Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Birds of Prey

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider introducing an offence of vicarious liability relating to birds of prey persecution for the purpose of making managers and employers legally responsible for the acts of their workers. [126763]

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Richard Benyon: We are aware the Scottish Government introduced vicarious liability for certain offences by an employee or agent through the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Scotland) 2011. While there are no plans to introduce similar vicarious liability offences in England, we will be looking closely at how the new offences in Scotland work in practice and will consider this when shaping our future wildlife crime policy. It is important that such measures are able to deliver a real improvement in the enforcement of wildlife offences and as yet it is not possible to assess whether the recent amendments in Scotland will do this.

Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126163]

Richard Benyon: Since May 2010 DEFRA has made a total of 140 appointments to its public bodies, which includes both new appointments and reappointments. The gender breakdown for these is shown in the following table:

 MaleFemale

New appointments

74

28

Reappointments

26

12

Recycling

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further incentives the Government plans to put in place to encourage domestic recycling and reprocessing. [126016]

Richard Benyon: In the Budget 2012, the Government announced increases in packaging recycling targets up to 2017 under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations. This will provide a direct financial incentive to UK recyclers and reprocessors to recycle more packaging waste.

Furthermore, the Government are reviewing the UK's producer responsibility regulations to reduce the burdens they place on businesses, including UK recyclers and reprocessors. The review will also consider claims that the regulations incentivise the export of packaging waste for reprocessing overseas over domestic reprocessing.

The Government are also investing directly in UK recycling infrastructure through interventions such as the waste and resource action programme (WRAP)'s mixed plastics loan fund. The Green Investment Bank has also commenced commercial lending and has identified waste processing and recycling as a priority sector with 80% of funds committed to this and other priority sectors.

Waste: Exports

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volumes of (a) municipal and (b) commercial and industrial waste exported illegally from the UK in each of the last three years. [126027]

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Richard Benyon: The very nature of illegal waste exports means that those involved in this activity seek to avoid detection, and this makes it difficult to provide an accurate assessment of the volume illegally exported from the UK.

The Environment Agency (England and Wales), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency have adopted an intelligence-led approach to identify and disrupt the movement, of waste intended for illegal export. So far, it has not been possible for the three agencies to estimate the total quantities that may be involved in this illegal trade, although work is under way to explore the possibility of providing estimates of the scale of the problem.

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the illegal export of hazardous waste from the UK to developing and other countries. [126080]

Richard Benyon: The Government are committed to cracking down on illegal waste exports. The UK is a party to the Basel convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous waste and its disposal, the only global legal instrument on this issue. The convention is implemented in the EU through the waste shipments regulation, which is supplemented in the UK by the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007. Under these regulations, it is a serious criminal offence to export hazardous waste illegally, with the possibility of significant penalties for those convicted.

Tackling the illegal export of hazardous waste is a key feature of the work done by numerous EU and international bodies, such as the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law, Interpol, Europol and the United Nations Environment programme.

The UK competent authorities (the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency) carry out joint intelligence-led inspections and investigations, enabling cross-border multi-agency sharing of intelligence, techniques and skills. The agencies also work actively to improve business awareness of the controls which apply to the export of waste. Their work has led to them stopping a number of illegal shipments, and taking enforcement action against offenders.

As stated in the Government's 2011 Review of Waste Policy in England, we are committed to assisting with the provision of a necessary legal gateway to enable the sharing of information between UK customs and the environment agencies.

Health

Cancer

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of cancer networks funded by his Department have been made redundant since January 2012. [126237]

Anna Soubry: This information is not held centrally. Staffing levels for cancer networks are a matter for local national health service organisations.

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Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of cancer networks in supporting improvements in patient experience and patient safety in the NHS. [126480]

Anna Soubry: Cancer networks have had a crucial role in supporting improvements in patient experience and patient safety for cancer patients. In particular, they have worked to implement the ‘improving outcomes’ guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and driven up service quality through cancer peer review.

Cancer networks have worked with the National Cancer Action Team to use the results of the 2010-11 Cancer Patient Experience survey to drive improvements in patient care. This work is continuing using the results of the 2011-12 survey, published on 17 August of this year.

On 31 July, the National Health Service Commissioning Board (NHS CB) published ‘The Way Forward: Strategic Clinical Networks’. In the report, the NHS CB makes its recommendations for the future of clinical networks, including cancer networks, in the new NHS. The report set out that improvements to patient experience and patient safety underpin all NHS care and will be similarly embedded in the work of all strategic clinical networks.

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the results of the 2011-12 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey will be used to improve cancer outcomes at (a) trust and (b) national level. [126490]

Anna Soubry: We have made both national and trust level reports of the Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011-12 widely available to inform and drive local service improvement. The reports provide a breakdown of the experience of cancer patients across a number of stages in the cancer care pathway and include analysis of improvement levels since the 2010 survey. The trust level reports provide benchmarked data nationally and between teams so that priority improvement areas can be identified.

The National Cancer Action Team has worked with cancer networks over the last year to use the results of the 2010 survey to drive service improvements and will continue this work using the results of the 2011-12 survey. We are also encouraging stakeholders in the third sector to use the survey results to identify and share best practice in patient care and services to support service improvement activity.

All the quantitative data will be sent to the National Data Archive at Essex university and will be made freely available to researchers wishing to undertake further analyses.

Dietary Supplements: EU Law

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions the Government has had with the European Commission on the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements through European Union Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements; [126195]

(2) whether the European Commission has indicated whether discussions on the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements are likely to resume; [126196]

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(3) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on consumer choice of implementation of the European Commission's proposals for maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements through the Food Supplements Directive; [126197]

(4) what steps the Government plans to take at EU level to ensure that existing levels of access in the UK to safe, high potency vitamins and minerals are retained. [126198]

Anna Soubry: European Union directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements, provides for the future establishment of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals used in these foods. The Government consider that any future discussions need to ensure that the legislation is proportionate and based on evidence, so that consumers have confidence in what they buy, while maintaining a wide choice of safe products.

There have not been any recent discussions on this issue and the European Commission has given no indication of when negotiations will continue on the drafting of rules in this area.

