Housing: Construction

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of funding available under the Housing Guarantee Scheme he expects to be allocated to affordable housing. [144879]

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Mr Prisk: There are two housing guarantee schemes: the Affordable Housing Guarantee scheme and the Private Rented Sector Guarantee scheme. Some £3.5 billion has been made available for each, with £3 billion held in reserve for allocation to either scheme depending on demand. These figures are indicative. Moreover, the total of £10 billion is a limit, not a target.

The Affordable Housing Guarantee is also supported by up to £225 million capital grant, and additional asset management flexibilities along the same principles as the 2011-15 Affordable Homes programme. The prospectus for this fund was published on 27 February and can be found at:

www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/ourwork/affordable-homes-guarantees-programme

Housing: Older People

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he intends to provide a higher new homes bonus rate to encourage the building of specialist accommodation for older people by local authorities. [144840]

Mr Prisk: We do not have any plans to introduce a higher rate of New Homes Bonus grant for this type of specialist accommodation.

Bonus grant is given in respect of net increases of all types of housing stock, with a £350 premium for each affordable home. It is for local planning authorities to identify and plan to meet the objectively assessed needs of their communities.

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to support the delivery of specialist housing for older people in their local plans. [144841]

Mr Prisk: The National Planning Policy Framework, which was published on 27 March 2012, asks local planning authorities to ensure that their local plan meets the full, objectively assessed needs for market and affordable housing in their housing market area. Local planning authorities should as a result deliver a wide choice of homes and plan for a mix of housing based on demographic trends and the needs of different groups in the communities, such as older people.

It is therefore for local authorities to determine—by engaging with their communities and key partners—the type of housing that is needed in their area for older people.

Mr Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the success of the New Deal for Older People announced in his Housing Strategy of November 2011; and what further measures are planned as part of this New Deal; [144872]

(2) what analysis his Department has undertaken on the role of specialist housing for older people in reducing adult social care costs for local authorities; and what steps he is taking to encourage the development of this form of accommodation. [144873]

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Mr Prisk: In 2011, the Government outlined their new deal for older people's housing in “Laying the Foundations: A housing Strategy for England”. Since publication, the Government have published the National Planning Policy Framework and we have invested in FirstStop's National Service to provide information and advice to help people make informed choices on their housing and care options in later life. In addition, the Government continue to fund the Disabled Facilities Grant and provide funding for Handypersons services which supports elderly people to remain at home longer. Over the last two years, the Government injected a further £60 million into the Grant.

An analysis of the role of specialist housing can be found in the Department's Lifetime Neighbourhoods report which showcases how local authorities and their partners can design and make changes to neighbourhoods to ensure that they take account of the changing needs of older people throughout their lives. The report can be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lifetime-neighbourhoods--2

The Department has also published research on the costs and benefits of lifetime homes and also published the independent evaluation of handypersons services by the University of York in January 2012. The independent evaluation shows that these services offer value for money, enabling older people to live independently and alleviating the need for other more costly services.

Other measures to stimulate the development of more specialist housing options for older people include the Government setting up a new care and support housing fund, which will provide £300 million of capital funding from 2013-14 to 2014-15 to encourage providers to develop new specialist accommodation options for older people.

The National Planning Policy Framework, which was published on 27 March 2012, asks local planning authorities to ensure that their local plan meets the full, objectively assessed needs for market and affordable housing in their housing market area. Local planning authorities should as a result deliver a wide choice of homes and plan for a mix of housing based on demographic trends and the needs of different groups in the communities, such as older people.

Incinerators

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent in relation to bids under the private finance initiative for (a) the planned Allerton Waste Recovery Park incinerator, (b) the planned Bradford waste incinerator and (c) the planned Liverpool waste incinerator. [145291]

Brandon Lewis: The Department for Communities and Local Government has not spent any money in relation to bids under the private finance initiative for (a) the planned Allerton Waste Recovery Park incinerator, (b) the planned Bradford waste incinerator and (c) the planned Liverpool waste incinerator.

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Xfor Group

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the behaviour of Xfor in giving on-the-spot fines. [142675]

Brandon Lewis [holding answer 11 February 2013]: My Department has not made an official assessment, but I am aware that this issue has attracted widespread public concern. I would make the following observations:

Those who harm the environment by shamelessly littering and fly-tipping should be brought to book.

However, councils should not be using residents as cash cows and should not be persecuting people for petty or insignificant breaches.

It is not in the public interest to issue a fixed penalty notice where there is not clear evidence that the individual intended to cause litter.

Enforcement action is better targeted at problem areas, rather than applied across a whole local authority area.

The issuing of fixed penalty notices or fines is a quasi-judicial matter. Commercial contracts which are based on the volume of penalties issued, or on a fixed amount of revenue to be raised, are likely to undermine public confidence in a fair judicial system and potentially undermine the quality of justice itself. Indeed, this principle is recognised in guidance to councils on parking fines: ‘Performance and rewards/penalties should never be based on the number of Penalty Charge Notices, immobilisations or removals' (DFT, ‘Operational Guidance to Local Authorities: Parking Policy and Enforcement’, November 2010, para 4.12).

Where external contractors are used, ultimately, the responsibility still lies with the local authorities to ensure that legal powers are exercised fairly and reasonably and civil liberties are respected; councillors should regularly scrutinise the operation of such contracts; and the broader use of such powers must command and continue to command public support.

There are many other ways for councils to tackle litter, such as the use of warnings, education campaigns, the helpful provision of litter bins and the regular collection of rubbish bins by the local authority.

Justice

Family Courts

Charlotte Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to improve transparency in the family courts. [144988]

Mrs Grant: The Government believe that there is a need for greater openness in the operation of the family courts. We have already made considerable improvements by publishing much more information about local court performance. In line with the recommendation of the Justice Select Committee, flawed legislation to open up the family courts to media scrutiny is being repealed; however, we are carefully considering other options to allow for greater openness while respecting the parties right to privacy. Our objective is to use the creation of the new Single Family Court as an opportunity to correct the perception that family courts are unjustifiably secret.

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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans his Department has to publish an evaluation of the justice reinvestment pilots in Greater Manchester and London boroughs; [144550]

(2) what assessment he has made of the interim results of the justice reinvestment pilot in Southwark. [144551]

Jeremy Wright: The Justice Reinvestment pilots aim to incentivise local statutory partners to reduce demand on courts, legal aid, prisons and probation and consequently reduce costs to the justice system.

