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Members: Correspondence

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for South Northamptonshire dated 22 November 2012 regarding the Major Projects Authority High Speed Rail 2 Report; and if he will make a statement. [147118]

Mr Maude: I'd like to apologise for the inordinate delay in responding to this letter. The first I knew about it was when this PQ was tabled. I will investigate what has happened and reply to my hon. Friend shortly.

Patients: Death

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) observed and (b) expected deaths took place in all NHS trusts for which data is available in each year between 1997 and 2010. [147263]

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

Letter from Glen Watson:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking The Secretary of Health how many (a) observed and (b) expected deaths took place in all NHS trusts for which data is available in each year between 1997 and 2010. (147263)

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The Office for National Statistics routinely report on deaths registered in England and Wales each year. We do not report on the number of expected deaths.

Information collected at death registration does not identify which NHS Trust was managerially responsible for the patient's care at death. Although the name and address of the hospital where the death occurred is recorded, services provided on a single hospital site may be managed by several NHS Trusts or private contractors. It is therefore not possible to provide the number of deaths by NHS Trust. ONS can provide figures on deaths by any official geographical boundaries.

Mortality statistics for deaths registered in England and Wales by area of usual residence is published on the ONS website:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/deaths-registered-area-usual-residence/index.html

Pay

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much and what proportion of UK take home pay each decile of the UK population took home in each year for which data is available. [146363]

Mr Hoban: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Figures shown are provided from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) dataset and provide data on the weekly net earnings for the family by equivalised net income decile (Before Housing Costs).

All figures are shown in cash terms (i.e. not adjusted for inflation). This means that the statistics presented are on a different basis to those in the HBAI publication.

Table 1: Weekly total net equivalised family earnings, in cash prices by equivalised income deciles (Before Housing Costs), 1994-95 to 2010-11, GB/UK
£ million
 Decile
 12345678910

1994-95

41

47

81

159

244

347

450

579

766

1,419

1995-96

37

53

89

166

246

350

454

600

815

1,426

1996-97

43

56

103

182

273

388

498

651

861

1,554

1997-98

51

64

117

206

307

418

538

692

925

1,648

1998-99

51

68

124

218

317

432

575

731

969

1,892

1999-2000

66

73

131

226

350

448

596

790

1,032

1,988

2000-01

84

85

154

251

376

483

643

848

1,100

2,237

2001-02

78

87

168

284

392

533

665

880

1,176

2,652

2002-03

87

99

186

298

420

568

726

923

1,216

2,348

2003-04

95

102

186

302

425

571

734

951

1,264

2,487

2004-05

103

116

198

314

455

596

771

965

1,303

2,612

2005-06

114

129

215

326

458

613

802

1,023

1,376

3,306

2006-07

109

127

236'

355

494

653

828

1,073

1,452

2,854

2007-08

113

139

250

371

517

699

874

1,148

1,547

2,986

2008-09

130

153

266

387

533

696

917

1,154

1,617

3,663

2009-10

120

164

259

389

528

699

909

1,170

1,555

3,323

2010-11

130

176

266

375

529

703

906

1,173

1,567

3,147

Table 2: Proportion of total net equivalised family earnings, in cash prices by equivalised income deciles (Before Housing Costs), 1994-95 to 2010-11, GB/UK
Percentage
 Decile
 12345678910

1994-95

1

1

2

4

6

8

11

14

19

34

1995-96

1

1

2

4

6

8

11

14

19

34

1996-97

1

1

2

4

6

8

11

14

19

34

1997-98

1

1

2

4

6

8

11

14

19

33

1998-99

1

1

2

4

6

8

11

14

18

35

1999-2000

1

1

2

4

6

8

10

14

18

35

2000-01

1

1

2

4

6

8

10

14

18

36

2001-02

1

1

2

4

6

8

10

13

17

38

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2002-03

1

1

3

4

6

8

11

13

18

34

2003-04

1

1

3

4

6

8

10

13

18

35

2004-05

1

2

3

4

6

8

10

13

18

35

2005-06

1

2

3

4

5

7

10

12

16

40

2006-07

1

2

3

4

6

8

10

13

18

35

2007-08

1

2

3

4

6

8

10

13

18

35

2008-09

1

2

3

4

6

7

10

12

17

38

2009-10

1

2

3

4

6

8

10

13

17

36

2010-11

1

2

3

4

6

8

10

13

17

35

Notes: 1. These statistics are based on Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data sourced from the 2010-11 Family Resources Survey (FRS). This uses disposable household income, adjusted using modified OECD equivalisation factors for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living. 2. Net earnings have been used to answer the question. This includes income from employment and self-employment. Some items of income may be under reported in the survey, particularly self-employment. Negative earnings, such as losses from self employment, have been zeroised. 3. Figures have been presented on a Before Housing Cost basis. For Before Housing Costs, housing costs are not deducted from income. 4. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to a degree of uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response. 5. The reference period for HBAI figures is the financial year. 6. Proportions of net earnings have been rounded to the nearest percentage point. 7. Incomes are presented in cash prices and have been rounded to the nearest million. 8. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 9. Figures are for the United Kingdom from 2002-03 onwards. Earlier years are for Great Britain only, as such there is a slight discontinuity between the figures pre and post 2002-03. Source: HBAI 1994-95 to 2010-11

Public Sector: Procurement

Mr Lammy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he plans to require all public sector contractors to outline the benefits of their contract to local communities and publish the number of local jobs and apprenticeships created as a result. [146647]

Miss Chloe Smith: This Government determines its procurement according to value for money. It is for individual contracting authorities to determine what criteria are relevant to and will increase the benefit and value for money derived from a contract.

