Bus Services: Bristol

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has contributed to bus-based rapid transit in Greater Bristol; and what such funding has been allocated to (a) Long Ashton to Temple Meads, (b) Hengrove to North Fringe and (c) the South Bristol Link routes. [123327]

Norman Baker: The Department has allocated the following maximum levels of funding to the three Bus Rapid Transit schemes in the Greater Bristol area:

(a) Long Ashton to Temple Meads: £34.508 million

(b) Hengrove to North Fringe: £51.101 million

(c) South Bristol Link route: £27.6 million

This funding will be provided subject to the satisfactory completion of all the remaining legal and procurement processes associated with these schemes.

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This represents a huge investment in public transport for Bristol from the coalition Government, and comes on top of other recent announcements, such as the decision to electrify the main line from London to Bristol.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contact or correspondence his Department has made of respondents to the High Speed 2 consultation run by Dialogue by Design; whose contribution was omitted from the original analysis; and if they will publish the details of any such contact. [122332]

Mr Simon Burns: All those affected—by the statement on 17 July about 413 responses omitted from the original consultation analysis and by the statement on 18 September about 722 responses where the answers to one or more of the seven consultation questions were not analysed— have been contacted by email with a letter explaining the details of their particular case.

A list of organisations (who had not marked their response ‘confidential') affected is included in each Consultation Summary Addendum Report. In line with the Data Protection Act, individual details and correspondence would not be published.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to undertake full checks of the process and quality assurance of every aspect of the HS2 project. [122390]

Mr Simon Burns: All major projects are reviewed at every stage of their development by the major projects authority to ensure that they are delivered as efficiently as possible and provide the best possible value for taxpayers' money. This regular analysis is used to improve delivery of HS2, a vital infrastructure project needed to provide the rail capacity our network needs for the future.

Insurance

George Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met representatives of individual insurance companies in the last 12 months. [122710]

Stephen Hammond: The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport met with representatives from major motor insurers on 14 February 2012 to discuss action that can be taken to reduce the number of claims for whiplash which contribute significantly to the cost of settling motor insurance claims. The Secretary of State chaired a further meeting with the insurance industry on 2 May.

As a result of these discussions the Department has met with industry on a further four separate occasions to discuss the work the Department is collectively doing with industry on young drivers.

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Land Use

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the introduction of indirect land use change factors into the Renewable Energy Directive and Fuel Quality Directive. [123686]

Norman Baker: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) on 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 231W

Railways

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new passing loops have been added to the rail network in each of the last 10 years. [123473]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold this information. Network Rail's website gives details of completed Network Changes at:

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browsedirectory.aspx?root=&dir= %5cnetwork%20code%5cnetwork%20change% 5cCompleted%20Proposals

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average cost of introducing a passing loop on the rail network. [123474]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold this information. Network Rail's website gives some examples of Network Change schemes together with their costs at:

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browsedirectory.aspx?dir= %5Cnetwork%20code%5Cnetwork%20change&root

Railways: Veterans

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential cost of extending the armed forces rail card scheme to veterans; and if he will make a statement. [123323]

Norman Baker: The HM Forces Railcard is administered by the Association of Train Operating Companies on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. It would be for them to assess the cost of extending eligibility for the HM Forces Railcard to former Forces personnel.

Transport: Finance

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress his Department has made in delivering the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. [123216]

Norman Baker: Since publication of 'Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon' last year, we have concluded 3 rounds of funding for small and large projects. In total, the Department for Transport has committed the entire £600m, from which it has awarded a total of 96 packages to 77 authorities across England, outside London. Some approved schemes have already been completed.

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Culture, Media and Sport

Broadband Delivery UK

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff there were in Broadband Delivery UK in each quarter since May 2010. [123710]

Mr Vaizey: Broadband Delivery UK joined the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a machinery of government change in April 2011. For this reason, figures for full-time equivalent staff only exist from this date onwards. Figures are provided in the following table:

 QuarterFull-time equivalent staff

2011

April-June

47.08

 

July-September

49.86

 

October-December

50.97

   

2012

January-March

49.28

 

April-June

65.77

 

July-September

75.77

Broadband: Members

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether she has had recent discussions on the broadband speed of constituency offices for hon. Members. [123478]

Mr Vaizey: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has had discussions with Broadband Delivery UK about the UK having the best superfast broadband network in Europe, including 90% of households having access to superfast broadband and universal 2 Mbps broadband, but no specific discussions have taken place about the speed of broadband to constituency offices for hon. Members.

Broadband: Nottinghamshire

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made on its commitment for 90% of Nottinghamshire premises to have at least 24 mbps broadband and universal access to a minimum of 2 mbps before 2015. [123477]

Mr Vaizey: We continue to make progress towards our target of ensuring the UK has the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, including 90% of households having access to superfast broadband and universal 2 mbps broadband. The Nottinghamshire project is due to commence procurement in December 2012.

Internet

Amber Rudd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) people and (b) households in (i) the South East, (ii) East Sussex and (iii) Hastings and Rye constituency who do not use the internet. [122587]

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Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

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

Letter from Glen Watson:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of (a) people and (b) households in (i) the South East, (ii) East Sussex and (iii) the Hastings and Rye constituency who do not use the Internet. (122587)

Estimates of Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over are published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics and are available on the Office for National Statistics website. These estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and have coverage of the United Kingdom (UK). The latest available estimate (in respect of 2012 Q2) of the number of adults who have never used the Internet in the South East is 843,000. The estimate for East Sussex is 67,000. Estimates at parliamentary constituency level are not available.

Estimates of household Internet access are published on an annual basis by the Office for National Statistics and are also available on the Office for National Statistics website. These estimates are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. Estimates are available by region, but for Great Britain only. The latest available estimate (in respect of 2012) of the number of households in the South East without Internet Access is 567,000. It is not possible, from this survey, to produce estimates of household Internet access by county, local authority area or constituency.