Year one of the pilot ran from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 and the results were published in November 2012, and can be found at:

Statistical release

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/ad-hoc

Explanatory note

http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/transparency-data/justice-reinvestment-pilots-first-year-results

The MOJ currently plans to publish an initial report from a process evaluation of the Justice Reinvestment pilots in April 2013. A second and final report will be published in July 2014.

Repossession Orders

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last five years. [144885]

Mrs Grant: The following table shows the numbers of claims leading to orders for the repossession of property by mortgage lenders and landlords in (a) Pendle constituency (b) Lancashire county and (c) England and Wales between 2008 and 2012. The Ministry of Justice holds information for England and Wales and not the United Kingdom.

The table also shows the number of claims leading to the repossession of property by county court bailiffs in England and Wales.

Information regarding the repossession of property by county court bailiffs is not available for Pendle constituency or for Lancashire county. Information is also not held on the total number of repossessions as these can occur without a court order, such as where borrowers hand the keys back to the lender. Also, not all possession orders result in repossession. Many orders are suspended and if the borrower complies with the repayment arrangements set out in the suspended order, the property will not be repossessed.

Information on the number of claims leading to orders made is more accurate than the number of orders, removing the double-counting of instances where a single claim leads to more than one order. It is also a more meaningful measure of the number of homeowners who are subject to court repossession actions.

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The most recent data for claims leading to orders figures for all regions and local authority areas in England and Wales were recently published on 14 February 2013. This statistical bulletin is available from the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/civil-justice/mortgage-possession.htm

In addition statistics on mortgage and landlord possession claims leading to orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, 2000-11—breakdown by parliamentary constituencies—is available in the House of Commons Library.

Number of mortgage(1) and landlord(2, 3 )possession claims leading to orders and repossession(4, 5, 6) for properties in (a) Pendle constituency (b) Lancashire county and (c) England and Wales(7, 8 )between 2008-12
Mortgage possession claims leading to:
 (a) An order being made(b) Repossession by county court bailiff
 Pendle constituencyLancashire countyEngland and WalesEngland and Wales

2008

229

2,854

111,763

35,392

2009

181

1,850

72,235

32,208

2010

154

1,462

56,968

23,425

2011

140

1,615

55,218

25,185

2012

108

1,304

44,331

19,564

Landlord possession claims leading to:
 (a) An order being made(b) Repossession by county court bailiff
 Pendle constituencyLancashire countyEngland and WalesEngland and Wales

2008

56

1,699

100,813

31,933

2009

62

1,452

92,894

27,783

2010

62

1,404

90,842

27,730

2011

58

1,438

97,815

31,556

2012

69

1,420

103,330

33,813

(1) Includes all types of mortgage lenders. (2) Includes all types of landlord whether social or private. (3) Landlord actions include those made under both standard and accelerated procedures. Landlord actions via the accelerated procedure enables the orders to be made solely on the basis of written evidence for short hold tenancies, when the fixed period of tenancy has come to an end. (4) The number of claims that lead to an order includes all claims in which the first order, whether outright or suspended, is made during the period. (5) The court, following a judicial decision, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction. (6) Includes outright and suspended orders, the latter being where the court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually require the defendant to pay the current mortgage or rent instalments plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced. (7) Due to constituency boundary changes after 6 May 2012 UK parliamentary general election, the figures prior to 2010 Q1 (January-March) are based on the old boundaries. (8) All 2012 figures are provisional. Source: Ministry of Justice

Stephen Mosley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mortgage repossessions there have been in (a) each local authority in the UK and (b) City of Chester constituency in each quarter since 2007. [145208]

Mrs Grant: The following table shows the numbers of claims leading to orders for the repossession of property by mortgage lenders and landlords in City of Chester between 2007 and 2012.

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Information is not held on the total number of repossessions as these can occur without a court order, such as where borrowers hand the keys back to the lender. Also, not all possession orders result in repossession. Many orders are suspended and if the borrower complies with the repayment arrangements set out in the suspended order the property will not be repossessed.

Information on the number of claims leading to orders made is more accurate than the number of orders, removing the double-counting of instances where a single claim leads to more than one order. It is also a more meaningful measure of the number of homeowners who are subject to court repossession actions.

The Ministry of Justice holds information for England and Wales and not the United Kingdom. The most recent data for claims leading to orders figures for all regions and local authority areas in England and Wales were recently published on 14 February 2013. Information is also available regarding the number of repossessions by county court bailiffs for England and Wales. This statistical bulletin is available from the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/civil-justice/mortgage-possession.htm

In addition statistics on mortgage and landlord possession claims leading to orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, 2000-11—Breakdown by Parliamentary Constituencies—is available in the House of Commons library.

Number of mortgage(1) and landlord(2,3) possession claims leading to orders and repossession(4,5,6) for properties in City of Chester constituency in each quarter(7,8) between 2007 and 2012
 Mortgage possession claims leading to:
 (a) an order being made
 Q1Q2Q3Q4Total

2007

30

30

10

45

115

2008

30

55

45

30

165

2009

15

20

30

15

80

2010

20

20

20

15

75

2011

18

13

16

10

57

2012

24

9

13

18

64

 Landlord possession claims leading to:
 (a) an order being made
 Q1Q2Q3Q4Total

2007

20

20

45

35

120

2008

30

30

40

20

115

2009

15

30

30

35

110

2010

30

30

30

30

120

2011

30

30

33

31

124

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2012

18

24

23

28

93

(1) Includes all types of mortgage lenders. (2) Includes all types of landlord whether social or private. (3) Landlord actions include those made under both standard and accelerated procedures. Landlord actions via the accelerated procedure enables the orders to be made solely on the basis of written evidence for shorthold tenancies, when the fixed period of tenancy has come to an end. (4) The number of claims that lead to an order includes all claims in which the first order, whether outright or suspended, is made during the period. (5) The court, following a judicial decision, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction. (6) Includes outright and suspended orders, the latter being where the court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually require the defendant to pay the current mortgage or rent instalments plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced. (7) Due to constituency boundary changes after the 6 May 2012 UK parliamentary general election, the figures prior to 2010 Q1 (January to March) are based on the old boundaries. (8) Figures between 2007 and 2010 are rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding. All 2012 figures are provisional Source: Ministry of Justice

Sexual Offences

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses in sexual assault cases who gave evidence in court in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 received counselling support; [143936]

(2) how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses in rape cases who gave evidence in criminal trials in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 were advised not to receive counselling; [143988]

(3) how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses in rape cases who gave evidence in criminal trials in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 received counselling support. [143989]

Mrs Grant: The data requested are not recorded by the Ministry of Justice or Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes and the Government are committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses have access to the support they need. The MOJ is providing over £3.2 million of funding for rape support services in 2012-13. We will consult on a revised Victims' Code this spring. The draft code is intended to give victims clearer entitlements and to better tailor support services to individual need, including for victims of rape and sexual violence.