Unemployment: Young People

Helen Jones: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people in Warrington North constituency are unemployed; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010. [146924]

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 March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many young people in Warrington North constituency are unemployed; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010. (146924).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested age band in Warrington North constituency are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative, we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in Warrington North constituency for the requested age band. The number of young people aged 18 to 24 years in Warrington North constituency claiming JSA for January 2013 was 695 and for May 2010 was 665.

The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.

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

Dr Offord: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people aged between 18 and 24 are unemployed in Hendon constituency; and what the equivalent figure was for May 2010. [147273]

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 March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many young people aged between 18 and 24 are unemployed in Hendon constituency; and what the equivalent figure was for May 2010. (147273)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested age band in Hendon constituency are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative, we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in Hendon constituency for the requested age band. The number of young people aged 18 to 24 years in Hendon constituency claiming JSA for January 2013 was 425 and for May 2010 was 535.

The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.

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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

Vocational Guidance: Internet

Ms Buck: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons a tendering process was not used in respect of the establishment of the plotr careers website; what the current volume of usage is of that website; and what estimate he has made of future usage volumes. [147287]

Mr Hurd: plotr is a community interest company. It was established, and is led by a number of founding partners from industry. The services plotr provides were not outsourced and contracted by Her Majesty's Government so no tendering process was required.

We do not hold data on the current volume of usage as plotr is still in beta-testing nor have we made specific estimates of future usage.

Voluntary Work: Young People

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many young people took part in the National Citizen Service in 2011 and 2012; [147702]

(2) how many third sector organisations were involved in the National Citizen Service in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and how many such organisations are involved currently; [147703]

(3) how much each local authority contributed to the National Citizen Service pilots in their areas in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; [147704]

(4) how many young people signed up to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; and how many young people completed a NCS placement in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [147705]

Mr Hurd: The independent NatCen evaluation, published in May 2012 includes details on participation and completion for the NCS pilots in 2011. The report is available here:

http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/898405/ncs-evaluation-interim-report.pdf

and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House. NatCen are currently evaluating the 2012 programme and their report will be published later this spring.

In 2011, 10 voluntary and community sector organisations were commissioned to run National Citizen Service (NCS) pilots. The following year there were over 20 voluntary and community sector organisations involved. Over 120 organisations will be involved in the national and local delivery of NCS over the next two years, including more than 70 from the voluntary and community sector, alongside around 50 colleges and local authorities.

Local authorities have not made a direct financial contribution to National Citizen Service.

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Defence

Afghanistan

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of fatalities of UK service personnel in Afghanistan have been green-on-blue attacks in the latest period for which figures are available. [146989]

Mr Robathan: The total number of UK service personnel fatalities in Afghanistan as of 8 March 2013 is 440; of which 24 were as a result of insider attacks.

Armed Forces: Animals

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which animals other than dogs and horses are used by UK armed forces; and for what purposes such animals are used. [145971]

Mr Francois: The Royal Navy uses a number of birds of prey to keep birds away from airfields and other aircraft operational areas.

The Army has three goats and one Swaledale ram, which it maintains as official mascots. In addition, a small range of farm animals, including pigs, geese, turkeys, ducks and chickens, are managed at a Fresh Start Farm which is run at the Military Corrective Training Centre. This farm is used to provide training, up to and including NVQ level, in animal husbandry for personnel, including those who are to be discharged.

Armed Forces: Housing

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of re-housing soldiers and their families as part of the drawdown from Germany; and from which budget this money will come. [146726]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 7 March 2013]: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), on 5 March 2013, Official Report, columns 846-48, in which he stated that the estimated cost of providing accommodation for soldiers returning from Germany is some £1 billion of the £1.8 billion total, which will come from the budget of the Ministry of Defence.

Armed Forces: Redundancy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which operational pinch points will be exempt from redundancy under tranche 3 or 4. [140892]

Mr Francois: On 22 January 2013, the Army announced the fields from which they will select personnel to be made redundant in the third tranche of the armed forces redundancy programme. This will comprise up to 5,300 Army personnel. There is likely to be a need for a further tranche for Army personnel and medical and dental personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force in due course.

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The operational pinch points that are exempt from the third tranche of the programme can be found in the following table. Operational pinch points for any future element of the redundancy programme have yet to be considered.

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Personnel employed in the main trades for pay (MTFP)(1) and ranks listed are excluded from redundancy. Additionally, personnel not yet employed in these MTFP but who are on a training course for employment in these areas are also excluded(2).

(a) Serial(b) Cap badge(c) MTFP/qualification/competency(d) Excluded rank(s)(e) Remarks

1.

Intelligence Corps

Operator Military Intelligence

Corporal—Warrant Officer Class 2

2.

Intelligence Corps

Non/Applicable

Captain—Major

3.

Intelligence Corps

Operator Military Intelligence (Linguist)

Private—Warrant Officer Class 2

4.

Royal Engineers

Military Engineer (Geographic Technician)

Corporal—Sergeant

5.

Royal Engineers

Professionally Qualified Engineer

Captain—Major

6.

Royal Engineers

Military Engineer (Engineer Logistic Specialist)

Lance Corporal—Corporal

7.

Royal Engineers

Military Engineer (Fitter) (less Military Engineer (Fitter Air Conditioning and Refrigeration))

Lance Corporal

8.

Royal Engineers

Military Engineer (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

Corporal

9.

Royal Army Medical Corps

Radiologist

Major—Colonel

10.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.

Emergency Nurse

Corporal—Warrant Officer Class 1

 

11.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Emergency Nurse

Lieutenant—Captain

12.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Infection Control Unit Nurse

Corporal—Warrant Officer Class 1

13.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Infection Control Unit Nurse

Lieutenant—Captain

14.

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Veterinary Officer

Major

15.

Royal Army Medical Corps

Anaesthetist

Lieutenant Colonel—Colonel

16.

