Blood: Contamination

Sir Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reach of the compensation deal announced in January 2011 for sufferers of bleeding disorders who received contaminated blood. [129969]

Anna Soubry: In the period to 31 March 2012, the last full financial year for which information is available, the number of people across the United Kingdom who were in receipt of the various ex-gratia payments in the package announced on 10 January 2011, is shown in column 2 of the following table.

Payment typeNumber of recipientsEstimated number who may be eligible

Skipton Fund stage 1 payments of £20,000, in respect of people who died prior to 29 August 2003.

436

(1)3,507

Skipton Fund stage 2 payments of £50,000, in respect of people who died prior to 29 August 2003.

169

(2)702

£25,000 top-ups to people who had previously received a Skipton Fund stage 2 payment of £25,000.

697

(3)901

New stage 2 payments of £50,000, since 11 January 2012.

148

Annual payments to those most serious ill as a result of hepatitis C infection. (£12,800 from January 2011 to March 2011; £13,200 from April 2011 to March 2012).

548

(4)783

Uprating of annual payment for HIV and hepatitis C infection by the Consumer Prices Index.

907

(5)

Discretionary payments in respect of hepatitis C infection from the Caxton Foundation.

85

(6)

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Payment for a prescription pre-payment certificate.

104

(7)

(1) Estimate of deaths of those with chronic hepatitis C, between 1995 and 2003. Published in annex 2 of the Report of the review of the support available to individuals infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV by NHS-supplied blood transfusions or blood products and their dependants. The number of deaths before 29 August 2003 is very uncertain but reflects the Department's best estimates at the time of publication, based on the published literature and expert advice. (2) Estimate of deaths of those with cirrhosis, between 1995 and 2003. Published in annex 2 of the Report of the review of the support available to individuals infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV by NHS-supplied blood transfusions or blood products and their dependants. (3) Data provided by the Skipton Fund. (4) Number of infected beneficiaries still alive at the end of 2011-12, at stage 2. Published in annex 2 of the Report of the review of the support available to individuals infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV by NHS-supplied blood transfusions or blood products and their dependants. (5) The uprating is being received by everyone in receipt of annual payments from MFET Ltd and Skipton fund. (6) About 5,000 potential beneficiaries. Caxton Foundation annual report and accounts, 2010-11, p.7. There are insufficient data to reliably estimate the total number of potential beneficiaries. (7) Not known.

Brain Tumours

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people died from a brain tumour in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England in 2011-12; and what steps he is taking to reduce the mortality rate; [130531]

(2) how many people aged under 18 died from a brain tumour in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to date. [130533]

Anna Soubry: Information concerning the number of people in England under the age of 18 who died from a brain tumour in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the number of people who died of a brain tumour in Barnsley Central constituency, South Yorkshire and England in 2011 has been placed in the following tables. Data for 2012 are not yet available.

 Deaths from brain tumours in people under 18

2009

67

2010

84

2011

78

Geographical areaDeaths from brain tumours in 2011

England

3,235

South Yorkshire

81

Barnsley Central Constituency

4

We are committed to reducing mortality rates for all cancers, including brain cancer. ‘Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer’, published on 12 January 2011, set out an ambition to save an additional 5,000 lives every year by 2014-15 through earlier diagnosis of cancer and improved access to treatment, particularly radiotherapy.

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To support earlier diagnosis of cancer we have committed an additional £450 million in the four years up to 2014-15. This money is being used to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer; fund increased general practitioner (GP) access to diagnostic tests; and pay for more testing and treatment in secondary care. One of the tests we are increasing access to is magnetic resonance imaging to support the diagnosis of brain cancer, and we have now published best practice referral guidelines for general practitioners on how to access this test.

Between January and March 2013, we are providing just under £850,000 in funding to pilot a general symptoms awareness campaign that will be relevant to a range of cancers, including brain cancer. The campaign will aim to encourage people with the relevant symptoms to visit their GP.

We are also supporting the national health service to tackle variation in access to treatment by providing benchmarked data on survival and treatment locally and we are supporting access to new and innovative cancer treatments. For example, in April 2012 we announced that £250 million of public capital had been set aside to be invested by the NHS in building Proton Beam (PBT) Therapy facilities at The Christie Hospital in Manchester and University College London Hospital, benefitting up to 1,500 patients a year. PBT offers a superior treatment to a small number of patients with complicated cancers, particularly those affecting the brain.

Care Homes: Finance

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department plans to provide financial assistance to small care homes to help them meet the costs of the increased minimum wage and new employee pension plans. [130024]

Norman Lamb: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 700W.

Charities

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what offers of support or expertise his Department has received from charities or other organisations in 2012. [130086]

Norman Lamb: The Department does not record all offers of support or expertise it receives from charities or other organisations.

The Department values and recognises the support and expertise that voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises can contribute. They have a vital role to play in improving health and well-being outcomes as providers of services, providing advocacy and voice and informing the development of health and social care policy.

The Department has well-established working relationships with charities and voluntary organisations. Working with partners and stakeholders in the development of policy is a matter of routine and good practice.

The Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme provides a departmental wide framework for systematic

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and accountable voluntary sector involvement in policy and programmes where charities may have specific insight and expertise to offer.

In addition, many condition specific and patient group charities lend their support in specific policy areas.

Doctors: Disciplinary Proceedings

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have faced disciplinary proceedings in Havering in each of the last five years. [130402]

Dr Poulter: This information is not centrally held. The hon. Member may wish to contact the national health service trust responsible for this information.

Epilepsy

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of epilepsy amongst (a) NHS staff and (b) the general public; [130197]

(2) how his Department plans to help promote the early diagnosis of epilepsy in children; [130198]

(3) what funding is in place to aid the development of treatments for people suffering from epilepsy. [130199]

Norman Lamb: There is information available for both the public and health care professionals on the NHS Choices and NHS Evidence websites. NHS Evidence in particular contains a number of resources to support early diagnosis and treatment.

We have asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to develop a quality standard for children and young people with the epilepsies. This quality standard, which is expected to be published in February 2013, will help drive improvements in the diagnosis, care and treatment of this condition.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports medical and clinical research, including development of new treatments. It is an independent research funding body which receives its grant in aid from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The MRC does not normally allocate funding for specific disease areas and research funding is dependent on the quality and strategic relevance of proposals submitted by the research community and is determined through peer review.

Research is also funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes and funding streams. The NIHR will continue to welcome funding applications for research into any aspect of human health.

Health Education: Older People

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote healthy lifestyles for elderly people. [130200]

Norman Lamb: The Department has a strong emphasis on public health, and seeks to improve and protect the nation’s health while reducing health inequalities. In the 2010 White Paper “Healthy Lives, Healthy People,” the Government set out our priority to improve people’s

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health at all stages of the life-course—including in later life. The new responsibilities for local government on public health present an opportunity to address this challenge. Public health will be better integrated with those other factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of older people such as housing, leisure services, the voluntary sector, transport, community cohesion and of course social care services.

