Bangladesh

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish the full list of operational projects being undertaken by her Department in Bangladesh; which organisations are responsible for each of the operational projects; and what funding has been provided for each such project. [123947]

Mr Duncan: The following table shows the full list of DFID projects undertaken in Bangladesh:

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Project NameStart DateEnd DateAllocation (£ million)Managing/Implementing Orgs.Partner Organisations (Co-financer/Joint Prog. Partner)Purpose/Objective of the Project

Human development

      

Health Sector Development Programme (HSDP)

1 July 2011

30 June 2016

120.00

World Bank

USAID, CIDA, EU, JICA, SIDA, RNE, MOHFW and KFW

To create a sustainable improvement of health, nutrition and family welfare status in the population of Bangladesh, especially among those who are most vulnerable, e.g. the poor, women and children, and the elderly.

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Core Support

1 December 2012

1 November 2016

7.50

ICDDR,B

ICDDR,B

To develop and deliver through research, cost- effective solutions to major health, population and nutrition problems of poor people, both in Bangladesh and internationally.

Bangladesh Education Development Programme (BEDP)

1 September 2010

30 June 2016

120.00

Government of Bangladesh

ADB, WB, JICA, EU, AusAid, CIDA, SIDA, UNICEF

An inclusive system of education that provides equitable learning opportunities to all eligible children in Bangladesh.

English In Action (EIA)

1 May 2008

30 April 2017

50.00

BMB Mott MacDonald

BMB Mott MacDonald, UK Open University, BBC WST, Friends in Village Development-Bangladesh, UCEP

To improve English- language skills for 25 million people through news, TV, radio, and mobile device materials, improved teacher training, and adult learning.

Underprivileged Children's Education and Skills Programme (UCEP)

1 April 2012

31 March 2016

20.00

UCEP

NORAD, Save the Children

To ensure that underprivileged children are provided with quality general and technical education, skills development, employment support, and rights awareness.

Sanitation, Hygiene Education and Water Supply in Bangladesh (SHEWA-B)

1 January 2007

31 December 2012

48.50

UNICEF, Department of Public Health Engineering

UNICEF and Government of Bangladesh

To support the provision of improved access to water and sanitation and better hygiene practices in rural and urban areas.

       

Governance

      

Public Service Capacity (MATT 2)

1 May 2006

31 January 2013

15.21

Capita Helm

 

A critical mass of competent and reform-minded civil servants enabled to develop and deliver Government policy

World Bank JOTAP

1 August 2005

30 June 2013

5.50

World Bank

 

To provide an evidence base for more effective DFID and World Bank country programmes and policies in Bangladesh and to engage Government of Bangladesh and Bangladeshi stakeholders in open policy debate.

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Rights and Governance Challenge Fund

1 July 2008

31 March 2013

38.03

Manusher Jonno Foundation

Norway

Poor and vulnerable people, particularly women and children, have access to measurably better quality services and enjoy improved security.

TACTS (Tax Administration Capacity and Taxpayer Services)

1 August 2010

31 July 2015

7.00

PWC India

 

To improve the Government's weak domestic revenue position, widen the tax base and promote transparency and trust in the revenue administration system

Strengthening Public Financial Management (SPEMP)

1 October 2009

31 September 2014

30.15

World Bank

EU, DANIDA, CIDA, Netherlands

A more efficient Public Expenditure Management system with increased transparency and accountability to citizens

Safety and Justice

1 April 2010

30 April 2015

31.33

UNDP, Maxwell Stamp

 

Increase access to high-quality informal justice mechanisms and develop a more responsive formal justice system for the poor and vulnerable, particularly women, children, ethnic and religious minorities and marginalised communities

Strengthening Political Participation

1 April 2010

31 March 2015

19.70

UNDP, Democracy International, The Asia Foundation, Transparency International Bangladesh, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute

USAID

A political system that is more capable, accountable and responsive, especially to the needs of the poor and marginalised

       

Private sector development

      

Regulatory and investment systems for enterprise growth in Bangladesh (RISE)

1 July 2007

1 June 2015

40.30

International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank

EU on Bangladesh Investment Climate Facility, NORAD on South Asia Enterprise Development Facility, WB on Economic Zone Development

To improved investment climate making Bangladesh a better place for business

Promoting Financial services for poverty reduction in Bangladesh (Prosper)

1 June 2007

1 December 2013

40.15

Bangladesh Bank, PKSF, Institute of Microfinance, Microcredit Regulatory Authority, Maxwell Stamp

 

To ensure sustainable Micro-Finance sector in Bangladesh offers greater access to, and usage of diversified financial services for the poor, micro, small enterprises and farmers

Katalyst Phase II

16 March 2008

15 March 2013

11.80

Swisscontact

SDC, Netherlands, CIDA

To increase the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMSE) in key urban and rural sectors

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Extreme poverty

      

Economic Empowerment of the Poorest

1 November 2005

31 December 2015

65.30

Harewelle International

 

The purpose is to improve the livelihoods of 1 million very poor people, particularly women and children, by increasing their economic well-being.

Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR)

1 April 2006

1 March 2014

60.10

UNDP

UNDP

The purpose is to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of 3 million urban poor and extremely poor people, especially women and girls.

Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP2)

1 September 2009

30 April 2016

70.00

Maxwell Stamp

AusAid

To improve the food security, livelihoods and incomes of up to 1 million extremely poor people living on the Riverine Char Islands of North-Western Bangladesh

BRAC Strategic Partnership Agreement

1 April 2011

31 March 2016

226.00

BRAC

AusAID

Supporting BRAC's development programme in providing basic health-case services, education, water and sanitation and improving the livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised people in Bangladesh

Accelerating Improved Nutrition for Extreme Poor in Bangladesh

1 April 2012

31 March 2015

15.00

CLP2, EEP, UPPR

 

Reducing under nutrition in three extreme poverty programme areas. Improved nutrient intake and health status of adolescent girls, pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children.

       

Climate change

      

Climate Change Programme

2 September 2008

1 December 2013

75.00

WB, UNDP, HTSPE, IIED, IUCN

Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund - EU, DANIDA, SIDA, Swiss, AusAid, USAID. CDMP- EU, Sweden, AusAid, Norway

Climate-change adaptation and risk- reduction measures protect and improve the lives and livelihoods of 15 million poor and vulnerable people by 2013.

Humanitarian Preparedness and Response

27 June 2011

26 June 2016

20.00

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), World Food Programme (WFP)

 

To save lives, alleviate suffering, maintain dignity and reduce risk among people affected by disasters in Bangladesh through direct humanitarian assistance and a better prepared humanitarian system.

