Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 28 November 2012 with regard to Mrs M Hand. [136122]

Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), replied to the right hon. Member's letter on 10 January 2013.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 10 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms K Fleard. [138820]

Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), replied to the letter dated 10 December 2012 from the right hon. Member with regard to Ms K Flear on 21 January 2013.

Polar Bears: Conservation

Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on the EU's policy on the international trade in polar bears ahead of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species summit in March 2013. [140231]

Richard Benyon: The UK is committed to the conservation of polar bears and supports a ban on international trade in polar bear pelts and other body parts as we believe this will help to safeguard the species. DEFRA officials have been working closely with EU counterparts through meetings and electronic communication to develop a common EU position on the proposed ban on international trade in polar bears and their products.

Rural Payments Agency

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by his Department toward an update on

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reform of the Rural Payments Agency; and whether it reached its targets in 2012. [139435]

Mr Heath: The Rural Payments Agency is currently in year one of its Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP), a three-year plan to improve the performance of the agency and ensure that it is prepared for the changes of CAP reform. A recent Office of Government Commerce gateway review of the programme of work being carried out under the SIP endorsed the work being done and commented on the strong leadership, governance and controls that were already contributing to enhancements in RPA's operational performance.

The RPA has met or is on track to meet all of its targets in 2012-13. This year has seen the best SPS performance in the agency's history. RPA paid 94.2% of single payment scheme claims by volume by the end of December against a target of 91%, meaning £1.443 billion paid out to English businesses in the first month of the payment window opening.

Senior Civil Servants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of officials of the three most senior grades in his Department have (a) resigned, (b) taken voluntary early retirement, (c) left the Department for alternative employment, (d) been dismissed, (e) taken long-term sick leave and (f) taken administrative leave since May 2010. [139216]

Richard Benyon: The information requested for core DEFRA over the period 1 May 2010 to 22 January 2013 is given in the following table:

Leaving reasonNumber of staffProportion of staff (percentage)

Resigned (and took up alternative employment)

1

3.5

Voluntary early retirement

4

14

Dismissed

0

0

Long-term sick leave

0

0

Administrative leave

0

0

In addition, the following numbers of staff in the three most senior grades on DEFRA's headcount have also left core DEFRA over the same period:

Leaving reasonNumber of staffProportion of staff (percentage)

Retirement

5

17.5

End of period appointment

1

3.5

Transfer to other Govt Dept

6

21.1

Machinery of Government change

1

3.5

One person retired and three people ended their period of secondment or loan who were not on DEFRA's payroll.

Trees

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many tonnes of carbon dioxide are sequestered in ash trees in the UK; [136708]

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(2) what modelling his Department has carried out of the release of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere as a result of ash dieback from Chalara fraxinea. [136705]

Mr Heath: The quantity of carbon stored in ash trees in woodlands over 0.5 hectares has been calculated as 45 MtCO2e (12 million tonnes of carbon) from information collected through the National Forest Inventory. On an annual basis, it has been estimated that these trees remove 0.5 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Neither the Department of Energy and Climate Change nor DEFRA have undertaken any modelling work on the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a result of ash dieback. It is our policy at present not to fell infected mature trees.

Trees: Urban Areas

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department is making in encouraging the planting of trees in towns and cities; and if he will make a statement. [139040]

Mr Heath: The Big Tree Plant, launched in 2010, is a coalition Government commitment to plant 1 million new trees throughout England by 2015. The campaign encourages and supports community groups to plant trees in neighbourhoods where people live and work. It helps improve the quality of life of those living in England's towns, cities and residential areas by making neighbourhoods more attractive, healthy places to live, especially in areas of greatest deprivation or where there is little greenery.

The campaign is a partnership bringing together national tree-planting organisations and local groups working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Forestry Commission, with the Forestry Commission providing £4.0 million of grant funding.

To date, the campaign has seen over 239,000 trees planted across the country with £3.4 million of the £4.0 million funding already allocated to 128 groups who will be planting over 813,000 trees by 2015. 8,000 of these will be street trees and over £7.0 million of match funding has been identified by applicants so far.

In addition, the Forestry Commission is providing technical support for the London Mayor's Street Tree programme. The previous programme saw the planting of 10,000 new trees and the current programme aims to plant a further 10,000 new trees across the capital by March 2015.

UK Membership of EU

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans his Department (a) has made, (b) is making and (c) plans to make for UK withdrawal from the EU; whether those plans will be published; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost of implementing those plans. [140292]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA has not made any plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Health

Blood Diseases: Drugs

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) clinical effects and (b) cost effectiveness of prescribing dabigatran and revaroxaban rather than warfarin; and if he will make a statement; [140408]

(2) whether he has received representations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on (a) dabigatran and (b) revaroxaban; and if he will make a statement. [140409]

Norman Lamb: The Department has made no such assessment.

Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto) both hold European marketing authorisations. Dabigatran etexilate is indicated for the prevention of the formation of blood clots in the veins in adults who have had an operation to replace a hip or knee, and to prevent strokes and the formation of clots in adults with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are considered to be at risk of stroke. Rivaroxaban is indicated for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients who are undergoing surgery to replace a hip or knee; the prevention of stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation; to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism following a severe case of DVT; and to prevent DVT reoccurring.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued technology appraisal (TA) guidance to the national health service on the use of dabigatran etexilate and rivaroxaban for a number of indications. Details of NICE'S guidance are shown in the table.

TA numberDrug and indicationPublication date

TA157

Dabigatran etexilate for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after hip or knee replacement surgery in adults

September 2008

TA170

Rivaroxaban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after total hip or total knee replacement in adults

April 2009

TA249

Dabigatran etexilate for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in atrial fibrillation

March 2012

TA256

Rivaroxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with atrial fibrillation

May 2012

TA261

Rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

July 2012

Other than those representations received in the Department's capacity as a stakeholder in appraisals, we have not received any representations from NICE on these drugs.

