Exports

David T. C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mandate he will be given to increase trade opportunities with Morocco; and what assessment he has made of which business sectors provide key UK export opportunities to that country. [129176]

Michael Fallon: We are committed to ensuring UK-based companies are well positioned to make the most of the emerging opportunities in Morocco. UK Trade and Investment's team in Casablanca helps companies in a range of sectors and supports trade missions and businesses at trade fairs in Morocco. After careful assessment of the principal opportunities there, the team is particularly focused on construction and infrastructure; tourism and recreation; safety and security; financial and professional services; energy and environment; water and waste management.

To enhance our engagement, the Prime Minister recently announced the appointment of Lord Sharman as his Trade Envoy for Morocco. Lord Sharman will be active both in Morocco and to raise the profile of Morocco in the UK.

Financial Services

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to ensure future international promotion of UK financial services is maximised and co-ordinated; [129085]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on steps taken to promote the financial services sector of the structural and operational changes under way within UKTI; [129086]

(3) what estimate he has made of the economic value to the UK economy of the promotion of the UK's financial and professional services sector; [129087]

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(4) what steps he will take to position and promote the UK's financial and professional services in international growth markets. [129088]

Michael Fallon: Financial services is a key driver of our economy—it accounts for 10% of our economic output; created an estimated trade surplus of £45 billion in 2011; and—as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in his speech—underpins jobs for 2 million people.

It is vital then that we continue to promote and protect our world class strengths in this sector in Europe and beyond, where we have intensifying competition from other financial centres. We do this in a number of ways:

The Secretary of State and ministerial team meet regularly with colleagues in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Treasury to discuss trade issues, including those relating to this sector. In our bilateral meetings with key markets, we push for rules which deliver openness and competitiveness.

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green travels regularly overseas to promote this sector and UK business in general.

We work in partnership with industry primarily through TheCityUK who, with their members, set the strategic direction for the international promotion of the financial services industry.

We work closely with the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London. The Lord Mayor is a unique ambassador for the City and the financial, professional and business service sectors in general, and travels overseas extensively promoting the UK's offer.

We have teams across the UK and in over 100 markets across the world helping businesses access commercial opportunities and bring investment to the UK. We ensure they are regularly briefed on the needs and interests of the sector.

We work closely with other key financial bodies, including the London Stock Exchange and Lloyd's and help communicate the unrivalled strengths of London as a global centre for raising capital and risk management.

With regard to the structural changes taking place in UKTI, financial services remain a priority sector with a dedicated team. As with other such teams, it will increasingly focus its activities on ensuring that UK businesses have access to high value opportunities and are scoping future ones that are emerging, for example in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

This concentration on helping UK businesses seize the best commercial opportunities brings its focus sharply on the high growth markets including Brazil, China, South East Asia, Russia, Turkey, India and The Gulf. Some of our main activities here include:

Helping businesses understand the opportunities in these markets. UKTI's global network provides tailored advice and in the last two years it has run a series of events across the UK showcasing the opportunities in China, India, Latin America, Russia and South East Asia.

With our industry partners, we are working to support new international centres including Moscow, Istanbul and Dubai. Building partnerships like these provide an opening for UK businesses into these markets.

Promoting the UK as a world centre for Renminbi trading and Islamic Finance.

With TheCityUK we support City Week 2013—the largest financial services promotional event in the UK. As well as thought-leading discussions on the issues facing the sector, the event is primarily structured around opportunities in a number of high growth markets.

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Grants

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what grant giving programmes are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible; and which such programmes award grants in Scotland. [129157]

Mr Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (the Department) does not in general operate grant giving programmes directly. Rather, it funds independent partner organisations to allocate grant in accordance with their statutory functions and eligibility criteria across the United Kingdom, except where their functions are legally confined to particular countries within it. The following table sets out the latest allocations for 2012-13 to our partner organisations and the scope of the area in which they can spend grant for the programmes they operate. The second table provides details of the main grant programmes which are directly operated by the Department.

Table 1
Partner organisationScopeBudget (£ million)

Skills Funding Agency

England

5034

Medical Research Council

UK

575

Natural Environment Research Council

UK

327

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

UK

833

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

UK

396

Economic and Social Research Council

UK

167

Arts and Humanities Research Council

UK

100

Science and Technology Facilities Council

UK

450

Learned Societies and Academies

UK

86

Student Loans Company (England)

English-domiciled students

1746

Technology Strategy Board

UK

383

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

England

5949

Table 2
Grant giving programmes directly operated by BISScopeBudget (£ million)

Regional Growth Fund (BIS element)

UK

30

Grants for Business Investment & Support

UK

55

In addition, the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (£125 million in total value), is partly funded by the Department and partly funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. It is presently

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managed by Birmingham City Council on behalf of both Departments. The scope of the programme is currently England only, but it could be extended across the UK on a project by project basis depending on co-funding from the devolved Administrations.

