Treasury

Charities: Israel

Richard Burden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether charities providing financial support for Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories can be registered with HM Revenue and Customs for tax purposes. [133092]

Sajid Javid: Where an organisation is recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission and by HM Revenue and Customs it is entitled to UK tax relief on its income, subject to that income being applied for wholly charitable purposes only. Applying income for wholly charitable purposes can include making a payment to a body outside the UK, but for tax relief to remain intact HM Revenue and Customs must be satisfied that the charity has taken reasonable steps to. ensure that payment will be applied for charitable purposes only.

The Charities Act 2011 lists charitable purposes, which are followed for UK tax purposes. It follows that if payments are made to organisations in Israel and those payments are applied for wholly charitable purposes, the charity remains entitled to tax relief.

If a charity applies its income for non-charitable purposes, tax relief is denied, and where it has already been given it is recovered.

Communications Data Bill (Draft)

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects on his public expenditure targets of the future costs implied by the draft Communications Data Bill. [132571]

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Danny Alexander: The current estimated economic costs to Government of the Communications Capability Development (CCD) programme, which includes the cost of implementing the measures enabled by proposed draft legislation on communications data, are up to £1.8 billion over the period to 2020-21. This expenditure is not yet committed, and so would represent an additional pressure were the report to go forward.

The programme's business case is being revised at present, including the costs and benefits. The Home Office envisage completing this work by early 2013, and HM Treasury will consider the revised business case when it is available.

Construction: Self-employed

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the implications for his policies of bogus self-employment schemes in the construction industry; what assessment he has made of the effect of such schemes on revenue to the Exchequer; if he will implement the recommendations of the report, The Great Payroll Scandal, published by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians on 3 December 2012; and if he will make a statement. [132641]

Mr Gauke: The Government recognise false self-employment is a risk to income tax and national insurance contributions collection and is detrimental to workers' employment rights in construction and other industries. HMRC deploys compliance resources to address false self-employment in the construction industry and more widely.

With reference to what assessment has been made, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the House on 12 November 2012, Official Report, column 4W.

The Government have no current plans to implement the recommendations of the report.

Economic Situation

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount by which the Government will not meet its borrowing targets by 2015, if funds from the Bank of England and the auctioning of the 4G mobile spectrum were excluded. [133211]

Sajid Javid: The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts that the Government remain on course to meet the fiscal mandate in 2017-18, both including and excluding the effects of the APF cash transfers. The OBR has set out the impact of the asset purchase facility cash transfers on its fiscal forecasts. The OBR has certified the Government estimate that receipts from the sale of 4G spectrum will reduce borrowing by£3.5 billion in 2012-13 and have no effect in 2015.

Employment

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of job growth has been in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) England in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of such growth in each of the next three financial years. [133119]

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Sajid Javid: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) employment statistics for Liverpool and Liverpool, Walton are not available back to 1997. Table 1 shows growth in the employment level each year from the year to June 2005. Employment increased by 2.3% between the year to June 2011 and the year to June 2012 in Liverpool, and 16.4% in Liverpool, Walton. Estimates of employment at the constituency level are more volatile than estimates for larger geographic areas, reflecting the small sample size for survey respondents.

Table 2 gives employment growth for England back to 1997. Employment increased by 2.0% between 2011Q3.and 2012Q3.

Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is responsible for employment forecasts, which are only available at the UK level. Employment is projected to rise in every year of the OBR's December 2012 Economic and fiscal outlook. In the next three financial years employment in the UK is forecast to increase from 29.6 million in this financial year to 30 million in 2015-16

Table 1: Growth in employment level
Percentage
 LiverpoolLiverpool, Walton

Year to June 2005 to Year to June 2006

-2.4

-53

Year to June 2006 to Year to June 2007

5.6

9.0

Year to June 2007 to Year to June 2008

0.1

4.9

Year to June 2008 to Year to June 2009

-3.7

-8.4

Year to June 2009 to Year to June 2010

2.0

8.3

Year to June 2010 to Year to June 2011

-1.2

-6.2

Year to June 2011 to Year to June 2012

2.3

16.4

Source: ONS
Table 2: Growth in employment level
Percentage
 England

1997Q3 to 1998Q3

1.3

1998Q3 to 1999Q3

1.4

1999Q3 to 2000Q3

1.2

2000Q3 to 2001Q3

0.6

2001Q3 to 2002Q3

0.6

2002Q3 to 2003Q3

0.8

2003Q3 to 2004Q3

1.0

2004Q3 to 2005Q3

1.3

2005Q3 to 2006Q3

0.7

2006Q3 to 2007Q3

0.6

2007Q3 to 2008Q3

0.5

2008Q3 to 2009Q3

-1.7

2009Q3 to 2010Q3

1.2

2010Q3 to 2011Q3

-0.6

2011Q3 to 2012Q3

2.0

Source: ONS

Housing Benefit

Guto Bebb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which areas will receive increases of (a) more and (b) less than one per cent for local housing allowance rates in 2014-15 and 2015-16. [133141]

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

In 2014-15 and 2015-16, increases to local housing allowance rates will be limited to a maximum of 1 % or to the 30th percentile of market rents, whichever is lower. We have set aside £140 million of the savings generated to target further help to areas most affected by these new limits.

Our intention is that this funding will be used to increase the local housing allowance rates by more than 1% in areas where rent increases are causing a shortage of affordable accommodation.

This funding will be available from 2014-15 and we will of course consider the evidence emerging next year to decide how it is targeted.

In 2013-14 local housing allowance rates will be uprated as planned, and are now published on the websites of Valuation Officer Agency, Rent Officers Wales and Rent Service Scotland.


Income Tax: Wales

David T. C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people living in Wales pay income tax at (a) a higher and (b) the additional rate. [132646]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is shown in the following table for 2012-13:

Thousands

Taxpayers resident in Wales(1)

 

Basic rate

1,250

Higher rate

120

Additional rate

5

  

Wales Population estimate(2)

2,470

(1) These projections are based on the 2009-10 Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI) data projected in line with the Office for Budget Responsibility's December 2012 Economic and fiscal outlook. (2) Office for National Statistics, 2010 mid year based population projections, adjusted to financial year estimates for individuals aged 16 and over.

ONS population estimates are at mid year whereas taxpayer estimates represent numbers of individuals with tax liabilities arising during the financial year.