Small Claims

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual budget of the small claims court has been in each of the last 10 years. [144535]

Mrs Grant: England and Wales does not have a separate small claims court. Small claims are those claims with a value of no more than £5,000 and which are allocated to the small claims track of the county court. HMCTS does not allocate budgets or keep separate records of expenditure for these types of claims.

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The cost of small claims is included in the costs of civil business reported in a note in the annual report. Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service, HMCTS, has no court cost statistics prior to the creation of Her Majesty's Courts Service on 1 April 2005. Details of the total civil business expenditure since April 2005 are provided in the following table:

 Civil business expenditure (£)

2005-06

555,911

2006-07

626,381

2007-08

607,721

2008-09

616,443

2009-10

619,004

2010-11

612,503

2011-12

594,444

Further information on expenditure is available in the HMCS (2005-06 to 2010-11) and HMCTS (2011-12) annual reports and accounts, which can be found at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110218200720/http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/8592.htm

and

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/corporate-reports/hmcts

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been employed by the small claims court in each of the last 10 years. [144548]

Mrs Grant: Small claims fall within the jurisdiction of the county court. They are processed and managed by staff in both county courts and business centres. Staff working in these areas work flexibly covering a range of functions within the county courts jurisdiction. Staff numbers are not recorded by jurisdiction therefore it is not possible to give the number of people employed by the county courts over the last 10 years. However as at 31 December 2012 there were around 4,150 full-time equivalent members of staff working in the county courts and business centres.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much judges in the Small Claims Court have been paid in each of the last 10 years. [144564]

Mrs Grant: England and Wales does not have a separate small claims court. Small claims are those claims with a value of no more than £5,000 and which are allocated to the small claims track of the county court. A separate breakdown of payments to judges for dealing with small claims is not available.

Telephone Preference Service

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has held with the Information Commissioner's Office on encouraging the greater use of enforcement action against companies breaching Telephone Preference Service regulations. [129824]

Mr Vaizey: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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I met with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Ofcom and TPS last July and also had a further meeting with ICO and Ofcom last month to discuss enforcement action against nuisance calls. In those discussions I pressed for further improvements to be made, particularly in terms of more effective enforcement action against companies that breached the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) rules. Consequently, the ICO increased the resources devoted to enforcement of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) 2003 and on 28 November 2012 served monetary penalties totalling £440,000 to two illegal marketers responsible for distributing millions of spam texts. The ICO also published on its website a list of the most complained about companies that make calls to TPS registered consumers. If the companies rail to remedy their actions, then they could race further enforcement action. Furthermore, the ICO is currently considering issuing substantial penalties to three other companies for making calls to TPS registered consumers. I welcome this kind of robust action and expect the ICO to continue with similar measures against other companies as well.

Victims: Compensation

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much raised from fines and orders issued by courts was used for compensation of victims of crimes in (a) Dudley North constituency, (b) Dudley metropolitan borough and (c) the west midlands in 2011-12. [144891]

Mrs Grant: Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) systems do not identify amounts collected in specific constituency or metropolitan borough areas.

The amount of compensation collected in the west midlands area in 2011-12 was £1,621,146. This amount could relate to compensation orders imposed during 2011-12 or any previous year.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire. [144419]

Damian Green: The number of people employed by the Ministry of Justice (Ministry of Justice HQ, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and Office of the Public Guardian) in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire is in the following table:

Staffing as at 31 December 2012
 HeadcountFull-time equivalent

Hull

635

588.08

East Yorkshire

1,024

968.11

Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provisions are in force to support young offenders upon their leaving the secure youth estate and returning to mainstream society. [143948]

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Jeremy Wright: Young people leaving the youth secure estate receive resettlement support from their relevant local authority youth offending team. Plans for resettlement form part of the training plan developed with the young person in custody, based on his or her individual needs and aspirations. We have been working with the Youth Justice Board to promote the use of regional resettlement consortia, which link youth offending teams, together with the secure estate, to other local authority and voluntary services to plan and deliver enhanced resettlement support. From February this year, young offenders aged 16 and 17 years released from custody who are not in school, college or work with training are also eligible for help under the Youth Contract to return to education or training.

As part of our consultation on ‘Transforming Youth Custody—Putting education at the heart of detention’ (Cm8564), which runs to 30 April, we are inviting views on how models for secure colleges should support young people leaving custody.

Cabinet Office

Government Departments: Telephone Services

Mr Hanson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will instigate a review of Government call centres to examine (a) the number of (i) repeat calls and (ii) transferred calls and (b) the cost to the public purse of handling calls in this fashion. [143899]

Mr Hurd: The Government's digital-by-default approach will transform the delivery of public services. We want digital services which are so easy to use that people will avoid offline channels. Our digital strategy, published in December, outlines the steps we are taking to achieve this. For some services the average cost of a digital transaction is almost 20 times lower than that of a telephone transaction.

We have outlined our approach to digitising services in our Digital Strategy. There are no plans to instigate a separate review of Government call centres.

Productivity

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of productivity of British workers was in (a) 1983, (b) 1993, (c) 2003 and (d) 2012. [144979]

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 what the level of productivity of British workers was in (a) 1983, (b) 1993, (c) 2003 and (d) 2012 [144979].

Productivity, also known as Output per Worker, can be derived as the ratio of Gross Value Added and number of workers (from the Labour Force Survey). Gross Value Added figures were published on 27 February as part of the ONS statistical bulletin “2(nd) Estimate of Gross Domestic Product”.

