Schools: Sanitation

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment has been made of the standard of school toilet facilities; and whether any assessment has been made of any relationship to the incidence of continence problems in young people. [108869]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 22 May 2012]:The Department has not made an assessment of the standard of school toilet facilities, but is aware of a number of studies in this area. These were referred to by several respondents to the recent consultation on the proposed new School Premises Regulations.

The Department has not made an assessment of any possible relationship between school toilet standards and continence problems in young people, but has received details of studies carried out by other bodies. These were included in responses to the consultation and are currently being analysed.

Secondary Education: Birmingham

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vacant secondary school places there were in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) Birmingham City Council in each of the last five years for which information is available. [109125]

Mr Gibb: The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of unfilled places in maintained secondary schools (except special schools) via an annual survey. The following table shows the number of unfilled places in maintained secondary schools in Birmingham between 2007 and 2011, which

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is the most recent data available. The number of unfilled places are reported at local authority level and not broken down by constituency.

Unfilled places in maintained secondary schools (figures for 2010 and 2011 include unfilled places in academies): Birmingham
  Total

2007(1)

3,107

2008(1)

3,543

2009(1)

3,823

2010(2)

4,026

2011(2)

4,827

(1) Number of places relate to the position as at January. (2) Number of places relate to the position as at May. Source: Surplus Places Survey and School Capacity Collection

Teachers: Pensions

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to education authorities on (i) the time period to be used for the conversion of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds in the case of schools seeking conversion to academy status, (ii) variations in calculation criteria and time periods which are used by local authorities and (iii) the process to be followed by local authorities to ensure that schools converting to academies are able to enter pooling arrangements for LGPS. [108278]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 21 May 2012]: In December 2011, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Secretary of State for Education issued a joint letter to local government leaders, chief executives, and LGPS administering authorities recommending that where an Academy wishes to be pooled with the local authority, the administering authority positively considers this. Guidance for practitioners was promised in the joint letter and the first edition was issued on 29 February. This guidance will be expanded to include more detailed information about the pooling process in the second edition, to be published by the end of the month. Further guidance will be developed as necessary.

Teachers: Training

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the drop-out rate for (a) initial teacher training and (b) the Teach First programme. [109140]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 23 May 2012]: The proportion of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees who leave their course at any point within their training is not collected centrally.

Complete data are collected for the numbers of trainees in England who leave their course during their final year. The following tables show these proportions for academic years 2005/06 to 2009/10 for all ITT routes and the Teach First programme. The proportion of trainees who were awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in each year is also provided.

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Table A: Rates of leaving and QTS achievement for all ITT trainees (including those on the Teach First programme) in their final year from 2005/06 to 2009/10 in England
  Total number of trainees Left course before end (percentage) QTS attained (percentage)

2005/06

38,190

5

87

2006/07

39,190

4

87

2007/08

37,450

4

88

2008/09

37,590

4

88

2009/10

38,970

4

89

Table B: Rates of leaving and QTS achievement for Teach First programme trainees in their final year from 2005/06 to 2009/10 in England
  Total number of trainees Left course before end (percentage) QTS attained (percentage)

2005/06

160

6

93

2006/07

210

(1)

97

2007/08

290

(1)

96

2008/09

380

3

95

2009/10

470

5

95

(1) Indicates suppression due to small numbers. Notes: 1 Total trainee figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and percentages are rounded to the nearest 1%. 2 The Teach First programme is considered to be a type of ITT. Consequently, trainees on this programme are included in both tables. 3 Percentages do not sum to 100% as other outcomes are possible, such as trainees being withheld QTS and not yet completing their course. Source: Teaching Agency Performance Profiles

Energy and Climate Change

Carbon Emissions: Housing

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many dwellings have been treated under the carbon emissions reduction target to date. [109804]

Gregory Barker: Latest available data(1) show that, as of 30 September 2011, over 3.1 million dwellings in Great Britain had received professionally installed loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, or both under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) since April 2008. This does not include dwellings treated with solid wall insulation, DIY loft insulation or any of the non-insulation measures delivered under CERT.

(1) Energy Saving Trust statistical release:

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Publications2/Housing-professionals/HEED-PDFs/HEED-publications-for-UK/CERT-Summary-Report-Q14-by-English-Region-Scotland-Wales

Energy: Prices

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of pensioner households in receipt of the one-off £120 discount from energy companies received that discount on a discretionary basis in the latest period for which figures are available. [108742]

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Gregory Barker: We expect that in excess of 660,000 low income pensioners will have received a £120 discount on their electricity bills from energy suppliers as part of the warm home discount scheme (core group) in winter 2011-12. The application of the core group discount is not discretionary. Energy suppliers are required to apply this discount through the Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011.

Final numbers for the whole scheme will be available later in autumn 2012 when the compliance phase has been undertaken.

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners in receipt of the one-off £120 discount from energy companies under the Warm Front Discount Scheme in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [108743]

Gregory Barker: The warm home discount commenced in April 2011. The first discounts were credited to accounts in winter 2011-12. Energy suppliers were informed of nearly 600,000 pensioners to be credited with an automatic discount. Additionally, over 60,000 pensioners who were not automatically matched through the scheme claimed via the dedicated Government call centre. The final number of pensioners who received a discount will be known following the compliance phase of the scheme.

In 2010-11 there was a pilot data matching scheme called the Energy Rebate Scheme. This was funded through Government's 2008-11 voluntary agreement with energy suppliers. As a result of the pilot, just over 200,000 pensioners were provided with a one-off £80 electricity bill rebate.

Green Deal Scheme

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for implementation of the Green Deal. [109038]

Gregory Barker: The timetable for implementing the Green Deal remains on track and we will be bringing our regulations to the House shortly.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost has been of advertising and promotion of the Green Deal. [109039]

Gregory Barker: No money has been spent on advertising and promoting the Green Deal to consumers.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the potential contribution of employer-supported employee benefits to the Green Deal by providing for green home improvements through salary sacrifice. [109350]

Gregory Barker: We continue to explore a number of different demand levers to encourage uptake of the Green Deal, focusing on delivering good value for money from the £200 million allocated to drive early take-up. Any proposals that would result in foregone

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tax revenues would need to be considered very carefully with regard to the Government's wider priority of reducing the deficit.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 675, on the Green Deal, when he plans to publish the proposed secondary legislation for the Green Deal. [109721]

Gregory Barker: We expect to publish the secondary legislation for the Green Deal in June 2012.

Hunterston B Power Station

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the Office for Nuclear Regulation to discuss safety regulations at the Hunterston B nuclear power plant. [109379]

Charles Hendry: My officials and I have met with Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) staff on a number of occasions; however, these meetings do not concern issues at individual sites, such as Hunterston B, as these are a matter for the ONR as the independent nuclear safety regulator.

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received any representations from Michael Russell MSP in relation to fire safety at Hunterston B power station. [109407]

Charles Hendry: Michael Russell MSP wrote to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on behalf of his constituent on 29 February 2012. On 4 April 2012, the Minister of State for Employment, my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) wrote to Michael Russell MSP addressing his constituent's concerns about fire safety at Hunterston B Power Station and Sizewell B Power Station.

