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Written Answers

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Access to Parliament

Question

Asked by Lord Elton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The sessional order on stoppages in the street is a statement of the House's expectations that passage to the House will be kept free and open. The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has ensured that at least partial access has been maintained at all times.

Alcohol

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The estimated number of fatalities resulting from drink-drive accidents that occurred on Great Britain’s roads in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2007 are given in the table:

YearNumber of fatalities(1)

1990

760

1995

540

2000

530

2005

550

2007(P)

460

Estimates for 2007 are provisional as they are based on a reduced sample of coroners’ returns which may not be representative.

Final estimates for 2007 and provisional estimates for 2008 will be published in August 2009.

Banking: Bank of Scotland (Ireland)

Questions

Asked by Lord Howard of Rising

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The framework document between HM Treasury and UK Financial Investments (UKFI) sets the key parameters for how UKFI will conduct its business, including:

a clear mandate for UKFI to manage the investments commercially, and with a view to achieving an exit;a clear distinction between: commercial decisions, which are for UKFI to take within the context of a high-level investment mandate; and policy decisions, which are for Ministers to take;a requirement that UKFI will not intervene in the day-to-day management decision of its investee companies, and that the companies will retain their own independent boards, which will manage the banks and determine their strategy; androbust institutional arrangements for keeping UKFI at arm's-length from Government, centred on the creation of a heavyweight UKFI board which will take all major decisions relating to UKFI's business and its management of the investments.

I can confirm that my comments were in accordance with this.

Asked by Lord Howard of Rising

Lord Myners: The cost of answering the two Written Questions was de minimis. I have no intention of reviewing the Answers.

Banking: UK Financial Investments Ltd

Question

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The investment mandate will be in place shortly. Given the market-sensitive nature of the document, we do not intend to publish it.



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Civil Service: Performance Pay

Questions

Asked by Lord Newby

Lord Tunnicliffe: The following table contains the information requested in respect of the performance-related pay of Senior Civil Servants within the Department for International Development.

Financial Year2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10

Total SCS Paybill (£)

5,346,854

5,839,261

6,649,648

7,514,039

7,577,787

Performance Pot as % of Total Paybill

5.0%

6.5%

7.6%

8.6%

8.6%

Available Non-consolidated Performance Pot (£)

267,342

379,552

505,373

646,207

651,690

Actual Spend (£)

266,750

377,100

504,000

641,510

634,150

Asked by Lord Newby

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): For members of the Senior Civil Service, non-consolidated performance payments are allocated by departmental pay committees to high performing staff to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year. The size of the non-consolidated performance pay pot available for the Senior Civil Service is specified in guidelines issued by Cabinet Office annually following the report of the Senior Salaries Review Body. Details of the monetary amounts spent for each of the past five years for the Ministry of Justice in 2008 and for the Department of Constitutional Affairs in the previous four years, are detailed below: The increase in cost associated with performance-related pay in 2008 resulted from the creation of the Ministry of Justice and an increase in SCS staff numbers.

Paid in Calendar YearDepartmentTotal Amount Awarded

2004

DCA

£268,900

2005

DCA

£537,687

2006

DCA

£821,750

2007

DCA

£866,500

2008

MOJ

£1,648,000



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Economy: Recession

Question

Asked by Lord Dykes

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government continue to monitor a range of economic indicators as part of their overall assessment of the state of the UK economy. As the Government set out in the 2009 Budget, the economy is forecast to pick up progressively through 2010 and 2011 as the macroeconomic stimulus builds and credit conditions ease. The Government anticipate that future sources of growth in the UK will be more varied and will include industries, such as low-carbon, advanced manufacturing and communications, as set out in New Industry, New Jobs, published on 20 April 2009.

Equal Pay: Government Departments

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): There are separate bargaining mechanisms and pay structures in place for the core Ministry of Justice (core MoJ) and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

The results of the 2008 Equal Pay audit within the core MoJ indicate that the current pay deal is addressing inequalities. The mean gender pay gap across the core MoJ is 10.5 per cent (the median gap is 5.3 per cent), and this is reducing. These figures compare favourably with the respective economy-wide pay gaps of 17.1 per cent and 12.8 per cent. (source: Office for National Statistics).

Core MoJ is encouraging staff to update their details in respect of ethnic background and disability status, to improve our statistical data. We will report on any gaps in these areas in future pay audits.

It has not been possible to supply the information you have requested in respect of NOMS. This information is not collated centrally.

Financial Services Authority

Question

Asked by Lord Laird



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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The matters raised in this question are the responsibility of the Financial Services Authority, the day-to-day operations of which are independent from government control and influence. I have asked the FSA to write to the noble Lord.

Fluoridation

Questions

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Under Regulation 5 of the Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2005, a strategic health authority considering the outcome of a consultation on water fluoridation is required to take into account both the extent of support for the proposal and the cogency of the arguments advanced. In so doing, the Authority has to be satisfied that the health arguments in favour of proceeding with the proposal outweigh all arguments against proceeding with it before it takes any steps regarding fluoridation arrangements. No clear association has been found between fluoridation and cancer or any other risk to systemic health. Lord Warner's commitment was made in the context of this regulation.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Lord Darzi of Denham: Opposition expressed by members of the public should be taken into account. However, account also needs to be taken of the fact that no clear association has been found between fluoridation and cancer or any other risk to systemic health.



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Housing: Property Purchase

Questions

Asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): There are broadly three stages to the MyChoice HomeBuy application process. At the first stage, the applicant's eligibility for MyChoice HomeBuy is assessed. At the second stage, eligible applicants are given approval to look for a property.

Funding has been made available for all applicants who have reached the third and final stage of the application process. These applicants have been given confirmation in writing from the equity loan provider that their chosen property, and funding for that property, has been approved. The availability of funding is confirmed only at this stage and we are not aware of any cases where funding has subsequently been refused.


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