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Financial yearNumber of voluntary departuresCost (£000)

2012-13

0

0

2011-12

0

0

2010-11

15

350

Natural England (NE)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. Data are not available for the period prior to 2007-08. Departure costs have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Financial yearNumber of voluntary departuresCost (£000)

2012-13

0

0

2011-12

380

14,000

2010-11

8

300

2009-10

(1)

200

2008-09

155

6,000

2007-08

0

0

(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBG Kew)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. Data are not available for the period prior to 2008-09.

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Financial yearNumber of voluntary departuresCost (£000)

2012-13

0

0

2011-12

(1)

119

2010-11

(1)

52

2009-10

0

0

2008-09

0

0

(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what the anticipated cost is of each. [144201]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA introduced 43 statutory instruments in this period, but no primary legislation. These regulations are shown in the table.

Any information that is available on estimated costs and savings to business is set out in individual Impact Assessments. These are available electronically from the Better Regulation Executive's Impact Assessment Library:

http://www.ialibrary.bis.gov.uk/

or

http://www.legislation.gov.uk

where they are linked to the legislation.

DEFRA SIs made in 2012 (including those signed by a civil servant on behalf of the SoS), regulations introduced by DEFRA between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013
 TitleSI/ActRefDate

1

The Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2013

SI

2013/141

24 January 2013

2

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Directives) (England and Wales) Order 2013 (SI 2013/123)(1)

SI

2013/123

15 January 2013

3

The Uplands Transitional Payment Regulations 2013(1)

SI

2013/109

17 January 2013

4

The Legislative Reform (Constitution of Veterinary Surgeons Preliminary Investigation and Disciplinary Committees) Order 2013

SI

2013/103

17 January 2013

5

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2013(1)

SI

2013/23

14 January 2013

6

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/3082

10 December 2012

7

The Seed Marketing (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3035)(1)

SI

2012/3035

3 December 2012

8

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2012 (SI 2012/3033)(1)

SI

2012/3033

5 December 2012

9

The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/3027

3 December 2012

10

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/3005

3 December 2012

11

The Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/2932

21 November 2012

12

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2922

21 November 2012

13

The Agriculture, Animals, Environment and Food etc. (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2897

15 November 2012

14

The Transfer of Functions (Sea Fisheries) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2747

7 November 2012

15

The Veterinary Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/2711

26 October 2012

16

The Plant Health (Forestry) (Amendment) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2707

29 October 2012

17

The Zootechnical Standards (England) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/2665

16 October 2012

18

The Public Bodies (Abolition of the Commission for Rural Communities) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2654

18 October 2012

19

The African Horse Sickness (England) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/2629

15 October 2012

20

The Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2573

8 October 2012

21

The Public Bodies (Abolition of Environment Protection Advisory Committees) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2407

18 September 2012

22

The Public Bodies (Abolition of Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2406

18 September 2012

23

The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/2320

7 September 2012

24

The Scallop Fishing (England) Order 2012

SI

2012/2283

5 September 2012

25

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) (No. 2) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2282

5 September 2012

26

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/2281

5 September 2012

27

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/2000

30 July 2012

28

The Bluetongue (Amendment) Regulations 2012)(1)

SI

2012/1977

25 July 2012

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29

The Designation of Features (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/1945

23 July 2012

30

The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/1928

20 July 2012

31

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/1927

20 July 2012

32

The Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (Abolition) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/1923

21 July 2012

33

The Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/1889

17 July 2012

34

The Ipswich Barrier Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/1867

16 July 2012

35

The Nitrate Pollution Prevention(Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/1849

13 July 2012

36

The Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/1715

27 June 2012

37

The Designation of Features (Notices) (England) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/1693

27 June 2012

38

The INSPIRE (Amendment) Regulations 2012(1)

SI

2012/1672

1 July 2012

39

The British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

SI

2012/1659

1 July 2012

40

The Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/1658

1 July 2012

41

The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012

SI

2012/1657

20 June 2012

42

The Infrastructure Planning (Waste Water Transfer and Storage) Order 2012

SI

2012/1645

22 June 2012

43

The Access to the Countryside (Coastal Margin) (Weymouth Bay) Order 2012(1)

SI

2012/1559

18 June 2012

(1) Denotes that the measure does not require an Impact Assessment.

Sickness Absence

Mr Marcus Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; [144487]

(2) what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in his Department. [144501]

Richard Benyon: There is no specific number of authorised days that employees are allowed to take as paid sickness leave per annum. In 2012, the average number of working days lost due to sickness (per staff year) in core DEFRA was 4.1. This has reduced from 6.1 in 2009.

Steps taken to reduce sickness absence in DEFRA include:

managing sickness absence in line with DEFRA's Managing Attendance policy, including encouraging employees on long- term sickness absence to keep in touch and have discussions with managers

access to occupational health advice to facilitate rehabilitation and return to work, including phased returns and recuperative duties where necessary

development of a Wellbeing Framework, health promotions and encouraging healthy lifestyle and behaviours (e.g. cycle to work scheme, free health checks, building resilience etc)

offering assistance through the Employee Assistance Programme, which offers confidential, independent and unbiased advice from trained practitioners, counsellors etc.

Squirrels: Conservation

Simon Hart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has considered including grey squirrel control as part of the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme. [144025]

Richard Benyon: Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) is a multi-objective scheme that supports a wide variety of environmental outcomes. Funding is targeted at those agreements that are best able to deliver a range of environmental benefits while ensuring maximum value for money. This means difficult decisions are sometimes necessary in assessing which proposals to fund. For this reason DEFRA and Natural England decided in 2011 not to provide HLS funding for mainly single-issue agreements such as those for grey squirrel control on farmland. We anticipate that these same basic principles will continue to apply to HLS in the future.

