Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 30 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Heike Gabernowitz. [136116]

Justine Greening: The response has been sent.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to answer the letter sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 28 November 2012 with regard to Dan Hynes. [136123]

Justine Greening: The right hon. Member’s letter of 28 November was transferred to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for reply, as the points raised by Mr Hynes covered the mistreatment of wild animals in circuses, which is a DEFRA lead. The responsible DEFRA Minister will reply to the letter shortly.

Overseas Aid

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information her Department collects on the uses to which the core funds of (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation and (c) Marie Stopes International have been put over the latest two years; and if she will make a statement. [R] [136327]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for international Development (DFID) monitors the use of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) through analysing

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information contained in financial reports and statements presented to the Executive Board. These include information provided on programme spending as well as funding used for management purposes.

The conditions of the Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) grants that the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) receive require each organisation to submit their annual review together with their annual audited accounts and an independent mid-term evaluation assessing progress against their results framework. Each organisation is also required to submit an end of programme evaluation.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department plans to give to the International Planned Parenthood Federation for (a) abortion, (b) family planning and (c) other reproductive health services in the next 12 months; what assessment she has made of the value for money of previous such expenditure since June 2010; and if she will make a statement. [R] [136328]

Lynne Featherstone: DFID will provide up to £8.6 million to International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in 2013-14 through a Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) to deliver high priority, safe family planning and reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls. The Department for International Development (DFID) does not classify spending under the categories requested.

All Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) are expected to demonstrate value for money and our assessments to date show that the cost-effectiveness of International Planned Parenthood Federation is high.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department plans to give to Marie Stopes International for (a) abortion, (b) family planning and (c) other reproductive health services in the next 12 months; what assessment she has made of the value for money of such expenditure since June 2010; and if she will make a statement. [R] [136329]

Lynne Featherstone: Marie Stopes International (MSI) will receive up to £4.35 million through a Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) for the period 2013-14. The Department for International Development (DFID) does not classify spending under the categories requested.

All Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) are expected to demonstrate value for money. An independent review has recently concluded that MSI show outstanding commitment to maximising cost-effectiveness and have been using funds in exceptionally cost-effective ways.

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will consider increasing the Official Development Assistance to population and reproductive health. [136605]

Lynne Featherstone: The health and rights of girls and women are front and centre of Britain's development programme. That is why the Prime Minister hosted the London Summit on Family Planning last July—to galvanize the global community to support transformational change

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for women and girls. The summit's goal was to provide voluntary family planning information, services and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in 69 of the poorest countries by 2020.

The UK committed £516 million ($800 million) over eight years towards the summit goal. This is part of the UK's broader commitment to double investment in family planning from an average of £90 million per year since 2010, to £180 million per year for the next eight years.

The UK's Muskoka Commitment, made at the G8 summit in 2010, is focused on saving the lives of women in pregnancy and childbirth, of newborn babies and on enabling couples to access modern methods of family planning. To support this the UK has significantly increased overall aid for reproductive, maternal and child health programming from around £490 million in 2008-09 to £860 million in 2011-12, a 75% increase over the period and above the commitment we made at the Muskoka summit.

Philippines

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent reports she has received on the uses of funding provided by her Department to the Government of the Philippines; whether any restrictions are placed on the use of such funding; and if she will make a statement; [R] [136323]

(2) what proportion of aid provided by her Department to the Philippines was spent on reproductive health in each of the last five years; and how much her Department has allocated for such purposes in each of the next two years; [R] [136324]

(3) whether she has received any reports of the use of funding provided by her Department to lobby the Government of the Philippines to change its laws on reproductive health; and if she will make a statement. [R] [136325]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have a bilateral programme with the Philippines and is not providing direct assistance for health to the Government of the Philippines. DFID supports a multi-donor, global programme hosted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to improve reproductive health and reduce recourse to unsafe abortion, and a number of non-governmental organisations working on reproductive health issues in the Philippines have received funding from this global IPPF programme. DFID receives regular reports on the programme from IPPF.

DFID provides broader assistance to the Philippines through its attributable contributions to multilateral organisations. This can be viewed on the Statistics on International Development on the DFID website. Due to the nature of the multilateral contributions it is not possible to confirm what proportion of the funding should be attributed to health.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding was provided by her Department to (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation and (c) Marie Stopes International for expenditure in

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the Philippines (i) in total and (ii) on reproductive health issues in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement. [R] [136326]

Lynne Featherstone: The Department for International Development (DFID) provides United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with £20 million of core funding each year.

DFID provided £8.6 million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in 2011-12 and £9 million in 2010-11 through a Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) grant.

DFID provided £4.35 million to Marie Stopes International (MSI) in 2011-12 through a PPA. MSI also received a £79,296 grant through the Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) in 2010-11. DFID's funding to MSI is not earmarked for specific programmes. It is not possible to state what proportion of DFID funding to MSI was used in total or specifically on reproductive health issues in the Philippines in each of the last two years.

Procurement

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's 12 largest suppliers were by contract value in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many such suppliers were private consultants. [137134]

Justine Greening: The Department for International Development's 12 largest suppliers by contact value for financial year 2011-12 are listed as follows. All 12 suppliers listed are private sector organisations.

Two of the 12 suppliers listed are subsidiaries of charitable organisations (these are marked as follows with an *).

Adam Smith International (ASI)

Crown Agents*

Mott McDonald (includes Cambridge Education & HLSP)

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

GRM International

ABT Associates

Maxwell Stamp

HTSPE

Coffey International Development

Atos Consulting

Options Consultancy Services*

KPMG

Rwanda

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what options her Department is considering to help the poorest people in Rwanda following her recent decision to suspend budget support. [136748]

Justine Greening: As an immediate step, in December 2012, I approved the release of £3 million for social cash transfers to help the poorest people in Rwanda, and will continue to consider further options.