Staff

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff there were in her Department in each quarter since May 2010. [123702]

Hugh Robertson: The following table shows the numbers of full-time equivalent staff within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the period since May 2010.

 QuarterFull-time equivalent staff

2010

April-June

470.5

 

July-September

453.95

 

October-December

434.37

   

2011

January-March

443.15

 

April-June

480.2

 

July-September

485.1

 

October-December

472.6

   

2012(1)

January-March

483.5

 

April-June

481.1

 

July-September

450.6

(1) The rise in the number of full-time equivalent staff during 2011-12 was to ensure delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Energy and Climate Change

Apprentices

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship. [123079]

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Gregory Barker: DECC has three current paid apprenticeships all working towards a qualification.

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in his Department. [123080]

Gregory Barker: DECC has three paid apprenticeships and four paid interns.

British Gas

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of nationalising British Gas. [123166]

Mr Hayes: We have no plans to renationalise any part of the energy market. The Government are committed to promoting an open, competitive energy market, and supporting consumers to save energy, both of which will help to keep consumers' bills as low as possible.

The Government have cut red tape to help small suppliers compete on a level playing field with larger, more established, suppliers and is also taking steps to facilitate new entrants. In addition we will shortly introduce the energy Bill that will reform the electricity market in ways that promote competition.

Electricity

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the total electricity demand within the UK; and what his estimate is of the likely level of such demand in 2015. [123155]

Mr Hayes: Projections of electricity demand within the UK are published in DECC's Energy and Emission Projections, which was most recently updated on 15 October 2012:

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/about/ec_social_res/analytic_projs/en_emis_projs/en_emis_projs.aspx

Demand projections, including non-electricity generation energy industry use and losses are provided in Annex E: Total Electricity Generation where on the central scenario demand is projected to be 359.7 TWh in 2012 and 346.8 TWh in 2015.

Electricity Generation

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what constraint payments are; and how much has been paid in respect of such payments in each of the last five years. [123295]

Mr Hayes: National Grid undertakes a number of activities to fulfil its role of balancing the demand and supply of electricity on the transmission system. One of these activities involves making constraint payments to generators to either increase or decrease their planned output in order to resolve bottlenecks (known as constraints) on the transmission system. This is a competitive market in which National Grid is incentivised to pick the most cost-effective way to deliver what is required.

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Constraint costs over the last five years are as follows:

 £ million

2007-08

70

2008-09

263

2009-10

139

2010-11

170

2011-12

328

Source: National Grid published data

Energy: Meters

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the manufacture of smart meters in the UK. [123383]

Mr Hayes: While primary manufacturing is mainly completed outside of the UK, meter design, research, calibration, configuration and manufacturing expertise can all be utilised in this country. However, as the programme is industry led, it will be for the energy suppliers to decide precisely how the mass roll-out of smart meters is sourced.

Heating Oil

Pat Glass: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate how many households are living off-grid by (a) constituency and (b) local authority. [123657]

Mr Hayes: The exact number of households who are off the gas grid is not held centrally.

Estimates have been produced based on information held from two administrative sources; these are the Gemserv database on the location of electricity meters, and data from xoserve and independent gas transporters on the location of gas meters. Subtracting the number of gas meters from the number of electricity meters produces a broad estimate of the number of off grid properties. However, some households can have more than one electricity meter associated with their property (for instance, a supply for communal facilities such as stairwell lighting or a lift). Additionally, the standard gas industry definition of domestic use uses a consumption threshold, with any consumer using less than 73,200 kWh of gas per year being classed as a domestic user; it is estimated that—Great Britain wide—this definition allocates around 2 million small business users as domestic. Furthermore a small number of meters (less than one third of one percent) do not have sufficient information associated with them to be able to allocate them to a specific area. The underlying data on the number of gas and electricity meters in each local authority is available on the Departments website at:

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/regional/electricity/electricity.aspx

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/regional/gas/gas.aspx

The table showing, for 2010, the number of domestic electricity meter points, the number of gas meter points where consumption was less than 73,200kWh, and the difference between the two figures, which forms an estimate of the number of households off the gas grid,

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will be placed in the Libraries of the House. The number of installed meters by parliamentary constituency level is not currently available, and as such this analysis cannot be produced for parliamentary constituencies.

Heating Oil: Durham

Pat Glass: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the average annual heating oil fuel bill in North West Durham constituency in each of the last five years. [123658]

Mr Hayes: The information requested is not available.

The following table shows the average cost per 1,000 litres of heating oil for the last five years, for the UK.

 Average annual price for heating oil £/1,000 litres

2008

522.10

2009

366.76

2010

475.49

2011

618.48

2012

617.92

In addition, estimates from the Living Cost and Food Survey suggest the average annual household spend on heating oil in the UK, for households which use oil central heating, was approximately £1,150 in 2010.

Heating: Pipelines

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what arrangements are in place to permit the burying of district heating pipes in the streets for combined heat and power and district heating schemes. [123495]

Gregory Barker: The Department is working with a range of local authorities, cities, trade associations, energy service companies and other key stakeholders to identify barriers and issues around the installation of heat networks. The practical arrangements for permission to install district heating will be one of the issues addressed in our forthcoming policy document on low carbon heating. There are currently no special arrangements in place for the installation of heat pipes under streets, railway lines or waterways.

Health

Annual Reports

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his Department's annual report and accounts for 2011-12. [123645]

Dr Poulter: The Department's annual report and accounts for 2011-12 was today laid before Parliament.

Apprentices

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship. [123088]

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Dr Poulter: At present, the Department does not have apprentices working in the organisation.

Brain Cancer

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent from the public purse on brain cancer research in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date. [123652]

Dr Poulter: Expenditure by the Department on brain cancer research through research programmes, research centres and units, and research training awards is shown in the following table.

