2008
Age bandOffenceNumber of offences

18 to 20

Theft

63

 

Public Order or Riot

45

 

Violence-non serious

41

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

27

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

8

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

4

 

Fraud and Forgery

3

 

Handling

2

 

Robbery

2

 

Other Motoring Offences

1

 

Other Burglary

1

 

Sexual

1

 

Drink Driving Offences

1

   

21 to 24

Theft

112

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

50

 

Public Order or Riot

46

 

Violence-non serious

40

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

21

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

10

 

Fraud and Forgery

10

 

Other Motoring Offences

9

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Other Burglary

3

 

Robbery

3

   

25 to 29

Theft

214

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

31

 

Public Order or Riot

31

 

Violence-non serious

27

 

Fraud and Forgery

15

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

13

 

Other Motoring Offences

7

 

Handling

5

 

Other Burglary

5

 

Domestic Burglary

4

   

30 to 34

Theft

74

 

Public Order or Riot

22

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

21

 

Violence-non serious

15

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

6

 

Fraud and Forgery

5

 

Other Burglary

4

 

Other Motoring Offences

4

 

Handling

3

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

2

   

35 to 39

Theft

37

 

Violence-non serious

16

 

Public Order or Riot

12

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

6

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

6

 

Other Motoring Offences

4

 

Drink Driving Offences

3

 

Handling

1

 

Other Burglary

1

 

Fraud and Forgery

1

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

1

   

40 to 44

Theft

24

 

Fraud and Forgery

12

 

Public Order or Riot

12

 

Violence-non serious

5

 

Other Motoring Offences

2

 

Robbery

1

 

Handling

1

 

Drink Driving Offences

1

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

1

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

1

   

45 to 49

Theft

11

 

Public Order or Riot

8

 

Violence-non serious

4

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Fraud and Forgery

2

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

2

   

50+

Theft

9

 

Public Order or Riot

5

 

Other Motoring Offences

2

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

1

 

Violence-non serious

1

 2009
Age bandOffenceNumber of offences

18 to 20

Theft

50

 

Public Order or Riot

43

 

Violence-non serious

26

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

11

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

6

 

Fraud and Forgery

5

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

2

 

Other Burglary

1

 

Drink Driving Offences

1

   

21 to 24

Theft

115

 

Public Order or Riot

55

 

Violence-non serious

39

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

25

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

8

 

Fraud and Forgery

6

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

6

 

Other Burglary

2

 

Handling

2

 

Other Motoring Offences

2

   

25 to 29

Theft

203

 

Violence-non serious

22

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

22

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

18

 

Public Order or Riot

18

 

Fraud and Forgery

5

 

Domestic Burglary

5

 

Handling

4

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

3

 

Other Motoring Offences

2

   

30 to 34

Theft

73

 

Public Order or Riot

41

 

Violence-non serious

21

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

18

 

Other Motoring Offences

8

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

5

 

Drink Driving Offences

5

 

Handling

2

 

Fraud and Forgery

2

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Criminal or Malicious Damage

2

   

35 to 39

Theft

34

 

Violence-non serious

14

 

Public Order or Riot

12

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

8

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

4

 

Fraud and Forgery

2

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

2

 

Theft from Vehicles

2

 

Other Burglary

1

 

Handling

1

   

40 to 44

Theft

39

 

Public Order or Riot

14

 

Fraud and Forgery

6

 

Other Motoring Offences

6

 

Violence-non serious

5

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

3

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

3

 

Handling

2

 

Taking and Driving Away and Related Offences

1

 

Theft from Vehicles

1

 

Domestic Burglary

1

   

45 to 49

Public Order or Riot

9

 

Theft

9

 

Violence-non serious

4

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

2

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

2

 

Drugs (Import/Export/Production/Supply)

1

   

50+

Theft

14

 

Drink Driving Offences

1

 

Public Order or Riot

1

 

Other Motoring Offences

1

 

Domestic Burglary

1

 2010
Age bandOffenceNumber of offences

18 to 20

Theft

71

 

Public Order or Riot

57

 

Violence-non serious

36

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

16

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

8

 

Fraud and Forgery

5

 

Handling

3

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

2

 

Robbery

2

 

Domestic Burglary

1

 

Drugs (Import/Export/Production/Supply)

1

21 to 24

Theft

119

27 Nov 2012 : Column 272W

 

Public Order or Riot

70

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

22

 

Violence-non serious

17

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

9

 

Fraud and Forgery

8

 

Drugs (Import/Export/Production/Supply)

5

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

3

 

Domestic Burglary

2

 

Other Burglary

2

   

25 to 29

Theft

190

 

Violence-non serious

35

 

Public Order or Riot

35

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

27

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

16

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

8

 

Other Burglary

3

 

Fraud and Forgery

3

 

Drink Driving Offences

2

 

Handling

2

 

Theft from Vehicles

2

   

30 to 34

Theft

115

 

Public Order or Riot

32

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

16

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

12

 

Violence-non serious

10

 

Other Motoring Offences

9

 

Fraud and Forgery

4

 

Other Burglary

4

 

Drink Driving Offences

4

 

Handling

2

   

35 to 39

Theft

64

 

Violence-non serious

15

 

Public Order or Riot

15

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

9

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

4

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

4

 

Other Motoring Offences

2

 

Drink Driving Offences

1

 

Fraud and Forgery

1

   

40 to 44

Theft

41

 

Violence-non serious

10

 

Public Order or Riot

5

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

2

 

Fraud and Forgery

1

 

Drugs (Possession/Small Scale Supply)

1

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

1

   

45 to 49

Theft

21

27 Nov 2012 : Column 273W

 

Public Order or Riot

12

 

Violence-non serious

3

 

Other Burglary

2

 

Criminal or Malicious Damage

2

 

Absconding or Bail Offences

1

   

50+

Violence-serious

1

 

Other Motoring Offences

1

 

Public Order or Riot

1

 

Theft

1

Restorative Justice

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those found guilty of criminal activity linked to the public disorder of summer 2011 have taken part in restorative justice activities to date. [129385]

Jeremy Wright: Numbers of offenders found guilty of offences relating to the public disorder between 6 and 9 August 2011 that have taken part in restorative justice activities, are not centrally held.