Official Hospitality

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e) flowers, (f) laundry, (g) porterage, (h) china, (i) cutlery and (j) venue hire since May 2010. [132883]

Sajid Javid: The Treasury's accounting system does not separately identify elements of hospitality spending and the information could not be provided within the disproportionate costs threshold.

Since May 2010, £34,000 has been spent on hospitality at functions attended by external guests comprising £15,000 between 1 May and 31 March 2011, a further £14,000 between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 and £5,000 between 1 April 2012 and 30 November 2012.

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The attendance of Treasury staff at such functions is dependent on a necessary business need and their number should not exceed the number of external guests. The provision of refreshments, including hospitality, at meetings or functions within HM Treasury for Treasury staff, other Whitehall civil servants and non-executive directors where no external guests are present has been prohibited since 1 July 2010.

In the financial year prior to May 2010 (1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010), £116,000 was spent on hospitality.

Overseas Investment

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries received UK foreign direct investment in each financial year since 2000-01. [132656]

Sajid Javid: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes calendar year estimates of outward foreign direct investment by UK firms. The most recent publication was released 6 December 2012 and provides figures up to and including 2011. The full dataset and associated publications are available on the ONS website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/fdi/foreign-direct-investment/index.html

The published information does not include the destination of investment for every country, and is available for calendar rather than financial years.

The stock of UK outward investment by UK firms has risen from £600 billion in 2001 to £1,098 billion in 2011. The largest stocks of outward direct investment by UK firms are in the USA (£210 billion) and the European Union (£531 billion); in 2011 these regions accounted for three quarters of the outward investment stock. Within the EU, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Ireland and Belgium have the largest stocks of direct investment by UK firms. Although advanced economies account for the majority of UK firms' stock of outward investment, the UK stock in the major emerging economies has grown strongly over the past decade, from £8 billion in 2001 to £42 billion in 2011.

Parking

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what contracts for providing car park management services to his Department are held by private companies; [132559]

(2) what the total value is of any contracts between his Department and private companies for car park management services in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) South Lanarkshire local authority area. [132560]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury do not currently hold any contracts for car park management services.

Partnerships: Welfare Tax Credits

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in receipt of tax credits are partners in a business partnership. [133302]

Mr Gauke: This information would be available only at disproportionate cost.

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Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in his Department were paid in excess of (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000 in each of the last five years. [132752]

Sajid Javid [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The number of Treasury employees who were in receipt of an annual salary in excess over (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000 in each of the last five years are shown in the following table:

  Number
End financial yearNumber of staffOver £80,000Over £100,000

2007-08

42

24

18

2008-09

38

20

18

2009-10

47

27

20

2010-11

73

36

37

2011-12

75

36

39

Information on HM Treasury salaries is published in the HM Treasury organogram which can be found at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about_hmtgroup_organogram.htm

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years. [132860]

Sajid Javid: The amounts paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses for 2011-12 were disclosed under the transparency agenda on 27 October 2011 and can be found at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/transparency_treasurygroup_performance_pay_201011.csv

The information for 2011-12 is planned for publication on 20 December 2012 and will be available on the following web page:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about_hmtgroup_organogram.htm

PAYE

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses using PAYE have (a) between two and four employees, (b) between five and nine employees, (c) between 10 and 14 employees and (d) over 15 employees; what the total number of employees employed in each category is; and how many claim tax credits. [133304]

Mr Gauke: This information requested is available only at disproportionate cost, as the data is not centrally held by HM Revenue and Customs data systems.

Personal Income

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the proportion of the national income earned by people earning more than £150,000 a year in each year since 2001-02; [133298]

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(2) what proportion of the national income was earned by people earning an annual salary between (a) £10,000 and £20,000, (b) £20,000 and £30,000, (c) £30,000 and £40,000, (d) £40,000 and £50,000, (e) £50,000 and £60,000 and (f) £60,000 and over in each year since 2001-02. [133529]

Mr Gauke: Figures for the proportion of gross income of all taxpayers by position in the income distribution are published in HMRC's Personal Taxes Statistics table 2.4.

It shows that the proportion of gross taxpayer income earned by the bottom 50%—those with incomes below around £21,000 this financial year—is estimated to be higher now than at any point during the period the hon. Gentleman mentions. By contrast, the share of gross taxpayer income of this group declined between 2000 and 2010.

The share of income before tax of the top 1%—which broadly comprises those earning above £150,000—rose

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from just over 11% of total income in 2001-02 to almost 14% in 2009-10. Since 2009-10, that has declined back to around 11% in the current financial year, according to HMRC's latest projected estimates.

Because of inflation and economic growth, the top 1% of taxpayers included those with an income above around £110,000 in 2001-02, and the bottom 50% included those with an income below around £16,000.

Data available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/tax-statistics/table2-4.pdf

Sickness Absence

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average number of working days lost per person through ill health was in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years. [132533]

Sajid Javid: The following table gives HM Treasury absentee rates for each of the last five financial years.

Average working days lost per employee
 1 April 2007 to 31 March 20081 April 2008 to 31 March 20091 April 2009 to 31 March 20101 April 2010 to 31 March 20111 April 2011 to 31 March 2012

HM Treasury

4.7

3.6

3.6

3.4

3.9

Dept Management Office

4.2

3.7

4.9

3.8

4.6

Taxation

Paul Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the basis of the calculation that £22 billion of additional revenues per year will be secured by HM Revenue and Customs as a result of the measures set out in paragraph 1.176 of the Autumn Statement 2012. [132909]

Mr Gauke: As part of the 2010 spending review, the Government decided to reinvest £917 million into HMRC for additional compliance activities to bring in £7 billion more revenues in 2014-15, on top of the Department's target of £13 billion.

The recent announcement of an additional investment of £77 million up to 2014-15 is also targeted at tackling evasion and avoidance and will bring in a further £2 billion in 2014-15.

Taxation: Aviation

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's research on dynamic scoring and the broader-economy effects of changes to taxation has considered the effect of differential prices at UK airports. [132486]

Sajid Javid: The Department has not currently undertaken an assessment of the effect of differential prices at UK airports. However, HM Revenue and Customs recently concluded research into this subject. The research has been published on HMRC's website and it is available as “No. 188: Modelling the Effects of Price Differentials at UK Airports” at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/reports.htm

Taxation: Switzerland

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the recent agreement with the Swiss Government provides immunity from prosecution for persons paying the withholding tax. [133311]

Mr Gauke: The recent agreement with the Swiss Government does not provide immunity from prosecution for persons paying the withholding tax.

