Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page



6 July 2011 : Column WA57



6 July 2011 : Column WA57

Written Answers

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Armed Forces: Pilots

Question

Asked by The Lord Bishop of Hereford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): All Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots previously employed on the Harrier have been re-employed in flying or flying-related appointments within their respective services. These appointments allow the pilots similar career opportunities and professional development as other RN and RAF pilots.



6 July 2011 : Column WA58

RN pilots remain eligible for redundancy under the Armed Forces redundancy scheme. If selected, pilots will receive the normal resettlement support and training to help transition into civilian life. In respect of opportunities outside of the RN, a scheme providing targeted assistance for pilots to start a second career in the civilian aviation sector has been extended to include pilots who may leave the service under redundancy terms.

Qualified RAF pilots will not be made redundant in the first phase of RAF redundancies.

Armed Forces: Staff

Question

Asked by Lord Chidgey

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): The following table lists those service personnel who have voluntarily left the Armed Forces in 2009, 2010 and up to 30 April 2011.

Service1 Jan-31 Dec 2009(1)1 Jan-31 Dec 20101 Jan-30 Apr 2011

Naval Service

Officers

240

170

50

Non-Commissioned Officers

630

470

210

Other Ranks

680

540

250

Army

Officers

360

460

160

Non-Commissioned Officers

1,520

1,980

700

Other Ranks

1,050

1,800

550

Royal Air Force

Officers

180

170

60

Non-Commissioned Officers

590

500

170

Other Ranks

510

360

120

Information on those who decide not to extend their engagements is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Note (1): Voluntary outflow figures for the Army are not held prior to 1 April 2009.

Asylum Seekers

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): Historically, data prior to April 2000 (asylum applications) and May 2000 (asylum initial decisions) were derived from manual counts of cases as they arrived and when decisions were taken and only relate to principal applicants. It would not be possible to generate the necessary statistics for these earlier years.

Generating statistics for between April 2000 (asylum applications)/May 2000 (asylum initial decisions) and 2004 for dependants and information on asylum applications from later years that have been accepted or been otherwise permitted to remain would involve matching databases which would be difficult, costly and time consuming and could not be done within existing resources.

The United Kingdom does not yet have full controls in place for people leaving the country, so information is not available on the number of these asylum seekers and dependants currently residing in the United Kingdom.



6 July 2011 : Column WA59

Data on numbers of principal asylum applicants between 2004 and 2009, as at May 2010 (tables provided in my answers to PQs HL8059 and HL9144), granted asylum, humanitarian protection and discretionary leave at initial decision and appeal are also available in the published tables of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2009. This does not include applications accepted at other stages of the process or those permitted to remain outside of the asylum process. This publication is available in the Library of the House and the Home Office Science website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Browning: The UK Border Agency is aware of recent events in the South Kordofan area of Sudan and is monitoring the situation closely. Our returns guidance is constantly kept under review.

All asylum claims are carefully considered on their individual circumstances in light of the latest country information. Those found to need international protection will be granted asylum or another form of leave. If claims are refused, applicants have a right of appeal to the immigration courts.

The UK Border Agency does not enforce the return of individuals, unless it, and the UK courts, consider that it is safe to do so.

Bahrain

Questions

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): Our embassy has been able to attend some of the many trials currently taking place in the national safety courts, including the trials of the 48 medical staff. Our primary concerns in the legal process have been the methods of arrest, early access to legal counsel, allegations of abuse in detention, methods of interrogation, alleged coerced confessions, the charges brought against defendants, and the implications that medical professionals may not be allowed to carry out their duties without fear of recrimination.

In the hearings we attended, the judging panel appeared to give due attention to the points raised by the defence and prosecution teams. One key difference between the national safety trials and the civil court hearings we observed is that the defendants have had

6 July 2011 : Column WA60

little chance to speak, other than to confirm their names. We have also observed that many defendants do not have legal representation until after the first hearing, suggesting that they have not had access to legal counsel beforehand. The Government have told the embassy that some defendants may have refused counsel and that the court has therefore had to appoint a lawyer at the first hearing.

We will continue to monitor the legal proceedings.

Asked by Lord Hylton

Lord Howell of Guildford: The national dialogue in Bahrain began on 2 July with an initial meeting and address by the chair of the national dialogue, the speaker of the National Assembly Mr Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani. The participants agreed that the dialogue would cover four main themes: political, economic, human rights and social issues. A range of political societies, civil and non-governmental organisations, prominent figures within the kingdom of Bahrain and the media attended.