 £ million

2009-10

0.3

2010-11

0.9

2011-12

0.7

In addition, the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (CRN) is currently hosting 24 trials and other well-designed studies in cancers of the brain and nervous system that are in set-up or recruiting patients. Details can be found on the UK CRN portfolio database at:

http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/search

Data for spend on brain cancer research through the CRN cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure, diagnosis onwards.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve early diagnosis rates of persons with brain cancer. [123653]

Anna Soubry: On 12 January 2011, we published “Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer”, which sets out how the Government had committed over £450 million over the following four years to support earlier diagnosis of cancer. This money is being used to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer; fund increased general practitioner (GP) access to diagnostic tests; and pay for more testing and treatment in secondary care. One of the tests we are increasing access to is magnetic resonance imaging to support the diagnosis of brain tumours, and we have now published best practice referral guidelines for GPs on how to access this test.

The strategy also set out our commitment to work with a number of rarer cancer-focused charities to assess what more can be done to encourage appropriate referrals to secondary care and to diagnose rarer cancers earlier. Further work has been undertaken with a number of these charities, including those concerned with brain cancer, with the aim of identifying some of the barriers to early diagnosis and to discuss potential solutions. As a result, we are hoping to pilot a more general symptom awareness campaign later this year that will be relevant to a range of cancers, including brain cancer.

We are currently investigating a possible new metric around the proportion of cancer diagnosed through emergency routes, as there is a relationship between the route to diagnosis and the stage at diagnosis. We know that a large proportion of brain cancers are diagnosed through emergency routes and so monitoring routes to diagnosis will help us assess progress on tackling late diagnosis.

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Caesarean Sections

Dr Thérèse Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Caesarean sections were carried out in the NHS in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12. [123131]

Dr Poulter: The following table gives the number of deliveries by caesarean section for the specified financial years. It should be noted that this only includes deliveries within national health service hospitals in England.

Data for 2011-12 are not yet available, and will be published by the NHS Information Centre on 6 December 2012.

Count of finished consultant delivery episodes where caesarean section was the method of delivery, with the total number of deliveries taking place in NHS hospitals in England for 2008-09 to 2010-11
 Number of caesarean sections

2008-09

154,814

2009-10

157,356

2010-11

162,512

Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care

Care Homes

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on funding for the development of extra care accommodation; and if he will make a statement. [122292]

Norman Lamb: In July 2012, the Government published the care and support White Paper, “Caring for our Future: reforming care and support”. Following extensive engagement with the social care sector, the vision for reform set out in the White Paper was agreed across Government, following discussions between the relevant departmental Ministers including the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The White Paper set out Government's intention to establish a new care and support housing fund, providing £200 million of capital funding over five years from 2013-14 to encourage providers to develop specialised housing for older people and disabled adults. We have since announced that this fund will be boosted to up to £300 million.

Since publication of the White Paper, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government have continued to work closely together and with key partner organisations and we expect to publish further details shortly.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fatalities were caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in each of the last five years; and how many and what proportion of such cases were due to occupational exposure. [122350]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent questions asking (a) how many fatalities were caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in each of the last five years; and (b) how many and what proportion of such cases were due to occupational exposure. (122350)

The following table shows (a) the number of deaths where chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the underlying cause of death and (b) the number and proportion of all COPD deaths where the underlying cause of death was COPD and the coroner's verdict returned after inquest was 'industrial disease' for 2007 to 2011 (the latest year available).

All deaths that may be due to an industrial disease or related to the deceased's employment are required to be referred to the coroner. However, only about 17 per cent of all COPD deaths were referred to a coroner in each year between 2007 and 2011. The contribution of occupation to COPD may be difficult to conclude from post mortem results and coroners may not have appropriate evidence to attribute death to occupational exposure. Therefore, the numbers and, consequently, the proportions of COPD deaths due to occupational exposure presented in the table below may be an underestimate of the true figures of occupation-related COPD deaths in England and Wales.

Further information about COPD in Great Britain is available on the Health and Safety Executive website at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/copd/copd.pdf

Number of deaths where the underlying cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and number and proportion of deaths related to occupational exposure, England and Wales, 2007 to 20111, 2, 3
Number/percentage
 COPDCOPD related to occupational exposureProportion (percentage) of all COPD related to occupational exposure

2007

23,727

247

1.0

2008

24,816

275

1.1

2009

23,318

252

1.1

2010

23,870

188

0.8

2011

24,527

193

0.8

(1) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year. (2) Figures include deaths of non-residents. (3) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes J40 to J44. Source: Office for National Statistics

Drugs: Prices

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the implementation of value-based pricing in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [123703]

Norman Lamb: We continue to work towards the intended introduction of value-based pricing for medicines in 2014.

Hazardous Substances

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS personnel are currently trained to (a) treat and (b) decontaminate patients contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material. [123164]

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Dr Poulter: The actual number of personnel trained to treat and decontaminate patients contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material is not held centrally but would be available from the appropriate employing organisation.

Health Services: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff will be employed by the (a) Harrow and (b) Brent clinical commissioning groups; and if he will make a statement; [123256]

(2) how many staff are employed by the (a) Harrow and (b) Brent primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement. [123257]

Dr Poulter: The information on numbers of staff to be employed by the two specified clinical commissioning groups is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact his local national health service organisations for information.

The numbers of staff employed by each of the two specified primary care trusts as at 30 September 2011 are shown in the following table.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): NHS staff in each specified organisation by main staff group as at 30 September 2011
Headcount
 Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT)Harrow PCT

All NHS staff

1,053

692

   

All GPs (including GP retainers and GP registrars)(1)

240

184

GP practice staff(2)

545

507

of which:

  

Practice nurses

86

95

   

HCHS doctors and dentists(3)

4

(4)

   

All non-medical staff

264

1

   

Professionally qualified clinical staff

20

(4)

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

10

(4)

All qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff

10

(4)

   

Support to clinical staff

5

1

Support to doctors and nursing staff

5

1

   

NHS infrastructure support

239

(4)

Central functions

123

(4)

Hotel, property and estates

23

(4)

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Manager and senior manager

93

(4)

(1) All GPs include GP providers, Other GPs, GP registrars and GP retainers. (2) Practice staff includes practice nurses, direct patient care staff, admin and clerical and others. (3) Excludes hospital practitioners and clinical assistants in headcount, most of these also work as a GP. (4 )Zero. Notes: 1. A few NHS organisations existed within the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) database with small numbers of staff as a result of the impact of Transforming Community Services and the resultant system mergers and demergers which were still ongoing at the time of the 2011 census. 2. Data Quality: The Health and Social Care Information Centre seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census.