As discussions progress, an impact assessment will continue to be further developed and the final outcome on consumer choice will be assessed when it is known which maximum permitted levels will be applicable.

Food: Labelling

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the cheese and dairy industries about his proposed reforms to food labelling. [126374]

Anna Soubry: There were 191 full responses to this year's consultation on Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling, which ran from 14 May until 6 August. Of these, eight responses were from the dairy and cheese industry. The formal response to the consultation is due to be published shortly.

Ministers and officials will continue to engage with representatives from the food industry and other interested parties on the detail, of future United Kingdom front of pack nutritional labelling.

General Practitioners

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what way the NHS Commissioning Board plans to hold clinical commissioning groups to account for their performance against the Commissioning Outcomes Framework. [126236]

Anna Soubry: It is for the NHS Commissioning Board to make decisions on how it will hold clinical commissioning groups to account for their performance and they will be publishing details in due course.

Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider implementing a mandatory data collection process at the point of GP registration. [126753]

Dr Poulter: The standard national health service form by which people apply to register as patients at a general practitioner (GP) practice already asks for the following information:

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Title

Surname

First names

Previous surname/s

NHS number

Gender

Town and country of birth

Home address

Postcode

Telephone number

To help trace medical records:

Previous UK address

Previous GP practice name

Previous GP practice address

For a person from abroad:

First UK address where registered with a GP practice, if previously resident

Where previously resident in the UK, date of leaving

Date first came to live in the UK

For a person returning from the armed forces:

Address before enlisting

Service or personnel number

Enlistment date

Health Services

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the single operating model on clinical networks. [126238]

Anna Soubry: We understand that the NHS Commissioning Board intends to publish the single operating framework for strategic clinical networks during the week beginning 12 November.

Hospitals: Waste

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) total hospital waste and (b) hazardous hospital waste generated in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available. [126079]

Dr Poulter: The information is not available in the format requested because the Department does not hold data on the volume of hazardous waste generated by the national health service.

However, the Department does collect data on the volume of waste generated annually by the NHS in England relating to its method of disposal. These data are collected annually through the Estates Returns Information Collection which collects the total volume of waste disposed of by either high temperature, non-burn treatment or landfill methods by each NHS organisation in England. Information is not collected for Wales.

The latest information available relates to 2011-12 and is shown in the following table:

Waste disposal methodTotal waste weight reported by NHS organisations in England 2011-12 (tonnes)

High temperature

81,117

Non-burn treatment

67,757

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Landfill

130,077

The information provided has been supplied by the NHS and has not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of the information is the responsibility of the providing organisation.

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ways in which waste generated in hospital is (a) recycled, (b) used to produce energy from waste and (c) incinerated. [126081]

Dr Poulter: The information is not available as the Department does not hold data on the ways in which waste generated in hospital is recycled, used to produce energy from waste and incinerated.

The Department has produced voluntary guidance for healthcare providers on managing their waste generated within a healthcare environment “Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Version: 2.0 England”. A copy has been placed in the Library.

The guidance has taken into account changes in legislation governing the management of waste, its storage, carriage, treatment and disposal; and also health and safety.

Within the guidance, the document identifies appropriate waste segregation and disposal routes which are interpreted locally by each healthcare provider, who then undertake assessments to formulate their own policies and procedures for recycling, incineration or waste that is sent to produce energy.

NHS County Durham and Darlington

Jenny Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected financial balance is of Durham and Darlington Primary Care Trust at the point of transition to clinical commissioning groups. [126012]

Dr Poulter: In quarter one of 2012-13, County Durham primary care trust (PCT) is forecasting a surplus of £1 million and Darlington PCT is forecasting a surplus of £0.3 million at the point of transition to clinical commissioning groups.

NHS: Expenditure

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on nationally commissioned NHS services (a) at each hospital trust and (b) for each medical specialty for (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2009-10, (iv) 2008-09, (v) 2007-08, (vi) 2006-07, (vii) 2005-06 and (viii) 2004-05; [126775]

(2) how much has been spent on nationally commissioned NHS services (a) at each hospital trust and (b) for each medical specialty in 2012-13 to date. [126776]

Anna Soubry: This information is not held by the Department.

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The National Specialised Commissioning Team (NSCT), which is part of NHS London, undertakes the commissioning of highly specialised services at a national level for people with very rare conditions. The NSCT has been able to supply data on three of the years requested in the form of the specialised service commissioned, the NHS provider and the amount of funding. Information by specialty is not collected. A copy of the information supplied by the NSCT has been placed in the Library.

Further information will be provided by the NSCT and will be placed in the Library at the earliest opportunity.

Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126161]

Dr Poulter: From 1 May 2010 to 31 October 2012, 353 non-executive appointments were made to the boards of national public bodies sponsored by the Department. According to the Department's records the gender split was:

Male—171

Female—106

Information not provided by candidates on application form—76

Radiotherapy

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on funding proton beam radiotherapy. [126464]

Anna Soubry: Since 2008, patients with certain cancers where proton beam therapy (PBT) is considered the appropriate radiotherapy have been sent overseas for treatment. A PBT Clinical Reference Panel, established by the National Commissioning Group, advises on suitable cases for this treatment.

In October 2010, the Government announced they would increase funding for the Overseas Programme over the spending review period so that all high priority patients with a need for PBT get access, treating up to 400 patients per year by 2014-15.

In April 2012, the Government announced that the Department had set aside up to £250 million of public capital to be invested by the national health service in building PBT facilities at the Christie Hospital in Manchester and University College London Hospital. We estimate that for the same money we will be spending in 2014-15 to send 400 high priority patients abroad for PBT we will be able to treat up to 1,200 English patients when services, are ready in this country. The new national service is due to start treating patients from the end of 2017 and we anticipate that up to 1,500 patients every year could benefit from PBT.

On 12 October, we published the “National Proton Beam Therapy Service Development Programme Strategic Outline Case”. This outlines the clinical evidence base for the development of the service and the overall investment objectives of the PBT programme. A copy of the guidance has already been placed in the Library.