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator will have sufficient powers to be effective in his or her role; and whether he or she will have the power to impose fines; [129419]

(2) if he will take steps to ensure that the Groceries Code Adjudicator will have sufficient powers to regulate the industry. [129468]

Jo Swinson: The Government is committed to having an effective Adjudicator. The Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill provides for three enforcement measures. The Adjudicator may make recommendations, require retailers to publish information about the breach, or impose financial penalties. The power to impose fines will be held in reserve but we will listen to what Parliament has to say on this issue, and ensure that we have legislation that is fit for purpose.

Manufacturing Advisory Service

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what targets (a) he or (b) officials of his Department have set for the total number of jobs (i) created and (ii) safeguarded by the Manufacturing Advisory Service; [128685]

(2) what target (a) he or (b) officials of his Department have set for the total cost to the public purse of each job (i) created and (ii) safeguarded by the Manufacturing Advisory Service. [128687]

Michael Fallon: The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) aims to help improve the competitiveness of manufacturing. This is reflected in the assessment of the programmes set out in the following table, namely gross value added (GVA), jobs created and jobs safeguarded. Rather than have a target for the total cost per job created or safeguarded, MAS is targeting Return on Investment (ie total GVA outputs/total BIS funding for the programme) which can be compared with the former regionally delivered MAS. The target for Return on Investment at the end of the MAS programme in March 2015 is 20:1 which is more than three times greater than that achieved under regional MAS.

£ million/number/percentage
  Value of interventions to end October 2012
OutcomeProgramme target (March 2015)Forecast(1)TargetVariance (percentage)

Gross Value Added (GVA) (£)

1,219 million

303 million

159 million

+91

Jobs created (number)

22,956

3,300

2,159

+53

Jobs Safeguarded (number)

50,857

8,853

6,934

+28

(1) Forecast by the businesses who have received the 956 business improvement consultancy projects completed since the launch of the new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in January 2012. Forecasts are made at the end of the MAS intervention and cover the following 12 month period. A combination of on-site verification by MAS advisers and independent third party evaluation at least 12 months after the intervention will be used to determine actual values as well as assessing the additionality of MAS support.

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Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what targets or benchmarks (a) he or (b) officials of his Department have set for the total number of firms (i) undertaking business improvement consultancy projects, (ii) undertaking manufacturing reviews, (iii) attending best practice or training workshops, (iv) receiving visits and (v) receiving grants through the Manufacturing Advisory Service in each financial year of its operation. [128686]

Michael Fallon: The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is contractually delivered through five different

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levels of interaction with manufacturers. These are defined in the following table, showing the number of interventions the service provider expects to deliver during the period 2012 to 2015 as forecast at the start of the new national contract in January 2012. Delivery of the total volumes of level 2 and level 4 interventions are contractual targets whereas levels 1, 3 and 5 are demand-led. Both the in-year and total number of interventions at all levels are subject to possible adjustment by BIS to enable changing priorities or economic conditions to be reflected in service delivery.

   Forecast number of interventions
LevelDefinitionDescription2012/132013/142014/15

1

Enquiries

Free helpdesk and research service

16,000

16,000

13,000

2

Manufacturing Review

On-site diagnostic review with manufacturer resulting in a formal action plan.

8,100

9,000

9,900

3

Events

Best practice or training workshops

300

300

300

4

Intensive Support

Grant aided business improvement consultancy project

3,240

3,600

3,960

5

Referral

Referrals from MAS to other support bodies eg UK Trade & Investment

1,800

2,000

2,200

Marketing

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total cost to the public purse was of the recent logo, branding and corporate identity changes at his Department. [128761]

Jo Swinson: Over the last five years the Department has been through three corporate identity changes:

In 2007-08 the Department spent £17,700 rebranding from DTI to BERR.

In 2009-10 the Department spent £8,282 rebranding as the newly formed Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

In 2012 the Department spent £602.75 on logo, branding and corporate identity changes.

New Businesses

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his announcement of 12 November 2012 on entrepreneurs in residence, what the role and duties of the entrepreneurs in residence will be; what civil service grade or equivalent that role will fall under; and whether they will be engaged on a permanent basis. [128753]

Michael Fallon: This Department is looking to appoint two entrepreneurs in residence, a person who is just starting up in business and a serial entrepreneur, bringing small business and entrepreneurs further into the heart of government. The entrepreneurs will be office holders (not employees, and therefore not part of the civil service grading structure) and will receive a £10,000 per annum honorarium for one day's work per week. The appointment will be in a personal capacity and will be made for one year. The Department already has effective means of ensuring Ministers and policy makers are in close touch with entrepreneurs, but the entrepreneurs in residence will complement these existing mechanisms with a more day-to-day perspective on the issues facing small businesses in setting up and when looking to grow. Further details on the post and how to apply are available at:

www.bisrecruitment.com

New Businesses: Barnsley

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the effects of recent new start-ups on the local economy in Barnsley Central constituency. [129329]

Michael Fallon: One of the main contributions of new start-ups to economic growth is the number of jobs created. The best estimate we have is that start-ups are responsible for a third of all jobs created(1).