Without new evidence to demonstrate that grey squirrel control would be effective in open farmland habitats (compared to woodland habitats), the cost effectiveness of expenditure on such a measure remains very difficult to justify.

Funding for grey squirrel control is currently available under the Forestry Commission's English Woodland Grant Scheme. It is targeted around red squirrel strongholds and buffer zones where it is likely to have the greatest impact in conserving the remaining red squirrel populations in northern England.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are based in each property used by his Department. [143313]

Richard Benyon: The number of core DEFRA staff based in each property used by core DEFRA is detailed in the table. Figures are given on a full-time equivalent basis, and are correct as of 31 December 2012.

 Number

Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone

10.00

Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester

19.81

Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro

3.00

Ceres House, 2 Searby Road, Lincoln

2.00

Eden Bridge House, Lowther Street, Carlisle

2.00

Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, Westminster, London

718.89

Ergon House, 17 Smith Square, Westminster, London

485.86

King's Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green, York

327.15

Clyst House, Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary, Exeter

20.13

Chapel Bank Works, Curwen Road, Workington

0.73

Hornbeam House, Crewe Business Park, Electra Way, Crewe

14.82

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9 Millbank, Westminster, London

242.44

Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol

90.82

Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle

9.73

Eastbrook, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge

11.68

Coldharbour Farm, Wye

1.00

Lion House, Willowburn Trading Estate, Great North Road, Alnwick

43.45

Third Floor, Touthill Close, City Road, Peterborough

1.00

25 Queen Street, Leeds

10.21

Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Skipton

1.00

Apex Court, City Link, Bristol

9.42

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Ghyll Mount, Penrith

6.00

Total

2031.14

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations. [143333]

Richard Benyon: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost.

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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Cabinet Office

Buildings

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department; [143285]

(2) how many staff are based in each property used by his Department; [143306]

(3) what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department; [143348]

(4) what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b) leased by the Department and (c) subject to a private finance initiative agreement; when existing lease agreements relating to such properties are due to expire; and what the total floor space is of each property; [143369]

(5) what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, (b) leased by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office and (c) subject to a private finance initiative agreement; when existing lease agreements relating to such properties are due to expire; and what the total floor space is of each property; [143373]

(6) how many staff are based in each property used by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office; [143310]

(7) what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office; [143352]

(8) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office. [143289]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Deputy Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

The Cabinet Office is consolidating its central property usage to realise savings for the taxpayer and drive up efficiency

We are delivering substantial savings for the taxpayer through better management of the Government property

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estate. This is part of a wider programme of efficiency and reform which saved the taxpayer over £12 billion since May 2010.

Comprehensive property and occupation data for the Cabinet Office can be found within the data.gov.uk website.

Data.gov.uk

http://data.gov.uk/dataset/epims

More general property and occupation information can be found within the Quarterly Data Summary, State of the Estate report and the latest Cabinet Office annual report. The links are provided as follows.

Quarterly Data Summary

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/business-plan-quarterly-data-summary

State of the Estate report

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/state-estate-2011

Cabinet Office annual report

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/cabinet-office-annual-reports-and-accounts

Employment: Females

John Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of women in employment in an (a) part-time and (b) full-time capacity in (i) Glasgow North West constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and (iv) the UK in each of the last five years. [144215]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate he has made of the number of women in employment in an (a) part-time and (b) full-time capacity in (i) Glasgow North West constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and (iv) the UK in each of the last five years. (144215)

The ONS compiles Labour Market Statistics for areas below the UK following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions using the Annual Population Survey (APS).

The table shows the number of women who were in full-time or part-time employment in the week prior to interview during the relevant reference periods. Estimates have been provided for the 12 month period ending September 2012, the latest available period, and the 12 month periods ending in December from 2008 to 2011.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the table.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Number of women employed full-time or part time
 Glasgow North WestGlasgowScotlandUnited Kingdom
12 months ending:Full-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

December 2008

85

41

704

490

7,739

5,702

December 2009

81

48

694

502

7,600

5,755

December 2010

80

45

675

515

7,589

5,762

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December 2011

73

49

669

507

7,591

5,801

September 2012(1)

****—

****—

**72

***51

*665

*512

*7,593

*5,861

— Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes (1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV – for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.# Key * 0 = CV <5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 = CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 = CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ? 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

Immigration: EU Nationals

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many nationals of other EU member states who are classified as (a) worker, (b) self-employed person, (c) self-sufficient person, (d) student and (e) jobseeker under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 have (i) entered the UK in each year since 2006 and (ii) are living in the UK; [143746]

(2) how many nationals of other EU member states have been classified as qualified persons under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 who have entered the UK in each year since 2006; and how many such nationals are currently living in the UK. [143750]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking (1) how many nationals of other EU member states who are classified as (a) worker, (b) self-employed person, (c) self-sufficient person, (d) student and (e) jobseeker under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 have (i) entered the UK in each year since 2006 and (ii) are currently living the UK [143746] and

(2) how many nationals of other EU member states have been classified as qualified persons under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 who have entered the UK in each year since 2006; and how many such nationals are currently living in the UK. [143750]

(i) ONS produces estimates of Long-Term International Migration (LTIM), primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS). The IPS is a continuous voluntary sample survey conducted by ONS and is the prime source of long-term international migration data for the UK providing estimates of both inflows and outflows. The IPS collects data on immigrants' main reason for migrating to the UK which does not necessarily align to the classifications under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Data on self-employed and self-sufficient people are not collected by the IPS.