Continuing Care

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has any plans to incentivise hospitals to carry out the multi-disciplinary care required to treat (a) diabetes and (b) other complex long-term conditions. [140636]

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Anna Soubry: There will be a range of payment mechanisms in place to support multi-disciplinary care in hospital for people with long-term conditions.

In diabetes, from April 2013 there will be a best practice tariff for the management of diabetic ketoacidosis, which will ensure care is provided by members of the multi-professional team.

The national health service also has access to a range of CQUIN (clinical commissioning for quality and innovation) payments, which are set at both a local or nation level, and can be used to incentivise multi-disciplinary work.

Diabetes: Brigg

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to support the prevention of Type 2 diabetes in Brigg and Goole constituency. [140704]

Anna Soubry: Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight and physical inactivity. The Government are committed to tackling excess weight and obesity, and have published ‘Healthy Lives, Health People: A call to action on obesity in England’ which sets out our commitment to key programmes such as Change4Life, and the NHS Health Check. A copy has already been placed in the Library.

The Government have recently launched the Change4Life Be Food Smart campaign to give people information about the foods they eat, and help them make healthier choices.

The Government are also continuing to fund and support the full rollout of the NHS Health Check programme, which includes assessing the risk of diabetes for people aged 40 to 74 and supporting them in managing or reducing that risk. From April this year the NHS Health Check programme will be mandated to local authorities to secure local delivery of the risk assessment element of the programme. Economic modelling has shown the potential for the programme to prevent over 4,000 people a year from developing diabetes and to detect over 20,000 cases of diabetes and kidney disease earlier.

North Lincolnshire's clinical commissioning group has a number of dedicated services relating to Type 2 diabetes. There is primary care detection screening for patients at risk of diabetes. These patients are then offered lifestyle advice and can be put in touch with Health Trainers and other services aimed at helping people lead a healthier life.

Fertility: Health Services

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 704, on in vitro fertilisation (IVF), what steps he is taking to implement a central monitoring system for measuring local variations in IVF provision; [140351]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that levels of provision are not reduced as a result of the transferring of local contracts for tertiary infertility services from April 2013; [140413]

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(3) what steps (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Commissioning Board have taken since April 2012 to prepare clinical commissioning groups for the responsibility of commissioning tertiary infertility services. [140415]

Anna Soubry: Commissioning decisions made by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be underpinned by clinical insight and knowledge of local healthcare needs. This will enable CCGs to work closely with secondary care, other health and care professionals and with community partners to design joined up services that make sense to patients and the public.

We will continue to expect that those involved in commissioning infertility treatment services are fully aware of the importance of having regard to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) fertility guidelines. The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has stated its intention to communicate with CCGs on this subject and provide some supportive commissioning resources, following publication of the revised NICE guideline. The NHS CB will have general intervention powers in relation to CCGs, should it be satisfied that a CCG is failing or has failed to discharge any of its functions, or there is a significant risk that it will fail to do so.

Health

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of their assuming new public health responsibilities. [140193]

Anna Soubry: In 2012-13 an estimated £2.52 billion is being spent on public health services which will become the responsibility of local authorities from April 2013. Each local authority is receiving a real terms increase in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 over the 2012-13 baseline spend in their area, making the total amount allocated for those years £2.66 billion and £2.79 billion respectively.

The Department collected 2010-11 spend on public health from each primary care trust (PCT), which was uplifted to 2012-13 prices. The results of the collection were published and each PCT, working with their local authority, had the opportunity to submit amendments. In addition, a validation exercise was carried out comparing each PCTs 2010-11 spend with more aggregate information on PCTs' 2011-12 spend and 2012-13 planned spend.

Local authorities will, subject to Parliament, be required to carry out a small number of mandatory public health functions. The Department tested that for each local authority their 2013-14 grant is significantly more than the cost of mandated services. Local authorities will be free to use the rest of the grant to address local priorities, subject to complying with a limited number of conditions attached to the grant.

Heart Diseases

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) detection rates and (b) rates of patients fully treated are for atrial fibrillation; and what steps he is taking to improve identification and treatment; [140349]

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(2) what assessment he has made of the care given to people with atrial fibrillation in (a) Huddersfield and (b) England; and if he will make a statement. [140400]

Anna Soubry: Data on incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) are not collected centrally. However, data on the prevalence of AF are collected via the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). These data are shown in the following table. Data for Kirklees primary care trust (PCT) have been provided as it covers Huddersfield.

QOF AF prevalence
Percentage
 2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

England

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.4

1.4

1.5

Kirklees PCT

1.1

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.3

Data on the use of treatments for AF are not centrally collected. However, data on the percentage of patients with AF who receive either an oral anticoagulant or aspirin to manage their risk of stroke are collected via the QOF AF3 indicator.

Score on AF3, 2011-12
 Percentage

England

93.7

Kirklees PCT

93.8

Better detection and treatment of AF is being considered as part of the development of the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy, which is due to be published by the end of March 2013.

NHS Improvement is working with the national health service to roll out the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Stroke Prevention in AF (GRASP-AF) tool to help ensure that those patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation are receiving appropriate treatment. So far, 2,276 general practitioner practices (28% of practices in England) have used the GRASP-AF tool.

Medicine: Graduates

Caroline Dinenage: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to address the number of medical students who face unemployment upon graduation. [139931]

Dr Poulter: We are committed to ensuring that all medical school graduates in the United Kingdom receive a place on a foundation training programme in 2013. Recruitment to the Foundation Programme is UK-wide and consequently is the responsibility of the four UK Health Departments. We are in the process of planning, with Health Education England and the other UK Health Departments, additional posts should they be required.

Mental Health Services: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children with a mental illness are using services for (a) an emotional disorder, (b) a conduct disorder, (c) a hyperkinetic disorder and (d) any other disorder. [140414]

Norman Lamb: This information is not collected centrally.

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Mental Illness: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children with a mental disorder are defined under the ACORN classifications as (a) thriving, (b) expanding, (c) rising, (d) settling, (e) aspiring and (f) striving. [140245]

Norman Lamb: That information is not held centrally.

