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Written Answers

Thursday 3 February 2011

Art: Export

Question

Asked by Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

Baroness Rawlings: In the vast majority of cases the export licensing system works very well. However, in a small number of cases the owner of an export-deferred item has refused a matching offer from a museum or gallery, despite previously indicating at all stages in the process that they would accept. This is extremely unfortunate, as a great deal of effort and good will goes into fundraising.

The export licensing procedures are continually under review and the problems illustrated by these cases will be taken into account. However, we have no plans for legislation.

Care Services: Elderly People

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Warwick

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The outcome frameworks for health, social care and public health will set out outcomes relevant to older people. Local communities will be able to use the outcomes to hold the health and care system to account, including through health and well-being boards and local HealthWatch.

In addition, on 4 January 2011, the department made additional funding of £162 million available to primary care trusts (PCTs) which will transfer to local authorities for immediate spending on social care services to benefit health and to improve overall health gain including for older people. Also, £648 million will be transferred from PCTs to local authorities to spend on social care services that also benefit health. PCTs will need to work together with local authorities to agree jointly on appropriate areas for social care investment and the outcomes expected from this investment. Also, the department's best practice tariff incentivises high-quality care in hip fracture (a key issue affecting older patients).

Moreover, funding of £70 million has been made available for reablement and post-discharge support in 2010-11. From April, this rises to £150 million and, after that, £300 million each year has been earmarked

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for reablement up to March 2015. It will be for PCTs to work with local authorities to develop local reablement capacity and the proportion of spend on the National Health Service and social care is for local discretion.

Crime: Fuel Laundering

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): It is not possible to split revenue losses between those resulting from the illicit market and those from legitimate cross-border shopping. The illicit market includes misuse of red diesel, smuggling and mixing, as well as fuel laundering.

The latest estimates of the total non-UK duty paid consumption for 2008-09 are £160 million and £30 million of revenue lost from non-UK duty paid consumption of diesel and petrol, respectively, in Northern Ireland. These estimates are reported in Measuring Tax Gaps 2010, which is published on the HM Revenue and Customs website.

Employment: Private Sector

Question

Asked by Lord Ouseley

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, Director-General for ONS, to Lord Ouseley, dated February 2011.

As director-general for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question concerning the number of jobs created and lost in the private sector since May 2010 (HL6445).

The requested information is not available.

Energy: Fuel Poverty

Question

Asked by Lord Laird



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Section 1(1) of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 states that a person is to be regarded as living in fuel poverty if he is a member of a household living on a lower income in a home that cannot be kept warm at reasonable cost. Section 1(2) gives the Secretary of State the power to make regulations specifying what is to be regarded as a lower income or a reasonable cost or the circumstances in which a home is to be regarded as being warm. That power has not been exercised, as the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy sets out the common definition of when a household is in fuel poverty.

A fuel-poor household is one that cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost. The Fuel Poverty Strategy sets out what was said to be the most widely accepted definition of a fuel-poor household, being one that needs to spend more than 10 per cent of its income on fuel to maintain a satisfactory heating regime (usually 21 degrees for the main living area and 18 degrees for other occupied rooms).

There are over 7.8 million households containing somebody over the age of 60 in total in England, including 1.7 million fuel-poor households. Winter fuel payments are made to most people who have reached women's state pension age. Last winter (2009-10) 7,862,140 households in England received a winter fuel payment.

Winter fuel payments are included in the income component of the fuel poverty calculation. Where the fuel poverty ratio is defined as modelled fuel bills divided by income, income includes any winter fuel payments made to the household.

Energy: Prices

Question

Asked by Lord Lawson of Blaby

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): The price of electricity, coal, gas and oil products is driven by their national and/or global demand and supply balance and by the relevant taxes levied by HM Treasury. It is the Government's aim to ensure that the UK markets for these products benefit from effective price signals which promote appropriate investment along the value chain and efficient consumptions signals. As with all aspects of our energy policy, security of supply, decarbonisation and affordability are key policy objectives.

In the long run, the Government recognise that the price of carbon consistent with meeting the UK's 2050 emissions reductions targets is higher than it is today. This does not mean that individual consumers will necessarily face higher energy bills, as the Government take action to support efficiency improvements and facilitate the introduction of new forms of low-carbon energy.



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Energy: Wind Turbines

Question

Asked by Lord Donoughue

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): The statement refers to the projected subsidy cost of wind in 2020, not the cumulative subsidy cost to 2020.

We are currently reviewing the level of support for all renewables technologies and will consult on any changes to renewables obligation (RO) bands this summer. As part of that process, we have asked our consultants Arup and Ernst & Young to provide updated assumptions on potential deployment and costs for each renewable electricity technology. The RO banding review may lead to significant changes in HMG's assessment of likely expenditure under the RO in 2020.

