3,642

24

14,967

3,570

24

14,169

2,709

19

Havering

17,152

4,281

25

17,584

4,395

25

17,302

4,067

24

Heathrow

3,283

1,019

31

2,952

895

30

3,079

1,017

33

Hillingdon

24,166

5,043

21

23,560

5,355

23

23,937

5,183

22

Hounslow

23,144

5,741

25

23,852

6,054

25

24,768

5,523

22

Islington

28,428

7,025

25

28,124

6,033

21

27,025

5,336

20

Kensington and Chelsea

20,884

5,993

29

21,184

5,496

26

20,766

4,585

22

Kingston upon Thames

11,013

2,752

25

11,150

2,570

23

11,232

2,492

22

Lambeth

35,468

8,415

24

35,706

7,659

21

36,993

7,078

19

Lewisham

29,554

7,572

26

28,888

6,726

23

27,172

5,485

20

Merton

14,839

3,591

24

14,735

3,632

25

14,157

3,114

22

Newham

34,260

8,126

24

34,373

8,215

24

32,011

6,626

21

Redbridge

24,035

6,398

27

24,530

5,979

24

24,257

5,743

24

Richmond upon Thames

11,530

3,075

27

11,749

2,785

24

12,012

2,328

19

Southwark

37,046

10,158

27

36,273

9,664

27

34,475

7,110

21

Sutton

13,032

3,219

25

12,417

2,950

24

11,736

2,734

23

Tower Hamlets

26,989

7,415

27

28,668

6,874

24

29,452

7,071

24

Waltham Forest

27,270

6,135

22

27,551

5,347

19

24,876

4,397

18

Wandsworth

25,468

5,408

21

24,754

5,211

21

24,392

4,705

19

Total

829,433

202,059

24

823,414

193,524

24

814,625

175,839

22

Criminal Proceedings

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was from arrest to charge in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [165940]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The requested information is not collected centrally.

Emergency Services

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role of the EU training co-ordinator in relation to emergency services is; and if she will make a statement. [165555]

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

The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism and associated Financial Instrument enable a programme of 12 training courses to prepare personnel for roles in assessment or co-ordination teams as part of EU civil protection missions.

Each participating state has a national training co-ordinator who is responsible for identifying and managing the national system of experts enrolled in the EU training programme and nominating trained experts for EU missions and exercises.

The Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, as the UK's national contact point for EU civil protection, fulfils the national training coordinator role, working closely with other Government Departments and the emergency services to identify and nominate potentially suitable candidates. Last year some 40 UK experts participated in such courses, most of whom were drawn from the emergency services.

Entry Clearances

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will exempt visa applicants who have previously undertaken study at a UK university from the pilot studies into the requirement for cash bonds for immigration purposes; [165631]

(2) what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of a cash bond for immigration purposes on non-EU PhD candidates studying at UK universities who use student visitor visas to return for viva voce examinations; [165632]

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(3) if applications for student visitor visas will be included in pilot schemes on a requirement for a cash bond for visa applications. [165638]

Mr Harper: We plan to introduce a pilot scheme later this year to test the impact of requiring financial bonds in limited circumstances, from a minority of visitors from selected nationalities who present a high risk of overstaying. The details of the scheme are still being finalised and will be announced in due course.

Grant Thornton

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on contracts with Grant Thornton in each year since 2008. [165694]

James Brokenshire: The Home Department's expenditure on contracts with Grant Thornton, in each year since financial year 2008-09, is detailed in the following table:

Grant Thornton
 Expenditure (£)

2008-09

22,000

2009-10

82,000

2010-11

49,000

2011-12

59,000

2012-13

7,000

2013-14

75,600

Hezbollah

Bob Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of Hezbollah activity within the UK. [165726]

James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), cannot comment on intelligence assessments.

Illegal Immigrants

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were made after raids by immigration enforcement officers in each year since 2008; and for what reasons each such complaint was made. [165032]

Mr Harper [holding answer 12 July 2013]:Information relating to complaints that are made after raids by immigration enforcement officers is not centrally recorded. This information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the restaurants raided in 2012 by enforcement officers primarily sold (a) Indian, (b) Italian, (c) Chinese, (d) British and (e) other food. [165055]

Mr Harper [holding answer 12 July 2013]:Records indicate that between January and December 2012, the Home Office carried out 2,659 enforcement visits to premises identified as restaurants.

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The Home Office does not collate information centrally on the type of restaurant visited, nor the type of food sold at the premises.

Note:

All figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal workers were (a) identified, (b) arrested, (c) charged and (d) deported as a result of enforcement raids on restaurants in each year since 2008. [165084]

Mr Harper: The Home Office carries out enforcement visits to a variety of premises for the purpose of tackling illegal working. Data concerning the number of individuals found in the course of such enforcement visits are given in the following table in respect of premises identified as restaurants. The table shows the number of individuals encountered and arrested in the course of such visits. The table also shows the number of these individuals who are recorded as having subsequently left the UK.

For immigration purposes the number of individuals who have been charged is synonymous with the number of individuals arrested since the service of papers for immigration offences normally takes place during the course of an individual's arrest.