NHS: Finance

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of a £140 million fund for nurses and midwives to improve care in October 2012, what plans he has made to implement (a) the specific funding for nurses and midwives to spend on new technology and (b) other funding; and if he will make a statement. [140629]

Dr Poulter: In October 2012 the Government announced the establishment of a £100 million technology fund (capital) to help equip nurses and midwives with latest technologies designed to help them to provide safer, more effective and more efficient care to patients and service users. All national health service providers, whether hospital or community based, will be able to bid for a loan from the fund. Repayment of the loan may be waived if they can show demonstrable impact on patient care through the Friends and Family Test (FFT) or another patient experience measure (if they are not mandated to use the FFT).

The fund will be available during 2013-14 and 2014-15. Following further consultation with internal and external stakeholders, further details on the roll-out of the fund will be released at the start of the new financial year.

The Government has also invested £40 million in the next two financial years (2013-14 and 2014-15) to support nurses, midwives and those working in the care sector to develop themselves as leaders in care. This investment (delivered via the NHS Leadership Academy) will help nurses and midwives develop leadership skills to improve patient care and the patient experience. Its aim is to help change the nature of leadership by shaping a culture that is supportive of compassionate care

Nurses: Training

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training posts for nurses were commissioned in (a) the City of Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [140204]

Dr Poulter: The Department does not collect figures on nursing commissions at a city level. However, the number of training places commissioned for nursing at strategic health authority and national level is collected.

Strategic health authorities are responsible for commissioning nursing training places.

The following table shows the number of actual commissions for nursing in the West Midlands in the last five years and the planned nursing commissions for 2012-13.

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Nursing commissions in the West Midlands 2007-08 to 2012-13
 Number

2007-08

2,402

2008-09

2,606

2009-10

2,612

2010-11

2,521

2011-12

2,073

2012-13 (Plan)

2,102

The following table shows the number of actual commissions for nursing nationally in the last five years and the planned nursing commissions for 2012-13.

National nursing commissions 2007-08 to 2012-13
 Number

2007-08

19,352

2008-09

20,663

2009-10

20,829

2010-11

20,092

2011-12

17,741

2012-13 (Plan)

17,546

Source: Multi-professional education and training monitoring returns

The actual number of training commissions for nurses in 2012-13 will not be available until May 2013.

Obesity: Children

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of eleven year olds in each primary care trust area have been classified as obese in each year since 2003. [140553]

Anna Soubry: This information is not available in the format requested.

Data on the prevalence of obese children by primary care trust are available from the Health and Social Care information centre National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP): England. However, this information is only available for children in year 6 (10 to 11 years old) for the school years 2006-07 to 2011-12. This information is available on the NHS information centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=101358ttopics=0%2fPublic+ health&sort=Relevance&size=10&page=l#top

Information showing the prevalence of children (aged two to 15) who are obese is available in Table 4 of the Child Trend tables from ‘Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables’.

Information is available for children aged 11 to 15 and two to 15 in England; for each year from 1995 to 2011. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse11trendtables

This information has already been placed in the Library.

Radiotherapy

Tessa Munt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, column 213W, on radiotherapy, (1) how much of the £300 million fund has been spent on (a) new cardiac devices and (b) new radiotherapy equipment; who manufactured the new radiotherapy equipment

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purchases from the fund; and which hospitals have acquired new radiotherapy equipment purchased from this fund; [140352]

(2) what administration costs will be charged by the NHS Supply Chain to manage the £300 million fund; and what procurement execution costs will be applied by the NHS Supply Chain for each item supplied from the fund. [140353]

Dr Poulter: £28.35 million (including VAT) of the £300 million has been invested in radiotherapy equipment deals which represents 20 Linacs. There has been no expenditure to date on new cardiac devices.

The suppliers Elekta and Varian have bought 10 Linacs each. National health service trusts have bought 12 of these via NHS Supply Chain to date. The distribution is shown in the following table.

TrustModelQuantitySupplier

Bristol and Weston Purchasing Consortium—University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy

2

Elekta

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy

2

Elekta

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust

Truebeam

1

Varian

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Truebeam

1

Varian

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Truebeam

1

Varian

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Truebeam

2

Varian

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Truebeam

1

Varian

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Truebeam

2

Varian

In response to the findings of the Public Accounts Committee, the £300 million Capital Fund operates an agreed and governed savings share formula that incentivizes NHS Supply Chain to negotiate commercial terms with equipment providers that aggregates NHS trust demand. This drives maximum NHS savings against historical prices and terms that individual NHS trusts could achieve for their single requirements. The majority of the saving is passed onto the NHS trust. NHS Supply Chain are also entitled to a percentage of the discounted price varying according to the modality of equipment, which is between 1% and 3%.

Social Services

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of adults are receiving social care in (a) Newcastle and (b) Wokingham. [140177]

Norman Lamb: Data on the number of adults (aged 18 and over) receiving social care are collected and published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Table 1 shows the number and proportion of adults aged 18 and over, who received social care in the period 1 April to 31 March 2011-12, in Newcastle and Wokingham.

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Table 1: Number and proportion of adults aged 18 and over receiving social care in the period 1 April to 31 March 2011-12 (provisional)
 NumberProportion of adults(1) (percentage)

Newcastle

9,150

0.6

Wokingham

2,550

0.2

England total

1,464,195

(1) The figures are a proportion of the England total number of adult receiving services. Source: RAP P1

Final data for the period 1 April to 31 March 2012 are pre-announced for publication on 15 February 2013 in ‘Community Care Statistics: Social Services Activity, England—2011-12’. The data will be made available through our National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) online analytical processor. NASCIS provides a set of analytical, query and reporting tools which can be accessed from:

http://nascis.ic.nhs.uk

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Sir Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when and how the Government decided to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol; what the objectives of that policy are; how beneficial change attributable to that policy will be measured; and what baseline figures will be used to measure that change. [140354]

Mr Jeremy Browne: In March 2012, the Government set out in the Alcohol Strategy a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol. On 28 November, the Government launched a consultation on key policies within the Alcohol Strategy. The consultation on a minimum unit price is ongoing. We will listen to all views and set out a response in due course.

