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Council Housing: Sales

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to permit local authorities to retain 100% of the capital receipts of the sale of council dwellings; and if he will make a statement. [25883]

Andrew Stunell: At present 75% of the capital receipts from the sale of council dwellings to owner-occupiers, are paid to the Secretary of State. The spending review concluded that this arrangement will continue during the period 2011-15.


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Departmental Grants

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants have been awarded by his Department in 2010-11 to date; what grants he plans to award in each of the next two years; what the monetary value is of each such grant; and to which organisations such grants are made. [25039]

Robert Neill [holding answer 18 November 2010]: The total maximum amounts payable by the Department for Communities and Local Government for each grant programme above £1 million in 2010-11 are in table 1 as follows.

The totals for formula grant paid by my Department (which comprises Revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates) for 2011-12 onwards were published in table 2.8 of the spending review 2010 document. The other grants for 2011-12 and 2012-13 which have so far been confirmed to local authorities are given in table 2 as follows. Details of other programmes will be released in due course.

As part of my Department's broader transparency initiative, grant spending data over £500 from 2008-09 onwards can be found on the Department's website for public scrutiny.


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Table 1: 2010-11 grant allocations made

£ million (to one decimal point)

Local authorities 2010-11

National Non-Domestic Rates

21,587.8

Revenue Support Grant

3,122.0

Area Based Grant (DCLG only-inc. Supporting People)

2,162.7

PFI Special Grant

909.0

Decent Homes-Area Length Management Organisations

509.0

Private Sector Renewal

301.7

Decent Homes-Local Authority

258.8

Disabled Facilities Grant

169.0

Fire programmes (Fire authorities and Local Authorities)

96.5

Improvement, Transformation and Efficiency (to regional leads)

79.4

Homelessness and Housing Reform (Local Authority)

73.3

New Deal for Communities

78.4

Greater London Authority grant

48.1

Growth Areas, Points and Eco Towns

29.1

Local Economic Growth Incentive Capital

18.6

Housing Strategy for Older People (Local Authority)

18.5

Leaders' Boards

16.0

Migration Impacts Fund (Local Authority)

12.3

Housing Management

11.6

Emergency Financial Assistance Local Authorities

7.0

Renewing Neighbourhoods

5.9

Community Sector (Local Authority)

4.0

Implementing Planning Reforms

4.6

Supporting People Admin

4.1

Rent Officer Services and Pension Liabilities

2.5

Procurement Efficiency in Social Housing

2.0

Thames Gateway

1.6

LA Emergency Budget Reduction grant

1.0

Arm's Length Bodies

Homes and Communities Agency

3,861.3

Olympics contributions

431.1

Valuation Office Agency

150.2

Planning Inspectorate

47.7

Ordnance Survey

47.2

Tenant Services Authority

33.2

Thames Gateway London Development Corporation

39.2

Thames Gateway Thurrock Development Corporation

26.0

Commission for Local Administration

14.8

Residential Property Tribunal Service

12.0

Audit Commission

11.6

West Northants Development Corporation

11.0

Valuation Tribunals

9.8

Local Government Standards Board

6.4

Firebuy/Fire Service College

1.8

Community Development Foundation

1.5

Leasehold Advisory Service

1.5

National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

1.2

National Tenant Voice

1.2

Voluntary Sector/other

Community Action

56.3

Revenue Support Grant to specified bodies (eg IDeA)

45.0

Homelessness and Housing Reform

19.5

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

17.7

Groundwork

14.1

Implementing Planning Reforms

7.1

Commission for Architecture and Built Environment

6.9

Cohesion and Faith

6.3

Zero Carbon Buildings (to Zero Carbon Hub)

6.0

Race Equality and Diversity

5.9

New Dimension (to Chief Fire Officers)

5.6

Coalfields Enterprise Fund

5.0

Migration Impact Fund

1.7

Housing Strategy for Older People

1.3

Preventing Extremism

1.1



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Table 2: Confirmed grants to local government 2011-13 (except RSG)
£ million
Grant title 2011-12 2012-13

Open Source Planning

5.00

10.00

Fire (revenue and capital)

141.58

129.57

Preventing Homelessness

90.00

90.00

New Homes Bonus

196.00

250.00

Local Authority Social Housing Grant

65.00

0.00

Disabled Facilities Grant

180.00

180.00

Decent Homes Arms Length Management Order

260.00

352.00


Departmental Press: Subscriptions

Mr Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months. [25495]

Robert Neill: In the last 12 months the Department's Communication Directorate spent £117,105 on national and regional press cuttings services. Data from our accounting system show the following spend (excluding VAT) per month:

National cuttings supplier-Durrants (£) Regional cuttings supplier-COI (£) Total (£)

2009

November

8,678.71

2,591.89

11,270.60

December

7,947.50

3,930.40

11,877.90

2010

January

8,288.44

5,232.73

13,521.17

February

6,558.47

5,847.16

12,405.63

March

7,473.89

4,704.23

12,178.12

April

8,353.12

3,461.07

11,814.19

May

5,510.57

3,041.35

8,551.92

June

5,752.14

3,554.22

9,306.36

July

5,736.30

4,885.50

10,621.80

August

4,364.43

3,303.61

7,668.04

September

1,582.76

3,881.74

5,464.50

October

2,425.16

n/a

2,425.16


In September 2010 the regional cuttings service was cancelled and the national cuttings service moved to an electronic only format with a limited list of recipients. Neither DCLG Ministers nor officials in the Department now receive hard copy press cuttings. Ministers have taken the view that an excessive and unnecessary amount of taxpayers' money was being spent on press cuttings.