From April 2013, Public Health England will provide expert evidence based advice alongside and with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, supporting local authorities and the national health service in their efforts to improve public health. In their role providing intelligence and information on the health and well-being of local communities, they will produce health profiles for each local authority, providing data and information on the health and wellbeing of all people in local areas—including analysis of the health older people.

In terms of specific steps the Department has taken to promote healthy lifestyles for older people, in July 2011, the chief medical officers for the four home countries published revised physical activity guidelines 'Start Active, Stay Active'. This document includes recommendations for physical activity across the life course, including specific recommendations for those aged 65 and over. This is the first time guidelines have been published for older people, encouraging a life course approach to physical activity.

Health Professions: Assessments

Mrs McGuire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of health professionals being recruited from the NHS to carry out (a) work capability assessments and (b) personal independence payment assessments. [129590]

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

In respect of (a) ESA work capability assessments, Atos Healthcare would expect to recruit in the region of 200 clinical staff during 2013 to cover turnover—a mixture of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. New staff will be recruited from a number of different healthcare settings and by no means all come from the NHS.

As regards (b) personal independence payment assessments, these will be delivered by Atos and Capita.

Atos will recruit through a supply chain and have contracted with a number of NHS trusts and other service providers who will therefore continue to be employed by these organisations.

Capita have forecast a health professional headcount requirement of approximately 81 in June 2013, rising to approximately 584 by July 2015. These are only estimates at present and could be subject to change. Capita will be conducting their own recruitment for health professionals through their own website.

Heart Diseases

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standard on atrial fibrillation to be published. [130103]

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Norman Lamb: We have asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop a Quality Standard on atrial fibrillation as part of a library of approximately 180 NHS Quality Standards. NICE has not yet published a time scale for the development of this Quality Standard.

The NHS Commissioning Board, who will be responsible for the strategic direction of NHS Quality Standards from April 2013, has begun discussions with NICE to determine the most appropriate sequencing for NHS Quality Standards to assist the Board in improving patient outcomes across the five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework.

HIV Infection

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to educate people about HIV/AIDS. [130272]

Anna Soubry: The Department funds the Terrence Higgins Trust for the HIV Prevention England programme, which targets gay and bisexual men and African communities, the groups most affected by HIV in the United Kingdom. HIV Prevention England includes information and awareness interventions, promotion of HIV testing and work to inform the evidence-base on effective HIV prevention.

HIV Prevention England is additional to work on HIV prevention and health promotion commissioned and funded by the national health service and others locally.

Hospitals: Parking

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average NHS trust spends annually on hospital car park (a) security, (b) signage, (c) maintenance and (d) other management costs. [130349]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not collected centrally by the Department.

National health service organisations are responsible locally for decisions on the provision of car parking, including the costs associated with it.

Influenza

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme was in each of the last five years. [130175]

Anna Soubry: The estimated total cost of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme in England in each of the last five seasons is shown in the following table:

Influenza seasonTotal cost (£ million)

2007-08

152

2008-09

159

2009-10

159

2010-11

171

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2011-12

182

Notes: 1. The Department is unable to provide an exact cost of the influenza programme for national health service patients because primary care trusts are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of services locally to meet the national programme requirements and because providers are responsible for purchasing the influenza vaccine directly from manufacturers. 2. The total cost comprises estimated or actual costs of vaccine purchase, payments to providers for administration including incentives under the general practice Quality and Outcomes Framework and costs of Department of Health advertising campaigns. Costs of influenza vaccination of NHS staff have not been included as these costs are paid from local NHS budgets as part of occupational health. We have not included estimates for these in the annual estimates. 3. The number of people in eligible groups receiving influenza vaccine have markedly increased from just under 12.5 million in 2007-08 to just over 15 million in 2011-12. The influenza campaign was also extended to include pregnant women from the 2010-11 season.

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of influenza are predicted to have been averted as a result of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme this winter; and at what cost to the public purse such measures were taken. [130178]

Anna Soubry: The epidemiology of influenza is unpredictable and it is not possible to predict with any accuracy the number of cases of influenza that may be averted during the 2012-13 winter due to influenza vaccination.

An unpublished study considered in 2012 by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation based on the epidemiology of influenza in England and Wales from 1995-96 to 2008-09 suggests that on average the current influenza vaccination programme might prevent around 1.5 million cases of influenza annually. However, there is large uncertainty each way in this estimate. The number of cases prevented will also vary widely from year to year depending on a number of factors including the degree of influenza activity, and the matching between the vaccine-type available and circulating influenza strains.

The estimated cost of the seasonal flu immunisation programme in 2012-13 will be around £180 million for vaccine purchase and payments to providers for vaccine administration. In addition, the estimated cost of the seasonal flu advertising campaign cost for 2012-13 is £560,000.

Mr Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is considering to prevent an influenza crisis this winter. [130206]

Anna Soubry: The Department is taking a comprehensive range of measures to prevent and control influenza (flu) this year, including:

publishing a seasonal flu plan to assist local national health service organisations in developing robust and flexible operational plans;

running an assurance process to ensure adequate plans are in place for the flu season;

running a targeted national communications campaign to promote improved uptake of flu vaccine in clinical risk groups;

liaising with flu vaccine manufacturers to help ensure security of supply;

holding a central strategic reserve of flu vaccine to address any serious supply issues; and

monitoring levels of flu, and vaccine coverage throughout the season.

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Legionnaires' Disease

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. [130270]

Anna Soubry: The Health Protection Agency (HPA) works with other agencies such as local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has statutory responsibility for legionella control as described in the approved code of practice, ‘Legionnaires’ disease; The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems’, to develop guidance to manage any risks associated with specific waters systems:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l8.htm

All clinical and laboratory reports of legionnaires' disease are statutorily notifiable to enable the HPA to take prompt action and to establish if there are clusters occurring. Any clusters are immediately referred to local health protection units for investigation. In this way potential outbreaks are identified at an early stage allowing the rapid implementation of control measures to prevent further cases.

Maternity Services: Worcestershire

Mr Robin Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of spending by the NHS was spent on maternity care in Worcestershire in 2011-12. [130018]

Dr Poulter: The data requested are not yet available for 2011-12. In 2010-11, the proportion of total expenditure spent on Maternity and Reproductive Health by Worcestershire primary care trust was 3.71%.

Midwives

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant midwives there were in each region of England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011. [130089]

Dr Poulter: The number of consultant midwives is unavailable as the Non-Medical Workforce Census only captures the numbers of nurse consultants in maternity services.