Benefits

Questions

Asked by Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): Information relating to Great Britain has been placed in the Library.

Benefit spending in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office. Child benefit (and tax credits) are administered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.



6 July 2011 : Column WA61

Transfers of functions into and out of the Department for Work and Pensions, and its predecessors, affect the observed trends, and figures here do not control such transfers.

Comparable OECD figures are not available, because of differences in individual countries' welfare systems. However, some information on OECD countries' welfare spending may be found at: http://www.oecd.org/els/social/indicators/SAG.

DWP benefit expenditure information can be found at the following website: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/index.php?paqe=expenditure.

DDP figures quoted are taken from the HM Treasury website as below. Please refer to this for more information regarding these figures http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/data_gdp_fig.htm.

Care Services

Question

Asked by Baroness Wheeler

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): It is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way that is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, private companies which are exercising public functions will also be public authorities within the Act in respect of those functions. If a public authority of this kind has breached convention rights, a claim can be brought against it.

The Government do not consider that it would be proportionate to subject all social care staff, many of whom are low-paid workers, to compulsory statutory professional regulation.

The vetting and barring scheme (VBS) already provides arrangements to bar those who pose a risk to vulnerable people from working in the sector. Social care workers are within the scope of the VBS and will continue to be when the scheme is remodelled as proposed in the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

However, ensuring that people are protected from abuse is also a key responsibility of employers, through effective training, good supervision of staff and robust disciplinary procedures to deal with misconduct. To support employers in their duties, the Government are committed to introducing, subject to parliamentary approval, a system of assured voluntary registration for unregulated workers, including social care workers in England, as a lever to improve quality and further safeguard people who use services.



6 July 2011 : Column WA62

In addition, care providers of regulated activities are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, in accordance with statutory regulations. Providers must comply with these requirements to ensure the quality and safety of care. This includes ensuring care workers are appropriately trained and experienced and that service users are safeguarded from abuse and neglect.

Children: Poverty

Question

Asked by Baroness Lister of Burtersett

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): In my earlier Answer I restated our position that using income transfers alone is not the way to solve poverty and that a comprehensive approach is required. Thinking beyond income transfers to in-kind support is supported by the recent OECD report Doing Better for Families which highlighted that child poverty is lowest in those countries with strong service and childcare-based interventions.

Our child poverty strategy demonstrates that we are making a sustained, long-term attempt to lift people out of not only poverty of income but poverty of aspiration and poverty of outcomes. We have maintained funding for Sure Start, with a refocused core offer that supports disadvantaged families, introduced new grants for the most disadvantaged young people through the fairness premium and the 16-19 bursary fund, and our welfare reforms are also based on the principle that work is key to reducing poverty.

Courts Service: User Survey

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, made a Written Ministerial Statement on 14 October 2010 (Official Report, col. 36WS) setting out why court users surveys would not be commissioned for 2010-11.

In April 2011 Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) and the Tribunals Service came together to form a new integrated agency, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). To have commissioned surveys for 2010-11 for the two agencies that were soon to close would not have represented good value for money, as the results would have been of limited use and would not have been available until after the creation of the new integrated agency.



6 July 2011 : Column WA63

HMCTS is currently considering how best to extract relevant user insight and intelligence for the new agency at proportionate value and cost.

Courts Service: Victim and Witness Support

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The Witness and Victim Experience Survey (WAVES) was a useful source of information on victims' and witnesses' experiences of the criminal justice system. However, following a review, it was concluded that although WAVES provided valuable information on a subset of victims and witnesses, the department's future evidence requirements would best be met through alternative approaches, and the survey was ended.

The main reasons for this were that the principal findings from WAVES were stable over time, and the survey excluded some victim and witness groups of interest, such as domestic violence and sexual offences, victims and witnesses aged under 18, and cases that resulted in an out-of-court disposal or remained undetected. The data collected from WAVES are still relevant and continue to be analysed and used. Alternative methods for measuring victim and witness experiences are currently being explored by analysts within the department.

Crime: Drink and Drug Driving

Question

Asked by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): We are completing consultations and hope to publish the specification during the summer.