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Shelter, Sanitation Recovery and Resilience, Bangladesh

1 February 2012

31 January 2013

10.02

‘NARRI’ Consortium (Lead agency Oxfam in partnership with Action Aid, CARE, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, and Solidarités)

 

Households and individuals affected by waterlogging in South West Bangladesh able to protect themselves and their assets through access to and ownership of secure, disaster resilient shelter, sanitation and improved hygiene

 

Total

 

1,146.59

   

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcomes were of the Primary Education Development Programme 2; and how the project was implemented in Bangladesh. [123949]

Mr Duncan: By the end of the programme (April 2008-June 2011) 96% of all eligible children in the country were enrolled in primary schools. The primary school completion rate increased from 52% to 60%, of which 62% were girls. All the children in schools received textbooks. In addition 45,000 new teachers were recruited and 38,000 new classrooms constructed.

The fund was channelled through the Asian Development Bank, which provided oversight of the programme progress, reporting and fiduciary management. All activities were implemented by the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Government of Bangladesh and supported by the Department for International Development and 11 other development partners.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes she expects from the Economic Empowerment for the Poorest programme; and how the project is being implemented in Bangladesh. [123952]

Mr Duncan: The programme (2008-15) aims to help lift 1 million people out of extreme poverty by 2015. 550,000 people have already benefitted through skills training and income-generation activities.

The Department for International Development supports this programme through two Challenge Funds—the Scale Fund and the Innovation Fund. The funds use proven as well as innovative approaches to benefit the poorest.

The programme is implemented on the ground by international and local non-governmental organisations, overseen by Harewelle International.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes are expected from the Sanitation, Hygiene, Education and Water Supply in Bangladesh programme; and how the project was implemented in Bangladesh. [123980]

Mr Duncan: The programme (January 2007-December 2012) supports the provision of improved access to water and sanitation and better hygiene practices in rural and urban areas. The programme has already provided 1.4 million poor with safe drinking water and 5.8 million with improved sanitation facilities. By December 2012 an additional 0.7 million people will secure access to safe drinking water, and 1.12 million will have improved sanitation facilities.

The programme is implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes are expected from the English in Action programme; and how the project was implemented in Bangladesh. [123982]

Mr Duncan: The English in Action (2006-2016) programme is expected to improve the English-language teaching skills of 67,500 primary school teachers and 9,000 secondary school teachers. In turn these teachers will help improve the English skills of more than 6.75 million primary and 3.75 million secondary students. English- language learning materials will be assisted through mobile phones, television, websites and newspapers so as to reach 25 million Bangladeshis.

The implementing partners are Mott MacDonald, BBC media action and the UK Open University.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes were achieved by the BRAC Education Programme II— Bridging Grant; and how the project was implemented in Bangladesh. [123984]

Mr Duncan: By the end of the programme (July 2009—March 2011) over one million children (60% girls) were supported to complete pre-primary education. Nearly all were enrolled in Grade 1 of Government primary schools. Over 800,000 disadvantaged children received primary education, of whom 47,000 were from ethnic minorities and 18,500 were children with special needs.

This programme was implemented by BRAC (previously known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) and supported by the Department for International Development, the Netherlands, Australian Agency for

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International Development, Canadian International Development Agency, Oxfam Novib and the United Nations Children's Fund.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes were achieved by the Enterprise Growth and Bank Modernisation programme; and how the project was implemented in Bangladesh. [123993]

Mr Duncan: The project helped to reduce Government of Bangladesh losses from non-financial state-owned enterprises from 2002 to 2009. Losses of the state-owned enterprises supported by the project in 2008-09 were £30.2 million lower than the losses in 2002-03. By the end of the project, around 59% of the redundant workers from state-owned enterprises had also received training, advice and/or assistance to seek alternative employment.

The project was implemented by the World Bank and BRAC.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes she expects from the Climate Change Programme entitled Jolobayoo-O-Jibon; and how the project is being implemented in Bangladesh. [123995]

Mr Duncan: The Climate Change Programme is helping Bangladesh become more resilient to climate change, supporting the national Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The plan prioritises adaptation and disaster risk-reduction, and also addresses low-carbon development, technology transfer and research. By 2015, 15 million people will have access to early warning systems for floods and cyclones.

The programme is implemented in three components. The Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund is managed by the Government of Bangladesh, with the World Bank providing technical support and financial safeguards. The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme is led by UNDP to support Government and civil society to strengthen national systems and help communities reduce the risk of disasters. A smaller strategic fund is managed directly by DFID, piloting innovations and research in Bangladesh, such as the best designs for cyclone-resilient housing.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what outcomes are expected from the Bangladesh Education Development programme; and how the project is being implemented in Bangladesh. [123997]

Mr Duncan: The main outcome of this programme (2011-17) by 2017 will be the improved quality of primary education in nearly 80,000 schools educating 16.8 million children. In addition, the completion rate in primary schools is expected to increase from 60% to 75%.

This programme is implemented by the Government of Bangladesh and is supported by the Department for International Development, as well as nine development partners, with fiduciary oversight by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

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Developing Countries: Private Sector

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish any guidance given to her Department's country offices specifying requirements to increase private sector spending. [124424]

Justine Greening: No such guidance has been issued.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department plans to respond to the letter sent by the hon. Member for Bury South (Mr Lewis) to her Department's Permanent Secretary on 5 October 2012. [124425]

Justine Greening: The response has been sent.

Overseas Aid

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what official development assistance (ODA) each Government Department contributes towards the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income being spent on ODA; and what estimate she has made of the forecasted non-delegated ODA expenditure limit which will contribute to the target. [124422]

Justine Greening: In relation to DFID ODA spending plans (including conflict pool), these are currently assumed to be £10,426.8 million and £10,854.9 million for both years, respectively.

Details of the 2011 ODA spending out-turn, including non-DFID ODA, were published by DFID in March of this year and a link to the website is as follows:

www.dfid.gov.uk/News/Press-releases/2012/Provisional-UK-Official-Development-Assistance-as-a-proportion-of-Gross-National-Income-2011/

Rwanda

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) non-governmental and (b) private sector organisations receive funding from her Department to work in Rwanda; and what funds each such organisation received in each of the last three years. [124423]

Justine Greening: The Department for International Development has funded or plans to fund the following organisations over the period requested:

2012-13
OrganisationNGO or private sector organisationAmount funded

Trade Mark East Africa Rwanda

Private sector

£3.8 million forecast

Access to Finance Rwanda

Private sector

£5,346,678 forecast

HTSPE (through Land Tenure Regularisation Programme)

Private sector

Total programme spend £5,057,095 forecast

HLSP

Private sector

£26,524 forecast

Coffey International development Ltd

Private sector

£99,999 forecast

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DevCo

Private sector

$1 million, from 2010

KivuWatt Ltd (through EIAF)

Private sector

$25 million from 2011 (25 years)

Seacom, Africa regional

Private sector

$35.4 million across Africa from 2007

O3b

Private sector

$25 million across region from 2010

Norwegian People's Aid

NGO

£567,000 forecast

Help the Hospices

NGO

£496,532 forecast over six countries, covering April 2009-March 2014

ADRA UK

NGO

£500,000 forecast, covering July 2011 to June 2014

Survivors Fund (SURF)

