|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of research and development funding they are making available to the United Kingdom aerospace sector in the financial years (1) 2011-12, (2) 2012-13, and (3) 2013-14.[HL14206]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The Government have committed over £47 million for Aerospace research and technology projects in 2011-12, In addition, there are already further commitments of £33 million in 2012-13 and £3.4 million in 2013-14. The Government are working with the sector through the joint Government/Industry Aerospace Growth Partnership to identify future research priorities.
In addition, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has identified between £3 million and £5 million in each of the three financial years to support aerospace Research and Development (R&D). The TSB will work closely with the industry and the Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to determine how those funds can be most effectively used to accelerate technology development and commercialisation.
The sector can also benefit from other support provided by the TSB such as through the KTN and the recently launched High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre, as well as competitions in cross-cutting technology areas suitable for wide industrial application.
The Government also provide repayable loans in the form of launch investment to help fund the development of new aircraft programmes. The most recent of these have been to Airbus and GKN (for the development of the Airbus A350 XWB) and to Bombardier (for the CSeries). The total value of loans for these programmes is approximately £514 million.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the pilot study to collect antimicrobial resistance and other relevant data from dairy farms with and without extended-spectrum beta-lactamases E coli.[HL14257]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): All Defra evidence contracts are closely monitored by Defra specialists working with policy colleagues. Contract variations are required if there
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA342
This study was commissioned by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as an initial investigation into the role of antimicrobial usage as a factor influencing the prevalence of E.coli carrying extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) on dairy farms. At the outset the study was set up for 1 year to explore the feasibility of the approach. Data collected confirmed the feasibility of the proposed methods and so the variation was put in place to strengthen the output. The variation extended the project by one year so that a further 20 ESBL positive and 20 ESBL negative farms could be identified then visited to take samples and carry out the subsequent analyses. As a result of the extra work, the cost of the project increased from £170,525 to £274,483.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have drawn any safety concerns to the World Trade Organisation's attention under its sanitary and phytosanitary agreement regarding non-European Union countries exporting pig and poultry products to the United Kingdom.[HL14153]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): Defra has not raised any concerns to the World Trade Organisation on imports of pig and poultry products into the UK.
The rules for imports from non-European Union (EU) countries to the United Kingdom of animals and animal products, including pig and poultry products, are set at the EU level. All imported meat must come from a country authorised for imports into the EU; from an approved establishment; each consignment must be accompanied by the appropriate animal and public health certification; and must be officially checked on entry to the EU at designated border inspection posts.
If an outbreak of disease occurs in the exporting country, or there are any major deficiencies found that may pose a risk to animal or public health, appropriate safeguard actions on imports will be discussed and voted on by veterinary experts from all 27 EU member states on the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
These import controls to protect animal and public health are in line with the guidelines established by the Office International des Epizooties (01E), the world organisation of animal health, and the sanitary and phytosanitary agreement of the World Trade Organisation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): A UK wide survey of apprenticeship pay is currently under way. The results are due to be published by early 2012.
Baroness Wilcox: The 2011 Skills for Life survey examines the literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills of adults, aged between 16 and 65 years old, in England. This is a follow-up to the original survey conducted in 2003.The headline findings report for the 2011 survey1 was published on 1 December. The full survey report is due to be published in spring 2012.
The Government highlighted in New Challenges, New Chances,3 published on 1 December 2011, that though there has been a large improvement since 2003 in Level 2 and above literacy, it is unacceptable that 24 per cent of adults lack functional numeracy skills and 15 per cent lack functional literacy skills. Following their review of adult literacy and numeracy provision, the Government have set out in New Challenges, New Chances the actions they are taking to improve the economic and personal returns of its investment in literacy and numeracy provision.
1 TNS-BMRB and AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd. (1/12/11) 2011 Skills for Life survey: headline findings, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, BIS research paper 57. Available online at: http: www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/0-9/11-1367-2011-skills-for-life-survey-findings.pdf, accessed on 13/12/11.
3 BIS (1/12/11) New Challenges, New Chances: Further Education and Skills System Reform Plan: building a World Class Skills System, available online at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/f/11-1340-further-education-skills-system-reform-plan.pdf, accessed on 13/12/11.