Criminal Records Bureau

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): No such assessment has been made because the function which is undertaken outside the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom is the responsibility of Capita under the terms of the contract, which was originally fully evaluated through competition in accordance with EU procurement rules and regulations. The contract requires Capita to ensure the compliance of all its subcontractors, wherever they may be based, with all relevant provisions of the contract, including those relating to data protection.

Additionally, site visits have been undertaken on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau by an appropriate security consultant, to ensure the appropriateness of the information assurance governance arrangements and assurance was given following these visits.

Disabled People: Motability

Question

Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): Motability is an independent charity and is wholly responsible for the policies and overseeing the administration of the Motability scheme.

The Department for Work and Pensions regularly meets with Motability to discuss the performance of the specialised vehicles fund, which Motability administers on its behalf, and to discuss the Motability scheme more generally. These discussions are helpful to both parties in order to ensure that the scheme, in which disabled people can use their disability living allowance to lease a vehicle, gives personal mobility on terms which represent value for money and meet the needs of disabled people. Senior governors and directors of Motability have also met with DWP Ministers for similar discussions about the specialised vehicles fund, the Motability scheme and a wide range of mobility and transport issues.

Drugs

Question

Asked by Lord Moynihan



6 July 2011 : Column WA65

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): The Home Office has not made a formal assessment of the correlation between the prohibition of controlled substances and the market for controlled drugs.

Previous research commissioned by the Home Office in 2007, The Illicit Drug Trade in the United Kingdom, provided some qualitative insight into the operation of illegal drug markets, including an indication that enforcement action taken against the trafficking of illegal drugs increased their price.

Controlling drugs that cause harm is a key part of our efforts to protect the public, not least vulnerable people, and to meet our obligations under the international conventions on reducing drug misuse and drug trafficking.

Reference: Matrix Knowledge Group (2007) The Illicit Drug Trade in the United Kingdom Home Office Online Report 20/07.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20l10218135832/rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/rdsolr2007.pdf.

Economy: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The HM Treasury consultation Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy was originally due to close on 24 June 2011. The consultation closing date has now been extended to 8 July 2011. The consultation deadline has been extended to ensure all interested parties have sufficient time to submit a response. This includes attendees at a high-level consultation meeting, which will be held in Northern Ireland on 7 July. The extended deadline has been clearly stated on the HM Treasury Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy consultation web page.

Embryology

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool



6 July 2011 : Column WA66

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The department has made no assessment of this information.

EU: Budget

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The UK makes its contributions to the EU budget as a whole and not to individual areas of spending within it. The UK's contribution to the EU budget in 2011 was around 12 per cent, post-abatement.

The Institute for Gender Equality received a total contribution from the EU budget of 7.5 million euros in 2011 and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights received a total contribution from the EU budget of €20 million in 2011.

In line with the UK's contribution to the overall EU budget, around 12 per cent of each of the institutions budgets could be considered the UK's contribution.

European Court of Human Rights

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): As a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, the UK is obliged to comply with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the UK as a matter of international law. Article 46(1) of the convention, states: "The High Contracting Parties undertake to abide by the final judgment of the Court in any case to which they are parties".

Extremism

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): Following an extensive review the Home Office published the new Prevent Strategy on 7 June 2011.

6 July 2011 : Column WA67

The report entitled Assessing the Effects of Prevent Policing by the Universities' Police Science Institute, Cardiff University, was submitted to the review and account was taken of it in preparing the strategy.

Finance: Regulation

Question

Asked by Lord Lipsey

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The Government published a White Paper and draft Bill, A New Approach to Financial Regulation: The Blueprint for Reform on 16 June.

The draft Bill will shortly be considered in pre-legislative scrutiny (PLS) by an ad hoc Joint Committee of both Houses. PLS is currently scheduled to conclude by 1 December.

The Government will consider the Joint Committee's report and introduce the Bill shortly thereafter. The Government expect the Bill to receive Royal Assent by the end of 2012, subject to parliamentary scheduling considerations.

Forestry Commission

Question

Asked by The Earl of Clancarty

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): The public forest estate in England, Scotland and Wales, managed by the Forestry Commission, was treated as a single entity between 1991 and 1997. During that time the total area managed decreased by 59,923 hectares or 5.3 per cent of the 1991 land area.

Forestry was devolved in 1999 and the area sold in Scotland and Wales from this time is a matter for the respective Administrations. Land sales in England from January 1997 to December 2010 are shown in the table below.