According to Companies House, there were 450,000 new company registrations in Great Britain in 2011/12—the highest since records began in 1997/98 and up from 360,000 in 2009/10. However, the above data are not available at a constituency level.

The Office for National Statistics publishes the only data on start-ups that are broken down to a constituency level. According to the ONS, there were 250 business births in the Barnsley Central constituency in 2010. Information for 2011 will be published next month. However, those data are not comparable to the Companies House figures provided above because they relate to VAT/PAYE registered business start-ups.

(1)( )www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/enterprise/docs/j/11-1326-job-creation-and-destruction-uk-1998-2010

Regional Growth Fund

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 697W, on Regional Growth Fund, how many individual awards have been made under (a) round one and (b) round two of the Regional Growth Fund by region. [128759]

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Michael Fallon: 176 bids under rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) were conditionally allocated funding subject to confirmatory due-diligence. These bids translate to 239 individual awards as some bids have multiple counterparties. Regional breakdown of

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individual RGF awards from the two rounds is shown in the following table. The amounts paid out, rounded up or down to the nearest half million, represent the amounts negotiated at final offer stage.

RegionRound 1Round 2
 Individual awardsTotal value (£ million)Individual awardsTotal value (£ million)

North West

9

28

39

212

West Midlands

9

107

22

126

North East

23

62

55

100

East Midlands

4

20

7

72

Yorkshire and The Humber

8

45

23

122

South West

6

8

11

91

South East

3

6

10

75

East of England

0

0

1

10

London

0

0

0

0

National

5

175

4

90

Total

67

451

172

898

Regional Growth Fund: Ashfield

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects in Ashfield constituency have been selected to receive funding from the Regional Growth Fund in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many projects from Ashfield constituency have received final offer letters from the Regional Growth Fund in the latest period for which figures are available. [127740]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 9 November 2012]:Based on the information provided in the bid applications, no projects in Ashfield constituency have been selected to receive funding from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). However, it is possible for bids from other areas to impact on the constituency, thereby providing wider benefits.

East Midlands has had 11 RGF allocations from Round 1 and 2. Of these, three have been finalised, five have agreed terms and conditions and three have withdrawn. A further nine bids have been selected from this region in Round 3, and these bidders have until 19 January to agree terms and conditions.

Regional Growth Fund: Liverpool

Mrs Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the likely effect of the rejection of Liverpool Mayoral Investment's bid for the third round of the Regional Growth Fund on investment and growth in Liverpool. [129473]

Michael Fallon: Over 400 bids were received in the third round seeking £2.7 billion, from a budget that was limited to £1 billion. In the Liverpool city region, there were 24 bids, of which eight were programme bids. In this context, with applications for two and a half times the money available, it was not possible to support all the bids that were received.

A number of bids that have been selected for due diligence and contracting will be of direct benefit to the city, including RedX Pharma and the School of Tropical Medicine, both of which should reinforce Mayoral ambitions for the Knowledge Quarter. The selected programme bid from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership will benefit businesses throughout the city region. Furthermore, through the city deal, there is a range of additional tools available to support Liverpool's ambitious vision.

Liverpool was also successful in the first two rounds of the RGF, with a total of £116 million for the Liverpool city region for both rounds.

Students: Fees and Charges

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the CPI on his estimates of levels of tuition fee repayment. [129072]

Mr Willetts: No assessment has been made of the effect of changes in the consumer prices index (CPI) on the levels of tuition fee repayment as they are not dependent on each other.

Loan repayment forecasts are based on the macro-economic forecasts published by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and the repayment forecasts are updated when the OBR publish updated forecasts.

Trade Promotion

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider implementing the recommendations in the report by the British Chambers of Commerce Exporting is Good for Britain but Breaking into New Markets Requires Planning on reforming publically-backed trade promotion schemes. [127768]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 12 November 2012]:The Government welcomes the survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) which highlights the importance of companies identifying a strategic approach to exporting. The Governments' trade promotion organisation, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), provides

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a wide range of support to business. Much of that support, particularly its trade development programme called Passport to Export aimed at new and inexperienced exporters, emphasises the importance of developing an export plan as part of an over-arching business strategy.

In highlighting the need for reform of trade promotion schemes, the BCC focused on two UKTI services: the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS), and the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP). For OMIS, the pricing structure and strategy is under constant review. The charging structure is based on firms paying for services used, irrespective of company size, providing support for all firms but with additional assistance for target groups. To ensure support is targeted, UKTI offers grants and subsidies to reduce OMIS costs to small and medium-sized enterprises where it can make the most difference, such as encouraging new exporters or exporters to high growth markets.