Staff

Ian Lavery: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of his Department currently work on administrative justice matters; and for how long each has been in post. [129536]

Mrs Grant: Staff members working on administrative justice are drawn from across the Ministry of Justice, including HM Courts and Tribunals Service. It is an interdisciplinary team, with expertise in policy, finance, law, analysis and operations. Staff are deployed flexibly according to the demands of the work, in line with the wider approach to ensure that resources are prioritised efficiently and effectively to meet departmental priorities.

Video Games

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for offences relating to the sale of age-restricted video games. [122352]

Jeremy Wright: Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the court proceedings database does not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, beyond the description provided in the statute under which proceedings are brought. It is not possible to separately identify proceedings, under the Video Recordings Act 1984, for the offence of the sale of age restricted video games from proceedings for other video related offences.

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Deputy Prime Minister

Constituencies

Paul Murphy: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of the Boundary Commission's reviews of boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in the UK. [129995]

Miss Chloe Smith: The four Boundary Commissions spent £6.6 million up to the end of October 2012 on the boundary review and related purposes. £3 million remains in the budget for the rest of the review.

Elections

Bob Stewart: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local authority elections in England and Wales are to be held on the same day as elections to the European Parliament in 2014; and if he will make a statement. [129530]

Miss Chloe Smith: Decisions have not yet been taken on whether to consult on the date of the 2014 local government elections, and, in the light of any such consultation, whether to postpone the 2014 local government elections so that they can be held on the same day as the elections to the European Parliament.

Northern Ireland

Ash Dieback Disease

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to prevent the spread of ash dieback disease to Northern Ireland. [129908]

Mrs Villiers: I understand that the Northern Ireland Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are in close contact with DEFRA in respect of tackling ash dieback disease. Forestry is a devolved matter and not one for which I have ministerial responsibility although I stand ready to discuss these matters with Ministers from both Departments if asked to do so.

Pay

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking in conjunction with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure a parity of wages in Northern Ireland with the rest of the UK. [129907]

Mrs Villiers: The setting of wages is influenced by a number of factors including market forces and legislation. This is not a matter that the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment has so far raised with me.

Wales

Constituencies

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet Ministers in the Welsh Government to discuss any proposed changes to Welsh Assembly constituency boundaries. [129996]

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Mr David Jones: The changes to Welsh Assembly constituency boundaries proposed in the Green Paper on Future Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales are predicated on Parliament approving the new parliamentary constituencies proposed by the four UK Boundary Commissions. The Government will therefore await Parliament's decision before deciding how to proceed in respect of Assembly constituency boundaries.

The four UK Boundary Commissions, including the Boundary Commission for Wales, are currently working on revised proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries and must publish final proposals before October 2013.

Cabinet Office

Civil Servants: Flexible Working

Ann McKechin: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of civil servants have requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements in each of the last five years; and how many such requests were granted. [130295]

Mr Maude: Since the matter of flexible working arrangements is delegated to individual Departments to determine, the information requested is not held centrally.

Digital Technology

Helen Goodman: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what funding his Department has allocated to each of its initiatives to promote digital inclusion; [129350]


(2) what steps his Department is taking to promote digital inclusion. [129353]

Mr Hurd [holding answer 22 November 2012]: Led by the Government Digital Service (GDS) the Government takes a shared approach to promoting digital inclusion by working across all Departments. Martha Lane Fox has also been appointed as the UK’s Digital Champion to promote this agenda.

GDS has been set up within the Cabinet Office to deliver world-class digital products that meet people's needs and offer better value for taxpayers' money, and works with Government Departments and stakeholder organisations on the delivery of digital services.

The Government Digital Strategy, published on 6 November 2012:

www.publications.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/digital/strategy

sets out how the Government will become digital by default and fulfils a commitment made in the Civil Service Reform Plan. Included within the strategy are plans for Assisted Digital services—enabling those who cannot ‘self-serve’ digitally to access government services.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, columns 252-3W, on pay, how many of the full-time equivalent staff listed in pay band SCS 1 of Table 5b on page 97 of the Cabinet Office's Annual Accounts for 2011/12 were paid salaries (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year; and how many of the full-time

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equivalent staff listed in pay band SCS 2 of that table were paid salaries (i) between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and (ii) in excess of £100,000 per year. [130516]

Mr Maude: The salaries paid to staff in the SCS1 and SCS2 paybands in my Department, who were included in the figures for Table 5b on page 97 of the 2011-12 Annual Accounts, were as follows:

 £80,000 to £100,000 p.a.More than £100,000 p.a.

SCS1

20

4

SCS2

33

16

Unemployed People

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people aged between 18 and 65 years are not in employment and do not claim benefits in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency. [130157]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of people aged between 18 and 65 years are not in employment and do not claim benefits in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency. (130157)

The ONS compiles Labour Market Statistics for areas below the UK following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions using the Annual Population Survey (APS).

