Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people convicted of benefit fraud continued to receive benefits in each of the last five years; and how many such people were resident in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber. [153472]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not available.

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State Retirement Pensions

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will not get a full pension as a result of any increase in the qualifying period from 30 to 35 years. [151058][Official Report, 15 May 2013, Vol. 563, c. 5MC.]

Steve Webb: The single-tier pension will require 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions or credits for the full amount. Based on the illustrative amount of £144 for the full single-tier pension in 2012-13 terms set out in the White Paper, 30 qualifying years under the single-tier scheme would be equivalent to a value of £123.43 a week.

Under the current state pension system, people reaching State Pension age today require 30 qualifying years for the full amount of basic State Pension currently £107.00 a week and can make contributions to the State Second Pension for each year in their working life. When the single-tier pension is implemented we will recognise contributions made under the current system and translate them into a single-tier pension foundation amount.

In the long term around 85% of people will get the full single-tier pension under the proposals outlined in the White Paper published in January. Chart 4.1 shows the proportion who will receive the full single-tier pension by the year in which people reach State Pension age. In the early years of the reforms most people receiving less than the full single-tier amount will do so because they will have a deduction applied to take into account periods when they were contracted out of the additional State Pension, rather than because they have fewer than 35 qualifying years.

Universal Credit

Mr Burley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of results of the direct payment demonstration project. [152731]

Mr Hoban: The direct payment demonstration projects have and continue to provide much valuable live learning about how best to design that aspect of universal credit so that it has the least impact on both tenants and landlords.

To date, the learning has had a direct influence on the design for universal credit in the areas of personal budgeting support, the alternative payment arrangements and the rent arrears trigger.

It is important to understand that the findings from the projects are not indicative of what will happen in universal credit. While the scale of the change is greater, the new safeguards and support processes will be in place for tenants and landlords.

As part of the independent evaluation being conducted by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, an interim report of the emerging lessons from the projects will be published in mid-May and a final report is expected to be published in the spring of 2014.

Dame Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternative application processes for universal credit he plans to put in place for people who have poor literacy skills and face difficulty reading and writing. [153468]

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Mr Hoban: Universal credit has developed its online service using customer insight and work to determine claimant needs. The design has been user tested as it has developed with existing claimants and staff in order to continually improve and create an easy to use online service.

Universal credit is developing all its products using the DWP guidelines for level of literacy required of between nine and 13 years of age and to be compliant with disability. Where necessary we will also offer alternative routes: via telephone where an agent will complete an online claim form on a claimants behalf or direct assistance in a local office, a local delivery partner or in, exceptional circumstances a home visit.

Dame Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there will be an audio application process for universal credit for people who would face difficulty completing the process such as those who are sight impaired. [153578]

Mr Hoban: The universal credit online system has been built to web content accessibility guidelines including assistive technologies in order for blind claimants to be able to use it.

We will also offer alternative routes: via telephone where an agent will complete an online claim form on a claimant’s behalf or direct assistance in a local office, a local delivery partner, or in exceptional circumstances a home visit.

The Local Service Support framework will provide an outline of localised support services including getting online, managing on a monthly budget and paying rent.

Work Programme

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for supporting people who leave the Work programme after two years without a job from June 2013. [153252]

Mr Hoban: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave previously to the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham), to PQ 147545 on 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 206W.

Wales

Official Travel

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in his Department travelled on (a) domestic and (b) international flights in each of the last five years; in which class categories; at what total cost; and what the monetary value was of the 20 highest airfare charges in each such year. [152544]

Stephen Crabb: The number of Wales Office officials who travelled on domestic flights in each of the last five years is set out in the following table. The table also includes the class category of flights and total spend on flights.

Financial yearNumber of officialsClass categories of UK flightsTotal spend on flights in UK (£)

2008-09

6

Economy

2,516.66

2009-10

7

Economy

1,856.60

2010-11

5

Economy

517.08

2011-12

4

Economy

646.33

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2012-13

1

Economy

72.27

The number of Wales Office officials who travelled on international flights in each of the last five years is set out in the following table. The table also includes the class category of flights and total spend on flights.

Financial yearNumber of officialsClass categories of international flightsTotal spend on international flights (£)

2008-09

2

Economy

275.90

2009-10

3

Economy

734.27

2010-11

0

Economy

2011-12

1

Economy

270.07

2012-13

5

Economy and Business Class

27,948.48

Wales Office officials did not undertake 20 flights between 2008-09 and 2012-13. The following table reflects the highest airfares booked in the years stated:

£
 Highest 20 airfares in:
 2008-092009-102010-112011-122012-13

1

379.00

305.20

120.88

194.09

5,852.69

2

193.89

251.20

101.40

155.36

5,838.09

3

125.00

160.27

68.98

149.62

5,271.41

4

116.43

154.49

60.44

113.07

3,007.50

5

104.03

106.18

44.50

75.99

1,504.06

6

99.58

77.29

72.93

1,316.36

7

97.04

76.37

68.93

940.73

8

74.25

70.94

756.30

9

72.00

57.59

375.63

10

64.49

54.99

304.42

11

57.30

53.42

261.30

12

53.10

39.99

157.30

13

26.00

37.32

100.00

14

32.99

50.57

15

32.50

49.93

16

17

18

19

20

Assets

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) assets and (b) liabilities are held by his Department with a value of (i) between £100,000 and £1 million, (ii) between £1 million and £10 million, (iii) between £10 million and £100 million and (iv) over £100 million; what the value is of each item; and what assets are scheduled for disposal. [153639]

Stephen Crabb: Information relating to assets and liabilities for the Wales Office can be found in the Annual Report and Accounts. The 2011-12 Wales Office Annual Report and Accounts can be found on the departmental website and in the Library of the House.

The audited Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-13 are due to be published before the parliamentary summer recess.