NGO

£966,360 forecast, covering April 2012 to March2015

Transparency International Secretariat

NGO

£4,673,672 forecast over 16 countries, covering September 2008 to September 2013

Mott Macdonald Ltd

Private sector

Total fund value for FY being managed by MM: £2,543,850 forecast

CFBT, Cambridge Education Ltd

Private sector

£529,426 forecast

2011-12
OrganisationNGO or private sector organisationAmount funded

Malcolm Sainsbury

Private sector

£34,421

HS

Private sector

£78,424

Access to Finance Rwanda

Private sector

£2,757,822

HTSPE (through Land Tenure Regularisation Programme)

Private sector

Total programme spend £5,166,005

Trade Mark East Africa Rwanda

Private sector

£1,499,346

Norwegian People's Aid

NGO

£23,478

Betty's and Taylor's of Harrogate

Private sector

£147,701.72

2010-11
OrganisationNGO or private sector organisationAmount funded

Rwanda civil society platform

NGO

£645,799

Access to Finance Rwanda

Private sector

£14,227,897

Capita Helm Corporation

Private sector

£218,630

HLSP

Private sector

£467,324

HTSPE (through Land Tenure Regularisation Programme)

Private sector

Total programme spend £3,812,929

Betty's and Taylor's of Harrogate

Private sector

£81,318.38

Café Direct

Private sector

£11,108.01

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Capital Punishment

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to overseas governments on the abolition of the death penalty. [123764]

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Mr Lidington: The Government continue to make representations on the abolition of the death penalty to those countries that retain it including bilaterally, through the EU and in multilateral fora. In recent weeks, we have made formal representations to The Gambia and Iraq over the increase in executions in both countries. On 9 October the Foreign and Commonwealth Office held an event in Parliament with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty. At this event, we lobbied the embassies of a number of countries which retain the death penalty. We will be increasing our lobbying efforts further in the weeks ahead to help ensure that more countries than ever before vote in favour of the forthcoming UN resolution on a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty.

Indonesia

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions HM Ambassador to Indonesia had with local civil society organisations and security forces personnel concerning (a) the right to freedom of expression and (b) protection for human rights defenders during his recent visit to Papua. [123825]

Mr Swire: We regularly discuss the situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua with the Indonesian Government and civil society. In September the ambassador visited Papua and met senior military and police officials and emphasised the need to respect human rights and ensure full and transparent investigations into any violent incidents. He and his colleagues met with a number of non-governmental organisations and discussed a range of human rights issues including freedom of expression and the protection of human rights defenders.

We take seriously all reports of human rights violations in the provinces and we will continue to raise our concerns with the Government of Indonesia.

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) HM Ambassador to Indonesia and (b) other Government officials have had with Indonesian Ministers and officials on access to Papua by international human rights, humanitarian and development organisations and foreign journalists. [123897]

Mr Swire: We encourage the Indonesian Government to allow greater openness and access to Indonesia's provinces for non-governmental organisations, foreign journalists and diplomats to enable accurate reporting of events. We are aware that some non-governmental organisations have reported difficulties about working in the region. We will continue to raise the issue of access with the Indonesian authorities.

Most recently our ambassador discussed Papua with the Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs on 26 September and stressed that the Government needed to be transparent and open about their efforts on addressing issues in Papua.

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK-supplied military equipment is currently deployed in Papua; what assurances he has received from the Indonesian

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Government concerning the use of such equipment in Papua; and what steps he has taken to ensure that such equipment is used in compliance with assurances given by the Indonesian Government. [123898]

Mr Swire: We are not aware of any UK-supplied military equipment currently deployed in Papua. We maintain a rigorous and transparent arms export control system, whereby applications to all destinations, including Indonesia, are assessed on a case-by-case basis, against the Consolidated European Union (EU) and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, depending on the end use and circumstances prevailing at the time of application. We continue to monitor the situation in West Papua closely and this feeds into our assessment of export licence applications for Indonesia.

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions on strategic exports the Prime Minister held with Indonesian Ministers and officials during his visit to Indonesia in April 2012; what further discussions have been had by Ministers and officials with their Indonesian counterparts on that matter; and if he will make a statement. [123903]

Mr Swire: The Prime Minister and the Indonesian President discussed a range of issues during the Prime Minister’s visit to Jakarta in April 2012, including increasing UK-Indonesia trade and investment opportunities. Both leaders committed to doubling trade in both directions by 2015. There was no discussion on capabilities covered by strategic export controls legislation during meetings between the Prime Minister and Indonesian Ministers in Jakarta earlier this year. Officials have been involved subsequently in a range of discussions as part of the normal course of business.

Kenya

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK will be present during the presidential and parliamentary elections in Kenya in March 2013. [124012]

Mark Simmonds: We strongly support independent observation of Kenya's forthcoming elections. We welcome the EU’s plans for an election observation mission and encourage other international organisations to organise similar missions and to co-ordinate their respective plans. We expect British observers to form part of these missions but it is too early to say how many will participate.

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to support the presidential and parliamentary elections in Kenya due to take place in March 2013. [124013]

Mark Simmonds: The British Government are providing extensive support for free, fair and peaceful elections in Kenya in March next year. This includes a £11.5 million programme supporting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, voter education, independent election observation and security sector reform. The

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UK is providing leadership within the international community and civil society in urging responsible political campaigning that avoids ethnic incitement.

Mali

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of whether the conflict in northern Mali is fuelled by drugs smuggling; what measures he (a) has taken and (b) is considering taking to develop a co-ordinated plan with EU partners to tackle drugs smuggling in the region; and if he will make a statement. [124528]

Mark Simmonds: The UK and its EU partners continue to take a co-ordinated approach to tackling drugs smuggling. In the Sahel, such work falls under the remit of the EU's Strategy for Security and Development, which seeks, over the long term, to address the multifaceted security challenges in the region, of which the risk of drug smuggling is one element.

Middle East

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the firing of mortars and Qassam rockets into southern Israel from Gaza on 8 October 2012; and if he will make a statement. [R] [124192]

Alistair Burt: Over 50 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza between 7-9 October, following Israeli airstrikes that killed two suspected Palestinian militants and wounded 11 civilians. Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigade claimed responsibility for rocket fire for the third time this year.

We have condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel and continue to urge all sides to exercise restraint and prevent civilian casualties and loss of life.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the outcome of attempts to destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons into Gaza since March 2012; and if he will make a statement. [R] [124193]

Alistair Burt: We are aware that there have been attempts to destroy and close the tunnels in Gaza.

We welcome President Mursi's commitment to addressing security in the Sinai by asserting greater control over the peninsula. It will be important that Egypt and Israel work together to find solutions to the threats that affect them both.

The UK recognises that Israel has legitimate security concerns that must continue to be safeguarded. However, we believe that the current Israeli restrictions on Gaza do tremendous damage to the economy and living standards of ordinary people in Gaza and do not serve Israel's long-term security interests.