The Department estimates that the cancellation of the regional cuttings service and streamlining of the national cuttings service will save approximately £16,000 and £19,000 respectively in the remainder of this financial year.

The Department does not hold centralised information on press cuttings services conducted for its non-departmental public bodies.

Fire Services: Emergency Calls

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will update Fire and Rescue Service Circular 9/2009 in respect of average response times to (a) dwelling fires, (b) commercial building fires and (c) road traffic collisions; and if he will make a statement. [25890]


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Robert Neill: Average response times by Fire and Rescue Authority area are shown in the following table for the latest period for which incident data are available.


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Average response times( 1) by fire and rescue services, England( 2) , April 2009 to March 2010( 3)

Dwelling fires( 4) Commercial building fires( 5) Other building fires( 6) Road traffic collisions( 7)

Avon

7.5

7.5

8.1

9.9

Bedfordshire

7.6

7.5

8.0

9.6

Berkshire

7.5

7.8

8.3

10.0

Buckinghamshire(2)

-

-

-

-

Cambridgeshire

9.1

8.5

9.5

10.7

Cheshire

8.4

8.3

8.9

10.5

Cleveland

5.6

5.9

6.1

6.7

Cornwall

11.0

10.2

10.2

12.5

Cumbria

8.6

8.1

8.8

11.4

Derbyshire

7.5

8.3

8.2

9.5

Devon and Somerset

9.3

8.7

9.1

11.4

Dorset

8.4

8.2

9.5

10.1

Durham

8.0

7.0

7.8

9.3

East Sussex

7.1

7.6

7.4

8.6

Essex

8.1

8.6

9.0

10.2

Gloucestershire

9.5

9.3

9.0

11.0

Greater London

6.2

6.0

6.2

6.8

Greater Manchester(2)

-

-

-

-

Hampshire

7.2

7.3

7.3

9.1

Hereford and Worcester

8.9

7.8

9.5

10.8

Hertfordshire

7.7

7.2

7.4

9.2

Humberside

7.0

7.4

7.9

10.5

Isle Of Wight

9.0

8.4

7.1

9.9

Isles Of Scilly

-

-

9.0

-

Kent

6.9

8.0

7.9

9.3

Lancashire

6.8

6.8

7.3

8.7

Leicestershire

7.9

8.3

8.6

10.7

Lincolnshire

9.1

8.1

9.4

11.3

Merseyside

5.6

5.5

5.7

6.1

Norfolk

8.9

8.3

8.7

10.4

North Yorkshire

8.9

8.4

9.8

12.4

Northamptonshire

8.2

8.6

8.6

11.4

Northumberland

9.4

8.9

9.7

11.3

Nottinghamshire

6.6

6.1

7.0

9.2

Oxfordshire

9.5

9.0

9.0

12.3

Shropshire

8.8

7.8

9.4

11.0

South Yorkshire

7.4

7.8

7.7

8.4

Staffordshire

8.2

8.4

8.6

10.1

Suffolk

8.9

9.9

10.1

11.9

Surrey

8.5

8.6

8.5

10.1

Tyne and Wear

5.3

5.1

5.5

6.0

Warwickshire

9.0

6.9

7.7

10.6

West Midlands

6.6

6.7

6.8

6.8

West Sussex

8.7

9.6

9.6

10.1

West Yorkshire

6.8

6.5

6.9

7.9

Wiltshire

9.3

9.6

10.3

11.6

England

7.3

7.4

7.9

9.4

(1) As per previous figures, excludes fires where (i) there was heat and smoke damage only, (ii) the call was made after the fire was known to be extinguished, (iii) where the response time calculated gives an hour or more.
(2) Excludes Greater Manchester and Buckinghamshire as data provided were incomplete.
(3) Data are provisional.
(4) In order to be consistent with data source prior to April 2009, chimney fires not included in calculation.
(5) Commercial buildings are taken to be offices and call centres and buildings in the following sectors: retail, wholesale, hotels, holiday accommodation, food and drink, transport, vehicle repair and communications.
(6) Response times to 'Other buildings' are also shown to aid comparison with past data since the report "Review of Fire and Rescue Service Response Times", which was summarised in Circular 9/2009, did not have a category 'Commercial Buildings'. It calculated response times for the four main categories of fire location type: dwelling fires, other buildings fires, road vehicles fires and outdoor fires.
(7) Response times to road traffic collisions in the report "Review of Fire and Rescue Service Response Times", which was summarised in Circular 9/2009, were based on data provided by 10 Fire and Rescue Services.
Source:
CLG analysis of Incident Recording System data

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely effects on (a) the number of fatalities and (b) the costs of damage resulting from (a) dwelling fires, (b) commercial building fires and (c) road traffic collisions resulting from his Department's forecasts of changes in fire and rescue response times contained in Fire and Rescue Service Circular 9/2009; and if he will make a statement. [25891]

Robert Neill: No further estimates have been made beyond those in the Report summarised in Fire and Rescue Service Circular 9/2009.