 Number of individuals encounteredNumber of individuals arrestedIndividuals subsequently removed

2008

6,637

2,079

662

2009

5,462

1,701

540

2010

7,112

2,051

733

2011

6,953

2,051

881

2012

6,907

2,351

932

(Q1) 2013

2,180

651

225

Note: All figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

Motorways: Driving Offences

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department plans to issue on the enforcement of new penalty notices for misuse of the middle lane on motorways. [161635]

Damian Green: The Home Office does not plan to issue any guidance. Enforcement of the law is an operational matter for the police.

Northern Ireland

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she has met the (a) Northern Ireland Justice Minister and (b) Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland since May 2010; and if she will make a statement. [165297]

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Damian Green: Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of international partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. Details of these meetings are passed to the Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis and are subsequently published on the Cabinet Office website which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-ministers-gifts-and-hospitality-oct-2012-to-dec-2012

Offenders: Deportation

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional foreign national criminals have been deported from the UK as a result of Operation Nexus. [164925]

Mr Harper [holding answer 12 July 2013]:Since Operation Nexus was established in October 2012 we have successful removed or deported over 700 foreign nationals following identification by the Metropolitan police, or who have passed through a police custody suite in London.

We have successfully removed over 30 foreign national offenders who have served a criminal sentence longer than 12 months.

Note:

This is internal management information. It is provisional and is subject to change and has not been subject to validation as part of national statistics.

Police: Job Satisfaction

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to improve morale in the police. [165115]

Damian Green [holding answer 12 July 2013]: This Government's reforms add up to the most radical overhaul to the policing landscape in 50 years. By removing targets, reducing bureaucracy and increasing discretion we are empowering officers to fulfil their primary role which is fighting crime.

I, along with other Ministers and officials, maintain regular contact with police forces and officers so that their role in reducing crime receives recognition. Crime is falling and our reforms are working.

Police: Recruitment

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 394W, on police: recruitment, if she will monitor the impact of the introduction of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing on recruitment from Black and ethnic minority communities. [165174]

Damian Green: From September 2013, providers of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing will be required to provide data every six months on the diversity profile of the candidates, specifically including the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

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Public Expenditure

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the equality impact of her Department's spending reductions since 2010; whether this assessment has been used to inform her planning ahead of the 2013 comprehensive spending review and with what result; what plans she has to publish the equality impact assessments undertaken by her Department as a result of the upcoming comprehensive spending review; and if she will make a statement. [161181]

James Brokenshire: The Home Office completed an equality impact assessment at spending review 2010 prior to final decisions being taken on how savings would be delivered. Since the spending review 2010 the Home Office has continued to undertake equality impact assessments to inform ministerial policy decisions.

Senior Civil Servants

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many senior civil servants left her Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three years; and what the value of such payments was. [164404]

James Brokenshire: The following table provides the number of senior civil servants and senior officials that left the Home Office and its public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment, and the value of such payments in each of the last three years.

 Number of staffValue of payments (£)

2010-11

27

1,358,187

2011-12

20

2,285,659

2012-13

20

2,201,315

Departure costs are paid in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, a statutory scheme made under the Superannuation Act 1972.

The Civil Service Compensation Scheme was reformed in December 2010. Under the previous terms, there could be costs extending for up to 10 years from a departure while under the reformed scheme all of the costs fall within the year of departure. The reformed scheme allows for greater distinction between voluntary and compulsory exits and is designed to encourage voluntary rather than compulsory departures.

South Yorkshire Police

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps is she taking to ensure the Independent Police Complaints Commission has the necessary powers and resources to conduct a robust examination of police tactics at Orgreave coke works during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike. [165626]

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Damian Green: We have legislated in the Police (Complaints and Conduct) Act 2012 to give the Independent Police Complaints Commission additional powers to enable it, in exceptional circumstances, to investigate matters which were previously outside its jurisdiction.

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will open an independent public enquiry into the conduct of the police at Orgreave coke works during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike. [165630]

Damian Green: Referrals in relation to this matter are currently under assessment by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It would be premature to decide the nature of any further investigation necessary at this stage.

Treaties: Jordan

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects the mutual assistance treaty with Jordan to be ratified by the Jordanian Parliament; [155479]

(2) when she expects the Mutual Assistance Treaty with Jordan to be ratified by the UK Parliament. [155480]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 16 May 2013]: The treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan entered into force on 1 July 2013 after an exchange of notes verbales by the British and Jordanian Governments confirming the completion of procedures in both countries.

As the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), said in her statement to the House on 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 23-35, the treaty paved the way for Qatada's lawful deportation on 7 July 2013.

UK Border Agency

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the failure of UK Border Agency contingency plans to deal with increased workloads. [164651]

Mr Harper [holding answer 11 July 2013]: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), on 26 March 2013, Official Report, column 1500.

Work and Pensions

Apprentices

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies. [165902]

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Mr Hoban: DWP actively promotes internal apprenticeships. Since 2010, we have run schemes for over 400 young long-term unemployed people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This opportunity, to experience work and obtain a qualification, increases their potential to gain permanent employment. Apprentices are taken on at Administrative Officer grade for a fixed 12-month contract. These placements are offered to unemployed people by their personal advisers in Jobcentres, who select potential candidates from their caseload.