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she

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has had with Ministers in the Rwandan Government on her Department's decision to suspend budgetary support. [136749]

Justine Greening: I met with the Rwandan Minister of Finance on 27 November 2012 and subsequently telephoned him on 30 November to inform him of the decision not to release a £21 million general budget support payment to Rwanda in December. The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) and DFID's Permanent Secretary visited Rwanda separately in 2012 and held discussions with President Kagame and Rwandan Ministers. DFID and FCO officials meet Rwandan Ministers regularly to discuss a range of matters including budget support.

Prime Minister

A Programme for Government Update

Paul Flynn: To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was of (a) researching, (b) producing and (c) distributing the Government's mid-term review and its annex, A Programme for Government Update, published in January 2013. [137412]

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

The only external costs associated with the mid-term review were design, publishing and web costs. These costs have not yet been finalised but will be published in due course. There are no additional staff costs as the mid-term review was taken forward by Cabinet Office officials as part of their normal duties.

Food Banks

Stephen Doughty: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer at Prime Minister's Questions on 9 January 2013, whether he has visited a food bank in the last 12 months; and whether he plans to visit a food bank in the near future. [137129]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Lothian (Fiona O'Donnell) on 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 455W.

Communities and Local Government

Building Regulations

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to amend building regulations in relation to load-bearing beams to give preference to building materials that sequester carbon. [136701]

Mr Foster: We currently have no such plans for load-bearing beams, or any other such products or materials, under the Building Regulations.

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Families: Disadvantaged

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 13 of Working With Troubled Families: a guide to the evidence and good practice, by what means the percentage reductions for each of the family problems between entry and exit from the project were calculated; and what the percentage reductions were for each family problem in each local authority. [136739]

Brandon Lewis: The percentage reductions represent the difference in the proportion of families with a stated problem (e.g. truanting and school exclusions) at the end of the intervention being evaluated compared with the proportion of families who had those same problems at the start of the intervention. Whether or not a family is assessed as having such problems is based on the judgment of professionals in the relevant local service. The table on page 44 of the report sets out the changes and calculations in detail.

A large number of local authorities stopped using the data collection system after it ceased to be a condition of grant receipt, so we do not have the information requested broken down by local authority.

Fire Services

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the spending cuts for each fire and rescue service will be by 2014-15. [135372]

Brandon Lewis [holding answer 7 January 2013]:The Government has made available a draft Local Government Finance Report for 2014-15 in order to provide greater certainty in local government funding. However, the figures are provisional and there will be a separate period of formal consultation on it later this year. Draft figures for 2014-15 for fire and rescue authorities are available at:

www.local.communities.gov.uk

Fire Services: Floods

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it a statutory duty for fire and rescue services to respond to major flooding incidents; and if he will make a statement; [136382]

(2) what additional resources he is providing to fire and rescue services to tackle the problems caused by flooding; and if he will make a statement. [136383]

Brandon Lewis: Both the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 detail the roles and powers of fire and rescue authorities in respect of both, emergency response and rescue in a wide range of situations, including from flooding.

In respect of resources, Government's large scale investment in flood defences has generally reduced the number of incidents, even during recent flooding events many thousands of properties were defended. Mutual aid arrangements between fire and rescue services are well embedded across the country and work well.

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The Government also maintain funding for national assets, such as high volume pumps, which are regularly deployed around the country. If major flooding occurs the Bellwin scheme can be activated to provide financial support to cover the extra costs incurred during the response stage of an emergency for eligible local authorities, including combined fire authorities.

Local Government Finance

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what printing costs were incurred by his Department in production of the document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government. [136502]

Brandon Lewis: No printing costs were incurred by my Department in creating this publication.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how many staff were involved in the production and publication of the document, 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government. [136579]

Brandon Lewis: I refer the hon. Member to my answer to his near-identical tabled question of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, what definition his Department uses to decide on a substantive cost. [136580]

Brandon Lewis: The answer to the hon. Member's question of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, refers to the fact that having documents professionally typeset and printed in hard copy, which was the last Administration's approach, incurs a cost to the taxpayer. In line with the Department's new approach to publication, the 50 Ways document was formatted in-house and published online at minimal cost.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how his Department monitors the output of staff in his ministerial office. [136581]

Brandon Lewis: Staff working in ministerial offices are managed by civil servants in accordance with the requirements of the Department's performance management framework.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how many hard copies of his Department's document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government have been requested in each available format; and what the cost was of each; [136891]

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(2) what the cost to his Department was of producing a Braille version of the document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government; and how many Braille copies of that document have been requested. [136892]

Brandon Lewis: No requests for any alternative formats of the ‘50 ways to save: examples of sensible savings in local government’ document have been made to date. Accordingly, no cost has been incurred.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, what meetings Ministers or officials of his Department had with external stakeholders and organisations on the production of the document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government. [136893]

Brandon Lewis: Ministers and officials regularly meet with interested parties, including experts from the local government sector, to discuss approaches to deliver better and more cost-effective local services; this has included initiatives referenced in “50 ways to save”.

Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are available on my Department's website.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, in which languages his Department has published the document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government; and what the cost was of publishing that document in languages other than English. [136894]

Brandon Lewis: English; zero.

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to publish revised figures for changes in spending power in the provisional local government finance settlement as a result of errors in some of the calculations; and if he will make a statement. [136897]

Brandon Lewis: Every year we receive representations on all aspects of the provisional local government settlement, including spending power. Every representation is taken into account as part of the consultation on the final settlement.

Local Government Finance: East of England

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what levels of reserves maintained by each local authority in the Eastern Region were at 31 December of each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [136990]

Brandon Lewis: A table has been placed in the Library of the House, which shows the level of local authority financial reserves held at the start and end of each financial year for all local authorities in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Figures showing financial reserves as at 31 December each year are not available; figures are collected on a financial year basis, so show the level of financial reserves at the start of each financial year (as at 1 April) and at the end of each financial year (as at 31 March). Figures were not collected for end-year reserve levels for 2001-02 to 2004-05.

The figures are from Revenue Outturn forms submitted to DCLG by local authorities each year.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 3 December 2012 with regard to Mr J King. [136125]

Nick Boles: A reply was sent on 9 January 2013.