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Royal Lancaster Infirmary

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had discussions with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Health Trust on the proposed closure of the vascular services unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary; and on what dates and with whom any such discussions were held. [126639]

Anna Soubry: There have been no discussions between the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), or other Ministers with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust about the future of the vascular services unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Decisions about local national health service services are a matter for the local NHS. Vascular services are being reviewed locally across England in response to robust evidence, which shows that better patient outcomes are achieved when complex procedures, such as vascular surgery, are provided by units which treat higher volumes of patients.

Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126162]

Dr Poulter: As at 31 March 2012 the proportion of civil servants in the Department by gender is that 57% are female and 43% are male.

These figures were published recently at:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-279335

Communities and Local Government

Housing: Construction

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to revise guidance to the Planning Inspectorate to consider consents for planning permission rather than completions when considering housing provision in a local plan. [126948]

Nick Boles: The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government's policies on the supply of housing. Local planning authorities should use their evidence base to ensure their Local Plan meets the full, objectively assessed needs for housing. They should also identify a supply of specific “deliverable” sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing against their requirements. The Framework makes clear that sites with planning permission should be considered “deliverable” until permission expires, unless there is clear evidence that schemes will not be implemented.

Licensed Premises: Planning Permission

Mr Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of licensed premises given

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planning permission for conversion into

(a)

retail use,

(b)

residential use and

(c)

other use in each of the last five years. [126453]

Nick Boles: No estimate has been made of the number of licensed premises given planning permission for conversion into other uses in the last five years.

Local Government

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the publication of Lord Heseltine's report on growth, what plans he has to review the case for the creation of further unitary authorities in England. [126976]

Brandon Lewis: One of the first acts of the coalition Government was to legislate to scrap the last Administration's plans for top-down unitary local government restructuring, through the Local Government Act 2010. Such top-down upheavals would have been expensive and disruptive, distracting from the need to promote growth and to tackle the deficit left by the last Administration. This stance is, and remains, Government policy.

Lord Heseltine rightly identifies the need for greater collaboration in local government, especially to promote enterprise and growth and take forward the good work of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

There is great potential for more locally-led joint working and sharing of services in local government: for example, in two-tier areas, with the pooling of locally retained business rates; between similar types of council, such as the London Tri-Borough Initiative; and between different local public services, as being taken forward in Community Budgets.

Planning

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria he will use to determine which local authorities to place under special measures for planning purposes. [126075]

Nick Boles: The Government intend to consult on its preferred approach to implementing this measure shortly.

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the financial effects of the foregone planning fee income on local authorities that are designated under Clause 1 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. [126135]

Nick Boles [holding answer 1 November 2012]: The Government intend to consult on its preferred approach to implementing this measure shortly, which will include consideration of its potential effects and benefits.

Public Appointments

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010. [126159]

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Brandon Lewis: Out of a total of 22 new appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by my Department since May 2010, 15 were male and seven were female.

This compares with 27 male appointments and 10 female appointments in 2008-09, and 23 male appointments and eight female appointments in 2009-10.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices: Cumbria

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts in each (a) industry type and (b) age group there were in (i) Barrow and Furness constituency and (ii) Cumbria in each of the last five years. [126276]

Matthew Hancock: I will place in the Libraries of the House data that show the number of apprenticeship programme starts in Barrow and Furness parliamentary constituency and Cumbria local education authority by sector subject area and age. Final data are shown for the 2007/08 to 2010/11 academic years and provisional data are shown for the 2011/12 academic year.

Provisional data for the 2011/12 academic year provide an early view of performance and will change as further data returns are received from further education colleges and providers. They should not be directly compared with final year data from previous years. Figures for 2011/12 will be finalised in January 2013.

Apprenticeship data are not available by industry. Within an industry, a learner may undertake a wide range of apprenticeship frameworks.

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by geography is published in a supplementary table to a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 11 October 2012:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirst release/sfr_current

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirst release/sfr_supplementary_tables/Apprenticeship_sfr_ supplementary_tables/


Apprentices: Hampshire

Mr Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the number of 18 to 24 year old apprenticeship starts was in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were in each of the previous five years; [126450]

(2) what the number of 16 to 18 year old apprenticeship starts was in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were in each of the previous five years. [126451]

Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows the number of Apprenticeship programme starts in Hampshire and Southampton local education authorities by age. Final data are shown for the 2006/07 to 2010/11 academic years and provisional data are shown for the 2011/12 academic year.

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and providers. They should not be directly compared with final year data from previous years. Figures for 2011/12 will be finalised in January 2013.

Table 1: Apprenticeship Programme Starts in Hampshire and Southampton local education authorities by age, 2006/07 to 2011/12 (Provisional)
 Final 
Local education authorityAge2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/12 (Provisional)

Hampshire

Under 19

2,820

2,970

2,720

3,020

2,860

2,960

 

19-24

2,600

3,300

3,390

4,470

4,230

4,780

 

25+

*

570

1,690

1,560

4,140

4,940

 

All age

5,420

6,840

7,800

9,050

11,230

12,680

        

Southampton

Under 19

470

370

310

460

450

420

 

19-24

350

360

340

420

630

610

 

25+

*

110

220

170

780

930

 

All age

820

840

860

1,050

1,850

1,960

“*? Indicates a base value of less than 5. Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Age is based on age at the start of the programme. 3. Geographic breakdowns are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 4. Figures are based on the geographic boundaries as of May 2010. 5. Provisional data for 2011/12 should not be directly compared with data for earlier years. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on the number of Apprenticeship starts by Geography is published in a supplementary table to a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 11 October 2012:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirst release/sfr_current

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statistical firstrelease/sfr_supplementary_tables/Apprenticeship_sfr_supplementary_tables/

Apprentices: Kent

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of apprentices in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency and (b) Medway. [126560]

Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship programme starts in Gillingham and Rainham parliamentary constituency and Medway local education authority in the 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to July 2012).

Provisional data for the 2011/12 academic year provide an early view of performance and will change as further data returns are received from further education colleges and providers. They should not be directly compared with final year data from previous years. Figures for 2011/12 will be finalised in January 2013.