Infectious Diseases

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS personnel are currently trained to deal with patients with hazardous infections. [123163]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not held centrally.

Infectious Diseases: Hospital Beds

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many high security isolation beds suitable for patients with hazardous infections are available (a) within the NHS and (b) within any non-NHS organisation. [123158]

Dr Poulter: Within the national health service, two high security isolation beds are available in London, which can be increased to four in case of need and further capacity is currently being developed in Newcastle.

These are reserved for only the most serious or hazardous cases and the vast majority of patients with infectious diseases are treated safely and effectively in their local hospitals, all of which have isolation facilities.

The Department does not hold information on the number of beds in non-NHS organisations.

London Ambulance Service

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained staff employed by the London Ambulance Service were available to respond to 999 calls on 30 September (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and if he will make a statement. [123254]

Anna Soubry: This information is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact the London Ambulance Service.

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NHS: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS service reconfigurations he has referred from local health overview and scrutiny committees to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel since May 2010. [123646]

Anna Soubry: The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) has been commissioned to undertake two full reviews and 13 initial assessments from May 2010 to date. A full list of IRP work is available on the IRP website at:

www.irpanel.org.uk

NHS: Pay

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary was of an NHS (a) nurse, (b) midwife and (c) health visitor in (i) the latest period for which figures are available and (ii) each year since 1997. [123328]

Dr Poulter: The average salary of a national health service nurse, midwife and health visitor is not collected separately from the average salary for qualified nurses working in Hospital and Community Health Services.

Provisional experimental data for the period July 2011 to June 2012 estimate mean total earnings for a full-time equivalent (FTE) midwife of £38,000 and for a FTE health visitor of £35,700. Data for previous years are not available.

The following table shows the estimated mean of total earnings for qualified nurses (including midwives and health visitors) since 1997-98. The latest figure available is for 2012-13, which corresponds to the first quarter of 2012-13 (April to June 2012).

Qualified nurse
 Estimated mean of total earnings per FTE (£)

1997-98

20,800

1998-99

21,000

1999-2000

22,300

2000-01

23,400

2001-02

24,700

2002-03

25,700

2003-04

26,300

2004-05

27,700

2005-06

28,800

2006-07

29,900

2007-08

31,100

2008-09

32,400

2009-10

33,500

2010-11

34,400

2011-12

34,600

2012-13

34,800

Notes: 1. Average salaries are estimated from the qualified nurse paybill figures using NHS accounts data together with the NHS pension scheme rates, and national insurance rates and thresholds that apply to NHS employers. 2. The paybill data include all qualified nurses employed by NHS trusts, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and foundation trusts in England. They exclude agency nurses. 3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Sources: Department of Health Paybill Model 2008-09 Department of Health Paybill Model 2011-12 Trust Financial Returns and Foundation Trust Annual Reports (Paybill data) Information Centre Workforce Census

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NHS: Procurement

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to commission an evaluation of the first phase of the Any Qualified Provider programme. [123329]

Anna Soubry: The Department has commissioned an independent review of the process for qualifying providers under Any Qualified Provider (AQP) arrangements in 2012-13. The findings of the evaluation will be published later this year. There will be subsequent evaluations of the impact of the AQP commissioning approach on service quality.

NHS: Research

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives his Department has established for clinicians to undertake research. [123704]

Dr Poulter: The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) supports and incentivises clinicians to undertake research in a number of ways.

The NIHR Clinical Research Networks aim to ensure health care professionals and patients from all parts of the country are able to participate in and benefit from clinical research. The Comprehensive Clinical Research Network funds the sessions of clinical consultants spent on non-commercial trials and studies supported by the network.

Through its training and career development programmes, the NIHR supports clinicians at all stages of their career: integrated clinical and academic training; doctoral training; postdoctoral training; and more senior awards. The prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator award provides an additional incentive for the country's most outstanding clinical researchers.

The NIHR Research Design Service offers advice and support on research design and methodology to researchers making funding applications and doing research within the health research system.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust: Redundancy

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust over its decision to issue HR1 forms to its employees. [123500]

Dr Poulter: No discussions have taken place between the Department's Ministers and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust over its decision to issue HR1 forms to its employees. All foundation trusts have the freedom to determine terms and conditions, including pay, for the staff they employ.

Paramedics: Crimes of Violence

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics in (a) England, (b) the east midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency were injured as a result of assaults while on duty in the last 12 months. [123693]

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Dr Poulter: The information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The number of physical assaults against staff reported by national health service bodies in England has been collected annually since 2004-05. This information does not indicate the professional category of staff or the constituency in which assaults take place.

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against NHS staff in 2010-11 is contained in the tables showing the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in 2010-11, broken down by NHS trust/PCT, which have already been placed in the Library.

Patients: Safety

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents recorded in the National Patient Safety Agency's National Reporting and Learning System were classified as “never events” in each year since 2008. [123330]

Dr Poulter: The “never events” framework was introduced to the national health service in England in April 2009. Therefore, there is no data available on “never events” reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) prior to April 2009.