The Information Centre for health and social care collects data on the number of nurse consultants working in maternity services.

NHS hospital and community health services: Nurse consultants in the maternity services area of work in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
 20102011

England

68

68

   

North East Strategic Health Authority area

4

2

North West Strategic Health Authority area

10

8

Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority area

7

6

East Midlands Strategic Health Authority area

2

3

West Midlands Strategic Health Authority area

2

2

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East of England Strategic Health Authority

2

2

London Strategic Health Authority area

24

27

South East Coast Strategic Health Authority area

7

5

South Central Strategic Health Authority area

7

5

South West Strategic Health Authority area

3

8

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census

Monitor

Mr Robin Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the application of Monitor's risk pool scheme to hospices and other third sector organisations. [130176]

Anna Soubry: A search of the Department's ministerial correspondence database has identified four items of correspondence about the application of Monitor's risk pool scheme to hospices and other third sector organisations. This is a minimum number which represents correspondence received by the Department's ministerial correspondence unit only.

MRSA

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to encourage further research into the use of DNA sequencing to prevent outbreaks of MRSA. [130001]

Dr Poulter: The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is jointly funding the UKCRC (UK Clinical Research Collaboration) Translational Infection Research Initiative with other UKCRC partners. Under this initiative, two consortia are studying the use of genome sequencing in infection control.

The Modernising Medical Microbiology Consortium aims to exploit recent advances in sequencing the genomes of bacterial and viral pathogens of public health concern, to improve and speed up their classification and identification. The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre is a partner in the consortium. The work of the consortium includes a study, hosted by the NIHR Clinical Research Network, establishing how new strain typing and database technologies can be optimally integrated into microbiology service and research—to track and identify outbreaks in Staphylococcus aureus and other pathogens.

The Cambridge Translational Microbiology Consortium aims to bring rapid microbial genome sequencing into the heart of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory, and has an initial focus on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

In addition, the NIHR Centre for Health Protection Research has a current project on development of a whole genome sequence-based tool to track MRSA transmission in the United Kingdom.

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Muscular Dystrophy

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of unplanned emergency admissions to hospital with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions. [130328]

Norman Lamb: Information on the cost of unplanned emergency admissions to hospital for people with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions is not collected centrally.

NHS: Innovation

John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Innovation, Health and Wealth review. [129917]

Dr Poulter: We are making very good progress on delivery. Implementation is on track and in line with expected time lines and work continues to embed Innovation, Health and Wealth actions in all parts of the new national health service system.

NHS: Reorganisation

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in the modernisation of the NHS. [130201]

Anna Soubry: The implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 is on track, with organisational changes under way to ensure the new system is ready for April 2013. Good progress is being made on the introduction of the new organisations in the system, with bodies such as the NHS Commissioning Board, Health Education England and the NHS Trust Development Authority already providing leadership and taking on new functions in advance of full implementation next year.

The basis of the reform is to re-shape the national health service so that it is more patient centred, led by health professionals and focused on delivering world class health outcomes.

Skipton Fund

Caroline Nokes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the two-stage system of the Skipton Fund in order to provide the £50,000 lump sum payment to everyone infected with hepatitis C, regardless of their level of liver damage; [130025]

(2) if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the two- stage system of the Skipton Fund in order to provide ongoing payments to everyone infected with hepatitis C, regardless of their level of liver damage. [130026]

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of removing the two-stage distinction in regard to hepatitis C patients who receive payments from the Skipton Fund; what proportion of that cost would relate to making lump sum payments to all patients; and if he will make a statement. [130440]

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Anna Soubry: It is impossible to accurately estimate the cost of abolishing the two-stage system of the Skipton Fund in order to provide ongoing payments to everyone infected with hepatitis C, because the following are unknown: the number of people who have received a stage 1 payment from the Skipton Fund and are currently alive, the number of new people who might come forward to make a claim in future, the rate at which recipients of Skipton Fund payments might die in future, and the level at which the annual payment will be uprated by inflation each year.

The current system of payments for hepatitis C infection is based on the clinical and scientific evidence base on the spectrum and impact of disease associated with hepatitis C infection, and will remain so.

Smoking: Young People

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce smoking among young people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England. [130530]

Anna Soubry: The Government take seriously the need to reduce the take up of smoking by young people and to help those that do smoke to stop. The Government's comprehensive, evidence-based strategy to reduce tobacco use in England over the five years until 2015, in the context of the new public health system, is set out in ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Tobacco Control Plan for England’ (published March 2011). A copy has already been placed in the Library

One of three national ambitions in the Tobacco Control Plan, to be achieved by 2015, is focused on reducing smoking prevalence among young people. The Plan sets out a range of initiatives to achieve this ambition which apply at national level across England, including in South Yorkshire and Barnsley. For example, tobacco sales from vending machines stopped on 1 October 2011, so removing an easily accessible and often unsupervised, source of under-age sales of cigarettes. Since 6 April 2012, permanent, eye-catching, displays of tobacco products that evidence shows can promote smoking by young people, came to an end in supermarkets and other large stores, and will stop in all other shops in April 2015. Also, a number of national marketing campaigns have targeted behaviour around smoking, such as the effect on children of second hand smoke from smoking in homes and cars.

In addition, the Government have recently carried out a consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products (from 16 April until 10 August), which attracted many thousands of replies. We want to understand whether policy action on tobacco packaging has the potential to bring additional public health benefits, over and above those expected to accrue from existing tobacco control initiatives. Any decisions to take further policy action on tobacco packaging will be taken only after full consideration is given to all the consultation responses, evidence and other information.

The Tobacco Control Plan for England also promotes and encourages local areas to adopt similarly comprehensive local strategies. The new approach to public health delivery in England means that local areas will decide their own priorities and ways of improving health in their communities, according to local circumstances

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and evidence, and supported by dedicated ring-fenced funding. The Department does not hold centrally, detailed information about the tobacco control initiatives pursued by each local area. However, information about the smoking behaviour of children aged 11 to 15 is available by region in England for the year 2010-11 and the years 2006 to 2008 combined. Copies of ‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England’ have already been placed in the Library.

‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England’, findings by region 2006 to 2008 has been placed in the Library.

Strokes

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that clinical commissioning groups are accountable for the prevention of stroke; [130029]

(2) what steps he plans to take to ensure that clinical commissioning groups are accountable for the outcomes of atrial fibrillation patients. [130030]

Anna Soubry: The Government's mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), published on 13 November, makes it a priority for the national health service to focus on preventing premature mortality, including by supporting the earlier diagnosis of illness and helping people stay in good health. The NHS CB will work with clinical commissioning croups, and health and well-being boards to determine how best to achieve this. The NHS CB will shortly be publishing a planning framework for 2013-14 that will set the context for this work.