Fire Services: North West

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what date he expects the North West Fire Service control centre in Warrington to be operational. [26019]

Robert Neill: The North West control centre would not become operational until after mid-2011 on current timetables. It is not one of the first three control centres in which the IT system is required to be completed by the main FiReControl contractor EADS (now branded Cassidian) for that date.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Tamworth (Christopher Pincher) on 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 537W, for steps that we have taken to ensure that EADS will meet their contractual obligations.

The FiReControl project, initiated by the last Government, is over-budget and behind schedule. As with all major Government projects, it is being reviewed to ensure value-for-money for the taxpayer. We have been clear that EADS must deliver to time, cost and quality. The new Government are committed to ensuring value for money for the taxpayer, improving resilience and stopping the forced regionalisation of the fire service.


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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money has been spent on locating the North West Fire Service control centre in Warrington. [26020]

Robert Neill: For the current running costs of all nine control centres, including the North West control centre in Warrington, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 505W.

The cost of construction and installation of the control centres was borne by the developers as the buildings were procured through a private developer scheme.

Fire Services: Westmorland

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) full-time and (b) retained pumps in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency (i) on each shift and (ii) at each station were available for service on each day of the last 12 months. [26017]

Robert Neill: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. It is for each local authority to decide how best to provide fire and rescue-related services, allocating resource according to evaluation of risks.

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire pumps there are in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency; and how many staff are attached to each. [26018]

Robert Neill: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The latest available centrally held data show that Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service had a total of 53 pumping appliance in use.

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to monitor present staffing levels on (a) full-time and (b) retained Fire Service pumps in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency. [26074]

Robert Neill: The Department monitors staff numbers on an annual basis for each fire and rescue authority covering (i) whole-time firefighters, (ii) retained firefighters, (iii) fire control staff and (iv) non-uniformed staff.

Housing: Construction

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many initial notices were registered for house builds in each local authority area in (a) Essex and (b) Suffolk in the 12 months prior to the updated building regulations for new homes coming into force on 1 October 2010. [25156]

Andrew Stunell: The Department for Communities and Local Government does not hold a central record of initial notices registered for new house builds in
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Essex and Suffolk in the 12 months prior to 1 October 2010. However, every local authority in England and Wales is required to keep a publicly accessible register of information relating to initial notices given to them.

Land Supply

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the inclusion of an allowance for windfall land in the five-year land supply calculation. [23748]

Robert Neill [holding answer 12 November 2010]: The extant planning policy on housing is set out in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (PPS3) issued by the last Government. PPS3 states that allowances for windfalls should not be included in the first 10 years of land supply unless local planning authorities can provide robust evidence of genuine local circumstances that prevent specific sites being identified. In these circumstances, an allowance should be included but should be realistic having regard to the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, historic windfall delivery rates and expected future trends.

In the coalition agreement, the new Government stated that they will publish and present to Parliament a simple and consolidated national planning policy framework covering all forms of development. Planning for housing policy will be considered as part of this. We announced in the Department's Business Plan that we will publish the national planning policy framework by April 2012. We will make a further announcement on how we propose to take forward the national planning framework and the implications for specific areas of planning policy.

Local Enterprise Partnerships

John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects local enterprise partnerships to attain legal status. [24305]

Greg Clark: On 28 October, the Government published their Local Growth White Paper, which set out their approach to achieving local economic growth by shifting power to local levels and helping to create the right conditions for growth and recovery. This included announcing the first 24 local enterprise partnerships which have been given the go-ahead to establish their boards and begin dialogue with central Government on how we can help them realise the ambitions set out in their proposals.

The Government do not intend to define local enterprise partnerships in legislation. Governance structures will need to be sufficiently robust and clear to ensure proper accountability for delivery. Partnerships will differ across the country in both form and functions in order to best meet local circumstances and opportunities. A partnership may need legal personality or a specified accountable body in some circumstances, such as if it wished to own assets or contract to deliver certain functions. The constitution and legal status of each partnership will be a matter for the partners, informed by the activities that they wish to pursue.

We expect partnerships to be fully open and transparent, in line with the requirements of local authorities.