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Infection Protection Control Nursing Officer

Captain—Major

17.

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Dog Handler

Private—Corporal

18.

Royal SIGNALS

Electronic Warfare Systems Operator

Corporal—Sergeant

19.

All Arms

Defence Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator (Joint) (Including High Threat Improvised Explosive Device Disposal Operator)

Sergeant—Warrant Officer Class 1

(2)

20.

All Arms

Defence Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator (Joint) (Including High Threat Improvised Explosive Device Disposal Operator)

Lieutenant—Major

(2)

21.

All Arms

Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator

Sergeant—Warrant Officer Class 1

Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator Course Phase 1 & 2 in receipt of Specialist Pay (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

22.

All Arms

Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator

Lieutenant— Major

Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator Course Phase 1 & 2 in receipt of Specialist Pay (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

23.

All Arms

Human Intelligence

Corporal—Warrant Officer Class 1

Qualified and employed in role within the last 24 months or currently under training

24.

All Arms

Human Intelligence

Lieutenant—Major

Qualified and employed in role within the last 24 months or currently under training

25.

All Arms

Defence Interrogator

Corporal—Warrant Officer Class 1

Qualified and employed in role within the last 4 months or currently under training

26.

All Arms

Defence Interrogator

Lieutenant—Captain

Qualified and employed in role within the last 24 months or currently under training

(1 )Or holding the relevant Qualification or Competency. (2 )As at 22 January 2013.

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Armed Forces: Training

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources have been made available to the armed forces for adventurous training in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014. [147049]

Mr Robathan: Budgets for armed forces adventurous training in each of the three services are shown in the following table. Figures for financial years (FY) 2010-11 and 201 1-12 reflect actual expenditure, while data for FY 2012-13 is a mixture of actual expenditure and a forecast for February and March. Figures for 2013-14 and 2014-15 reflect allocated budgets.

£ million
 2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-15

Royal Navy

4.778

4.927

4.652

4.763

4.861

Army

8.522

9.067

8.846

9.125

9.391

RAF

7.270

7.175

7.461

7.590

7.805

Total

20.570

21.169

20.959

21.478

22.057

Billing

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of undisputed invoices were paid by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies within five days in the latest period for which figures are available. [146498]

Mr Francois: Performance information on the payment of invoices by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) covers the whole of the Department including its trading fund agencies. Separate information for its agencies could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

From May 2010 all Government Departments were asked to pay 80% of correctly presented invoices from suppliers within five working days.

The most recent information on performance is as follows:

PeriodNumber of invoices paidPercentage paid within five day target

February 2013

334,127

93.03

Rolling 12-month cumulative

3,781,464

91.52

Monthly MOD prompt payment statistics are published on the MOD website at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence/about/procurement

Performance information is also published in the Department's annual report and accounts under ‘Payments to Suppliers’ and can be found on the MOD website at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-annual-report-2011-12

Defence Estates: Lisburn

Mr Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish details of any agreement reached between Defence Estates and the Clanmil

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Housing Association on the sale of surplus army housing in the Lisburn area; and if he will publish the price agreed for any property deemed to be surplus. [145607]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 March 2013]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has not yet reached any formal agreement to sell its former housing to the Clanmil Housing Association. Any sale would proceed on the basis of an agreed market value and, once it is completed, the principal terms and sale value will be a matter of public record, held by the Land Registry.

Defence: Procurement

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Barnsley East of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 441W, on procurement, whether his Department has carried out an audit of its central bill paying process and controls since that answer; and if he will publish the results. [144137]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence is currently conducting a review of the purchase to pay system and a spend recovery audit. The management action plans are due to be published in autumn 2013. I will ensure that a copy is placed in the Library of the House.

Eastern Europe

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security situation in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo. [146988]

Mr Robathan: Our current assessment of the security situation in Bosnia is that it is stable, although we are not yet sufficiently reassured that this stability is entrenched.

The security situation in south Kosovo is assessed to be stable, though we are aware of sporadic outbreaks of unrest and violence in north Kosovo.

Electronic Warfare

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has developed rules of engagement for cyber operations. [145963]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 4 March 2013]: As the right hon. Member will know, rules of engagement are issued with the objectives of ensuring that action taken by UK forces is lawful and that such action is within the parameters of political acceptability, as determined by Ministers. They govern the use of force in its widest sense, from the firing of weapons and use of ordnance to any conduct of UK forces that could be interpreted as provocative.

I am not willing either to confirm or to deny the existence of rules of engagement for cyber operations.

Marchwood Military Port

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Sea Monitoring Centre at Marchwood as the UK's military port. [146944]

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Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence made a commitment to sell the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre during this spending review period in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of October 2010. This was confirmed by my predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff), in his written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 42WS.

This remains the case. I refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), on 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 857.

Military Bases

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which aspects of the autumn statement have caused a delay to the announcing of the basing review; and if he will make a statement. [146655]

Mr Philip Hammond: The autumn statement raised two issues which needed to be taken into account which were a change to departmental spending totals and the new arrangements for accessing private finance.

This work has now been completed. I refer the right hon. Member to the statement I made on 5 March 2013, Official Report, columns 846-848.

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement of 5 March 2013 on the Army Basing Plan, how much has been factored into future defence budgets from announced land disposals. [147202]

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Mr Robathan: Although the disposal of some sites formed part of the announcement, details of any pre-sale valuations obtained in advance of land disposals will not be released as their disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Military Bases: Air Force

Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are applied in deciding whether an air base is officially designated as an RAF base. [146487]

Mr Robathan: The RAF prefix has been given to locations at which an establishment for a Station HQ exists, or where RAF units are based. Once used, this designation is generally retained while the location remains administered by the RAF.