Estimates of the number of people who were not in work and were not claiming benefits for the requested geographies have been produced for people aged 18 to 64 from the APS based on their responses at time of interview during the period July 2011 to June 2012.

It should be noted that comparisons between the data collected by the APS and administrative data collected by other Government departments show that the APS consistently undercounts benefit claimants.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates accompanies the estimates for the latest period.

Number and proportion of people aged 18 to 64 who were not in work and not claiming benefits, July 2011 to June 2012
 Number(1) (thousand)Proportion (percentage)

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

****4

7.7

Scotland

*298

9.1

UK

*3,912

10.1

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

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Culture, Media and Sport

Arts

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for (a) the Arts Council and (b) music hubs in preparation for the Autumn Statement. [129728]

Mr Vaizey: No discussions between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller) and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne) have taken place.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has provided any guidance to local authorities for maintaining an arts and culture provision during difficult economic times. [129729]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 26 November 2012]: Central Government's role is to empower local authorities to make the decisions that they feel are most appropriate for their area. Many local authorities recognise the social and economic contribution that culture makes to localities. Deregulating cultural services to a local level is essential, to enable them to deliver their objectives as locally determined.

Both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England (ACE) holds discussions with the Local Government Association. ACE's collaboration with the Local Government Association aims to facilitate how local partners work with the Arts Council to collectively drive economic growth through greater collaboration between creative sectors.

Furthermore, in September 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government issued new Best Value Guidance: a ‘fair deal’ which cuts back unnecessary red tape on local authorities, while introducing new requirements for councils to consult with local voluntary organisations on changes to funding and service. It also gives the voluntary sector the opportunity to offer options for reshaping and improving local authority services.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to promote access to arts and culture in England. [129851]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) works to make sure the cultural sector has the framework to grow and have real impact on people's lives. We create the conditions for growth by removing barriers, providing strategic direction and supporting innovation and creativity.

Arts Council England distributes Government funding in order to promote access to the arts. It funds nearly 700 National portfolio organisations across the country, and runs a number of programmes designed to increase access to the arts: for example, a £45 million strategic touring programme, to help get high quality work to those parts of the country which depend on touring; and a £37 million Creative people and places fund set

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up to get more people taking part in the arts in parts of the country where participation is below the national average.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest dedicated funder of the UK's heritage, with around £375 million a year to invest in new projects that improve and widen access to heritage and culture. English Heritage has also been awarded Government funding of £2.7 million over three years to encourage the use of local heritage in delivering the curriculum.

DCMS will be providing £1.29 billion sponsorship and grant funding for museums in the current spending period. The top five UK visitor attractions are all free DCMS-sponsored national museums and galleries.

DCMS monitors the levels of participation in the arts and culture via its Taking Part survey. 78.9% of adults in England engaged with the Arts in the last year.

BBC Trust

Mr Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Chairman of the BBC Trust regarding the recruitment and appointment of (a) the Director-General and (b) other senior executives. [130486]

Maria Miller: I have had a number of discussions with the Chairman of the BBC Trust in recent weeks, some of which have included updates from the Chairman on the process they were intending to follow to recruit the new Director-General. However, the recruitment and appointment of the Director-General and other senior executives is entirely a matter for the BBC Trust

Devolution

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she holds regular meetings with her counterparts in the devolved administrations. [129988]

Hugh Robertson: The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), Ministers and departmental officials have meetings with their counterparts in the devolved administrations whenever they are deemed necessary and appropriate.

Football

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the expert group on addressing barriers to football supporter share ownership will hold its first meeting. [130044]

Hugh Robertson: The Government welcomed the focus of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's inquiry into football governance on increasing the ability of supporter-owned clubs to raise funds and increasing the opportunity for supporters' trusts to achieve a share in their clubs. We are looking at the option of a working group to consider what regulatory issues are barriers for supporters to obtain or retain ownership interests in clubs. However, before we engage further, the Select Committee must conclude its deliberations and provide a formal response to these proposals.

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Health Lottery

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the results of her Department's review into the effect of the Health Lottery on the future of the National Lottery. [130260]

Hugh Robertson: The Department will publish the findings once we have concluded our initial assessment; we expect to be able to do so shortly.

Internet

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if she will assess the merits and feasibility of the Government establishing an online dashboard to help internet users find out what personal data is held about them online; [122717]

(2) if she will assess the feasibility of a system which would allow UK internet users to withdraw all personal data held about them online. [122718]

Mrs Grant: I have no plans to do so.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals may already request their personal data from organisations, and have rights in certain circumstances to delete the personal data held on them. The European Commission has published a proposal for a new data protection regulation which aims to strengthen these rights.

The concept of individuals obtaining a copy of the data which organisations hold about them has parallels with the UK's midata programme which encourages organisations to release data which they hold about customers back to them in a portable, electronic format. The Government have recently consulted on introducing a power to make this mandatory for specified sectors.

In terms of having the right to have data deleted many respondents to the Government's Call for Evidence on the Commission's proposals argued that it was unfeasible for all personal data to be deleted where this has been made available online and replicated.

Negotiations on the new EU proposals are ongoing and are expected to last well into 2013.

Olympic Games 2012

Mr Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in identifying potential long-term tenants for the Olympic sports facilities at Stratford. [130209]

Hugh Robertson: Six out of eight permanent Olympic venues have had their legacy secured through the appointment of tenants and operators. The progress to date puts London further ahead than any previous Olympic host city in establishing a long-term legacy from its venues.