Table 1 shows the IPS estimates of non-British EU citizens migrating to the UK between 2006 and 2011 whose main reason for migrating was work related, to study or to seek work. These are the latest estimates available and were published on 29 November 2012. Estimates for 2012 will be published on 28 November2013.

(ii) The Annual Population Survey (APS) provides estimates of UK residents by nationality. However, information on year of arrival is only collected for those born outside the UK, so the country of birth measure has been used to determine people born within EU member countries. Additionally it is not possible to measure the status of EU born people under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 classifications, although the APS can provide estimates based upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) measure. The categories requested have been answered under the ILO measure where possible, with students defined as those currently enrolled on an education course, Data on self-sufficient people are not collected by the APS.

Table 2 shows the APS estimates of non-UK EU born persons currently resident in the UK who arrived since 2006. These estimates relate to the 12 months ending June 2012. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Annual Population Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty as indicated in the table.

Please note that there are key definitional and coverage differences between the IPS and APS which means that data derived from these two sources are not directly comparable.

More detail on the differences between the two surveys can be found in the document ‘Estimating International Migration: An exploration of the definitional differences between the Labour Force Survey, Annual Population Survey, International Passenger Survey and Long-Term International Migration’:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/population-by-country-of-birth-and-nationality/sources-of-international-migration-data/differences-between-sources-of-international-migration-data.pdf

Table 1: Long-Term International Migration, estimates from International Passenger Survey (IPS) Migration into the UK of non-British EU citizens by selected main reason for migration, 2006-2011, United Kingdom
Thousand
Main reason for migration
   Work related(2)    
 Total(1)Total work relatedDefinite jobLooking for workFormal studyOther(3)
 Estimate+/-CIEstimate+/-CIEstimate+/-CIEstimate+/-CIEstimate+/-CIEstimate+/-CI

2006

136

26

83

19

55

16

28

11

23

9

30

14

2007

172

29

125

26

93

23

32

12

26

10

21

9

2008

178

28

99

21

70

18

29

11

40

13

40

14

2009

150

19

88

16

59

14

29

7

42

9

20

7

2010

156

21

91

16

57

13

35

9

45

11

19

7

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2011

158

18

93

14

56

10

37

9

41

8

24

7

CI = 95% Confidence Interval. This refers to the margin of error, and is a measure of the uncertainty associated with making inferences from a sample. (1) This is the sum of “total work related”, “formal study” and “other” (2) “Work related” includes “Definite job” and “Looking for work” (3) “Other” includes those migrating to accompany or join someone and those who stated no reason for migrating Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS)
Table 2: Number of non-UK EU born people currently resident in the UK who arrived since 2006, by status(1): 12 months ending June 2012, United Kingdom
Thousand
 Non-UK EU born
 EstimateCV

Population

789

*

   

Total in employment(2)

582

*

Employee

506

*

Self-employed

76

**

   

Unemployed

45

**

   

Economically inactive

162

**

   

Student(3)

148

**

(1 )People aged 16 and over (2) This includes employees, self-employed, unpaid family workers and those on Government-supported training schemes (3) The majority of students are economically inactive, however, in accordance to International Labour Organization (ILO) Guide to Quality in the Annual Population Survey: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 = CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 = CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 = CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ? 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes Note: It should be noted that the above Annual Population estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.). Source: Annual Population Survey (ONS)

Working Hours: Females

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average number of hours worked by (a) married women with children and (b) single women with children was in each of the last 30 years. [144981]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the average number of hours worked by (a) married women with children and (b) single women with children in each of the last 30 years. (144981)

Estimates have been provided from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets. They show the estimated average number of hours per week for married and single women with children for the UK in April to June of each year since 1996. It covers hours worked in main job and second job where applicable. It was not possible to provide estimates prior to 1996 as this is the earliest that household datasets are available.

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

Average number of hours(1 )worked by (i) married women(2) with children(3) and (ii) single women with children, April-June 1996 to 2012, United Kingdom
 Average number of hours worked
 Married women with childrenSingle women with children

1996

23

23

1997

23

24

1998

23

23

1999

23

24

2000

23

25

2001

23

25

2002

23

24

2003

23

25

2004

23

25

2005

23

25

2006

23

25

2007

23

25

2008

23

25

2009

23

25

2010

23

24

2011

23

24

2012

24

25

(1) Hours worked refers to the average actual hours worked per week in main and second job. (2) Women in employment are aged 16 and over. (3) Dependent children refers to children who are aged between 0-15 and those aged 16-18 who are in full-time education. Source: Labour Force Survey household datasets

Work and Pensions

Cold Weather Payments: Perth

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in Perth and North Perthshire constituency

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have received cold weather payments in each of the last three years. [143474]

Steve Webb: Cold weather payments are paid based on the temperatures recorded at certain weather stations around the country. Residents in Perth and North Perthshire are covered by a number of weather stations. The following table shows the number of eligible recipients paid at least one cold weather payment with respect to each of these weather stations during the past three years.