VAT: Alarms

Jason McCartney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an assessment of the likely effect of exempting or reducing VAT on carbon monoxide alarms on (a) the number of households installing such an alarm and (b) spending by the NHS on carbon monoxide-related deaths and injuries. [132658]

Mr Gauke: There are no provisions under EU VAT law which would allow for an exemption or a reduced rate of VAT on the sale of carbon monoxide alarms. Under EU VAT law, the UK (or other EU countries) cannot extend the scope of existing zero rates or introduce new ones.

House of Commons Commission

Recycling

Luciana Berger: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recycling facilities are available on the Parliamentary Estate. [133305]

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John Thurso: Recycling facilities are available across the parliamentary estate for the following:

Paper/cardboard

Glass

Plastic bottles

Cans

Batteries

Facilities are also available for the collection and recycling of catering waste (including food), unwanted office files and binders, printer and photocopier toner cartridges, batteries, television monitors, refrigerators, small electronic equipment and computer hardware. The PED (Parliamentary Estates Directorate) Help Desk (x4747) can arrange for the recycling of these items. In addition, wood, metal, cooking oil, light fittings and fluorescent and sodium lamps from the Estate are collected for recycling.

If the hon. Member has further questions, the Director General, Facilities would be happy to discuss these with her.

Sickness Absence

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2012, Official Report, columns 17-8W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made of the difference in the proportion of working days lost due to ill health between officers at SCS grade and at catering grade; and what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness-based therapies in reducing the proportion of working days lost in the House of Commons Service. [132701]

John Thurso: Sickness absence figures are regularly reviewed by the Management Board, and benchmarked against sickness absence levels in other organisations. Sickness absence rates within the House of Commons Service are lower than in many public sector organisations and reflect nationwide trends. Manual workers have higher rates of long term sickness than non-manual workers, and sickness absence generally reduces as salary increases.

All staff have access to a full range of welfare and occupational health services through the Safety, Health, and Wellbeing Service. Active use of these services, including early and targeted referrals, has contributed to an overall reduction in sickness absence levels over the past five years. While the House Service does not currently use mindfulness-based therapies, a range of interventions, including cognitive behaviour therapy, are used to help improve the well being of employees in appropriate cases.

Transport

Bus Partnership Forum

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, columns 535-6W, on bus services, when he expects (a) the next Bus Partnership Forum and (b) the first meeting of the Office of Fair Trading

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(OFT) forum for discussions of bus partnership working to take place; whether the OFT forum will feature discussion of the employment implications of partnership working; and if trade unions representing the bus workforce will be invited to attend and participate in the OFT forum. [133241]

Norman Baker: The next Bus Partnership Forum is scheduled for Wednesday 30 January. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) advised earlier this year in its initial response to the Competition Commission's recommendations that it was open to holding forum meetings with Local Transport Authorities, but it has not yet formally accepted this recommendation. Any bus forum that the OFT might establish would be limited to the consideration of competition issues only. Attendees would be a matter for OFT.

Bus Services: South West

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of spending per head of population on bus transport in (a) Plymouth, (b) Devon, (c) Cornwall and (d) the South West; and what the national average of such spending is. [132999]

Norman Baker: The most recent data available for total public expenditure on transport is given in HM Treasury's Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) for 2011/12. This reports that identifiable expenditure on local public transport per head in 2011/12 was £22 for the South West of England, and £56 for the whole of the UK. Equivalent data is not available below regional level.

The “local public transport” PESA category includes bus expenditure but may also include expenditure on other transport modes. It does not, however, include the cost of the free bus travel concession for older and disabled people.

Separately, data on local government bus expenditure is available from the Department for Communities and Local Government, at individual local authority level. The most recent figures available are for 2011-12 and show that spending per head on bus transport was £8 for Plymouth, £7 for Devon, £8 for Cornwall and £10 for the South West of England. A UK figure is not available.

The local government figures include net current expenditure on support to operators for bus services and capital expenditure for ‘public passenger transport—bus’ but do not include expenditure on concessionary fares, home to school transport or public transport co-ordination (which may include bus-related expenditure). These figures will not be wholly consistent with the PESA data shown above as there is additional bus expenditure by central government (e.g. the Bus Service Operators' Grant) which cannot be disaggregated to local authority level.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 684W, on the High Speed 2 railway line, if he will specify the date when HS2 Ltd plans to publish its report on applications to the Exceptional

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Hardship Scheme containing the number of offers received in relation to the number of successful applications. [132956]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd routinely publishes a monthly report on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme at:

http://www.hs2.org.uk/property

The information on applications as of 1 December 2012 is set out as follows:

 Applications to date*

Number of applications received

409

Number of applications which are reapplications

107

Number of applications withdrawn by the applicants

10

Average time in weeks for a decision under the final panel (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)

6.99

Number of applications accepted under the EHS

94

Number of applications rejected under the EHS

281

Number of applications pending a decision

24

Number of formal offers accepted by applicants

79

Number of purchases which have completed

63

Number of properties, rented out

49

Total value of those properties where the purchase is completed

£37,554,324

* 1 December 2012.

I will also shortly be writing to the right hon. Lady with the information that she requested on how many applications have been made to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme where no offers have been received; and what the average time was such properties had been on the market at the time of the application for (a) successful and (b) rejected applications.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) gross and (b) net estimated expenditures

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are for (i) the safeguarding zone and (ii) the voluntary purchase zone as part of the proposed compensation scheme for HS2. [132957]

Mr Simon Burns: The proposed compensation schemes are currently out for consultation. The costs will depend on what scheme the Government adopt following consultation and the extent to which householders and others take up options open to them.

Level Crossings

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what inspection regime his Department recommends to Network Rail for (a) level crossing warning lights and (b) general safety at level crossings. [133310]

Mr Simon Burns: The inspection regime for level crossings is a matter for Network Rail.

Official Hospitality

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e) flowers, (f) laundry, (g) porterage, (h) china, (i) cutlery and (j) venue hire since May 2010. [132879]

Norman Baker: Hospitality is appropriate only exceptionally, where there are external visitors. The central department is unable to provide information on how much has been spent on the requested categories, if any, as data is not collected at this level of detail. It is not required for our statutory reporting and it could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Since 12 May 2010, no alcohol has been purchased for use within the Department's headquarters building, except paid for by DFT staff, or Ministers.

The requested information for agencies is provided below.