The objective of the policy is to reduce alcohol-related crime and health harms by reducing excessive alcohol consumption, particularly by the most hazardous and harmful drinkers who tend to show a preference for the cheapest alcohol products.

The expected benefits are set out in the published consultation impact assessment, and will be measured by a reduction in the harms associated with excessive consumption, especially the numbers of hospital admissions, alcohol-related deaths and alcohol-related crimes. The actual impact will depend on the price per unit of alcohol that will be determined after the consultation.

The baseline figures used to measure this change will be the most recent available figures for the period before the date of implementation.

Databases: Telecommunications

Mr David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on the communications capabilities development programme since its inception. [132300]

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James Brokenshire [holding answer 10 December 2012]: The Office of Security and Counter Terrorism has spent £405 million since May 2010 on the communications capabilities development programme under the current Government which is based on the premise that there will be collaborative relations with communications services providers who will be expected to retain relevant communications data. These costs comprise expenditure under the Communications Capabilities Directorate, and the communications capabilities development programme and include forecast 2012-13 figures. The Home Office led programme includes expenditure under the Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations, developing new tools to assist law enforcement, and training for investigators.

Disclosure of Information

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions her Department has declined to provide information under the Data Protection Act 1998 in each year since 2002. [139444]

James Brokenshire: The information is not held.

Licensing Laws

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to introduce full-cost recovery in respect of alcohol licensing; and what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on that matter. [139364]

Mr Jeremy Browne [holding answer 25 January 2013]: The Government have introduced, through the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, a power for the Secretary of State to prescribe by regulations that alcohol licensing fees be set locally on a cost-recovery basis. We intend to introduce regulations in the summer of 2013, after consulting on the fees proposals. Home Office Ministers frequently meet Ministers from other Government Departments as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Olympic Games 2012: Touting

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the reports prepared for her Department by Operation Podium on ticket fraud and the secondary ticketing market; [140107]

(2) when (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have met officers from Operation Podium to discuss the issue of ticket fraud and the secondary ticketing market since the start of that operation; and what the outcome has been of any such meeting. [140203]

James Brokenshire: A range of assessments of threats to the Olympic and Paralympic Games were provided to the Government to inform the Olympic security strategy and its successful delivery. This included reporting from the Operation Podium team in the Metropolitan police, and from other police forces and law enforcement

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agencies, regarding serious and organised crime. These reports contain sensitive information which cannot be published, even though the Games are over. I am unable, therefore, to place the reports in the House Library.

Home Office Ministers and officials met regularly with senior members of the Metropolitan police over several years running up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and daily during the Games themselves. The Home Office funded and supported the work undertaken by Operation Podium, which undertook preventative and investigative work to stop criminals illegally profiting from the Games.

Home Office officials have remained in contact with the Operation Podium team to ensure that the lessons learned from securing this major event can be applied to other events in the future.

Pay

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department and its agencies have been paid in excess of £100,000 per annum in each of the last three years. [140341]

James Brokenshire: I refer my hon. Friend to the replies I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Mr Raab) on 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 349W and 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 778W.

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of procurement contracts offered by her Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138870]

James Brokenshire: Home Department policy is that all procurements over £10,000 should be uploaded onto the Contracts Finder website. Since the inception of the Contracts Finder website, the Home Department and its agencies have published all 183 contracts that were eligible for publication.178 contracts have been ineligible for publication.

The Home Department does not currently hold the information for contracts with a value under £10,000 centrally and it could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. As such, the Home Office is unable to provide the overall proportion of procurement contracts offered that have been advertised on Contracts Finder.

Senior Civil Servants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of officials of the three most senior grades in her Department have (a) resigned, (b) taken voluntary early retirement, (c) left the Department for alternative employment, (d) been dismissed, (e) taken long-term sick leave and (f) taken administrative leave since May 2010. [139220]

James Brokenshire: The number of officials in the three most senior grades in the Department has fluctuated in the period since May 2010. We cannot therefore provide the information requested as a proportion of all officials of these grades.

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(a) Five officials in these grades have resigned since May 2010.

(b) 12 officials in these grades have taken voluntary early exit since May 2010.

(c) The Department does not record what people intend to do when they leave us.

We cannot therefore provide full details of the number of officials who have left for alternative employment during this period. However, 11 officials in these grades transferred to other Government Departments during this period.

(d) No officials in these grades have been dismissed during this period.

(e) Fewer than five officials in these grades have taken long-term sick leave since May 2010.

(f) This is not a term used in the Department.

UK Membership of EU

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contingency plans her Department (a) has made, (b) is making and (c) plans to make for UK withdrawal from the EU; whether those plans will be published; and what estimate she has made of the likely cost of implementing those plans. [140298]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 29 January 2013]: The Department has not made any plans for the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Young Offenders

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people under the age of 18 were charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012; [139762]

(2) how many people aged under 18 years old were charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012 by type of offence; [140272]

(3) how many people aged (a) 17, (b) 16, (c) 15, (d) 14, (e) 13, (f) 12, (g) 11 and (h) 10 were charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012; [140273]

(4) how many people in the Metropolitan police area aged (a) 17, (b) 16, (c) 15, (d) 14, (e) 13, (f) 12, (g)

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11 and (h) 10 were charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012; [140275]

(5) how many people in the Metropolitan police area charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012 were aged (a) 17, (b) 16, (c) 15, (d) 14, (e) 13, (f) 12, (g) 11 and (h) 10. [140281]

Jeremy Wright: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Charging data are not collected by the Ministry of Justice.

Young Offenders: Greater London

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people aged under 18 in the Metropolitan police area were (a) arrested for and (b) charged with an offence in each year from 1997 to 2012; [140279]

(2) what the offences committed were which led to the (a) arrest and (b) charging of people aged under 18 in the Metropolitan police area in each year from 1997 to 2012. [140283]

Damian Green: Police forces have been required to submit arrests data to the Home Office since 1999-2000. However, a breakdown showing police force area and age of persons arrested is only available from 2000-01. Police forces are asked to supply the Home Office with arrests data according to offence groupings, for example ‘violence against the person’ and ‘criminal damage’. It is not, therefore, possible to provide data according to specific offences.