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received any representations from the Scottish Government on fire safety at Hunterston B power station. [109408]

Charles Hendry: No.

Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on renewable energy installation companies of changes to feed-in tariffs due to come into force in 2012. [108284]

Gregory Barker: We want to put the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme on a sustainable footing by rebalancing the tariffs on the basis of evidence of reduced costs. We will shortly be announcing our decisions on a degression policy which will provide the certainty the industry needs and help build a long term future for the UK solar industry.

Since September 2011, 1,669 new renewable energy installation companies have been registered as MCS accredited installers, bringing the total to 4,891 MCS registered installers.

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Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of renewable energy installation companies affected by changes to feed-in tariffs since September 2011. [108285]

Gregory Barker: Since September 2011, 1,611 new PV installation companies have been registered as MCS accredited installers, bringing the total to 4,221 MCS registered installers.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 672, on feed-in tariffs, when the orders for the next reduction in tariff level would need to be laid for them to have effect by 1 July 2012. [109717]

Gregory Barker: The tariffs payable under the feed-in tariffs scheme are set within the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences.

As required by the Energy Act 2008, draft modifications to those licence conditions were laid in Parliament on 24 May 2012 with the intention that they will come into effect on 1 August 2012 and reduce tariffs for solar photovoltaic installations which become eligible for feed-in tariffs from that date. The latest date for laying the changes before Parliament so as to take effect on 1 August would have been 15 June 2012.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 672, on feed-in tariffs, what the start date for the next tariff reduction will be. [109718]

Gregory Barker: The date for the next reduction of the tariffs for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations will be 1 August 2012. This was set out in the response to the consultation on the solar PV tariffs and cost control mechanism which was published on 24 May 2012.

Renewable UK

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any staff of his Department have previously worked for Renewable UK. [109784]

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold details of the previous employment of its staff on a central database. Searching individual records to find this information would incur disproportionate costs.

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any former directors of Renewable UK have been employed by his Department as consultants or advisers in the last five years; how much any such consultants were paid; and when they were employed. [109785]

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold details of the previous employment of its staff on a central database. Searching individual records to find this information would incur disproportionate costs.

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Warm Front Scheme

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 1686, on energy efficiency, what the evidential basis is for the statement that Opposition hon. Members said that Warm Front had closed last winter and was no longer available. [109857]

Gregory Barker: Anecdotally a misleading impression was given by commentators regarding the closure of Warm Front in December 2010. At that time, the Government announced a temporary closure of Warm Front owing to the full use of the available budget for the financial year 2010-11. The scheme reopened in April 2011 and funding continues to be available.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to monitor the application of the warm homes discount scheme. [108756]

Gregory Barker: Energy suppliers participating the warm home discount scheme are required to report on their spending under the scheme after the end of each scheme year to Ofgem who have a statutory duty to monitor suppliers' compliance with the scheme regulations. Ofgem will provide an annual report to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, once the necessary compliance and audit checks have been completed.

Wind Power

Nigel Adams: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether it remains his policy to have 13GW of onshore wind capacity by 2020. [108746]

Charles Hendry: Yes. Our policy remains as set out in the Renewable Energy Roadmap(1) which includes a projected central scenario of up to 13GW total installed capacity of onshore wind by 2020. We consider that onshore wind is essential to delivering UK security of supply and other goals. We are determined to do this in ways that offer maximum value for money for consumer spend and put the least possible pressures on energy bills.

The Government's planning and other reforms give communities a real say and stake in shaping the development of their local areas. As I have already said, we believe that 13GW onshore wind by 2020 is manageable given that 5GW is already up and running, 6GW is consented and there is a further 7GW in the planning system. Not everything consented will be built, and not everything in the planning system deserves to be consented, so there

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will be new project proposals to come, but the investment the country needs in this technology is already largely on the table.

(1 )The UK's Renewable Energy Roadmap was published by DECC in July 2011 and can be viewed at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/renewable-energy/2167-uk-renewable-energy-roadmap.pdf

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the proposed wind power interconnector between the UK and Denmark. [108749]

Charles Hendry: The Government support greater interconnection, as this should promote the integration of renewable energy sources, contribute to security of supply and help bring more competition to EU energy markets. Interconnection between countries with high ambitions for offshore wind, such as the UK and Denmark, could in time form part of a more integrated offshore grid in the North Sea. We and nine other countries are investigating the potential for such a grid in the North Sea Offshore Countries' Grid Initiative.

Cabinet Office

Big Society Capital

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many loans he expects Big Society Capital to make in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; what the estimated monetary value is of such loans; and if he will make a statement. [108822]

Mr Hurd: Big Society Capital (BSC), which is an independent organisation, acts as a wholesale investor for social investment. It provides finance to specialist funds and intermediaries who then provide finance and other support to social sector organisations.

BSC will make investments and provide support to the social investment market on the basis of future needs and demands.

Business

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized business sector in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the South West in the latest period for which figures are available. [107005]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck dated 15 May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people were employed in the (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized business sector in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the South West in the latest period for which figures are available. [107005]

Annual statistics on the number of employees are available from the ONS release Business Register Employment Survey (BRES) at www.statistics.gov.uk. However, it is not possible to

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derive a breakdown by employment size band from BRES. The table below contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of employees in Newton Abbot and the South West for 2010.

Area 2010

South West

2,257,200

Newton Abbot

(1)27,000

(1 )These figures exclude farm agriculture (SIC class 0100) have been excluded.

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses in (a) Newton Abbot constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England employed fewer than five people in the latest period for which figures are available. [107007]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck dated 14 May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many businesses in (a) Newton Abbot constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England employed fewer than five people in the latest period for which figures are available. [107007]

Annual statistics on the number of enterprises are available from the ONS release UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at www.statistics.gov.uk. The table below contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of enterprises in England, South West and Newton Abbot by employee size band of 0 - 4.

  Employee Size 0-4

England

1,627,495

South West

154,745

Newton Abbot

2,195

Note: The above figures have been rounded to the nearest five, to avoid disclosure.

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the south-west in the latest period for which figures are available. [107008]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 14 May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate has been made of the number of (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the South West in the latest period for which figures are available. [107008]

Annual statistics on the number of enterprises are available from the ONS release UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

The following table contains the latest statistics available that show the number of enterprises in the South West and Newton Abbot by employee size band.

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Count of enterprises in the South West and Newton Abbot by employee size bands for 2011
  0-9 (micro) 10-49 (small) 50-249 (medium) Total

South West

176,610

16,700

2.680

195,990

Newton Abbot

2,540

285

50

2,875

Note: The above figures have been rounded to the nearest five, to avoid disclosure.

Charity Commission

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations into the activities of UK-registered charities were launched by the Charity Commission in 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [109424]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. I have asked the Commission's chief executive to reply.

Letter from Sam Younger dated 23 May 2012:

I have been asked to reply to your Written Parliamentary Question on how many investigations into the activities of UK-registered charities were launched by the Charity Commission in 2011-12; and if he will make a statement [109424].

