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Parking

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what contracts for providing car park management services to his Department are held by private companies; [132565]

(2) what the total value is of contracts between his Department and private companies for car park management services in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) South Lanarkshire local authority area. [132566]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) receives around £64,000 per year for leasing three MOJ assets in England for use as car parks. The contracts are with NCP, the Medical Research Council and Wolverhampton city council.

Responsibility for the majority of properties providing justice services in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Parliament. The Ministry of Justice only has responsibility in Scotland for tribunals that deal with reserved matters.

The answer excludes car park management services provided as part of a private finance initiative (PFI) contract or leases for car parking spaces in private car parks which are not on MOJ land.

Prisoner Escapes

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the circumstances were which led to the escape from HMP Leyhill, South Gloucester by Sean Cawthray; and if he will make a statement. [138984]

Jeremy Wright: A routine roll check at HMP Leyhill on 30 December 2012 identified that Mr Cawthray had absconded from the prison and the police were notified. HMP Leyhill is an open prison.

Prisoners are categorised and allocated to open conditions following an established risk assessment process. As a prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence, Mr Cawthray was transferred to open conditions on the recommendation of the Parole Board.

As with any abscond, HMP Leyhill is working closely with the local police to return Mr Cawthray to custody. Absconders who are recaptured are returned to a closed prison to serve the remainder of their sentence and will be considered by the CPS for prosecution.

Prisoners

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what considerations are made when incarcerating a Category A prisoner in any category of prison other than a Category A prison; and if he will make a statement. [136044]

Jeremy Wright: The principal consideration when locating a Category A prisoner outside of a Category A prison is always the need to protect the public. Category A prisoners would normally only be located outside of the High Security Estate where there is no alternative to doing so, and even then, strictly on a temporary basis. Where a Category A prisoner must be held outside of the High Security Estate, a set of specific processes are put in place to ensure that the risk of escape continues to be minimised.

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Prisoners: Greater London

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were held in (a) HM Prison Brixton, (b) HM Prison Feltham, (c) HM Prison Holloway, (d) HM Prison Isis, (e) HM Prison Pentonville, (f) HM Prison Wandsworth and (g) HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs on 1 January (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009, (iv) 2010, (v) 2011, (vi) 2012 and (vii) 2013, by country of origin. [140260]

Jeremy Wright: Data are held centrally on the prison population on the last day of each month, so figures have been provided for 31 December. A table showing the prison population for specific establishments by nationality as at 31 December of each year from 2006 to 2011 (latest available) has been placed in the House Library.

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

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Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population of (a) HM Prison Brixton, (b) HM Prison Feltham, (c) HM Prison Holloway, (d) HM Prison Isis, (e) HM Prison Pentonville, (f) HM Prison Wandsworth and (g) HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs was on 1 January (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009, (iv) 2010, (v) 2011, (vi) 2012 and (vii) 2013. [140261]

Jeremy Wright: Data are held centrally on the prison population on the last day of each month, so figures have been provided for 31 December. The following table shows the prison population for specific establishments as at 31 December of each year from 2006 to 2011 (latest available).

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

Prison population by establishment, December 2006-11(1), EnglandWales
Establishment31 December 200631 December 200731 December 200818 December 200931 December 201031 December 2011

Brixton

800

775

745

743

696

621

Feltham

610

583

560

652

636

690

Holloway

427

465

427

428

450

529

Isis(1)

198

596

Pentonville

1,032

1,118

1,064

1,214

1,156

1,272

Wandsworth

1,473

1,444

1,598

1,656

1,573

1,518

Wormwood Scrubs

1,260

1,242

1,198

1,297

1,203

1,201

(1) HMP and YOI Isis, which opened on 28 July 2010, is sited within the perimeter wall of HMP Belmarsh. Note: Data for 31 December 2012 not available. Data Sources and Quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisons: Security

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions keys to prisons or prison cells have been lost since May 2010. [133958]

Jeremy Wright: Between 1 May 2010 and 31 March 2012 there were 136 cases of loss of keys reported by prison establishments. This figure includes all cases of loss, or suspected loss, of keys including those from handcuffs and escort chains. In the time available it has not been possible to interrogate all 136 records to determine which of these incidents involved loss of keys to prisons or prison cells. I will write to the right hon. Member as soon as that information is available.