6 July 2011 : Column WA68

Sales-by calendar year 1997 to 2010
YearTotal area (hectares))% of 1997 land area

1997

2662

1.003

1998

1269

0.478

1999

283

0.107

2000

441

0.166

2001

97

0.037

2002

888

0.334

2003

806

0.304

2004

866

0.326

2005

47

0.018

2006

198

0.075

2007

1637

0.617

2008

306

0.115

2009

1056

0.398

2010

1564

0.589

All new sales of public forest estate land were suspended on 17 February, pending receiving and considering the advice of the independent panel which is due to report in April 2012.

Government Departments: Research and Data

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): The report for the project Satisfying Labour Demand through Migration is due to be published on the European Migration Network (EMN) website: (http://emn.intrasoft-intl.com/html/index.html) in the week commencing 4 July 2011.

The findings from the UK report are included in a synthesis report on the topic, produced by the European Commission. The synthesis report was published on the EMN website on 15 June 2011 and can be accessed here: http://emn.intra_softintl.com/Downloads/prepare ShowFiles.do;jsessionid=3EOD982681B8144BED121 A00EA3EEAC6?entryTitle=01_Satisfyingpercent20 LABOURpercent20DEMANDpercent20through percent20migration.

Government Departments: TV Sets

Question

Asked by Lord Jopling

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: The Government always aim to answer Questions for Written Answer within 10 working days. Unfortunately there are occasionally delays in the process which means it is not always possible to achieve this.



6 July 2011 : Column WA69

The Cabinet Office is a large estate comprising 11 buildings in central London and four in the regions. Information relating to the exact number of television sets is not held centrally and to collate this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Health and Social Care Bill

Question

Asked by Lord Beecham

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The department has sought legal advice as required across the range of reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Bill, including around issues of reductions of capacity in the current National Health Service organisations.

Health: Preventative Care

Question

Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Investment, by the National Health Service and local authorities, in integrated preventative services can lead to better outcomes for individuals including helping people to live independently for longer, and can realise efficiencies for both the NHS and local authorities. That is why we have invested £150 million in the NHS this year to support re-ablement, which will help people recover their independence after a spell in hospital.

Health: Reciprocal Agreements

Question

Asked by Lord Laird



6 July 2011 : Column WA70

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Under Regulation 1408/71, all member states claim healthcare costs for pensioners and their dependants and the dependants of workers on the basis of an average cost. Under Regulation 883/2004, which entered into force on 1 May 2010, this changed, and all member states will claim actual costs, except those member states that choose to continue to claim an average cost for healthcare provided to those residents.

Those member states that will continue to claim an average cost are:

Ireland; Spain;Italy;Malta;The Netherlands;Portugal; Finland; Sweden; andUnited Kingdom.

The calculation of each member state's average costs is for the Government of that member state to decide. The UK's average costs are calculated on the basis of domestic healthcare expenditure and the size and profile of the UK population for the reference year in question.

Homeless People

Questions

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): Department for Communities and Local Government is the lead department; however, given the sometimes complex nature of homelessness, other government departments need to be involved in helping meet the needs for homeless people-that is why my right honourable friend the Minister for Housing and Local Government established a cross-government working group on homelessness bringing together Ministers from eight government departments to address the complex causes of homelessness and rough sleeping-not only housing, but just as importantly health, work and training.

The table below shows Department for Communities and Local Government homelessness grant funding for the years requested.



6 July 2011 : Column WA71

2000-01 (£m)2005-06 (£m)2010-11 (£m)

Local Authority Revenue

2.9

44.7

74.1

Local Authority Capital

0

39.5

0

Voluntary Organisation Revenue

28.6

15.0

18.7

Voluntary Organisation Capital

0

1.0

0

Total

31.5

100.2

92.8

The table below shows Supporting People Programme homelessness funding, this is collected retrospective year end from top-tier local authorities via the Supporting People Local Systems data set. This includes spend broken down by Supporting People client groups including single homeless with support needs, homeless families with support needs and rough sleepers.

Homeless Families with Support NeedsRough SleeperSingle Homeless with support needsTotal

1 April 2009- 31 March 2010

50,607,342

19,661,062

220,649,883

290,918,287

1 April 2005-31 March 2006

49,472,818

16,259,386

251,770,808

317,503,011

The Supporting People programme did not exist in 2000 so no comparable figures are available. Spend data to cover financial year 2010-11 are not available yet.