£sDriving Standards AgencyDriver and Vehicle Licensing AgencyHighways AgencyMaritime and Coastguard Agency(1)Vehicle Certification AgencyVehicle and Operator Services Agency(2)

Champagne

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Wines

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Spirits

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Soft Drinks

0

0

0

32

0

n/a

Flowers

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Laundry

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Porterage

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

China

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Cutlery

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

Venue Hire

0

0

0

5,750

0

n/a

Notes: 1. MCA Venue hire to host UN International Maritime Organisation in London for two years. 2. VOSA is unable to provide individual costs as they are all recorded under travel and subsistence.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees in his Department were paid (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year in each of the last five years. [133115]

Norman Baker: The number of employees in the Department for Transport who were paid between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and in excess of £100,000 per year in each of the last 5 years is shown in the table below.

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 20082009201020112012

£80,000-£100,00

39

57

69

67

63

>£100,000

33

38

47

33

30

Railways: Broadband

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake a review of internet access and mobile telephone reception on the rail network. [133485]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have been working with the rail and telecommunications industries to maximise the quality of mobile communications for rail passengers across the national network.

The emerging strategy will involve the installation of signal-enhancing equipment on-board trains while improving trackside coverage to reduce the number of areas where mobile coverage is weak or non-existent. Implementation would be through joint working between Network Rail, train and mobile network operators, rolling stock companies, Ofcom and the Office of Rail Regulation.

The Government will continue to act in a co-ordinated manner and, if necessary, intervene to support industry to make rapid progress.

Railways: Franchises

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is a requirement that bidders for railway franchises must ensure that directly employed staff and staff on outsourced contracts are paid the (a) London living wage as defined by the GLA Living Wage Unit or (b) living wage as defined by the Centre for Research in Social Policy. [133560]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not specify the terms and conditions for staff who work for train operating companies in franchise agreements. These terms are a matter for train operators and are negotiated with relevant trade unions.

Severn River Crossing

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Severn river crossings to pass into Government ownership. [132404]

Stephen Hammond: The Severn crossings are run by a private concessionaire, Severn River Crossings plc (SRC). The concession is currently forecast to end in 2018.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Subsidies

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent performance of the Rural Payments Agency in making Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment Scheme payments to farmers during the first week of the payment window. [132979]

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Mr Heath: I refer the hon. Member to my written statement of 6 December 2012, Official Report, columns 76-77WS.

Animals: Exports

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy that any port used for the transport of live animals for export should be regarded as a staging point in accordance with EU Council Regulations; [131371]

(2) what the basic requirements are for any staging point to ensure adequate animal welfare provision in the live transit of animals; [131372]

(3) if he will make an assessment of whether Ramsgate and Thanet ports satisfy the minimum requirement for staging points referred to in EU Council Regulations on the live export of animals. [131373]

Mr Heath: In EU legislation, the term ‘staging points’ has been replaced by ‘control posts’. There is no legal requirement for ports to become control posts in either EU or domestic welfare in transport legislation and therefore no assessment has been made of their suitability. Council Regulation (EC) 1255/97 lays down the legal requirements for the establishment and use of control posts. These are privately run facilities which are approved and monitored by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

Cattle: Animal Welfare

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many routine planned welfare inspections were carried out on cattle in (a) total in England and Wales and (b) each region in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [132077]

Mr Heath: The following table represents the numbers of routine welfare inspections on cattle for 2010-11 and 2011-12. AHVLA introduced a risk-assessed approach to inspections from 2011 onwards, which is reflected in the figures.

RegionGrand total

2010-11 financial year

 

East Midlands

121

North East

92

North West

211

South East

165

South West

1,273

West Midlands

263

Yorks and Humber

205

England total

2,330

South Wales

145

North Wales

133

Wales total

278

Grand total

2,608

  

2011-12 financial year

 

East Midlands

40

North East

21

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North West

136

South East'

70

South West

1,029

West Midlands

84

Yorks and Humber

72

England total

1,452

South Wales

130

North Wales

61

Wales total

191

Grand total

1,643

Flood Control

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated for property level flood protection measures in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and how much he plans to allocate to such measures in each of the next three years. [132347]

Richard Benyon: The following table summarises the yearly total expenditure of flood and coastal risk management grant in aid on property level flood protection measures:

Financial yearSpend (£ million)

2008-09

0

2009-10

3.0

2010-11

2.6

2011-12

3.4

In this financial year (2012-13) we provisionally expect to spend £0.6 million under the DEFRA partnership funding approach.

Since 2011, property level protection has been available as part of a range of measures that can be funded through the partnership funding approach and local levy. These awards are made on the basis of outcomes and value for money.

Partnership funding has so far brought forward a sum of £72 million in external co-funding during this year and for the next two years. During the three years before partnership funding was introduced a total of £13 million was secured. As part of the current investment planning round, the £72 million figure is expected to increase further.

DEFRA has also recently launched a Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme with a total budget of £5 million to support innovative community action to improve resilience. The projects funded under this scheme may include an element of capital funding, including property level protection measures, but would need to demonstrate additional forms of innovation beyond simply supplying equipment.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

British Indian Ocean Territory

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2012, on British Indian Ocean

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Territory, whether he accepts the recent decision of the Information Commissioner that his Department is the relevant public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and environmental information regulations in respect of British Indian Ocean Territory. [133216]

Mark Simmonds: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, accepts the Information Commissioner's recent decision whereby the Information Commissioner's Office accepts that the British Indian Ocean Territory is constitutionally separate and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (2000) or the Environmental Information Regulations (2004). However, the Secretary of State also accepts that British Indian Ocean Territory Administration information stored on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office systems in London is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Environment Information Regulations.

Colombia

Mr Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Colombian government on the need for them to ensure the safety of (a) members of the mass movement known as the Patriotic March and (b) other people and organisations in civil society who are receiving death threats or being killed; and if he will make a statement. [132958]

Mr Swire: We are concerned about reports of threats and violence against members of civil society in Colombia. We regularly raise our concerns with the Colombian Government and urge them to provide greater protection for human rights defenders and their families, to reduce the length of time taken to investigate murders and forced disappearances, and to work with unions and employee organisations to strengthen labour relations in Colombia. We have made specific representations on the threats against Patriotic March members including Carlos Lozano, Fredy Chate, Gerardo Martinez and Gustavo Londono.