Notes:

1. Figures are available to 31 March 2012.

2. Figures have been drawn from live administrative data systems which may be amended at any time. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Prime Minister

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill

Mr Chope: To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he set aside collective ministerial responsibility in respect of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill; and when that decision was taken. [140876]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given by the Leader of the House of Commons, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), on 29 January 2013, Official Report, columns 806-46, to him and other hon. Members.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr Watson: To ask the Prime Minister who his advisers on trade matters are; by what method each such adviser was appointed; and whether any of his trade advisers have submitted a declaration of interest in respect of their role to date. [140982]

The Prime Minister: Information on officials working in the UK civil service, including the Prime Minister's Office, is in the public domain and is available on the Cabinet Office transparency website. Information regarding appointed business ambassadors and trade envoys can be found in the UKTI website.

Scotland

Conditions of Employment

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in his Department are employed on zero-hour contracts. [140693]

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David Mundell: No staff in the Scotland Office are employed on a zero-hour contract.

Transport

East Coast Railway Line

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the East Coast main line between (a) London and Peterborough, (b) Peterborough and York, (c) York and Newcastle and (d) Newcastle and Edinburgh in (i) 2013 to 2020 and (ii) 2020 to 2033. [140800]

Mr Simon Burns: Future maintenance and enhancement requirements for the route are established for each Control Period by the Government's High Level Output Specifications and Statements of Funds Available and Network Rail's delivery plans.

Details of enhancements underway at the moment were set out in Network Rail's Control Period 4 Delivery Plan and include work to be completed by March 2014.

Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan, published on 15 January 2013, sets out its plans for maintenance and renewal for Control Period 5 from 2014 to 2019. This plan is currently being reviewed by the Office of Rail Regulation.

I would expect Network Rail to produce estimates for the period 2020 to 2033 during the course of Control Periods 6 and 7.

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the (a) high-speed diesel trains and (b) electric trains operating on the East Coast main line to be replaced; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost of such replacement. [140797]

Mr Simon Burns: The InterCity Express programme will provide sufficient new rolling stock to replace East Coast’s existing diesel High Speed Train fleet and to provide some additional capacity. This rolling stock is due to enter service on a phased basis during 2018 and 2019. This phase of the programme has a net present value cost of £1.8 billion at 2009 prices, which includes the capital and maintenance costs for trains and depots for the duration of the 27.5 year contract.

The programme also includes an option for the Government to secure further electric carriages as a follow-on order. The Department is currently analysing the strategic options for replacing or upgrading the electric InterCity 225 stock, including the option under the InterCity Express programme. A decision on whether to exercise this option is due to be taken later this year.

Great Western Railway Line

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the Great Western main line between London and Bristol in (a) 2013 to 2020 and (b) 2020 to 2033. [140798]

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Mr Simon Burns: Future maintenance and enhancement requirements for the route are established for each Control Period by the Government's High Level Output Specifications and Statements of Funds Available and Network Rail's delivery plans.

Details of enhancements under way at the moment were set out in Network Rail's Control Period 4 Delivery Plan and include work to be completed by March 2014.

Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan, published on 15 January 2013, sets out its plans for maintenance and renewal for Control Period 5 from 2014 to 2019. This plan is currently being reviewed by the Office of Rail Regulation.

I would expect Network Rail to produce estimates for the period 2020 to 2033 during the course of Control Periods 6 and 7.

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on improving and upgrading the West Coast main line between 2000 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of the amount needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on that line between London and Glasgow in (a) 2013 to 2020 and (b) 2020 to 2033. [140799]

Mr Simon Burns: Most investment in improving the West Coast main line has been delivered by Network Rail to outputs specified with the Department for Transport. The West Coast route enhancement project delivered by Network Rail cost £8.8 billion and was completed in 2008.

Future maintenance and enhancement requirements for the route are established for each Control Period by the Government's High Level Output Specifications and Statements of Funds Available and Network Rail's delivery plans.

Details of enhancements underway at the moment were set out in Network Rail's Control Period 4 Delivery Plan and include work to be completed by March 2014.

Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan, published on 15 January 2013, sets out its plans for maintenance and renewal for Control Period 5 from 2014 to 2019. This plan is currently being reviewed by the Office of Rail Regulation.

Network Rail is expected to produce estimates for the period 2020 to 2033 during the course of Control Periods 6 and 7.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the total cost for High Speed 2 including the newly announced route to Leeds and Manchester; and on what date that estimate was calculated. [140745]

Mr Simon Burns: When the Government announced their decision to proceed with HS2 in January 2012, the construction costs were estimated at around £16.3 billion for phase 1, and around £16.4 billion for phase 2 (2011 prices). Having received advice on route options from HS2 Ltd, the cost of the Government's initial preferred route, station and depot options for phase 2, published on 28 January 2013, is now estimated at around £16.8 billion, without the spur to Heathrow (if the spur is