Mobile Homes

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on the provision of parking spaces on park home sites; [136798]

(2) what guidance his Department gives on the building of a domestic dwelling on a park home site designated for social housing use; and if he will make a statement. [136799]

Mr Prisk: In 2008 the Department published guidance in the form of model standards for residential park home sites for the purpose of licensing such sites. In relation to communal parking the explanatory notes to the standards provide that parking requirements should reflect the reasonable needs of the residents, having regard to the size and layout of the site, the number of units, the occupation criteria of the site and the availability of public transport in the immediate vicinity and that the provision of parking spaces on new sites or those undergoing redevelopment or extension should be consistent with local planning policies.

The Department has not issued guidance on the building of domestic dwellings on park home sites designated for social housing use. The building of dwellings on a park home site would require permission from the local planning authority. The provision of additional park homes on a site may also require planning permission (depending on the terms of the original planning consent) and/or a variation to the licence issued by the local licensing authority if the provision of additional homes would exceed the number permitted to be stationed on the site under the licence.

New Businesses: Tax Allowances

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to introduce rate relief incentives for new start-up businesses of a duration in excess of 12 months. [136164]

Brandon Lewis: The Chancellor announced in his autumn statement a further one year extension—making three and a half years in total—of the temporary doubling of small business rate relief. The increased level of relief

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will therefore apply throughout the whole of the 2013-14 billing year. Many start-ups will be paying no rates-at all under the scheme.

We have also given local authorities a wide-ranging, discretionary power to grant business rates discounts as they see fit. they are therefore able to use that power to support local start-ups.

Further support would need to be balanced against the costs involved, the targeted support we have already provided on business rates and the overriding need to reduce public expenditure and support the economy generally by reducing the deficit.

Sickness Absence

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 306W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the contribution mindfulness-based practice can make to reducing workplace stress and staff absences in his Department. [136201]

Brandon Lewis: The Department reviews the effectiveness of its policies and programmes to address stress and absence on a regular basis and is committed to the well-being of staff. A number of services are offered to help minimise absence as well as provide advice on managing workplace stress. These include a self-test stress indicator tool for line managers, Intranet information pages to help staff maximise their physical and mental health and access to a 24-hour Employee Assistance helpline which offers advice and support to all staff.

Travellers

Mr Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 839W, on travellers, on which specific occasions there has been any discussion of issues arising from the influx of Slovak Roma into England in the last six months. [135950]

Mr Foster: Ministers regularly meet colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss a range of issues. To assist the right hon. Member, I would note that officials from the Department, for Communities and Local Government are working closely with their colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that the UK plays an effective role in discussions at European level on Roma integration. For example, in October 2012, the Department for Communities and Local Government represented the UK at the first meeting of National Roma Contact Points, which brings together officials from all the EU member states.

Further to my previous answer of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 839W, the EU budget and regulations governing EU funds in 2014-2020 are currently being negotiated. Subject to the progress of these negotiations, the Government expect in 2013 to develop, and consult on, proposals for the delivery of these funds.

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Deputy Prime Minister

Electoral Register

Wayne David: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much local authorities are planning to spend on electoral registration in 2013; and how much they have spent in each of the last four years. [134860]

Miss Chloe Smith: Local authorities are not obliged to report their registration expenditure forecasts. My Department does not hold details of how much each local authority has spent on electoral registration in each of the last four years. In order to obtain these details you may wish to contact the Electoral Commission.

Politics and Government: Public Participation

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among adults of the different levels of government. [137016]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Government believe civic engagement and participation in democracy are important elements of society. We want to help people to be active citizens of our democracy at both national and local level. For example, we are currently piloting different approaches to engaging directly with people across the UK including in their schools, colleges and communities, to increase their understanding of the democratic process, including the importance and process of registering to vote.

Cabinet Office

Alcoholic Drinks: Females

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of alcohol-related deaths among women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group since 2010. [136515]

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

Letter from Glen Watson:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the number of alcohol-related deaths among women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group since 2010. (136515)

The tables attached provide the number of female alcohol-related deaths by (a) National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) (Table 1) and (b) five-year age group (Table 2), for England and Wales, for the years 2010 to 2011 (the latest year available).

It is not possible to provide the number of alcohol-related deaths by ethnic group as this information is not collected at death registration.

Alcohol-related deaths are reported consistently across the United Kingdom using an agreed National Statistics definition that only includes those causes regarded as being most directly due to alcohol consumption (see Box 1 below).

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Alcohol-related death figures for the UK, England, Wales, and regions of England, for 1991 to 2010 are available on the ONS website at:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm%3A77-29395

Box 1: National Statistics definition of alcohol-related deaths (ICD-10)
ICD-10 codeDescription

F10

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

G31.2

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G62.1

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

I42.6

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

K29.2

Alcoholic gastritis

K70

Alcoholic liver disease

K73

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K74

Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (Excluding K74.3-K74.5—Billiary cirrhosis)

K86.0

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis

X45

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X65

Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

Y15

Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

Table 1: Number of deaths of females where the underlying cause was alcohol-related by NS-SEC, England and Wales, 2010 to 2011(1,2,3,4,5,6)
Deaths
Socio-economic group20102011

Large employers and higher managerial

46

33

Higher professional

51

52

Lower managerial and professional

263

290

Intermediate

185

209

Self-employed and own account workers

112

92

Lower supervisory and technical

116

121

Semi-routine

292

306

Routine

210

194

Non-occupied

121

124

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes which are included in the National Statistics definition of alcohol-related deaths, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in Box 1 above. (2) Figures include deaths of non-residents. (3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year. (4) NS-SEC for women assigned by the “combined” method whereby if married the most advantaged class of either the woman or her husband is used to represent the woman’s classification. Adjustments for under-recording at death have been applied. Complete methodology in Langford A., Johnson B., and Al-Hamed A. (2009) “Social inequalities in female mortality by regions and by selected causes of death, England and Wales, 2001-03, Health Statistics Quarterly 44, 7-26, available on the National Statistics website at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/hsq/health-statistics-quarterly/no--44--winter-2009/index.html (5) Figures are for females aged 25 to 59 years. (6) For the purpose of this table, those who had never worked, the long-term unemployed, full-time students, those with an occupation inadequately described or unclassified for other reasons are referred to as the “non-occupied group” and are excluded from the analysis, being composed of a disparate range of people.
Table 2: Number of deaths of females where the underlying cause was alcohol-related by age group, England and Wales, 2010 to 2011(1,2,3,4)
Deaths
Age group20102011