Our embassy in Bogota has implemented a high-profile programme of activities to support human rights defenders under threat, including a project to increase their awareness of the protection measures available and meetings with threatened organisations to demonstrate UK support. In a joint statement on human rights in November 2011, both the Prime Minister and President Santos condemned violence against human rights defenders and emphasised their support for the work they do.

Mr Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Colombian government on the need to ensure the safety of Congressman Ivan Cepeda who has received death threats arising from his work for Colombians for Peace; and if he will make a statement. [132959]

Mr Swire: We are concerned about reports of a threat made against Congressman Ivan Cepeda, who is an active human rights defender representing the organisations Movimiento Nacional de Victimas de Crímenes de Estado (MOVICE) and Colombians for Peace. Any threat made

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against the life of a human rights defender is unacceptable. Our embassy in Bogota will raise this case with the Colombian Government.

Our embassy has implemented a high-profile programme of activities to support human rights defenders under threat, including a project to increase their awareness of the protection measures available and meetings with threatened organisations to demonstrate UK support. In a joint statement on human rights in November 2011, both the Prime Minister and President Santos condemned violence against human rights defenders and emphasised their support for the work they do.

Consultants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff were employed on consultancy contracts in his Department on the latest date for which figures are available; how many such staff were employed on the same date 12 months ago; and if he will make a statement. [132208]

Mr Lidington: As the recruitment of consultants is devolved to individual departments and posts within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we do not have central records of such contracts and could obtain this only at a disproportionate cost.

Council of Ministers

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions EU meetings at ministerial level have taken place where the UK has been represented solely by an official of the UK Representation in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [132648]

Mr Lidington: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Government, do not maintain a collated record of the information requested.

However, a written ministerial statement which indicates the UK's representation is deposited with Parliament to report on every ministerial EU council meeting.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the appointment of a joint United Nations and African Union envoy to assist in reaching a resolution to the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. [133080]

Mark Simmonds: We have encouraged the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative, through the UN Security Council Resolution 2076 and through the EU Council conclusions of 10 December. This should be part of the response to the current crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with a view to establishing long term stability there. The African Union has appointed Boubacar Gaoussou Diana as their Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region.

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Egypt

Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministerial colleagues had with Egyptian officials in advance of Egypt successfully brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. [133057]

Mr Hague: The UK worked intensively to support the Egyptians in their facilitation of negotiations. This included conversations between the Prime Minister and President Mursi and also between myself and my counterpart, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr.

Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) Egypt's progress towards agreeing a new constitution and (b) the likely date by which such a constitution will be agreed. [133058]

Mr Hague: The referendum on the constitution is planned for 15 December.

On 5 December I expressed my concern about reports of violent clashes over the constitution and referendum, and urged all sides to show restraint. We are encouraging all parties to resolve their differences through a process of dialogue which allows all voices to be heard, and look to the Egyptian authorities to make progress on the transition in an inclusive manner.

European Council

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to draw the attention of relevant parliamentary committees to European Council A points in advance of them being signed off; what plans he has to publish agenda issues in advance of Council meetings; and if he will make a statement. [132647]

Mr Lidington: Various formations of the Council of the European Union, such as the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council, have items on their agenda presented as “A points” (items that do not require a discussion) and “B points” (items which require a discussion). Matters which are subject to parliamentary scrutiny are subject to the same scrutiny commitments irrespective of whether they are presented to Council formations as an A or B point, and I would like to reiterate here the importance that this Government places on the scrutiny role that Parliament plays.

The European Council meeting of Heads of State and Government does not have matters placed on its agenda as A and B points. The European Council agrees conclusions which are discussed and agreed unanimously.

The agendas for European Councils are publicly available in advance of meetings on the European Council website.

European Union

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on the audit of the (a) competences and

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(b)

membership costs of the EU; and if he will make a statement. [132603]

Mr Lidington: The balance of competences review is on schedule. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (Mr Hague), updated the House on 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 46WS, about the timetable and sequencing of reports over the next two years. Calls for evidence for all six reports in the first semester (concluding in summer 2013) have since been published and can be found through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website

http://www.fco.gov.uk/eu/balance-of-competences

We expect that evidence submitted to the review will provide information about the costs of different areas of EU action.

ICT: Theft

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [132192]

Mr Lidington: Official items lost, stolen or damaged are all recorded as "losses". Information is only available for the period since August 2010 without incurring disproportionate cost. Prior to this date, the information was not held centrally.

In 2010-11, 28 computers, including laptops were recorded as losses. 12 of these were in the UK and the other 16 were at one of our 260 posts overseas. In the same period 37 BlackBerrys were recorded as losses. 15 of these were in the UK and the other 22 were at one of our posts overseas.

In 2011-12, seven computers, including laptops were recorded as losses. Six of these were in the UK and one was lost at a post overseas. In the same period 35 BlackBerrys were recorded as losses. 10 of these were in the UK and the other 25 were lost at one of our posts overseas.

Information on the number of mobile telephones (separate from BlackBerry devices) lost is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office takes its responsibilities for protecting information assets seriously and complies with mandatory requirements of the Security Policy Framework, which includes the implementation of security incident management procedures to ensure losses are dealt with appropriately.

Ilois: Resettlement

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on contesting the Chagossian right to return to the British Indian Ocean Territory since 1999. [132008]

Mark Simmonds: Legal costs incurred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in defending cases on the Chagossian right to return to the British Indian Ocean

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Territory since 1998 total £1.956.408.56. These costs relate to the following cases:

1. R (Bancoult) v. Secretary of Stale for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 1):

2. R (Bancoult) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2);

3. Chagos Islanders v. the Attorney General; and

4. Chagos Islanders v. United Kingdom.

ICT: Expenditure

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for his Department's websites in each of the last two years; and how much has been allocated for each such category of expenditure in 2012-13. [132122]

Mr Lidington: The infrastructure and hosting costs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) websites were as follows.

In 2010-11 £1,458,935 and in 2011-12 £1,473,742. The budget allocated to these costs in 2012/13 is £1,488,032.

These costs are determined by a contract signed in February 2007.

The costs cover 250 websites globally which are visited by around 11 million people a year and play a critical role in promoting the UK's foreign policy objectives and providing travel advice and consular information for British nationals overseas.

In addition we designed and built a number of micro sites to host our annual human rights report, overseas territories White Paper consultation and our blogs website, to enable people to comment.

These costs were £6,555 in 2010-11, £28,393 in 2011-12 and year to date spend in 2012-13 £5,000 on blog platform support costs.