Available data relate to the number of persons aged under 18 arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service in the years 2000-01 to 2010-11, broken down by offence grouping, and are given in the following table. Data for 2011-12 are scheduled to be published in the spring of 2013.

The Ministry of Justice has advised that data on persons charged are not collected centrally.

Number of persons aged under 18 arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by offence group: Metropolitan Police Service, 2000-01 to 2010-11
Offence group2000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Violence against the person

5,713

5,095

4,842

5,409

6,435

7,808

8,631

8,466

8,533

8,876

7,711

Sexual offences

599

718

757

671

689

681

653

709

821

867

861

Robbery

5,686

5,931

4,983

5,687

6,138

7,499

9,538

7,528

6,144

6,052

6,897

Burglary

3,678

3,053

3,170

3,330

3,425

3,538

3,887

3,415

3,212

3,021

2,769

Theft and handling stolen goods

16,492

15,380

12,667

12,675

11,594

11,994

13,524

11,458

9,933

9,718

8,427

Fraud and forgery

786

804

696

688

679

510

501

446

531

378

320

Criminal damage

5,110

4,477

3,691

4,363

4,918

5,287

6,078

4,831

3,824

3,159

2,835

Drug offences

3,288

3,309

3,915

3,442

2,747

3,187

3,235

4,117

4,465

4,602

4,541

Other offences

2,549

2,454

2,673

3,032

3,449

3,079

4,391

4,666

4,919

5,805

7,708

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Total

43,901

41,221

37,394

39,297

40,074

43,583

50,438

45,636

42,382

42,478

42,069

House of Commons Commission

Prime Minister’s Question Time

Mr Winnick: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, which hon. Members have been drawn from the ballot for oral questions to the Prime Minister on more than five occasions since May 2010. [140647]

John Thurso: 78 hon. Members were successful in the shuffle for Prime Minister's questions on five, or more occasions between May 2010 and 30 January 2013, as follows:

 Occasions

Mr Philip Hollobone

12

Lindsay Roy

12

Tom Blenkinsop

9

Tony Lloyd

9

Tony Baldry

8

Luciana Berger

8

Michael Connarty

8

Nic Dakin

8

Caroline Dinenage

8

Sheila Gilmore

8

Julie Hilling

8

Dr William McCrea

8

Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil

8

Ian Austin

7

Gavin Barwell

7

Chris Bryant

7

Mr James Clappison

7

Oliver Colvile

7

Dr Julian Huppert

7

Ian Lucas

7

Jason McCartney

7

Grahame M Morris

7

Andrew Stephenson

7

John Woodcock

7

Nigel Adams

6

Peter Aldous

6

Sir Alan Beith

6

Kevin Brennan

6

Mr Russell Brown

6

Fiona Bruce

6

Jim Dobbin

6

Mr Brian H Donohoe

6

Lilian Greenwood

6

Robert Halfon

6

Margot James

6

Jeremy Lefroy

6

Dr Julian Lewis

6

Gregg McClymont

6

John Mann

6

Sir Alan Meale

6

Priti Patel

6

Mark Pawsey

6

Jim Shannon

6

David Simpson

6

Julian Sturdy

6

Valerie Vaz

6

Nadhim Zahawi

6

Andrew Bingham

5

Mr Peter Bone

5

Annette Brooke

5

Mr David Burrowes

5

Mr Gregory Campbell

5

Mr Ronnie Campbell

5

Neil Carmichael

5

Mr Douglas Carswell

5

Alex Cunningham

5

Mr Jim Cunningham

5

Jackie Doyle-Price

5

Robert Flello

5

John Glen

5

Mrs Mary Glindon

5

Tom Greatrex

5

Simon Hart

5

Mark Hendrick

5

Kelvin Hopkins

5

Sajid Javid

5

Helen Jones

5

Mark Lancaster

5

Karen Lumley

5

Eric Ollerenshaw

5

John Robertson

5

Andrew Selous

5

Mr Dennis Skinner

5

Angela Smith

5

Nick Smith

5

Mr Gary Streeter

5

Graham Stringer

5

Roger Williams

5

Transport

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the estimated £1.3 billion purchase and compensation costs of the HS2 project relates to the area around Euston station. [140392]

Mr Simon Burns: The £1.3 billion figure represents a modelling output that may be taken as a broad guide to the net cost of the property compensation schemes set out in the current consultation documents. It would be misleading to attempt to disaggregate this figure further, because in practice there may be a wide range of outcomes,

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depending on the final form of property compensation schemes, the number of property owners who seek compensation, the circumstances of the properties which the Government might purchase, and future local property market trends.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the additional cost of extending the HS2 purchase and compensation regime outside the M25 to the area inside the M25. [140393]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government believe that it would be contrary to the public interest to release details of our modelling as to the additional cost of extending the HS2 purchase and compensation regime outside the M25 to the area inside the M25. This is because such details are likely to be misrepresented and to mislead prospective property buyers about the future value of properties near the HS2 route. This would risk undermining local property markets and creating unnecessary property blight.

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the proposals for the Heathrow High Speed 2 spur and station are not currently planned to be part of the High Speed 2 phase two consultation. [140732]

Mr Simon Burns: As stated in January 2012, the Government believe the HS2 network should link to Heathrow and our preferred option is for this to be built as part of phase two. However, the Government have since established an independent Airports Commission to recommend options for maintaining the country's status as an international aviation hub. We have therefore taken the decision to pause work on the spur to Heathrow until after 2015 when we expect the Airports Commission to publish its final report.

Procurement

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since that website's inception. [138874]

Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has advertised 144 of 646 (22%) of its procurement contracts on the Contracts Finder website since its inception.

I am aware that my hon. Friend asked the same question in July 2011. Subsequent to giving the answer on 19 July 2011 [Official Report, Column 949W] of 56%, more information has become available, which accounts for the change in percentage. Had this information come to light at an early time, the answer would have been 26%.