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included the costs for phase 2 would rise to around £18.2 billion). Further information is available in the Command Paper ‘High Speed Rail, investing in Britain's Future, Phase 2: Leeds, Manchester, and beyond'.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which consultancy companies are currently contracted to (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department; what the contractual arrangements are in each case; and what fee is being paid to each such company for work connected to HS2. [140746]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to publicise the announced consultation on compensation for phase 2 of High Speed 2; and whether any advertising will be placed in local papers along the route. [140788]

Mr Simon Burns: The HS2 Phase 2 Exceptional Hardship consultation has now begun. Those individuals recorded by the Land Registry as owners of property or land that has been identified as at risk due to the initial preferred route for phase 2 of HS2, whose property or land is located above a proposed tunnelled section of the initial preferred route for phase 2, or whose property or land would be at risk or above a tunnelled section of the published Heathrow spur route have received a letter which notifies them of the EHS compensation consultation. In addition, HS2 Ltd has informed local authorities, libraries and citizens advice Bureaux about these proposals and asked to display consultation materials sent to them and make them available to their clients. The EHS consultation will be advertised in local newspapers along the line of route.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what surveys the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed 2 conducted in Stone constituency; [140936]

(2) how the contractors who gave advice to the Department on the proposals for phase 2 proceed with their survey methods and over what time period. [140967]

Mr Simon Burns: No surveys have been undertaken to date in the Stone constituency to develop the initial preferred scheme for phase 2 of HS2. The advice submitted by HS2 Ltd for phase 2 identifies options which best meet the remit for HS2 Ltd in terms of passenger demand, cost, ease of build, journey time and sustainability. An environmental impact assessment for phase 2 which will take account of a wide range of environmental information, including baseline site surveys, is proposed to commence in 2015. Further details can be found in the Command Paper and sustainability summary documents published on 28 January and placed in the House Libraries.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High

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Speed 2 applied in making their assessments with regard to the local environment, landscape and heritage in Stone constituency. [140937]

Mr Simon Burns: The criteria that HS2 Ltd has applied in making its assessments are described in the published reports. Please see “HS2 Phase Two Initial Preferred Scheme—Sustainability Summary” in particular.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-two-initial-preferred-scheme-sustainability-summary

Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultation and meetings were carried out by the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed 2 in making their assessments with regard to the route through Stone constituency. [140938]

Mr Simon Burns: No public consultation or meetings have been undertaken regarding the development of route options to minimise unnecessary blight and uncertainty. The consultation on the Secretary of State for Transport’s preferred route will start later this year.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria he will apply to compensation for those whose properties will be affected by High Speed 2; [140940]

(2) what steps he will take to ensure that pre-blight house prices are secured for those (a) eligible for compulsory purchase or (b) under statutory blight as a result of High Speed 2 in (i) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (ii) route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (iii) route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough; [140960]

(3) what compensation he plans to make available to homeowners living along the proposed High Speed 2 route between the route sections Streethay and Hough. [140962]

Mr Simon Burns: For phase 1, the Government's proposals for compensation are set out in the property consultation document ‘High Speed Two: Property and Compensation for London-West Midlands: Compensation proposals for property owners and occupiers whose properties may be affected by a high speed rail link'. This consultation closed on 31 January. We will now consider the responses.

The Government have announced a public consultation on the proposed Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) for phase 2 of HS2. It will run until 29 April 2013. This is an interim scheme which would remain in place only until such time as the statutory blight provisions apply to properties affected by phase 2 or we introduce a wider package of discretionary measures broadly consistent with those for phase 1. At a later stage, following a decision on the final route, and if the Secretary of State for Transport decided to use compulsory purchase powers to acquire land, the normal statutory provisions for the assessment and payment of compensation would apply.

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Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether public funds will be made available for opposing the relevant legal and planning rules and hybrid Bill procedures of phase 2 of High Speed 2. [140944]

Mr Simon Burns: There is no source of public funding for people to bring legal challenges to the Government's decisions on HS2.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to phase 2 of High Speed 2, what estimate his Department has made of the value per hectare per year of the affected land in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140945]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold such information.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of phase 2 of High Speed 2 on (a) the River Trent and (b) other bodies of water. [140947]

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on biodiversity offsetting along the route of High Speed 2. [140731]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government are determined to ensure that HS2 is an environmentally responsible project. Ministers and HS2 Ltd meet regularly with environmental groups to discuss the environmental opportunities that HS2 could offer, including the biodiversity offsetting. The initial preferred scheme has emerged from several hundred options as the one considered overall to best meet HS2 sustainability objectives including sustainability. The scheme development has included discussions with the Government's advisory bodies including Natural England, the Environment Agency and English Heritage. However, we are at an early stage in the development of the scheme for phase 2: more work will be undertaken to refine the alignment and include mitigation and a number of the impacts will reduce as the designs are progressed.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to phase 2 of the High Speed 2 railway line, how many properties the Government would own as a result of the proposals to proceed with (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140948]