Discussions are at an advanced state for the two remaining venues, the Olympic stadium and the press and broadcast centres. The stadium will be the new national centre for athletics and will host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. The London Legacy Development Corporation intends to build on this legacy by opening up the venue to other sporting, cultural and community uses in addition to athletics and is currently assessing four bids. A preferred sole bidder has been appointed for the press and broadcast centres.

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Sport England

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding Sport England has distributed in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) Sunderland in the last three years. [130460]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England publish details of the lottery and Exchequer funding they have distributed since 2007, by region, local authority and constituency, on their website at the following link:

http://www.sportengland.org/funding/local_spending_data.aspx

Treasury

Cash Dispensing

Simon Hart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made on encouraging all major banks to allow customers with basic bank accounts to use their cards in other banks' cash machines. [129732]

Sajid Javid: The Government are committed to ensuring that individuals are able to access an appropriate range of financial products and services.

However, decisions on the products and services offered by individual banks are a commercial matter for the institution concerned.

Coryton Energy: Taxation

Robert Halfon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty was owed to HM Revenue and Customs by the Coryton Oil Refinery plant at the announcement of its closure on 28 May 2012; and if he will make a statement. [129742]

Mr Gauke: HMRC is under a strict, statutory duty of confidentiality and cannot comment on the tax affairs of individual businesses.

Fuels: Prices

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on fiscal incentives to reduce the risks to the economy of fossil fuel price shocks; and if he will make a statement; [130538]

(2) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on fiscal incentives to encourage investment in renewable energy; and if he will make a statement. [130539]

Sajid Javid: On 23 November, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), announced that funding for the levy control framework would be set out to 2020. This would allow up to £7.6 billion (real 2012 prices) to be provided for low carbon generation in 2020.

The announcement can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_0146/pn12_0146.aspx

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PAYE

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2012, Official Report, column 510W, on PAYE, what communications activities HM Revenue and Customs (a) has already deployed and (b) plans to deploy in the next five months to ensure that all companies are aware of their obligations under PAYE real-time information. [130121]

Mr Gauke: HMRC's communications plan, for PAYE real time information, is informed by customer insight research and best practice. This tells us the best time to inform small and medium employers about changes to their obligations is when it is time for them to act.

HMRC has written to more than 1.4 million employers since September 2012. HMRC also sent targeted e-mails and flyers to representative bodies, agents and software developers to issue to their members or publish on their websites. HMRC have also used alternative forms of media to reach a wider base of employers. This included advertising on Facebook, regular live Twitter Q&As, YouTube videos and road shows across the country.

From December 2012 HMRC will:

Write to intermediaries, software providers and professional organisations with material for them to use in their own communications to customers/members

Send letters to approximately 1,000 very large employers with more than 5,000 individuals in a single PAYE scheme to confirm the date they will begin reporting PAYE in real time. Individual dates have been agreed with these largest employers

Write again in February 2013, to around 1.4 million employers due to start reporting PAYE in real time in April 2013

Launch a Digital Awareness campaign in February and March 2013

Hold regular monthly Twitter Q&A

Provide articles for the regional and trade press

Provide articles for professional organisations

Deliver presentations at a wide range of events across the country to a wide range of stakeholders

Provide a wide range of support to our employer stakeholders which will be delivered by HMRC's Agent Awareness team, Business Education Support Team and, for larger employers, their HMRC Customer Relationship Manager.

Smuggling: Tobacco

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many arrests HM Revenue and Customs has made in the North East for (a) cigarette smuggling and (b) the sale of smuggled cigarettes since May 2010. [130273]

Sajid Javid: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not hold the information in the form that it has been asked for. Numbers of arrests for tobacco related offences are collated nationally and not regionally. In addition, HMRC does not break down the figure of arrests to differentiate between the smuggling and sale of illicit tobacco products. The figures requested would therefore be obtainable only at disproportionate cost.

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Stamp Duties

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely increase in tax revenues received by the Exchequer due to his recent increase in stamp duty for sale of houses worth more than £2 million to seven per cent in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement; [130493]

(2) what estimate he has made of the likely increase in tax revenues received by the Exchequer due to his recent stamp duty increase for sale of houses worth more than £2 million on properties purchased through corporate vehicles in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement. [130494]

Sajid Javid: The estimated increase in tax revenue generated by the 7% stamp duty land tax rate was published in Table 2.1 of the Budget document:

http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget2012_chapter2.pdf

The following table displays this estimated yield:

 £ million

2012-13

150

2013-14

180

2014-15

225

The stamp duty land tax rate on residential properties worth over £2 million and purchased by certain non-natural persons (including a corporate vehicle) was increased to 15% at Budget 2012. This was part of a package of interacting measures designed to curb avoidance in the residential property market including; an annual charge on properties owned by non-natural persons (due to come in April 2013) and a change to capital gains tax. The revenue estimates of this package are also available in Table 2.1 of the Budget document.

The following table displays the estimated yield of the entire package

 £ million

2012-13

(1)

2013-14

65

2014-15

65

(1 )Negligible.