Under 30

26

30

30-34

72

74

35-39

138

127

40-44

217

236

45-49

280

281

50-54

324

343

55-59

346

338

60-64

310

338

65-69

226

201

70-74

186

179

75-79

114

146

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80-84

106

85

85+

78

71

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes which are included in the National Statistics definition of alcohol-related deaths, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in Box 1 above. (2) Figures include deaths of non-residents. (3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Charities: Pay

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward legislative proposals to (a) remove charitable status and (b) impose other sanctions on charities which pay senior staff salaries in excess of £100,000. [136784]

Mr Hurd: It is for a charity's trustees to determine the remuneration of senior staff, acting in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.

Deloitte

John Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [135978]

Mr Maude: As part of my Department's transparency programme, details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-external-organisations

A central record of officials' meetings is not held.

Duchy of Cornwall

Andrew George: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 521W, on Duchy of Cornwall, (1) in what way seeking the consent of the Prince of Wales differs from seeking the consent of the Duke of Cornwall; [136821]

(2) what role Parliament has in (a) reviewing, (b) amending or (c) abolishing the requirement for the Government to seek the consent of (i) the Crown, (ii) the Prince of Wales, (iii) the Duke of Cornwall and (iv) any other Royal person who possesses such constitutional power in respect of Government Bills before they are passed by Parliament; [137122]

(3) on (a) how many and (b) which occasions consent of the (i) Sovereign, (ii) Prince of Wales and (iii) Duchy of Cornwall has been sought for Government legislation but not granted in the last 10 years; [137123]

(4) which parliamentary Bills have required the consent of the (a) Sovereign, (b) Prince of Wales and (c) Duke of Cornwall (i) before they have passed through Parliament, (ii) during their parliamentary passage and (iii) before they could be enacted in the last 10 years; and how many Bills have not been subject to such consent. [137124]

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Miss Chloe Smith: The signification of the Queen's and the Prince of Wales's consent for certain Bills is a parliamentary requirement. It is for Parliament to decide what, if any, consent is required. Where Queen's or Prince's consent is required, it is signified in each House of Parliament.

The signification is recorded in Hansard and in the Journals and is accordingly a matter of public record. However the Government do not hold collated figures for the last 10 years and to collect such data would incur disproportionate cost as there are many Bills in each Session. Neither the Queen nor the Prince of Wales has refused to consent to any Government Bill in the last ten years.

Where a Bill refers to the Duchy of Cornwall or has special application to it, the consent of the Prince of Wales is sought, in his role as the Duke of Cornwall.

Andrew George: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 521W, on Duchy of Cornwall, if he will place in the Library the Cabinet Office guide referred to in the answer; and if he will publish a compendium of advice provided by Parliamentary Counsel to Departments on this matter. [136822]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Cabinet Office “Guide to Making Legislation” provides advice to Government Departments on seeking the Queen's and the Prince of Wales's consent and is available on the Cabinet Office website. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House.

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel recently published internal guidance, “Queen's or Prince's Consent”, also available on the Cabinet Office website. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House. The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel also provides advice to Departments on a Bill-by-Bill basis.

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Job Creation: Private Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of jobs created in each sector of the private sector, including jobs for those in further education and on work experience, since May 2010. [136268]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated January 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for the estimate of the number of jobs created in each sector of the private sector, including jobs for those in further education and on work experience, since May 2010. 136268.

Information regarding jobs created is not available. As an alternative, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides quarterly estimates of people in employment in each sector. These estimates have been used to calculate the change in the private sector employment between the quarter April-June 2010 and quarter April-June 2012, the most suitable time periods for the question. Data are shown in the table.

In the LFS the distinction between public and private sector is based on the respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. However, the estimated level of private sector employment based purely on the LFS tends to be significantly lower than the official estimated level of total private sector employment published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin. This is mainly due to response error in the LFS, in particular where people working for private sector contractors within the public sector report their sector erroneously as public. Even so, the change in both series since May 2010 is of a similar magnitude.

The estimates are derived from the LFS and are not seasonally adjusted. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Number of people aged 16 and over, employed(1) in the private sector(2) by industry, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Industry(3)April-June 2010 (thousand)April-June 2012 (thousand)Change from 2010 to 2012 (thousand)Percentage change (%)

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

332

347

15

4.3

Mining and quarrying

105

121

17

13.6

Manufacturing

2,819

2,874

55

1.9

Electricity, gas, air conditioning supply

163

175

11

6.5

Water supply, sewerage, waste

138

181

43

23.6

Construction

2,099

2,058

-41

-2.0

Wholesale, retail, repair of vehicles

3,942

4,042

100

2.5

Transport and storage

1,241

1,234

-7

-0.6

Accommodation and food services

1,392

1,436

44

3.1

Information and communication

938

1,060

122

11.5

Financial and insurance activities

1,135

1,206

71

5.9

Real estate activities

242

312

70

22.4

Professional, scientific, technical activities

1,752

1,843

91

4.9

Administrative and support services

1,216

1,283

67

5.2

Public administration and defence

232

259

27

10.6

Education

674

715

41

5.8

Health and social work

1,687

1,794

107

6.0

Arts, entertainment and recreation

568

634

66

10.4

Other service activities

613

640

27

4.2

Households as employers

58

56

-2

-4.3

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Extraterritorial organisations

11

12

1

11.1

Total(4)

21,440

22,394

954

4.3

(1) Including those in further education and on work experience. (2 )The private sector estimates in the LFS are based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. (3 )Standard Industrial Classification 2007. (4) Total includes those that did not state their industry. Source: Labour Force Survey

Life Expectancy

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what life expectancy at birth was in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) the UK in each of the last five years. [136938]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated January 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the life expectancy at birth was in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) East Midlands and (d) the UK in each of the last five years. (136938).