Gross Domestic Product

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Warwick

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The 2010 Q4 gross domestic product (GDP) figures as released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 25 January are a first estimate and are calculated with 42 per cent of outturn data.

The Government's measures of poverty are income-based. As the ONS GDP estimates are based on output, it is not possible to draw a direct correlation between GDP data and family incomes.

The Government are committed to ending child poverty by 2020 and published a consultation on their child poverty strategy in December 2010. They will publish their child poverty strategy in spring 2011.

Health: EEA Countries

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Excluding those countries with which the United Kingdom has a full or partial claims waiver (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Malta and Norway), the countries against which the UK made no claims in 2009-10 were Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Romania. No claims were made, as no costs were recorded in relation to citizens of those countries for the relevant prior periods covered by those claims submitted in 2009-10.

As at 24 January 2011, there were four Bulgarian state pensioners and one Icelandic state pensioner recorded as registered living in the UK for the year 2010. There were no state pensioners recorded from Liechtenstein and Romania. Claims submitted in 2009-10 do not relate to the year 2010, as the UK's average costs for that year have not yet been calculated and approved.

Asked by Lord Laird

Earl Howe: The following table shows the number of members of families of United Kingdom employed and self-employed persons registered, as at 24 January 2011, for the calendar years 2009 and 2010, as living in another member state of the European economic area or Switzerland, under regulations 1408/71 and 574/72, and from 1 May 2010, under regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009, for member states of the European Union. Such records are kept on a calendar-year basis, as that is the basis on which claims are calculated under the regulations.

Number of registrations of UK family members of employed and self-employed persons
Calendar year20092010

Austria

16

11

Belgium

23

14

Cyprus

6

3

Czech Republic

33

24

France

670

440

Germany

101

70

Greece

5

6

Hungary

10

5

Italy

5

2

Luxembourg

3

The Netherlands

4

3

Poland

2,533

1,680

Portugal

5

1

Slovakia

2

2

Spain

97

67

Switzerland

3

1



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There were no registrations recorded for Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.

Members of the families of UK employed and self-employed persons living in Ireland are accounted for differently, in accordance with the bilateral agreement between the UK and Ireland.

Asked by Lord Laird

Earl Howe: The following table shows the number of pensioners and members of their families registered, as at 24 January 2011, for the calendar years 2009 and 2010, as living in another member state of the European economic area (EEA) or Switzerland, under regulations 1408/71 and 574/72, and from 1 May 2010, under regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009, for member states of the European Union. Such records are kept on a calendar-year basis, as that is the basis on which claims are calculated under the regulations.

Number of registrations of United Kingdom pensioners and family members in another EEA member state or Switzerland
Calendar year20092010

Austria

605

587

Belgium

637

609

Bulgaria

277

322

Cyprus

11,627

11,548

Czech Republic

82

88

Denmark

28

25

Estonia

15

17

Finland

30

33

France

45,083

45,019

Germany

3,091

3,001

Greece

3,126

3,046

Hungary

425

421

Iceland

13

13

Italy

3,251

3,134

Latvia

42

41

Lithuania

17

20

Luxembourg

54

53

Malta

2,305

2,409

The Netherlands

334

295

Norway

57

54

Poland

491

482

Portugal

2,503

2,567

Romania

12

11

Slovakia

19

18

Slovenia

56

55

Spain

79,354

78,021

Sweden

164

149

Switzerland

352

348

There are no registrations recorded for Liechtenstein.



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UK pensioners and members of their families living in Ireland are accounted for differently, in accordance with the bilateral agreement between the UK and Ireland.

Asked by Lord Laird

Earl Howe: The information requested is set out in the following table. Claims are made on a calendar-year basis under European Union regulations and payments made in any one financial year may relate to one or more prior calendar years.

European economic area medical costs-payments to and by member states in 2009-10
Total payments to member statesTotal payments to member statesTotal payments by member states
Local currencyLocal currency£ equivalent 1£