Under the mandate, the NHS CB will also be held to account for making progress against the indicators in the NHS Outcomes Framework; these include a specific indicator about improving recovery from stroke.

The mandate is available in the Library and on the Department's website at:

www.mandate.dh.gov.uk

Surgery

John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 26 of Innovation, Health and Wealth, if he Department will launch an oesophageal doppler monitoring uptake programme; what estimate he has made of the number of patients that could participate in such a programme each year; and what estimate he has made of the savings that would accrue from such a programme each year. [129881]

Dr Poulter: Innovation Health and Wealth set out that from April 2013, compliance with six high impact innovations (HIIs) would become a pre-qualification requirement for Commissioning for Quality and Innovation payments. Oesophageal doppler monitoring or other similar fluid management monitoring technology was one of the initial six HIIs selected.

Health care providers are required to demonstrate to national health service commissioners that their plans for the technology are consistent with National Technology Assessment Centre guidance on oesophageal doppler monitoring.

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We expect the number of patients benefitting from oesophageal doppler monitoring to increase as familiarity with the technologies increases, and as the existing technologies evolve to address clinical concerns over their applicability to all high risk surgery.

Thromboembolism

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of venous thromboembolisms; [130028]

(2) how many people were admitted to hospital with (a) all venous thromboembolisms, (b) deep vein thrombosis and (c) pulmonary embolism in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. [130031]

Anna Soubry: Data for finished admission episodes for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism admissions in the years requested is set out in the following table:

FAE(1)
 All DVT(2) including those affecting pregnancy (all codes)Pulmonary embolism(2) (PE)

2009-10

43,683

32,646

2010-11

42,932

34,850

2011-12

39,098

36,381

(1) A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2) Diagnostic codes used: (a) DVT: Thrombosis where the site is specified can be coded as any of the below, some of these may not be considered deep. The coding advice from data standards recommends using all of these codes to capture DVT: 180.0 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of superficial vessels of lower extremities 180.1 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of femoral vein 180.2 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of other deep vessels of lower extremities 180.3 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of lower extremities, unspecified 180.8 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of other sites 180.9 Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of unspecified site O22.2 Superficial thrombophlebitis in pregnancy O22.3 Deep phlebothrombosis in pregnancy O87.0 Superficial thrombophlebitis in the puerperium O87.1 Deep phlebothrombosis in the puerperium (b) Pulmonary embolisms are coded as: I26.0 Pulmonary embolism with mention of acute cor pulmonale I26.9 Pulmonary embolism without mention of acute cor pulmonale

'Venous thromboembolism' is an umbrella term, but there is no commonly agreed group of codes that can be used to determine the total number of episodes that are considered to be venous thromboembolism.

There are no current estimates available of either prevalence or incidence of venous thromboembolism in England or the United Kingdom.

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the NHS safety thermometer in reducing the occurrence of venous thromboembolisms. [130327]

Dr Poulter: The NHS Safety Thermometer is a point prevalence survey tool that allows frontline clinicians to collect data on the number of patients in a health care

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setting on a single day each month who have one or more of four specific ‘harms’. The NHS Safety Thermometer collects data on harm from falls, urinary tract infections in patients with catheters, pressure ulcers and venous thromboembolism (VTE). The tool allows health care professionals to measure local improvement over time. Data from the NHS Safety Thermometer are published monthly on the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/services/nhs-safety-thermometer

The data collection is new and the methods used to collect data can vary locally so it is not currently possible to draw statistically valid conclusions regarding impact of the NHS Safety Thermometer on the occurrence of VTE at a national level. It is also not possible to disaggregate the impact of the NHS Safety thermometer on VTE from the impact of other VTE-related strategies.

Tuberculosis: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss the incidence of tuberculosis. [130147]

Anna Soubry: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 12 November 2012, Official Report, column 76W, to the right hon. Member for Stirling (Mrs McGuire).

Deputy Prime Minister

Lord Lieutenants

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham has taken to promote awareness of the honours system in that county. [130815]

Miss Chloe Smith: The activities of lords lieutenant are not the responsibility of central Government. It is a matter for each lord lieutenant to promote honours as they see fit for their lieutenancy and to conduct public engagements appropriate to their role and relevant to their country.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will publish a list of all of the clerks to the lords lieutenant; [130816]


(2) which clerks to lords lieutenant are not currently employed by the county, district or unitary council that the lords lieutenant represents; and if he will make a statement. [130818]

Miss Chloe Smith: The clerks to lords lieutenant are not the responsibility of central Government. Lords lieutenant and their local authorities are responsible for their clerks.

International Development

Bangladesh

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answers of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 726-8W, on Bangladesh, and 1 November 2012, Official Report, columns 601-2W,

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on Bangladesh, how many people she expects to receive support through the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme. [130220]

Mr Duncan: The Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme (2008-15) aims to enable 1 million people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The programme supports extreme poor people to increase their incomes through acquiring assets such as livestock, establishing small businesses and giving access to skills training.

Culture, Media and Sport

Broadband Delivery UK

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of

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24 October 2012,

Official Report

, column 905W, on Broadband Delivery UK, whether the methodology used to calculate headcount in each quarter is based on the number of leavers and joiners in the previous quarter. [130182]

Mr Vaizey: The Broadband Delivery UK headcount presented in the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 905W, was based upon the number of leavers and joiners for each quarter. However, the rows entitled leavers and joiners were reversed. There were also some errors in the figures for April-June and July-September 2012. The figures should have been presented as follows:

Year/Quarter
 20112012
 Pre-AprilApril-JuneJuly-SeptemberOctober-DecemberJanuary-MarchApril-JuneJuly-September

Headcount

19

21

29

34

49

56

54

Joiners

5

13

7

24

14

15

Leavers

3

5

2

9

7

7

Broadband: Glasgow

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department plans to take to tackle the broadband deficit in Glasgow; [130498]

(2) what discussions her Department has had with (a) Ofcom, (b) the Scottish Government and (c) Glasgow City Council on broadband access in Glasgow in the last two months. [130499]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not had any discussions in the last two months with Ofcom, the Scottish Government or Glasgow city council relating to broadband access in Glasgow.

The UK Government are investing £100.8 million in Scotland through the rural broadband programme, which is managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK); decisions on how to allocate this funding within Scotland are a matter for the Scottish Government. BDUK officials will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government on the plans for the delivery of superfast broadband across Scotland. This enhanced broadband connectivity will help attract new investment and jobs by offering high-tech and digital businesses the infrastructure they need.

Broadband: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has met her counterpart in the Scottish Government to discuss the roll-out of superfast broadband; and when she next expects to meet her counterpart in the Scottish Government for such discussions. [130130]

Mr Vaizey: The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), has not yet met Scottish Government Ministers to discuss broadband and no meetings have been requested. The UK Government have allocated £100.8 million to support broadband in Scotland, and Broadband Delivery UK is supporting the Scottish Government which is leading on Broadband delivery in Scotland.