Baroness Wilcox: The most recently published survey covers learners completing priority further education courses in the 2007-08 academic year and progressing to a positive destination in 2008-09. This can be found at: http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/SFA/FtE_Summary _Statistics_2010.pdf
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the United Kingdom's military personnel stationed in Bahrain in March were engaged in any way on behalf of the Government of Bahrain during the uprising.[HL14303]
The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): As set out in the Autumn Statement, this Government will continue to work with the devolved Administrations to improve the links between our nations.
As part of this, the Government announced that Belfast will become one of 10 "super-connected cities" across the UK, with a new urban broadband fund providing £100 million of investment across the UK.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the Financial Services Authority's report on the failure of the Royal Bank of Scotland, they propose to disqualify Sir Tom McKillop and Sir Fred Goodwin under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1981.[HL14316]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The Financial Services Authority's (FSA) report into the failure of RBS refers to the fact that previous material on RBS compiled by PwC was disclosed to officials earlier this year. This information was provided so a view could be taken on whether there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the Secretary of State should take action against any director by way of disqualification. Counsel advised then that it would not be appropriate to bring proceedings on the information contained in that material. Now that the FSA's report has been published, the Secretary of State has instructed Counsel to provide further advice on what course of action is open.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November (WA 2-3), what are the "development results already being achieved and delivered" by the BBC World Service Trust; what are the existing programmes funded by the Department for International Development that will now be brought together and what will be the resulting efficiencies; and whether they foresee any risks arising from the £90 million of funding being provided representing up to 40 per cent of the Trust's annual budget. [HL14115]
Baroness Northover: The grant to the BBC World Service Trust is building on development results already achieved through governance, health, and humanitarian programmes already funded by the Department for International Development. For example, in Bangladesh, 60 per cent of people thought the "Question Time" programme had made politicians and officials more accountable. In Cambodia, the health programme increased the number of people using condoms, the number of women going to antenatal checks, and the number of people washing their hands. "Lifeline" programmes are reaching people in emergencies with information that is critical to their survival. A young woman's comment on a Darfur programme was that "when you listen to this programme you feel that it is the only link between you and the outside world".
The Government estimate that bringing these together will result in an efficiency saving of just under £360,000. In order to avoid the risk of dependency on funding, the grant will not exceed 40 per cent of the BBC World Service Trust's overall annual funding.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The hi-tech Hub in Israel was opened by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right honourable friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne) on 3 November 2011. This initiative has been designed by our ambassador to Tel Aviv. At present, there are no plans to open similar hi-tech hubs in our other embassies around the world. However the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is monitoring the progress of the hub in Tel Aviv to determine whether it might act as a model or provide lessons relevant to our engagement in other countries in the future, in line with the expansion of our efforts to promote the UK's prosperity.
The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The information requested is not available. Businesses only have to report values of business premises renovation allowance claims on their tax returns. They do not have to state how many different projects these claims relate to. For accounting periods ending in 2009-10, the latest year for which this data is available, around 2,000 businesses made claims for business premises renovation allowance.
Baroness Northover: The UK Government's four-yearly spending review set a budget of £2.9 billion for climate finance for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15, known as the international climate fund. UK international climate finance is official development assistance (ODA) and is being met from within the rising aid budget. The share of UK ODA devoted to climate finance will continue to account for less than 10 per cent in every year of this spending period.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): Paragraph 17 of Schedule 3 of the Consumer Credit Act 2006 is not in force. It has not been necessary to commence this paragraph because its effect has been achieved by the transitional provisions in articles 4 and 5 of the Consumer Credit Act 2006 (Commencement No 2 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 7 December (HL Deb, col 715), what actions they are taking to get shareholders in public companies to "take the responsibility" and use "the power that they have" on corporate governance.[HL14249]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The Government are clear that engagement between institutional investors and companies is vital to help improve long-term returns to shareholders and the efficient exercise of governance responsibilities. The stewardship code, introduced last year, sets out aspirational standards for institutional investors in their engagement with companies. It now has over 230 signatories and a report published this month has found that the quality of engagement between investors and company boards is already improving.
The Kay review is currently looking at the relationships between shareholders and companies, including how effectively they engage with each other. The review will produce a set of recommendations next summer which may propose how to further strengthen such engagement.