Number of workers is measured as ‘All in employment' which includes employees, the self employed, unpaid family workers and those on Government supported training and employment programmes. This data is published in the ONS statistical bulletin “Labour Market” on 20 February.

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Output per UK worker by year (2009=100)
 Output per worker

1983

61.1

1993

76.4

2003

95.9

2012

101.1

GDP

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/naa2/second-estimate-of-gdp/q4-2012/stb-second-estimate-of-gdp-q4-2012.html

Labour Force Survey

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/february-2013/statistical-bulletin.html

Public Sector: Civil Proceedings

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2012, Official Report, column 120W, on public sector: civil proceedings, what the outcome was of the investigations by his officials into this matter. [143994]

Mr Maude [holding answer 25 February 2013]: Work is now under way and I will update the House in due course.

Suicide

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many suicides in 2009 had their death registered in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older; [145174]

(2) how many suicides in 2010 had their death registered in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older; [145175]

(3) how many suicides in 2011 had their death registered in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older. [145176]

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 recent questions asking:

1. How many suicides in 2011 had their death registered in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older. [145176]

2. How many suicides in 2010 had their death registered in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c)2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older. [145175]

3. How many suicides in 2009 had their death registered in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii) males aged 45 years or older. [145174]

Tables 1, 2 and 3 provide the number of deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by sex and year of death registration, in England-and Wales, for deaths occurring in 2011, 2010 and 2009 respectively.

Tables 4, 5 and 6 provide the number of male deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by age group and year of death registration, in England and Wales, for deaths occurring in 2011, 2010 and 2009 respectively.

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Figures are only available for deaths registered by 31 December 2011. Mortality statistics for deaths registered in England and Wales in 2012 will be published on the ONS website in July/August 2013.

Figures for suicides in the United Kingdom, England and Wales, and regions of England, by age and sex, are published annually on the ONS website. The latest statistical bulletin also includes analysis of the impact of registration delays on UK suicide statistics:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html? definition=tcm%3A77-29400

Table 1. Number of deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by sex and year of death registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2011(1,2,3,4)
Suicides
Registration yearMalesFemalesAll persons

2011

1,968

541

2,509

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2 )Figures are for people aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2011, which were registered by 31 December 2011.
Table 2. Number of deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by sex and year of death registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2010(1,2,3,4)
Suicides
Registration yearMalesFemalesAll persons

2010

1,786

539

2,325

2011

1,543

559

2,102

Total

3,329

1,098

4,427

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2) Figures are for people aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2010, which were registered by 31 December 2011.
Table 3. Number of deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by sex and year of death registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2009(1,2,3,4)
Suicides
Registration yearMalesFemalesAll persons

2009

1,873

551

2,424

2010

1,447

482

1,929

2011

135

44

179

Total

3,455

1,077

4,532

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2 )Figures are for people aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2009, which were registered by 31 December 2011.
Table 4. Number of male deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by age group and year of registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2011(1,2,3,4)
Suicides (males)
Registration yearUnder 4545 and overTotal

2011

913

1,055

1,968

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2) Figures are for males aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2011, which were registered by 31 December 2011.
Table 5. Number of male deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by age group and year of registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2010(1,2,3,4)
Suicides (males)
Registration yearUnder 4545 and overTotal

2010

827

959

1,786

2011

775

768

1,543

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Total

1,602

1,727

3,329

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2) Figures are for males aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2010, which were registered by 31 December 2011.
Table 6. Number of male deaths where the underlying cause was suicide, by age group and year of registration, England and Wales, deaths occurring in 2009(1,2,3,4)
Suicides (males)
Registration yearUnder 4545 and overTotal

2009

926

947

1,873

2010

741

706

1,447

2011

95

40

135

Total

1,762

1,693

3,455

(1) Suicide was defined using the international Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (Events of undetermined intent). (2) Figures are for males aged 15 years and over. (3) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. (4) Figures are for deaths occurring in 2009, which were registered by 31 December 2011.

Northern Ireland

Alcoholic Drinks

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate she has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in her Department; whether her Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and (b) occupational health strategy; and if she will publish such documents. [143971]

Mike Penning: My Department, as it is now configured following the devolution of policing and justice functions in April 2012, has no recorded occurrences of alcohol-related absenteeism.

Staff employed by my Department are on the terms and conditions of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). All absences are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. As appropriate, staff are offered support in line with the MOJ Managing Attendance Policy and Alcohol and Drug Policy.

Cycling

Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who her Department's cycling champion is. [144444]

Mrs Villiers: My Department does not currently have a cycling champion.

Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress her Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee. [144462]

Mrs Villiers: The Cycle to Work guarantee is a voluntary initiative and, while my Department has not formally signed up to it, staff have been made aware of the scheme and are able to access details about it via the Ministry of Justice. When appropriate, my Department does take opportunities to promote the Cycle to Work scheme to staff.

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Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether her Department has signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme. [144475]

Mrs Villiers: My Department has not formally signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme which is a voluntary initiative. However, when appropriate, my Department does take opportunities to promote the Cycle to Work scheme to staff who can also access details of the scheme via the Ministry of Justice.

Immigration

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential level of immigration to Northern Ireland from Bulgaria and Romania when transitional controls expire in January 2014. [143574]

Mike Penning: This is a matter for the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), who regularly monitors and analyses overall migration data to help inform policy decisions and which works closely with other Government Departments on these issues.

The Government believe, like the independent Migration Advisory Committee, that forecasts of likely inflows from Romania and Bulgaria once restrictions are lifted are unlikely to be either sensible, or helpful to policymakers. Rather than produce speculative forecasts, the Government's priority is to cut out abuse of free movement and address pull factors such as access to benefits and public services.

Public Appointments

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people she appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or from an ethnic minority, (B) Hindu, (C) Muslim and (D) Chinese in each of those years; and if she will make a statement. [144112]

Mike Penning: Information on numbers and the ethnicity and community background of those appointed to public bodies by my Department is provided to Cabinet Office on an annual basis. This information is published on the Cabinet Office website and can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/public-bodies-reports

Training

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. [144092]

Mike Penning: During 2010-11 and 2011-12, spend by my Department on training and education was £38,000 and £14,305 respectively.