Taxation: Offshore Industry

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the total tax take associated with the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [130126]

Sajid Javid: Government revenues from UK oil and gas production for all years up to and including 2011-12 are published as National Statistics on the HMRC website, in Table 11.11, accessible using the following link:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/prt/table11-11.pdf

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Taxation: Plastic Bags

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue to the Exchequer that would be generated if he introduced a five pence tax in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on each plastic bag sold; and if he will make a statement. [130492]

Sajid Javid: The Government keep all options for tackling waste under review with any announcements on tax made at Budget. The Government continue to discuss with the retail sector the scale of carrier bag distribution and actions under way to reduce usage. Arrangements for compulsory charges on carrier bags in Scotland and Northern-Ireland, like in Wales, are a matter for the devolved administrations.

Taxation: Self-assessment

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost to the public purse was of processing electronic self-assessment forms in 2011-12; [129653]

(2) what the cost to the public purse was of processing paper self-assessment forms in 2011-12. [129655]

Mr Gauke: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given previously on 2 November 2012, Official Report, column 407W.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of self-assessment forms were submitted online in 2011-12; [129654]

(2) what proportion of self-assessment forms were submitted in paper format in 2011-12. [129656]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is available only at a disproportionate cost.

Of the 9.45 million 2010-11 Self Assessment tax returns filed on time by 31 January 2012 filing deadline 80% were filed online and 20% in a paper format.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff at HM Revenue and Customs are dedicated to the processing of self-assessment forms; [129657]

(2) how much staff time at HM Revenue and Customs was dedicated to processing self-assessment forms in 2011-12; [129658]

(3) how much staff time at HM Revenue and Customs was dedicated to processing paper format self-assessment forms in 2011-12; [129659]

(4) how much staff time at HM Revenue and Customs was dedicated to processing electronic self-assessment forms in 2011-12. [129660]

Mr Gauke: HMRC has around 1,350 staff carrying out self-assessment tax return processing activity.

Further information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken to process an (a) electronic and (b) paper format self-assessment form was in 2011-12. [129661]

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Mr Gauke: The information for processing all SA forms is available only at disproportionate cost.

HMRC estimates the average length of time to process a paper self-assessment tax return is 20 minutes. Electronic tax returns are processed automatically upon receipt.

Written Questions

John Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) shortest and (b) longest time taken by his Department to answer a written parliamentary question was in (i) 2012 to date, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2010. [130062]

Sajid Javid: The information is not held in the format requested. The Government have committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written parliamentary question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the current session. Statistics relating to performance for the 2010-12 parliamentary session are available on the Parliament website as follows:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/procedure/P35_Memorandum_Leader_of_the_House_ Monitoring _PQs.pdf

In the current session to date, Treasury Ministers have responded on or before the parliamentary deadlines in relation to 84% of the ordinary written questions and 80% of the named day questions tabled to the Treasury.

Attorney-General

Serious Fraud Office

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many telephone calls the Serious Fraud Office's whistleblower hotline has received in the last year; [129798]

(2) how many criminal investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have been initiated as a direct result of a tip-off to the SFO's whistleblower hotline in the last year. [129800]

The Solicitor-General: The Serious Fraud Office launched ‘SFO Confidential’ on 1 November 2011. Between 1 November 2011 and 18 November 2012, the SFO received 125 postal referrals, 2,083 email referrals and 1,057 telephone referrals. The SFO both investigates and prosecutes serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption. Two investigations have been initiated following referrals to SFO Confidential.

SFO Confidential is for people who want to tell the SFO about serious or complex fraud or corruption, including whistleblowers. The SFO decided to close the telephone element of SFO Confidential on 12 June 2012 because a disproportionate amount of staff time was being spent dealing with telephone calls that did not contribute to this aim.

The National Fraud Hotline remains available for all types of fraud referrals, and SFO Confidential can be contacted by email and post, or through the secure online reporting form.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General how many criminal prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have been initiated as a direct result of a tip-off to the SFO's whistleblower hotline in the last year. [129799]

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The Attorney-General: Two investigations have been initiated following referrals to SFO Confidential but neither case has yet reached a prosecution stage.

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 598-9W, on Bangladesh, if she will make an assessment of the efficacy of providing support for three parliamentary committees. [129193]

Mr Duncan: The three parliamentary committees (Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Estimates, and Public Undertakings Committee) are authorised by the Bangladesh Constitution to scrutinise the audit reports and accounts of the central Government. Therefore, they have an important role to play in improving the accountability of public expenditure in Bangladesh.

DFID is contributing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the oversight function of these three committees through the Strengthening Public Expenditure Management project (SPEMP).

The effectiveness of all activities supported by SPEMP will be reviewed in a joint donor annual review being planned for January and February 2013.

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, and with reference to the relevant project details on her Department's website, for what purposes the remainder of the budget was spent apart from training civil servants. [129194]

Mr Duncan: Since 2006, the Public Service Capacity Building project (PSCB) has been providing technical assistance to: (a) develop the training capacity and curriculum, strategic planning and organizational development of the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) which is the in-country prime training organization for civil servants, and (b) assist the Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA) of Bangladesh to reform its human resource policies, systems and procedures to enable more appropriate deployment of well-motivated staff in the civil service.

UK aid is also contributing to develop and introduce a computerised database on performance-based evaluation system (PBES) and a centralised personal management information system (PMIS). These database systems will be gradually introduced to all the ministries and departments for around 48,000 civil servants.

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, what assessment she has made of the effects of frequent changes to the civil service in Bangladesh following a change in government. [129195]

Mr Duncan: Frequent changes and rotations of senior officials in the civil service—not just when there is a change in government, but also during the tenure of a Government—can be an obstacle to consistent policy-making. DFID's Public Service Capacity Building project

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(PSCB) has supported the Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA) to improve its human resource management system and practices.