Sierra Leone

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK will be present during the presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone in November 2012. [124014]

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Mark Simmonds: The British High Commission, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development offices in Freetown, in conjunction with other embassies, will field observers during the presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone with the aim of covering all 14 districts. This will involve around 15 UK staff. Additionally, we are expecting international observer teams from the EU, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the Commonwealth and the Carter Centre. It is likely that some of the members of these teams will be from the UK.

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to support the presidential and parliamentary elections due to take place in Sierra Leone in November 2012. [124015]

Mark Simmonds: In Sierra Leone the UK is providing around £18 million through the Department for International Development in support of the democratic process over the electoral cycle 2010-14. The British High Commission in Freetown is actively engaged with the political parties, electoral institutions and Government (including the police) to encourage peaceful and transparent elections. On election day itself, the high commission will be fielding an observer team to monitor developments.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Apprentices

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship; [123081]

(2) how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in his Department. [123082]

Richard Benyon: Core DEFRA does not currently employ any paid apprentices completing qualifications or paid interns.

From time to time we do run apprenticeship schemes for staff which lead to a qualification. We also partake in Whitehall internship schemes both for paid and unpaid interns in line with Government policy.

Control of Dogs Order 1992

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) enforcement of the Control of Dogs Order 1992; and if he will make a statement; [123779]

(2) whether he has considered amending the penalties under the Control of Dogs Order 1992. [123780]

Mr Heath: The majority of dog owners comply with this order which requires that when in a public place, dogs must have a collar and tag identifying the owner. Non-compliance is usually successfully dealt with through education and the imposition of kennelling charges

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levied on the owners of stray dogs. This acts as a deterrent to future offending, so prosecutions are therefore few. There are no plans to review the penalties.

Horseshoes

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to revise the definition of a horseshoe in the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975. [124002]

Mr Heath: DEFRA officials have been in discussions with the Farriers Registration Council, the regulatory body for farriers in Great Britain, over possible minor changes to the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975. We are at the early stages of these discussions, which will include consideration of whether the definition of a horseshoe should be changed.

Pets: Animal Welfare

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to bring forward new standards for the advertising of the sale of companion animals in conjunction with the Pet Advertising Advisory Group. [123520]

Mr Heath: DEFRA has no plans to bring forward standards for the advertising for sale of pets over the internet. We support the work of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group, a non-governmental organisation of animal welfare organisations, in seeking to tackle irresponsible advertising of pet animals, working as necessary with the advertising companies concerned.

Plastics: Recycling

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of weight-based local recycling targets on investment in collection of plastic and other lightweight materials; and what plans his Department has to introduce resource-specific or carbon-based recycling targets. [122611]

Richard Benyon: There are no targets on local authorities for the collection of plastic and other light-weight materials. Centrally-imposed recycling targets on local authorities were removed to enable them to focus on local priorities.

National waste packaging targets are intended to increase the collection and reprocessing of plastics and other packaging materials. An impact assessment for these targets suggests that investment of £221 million is needed in local authority collection to meet the future recycling targets for all materials. There is also an element of commercial waste collection, but most of the assumptions were based on the need to extract material from the household waste stream.

DEFRA made a commitment in the Review of Waste Policy in England 2011 action plan to develop a carbon metric to report on waste management at national and local levels, alongside existing weight-based reporting. This will use existing information provided by local authorities and is not designed to form part of any target.

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Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to compensate UK plastic packaging manufacturers if the cost of new recycling targets exceeds the level calculated in his Department's impact assessment. [122615]

Richard Benyon: We do not consider it appropriate to compensate producers obligated by the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations. Our approach to meeting the packaging recycling targets is through a system of ‘producer responsibility'. This employs the "polluter pays" principle rather than expecting taxpayers to bear the cost.

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to increase local collection of mixed rigid plastics to achieve his Department's 2017 plastic packaging recycling target. [122924]

Richard Benyon: The UK Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations are based on the principle of ‘producer responsibility'. They place an obligation on producers to recover and recycle a proportion of the packaging, including plastics, they place on the market.

Through this market-based system producers can choose to meet their obligations by buying packaging recovery notes (PRNs) or making suitable arrangements for collection and recycling directly with local authorities and private waste collectors.

The demand for PRNs will be reflected in their price and will stimulate increased collection of packaging which will, in turn, help meet the recycling targets set in the regulations.

Waste Management

Mr Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the criteria for the award of waste credits due to changes in his Department's waste hierarchy. [123762]

Richard Benyon: The waste hierarchy is set out in the Waste Framework Directive, which has not changed since its revision in 2008. DEFRA published guidance on the application of the hierarchy in June 2011 and the guidance contains a commitment to reviewing it after a year. We are currently in the process of doing this, and more information is available on DEFRA's website. This review does not include any plans to reconsider DEFRA's Waste Infrastructure Credits criteria.

Treasury

Air Passenger Duty

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, columns 224-5W, on air passenger duty, what progress he has made in building international support for switching air passenger duty to a per plane basis rather than per passenger; and if he will make a statement. [124538]

Sajid Javid: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 16 July 2012, Official Report, column 519W.

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Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much air passenger duty was raised by passengers using airports in Northern Ireland in the last financial year for which figures are available. [124527]

Sajid Javid: HMRC does not collect information on the contribution to APD revenues made from flights to or from specific airports.

The published statistics on APD, including information on current revenues from the duty, are available at:

https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Pages/TaxAndDutyBulletins.aspx

Child Trust Fund

Henry Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will permit the transfer of Child Trust Funds into Individual Savings Accounts before a child or young person's 18th birthday. [124510]

Sajid Javid: The Child Trust Fund is designed as a ‘locked in’ account and provides identical tax advantages to those available on a Junior ISA. Funds can only be removed from a CTF before the account holder turns 18 in limited circumstances, such as when the account holder is terminally ill.

The first CTFs will not mature until 2020, when the first account holders turn 18. In good time before then, the Government will consider options to ensure that CTF account holders are not disadvantaged in comparison with Junior ISA holders, and that suitable future savings options will be available after the maturation of a CTF account.

Green Investment Bank

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the Green Investment Bank assuming borrowing powers in 2015-16. [122288]

Michael Fallon: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Government are fully committed to providing the UK Green Investment Bank with the funding it needs to become a successful, enduring, green financial institution. We have made clear that the bank will be able to borrow from April 2015, subject to public sector net debt falling as a percentage of GDP. We have also given a commitment that we will seek state aid approval from the European Commission in respect of borrowing before the end of this Parliament.

Members: Correspondence

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to provide a full response to the hon. Member for Harrow West's letter of 10 August 2012 regarding Mr Tandon of Harrow, further to the acknowledgement sent on 24 August. [124522]

Mr Gauke: HMRC replied on 22 October 2012 and apologises for the delay.

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National Loan Guarantee Scheme

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have participated in the National Loan Guarantee scheme since the inception of the scheme; and what the monetary value was of such support for businesses. [124234]

Greg Clark: Over 19,000 loans worth over £2.6 billion have been offered to businesses since the inception of the National Loan Guarantee scheme.