Mr Simon Burns: It is not possible to be certain how many properties the Government would own in the future in these areas. The agreed route may differ from that proposed; the number of property owners who may seek assistance through discretionary schemes is not within the Department's control; and the number of properties owned by the Government will vary over time.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many valuations of properties accepted on to the High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have been disputed. [140955]

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Mr Simon Burns: No valuations of properties accepted on to the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme are currently in dispute. Seven applicants have previously disputed the price offered to them. These disputes have all now been resolved.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of properties requiring access to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those living on or near to the proposed route for phase 2 of the High Speed 2 on the route sections running from Streethay to Hough; [140956]

(2) what assessment he has made of properties requiring access to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those living on or near to the proposed route for phase 2 of the High Speed 2 in rural areas. [140959]

Mr Simon Burns: We do not offer precise predictions of either the gross or net costs of the various compensation schemes that we have proposed. This is because the number of property owners who may seek compensation, the circumstances of the properties which the Government might purchase, and the precise costs of properties (especially if they are bought some time in the future) are not within the Department's control. We would not want to imply that the budget is cash-limited and that this would affect our willingness to purchase properties.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to the taxpayer of the construction of phase 2 in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140958]

Mr Simon Burns: Due to the scale, complexity and timeframe of the project, our starting assumption is that the funding and financing of HS2 infrastructure would come in large part from central Government funds. While our base assumption is that Government are likely to have a central role in driving forward investment in this vital infrastructure for the country we would examine the potential for private financing to reduce the up-front capital demand on the taxpayer and offer value for money. The construction costs estimated at this stage are for an initial preferred route which begins the process of engagement to determine the final route. The Government's initial preferred route, station and depot options for phase 2 are estimated at around £16.8 billion, without the spur to Heathrow. This cost figure falls within the cost range that HS2 Ltd produced for phase 2 of £15.7 billion to £18.7 billion, reflecting the necessary uncertainty involved in producing costs at this early stage in the project.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much expenditure (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd expects to incur on phase 2 of the High Speed 2 programme, including on compensation payments. [140961]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd is the Department's executive non-departmental public body, with a remit for the delivery of HS2. Regarding the Department's expenditure on HS2, I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 768W, and my answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 893W.

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Regarding the cost of compensation payments, we do not offer precise predictions of either the gross or net costs of the various compensation schemes that we have proposed. This is because the number of property owners who may seek compensation, the circumstances of the properties which the Government might purchase, and the precise costs of properties (especially if they are bought some time in the future) are not within the Department's control. We would not want to imply that the budget is cash-limited and that this would affect our willingness to purchase properties.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of phase 2 of High Speed 2 on residential properties. [140964]

Mr Simon Burns: The initial preferred scheme has emerged from several hundred options as the one considered overall to best meet objectives for passenger demand, cost, ease of build, journey time and sustainability. Considerations of sustainability have been integral to scheme design since commencing work on phase 2 in autumn 2010. During this time, sustainability has been one of the key criteria in the development of route and station proposals that fit as far as possible with the environment and communities they pass. However, the project is at an early stage in the development of the scheme: more work will be undertaken to refine the alignment and include mitigation such as landscaping and noise barriers, and a number of the impacts will reduce as the designs are progressed.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the contractors were who gave advice to the Department on the proposals for phase 2 in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140966]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has set up HS2 Ltd to provide advice on proposals for phase 2. Details of the consultants employed by HS2 Ltd are set out in their reports, published on the DFT website on 28 January. Copies of the reports have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/high-speed-rail-investing-in-britains-future-phase-two-the-route-to-leeds-manchester-and-beyond

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Statement on HS2, what consideration has been made for the provision of double decker passenger trains operating on HS2. [141097]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 infrastructure will be built to be compliant with the European Technical Standards for Interoperability, the TSIs. The TSIs mandate that the railway infrastructure is constructed to ‘GC gauge’. Building to ‘GC Gauge’ requires all the structures on the route, such as bridges, tunnels and viaducts to be built with sufficient clearance to allow the operation of TSI compliant rolling stock which would include double deck passenger trains such as the TGV Duplex.

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Large Goods Vehicles

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many longer semi-trailers of (a) 1 metre and (b) 2.05 metres have been introduced by each company on to UK roads since trials began in January 2012; [140422]

(2) how many safety incidents have been reported involving longer semi-trailers of each length since January 2012; and what the severity of each such incident was; [140423]

(3) what assessment his Department has made of the recent trials of whether longer semi-trailers should be allowed on UK roads. [140425]

Stephen Hammond: As at 29 January, we have issued vehicle special orders (VSOs) for 83 trailers that are 1 metre longer and 331 trailers that are 2.05 metres longer than the current standard. These trailers are either on the road or under construction. The number introduced by each company is commercially confidential.