Roads: Horses

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of incidents with ponies and horses on roads (a) across the Vale of Glamorgan and (b) in the UK; and what information he has on any incidents involving horses that have occurred in each of the last five years in the (i) Vale of Glamorgan and (ii) UK. [138940]

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Stephen Hammond: The Department collects information relating to reported personal injury accidents involving a ridden horse. Accidents including a vehicle and an unridden horse where there is a casualty are recorded as a vehicle hitting an animal. However, as the record will not specify that the animal is a horse in this case, it is not possible to identify the number of accidents involving an unridden horse. The information held does not include damage only accidents, or accidents resulting in injury to a ridden horse only.

The Department only holds information relating to Great Britain.

In each of the last five years in the Vale of Glamorgan parliamentary constituency there were no accidents involving ridden horses. In Great Britain in each of the last five years, there were the following numbers of accidents involving at least one ridden horse:

 Accidents involving a ridden horse

2007

133

2008

109

2009

102

2010

126

2011

135

The resulting casualties from these accidents were as follows:

 20072008200920102011

Total casualties

159

139

114

156

163

Of which:

     

Horse riders

127

106

100

126

133

Statistics for the year 2012 will be available in June 2013.

Southern

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with Go-Ahead Group plc concerning revenue support to Southern; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of such support that the franchise will require. [140676]

Mr Simon Burns: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has had no discussions with Go-Ahead Group plc concerning Revenue Support to Southern.

Southern and Go-Ahead Group have advised my officials that they expect to require revenue support at the 80% level when they become eligible in September 2013.

Southern is a premium paying operator and does not receive subsidy from the Government. If eligible for revenue support we still expect Southern to make net payments for operating the franchise.

Travel: Young People

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2012, Official Report, column 815W, on travel: young people,

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when he expects to respond to the recommendations of the British Youth Council Transport Select Committee report, Transport and Young People, published on 5 November 2012. [140621]

Norman Baker: The Government response was sent to the British Youth Council on 29 January 2013.

Treasury

Bank of England

John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the involvement of women in the decision-making bodies of the Bank of England. [139339]

Greg Clark: The Government are committed to appointing serious, knowledgeable and experienced candidates with the appropriate qualifications and skills to sit on the Bank of England's decision-making bodies.

Appointments should be made on merit. Diversity is always an important consideration when appointing external members of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee, and when recommending appointees to the Court of Directors. This includes career and training background, as well as ethnicity and gender.

The Government will continue to encourage women to apply for vacancies.

Credit Unions: Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 on credit unions in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [140654]

Greg Clark: Credit unions were bought under FSMA 2000 regulation on March 31 2012, with the transfer of regulation to the FSA. This means that depositors in Northern Ireland credit unions are now protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in the same way as depositors in the rest of the UK.

Double Taxation: Brazil

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to conclude a double taxation agreement with Brazil; and if he will make a statement. [140417]

Mr Gauke: Officials have discussed prospects for a comprehensive double taxation agreement with their Brazilian counterparts on several occasions, most recently in November 2012. However, owing to important differences in approach between the two countries, prospects of concluding an agreement that would be of benefit to UK business appear at the moment to be remote. In their contacts with the Brazilian Government, Ministers and officials nevertheless continue to highlight the value of a double taxation agreement based on the principles set out in the OECD model agreement.

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Financial Services

Guto Bebb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the timetabling of the pilot phase of the interest rate hedging product mis-selling redress scheme; [140536]

(2) what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on its report on the pilot phase of the interest rate hedging product mis-selling redress scheme; [140537]

(3) what steps he is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in seeking redress for mis-sold interest rate hedging products. [140535]

Greg Clark: The FSA announced the findings of the pilot phase of the interest rate hedging product mis-selling redress scheme today.

The Government welcomes the FSA’s announcement that the full review process into the mis-selling of interest rate swaps will now begin.

Financial Services: Taxation

George Galloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a financial transactions tax. [139813]

Greg Clark: The Government are not against financial transaction taxes in principle, but believe that they should only be contemplated at a global level, due to concerns over the risks of relocation of economic activity and to competitiveness that a regional financial transaction tax would imply.

We have also been clear that the UK will not participate in the European Commission's proposals for a financial transaction tax because, as the Commission's own impact analysis concludes, their central estimate is that it would reduce EU GDP by 1.7%, equivalent to €216 billion, driven by an increase in the cost of capital for business, and see the relocation of between 70 and 90% of some markets away from the EU.

George Galloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much a financial transactions tax of 0.01 per cent would generate for the Exchequer. [139819]

Greg Clark: Although the Government are not against financial transaction taxes in principle, we believe these should only be contemplated at a global level, due to concerns over the risks of relocation of economic activity and to competitiveness that a regional financial transaction tax would imply.

Following international discussions, it has become clear that consensus for a global FTT does not currently exist.

We have therefore not made an assessment of what a domestic financial transaction tax of 0.01% would generate for the Exchequer. Any assessment of the revenue impact would also need to take account of several factors likely to reduce Exchequer yield, including reductions in corporation tax receipts from the sector and reduction in tax revenues as a whole due to the negative growth impacts of the tax.

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We have also been clear that the UK will not participate in the European Commission's proposals for a financial transaction tax because, as the Commission's own impact analysis concludes, their central estimate is that it would reduce EU GDP by 1.76%, equivalent to €216 billion, driven by an increase in the cost of capital for business, and see the relocation of between 70 and 90% of some markets away from the EU.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the Barnett consequentials resulting from Government expenditure on HS2. [140701]

Danny Alexander: Representations have not been received from the Welsh Government on the Barnett consequentials resulting from Government expenditure on HS2 at this time. Barnett consequentials will be determined once the detailed budgeting and funding arrangements have been decided.