No assets controlled by the Wales Office are scheduled for disposal in the coming financial year.

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Cost Effectiveness

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library (a) his Department's response to HM Treasury's requests for information on the value of departmental spending in terms of cost-effectiveness per unit cost in advance of the 2010 comprehensive spending review and (b) the data disclosed to HM Treasury on net present value per pound for resource spending. [153620]

Stephen Crabb: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Procurement

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish details of all his Department's existing contractual commitments with a value of (a) between £100,000 and £1 million, (b) between £1 million and £10 million, (c) between £10 million and £100 million and (d) over £100 million; what the (i) duration, (ii) value including annual costs to the public purse, (iii) expiry date and (iv) purpose of each such contract is; and whether each such contract contains (A) renewal clauses and (B) early release clauses. [153658]

Stephen Crabb: The Wales Office has one contractual commitment within the values specified. The operating lease for its Cardiff Office commenced on 5 April 2012 for a term of 10 years, with a total value of £749,650. There is a break clause in the lease after five years.

Scotland

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what (a) external organisations and (b) individuals his Department engaged with as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at such consultations; [153344]

(2) how many members of his Department's staff have been allocated to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of this work; [153345]

(3) what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at such meetings; [153346]

(4) what work his Department has commissioned by external consultants in relation to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; which consultants were used; and how much any such consultancy has cost. [153347]

Mr David Jones: Work on the Scotland Analysis programme is being carried out across Government by policy experts in relevant areas. There is a small team in the Treasury co-ordinating the programme.

The Wales Office has not engaged with any external organisations or individuals as part of the Scotland Analysis programme, nor have any Wales Office staff been allocated to work on the programme. Neither I nor my officials have met with the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West (Mr Darling), as part of the Scotland Analysis programme and my Department has not commissioned any work from external consultants in relation to this work.

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Official Travel

Owen Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on international travel for Ministers in the Wales Office in each year since 2008-09. [152402]

Stephen Crabb: The expenditure on international ministerial travel for the Wales Office in each financial year since 2008-09 is set out in the following table:

Financial yearTotal (£)

2008-09

471.41

2009-10

598.69

2010-11

0

2011-12

270.07

2012-13

15,701.29

Women and Equalities

Discrimination

Ms Harman: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she plans to take to tackle dual discrimination on the combined grounds of age and sex. [146666]

Mrs Grant: In March 2011, the Government published the “Plan for Growth” which announced that they would not bring forward the dual discrimination provisions in section 14 of the Equality Act 2010. These provisions would prohibit direct discrimination which occurs because of a combination of two relevant protected characteristics, such as age and sex.

These provisions will remain on the statute book but will have no effect during the lifetime of this Parliament.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will estimate the Government Equalities Office's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations. [143335]

Mrs Grant: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to her on 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 548W.

Cabinet Office

Assets

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) assets and (b) liabilities are held by (i) his Department and (ii) its non-departmental public bodies with a value of (A) between £100,000 and £1 million, (B) between £1 million and £10 million, (C) between £10 million and £100 million and (D) over £100 million; what the value is of each item; and what assets are scheduled for disposal. [153624]

Mr Maude: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Charities: Direct Selling

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department issues to charities which use door-to-door selling on protecting elderly and vulnerable people. [153269]

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Mr Hurd: The Code of Fundraising Practice for public collections, developed by the Institute of Fundraising, states that collectors ought not to approach individuals that may reasonably be considered to be vulnerable adults. Also, it is illegal for a doorstep charity collector to:

“importune any person to the annoyance of such person”,

or to remain in, or at the door of, any house if requested to leave.

Civil Servants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the residents of each constituency in England and Wales were classified by the 2011 census as working in (i) public administration and (ii) the defence industry in rank order. [153439]

Mr Hurd: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

Civil Service: Apprentices

Mr Marsden: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the civil service fast track apprenticeship scheme. [153325]

Mr Maude: Civil Service Learning launched the fast track apprenticeship scheme on 15 April 2013. Information on the scheme and how to apply is available at

www.civilservice.gov.uk/csapprenticeships

Cost Effectiveness

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library (a) his Department's response to HM Treasury's requests for information on the value of departmental spending in terms of cost-effectiveness per unit cost in advance of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review and (b) the data disclosed to HM Treasury on net present value per pound for resource spending. [153605]

Mr Maude: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

E-mail

Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent guidance he has issued to (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in other Government Departments on the use of private e-mail accounts to discuss items of Government business; and if he will place a copy of any such guidance in the Library. [136568]

Mr Maude [holding answer 14 January 2013]: The guidance will be published in due course and when it is ready I will write to the hon. Gentleman.

Government Departments: Billing

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of those firms awarded Government contracts in the last three years have made payments to subcontractors after the 30-day period specified in the Government's prompt payment code. [151392]

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Miss Chloe Smith: This information is not held centrally. However, we expect Departments to actively manage the requirement in contracts for suppliers to pay their subcontractors within 30 days.

We are encouraging SMEs to use the ‘Mystery Shopper' service to report instances where prompt payment is not happening, so that targeted action can be taken where necessary.

Government Departments: Procurement

Mr Umunna: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Government contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized businesses (a) directly and (b) through supply chains in 2012-13. [153043]

Miss Chloe Smith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects that the Major Projects Authority report into High Speed Rail 2 will be published. [153002]

Miss Chloe Smith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

New Businesses: Shrewsbury

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many business start-ups there have been in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [152714]

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 April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many business start-ups there have been in Shrewsbury constituency in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 (152714).

Data on the number of new businesses (we refer to these as enterprise births) are available in the ONS release on Business Demography at

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bus-register/business-demographv/index.html

The latest data available are for 2011. The table contains the count of businesses born in each year for Shrewsbury constituency.