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Local Government Finance

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to bring forward legislative proposals to require the publication of each item of local government spending above £500 from January 2011; and what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the information is presented in an appropriate style and context. [25705]

Robert Neill: All local authorities are expected to publish data on items of spend of £500 and over from January 2011. Around 100 councils are already publishing this information. Given the importance of transparency to citizens and communities, I will continue to challenge and support those authorities yet to publish their data. Next month I intend to issue for consultation a Code of Recommended Practice, under section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. This will address issues such as the scope, formatting and timing of the duty to publish the data. In the meantime the Local Public Data Panel has published guidance on spend transparency, which the Local Government Association has taken as a basis for its practical guides for councils on publication of £500 spend and senior salaries. The Code of Recommended Practice will not cover data archiving and legacy issues. This is an important and complex issue with implications for many bodies and is being considered in a broader context.

Local Government: Surveys

Ms Bagshawe: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities provided a return to his Department's Gypsy and Traveller survey in each of the last five times the survey was conducted; and how many of those returns were zero in each such survey. [25319]

Andrew Stunell: The Department's Gypsy and Traveller survey is the bi-annual count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans on both authorised and unauthorised sites across England. The data from the previous five counts show the following returns:

Period of count Number of local authorities that provided returns Number of local authorities with zero caravan counts

January 2010

305

50

July 2009

297

46

January 2009

337

57

July 2008

338

49

January 2008

342

54


Ms Bagshawe: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authorities provided returns for the National Rodent Survey in each of the last five years. [25320]

Andrew Stunell: This information is not held centrally. The survey is produced by the National Pest Technicians Association rather than by central Government.


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Planning

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects the power of planning inspectors to amend local plans to be rescinded; [26139]

(2) what variations planning inspectors may make to local authorities' core strategies following their examinations in public. [26140]

Robert Neill: The Government want to see local plans that reflect the aspirations of their community, while maintaining the planning inspector's independent scrutiny role. Measures will be included in the localism Bill which will be introduced to Parliament shortly.

Energy and Climate Change

Carbon Sequestration

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce the winner of the first round of the carbon capture and storage demonstration programme. [25752]

Gregory Barker: We aim to award the contract for the first carbon capture and storage demonstration project, currently the subject of an ongoing procurement process, by the end of 2011.

Climate Change: Conferences

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members will be of the UK delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. [24988]

Gregory Barker [holding answer 22 November 2010]: The UK will be sending 46 delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, including two UK Ministers, 29 officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, two Ministers and three officials from the devolved Administrations, three officials from the Department for International Development, three officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, two representatives from the British embassy in Mexico, one official from the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs and one official from the Department for Transport. This compares with the total of 70 officials (not including the then Prime Minister's delegation) sent to the COP in Copenhagen in 2009.

The Head of Delegation will be the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne).

Departmental Grants

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value of grants awarded by his Department was in 2009-10; and how much he expects to award in grants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [26113]

Gregory Barker: The Department awarded £877.85 million in grants in 2009-10(1).

(a) In 2010-11 I expect to award £804.25 million; and


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(b) Following the spending review the Department is undertaking a business planning exercise, so cannot yet set out the sum I will award in grants during 2011-12.

Energy: Conservation

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding he plans to allocate to the provision of energy efficiency measures in domestic and non-domestic buildings in the comprehensive spending review period; and how this funding will be administered. [25736]

Gregory Barker: Some existing policies, funded by obligations on energy companies, already have funding for part of the CSR period. To December 2012 energy companies are expected to invest more than £2 billion in the promotion of energy efficiency measures to householders to achieve their obligations under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme(CESP).

DECC will continue to fund a targeted Warm Front programme and associated fuel poverty activity from a budget of £110 million in 2011-12 and £100 million in 2012-13. Departmental allocations to particular DECC programmes, including to support energy efficiency through the proposed Green Deal, will be subject to the conclusion of the Department's business planning process. Details of the Department's overall CSR settlement are available on the DECC website:

The most significant funding for Green Deal will come through private sector investment.

Energy: Housing

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria he plans to put in place to determine whether an energy efficiency measure will qualify for support under the proposed Green Deal programme. [25808]

Gregory Barker [holding answer 22 November 2010]: The Energy Bill will contain powers for the criteria and eligible measures to be set out in secondary legislation, which will be consulted on and taken forward next year.

A key element of the Green Deal finance arrangements is that only measures that can demonstrate payback through energy efficiency savings, which are equal to or greater than the financing costs, will qualify.

A future energy company obligation will provide additional financial support for vulnerable households and those in difficult to treat homes. Combining these finance sources will allow more difficult or expensive measures to be delivered under the Green Deal framework.

Fuel Poverty

Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that his proposed Green Deal assists those in fuel poverty. [23442]


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Gregory Barker: The Green Deal will provide the opportunity for householders to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, and protect themselves against price rises through greater energy saving. The new energy company obligation (ECO), which will take over from the current carbon emissions reduction target and community energy saving programme when they come to an end, will run in parallel with the Green Deal. The ECO will focus particularly on those, such as the most vulnerable and those in hard to treat homes, who require extra help.