Insurance Premium Tax

Priti Patel: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reassess his Department's estimate of the costs to motorists of the changes to insurance premiums contained in the Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Regulations 2012 in respect of gender sensitive pricing in the light of recent experience of actual changes in premiums. [140342]

Sajid Javid: The Government were disappointed with the European Court of Justice ruling that prohibited the use of gender in the pricing of insurance policies and anticipated that it would have a largely negative impact on consumers. The Government's Impact Assessment, published in December 2011, set out our assumption that the judgment would result in an initial net increase in the cost of premiums. As the market adjusts, the effect of competition is expected to help drive premiums down but overall we expect that the market will stabilise with premiums at a higher level overall than they were before. Government have been working with industry and the Financial Services Authority to mitigate as far as possible the negative impacts of the judgment. We will also continue to work with all relevant parties to understand the future pricing impacts.

LIBOR

Clive Efford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the manipulation of LIBOR on interest rates paid from public finances; and if he will make a statement; [139372]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on interest rates paid from public funds for capital projects financed under the private finance initiative as a consequence of the manipulation of LIBOR; and if he will make a statement; [139373]

(3) whether he is considering taking legal action to recoup any public money lost to banks in higher interest rates charged for schemes financed under the

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private finance initiative as a consequence of the manipulation of LIBOR; and if he will make a statement. [139374]

Greg Clark: To date, the FSA has fined three banks for breaching its principles for business in regard to their submissions to LIBOR and EURIBOR. This misconduct includes attempted manipulation. In some cases those attempts were to lower the final LIBOR rate, and in others they were to increase it. Such attempts may only have moved the overall LIBOR rate by a fraction of a percentage point, if at all. Consequently, it is very difficult to establish any sort of net effect from the attempted manipulation.

Life Insurance

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the extent to which life assurance companies can claim that policy illustrations convey meaningful information to the policyholders in the absence of probabilities that each projection will appertain in practice. [140020]

Greg Clark: The claims which life assurance companies can make about illustrations of likely future returns are prescribed by long standing Financial Services Authority rules. These rules set out how illustrations should be calculated and presented. They also require that illustrations be accompanied by appropriate risk warnings, including warnings about volatility and the degree to which any figures can be relied upon.

Mortgages

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 covers mortgages granted under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969; and if he will make a statement. [140653]

Sajid Javid: Mortgages cannot be granted under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969, or any other parliamentary Act.

Revenue and Customs

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by HM Revenue and Customs in January (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [140644]

Mr Gauke: The number of staff employed in HM Revenue and Customs in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 is shown in the following table. We have also included total staff numbers for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

HMRC is unable to provide January figures for these years as HMRC only keeps financial year end data, to enable historical comparison and consistency with published data.

 HMRC total headcount

31 March 2005

104,674

31 March 2006

100,738

31 March 2007

96,511

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31 March 2008

90,961

31 March 2009

88,875

31 March 2010

78,057

31 March 2011

74,380

31 March 2012

74,983

In 2005-06, approximately 1,100 Enforcement and Compliance staff transferred out of the Department to Serious Organised Crime Agency.

In 2009-10, approximately 4,500 Enforcement and Compliance staff transferred out of the Department to UK Border Agency.

Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the cost that would be incurred to the public purse of making HM Revenue and Customs' public contact numbers freephone services; [140554]

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the feasibility and cost of switching HM Revenue and Customs' public contact telephone numbers to a freephone service. [140640]

Mr Gauke: HMRC has not made a recent detailed assessment of the feasibility and cost of switching HM Revenue and Customs' public contact telephone numbers to a freephone service (0800 numbers). However, the Department deals with around 80 million calls annually and believes that moving to a freephone service would be too costly.

In August 2012, HMRC announced an additional investment of £34 million over the next 18 months to ensure that contact centre performance improves, aiming to meet and sustain its target of answering 90% of all calls.

In 2011, HMRC moved its Tax Credit helpline to a 0345 prefix service. This represents 40% of its customer base. On 28 January 2013, HMRC advised the Public Accounts Committee that it also plans to start moving its remaining 0845 numbers to 03 prefix numbers. This work will start in April 2013, with its child benefit helpline. All other HMRC helplines with a 08 prefix will transfer to 03 prefix numbers by the end of summer 2013. This will help to reduce the costs of calls for some of HMRC's most vulnerable customers.

Roads: Construction

Dr Thérèse Coffey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the road building projects announced in the 2012 autumn statement will require a toll to be levied to finance the project. [141019]

Danny Alexander: In the 2012 autumn statement, 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-82, the Government announced £1.5 billion of additional funding to enhance and improve the road network and to reduce congestion. This includes upgrading key sections of the A1 in the north-east, building a link between the A5 and M1 in the east of England, dualling a section of the

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A30 in the south-west and improving junction 30 of the M25. None of these road building schemes will require a toll for finance.

Sovereign Wealth Funds

Richard Graham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department has given to seeking finance for infrastructure projects in the UK from sovereign wealth funds; and if he will make a statement. [140567]

Danny Alexander: This Government set out in our 5-year Strategy for UKTI published in May 2011, “Britain Open for Business”, the intended approach to attracting inward investment from major overseas institutional investors. UKTI has now established the Strategic Relations team and is actively engaged in this initiative with the world's largest sovereign wealth funds.

The “National Infrastructure Plan—Update 2012”, published alongside the autumn statement, highlights some of the successes already achieved in this area. The Chancellor and Commercial Secretary meet routinely with major international investors to promote inward investment into the UK. In addition, Infrastructure UK provides support to UKTI in relation to infrastructure investment.

Richard Graham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much finance the UK has received from sovereign wealth funds in each of the last five years, by country. [140568]

Danny Alexander: Sovereign wealth funds do not publish all of their investment activity and it is not usually possible to disaggregate international capital flow statistics into individual investors. As a result this information is not readily available. However, sovereign wealth funds are major holders of Gilt securities and publicly listed equity and debt securities in the UK and are increasingly diversifying into unlisted investments.

Recent acquisitions of stakes in UK infrastructure by sovereign wealth funds include: China Investment Corporation in Thames Water and Heathrow airport; State Administration of Foreign Exchange in Veolia Water UK; Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in Thames Water; and Qatar Holding in Heathrow airport.