Life expectancy figures for parliamentary constituencies are not available. However, figures are available for local authority districts, unitary authorities, counties and regions within the UK.

Life expectancy figures are calculated as three year rolling averages. The table below provides the period life expectancy at birth for males and females in Ashfield local authority, Nottinghamshire county, the East Midlands region and the UK for the period 2004-2006 to 2008-2010 (the latest figures available).

Period life expectancies at birth for males and females for all local authority districts, unitary authorities, counties and regions in England and Wales, for rolling three-year periods from 1991-1993 onwards are published on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health4/life-expec-at-birth-age-65/index.html

Life expectancy at birth, UK, East Midlands, Nottinghamshire and Ashfield, 2004-06 to 2008-10(1,2,3)
Years of life
AreaPeriodMalesFemales

UK

2004-06

77.0

81.3

 

2005-07

77.3

81.5

 

2006-08

77.5

81.7

 

2007-09

77.9

82.0

 

2008-10

78.2

82.3

    

East Midlands

2004-06

77.3

81.3

 

2005-07

77.6

81.6

 

2006-08

77.8

81.8

 

2007-09

78.1

82.1

 

2008-10

78.4

82.4

    

Nottinghamshire

2004-06

77.5

81.4

 

2005-07

77.6

81.6

 

2006-08

.77.8

81.8

 

2007-09

78.2

81.9

 

2008-10

78.5

82.3

    

Ashfield

2004-06

75.6

80.5

 

2005-07

76.0

80.6

 

2006-08

76.5

80.7

 

2007-09

77.1

80.8

 

2008-10

76.9

81.3

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area's age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives. (2) Using boundaries as of October 2010 for all the years shown. (3) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates. Source: Office for National Statistics

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Low Pay

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) the UK, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency are paid less than the living wage. [136937]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated January 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question.

Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.

In April 2012 the living wage was £8.30 in London and £7.20 in all other regions of the UK. The following table shows the number and proportion of employee jobs for which pay is less than the living wage in (a) the UK, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield in April 2012, the latest period for which figures are available.

Estimates of jobs(1) paid less than the Living Wage for the UK, East Midlands, Nottinghamshire and Ashfield in April 2012
 2012
 ThousandPercentage

UK

4,730

19.2

East Midlands

370

21.7

Nottinghamshire

58

23.4

Ashfield

**10

**22.3

(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220 Key: CV ≤5% * CV >5% and =10% ** CV >10% and =20% CV = Coefficient of Variation Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics

Plymouth Brethren

David Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions officials in his Department have had with the Charity Commission on the charitable status of the Plymouth Brethren; and if he will make a statement. [136166]

Mr Hurd: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for South Antrim (Dr McCrea) on 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 89W.

Procurement: EU Law

Jon Trickett: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance the Department has for commissioners and procurers on EU procurement rules relating to considering social value for (a) contracts under £100,000 and (b) contracts over £100,000. [136647]

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Miss Chloe Smith: A Procurement Policy Note (PPN) giving guidance in support of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 has been published on the Cabinet Office website:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/public-procurement-note-public-services-social-value-act-2012

The Act does not apply to below-threshold contracts, but the PPN invites commissioners to consider social value in such contracts as a matter of good practice.

Teenage Pregnancy

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many teenage pregnancies there have been in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) the UK in the last three years. [136939]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated January 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question.

This question has been answered using conception statistics to women aged under 18 to represent teenage pregnancies. Conception statistics are estimated for women usually resident in England and Wales and are based on birth registrations and abortion records. Conception statistics are not available for Northern Ireland hence UK figures cannot be produced.

The number of teenage conceptions is available for the non-metropolitan district of Ashfield rather than the parliamentary constituency of Ashfield. Figures cannot be provided for parliamentary constituencies because of the risk of disclosing information on conceptions due to small differences with local authority boundaries.

The latest year for which conception statistics are available is 2010. Statistics for 2011 are due to be published in February/March 2013.

Under 18 conceptions 2008-10, England and Wales
 Number of conceptions
Area of usual residence201020092008

Ashfield

85

109

105

Nottinghamshire

461

495

589

East Midlands

2,762

3,086

3,330

England and Wales

34,633

38,259

41,361

The number of conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales for 1998-2010 are available on the ONS website (see table 6):

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/conception-statistics--england-and-wales/2010/rft-conception-statistics-2010.xls

Unemployment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people of each ethnic group (a) are aged between 18 and 24 and have been unemployed for over a year and (b) are aged over 24 and have been unemployed for over two years. [136670]

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

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Letter from Glen Watson, dated January 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people of each ethnic group (a) are aged between 18 and 24 and have been unemployed for over a year and (b) are aged over 24 and have been unemployed for over two years. 136670

Information on unemployment by ethnic group is collected by the Annual Population Survey (APS). In this case estimates for most of the individual ethnic groups in the classification used for official statistics are not available due to the limitations of the sample size involved. Consequently, estimates are provided for the white ethnic group and for all other ethnic groups in total, as in the table attached.

The available information is provided in the attached table for the period October 2011 to September 2012. As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty, as indicated by the guide to quality in the table.