By training a large number of senior officials (1,700), the PSCB has mitigated the risks posed by frequent rotations by ensuring that there is a critical mass of reform-minded individuals across the senior positions in the civil service.

Burma

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding she is providing to identify and assist ethnic Rohingya women who have reportedly been raped by Burmese government soldiers and security forces in recent months. [130247]

Mr Duncan: We are not providing specific funding to identify and assist ethnic Rohingya women who have reportedly been raped by Burmese Government soldiers and security forces. We have, however, emphasised to the Burmese Government the need for a greater security presence in Rakhine State to protect all civilians and to prevent further violence. We have also called for unrestricted access for the United Nations and non-governmental organisations to provide humanitarian support.

Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her counterparts in the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on adopting the provisions of the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010; and if she will make a statement. [130238]

Mr Duncan: Lead responsibility for this policy area rests with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I refer the hon. Member to the answer to be given by Her Majesty's Treasury in due course.

Developing Countries: Climate Change

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of drought, flooding and other extreme weather events on her Department's objectives of alleviating hunger and poverty in the global South under a scenario of (a) less than a and (b) more than a two degree increase in global temperatures; and if she will make a statement. [129428]

Mr Duncan: The 2011 independent Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR) commissioned by DFID included an assessment of the impact of extreme weather events. It predicted that 375 million people a year will be affected by climate-related disasters by 2015. DFID has also reviewed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”.

The IPPC report provides evidence that climate change has already affected the magnitude and frequency of some extreme events, and that we can expect the severity and frequency of these events, including storms and

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droughts, to be affected by climate change. It also predicts these impacts will be greater with higher global temperatures. Thus the impacts of extreme events are likely to be greater in a world where global temperatures increase by more than two degrees than one where temperature increases are less. Without action these extreme weather events will impact on DFID's objectives of alleviating hunger and poverty. This is why the coalition Government has made adaptation and disaster risk reduction a priority for the UK's International Climate Fund.

Developing Countries: Climate Change and Malnutrition

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to give priority to (a) the root causes of hunger and malnutrition and (b) action on climate change (i) at the Hunger Summit announced on 1 November 2012 and (ii) during the UK's presidency of the G8; and if she will make a statement. [129427]

Justine Greening: The Prime Minister has confirmed that following this year's Olympics Hunger summit, the UK will continue to drive forward action against hunger in 2013, with a further event on food and nutrition in June, before the main G8. In 2013, the UK will also prioritise taking forward the G8 New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security—which aims to lift 50 million Africans out of poverty over the next 10 years through agriculture sector growth.

The Prime Minister has announced that the G8 summit will focus on open economies, open governments and open societies to unleash the power of the private sector by advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency. The coalition Government has made climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction one of the priorities for the UK's International Climate Fund.

Developing Countries: Food

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote the voluntary guidelines on the responsible tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security. [129219]

Mr Duncan: The UK Government welcome the successful negotiation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Voluntary Guidelines). As part of the G8 New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition, earlier this year all G8 countries endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines. As a ‘soft law’ instrument their intention is to guide but not replace national policies, legislation and programmes and their implementation should be country-led.

DFID bilateral programmes, which support developing country Governments' efforts to improve land and property rights, address a number of principles included in the Guidelines. For example, in Mozambique, jointly with other donors, the UK is supporting the recognition of customary rights to land.

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Developing Countries: Malaria

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the Malaria Aid Programme; and what funding from her Department will be used to combat malaria in developing countries. [129900]

Justine Greening: In December 2010 the UK Government published their Framework for Results on Malaria. The UK is committed to help halve malaria deaths in at least 10 of the worst affected countries by 2015. We have observed accelerated progress on malaria in a number of countries where DFID has bilateral programmes including Kenya, Burma, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The Framework for Results will undergo an independent mid-term review in late 2013 when progress will be comprehensively assessed.

The UK is committed to spend up to £500 million on malaria each year until 2015. We are determined that funds achieve value for money and maximum results in terms of reducing malaria burden and mortality.

Developing Countries: Polio

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the potential global benefits in terms of health and development budgets of eradicating polio. [130340]

Mr Duncan: The potential global benefits of eradicating polio are enormous. No one would ever die or be paralysed by this devastating disease again. An estimated eight million cases have already been averted since eradication efforts began twenty years ago.

With eradication, possible annual savings are estimated at $1.8 billion on vaccinations alone.

Developing Countries: Sanitation

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the goal of increasing the number of people with access to water, sanitation and hygiene to 60 million worldwide. [129735]

Mr Duncan: Details of DFID's bilateral aid results on water, sanitation and hygiene were published in June of this year in the 'DFID Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12', which is available online at

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/News/Latest-news/2012/Annual-report-New-results-show-UK-aid-is-changing-lives/

The consolidated results for 2012-13 will be published in the 'DFID Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13' on the DFID website in June next year.

India

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of aid given to India since 1982 is. [129443]

Justine Greening: Historical overseas development assistance data showing the total amount of aid given

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to India are available on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee website:

http://www.oecd.org/statistics/

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the decision to end aid to India in 2015 on the UK's ability to meet its millennium development goals. [129538]

Justine Greening: DFID's annual report contains an assessment of India's progress against the millennium development goals. I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 51WS, for more details of our planned development relationship with India after 2015.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in the states of (a) Bihar, (b) Madhya Pradesh and (c) Orissa who will continue to be affected by (i) malnutrition, (ii) illiteracy and (iii) infant mortality after the cessation of its aid programme to India in 2015. [129539]

Mr Duncan: India is making steady progress in improving infant mortality, illiteracy and malnutrition. Please refer to my written ministerial statement of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 51WS, for more details of our planned development relationship with India after 2015. The changes in the UK's development relationship with India reflect India's rapid growth over the last decade and growing ability to finance its own development programmes. Public spending on education in India has more than doubled since 2006 (from £15 billion in 2006 to £35 billion in 2011), as has spending on health (from £7 billion in 2006 to around £15 billion in 2011). During 2011-12, India invested 25% of its budget on health, education and rural development.