The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. Charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) respectively.

The Commission's current approach to dealing with regulatory concerns is set out and explained in our new Risk Framework, available on our website:

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Our_regulatory_ activity/Our_approach/Risk_framework.aspx

If something goes wrong in a charity, we expect the trustees to take responsibility for putting things right. Where there are serious concerns of abuse in a charity, we may investigate and open a statutory inquiry. This is likely to be in the most cases where the regulatory issue is in itself serious and there is evidence or strong suspicion of mismanagement or misconduct in a charity. Where we open a statutory inquiry, we may make use of our formal investigatory powers, for instance to obtain documents, freeze bank accounts and remove trustees. Serious concerns about charities that are not dealt with in statutory inquiries are handled as regulatory cases within our Operations teams.

In the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, we opened 12 statutory inquires. We also completed nine statutory inquiries and 76 other investigations, dealt with as regulatory compliance cases.

Each year we report on our regulatory and compliance work through the publication Back on Track, available on our website. This sets out headline performance figures for this area as well as themes and lessons for other charities and the wider sector. Back on Track for 2011-12 will be published in early Autumn.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 720W, on the Charity Commission: manpower, how many staff at the Charity Commission were employed to investigate complaints against UK registered charities in 2011-12; how many will be employed to do so in 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [109485]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. I have asked the Commission's chief executive to reply.

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Letter from Sam Younger, dated 23 May 2012:

I have been asked to reply to your Written Parliamentary Question with reference to the Answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 720W, on Charity Commission: Manpower, how many staff at the Charity Commission were employed to investigate complaints against UK registered charities in 2011-12; how many will be employed to do so in 2012-13. [109485]

The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. Charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) respectively.

The numbers of the staff investigating complaints in 2011-12 and 2012-13 are 29 in the Investigations and Enforcement team and 61 in the four Operations teams. At any one time, not all of these staff will be investigating complaints and some will also be undertaking other regulatory tasks such as providing advice, consents and permissions.

The Commission regularly reviews its staffing requirements but at this stage estimated numbers of staff for2013-14 are the same as for this financial year.

Efficiency and Reform Group

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse was of the Reward, Efficiency and Reform Group in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the Group in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [109426]

Mr Maude: There is no Reward, Efficiency and Reform Group within my Department.

However, to address the record deficit which this Government inherited in May 2010 my Department formed an Efficiency and Reform Group.

Since May 2010 the Group has helped Departments make billions of pounds of cash savings which have been corroborated by auditors including the NAO. While the Group saved the taxpayer £3.75 billion in 2010-11, the savings for 2011-12 are anticipated to be even higher and around £5 billion. During this period the core cost of running the Group fell by 38%, demonstrating that this Group is leading by example.

My Department's budgets are published and updated through the parliamentary estimates process.

Hay Group

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contracts his Department has with Hay Group; and what the value of each such contract is. [109403]

Mr Maude: My Department has one contact with Hay Group which was initially let in January 2010 for the value of £159,000 (excluding VAT) over three years.

Departmental Staff

Mr Redwood: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years; [108182]

(2) how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed in the latest period for which figures are available. [108152]

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Mr Maude: In May 2010, the Cabinet Office employed 1,305 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff.

As a result of machinery of government changes my Department has taken over various new functions from other Government Departments. Since May 2010, the Office of Government Commerce, Central Office of Information, National School of Government, Government Property Unit, Constitution Group, Boundary Commission for England, Government Digital Service and the Government Procurement Service all joined the Cabinet Office, along with 1,915 FTE staff.

New functions within my Department are also running with a smaller headcount. Since its creation in June 2010 the Efficiency and Reform Group's headcount has reduced by 27%.

At 31 March 2012 my Department employed 2,451 FTE staff—this represents a net reduction of 769 over the May 2010 figure and the headcount who joined as a result of machinery of government changes. The closure of the National School of Government and COI in March 2012 will result in further headcount reductions in due course.

Public Sector Mutuals

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement; [108908]

(2) how the funding for the Mutual Support Programme has been spent to date; which organisations have received funding; how much they received; what results they are required to achieve; and if he will make a statement. [108999]

Mr Maude: MyCSP, which administers the Civil Service Pension Scheme, launched in April 2012 as a pathfinder mutual joint venture spinning out from Cabinet Office.

The Cabinet Office's role in the creation of mutuals across the wider public sector is to provide a comprehensive programme of support:

In December 2011, we launched the £10 million Mutuals Support Programme, comprising a website, dedicated hotline and the funds.

Rather than handing out money the Mutuals Support Programme procures suppliers to deliver the support needed for organisations interested in spinning out into a mutual. This way tools and learning can be shared for the benefit of others wishing to spin out of the public sector.

A contract for support is agreed, on the basis of meeting stated criteria, and published on Contracts Finder:

http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/

Information on the programme will be published shortly on the Mutuals Information Service:

http://mutuals.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

In 2010-11 the coalition Government announced a Mutual Pathfinder Programme of 21 projects, eight of which have already spun out, with a further series of launches due this year.

Through this work, Cabinet Office is driving the creation of new mutuals led by entrepreneurial public sector staff who want to take control of their services. These projects are playing a vital role in enabling

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Government to learn and share lessons from the front line as to how to encourage mutuals on an ongoing basis.

Unemployment

Mr Bain: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged (a) 25 years and over and (b) 16 to 24 years had been unemployed for more than a year in May (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 in (A) the UK, (B) Scotland and (C) each Scottish constituency. [109257]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged (a) 25 and over and (b) 16-24 were unemployed for more than a year in May (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 in (A) the UK, (B) Scotland and (C) each Scottish constituency. (109257)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. Estimates of unemployment for the requested age group are not available for parliamentary constituencies.

Table 1 shows the number of people aged 25 and over and 16 to 24 years who were unemployed and resident in Scotland and the United Kingdom for the 12 month periods ending September 2010 and September 2011 from the APS, the most recent periods for which figures are available. Data for 2012 is not yet available.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of people unemployed for over 12 months
Thousand
  12 months ending
  September 2010 September 2011
  25 and over 16 to 24 years 25 and over 16 to 24 years

Scotland

42

18

**46

***21

United Kingdom

524

202

*585

*233

Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. CVs are not produced for earlier periods. Key: * 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≥ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes CV = Coefficient of Variation Source: Annual Population Survey and Annual Labour Force Survey

Mr Bain: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people currently in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and unemployed using International Labour Organisation definitions who are looking for full-time work and (b) people who are either unemployed, employed or in

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self-employment are seeking full-time employment in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland and (iii) each Scottish constituency. [109258]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated May 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people (a) currently in receipt of jobseekers' allowance and unemployed using International Labour Organisation definitions are looking for full-time work and (b) whether unemployed, employed or in self-employment are seeking full-time employment in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland and (iii) each Scottish constituency. (109258)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS). However, due to the size of the samples involved the requested estimates for Scottish Constituencies are not available.

The estimates of the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from APS are generally lower than the official measure published by ONS. However, APS is the only source that gives information on claimants of JSA, employment status and the nature of work sought.