Table 1: Apprenticeship programme starts in Gillingham and Rainham constituency and Medway local education authority, 2011/12 (provisional)
2011/12Number (provisional)

Gillingham and Rainham constituency

770

Medway local education authority

2,620

Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Geographic breakdowns are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 3. Figures are based on the geographic boundaries as of May 2010. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by geography is published in a supplementary table to a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 11 October 2012:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirst release/sfr_current

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirst release/sfr_supplementary_tables/Apprenticeship_sfr_supplementary_tables/

Business: Billing

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new signatories to the Prompt Payment Code there have been during this year to date. [127004]

Michael Fallon: The Prompt Payment code website at:

www.promptpaymentcode.org.uk

includes details of all signatories, and the date of their application.

As of 2 November 2011, the code lists 1,187 firms, including 129 who have applied in 2012. Earlier this month I wrote to the chief executives of all FTSE 350 companies, to ensure they were aware of the code and to encourage them to sign it.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he has made an estimate of additional costs that might be incurred by businesses as a result of his proposed changes to section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; [126770]

(2) whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects of his proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 on firms producing furniture replicas; [126771]

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(3) what factors he plans to take into account when deciding what length of transitional period should be granted to businesses affected by his proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [126772]

Jo Swinson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 11 September 2012, Official Report, columns 210-11W.

Enterprise Capital Funds

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms benefited from investments under Enterprise Capital Funds in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 to date. [126691]

Michael Fallon: The number of companies benefiting from new investment by Enterprise Capital Funds was 15 in 2010/11, 45 in 2011/12 and 14 in 2012/13 to 30 September. Enterprise Capital Funds also make follow-on investments in companies already in their portfolios. From 2010/11 onwards there have been more than 280 new and follow-on investments in companies.

Since the programme started in 2006, £155.6 million has been invested by funds, of which £83 million has been invested since May 2010.

Financial Services: Regulation

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to organisations in the UK of compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. [125153]

Greg Clark: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA) was signed into US law in July 2010. However, US regulators are still determining how the new laws will work in practice. Given the uncertainty surrounding the practical implementation of the Act—including, for instance, the breadth of regulations and exemptions—there are significant challenges in determining the range of costs (including economic, fiscal and administrative costs) to organisations in the UK of compliance with the DFA.

The Government, alongside other country governments, are taking forward a dialogue with the US authorities in bilateral and multilateral meetings on the DFA with reference to the potential impact and costs on UK organisations and the UK economy.

Foresight Programme

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff have been assigned to the (a) entire Foresight programme and (b) Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre in each of the last five years for which data are available. [126760]

Mr Willetts: The numbers of full-time equivalents assigned to the Foresight programme and working in the Horizon Scanning Centre over the past five years were:

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 Total staff in ForesightStaff in the Horizon Scanning Centre

2007/08

29

6

2008/09

29

6

2009/10

34

7

2010/11

31

7

2011/12

30

2.5

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget of the Foresight programme was for each of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make a statement. [126761]

Mr Willetts: Over the past five years the spend on the Foresight programme was as follows:

£
 Admin spendProgramme spendTotal spend

2007/08

1,494,330

2,995,228

4,489,558

2008/09

1,542,486

2,809,914

4,352,400

2009/10

1,719,878

2,914,955

4,634,833

2010/11

1,385,393

2,288,422

3,673,815

2011/12

1,328,835

2,272,743

3,601,578

The reduction in spend over the last two years was the effect of the restructuring, which all Government Departments underwent during this period. However, the initial allocation of programme spend at the beginning of this financial year has been maintained at £2.8 million, which has continued into the current financial year 2012/13.

Insolvency Service

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which locations and buildings within the north-east and Teesside areas (a) his Department and (b) the Insolvency Service are considering as future locations for Insolvency Service offices in the north-east; and what the potential associated costs are for each site. [126014]

Jo Swinson: The Insolvency Service has looked at a number of locations in the north-east and Teesside areas including Newcastle, Stockton and the surrounding area, and Durham. The service has discounted vacant Government office space in the following locations as they do not meet our requirements for space: Alnwick, Bishop Auckland, Blaydon, Houghton Le Spring, Hebburn, and Hartlepool.

Where we consider a site might be suitable, we are examining the potential costs which are more wide ranging than the potential property costs and include staff costs for travel, relocation and possible redundancy, as well as infrastructure costs such as ICT network costs. We are yet to complete a full analysis of costs for the remaining locations and therefore are not in a position to provide detailed analysis of these costs for scrutiny.

The service is looking to make a decision in December and any final decision will take into account a comparison of all the associated whole life costs as well as other non-financial factors such as customer access to services.

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Manufacturing Advisory Service

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total cost to the public purse has been of the Manufacturing Advisory Service since its launch in January 2012. [126690]

Michael Fallon: The amount of public resource invested in the Manufacturing Advisory Service since its launch in January 2012 is £15,836,341 to date (1 November 2012).

The Government launched a new Manufacturing Advisory Service in January 2012, replacing a number of separate offerings with a single service. Up to November 2012 the contract to deliver the new service has cost £15.8 million (to 1 November 2012).

New Businesses: Government Assistance

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department is providing for those wanting to start their own business. [126561]

Michael Fallon: We want to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business, and for the next decade to be the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in Britain's history. That is why, in January, the Prime Minister launched “Business in You”, a major campaign to inspire people to realise their business ambitions and to highlight the range of support available for start-ups and growing businesses.

We have introduced a range of measures that support start-ups and growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK:

Ensuring SMEs can access the support and advice they need to start and grow

We have changed the way that we help people access the information, guidance and advice they need to start and grow a business. We have put in place a range of services including:

www.gov.uk, the new home for Government services and information online, www.gov.uk has been built to make it simpler and faster for people to find what they need from Government. To help those that cannot use internet services, we will continue to offer support through the Business Link helpline (on 0845 6009006).

A mentoring portal www.mentorsme.co.uk providing an easy route to find experienced business mentors.

A new three year “GrowthAccelerator” programme which will provide high quality coaching support for up to 26,000 small businesses with high growth potential.

Ensuring SMEs can access the finance they need

In September, we announced a new Government-backed business bank, including new Government funding of £1 billion. It will aim to attract private sector funding so that when fully operational, it could support up to £10 billion of new and additional business lending. More detail on the design of the bank and the types of interventions it will support will be provided later in the autumn.