To ask Her Majesty's Government who they hold responsible for the failure to provide protection to businesses and residents during the August riots; and whether those affected have received apologies from those responsible.[HL14175]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of claims against public compensation schemes made to date by residents who and businesses which experienced damage during the August riots; how much has been paid to date; and what is the estimated total cost of public compensation to date.[HL14176]
Lord Henley: Under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, applications for compensation are made directly to police authorities. There is no requirement for them to provide this information to the Home Office. Therefore, the precise figures of payments that have been made to claimants is held locally by each police authority.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): All foreign criminals are checked against the police national computer to see whether they have previous offences in the United Kingdom. The police service is able, using the provisions in EU council decision 2005/876/JHA on the exchange of information extracted from the criminal record, to make a request for the previous convictions of the arrested individual from the country of nationality if the individual is an EU national. Such requests are routed through the UK Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records.
Although many member states do provide information on request it is not mandatory to do so under the council decision. It will become mandatory when framework decision 2009/315/JHA on the organisation and content of the exchange of information extracted from the criminal record between member states comes into force at the end of April 2012. The police service, conscious that the self-declaration of nationality and identity information by the arrested individual can result in difficulties in identifying individuals and finding out their correct criminal record, has been working with EU partners to exchange fingerprints as well as alpha-numeric information.
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA349
The police service can also, irrespective of the individual's nationality, check Interpol records concerning an arrested individual. It can also, either directly or through Interpol channels request information from the country of nationality. The decision on whether to do so is an operational matter for the police.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): In 2009 the Office of Fair Trading estimated that there were 1,200 pawnbroking shops across the UK, with the annual loan book worth between £500 million and £600 million.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): The Government are preserving key benefits for older people, including winter fuel payments, free sight tests, prescriptions, TV licences and concessionary bus travel.
There are no plans to means test the contributory state pension. A consultation paper, A State Pension for the 21st Century, (Command 8053) published in April this year outlined proposals to simplify the state pension system to make if a more effective foundation for retirement saving.
The age at which people become entitled to free prescriptions will be changed to reflect changes to state pension age qualification. The Department of Health is considering how best to implement this change of criteria for free prescriptions and in the mean time the age of entitlement will remain at 60.
To ask Her Majesty's Government why citizens of Zimbabwe resident in the United Kingdom are able to vote in United Kingdom elections following the 2003 withdrawal by Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth. [HL14251]
The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): Following Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth, the UK Government decided to maintain Commonwealth rights for Zimbabwean citizens in the UK, drawing on a precedent set with Fiji. As such, Zimbabwean citizens are still allowed to benefit under any relevant nationality provisions including voting rights. The UK Government look forward to a time when the conditions are right for Zimbabwe to return to the Commonwealth.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The survey of employment tribunal applications (SETA) is a benchmark survey that allows us to monitor developments in the employment tribunal system. It is an important part of the research that we do, particularly given the policy changes in this area. The most recent SETA was published in 2008.
We are considering whether and when to carry out another survey of employment tribunal applications, taking into account policy developments, resources and budget. As part of these considerations we have carried out a feasibility study to assess the evidence needs for a new SETA, examine the methodology used in previous years, and consider and assess the design options which might deliver the requirements at the same and reduced costs as SETA 2008.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): The results would vary according to a range of factors, including the efficiency of the technology used to extract the oil and the heaviness of the oil itself.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Sassoon on 25 November concerning the rural fuel rebate pilot scheme (WS 91-2), why it was necessary to obtain European Union clearance before introducing the scheme.[HL14243]
The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The EU energy tax directive normally requires member states to apply a single nationwide rate of duty on each fuel product. In order to apply different rates in different regions, member states require a specific exemption, or derogation. Securing this requires the support of the European Commission and the unanimous agreement of all the EU member states.