Internet: Data Protection

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of recent steps taken at EU level to investigate the way online search engines gather and use personal information. [130216]

Mrs Grant: The Government have made no such assessment. However, it is worth drawing attention to the investigation by the Commission Nationale de I’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) into Google's privacy policy on behalf of the Article 29 Working Party. The Article 29 Working Party is made up of a representative from the data protection authority of each EU member state, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. The representative for the UK is the Information Commissioner (currently the Vice Chair of the Working Party), the independent regulator of the Data Protection Act 1998. The CNIL has investigated and suggested a number of changes for Google to put in place within a strict timescale. The Information Commissioner will wait for the CNIL's assessment of those changes before considering any enforcement action.

Leisure: Surveys

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 322W, on

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leisure: surveys, what the cost of the sections on children's participation in sport in the Taking Part survey was in each year since 2005-06. [130465]

Hugh Robertson: The costs for Taking Part child data were included in the total costs of the Taking Part survey, provided in my answer to the right hon. Member on 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 322W. For the first three years of the survey (where child data covered 11 to 15-year-olds), the cost for the child element was separate from the main survey and is shown in the following table. From 2008-09 (where the child data covered five to 15-year-olds), the child element was integrated into the overall survey costs and cannot be separately identified.

Taking Part child survey costs (when provided separately from the adult survey)(1)
Survey yearChild survey costs (£)

2005-06 (Y1)(2)

102,152

2006-07 (Y2)

152,429

2007-08 (Y3)

133,916

(1) These figures are net of any recoverable VAT. (2) Y1 data collected for six months, January to June only.

Music

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she plans to ensure that each music hub is working with each school, local authority and other music organisations. [130298]

Mr Vaizey: Arts Council England (ACE) is the fund holder for Music Education Hubs. It administers support to hubs on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education, which provides funding. Every hub has the local authority as a key partner, as well as local music organisations. Data on hub performance, including school engagement, will be collected annually from October 2013. ACE has a risk-based approach to monitoring hubs that includes a minimum quarterly meeting. It is not for the Departments to manage hubs directly.

However, the National Plan for Music Education Monitoring Board, chaired by a Minister, holds meetings three times a year, at which the overall performance of the 123 hubs is discussed. In addition, the Departments will jointly receive regular reports from ACE on the performance and progress of the hubs, which commenced operations in September this year.

National Lottery

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the amount of national lottery funding provided to good causes. [130411]

Hugh Robertson: Under current projections, national lottery good causes should receive £1.84 billion from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in 2012-13, including £136 million contributed to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Billing

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last three financial years. [125315]

Richard Benyon: The average time taken for core DEFRA to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors is published in DEFRA's Annual Report and Accounts. The link to the 2011-12 Annual Reports and Accounts is provided as follows. Information for the current financial year will be published in the 2012-13 Annual Report and Accounts.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb13805-defra-annual-report-2011-12.pdf

Bovine Tuberculosis

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met the Agriculture Minister in the Welsh Government to discuss culling of badgers. [129989]

Mr Heath: Since he joined the Department on 4 September 2012, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has had no meetings with the Agriculture Minister in the Welsh Government to discuss culling of badgers.

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department is providing for the development of usable TB vaccine for badger and cattle. [130017]

Mr Heath: DEFRA expects to spend about £15.5 million on research and development into cattle and badger vaccines for bovine TB between 2012-13 and 2015-16. Since 1994, DEFRA has spent a total of £39.7 million on research and development into vaccines for both cattle and badgers, with an additional £4 million on associated cattle diagnostics.

Fisheries: Quotas

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a register of ownership of UK fisheries quotas; and if he will make a statement. [130334]

Richard Benyon: The UK Fisheries Administrations are aiming to publish a register of holdings of UK Fixed Quota Allocation (FQA) units during 2013. DEFRA will issue an announcement when the register is launched.

To clarify, the register will cover holdings of FQA units and not UK fisheries quotas. The quotas are set annually for particular species at the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers and FQA units are the mechanism by which the UK Fisheries Administrations allocate the UK quota among their fishing fleet.

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Flood Control

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government plan to spend on managing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in each year until 2015. [130556]

Richard Benyon: The Government plan to spend at least £2.17 billion on managing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion from April 2011 to March 2015. Budgeted expenditure for this and the following two years is as follows:

Budgeted expenditure by DEFRA in England
 £ million

2012-13

554.6

2013-14

542.1

2014-15

529.6

National Wildlife Crime Unit

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to announce the future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit. [130546]

Richard Benyon: The Government take the matter of wildlife crime very seriously and appreciate the contribution made by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in tackling these crimes. Decisions on NWCU funding beyond 2012-13 will be taken as soon as possible.

Treasury

Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 77W, on alcoholic drinks: prices, when he or Ministers of his Department last met Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss minimum unit pricing for alcohol. [130133]

Sajid Javid: Treasury Ministers and official have discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. The cross-Government Alcohol Strategy was published in March 2012. This included a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol alongside other key measures to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Government Departments continue to engage on these issues through the consultation on the Alcohol Strategy, which was launched on 28 November 2012. The Government continue to engage with the Scottish Government on the issue of minimum unit pricing.

Child Benefit

Steve McCabe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many families will be affected by the high income child benefit charge in 2013. [129237]

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Mr Gauke: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr Byrne), on 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 575W.

Child Benefit: Merseyside

Mr Woodward: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in St Helens South and Whiston constituency have received letters from HM Revenue and Customs informing them that their child benefit is likely to be reduced or withdrawn. [129068]

Mr Gauke: In a period when the Government are having to reduce welfare spending, it is not possible to justify the majority of families subsidising child benefit for the wealthiest 15% of families in society.

Approximately 630 letters about the high income child benefit charge will have been sent by HMRC to taxpayers within the St Helens South and Whiston constituency by the end of November 2013.

The high income child benefit charge will not reduce or withdraw the amount of child benefit that an individual receives. Instead a tax charge of a value equal to some or all of the child benefit received will be applied to the individual or their partner, depending on who has the higher income over £50,000. If they wish, the child benefit recipient may choose to stop receiving payment of child benefit rather than have the tax charge apply.

Credit: Debts Written Off

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any plans to review the taxation of peer-to-peer lending for the purpose of allowing the off-setting of losses through bad debt against interest earned. [129384]

Greg Clark: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), keeps all taxation policy under review. When considering tax changes to any sector, the Government must fully consider the range of potential impacts any changes may have, including for example, resourcing and compliance, European state aid issues, and broad economic impacts.