RAF bases that are made available to the United States Visiting Force remain UK sovereign territory and are supported by an RAF Commander. As such they continue to be designated as RAF bases.

Military Bases: Northern Ireland

Mr Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been received from the sale of each site of a former military base in Northern Ireland to date. [145608]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 March 2013]:The principal bases sold since 2000 are as follows:

Financial yearSiteLocationReceipt (£ million)Comment

2001-02

Steeple Barracks

Antrim

County Antrim

2.1

2002-03

Long Kesh

Belfast

Belfast

0

Gifted to Northern Ireland Executive (NIE)

2002-03

Magherafelt Barracks

Magherafelt

County Londonderry

0

Gifted to NIE

2002-03

Malone Barracks

Belfast

Belfast

0

Gifted to NIE

2003-04

Ebrington Barracks

Londonderry

County Londonderry

0

Gifted to NIE

2004-05

Clooney Barracks

Londonderry

County Londonderry

12

Sold to NIE

2005-06

Girdwood Park

Belfast

Belfast

7

Sold to NIE

2006-07

Killymeal Hse

Dungannon

County Tyrone

13.2

2007-08

Clogher Base

Clogher

County Tyrone

1.2

2007-08

Mahon Barracks

Portadown

County Armagh

31.3

2007-08

Grosvenor Barracks

Enniskillen

County Fermanagh

15.4

Sold to NIE

2007-08

Aughnacloy

Aughnacloy

County Tyrone

1.5

2008-09

Crossgar Armaments Depot

Crossgar

County Down

0.4

2010-11

Forkhill

Forkhill

County Armagh

0.7

Sold to NIE

2011-12

Lisanelly Barracks

Omagh

County Tyrone

0

Gifted to NIE

2011-12

St Patricks Barracks

Ballymena

County Antrim

0

Gifted to NIE

2011-12

St Lucia Barracks

Omagh

County Tyrone

0

Gifted to NIE

2011-12

Shackleton Barracks

Ballykelly

County Londonderry

0

Gifted to NIE

Military Police

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the (a) Royal Navy Police and (b) Royal Air Force Police have received specialist training to conduct (i) Level 3 investigations and (ii) special investigations in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; [136184]

(2) how many members of the (a) Royal Navy Police and (b) Royal Air Force Police have received specialist training in the investigation of allegations of rape and sexual assault; and if he will make a statement. [136187]

Mr Francois: The following tables detail the number of Royal Navy Police, including the Royal Marine Police and the Royal Air Force Police who have received

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specialist training to conduct level 3 investigations and specialist investigations in each of the last three years:

 Calendar year
Course/Royal Navy Police201020112012

Serious Crime Investigations Course/level 3 investigations course

22

22

25

 Financial year
Course/Royal Air Force Police2009-102010-112011-12

Serious Crime Investigations Course

12

13

15

The Royal Air Force Police no longer use the terminology ‘level 3’ and ‘special’ investigations. These investigations are now termed ‘Serious Crime’ investigations and are investigated by Royal Air Force Police Special Investigation and Intelligence Branch personnel who have completed the Serious Crime Investigations Course (SCIC).

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The following tables provide the number of the Royal Navy Police, including Royal Marine Police and the Royal Air Force Police who have received specialist investigation training, which includes the investigation of allegations of rape and sexual assault:

 Calendar year
Course/Royal Navy Police201020112012

Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

10

9

8

Sexual offences Liaison Officer (SOLO)

0

0

8

Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques (SOIT)

0

6

0

Tier 3 Interviewing Suspect

3

0

2

T2 Interviewing Suspect

0

0

3

T2 Interviewing Witness

0

0

8

Achieving Best Evidence (ABE)

0

1

11

Senior Investigating Officer

1

2

2

Family Liaison Officer (FLO)

0

0

4

 Financial year
Course/Royal Air Force Police2009-102010-112011-12

Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

5

4

4

Crime Scene Management (CSM)

1

1

0

Crime Scene Examiners Development (CSED)

2

1

0

Scientific Support Coordination (SSC)

0

0

0

Forensic Laboratory Officer (FLO)

6

1

1

Tier 2 Interviewing Witness

0

20

19

Tier 3 Interviewing Witness

0

0

3

Tier 3 Interviewing Suspect

1

0

1

Tier 5 Interviewing Coordinator

0

1

0

Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) Vulnerable Witnesses/Child Protection

0

2

0

Initial Management of Serious Crime -IMSC

2

1

2

Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques (SOIT)

6

0

0

Combined Achieving Best Evidence and Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques (ABE/SOIT)

0

4

3

Senior Investigating Officer—SIO

3

5

3

The number of the Royal Navy Police (including Royal Marine Police) and the Royal Air Force Police who retain existing CSI and SOIT skills, as of 31 December 2012 are:

Course/Royal Navy PoliceTraining skills retained as of 31 December 2012

CSI

18

SOIT (including SOLO)

21

Course/Royal Air Force PoliceTraining skills retained as of 31 December 2012

CSI

22

SOIT

14

Radioactive Waste: Fife

Mr Gordon Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to complete reports on the (a) factual investigation into radioactive substances at Dalgety bay and (b) interpretation of that factual evidence; and if he will place those reports in the Library. [144897]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence is currently awaiting the analytical data from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) for incorporation into the draft factual report. The final report will be placed in the Library of the House in due course.

Reserve Forces

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the £1.8 billion allocated for Reserves 2020 covers the increased cost in training of new reservists; [145285]

(2) what the purpose is of his Department's allocation of £1.8 billion for Reserves 2020; and over what time period the sum has been allocated. [145287]

Mr Francois [holding answer 28 February 2013]: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister for the Armed Forces, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan), on 3 September 2012, Official Report, columns 66-67W, to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) and the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (Bridget Phillipson).