As at 29 January, there have been 35 safety incidents reported involving the longer semi-trailers. None of these incidents have involved any injuries and most have been off the public highway.

The Department has contracted Risk Solutions to monitor and evaluate the longer semi-trailer trial. The aim is to verify in practice the findings of the research, feasibility study and impact assessment, which were carried out before the trial began. Risk Solutions is collecting data on performance and safety from trial participants and an assessment will be carried out once there are sufficient data to undertake a meaningful analysis. The timing of this will depend on the rate of take-up by trial participants.

Marine Navigation Bill (HL)

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Marine Navigation Bill on the UK's international maritime treaty obligations through the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping; and if he will make a statement. [R] [140980]

Stephen Hammond: The Government consider that the Marine Navigation (No.2) Bill is consistent with the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code. The Bill, which is supported by national associations representing ports and shipping, will reduce costs and burdens for industry while protecting maritime safety.

Motor Vehicles: Testing

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions there are in the MOT vehicle test to ensure that particulate filters or other emission control equipment fitted to a vehicle at manufacture are functioning correctly. [140569]

Stephen Hammond: There is no statutory requirement in MOT testing procedures to ensure that particulate filters or other emission control equipment fitted to a vehicle at manufacture are functioning correctly. The MOT test does, however, include an exhaust gas opacity

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test against measurements laid down in Directive 2010/48/EU. Providing these limits are met, the vehicle is considered to have passed that part of the test.

Railways: Scotland

Mr Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount spent by Network Rail on maintaining and improving track and signalling in Scotland between 2000 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of the level of such expenditure between (a) 2013 and 2020 and (b) 2020 and 2033. [140796]

Mr Simon Burns: The Secretary of State for Transport has made no estimates. Spending between 2000 and 2012 is published on the Network Rail (NR) website. Future expenditure on rail infrastructure in Scotland is a matter for Scottish Ministers in conjunction with NR.

Rolling Stock

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that all Pacer rolling stock is taken out of operation in rail services in the north of England by 2019 to comply with disability legislation. [140421]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has set out the level of accessibility that it expects Pacers to have if they are to remain in service after 2019—it will be for the owners to decide whether to invest in life-extension works.

Sir Howard Davies

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) duration has been of (i) discussions and (ii) meetings between Ministers in his Department and Sir Howard Davies in the last 12 months. [140744]

Mr Simon Burns: Ministers from the Department for Transport routinely meet a range of individuals and organisations from both the public and private sectors. The Department does not, as a matter of routine, collect data on the total number of such meetings.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations are routinely published every quarter and information can be accessed on the GOV.UK website via the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministerial-transparency-data#meetings

Staff

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials have been transferred from any area of the Civil Service to (a) his Department, (b) High Speed 2 Ltd and (c) any other organisation, company or consultancy working on High Speed 2 since 1 January 2009; from which Department each such official transferred; and what their (i) grade and (ii) salary scale was (A) before and (B) after the transfer. [140806]

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Mr Simon Burns: I can confirm that HS2 Ltd does hold this information, but HS2 Ltd staff will draw it together. As soon as this has been done I will write to the right hon. Lady and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at which premises personnel working on High Speed 2 are based; what the square footage is of office space so occupied; and what rental is due for the occupation of such space. [140807]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd personnel are based in two locations, London and Birmingham. The details for the London office are as follows:

Address

Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1 5DU

Square footage of office space

2nd floor: 29,731 sq ft

7th floor: 5,535 sq ft

Rental costs

2nd floor: 29, 731 sq ft—costs relating to HS2 Ltd's lease runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 October 2016 at a rent of £40 per square foot with a 15-month rent free period. No rent is payable therefore until 1 July 2013. Thus in 2012-13 HS2 Ltd's rent is zero. In 2013-14, rent will be £1.209 million (nine months) and in 2014-15, £1.612 million. These figures are inclusive of VAT. There is no information yet available for the 7th floor as this floor has been moved into only during the last month and financial processes are yet to be put in place for the transmission of cost information to HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd is also charged for 13.94% of the total service charges (rates, heating etc) based on HS2 Ltd occupying 13.94% of the building. This amounts to £1.264 million per annum payable from 1 April 2012. Thus total figures are for 2012-13—£1.264 million; 2013-14—£2.473 million (nine months rent) and 2014-15—£2.876 million (full rent). These figures are inclusive of VAT.