We expect energy companies to play a greater role than under previous obligations in helping ensure that more of the poorest and most vulnerable can afford to heat their homes adequately. Alongside insulation measures, we expect them to be able to offer basic heating systems for those who most need them.

Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to support vulnerable consumers affected by energy price increases. [25780]

Charles Hendry: From April 2011, regulations made under the powers in the Energy Act 2010 will require energy suppliers to provide greater help with the financial costs of energy bills to more of the most vulnerable fuel poor households-with total support of £250 million in 2011-12 rising to £310 million in 2014-15.

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to consider the merits of incorporating the provision of HM Treasury-funded grants for low income and fuel poor households in the proposed Green Deal; and if he will make a statement. [26092]

Gregory Barker: A new Energy Company Obligation, to replace the current Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Saving Programme, will run alongside Green Deal with a greater focus on low income vulnerable households and those in hard to treat properties. The obligation will include a wider range of measures which improve energy performance, such as heating systems.

Warm Front will continue until the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation are launched. We are working to improve the cost-effectiveness of the Warm Front Scheme by ensuring that activity is better targeted at the poorest and most vulnerable. In addition, from April next year, energy suppliers will be required to provide greater help with the financial costs of energy bills to more of the most vulnerable fuel poor households.

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in the (a) private rented, (b) social and (c) owner-occupied sector in (i) England, (ii) Hyndburn and (iii) Haslingden are classed as being in fuel poverty. [26187]

Gregory Barker: In 2008, there were 3.3 million fuel poor households in England. 0.6 million of these households were in the private rented sector, 0.6 million were in the social sector and 2.1 million were in the owner-occupied sector.


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In 2006, the most recent year for which sub-regional figures are available, there were around 5,500 fuel poor households in the local authority of Hyndburn. Data for the town of Haslingden are not available. Splits by tenure are only available at a national level.

Global Climate Fund

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the creation of a global climate fund under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. [26042]

Gregory Barker: We support setting up the Green Climate Fund, as set out in the Copenhagen Accord, and are working towards a decision at COP16 in Cancun to achieve this as part of a balanced package of outcomes.

Renewables Obligation

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the renewables obligation in each year (a) between 2002-03 and 2010-11 and (b) of the 2010 spending review period. [21380]

Justine Greening: I have been asked to reply.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has classified the renewables obligation as involving imputed tax and spending. The ONS's estimates of the historic tax and spend through the renewables obligation can be found in Table 11.1 of the 2010 Blue Book. This can be found at:

Forecasts are the responsibility of the Independent Office of Budget Responsibility.

Leader of the House

Departmental Press: Subscriptions

Mr Jenkin: To ask the Leader of the House how much his Office spent on press cuttings services in each of the last 12 months. [25484]

Sir George Young: The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given today by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Members: Pensions

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to be in a position to bring forward proposals for reform of the pensions scheme for hon. Members. [25661]

Sir George Young: I set out the Government position in my written ministerial statement of 26 July 2010, Official Report, column 70WS. We will make a further statement following the conclusion of the work of the Independent Public Service Pension Commission and the publication of their final report.


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Attorney-General

Human Trafficking: Convictions

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rate of convictions for offences of human trafficking. [25731]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) takes this issue very seriously and is working closely with its partners to ensure that strong cases are built, so that prosecutions for human trafficking offences lead to more convictions in court. Where the CPS is unable to prosecute for a human trafficking offence, it will when appropriate prosecute for other offences such as assisting unlawful immigration to a member state (facilitation), rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, threats to kill and causing or inciting prostitution for gain.

Defence

Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answers of 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 5, on mental health care provision, what steps his Department plans to take to assist service personnel and veterans with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and alcohol-related disorders. [25421]

Mr Robathan: The Defence Mental Health Services (DMHS) provide a wide range of assessment and treatment facilities for service personnel who are thought to be suffering with mental health disorders, including alcohol misuse and related co-morbidity. Techniques used to manage disorders will vary with each individual case, but may include a combination of motivational interviewing and pharmacological treatment, provided by trained personnel. Care is also provided by primary care facilities for less complex cases, and in almost all cases primary care will be involved in supporting the various interventions that the DMHS provide. Where appropriate the chain of command will support personnel who wish to reduce or cease their alcohol consumption, and the single service alcohol-use policies are clear that excessive alcohol use which impacts upon a person's ability to perform their duties will not be tolerated.

The national health service has lead responsibility for the provision of help to ex-service personnel experiencing mental health problems, including alcohol misuse. The Ministry of Defence is working with the Department of Health to ensure that the mental healthcare needs of former service personnel are met, including through the implementation of recommendations made by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison) in his report "Fighting Fit", which seeks to address mental health issues in the armed forces community.

Armed Forces: Recruitment

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people resident in each (a) Government Office region, (b) local authority area and (c) parliamentary constituency were recruited to each of the armed forces in each year since 2000. [21438]


23 Nov 2010 : Column 211W

Mr Robathan: The requested information is not held centrally. The following tables, however, provide the number of entrants from recruitment centres around the UK. This will give an indication of the geographical spread of recruitment but does not provide a comprehensive picture of where these individuals may reside as they may not always apply to join the services through their nearest career office or may choose other means by which to apply.