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of people who benefit from her Department's current programmes on reducing (a) malnutrition, (b) illiteracy and (c) infant mortality in the states of (i) Bihar, (ii) Madhya Pradesh and (iii) Orissa. [129540]

Mr Duncan: DFID contributes to joint programmes with the Government of India and state governments addressing malnutrition, infant mortality and illiteracy. These projects will benefit 3.4 million children and pregnant women with better nutrition, of which 53% are in Bihar (800,000), Madhya Pradesh (546,000), and Odisha (456,000). The remainder live in India's other low income states. We will help over 300,000 mothers deliver babies more safely with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors (critical for reducing infant mortality). Of this an estimated 77% are in Bihar (88,000), Madhya Pradesh (87,000) and Odisha (57,000).

Through our support to the Government of India's education programmes, 835,000 children have been enrolled in primary schools and over 700,000

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children will be enrolled in secondary school by 2015. The UK's contribution is not allocated to particular states.

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Indian government on UK official development assistance to India. [129901]

Mr Duncan: A delegation from the Indian Ministry of Finance visited London on 6 and 7 September. The Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), met the Indian Finance Minister at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Tokyo on 12 October. The Secretary of State visited India and held discussions with the Indian Government from 5-7 November. On 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 51WS, the Secretary of State reported to the House on the agreement we have reached with the Government of India by written ministerial statement.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Animal Experiments

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department contributed to the cost of the report published in October 2012 by Ipsos MORI on views on the use of animals in scientific research. [128933]

Mr Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will contribute 100% to the cost of the report. Our estimate of the total cost is £20,000: a final figure can be provided only once final invoices are received and the contract is completed. This will be published on the Department's website and on:

www.data.gov.

Apprentices

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts there were in each month in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England in each month since May 2010. [130236]

Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship programme starts in (a) Liverpool, Walton parliamentary constituency, (b) Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral local education authorities, and (c) England by quarter between May 2010 and July 2011. We publish apprenticeship starts at region, local education authority and parliamentary constituency levels of geography, therefore data for Merseyside is not presented.

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.

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Table 1: Apprenticeship programme starts by geography and quarter, 2009/10 to 2011/12 (provisional)
 2009/102010/112011/12 (provisional)
 Quarter 4Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4

Parliamentary constituency

         

Liverpool, Walton

260

330

330

420

480

500

340

390

480

          

Local education authorities

         

Knowsley

400

570

550

820

650

810

620

640

800

Liverpool

990

1,350

1,310

1,930

1,880

2,070

1,470

1,660

1,950

Sefton

530

780

780

810

1,000

1,070

910

820

940

St Helens

310

490

470

550

570

840

530

600

790

Wirral

520

950

910

1,130

1,160

1,440

1,110

1,060

1,080

          

England

64,500

120,600

93,600

113,300

129,800

162,100

109,000

113,900

117,500

Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10 except for the grand total which is rounded to the nearest100. 2. Geographic breakdowns are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 3. Figures are based on the geographic boundaries as of May 2010. 4. Quarter 1 is August to October, Quarter 2 is November to January, Quarter 3 is February to April and Quarter 4 is May to July. 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/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_supplementary_tables/Apprenticeship_sfr_supplementary_tables/

Apprentices: East of England

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many Government-funded apprenticeships there were in each local authority area in the East of England in each of the last three years; [129652]

(2) how many apprenticeship starts in each (a) industry type and (b) age group there were in (i) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (ii) Suffolk and (iii) England and Wales in each of the last three years. [129736][Official Report, 6 December 2012, Vol. 554, c. 9-10MC.]

Matthew Hancock: As the requested tables are large, I am making data available in the Libraries of the House. Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship programme starts by local education authority in the East of England. Table 2 shows the number of apprenticeship programme starts by sector subject area and age group in Bury St Edmunds parliamentary constituency, Suffolk local education authority and England. Final data are shown for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years and provisional data are shown for the 2011/12 academic year.

Bus Services

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Office of Fair Trading, (b) local transport authorities and (c) bus companies regarding partnership working on local bus services. [129399]

Jo Swinson: I have not had discussions with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), local transport authorities or bus companies regarding partnership working on local bus services.

The Competition Commission spent two years looking at local bus markets across the UK, excluding London and Northern Ireland. Its report, published in December 2011, found that:

Competition pushes up standards for passengers, but

In many areas bus operators faced little or no competition.

The Government believe that they have identified suitable remedies to remove the barriers to competition that they identified. However, this package of remedies is only one part of the Government's wider plans to improve bus services across local markets. The Government set out their plans in ‘Green Light for Better Buses’ published on 26 March 2012.

I should also note that the Competition Markets Authority will take on the OFT's specific role, under the Transport Act 2000, in applying competition tests that apply when local transport authorities form schemes or make agreements with bus operators.

Business: Barnsley

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the level of lending to small businesses in Barnsley Central constituency since May 2010. [129328]

Michael Fallon [holding answer 22 November 2012]: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not have data on the overall level of lending to small and medium-sized businesses at constituency level.