Number of benefit units receiving cold weather payments in Perth and North Perthshire weather stations covering Perth and North Perthshire each year
 2012-13 to date2011-122010-11

Braemar

1,100

1,200

1,600

Tulloch Bridge

1,800

1,900

5,500

Leuchars

85,800

Strathallan

9,500

10,000

119,000

Notes: 1. The information provided is Management Information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using Official/National Statistics but in this case we only have Management Information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as Official/National Statistics and there are some issues with the data. 2. Cold weather payments are paid out to eligible recipients if an average temperature of 0°C is recorded or forecast for seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the recipient's postcode. 3. Cold weather payments are made to benefit units rather than to households or individuals. A benefit unit can be a single person or a couple and can include children. The number of individual recipients is not available. 4. The current 2012/13 cold weather season does not finish until 31 March therefore the figure for the number of cold weather payments for 2012/13 is up to 13 February only. 5. The estimated number of benefit units which have received cold weather payments relates to the entire area that the weather station covers, not just to that in the listed parliamentary constituencies and counties. 6. Weather station boundaries are determined by postcode and are not directly linked to parliamentary constituency or county boundaries. It is not possible to break the data down further. 7. All given figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. 8. Between 2010-11 and 2011-12 there were changes made to the postcodes covered by particular weather stations which explains the large decrease in payments between the years for the Strathallan weather station.

Disability Living Allowance: Behaviour Disorders

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in levels of claims for disability living allowance due to hyperkinetic syndrome and claims for other behavioural disorders. [143105]

Esther McVey: Data on numbers of claims to disability living allowance by main disabling condition or special rules criteria are not routinely collected by the Department for Work and Pensions and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Families: Disadvantaged

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of troubled families as defined by the Government who have been assisted through the Work programme in the last 12 months. [141698]

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Mr Hoban: Within the statistics we produce on the performance of the Work programme, we do not hold data which specifically record the number of troubled families assisted.

Like other groups facing multiple disadvantages, troubled families are able to access help through the Work programme according to their eligibility.

Pension Credit

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who did not claim pension credit to which they were entitled in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; [144255]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who have not claimed the pension credit to which they are entitled. [144256]

Steve Webb: The most recent estimates of take-up cover the period 2009-10. Figures for the number of pensioners entitled to, but not receiving pension credit in Great Britain in 2009-10 are presented in the table; estimates of take-up are not available for 2010-11 or 2011-12, nor are they sufficiently robust to present at geographies below Great Britain. As such estimates are not available for Scotland or the Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency.

Caseload take-up for pension credit, Great Britain, 2009-10
 Range of entitled non-recipients (thousand)Take-up ranges (percentages)

2009-10

1,210 : 1,580

62 : 68

The ‘Income Related Benefits: Estimates of Take-up’ report covers Great Britain for the financial year 2009-10. It provides caseload and expenditure estimates of take-up for income support and employment and support allowance (income-related), pension credit, housing benefit (including local housing allowance), council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance (income-based). The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 10 June 2010. The figures are available online and can be found here:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=irb

Universal Credit

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse incurred to date of setting up the universal credit system. [143645]

Mr Hoban: Up to the end of January 2013, the DWP has spent £379 million on the design and development of the universal credit system.

Working Tax Credit

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 925W, on working tax credit, on what date his Department will publish the impact assessment. [142115]

Sajid Javid: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

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An assessment of the impacts of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill was published on 8 January 2013.

International Development

EU Aid

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury South (Mr Lewis) of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on EU aid, whether any increase in European Development Fund finance will count against the Government's pre-existing commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on overseas aid. [140111]

Lynne Featherstone: The UK share of all EU Official Development Assistance (ODA) is included in the UK's commitment to spending 0.7% of our gross national income on ODA by 2013.

Wales

Buildings

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department. [143365]

Stephen Crabb: The Wales Office is based in both London and Cardiff. The total floor space of the properties is 1,199 square metres, giving a floor space of 23 square metres per full-time equivalent post.

Wales Office Ministers and staff conduct business in both locations. Ministers therefore have offices in both London and Cardiff, and sufficient desk space is needed to enable staff to work at either site.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b) leased by the Department and (c) subject to a private finance initiative agreement; when existing lease agreements relating to such properties are due to expire; and what the total floor space is of each property. [143386]

Stephen Crabb: The Wales Office is based in both London and Cardiff. The London property, Gwydyr House, is owned by the Department, and has a floor space of 675 square metres.

Our office in Caspian Point, Cardiff is on a lease which expires on 5 April 2022, and has a floor space of 524 square metres.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff are based in each property used by his Department. [143323]

Stephen Crabb: There are currently 16 staff members based in Cardiff, and 35 in London though staff routinely travel between and work in both locations.

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Scotland

Buildings

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department. [143362]

David Mundell: The total floor space of buildings occupied by the Scotland Office is 2,135.32 m(2). The buildings are shared with the Office of the Advocate General. Space in them is also occupied by the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, the Independent Commission on Aid Impact, the Independent Complaints Reviewer for HM Land Registry, the Information Commissioner's Office, and the Scottish Government. The Scotland Office does not hold information about the number of full-time equivalent posts there are among the other users of its buildings.

Food: Waste

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [143459]

David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not have food and catering services and did not have them in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

Television

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with (a) the Scottish Government, (b) the BBC and (c) Channel 4 on the development of high quality film and TV production space in Scotland. [143555]

David Mundell: Scotland Office Ministers have regular discussions with broadcasting stakeholders on issues in Scotland. I hope that the Government's plans for new tax reliefs for high end television drama, animation and video games may encourage investment in the development of high quality film and TV production space in Scotland in the future.