 Number of business births in Shrewsbury constituency

2010

330

2011

355

Note: The above figures have been rounded to the nearest five, to avoid disclosure. These numbers do not include very small businesses, typically those below the threshold for VAT.

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NHS: Procurement

Toby Perkins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department issues to primary care trusts on taking account of likely contributions to the Exchequer when assessing applications in procurement processes. [153200]

Miss Chloe Smith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

Population

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (a) how many and (b) what proportion of the residents of each constituency in England and Wales were born in (i) England and (ii) Wales. [153438]

Mr Hurd: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Gentleman in the time available before Prorogation.

Public Sector: Third Sector

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the total value of public service contracts that have been awarded to voluntary sector organisations in each year since 2008-09; [153275]

(2) what estimate he has made of the proportion of overall public expenditure which was spent on public service contracts with voluntary sector organisations in each year since 2008-09. [153276]

Mr Hurd: The Government did not routinely ask central Departments to report this information prior to the general election. For information thereafter, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 654W.

Redundancy Pay

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible received payments under a voluntary exit scheme in each of the last five years; and at what total cost in each such year. [152643]

Mr Maude: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Senior Civil Servants: Pensions

Pamela Nash: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to disclose the details of the remuneration rates for all persons in receipt of civil service pensions who are senior civil servants and those paid by non-departmental public bodies at rates in excess of the minimum applicable to the senior civil service. [150461]

Mr Maude: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Lady in the time available before Prorogation.

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Teenage Pregnancy

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 31W, in which local authority area Nelson ward, listed in the answer, is located. [153317]

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 April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 31W, in which local authority area Nelson ward, listed in the Answer, is located. [153317].

The Nelson ward listed in the Answer is located in Great Yarmouth local authority.

Young People

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were in each age group between the ages of zero and 18 in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of such figures in each of the next 10 years. [153467]

Mr Hurd: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

International Development

Afghanistan

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what costs were incurred by her Department during the operation to replace a turbine in the Kajaki dam in Helmand province, Afghanistan. [153511]

Mr Duncan: No costs have been incurred by DFID. The Kandahar Helmand Power Project to enhance the electrical power output of the Kajaki Dam is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Assets

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) assets and (b) liabilities are held by (i) her Department and (ii) its non-departmental public body with a value of (A) between £100,000 and £1 million, (B) between £1 million and £10 million, (C) between £10 million and £100 million and (D) over £100 million; what the value is of each item; and what assets are scheduled for disposal. [153634]

Mr Duncan: DFID’s annual report and accounts 2011-12 are included on its external website at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-annual-report-and-accounts-2011-2012

Chapter 5 of this document contains the financial statements of the Department and its non-departmental public bodies, including all assets and liabilities of the Department as at 31 March 2012. This has been subject to audit. No assets are scheduled for disposal.

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Within category C, the Department holds seven individual assets with values between £10 million and £100 million. These include further shareholding investments in multi development banks (note 14 to the accounts on page 162) and outstanding loan receipts on two individual loans provided to multi development banks to finance development assistance (included within note 16 and 17 on pages 170 and 172) totalling £95 million. There are also three individual assets within the categories of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets with values between £10 and £100 million. These relate to leasehold improvements of our London UK office property, a property held under a finance lease which are both included within the category of leasehold-related assets in note 12 to the accounts on page 157 and the value of our management information and aid platform software, reflected within note 13 to the accounts on page 159.

Responding in full to parts (A) and (B) of the question would incur disproportionate costs.

Cost Effectiveness

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library (a) her Department's response to HM Treasury's requests for information on the value of departmental spending in terms of cost-effectiveness per unit cost in advance of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review and (b) the data disclosed to HM Treasury on net present value per pound for resource spending. [153615]

Mr Duncan: At the 2010 spending review, the Department overhauled its approach to resource allocation to drive value for money. The Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) and Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR) were the main vehicles for this approach.

The Government do not publish departmental analysis produced as part of the spending round.

Jordan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the influx of Syrian refugees on economic development in Jordan. [153514]

Justine Greening: The great number of refugees entering Jordan on a daily basis is deeply concerning and I am acutely aware of the impact this could have on economic development in Jordan. Jordanian authorities have estimated spending close to $210 million on refugees in 2012 and host communities are also affected through overstretched public services, higher rents and commodity price increases. Jordan’s trade with neighbouring countries has also suffered, for instance with a 25% to 30% decline in agricultural trade with Syria. We welcome the Government of Jordan’s immense generosity in hosting the refugees and continuing to maintain an open border policy.

To date, the UK has provided over £26 million of funding in Jordan to mitigate the effects of the strain placed on the country by such a high number of refugees. The UK is also providing assistance to Jordan through the Arab Partnership to support political and economic reform.

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Overseas Aid

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent as aid in developing countries in each of the last five years, broken down by country; and how much will be spent in this manner in each of the next five years. [153461]

Mr Duncan: DFID publishes details of expenditure on Official Development Assistance (ODA) in ‘Statistics on International Development' (SID), which is available in the House Library or online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statistics-on-international-development

Tables 16.2 to 16.6 provide the total UK net ODA broken down by country, covering five calendar years (2007-11). This information can be found in the column headed ‘UK Net Bilateral ODA'.

For 2012, provisional ODA figures have been published and final outturn figures will be published in October 2013.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statistical-release-provisional-uk-official-development-assistance-oda-as-a-proportion-of-gross-national-income-2012

Country-specific information for financial year 2011-12 and provisional plans for 2012-13 and 2014-15 can be found in DFID's Annual Report (table B6). Updated information will be included in the Department's 2012-13 Annual report, which will be published in June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-annual-report-and-accounts-2011-2012

Country operational plans are also available on DFID's website and provide information on planned expenditure for 2013-14 and 2014-15 These are currently being refreshed and updated plans will be published at the end of June.