Business lending statistics at regional level are already published on the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) website. The most recent data were published on 19 October 2012 at:

http://www.bba.org.uk/statistics/small-business

The BBA has committed to publish SME lending at post-code level, once a sufficient data set has been developed to allow meaningful comparison. The precision

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of these data make their disclosure commercially sensitive and so their publication schedule will be annual, with the first release to take place shortly.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee, the Government’s loan guarantee scheme does provide a breakdown of lending at constituency level. From May 2010 to October 2012, 16 small and medium-size enterprises in the Barnsley Central constituency had been offered EFG loans with a total value of £1,000,825. Of those, 14 loans have been drawn down with a total value of £880,475.

Business: Regulation

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to page six of his Department's strategy for sustainable growth, published in July 2010, on creating the best market frameworks through appropriate regulation, what progress has been made on (a) reducing the instances of mergers which do not add economic value and (b) a review of the takeover market; and if he will make a statement. [129808]

Jo Swinson: The Government launched “A Long-Term Focus for Corporate Britain: A Call for Evidence” in October 2010. Following the evidence received, the Government asked Professor John Kay to conduct a review into equity markets. In its response to the Kay Review, the Government agreed with the recommendation that the scale and effectiveness of merger activity in UK companies should be kept under careful review. We believe that the most important step to ensuring mergers and acquisitions deliver long-term value is to enable company boards to make better informed decisions—based on engagement with their shareholders, who are more prepared to question ambitious takeover proposals as part of their stewardship role.

The takeover panel reviewed the takeover code in September 2011 and made a range of changes including: increasing the protection for target companies against protracted ‘virtual bid’ periods, strengthening the position of the target company by banning deal protection measures and inducement fees, increasing transparency and improving the quality of disclosure. These changes have shortened virtual bid periods, reducing uncertainty, and there has also been an increase in representations from employee representatives as a result of the changes to the code.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to pages 11-12 of his Department's strategy for sustainable growth, published in July 2010 on access to finance, how much of the planned support for additional lending to small and medium-sized enterprises as part of the extension of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee had been provided by March 2011. [129806]

Michael Fallon: The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a demand led scheme. For Phase 2 of EFG (April 2010—March 2011), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills had a budget to guarantee up to £700 million of additional lending.

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As of March 2011, a total of £494.10 million of EFG loan offers had been made to 5,061 small and medium-size enterprises. Of these, 4,468 loans were drawn upon with a value of £426.99 million.

EFG lending figures are available on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website and are updated on a quarterly basis.

Middle East Task Force

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in which countries the Middle East Task Force plans on focusing to encourage greater small and medium-sized enterprise investments and exports in that region. [129292]

Michael Fallon: The primary focus of the Middle East Task Force is on the High Growth Markets of the Gulf (UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) and Egypt. The task force does, however, take into account opportunities elsewhere as it identifies these.

Foreign Investment in UK

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the level of inward investment into the UK in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [130459]

Michael Fallon: Estimates of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). According to provisional estimates, the UK's inward FDI stock amounted to £776.1 billion at the end of 2011, a 4.5% increase from the amount of £742.7 billion invested at the end of 2010.

Figures for 2012 are only available up to 2012Q2. These show that the UK's inward FDI stock amounted to £796.6 billion at the end of 2012 Q2, a 5.1% increase on the figure of £758.0 billion at the end of the same quarter a year ago (2011 Q2).

Note:

The figures above for 2011 and the first half of 2012 are provisional estimates, derived from quarterly surveys. The ONS' main publication on UK FDI is the 'Business Monitor MA4'. This is based on annual surveys into FDI which provide more robust figures. This publication, however, contains data covering the period up to 2010 only. Figures for 2011 will be published on 6 December 2012.

Source:

ONS Balance of Payments 2012Q2

Further Education: Finance

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list all unsuccessful bids to the third phase of the Enhanced Renewal Grant (ERG3) in England; and how many future rounds of the Enhanced Renewal Grant for Colleges there will be for the remainder of this Parliament. [130479]

Matthew Hancock: The following further education colleges were unsuccessful in securing funding through the Enhance Renewal Grant Phase 3:

Accrington and Rossendale College

Aylesbury College

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Berkshire College of Agriculture

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Bishop Burton College

Blackburn College

Bolton College

Bournville College of Further Education

Bromley College of Further and Higher Education

Bury College

Cambridge Regional College

Canterbury College

Capel Manor College

Carlisle College

Central Bedfordshire College

Central Sussex College

City College, Brighton and Hove

City of Bath College

City of Sunderland College

Colchester Institute

Cornwall College

East Berkshire College

East Kent College

Exeter College

Henley College, Coventry

Hugh Baird College

Hull College Group

Kendal College

Kingston Maurward College

Lambeth College

Leek College of Further Education and School of Art

Lincoln College

Lowestoft College

Mid Cheshire College of Further Education

North Hertfordshire College

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education

PETROC

Preston College

Richmond Adult Community College

SEEVIC College

Somerset College of Arts and Technology

South Nottingham College

South Tyneside College

Stafford College

Stephenson College

Stockport College of Further and Higher Education

Stoke-on-Trent College

Strode College

Swindon College

The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

The Manchester College

Uxbridge College

Wakefield College

Warwickshire College

West Suffolk College

Weston College

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Weymouth College

Wigan and Leigh College

Worcester College of Technology

We are currently exploring options for a capital grant funding scheme which will build upon the previous three Enhanced Renewal Grant schemes.