This Government take homelessness very seriously: that is why we are maintaining investment in homelessness grant at £100 million a year for each of the next four years to support local authorities and the voluntary sector in their work to tackle homelessness.

A further £6.5 billion has been allocated to Supporting People over the spending review period.

Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

Questions

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Government have introduced a new more accurate way of evaluating rough sleeping levels in England.

6 July 2011 : Column WA72

Previously only local authorities where there was a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem were required to provide a count. All areas across England now provide counts or robust estimates giving a clear national picture. Latest statistics show 1,768 rough sleepers in England on any one night in autumn 2010 and are published at the following link: http://www. communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/xls/I 845849.xls.

Rough sleeping statistics for previous years are published on the DCLG website but are not comparable to the latest figures and so have not been provided here.

The department does not collect information specifically on the number of rough sleepers who were found to have died or overnight sheltered accommodation available for rough sleepers in cities. However, Homeless Link, the national umbrella organisation for front-line homelessness services, do offer a quick accommodation search facility at http://homelessuk.org/search/search AccomSimple.asp.

This Government are committed to tackling rough sleeping and preventing homelessness. We have maintained the level of homelessness grant, with £400 million for local authorities and the voluntary sector over the next four years. A cross-departmental ministerial working group has been set up to address the complex causes of homelessness and improve support for homeless people.

House of Lords: Sitting Times

Question

Asked by Lord Grocott

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The Companion to the Standing Orders states that "it is a firm convention that the House normally rises by about 10 pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, by about 7 pm on Thursdays, and by about 3 pm on Fridays". Between 1 January and 28 June inclusive, the House sat past these times on 44 occasions, as shown in the table below.



6 July 2011 : Column WA73

DateDayRising timeTime past 10 pm, 7 pm or 3 pm (in hours:mins)

10.01.2011

Monday

22:46

00:46

11.01.2011

Tuesday

22:15

00:15

12.01.2011

Wednesday

23:58

01:58

17.01.2011

Monday

12:52

14:52

19.01.2011

Wednesday

03:03

05:03

24.01.2011

Monday

01:35

03:35

25.01.2011

Tuesday

23:25

01:25

26.01.2011

Wednesday

23:48

01:48

31.01.2011

Monday

22:08

00:08

08.02.2011

Tuesday

22:11

00:11

09.02.2011

Wednesday

23:03

01:03

16.02.2011

Wednesday

23:46

01:46

28.02.2011

Monday

23:11

01:11

01.03.2011

Tuesday

23:06

01:06

02.03.2011

Wednesday

22:10

00:10

03.03.2011

Thursday

19:06

00:06

07.03.2011

Monday

01:13

03:13

09.03.2011

Wednesday

00:30

02:30

14.03.2011

Monday

22:42

00:42

16.03.2011

Wednesday

22:19

00:19

21.03.2011

Monday

23:39

01:39

22.03.2011

Tuesday

00:08

02:08

23.03.2011

Wednesday

22:46

00:46

28.03.2011

Monday

23:52

01:52

29.03.2011

Tuesday

01:02

03:02

05.04.2011

Tuesday

22:44

00:44

26.04.2011

Tuesday

22:08

00:08

27.04.2011

Wednesday

23:32

01:32

03.05.2011

Tuesday

23:07

01:07

04.05.2011

Wednesday

22:18

00:18

09.05.2011

Monday

22:19

00:19

10.05.2011

Tuesday

22:09

00:09

16.05.2011

Monday

22:06

00:06

17.05.2011

Tuesday

22:41

00:41

18.05.2011

Wednesday

22:09

00:09

24.05.2011

Tuesday

00:14

00:14

06.06.2011

Monday

22:47

00:47

07.06.2011

Tuesday

22:42

00:42

08.06.2011

Wednesday

22:13

00:13

13.06.2011

Monday

22:23

00:23

14.06.2011

Tuesday

22:32

00:32

16.06.2011

Thursday

22:00

03:00

23.06.2011

Thursday

19:27

00:27

28.06.2011

Tuesday

22:18

00:18

Houses of Parliament: Refurbishment

Question

Asked by Lord Grocott

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): It is likely that the additional sitting week in October will disrupt works planned as part of the mechanical and electrical works programme, the purpose of which is to refit the mechanical and electrical building services within the Palace of Westminster. The contract for this programme will not be rescheduled, but the additional sitting week means that some work, previously scheduled for that week, will now need to be carried out when the House is not sitting and at weekends. It is estimated that these changes could cost

6 July 2011 : Column WA74

approximately £25-30,000, of which the House of Lords will pay 40 per cent. It is also likely that the additional sitting week will disrupt the programme of occupation for Millbank House, but the cost implications of this have not yet been quantified.