Television: Tax Allowances

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with (a) the BBC and (b) Channel 4 on the utilisation of high-end television tax relief in Scotland. [143622]

David Mundell: Scotland Office Ministers have regular discussions with a number of broadcasting stakeholders on issues in Scotland. I welcome BBC and Channel 4's ongoing commitment to commissioning production from all over the UK and hope the Government's new tax relief on high-end television drama results in more investment in Scotland.

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with his ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the utilisation of the high- end television tax relief in Scotland. [144647]

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David Mundell: Scotland Office Ministers have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding issues in Scotland. We hope that the high-end television tax relief will encourage greater investment in this area in Scotland and across the UK.

Defence

Armed Forces: Pensions

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the pension calculator will be made available to servicemen and women leaving the services. [143717]

Mr Francois: Two pension calculators are currently available.

The Armed Forces Pension and Annual Allowance Calculator (AFPAAC, version 9.1) provides a guide to the pension benefits that service personnel could expect to receive under Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 or Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005. The AFPAAC can be accessed at the following website:

www.mod-pc.co.uk

Personnel who are considering leaving the services on redundancy terms can access the online Armed Forces Redundancy Calculator (AFRC, version five) which gives an approximate forecast of both redundancy compensation and pension entitlements. The AFRC can be accessed at the following website:

www.mod-rc.co.uk

Every effort has been made to ensure that the forecasts provided by the armed forces pension and redundancy calculators are as accurate as possible. However, they are provided for guidance purposes only and we recommend that personnel seek assistance from their Unit Human Resources sections to confirm that these forecasts are based on accurate information.

A new Armed Forces Pension Scheme will be introduced from 2015. As a result the forecasts provided by APFAAC cannot provide complete projections of future entitlement beyond 2015. A revised pensions calculator, incorporating both accrued rights and benefit entitlements under the new scheme, is currently being developed. We anticipate that an initial version of the revised calculator will be online in the summer. As with the current calculator, not every service career is included within the calculator and such personnel are eligible to request a pension forecast direct from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA).

Mali

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the cost of UK support for military intervention in Mali has come from his Department. [144601]

Mr Robathan: Discussions are ongoing with other Government Departments to determine the most appropriate source of funding for this operation.

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Meetings: Security

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times since May 2010 the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (a) met and (b) stayed with Sir John Kiszely; [123285]

(2) how many times and for what reasons (a) Lord Dannatt, (b) Sir John Kiszely, (c) Sir Trevor Soar, (d) Richard Applegate, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) Sir Mike Jackson have visited his Department since May 2010; [123287]

(3) on what occasions and for what reasons the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has met with Sir John Kiszely since May 2010; [123296]

(4) if he will publish details of the occasions on which (a) Lord Dannatt, (b) Sir John Kiszely, (c) Sir Trevor Soar, (d) Richard Applegate, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) Sir Mike Jackson have visited his Department's main building since retirement; [123297]

(5) how many former three and four-star personnel possess security passes for his Department's main building; [123298]

(6) what meetings Lieutenant General Richard Applegate has had with (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) senior military personnel since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123919]

(7) what meetings (a) General Sir Peter Wall and (b) General Sir David Richards have had with General Sir Mike Jackson since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123924]

(8) what meetings (a) Air Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier and (b) Lord Astor of Hever have had with Lord Stirrup since May 2010; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [123925]

(9) whether (a) General Sir David Richards, (b) General Sir Peter Wall and (c) General Sir Nick Parker have met Sir John Kiszley in an official capacity in 2012. [123931]

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many formal meetings have taken place between (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszley, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson and Ministers and senior civil servants in his Department since May 2010; [123967]

(2) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszley, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments since May 2010; [123968]

(3) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszley, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments within two years of each of their retirements since May 2010; [123969]

(4) how many times (a) Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, (b) Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszley, (c) Lieutenant-General Richard Applegate, (d) General Lord Dannatt, (e) Lord Stirrup and (f) General Sir Mike Jackson

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have visited (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments to discuss the final stages of a procurement bid with Ministers or senior officials since May 2010; [123970]

(5) on how many occasions the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has met Sir John Kiszely since May 2010; and on how many such occasions formal meetings of the meetings were taken; [124322]

(6) which people employed in the defence industry hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises; [126746]

(7) how many people employed by companies who have contracts with his Department hold passes entitling them to enter his Department's premises. [129100]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 18, 19 and 22 October 2012]:Information on third parties who have passes to access the Ministry of Defence (MOD) main building is being compiled as part of the permanent secretary's review into allegations made in The Sunday Timesabout the access arrangements for retired personnel.

Information is also being compiled on the number of occasions that senior retired officers have visited the MOD over the last few years.

His review is expected to conclude shortly and I will write to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) and the right hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Mr Murphy) when it is complete.

Substantive answer from Philip Dunne to Kevan Jones and Jim Murphy:

I write in response to Parliamentary Questions regarding the number of occasions that senior retired officers have visited the MOD over the last few years and information on third parties who have passes to access the Ministry of Defence (MOD) main building. The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Andrew Robathan), informed you that we would provide this information once the Permanent Secretary had reviewed the access that six named retired military officers maintain to Defence, the rules around such access, compliance with those rules, and the level of transparency adopted by the Department. Following my announcement in the House today, I am pleased to confirm the details of our review.

This review has taken some time to complete, as a central record, of meetings between MOD staff and retired personnel is not kept. The size of the Department and the natural turnover of staff would make this an impossible and disproportionate task to record routinely. However, the review exercise has gathered an extensive amount of information about the level of access that the six named individuals maintained to senior civilian and military staff. It found no evidence to indicate that retired or former employees have, or are able, to influence any MOD equipment contracts.