On TAP £2 million has been added to the initial budget for 2012/13. The programme is now more flexible and covers UK business lounges and visitor missions to overseas fairs as well as grant provision for SMEs. UKTI planned these changes to TAP, and continues to deliver the programme, in partnership with accredited trade organisations including members of the BCC.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

British Antarctic Survey

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on 2 November 2012, Official Report, column 538, on the Antarctic Bill, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) the National Environment Research Council to ensure that a full-time director of the British Antarctic Survey is appointed as soon as possible. [129548]

Mark Simmonds: I have not had any discussions about the appointment of a new director of the British Antarctic Survey, as Ministers have no role in this matter. However, I understand that the Natural Environment Research Council will discuss the recruitment and those aspects of the role which are associated with the Antarctic Treaty System, with my officials.

Burma

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Burma on the formation of a joint domestic and international board to investigate the number of political activists in Burma's prisons and detention centres. [128949]

Mr Swire: In September the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), met with Burmese Foreign Minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin, during the UN General Assembly in New York and pressed for the Burmese Government to set up an independent, non-political process for assessing those still detained. He also urged the Burmese government to lift restrictions on those who had been released, including on their travel.

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We continue to press the Burmese Government for the unconditional release of all political prisoners at every opportunity. My upcoming visit to Burma in December will provide me a timely opportunity to raise those concerns again directly with senior members of the Burmese authorities.

Commonwealth

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the Commonwealth Ministerial meetings to which the Government has sent representatives in each of the last two years. [129478]

Mr Swire: The Government aims to send representatives to all Commonwealth Ministerial meetings. In the last two years, Ministers have attended the following: the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (2012); the Commonwealth Ministerial Task Force meeting (2012); the Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers (2012); the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (2011 and 2012) and the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (2011).

The Government was also represented by senior officials at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (2011 and 2012); the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (2011 and 2012) and the Commonwealth Consultative Group on the Environment (2011 and 2012).

The Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Minister for Trade and Investment, and the then Minister for the Commonwealth attended the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and its various side meetings in Perth.

Employment Agencies

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in his Department and its associated public bodies. [128729]

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and associated public bodies recruit staff on the basis of open, fair and merit based recruitment competitions. We use UK-based recruitment agencies to run recruitment campaigns to attract the best staff into the organisation. We use employment companies based in the UK to employ temporary and contracted resource.

Middle East

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of people killed (a) in Gaza by Israeli arms and (b) in Israel by arms originating from Gaza (i) from 1 January to 31 October 2012 and (ii) on each day since 31 October 2012. [129554]

Alistair Burt: We have received reports that there was one Israeli death due to rocket fire from Gaza between 1 January 2012 and 31 October 2012. Since 31 October 2012, there have been reports of five Israeli deaths due to rocket fire from Gaza.

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We have received reports that there have been 57 Gazan deaths between 1 January 2012 and 31 October 2012 as a result of Israeli airstrikes or Palestinian rockets. Since 31 October 2012, there have been reports of 160 Palestinian deaths in Gaza from Israeli airstrikes or Palestinian rockets.

Pakistan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the results of the Gallup survey conducted on Pakistan for his Department on 20 July 2012. [128578]

Alistair Burt: Gallup Pakistan was commissioned by the tri-departmental Conflict Pool to undertake a range of polling in January 2012, to support UK political objectives in Pakistan. Gallup Pakistan own the data and the decision on whether to publish it rests with them, not the British Government.

Scotland

A.G. Barr: Britvic

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the merger of A. G. Barr and Britvic; [129331]


(2) what assessment he has made of the effects on employment of the merger of A. G. Barr and Britvic; [129332]

(3) when he last met the chief executive of A. G. Barr plc; and when he next plans to do so. [129333]

David Mundell: Ministerial colleagues and I have been monitoring the merger talks between A. G. Barr and Britvic with interest and welcome the news that the headquarters of the new entity Barr Britvic Soft Drinks plc will be located in Cumbernauld.

I understand that the new company has consequent operational changes under review. The Secretary of State for Scotland, the right hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Michael Moore) will discuss the merger with Roger White, the chief executive of A. G. Barr, in the near future, to seek assurances that any subsequent job losses can be minimised.

Common Fisheries Policy

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Fisheries Minister in the Scottish Government to discuss reform of the common fisheries policy; and if he will make a statement. [129547]

David Mundell: I have regular discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in the Scottish Government on matters affecting his portfolio, including reform of the common fisheries policy. We spoke most recently on 1 November 2012.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees in his Department are paid more than (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000. [129347]

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David Mundell: The Scotland Office has only one member of staff whose salary is more than £80,000 or £100,000.