The number of “never events” reported to the NRLS in each complete financial year since April 2009-10 is shown in the following table;

 Number of never events reported

2009-10

111

2010-11

56

2011-12

163

Notes: 1. In each year, the definitions and types of incidents included in the national list of never events have changed. For example, 2011-12 saw the number of never event categories included in the list increase from eight to twenty-five. This means it is not possible to compare the number of never events reported in each year or draw conclusions about trends in the safety of NHS services from this data. 2. For 2009-10, information on numbers and descriptions of never events were produced using text searches of the NRLS for specific words or phrases across categories and in free text fields, the latter are individual to the reporter, and may contain spelling errors, typing errors or abbreviations that make it difficult to group similar incidents. Because of the technical challenges inherent in accounting for variations in describing a given incident, results from this method should be interpreted carefully. 3. For 2010-11 and 2011-12, NHS organisations were asked to identify incident reports relating to never events in the free text of their incident report to the NRLS. The NRLS data was then derived by carrying out a search for the term ‘never events’ in the free text of all the NRLS incident reports. In addition, for 2011-12, probable never events, identified from regular reviews of incidents reported to the NRLS as involving severe harm or death, are included, This method therefore relies on the reporter appropriately classifying the incident as a never event, or the never event being identified through the review of severe harm/death incidents. 4. Information on never events in the NHS is also available from NHS organisations' own reporting systems and the Strategic Executive Information System.

Streptococcus

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ensure that the four reports commissioned through the Government's Health Technology Assessment Programme that found screening to be more cost-effective than risk-based prevention strategies will be considered by the UK National Screening Committee during the current review of screening for group B streptococcus; [122887]

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(2) whether relevant high-quality randomised controlled trials are required by the National Screening Committee before introducing a new screening programme in the UK; [122888]

(3) what steps he is taking to ensure UK rates of group B streptococcus decline; [122889]

(4) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all hospitals in England use the method described in the Health Protection Agency's National Standard Method BSOP58 when checking pregnant women for group B streptococcus. [122890]

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ensure that data on the rates of potentially preventable early onset group B streptococcus infection in the UK will be considered as part of the evidence in the National Screening Committee's review of screening for group B streptococcus; [122896]

(2) if he will ensure that the National Screening Committee review of testing for group B streptococcus takes into account evidence from other countries when making their decision. [122897]

Dr Poulter: The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the national health service in all four UK countries about all aspects of screening policy, including screening policy for group B streptococcus (GBS) carriage in pregnancy. In 2008-09 the UK NSC recommended that a national screening programme to test for GBS carriage in pregnancy using the enriched culture medium test should not be offered.

The UK NSC is currently reviewing the evidence for screening for GBS carriage in pregnancy against its criteria again. As part of the UK NSC's review the following National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) reports have been considered by the UK NSC:

Colbourn T, Asseberg C, Bojke L et al. Prenatal screening and treatment strategies to prevent group B streptococcal and other bacterial infections in early infancy: cost effectiveness and expected value of information analyses. Health Technol Assess (Winchester, England). 2007;11(29).

Daniels J, Gray J, Pattison H et al. Rapid testing for group B streptococcus during labour: a test accuracy study with evaluation of acceptability and cost-effectiveness. Health Technol Assess (Winchester, England). 2009;13(42)

The UK NSC's internationally recognised criteria for appraising the viability, effectiveness and appropriateness of a screening programme states that there should be evidence from high quality randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that the screening programme is effective in reducing mortality or morbidity. The UK NSC acknowledges that undertaking RCTs is problematic in some areas and has used other types of evidence where RCTs are not feasible. However, in common with other organisations that give evidence based policy advice, the UK NSC recognise that these kinds of studies represent the gold standard.

For recommended standards of care the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) published a revised Green-Top clinical guideline, on 18 July 2012, to take into account any new evidence on the prevention of early-onset neonatal GBS disease. In addition, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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(NICE) published a new guideline on antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of early-onset neonatal infection, including GBS on 22 August 2012.

National guidelines are developed to set the standards for high quality health care. In the prevention of early onset GBS disease, local maternity services should develop local guidelines (based on the RCOG's and NICE's national guideline) which all medical and midwifery staff would be expected to follow. The implementation of all guidelines should be audited regularly to confirm compliance and formulate an action plan for change in areas such as service provision education and training if the results of the audit are not satisfactory.

The United Kingdom Standards for Microbiology Investigation B 58 is for processing swabs. The B 58's use would be restricted to specific requests rather than for routine ‘checking’. In such circumstances, the laboratory may decide whether to follow the United Kingdom Standards for Microbiology Investigation B 58 or their own standard operating procedure. The United Kingdom Standards for Microbiology Investigation (BSOP58-Processing Swabs for Group B Streptococcal Carriage) provides a standardised method for culture where clinicians decide to investigate specific patients with conditions considered to confer a high risk of infection.

Data on the rates of potentially preventable early onset GBS infection are not collected. Laboratories across England, Wales and Northern Ireland submit data to the Health Protection Agency on .GBS infection. Submission of data is voluntary, therefore completeness of reporting has varied over time and across different parts of the country.

The UK NSC's review focussed its detailed assessment on screening in the United States of America as this has been documented in the literature in some detail. However, the review also includes information on GBS across the world from a systematic review published in The Lancet.

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to introducing a pilot antenatal screening programme for group B streptococcus; and what the estimated cost would be; [123514]


(2) what assessment he has made of the recent report by Group B Streptococcus Support on the introduction of screening in the UK; [123515]


(3) what steps he plans to take to prevent preventable cases of group B streptococcus infection in newborn babies. [123527]

Dr Poulter: The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the national health service in all four United Kingdom countries about all aspects of screening policy, including screening policy for group B streptococcus (GBS) carriage in pregnancy. In 2008-09 the UK NSC recommended that a national screening programme to test for GBS carriage in pregnancy using the enriched culture medium test should not be offered.