Long-term unemployment by age and ethnic groups, 12 month period October 2011 to September 2012, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand
 Aged 18 to 24Aged 25 and over
 

Unemployed for over 12 months

Unemployed for over 24 months

White(1)

**179

**277

All other ethnic groups(2)

****33

***63

(1 )White includes respondents in England, Wales and Scotland identifying themselves as 'White-Gypsy or Irish Traveller' and respondents in Scotland identifying themselves as 'White-Polish'. (2 )Includes respondents in Northern Ireland identifying themselves as ‘Irish Traveller' and respondents in all UK countries identifying themselves as ‘Arab', mixed/multiple ethnic groups, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, black/African/Caribbean/black British and other ethnic groups. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220 Key: * 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≥ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes CV = Coefficient of Variation

Home Department

Asylum: Housing

David T. C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, column 624W, on asylum: housing, how many of the failed asylum seekers who are being accommodated under the provisions of section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are Afghan nationals. [129791]

Mr Harper: Information on section 4 support is published on an annual and quarterly basis. Latest figures are available in Table “as.18.q” of the release immigration statistics, July to September 2012, available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q3-2012/

These statistics reported 2,503 failed asylum seekers accommodated under the provisions of section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 at the end of September 2012. Of these, 71 were Afghan nationals.

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Section 4 support is provided to failed asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute where there is a temporary barrier preventing them from leaving the UK.

The number of Afghan nationals supported under section 4 is a subset of published National Statistics. The nationality field has not been quality assured to the level of detail used to publish the total figure as National Statistics.

Aviation: Safety

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of laser pen attacks on aircraft were recorded in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012. [136286]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The information requested is not available from the police recorded crime data collected by the Home Office.

Bramshill Police College

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the chief executive of the College of Policing on the (a) sale of Bramshill Police College and (b) proposed physical location of the new College of Policing. [135943]

Damian Green: Between March and December 2012 the Home Office sought the views of and had discussions with police partners, including the Association of Chief Police Officers, on the future of Bramshill and the new College of Policing.

The College of Policing operates from a range of sites across England.

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed at Bramshill Police College; how many staff she expects to be retained following its sale; and if she will make a statement. [135944]

Damian Green: As at 31 December 2012, 140 College of Policing staff (actual headcount) were based at its Bramshill site. This includes permanent employees, secondees and staff on loan.

Other organisations also have staff working at Bramshill, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the European Police College (CEPOL) and the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Any future decisions by the College of Policing about the size, shape and location of its workforce will be made by the college in due course. Any such decisions may take account of, but will not be solely dependent on, the sale or retention of the Bramshill site by the Home Office.

Databases: Telecommunications

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the principal differences between her proposals contained in the draft Communications Data Bill 2012 and the proposals made by the previous Government under their Interception Modernisation Programme. [134901]

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James Brokenshire: There are significant differences between the proposals in the draft Bill and the Interception Modernisation Programme developed by the last Government. We are not proposing a single Government database to store all communications data. Under our programme, the emphasis is on developing relationships with industry to determine the best solution on a case- by-case basis. Any retained communications data would be stored by the communications service providers themselves.

This Government are committed to preserving civil liberties, and have already legislated to ensure that local

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authorities must seek prior approval from a magistrate before acquiring communications data.

Deportation

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported from the UK in each of the last five years. [136685]

Mr Harper: The following table provides the total number of enforced removals in each year from the UK, January 2007 to September 2012.

Total enforced removals from the U.K(1,2) January 2007 to September 2012(3)
Number of departures
 200720082009201020112012(3) (January to September)

Enforced removals from the UK

17,770

17,239

15,252

14,854

15,063

10,844

(1) Enforced removals are where it has been established that a person has breached UK immigration laws and has no valid leave to remain within the United Kingdom. The UKBA enforces their departure to ensure they leave the UK. (2) Removals are recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. (3) Provisional figures. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.

Deportations are included in published enforced removals statistics which are either following a criminal conviction (foreign national offenders) or when it is judged that a person's removal from the UK is conducive to the public good; the deportation order prohibits the person returning to the UK until such time as it may be revoked. It is not possible to separately identify deportations from enforced removals.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK within Immigration Statistics. The data on removals and voluntary departures by type are available in the latest release, Immigration Statistics: July-September 2012, tables rv.01 and rv.01 .q, from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, research and statistics web pages at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/

Data for October 2012 onwards are not yet available, but quarterly data for October-December 2012 will be published as part of the regular Home Office publication scheme on 28 February.

Emergency Calls: Admissibility of Evidence

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that the recording of 999 calls is of sufficient audible quality to be used in court; [136114]

(2) what steps she is taking to ensure that the recording of (a) 999 calls and (b) telephone calls to police stations is of sufficient audible quality to be used in court. [136115]

Damian Green: Police forces record all emergency 999 calls, and all non-emergency 101 calls which are routed to police control rooms. Most, if not all, are now digitally recorded. Calls direct to police stations are generally not recorded, although there may be exceptions within specific departments. It is a matter for local forces to ensure that suitable recording standards are met.

Entry Clearances

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the application for a visa made by Leah McGrath Goodman reference: GWF016647754 for the purposes of visiting Jersey has not yet been passed to the Jersey authorities; and by what date she expects it to be passed to the Jersey authorities. [136309]

Mr Harper: Due to its obligations under the Data Protection Act, the UK Border Agency is unable to comment on an individual case.

Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a verbally checked student record of attendance at lectures and seminars meets the UK Border Agency's criteria of the evidence required to prove engagement of non-EU students for visa purposes. [136034]

Mr Harper: All Tier 4 sponsors must have a system in place to continually monitor student attendance and to identify when a student has missed 10 consecutive expected contacts. It is for the sponsor and not the UK Border Agency to define what the 10 consecutive expected contacts should be. This enables sponsors to consider what is appropriate for their institution, taking into account differences in study methods.

A verbal check of a student's record of attendance at lectures and seminars would meet the requirements set out in the Tier 4 sponsor guidance provided that the information is recorded and kept in either an electronic or manual format.

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a signed student record of attendance at lectures and seminars meets the UK Border Agency's criteria of the evidence required to prove engagement of non-EU students for visa purposes. [136035]

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Mr Harper: All Tier 4 sponsors must have a system in place to continually monitor student attendance and to identify when a student has missed 10 consecutive expected contacts. It is for the sponsor and not the UK Border Agency to define what the 10 consecutive expected contacts should be. This enables sponsors to consider what is appropriate for their institution, taking into account differences in study methods.