Royal Navy and Royal Marine officers are primarily recruited via regional officer careers liaison centres, each of which covers a large area of the UK. Prior to 2009-10 RN/RM officers were not recruited through armed forces career offices. The recruitment data for army officers are based on data related to the location of the schools and universities from which Officers are
23 Nov 2010 : Column 212W
recruited together with the small number recruited via careers offices. Army officer entrant figures before 2007-08 were collected on a different basis than currently and are not included. Figures for those recruited directly to particular regiments have not been included.

Figures are not available for all years requested as over time various IT systems have been used which are not now compatible with current systems.

In the following tables the following abbreviations are used:

RN and RM o fficer entrants

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

OCLC Birmingham

20

29

38

43

30

25

48

OCLC London

42

54

61

50

89

77

64

OCLC Manchester

57

74

76

66

57

50

79

OCLC Northern Ireland

5

3

2

4

4

6

4

OCLC Peterborough

30

32

23

46

39

29

46

OCLC Plymouth

38

53

53

48

56

34

61

OCLC Rosyth

22

27

36

35

26

20

28

Admiralty Interview Board

80

62

48

37

58

71

49

Naval Recruiting

-

14

6

3

22

25

7

AFCO London

-

-

-

-

-

-

24

AFCO Luton

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

AFCO Portsmouth

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

AFCO Reading

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

CIO Guildford

-

-

-

-

-

-

3

RN and RM Careers Southampton

-

-

-

-

-

-

3



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23 Nov 2010 : Column 214W
RN and RM other rank e ntrants

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

CIO Derby

57

47

55

51

65

58

52

AFCO Aberdeen

45

45

36

47

26

21

14

AFCO Belfast

66

45

40

53

44

41

45

AFCO Birmingham

99

68

76

62

81

78

82

AFCO Bournemouth

65

74

103

104

101

117

93

AFCO Brighton

45

43

58

55

69

54

73

AFCO Bristol

61

61

78

81

73

71

82

AFCO Cambridge

14

15

17

6

6

16

29

AFCO Cardiff

66

88

78

77

70

101

80

AFCO Carlisle

46

31

51

45

50

59

55

AFCO Chatham

43

33

45

43

67

33

57

AFCO Coventry

41

31

37

45

41

40

37

AFCO Dundee

64

51

42

42

50

42

45

AFCO Edinburgh

92

82

46

45

35

80

64

AFCO Exeter

60

57

79

64

71

82

101

AFCO Glasgow

76

108

89

67

89

114

90

AFCO Gloucester

52

44

41

51

48

57

69

AFCO Hull

106

80

88

90

89

72

95

AFCO Inverness

18

23

33

20

21

25

20

AFCO Ipswich

47

28

48

51

41

50

45

AFCO Leeds

79

95

103

88

62

100

140

AFCO Leicester

59

42

44

35

39

26

40

AFCO Lincoln

54

66

69

63

59

80

68

AFCO Liverpool

152

173

172

150

168

175

168

AFCO London

93

99

111

155

132

157

116

AFCO Luton

68

53

47

76

64

81

65

AFCO Manchester

153

137

146

131

159

193

179

AFCO Middlesbrough

87

79

90

81

68

91

81

AFCO Newcastle

148

155

162

153

142

163

143

AFCO Norwich

51

52

55

43

48

53

50

AFCO Nottingham

85

61

61

74

49

74

55

AFCO Oxford

46

44

36

42

34

48

40

AFCO Peterborough

24

37

43

54

47

36

40

AFCO Plymouth

231

216

193

169

217

219

171

AFCO Portsmouth

205

150

168

156

170

179

162

AFCO Preston

89

66

76

86

77

106

91

AFCO Reading

-

15

31

41

43

55

48

AFCO Redruth

66

67

50

59

47

62

69

AFCO Sheffield

83

82

89

69

85

85

89

AFCO Shrewsbury

48

43

59

37

45

36

45

AFCO Stoke

30

23

37

26

32

37

64

AFCO Swansea

74

51

81

52

71

72

85

AFCO Wrexham

26

31

45

34

39

31

40

CIO Canterbury

25

28

24

40

56

50

53

CIO Chelmsford

30

38

45

72

65

69

56

CIO Darlington

66

42

49

71

61

70

54

CIO Dunfermline

31

32

31

31

30

28

23

CIO Guildford

43

50

56

61

62

87

55

CIO Taunton(RN & RM)