Budgets for 2015 onwards have not yet been set.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will provide a breakdown of all current spending commitments to countries in the developing world, broken down by country. [153462]

Mr Duncan: Provisional spending plans for 2012-13 to 2014-15 can be found in DFID's annual report (table B6). Updated information will be included in the Department's 2012-13 annual report, which will be published in June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-annual-report-and-accounts-2011-2012

Country operational plans are also available on DFID's website and provide information on planned expenditure for 2013-14 and 2014-15. These are currently being refreshed and updated plans will be published at the end of June.

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the amount of private investment from the UK which has been spent in developing countries in each of the last five years, broken down by country. [153463]

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Mr Duncan: The Department for International Development (DFID) relies on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for data on UK private investment overseas. Part 3 of the UK Balance of Payments (the Pink Book) publishes a geographical breakdown of income balances and is available online for the period 2007-11 at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/bop/united-kingdom-balance-of-payments/2012/index.html

Full estimates cannot be made for the amount of private investment from the UK in each of the last five years because the ONS does not provide a further systematic breakdown for all developing countries. Further illustrative data on foreign direct investment by individual UK companies to major developing country economies for the same period can also be accessed via the ONS website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/search/index.html?pageSize=50&newquery=foreign+direct+investment

Pakistan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what comparative assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK aid in supporting education in (a) the Punjab and (b) other regions of Pakistan. [152730]

Justine Greening: At a national level 4 million children in primary education will be benefiting from DFID support by 2015. We are seeing real progress across the country. DFID technical assistance through the Punjab School Reform Roadmap, which was launched in 2011, has seen at least 1 million additional children enrolled in pre-school and school, average student attendance up 9% to 92% and teacher absenteeism down from 19% to 9%. In Khyber Pakthunkwa we have distributed 400,000 stipends to girls and supported Parent Teacher Councils to provide basic facilities in 6,982 schools. We are also looking to expand our support in Sindh and, through the Education Fund for Sindh, over 18,000 children have been supported.

Responsibility for education in Pakistan is devolved to provincial level, and DFID education programmes are designed to meet the needs of individual provinces. As a result, interventions are not directly comparable. However, all DFID programmes are subject to reviews of their effectiveness through annual reviews and project completion reports, according to standard DFID project cycle management procedures. Our Education programme was described as

“sophisticated, multi-dimensional and innovative, with a balanced approach to access, equity and quality”

by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) report on the DFID bilateral aid to Pakistan.

Palestinians

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps her Department is taking to secure adequate water supplies in Gaza; [153435]

(2) what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of water supply in Gaza. [153436]

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Mr Duncan: The Government are very concerned about access to water for Palestinians in Gaza, where 90% of drinking water does not meet international standards. The UK does not directly fund water projects in the OPTs since a large number of organisations already work on water and sanitation issues. However, UK support to the EU contributes to EU-funded projects in the water, sanitation and basic infrastructure sector.

One of the key obstacles to improving water supply in Gaza is Israeli restrictions on the import of goods and equipment into the Gaza Strip. The UK has pressed the Israeli authorities to take immediate and practical measures to improve the current unacceptable situation and ensure the fair distribution of water in Gaza.

Procurement

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish details of all (a) her Department’s and (b) its non-departmental public body’s existing contractual commitments with a value of (i) between £100,000 and £1 million, (ii) between £1 million and £10 million, (iii) between £10 million and £100 million and (iv) over £100 million; what the (A) duration, (B) value including annual costs to the public purse, (C) expiry date and (D) purpose of each such contract is; and whether each such contract contains (1) renewal clauses and (2) early release clauses. [153653]

Mr Duncan: In accordance with the UK Government’s Transparency Agenda, the Department for International Development (DFID) publishes all centrally let contracts in excess of £10,000 to the Cabinet Office website at:

https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/?site=1000&lang=en

The type of contract information published includes contract title; contract value; supplier details; nature of the contract; duration, including extension periods if applicable, and contract terms and conditions.

Scotland

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work her Department is doing as part of the Scotland Analysis Programme. [153404]

Mr Duncan: The Scotland Analysis Programme is a cross-Government programme of work examining how Scotland contributes to and benefits from being part of the UK, and how the UK benefits from its partnership with Scotland. DFID is contributing information about international development to this process.

Syria

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have received financial assistance from the UK as part of the Syrian humanitarian crisis. [152859]

Justine Greening: To date the UK is providing £141.1 million in humanitarian aid to assist people affected by the crisis in Syria and the region. This funding is channelled through humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations

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and humanitarian agencies operating on the ground in Syria. As well as providing support within Syria, we are targeting communities in neighbouring countries so that they are able to continue their generous efforts in hosting refugees.

£84.2 million of UK assistance is directed to Syria; £26.1 million to Jordan; £19.5 million to Lebanon; £6.3 million to Turkey; and £2.4 million to Iraq. A further £2.6 million is provided for the region as a whole and used by humanitarian organisations to fill urgent funding gaps. In Syria and across the region, UK Aid is funding food for more than 147,000 people, drinking water for more than 76,000 people and more than 178,000 medical consultations.

Health

Alcoholic Drinks: East of England

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related hospital admissions there were in (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the East of England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a comparative assessment of those figures and those in the rest of the UK. [153005]

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Anna Soubry: The following tables contain the sum of the estimated alcohol attributable fractions (AAFs) for admissions for Peterborough constituency, Cambridgeshire primary care trust (PCT) of residence, East of England Strategic Health Authority (SHA) of residence and England (residence) for the years 2007-08 to 2011-12.

It should be noted that a Parliamentary constituency breakdown is not possible before 2008-09.

It is not possible to make an assessment of such admissions compared to UK averages; only England figures can be provided for comparison.