Devolution: Wales

Paul Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to meet the Finance Minister in the Welsh Government to discuss the report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales. [129990]

Danny Alexander: I regularly meet with the Finance Minister to discuss matters that are relevant to Wales.

Freight Transport Association

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the Freight Transport Association. [130137]

Sajid Javid: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of authorities as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

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As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings and discussions.

PAYE

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost for each employer of migrating to PAYE real time information in terms of (a) checking and amending employee data, (b) training and familiarising staff and (c) ongoing administration. [130378]

Mr Gauke: The costs of implementing RTI for individual employers will depend on the number of employees they have and vary with circumstances. HMRC estimates that training and familiarising staff with the new processes could cost most firms an average of £50 and that amending data held about existing employees could cost up to £20 for a small employer.

HMRC's initial assessment of the new ongoing administrative burden, for all employers, is approximately £30 million per year in steady state. This will be offset by estimated savings of £330 million from the abolition of some current reporting requirements.

HMRC is using the pilot to assess the cost impacts on employers of RTI and these estimates will be kept under review.

Revenue and Customs

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 679W, on Revenue and Customs, what targets HM Revenue and Customs has set for the proportion of callers who will be able to access its helpline without having to wait to speak to an adviser. [130128]

Mr Gauke: HMRC does not have a target for the proportion of callers who will be able to access its helpline without having to wait to speak to an adviser. I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 679W. HMRC is planning to expand the automated solutions available for customers and expects that this will increase the proportion of callers able to access the information required from their helplines without having to wait to speak to an adviser.

Revenue and Customs: Sunderland

Julie Elliott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many representations were made to his Department on the closure of Shackleton House tax office; and if he will list the names of all those making such representations; [129809]

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the feasibility study considered by ministers in his Department when considering whether to close Shackleton House tax office; [129884]

(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of the equality impact assessment conducted as part of the decision to close Shackleton House tax office; [129885]

(4) what assessment he has made of the ability of nearby offices to accommodate staff working in Shackleton House tax office when that office is closed; [129886]

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(5) what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the city centre of Sunderland of the closure of Shackleton House tax office. [129887]

Mr Gauke: In the past 12 months HMRC has received 38 representations about the closure of offices in Sunderland and Washington. The following MPs have all written to lend their support to a PCS Union campaign against the closure of HMRC offices at these two locations, some more than once: Grahame Morris (Easington), Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South), Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow), Ian Mearns (Gateshead), David Miliband (South Shields), Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham), Phil Wilson (Sedgefield), Dave Anderson (Blaydon), Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) and Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central). HMRC has also received letters about the closure from Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland city council, Councillor Robert Oliver from Sunderland city council and John Anderson of the Sunderland City Centre Traders Association.

There are no plans to publish or release the findings of HMRC's feasibility work into the closure of Shackleton House in the form of either a study or a report. HMRC will be publishing some information from its feasibility findings on the Department's intranet site.

There are no plans to place a copy of the equality impact assessment conducted to inform the decision to close Shackleton House in the Library. HMRC does plan to publish the equality impact assessment on its internet site in the near future.

Before taking the decision to close Shackleton House in Sunderland HMRC carried out a full assessment which took account of current and future business plans for its North East estate. This included an analysis of how HMRC will use its office accommodation efficiently to deliver its full operational commitments. HMRC constantly reviews its office requirement as its business activities alter so that it can continue to accommodate the right number of people in the right locations.

In HMRC's assessment any economic effect on the surrounding area arising from the closure of Shackleton House is likely to be minimal and temporary, lasting until such time as the building receives a new tenant.

Tax Avoidance

Mr McCann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to the Exchequer foregone through the practices of companies earning money from transactions with UK companies held in offshore accounts and withholding payments for sales for up to three weeks. [129669]

Mr Gauke: No such estimate has been made.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many prosecutions HM Revenue and Customs brought under IR35 rules in the last year for which figures are available; [130525]

(2) how many investigations HM Revenue and Customs initiated under IR35 rules in the last year for which figures are available. [130524]

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Mr Gauke: HMRC does not prosecute people for non-compliance with the IR35 legislation as there are no criminal sanctions attached to the IR35 legislation.

HMRC launched a new approach to IR35 from April this year and has opened 193 investigations between April 2012 and November 2012 where IR35 is the main risk.

Taxation: Self-assessment

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will have to complete a self assessment tax return as a result of changes to the age- related income tax personal allowance from 2013-14. [128657]

Mr Gauke: At Budget 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), said that around 150,000 people complete a self assessment tax return because they are currently affected by the income-related reduction to the higher income tax personal allowances.

The changes to personal allowances from 2013-14, together with future increases to the personal allowance for those born after 5 April 1948 will in time enable the removal of the income-related reduction.

Welfare Tax Credits

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on seeking to recover tax credit overpayments in each of the last five years. [130164]

Mr Gauke: This information is not available centrally, and could be researched only at disproportionate cost.

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of tax credit overpayments that have been written off in each of the last five years is. [130165]

Mr Gauke: HMRC has reported tax credit remissions and write-offs in published accounts as follows:

£ million
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Remissions

240.0

264.0

407.0

600.0

1,617.3

Write-offs

7.0

23.0

30.0

24.0

57.1

Total

247.0

287.0

437.0

624.0

1,674.4

Remissions are debts capable of recovery but HMRC has decided not to pursue the liability on the grounds of value for money. Write-offs are debts that are considered to be irrecoverable because there is no practical means for pursuing the liability.

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on personal finances of requirements to repay large tax credit overpayments. [130166]

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Mr Gauke: HMRC policy on recovering tax credits overpayments is set out in Code of Practice 26, ‘What happens if we've paid you too much tax credit’. This can be found on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/cop26.pdf

Working Tax Credit

Kate Hoey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of working tax credits with a disability element from May 2010 to date. [130083]

Mr Gauke: This information is published twice a year in the HMRC publication "Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics". These publications can be found here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits-cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm

The information requested can be found in Table 1.2 in each publication. For convenience the data since April 2010 has been re-produced as follows.

Thousand
DateDisabled worker elementSeverely disabled worker element

April 2010

125

33

December 2010

118

31

April 2011

118

31

December 2011

116

30

April 2012

116

30

Business, Innovation and Skills

Anti-dumping Duties

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recent EU decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware. [130423]

Michael Fallon: Based on an assessment of the evidence presented by the Commission and representations from interested parties, including producers, importers and retailers, the UK opposed these tariffs. This position reflected our concerns about the justification for measures at the levels proposed, about their effectiveness and about the burden they would place on buyers of tableware.

However, the European Commission is entitled to impose provisional anti-dumping measures under EU anti-dumping regulation, even if there is opposition from a majority of EU member states. Any consultation with member states at this provisional stage is on an advisory basis and the final decision rests with the Commission.