89

70

71

55

75

59

52

CIO Wolverhampton

20

22

14

22

18

19

23

RN&RM Careers Office Ilford

19

32

21

45

47

45

47

RN&RM Careers Southampton

46

39

58

52

52

61

55

Royal Navy St Helens

57

51

41

57

49

59

54

Naval Recruiting HQ

1

1

2

2

3

2

1


Army o fficers

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

East

47

47

53

London

76

71

65

North East

11

56

58

North West

32

61

41

Scotland

74

61

48

South East

55

100

84

Wessex

7

27

46

West Midlands

65

84

58

Northern Ireland

8

9

16

East Anglia

8

6

14

East Midlands

3

3

1

Home Counties

7

3

3

South

3

6

2

South West

1

5

6

Wales (North)

-

4

9

Wales (South)

1

5

11



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23 Nov 2010 : Column 216W

23 Nov 2010 : Column 217W

23 Nov 2010 : Column 218W
Army other ranks

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

ACIO Abergavenny

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

ACIO Aldershot

93

115

126

113

131

94

89

78

116

122

ACIO Ashington

70

60

71

47

46

59

54

44

39

66

ACIO Barnsley

102

121

130

121

89

66

100

88

77

110

ACIO Barnstaple

56

54

41

56

48

60

61

49

52

37

ACIO Barrow-in-Furness

93

77

70

75

47

42

27

47

55

40

ACIO Bath

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

8

ACIO Bathgate

52

55

77

49

59

36

51

41

40

47

ACIO Birkenhead

155

144

125

122

86

101

99

141

106

88

ACIO Bishop Auckland

74

72

78

80

46

71

66

42

50

54

ACIO Blackburn

93

95

114

85

71

122

115

71

70

74

ACIO Blackpool

126

99

114

93

86

103

107

69

94

113

ACIO Bolton

113

139

141

153

118

127

81

94

163

155

ACIO Boston

39

49

70

67

48

51

66

58

70

53

ACIO Bradford

141

143

172

170

131

139

154

119

143

158

ACIO Bridgend

-

-

-

-

-

24

60

44

55

44

ACIO Bromley

134

176

180

110

65

93

96

108

97

102

ACIO Burnley

94

87

107

103

88

109

108

103

96

120

ACIO Burton-on-Trent

108

113

130

120

72

105

104

87

99

106

ACIO Canterbury

87

105

90

63

58

70

71

55

64

46

ACIO Carmarthen

44

60

34

39

30

42

35

39

33

42

ACIO Catterick

35

24

32

25

18

24

39

31

46

64

ACIO Chelmsford

54

112

144

150

106

107

143

73

62

64

ACIO Chester

103

92

94

81

55

75

75

75

82

68

ACIO Chesterfield

85

99

94

113

76

109

122

63

75

74

ACIO Chichester

40

31

22

8

32

2

-

23

36

37

ACIO Coleraine

94

74

80

55

74

47

52

32

49

42

ACIO Coventry

162

161

168

167

150

123

148

191

194

169

ACIO Croydon

88

157

205

168

68

133

134

106

91

106

ACIO Darlington

84

83

106

90

32

69

93

75

83

81

ACIO Derby

98

90

97

63

66

77

79

91

105

116

ACIO Doncaster

140

132

132

143

84

133

143

112

151

127

ACIO Dover

47

61

65

42

47

50

45

48

58

76

ACIO Dumbarton

34

42

62

48

42

61

52

18

36

39

ACIO Dumfries

79

61

74

77

61

47

59

26

47

51

ACIO Dunfermline

72

64

58

112

56

65

44

35

42

46

ACIO Durham

129

125

122

120

81

95

92

67

77

59

ACIO Elgin

43

42

27

40

32

33

25

22

17

25

ACIO Enniskillen

46

29

38

30

27

14

16

31

35

66

ACIO Galashiels

54

36

55

46

24

22

23

31

27

35

ACIO Greenock

37

22

41

48

20

33

41

14

29

47

ACIO Grimsby

80

112

117

110

84

78

79

82

64

93

ACIO Halifax

72

64

67

71

44

50

38

59

50

63

ACIO Hamilton

102

81

123

139

92

79

52

51

79

81

ACIO Haverfordwest

48

51

51

54

54

48

40

27

42

36

ACIO Hereford

93

74

76

78

53

77

80

75

92

80

ACIO Huddersfield

111

133

140

104

81

63

95

41

84

72

ACIO Ilford

125

149

186

210

92

97

107

122

115

130

ACIO Ipswich

68

71

67

58

71

73

97

97

112

73

ACIO Irvine

146

80

149

148

111

97

88

57

63

106

ACIO Kirkcaldy

67

65

73

83

42

52

51

38

47

43

ACIO Lancaster

87

86

89

78

69

68

64

67

98

82

ACIO Luton

68

90

132

135

85

116

158

132

132

125

ACIO Mansfield

99

117

109

113

98

74

82

90

130

123

ACIO Merthyr Tydfil

-

-

-

-

20

50

70

54

62

51

ACIO Milton Keynes

79

100

96

95

44

72

78

83

87

44

ACIO Newport

123

158

124

118

67

105

126

102

75

99

ACIO Newport (IOW)