It should be noted that these figures are not a count of people and represent an estimated number of admissions that were attributable to alcohol.

AAFs are based on the proportion of a given diagnosis or injury that is estimated to be attributed to alcohol. Some diagnoses or injuries will, by definition, be wholly attributable to alcohol and have an AAF of one; others will only be partly attributable to alcohol and have an AAF greater than zero, but less than one. Diagnoses or injuries that are not attributable at all to alcohol will have an AAF of zero.

These figures are derived by summing all AAFs for the relevant admissions and should therefore be interpreted only as an estimate of the number of admissions that can be attributed to alcohol.

Sum of AAFs(1) for Peterborough parliamentary constituency of residence(2), Cambridgeshire PCT of residence(3), East of England SHA of residence and residents of England, for the years 2007-08 to 2011-12(4)
Sum of alcohol AAF(1)
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Peterborough constituency

n/a

2,110

2,606

2,830

2,849

Cambridgeshire PCT residence

10,544

11,353

12,605

13,553

13,580

East of England SHA residence

84,731

91,640

106,428

119,501

125,370

England (residence)

855,229

940,403

1,052,068

1,163,565

1,215,083

Population estimates(5)
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Peterborough constituency

108,000

108,500

109,400

110,100

n/a

Cambridgeshire PCT residence

592,600

600,600

607,000

616,300

622,300

East of England SHA residence

5,648,700

5,717,400

5,766,600

5,831,800

5,862,400

England (residence)

51,106,200

51,464,600

51,809,700

52,234,000

53,107,200

Crude rate per 100,000 population(6)
 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Peterborough constituency

n/a

1,945

2,382

2,570

n/a

Cambridgeshire PCT residence

1,779

1,890

2,077

2,199

2,182

East of England SHA residence

1,500

1,603

1,846

2,049

2,139

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England (residence)

1,673

1,827

2,031

2,228

2,288

(1)Alcohol-related admissions The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO), which uses 48 indicators for alcohol-related illnesses, determining the proportion of a wide range of diseases and injuries that can be partly attributed to alcohol as well as those that are, by definition, wholly attributable to alcohol. Further information on these proportions can be found at: www.nwph.net/nwpho/publications/AlcoholAttributableFractions.pdf The application of the NWPHO methodology has recently been updated and is now available directly from HES. As such, information about episodes estimated to be alcohol related may be slightly different from previously published data. Alcohol attributable fractions are not applicable to children under 16. Therefore figures for this age group relate only to wholly-attributable admissions, where the attributable fraction is one. (2 )Parliamentary constituency of residence The parliamentary constituency containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another parliamentary constituency for treatment. This field is available only from 2008-09 onwards. (3 )Strategic Health Authority/Primary Care Trust (SHA/PCT) residence The strategic health authority (SHA) or primary care trust (PCT) containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another SHA/PCT for treatment. A change in methodology in 2011-12 resulted in an increase in the number of records where the PCT or SHA of residence was unknown. From 2006-07 to 2010-11 the current PCT and SHA of residence fields were populated from the recorded patient postcode. In order to improve data completeness, if the postcode was unknown the PCT, SHA and country of residence were populated from the PCT/SHA value supplied by the provider. From April 2011-12 onwards if the patient postcode is unknown the PCT, SHA and country of residence are listed as unknown. (4 )Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. (5 )Office for National Statistics (ONS) Population Estimates Population figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. ONS mid-year population estimates are used for PCT, SHA and England areas. ONS publishes experimental population estimates at parliamentary constituency level up to mid-2010: http://ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/sape/parliament-constituency-pop-est/index.html (6 )Crude rate per 100,000 population Care should be taken when interpreting crude rates since different areas have different populations. Alcohol fractions are assigned to a range of conditions and causes according to the gender and age of the patient, therefore areas with different population profiles are expected to have a different number of alcohol attributable admissions. Note: Activity in English NHS Sector. Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

Antibiotics

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the future effectiveness of antibiotics. [153386]

Anna Soubry: In line with the evidence set out in the Chief Medical Officer's report of March this year, the consensus is that antibiotic resistance has steadily increased, along with a dearth of new antibiotics being licensed. We are addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance through the United Kingdom five-year Antimicrobial Strategy and Action Plan, which we aim to publish in the summer.

A copy of the “Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer: Volume II, Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance”, has already been placed in the Library,

Assets

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) assets and (b) liabilities are held by (i) his Department and (ii) its non-departmental public bodies with a value of (A) between £100,000 and £1 million, (B) between £1 million and £10 million, (C) between £10 million and £100 million and (D) over £100 million; what the value is of each item; and what assets are scheduled for disposal. [153632]

Dr Poulter: The information requested could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Broadmoor Hospital

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the proposed redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital by West London Mental Health NHS Trust with (a) the NHS Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme and (b) the Nicholson Challenge; [153318]

(2) what the current revenue costs per bed of Broadmoor Hospital are; and what the estimated future revenue costs per bed at that hospital are following its proposed redevelopment; [153319]

(3) what the current costs per patient are at (a) Broadmoor Hospital, (b) Ashworth Hospital and (c) Rampton Hospital; [153320]

(4) how many patients Ashworth NHS Foundation Trust could accommodate if all wards at that site were open; [153321]

(5) how many beds will be commissioned from West London Mental Health NHS Trust as part of the proposed Broadmoor Hospital site development. [153322]

Norman Lamb: The Department is currently reviewing the full business case for the £286 million redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital. As part of this, West London Mental Health NHS Trust must demonstrate that the

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hospital is financially affordable and that the Trust can deliver the necessary savings plans. In addition, the Trust must provide confirmation from National High Secure Services commissioners of its continued support for the redevelopment before the approval for the scheme can be given.

The National High Secure Services Strategic Commissioning Plan (2010-15) set out how high secure services will contribute to improving quality and achieving sustainable efficiency, and supports the proposed redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital.