A rigorous process is used for the approval of all equipment projects which involves non-advocate scrutiny of all major investment decisions by an Investment Approvals Committee which provides advice to Ministers and the Accounting Officer.

The overall number of occasions the six named individuals have had contact with senior MOD civilian and military staff since their retirement is contained in the following table.

 Number of occasions of access to senior MOD personnel

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar

15

Lord Stirrup

37

Lt Gen Richard Applegate

51

Lord Dannatt

21

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Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

37

General Sir Mike Jackson

59

Total

268

The review also addressed the nature of the contact that has been maintained by the six named individuals with senior civilian and military staff in the MOD, which is summarised in the following table.

Nature of meetings:Number

Procurement

39

Industry Sponsored

25

Academic

5B

Charitable

13

Ceremonial

7

Regimental

32

Inquiry Related

7

Social

31

House of Lords—Stirrup

6

House of Lords—Dannatt

3

House of Lords—Both

47

Total

268

The findings show that the vast majority of the contact that the six individuals maintained with the MOD contact was not to discuss procurement of equipment. The vast majority of the 39 occasions when the named individuals were identified as having discussed procurement were entirely within the rules and occurred beyond the period of any individual's lobbying ban. However, the review did find that one former General had breached the restrictions that related to his new employment - imposed on him by the Business Appointments process.

An audit of meetings shows that on 9 occasions Lt Gen Dick Applegate discussed defence equipment with the MOD which were considered in breach of the rules placed upon him since his retirement. None of these meetings resulted in any sales or influenced the MOD'S equipment plan and the MOD has reported this contact to the Cabinet Office - who have responsibility for the Advisory Committee for Business Appointments (ACOBA) - and made clear to the individual that such behaviour is not acceptable.

It is clear from enquiries made that this has been an issue at the MOD not only under this Government but also under the previous administration too. Enquiries have shown for example that under the previous Labour Government 7 former Chiefs continued to have security passes after they had retired, in some cases for a number of years.

In answer to your specific questions, the following tables provide details of meetings and other encounters between Ministers, General Sir David Richards, General Sir Peter Wall and Air Marshal Stephen Hillier with any of Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszley, Lieutenant General Richard Applegate, General Lord Dannatt, Lord Stirrup and General Sir Mike Jackson.

Ministers

Month of meetingMinisterName of Retired Officer MetPurpose of Meeting

June 2010

Min (ISS), Gerald Howarth

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

To discuss the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

July 2010

Min (DPWV), right hon. Andrew Robathan

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Royal British Legion Reception (which Sir John may have attended)

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March 2011

Min (DPWV), right hon. Andrew Robathan

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Formation of the National Memorial Arboretum

April 2011

USofS, Lord Astor

Lord Dannatt

Defence Update

May 2011

Min(DEST), Peter Luff

Lord Stirrup

Minister was keynote speaker at UK Defence Forum Dinner

May 2011

Min(ISS) Gerald Howarth

Lord Dannatt

Private lunch in the House of Commons

August 2011

Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

To discuss DIO

September 2011

Min(DPWV), right hon. Andrew Robathan

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Royal British Legion 90(th) Anniversary Thanksgiving Service and Reception (which Sir John may have attended)

November 2011

Min(DEST), Peter Luff

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Minister was a keynote speaker at the Defence Acquisition Conference in Shrivenham attended by the General

September 2012

USofS, Lord Astor

Lord Dannatt

Haig Homes lunch hosted by Lord Dannatt

Since May 2010, Lord Astor of Hever has held around 20 routine defence briefings for Peers. Lord Dannatt (and, since retirement, Lord Stirrup) have been invited to these. These have not been included in the return.

General Sir David Richards (Chief of Defence Staff)

Month of MeetingNamed of Retired Officer MetPurpose of Meeting

April 2011

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Telephone conversation on Friends of the Forces Awards

May 2011

Lord Stirrup

Former CDS Briefing

November 2011

Lord Stirrup

Former CDS Briefing

May 2012

Lord Stirrup

Former CDS Briefing

General Sir Peter Wall (Chief of General Staff)

Month of MeetingName of Retired Officer MetPurpose of Meeting

February 2011

Lord Dannatt

Routine Meeting

March 2011

Lord Stirrup

Routine Meeting

May 2011

Lord Stirrup

Routine Meeting

July 2011

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely

Routine Meeting with Babcock

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October 2011

Lord Stirrup

Routine Meeting

October 2011

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

February 2012

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

March 2012

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

May 2012

Lord Dannatt

Army 2020

May 2012

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

May 2012

Lord Stirrup

Routine Meeting

June 2012

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

July 2012

Lord Dannatt

Army 2020

July 2012

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Army 2020

Air Vice Marshal (now Air Marshal) Stephen Hillier (Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Military Capability) (meetings held when he was Director of Information Superiority)

Month of MeetingName of Retired Officer MetPurpose of Meeting

October 2010

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Defence Leaders Forum and Dinner organised by PA Consulting

March 2011

Gen Sir Mike Jackson

Charitable Incorporated Organisation Forum Dinner organised by PA Consulting

June 2011

Lt Gen Richard Applegate

Elbit Systems capabilities

There are no records of any meetings between General Sir Nick Parker and the six listed individuals during the period in question. I can also confirm Andrew Robathan has never stayed as a guest with Sir John Kiszely. Details of meetings between the six named individuals and any other military or civilian members of the MOD could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The MOD does not hold information about visits to other Government Departments.