The Commission now has up to six months to complete the full investigation and make a recommendation about definitive anti-dumping measures. The UK Government

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will continue to liaise with the Commission and with business, both those for and those against measures, and our position will be kept under review.

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with officials in the European Commission about the Commission's decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on imports of Chinese ceramic tableware and kitchenware. [130424]

Michael Fallon: The Commission proposal for provisional anti-dumping tariffs on these products was discussed at the Anti Dumping Committee of 23 October. At that meeting the UK, represented by BIS officials, made its views known and expressed its opposition to the tariffs.

The Commission now has up to six months to complete the full investigation and make a recommendation about definitive anti-dumping measures. The UK Government will continue to liaise with the Commission and with business, both those for and those against measures, and our position will be kept under review.

Apprentices

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new employees taken on by his Department were taken on as apprentices in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and at what levels such apprenticeships were. [130483]

Jo Swinson [holding answer 27 November 2012]: Like all Government Departments, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been subject to a recruitment freeze, as part of dealing with the structural deficit. In the last 12 months has taken on two new employees as external apprentices. These apprenticeships were at level 2.

Apprentices: Graduates

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of apprentice-graduates who went on to (a) university, (b) work, (c) other study and (d) other outcomes in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. [130179]

Matthew Hancock: Apprenticeships provide an important pathway to higher level learning, sustainable employment and career progression.

A recent BIS survey included 2,250 apprentices who completed their apprenticeship up to a year previously. This showed that, at the time of the survey, 85% were in employment, 4% were self employed, 3% were in education or training and 8% were unemployed. No information is available for other years but the survey is being repeated again, reporting in early summer 2013.

Source:

IFF and IER, (2012) Evaluation of Apprenticeships: Learners. BIS research paper number 76.

A University of Greenwich study tracked advanced apprentices who completed their apprenticeship in 2005/06 for four years by linking to higher education datasets. It found that 5.3% of the 2005/06 cohort had progressed

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to higher education immediately following their advanced apprenticeship; however, this figure rises to 13.1% when the same cohort is tracked for another three years.

Source:

Smith, S. et al (2011) Longitudinal tracking of advanced level apprentice cohorts progressing into higher education 2005-06 to 2009-10 University of Greenwich.

Arms Trade: Israel

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of companies in the UK that manufacture weapons or components of weapons that are sold to the Israeli Government. [130507]

Michael Fallon: The Government do not hold information on the number of companies in the UK that manufacture weapons or components of weapons that are sold to the Israeli Government. The best estimate we have is the number of companies granted licences to export such items for the ultimate end-use of the Israeli Government. In the last five years 11 companies have been granted export licences for weapons or components of weapons, including ammunition, specified in entries ML1, ML2, ML3 and ML4 of the UK Military List.

Export Controls: Israel

Sir John Stanley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which UK strategic export control licences to Israel direct, and as the end use country, are currently extant; and what the nature, value and quantity is of the licensed goods and services under each extant licence. [129596]

Michael Fallon: A copy of the information sought by my right hon. Friend will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Export Credit Guarantees

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many credit or lending transactions were completed between UK Export Finance and companies seeking to export to (a) Mauritania, (b) Morocco, (c) Algeria, (d) Tunisia, (e) Libya, (f) Egypt, (g) Israel, (h) Lebanon, (i) Jordan, (j) Iraq, (k) Saudi Arabia, (l) Kuwait, (m) Bahrain, (n) Qatar, (o) United Arab Emirates and (p) Oman in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012 to date. [130345]

Michael Fallon: UK Export Finance, formally the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), does not directly lend to companies seeking to export. Its assistance to exporters is principally in the form of insurance policies and guarantees to banks that lend to buyers who purchase supplies from UK exporters. ECGD produces annual report and accounts, which, subject to any commercial confidentiality considerations, list by destination market the guarantees and insurance policies issued by ECGD in the relevant financial years. The annual report and accounts are laid before Parliament and can also be found on ECGD's website:

http://www.ukexportfinance.gov.uk/publications/plans-and-reports/annual-report

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As far as the current financial year to date is concerned, the relevant numbers are set out in the following table:

CountryNumber of transactions

Algeria

2

Kuwait

1

Libya

3

Oman

2

Qatar

2

United Arab Emirates

3

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase UK Export Finance's lending to companies seeking to export where adequate credit is not otherwise available through the private sector. [130346]

Michael Fallon: UK Export Finance, formally the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), does not directly lend to companies seeking to export. Instead it issues insurance policies to exporters and guarantees to banks that lend to buyers who purchase supplies from UK exporters. ECGD's role is to complement the private market so that its products and services can be accessed by exporters when the private market is unable to provide support.

ECGD has introduced a range of new products, including a Bond Support scheme and Export Working Capital scheme to assist exporters obtain access to finance, and revamped its existing export insurance policy (EXIP) in order to support a wider range of exporters who are unable to acquire help from the private sector credit insurance market.

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the net percentage change in UK Export Finance's budget has been since 2010. [130347]

Michael Fallon: The budget for the running costs of UK Export Finance (formally the Export Credits Guarantee Department) has increased by 5% since 2010.

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises his Department supports through assisting them in exporting British products to the middle east and north Africa. [130348]

Michael Fallon: UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) provides a diverse range of services to exporters, many of which are well tailored for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including in the middle east and north Africa.

As I said in my reply on 26 November 2012, Official Report, columns 110-11W, UKTI delivered some 530 directly charged services last year to UK SMEs in this category. The number of UK SMEs indirectly or less intensively helped will have been some multiples of this number.

UK Export Finance (formally the Export Credits Guarantee Department) provides assistance to exporters of all sizes, principally in the form of insurance policies

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and guarantees to banks that lend to buyers who purchase supplies from UK exporters.

It has introduced a range of new products, targeted especially at SMEs, including a Bond Support Scheme and Export Working Capital Scheme to assist exporters obtain access to finance, and revamped its existing export insurance policy in order to support a wider range of exporters who are unable to acquire help from the private sector credit insurance market.

Industrial Development Advisory Board

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 March 2012, Official Report, column 66WS, on the Industrial Development Advisory Board, what progress has been made on the identification and examination of the key functions of that board; and what assessment he has made of how its functions contribute to the core business of his Department. [129805]

Michael Fallon: The triennial review of the Industrial Development Advisory Board's functions has been completed and the report produced by the review team is currently going through departmental governance and is expected to be published before the Christmas recess. A written ministerial statement will be made at that time and copies of the report will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Insolvency

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received on clarifying the law relating to administration expenses. [130317]

Jo Swinson: The Government are aware of stakeholders' concerns regarding administration expenses and of the importance of these provisions. We are following court cases on this issue closely. We continue to receive representations from stakeholders on this matter and welcome evidence on the effect of the issue in order to help us assess whether to make any changes.