In July, the Government and Bank of England launched the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which allows banks and building societies to borrow at cheaper rates from the Bank of England for periods of up to four years. The FLS creates strong incentives for banks to increase lending to UK households and businesses by lowering interest rates and increasing access to credit.

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In May we launched a new £10 million Start-Up Loan Scheme aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds.

We have increased the funds available to invest through the Business Finance Partnership (BFP) to £1.2 billion. Government will allocate £100 million of the BFP to invest through non-traditional lending channels that can reach smaller businesses.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme will continue until 2014/15, providing, subject to demand, over £2 billion of additional lending.

We have established a £50 million Business Angel Co-Investment Fund to encourage Business Angel investment.

We are increasing our commitment to our Enterprise Capital Funds programme by £200 million, providing for more than £300 million of venture capital investment to address the equity gap for early stage innovative SMEs.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Unemployed people who want to start a business can apply for the new enterprise allowance (NEA), administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, which is available to people aged 18 and over who have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than three months. It provides access to business mentoring from 13 weeks and offers financial support of around £2,000 from 26 weeks. By 2013 it is hoped that the NEA will have helped up to 40, 000 unemployed people start up a business.

Be the Boss is a £5 million scheme, administered by the Royal British Legion, to help ex-service personnel to set up and grow businesses by reducing the costs and barriers associated with self-employment and start-ups, including mentoring support.

The Prime Minister has appointed Lord Young of Graffham to advise on small business and enterprise issues. A key message of Lord Young's work is that this is a great time to start a business, with record numbers of people becoming their own boss, supported by a wide range of help and encouragement to entrepreneurs from ail ages and backgrounds.

New Businesses: Young People

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 633W, on new businesses: young people, in which regions the 24 vacant Government spaces identified under the Start Up Spaces scheme are. [126714]

Michael Fallon: The 24 vacant Government spaces identified under the Incubators Initiative are located in the following towns and cities—Bedford, Berkeley, Beverley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bristol, Colchester, Crewe, East Kilbride, Fareham, Gateshead, Leeds, London Nottingham, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Rugby, Runcorn, Waterlooville.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 633W, on new businesses: young people, by what date he expects firms to be able to access premises under the Start Up Spaces scheme; and what benchmarks his Department has set for that process. [126715]

Michael Fallon: Officials in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Government Property Unit have concluded the assessment of bids from potential providers to manage the space within this initiative, and are preparing for contract negotiations with preferred bidders. Issues such as the date by which firms will be able to access premises under the scheme are dependent on the mutually satisfactory conclusion of those

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negotiations. The work continues to be commercially sensitive and I can not provide more detailed information at this stage.

Regional Growth Fund: Worcestershire

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which businesses in Worcestershire were awarded conditional allocations in Rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Growth Fund; and how many jobs were (a) saved and (b) created in Worcestershire as a result of those allocations. [125999]

Michael Fallon: Three beneficiaries in Worcestershire have been awarded conditional Regional Growth Fund (RGF) allocations in Rounds 1 and 2.

The applicants state that in total the three projects will create and safeguard 7,632 jobs over the next 10 years. Based on the levels of private investment we expect a further 279 jobs to be created as a result of the RGF intervention. Applicants estimate that 85% of these jobs will be created and 15% safeguarded.

We will monitor the forecast employment and investment once the contracts are finalised.

Vocational Training

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many mentors are available through the Government's mentoring portal. [126689]

Michael Fallon: As at 30 September 2012, there are 22,166 mentors currently accessible through

www.mentorsme.co.uk

The website provides a single point of access for those seeking mentoring and those seeking to be mentors across the UK and connects small businesses with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their development.

Culture, Media and Sport

Broadband

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the expected standard cost is of adding a house to a next generation access service in the BDUK framework. [126777]

Mr Vaizey: The cost of providing next generation access broadband services to additional premises will depend on local circumstances, it is therefore not possible to provide a standard cost.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will ensure independent assessment of suppliers' cost estimates inputting to the BDUK DECC. [126778]

Mr Vaizey: BDUK will be commissioning an independent review of successful suppliers' solution costs. The review will assess the suppliers' project models

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against their reference costs; costs incurred during similar historic UK projects and against international benchmarks for superfast deployment.

Leveson Inquiry

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her predecessor was asked to provide a witness statement and documents to the Leveson Inquiry under section 21(2) of the Inquiries Act 2005. [126626]

Maria Miller: Jeremy Hunt provided a statement and supporting documents to the Leveson Inquiry as part of module 3 on the relationship between press and politicians. These were submitted to the Inquiry in May and deposited in the House Libraries in June.

Museums and Galleries

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase visitor footfall in (a) the British Museum, (b) the National Gallery, (c) Natural History Museum, (d) Tate Modern, (e) the Science Museum, (f) the Victoria and Albert Museum, (g) the National Portrait Gallery, (h) Old Royal Naval College, (i) Tate Britain and (j) the British Library. [126713]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has an 'arm's length' relationship with its sponsored museums and galleries, as such they are responsible for deciding how best to attract visitors, by, for example, holding exhibitions and educational visits and working with schools and colleges.

Since the introduction of free admission to the DCMS sponsored National Museums in 2001, visits to (a) the British Museum, (b) the National Gallery, (c) Natural History Museum, (d) Tate Modern, (e) the Science Museum, (f) the Victoria and Albert Museum, (g) the National Portrait Gallery and (i) Tate Britain have increased overall by 45% to 2011. We do not collect these data for the British Library and Old Royal Naval College, however the British Library has advised that they have experienced a 61% rise in visitor numbers since 2001. Data published by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions shows that visits to the Old Royal Naval College increased by 31% from 2010 to 2011.