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Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of (a) the strength of reserves to be held at readiness after the completion of reserves 2020 and (b) the change in the annual cost required to hold the new strength of reserves at readiness. [145288]

Mr Francois [holding answer 28 February 2013]: The Future Reserves Programme is expected to deliver a trained strength of around 35,000 personnel.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has allocated an additional £1.8 billion to deliver the Future Reserves 2020 capability. The cost of that capability, when delivered, is the subject of ongoing work; the House will be informed by a White Paper which we intend to publish in the spring.

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the full steady-state costs of a (a) fully-manned regular infantry battalion and (b) fully-manned Territorial Army infantry battalion will be after the implementation of the Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020 initiatives; [146728]

(2) what the comparable full costs are of training and equipping a Territorial Army infantry battalion and a regular battalion under the Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020 initiatives; [146730]

(3) what the full costs of mobilising a Territorial Army infantry battalion for operations over a 12-month period will be following the Future Reserves 2020 reforms. [146731]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 7 March 2013]: The future cost of a fully manned, trained and equipped infantry battalion, whether regular or reserve, under Army 2020, in either steady state or mobilised, will vary depending on the size of the battalion, the type of role they are fulfilling, the manpower mix and the nature of any operation they might undertake.

Our understanding of these costs will continue to develop in the light of our future arrangements for using reserves which will be informed by the forthcoming White Paper.

Mr Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current declared deployable capacity of Territorial Army battalions is. [146729]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 7 March 2013]: Our policy in recent years has generally been to use reservists as individual reinforcements to serve alongside their regular counterparts.

The current trained strength of the Territorial Army is around 19,000. All of these individuals have a liability to be deployed.

In future, we plan to deploy reservists in formed sub-units as part of our plans to use the reserves more. We plan to expand the trained strength to 30,000.

Reserve Forces: Employment

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department plans to take to incentivise businesses to employ reservists. [145960]

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Mr Francois: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 986W, to the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis).

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that employers cannot discriminate against reservists. [145962]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 March 2013]: The Reserve Forces, Safeguard of Employment Act 1985, provides some protection of a mobilised reservist's civilian employment. Through the recent consultation exercise we have worked to improve our understanding of concerns about discrimination and disadvantage experienced by reservists who are seeking employment, and are considering carefully how to respond to them. Details of our proposals will be set out in a White Paper, which we intend to publish in the spring.

Staff

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff in his Department are working on the next Strategic Defence and Security Review; [146727]

(2) how many people his Department employs to formulate defence strategy. [147048]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 7 March 2013]: Defence strategy represents the Ministry of Defence's overall contribution to national strategy, setting out the most appropriate ways of achieving long-term policy objectives within the resources available. Preparations for the next Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015, which will be co-ordinated by the National Security Council and Cabinet Office, are already under way within MOD. This includes a broad programme of activity overseen by the Defence Strategy Group, co-chaired by the Permanent Under-Secretary and the Chief of Defence Staff, that is examining possible changes in the future strategic context, considering the policy options in response, and testing the continued validity of Future Force 2020. This work is being led and co-ordinated by a core team of 10 personnel in the Defence Strategy and Priorities branch, but involves a wider range of staff and organisations within the Head Office and across MOD. It also features close engagement with other Government Departments.

Veterans

Gemma Doyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the cost of (a) recreational facilities, (b) entertainment and (c) dining for retired officers in each of the last three financial years. [143742]

Mr Francois [holding answer 25 February 2013]: There are no specific recreational facilities for retired officers. As part of the policy for engagement with retired senior officers, rear-admiral and higher, the naval service has for many years hosted an annual update, the cost of which has totalled some £4,500 over the past three financial years. However, in general there has been no official entertainment or dining intended for retired officers that has incurred a cost to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in the previous three financial years.

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Veterans: Employment

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many individuals who left the armed forces in (a) tranche 1 and (b) tranche 2 found work lasting for (i) six months and (ii) 12 months after going through the Career Transition Partnership; [145706]

(2) how many people who left the armed forces found work lasting for (a) six months and (b) 12 months after going through the Career Transition Partnership in 2011-12; [145707]

(3) how many people who left the armed forces did not find work lasting for (a) six months and (b) 12 months after going through the Career Transition Partnership in 2011-12. [145708]

Mr Francois [holding answer 1 March 2013]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not hold information on the duration of employment secured by service leavers.

For details of the proportions of service leavers who are in employment at the six month and 12 month point, I refer the right hon. Member to the statement I made on 22 January 2013, Official Report, column, 171. Information on the employment status of non applicants under tranche 1 of the Armed Forces Redundancy programme, and both applicants and non-applicants under tranche 2 is not yet available. The dates by which they were or are due to leave service are September 2012, December 2012 and June 2013 respectively.

Veterans: Mortgages

Fiona O'Donnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department offers to veterans who were injured in service and are seeking to secure a mortgage. [144807]

Mr Francois [holding answer 27 February 2013]: It is important that injured personnel are given the support they need to make a successful transition to civilian life including in the area of accommodation. Prior to leaving the armed forces all service leavers who are being discharged on medical grounds are entitled to the full resettlement programme. This includes a three day Career Transition Workshop, use of a career consultant, a job finding service, retraining time and retraining grant.