Non-domestic Rates

Mr Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many challenges to business rates are currently being processed by the Valuation Office Agency; [124487]

(2) how many outstanding appeals in relation to business rates are currently with the Valuation Office Agency; [124488]

(3) what is the average length of time for a business rate challenge to be processed and dealt with by the Valuation Office Agency. [124489]

Mr Gauke: The following table shows the latest available statistics on proposals (appeals) to alter the 2005 and 2010 rating lists. The numbers provided cover England and Wales and are for the latest complete financial year.

Figures for the average time taken to clear challenges are not comparable across rating lists as each list is at a different stage in its lifecycle.

Statistics for earlier time periods can be found in the Local Rating Lists: Challenges section on the VOA website, at the following link:

http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/publications/statisticsCentralLocalRating.html

 Rating List
Challenges20052010

Unresolved(1) 31 March 2011

113,000

220,650

Received(1) 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012

5,170

169,610

Cleared(1) 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012

41,750

148,550

Unresolved(1) 31 March 2012

76,410

241,700

Median time to clear (days) 31 March 2012

301

322

(1) VOA Official Statistics, Local Rating Lists: Challenges, May 2012: http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/statisticalReleases/120503-localRatingListChallenges.html

Poverty

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) child poverty and (b) other household poverty in (i) Scotland and (ii) the United Kingdom of the freezing of (A) in work benefits and (B) out-of-work benefits in each of the next two financial years; [122285]

(2) if he will make an assessment of the effect on rates of poverty among unemployed people in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom of the freezing of jobseeker's allowance in each of the next two financial years; [122286]

(3) if he will make an assessment of the effect on rates of poverty among disabled people in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom of the freezing of disability living allowance in each of the next two financial years. [122287]

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Steve Webb: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), has yet to commence his review of benefit rates for 2013-14, following the publication of the relevant inflation indices in October. Decisions on these will be taken in due course.

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Public Expenditure

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fiscal multiplier value used by the Office for Budget Responsibility. [123902]

Sajid Javid: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was created in 2010 to provide independent and authoritative analysis of the UK's public finances. It is for the OBR to produce forecasts for the economy and public finances.

Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there were to HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. [124525]

Mr Gauke: In the last three years there has been very little external recruitment within Northern Ireland to HM Revenue and Customs, with only two staff being appointed in 2009-10 and two in 2011-12, No recruitment took place during 2010-11. Of the four staff recruited during this three-year period only one has made a declaration that they are Protestant. The other three staff have yet to make a declaration with regard to their community background.

In the same period a total of 21 staff relocated to Northern Ireland from posts within the UK mainland. Of these 21 staff, one has declared that they are Protestant, three have declared themselves to be Catholic, while 17 have yet to make a community background declaration.

HMRC currently employs 1,942 staff in Northern Ireland, 92.17% of whom have made a community background declaration. Of those that have made a declaration, 54.97% are Catholic and 45.03% are Protestant.

Terrorism

Mr Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work his Department is undertaking with other (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) Governments to evaluate and disrupt the financial infrastructure of terrorist and criminal networks. [123394]

Greg Clark: The Treasury works very closely with a number of other Government Departments and agencies to detect, disrupt and deter terrorist financing and financial and organised crime, and plays a key role in this work. The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury is joint chair of the Terrorist Financing Action Group with the Home Office's Security Minister, which directs Government-wide efforts to counter terrorist financing. The Treasury also works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and others in negotiating and

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implementing United Nations assets freezes against those associated with al-Qaeda, and in use of UK asset freezing powers under the Terrorist Asset Freezing etc. Act.

The Treasury has strong bilateral relationships with key international partners on financial crime and counter-terrorism. The Treasury plays a key role in international fora and heads the UK delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, the global standard-setting body for anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing and counter-proliferation financing, of which the UK is a founder member and former president. As part of this work, the Treasury has played a leading role in holding countries to account for their deficiencies in relation to counter-terrorist financing, including by participating in high-level visits on behalf of the Financial Action Task Force and providing bilateral technical assistance. The UK is also a member of a number of Financial Action Task Force's regional bodies, focusing on high-risk regions including the Middle East/North Africa and East Africa. Through these fora, the UK has played a critical role in supporting progress to counter the risks posed by terrorist financing networks: for example, in assisting Kenya in seeking to address its Financial Action Task Force deficiencies and more effectively address the risks posed by Al-Shabaab. The Treasury will continue to support work across Government, in conjunction with the Home Office, to evaluate and disrupt the financial infrastructure of terrorist and criminal networks.

Defence

Afghanistan

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many explosions caused by improvised explosive devices were recorded by the armed forces in Afghanistan in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [122401]

Mr Robathan: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Data are more readily available for the Task Force Helmand area of operations in Helmand province, which includes the majority of UK forces deployed to Afghanistan. It should be noted that this area of operations has not stayed constant during the period in question.

The following figures refer to IED explosions that have been subsequently reported by International Security Assistance Force units operating within the Task Force Helmand area of operations. This includes both 'laid' IEDs and suicide (both vehicle and person borne) devices.

 IED explosions

2010

665

2011

554

2012 (up to 30 September)

547

The data are based on information derived from a number of sources and can only be an estimate, not least because of the challenges of collating statistics in a complex fast-moving multinational operational environment.

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Aircraft Carriers

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dimensions of the deck lifts will be on the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. [123237]

Mr Dunne: The deck lifts on the Queen Elizabeth class carriers are sized so as to accommodate up to two Lightning II aircraft, or one Chinook helicopter with its rotors spread, at any one time.

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the significance is of the split tower design in the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. [123238]

Mr Dunne: Two main factors influenced design of the towers for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers: survivability and spatial demand. In order to maximise the survivability of the power generation system, and make efficient use of the deck space, an innovative twin island design was used. This has allowed the forward island to be situated in the optimal position for ship control and navigation, and, similarly, the aft island is best placed to conduct flight deck operations.

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the running cost of a second Queen Elizabeth class carrier. [123588]

Mr Dunne: The in-service support solution for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers is still in development, with a decision expected around the middle of this decade. The final decision on the use of the second carrier is expected as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.

Apache Helicopters

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date the Apache helicopter fleet will be upgraded to fire the Brimstone missile. [123579]

Mr Dunne: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff), on 10 July 2012, Official Report, column 195W.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many BsS10 Viking armoured vehicles he plans to upgrade; what the total cost of the upgrade will be; and where the upgrade work will take place. [123604]

Mr Dunne: On 28 September 2012, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) awarded a £37.5 million regeneration contract to BAE Systems Hagglunds for the upgrade of 99 BsS10 Viking all-terrain vehicles. The upgrade work will be carried out at the company's armoured vehicle production line at Örnsköldsvik in Sweden where the vehicles were originally assembled.