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Energy and Climate Change

Energy Supply

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the CIBSE Annual Lecture 2012, “Will GB's lights stay on and will the gas keep flowing: a look at the next decade?. [144918]

Mr Hayes: I have considered the CIBSE annual lecture.

DECC commissioned Ofgem to assess gas security of supply last year and their report was published in November and was reflected in the lecture. This report showed the UK's gas supply picture to be robust, but highlighted a need to consider whether there is a case for intervening in the gas market to encourage gas supply security, over and above Ofgem's work to incentivise shippers to improve their supply arrangements. DECC is considering the case for intervention and will make an announcement this spring.

I published my response to the Ofgem electricity capacity assessment in November 2012

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-security-of-supply-report-2012

The Government are taking action to ensure the UK economy continues to enjoy high levels of security of electricity supply in the short, medium and long-term. Our comprehensive proposals for Electricity Market Reform will drive investment, ensuring that we have a diverse mix of energy sources. These proposals include legislating for a Capacity Market to ensure we have sufficient reliable capacity on the system in the long-term.

The Government have a clear strategy for how it will continue to deliver energy security, as set out in our Energy Security Strategy, published in November:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-security-strategy

Energy: Billing

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the sums retained by energy companies as a result of unclaimed overpayments by customers in each of the last 10 years. [145400]

Mr Hayes: DECC does not hold the information requested.

In connection to overpayments made by direct debit customers, any credit built up over the summer period will be used to pay for higher energy use over the winter. Customers may review their direct debits payments at anytime although suppliers generally will do this twice a year. The major energy suppliers operate their own automatic credit refund policies whereby a refund is triggered when credit accumulated in a customer's account reaches a certain amount, and all suppliers will refund credit in a customer's account on request if based on a meter reading.

Fuel Poverty

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK have entered fuel poverty in each year since May 2010. [145546]

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Gregory Barker: The latest published data available are for 2010. These show the following numbers of households in fuel poverty in that year:

 Number of households in fuel poverty

(a) Jarrow constituency

8,000

(b) South Tyneside

14,500

(c) North East

238,000

(d) UK

4,750,000

Data for 2011 will be published in May 2013. Therefore it is not yet possible to estimate to number of households that have entered fuel poverty since May 2010.

Using these data, it is not possible to track households over time, and see whether they move into or out of fuel poverty. We can only estimate the total numbers of households in fuel poverty at each point in time.

Hinkley Point C Power Station

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have (i) met with representatives of and (ii) visited local communities affected by the proposed Hinkley Point C development. [145564]

Mr Hayes: Ministers and officials have regularly met with representatives of communities near Hinkley Point and visited the area. The Department has also established the Hinkley Strategic Development Forum, which meets in Somerset and aims to maximise the growth and local employment opportunities arising from any development at Hinkley Point.

In all such discussions Ministers and officials avoid any consideration of the merits of EDF's application for development consent to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, on which the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), is due to make the final decision by 19 March.

Nuclear Power Stations

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) carbon floor price support, (b) contracts for difference support, (c) underwriting of accident liability over a defined amount, (d) underwriting of long-term waste storage and monitoring which go beyond any funded agreement or in the event of that agreement failing and (e) underwriting of construction costs for new nuclear power stations have been judged to (i) constitute and (ii) not constitute state aid under EU rules and on which a definitive opinion has not yet been obtained. [144765]

Mr Hayes: The Government, like all other EU member states, are bound by EU state aid rules and are designing policies and institutional arrangements to be consistent with those rules. As such, I can confirm that we are working with the European Commission to ensure that our policies are compliant with state aid rules, where we consider these have state aid implications. In order to maintain effective working relationships with the Commission we cannot provide a running commentary on the progress of these discussions.

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Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

Mr Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many residents of St Helens South and Whiston constituency have participated in the feed-in tariff scheme for home electricity generation since the scheme's inception. [145637]

Gregory Barker: The latest published statistics shows at the end of quarter 4 2012 (ending December 2012), 290 domestic installations in the St Helens South and Whitson constituency were confirmed on the feed-in tariff scheme since it began in April 2010. Ninety-nine per cent (289) of these were installations of solar photovoltaics, with Micro CHP installations representing the remaining 1%.

The next set of sub-regional statistics to the end of quarter 1 2013 (ending March 2013) showing the number of installations by constituency will be published at 9:30 am on Tuesday 23 April 2013.

Staff

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff his Department employed in each of the past five years; how many such staff were employed in London; how many such staff were employed in other regions of England; how many posts moved from London to these regions; and what steps he is taking to move his staff to regional offices. [145692]

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008. Therefore there are no data prior to that date.

The data in the following table show the number of civil servants working in DECC at 31 March for each year and those based in London and those in our regional office in Scotland.

 2009201020112012

London

950.32

1,085.5

1,195.71

Aberdeen

71.5

76.56

90.3

Total

768.1

1,021.82

1,162.06

1,286.01

DECC has no immediate plans to move any additional staff to regional offices but continues to keep the location of staff under review.

The data in the table above show staff in full-time equivalent (fte). The total number of staff shown for 2009 is the average number of staff used throughout the period as shown in the department's annual report and resource account 2008-09 as a detailed location breakdown of staff in March 2009 is not held.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Aerospace Industry

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK aerospace industry's development of microwave propulsion technology such as EmDrive is able to keep up to date with Chinese developments. [145225]

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Mr Willetts: While there remains some considerable doubts about this particular idea, the Government are investing more than £250 million a year in space technology including advanced electric propulsion.

Alcoholic Drinks

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and (b) occupational health strategy; and if he will publish such documents. [143958]

Jo Swinson: BIS does not collect data centrally on alcohol-related absenteeism and is therefore unable to provide details of the level of alcohol-related absences.

BIS is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment and to maintaining the health, safety and well-being of staff. BIS alcohol policy applies to all staff, agency workers, contractors and others working in the Department. It covers the misuse of alcohol that could adversely affect work performance and/or health and safety.

BIS offers a constructive and supportive approach to staff and refers employees with health issues to an independent Medical Adviser (MA) who is an occupational health expert.

British Grolux Investments

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received any reports on the holding of Vatican property by British Grolux Investments Ltd. [144572]

Michael Fallon: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has not received any reports into the holding of Vatican property by British Grolux Investments Ltd.