The Government secured EU clearance for the introduction of a 5p per litre rural fuel rebate pilot scheme in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly. The scheme will come into force on 1 March 2012.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to publicise serious breaches of the Green Deal Code of Conduct by assessors or providers; what sanctions will be applicable; and whether those sanctions will include deregistration.[HL14299]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Sanctions under the Green Deal are clearly set out in the Energy Act 2011 and further detail will be confirmed in the framework regulations to be made by the Secretary of State under the Act next year, including stop notices, enforcement orders, and powers to withdraw authorisation for assessors, installers, certification bodies and providers.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): The Green Deal draft legislative framework does not prohibit contractors from charging Green Deal providers a reference fee. We believe many different business models will emerge and this will be a matter for commercial contracts between various parties.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Ofgem monitors and publishes information about the use of prepayment meters in its Social Obligations Annual Reports (ww (www.ofgem.gov.uk/sustainability).
|Prepayment electricity customers|
|Prepayment gas customers|
|Prepayment electricity customers|
|Prepayment gas customers|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of homes using pre-payment meters are in debt, or have accumulated arrears with their energy supplier; and what is the total level of those arrears according to (1) energy supplier; and (2) region.[HL14338]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Ofgem monitors and publishes information about the use of prepayment meters in its Social Obligations Annual Reports (www.ofgem.gov.uk/sustainability). The data do not give the total amount of arrears prepayment meter customers have accumulated with their energy supplier or by region.
|Prepayment electricity customers|
|Prepayment gas customers|
|Prepayment electricity customers|
|Prepayment gas customers|
Lord Marland: Ofgem monitors and publishes information about the use of prepayment meters in its Social Obligations Annual Reports (www.ofgem.gov.uk/
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA354
|Disconnection of electricity supplies|
|Disconnection of gas supplies|
To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 December (HL13910), with which (a) oil companies, (b) trade associations, and (c) organisations representing environmental and social issues, Ministers or officials have discussed the issues of extraction of oil from oil sands and the European Fuel Quality Directive. [HL14293]
Earl Attlee: Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's normal practice to provide details of all such meetings.
However, given the high public interest in this particular subject I am happy to provide the following information. Ministers and officials from across government have discussed the issues of extraction of from oil sands and the fuel quality directive with:BP, Shell, Valero, Essar, ExxonMobil, Ineos Refining, Total, SilverBirch Energy, Connacher Oil and Gas, Statoil, ConocoPhillips, Murco, AMEC, Suncor, CNRL, Talisman and Nexen.
The extraction of oil from oil sands and the fuel quality directive have often been raised by a wide range of stakeholders in workshops, meetings, and conferences that take place both in the UK and abroad. It has not been possible to confidently provide details of every organisation that could have been at these events in the past.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): All Defra evidence contracts are closely monitored by departmental specialists working with policy colleagues. Contract variations are required if there are significant changes to any of the details in the original agreement (e.g. costs, required outputs, timetable, research team, etc.).
In October 2010 the Defra contract "Air Quality Modelling Review" was amended to include £9,750 of additional work. Further work was required to allow the analysis of additional modelling data submitted to the department's modelling intercomparison exercise: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/research/air-quality-modelling?view=intercomparison
This work included the collection, processing and statistical analysis of modelling data using specialised software, the production of three reports presenting the analysis results, and preparation for and attendance at three meetings held in January 2011. The work provided a large proportion of the evidence presented to the steering group which conducted Defra's air quality modelling review.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): The (zero cost) variation to the "Climate change impacts on soil biota-development of experimental methodology" project was to extend its end date to 31 March 2011.
Baroness Northover: The UK does not fund the Palestinian Trauma Centre in Gaza. However, through our funding to the Palestinian Authority and the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UK helps provide public healthcare to Palestinians in Gaza, including trauma counselling. 25,000 refugee children are receiving counselling through UNRWA's psychosocial support services.
Baroness Northover: The UK has not made a specific assessment of the extent of post-traumatic stress (PTS) in children and mothers of young children living in Gaza. The latest report by the non-governmental organisation Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 2010 found that 57 per cent of children are still reporting moderate reactions to trauma with another 11 per cent reporting severe reactions. It also showed that PTS among families remains high at 45 per cent and that in addition to children, older people and people with disabilities were particularly vulnerable to psychiatric problems. A full copy of the report is available at www.gcmhp.net. The UK supports both the Palestinian Authority and the UN Relief and Works Agency to provide healthcare in Gaza, including psychosocial services.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) date of purchase, (2) amount, (3) supplier and (4) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry of each transaction undertaken by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs using the Government Procurement Card in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, and (e) 2010-11. [HL13956]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): This Government are committed to transparency about their spending through government procurement cards.