The current average bed costs per annum for Broadmoor Hospital to commissioners is £325,000 (including non- recurrent funding) £311,000 (excluding non-recurrent funding) and the estimated cost per bed in 2020-21 is £335,000.

Ashworth average bed costs are £290,000.

Rampton average bed costs are £251,000 for same population as Broadmoor and Ashworth and £301,000 for National Learning Disability Service and £340,000 for National Women's Service.

Ashworth could currently accommodate 266 patients and 329 patients if wards were refurbished.

210 beds will be commissioned from West London Mental Health NHS Trust as part of the proposed Broadmoor Hospital site development:

Cancer

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department pays out annually to cancer charities. [152946]

Anna Soubry: The Department does not have an annual set amount that it pays out to charities. During 2012-13, the Department made the following payments to voluntary sector organisations specialising in cancer services.

2012-13
Organisation£

Bowel Cancer UK

50,000

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

189,256

Breast Cancer Care

86,265

Cancer Research UK

1,553,217

CLIC Sargent

24,958

Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

80,000

Macmillan Cancer Support

210,930

Marie Curie Cancer Care

3,708,062

It should be noted that charitable organisations that specialise in cancer are not separately identified within the Department's financial systems and therefore the information above may not include all cancer charities to which the Department has made payments.

Cost Effectiveness

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library (a) his Department's response to HM Treasury's requests for information on the value of departmental spending in terms of cost-effectiveness per unit cost in advance of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review and (b) the data disclosed to HM Treasury on net present value per pound for resource spending. [153613]

Dr Poulter: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Margot James: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) (a) how many and (b) what proportion of prisoners have been (i) successfully treated for drug addiction using abstinence-based techniques and (ii) maintained on methadone or other drug substitutes while in prison in each of the last five years; [153262]

(2) of those prisoners who were successfully treated for drug addiction whilst in prison using abstinence-based techniques, what proportion were subsequently re-toxified with courses of methadone immediately prior to their release in each of the last five years. [153263]

Anna Soubry: We are advised by Public Health England that data are not collected centrally about the actual number of prisoners receiving abstinence-based treatment, methadone or other drug substitutes. Data are collected on the total number of methadone prescriptions and abstinence-based treatments issued in the course of a reporting year, and the following table shows data for the five most recently available years. However, prisoners may receive more than one prescription or course of treatment in the course of a reporting year so data do not accurately record the actual number of prisoners receiving these treatments.

Number of clinical interventions for opioid (heroin) dependence among prisoners in England between 2007-08 and 2011-12: maintenance-based prescription and abstinence-based detoxification programmes, male and female, all ages
 Total number of in-year maintenance prescriptionsTotal number of individual in-year detoxification treatments providedAggregate number of in-year clinical drug interventions

2011-12

33,198

31,718

64,916

2010-11

30,650

30,459

61,109

2009-10

23,744

36,323

60,067

2008-09

19,632

45,135

64.767

2007-08

12,518

46,291

58,809

Source: National Offender Management Service.

Unless there are clinical reasons to the contrary, prisoners expected to serve a sentence of three months or more will work towards becoming drug free, including undertaking an abstinence programme if clinically appropriate. This approach was endorsed by guidance issued by the Recovery Orientated Drug Treatment Expert Group in 2012. The national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) was introduced in prisons in 2012-13 and will assist with assessing how effectively the new guidance is being implemented. NDTMS will also provide data on whether the correct balance between maintenance and detoxification is being achieved and improvements to the quality and extent of available data from NDTMS should be available after 2013-14.

Data on how many prisoners are readmitted to opiate substitution treatment before release from prison is not collected centrally. The decision to initiate treatment in this way is a clinical decision made on a case-by-case basis. All prisoners who have been engaged in structured drug treatment while in custody should undergo a pre-release review by the prison substance misuse team, primarily to ensure that the necessary continuity of care arrangements are in place.

The completion of pre-release reviews has been monitored as part of the performance management

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arrangements which accompanies the NDTMS across all English prisons and young offender institutions from April 2012.

Family Nurse Partnership Programme

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work the family nurse partnership programme undertakes with fathers; and if he will make a statement. [153249]

Dr Poulter: The Family Nurse Partnerships (FNP) programme uses in-depth methods to work with young mothers and fathers on attachment, relationships and psychological preparation for parenthood, as well as supporting learning and changes in family health, well-being and child health and development. Family nurses build supportive relationships with families and guide first time young parents so they can adopt healthier lifestyles for themselves and their babies, provide good care for their babies and plan their own futures. Fathers are actively invited to participate in FNP from the beginning, as a way of respecting their important contribution as a parent and partner.

Evidence from three large-scale trials in the United States of America, which have followed children and families up to age 19, found significantly improved health and well-being for disadvantaged children and their families, including increases in fathers’ involvement.

Food: Inspections

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities which have responsibility for food sampling have failed to conduct any such sampling in each year since 2007-08. [152971]

Anna Soubry: The Food Standards Agency moved to an electronic data collection system from 2008-09. To enable them to prepare for implementation of this new system, local authorities were given a moratorium on providing an annual data return in 2007-08.

In each year from 2008-09, the number of local authorities where the annual data returns indicated that no ‘official’ food sampling was carried out is:

 Number

2008-09

15

2009-10

7

2010-11

13

2011-12

17

Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS spending per head of population in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber was in each of the last five years. [153489]

Dr Poulter: Information on national health service spending per head of population in the Brigg and Goole constituency is not collected centrally. Expenditure per head for all primary care trusts in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five financial years is shown in the following table.

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NHS Yorkshire and the Humber
 £

2007-08

1,466

2008-09

1,535

2009-10

1,643

2010-11

1,708

2011-12

1,738

Source: Primary care trust audited summarisation schedules.