The cost of strategy, planning, content provision and the evaluation of the FCO's websites is one of staff time.

The following table shows the costs of staff in London and overseas who manage the FCO's digital presence. The UK-based staff budget for 2012-13 includes an increase of £65,000 to manage the Government Digital Service transition project. That project will lead to a saving of around £1.5 million a year as we move our websites to the new single Government website, GOV.UK by March 2013.

In addition, each of our overseas missions has a web editor responsible for the mission website(s)—this varies from full-time to 5% to 10% of a person's time in some missions.

(£000)
 SpendBudget
Description2010-112011-122012-13

UK-based staff

787

746

556

Overseas-based staff

258

241

310

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GDS transition contractor costs

100

Total salary costs/allocation

1045

987

966

Israel

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is party to any agreements concerning representatives of the Israeli government and international airlines. [133205]

Alistair Burt: No, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not party to any agreements concerning representatives of the Israeli Government and international airlines.

There is an Agreement in place between the European Community and the State of Israel on certain aspects of air services which came into force on 4 November 2009. A further "Open Skies" agreement was signed by the EU and Israel in July 2012 but has yet to be ratified.

Nobel Prize

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has met representatives of the Nobel Peace Prize Award Committee in an official capacity; and if he will make a statement. [132973]

Mr Lidington: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has not met with representatives of the Nobel Committee in an official capacity.

Norway

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his Norwegian counterpart following the Norwegian government's decision to exclude the organisation Karmel-instituttet from eligibility for tax relief. [132836]

Mr Lidington: No discussions have taken place with the Norwegian Government on this matter.

Pay

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years. [132859]

Alistair Burt: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office paid the following amounts in performance related pay (bonuses):

2010-11

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Year end—£5,932,379

In year—£485,504

2011-12

Year end—£5,564,554

In year—£676,975

Year end performance related payments reflect the previous years performance as measured by the annual appraisal process. In year performance related payments reflect outstanding achievement either by an individual or team and are only payable to staff in grades below the senior civil service.

Pitcairn Islands

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a marine protected area at Pitcairn Island. [133238]

Mark Simmonds: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 754W.

Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) his Department and (b) each of the public bodies for which he is responsible since May 2010; what the rate of turnover of senior civil servants has been in (i) his Department and (ii) each such body since May 2010; and if he will make a statement. [132172]

Alistair Burt: There are currently 403 senior civil servants in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The number and proportion of senior civil servants leaving the FCO since May 2010 is as follows:

During the financial year 2010-11: 56 senior civil servants left the FCO.

During the financial year 2011-12: 44 senior civil servants left the FCO.

From 1 April to 30 November 2012: seven senior civil servants have left the FCO.

During the financial year 2010-11: one senior civil servant left FCO Services.

During financial year 2011-12: one senior civil servant left FCO Services.

No senior civil servants have left FCO Services this financial year.

The British Council do not have senior civil servants but have 56 staff of the equivalent grade.

During 2010-11 financial year: eight senior staff left the British Council.

During 2011-12 financial year: five senior staff left the British Council.

From 1 April to 30 November 2012: four senior staff have left the British Council.

No senior civil servants have left Wilton Park during this period.

The turnover rate for senior civil servants in the FCO is as follows:

Financial year 2010/-11: 14%

Financial year 2011-12: 11%

Financial year 2012-13 to date: 1.7%

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The turnover rate for senior civil servants in FCO Services is as follows:

Financial year 2010-11: 13%.

Financial year 2011-12: 14%.

The turnover rate for senior staff in the British Council is as follows:

Financial year 2010-11: 14%.

Financial year 2011-12: 11%.

Financial year 2012-13 to date: 7%.

Staff Surveys

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and what the cost of the survey was. [132110]

Mr Lidington: A copy of the results of the October 2012 Department’s staff survey will be placed in the Library in January 2013. The results will similarly be published publicly on the Department's website at that time:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The survey was carried out by ORC International Ltd as part of the Civil Service People Survey, which is carried out across a number of civil service organisations, co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office.

The cost of the survey was £54,696 and encompassed surveys for three organisations including: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), FCO Services and Wilton Park. The costs cover the annual set-up and management of the survey, translations and the inclusion of FCO specific questions.

Western Sahara

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 103W, on Western Sahara, if he will ask (a) MINURSO and (b) Moroccan officials how many Moroccan soldiers are stationed in the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara; and where such soldiers are stationed. [132825]

Alistair Burt: As mentioned in the answer of 26 November 2012, we do not hold this information. We maintain regular contact with Moroccan officials, MINURSO and other interlocutors on Western Sahara, in support of the UN-led efforts to encourage Morocco and the Polisario Front to agree a long-lasting and mutually-acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. Details of Moroccan forces in Western Sahara have not been shared as part of that process.

Home Department

Abu Qatada

Mr George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the police has been of dealing with the case of Abu Qatada. [131068]

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James Brokenshire: It is longstanding Government practice not to comment on operational matters relating to an individual.

Mr George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to limit the award Abu Qatada is seeking. [131207]

James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State’s solicitors have not received any claim for financial compensation from Abu Qatada, and neither has there been any suggestion by the courts that the Secretary of State has acted unlawfully such as would give grounds for a claim. We would argue very strongly against any such claim if one were to be received in the future.

Animal Experiments

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances Regulations 5, 22, 10 (2) (Schedule 2C, Part 3, paragraph 17) or Regulation 42 (Schedule 3, Part 4, paragraph 2) of The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Draft Amendment Regulations 2012 could be used to prefer or require research involving human eggs, human embryos, human admixed embryos or human foetuses over research using animal eggs, or animal or (non human admixed) human-animal chimeric or hybrid embryos or foetuses. [131446]

James Brokenshire: European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes is to be implemented in the United Kingdom and other member states from 1 January 2013. The regulations to transpose Directive 2010/63/EU have now been laid in Parliament. Article 4 (1) of the new directive states that member states shall ensure that, wherever possible, a scientifically satisfactory method or testing strategy, not entailing the use of live animals, shall be used instead of a procedure.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended) makes it clear that regulation of embryos that are either entirely or predominantly human or a mix of human and animal (“human admixed embryos”) is within the remit of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Research using human eggs, human embryos, human or admixed embryos would therefore require licence authority from the HFEA.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended) makes it clear that research using embryos that are either entirely or predominantly human or a mix of human and animal (all of which fall under the definition of “human admixed embryos”) is within the regulatory remit of the HFEA.