International Development

Bangladesh

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 603W, on Bangladesh, what proof of identity was supplied in order for a recipient to receive a beneficiary ID card. [128594]

Mr Duncan: The name, address, spouse's name, photo and signature of the recipient were taken at the time of selection. National ID cards were used to prove identity where available. Community verification was also used to confirm identity, as not all Bangladeshi citizens have written proof of identity (birth certificate or identity card).

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 602W, on Bangladesh, what assessment she has made of the potential effects of the revoking of the charity licence for the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity. [128595]

Mr Duncan: UK aid to the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) was provided to improve the working condition of 34,806 garment workers, mainly women, by forming employee groups and committees to bargain with factory owners, and discussions with factory managers and buyers.

The grant was originally for three years from January 2009 to December 2011. When BCWS's registration was cancelled in the middle of 2011, the non-government organisation (NGO) could no longer receive foreign funding, and was unable to complete the work it had planned to do in support of these workers. However the Manusher Jonno Foundation continues to fund other NGOs to support other workers to obtain a better minimum wage, safer working conditions and to reduce violence against women workers.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 602W, on Bangladesh, how much aid funding from her Department has passed through the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity in the last five years. [128596]

Mr Duncan: Manusher Jonno Foundation channelled £44,200 of UK aid to the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) in 2.5 years from 2009 to 2011.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 603W, on Bangladesh, what methodology her Department used to determine the figure of £11 per family per month. [128597]

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Mr Duncan: The support from the UK contributed to a wider response managed by the World Food Programme (WFP). From August to December 2011, WFP had been providing food directly, as food markets were affected by the floods and insufficient food was available. As markets recovered, WFP started into providing cash, which was the part of the programme supported by DFID. The food ration had consisted of 266g of rice, and 20g of pulses per person per day, covering nearly half of the daily calorie and protein requirements of the household members, to complement the Government of Bangladesh's provision of rice. £11 was the cash value equivalent of this support, to ensure that households could purchase the food requirement which also has the benefit of supporting the re-establishment of local markets.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 603W, on Bangladesh, how much of the operational cost was spent on (a) staff, (b) transport, (c) local security and (d) other. [128599]

Mr Duncan: As noted in the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 603W, 45 million taka (approximately £360,000) was delivered in cash directly to beneficiaries. The operational costs of delivering those payments were £48,000. The breakdown of the operational costs (converted into pounds) was as follows:

(a) Staff: £19,576 on non-governmental organisation staff, £18,600 for three World Food Programme staff;

(b) Transport: £3,859 for World Food Programme staff travel, £858 for vehicle leasing, £966 for vehicle maintenance;

(c) £353 for local security; and

(d) other, including £3,747 for office rental, office supplies, utilities and communications (IT and phone bills).

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 598-9W, on Bangladesh, how the budget for the project was distributed to each component. [128600]

Mr Duncan: Of the total budget, 62% is allocated to the component on Medium Term Budgeting and Financial Accountability, 20% to the component on Strengthening the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, and 6% to the component on Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight.

3% is allocated to work on Planning and Investment Management, 2% to a citizen's component promoting public accountability, and 3% to analytical work by the World Bank. 4% is allocated to World Bank supervision and management.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 598-9W, on Bangladesh, if she will estimate how much was spent on technical training per official trained. [128601]

Mr Duncan: So far, 3,119 Bangladeshi officials have received some form of technical training from the Strengthening Public Expenditure Management (SPEMP) project, at a total cost of £228,000. This amounts to an average cost of £73 per person trained.

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Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 604W, on Bangladesh, if she will provide a breakdown of the cost of civil service training by each category of cost. [128602]

Mr Duncan: The cost category for this project was public sector policy and administrative management. Training costs made up 62% of the programme budget, and consisted of fees, accommodation, travel and subsistence.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 602-3W, on Bangladesh, how applicants for emergency cash transfers demonstrate that they met the criteria for receipt of such transfers. [128792]

Mr Duncan: Applicants explained their eligibility against the criteria to non-government organisations (NGOs) partners, which was then confirmed (or disputed) by community members. This system is appropriate when people do not have written records of income or assets, but do have strong community networks. The NGOs compiled the initial list of recipients, in consultation with community members, community leaders and local authorities. The World Food Programme undertook additional beneficiary verification to ensure they met the criteria through household visits before endorsing the final list.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 599-600W, on Bangladesh, under what cost categories the funding for programmes was spent. [128793]

Mr Duncan: Of the total project budget of £4.971 million, a total of 57% was spent on programmes over the lifetime of the project. The figure of 48% given in the answer of 6 November 2012 was incorrect as it was calculated based only on one phase of the project and not the project as a whole.