Table 1 shows the number of people who reported themselves as claiming JSA and who were ILO unemployed and seeking full-time employment, from the October 2010 to September 2011 APS.

Table 2 shows the number of people who were unemployed, employed or self-employed seeking full-time employment from the October to September 2011 APS. These estimates include those who are currently in full-time employment and would like a different full-time job.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates has been provided.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website a:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance and ILO unemployed seeking full-time employment, October 2010 to September 2011
  Number (thousand)

Scotland

*85

UK

*883

Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≤ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes Source: Annual Population Survey
Table 2: Number of people who were unemployed, employed or in self-employment seeking full-time employment, October 2010 to September 2011
  Number (thousand)

Scotland

*280

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UK

*3,387

Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≥20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes Source: Annual Population Survey

Deputy Prime Minister

Electoral Register

Chris Evans: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the number of unregistered voters. [109525]

Mr Harper: The Government funded research by the Electoral Commission to understand the state of the register within the existing system. This was the first report of its kind in over a decade.

As at December 2010, the Electoral Commission estimated that the register was 85-87% complete, which would mean that there are 6 million people missing from the register. This compares to a previous completeness figure in 2000 of 91-92% or 3.9 million people missing from the register.

The estimates are based on research undertake on the April 2011 registers, which found that at April 2011 the electoral registers in Great Britain are estimated to be 82% complete and 85% accurate. This equates to 8.5 million people missing from the register. However, the April 2011 figures are not directly comparable with the previous 2000 figures, since the 2000 figures were based on the December register (which is generally more complete and accurate as it is compiled directly after the annual canvass of electors).

This report showed that more than ever it is important that we modernise the electoral registration system, and that is what we are planning to do as part of the move to individual electoral registration. We are actively exploring ways in which we can make it as convenient and secure as possible for citizens to register to vote, for example by enabling new channels such as online registration. We are also taking steps to maximise registration among under-registered groups.

Increasing registration is not solely the responsibility of Government. Electoral registration officers appointed by but independent of local authorities have a duty to encourage participation in the electoral process and the Electoral Commission promotes public awareness of registration. Parliamentarians and elected officials from each of the political parties must also provide people with compelling reasons to register and participate.

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Lobbying: Regulation

Ms Abbott: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward further proposals for the regulation of political lobbyists in the next two years. [109242]

Mr Harper: The Government's consultation on ‘Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists’ closed on 20 April 2012. The Government received a wide range of responses and will publish its formal response—providing a summary of responses received and setting out the next steps—before the House rises for summer recess.

This will then be followed by a White Paper and draft legislation which sets out the Government's detailed proposals, later in the Session.

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Defence

Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving soldiers have sustained injuries while on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. [108988]

Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) regularly publishes casualty statistics on its website at:

www.mod.uk

The following table summarises the figures for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan:

  Casualties (excluding natural causes) Field hospital admissions (from 1 March 2006)
Operational theatre Very seriously injured (VSI) Seriously injured (SI) Wounded in action Disease or non-battle injury (DNBI)

Iraq(1)

73

149

315

3,283

Afghanistan(2)

279

283

1,894

3,883

(1) 1 January 2003 to 31 July 2009 (2) 7 October 2001 to 30 April 2012

The personnel listed as very seriously injured or seriously injured may also appear in the UK field hospital admissions.

Armed Forces: Health Services

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original (a) budget and (b) timescale was for the Army Recovery Capability project; and what project performance evaluation his Department has undertaken of the project. [108799]

Mr Robathan: At the launch of the Army Recovery Capability (ARC) in February 2010, the Ministry of Defence committed to investing approximately £30 million over four years to the delivery of the capability.

The original estimated time scale for full operating capability was 1 April 2012. However, as a result of delivering much broader improvements to our care of all wounded, injured and sick across the Army, it is now estimated that full operating capability will be achieved by 1 April 2013. In line with this enhanced capability, the MOD contribution to the ARC has increased to approximately £162 million over the next 10 years.

Project performance of the ARC is monitored through a number of governance structures reporting up to the Defence Recovery Steering Group, which includes key stakeholders from across Defence and Charitable Partner Organisations. The steering group considers all aspects of the project development as well as current operations within the recovery pathway. A formal post-project evaluation will be completed in summer 2013, three months after achievement of full operating capability.

BAE Systems

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions BAE Systems has written to his Department to notify it of an (a) Key Industrial Capability Trigger Event and (b) Key Industrial Capability Notice under the terms of the 2009 Terms of Business Agreement; [106728]

(2) on how many occasions his Department has been served a Key Industrial Capability notice by BAE Systems under the terms of the 2009 Terms of Business Agreement; and what the cost was to the public purse. [106729]

Peter Luff: The Terms of Business Agreement between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and BAE Systems Surface Ships, part of BAE Systems Maritime—Naval Ships (BAES MNS), requires the company to notify the Department, at the earliest time practicable of an impending work load shortfall.

The MOD and the company maintain a continuous dialogue on the current and future warship-building and support work load, which has so far minimised the need to activate the formal process. To date, there has been one occasion when BAES MNS served the MOD with a Key Industrial Capability (KIC) Trigger Event Notice. This event related to a shortfall in ship support work load.

The company has served one payment notice resulting from this KIC Trigger Event. This claim for payment, relating to the same shortfall in surface ship support work load, is currently being assessed by the Department. As such, no payment has been made in respect of this notice.

Bomb Disposal

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions ammunition technical officers were called to viable explosive devices in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012; [109388]

(2) what the average response time was to bomb incidents by ammunition technical officers in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and if he will make a statement. [Official Report, 12 September 2012, Vol. 550, c. 1MC.] [109419]

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Nick Harvey: The number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers to viable explosive devices across the United Kingdom is shown in the following table. Viable devices are defined as those which contain the relevant components and are built in a manner which suggests that they would have successfully detonated prior to Explosive Ordnance Device team action. The figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

  Number (1)

2008

50

2009

60

2010

50

2011

120

2012 (at 21 May)

30

(1 )This table does not show the total number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers—just those to viable devices.

Average response times are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish any memorandum of understanding he has agreed with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on (a) resourcing and (b) deployment of the Army bomb disposal team in Northern Ireland. [108843]

Nick Harvey: There is no memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on resourcing and deployment of the Army bomb disposal team in Northern Ireland. The armed forces provide specific niche Explosive Ordnance Disposal capabilities to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in support of the UK Government's aim to reduce the risk from terrorism. This support is provided above and beyond normal UK military aid to the civil authorities arrangements and is provided free of charge to the PSNI.

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding he allocated to the Army Bomb Disposal Team in Northern Ireland in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and what funding he plans to allocate in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [108844]

Nick Harvey: This information is not held in the format requested. However, sufficient funding will be made available to ensure all standing commitments in Northern Ireland can be met.

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the deployment of ammunition technical officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [109417]

Nick Harvey: Explosive Ordnance Disposal in Northern Ireland is provided by the armed forces to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in support of the UK Government's aim to reduce the risk from terrorism.

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I meet regularly with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to discuss various issues related to terrorism in Northern Ireland. These discussions include the deployment of Ammunition Technical Officers.