In light of the findings the Defence Secretary has taken steps to tighten up access and ensure that there cannot be any perception that former employees can exert influence on contracts awarded by the Department.

In order to prevent future occurrences, the Defence Secretary has implemented a comprehensive set of measures to ensure that both former and current employees are clear about the rules and restrictions in place. Under the new approach:

For the first time a list of all ex-MOD personnel who are subject to lobbying restrictions under ACOBA will be available for all MOD staff to see;

All staff who leave the Department will now be required to sign a declaration as part of their application if they wish to take up industry posts;

The MOD Permanent Secretary has written to all former MOD personnel subject to business appointment restrictions to remind them of their duties under ACOBA;

The Permanent Secretary has also written to the Association of Defence suppliers to ensure industry members are aware of the Cabinet Office rules;

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Transparency measures have been drastically increased - the Permanent Secretary, Chief of Defence Materiel and the Service Chiefs will now be required to publish details of any meetings with external organisations or individuals and of hospitality received. Additionally, selected senior civil servants and military personnel with a commercial aspect to their role will also have to comply with this new transparency agenda;

All MOD staff, both military and civilian, have been reminded by the Permanent Secretary and Chief of Defence Staff of the rules that limit contact with individuals and companies and directed that they need to seek guidance and clearance before any contact is made.

Since the Review the Permanent Secretary has removed almost 2,500 passes allowing access to the MOD'S Main Building to ensure that since Christmas only those members of staff who require regular access to the MOD are granted it. Passes that have not been used for 60 days have been disabled and there will be an ongoing audit of those being granted visitor passes.

Trident

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the total cost to the public purse to date of payments to the US Administration for the storage and reprocessing of Trident missiles at the Strategic Weapons Facility; [144023]

(2) if he will estimate the total paid in annual fees to the US Government for the storage and reprocessing of Trident missiles at the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, Georgia since the Polaris Sales Agreement was signed. [144236]

Mr Dunne: Under the Polaris Sales Agreement 1963 as amended for Trident in 1982, the UK pays the US Department of Defence (DoD) an annual contribution towards the overall cost of the US Navy's Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic at Kings Bay, Georgia. This contribution is based on the UK's share of the overall missile inventory.

Reprocessing costs commenced in 2002; the total paid since then being $155 million. This figure includes all activities undertaken at Kings Bay; reprocessing and storage costs are not held separately. Included in these payments is the US DoD administration charge of 3% at a total value of $4.5 million.

Unmanned Air Vehicles

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and political radicalisation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. [144021]

Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence regularly reviews risks to UK interests from political radicalisation in Afghanistan and Pakistan of which there are a range of potential contributing factors.

Veterans: Personal Independence Payment

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of injured serving and ex-service personnel that stand to benefit from the decision to create an armed forces independence payment. [139476]

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Mr Francois [holding answer 25 January 2013]: As of January 2013 we have identified some 700 seriously injured service and ex-service personnel eligible to apply for the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) which comes into force on 8 April 2013.

The number of personnel who will benefit from AFIP in the future will depend on the pace of operations and other factors potentially outside Ministry of Defence control. We currently expect the flow of new claimants to be fewer than 100 per year.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142785]

Alistair Burt: We have interpreted the question to mean how many staff were employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the each of the last five years, broken down by grade. All the figures shown are based on the headcount as at 31 March in each year.

These figures do not include FCO Services, an Executive Agency of the FCO, staff working for the UK Border Agency or locally engaged staff employed overseas.

GradeMarch 2008March 2009March 2010March 2011March 2012

Al (AA)

140

122

133

107

54

A2 (AO)

814

843

843

833

791

B3 (EO)

970

976

980

920

850

C4 (HEO)

920

972

1,017

968

968

C5 (SEO)

392

404

381

401

403

D6 (Grade 7)

742

788

770

714

700

D7 (Grade 6)

272

302

325

325

360

SMS

418

415

415

395

395

Other

10

12

126

123

55

Total

4,678

4,834

4,990

4,786

4,576

In December 2012 the FCO revised its approach to recording staff headcount, adopting a new methodology in line with Office for National Statistics guidelines. We have recalculated past headcount using this approach in order to establish a more consistent and reliable dataset, enhancing our ability to monitor trends, identify gaps and deliver the FCO Strategic Workforce Plan.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations. [143334]

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Alistair Burt: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs core responsibilities to implement the Government’s foreign policy are mostly conducted under the royal prerogative rather than under statute.

A number of staff will have a percentage of their time devoted to statutory activities, but we would need to search through individual job descriptions, incurring disproportionate cost, to determine exact numbers.

Treaties

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the agreement between the British Government and the Rajah of Sarawak, for the establishment of a British Protectorate; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143771]

(2) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligation by the signatory states in respect of the agreement between the British Government and the Rajah of Sarawak, for the establishment of a British Protectorate; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143772]

(3) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the agreement between the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, on behalf of the Sultans of Perak and Pahang, and the Government of his Siamese Majesty for the definition of Boundaries; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143773]

(4) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligation by the signatory states in respect of the agreement between the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, on behalf of the Sultans of Perak and Pahang, and the Government of his Siamese Majesty for the definition of Boundaries; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143774]

(5) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the agreement between Great Britain and Johore, for the regulation of the Relations between Johore and the Straits Settlements; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143775]

(6) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligation by the signatory states in respect of the agreement between Great Britain and Johore, for the regulation of the Relations between Johore and the Straits Settlements; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library. [143776]