A signed student record of attendance at lectures and seminars would meet the requirements set out in the Tier 4 sponsor guidance provided that the information is recorded and kept in either an electronic or manual format.

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is any size threshold of lecture or seminar which must be satisfied before a student record of attendance at lectures and seminars meets the UK Border Agency's criteria of the evidence required to prove engagement of non-EU students for visa purposes. [136036]

Mr Harper: All Tier 4 sponsors must have a system in place to continually monitor student attendance and to identify when a student has missed 10 consecutive expected contacts. It is for the sponsor and not the UK Border Agency to define what the 10 consecutive expected contacts should be. This enables sponsors to consider what is appropriate for their institution, taking into account differences in study methods.

A signed student record of attendance at lectures and seminars, whatever its size, would meet the requirements

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set out in the Tier 4 sponsor guidance provided that the information is recorded and kept in either an electronic or manual format.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which universities and higher education institutions have been examined by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in respect of their international students; and how many visits UKBA officials have made to such institutions in each of the last three years. [136499]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency is unable to provide figures on the number of visits it has conducted to universities and other educational institutions in each of the last three years. The information requested is not centrally recorded and could be obtained only by a manual check of all records at disproportionate cost.

Since the introduction of the points based system all educational institutions wishing to bring foreign students to the UK must be registered as a sponsor with the UK Border Agency.

The UK Border Agency has visited all sponsors under Tier 4 of the points based system at least once.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 applications were (a) made, (b) initially accepted, (c) approved after discussion and (d) refused in each of the last five years. [136500]

Mr Harper: The available information requested for entry clearance visas based on latest published figures appears in the following table:

Tier 4 (and pre-PBS equivalent) entry clearance visa applications and resolution by category
     Of which: 
  ApplicationsResolvedIssuedRefusedWithdrawnLapsed

2007

Main applicant

283,868

284,750

193,775

88,976

1,366

633

 

Dependant

24,335

24,298

19,277

4,831

140

50

        

2008

Main applicant

311,538

301,966

207,774

92,180

1,386

626

 

Dependant

31,734

30,913

24,201

6,473

202

37

        

2009

Main applicant

384,873

373,695

273,207

93,278

6,487

723

 

Dependant

43,946

40,651

30,156

9,990

396

109

        

2010

Main applicant

322,726

344,804

253,786

77,450

13,114

454

 

Dependant

44,463

46,805

31,758

13,008

1,987

52

        

2011

Main applicant

277,177

283,421

237,028

41,565

4,574

254

 

Dependant

33,241

34,384

24,377

9,374

601

32

Notes: 1. The information provided relates to applications received and cases resolved by calendar year. 2. Some applications received may be resolved in a subsequent year. 3. The information provided includes cases approved after administrative review. 4. Tier 4 of the points based system was introduced in 2009 Source: Immigration Statistics, July to September 2012, table be.01

Corresponding information for 2012 is planned to be published on 28 February 2013, as part of the Home Office's quarterly Immigration Statistics release.

The latest Home Office immigration statistics on entry clearance visas, are published in the Immigration Statistics release, which is available from the Library of the House and on the Department's website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/

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Immigration Controls

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which ports of entry intelligence-led border checks have been used in the last year. [133005]

Mr Harper [holding answer 12 December 2012]: All passengers who present themselves at the PCP on arrival to the UK or juxtaposed controls are examined by a Border Force officer and checked against Home Office database before being allowed into the UK. Giving more detailed information would prejudice the security of the UK border.

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of in-country immigration applications for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain were processed within the UK Border Agency's service standard target between 1 July and 30 September 2012 by (a) points-based system tier and (b) category; [134118]

(2) what proportion of in-country immigration applications for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain were processed within the UK Border Agency's service standard target between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2012 by (a) points-based system tier and (b) category. [134120]

Mr Harper [holding answer 17 December 2012]: The data requested are not held in a format compatible with National Statistics protocols.

However, data on the number of PBS applications decided and the proportion of those decided within service standard are published on an annual and quarterly basis. Latest figures are available on the UK Border Agency website at the following link:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/percentage-of-migration/


Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases from 2010 in which reconsideration of a decision on leave to remain is sought decisions are outstanding; within what timescale decisions on such cases will be made; and what the reasons are for the time taken to reach such decisions on such cases. [134707]

Mr Harper: The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Previously there were no policy or resources in place to reconsider applications, so they were only undertaken on an exceptional basis.

The UK Border Agency now has a published policy on reconsiderations which states it will undertake reconsiderations on those requests that pass agreed criteria, and it will deploy resources to process them during the first half of 2013.

The policy can be found here:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/modernised/cross-cut/reconsiderations/reconsiderations?view=Binary

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Immigration: Biometrics

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it took for an application for a replacement biometric residence permit to be determined in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many outstanding applications for a replacement biometric residence permit there were on the most recent date for which figures are available. [129089]

Mr Harper [holding answer 19 November 2012]:The average processing time of replacement biometric residence permit cases dispatched between April and October 2012 was:

 Average working days

April 2012

22

May 2012

39

June 2012

39

July 2012

42

August 2012

46

September 2012

65

October 2012

45

Notes: 1. All figures quoted are management information which has been subject to internal quality checks. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. Figures relate to main applicants only. 3. Processing times based on the average number of days from biometric enrolment date to despatch date.

On December 11, there were 756 replacement biometric residence permit applications still pending a decision.

Notes:

1. All figures quoted are management information which has been subject to internal quality checks. These data have not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

2. Figures relate to main applicants only.

Age of the case based on the time since the application was created on the UKBA's Case Information Database (CID).

We have now deployed resources with the aim of returning to operating within our service standard of issuing decisions within four weeks of biometric enrolment for applications for temporary migration replacement biometric resident permits as soon as possible.