Regular briefings on civilian housing information, including social and private schemes, are given to service personnel. In line with the Armed Forces Covenant, the Government remains committed to ensuring that members of the armed forces are not disadvantaged in their access to housing, whether it be home ownership, private rented accommodation or social housing. Members of the armed forces are given the highest priority for the Government's FirstBuy scheme, and placed at the top of the priority list for all other Government-funded home ownership schemes, such as shared ownership.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has set aside £1.7 million disabled facilities grant for home adaptations so that ex-service personnel returning from active duty with serious injuries can live independently at home with dignity and respect. The 2012 annual Covenant report acknowledges that more needs to be done in this area to increase awareness

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of this grant and DCLG has asked Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies, to work with the Royal British Legion and local authorities on this issue.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) cannot provide financial advice, but we work with organisations such as the White Ensign Association who can assist veterans who receive significant sums of money from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The MOD also provides the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency Veterans Welfare Service which provides free, confidential and personal advice on a variety of financial, health, employment and welfare issues.

In addition, we plan to launch a financial awareness website—MoneyForce—shortly which is aimed to assist service personnel better manage their finances and plan for their financial future. That website will be available to veterans as well.

We are not, however, complacent about the support we provide to veterans. In 2012 Lord Ashcroft was appointed as Special Representative for Veterans Transition. In this role he will provide the MOD with advice on how we can further support those leaving the armed forces. The review will consider all aspects of transition including employment, health, housing and education. It is expected that Lord Ashcroft will produce an interim report to the Secretary of State for Defence by the end of 2013, with more comprehensive recommendations being made during 2014.

World War II: Military Decorations

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Bomber Command Clasp and Arctic Convoy Medal will be available; and what the criteria for awarding those medals will be. [144614]

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made to award Bomber Command clasps to deceased veterans and their families. [144842]

Mr Francois: I refer the hon. Members’ to my written ministerial statement of 26 February 2013, Official Report, column 19WS.

International Development

Afghanistan

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department has allocated for women's shelters in Afghanistan; and how many shelters her Department will be supporting with this funding. [146701]

Justine Greening: Upholding women's rights is an important element of DFID's strategy in Afghanistan. Last week, I announced that DFID Afghanistan's country plan will make tackling violence against women and girls a country strategic priority. This will be taken into account when designing programmes in future.

DFID is continuing to combine our efforts with international partners to ensure that the Afghan Government upholds its constitutional obligations on women's rights, including implementation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women law.

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British Overseas Territories

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent civil servants in her Department are working on matters related to the UK Overseas Territories. [147112]

Mr Duncan: On 1 March 2013, DFID had 23 full-time equivalent civil servants working on matters relating to the UK Overseas Territories.

Burma

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amount of debt is currently owed to the UK by Burma. [146694]

Mr Duncan: The UK had approximately £56 million outstanding debt owed by Burma at end 2012. In line with the Paris Club agreement, reached on the 24 and 25 January 2013, the UK will provide 50% cancellation of arrears due to the UK, with remaining amounts rescheduled over 15 years, with a seven year grace period. The exact amount of cancellation is to be determined following the detailed reconciliation of debt numbers with Burma.

Consultants

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's budget is spent by outside consulting companies. [146619]

Justine Greening: DFID spend on consultancy for the last full financial year 2011-12 was £0.7 million. This has fallen 50% from £1.4 million since May 2010 when DFID implemented the cross-government spending controls.

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring her Department undertakes of the performance of consulting companies engaged in the delivery of UK aid programmes. [146628]

Justine Greening: DFID conducts regular reviews to monitor the performance of projects, including those being delivered by suppliers. Programme teams at the front-line monitor and manage the day to day performance of suppliers engaged in the delivery of UK aid programmes. I am taking steps to strengthen the monitoring of supplier performance across DFID and recently met with representatives from our 12 largest suppliers.

Developing Countries: Economic Situation

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the potential of major recipients of international development funding from her Department to contribute to world economic growth in the next decade. [146943]

Lynne Featherstone: Last year, six of the 15 fastest growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa. DFID estimates that over the next decade, the major recipients of aid will contribute an additional $3 trillion at today's prices to the global economy. We estimate that this will represent around 11% of total global growth. These

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estimates are based on the best currently available data and our judgment regarding realistic growth paths but, as with all projections, there are large uncertainties around long-term forecasts.

Developing Countries: Human Rights

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received about the establishment within her Department's priority countries of safe places for community organisations and local people to advocate their rights. [147271]

Lynne Featherstone: As of 7 March 2013, the DFID has received three separate pieces of written correspondence from Members of Parliament on this specific issue.

Developing Countries: Infectious Diseases

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to tackle HIV and Hepatitis C co-infections in developing countries; whether she will support the inclusion of Hepatitis C and HIV co-infections in the next UNITAID strategy; and if she will make a statement. [146993]

Lynne Featherstone: The UK Government believes the interaction between HIV and Hepatitis C co-infections is most effectively tackled by strengthening health systems and services overall, with the aim of supporting an integrated approach to health services delivery.

It is not in UNITAID's mission or mandate to tackle any co-infections. However, UNITAID will undertake some analysis to see if and whether particular co-morbidities should be addressed because they have an impact on tackling HIV, TB or Malaria, and whether any of the market dynamics around co-morbidities lend themselves to the sort of market interventions that UNITAID can pursue.

Developing Countries: Poverty

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has made to those countries in receipt of UK aid, and which possess nuclear weapons systems, to increase their efforts to eradicate poverty amongst their own populations. [146845]

Mr Duncan: We work closely with the Governments of both Pakistan and India to assist poverty reduction. In addition to DFID's bilateral programme the UK Government regularly works with the Pakistan Government to encourage its own poverty reduction efforts, and in India DFID will do so in a changed partnership to which the written ministerial statement to the House on 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 51WS, refers.

International Assistance

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money was transferred in (a) bilateral aid and (b) multilateral aid from the (i) UK and (ii) EU in the last three years. [147031]

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Lynne Featherstone: The publication “Statistics on International Development (SID) 2012” provides information on how official UK financial resources for international development are spent. The total money transferred from the UK through (a) bilateral aid and (b) multilateral aid are shown as follows.