The details for the Birmingham office are as follows:

Address

St. Philips Place, Birmingham, B3 2PW

Square footage of office space

5th Floor: 525 sq ft

Rental costs

For the 5th floor, rent and service charge is roughly £65,000 per annum with a rent rebate for three months (1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013) of £8,000.

West Coast Railway Line

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic effects of the upgraded West Coast main line on (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester and (c) the borough of Halton. [140747]

Mr Simon Burns: It is the Department's intention to carry out a review into the effects of the West Coast main line upgrade in due course, when a sufficient number of years' data are available to enable meaningful analysis.

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Treasury

Child Benefit

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the real-terms financial effect of the increase of 1% to child benefit and working tax credit payments on households in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Livingston constituency in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14, (iii) 2014-15 and (iv) 2015-16. [136812]

Sajid Javid: The impact of capping child benefit uprating at 1% from 2014-15 is dependent on the number of children in the family. Previous announcements have already frozen child benefit rates for 2012-13 and 2013-14 so this policy has no impact on families receiving child benefit in these years.

The following table details the annual reduction for different sized families, compared to if payments were to rise in line with CPI. This also assumes that these families are unaffected by the high income child benefit charge. It looks at the impact of child benefit uprating in isolation, and does not take account of other benefit or tax changes.

Change in child benefit entitlement
£, yearly
 2014-152015-16

One child family

-18.25

-31.40

Two child family

-28.70

-49.65

We cannot provide detailed breakdowns for different regions; however, based on the most recent published data (August 2011), Scotland and Livingston constituency have a slightly higher proportion of smaller families than the UK as a whole. Therefore the average loss in these regions will be slightly lower.

It is not possible to show the impact of working tax credits uprating on households in isolation, as tax credits are a combined payment for both working and child tax credits, and a family's award (and therefore payment) depends on their entitlement to both.

This analysis looks at the 1% uprating of tax credits and child benefit in isolation, and does not take account of other Government policies such as the largest ever increase to the personal allowance that will take effect in April 2013.

Pensions and Personal Savings

Teresa Pearce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether the pensions and savings industry is working well in terms of transparency, fee and charges disclosure and levels of consumer trust. [140875]

Sajid Javid: The Financial Services Authority currently has responsibility for regulating the conduct of financial services firms. This responsibility will be transferred to the Financial Conduct Authority from 1 April 2013. The FSA is also undertaking a review of its approach to transparency and will be publishing a discussion paper at the end of February.

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The Government support a transparent pensions and savings market that delivers the best deal possible for savers. Initiatives currently under way include:

the Association of British Insurers' new Code of Conduct for Retirement Choices which is due to be implemented by 1 March 2013;

the ABI and the National Association of Pension Funds codes of conduct on pension charges;

the Office of Fair Trading market study into workplace pensions which will examine how schemes are working for their members;

the “Simple financial products” initiative being led by Carol Sergeant that will help consumers navigate the financial services market by using them as a benchmark; and

the FSA thematic review on annuities.

Schools: Snow and Ice

Iain Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the general economy when a school has to close due to inclement weather. [139866]

Sajid Javid: The decision on whether to close is for individual schools, but the Government expect head teachers to keep schools open whenever reasonably possible. Unnecessarily closing schools causes disruption to children's education and to their parents.

The Government have not made a specific estimate of the effect a school closure will have on the level of gross domestic product (GDP). A school closure will have a direct effect on public sector output and is likely to have indirect effects on private sector output. Temporary disruptions are typically subsequently offset to some degree, though to the extent that that did not occur, GDP would be permanently affected.

Tax Evasion and Fraud

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations and proposals his Department has made to the European Commission on efforts to combat tax evasion and fraud; and if he will place in the Library copies of such representations and proposals. [141110]

Mr Gauke: On 14 January 2013 I deposited an Explanatory Memorandum on the Commission's communications to tackle tax fraud and tax evasion. The Government are fully committed to clamping down on those who evade paying their tax and welcome Commission consideration of what EU-level actions may be appropriate.

The Government are currently considering the proposals in the Commission's action plan in further detail, including the priority which should be given to the various proposals while taking fully into account the subsidiarity principle and balance of competences in this area.

Tax Yields

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs collected in tax in each of the last five years; and what proportion was from Northern Ireland in each such year. [140739]

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Mr Gauke: HM Revenue and Customs publish total receipts for the United Kingdom on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/receipts.htm

Estimates of the proportion paid by Northern Ireland for the indirect taxes (covering VAT, alcohol duties,

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shares, tobacco duties, fuel duty, gambling duties, climate change levy, air passenger duty, landfill tax, aggregates levy and insurance premium tax) are not available.