In addition to the DWP apprenticeship offering, DWP is supporting the civil service-wide apprenticeship scheme. This is sponsored by the Cabinet Office and offers permanent roles at Executive Officer grade. The first intake of these apprentices will take place this September and DWP is offering 27 places.

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before Select Committees and (ii) contact with the media in (A) 2011-12 and (B) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [164680]

Mr Hoban: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), and his ministerial team incurred no expenditure preparing for appearances before Select Committees or for contact with the media in either 2011-12 or 2012-13.

It is not possible to establish how much was spent to prepare for appearances before Select Committees. Expenditure for media training for officials was £6,144 during 2011-12 and £30,855.25 during 2012-13 and this could include preparation for appearances before Select Committees.

During the period from 27 July 2009 to 26 July 2012 the Department had a contract with Sara Jones Associates Ltd to provide media training. Since then Civil Service Learning has provided media training as part of its core curriculum. The figures quoted represent departmental expenditure via those routes.

Equality

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose. [165445]

Mr Hoban: The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all staff and to ensuring that equality is built into the services it provides to the 22 million benefit customers we support every year. We employ over 100,000 staff and aim to have a work force which reflects our wide customer base and the diverse communities in which we work. Every person working for the Department has a personal responsibility for implementing and promoting our diversity and equality principles.

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The Department has a central diversity and equality team whose role is to ensure compliance with all equality legislation and actively to promote equality and diversity in the development of policies, services, and in the treatment of staff. In addition, staff from across the Department have the opportunity to be involved in national and local staff network Equality Groups which promote diversity awareness.

Information requested for staff in the central team is in the following table, and represents some £8 per member of staff per year. Information on the number of other staff in the Department working on equality and diversity cannot be disaggregated from their wider duties and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information on the costs of promoting equality and diversity outside the central team is not held centrally and could also be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Figures for the central diversity and equality team
£
As at March each year:TotalStaff costsHeadcount (FTE)

2012-13

827,455

794,034

16.29

2011-12

855,715

777,811

14.29

2010-11

966,231

898,461

14.02

FTE = Full-time equivalent

Jobseeker's Allowance: Ashfield

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's

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allowance in Ashfield constituency

(a)

received a sanction and

(b)

received a sanction and disputed it in each of the last five years; and how many such claimants had a sanction overturned as a result of it being reconsidered or appealed. [165705]

Mr Hoban: Statistics on the number of claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Ashfield constituency (a) received a sanction and (b) received a sanction and disputed it in each of the last five years; and how many such claimants had a sanction overturned as a result of it being reconsidered or appealed are given in the following tables:

Number(1) of jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants with a sanction applied by area and year(2): 1 January 2008 to 31 May 2012, area: Ashfield parliamentary constituency(3)
 Year(2)
Action(4)20082009201020112012

Sanction applied

520

950

1,130

1,150

510

Number(1) of jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanctioned claimants who asked for reconsideration or appealed the original decision by area and year(2):1 January 2008 to 31 May 2012, area: Ashfield parliamentary constituency(3)
 Year(2)
Action(4)20082009201020112012

Reconsidered

70

90

170

230

60

Appealed

10

30

50

80

10

Number1(1) of jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanctioned claimants where the original decision was overturned on reconsideration or appeal by area and year(2): 1 January 2008 to 31 May 2012, area: Ashfield parliamentary constituency(3)
 Year(2)
Action(4)20082009201020112012

Overturned—Reconsideration

30

40

90

130

30

Overturned—Appeal

*

*

10

10

*

"*" = Denotes nil or negligible. (1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and will include individuals who have had more than one referral decision or the same decision in more than one year e.g. if an individual has a sanction applied and has also appealed a sanction then they will appear twice. (2)Year of Decision: The year in which the decision on the sanction referral, reconsideration or appeal was made. The year 2012 only includes data up to and including the 31st of May, which this is the latest data available for all geographical areas. (3)Parliamentary Constituency: Parliamentary Constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. More information and a map can be found at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/geography/beginner-s-guide/maps/index.html (4)Action: The number of sanctions applied is the number of Varied(5), Fixed Length(6) and Entitlement Decision(7) sanction referrals where the decision was found against the claimant. The decision to apply a sanction can be overturned following reconsideration or appeal by the Sector Decision Maker. (5)Varied Length sanctions: A sanction of between one week and 26 weeks is imposed for leaving employment voluntarily without just cause, refusing employment without good cause, or losing employment through misconduct. The actual period in each case is at the discretion of the Adjudication Officer who makes the decision. (6)Fixed Length sanctions: A sanction of between one week and 26 weeks is imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme or carry out a Jobseeker's Direction. Payment of benefit continues in full pending the Adjudication Officer's decision on a sanction question. (7)Entitlement Decisions: These are questions on which entitlement to JSA depends. For example, if there is doubt around whether the Jobseeker's agreement (JSAg) is suitable, whether they are actively looking for work or making themselves available for work. In most cases payment of JSA will be suspended by benefit processing until the doubt is resolved. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: JSA Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database