The UK NSC is currently reviewing the evidence for screening for GBS carriage in pregnancy, a public consultation on the screening review opened on 16 July 2012 and will close on 23 October 2012. As part of the consultation, Group B Streptococcus Support's report, ‘Screening will save newborn lives: A case for the

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introduction of routine screening for group B streptococcus in late pregnancy’ will be discussed by the UK NSC. The Department expects to receive a recommendation from the UK NSC in the autumn.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) published on 18 July 2012 a revised Green-Top guideline, originally published in November 2003, to take into account any new evidence on the prevention of early-onset neonatal GBS disease. In addition, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a new guideline on antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of early-onset neonatal infection, including GBS on 22 August 2012.

National guidelines are developed to set the standards for high quality health care. In the prevention of early onset GBS disease, local maternity services should develop local guidelines (based on the RCOG's and NICE'S national guideline) which all medical and midwifery staff would be expected to follow. The implementation of all guidelines should be audited regularly to confirm compliance and formulate an action plan for change in areas such as service.

The RCOG has produced patient information, ‘Preventing group B streptococcus infection in newborn babies (information for you)’, for women and their families who are expecting a baby or are planning to get pregnant. Advice from that guidance also features on the NHS Choices website.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Air Pollution

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent studies his Department has conducted into the potential risks to staff of his Department and their families from exposure to air pollution during postings overseas; and what steps he has taken to mitigate such risks. [123667]

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sought advice from the UK Health Protection Agency this year. The FCO's health care provider is available to provide officers and their dependants with advice on the effect of air pollution in the context of their individual medical background. The FCO's Estates Department is considering the provision of air purifiers in offices and domestic accommodation where these might be necessary for health reasons.

British Overseas Territories

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the establishment of marine protected areas in the Overseas Territories. [121740]

Mark Simmonds: The Government's recent White Paper on the Overseas Territories set out our approach to develop a shared agenda for sustainable environmental management with the Territories. We are committed to working with Territories Governments to preserve their rich environmental heritage and have been developing with them a strategic approach to large-scale marine management. Two of the largest marine protected areas

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(MPAs) in the world have been established in British Overseas Territories; in the British Indian Ocean Territory a no-fishing MPA has been declared, while in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands a sustainable use MPA has been declared that allows fishing activity, subject to tight controls, that has led to Marine Stewardship Council certification. These, and other marine protection measures across the Territories, have been based on scientific research and evidence, and further work is under way to input into their future management. We will continue to work closely with the Territories to guide the sustainable management of their marine areas, whether this be through the use of MPAs, or other appropriate management tools, and where a Territory permits fishing or other economic activities to take place as part of their management approach we will encourage this to happen in the most sustainable manner.

Commonwealth

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consideration the Eminent Persons' Group of the Commonwealth Heads of Government has given to the maximising of commercial opportunities between Commonwealth states. [123664]

Mr Swire: The Eminent Persons Group made 106 recommendations to modernise and increase the relevance of the Commonwealth, which were presented to the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth in October 2011. Their report included a recommendation that the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) should mount programmes specifically for investment from developed Commonwealth countries into developing countries. This recommendation was adopted by Commonwealth states in Perth without reservation.

Ethiopia

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) human rights situation in Ethiopia; and what plans he has to assist the Ethiopian Government to improve that country's human rights record. [121701]

Mark Simmonds: On 21 September Hailemariam Desalegn was appointed as Ethiopia's Prime Minister in the first peaceful transition of power in the country's modern history. Progress on democratic governance and human rights in Ethiopia is, and will continue to be, a key British Government objective that we are actively supporting through our programmes and diplomacy. We have consistently raised concerns about human rights and the closing of political space with the Ethiopian authorities including in my recent meeting in New York with the Acting Foreign Minister. We will continue to pursue an open and honest dialogue on these issues with Hailemariam and his Government.

Gambia

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the President of Gambia,

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and his officials on the execution of death row prisoners on 19 August 2012 and the future possibility of other death row prisoners being executed if the new moratorium is lifted. [121793]

Mark Simmonds: Since his speech on 19 August when President Jammeh pledged to begin executing death row prisoners, the UK has made our opposition to the sudden use of the death penalty in The Gambia very clear. On 25 August, the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), issued a statement expressing concern over the then unconfirmed reports of executions. Our high commissioner in Banjul has made several representations to the Government of The Gambia, including the Foreign Minister and the Attorney-General, on behalf of both the UK and the EU, both before and after the executions were confirmed. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also made representations to the Gambian high commission in London.

On 26 August, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Ashton, issued a statement condemning the executions and announcing that the EU would respond appropriately. On 12 September, acting as the local President of the EU, our high commissioner in Banjul delivered a written statement outlining the EU's position to the Gambian Foreign Minister.

We welcome the statement issued by the Gambian Government on 14 September to reinstate a moratorium on the further use of the death penalty, although we note its conditional and non-binding nature. We will continue to work with international partners, especially the EU, to apply pressure where appropriate to help prevent further executions in the short term and to promote the abolition of the use of the death penalty in the long term.

We support the concern expressed by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, about the executions, and will seek opportunities, including within the UN system, to reinforce it. In November, the UN General Assembly will vote on a Resolution in favour of a world-wide moratorium on the death penalty, which we are actively supporting.

Huawei

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the appropriateness of operations in Britain of Huawei. [123666]

Mr Swire: I welcome Huawei's presence in the UK and their plans to expand that presence further with a £1.3 billion investment and procurement plan. This investment will see an increase in Huawei's UK workforce to over 1,500. It is of course vital that the UK's communications infrastructure is robust and resilient against a whole range of threats, including potential cyber attacks. No system is completely invulnerable and the globalisation of the telecoms industry means we must pay close attention to the risks inherent in its supply chains. For that reason, we have set up a unique joint venture with Huawei in 2010 where Government experts and Huawei staff collaborate to provide assurance that their products meet government security standards prior to being deployed on UK networks.

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Justice

Driving Under Influence

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) convicted and (ii) served a custodial sentence for drink driving offences in each police authority in each year since 1997. [122097]

Jeremy Wright: The number of persons found guilty at all courts and given a custodial sentence for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, by police force area, in England and Wales, for the period of 1997 to 2011 (latest available) can be viewed in Tables 1 and 2, which have been placed in the Library.