British Grolux Investments Ltd, which has the company registration number 3727578, is a company registered at Companies House, and its records are available for public inspection.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will meet representatives of the Expired Copyright Homewares Organisation to discuss the potential effect on furniture retailers of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [145396]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has asked officials at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to meet with a range of stakeholders to discuss the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

IPO officials have already met with representatives of the Expired Copyright Homewares Organisation and continues discussions with them.

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Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he made observations to the European Court of Justice in the case of Flos v. Serneraro in respect of the provisions of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. [145397]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), is able to confirm on this occasion that the UK did not submit observations in this case.

Employment Agencies: EU Law

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Swedish Derogation in the Agency Workers Directive is utilised. [145226]

Jo Swinson: The Swedish Derogation is the name sometimes used to describe a derogation permitted under the Agency Workers Directive.

For this derogation to apply the agency worker must be paid between assignments and be a permanent employee of the temporary work agency.

In addition to the benefits that agency workers under such contracts receive from being employees, they are also entitled to the rights set out in the Agency Workers Regulations. The one exception is the right to receive pay equal to a person recruited directly by the hirer to the same job.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not made an assessment about the extent to which the Swedish Derogation is utilised.

Energy: Industry

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 544W, on energy: industry, what the timetable is for producing an energy intensive industrial strategy. [144931]

Michael Fallon: We are committed to ensuring that energy-intensive industries remain competitive during the shift to a low-carbon economy. This is why we have secured £250 million to help ease the impact. In addition, we announced that we will reduce the impact of electricity prices rising as a result of electricity market reform policies on electricity-intensive industries, where this significantly impacts their international competitiveness and subject to consultation and state aid considerations.

We are currently considering a proposal from the Environmental Audit Committee for an energy intensive industry strategy. We are in discussion with DECC on how we might draw on current work, including on sector specific low-carbon roadmaps, to address this.

EU Grants and Loans

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what role local enterprise partnerships will play in the determination of spending priorities for EU transition zone funding. [143866]

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Michael Fallon: The Government will be in a position to set out how much of the Structural Funds allocation will be available to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), including those in transition regions, only after there is a final agreement between the European Parliament and member states—and the 2014-20 budget.

Within England, it is expected that LEP areas will receive notional allocations of Structural Funds and that LEPs will lead the development of strategies for investment of these allocations in their areas.

Industrial Disputes

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect costs to the UK economy of working days lost to industrial action in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012. [145354]

Jo Swinson: Industrial action has many different types of effect, not only on those workers or firms directly involved, and not only at the time industrial action takes place. It is difficult to measure impacts accurately, including taking account of use of alternative services where they are available. As a result, there is no recognised measure for evaluating the overall economic impact of any given strike.

The Office for National Statistics provides annual figures for working days lost due to strike action, as well as the number of stoppages and workers involved. It has provisionally estimated that 248,000 working days were lost due to labour disputes in 2012, which is equivalent to approximately nine days per 1,000 employees. The 10-year average for the period 2002 to 2011 is 764,900 working days lost per year.

Medicine: Research

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the continuation of the Biomedical Catalyst fund. [145414]

Mr Willetts: Autumn statement 2011 provided £90 million new funding to the Technology Strategy Board, aligned with £90 million from the budget of the Medical Research Council, to deliver £180 million over three years for the Biomedical Catalyst programme from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

Funding commitments from the first round of the programme were announced in November 2012. £49 million of funding was committed to 64 projects, which will leverage at least £25 million of private sector funding. 40 projects will be led by SMEs, and 24 by universities. Commitments for the second round of the programme will be announced soon.

Continuation of the Biomedical Catalyst programme beyond the current funding allocation will be subject to future spending decisions.

New Businesses: Young People

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications have been made in total under the start-up loans scheme to date; how many applications have been successful; how many applications are currently being assessed; how many

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applications have been rejected; how many successful applicants have drawn down funds; and if he will break down these figures by

(a)

gender,

(b)

region,

(c)

local authority area,

(d)

age and

(e)

start up loans delivery partner. [145393]

Michael Fallon: A total of 10,695 approaches have been made via the Start-Up Loans website. We do not record the number of approaches to delivery partners direct.

Anecdotally, delivery partners report that around four inquiries in 10 will progress to pre-business support stages with one in four of those receiving a Start-up loan within around six weeks.

Other applications, while not necessarily declined, require more support to get to finance readiness and do not progress within this timescale.

As at 22 February, 1,509 applications for a start up loan have been successful and 202 applications are currently being assessed for a credit decision by our partners. Of the 1,509 successful applicants, 814 have drawn down their loan.

The breakdown of data to date on drawn down loans from delivery partners are as follows:

(a) Gender:

Male: 63%

Female: 37%

(b) Region:

London: 27%

West midlands: 15%

North-west: 12%

Yorkshire: 9%

South-west: 8%

North-east: 8%

East England: 8%

South-east: 7%

East midlands: 6%

(c) Local authority area

We do not record data broken down by local authority area.

(d) Age:

62% of loan recipients are aged 18-24

38% of loan recipients are aged 25-30

(e) Start-up loans delivery partner

Delivery partnerLoans

Biz Britain

4

Bright Ideas Trust

7

Brightside Trust

2

Business Finance Solutions

93

Business Support and Development

15

Cloudspeed

17

Community Development Finance Association

10

Dreamstake Ltd

1

East London SBC

17

Elevation Networks

27

Enterprise Loans East Midlands

13

Fashion Angel

2

Foundation East

11

GLE One London

16

Hull Business Development Fund

18

Kaleidoscope

1

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Lets Do Business Group

35

Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services

9

North London Community Finance

50

Original Upstarts

1

Project North East

29

Riverside Credit Union

5

Rockstar Youth

102

School for Start Ups

52

Sheffield

1

South West Investment Group

26

Start Up Direct

49

The Prince's Trust

160

University of the Arts

1

WSX Enterprise

2

Yorkshire Coast Enterprise

5

Young Britain

33

Postgraduate Education

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, columns 254-6W, on postgraduate education, how many first year postgraduate students enrolled on each type of higher education course in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [145230]

Mr Willetts: The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on student enrolments at UK higher education institutions (HEIs). I will place in the Library of the House information on the number of UK domiciled first year postgraduate enrolments by region of domicile and institution at English HEIs for the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12. As requested, the data have been broken down by type: taught and research.