Estimates, where available, of the proportion of revenue collected from Northern Ireland are shown in the following table:

Northern Ireland revenue
Percentage
 2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Income tax

2.0

1.9

2.0

n/a

1.8

1.7

NICs

2.2

2.2

2.0

2.1

2.1

2.1

2.1

CT

1.5

1.6

1.5

1.1

n/a

IHT

1.0

0.8

1.3

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.0

SDLT

2.2

0.9

2.1

0.9

0.5

0.4

0.3

UK Membership of EU

Nic Dakin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the economic benefits of UK membership of the European Union compared to the financial contributions made to the EU. [140170]

Greg Clark: A formal cost-benefit analysis would be difficult to carry out meaningfully as some of the most important benefits cannot be quantified: for example, our leading role in EU foreign policy; or how enlargement has helped spread peace and freedom across Europe. Evidence submitted to the Balance of Competences review should provide some evidence of costs and benefits of specific areas of EU activity.

Working Tax Credit

Ian Murray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who receive working tax credits are in employment under a zero-hours or casual contract. [140350]

Sajid Javid: This information is not available.

Working Tax Credit: Liverpool

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in Liverpool, Walton constituency are in receipt of working tax credit; and what the average weekly payment is to such people. [141111]

Sajid Javid: HM Revenue and Customs publishes National Statistics on Tax Credits. The latest snapshot as at 1 December is available at a geographic level here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/prov-geog-stats/cwtc-geog-dec12.xls

As at 1 December 2012, there were 5.4 thousand families in receipt of working tax credits in Liverpool, Walton.

The average weekly tax credit entitlement for the Liverpool, Walton constituency is £130.

There will be a further group of families who are not in receipt of working tax credit as their award has been tapered away, but who benefit from a higher award as they are eligible for it. This group will have a lower average entitlement.

Women and Equalities

Transsexuality: Discrimination

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government are taking to tackle discrimination against transsexual and transgender people in the (a) workplace and (b) wider society. [140709]

Jo Swinson [holding answer 31 January 2013]: Our action plan, Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward, published in March 2011, included a series of commitments to advance transgender equality. But in recognition of the distinct challenges that transgender people can face, we published the first ever action plan for transgender equality, Advancing Transgender Equality: A Plan for Action, in December 2011. These plans include a range of measures to improve the lives of transgender people in a number of areas of public policy, including hate crime, health, education and employment.

A number of the commitments have already been delivered, including the publication in July 2011 of research by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research on the barriers faced by employers in developing positive work environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, and an amendment to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to provide for sentences to be aggravated for any offence motivated by hostility towards the victim on the grounds of being transgender.

The Government continue to work towards further action, including updating guidance and support for employers on recruiting and employing transgender employees and supporting employees undergoing gender reassignment with their transition.

Work and Pensions

Atos Healthcare

Lindsay Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Atos on the employment of personnel who carry out medical assessments. [141103]

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Mr Hoban: The Department require Atos to comply with the recruitment standards specified in the contract between DWP and Atos. No additional guidance has been issued by the Department to Atos in this regard.

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a handover report was prepared by the Board of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission before its abolition and the transfer of its functions and services to his Department; and if he will publish any such report. [140287]

Steve Webb: Prior to the abolition of CMEC and the transfer of its functions to the Department, the CMEC Board prepared a very helpful handover report. The report contains information which is commercially sensitive and was written for internal use only. On that basis, the Department does not intend to publish it.

Child: Maintenance

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the new Client Charter for the Child Maintenance Service on his Department's and the Directgov website; and if he will send a hard copy of this document to all hon. Members. [140973]

Steve Webb: We will ensure that the Client Charter is published on the DWP website on 4 February, within the child maintenance section where it is most relevant and can be easily found.

The Directgov website was replaced by the new GOV.UK portal in October 2012 and Government Digital Services (part of Cabinet Office) who control this new service have more specific rules on the types of content it will publish. I am advised that GOV.UK's usual policy is not to publish service standards of any Government department or service as they do not see this as meeting a citizen' need. However we have asked them to consider publication of the charter.

A hard copy of the document will be placed in the House Library.

Employment Schemes

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to integrate initiatives to tackle unemployment and to promote skills development. [140988]

Mr Hoban: My Department works closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help unemployed people access the skills support they need to get a job and to keep in work. Our policies aim to build local partnerships to ensure the right training is in place to meet the needs of employers and those looking for work.

An example of this integrated approach is sector-based work academies, which give jobseekers pre-employment training, work experience and an interview with an employer. The scheme is developed in partnership with employers, local training providers and Jobcentres and

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gives people on JSA or ESA (work-related activity group) an opportunity to receive training and experience to compete for jobs in a demand sector.