Olympic Games 2012

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff working in the (a) Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) other agencies worked on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteer programme in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12 and (iv) 2012-13 to date; and if she will make a statement. [126634]

Hugh Robertson: There was no volunteer programme at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Some ODA staff participated in the Games Maker volunteer programme run by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), specifically, in the opening and closing ceremonies. Where required ODA staff took time off (to attend rehearsals) by using their annual leave entitlement. With regard to other agencies, the Department only has one agency,

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the Royal Parks. No Royal Parks staff volunteered at the Olympic or Paralympic games in an official capacity.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Olympic Delivery Authority spent in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 and has spent in 2012-13 to date on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteers; and if she will make a statement. [126635]

Hugh Robertson: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has spent no money on Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteers. The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) funded the Games Maker programme.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will investigate reports that blacklists were used by contractors completing construction work on public contracts for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and whether such contractors used public monies received under such public contracts to pay to obtain information on construction workers from lists maintained by the Consulting Association. [126721]

Hugh Robertson: The management of construction contracts for the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The ODA has no evidence that blacklisting was used by companies working on the Olympic Park, nor of any case to believe that public monies were used to pay for any information of this sort on construction workers.

The ODA placed the welfare of workers at the heart of the London 2012 construction project from the outset, forming strong relationships with trade unions, including a site-wide agreement on minimum pay, health and safety and union recognition. As a responsible client the ODA required and expected companies to operate within the law at all times.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (a) how many discussions and (b) what correspondence Ministers and officials in her Department have had with (i) construction companies and (ii) trade unions on reports that blacklists were used by contractors completing construction work on public contracts for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [126722]

Hugh Robertson: The management of construction contracts for the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). To date, the Department has not had any discussions with, or received any correspondence from, construction companies or trade unions on this matter.

Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when her Department plans to publish (a) the names of those dignitaries to whom it allocated London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets and (b) the number of staff who purchased tickets. [126339]

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Hugh Robertson: The Government pledged to publish these details following the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will do so this autumn.

Public Transport: WiFi

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with public transport providers to ensure maximum Wi-Fi accessibility for commuters. [126630]

Mr Vaizey: The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), together with the Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), is planning to meet the leading providers of mobile networks and rail services in January 2013 to agree how access to mobile broadband services as well as Wi-Fi can be improved for alt passengers. This will build on a constructive meeting held with officials of both Departments on 13 September 2012. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities has not held any meetings with other public transport providers such as bus companies.

Unsolicited Goods and Services: Mobile Phones

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research into unsolicited subscription-rate text messages. [126024]

Mr Vaizey: The Department has not commissioned nor evaluated research into unsolicited subscription-rate text messages. The Office of Communications (Ofcom) has responsibility and accountability for the regulation of Premium Rate Services (PRS) of this nature, under the terms of the Communications Act 2003. Ofcom has designated PhonepayPlus to deliver the day-to-day regulation through its Code of Practice, which includes conducting general and specific market research. PhonepayPlus regulates all premium rate subscription text messages, which are typically those that are charged at a higher rate than standard texts. Further details about PhonepayPlus's on-going activity can be viewed at:

http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether she has had any recent discussions with PhonePayPlus regarding unsolicited subscription-rate text messages. [126025]

Mr Vaizey: The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has had no recent discussions with PhonepayPlus, the independent regulatory body with day-to-day responsibility for the regulation of the Premium Rate Servicesmarket in the UK, concerning unsolicited subscription text messages. However, as Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries I met Andrew Pinder, Chairman of PhonepayPlus, on 31 October.

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Attorney-General

News International

Chris Bryant: To ask the Attorney-General whether he was consulted on what texts, emails and other correspondence between the Prime Minister and News International should be (a) published and (b) provided to the Leveson Inquiry. [126646]

The Attorney-General: By long-standing convention, observed by successive administrations and embodied in the Ministerial Code, the fact that the Law Officers have advised or have not advised on a particular issue, and the content of any advice, is not disclosed outside of Government.

Proceeds of Crime

Mary Macleod: To ask the Attorney-General what guidance is issued to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on circumstances in which police forces may apply for the discharge of an order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on behalf of the CPS. [126253]

The Solicitor-General: No guidance has been issued to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the circumstances in which police forces may apply for the discharge of an order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). However, the CPS has produced its own guidance to prosecutors on restraint orders which is available on the CPS website and can be found at:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/proceeds_of_crime_ act_guidance/

If the circumstances which led to the obtaining of the restraint order continue to exist the restraint orders will remain in place. In the case of a restraint order obtained on the basis that proceedings for an offence have been started, the guidance states that proceedings do not conclude within the meaning of section 85(5)(a) of POCA until such time as any confiscation order made in the proceedings has been fully paid. The CPS Legal Guidance states that prosecutors should not agree to the discharge of a restraint order until such time as the confiscation order is satisfied.

Wales

Police and Crime Commissioners

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions his Department had on the languages of the police and crime commissioner election ballot paper with (a) the Home Office, (b) the Welsh Government, (c) the Welsh Language Commissioner and (d) any other person; and on what dates any such discussions took place. [126648]

Mr David Jones: Wales Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

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Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126279]

Stephen Crabb: As at 31 October 2012, 46% of staff were male and 54% of staff were female.

Scotland

Departmental Staff

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female. [126278]

David Mundell: Information on gender breakdown is contained in the Scotland Office Annual Report, and can be found at the following link:

http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/10797.135.html

Education

Adoption: Newton Abbot

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many couples in Newton Abbot constituency adopted a child in each of the last three years. [124973]

Mr Timpson: Information on the exact number of couples who adopted a child is not available. The Department collects information on the numbers of looked after children who have been adopted by single people, civil partners, married and unmarried (same sex and different sex) couples. Some couples will adopt two or more children; therefore the number of couples who adopt will be lower than the number of children adopted.

The information on numbers of adoptions is not available at constituency level. Therefore information has been provided showing the numbers of looked after children adopted by single people and couples in Devon local authority.