Legal Opinion: Treaties

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of mutual legal assistance treaties; and if she will make a statement. [134910]

Mr Harper: The UK can provide most forms of Mutual Legal Assistance ('MLA') without a treaty. However, the UK is party to more than 30 bilateral MLA treaties as well as a number of multilateral MLA treaties.

Our view is that, generally, MLA treaties provide an effective and valuable framework for requesting and providing assistance in obtaining evidence located abroad for the purposes of combating cross-border crime and ensuring justice for victims.

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Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 20 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs A Emdre. [136117]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 3 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 21 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Egbe Denis Egbe Tanya. [136118]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 3 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 30 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr Jude Nduka. [136119]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 8 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 28 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Gena Elizabeth Henry. [136120]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 3 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 4 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Ryder. [136126]

Damian Green: I replied to the letter from the right hon. Member on 7 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 4 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Naveed Ahmed. [136127]

Mr Harper: I wrote to the right hon. Member on 8 January 2013.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long each individual currently subject to a terrorism prevention and investigation measure has been subject to that order; and for how long those who were previously subject to a control order were subject to that order. [136563]

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James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State reports to Parliament on the exercise of her powers under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011 on a quarterly basis. These quarterly reports confirm the imposition, extension, revocation and revival of TPIM notices. I refer the hon. Lady to the statements dated 26 March 2012, Official Report, column 94WS, 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 56WS, 7 September 2012, Official Report, column 39WS and 6 December 2012, Official Report, column 80WS.

Of the individuals subject to a TPIM notice at the end of the last reporting period on 30 November 2012:

(a) one had, at that point, been subject to a TPIM notice for under six months; and

(b) nine had, at that point, been subject to a TPIM notice for between six and 12 months.

We can confirm that of the nine individuals previously subject to a control order:

(a) four had been subject to one or more control orders for between six and 12 months;

(b) one had been subject to one or more control orders for between 12 months and two years;

(c) two had been subject to one or more control orders for between two and three years; and

(d) two had been subject to one or more control orders for over three years.

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to alter the conditions of a terrorism prevention and investigation measure were received in the last 12 months; how many such applications were accepted; how many decisions on such applications were appealed; and how many appeals were upheld. [136564]

James Brokenshire: The Secretary of State reports to Parliament on the exercise of her powers under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011 on a quarterly basis. These quarterly reports provide information on how requests to vary the measures of TPIM notices have been dealt with and also provide details of judicial proceedings in relation to TPIM cases.

I refer the hon. Lady to the statements dated 26 March 2012, Official Report, column 94WS, 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 56WS, 7 September 2012, Official Report, column 39WS, and 6 December 2012, Official Report, column 80WS.

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost has been of (a) employing special advocates and (b) awarding legal aid to those subject to a terrorism prevention and investigation measure since January 2010. [136567]

James Brokenshire: The Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011 (TPIM Act) came into force in December 2011, repealing and replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 which gave the power to impose control orders.

The legal costs to the Home Office include the costs of its own legal representation and advice; the costs of the special advocates and the Special Advocates Support Office; and meeting the legal costs of the control order and TPIM subjects where this has been ordered by the court. It is not possible to separate the costs of special

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advocates from the overall legal costs to the Home Office because of the way that the costs are recorded. The information requested can be separated out only at disproportionate cost.

Legal costs to the Home Office of control orders and the cost of awarding legal aid to those subject to control orders for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are included in the final report of the independent reviewer on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 published in March 2012.

More recent costs are expected to be included in the independent reviewer's forthcoming report on TPIMs in 2012.

Tobacco: Smuggling

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what HM Revenue and Customs spent on operating x-ray scanners to tackle tobacco smuggling in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [131511]

Mr Harper: Border Force uses a range of x-ray scanners to tackle tobacco smuggling through freight and by passengers. These x-ray scanners are also used to detect the presence of other prohibited drugs and restricted goods so the costs of operating them cannot be solely attributed to tobacco smuggling. In 2010-11 and 2011-12 the contractual maintenance costs of this equipment cost £1,487,000 and £1,133,000 respectively. In addition, new scanning equipment costing £66,005 was purchased.

UK Border Agency

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Agency completed an investigation into missing documents and informed the applicant of the outcome within its target time for doing so in the latest period for which figures are available. [130072]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency does not have a general process or target time for investigating missing documents and informing the applicant of the outcome.

Education

Arts: Curriculum

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce details for the incorporation of creative subjects into the new curriculum. [136381]

Elizabeth Truss: On 11 June, the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), wrote to Tim Oates, chair of the national curriculum review's expert panel, setting out his decisions on the subjects to be included in the primary national curriculum. A copy of that letter has been placed in the Library of the House and can also be found on the following website:

www.education.gov.uk/nationalcurriculum

We will be announcing our decisions on the secondary national curriculum subjects shortly.

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Children in Care

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities have been required to explain to his Department why children in care in that local authority have been placed in care homes outside the local area. [119717]

Mr Timpson: As part of the work announced by Ministers in July to reform children's residential care, an Out-of-Area Placements Task and Finish Group was established to focus on how to improve arrangements, and the quality of care and support, for looked-after children placed ‘out of area' by their local authorities. This work has been informed by visits to individual local authorities to discuss their approach to commissioning and placing children, including the placement of children in homes outside of their local area.

The Task and Finish Group has comprised senior expert representation from children's services, local authorities, providers, Ofsted and others. It has been working in parallel with two other expert groups established to take forward work on the reform of children's residential care: a group focusing on improving data about looked- after children who go missing from care, and a further group with a broad remit to consider how to improve the overall quality of children's residential provision.

We are considering the Task and Finish Group's proposals alongside those made by the other expert groups and will announce the action we intend to take in due course.

From April 2013, Ofsted will be introducing a new framework for inspecting local authority looked-after children's services. This will pay particular attention to the quality of care, care planning, and risk assessment where children are placed a significant distance from their home. Ofsted will also evaluate the quality of sufficiency planning for looked-after children, including the extent to which the local authority and its partners make plans to provide local placements that can meet the needs of the children in their care.