Of this programme budget, 44% was spent on staff costs relating to the production of Sanglap, 14% on travel, 18% on event management, 14% on equipment and other production costs, and 10% on investigative reports.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 599-600W, on Bangladesh, how the monitoring and evaluation of the Sanglap II project was implemented. [128794]

Mr Duncan: Audience research was conducted throughout the project. This included quantitative surveys in 2007, 2008 and 2009; feedback from the live audience after each show; and focus group discussions with Bangladesh Sanglap viewers and listeners (2007, 2009) and This Week in Parliament viewers (2009). DFID reviews were conducted in 2008 and 2009 and on project completion.

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Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, columns 599-600W, on Bangladesh, whether any of the 10 pilots of This Week in Parliament were broadcast. [128795]

Mr Duncan: All 10 pilots of This Week in Parliament were broadcast.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 601W, on Bangladesh, how much the independent chartered accounting firm have been paid for the audit of the funding stream. [128796]

Mr Duncan: DFID has spent £73,245 in the last three years on 70 independent audits of the accounts of selected civil society organisations funded by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). Five Bangladeshi audit firms were used for this work.

Burma

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has provided to organisations based on the Thailand-Burma border to support refugees and people displaced by conflict and human rights abuses. [128950]

Mr Duncan: Between 2009-12 DFID has been providing a programme of assistance, totalling around £9 million, for humanitarian and protection support to over 140,000 refugees in nine camps in Thailand and internally displaced people in conflicted-affected border areas of Burma. This month DFID announced further, increased, support for organisations based on the Thailand-Burma border delivering assistance in areas including food, shelter, health care and legal assistance with additional focus on preparations of refugees for the possibility of return. Funding for this is likely to exceed £13 million.

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what plans she has to extend and increase humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people in Kachin State, Burma; [129313]

(2) what assistance the Government is providing to internally displaced people in Kachin State, Burma. [129314]

(3) what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian needs of the Kachin people displaced by conflict. [129315]

Mr Duncan: The instability in Kachin and Shan states, which started in June 2011, has led to the displacement of over 70,000 people, loss of lives and livelihoods, and damage to infrastructure. Humanitarian priorities include the provision of shelter, water and sanitation, and food for those displaced. The security situation makes access difficult, particularly for international organisations and the United Nations. Humanitarian organisations have, however, had some level of access to displaced populations in hard-to-reach areas.

DFID has provided £2 million to support humanitarian needs in Kachin through a number of local non-governmental organisations. This is helping to meet the

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needs of around 27,500 internally displaced people, largely in border camps not controlled by Government, for food security, shelter, water, sanitation, health and bedding. We continue to review the needs of the internally displaced people in Kachin but at this stage do not have any firm plans to provide additional funding.

Developing Countries: Environment Protection

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the importance to the delivery of Millennium Development Goal 7 on ensuring environmental sustainability of supporting the work of national parliaments and legislatures within developing countries. [128659]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development (DFID) supports the delivery of all the millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015, including MDG7 “Ensure Environmental Sustainability”.

National parliaments and legislatures have a key role in the delivery of all the MDGs, including MDG7, through their responsibility to put in place legislation on management of natural resources and in scrutinising the actions of government. For example, DFID is helping to improve forest governance by working with countries to put in place and enforce new legislation on illegal timber. DFID supports 13 country parliaments directly as well as supporting the National Democratic Institute, the United Nations Development Programme and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, among others, all of which offer support to strengthen democratic processes and parliaments.

More information on DFID's support for MDG7 can be found in DFID's “Supporting a Healthy Environment” publication which can be found on our website at:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/What-we-do/Key-Issues/Climate-and-environment/

Developing Countries: HIV Infection

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the ability of the current health research and development system to meet the needs of people with HIV in developing countries; if she will support proposals from the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) Consultative Expert Working Group for a binding convention on research and development at the forthcoming WHO meeting on 26 November 2012; and if she will make a statement. [129475]

Mr Duncan: Health research, to meet the needs of people with HIV in developing countries, is conducted by a number of organisations. The UK, along with these other international agencies, is funding research into new products that prevent acquisition of the virus, new treatment options, better ways to deliver existing drugs/treatments, and research to help us understand the wider socio-economic factors that drive the epidemic.

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coordination of research and for more effective funding mechanisms. We are concerned that agreement on a legally binding instrument would be very difficult to reach and would delay action. We favour the early establishment of a coordination mechanism tasked with identifying research priorities and funding gaps, and recommending appropriate financing mechanisms.

Developing Countries: Legislatures

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of projects (a) funded and (b) being considered by her Department support the work of (i) national legislatures and (ii) national parliaments in developing countries. [128663]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development's (DFID) expenditure is classified according to input sector codes agreed at the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD DAC). There is no sub-code for legislatures, and therefore we cannot give an accurate picture of funding without investigating this manually across DFID's portfolio, which would be extremely time consuming and valid only for a short time. Details of DFID's planned, operational and complete projects are published in a database accessed through the DFID website:

http://projects.dfid.gov.uk/

DFID's support to parliaments is wide ranging. For example, it has included work in Nepal to help ensure marginalised groups are brought into the political process, plus work to improve the scrutiny role of specific parliamentary bodies, such as the public accounts committees in Uganda and Rwanda.