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the speed and coverage of response to bomb incidents by ammunition technical officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement; [109418]

(2) how many times ammunition technical officers were called out in Northern Ireland in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012 to date; and if he will make a statement; [109420]

(3) how many ammunition technical officers were deployed in Northern Ireland in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; how many he expects to be deployed in Northern Ireland in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015; and if he will make a statement. [109421]

Nick Harvey: Response times to bomb incidents in Northern Ireland are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However the Explosive Ordnance Device teams in Northern Ireland have responded with great professionalism over the years to all requests for assistance. We will continue to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the most operationally effective way using the defence and police estate as necessary.

The number of incidents to which Ammunition Technical Officers were called in Northern Ireland is shown in the following table. The figures represent the total number of times officers were called out and are rounded to the nearest 10.

  Number

2008

360

2009

500

2010

490

2011

450

2012 (at 21 May)

160

I am withholding the numbers of Ammunition Technical Officers deployed in Northern Ireland as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Defence Equipment: Scotland

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Rangeless Airborne Instrumented Debriefing Systems, (b) National Communication Radio Systems, (c) Transportable Communications Containers and (d) Phoenix Unmanned Air Vehicles (i) of each equipment type and (ii) in each location are permanently based in Scotland. [109079]

Peter Luff: The number of Rangeless Airborne Instrumented Debriefing Systems (RAIDS) permanently based in Scotland and their locations are provided in the following table:

Description Location Number

RAIDS pods

RAF Lossiemouth

25

RAIDS pods

RAF Leuchars

23

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RAIDS Debrief Stations

RAF Lossiemouth

3

RAIDS Debrief Stations

RAF Leuchars

2

Information relating to the number and locations of National Communication Radio Systems and Transportable Communication Containers is being withheld for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

The Phoenix Unmanned Air Vehicle is no longer in service.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) High Mobility Maintenance Trailers, (b) HIPPO Beach Recovery Vehicles, (c) Armoured Repair and Recover Vehicles (d) Bulldozers, (e) Mobile Crane Ton Vehicles and (f) Reconnaissance Vehicles (i) of each equipment type and (ii) in each location are permanently based in Scotland; [109080]

(2) how many (a) Mineplough Trucks, (b) Combat Engineer Tractors, (c) Dump Trucks, (d) Wheeled Earthmoving Equipment and (e) Vehicle Launched Tracked Scatterable Mine Systems are permanently based in Scotland (i) of each equipment type and (ii) in each location. [109081]

Peter Luff: The only vehicles listed in the questions that are permanently based in Scotland are reconnaissance vehicles. There are eight tracked reconnaissance vehicles with four based at Ayr and four based at Fife. There is also one wheeled reconnaissance vehicle, based at Midlothian.

The combat engineer tractors and the vehicle launched tracked scatterable mine system both left service in 2007.

Defence: Procurement

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the National Audit Office to review his Department's equipment plan; and when he expects to publish this review. [109374]

Peter Luff: We are already working closely with the National Audit Office (NAO) on the detail of their review of the equipment plan. I expect that the review will be published in the autumn but this is primarily a matter for the NAO to determine.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 264, on defence budget and transformation, if he will ensure that the summary of the equipment plan he plans to publish includes per-programme costs. [109463]

Peter Luff: The Ministry of Defence already publishes detailed information on the cost of its major equipment procurement programmes through the National Audit Office's (NAO) annual Major Projects Report.

The published summary of the equipment programme is expected to include more detail than has previously been made public, but will take due account of the requirement to protect both security and commercial

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confidentiality as well as the requirement to protect the MOD's position in future negotiations.

Further assurance will be provided by the NAO audit of the equipment programme, the results of which will be published and for which the NAO will have access to confidential, detailed information on the equipment plan.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's press notice of 14 May 2012, which programmes make up the committed core equipment programme that amounts to £160 billion; and what the (a) length of the programme's life cycle and (b) cost over the duration of the programme's life cycle is for each programme. [109468]

Peter Luff: The core equipment programme is worth around £152 billion over the next decade, including a contingency of around £4 billion. An additional £8 billion is held as unallocated provision. The core equipment programme, together with the £8 billion of unallocated provision, will fund the capabilities that we require to deliver Future Force 2020 as set out in the strategic defence and security review. These include all of the capabilities announced by the Secretary of State for Defence, in his statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, columns 261-64, as well as those announced by the then Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox), on 18 July 2011, Official Report, columns 66-70WS.

Details of major programmes' through-life cost and timescales are released in the annual Major Projects Report. We also intend to publish a summary of the Equipment Programme which is expected to include more detail than has previously been made public. However some elements of the defence budget are security-sensitive and others are commercially sensitive. As such, it would not be appropriate to provide full details of every project in the core programme.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 263, on Defence budget and transformation, what level of risk is built in to each equipment programme budgeted for. [109483]

Peter Luff: All projects within the Ministry of Defence's equipment programmes are subject to a comprehensive risk assessment prior to approval. The approved budget represents the most likely outturn, once risk is taken into account.

In addition, for the first time, the equipment programme contains a contingency provision worth around £4 billion over the next decade. This provision will ensure that we are better able to manage risks within major projects without incurring knock-on effects on the wider programme.

Hovercraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Griffon 2000TD and (b) Griffon 2400TD hovercraft are in service at each location; and if he will estimate their unit cost. [109084]

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Peter Luff: The only Ministry of Defence unit that has Griffon 2400TD Hovercraft is 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines, which has four of these craft. Three are currently held at the unit at Royal Marines Turnchapel in Plymouth and one is at Griffon Hoverworks in Southampton for maintenance. The 2000TD are no longer in service with the MOD. I am withholding the information about costs as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Iraq

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pieces of Iraqi military equipment were destroyed using depleted uranium ammunition by Coalition forces in the 2003 Iraq war; and how many of these (a) have been made inaccessible to civilians and (b) remain in urban areas. [107733]

Nick Harvey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 March 2012, Official Report, column 1053W.

There is no record of the quantity of Iraqi military equipment destroyed using depleted uranium (DU) ammunition by UK armed forces. This is because there is no requirement for, and no central records are held of, military equipment destroyed by UK armed forces beyond that for necessary operational analysis.

In the UK area of operations, the practice was for destroyed, broken down and abandoned equipment to be secured at the Al Basrah International and Shaibah airfields. Control of this equipment and of any that may remain elsewhere is the responsibility of the Government of Iraq. Details relating to other coalition forces are matters for them alone.

Our own reports and scientific consensus conclude that DU intakes are only likely to be a concern for people in or on vehicles at the time they are struck by DU munitions or for those who enter immediately afterwards.

Type 26 Frigates

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 272, whether the proposal for 19 frigates and destroyers includes a programme for the construction of 13 Type-26 frigates; in what year each Type-26 frigate is scheduled to enter service; and where the Type-26 frigates will be base-ported. [108362]

Peter Luff: I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence's current planning assumption is for the construction of 13 Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCS). The Type 26 GCS programme is in its Assessment Phase, with the results of this phase expected by the middle of this decade. As usual with equipment projects, the In Service Date will not be set until the Main Gate investment decision has been taken. No decision has been made on the base porting of the Type 26 GCS.