HESA published the Statistical First Release ‘Enrolments and Qualifications Obtained in Higher Education in the UK in 2011/12’ on 10 January 2013. The decline in postgraduate enrolments was caused by a reduction in part-time home provision. HEFCE explained this:

The major contributing factor to the reduction in Part-time Postgraduate-Taught (PGT) student numbers in 2011/12 relates to postgraduate professional development (PPD) courses for teachers that, prior to 2011/12, would have been TDA-funded. With effect from the academic year 2011/12 the funding for this programme ceased.

Further information is available at:

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/ppd_funding_manual_2011_12.pdf

In addition, some institutions have made changes to their reporting practices in respect of some Part-time PGT students, which have also had an effect.

Information for the 2012/13 academic year will become available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency in January 2014.

Public Appointments

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were

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(A) black or from an ethnic minority, (B) Hindu, (C) Muslim and (D) Chinese in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. [144098]

Jo Swinson: In 2010-11, BIS made 42 appointments to our public bodies of which one was from an ethnic minority background. 14 did not declare their diversity information. For the same period BIS reappointed 50 members to our public bodies of which one declared themselves from an ethnic minority with seven not declaring this information.

In 2011-12, BIS made 66 appointments to our public bodies of which two were from an ethnic minority background and six did not declare their diversity information. For the same period BIS reappointed 55 members to our public bodies of which two declared themselves from an ethnic minority with 10 not declaring this information.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments collates and publishes information on the number of appointments of candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds; however this information is not broken down by ethnic group.

Copies of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 annual reports are available at:

http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk

Copies are available in the Library of the House.

Appointments to public bodies are made on merit following a fair and open process.

BIS, like other Government Departments, is keen to ensure that our public bodies should be representative of the population at large and that there is balance in terms of diversity.

Regional Growth Fund

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individual awards from Round One of the Regional Growth Fund have not yet received a final agreed offer; and what the monetary value is of each of those awards. [145391]

Michael Fallon: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 837W.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether funds recycled from both (a) the 45 Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bids which have been withdrawn to date under rounds one, two and three and (b) projects or programmes from RGF rounds one, two and three which have reduced in scope will be allocated to the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund. [145392]

Michael Fallon: As stated in my written ministerial statement of 11 February 2013, exceptional RGF funds will be met from existing budgets by recycling money from previous RGF rounds where bidders have withdrawn or reduced their grant amount.

In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 5 December 2012 that £350 million would be made available for a further round of the Regional Growth Fund. This consists of £140 million of recycled money from previous rounds.

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By recycling money back into the RGF we ensure that it continues to be awarded to businesses to create private sector jobs and growth.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what independent advice he plans to seek before approving Exceptional Regional Growth Fund support. [145394]

Michael Fallon: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 301W.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, columns 33-4WS, in which region each of the withdrawn bids to the Regional Growth Fund was located. [145395]

Michael Fallon: The following table details the bids that have withdrawn from Rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the RGF and the English administrative region.

NoName of beneficiaryRegion

1

A&P Tyne Ltd

North East

2

Ames Goldsmith UK Ltd

North West

3

BRM Packaging Ltd

West Midlands

4

C&C Baseline Ltd

North West

5

Caparo Precision Strip

West Midlands

6

Carlton and Co

North East

7

CE3—Conitech(1)

North East

8

CE4—Verta Energy

North East

9

Cleveland Potash Ltd

North East

10

CT5—Exhausto Ltd(2)

South East

11

CT7—Aggregate Industries Ltd

East Midlands

12

CT8-W.D. Irwin and Sons

West Midlands

13

CT9—Aria

Y&H

14

Cumbrian Holdings

North East

15

Diodes Zetex Semiconductors Ltd

North West

16

Disley Tissues Ltd

North West

17

Federal-Mogul Friction Product

East Midlands

18

Heerema Hartlepool Ltd

North East

19

Huntsman Polyurethanes (UK) Ltd

North East

20

ING Lease UK Ltd

Nationwide

21

I-Plas Products Ltd

Y&H

22

J&B Recycling Ltd

North East

23

Marlow Foods Ltd

North East

No

Name of beneficiary

Region

24

Messier-Dowty Ltd

South West

25

Nissan UK P3

North East

26

Northern Tissue Group Ltd

North West

27

PD Teesport

North East

28

Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd

North West

29

PMT Industries Ltd

North West

30

Rapsican Systems

West Midlands

31

SCM Pharma Ltd

North East

32

Shepherd Offshore Ltd

North East

33

Sirius Minerals

Y&H

34

St Modwen Properties

West Midlands

35

Stainless Plating Ltd

Y&H

36

Sunsolar Ltd

West Midlands

37

T&N Plastics

Y&H

38

Tameside/Monopumps

North West

39

Thales Properties Ltd (Leicester)

East Midlands

40

The Listen Media Company Ltd

North West

41

Treves UK Ltd.

Y&H

42

Turner Powertrain Systems Ltd

West Midlands

43

Universal Engineering

South West

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44

Vestas Technology UK Ltd

South East

45

Zegen (Wilton) Ltd

North East

(1) CE is the Chirton Engineering package of projects. (2) CT is the Carbon Trust package of projects.

Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been (a) committed to and (b) spent in the Merseyside region through the Regional Growth Fund in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date. [144723]

Michael Fallon: From the Regional Growth Fund, the following sums were committed to 12 projects and programmes in the metropolitan county of Merseyside (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral):

Financial year£

2010-11

0

2011-12

31,872,900

2012-13

12,964,317

2013-14

40,501,245

The sum of Regional Growth Fund payments to date to beneficiaries in the metropolitan county of Merseyside in the same period was:

Financial year£

2010-11

0

2011-12

31,872,900

2012-13

11,582,262

The amount paid in 2012-13 is less than the amount committed for this financial year because there are still some outstanding payments to be made before the year end (31 March 2013).

Trade: Commonwealth

Karl McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of the level of trade between the (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) US, and Commonwealth countries in the last (i) year, (ii) five, (iii) 10 and (iv) 20 years. [144894]

Michael Fallon: Trade in goods (in billions of US dollars at current prices) is shown in the following table, based on data from the UN COMTRADE database. The latest data are for 2011.