Children looked after who were adopted during the years ending 31 March by legal status of adopters(1). Years ending 31 March 2010 to 2012. Coverage: Devon local authority
Number
 201020112012

All looked after children who were adopted during the year ending 31 March

20

15

15

    

Legal status and gender of adopters

0

x

0

Single adopter

0

0

0

Same sex couple not in civil partnership

0

0

x

Different sex unmarried couple

0

0

0

Civil partnership couple

20

10

15

Married couple

0

x

0

x = Figures not shown in order to protect confidentiality. (1) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest five. Source: SSDA 903

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Educational Institutions: Construction

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department allocated for the building of new (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education colleges for the financial years (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the budget for such building in each financial year up to 2014-15. [125890]

Mr Laws: The total amount of capital funding allocated by the Department for Education in 2010-11 and 2011-12 was:

Financial yearCapital grant funding (£ million)

2010-11

7,125

2011-12

5,051

The Department, via the Education Funding Agency, allocates the majority of available capital resources directly to local authority areas. This enables them to establish their priorities for investment and to provide resources to those schools most in need. The Department did not ask local authorities to report the amounts that they allocated to each of their schools so we are unable to provide the split requested. This Department's remit does not extend to further education colleges.

The Department's capital budgets were set at the last spending review and were increased by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his autumn statement last year. The budgets for the remainder of this spending review period are shown as follows. The allocations to schools will be confirmed in due course.

Financial yearCapital budget (£ million)

2012-13

4,563

2013-14

3,681

2014-15

3,813

Free School Meals

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school were eligible for free school meals in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. [126383]

Mr Laws: Information on the number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in each state-funded primary and state-funded secondary school has been placed in the House Libraries.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals as at January 2012 is published in the Statistical First Release 'Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2012' available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001071/index.shtml

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish research on the take-up of free school meals. [126396]

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Mr Laws: I refer the hon. Member to my answer given on 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 11:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121029/debtext/121029-0001.htm#1210294000004

Research from the Department on the take-up of free school meals will be published shortly.

Languages: Teachers

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made in increasing the number of (a) Hindi, (b) Arabic, (c) Portuguese, (d) Russian, (e) Punjabi, (f) Mandarin and (g) Cantonese language teachers in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools; and how many teachers are qualified to teach such subjects to GCSE level. [126104]

Mr Laws: The Department does not collect information on the individual language subjects taught by all serving teachers. In November 2011, there were 3,300 teachers in service teaching modern foreign languages other than French, German and Spanish. This is the same as in November 2010.

In November 2011, 34% of those teachers teaching ‘other modern foreign languages' held a post A-level qualification in a relevant subject. This is a small increase of one percentage point compared with the previous year (33%).

We have proposed the introduction of a language as a statutory subject at Key Stage 2 from 2014. We are also encouraging greater take up of languages at Key Stage 4 by the inclusion of a modern or ancient language in the English Baccalaureate.

We are ensuring the continued supply of high quality graduates to teacher training by offering bursaries of up to £20,000 in modern languages.

Primary Education: Teachers

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of boys (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were taught in primary schools in which there were no qualified full-time male teachers, in each local authority area, in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available. [126209]

Mr Laws [holding answer 1 November 2012]: The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals as at January 2012 is published in the Statistical First Release 'Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2012' available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001071/index.shtml

Pupils: Disadvantaged

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Newton Abbot constituency received funding from the pupil premium in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much such funding schools in Newton Abbot constituency will receive in 2012-13. [125093]

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Mr Laws: The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011; therefore payments were first made for the 2011-12 financial year. Pupil premium funding is provided to schools which have on roll pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (the deprivation premium); children in care who have been continuously looked after for at least six months (the looked after child premium); and children whose parents are serving in the armed forces (the service child premium).

In the financial year 2011-12, 1,530 pupils in Newton Abbot constituency area were eligible for either the deprivation premium or service child premium, attracting £732,000. This funding was distributed between 34 schools in the Newton Abbot constituency. It is not possible to identify, at constituency level, the number of pupils eligible for the looked after child premium or the number of pupils eligible for the deprivation premium in alternative provision settings.

In the financial year 2012-13, 2,260 pupils in Newton Abbot constituency area were eligible for either the deprivation premium or service child premium, attracting £1.381 million. In 2012-13 eligibility for the deprivation premium has been extended from pupils known to be currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) to pupils who have been known to be eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. This funding was distributed between 34 schools in the Newton Abbot constituency.

Pupils: Languages

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have more than (i) 50 per cent, (ii) 60 per cent, (iii) 70 per cent, (iv) 80 per cent and (v) 90 per cent of pupils with a first language other than English, in each local authority in the latest period for which figures are available. [125959]

Mr Laws [holding answer 31 October 2012]:Information on those state funded primary and secondary schools with more than 50% of pupils whose first language is known or believed to be other than English has been placed in the House Libraries.

The latest information on first language has been published as part of the 'Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2012' Statistical First Release at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001071/index.shtml/

Schools: Finance

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made towards establishing a national funding formula for schools in England; and if he will make a statement. [126497]

Mr Laws [holding answer 2 November 2012]: On 26 March 2012 the Secretary of State for Education, announced the Government's intention to introduce a new national funding formula during the next spending review period.

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simpler local formulae and on a much more transparent basis. These changes will take effect from April 2013 and will provide an important first step towards a national funding formula.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to question 121841, tabled by the hon. Member for Gedling on 17 September 2012 for answer on 15 October 2012. [126704]

Elizabeth Truss: Response was issued to the hon. Member's question on 2 November 2012, Official Report, column 402W.

Young People: Employment Schemes

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date his Department expects to publish the first performance data for the element of the Youth Contract relating to young people aged from 16 to 17 years. [125517]

Mr Laws [holding answer 29 October 2012]:Youth Contract provision began this September. The programme targets 16 and 17-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and who are at risk of long term disengagement. It aims to support them into education, training or apprenticeships. We will publish the first set of performance data for the Youth Contract at the end of the 2012-13 financial year. Thereafter, the data will be updated and published every six months.

Justice

Ashwell Prison

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who calculated the market value of HMP Ashwell; and when that market value was established. [126072]

Jeremy Wright: The site of the former Ashwell prison was valued by the Valuation Office Agency on 18 June 2012.

Community Orders

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on whether a claimant will be treated as available for work under jobseeker's allowance regulations when a sentence which includes the requirement to undertake a full week of unpaid work is imposed; [126013]

(2) whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the effect of a sentence on an offender claiming jobseeker's allowance including a requirement to undertake a full week of unpaid work on the treatment of the claimant as available for work under regulations governing jobseeker's allowance. [126177]

Jeremy Wright: Changes to unpaid work are being introduced to make the sentence more demanding for offenders. In future, with intensive Community Payback,

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unemployed offenders will have a full week of unpaid work, comprising four seven hour days of unpaid work and one day for job search activities.