Culture, Media and Sport

Broadband

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the (a) Rural Community Broadband Fund and (b) Broadband Delivery UK superfast broadband fund may be used to fund broadband networks based on wireless as well as wired technologies. [109352]

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Mr Vaizey: Fixed and wireless broadband technologies are eligible for public funding from Broadband Delivery UK, subject to the requirements of the EU state aid rules.

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether funding for rural broadband from BDUK and Worcestershire county council is subject to the rules on state aid. [109382]

Mr Vaizey: All public subsidy for broadband projects, including from BDUK and Worcestershire county council, will be subject to the rules on state aid.

Broadband: Rural Areas

Sir Alan Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much of the original funding for the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) will be allocated through round 1; whether any remaining funds from round 1 will be carried over to be allocated under round 2; and whether any additional funds will be added to the RCBF for allocation under round 2. [109100]

Mr Vaizey: The £20 million Rural Community Broadband Fund, jointly funded by BDUK and DEFRA, enables the funding of superfast broadband projects in the most hard to reach areas in England. Although the fund is competitive, no money has specifically been allocated to each round under the fund and no funds have yet been committed to projects.

For each round, applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to ensure that their project broadly meets with the criteria of the Fund. Successful applicants are then invited to submit a more detailed full application and business plan upon which funding decisions will be made. 39 Expressions of Interest were received in response to the first round, of which 16 were endorsed with conditions at the end of March to proceed to the full application stage. The endorsed Expressions of Interest had a cumulative grant value of just under £5 million. No funding will be committed to a project until a full application has been received, appraised, and approved. Money allocated under the fund remains at £20 million.

Communication

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to publish his Department's Communications Green Paper. [109353]

Mr Vaizey: No decisions on the timing of the Green Paper have been made. The Communications Review remains on course and, subject to the legislative programme, the Government hope to introduce new legislation before the end of this Parliament.

Digital Broadcasting

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will have discussions with Digital UK on including in the

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awareness campaign for digital switchover in Northern Ireland additional televisions in the homes of elderly people. [109222]

Mr Vaizey: Digital UK's awareness campaign highlights the need to make provisions for main and additional televisions in the home in preparation for switchover. The Help Scheme has contacted everyone eligible under the Scheme, which includes people aged 75 and over, to offer practical support in advance of switchover in Northern Ireland.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 12 March and 19 April 2012 regarding a constituent, Mrs M Lee. [109227]

John Penrose: The Department has no record of receiving the letters referred to. Copies of the letters have been requested from the office of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay.

Public Sector

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [108910]

John Penrose: No new public sector mutuals have been created or spun-off by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2010-11 or 2011-12.

International Development

Developing Countries: Water

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the likely outcomes of integrating efforts on clean water and sanitation with efforts to tackle (a) trachoma and (b) onchocerciasis and (c) other neglected tropical diseases; if he will make it his policy that the implementation of his Department's commitment on water and sanitation is integrated with efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases; and if he will make a statement. [108863]

Mr O'Brien: The UK has prioritised funding of neglected tropical diseases. This includes funding for a joint mapping of trachoma and other neglected tropical diseases in relation to the availability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in the affected countries. Following on from the mapping, we will also be funding a comprehensive approach to tackling the global problem of blinding trachoma, which includes facial cleanliness and environmental improvements. A recent review supported by DFID showed that ending open defecation is one of the most efficient ways to reduce trachoma transmission. Water and sanitation is not only integrated into our trachoma programmes, improvements in water and sanitation also have an impact in reducing transmission of schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted-helminths, guinea

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worm and others. The community directed intervention approach used in tackling many of the neglected tropical diseases, including onchocerciasis, can increase the community's awareness of public health issues including water and sanitation.

Cost savings on integrated programmes have been estimated at 26-47% compared to non-integrated programmes and the benefits of adding WaSH interventions will be considerable both in all our neglected tropical disease programmes.

Overseas Aid

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes or projects his Department is funding to strengthen the capacity of public sector audit, revenue collection or financial managements systems in developing countries; what countries are supported; what the goals are of each project; how much funding his Department has provided in each case; what the start and end date is in each case; and what contractors or other bodies are providing assistance. [108633]

Mr O'Brien: Most of the DFID's country offices are involved in helping to strengthen some aspect of public financial management. Larger projects include those in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria. In Rwanda and Sierra Leone we have projects specifically supporting the supreme audit institution. The countries which we are helping with revenue include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, various states in India, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

As part of its evidence paper to the International Development Committee for its inquiry into Tax in Developing Countries, DFID prepared an analysis of tax related project spending over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11. A schedule listing projects which are still in progress will be placed in the Library. It shows for each the benefitting country, overall project goal, overall budget and percentage that relates to tax and the spend to date. Information on the contractors or other bodies involved in providing the assistance is also given. Some funding is, in whole or in part, financial aid, which is funding paid to the recipient Government. The contractor information relates only to the non-financial aid element of the project. This means it concerns the main organisations contracted by DFID, rather than organisations which may be contracted by the recipient Government.

It has not been possible to provide similar information for projects relating to public audit and other aspects of public financial management, as to do so would incur excessive staff time and therefore cost.

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department gave to (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2011; whether any such funding had a designated purpose; and what those purposes were. [109270]

Mr Andrew Mitchell: In 2010-11, the Department for International Development (DFID) gave no bilateral aid to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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UK aid to Pakistan is focused on ensuring stability and prosperity for Pakistan and the region. In 2010-11 DFID invested £203 million to help Pakistan. We are on track to: get 4 million children into school; help over 1.2 million people—more than half of these Women—access credit; support 500,000 couples to access family planning; and provide practical job training to tens of thousands of people.

In India, where we are walking the last mile, DFID invested £279 million of aid and support. We are on track to: give 3 million poor people (2.1 million of them women) access to credit, insurance and savings; help over 400,000 mothers deliver babies more safely; reach 3.9 million children with nutrition programmes; and support over 800,000 children to enrol in secondary school and 1.5 million children to enrol in primary school. Our programme is now concentrated in three of the poorer states; up to half now focus on the role of the private sector in poverty alleviation.

Justice

Alternatives to Prison: Greater Manchester

Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish an evaluation of the Manchester Intensive Alternative to Custody project. [109293]

Mr Blunt: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) on 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 173W.

Children: Protection

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess and respond to Action for Children's report entitled Keeping children safe: The case for reforming the law on child neglect; and if he will make a statement. [109037]

Mr Blunt: The Ministry of Justice has noted the content of the report. There are no present plans to amend the law in this area.

To supplement this information, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Education, my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), on 23 May 2012, Official Report, column 740W.