A. UK bilateral aid
 (a) UK bilateral aid (ODA) (£ million)

2009

4,732

2010

5,191

2011

5,286

B. UK Multilateral aid
 (b) UK multilateral aid (GPEX) (£ million)

2009-10

2,749

2010-11

3,462

2011-12

3,462

The publication “EuropeAid Annual Report” for years 2010 to 2012 provides information on how EU financial resources for international development are spent. The total money transferred from the EU through (a) bilateral aid and (b) multilateral aid is shown as follows.

A. EU bilateral aid
 (b) EU Bilateral ODA (€ million)

2009

9,508

2010

9,662

2011

8,965

B. EU multilateral aid
 (b) EU Multilateral ODA (€ million)

2009

292

2010

179

2011

248


Rwanda

Mr Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on which (a) organisations and (b) projects the recently announced development support for Rwanda will be spent. [146648]

Justine Greening: This Government is reducing the proportion of development assistance given as general budget support. In 2009-10, 13.5% of DFID’s country and regional programmes was general budget support. This fell to 6.58% in 2011-12.

As announced in my written ministerial statement of 1 March 2013, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, I have reprogrammed £16 million of withheld general budget support and reinvested these funds in directly targeted help for the poorest people in Rwanda.

In contrast to the reprogramming approach, I have taken, general budget support goes to the recipient Government’s central budget, and can be spent by the recipient Government in accordance with its own approach to poverty reduction.

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Our package of support will deliver:

1.81 million textbooks and supplementary readers for students in primary and secondary schools.

Support for early childhood development across Rwanda for 1,000 vulnerable young children and their families, delivered by UNICEF.

Support for education and disability projects, working with 270 schools to improve the use of learner centred and inclusive methods by 3,240 teachers, delivered by Voluntary Service Overseas.

Cash transfers to around 545,000 of the poorest individuals, through the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) social protection programme.

Improved emergency preparedness to support potential arrival of up to 20,000 additional refugees in Rwanda from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, delivered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Strengthened research about genocide and reconciliation and to deliver peace-building interventions, delivered by the Aegis Trust.

Sahel

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support and strengthen the role of local organisations delivering humanitarian aid in the Sahel. [147027]

Lynne Featherstone: The UK does not directly support any local organisations delivering humanitarian aid in the Sahel.

However, many of the international organisations the UK supports to provide humanitarian aid in the Sahel do rely heavily on local organisations to deliver high quality programmes; and these organisations invest accordingly in the capacity of their partners.

Syria

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on increasing the number of emergency resettlement places available to Syrian refugees. [146699]

Justine Greening: The cabinet regularly discusses the situation in Syria and the region, including the impact on refugees in host countries. Our assessment is that the best way to support the Syrian people is to ensure they are as close to their extended family and local support networks as possible. As such we are providing £139.5 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the crisis both inside Syria and in the region.

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK's contribution has been to the $1 billion appeal for the UN Syria Regional Response Plan. [146700]

Justine Greening: The UK announced £50 million for the UN's 2013 Syria appeals at the High Level Pledging Conference in Kuwait on 30 January, bringing our total humanitarian support to date to £139.5 million.

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Education

Academies: Transport

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the extent to which academies are constrained by the policies of local education authorities in arranging transport for their pupils. [147344]

Mr Laws: For home to school transport purposes, academies are treated the same as maintained schools. Local authorities must provide free transport for pupils attending a school further from home than the statutory walking distances and for children unable to walk to school because of their special educational need, disability or mobility problems. Additional support is available for children from low-income families who meet the eligibility criteria. Local authorities have discretion to provide transport for all other children.

Children: Poverty

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce child poverty in Beckenham. [146911]

Mr Laws: The Government is committed to eradicating child poverty, and has introduced a series of reforms designed to tackle the root causes of child poverty, and to ensure that children are not disadvantaged simply by the circumstances of their birth. We have plans to introduce universal credit, which will simplify the benefit system and ensure that work is always the best option, and have allocated £200 million extra into child care under the universal credit to help 100,000 more families with children take the first steps into work. We have provided more nursery and pre-school provision, giving 260,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds 15 hours a week, and 20% more hours of free pre-school for all three and four-year-olds. We have invested in education, with the £2.5 billion pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils and £1.2 billion for capital investment in schools, and we have raised the tax threshold, which will lift more than 2 million people out of paying tax altogether.

Under the Child Poverty Act, each local authority is required to do a needs assessment of child poverty in its area and, working with partners, introduce a local strategy to tackle the local problems. The Government believes that it is local authorities that understand the local situation best, and can therefore design effective strategies for tackling child poverty at a local level, supported by our wide-ranging national action.

Pupils: Disadvantaged

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the potential effects of the pupil premium on the gap between per pupil funding between Swindon and Wiltshire in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15. [145421]

Mr Laws: Total pupil premium funding will rise from £1.25 billion in 2012-13 to £1.875 billion in 2013-14. This will enable the level of funding for the deprivation and looked after child premium to increase to £900 per pupil and the service child premium to increase to

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£300 per pupil. Illustrative pupil premium allocations using January 2012 pupil numbers show that Swindon local authority will receive approximately £6.210 million of pupil premium funding in 2013-14 for 7,040 eligible pupils. Illustrative pupil premium allocations show that Wiltshire local authority will receive approximately £10.136 million of pupil premium funding in 2013-14 for 14,590 eligible pupils. Final allocations for 2013-14 based on 2013 pupil numbers will be published in the autumn. Pupil premium funding figures for 2014-15 are not yet available but total pupil premium funding will rise from £1.875 billion to £2.5 billion in 2014-15 .