The HFEA grants research licences based on an assessment by an HFEA Committee about the necessity and desirability of the research for defined purposes (Section 3A(1)(c) of Schedule 2 of HFE Act 1990 (as amended). This is a decision based on the scientific merits of carrying out research on human embryos.

Some research involving certain types of human admixed embryos may require approval under both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Applications would undergo detailed scrutiny and may be refused at the end of the process.

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Communications Data Bill (Draft)

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations her Department has received on the draft Communications Data Bill from (a) Scotland and (b) the UK. [130148]

James Brokenshire: In the Queen’s Speech on 9 May the Government announced their intention to bring forward a draft Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny, containing measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards while ensuring that the use of communications data are compatible with the Government's approach to civil liberties.

Since publication of the draft Bill the Home Office has received 239 pieces of correspondence from Members of Parliament and the public in the UK. We are unable to break this figure down further to parts of the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of civil servants in her Department 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. [132739]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The Home Office does not hold information centrally on the number of employees who have requested part-time working arrangements, but does hold information on those who have been granted part-time working arrangements. This is provided in the following table.

The Home Office does not hold information centrally on the number of employees who have requested or been granted (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements. To provide this information would incur a disproportionate cost.

Proportion of employees working part-time 2008-09 to 2011-12
 Percentage of employees working part-time

2008-09

19.51

2009-10

20.09

2010-11

19.38

2011-12

19.54

Note: The data included refer to Home Office headquarters and the executive agencies, and include all current, paid civil servants as at 31 March each year. As Data View was introduced in June 2008 we are only able to provide information for the last four financial years. Data source: Data View, the Home Office’s single source of Office for National Statistics compliant corporate monthly Human Resources data, introduced in June 2008. Extract dates: 1 April 2009, 1 April 2010, 1 April 2011, 1 April 2012

Counter-terrorism

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of measures in the EU's Radicalisation and Recruitment Action Plan (a) prohibited within the UK and (b) encouraged within the UK by the EU; and if she will make a statement. [133000]

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James Brokenshire: The EU’s Radicalisation and Recruitment Action Plan was established in 2005, and revised in 2007. The EU encourages the implementation of all measures of the action plan in all member states, including the UK.

The principles of the EU’s Radicalisation and Recruitment Action Plan are consistent with the UK’s Prevent strategy.

DNA

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples were taken from people (a) charged and (b) cautioned in (i) each police area and (ii) total in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [129247]

James Brokenshire: The information is not held centrally.

European Investigation Order

Mr Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what involvement her Department has had in the development of a European investigation order; and if she will make a statement. [132649]

James Brokenshire: The UK opted into European Investigation Order (EIO) negotiations in July 2010. A General Approach was agreed at the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in December 2011, the European Parliament adopted amendments in May 2012, and trilogue discussions began in November. The Home Office has been actively involved in negotiations and the EIO remains subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

ICT: Theft

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from her Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. [132190]

James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State for the Home Department, can confirm that information relating to lost and stolen laptops, mobiles and removable media can be found on the following link to the Home Office webpage:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/transparency/lost-mobiles-laptops-media/?view=Standard&pubID=890533

Information is recorded and published under calendar year and not financial year. Information on items lost and stolen for 2012 will be published in early 2013.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 26 October 2012 with regard to Mrs Olubukola al Oyenuga. [133050]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 11 December 2012.

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Olympic Games 2012: Security

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 694W, on Olympic security, which forces had been reimbursed by 4 December 2012; by what date she expects all forces to be reimbursed; and whether interest payments will be made on any outstanding non-payment. [132636]

James Brokenshire: We have agreed with police forces that invoices for the provision of police officers to undertake Olympic venue security duties in place of G4S should be submitted by the end of the calendar year and that forces will be reimbursed by 8 February 2013.

Parking

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what contracts for providing car park management services to her Department are held by private companies; [132557]

(2) what the total value is of contracts between her Department and private companies for car park management services in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) South Lanarkshire local authority area. [132558]

James Brokenshire: The Home Department and its Agencies do not hold any contracts with private companies for the provision of car park management services.

Pay

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in her Department were paid in excess of (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000 in each of the last five years. [132712]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The information requested is provided in the following table.

As at 1 April each yearNumber of employees paid base salary in excess of £80,000Number of employees paid a base salary of £100,000 or higher

2012

87

36

2011

73

28

2010

66

24

2009

47

18

2008

36

14

Public Appointments

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department last assessed the (a) utility and (b) value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of candidates for public appointments on advisory boards. [132803]

James Brokenshire: Psychometric testing is not widely used by the Home Office when making public appointments. The use and value of psychometric testing in the recruitment and selection of candidates for public appointments to advisory boards has not been assessed by the Department.

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Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment centres and interviews when pursuing applications for selection to a public appointment. [132804]

James Brokenshire: Decisions about the payment of travel expenses are made on a campaign by campaign basis. It is the Home Office policy that when travel expenses are offered, that offer must be extended to all candidates.

Senior Civil Servants

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) her Department and (b) each of the public bodies for which she is responsible since May 2010; what the rate of turnover of senior civil servants has been in (i) her Department and (ii) each such body since May 2010; and if she will make a statement. [132170]

James Brokenshire: Between 1 May 2010 and 31 October 2012, a total of 93 senior civil servants (SCS) have left the Department and its agencies. This number includes those who have permanently transferred to another Government Department. The rate of turnover of SCS staff for the same period May 2010 to October 2012 is 37.2%.

Executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are independent of the Home Office. They are responsible for the employment of their own staff. This information cannot be provided as to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

The Home Office Executive NDPBs are the National Policing Improvement Agency, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, Security Industry Authority, Independent Safeguarding Authority (which was merged with the Criminal Records Bureau to become the Disclosure and Barring Service on 1 December 2012) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Advisory and Tribunal NDPBs do not employ staff but may be supported by a secretariat provided from the sponsoring Department.

Staff Surveys

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the results of her Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and what the cost of the survey was. [132108]

James Brokenshire: The 2012 Civil Service People Survey was run by the Cabinet Office using ORC International. The Home Office Corporate Report, the Home Office Headquarters, UK Border Agency, Border Force, Identity Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau reports are expected to be published by the Cabinet Office on the following website on 1 February 2013:

www.direct.gov.uk

The cost of the survey will be approximately £56,000.