Courts: Translation Services

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings he has had with representatives of court interpreters on changes to funding of interpretation services; [109366]

(2) what meetings he has had with representatives of (a) ethnic minorities and (b) the police on changes to funding for court interpreters. [109367]

Mr Blunt: The Secretary of State for Justice has not met with representative interpreter groups however the Ministry sought interpreters' views on the industry during a series of four road shows during late 2009; met

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various stakeholders in August and September 2010 and consulted key interested parties, including the police, on the proposed framework agreement as part of the procurement process and received a wide range of views in response. Now that the framework agreement has been implemented the Ministry continues to receive, consider and respond to correspondence from interested parties and groups.

In accordance with our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 the Department and Ministers had due regard to the public sector equality duty before making changes to interpretation services and published a full equality impact assessment. Following this, the Ministry has not received any requests for meetings with ethnic minority groups.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Ben Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many awards under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were reduced on the basis of applicants' unspent criminal convictions in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12. [109262]

Mr Djanogly: The figures are given in the following table. The current (2008) compensation scheme says claims officers must refuse or reduce compensation where the applicant has unspent convictions unless there are exceptional reasons not to do so. However, there are cases still being considered under previous schemes that didn't make such reductions compulsory. The number of awards paid to those with unspent convictions is therefore likely to be higher.

Financial year Number of awards reduced

2008-09

1,952

2009-10

2,837

2010-11

3,604

2011-12

2,775

Mr Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those injured in the 7 July 2005 London bombings are awaiting a final settlement from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board; what the reasons are for the time taken to make a final settlement; and if he will make a statement. [109286]

Mr Djanogly: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is still investigating one case, which they first received last year. This claim was originally refused as being out of time, but the Tribunal Service has determined that the two year time limit for making a claim should be waived. Three other applicants have outstanding appeals with the Tribunals Service having disagreed with CICA's assessment of how much compensation should be paid. These cases have not been finalised due to difficulties in getting definitive medical prognoses and proof of other resultant losses. CICA have paid all three people interim awards.

Ministerial Meetings

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research, (ii) the

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Taxpayers' Alliance, (iii) the Institute of Economic Affairs, (iv) ResPublica, (v) the Centre for Social Justice and (vi) Policy Exchange; and if he will publish the minutes and agendas of these meetings. [108966]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: Ministry of Justice Ministers hold meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders as part of the process of policy development and delivery. It is not the Government's practice to provide all details of such meetings.

However, the Ministry of Justice publishes quarterly meetings between Ministers and external organisations as well as meetings between permanent secretaries and external organisations. This can be found at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/corporate-reports

The next return is due to be published soon.

The Ministry of Justice does not centrally record meetings attended by senior officials in the Department. To collate this information would exceed the cost limit for answering parliamentary questions.

Proceeds of Crime

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 13W, on electronic tagging; for what reasons detailed assessment of the Community Cashback Scheme was not undertaken. [109104]

Mr Blunt: “Community Cashback” was a one-off scheme launched by the previous Administration in June 2009 to distribute recovered criminal assets to local areas to be reinvested for the benefit of their communities during the financial year 2009-10.

In 2010 this Government took the decision not to run any further rounds of Community Cashback funding, and has no plans to commit resources to evaluating a scheme which we have no plans to repeat.

We plan to raise up to an additional £50 million from offenders through extending the Victim Surcharge and other financial penalties, on top of the £66 million that central Government already spend on victim's services. It is intended that this additional funding will be used for services which help to support victims of crime.

Young Offenders: Greater Manchester

Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of young adults from Manchester held in young offender institutions since May 2009; and if he will make a statement. [109292]

Mr Blunt: The Government welcome the reduction in the number of young adults from Manchester that are being held in young offender institutions. Across the country we are working to achieve improved outcomes for all young adults through a range of policies and operational practice developments currently being taken forward. This includes diversion away from custody, where appropriate, and tough and coordinated rehabilitation activity requiring offenders to face and tackle the problems which cause their offending.

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Treasury

Banks

Steve Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential risks to the investments made from the public purse in financial institutions. [109702]

Mr Hoban: As set out in HM Treasury's latest set of published accounts, a total of £124 billion of cash had been invested in financial interventions up to March 2011. The scale of support has already started to decrease rapidly and is expected to continue to do so.

The final cost to the taxpayer will only be known once all of the interventions have been exited. However, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published an updated estimate of the direct fiscal cost of financial sector interventions as part of its March 2012 Economic and Fiscal Outlook, estimating the eventual loss to the taxpayer to be £14.3 billion.

British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

Mr Winnick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had regarding the bid by News Corporation for BSkyB at the meeting with Rebekah Brooks on 13 December 2010; and if he will make a statement. [107882]

Miss Chloe Smith [holding answer 17 May 2012]: Treasury 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.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations, available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm

Child Tax Credit

Helen Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Warrington North constituency are in receipt of the disability element of child tax credit; [106703]

(2) how many people in Warrington North constituency are in receipt of the severe disability element of child tax credit. [106704]

Mr Gauke [holding answer 14 May 2012]: The information is as follows:

Number of in-work families receiving the disabled child element of Child Tax Credit in Warrington North as at 1 April 201 2
  Number (thousand)

Disabled child element

0.2

The number of families receiving the severely disabled child element in Warrington North is not available, and no estimates for out-of-work families receiving the disabled child elements are available as out-of-work statistics include households administered by DWP.

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Civil Servants: Pay

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of senior staff in each (a) Government Department, (b) Executive agency and (c) non-departmental public body who are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of a salary; and if he will make a statement. [109291]

Danny Alexander: On 23 May, I announced the findings of the “Review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees”. This set out the extent of senior off payroll engagements across Government—including those paid via personal service companies—and made recommendations to ensure that, in future Government employers are able to assure themselves that their senior off payroll staff are meeting their tax obligations.

This review, and links to the data provided by Departments to the review are available on the Treasury, website at:

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/tax_pay_appointees_review.htm

Complaints

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [108951]

Miss Chloe Smith: The number of complaints received by the Treasury including its agencies and non-departmental public bodies was as follows:

(a) one in 2010-11; and

(b) 382 in 2011-12.

381 of the complaints in 2011-12 refer to the work of the Equitable Life Payments Scheme. This represents less than 0.2% of all payments made to policyholders as at 31 March 2012. The remaining two complaints (in 2010-11 and 2011-12) refer to the work of the Office of Tax Simplification.

Disadvantaged

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to commission an independent assessment of the effect of the 2012 and future budgets on the most vulnerable in society. [109368]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Treasury is responsible for taking due regard of the equalities impact of the Budget. In line with its statutory obligations, HM Treasury considers the impact of policy measures on groups with protected characteristics as part of the policy development process and has taken unprecedented steps to increase transparency and enable effective scrutiny of policy making by publishing detailed distributional analysis of the impact of its reforms on households.

In addition, and consistent with steps taken by the Government to increase transparency and enable the effective scrutiny of policy making, the Treasury publishes, jointly with HMRC, tax information and impact notes (TIINs) for individual tax measures. These TIINs set out the expected impacts of individual measures, including the impacts on individuals and households.