Chapter 10 of the ONS Pink Book provides a geographical breakdown of all financial investment in the UK:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bop/united-kingdom-balance-of-payments/2012/bod-the-pink-book-2012.pdf

UKTI's annual inward investment report might also be of interest:

http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/aboutukti/item/344820.html

Taxation: Northern Ireland

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has accrued to the Exchequer from liabilities for (a) personal and (b) corporate tax arising in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [140722]

Mr Gauke: The information is as follows:

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(a) Estimates for personal tax liabilities in Northern Ireland in the five tax years to 2009-10 are shown in the following table.

Northern Ireland revenue estimates
 Income tax

2005-06

2,640

2006-07

2,870

2007-08

3,080

2008-09

n/a

2009-10

2,660

2010-11

2,640

These outturns are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI) and published in Table 3.11 “Income and tax, by gender, region and country”, available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/income-by-year.htm

(b) The consultation document “Rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy”, published by HM Treasury on 24 March 2011, includes estimates of the amount of corporation tax for Northern Ireland based companies at paragraph 4.34 (page 26). The analysis of Northern Ireland postcodes implies that Northern Ireland corporation tax receipts, excluding North Sea oil and gas, and also excluding branches, varied between 1.3% and 1.6% of UK corporation tax receipts between 2002-03 and 2007-08, broadly averaging 1.5%. In 2008-09 the Northern Ireland tax base dipped to 1.1% of UK corporation tax receipts. Figures for 2009-10 are not available on a comparable basis.

Estimates for corporate tax liabilities are available on the HMRC website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/ct-receipts/table11-1b.pdf

UK Membership of EU

Nic Dakin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment (a) his Department, (b) the associated public bodies which report to his Department and (c) the Office of Budget Responsibility has made of the potential effect of a withdrawal of the UK from the European Union on the Government's strategy of deficit reduction. [140171]

Wayne David: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment (a) his Department, (b) those bodies for which he is responsible and (c) the Office of Budget Responsibility has made of the potential effect of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU on the budget deficit. [140299]

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Greg Clark: The Department has not made any plans for UK withdrawal from the EU. Part (c) of these questions falls within the responsibilities of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), and I have asked the OBR to reply.

Nic Dakin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what contingency plans his Department (a) has made, (b) is making and (c) plans to make for British withdrawal from the European Union; whether those contingency plans will be published; and what assessment he has made of the cost of implementing those contingency plans; [140172]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the UK of withdrawal from the European Union; when that assessment was made; and whether his Department plans to conduct a further such assessment. [140173]

Wayne David: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has conducted contingency exercises to assess the potential risks to (a) UK businesses, (b) inward investment, (c) tax receipts, (d) the rate of economic growth, (e) the UK's budget deficit and (f) the public sector debt to gross domestic product ratio of (i) renegotiation of UK's terms of membership of the EU, (ii) a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and (iii) withdrawal from the EU. [140295]

Greg Clark: The Department has not made any plans for UK withdrawal from the EU.

Wales

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the regional, sub-regional and local gross value added estimates as they apply to Wales, published by the Office of National Statistics in December 2012. [140209]

Danny Alexander: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes estimates of regional gross value added (GVA) annually. On 12 December 2012 they published estimates for 2011 that are provisional and may be revised. The following table shows growth rates for regional, sub-regional and local GVA in Wales. All estimates are presented in current prices and not volume measures that take account of price changes.

The need to return the UK economy to sustainable growth that is more balanced across the UK and across sectors has been at the centre of the Government's economic strategy.

Regional, sub-regional and local GVA growth estimates, Wales
£ million (current prices)
 Total GVA growth (percentage change, year on year)
 19981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011

NUTS1

              

Wales headline total

4.7

3.7

3.4

4.5

5.0

6.2

5.2

4.3

5.1

5.0

1.0

-2.2

4.4

2.2

               

NUTS2

              

West Wales and The Valleys

3.8

2.8

2.8

4.0

4.9

6.2

5.8

4.7

5.5

4.9

1.1

-2.2

4.6

2.4

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East Wales

5.8

4.8

4.1

5.1

5.2

6.2

4.4

3.7

4.7

5.1

1.0

-2.3

4.2

2.0

               

NUTS3

              

Isle of Anglesey

4.8

5.7

6.0

8.3

7.1

8.2

6.8

5.4

6.7

5.9

1.4

-1.1

5.4

3.8

Gwynedd

2.8

1.4

3.1

7.7

8.3

8.3

6.2

4.1

5.1

4.4

-0.1

-3.1

2.4

1.4

Conwy and Denbighshire

4.5

3.4

3.4

4.6

5.6

7.0

6.3

3.7

4.1

4.5

1.1

-2.8

4.1

2.0

South West Wales

3.6

3.9

3.3

3.5

3.7

6.6

8.3

7.3

7.2

6.2

0.1

-2.7

4.9

3.0

Central Valleys

3.9

2.4

3.5

5.4

6.1

5.6

3.3

2.5

4.0

4.1

1.3

-1.7

5.1

2.5

Gwent Valleys

5.2

3.0

1.7

1.4

2.8

4.9

5.5

4.5

5.4

3.5

0.7

-2.4

4.6

2.7

Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot

0.8

-0 8

-0.7

1.7

3.6

5.6

5.5

6.0

7.9

7.3

2.6

-1.8

5.1

2.0

Swansea

6.0

5.3

5.6

5.7

5.8

6.2

5.4

3.6

3.4

3.1

1.2

-1.3

4.3

1.8

Monmouthshire and Newport

7.4

5.5

3.5

3.8

4.3

7.7

6.4

4.8

4.2

3.8

0.3

-3.2

4.3

1.8

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

7.2

6.6

5.9

7.1

6.0

6.6

4.6

4.1

4.9

5.8

2.2

-1.8

3.2

1.4

Flintshire and Wrexham

2.8

2.1

1.7

2.6

3.2

3.5

3.0

3.6

5.9

5.3

0.4

-1.5

5.9

2.9

Powys

4.2

2.7

3.4

5.3

8.0

7.3

2.2

-0.1

1.7

3.9

-2.8

-5.5

4.1

3.6