Additional work will also be undertaken to add Bowman communications to the vehicles, the contract for which has yet to be competed. I am withholding the planned contract costs, as their disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the Warthog armoured vehicles bought as an urgent operational requirement in Afghanistan. [123683]

Mr Dunne: No decision has been taken as to whether Warthog will be retained at the end of the current operation. While I expect that many of the armoured and protected vehicles which have proven so effective in Afghanistan will remain in service beyond the end of operations in Afghanistan, it is for the Army to determine the precise composition of future armoured vehicle fleets to support its commitments and future capability requirements for Future Force 2020.

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 650W, on Atos, whether he has made an estimate of the level of profit Atos will make from each contract; and what the likely level of profit is for each. [123834]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has four contracts with Atos. No estimates have been made by the MOD as to the level of profit Atos will make from each contract or of what the likely level of profit is for each.

Challenger Tanks

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the total cost of the life extension programme of the Challenger 2 Tank. [124265]

Mr Dunne: The Challenger 2 life extension programme is currently in the concept phase with the main investment decision planned for 2017, when the cost of the programme will be confirmed. The Ministry of Defence does not publish the planned costs of programmes before this point, as their disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Defence Procurement

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on joint European equipment acquisition projects in each year since 2007. [123601]

Mr Dunne: The information requested is annually collated by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and publicly available on its website:

http://www.eda.europa.eu/defencedata


Defence Technology Centres

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where each Defence Technology Centre is located; and how many people each such centre employs. [123600]

Mr Dunne: The Defence Technology Centres were not physical centres but contractual constructs, the first of which launched in 2003 and the last of which ended

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in 2012. They enabled the Ministry of Defence to conduct research in collaboration with defence industry primes, small and medium-sized enterprises and academia. There are no central records as to how many people were employed through these contracts.

European Fighter Aircraft

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long the Typhoon aircraft is expected to stay in service. [123578]

Mr Dunne: The planned out-of-service date of the Typhoon aircraft is 2030.

Fleet Air Arm

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Naval pilots are badged to the Fleet Air Arm for (a) rotary and (b) fixed-wing aircraft. [123530]

Mr Robathan: As at 4 September 2012, the latest date for which information is available, there were 635 Royal Navy pilots in the Fleet Air Arm, of which 123 were under training; 597 are rotary-wing pilots and 38 are fixed-wing pilots.

Gibraltar: Spain

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Guardia Civil vessels do not enter British Gibraltar territory. [122276]

Mr Robathan: One of the Ministry of Defence's roles in Gibraltar is to help maintain the United Kingdom's sovereignty. In support of this, the Royal Navy challenges all unlawful maritime incursions, including those by the Guardia Civil. These challenges are subsequently pursued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through formal diplomatic protests to the Spanish Government.

Guided Weapons

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for missile procurement for each of the armed services. [123582]

Mr Dunne: The procurement of all missiles for the UK armed forces is the responsibility of Director of Weapons in the Defence Equipment and Support organisation, in response to the funding and other requirements set by the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability).

HMS Ocean

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the refit of HMS Ocean; and when she will return to front-line service. [123589]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence is negotiating a contract for the forthcoming third major upkeep and support period of HMS Ocean. An announcement will be made in due course.

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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many F35 joint strike fighters will be purchased in the second tranche; and what variant they will be. [123261]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 18 October 2012]: The final number of F35 aircraft will not be determined before the next planned Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapon systems will be used on the F35-B. [123331]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 18 October 2012]:The joint strike Fighter F35B aircraft will be equipped with a range of advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, the exact mix of which will be optimised to reflect the operational requirement.

Libya: Military Intervention

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on air worthiness of the Apache helicopters flown from HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy. [123917]

Mr Dunne: The Apache helicopters used on Operational Ellamy were modified and cleared to support maritime operations prior to their deployment on HMS Ocean. The modifications made were to improve their resistance to corrosion and to include a solution to disperse sea spray in the windscreen wiper system. They underwent pre-deployment maintenance and inspections and, on return to the UK, usual post-embarkation maintenance was conducted as well as an additional aircraft condition survey. Any corrosion experienced was within normal tolerance levels and the aircraft remained fully airworthy; this corrosion has now been treated. Deployed aircraft will continue to be monitored during routine maintenance activities.

Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, columns 41-2WS, on Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre, what his most recent estimate is for the commercial value of this facility; what the timetable is for its sale; and which private companies have met (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to discuss the sale. [124268]

Mr Dunne: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my predecessor, the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff), on 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 42W, in which he updated the House on the sale plan for Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre. We remain committed to a sale in the current spending review period and advisors are due to be appointed shortly.

I have had no discussions with potential purchasers of the Marchwood site. My officials, during the market testing and in assessing the market interest in the site, have met a range of companies. However, I am withholding the names of companies as disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

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I am withholding the information on the MOD's estimated value of the site as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, columns 41-2WS, on Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre, if his Department is considering the use of a private finance initiative contract in the sale of this facility. [124269]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence is not actively pursuing a private finance initiative contract. However, if market conditions were to change and it offered a more appropriate method than sale and leaseback, then the MOD would consider its use.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, columns 41-2WS, on Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the sale of Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre. [124270]

Mr Dunne: Defence Ministers routinely discuss potential asset sales with their colleagues in other Government Departments, including the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre. However, no meeting dedicated to this subject has taken place with the Chancellor.

Military Aircraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the flightworthiness of the Tutor aircraft. [123685]

Mr Dunne: The Grob Tutor is a contractor-provided civil registered aircraft, operating in the elementary flying tri-service training role. The airworthiness of all aircraft fleets is kept under constant review.

There have been two recent periods where, as a precautionary measure, Tutor flying was temporarily suspended to enable the full investigation and safety assessment of unrelated and isolated issues with the aircraft.

Tutor flying was temporarily suspended on 28 July 2012 and resumed on 7 August 2012 to enable the assessment of an issue with aircrew harnesses. Tutor flying was again temporarily suspended on 23 August 2012 and resumed on 4 October 2012 to enable the assessment of an isolated incident with the propeller of one aircraft.

The military chain of command in conjunction with the contractor and the civil regulatory authorities conducted a full review of the safety evidence relating to the Grob Tutor for both these issues. In both cases engineering instructions were issued and no safety concerns remain. Routine flying with the Tutor fleet resumed on 4 October 2012 without restriction.

Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the authority of Joint Helicopter Command in co-ordinating the training and deployment of rotary platforms across the three services; and if he will make a statement. [124056]

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Mr Dunne: The 1998 Strategic Defence Review established the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) as the single authority for command, training and force generation of all battlefield helicopters. It was decided that Fleet Headquarters, the predecessor to Navy Command, would perform an equivalent role for all maritime helicopters. JHC was placed under command of Headquarters Land because the primary output of battlefield helicopters is in the Land environment.

In 2011, the Defence Rotary Wing Capability Study re-examined command and control of all Rotary Wing forces across Defence and reaffirmed that the existing roles of JHC and Navy Command should continue in this respect.