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The document ‘Overview of tax legislation and rates’, published alongside Budget 2012, collects together in one place the TIINs for tax measures which will be legislated for in Finance Bill 2012. This document can be found online at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2012/ootlar.htm

Financial Services

John Glen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Retail Distribution Review on the transparency of costs and the level of overall charges for investment products; [108830]

(2) what assessment he had made of the effect of excluding dealing costs, platform charges, and initial charges from the (a) total expense ratio and (b) ongoing charge; [108832]

(3) what discussions he has had with the FSA on measures designed to tackle hidden costs and charges for savings, private pensions and investment products. [108833]

Mr Hoban: The FSA's Retail Distribution Review is examining the transparency and fairness of fees and charges across the financial advice landscape and will move the industry towards a transparent distribution charge. Firms that provide advice will be paid by charges that are set out up-front and agreed with their clients, rather than by commissions set by product providers to secure distribution of their products. The cost of advice will be listed separately from any platform costs and the costs associated with fund management.

The FSA has consulted extensively on the RDR since 2006 and, in accordance with the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, has published cost-benefit analyses of the proposals. These are available on the FSA's website:

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/About/What/rdr/index.shtml

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has regular meetings with the FSA at which a range of issues are discussed.

Income Tax

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of low earners who will not pay income tax in 2012-13 as a result of the measures he proposes to introduce. [108989]

Mr Gauke: The 2011 Budget announced a £630 cash increase in the personal allowance for under 65s to £8,105 in 2012-13 (£240 above expected RPI indexation), with an equivalent reduction in the basic rate limit to leave the higher rate threshold unchanged.

As a result of these measures, the Government estimated that in 2012-13 260,000 of the lowest income taxpayers will be removed from tax altogether. Information at Government office region is provided in the following table:

Government office region Number taken out of income tax (thousand)

North East

10

North West and Merseyside

28

Yorkshire and the Humber

26

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East Midlands

18

West Midlands

25

East of England

25

London

30

South East

32

South West

24

Wales

10

Scotland

21

Northern Ireland

9

Address abroad / unknown

3

All

260

These estimates are based on the 2007-08 Survey of Personal Incomes, projected to 2012-13 using economic assumptions consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility's March 2011 economic and fiscal outlook.

Reliable estimates are not available at parliamentary constituency level, due to greater uncertainties in projections for small geographical areas and small sample sizes.

The 2012 Budget announced a £1,100 cash increase in the personal allowance for under 65s to £9,205 in 2013-14, £850 above expected RPI indexation, and representing the largest increase in the level of the personal allowance in both cash and real terms for the last 30 years. The Government are committed to supporting lower and middle income earners by raising the personal allowance to £10,000, and removing the lowest income individuals out of income tax. Decisions on future changes in the personal allowance will be taken as part of the annual Budget process in the context of the wider public finances.

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the north-west who will be affected by the increase in the personal allowance. [109066]

Mr Gauke: The 2012 Budget announced a £1,100 cash increase in the personal, allowance for under 65s to £9,205 in 2013-14, £850 above expected RPI indexation, and representing the largest increase in the level of the personal allowance in both cash and real terms for the last 30 years.

As a result of this change, the Government estimate that in the north-west and Merseyside, 2.57 million taxpayers in total will benefit, 95 thousand will be taken out of tax altogether and 149,000 taxpayers with income above £41,450 will pay more.

These estimates are based on the 2009-10 Survey of Personal Incomes, projected to 2013-14 using economic assumptions consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility's March 2012 economic and fiscal outlook.

Reliable estimates are not available at the local authority and parliamentary constituency levels due to greater uncertainties in making projections for small geographical areas.

Lost Property

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [108936]

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Miss Chloe Smith: No items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more have been reported as being lost from the Treasury in 2010-11 or 2011-12.

Departmental Staff

Mr Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years. [108171]

Miss Chloe Smith: The following table shows HM Treasury's full-time equivalent (FTE) leavers and joiners (excluding students) from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2012. The figures exclude departmental staff who are not on the payroll owing to loans, secondments and special leave.

HM Treasury April 2010 to March 2012

Joiners

465

Permanent leavers

574

Joiners include new recruits to the civil service (including those through the civil service fast streams); people transferring from other Government Departments; and loans in from other Government Departments.

Permanent leavers include people at the end of loans or secondments; resignations; permanent transfers; end of fixed term contracts; retirement; and voluntary early severance.

Ministerial Meetings

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research, (ii) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (iii) the Institute of Economic Affairs, (iv) the Child Poverty Action Group, (v) ResPublica, (vi) the Centre for Social Justice and (vii) Policy Exchange; and if he will publish the minutes and agendas of these meetings. [108962]

Miss Chloe Smith: Treasury 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.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm

Details of officials’ meetings with external organisations are not held centrally and it would entail disproportionate cost to collate this information.

Operating Costs

Mr Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on the administration of his Department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12. [109845]

Miss Chloe Smith: Details of spending on administration costs in 2009-10 and 2010-11 are shown in the Treasury's annual report and accounts for 2010-11, available online at:

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/dep_perf_reports_index.htm

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Details of 2011-12 administration spending will be shown in the 2011 -12 annual report and accounts which will published before the summer recess.

Personal Savings

John Glen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase consumer confidence in savings for retirement. [108831]

Mr Hoban: The Government have taken a number of steps to give consumers confidence in saving for retirement, including: promoting choice by removing the effective requirement to annuitise at age 75; introducing automatic enrolment of eligible employees into a minimum quality workplace pension scheme from October 2012; and working with industry and consumer groups to establish a 'default' open market option.

The Government have also taken steps to give consumers confidence in the wider savings market by introducing a Junior ISA; introducing the Money Advice Service; announcing at Budget 2012 that the Government will work with industry to improve competitiveness and transparency in the ISA market; and indexing ISA contribution limits to inflation. The Government has also asked an independent Steering Group to devise a suite of simple financial products which are straightforward and easy to understand.

The Government are also setting up the new Financial Conduct Authority as a single, dedicated conduct regulator that will intervene more proactively and decisively to police the conduct of financial services firms, prevent consumer detriment, and secure better outcomes for consumers. The FCA will also be a more open and transparent organisation so that consumers can see what the regulator is doing to ensure that markets function well, and hold it to account.

Public Expenditure

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what activities the (a) Financial Inclusion Fund and (b) Growth Fund have supported in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; what the monetary value was of each project; and if he will make a statement. [108814]

Mr Hoban: “Financial inclusion: an action plan for 2008 to 2011” announced how the £130 million funding for the Financial Inclusion Fund would be spent and is available on the HM Treasury website:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/financialinclusion_actionplan 061207.pdf

Total allocations for projects from the Fund in 2010-11 were set at £43.547 million. The Financial Inclusion Fund was closed on 31 March 2011.

The Financial Inclusion Growth Fund was a project funded by the Financial Inclusion Fund which was delivered by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the period 2008 to 2011, the project received £38 million from the Financial Inclusion Fund and a further £18.75 million investment from the Department of Work and Pensions in 2009.

The Financial Inclusion Taskforce commissioned and published evaluations of the Financial Inclusion Growth Fund in December 2010 and April 2011 which detail

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the activities the Fund supported. These papers are available on the HM Treasury website:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/fin_consumer_fininclusion _taskforce_research.htm