Housing

Questions

Asked by Baroness Ford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The table below sets out forecast unit completions for the 2011-12 financial year, achieving Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 or better, funded through the National Affordable Housing Programme.

Sustainable HomesForecast Completions 2011-12

Level Four (****)

7,957

Level Five (*****)

111

Level Six (******)

151

Source: Homes and Communities Agency, 24 June, 2011.

Asked by Baroness King of Bow

Baroness Hanham: The funding made available to each local authority in England under the overcrowding pathfinder initiative in each year is set out in the table below. No funding was made available by the department to other agencies under this initiative.



6 July 2011 : Column WA75



6 July 2011 : Column WA76



6 July 2011 : Column WA77

Local Authority Pathfinders
Local Authority2008-092009-102010-11Total
£000s£000s£000s

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

150

218

100

468,000

London Borough of Barnet

150

160

100

410,000

London Borough of Bexley

100

80

50

230,000

London Borough of Brent

100

100

100

300,000

London Borough of Bromley

100

100

80

280,000

London Borough of Camden

100

180

120

400,000

London Borough of Croydon

200

180

100

480,000

London Borough of Ealing

100

242

100

442,000

London Borough of Enfield

100

90

100

290,000

London Borough of Greenwich

100

100

120

320,000

London Borough of Hackney

100

130

120

350,000

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

158.5

300

120

578,500

London Borough of Haringey

100

110

100

310,000

London Borough of Harrow

100

100

80

280,000

London Borough of Havering

100

120

80

300,000

London Borough of Hillingdon

100

120

120

340,000

London Borough of Hounslow

100

100

100

300,000

London Borough of Islington

100

130

120

350,000

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

100

130

100

330,000

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

100

160

100

360,000

London Borough of Lambeth

100

60

80

240,000

London Borough of Lewisham

100

120

80

300,000

London Borough of Merton

100

50

150,000

London Borough of Newham

100

80

100

280,000

London Borough of Redbridge

100

80

50

230,000

London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

100

60

50

210,000

London Borough of Southwark

210

222

120

552,000

London Borough of Sutton

100

90

80

270,000

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

100

110

120

330,000

London Borough of Waltham Forest

100

100

100

300,000

London Borough of Wandsworth

100

70

20

190,000

London Borough of Westminster

100

90

100

290,000

City of London

100

100,000

Birmingham City Council

100

130

120

350,000

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

100

100

100

300,000

Leicester City Council

100

100

80

280,000

Liverpool City Council

100

70

50

220,000

Manchester City Council

100

130

120

350,000

Bristol City Council

25

65

50

140,000

Coventry City Council

25

-

25,000

Dudley Metropolitan District Council

25

25

50

100,000

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

25

35

80

140,000

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

25

35

50

110,000

Leeds City Council

25

105

100

230,000

Luton Borough Council

25

35

50

110,000

Medway Council

25

50

75,000

Nottingham City Council

25

45

80

150,000

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

25

65

80

170,000

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

25

65

50

140,000

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

25

45

100

170,000

Southampton City Council

25

55

80

160,000

Sheffield City Council

25

35

80

140,000

Slough Borough Council

25

25

80

130,000

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

25

45

80

150,000

Wigan Council

25

25

50

100,000

Total

£4,593,500

£5,167,000

£4,540,000

£14,300,500

This programme was a time-limited, three-year pilot scheme that was scheduled to end in 2010-11.

Immigration

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): The student proposals are estimated to reduce output because some students and their dependants will no longer contribute to economic output through work, either because they no longer come to the UK, or because their right to work while in the UK is removed.