Austria

5,649,847.72

EURO

£4,933,851.63

£48,138.00

Belgium 2

7,712,644.30

EURO

£6,872,411.70

£1,743,435.52

Bulgaria

99,926.90

BGN

£45,833.42

£0.00

Cyprus

932,858.14

EURO

£841,670.10

£0.00

Czech Republic

13,928,982.25

CZK

£451,373.29

£77,640.00

Denmark

0.00

DKK

£0.00

£0.00

Estonia

0.00

EEK

£0.00

£0.00

Finland

26,629.94

EURO

£23,273.14

£1,873.00

France

219,804,906.59

EURO

£203,619,890.51

£6,545,165.76

German

17,660,157.22

EURO

£15,611,790.51

£545,802.76

Greece

969,109.96

EURO

£878,145.19

£246,474.03

Hungary

0.00

HUF

£0.00

£37,558.00

Iceland

0.00

ISK

£0.00

£24,942.00

Ireland 2

352,888,752.00

EURO

£315,868,285.49

£22,722,799.89

Italy

10,140,420.97

EURO

£9,244,025.94

£672,380.25

Latvia

12,659.33

LVL

£16,323.60

£0.00

Liechtenstein

2,636.80

CHF

£1,496.48

£0.00

Lithuania

83,562.42

LTL

£21,292.81

£0.00

Luxembourg

11,131.88

EURO

£10,195.69

£0.00

Malta

0.00

EURO

£0.00

£0.00

Netherlands 2

22,143,502.40

EURO

£20,686,459.94

£6,580,653.97

Norway

516,800.00

NOK

£50,666.67

£0.00

Poland

12,426,929.74

PLN

£2,525,487.93

£0.00

Portugal

2,016,279.24

EURO

£1,831,991.32

£152,270.00

Romania

24,292.51

RON

£5,031.35

£0.00

Slovakia

646,143.35

EURO

£566,688.49

£0.00

Slovenia

184,846.70

EURO

£160,724.21

£61,434.00

Spain

245,348,814.35

EURO

£228,386,652.43

£157,770.00

Sweden

15,800,219.48

SEK

£1,332,712.57

£865,157.52

Switzerland

6,517,297.51

CHF

£3,762,099.46

£37,523.52

Total claim payments

£817,748,373.87

£40,521,018.22

Notes:

1. £ equivalent totals based on exchange rates at the time of the payment.

2. Payment amounts for Belgium, Ireland and Netherlands include offset amounts for the value of certain UK claims as provided for by the bilateral agreements with those countries. The offset amounts are as follows:

Belgium-£1,096,716.23;

Ireland-£14,551,407.00; and

Netherlands-£6,580,653.97.

Asked by Lord Laird

Earl Howe: The information requested is set out in the following table.



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European economic area medical costs-last approved average costs by country (excluding non-waiver 1 countries)
Article 94 2Article 94 2Article 95 3Article 95 3
AnnualAnnualAnnualAnnual
CountryYearCurrencyLocal currency£ 4Local currency£ 4

Austria

2009

EURO

1,828.35

£1,602.33

4,852.14

£4,252.31

Belgium

2008

EURO

1,548.54

£1,357.11

5,062.62

£4,436.77

Bulgaria

BGN

No average costs

Cyprus

2007

EURO

741.21

£649.58

991.21

£868.67

Czech Republic

2009

CZK

15,355.33

£548.56

47,454.23

£1,695.28

France

2008

EURO

2,278.83

£1,997.12

5,359.52

£4,696.97

Germany

2008

EURO

1,239.11

£1,085.93

4,763.07

£4,174.25

Greece

2008

EURO

1,251.34

£1,096.65

2,532.33

£2,219.28

Iceland

ISK

No average costs

Ireland

2004

EURO

3,527.51

£3,091.43

6,789.44

£5,950.12

Italy

2009

EURO

2,428.26

£2,128.07

2,884.01

£2,527.48

Latvia

2008

LVL

334.96

£413.79

398.89

£492.77

Liechtenstein

2009

CHF

4,364.82

£2,843.51

9,272.22

£6,040.49

Lithuania

2008

LTL

1,007.87

£255.81

2,726.71

£692.08

Luxembourg

2008

EURO

2,728.98

£2,391.62

8,626.24

£7,559.85

Netherlands

2008

EURO

1,993.91

£1,747.42

9,423.45

£8,258.51

Poland

2005

PLN

709.36

£157.40

2,203.05

£488.83

Portugal

2008

EURO

1007.19

£882.68

1,894.94

£1,660.68

Romania

RON

No average costs

Slovakia

2008

EURO

460.99

£404.00

1,401.46

£1,228.21

Slovenia

2009

EURO

722.10

£632.83

1,896.16

£1,661.75

Spain

2009

EURO

1,244.87

£1,090.98

3,987.94

£3,494.94

Sweden

2007

SEK

15,353.20

£1,450.00

43,515.81

£4,109.76

Switzerland

2009

CHF

2,751.28

£1,792.35

7,306.32

£4,759.79

UK

2008

GBP

£1,841.93

£1,841.93

£3,598.65

£3,598.65

Notes:

1. Excludes those countries with which the UK has a full or partial claims waiver (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Malta and Norway).

2. Article 94 = Dependants in home state.

3. Article 95 = Pensioners and dependants.

4. Conversion rates based on latest EU quarterly conversion rates (reference period October 2010, application period January, February and March 2011).