Developing Countries: Poverty

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expertise and understanding her officials have on the importance of engaging with national legislatures in the pursuit of poverty reduction targets in developing countries. [128662]

Lynne Featherstone: DFID continually invests in the skills of its officials. Governance specialists, currently numbering over 120, lead on our work with national legislatures. In order to become a governance adviser a range of competencies are tested, including knowledge of political systems. There is a coherent body of evidence that suggests open political systems including strong legislatures help sustain conditions for growth and poverty reduction. This is consistent with the “Golden Thread” of development referred to by the Prime Minister.

DFID's support to parliaments is wide-ranging. For example it has included work in Nepal to help ensure marginalised groups were brought into the constitution making process, plus work to improve the scrutiny role of specific parliamentary bodies, such as the public accounts committees in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Employment Agencies

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in her Department and its associated public bodies. [128739]

Mr Duncan: DFID is implementing the recommendations of the Government's review into the tax arrangements of senior public sector appointments.

DFID also complies fully with the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles when employing public sector staff. Permanent vacancies are advertised widely and appointed through fair and open competition. Temporary vacancies are filled through nominated fixed-term contracts or though employment companies. All employment companies used to provide temporary workers are registered in the UK.

Grants

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what grant giving programmes are operated by (a) her Department and (b) the bodies for which she is responsible; and which such programmes award grants in Scotland. [129149]

Mr Duncan: Funding opportunities are listed on the DFID website at:

www.dfid.gov.uk

These include volunteering opportunities as well as grants for civil society organisations, businesses, schools and higher education institutions working to reduce poverty in developing countries. Many of these opportunities are open to organisations based in the UK and in DFID's priority countries. Organisations based in Scotland can apply for any funding opportunities available to UK-based organisations. DFID works closely with NIDOS (Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland), which provides support to civil society groups working overseas.

Haiti

Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department is considering offering humanitarian assistance to Haiti. [129312]

Mr Duncan: In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, DFID has provided vital humanitarian assistance to Haiti and Cuba, the countries in the Caribbean most affected by the hurricane.

The UK will contribute £7 million for Haiti and £850,000 for Cuba, to meet food, emergency shelter, water and sanitation needs. An assessment team has also been deployed to the region to ensure a rigorous approach is taken to assess the most urgent humanitarian priorities and ensure UK funding is used to achieve the greatest impact on the ground.

DFID will continue to monitor the situation, consulting other Government Departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in our response to this humanitarian emergency.

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Work and Pensions

Atos Healthcare

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what types of medical assessments are carried out by Atos Healthcare for his Department. [129408]

Mr Hoban: Atos Healthcare provides medical advice and assessments to assist DWP decision makers in determining a claimant's entitlement to the following benefits:

Incapacity Benefit (Reassessment)

Employment and Support Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Attendance Allowance

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Veteran Agency War Pension Claims

Carer's Allowance

Mrs McGuire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the of the likely number of claimants of carer's allowance following the introduction of personal independence payment; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of claimants of carer's allowance if disability living allowance were not reformed. [129461]

Esther McVey: The available information on the impact of PIP on carer's allowance is published in the personal independence payment (PIP) impact assessment (May 2012). The impact on carer's is covered in paragraphs 23-26. This can be found on the Department's website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dla-reform-wr2011-ia.pdf

DWP publishes information on forecasted caseloads and expenditure on a range of benefits, including carer's allowance, at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/index.php?page=expenditure

Employment Schemes: Young People

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many youth contract placements have been started in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the Coventry local authority area to date. [129411]

Mr Hoban: The Youth Contract went live in April 2012 and includes extra work experience places, including those that offer training and guaranteed interviews through sector-based work academies. This provides an offer of a place for every 18 to 24-year-old who wants one, before they enter the Work programme.

Official statistics for work experience and sector-based work academy starts from the start of the Youth Contract in April 2012 to May 2012 show:

Work experience starts (April and May)
 Number

England

8,130

West Midlands

950

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Coventry

40

Sector-based work academy starts (April and May)
 Number

England

2,340

West Midlands

240

Coventry

20

These figures are based on official statistics released on 15 August 2012.

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/pwp/pwp_gbw_aug12.pdf

Housing Benefit

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of exempting people with a disability from the social sector size criteria for housing benefit. [128947]

Steve Webb: The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that the cost in 2013-14 of exempting claimants affected by the social sector size criteria measure where either the claimant or partner reports a Disability Discrimination Act recognised disability would be around £300 million.