New Businesses

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average number of new business start ups was in each UK city in each month since May 2010. [130636]

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

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated November 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the average number of new business start ups in each UK city in each month since May 2010. (130636)

Annual statistics on the number of enterprise births are available in the ONS release on Business Demography at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bus-register/business-demography/index.html

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This is an annual publication and the latest data available are for 2010, data are not produced monthly. We regret that the data are not produced at city level. The lowest geography level shown in the publication is district level. Parliamentary constituency level data are available on request.

Offshore Funds: Companies

Mr McCann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on UK businesses of companies who hold offshore accounts allowing only fortnightly transactions and withholding payments for sellers by up to three weeks. [129670]

Michael Fallon: The Government are aware that long payment terms and late payment can have a serious impact on the viability of small businesses and has been working with industry to assess the scale of the problem in the UK and drive culture change. We have not, as part of this broader work, made a discreet assessment of the payment practices of offshore companies.

Overseas Companies

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what information his Department holds on how many UK companies opened new offices in South America in the last 12 months; [130002]

(2) what information his Department holds on how many UK companies opened new offices in South Africa in the last 12 months. [130003]

Michael Fallon: British companies are not required to inform the Government when they open an office abroad. The requested information is not therefore available, and to try to compile it would incur disproportionate cost. As a general principle, however, we encourage British companies to open offices abroad where the business case justifies this, as a clear commitment to the market concerned.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on how many UK companies have relocated their head office abroad in the last 24 months. [130004]

Jo Swinson: A UK company's legal address for the service of correspondence, their registered office address, must always be situated in the UK. The location of any other administrative office of a company, or the country in which it principally trades, does not form part of the public record.

Secondment

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility organisation have been seconded to his Department since May 2010. [130171]

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Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not hosted any individuals on secondment from any utility or energy company since May 2010.

Students: Finance

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce delays in processing student finance applications; and if he will make a statement. [130510]

Mr Willetts: The Government are committed to ensuring that students and their families get a high quality student finance service. The Student Loans Company (SLC) is responsible for delivering the student finance service, including its relationship with customers and the quality of service delivered. I regularly meet the SLC's Chair and Chief Executive to review SLC's performance and discuss how BIS can support SLC's efforts to deliver a successful student finance service. Officials in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills work in close partnership with the SLC to review performance throughout the year and monitor the student support application processing cycle closely. SLC is committed to improving its performance and has implemented a range of measures to improve customer service—including better staff training, simpler web-based information, advice and guidance, and processing improvements.

Official statistics published on 14 October(1) demonstrate that SLC has made good progress in processing applications for academic year (AY) 2012/13 and is on track to deliver a successful student finance application cycle.

(1) Higher education student support applications to student finance, England in academic year 2012/13 (provisional) as at 14 October 2012

http://www.slc.co.uk/media/507316/slcosp102012.pdf

The figures show that SLC has processed the vast majority of the 1 million applications received. 93% of the cases prepared for a payment where a maintenance support element was due had already received a payment and a further 2% of payments were either in the banking system or term start dates had not yet been reached.

Justice

Community Orders

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been placed on the community payback scheme in each probation trust in each year since the scheme began. [130564]

Jeremy Wright: The table shows the number of unpaid work requirements commenced under Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders in each probation trust from April 2005 to June 2012 (latest available).

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

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Number of unpaid work requirements commenced under Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders(1), April 2005 to June 2012, by probation trust, England and Wales
 2005(2)2006200720082009201020112012(3)

Avon and Somerset

597

1,521

1,873

1,989

2,164

2,231

2,529

1,410

Bedfordshire

293

753

837

1,041

1,118

1,114

1,067

532

Cambridgeshire

540

1,352

1,519

1,595

1,741

1,760

1,654

718

Cheshire

502

1,507

1,841

1,932

1,909

1,897

1,689

855

Durham Tees Valley

752

2,121

2,760

2,653

2,005

2,019

2,238

1,096

Cumbria

440

992

1,258

1,329

1,102

1,063

1,021

455

Derbyshire

621

1,573

1,874

1,927

2,099

1,996

2,039

910

Devon and Cornwall

910

1,583

1,690

1,628

1,779

1,607

1,639

797

Dorset

297

767

786

915

890

842

763

352

Essex

934

2,356

2,791

2,765

3,288

3,305

3,405

1,412

Gloucestershire

226

627

740

725

661

615

632

299

Hampshire

1,433

3,018

3,358

3,275

2,777

3,047

2,824

1,199

West Mercia

496

1,255

1,537

1,569

1,886

1,601

1,574

760

Hertfordshire

452

993

1,356

1,504

1,407

1,469

1,355

666

Humberside

756

1,778

2,069

2,009

1,976

1,962

2,061

989

Kent

869

2,258

2,862

3,082

3,209

3,088

3,059

1,395

Lancashire

836

2,473

3,123

2,723

2,710

2,838

2,607

1,241

Leicestershire

663

1,714

1,941

1,829

1,661

1,830

1,957

987

Lincolnshire

308

844

975

901

1,038

1,027

999

447

Greater Manchester

2,090

5,380

6,136

6,211

6,225

6,575

6,000

2,923

Merseyside

895

2,589

2,864

2,784

2,904

2,835

2,393

1,106

Norfolk and Suffolk

995

2,253

2,562

2,702

2,793

2,740

2,360

1,053

Northamptonshire

275

871

1,065

1,016

1,217

1,293

1,356

573

Northumbria

788

2,411

2,727

2,722

2,658

2,563

2,636

1,144

Nottinghamshire

972

2,261

2,437

2,183

2,414

2,643

2,466

1,140

Thames Valley

923

2,485

2,803

2,868

2,739

2,971

2,781

1,280

Staffordshire and West Midlands

2,335

5,635

7,040

6,597

7,577

7,468

7,117

3,387

Surrey and Sussex

1,084

2,809

3,693

3,829

3,905

3,759

3,521

1,663

Warwickshire

267

707

958

844

984

903

774

345

Wiltshire

264

754

775

921

744

826

738

347

North Yorkshire

615

1,284

1,480

1,475

1,647

1,527

1,608

720

South Yorkshire

905

2,317

2,763

3,091

3,326

3,272

2,981

1,321

West Yorkshire

1,583

3,544

4,200

4,438

4,933

5,222

4,735

2,176

Wales

2,232

5,584

6,342

6,466

6,725

6,950

7,266

3,425

London

4,186

10,644

12,686

12,890

13,976

14,388

14,314

6,722

(1) The Youth Rehabilitation Order was introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and implemented on 30 November 2009. Data was collected from 2010 onwards. (2) These orders were introduced for offences committed after 4th April 2005. (3) 1 January to 30 June.