Jobcentre Plus: Wales

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for Rhyl job centre in the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term. [139253]

Mr Hoban: DWP is committed to delivering services in Rhyl, and has no plans to withdraw services from Rhyl in the short, medium or long term.

Members: Correspondence

Andrew Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from a constituent of the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Mr Tolen, who wrote to him on 6 December 2012 expressing concerns about the Pension Service. [139772]

Mr Hoban: The Department for Work and Pensions' chief operating officer's team sent an interim reply to Mr Tolen on 14 January 2013. I have asked that an appropriate director provide Mr Tolen with a substantive reply on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as soon as they are in a position to do so.

Social Rented Housing

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of in-work households affected by the social rented sector under-occupancy penalty. [141106]

Steve Webb: The size criteria test has been successfully applied to housing benefit recipients living in the private rented sector since the 1990s, including in-work households.

We estimate that the extension of the test to social sector tenants from April this year will affect 140,000 in-work households.

Social Security Benefits

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average weekly reduction in entitlement of a claimant in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group as a result of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill in (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16. [140857]

Steve Webb: The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill relates only to 2014-15 and 2015-16. The average weekly reduction in total benefit income for the groups requested is set out in the following table. Figures for 2014-15 are not available.

 Average change for those affected by the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill in 2015-16 (£ per week)

ESA Work Related Activity Group

-£4

ESA Support Group

-£3

Note: Change is rounded to the nearest whole pound.

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Travel and Subsistence Payments

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting departmental offices. [141157]

Mr Hoban: No senior officials in the Department for Work and Pensions have, or have had during 2012-13, terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address.

Unemployment: Young People

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effect of (a) the Youth Contract and (b) the Work programme on long-term youth unemployment. [140012]

Mr Hoban: The Work programme supports claimants who are long-term unemployed or at risk of becoming so. To July 2012 over 240,000 young people were being supported by the programme nationally

Nationally, over 9,600 (4%) young people have been supported into sustained work so far, which is six months in work for most. It is too early to judge the programme on job outcomes alone, however, as we have one year’s worth of data for a programme that supports claimants for two years and it will take time for claimants to reach six months in employment. Data from ERSA (to September 2012) show us that nationally over 57,000 young people (over 36%) have moved into work so far and that job entries are rising month on month.

The Youth Contract was introduced in April 2012 to provide additional support, worth almost £1 billion, to unemployed young people over the next three years. While it is too early to make any judgments as to its effectiveness, we have commissioned an external evaluation of the Youth Contract to examine delivery and outcomes and the first evaluation report will be available in early 2013.

Work Capability Assessment

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 963W, on work capability assessment, how many of the overturned decisions in each month listed originally assessed the claimant as fit for work. [138693]

Mr Hoban: The following table shows the number of occasions where the DWP Decision Maker made a different decision from the Atos Fit for Work recommendation for initial assessments in relation to new claims for ESA in each month between May 2010 and February 2012 (the latest data available).

Number of occasions where the DWP decision was different to Atos Fit for Work recommendation each month between May 2010 and February 2012
Month of assessmentDWP decision differs from Atos Fit for Work recommendation

May 2010

700

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June 2010

800

July 2010

900

August 2010

1,100

September 2010

1,000

October 2010

1,700

November 2010

2,400

December 2010

2,100

January 2011

2,400

February 2011

2,800

March 2011

3,300

April 2011

2,500

May 2011

2,800

June 2011

2,600

July 2011

1,900

August 2011

1,800

September 2011

1,500

October 2011

1,300

November 2011

1,300

December 2011

1,100

January 2012

1,600

February 2012

2,000

Notes: 1. These figures do not include WCAs completed on Incapacity Benefit Reassessment (IBR) claims. The Department has published initial findings on the outcomes of IBR, which can be found on the departmental website here: http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/workingage/index.php?page=esa_ibr 2. The table includes initial assessments only and the numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Work Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether providers of the Work programme are able to share referral and job outcome data with local authorities at their own discretion. [140987]

Mr Hoban: Work programme providers are able to share specified Management Information with local authorities where a confidentiality agreement is in place. Data that can be shared include referrals, attachments, job entries, and specified information on job outcomes.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent of parking of participants in the Work programme. [140989]

Mr Hoban: The official evaluation is looking specifically at this. The view from the Institute for Employment Studies is that it is too early to draw firm conclusions about the existence or extent of creaming and parking.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for (a) Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) Education on integrating pre-apprenticeship traineeships into the Work programme and the youth contract. [140990]

Mr Hoban: I meet regularly with the Minister for Skills to discuss a wide range of skills issues, particularly focusing on provision for the unemployed, including traineeships.