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Health

Abortion

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his proposed consultation on the commissioning of termination of pregnancy services. [132530]

Anna Soubry: It is the Government's intention to carry out a consultation on the future arrangements for commissioning of termination of pregnancy services later in 2013. In particular, we want the new commissioning arrangements that take effect from April 2013 to have had an opportunity to become established to better inform responses to the consultation.

Andrew Bingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to improve abortion counselling; and if he will make a statement; [132976]

(2) when he will publish his sexual health policy document; and whether it will contain plans for improving abortion counselling. [132977]

Anna Soubry: The Government consider the best way to meet the commitment to improve abortion counselling services for women is to look at wider issues on preventing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies and consider counselling requirements in this context. We will therefore set out our plans for improving abortion counselling in our sexual health policy document. We no longer plan to undertake a separate consultation on abortion counselling.

Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

Dame Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence his Department has considered which indicates that it is possible to transfer 30 per cent of the work of a full accident and emergency department to community services in inner London. [133309]

Anna Soubry: We have not considered any evidence in relation to this issue. As the right hon. Member will know, the independent Trust Special Administrator appointed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust is consulting on a draft report with initial recommendations about securing a sustainable future for services provided by the trust. He will make final recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), early in the new year.

Arthritis: Young People

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and their families in accessing information about that condition. [133250]

Dr Poulter: The Department funds NHS Choices which provides information for young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis or their families on their condition, and access to sources of further information, such as that provided by Arthritis Care, and information on

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how to access treatment. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence issued new guidelines for the national health service in February 2012.

Care Homes: Leeds

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes have been deemed as failing to meet standard 15 of the national minimum standards in (a) Leeds North West constituency and (b) the Leeds metropolitan area in each year for which figures are available. [133186]

Norman Lamb: Care homes were inspected against the National Minimum Standards (NMS) until 2010 under the previous regulatory regime, under the Care Standards Act (CSA) 2000. From 1 October 2010, providers of adult social care services, including care homes, were required to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) under the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. At the same time, the NMS were replaced by the CQC's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety. NMS 15—Meals and Mealtimes—was replaced by Outcome 5 of the Essential Standards—Meeting nutritional needs.

The CQC has provided the information in the tables. Table 1 shows every instance of a care home failing to meet NMS 15 under the CSA 2000 in the Leeds local authority area per fiscal year until 30 September 2010. Information is not available by parliamentary constituency area for this period.

Table 1: Leeds local authority area
Fiscal yearInstances(1) of care homes failing to meet NMS 15

2002-03

23

2003-04

27

2004-05

20

2005-06

25

2006-07

17

2007-08

15

2008-09

13

2009-10

10

2010-11(2)

1

Total

151

(1) These are instances of care homes failing to meet the NMS, not necessarily total numbers of homes. (2) Due to providers registering under the HSCA from 1 October 2010, this covers 1 April 2010 to 30 September 2010 only. Source: CQC Database, 7 December 2012

To comply with Regulation 14 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and meet Outcome 5—Meeting nutritional needs—of the Essential Standards, care providers must ensure that service users are protected from the risk of inadequate nutrition and dehydration. This is the regulation in the current legislation that aligns most closely with NMS 15.

Table 2 shows every instance of non-compliance, from inspections that took place in each fiscal year, with Outcome 5 of the Essential Standards, for care home locations in Leeds local authority area, as at 7 December 2012 under the HSCA. We are informed by the CQC that it has not recorded any non-compliance against Outcome 5 at care home locations within the Leeds North West parliamentary constituency.

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Table 2: Leeds local authority area
Fiscal yearInstances(1) of care homes failing to meet Essential Standards Outcome 5

2010-11(2)

1

2011-12

4

2012-13

1

Total

6(3)

(1) These are instances of care homes failing to meet the Outcome, not necessarily total numbers of homes. (2) Due to providers registering under the HSCA from 1 October 2010, this covers 1 October 2010 to 31 March 2011 only. (3) Figures refer to services that are currently registered and those that may have since deregistered. Source: QC Database, 7 December 2012

Dental Services

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to inform the public of dental practices which are taking on new NHS patients. [132885]

Dr Poulter: Information on dental practices taking on new patients for national health service treatment is available nationally from NHS Direct and NHS Choices. Where appropriate, primary care trusts advertise new services locally as they open.

The number of people accessing NHS dentistry has increased by over 1.1 million since May 2010.

Female Genital Mutilation

Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training (a) health professionals, (b) education professionals and (c) social care professionals receive in respect of female genital mutilation. [132528]

Anna Soubry: Guidance for health professionals is contained in the Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), published in 2011 by HM Government. Earlier this year, Ministers wrote to relevant Royal Colleges and national health service agencies asking them about their plans to raise awareness of FGM. The responses received are encouraging, and the overriding message from them all is clear—FGM is abhorrent and they are committed to playing their part in eradicating it.

At the same time, the Department's Chief Medical Officer and Director of Nursing, with the support of the Royal Colleges, wrote to health professionals drawing their attention to the illegal nature of the FGM and to the multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM published last year.

The Department for Education does not itself provide training on FGM. Schools should ensure that the head teacher, and all other staff who work with children, undertake training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively. Guidance for schools is contained in the Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines on FGM, published in 2011 by HM Government.

Flowers

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants in each year since May 2010. [132696]

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Dr Poulter: The Department spent a total of £12,383.80 on plants and trees in the period May 2010 to March 2011 for its core headquarters estate, but cannot separately identify any expenditure within that amount on cut flowers or pot plants. No specific expenditure has been incurred in the period from April 2011 to date.

The Department has a Facilities Management contract with Emcor Facilities Services. Since April 2011, any expenditure on cut flowers or pot plants has been made directly by Emcor and is not reimbursed by the Department.

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, columns 577-8W, on Health and Wellbeing Boards, if he will place a copy of the consultation responses in the Library. [132307]

Norman Lamb: The Department undertook an informal engagement exercise from February to July this year to gather views from stakeholders on which elements of the current legislation for section 102 committees of local authorities should be disapplied, modified or retained in relation to health and wellbeing boards. As this was not a recognised Government consultation, a formal response was therefore not necessary.

The Department did however produce ‘Summary of proposed content for technical regulations in respect of health and wellbeing boards’ which summarises what stakeholders said during the engagement period and what the Department intends to do with the regulations as a result. This document has been shared with key stakeholders and local authorities to support local preparations for health and wellbeing boards. A copy of the document has been placed in the Library.