Military Exercises

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) assets and (b) number of service personnel will take part in exercises (i) Corsican Lion and (ii) Cougar 12; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse in each case. [123787]

Mr Robathan: Cougar 12, a Response Force Task Group deployment, will involve valuable training and amphibious capability with two large-scale and various multilateral exercises with assets from other nations throughout the Mediterranean, including with the French on Exercise Corsican Lion. The UK assets are as follows:

HMS Bulwark; HMS Illustrious; HMS Montrose; HMS Northumberland; RFA Mounts Bay; MV Hartland Point.

Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines; 45 Commando Royal Marines; 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines; and elements of: 30 Commando IX Group; Commando Logistics Regiment; Assault Squadron Group Royal Marines; 24 Commando Engineer Regiment; and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

Aircraft from: 814 Naval Air Squadron (Merlin Helicopters); 815 Naval Air Squadron(Lynx Helicopters); 829 Naval Air Squadron (Merlin Helicopters); 845 Naval Air Squadron (Sea King Helicopters—Commando carrying); 846 Naval Air Squadron (Sea King Helicopters—Commando Carrying); 854 Naval Air Squadron (Sea King Helicopters—airborne surveillance and control); 656 Squadron Army Air Corps (Apache attack helicopters); 659 Squadron Army Air Corps (Lynx helicopters); 18 Squadron Royal Air Force(Chinook helicopters).

17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

The total number of UK service personnel deployed on Cougar 12 is 2,700. The costs for the Cougar 12 deployment are assessed as core activity and are not captured separately.

Territorial Army

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army (TA) units there are in Scotland; how many members there are in each such unit; and how many members of TA units based in Scotland have been deployed to Afghanistan. [123608]

Mr Robathan: The number of Territorial Army (TA) units in Scotland and their current members is shown in the following table. The table also includes the number of all TA personnel currently serving in these units who are recorded as having deployed. Those who have previously deployed but since left the TA have not been included as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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 Unit nameTotal personnelTotal deployed on Op Herrick

Major TA units

6th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland

270

50

 

7th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland

350

80

 

71 Engineer Regiment

300

30

 

105 Regiment Royal Artillery

180

20

 

205 Field Hospital

140

50

 

225 Medical Regiment

140

20

 

32 Signal Regiment

130

 

The Scottish Transport Regiment

260

10

 

Aberdeen University Officer Training Corps

130

 

Edinburgh University Officer Training Corps

110

 

Glasgow University Officer Training Corps

130

 

Tayforth University Officer Training Corps

130

 

Army Training Unit(1)

50

10

    

Geographically independent sub units(2)

153 Field Company 102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

60

 

125 Rations Squadron and Fitter Squadron 159 Supply Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (Volunteers)

40

20

 

2 Signal Squadron and Light Aid Detachment 38 Signal Regiment

60

 

A (15) Company 4 Parachute Regiment

140

30

 

52 Military Intelligence Company 5 Military Intelligence Battalion

30

10

 

243 Provost Company 5 Royal Military Police

60

20

 

Queens Own Yeomanry A Squadron

50

10

 

Queens Own Yeomanry C Squadron

60

10

Total

 

2,820

370

(1) Formerly known as Regional Training Centre. (2) Sub units in Scotland which belong to units headquartered elsewhere in the UK. Note: All figures rounded to the nearest 10.

Unmanned Air Vehicles

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what drone technology is being procured for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement. [123581]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence is currently running a competition to meet an urgent operational requirement to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability for the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships.

The solution may be met using an unmanned air system.

Voyager Aircraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first RAF Voyager aircraft will be certified by the UK Ministry of Defence Military Aviation Authority to dispense fuel. [123684]

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Mr Dunne: Voyager KC Mk2, a modified Airbus A330-200 aircraft type, entered service with the RAF in the air transport and aeromedical roles earlier this year. Trials are continuing for the aircraft in its air-to-air refuelling role. The Military Aviation Authority will consider certification of the Voyager KC Mk2 in its air-to-air refuelling role when the project team has presented the relevant evidence.

Wildcat Helicopters

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons system will be deployable from the version of the Wildcat helicopter operated by (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Navy. [123577]

Mr Dunne: The Army Variant of the Lynx Wildcat helicopter will be equipped with the general purpose machine gun 7.62 mm and heavy machine gun 12.7 mm.

The Royal Navy Variant of the Wildcat helicopter will be equipped with the Sting Ray Torpedo; the Mk 11 Depth charge; the general purpose machine gun; heavy machine gun; and the future anti-surface guided weapon.

The difference between the weapon systems to be fitted to each Variant reflects the different operational roles the aircraft are being procured to meet.

Culture, Media and Sport

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2012, Official Report, column 567W, on Atos, whether she has made an estimate of the level of profit Atos will make from each contract; and what the likely level of profit is in each case. [123831]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has made no estimate of the level of profit Atos has made on any contractor, nor calculated the likely level of profits. This is not something that the Department routinely does, and estimating profits in this way would prove difficult due to commercial sensitivities.

Commonwealth Institute

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding from the public purse has been spent on the maintenance of the Commonwealth Institute building in each of the last five years; and if she will make further funding available for this purpose. [122472]

Mr Vaizey: No funding has been provided by my Department or its sponsored bodies during the period in question. English Heritage has, however, worked closely with all the relevant parties, utilising its constructive conservation principles, to find a new use for the building which will bring it off the ‘at risk’ register and retain it as a public institution. The new Design Museum, which will be the world's leading museum of its kind, is expected to open at the Commonwealth Institute in 2015. It has been designed by John Pawson and construction work began in September 2012.

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Correspondence

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to improve her Department's performance with regard to replying to correspondence from (a) the public and (b) hon. Members; and if she will make a statement. [122480]

Hugh Robertson: Since June 2010, the Department has focused on improving responses to both letters directly from the public and from hon. Members, monitoring performance to 48 hours.

In addition, from 1 January 2012, the Department reduced the target time to respond to correspondence from hon. Members, from 20 working days to 10 working days.

Improvements have been achieved by introducing systems for electronic processing and reducing the time spent on drafting and clearing.

In 2011-12, the Department responded to 80% of letters from the public in 48 hours.

The Department's performance with regard to responses to hon. Members in 2011 was published on 15 March 2012, Official Report, columns 31-33WS.

Creative Partnerships

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport who the beneficiaries were of the Creative Partnership Programme in each parliamentary constituency in the last year for which figures are available. [123060]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport did not directly administer the Creative Partnership Programme, and therefore does not hold any such figures. However, Arts Council England administered the programme until the financial year 2008-09—the last year in which details of beneficiaries were collected by the Arts Council. The Arts Council has provided a list of beneficiaries by organisation and region (beneficiaries were not recorded by parliamentary constituency) and copies of this will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Cultural Heritage

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to prevent stolen antiquities being sold in the UK; and if she will make a statement. [122477]

Mr Vaizey: The UK takes the issue of illicit trade in cultural goods very seriously and is continuously working to combat this type of trafficking. Although the art trade is not directly regulated, there is a regulatory framework, consisting of primary and secondary legislation introduced by successive Governments since 1979, which impacts upon art and antiques dealers. In particular, the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 makes it an offence for any person dishonestly to deal in a cultural object that is tainted, knowing or believing that the object is tainted. Any person found guilty of the offence is liable on conviction in the Crown court to imprisonment for up to seven years and/or an unlimited

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fine, and on conviction in the magistrates court to a maximum of six month imprisonment and/or a fine up to £5,000.