Estimated numbers of claimants affected by the social sector size criteria measure in 2013-14 where either the claimant or partner reports a Disability Discrimination Act recognised disability and their estimated average weekly reductions in housing benefit are contained in the impact assessment of the housing benefit change, which can be found at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011.pdf

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of housing benefit claimants who are also foster carers. [129367]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Older People

Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent from the public purse in social expenditure on older people in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available. [129549]

Steve Webb: Benefit expenditure tables are published and can be found at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/budget_2012_300712.xls

The summary table includes pensioner benefit expenditure.

Figures relate to Great Britain, or to people resident overseas who are receiving Great Britain benefits, except for over 75 TV licences, which also cover Northern Ireland.

Benefit expenditure in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office.

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Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department are paid more than (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000. [129344]

Mr Hoban: At the end of October 2012 there were around 107,000 civil servants in DWP. There are currently 112 employees paid more than £80,000, of whom 43 are paid more than £100,000.

Universal Credit

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of households that are actively seeking work will move to universal credit through the (a) new claims and (b) natural changes route by April 2014; [129338]

(2) when claimants of (a) housing benefits, (b) tax credits, (c) jobseeker's allowance, (d) income support and (e) employment and support allowance will start to be transferred to universal credit through managed change; [129339]

(3) when he plans to start transferring claimants to universal credit through managed change; and what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be transferred to universal credit through managed change by (a) October 2017 and (b) December 2017; [129340]

(4) what estimate he has made of the number of new claimants that will move on to universal credit between (a) October 2013 and April 2014 and (b) May 2014 and October 2017. [129341]

Mr Hoban: The universal credit migration approach published on 1 November 2011 set out initial propositions for managing the build-up of claims to universal credit.

The number of households that will be transferred to universal credit; the proportion of households that are actively seeking work who will move onto universal credit through the new claims or natural changes route by April 2014; and the number of people moving onto universal credit through a new claim will depend on the detailed arrangements for managing the build-up of the case load, which are currently being finalised.

Work Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Jobcentre Plus in placing jobseekers into work ahead of their referral to the Work Programme. [129334]

Mr Hoban: An evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Offer was commissioned in late 2011. The evaluation was commissioned to consider the operation and effect of this new way of working on claimant outcomes.

Findings from the first year of the evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Offer were published on 14 November and can be viewed at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_814.asp

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We are looking carefully at the findings to ensure that the offer successfully delivers across claimant groups and that appropriate support is available to help all claimants move closer to, or into, work.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the level of Work Programme referrals for employment and support allowance recipients on the income of the programme's third sector sub-contractors. [129335]

Mr Hoban: The Department has commissioned an independent evaluation of the Work Programme. This will explore the experiences of organisations within the supply chain, including those from the third sector. Any concerns these organisations have in relation to referral volumes for employment and support allowance recipients will be explored. Findings will be available from early 2013 with a final report published in 2014-15.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 10 local authorities have had the (a) highest and (b) lowest number of residents referred to the Work programme since June 2011. [129336]

Mr Hoban: Official statistics on Work programme referrals can be found on the Department’s website via the DWP tabulation tool:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=tabtool

Guidance on use of the tabulation tool can be found at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Culture, Media and Sport

Problem Gambling

15. Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to monitor the prevalence of problem gambling; and if she will make a statement. [129119]

Mr Vaizey: The Gambling Commission conducts quarterly surveys to provide information about gambling participation and, through the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey, is collecting data on problem gambling.

Media Ownership

16. Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans she has for the future regulation of media ownership. [129121]

Maria Miller: Regulation of media ownership is of paramount importance to the health of our democracy and our media industries. Lord Justice Leveson has been asked to consider media ownership as part of his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press. I will therefore wait to receive his report which is expected shortly.

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Digital Technology

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what funding her Department has allocated to each of its initiatives to promote digital inclusion; [129351]

(2) what steps her Department is taking to promote digital inclusion. [129354]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not fund any digital inclusion initiatives as the Cabinet Office is responsible for digital inclusion. However, the Department does work with GO-ON UK including in the oversight of the Department's broadband programmes, which are aimed at providing superfast broadband for 90% of the population and access to a service of a minimum of 2 Mbps for everybody else by 2015, and will support and enable digital inclusion. The Government has committed a total of £680 million funding for broadband programmes in the lifetime of this Parliament.

Football

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment

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she has made of the future of football governance; and if she will make a statement. [129120]

Mr Vaizey: In their response to the Select Committee, the football authorities have shown that they are committed to reforming the governance of the game. They have already begun to implement this through the reform of the FA Board. We expect further reforms, including the introduction of a new licensing system for clubs and rationalisation of the relationship between the FA Board and its council, by summer 2013.

Training

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on training courses run by Common Purpose in each of the last five years. [129320]

Hugh Robertson: During the period for which records are held (from 2009 onwards), there is no record of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport having paid Common Purpose for training.