Heart Diseases: Children

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total and (b) non-legal costs to his Department has been of legal processes as a result of the Safe and Sustainable Review to date. [152798]

Anna Soubry: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs there have been to individual parties arising from the Safe and Sustainable Review in each year for which figures are available. [152987]

Anna Soubry: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the public purse was of legal action in relation to the Safe and Sustainable Review. [152998]

Anna Soubry: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the public purse is of the Independent Review Panel looking at the Safe and Sustainable consultation procedure to date. [152999]

Anna Soubry: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Horsemeat

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the industry samples tested for horsemeat contamination were tested outside of the UK. [152821]

Anna Soubry: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) does not hold this information. The FSA cannot recommend or advocate to industry any particular laboratory for the analysis of meat products for the presence of horse DNA. The FSA can confirm, however, that some industry testing has been undertaken outside the United Kingdom.

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking against NHS foundation hospitals that are missing their accident and emergency waiting time targets. [152944]

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Anna Soubry: The Department has asked Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and NHS England to work together so that all local health economies ensure patients are treated, admitted or discharged within four hours of arriving at an accident and emergency department.

Learning Disability: Death

Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the report, “Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities”; and if he will make a statement. [153508]

Norman Lamb: This important and sobering report highlights, yet again, the inequalities that people with learning disabilities face with regard to their health and care. It is just not acceptable that people with learning disabilities have such a high risk of dying prematurely and the recommendations by the “Confidential Inquiry” give us a clear indicator of the areas that need to be tackled.

We will respond to the report's recommendations shortly. The findings from this report will also feed into the work going on to address the issues identified from the Winterbourne View scandal and the final report from the Francis inquiry into care provided by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. We have already taken steps to clamp down on poor care and make sure that local services take action to deliver high-quality care and support for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Only constant vigilance and a culture of care will help to prevent further, avoidable death. Clinicians, managers, commissioners and regulators need to make sure people and families are listened to and that their concerns are acted on.

Measles: Swansea

Andy Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) vaccinated and (b) unvaccinated people have contracted the disease during the recent measles outbreak in Swansea. [153007]

Anna Soubry: This is a matter for the Ministers of the Welsh Government.

Mental Health Services

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what talking therapies are available for patients who have not yet developed a mental illness but are in danger of developing a mental illness in the future. [153583]

Anna Soubry: Patients who have sub-clinical levels of depression and anxiety are described as not at ‘clinical caseness’ when they are assessed. However, they can still benefit from psychological therapies. This would usually take the form of low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy interventions. In 2012, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services treated 43,280 patients who were below clinical caseness at assessment. This number is equivalent to just below 12% of total treatment completers.

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The mental health strategy for England, No health without mental health, further underpinned by the mental health implementation framework, sets out how mental health across the population can be improved. Organisations such as Public Health England are there to provide advice and support on improving population health and wellbeing. In 2013, Public Health England and the Department will jointly publish reviews of evidence for population health and wellbeing.

NHS: Social Enterprises

Chris White: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to integrate social enterprise into the delivery of services within the NHS. [153507]

Norman Lamb: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Nurses

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in England in the 2012-13 financial year; and what forecasts he has made of the numbers that will be employed in each of the next three years. [153491]

Dr Poulter: The latest monthly workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that in January 2013 there were 308,483 full-time equivalent qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed by the national health service in England. The numbers do not include primary care nurses.

We are advised by Health Education England (HEE) that forecasts will have been made by individual NHS provider organisations for the purpose of informing the local training decisions of the former strategic health authorities (SHAs). No aggregate forecast was required of the SHAs and as such there are no national figures. HEE and its local education and training boards were established as a special health authority on 1 April 2013 and will work with their local trusts to understand their forecasts and provide the appropriate education and training response. HEE will shortly publish planning guidance to facilitate this process.

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the nurse-to-bed ratio was in the NHS in England in 2012-13; and what forecasts he has made of that ratio in the next three years. [153492]

Dr Poulter: The latest data available show that in Quarter 3 of 2012-13 the ratio of acute, elderly and general nurse full-time equivalents (FTEs) to occupied general and acute beds open overnight was 1.84. No central forecast has been made of the nurse to bed ratio in the next three years. Local healthcare organisations, with their knowledge of the patients that they serve, are best placed to plan and deliver a workforce appropriate to the needs of their patients, based on clinical need and sound evidence.

“Compassion in Practice: Nursing, Midwifery and Care Staff - Our Vision and Strategy” demonstrates the commitment to ensure that we have the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place by overseeing the development of evidence-based staffing levels.

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Although having an appropriate level of staffing is important, “Compassion in Practice” emphasises the importance of releasing existing nurses from administrative tasks so that they can focus on providing quality care. In addition, having an appropriate environment, leadership and staff experience is vital.

“Compassion in Practice” also recommends that trust boards publish information on staffing twice a year.

Pancreatic Cancer

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patients with pancreatic cancer are not being given conflicting information by healthcare professionals. [153251]

Anna Soubry: The mandate to NHS England requires it to deliver continued improvements in relation to patients’ experience of care, including cancer care.

In 2001, the Department published “Improving Outcomes in Upper Gastro-intestinal Cancers”. This guidance sets out recommendations on the treatment, management and care of patients with upper gastro-intestinal cancers, including pancreatic cancer. It emphasises the importance of effective communication with patients and between health care professionals. The guidance continues to support commissioned cancer services.

Through the 2010 and 2011-12 national cancer patient experience surveys, published in August last year, the Department has continued to monitor patients’ experience of national health service cancer care.

According to the report of the 2011-12 survey, 73% of patients with upper gastro-intestinal cancer never thought they were given conflicting information. The survey results are helping trusts to identify areas in cancer care that need improvement locally and to raise standards across the service.