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Convention between the British Government and the Government of Hamburgh, for regulating the postal communications with Heligoland; and on what date prior to 31 December

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2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143777]

(2) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Convention between the British Government and the Government of Hamburgh, for regulating the postal communications with Heligoland; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143778]

(3) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Convention between Great Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia, on the one part, and Turkey on the other, for the Pacification of the Levant; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143785]

(4) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Convention between Great Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia, on the one part, and Turkey on the other, for the Pacification of the Levant; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143786]

(5) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Agreement between Great Britain and Germany, respecting Zanzibar, Heligoland and the Spheres of Influence of the two countries in Africa; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143787]

(6) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Agreement between Great Britain and Germany, respecting Zanzibar, Heligoland and the Spheres of Influence of the two countries in Africa; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library. [143788]

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Exchange of Notes between the Irish Free State and Germany regarding Modification and Prolongation of Exchange of Notes concerning Commercial Relations of January 28, 1935; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143779]

(2) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Exchange of Notes between the Irish Free State and Germany regarding Modification and Prolongation of Exchange of Notes concerning Commercial Relations of January 28, 1935; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143780]

(3) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Telegraphic Convention between the Cape of Good Hope, Natal and the Orange Free State; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department

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last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143781]

(4) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory parties in respect of the Telegraphic Convention between the Cape of Good Hope, Natal and the Orange Free State; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143782]

(5) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Protocol between Great Britain, Germany and Spain, respecting the Sovereignty of Spain over the Sulu Archipelago (Renunciation by Spain of Claims to Sovereignty in Borneo; British North Borneo Company; &c.) and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [143783]

(6) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Protocol between Great Britain, Germany and Spain, respecting the Sovereignty of Spain over the Sulu Archipelago (Renunciation by Spain of Claims to Sovereignty in Borneo; British North Borneo Company; &c.) and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library. [143784]

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Convention of Commerce and Navigation between Great Britain, on the one part, and Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Wurtemburg, Baden, the Electorate of Hesse, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, the States forming the Customs and Commercial Union of Thuringia, Nassau, and Frankfort, on the other part; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143789]

(2) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Convention of Commerce and Navigation between Great Britain, on the one part, and Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Wurtemburg, Baden, the Electorate of Hesse, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, the States forming the Customs and Commercial Union of Thuringia, Nassau, and Frankfort, on the other part; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143790]

(3) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Treaty between Great Britain, Bavaria, France, Greece and Russia, relative to the Succession to the Crown of Greece; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143791]

(4) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Treaty between Great Britain, Bavaria, France, Greece and Russia, relative to the Succession to the Crown of Greece; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143792]

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(5) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the Commercial Agreement between the High Commissioner for South Africa and the Governor-General of Mozambique regulating the Commercial Relations between Swaziland, Basutoland and the Bechuanaland Protectorate and the Portuguese Colony of Mozambique; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143793]

(6) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Commercial Agreement between the High Commissioner for South Africa and the Governor-General of Mozambique regulating the Commercial Relations between Swaziland, Basutoland and the Bechuanaland Protectorate and the Portuguese Colony of Mozambique; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library. [143794]

Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory parties in respect of the Treaty between Great Britain and Texas for the suppression of the African Slave Trade; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [144517]

(2) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the agreement between the Governor of the Straits Settlements and certain Inland Petty Malacca States for placing them under English Protection—Extradition Article; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [144281]

(3) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory parties in respect of the agreement between the Governor of the Straits Settlements and certain Inland Petty Malacca States for placing them under English Protection—Extradition Article; and if he will place a copy of the relevant documentation in the Library; [144282]

(4) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the Convention between Great Britain and Texas relative to the public debt of Mexico; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [144283]

(5) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory parties in respect of the Convention between Great Britain and Texas relative to the public debt of Mexico; and if he will place a copy of the relevant documentation in the Library; [144284]

(6) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the Additional Convention between Her Britannic Majesty's Government and the Government of His Highness the Khedive of Egypt for the Conveyance

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of the British Mails to and from the East Indies and Australia; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook

(a)

bilateral and

(b)

multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [144507]

(7) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory parties in respect of the Additional Convention between Her Britannic Majesty's Government and the Government of His Highness the Khedive of Egypt for the Conveyance of the British Mails to and from the East Indies and Australia; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [144508]

(8) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the Treaty between Great Britain and Texas for the suppression of the African Slave Trade; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral talks with the signatory parties in respect of those obligations; [144516]

(9) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the Treaty between Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, France, Hanover, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Oldenburg, Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, Sweden and Norway, and the Hanse Towns, on the one part, and Denmark, on the other part, for the Redemption of the Sound Dues; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143795]

(10) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory states in respect of the Treaty between Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, France, Hanover, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Oldenburg, Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, Sweden and Norway, and the Hanse Towns, on the one part, and Denmark, on the other part, for the Redemption of the Sound Dues; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143796]

(11) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set out in the Treaty with the King of Dahomey, Peace, Commerce, Slave Trade, Human Sacrifices; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory state in respect of those obligations; [143797]

(12) when his Department last recorded concern relating to breaches of treaty obligations by the signatory state in respect of the Treaty with the King of Dahomey, Peace, Commerce, Slave Trade, Human Sacrifices; and if he will place a copy of any relevant documentation in the Library; [143798]

(13) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations as set on in the Convention between the UK and the US respecting the boundary between the Dominion of Canada and Alaska; and on what date prior to 31 December 2012 his Department last undertook bilateral or multilateral talks with the signatory states in respect of those obligations; [143799]