The extent to which output is lost depends in part on the extent to which non-migrant labour fills the gap. The evidence from existing economic literature implies that there will be no displacement of non-migrant workers by migrants. However, it is not clear that this necessarily applies at a time when growth in the economy is less well established. If there was some displacement, the economic impacts would be significantly lower. The Migration Advisory Committee has been commissioned to research the labour market, social

6 July 2011 : Column WA78

and public service impacts of migration, including the issue of displacement, and is due to report in November.

The impact of providing housing for students, for example on rents or capacity, was considered but we were unable to estimate the impact this might have due to the absence of suitable data, and the complex way these impacts are felt.

Immigration: Children in Detention

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): Monthly figures are not available. Information on the number of children in detention is collected on the last day of each quarter. The latest published information shows that as at the 31 March 2011 there were no children recorded as being in detention. The table below shows the number of children entering detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers, by month, January to May 2011.

Children entering detention (M)(1) held solely under Immigration Act powers, by place of initial detention, January to May 2011 (2)(3)(4)
United KingdomNumber of children
Place of initial detentionJanFebMarAprMayTotal

UK Border Agency Removal Centres

Brook House

0

0

1

0

0

1

Campsfield House

0

2

0

0

1

3

Dover Immigration Removal Centre

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dungavel

0

0

0

0

0

0

Harmondsworth

0

0

0

0

0

0

Haslar

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lindholme

0

0

0

0

0

0

Morton Hall (5)

:

:

:

:

0

0

Tinsley House

2

0

4

0

7

13

Yarl's Wood

0

0

0

0

0

0

UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities

Colnbrook Short Term

0

0

1

0

0

1

Pennine House

0

0

0

0

0

0

Grand Total

2

2

6

0

8

18

(1) Some detainees may be recorded more than once if, for example, the person has been detained on more than one separate occasion in the time period shown, such as a person who has left detention, but has subsequently been redetained.



6 July 2011 : Column WA79

(2) Figures exclude persons recorded as entering police cells and Prison Service establishments, those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers and their dependants.

(3) Figures include dependants.

(4) May include persons detained for less than 24 hours.

(5) Morton Hall opened on 16 May 2011.

(M) These figures are based on management information and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for national statistics. They are provisional and subject to change. These figures may alter when produced for the national statistics publication following more detailed checking.

: Not applicable.

Information on numbers of children entering detention is published monthly and is available from the Home Office Science, research and statistics website at: http://homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/.

A copy of the latest month will be placed in the House Library. June 2011 figures will be available on 28 July 2011. Information on children detained as at the last day of each quarter, solely under Immigration Act powers, is published quarterly in the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, which is available from the same website and from the Library of the House. Figures for those detained as at 30 June 2011 will be published on 25 August 2011.

Migration Advisory Committee

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): The Government have no plans to alter the purpose, remit or membership of the Migration Advisory Committee.

NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

Questions

Asked by Lord Mawhinney



6 July 2011 : Column WA80

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): This is a matter for the National Health Service locally and as such, the information requested is not centrally collected.

The noble Lord may wish to contact the chair of East of England strategic health authority directly for more information.

NHS: Primary Care Trusts

Questions

Asked by Lord Mawhinney

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Chairs of primary care trusts (PCTs) are public appointments, and as such, are not subject to a contract of service or contract for services. The terms and conditions attached to a PCT chair's appointment states a time commitment of three to three and a half days per week. There is an expectation that a proportion of the time PCT chairs spend on their role will be on trust premises; however, the amount of time this involves will vary from week to week. The performance appraisal of PCT chairs is the responsibility of strategic health authority chairs.

NHS: Reform

Questions

Asked by Baroness Thornton



6 July 2011 : Column WA81

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Strong leaders, particularly clinical leaders, are essential to delivering a modern National Health Service that gives patients the best care and outcomes. We will consider the recommendations of the King's Fund; while we recognise that we will always need good managers in the NHS, we want those at the front line to have more of a say-less bureaucracy for managers, and a leadership role for clinicians. Our approach to reducing administration costs across the sector is based not upon simple cuts but on systematic modernisation, which will remove and streamline layers of bureaucracy while empowering professionals and patients.

The Government have committed to reducing administration costs across the public sector by one-third by the end of the spending review. The department will achieve this by removing layers of bureaucracy, closing primary care trusts and strategic health authorities and moving responsibility for commissioning closer to patients.

The coalition Government's commitment to reduce over 45 per cent of management costs (not posts) by the end of the spending review is included within the one-third reduction in overall administration costs.


Next Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page