51

47

35

40

30

25

34

24

25

31

ACIO Northampton

108

88

131

127

118

112

129

143

171

194

ACIO Oldham

86

88

91

111

103

95

101

78

95

115

ACIO Oxford

63

73

95

82

55

55

83

50

68

57

ACIO Paisley

62

42

90

69

48

40

31

25

28

57

ACIO Perth

54

34

45

36

25

30

37

27

33

35

ACIO Pontypridd

101

142

120

124

89

80

78

74

60

72

ACIO Portadown

66

63

55

45

27

35

24

34

54

68

ACIO Rochdale

-

-

-

-

-

31

83

76

69

76

ACIO Salisbury

99

108

109

77

60

70

92

106

96

72

ACIO Scarborough

65

85

104

48

56

51

70

62

66

39

ACIO Southampton

278

84

200

85

65

71

98

79

98

100

ACIO South Shields

69

83

80

87

49

63

71

70

57

68

ACIO Stirling

108

101

85

71

63

86

90

45

45

93

ACIO Stockport

109

105

104

118

104

108

121

109

98

108

ACIO Sunderland

133

117

144

116

79

90

98

122

117

95

ACIO Taunton

108

94

115

84

66

65

72

79

81

76

ACIO Torquay

62

81

87

76

53

44

63

68

67

46

ACIO Tunbridge Wells

22

23

34

29

15

36

30

26

27

14

ACIO Victoria

299

461

525

461

340

267

344

314

520

214

ACIO Wakefield

128

129

129

107

95

85

119

141

150

129

ACIO Warrington

136

176

196

101

81

98

102

82

76

104

ACIO Wembley

124

158

166

194

128

129

111

124

127

132

ACIO Wigan

124

113

130

126

87

101

108

104

119

95

ACIO Wolverhampton

167

147

189

169

103

111

119

181

217

204

ACIO Worcester

104

120

69

117

111

117

140

142

130

152

ACIO Workington

61

53

57

43

42

36

60

44

51

45

ACIO York

67

76

107

58

54

74

87

97

95

99

AFCO Aberdeen

102

66

102

83

86

82

51

53

33

48

AFCO Belfast

378

299

401

312

265

214

246

260

291

318

AFCO Birmingham

668

681

737

665

508

505

573

744

832

664

AFCO Bournemouth

215

226

203

164

123

150

205

204

208

150

AFCO Brighton

190

220

248

206

202

146

161

191

208

184

AFCO Bristol

170

213

227

225

180

144

149

138

170

150

AFCO Cambridge

245

267

376

369

262

327

386

329

359

353

AFCO Cardiff

490

518

400

402

274

380

440

388

339

325

AFCO Carlisle

203

175

195

161

128

115

135

150

157

160

AFCO Chatham

270

311

341

269

210

255

253

236

248

241

AFCO Dundee

281

266

263

299

195

207

181

153

178

205

AFCO Edinburgh

288

330

384

316

263

203

234

187

185

245

AFCO Exeter

294

299

348

295

234

240

276

300

283

238

AFCO Glasgow

647

721

791

723

521

516

523

309

396

586

AFCO Hull

305

307

436

255

213

256

304

294

335

315

AFCO Inverness

125

91

100

113

73

101

78

56

56

68

AFCO Leeds

652

656

693

631

523

547

677

572

630

624

AFCO Leicester

241

220

287

269

201

220

263

260

335

393

AFCO Lincoln

233

289

323

255

191

227

253

234

231

267

AFCO Liverpool

670

701

683

527

410

485

504

515

512

510

AFCO London

819

1189

1400

1478

1102

1034

966

1093

1306

856

AFCO Manchester

694

698

724

764

615

664

668

681

738

783

AFCO Middlesbrough

589

515

712

610

366

471

481

375

395

395

AFCO Newcastle

505

472

560

488

351

348

440

384

401

434

AFCO Norwich

198

204

174

174

172

222

264

240

310

210

AFCO Nottingham

423

427

413

412

353

398

441

401

501

524

AFCO Peterborough

107

91

119

128

97

112

135

128

131

125

AFCO Plymouth

251

269

197

235

182

201

228

196

198

141

AFCO Portsmouth

505

333

474

329

295

282

352

330

363

385

AFCO Preston

517

467

553

472

398

543

513

450

488

527

AFCO Reading

399

266

293

294

174

221

245

233

266

190

AFCO Redruth

98

107

74

62

62

73

90

77

101

58

AFCO Sheffield

378

371

378

413

277

303

376

335

341

383

AFCO Shrewsbury

303

313

259

303

274

353

317

332

338

348

AFCO Southend-on-Sea

109

210

225

280

202

181

217

205

215

200

AFCO Stoke-on-Trent

299

303

332

294

224

292

326

298

304

357

AFCO Swansea

335

318

241

225

204

240

275

224

293

249

AFCO Wrexham

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Bury

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5

Colchester Forward Operating Base

-

1

-

-

-

1

6

66

81

84

Crewe

-

-

4

1

1

4

38

31

36

59

Kendal

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

26

Kirkby

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

17

St Helens

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

24


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