In October we began to publish detailed information on transactions over £500 for 2011-12 for the core department on our website and will continue to do so on a monthly basis. The information can be found at: http://data.gov.uk/dataset/defra-qpc-spend-over-500-pounds
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): Teaching assistants are eligible for membership of the local government pension scheme. Their salary levels are determined by each individual employer. On 1 October 1997 the employee pension contribution rate was a fixed 6 per cent. However, tiered contribution rates are now applied to employees in accordance with the salary bands in the table below:
|Band||Range (Full time equivalent)||Employee Contribution Rate|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): We know that England's cancer survival rates are currently poorer than many comparable countries. It is already widely accepted that the main reasons for this are late presentation and patients having more advanced stage at diagnosis. This is why we have prioritised achieving earlier diagnosis in Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer, published on 12 January 2011. The strategy sets out an ambition to save an additional 5,000 lives every year by 2014-15 through earlier diagnosis of cancer and improved access to screening and radiotherapy.
To support the National Health Service to tackle regional variations in cancer survival rates we are providing data to providers and commissioners that allow them to benchmark their services and outcomes against one another and to identify where improvements need to be made. Through the national cancer intelligence network, we have already made available data collections on survival rates and surgical resection rates across a range of cancers. In August, we published the Radiotherapy Dataset First Annual Report to help tackle unwarranted variation in radiotherapy services and from April 2012 we are mandating the collection of chemotherapy data to achieve the same.
In the 2010 Cancer Patient Experience Survey 90 per cent of patients with an upper gastrointestinal cancer, which includes cancer of the pancreas, reported having a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The survey also showed that cancer patients who have support from a CNS have an overall better experience of care. We expect the NHS to consider this in developing their policies to improve patient experience.
To support the NHS to develop the CNS workforce, the strategy sets out our intention to build the evidence base for the benefits and costs savings that CNSs can offer. This follows an independent report we published in December 2010 that showed that, in many scenarios, the costs of additional support roles are likely to be outweighed by the savings that can be achieved.
The 2010 survey recorded the views of over 67,000 cancer patients, treated in 158 trusts across England. To incentivise quality improvements in patient treatment, care and experience, all participating trusts were sent a bespoke report showing their own results. Each report displayed the results for each question in the survey benchmarked against other trusts. These findings are helping the NHS to identify areas in cancer care that need improvement locally and develop services that are more responsive to patients' needs.
Earl Attlee: The Department for Transport does not have any knowledge of an international convention on the safe transportation of pathogens nor of any discussions related to it. However, the safe transport of pathogens classified as infectious substances is addressed in the UN model regulations for the transport of dangerous goods that are transposed into mode specific legal transport agreements and thence to UK domestic regulations.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to encourage the use of the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index and the Dermatology Life Quality Index in the treatment and care of patients with psoriasis.[HL14266]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The use of the psoriasis area and severity index in the management of psoriasis is already referenced in the National Institute for Health
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA360
The department has requested that NICE develop a guideline on the management of psoriasis, which is due to be completed in 2013. NICE has set out the scope for the guideline, identifying the key clinical issues that will be covered, which includes the management of the psychological impact of psoriasis. The scope also identifies a number of tools and approaches to be considered in relation to measuring patient outcomes, including the psoriasis area and severity index and the dermatology life quality index.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): This question has been answered in relation to grant funding the department (and its predecessor) has provided to the sixth-form colleges in question either directly or through the Young People's Learning Agency (and its predecessor).
The following table highlights the 16-19 funding allocations to the three sixth-form colleges in Greater Merseyside for the last four academic years (2007/8-2010/11). This reflects the grant funding allocated for the colleges to provide education and training for their 16-19 year old students, including funding for 16-19 additional earning support (ALS). The local authorities (LA) in which the colleges are located are highlighted in the table.
|Sixth Form College||LA||2007/081||2008/09||2009/10||2010/11|
The figures (except where noted) do not include any grant funding from other government departments the colleges may have received for either any adult (19+) education and training they may have provided or any other purpose.