The pupil premium may affect the difference in per pupil funding between authorities due to different areas having varying levels of disadvantaged pupils but this is not the premium's primary aim. The pupil premium is intended to recognise that disadvantaged pupils need extra support and provide additional funding, for these children to help raise their attainment.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much pupil premium funding has been allocated in (a) Swindon and (b) Wiltshire to date; and how many pupils received such funding in each area. [145431]

Mr Laws: In the financial year 2011-12, the pupil premium was set at £488 per pupil for deprived pupils and looked-after children and £200 for the service premium. There were 4,520 pupils attending schools in Swindon local authority area eligible for the deprivation premium, the looked-after child premium or service child premium, attracting £2.165 million, and 10,000 pupils attending schools in Wiltshire local authority area were eligible for the deprivation premium, the looked-after child premium or service child premium, attracting £3.572 million.

In the financial year 2012-13, the pupil premium has been set at £623 per pupil for the deprived pupils and looked-after children and £250 for the service premium. There are 7,040 pupils attending schools in Swindon local authority area eligible for the deprivation premium, the looked-after child premium or service child premium, attracting £4.308 million, and 14,590 pupils attending schools in Wiltshire local authority that are were eligible for the deprivation premium, the looked-after child premium or service child premium, attracting £7.228 million.

In 2013-14, total pupil premium funding will rise to £900 per pupil for deprived pupils and looked-after children and the service child premium will increase to £300 per pupil. Illustrative pupil premium allocations using January 2012 pupil numbers show that Swindon local authority will receive approximately £6.210 million of pupil premium funding in 2013-14 for 7,040 eligible pupils attending schools in Swindon local authority. Illustrative pupil premium allocations also show that Wiltshire local authority will receive approximately £10.136 million of pupil premium funding in 2013-14 for 14,590 eligible pupils attending schools in Wiltshire local authority. Final allocations for 2013-14 will be available this summer when pupil numbers from the January 2013 school census are confirmed.

Schools: Finance

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made in implementing a new national funding formula for schools in England. [145422]

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Mr Laws: We have committed to introducing a new national funding formula during the next spending review period. As a first step towards that, we have made a number of important changes to the school funding system for 2013-14.

We have rationalised and simplified the formula factors that local authorities can use to allocate funding to their schools so that there is greater consistency and transparency. The calculation of budgets for academies will also be clearer and will follow the same timetable as maintained schools.

We have also transformed funding arrangements for pupils with high needs, so that it can support the improvements in choice and quality which we have set out in our Children and Families Bill.

We are in the process of reviewing the effects of the new funding arrangements for 2013-14 and on the basis of this review we will consider whether to make changes for 2014-15 in order to move us closer to a national funding formula.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on improving the system of per pupil funding in England. [145423]

Mr Laws: The Government has acknowledged that the current system for funding schools is unfair and out of date. We have committed to introducing a national funding formula in the next spending review period. The national funding formula will reassess need across the different local authorities in England and we will allocate funding accordingly, with the majority of funding being based on pupil numbers.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's commitment to extend the minimum funding guarantee beyond 2014-15. [145426]

Mr Laws: We have not yet made an assessment of the Minimum Funding Guarantee beyond 2014-15 because this falls in the next spending review period. We expect the education budget for 2015/16 to be set later this year in the Spending Review

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on closing the gap between the best and worst funded local authorities for school funding. [145427]

Mr Laws: We have received several representations from local authorities, hon. members representing relatively lower funded local authorities and the campaign group F40 about addressing the funding gap.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the effects on smaller schools of changes in school funding. [145428]

Mr Laws: We have received representations from a few local authorities (including hon. Members representing, and head teachers working, in schools in those authorities) about the effects of the new funding arrangements for 2013-14 on small schools. These are mainly large rural authorities with several small schools. We recognise the

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vital role of small schools in rural communities and the new funding arrangements are not designed to disadvantage small schools in any way.

We are currently conducting a review of the new funding arrangements for 2013-14. Officials from the Department of Education have visited Bradford, Cumbria, East Sussex, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Somerset, Staffordshire and Worcestershire to discuss how the new funding arrangements has impacted their schools.

On 12 February, we published a document, ‘Review of 2013-14 School Funding Arrangements’, which summarises how the 2013-14 reforms have been implemented. We are seeking views from governors, head teachers and local authorities on a number of specific issues, including on small schools in sparsely populated areas, that have been raised. A copy of this document is available at:

http://tinyurl.com/schoolsrevenuefunding

On the basis of this review, which also includes analysis of all local authority funding formulae, we will consider whether we need to make small changes in 2014-15 in order to address some of the issues raised.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the effects on primary schools of changes in school funding. [145429]

Mr Laws: We have received representations from a few local authorities about the impact of the new funding arrangements for 2013-14, including its effects on primary schools.

We are currently conducting a review of the new funding arrangements for 2013-14. Officials from the Department of Education have visited 11 local authorities to discuss the impact of new funding arrangements on their schools.

On 12 February, we published a document, ‘Review of 2013-14 School Funding Arrangements’, which summarises how the 2013-14 reforms have been implemented. We are seeking views from governors, head teachers and local authorities on a number of specific issues that have been raised. A copy of this document is available at:

http://tinyurl.com/schoolsrevenuefunding

On the basis of this review, which also includes analysis of all local authority funding formulae, we will consider whether we need to make small changes in 2014-15 in order to address some of the issues raised.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the national average per pupil unit of funding for schools was in (a) Swindon, (b) Reading and (c) England in the last year for which figures are available. [145430]

Mr Laws: In 2012-13 (the last year for which figures are available), Swindon was allocated a guaranteed per pupil unit of funding of £4,696.48 and Reading was allocated a guaranteed per pupil unit of funding £5,287.21. The average guaranteed per pupil unit of funding in England for 2012-13 is £5,082.84.