Annual court proceedings data for 2012 are planned for publication in May 2013.

Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost per (a) prisoner and (b) place in (i) privately and (ii) publicly run prisons in 2012-13. [123663]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service does not hold this information for 2012-13. NOMS calculates the average cost per prisoner and cost per place based on actual net resource expenditure for prisons recorded on the NOMS central accounting system. These costs are expressed in terms of the average prison population and baseline Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA) figure for each prison during the accounting period.

Average cost per prisoner and cost per place figures for private and public sector prisons are published with the Management Information Addendum to the NOMS Annual Report and Accounts after the end of each financial year.

Prisons

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total planned budget for (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons is in 2012-13; [123659]

(2) what the total budget was for (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in 2011-12. [123660]

Jeremy Wright: The initial total resource budget allocations for privately run prisons and publicly run prisons for the financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13 is given as follows.

Total resource budgets
£ million
 2011-122012-13

Public sector prisons

1,845

1,751

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Private prisons

343

434

Notes: 1. Figures are subject to rounding. 2. Immigration Removal Centres at Dover, Haslar, Lindholme and Morton Hall are not included. 3. Amounts are not directly comparable as there are a number of factors which can cause differences between years, such as changes in size and security category of prisons, the mix of prisoners (including gender and age), and the internal regime and rehabilitation work provided. 4. Figures reflect HMP Birmingham moving from the public to private sector; opening of HMP Oakwood and HMP Thameside as new private prisons; closure of HMP Latchmere House. 5. Budgets are subject to change throughout the financial year to reflect operational business decisions.

The figures are the amounts directly allocated to public and private sector prison budgets. They do not include budgets for expenditure incurred at regional or national level. At the end of each financial year, actual expenditure as recorded in the NOMS annual accounts is analysed in retrospect to produce the published prison costs which incorporate all NOMS expenditure attributable to private and public sector prisons.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the occupancy rate was for each prison as a percentage of population to in-use certified normal accommodation on 30 September 2012. [123661]

Jeremy Wright: The information requested is published online as follows:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/hmps/monthly-figures/prison-population-monthly-sept2012.docx

Published data relate to the last working Friday of any given month. The nearest date to your request is 28 September.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible error with data entry and processing.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the direct resource outturn was for each prison in 2011-12. [123662]

Jeremy Wright: As part of the Government's Transparency Agenda, the Department publishes full details of outturn expenditure for each private and public sector prison in England and Wales after the end of the financial year. The information for financial year 2011-12 is due to be published as an Addendum to the NOMS Annual Report and Accounts on 25 October 2012 and will be available on the Department's website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/prison-probation-performance-info

A copy will also be placed in the House Library.

Roads: Accidents

Mr Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence his Department has had with the Department for Transport to discuss the effect on road users of the operation of the criminal justice system in the last 12 months. [123647]

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Jeremy Wright: Officials in the Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport are regularly in contact with one another, in writing and in person, to discuss road safety issues.

Mr Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will undertake a review of sentencing guidelines for incidents involving road users, similar to that conducted for assault cases to ensure that the sentences are effective and take appropriate account of the harm to the victim. [123648]

Jeremy Wright: Severe maximum penalties are available for serious road traffic offences. Sentencing guidelines are a matter for the independent Sentencing Council. Guidelines provide non-exhaustive lists of common aggravating and mitigating factors, and courts retain wide discretion to treat particular circumstances of individual cases as aggravating factors, including injury to others. Crown Prosecution Service guidance to prosecutors requires them to highlight the full facts of a case, actively obtaining information on the impact and effect of incidents, allowing the courts to sentence appropriately.

Mr Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will send a representative of his Department to attend the next meeting of the Department for Transport's Cycle Safety Forum to discuss undertaking a review of the criminal justice system so that it better protects road users. [123650]

Jeremy Wright: We have asked Department for Transport officials to keep Ministry of Justice officials informed of any relevant discussions at the Cycling Stakeholder Forum and its sub-groups.

Mr Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to British Cycling's correspondence of 1 June 2012 requesting a review of the criminal justice system so that it better protects road users. [123651]

Jeremy Wright: The Department for Transport are taking the lead in coordinating a cross-government response to British Cycling’s letter of 1 June.


Cabinet Office

Advisory Services

Kate Green: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he expects to announce details of the Advice Services Fund for England for 2013-14; and if he will make a statement; [121665]

(2) when he plans to announce the outcome of his Department's Strategic Review of Advice Services; and if he will make a statement. [121666]

Mr Hurd: The Cabinet Office intends to publish the review of advice services shortly, along with further details of how funding for not-for-profit advice services in England will be used.

Big Society Capital

Tim Loughton: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what grants or loans Big Society Capital has made to youth-focussed projects since its inception. [123536]

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Mr Hurd: Big Society Capital is independent. It details investments on its website at:

http://www.bigsocietycapital.com/how-we-invest

Civil Servants: Redundancy

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were made redundant and re-employed as a consultant for the civil service in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, (e) 2009, (f) 2010, (g) 2011 and (h) 2012 to date. [122702]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many civil servants were made redundant and re-employed as a consultant for the Civil Service in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, (e) 2009, (f) 2010, (g) 2011 and (h) 2012 to date. (122702)

The Office for National Statistics has statistics on the number of civil servants made redundant from 2006 onwards. However we do not collect information on re-employment as consultants. Therefore we are unable to provide an answer to your question.

Cybercrime

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps the Government has taken to conquer threats in cyberspace; and if he will make a statement. [123665]

Miss Chloe Smith: This Government have committed £650 million over four years to the National Cyber Security Programme, and the cross-Government Cyber Security Strategy:

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http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/cyber-security-strategy

sets out how we will support economic prosperity while protecting national security and safeguarding the public by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.

The Government will provide an update on progress against the objectives of the Cyber Security Strategy one year on from its publication.