Health: Enlarged Prostate

Questions

Asked by Lord Colwyn

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The 2011-12 best practice tariff for laser treatment of the enlarged prostate has been developed with the support of clinicians, including the president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

The draft 2011-12 tariffs were shared for sense check in October 2010 with members of the department's payment by results advisory groups and clinicians involved in the design of the currencies that underpin the national tariff. Changes were subsequently made to the levels of the proposed tariff for resection of prostate by laser to reflect concerns that a day-case rate target of 90 per cent was overly ambitious for delivery in one year. A revised target of 30 per cent was therefore agreed and the draft 2011-12 tariff prices were increased accordingly.

The 2011-12 tariff prices were published for "road test" on 22 December 2010, since when it has been brought to the department's attention that the published best practice tariff price for resection of prostate by laser contained a typographical error. The October 2010 sense check prices for this procedure had been inadvertently included, rather than the revised prices that were agreed for "road test".

The agreed prices for resection of prostate by laser will appear in the final tariff package for 2011-12 when it is published later in February.

Media: Ownership

Question

Asked by Lord Dykes



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Baroness Rawlings: All Ministers are aware of, and abide by, the Ministerial Code. Section 7 states: "Ministers must ensure that no conflict arises, or could reasonably be perceived to arise, between their public duties and their private interests, financial or otherwise".

NHS: Primary Care Trusts

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The revised 2010-11 NHS operating framework, published in June 2010, confirmed the requirement for strategic health authorities to ensure that 2 per cent of recurrent funding is only committed non-recurrently at the aggregate regional level.

The 2011-12 NHS operating framework states that we shall build on this in 2011-12 and require every primary care trust to ensure that 2 per cent of its recurrent funding is only ever committed non-recurrently.

The 2 per cent non-recurrent expenditure could include one-off costs associated with change, both in respect of the quality and productivity challenge and the proposed reforms in the White Paper. This would also include the one-off costs of management change.

Schools: Pupil Premium

Question

Asked by Lord Bradley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): The pupil premium for 2011-12 will be allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) as recorded on the January 2011 school census, pupil referral unit census and alternative provision census. Each pupil known to be eligible for FSM will attract £430 of funding, which will go to the school or academy via the local authority or YPLA if the pupil is in a mainstream setting or will be managed by the responsible local authority if the pupil is in a non-mainstream setting. The pupil premium will also be paid at the same level in respect of looked-after children. In addition to this service, a child premium at a lower level of £200 per pupil will be allocated for pupils registered as service children on the January 2011 school census.

The January 2010 school censuses allow an estimate of the number of pupils known to be eligible for FSM to be made. In Manchester in January 2010, there were 23,365 pupils known to be eligible, which would give rise to a pupil premium of £10,046,950. In addition, there were 15 pupils known to be eligible for the service child premium, which would give rise to a premium of £3,000. However, these are estimates only and are not necessarily indicative of how the pupil premium will be distributed. The number of eligible

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pupils in 2011 could be higher or lower. Please note that suppressed figures have not been included in these totals.

Sudan

Questions

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint): Through its staff in Khartoum and the UK, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) advises companies on market conditions, possible customers, agents and distributors in Sudan.

Henry Bellingham, FCO Minister for Africa, visited Sudan in July 2010 and had a number of discussions on potential trade issues. He heard from British businessmen about the difficulty of accessing banking services for UK/Sudan trade and followed this up with the banking industry on his return.

In September 2010, Her Majesty's ambassador to Khartoum spoke at three events in London organised by trade associations that promote trade with Sudan.

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

Baroness Verma: As reported in Statistics on International Development, between 2006 and 2010 over 30 per cent of UK bilateral aid to Sudan has been spent on government and civil society, which includes support to the civil service. Currently Southern Sudan receives just over half of all UK bilateral aid to Sudan.

We have supported the development of a civil service in Southern Sudan in a number of ways. The UK is a key partner in the multi-donor Capacity Building Trust Fund (CBTF). Following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, the CBTF helped to create the civil service and establish accountable local government through, for example, the development of a verified payroll for the Ministry of Education both at central and state level and training over 500 staff in financial and procurement management. Six years on and the CBTF recently enabled the registration of a certified examination centre for international accounting and procurement courses, where 104 Southern Sudanese officials sat for the first exams in December 2010. Another UK-funded project, support to effective and democratic governance in Southern Sudan, has trained 20,300 civil servants in the public service curriculum.

Future support to Sudan will be determined under the bilateral aid review.



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Treasure

Question

Asked by Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn



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Baroness Rawlings: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, supported by the Ministry of Justice, is continuing to consider the feasibility of a single coroner for treasure and to assess the extent to which measures on treasure in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 may be implemented within budgetary constraints. Ministers will let everyone with an interest know once decisions on these issues have been made.


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