The key Commonwealth trading partners for the UK are Canada and India, together accounting for around 30% of all UK-Commonwealth trade over the last twenty years.

Around half of EU-Commonwealth trade is with the UK.

Around 60% of US-Commonwealth trade is with Canada, followed by the UK (over 10% of the total).

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Training

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [144078]

Jo Swinson: The Department (core BIS) has recorded the following spend against the specific reporting point for training, as follows:

 £

2009-10

4,190,088

2010-11

2,340,575

2011-12

2,662,967

Urban Areas: Innovation

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the £24 million allocated under the Technology Strategy Board's Future Cities Demonstrator will be spent. [145369]

Mr Willetts: Glasgow was recently announced as the winning city to host the Technology Strategy Board's Future Cities Demonstrator.

Glasgow city council's Future Cities Demonstrator will be made up of a series of projects that will improve transport and mobility across the city. It will develop programmes to promote healthy living, deliver advanced street lighting to address community safety and perception of crime, and enhance building energy efficiency to provide affordable warmth.

Value will be created by capturing and opening up data, improving the city's real-time operations with a city dashboard and a management system that views the city as an integrated whole, and a ‘MyGlasgow’ public window on the city to deliver multiple benefits for the people of Glasgow.

It is for the Glasgow city council to decide on the allocation of the £24 million awarded to it by the Technology Strategy Board for the various activities within its Future Cities Demonstrator. A condition of the funding is that all results from the Demonstrator will be made publicly available so that other cities will be able to engage with Glasgow to learn from its experience.

Health

Atrial Fibrillation

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has given on the prescription of aspirin to treat and manage atrial fibrillation; [143835]

(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that health practitioners and commissioners have up-to-date, evidenced-based information of the anticoagulants available to treat atrial fibrillation. [143836]

Anna Soubry: The Department has not provided advice on the prescription of aspirin to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides evidence-based advice

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on the clinical and cost-effectiveness in the use of medicines. It is currently updating the existing clinical guideline on AF and plans to publish a quality standard on AF with the revised guideline in 2014. NICE is also in the process of updating the commissioning guidance on anticoagulation therapy services to take account of its recent guidance on the new oral anticoagulants, dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto); it aims to publish this update in April 2013.

NHS Improvement is continuing to work with the cardiovascular networks and other key partners to provide advice and guidance on stroke prevention in AF. This work includes the continued development and roll-out of a simple audit tool to general practices in England. This enables general practitioners to identify those patients with AF who are currently prescribed aspirin to manage their risk of stroke and who would benefit from oral anticoagulant medicines. Over the last year, NHS Improvement has promoted the use of this tool at many educational events as well as the use of oral anticoagulant medicines over aspirin.

Beef: Horsemeat

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the first tests for horse DNA were conducted by supermarkets on a UK company's frozen burgers; and how many and which withdrawn product lines from each retailer and caterer were tested for horse DNA following the announcement of results of tests by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on 14 January 2013. [145330]

Anna Soubry: Following the Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI) survey publication on 16 January, the food industry began DNA testing for horsemeat across their product ranges. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) does not hold detailed information on when supermarkets began their testing programmes.

The retailers named in the FSAI survey removed all relevant products from their shelves. All the withdrawn products which have tested positive for >1% horse DNA have been made public, and information on relevant companies and products are available on the FSA website.

Results from the industry testing programme requested by the FSA, which includes frozen burgers and other meat products, together with a list of companies providing test results to the FSA as part of this programme, are published on the FSA website at food.gov.uk.

Cancer

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that the NHS Commissioning Board is held to account for the commissioning of specialised cancer services. [143862]

Anna Soubry: From 1 April, the NHS Commissioning Board will be responsible for directly commissioning specialised cancer services and the Department will hold the Board to account.

In the Government's mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board, we set an objective to ensure that whether national health service care is commissioned nationally by the Board or locally by clinical commissioning groups the results—the quality and value of the services—

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should be measured and published in a similar way, including against the relevant areas of the NHS Outcomes Framework. Success will be measured not only by the average level of improvement but also by progress in reducing health inequalities and unjustified variation.

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the Friends and Family Test results will be used to improve the experience of cancer patients; [143863]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 467W, on cancer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the results of the 2011-12 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey have been used to improve local cancer care and services. [143864]

Anna Soubry: The national report and 160 bespoke trust level reports from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011-12 were published in August 2012. These have been made widely available to drive and inform local service improvement. The trust level reports provide benchmarked data nationally and between teams so that priority improvement areas can be identified. We are aware that a number of trusts have produced action plans based on the results of the surveys.

The National Cancer Action Team has been working with Cancer Networks to drive service improvements based on the results of the survey. This has included producing the report, ‘Improvements in cancer patient experience: how have they been made?’, which will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cancer Patient Experience Advisory Group on 8 March 2013, and then shared widely with trusts.

We have encouraged stakeholders in the third sector to use the survey results to identify and share best practice in patient care and services to support service improvement activity. For example, Macmillan Cancer Support analysed the data, and published the 10 best and worst performing Trusts in England in 2012, which were also published in the second annual report of ‘Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer’ in December 2012. Macmillan also produced ‘Improving Cancer Patient Experience—A top tips guide’. This document can be found on the Macmillan website, and searching for the top tips guide in the toolbar.

In addition, all the quantitative data from the survey have been sent to the National Data Archive at Essex university and is freely available for access by researchers to undertake a series of analyses under the rules of the archive.

Patient experience is one of three domains of quality alongside effectiveness and safety. This Government are committed to encouraging services to be responsive to patient needs and experiences, and using feedback to make services truly patient-centred.

The Friends and Family test will be implemented nationally from 1 April 2013 for all acute in-patient and accident and emergency (A&E) services. All in-patients and patients in A&E departments will be given the opportunity to answer the simple question ‘How likely are you to recommend our ward/A&E department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment'.

The test is unique in that it provides frequent, fast (near-real time) feedback, which is comparable from both patients' and NHS staff perspectives. Alongside

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other feedback, the test will be used by service providers as a tool for improvement, by commissioners and the public to hold services to account and by patients to inform choice.

Where a cancer patient is either an in-patient or discharged from an A&E department, they will be asked the Friends and Family test; however, the results will not be differentiated by patient diagnosis.