1 These figures also include ALS funding provided for 19+ learners (ALS allocations were not split between 16-18 and 19+ in 2007/08 and therefore the figures stated are for all ages for this year). 19+ ALS is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes will be built in each Norfolk local authority area under the 2011-14 Framework Development Agreements with the Homes and Communities Agency, according to registered provider.[HL14189]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes will be built or procured in each Norfolk local authority area through agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for 2011-14, according to registered provider. [HL14190]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the average grant per home that will be provided by the Homes and Communities Agency for new affordable housing supply in each Norfolk local authority area for 2011-14, excluding any impact on that average of homes provided through agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.[HL14191]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Homes and Communities Agency has not yet completed framework delivery agreements with all registered providers for delivery through the affordable homes programme so total allocations may increase once all agreements are completed. Details about homes to be delivered and funded through the affordable homes programme by local authority area are not yet available. The table below lists all providers who have agreed final contractual offers with the Homes and Communities Agency for delivery of affordable homes in the Norfolk area which includes Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich and South Norfolk.
The department does not collect information on future Section 106 agreements. The Homes and Communities Agency does collect information on
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA362
|Lead Provider||HCA funding (£m)||Total homes||Of which, total homes delivered through s106||Funding per unit (£k)||Funding per unit excluding nil grant s.106|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): Data are not collected for individual towns but information is available for local authority districts by financial years. The number of new homes built for social rent in the borough of Sefton in 2008-9, 2009-10 and 2010-11 are shown in the table below.
|Number of newly built homes for social rent in Sefton|
Not all social rented housing is delivered through new build completions; additional affordable supply can also come from the acquisition and refurbishment of private sector homes. In 2010-11 for example a total of 176 additional social rented homes were delivered in Sefton.
These figures are derived from data held by the department on delivery of additional affordable homes, as published in the Affordable Housing Supply Statistical Release at http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/ corporate/statistics/affordablehousing201011
To ask Her Majesty's Government under what legislation the inquiries into the deaths of Billy Wright, Rosemary Nelson and Robert Hamill were conducted; and what were the costs of each of those inquiries.[HL14274]
Lord Shutt of Greetland: The Billy Wright inquiry was established under the Prison (Northern Ireland) Act 1953 and converted to an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 in November 2005. It published its report in September 2010 and cost a total of £30.5 million. The Rosemary Nelson inquiry was held under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998. It published its report in May 2011 and cost £46.5 million. The Robert Hamill
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA363
To ask Her Majesty's Government, taking into account the 2005 Paris Declaration, what were the outcomes of the recent High Level Forum on Aid in Busan, South Korea; and what action they are taking to achieve the targets agreed.[HL14166]
Baroness Northover: The three main UK priorities of results, transparency and fragility are now enshrined in the Busan outcome document which can be found here: http://www.aideffectiveness.org/busanhlf4/en/component/content/article/698.html Further to this, the UK played a central role in developing an inclusive outcome document that could be supported by emerging economies including China and Brazil.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to promote international scrutiny of Iran's human rights record, with particular reference to the situation of refugees in Camp Ashraf and the Baha'i community in Iran.[HL14080]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The UK is committed to promoting international scrutiny of Iran's human rights record, including through the United Nations (UN) and other international fora. We particularly welcome the recent decision of the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution expressing deep concern at Iran's human rights record and calling for the Iranian authorities to take urgent action. The resolution passed with a high level of support, demonstrating deepening international concern at Iran's human rights record. Following the storming of our embassy in Tehran on
20 Dec 2011 : Column WA364
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Taylor of Holbeach): All evidence contracts are closely monitored by Defra specialists working with policy colleagues. Contract variations are required if there are significant changes to any of the details in the original agreement (e.g. costs, required outputs, timetable, research team, etc). In August 2011 the Defra contract "Heavy Metal Deposition Mapping" was amended to include £159,698 of additional work and to extend the contract in time to March 2012.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken a comparative study of United Kingdom net migration figures and those of other individual European Union member states; and, if so, what were the findings.[HL14183]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): The latest comparative international net migration statistics are published by Eurostat and relate to 2010. The following table shows that in 2010 net migration was 2.6 per thousand inhabitants for the UK, the 8th highest net migration figure among EU 27 nations relative to the size of the population.
Crude rates of population change, 2008-2010 (per 100 inhabitants) Source: Eurostat (Population Change and Population Change Statistics, available from the EU's website: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_ explained/index.php/Population_and_population_ change_statisticsdemo_gind)
|Crude rates of population change, 2008-2010 (per 1 000 inhabitants)|
|Total change||Natural change||Net migration and statistical adjustment|
|Next Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|