National Offender Management Service officials have worked with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that complying with an intensive unpaid work requirement should not disqualify unemployed offenders from claiming jobseeker’s allowance.

Claimants will be treated as available for work under jobseeker’s allowance regulations when a sentence which includes the requirement to undertake a full week of unpaid work is imposed provided they are able to fulfil the eligibility criteria including job seeking, attending job interviews, signing on fortnightly and, if the opportunity arises, taking up employment.

Providers, for their part, when organising unpaid work are expected to give priority to enabling the offender to fulfil the eligibility criteria for jobseeker’s allowance. This will require flexibility in scheduling work and coordination with local Jobcentre Plus offices. For example on entering employment or on taking up training or educational commitments offenders will move to the minimum rate of seven hours unpaid work per week. Some offenders may therefore move out of intensive Community Payback to comply with the jobseeker’s allowance eligibility criteria.

Duchy of Cornwall

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the Duchy of Cornwall subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. [126429]

Mrs Grant: The Duchy of Cornwall is not a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and there is no intention to extend the Act to the Duchy of Cornwall in general.

Electronic Tagging

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable from inception to go live is for the tendering process for his new electronic tagging contract; and what each key milestone is. [126123]

Jeremy Wright: The announcement of preferred bidders is expected in February 2013 with contract award due at the end of April. Invitations to submit detailed bids will be extended on 23 November 2012 and returned by 21 December 2012. The precise timing of the transition to the new contracts will depend on the mobilisation proposals of the successful bidders. It will also depend on the completion of system integration tests during the mobilisation period. It is though anticipated that full transition to the new contracts will be in autumn/winter 2013.

Employment Tribunals Service: Newton Abbot

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals cases have been brought against businesses in Newton Abbot constituency in each year since May 2010. [125094]

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Mrs Grant: The Ministry of Justice publishes, annually and quarterly, Official Statistics on tribunal work loads, including data on national receipts and disposals in the employment tribunals system.

This published data on new claim receipts for employment tribunals is not broken down by geographical locations. However, it is possible to interrogate Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service's case management systems to produce management information on workloads by reference to, among other criteria, the postcodes of respondent employers in 'live' (or recently disposed of) employment tribunal proceedings.

Save where an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal is lodged, case records (including electronic case management entries) are archived a year after the point of disposal. Once archived, statistical data is retained but anonymised. Therefore it is no longer possible to retrieve data by reference to party details, including address details of the respondent employers involved.

Using management information for the last complete and available reporting period (1 October 2011 to 30 June 2012), 47 claims were accepted by the Employment Tribunal Office in Exeter (the office covering the Newton Abbot geographical area) where the respondent employer's address was listed in the Newton Abbot constituency. For the purposes of answering this question, we have assumed that the constituency is coterminous with the postcode districts TQ12 and TQ14.

Management information for the remainder of the last available 12 month period (July, August and September 2012) cannot be released under Official Statistics protocols until data on 2012/13 Quarter 2 is published on 17 January 2013.

Legal Aid Scheme

Mr Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he proposes that all legal aid practitioners will be given training on his new online application system for civil legal aid. [126640]

Damian Green: All legal aid practitioners who hold a contract to conduct civil legal aid work will have access to training in advance of using the new online application system.

Offenders: Probation

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of offenders were in employment at the termination of their probation order for all probation trusts in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available, relative to national targets for 2011-12; [126118]

(2) what proportion of probation orders or licences were successfully completed for all probation trusts in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available, relative to national targets for 2011-12; [126119]

(3) what proportion of offenders had accommodation on the completion of their probation order for all probation trusts in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available, relative to national targets for 2011-12. [126121]

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Jeremy Wright: The information requested is set out in the following table.

The table shows for each indicator the performance of each trust alongside the required level of delivery as set out in the probation trust's contract for 2011-12 as agreed with the commissioner. No national targets are set for these indicators.

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In line with the established way of reporting against employment and accommodation outturns, the figures in the table also include offenders on licence.

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

2011-12
 Percentage of offenders in employment at termination of order or licencePercentage of orders and licenses successfully completedPercentage of offenders in settled and suitable accommodation at termination of order or licence
Probation trustOutturnTargetOutturnTargetOutturnTarget

Avon and Somerset

47

40

77

70

85

75

Bedfordshire

50

44

77

73

88

80

Cambridgeshire

47

45

74

73

87

78

Cheshire

52

40

79

73

89

80

Cumbria

53

45

73

70

88

75

Derbyshire

53

46

73

74

90

80

Devon and Cornwall

46

40

76

70

85

77

Dorset

47

40

88

72

81

75

Durham Tees Valley

41

40

76

75

86

80

Essex

55

45

76

73

89

79

Gloucestershire

54

40

76

72

87

76

Greater Manchester

48

39

77

70

88

80

Hampshire

55

47

76

12

83

75

Hertfordshire

56

45

79

72

88

78

Humberside

45

40

76

77

90

80

Kent

45

40

72

70

81

70

Lancashire

53

43

72

70

89

75

Leicestershire

49

45

74

72

87

85

Lincolnshire

49

46

77

75

85

83

London

55

51

77

71

86

80

Merseyside

43

35

78

70

88

80

Norfolk and Suffolk

49

40

72

71

86

85

North Yorkshire

44

42

82

78

88

80

Northamptonshire

55

43

76

76

90

79

Northumbria

46

40

87

80

88

83

Nottinghamshire

47

43

72

72

87

80

South Yorkshire

40

36

77

76

86

80

Staffordshire and West Midlands

46

40

73

70

88

80

Surrey and Sussex

53

40

78

75

82

75

Thames Valley

54

47

73

70

84

77

Wales

51

40

73

70

85

75

Warwickshire

61

42

79

70

90

80

West Mercia

53

45

77

70

87

80

West Yorkshire

43

36

84

77

85

78

Wiltshire

49

40

82

72

87

77