The Metropolitan police's arts and antiques unit gathers intelligence on art crime and conducts proactive operations using specialist knowledge for investigations ranging from art faking and forgery to theft and money laundering.

Government Art Collection

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many items from the Government Art Collection have been loaned to public galleries in each of the last 10 years; and how many items from the collection are located in (a) departmental offices, (b) ministerial residences, (c) offices of non-departmental public bodies, (d) public galleries, (e) diplomatic missions overseas, (f) storage and (g) other locations. [122462]

Mr Vaizey: The number of items from the Government Art Collection (GAC) that have been lent to public galleries in each of the last 10 years can be found in the following table:

 Number

2003-04

20

2004-05

14

2005-06

3

2006-07

20

2007-08

31

2008-09

34

2009-10

29

2010-11

20

2011-12

171

2012-date

33

Current long-term loans to public galleries are in (d) as follows.

The current location of items from GAC is as follows:

(a) Departmental offices: 2644

(b) Ministerial residences: 205

(c) NDPBs: 133

(d) Public galleries: 96

(e) Diplomatic missions overseas: 5160

(f) Storage: 4,836—this figure is the number of works of art currently on the GAC's premises or at conservation/framing or commercial storage. The figure includes 641 works of art currently on reserve for various locations, including almost 200 for the GAC's forthcoming touring exhibition Revealed: Government Art Collection. There is also currently a high number of works of art on the premises from various Whitehall departments pending accommodation moves.

(g) Other locations; 731

HMS Victory

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many interested parties she met to discuss HMS Victory 1774 prior to a decision being made to gift the historic site to the Maritime Heritage Foundation. [122440]

Mr Vaizey: Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport did not meet any interested parties to discuss HMS Victory 1744 prior to the Government's

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decision to gift the site to the Maritime Heritage Foundation in their capacity as Government Ministers. Following the public consultation in March 2010, the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), met with Lord Ungfield, Chairman of the Maritime Heritage Foundation, in July 2010 in his constituency in his capacity as MP for South West Surrey.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the total budget cost was to her Department of special advisers in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate she has made of likely costs in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [123181]

Hugh Robertson: In 2010-11, the total cost of special advisers was £132,600.

In 2011-12, the total cost of special advisers was £161,350. Estimated future costs for 2012-13 and 2014-15 for special advisers remain at this level.

Music: Pilot Schemes

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of her Department's 14 pilot music rehearsal spaces in meeting their objectives of (a) addressing social issues, (b) developing grass-roots talent and (c) nurturing creativity in a broad range of music disciplines. [123849]

Mr Vaizey: UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of Britain's commercial music industry, now has responsibility for the pilot music rehearsal spaces. A report into the spaces has been commissioned by Sound Connections and will be published in November 2012. This report is a retrospective survey looking back over the project from 2009, it will cover, where data are available, aspects including usage, reach and impact. Sound Connections is an independent organisation focused on helping the delivery of high- quality music making and is responsible for managing the rehearsal space contracts with local authorities. UK Music is currently developing a strategy for the future of the spaces with the help of the UK Music Board, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, and Rock the House.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people (a) under 12, (b) between 13 and 15, (c) between 16 and 25 and (d) over 25 years attended each of her Department's 14 pilot music rehearsal spaces between 2009 and 2012 to date. [123850]

Mr Vaizey: UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of Britain's commercial music industry, now has responsibility for the pilot music rehearsal spaces. A report into the spaces has been commissioned by Sound Connections and will be published in November 2012. This report is a retrospective survey looking back over the project from 2009, it will cover, where data are available, aspects including usage, reach and impact. Sound Connections is an independent

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organisation focused on helping the delivery of high quality music-making and is responsible for managing the rehearsal space contracts with local authorities. UK Music is currently developing a strategy for the future of the spaces with the help of the UK Music Board, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, and Rock the House.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people under the age of 30 attended each of her Department's 14 pilot music rehearsal spaces in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to date. [123852]

Mr Vaizey: UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of Britain's commercial music industry, now has responsibility for the pilot music rehearsal spaces. A report into the spaces has been commissioned by Sound Connections and will be published in November 2012. This report is a retrospective survey looking back over the project from 2009, it will cover, where data are available, aspects including usage, reach and impact. Sound Connections is an independent organisation focused on helping the delivery of high quality music-making and is responsible for managing the rehearsal space contracts with local authorities. UK Music is currently developing a strategy for the future of the spaces with the help of the UK Music Board, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music and Rock the House.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to secure the long-term future of its 14 pilot music rehearsal spaces. [123854]

Mr Vaizey: UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of Britain's commercial music industry, now has responsibility for the pilot music rehearsal spaces. A report into the spaces has been commissioned by Sound Connections and will be published in November 2012. This report is a retrospective survey looking back over the project from 2009, it will cover, where data are available, aspects including usage, reach and impact, Sound Connections is an independent organisation focused on helping the delivery of high quality music-making and is responsible for managing the rehearsal space contracts with local authorities. UK Music is currently developing a strategy for the future of the spaces with the help of the UK Music Board, the AH Party Parliamentary Group on Music and Rock the House.

Nick King

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the previous employment was of her special adviser Nick King. [123479]

Hugh Robertson [holding answer 19 October 2012]: Nick King has been appointed as a special adviser to Ministers in the Department for Culture Media and Sport and will start on 22 October 2012. Other than what is available in the public domain about his previous employment, the records held by the Department are considered to be personal data.

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Public Libraries

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the total stock of books owned by each London borough's library service was in each year since 1997. [122466]

Mr Vaizey: Information on total book stock in each London borough since 1997 is available in the annual public library statistics published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). I am arranging for a copy of the specific information the hon. Member has requested to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Chris White: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. [122265]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working to ensure that the requirements of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 are embedded within our organisation, strategy and culture. We are reviewing our contracting procedures and policy with reference to this duty. We are considering the Department's outward facing guidance and will ensure that it contains reference to the Act. We will also ensure this guidance is published on our website, to assist tenderers interested in bidding for departmental contracts.

Swimming Pools: Greater Manchester

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will provide additional ring-fenced funding for (a) Denton and (b) Dukinfield swimming pools. [124595]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not fund sports projects, clubs or facilities directly. DCMS sets the policy framework for sport funding decisions. Day-to-day decision-making on the distribution of funding for sport and physical activity is the responsibility of our funding bodies—Sport England and UK Sport. Over the next five years, Sport England will invest £45 million of national lottery funding into medium-sized projects—such as swimming pool improvement—through the improvement fund to improve the quality and experience of sport. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a strategic need for swimming pool provision in the local area. Details of how to apply are on the Sport England website:

http://www.sportengland.org/