Lone Parents

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many single parents were (a) in employment and (b) unemployed in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) the East Midlands and (iv) the UK in each of the last five years. [123542]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate has been made of the number of single parents who were (a) in employment and (b) unemployed in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) the East Midlands and (iv) nationally in each of the last five years (123542).

For the UK, the latest information available is for January to December 2011. In January to December 2011 there were 1.08 million lone parents with dependent children in employment in the UK and 201,000 lone parents with dependent children who were unemployed. It has also been possible to provide estimates for employed and unemployed lone parents in the East Midlands and for employed lone parents in Nottinghamshire. These estimates can be found in the table. Due to small sample sizes it has not been possible to provide estimates for lone parents in Ashfield or for unemployed lone parents in Nottinghamshire.

Number of lone parents(1) with dependent children(2) by employment status, January to December 2007-11, UK, East Midlands and Nottinghamshire
Thousand
 EmployedUnemployed
 UKEast MidlandsNottinghamshireUKEast Midlands

2007

1,029

75

11

111

5

2008

1,068

75

14

140

11

2009

1,093

79

16

172

13

2010

1,086

76

15

182

16

2011

1,079

78

14

201

18

(1) People aged 16 to 64. (2) Dependent children are children under 16 and those aged 16 to 18 who are never married and are in full-time education. Source: Annual Population Survey household datasets

Child Care

Owen Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many childcare places his Department provides on its estate; what the cost is of providing such places; how many such places his Department provided in 2010; what the cost was of providing such places in 2010; what plans he has for changes in the provision of such childcare places; and what the number of places will be once any such changes have been implemented. [121262]

Mr Maude: Child care places are available to all Cabinet Office staff with children.

In 2010 the Cabinet Office subsidised 164 places on the Westminster Play Scheme at a total cost of £2,132.

The Cabinet Office has no plans to change the provisions for the play scheme.

Population

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2011, as reported in the recent census, was due to net foreign immigration in that period plus (a) the children subsequently born in the UK to those immigrants and (b) all children born in the UK in the same period to all foreign born mothers. [123518]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of the increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2011, as reported in the recent census, was due to net foreign immigration in that period plus (a) the children subsequently born in the UK to those immigrants and (b) all children born in the UK in the same period to all foreign born mothers (123518).

The exact information requested, on the proportion of the increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2011 that was due to net foreign immigration, is not available. While ONS has released the first set of census estimates for England and Wales, UK estimates will not be available until all of the census offices have published the necessary data. At time of writing, this is expected to be December 2012.

The recent census release identified that approximately 56 per cent of the increase in the population of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011 was due to net migration. However, this is only a proxy for net foreign immigration as it will include both UK born migrants and moves between England and Wales and the other UK constituent countries.

ONS is due to revise population estimates for England and Wales for the period between 2001 and 2011 to reflect the results of the 2011 Census. This will include an estimate of the population change that is due to net international migration, which is a better proxy for net foreign immigration as it will not include moves made between England and Wales and the other UK countries. However, these estimates will not be available until December 2012.

During the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010 inclusive, there were 1,411,519 live births in England and Wales to mothers born outside the UK (21.4 per cent of all live births in England and Wales during this period). Figures for live births where the mother is non-UK born are compiled from birth registration data. Information on country of birth of mothers is provided by the informant at registration.

It is not possible to identify the number of children subsequently born in the UK to immigrants who arrived between 2001 and 2010 as information on year of mothers' arrival in the UK is not collected at birth registration. This means that it is not possible to distinguish between (i) births to mothers who were born outside the UK and migrated to the UK between 2001 and 2010 and (ii) births to mothers born outside the UK who migrated to the UK prior to 2001.

Population: Sussex

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office by what proportion the over 85 years population in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex is forecast to rise over the next 20 years. [123531]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office by what proportion the over 85 population in (a) Mid Sussex and (b) West Sussex is forecast to rise over the next 20 years. [123531]

Estimates of future population are available as population projections. The most recent sub national population projections are based on mid-year population estimates for 2011 but only project the population growth for 10 years to 2021, therefore the

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2010-based sub national projections have been used to respond to your Parliamentary Question. These projections do not take account of results of the 2011 Census.

Sub national population projections are not forecasts and do not attempt to predict the impact of future government policies, changing economic circumstances or the capacity of an area to accommodate a change in population. They provide an indication of the future size and age structure of the population if recent demographic trends continued.

Between mid-2012 and mid-2032, the over 85 population in Mid Sussex is, rounded to the nearest 100, projected to rise from 3,000 to 6,800, an increase of 122 percent. Looking at this as a proportion of the total population, the over 85 population is projected to increase by approximately two percentage points from 2.2 to 4.4 per cent.

Between mid-2012 and mid-2032, the over 85 population in West Sussex, rounded to the nearest 100, is projected to rise from 23,500 to 47,000, an increase of 101 percent. Looking at this as a proportion of the total population, the over 85 population is projected to increase by approximately two percentage points from 2.9 to 5.0 per cent.

The over 85 age group has been defined as those aged 86 and over.

Public Services Network

Dr Huppert: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of whether service providers for the Public Services Network will achieve certification for all services in this financial year. [122910]

Mr Hurd [holding answer 17 October 2012]:The certification of Public Services Network services is a new process and we expect to see a steady stream of services being certified this year.

Training

Luciana Berger: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what media or public speaking training Ministers in his Department have received since May 2010. [122108]

Mr Maude: Since May 2010, no Cabinet Office Ministers have undertaken public speaking or media training at taxpayers' expense.

Unemployment: Nottinghamshire

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) two parent non-working families and (b) single parent non-working families in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) Ashfield constituency. [123544]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated October 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate there is of the number of (a) two parent non-working families and (b) single parent non-working families in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) Ashfield constituency (123544).

It is not possible to provide reliable estimates on two-parent or single parent non-working families for Nottinghamshire or Ashfield constituency due to small sample sizes.