Procurement

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish details of all (a) his Department's and (b) its non-departmental public bodies' existing contractual commitments with a value of (i) between £100,000 and £1 million, (ii) between £1 million and £10 million, (iii) between £10 million and £100 million and (iv) over £100 million; what the (A) duration, (B) value including annual costs to the public purse, (C) expiry date and (D) purpose of each such contract is; and whether each such contract contains (1) renewal clauses and (2) early release clauses. [153651]

Dr Poulter: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Radiotherapy

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for the completion of the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group's review of the availability of selective internal radiotherapy treatment to NHS patients; [152867]

(2) what criteria will be considered by the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group in its review of the availability of selective internal radiotherapy treatment to NHS patients; [152868]

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(3) what estimate he has made of the number of NHS cancer patients who will no longer receive selective internal radiotherapy treatment; [152869]

(4) how new NHS patients can access selective internal radiotherapy treatment (SIRT) while the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group carries out its review of the availability of SIRT. [152870]

Anna Soubry: NHS England is now responsible for the commissioning of radiotherapy services. As there is currently no national clinical consensus on effectiveness of selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT), it is not routinely funded by NHS England.

The Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group, established by NHS England to provide expertise and advice on radiotherapy services, is in the process of agreeing its work programme for 2013-14. An assessment of the latest clinical evidence underpinning SIRT will be a priority in order to inform a commissioning policy statement, but no timetable for this has yet been set.

A clinical trial investigating the use of SIRT as first line treatment for patients with unresectable liver-only or liver-predominant metastatic colorectal cancer is currently open at 29 centres in the United Kingdom. National health service patients may participate in the trial, subject to meeting the relevant trial criteria.

On 1 April 2013, NHS England took on responsibility for the operational management of the Cancer Drugs Fund. NHS patients who were receiving SIRT paid for through the Cancer Drug Fund prior to April 1 will continue to have this treatment funded.

No estimate has been made of the number of NHS cancer patients who will no longer receive SIRT.

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the distance a cancer patient must travel from their homes to receive radiotherapy on the average survival rate period of those patients. [153013]

Anna Soubry: No assessment has been made of the effect of the distance a cancer patient must travel from their homes to receive radiotherapy on the average survival rate period of those patients.

The National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG) report “Radiotherapy: developing a world class service for England”, published in 2007, stated that 45 minutes travel time should be seen as best practice, although it recognised that this is not achievable in all areas. The report also found the vast majority of the population already live within 45 minutes of a radiotherapy centre. A copy of this report has already been placed in the Library.

From April 2013 NHS England holds the direct commissioning responsibility for all radiotherapy services and provides assistance with patient transport where an individual may be too ill or have access needs that would make the use of their own, or public, transport inappropriate.

Tessa Munt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 912W, on radiotherapy, how much of the £300 million fund has now been spent on (a) new cardiac devices and (b) new radiotherapy equipment;

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who manufactured the new radiotherapy equipment purchased from the fund; and which hospitals have acquired new radiotherapy equipment purchased from this fund. [153584]

Dr Poulter: It has not been possible to provide an answer in the time available before Prorogation.

Scotland

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) external organisations and (b) individuals his Department engaged with as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at such consultations; [153364]

(2) how many members of his Department's staff have been allocated to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of this work; [153365]

(3) what meetings he or his officials have had with the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West as part of the Scotland Analysis programme; and what was discussed at each such meeting; [153366]

(4) what work his Department has commissioned by external consultants in relation to work on the Scotland Analysis programme; which consultants were used; and how much any such consultancy has cost. [153367]

Dr Poulter: Work on the Scotland Analysis programme is being carried out across Government by policy experts in relevant areas. There is a small team in HM Treasury co-ordinating the programme. As the programme largely relates to reserved areas of policy, the Department of Health is not actively involved in the analysis.

Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what service provision the National Commissioning Board will allocate funding to sexual assault referral centres in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16; and if he will make a statement. [152844]

Anna Soubry: Funding and commissioning the health aspects of sexual assault referral centres are now matters for NHS England, working in partnership with police forces and local authority commissioners on forensic recovery and local victim support services respectively. For the current financial year, £9 million revenue has been allocated for spending by NHS England on sexual assault services. This is in addition to an estimated total spend of £10 million for all police forces in England for sexual assault referral centres.

£1.72 million per year funding has been allocated for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers by the Home Office until 2014-15 and £4 million by the Ministry for Justice for rape support centres, until 2013-14.

Tobacco: Retail Trade

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to announce the Government's decision on the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco. [153409]

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Anna Soubry: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the written answer I gave to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) on 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 538W.

Voluntary Organisations

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total value of public service contracts that have been awarded by (a) his Department and (b) NHS bodies to voluntary sector organisations in each year since 2008-09. [153277]

Dr Poulter: The total value of voluntary sector organisations' contracts for the Department, in each financial year since 2008-09, is contained in the following table.

Table 1: Department of Health
 Total healthcare purchased from voluntary sector organisations (£000)

2008-09

13,679

2009-10

41,049

2010-11

34,886

2011-12

39,779

Source: The data are drawn from the Department of Health Business Management System

In July 2008, the Department implemented a new business management system which collects enhanced detail on the categorisation, purpose and value of orders. This has now given the Department the scope to be more specific about the nature of each of the consultancy commissions.

The total costs of health care purchased from voluntary sector organisations by primary care trusts in each financial year since 2008-09 are shown in the following table:

Table 2: National health service bodies
 Total healthcare purchased from voluntary organisations (£000)

2008-09

512,625

2009-10

553,742

2010-11

593,045

2011-12

594,107

Source: Primary care trust audited summarisation schedules

2012-13 information for both the Department and NHS bodies will not be available until the Department's summarised annual accounts are published later in 2013.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 542W, on arts, how many full-time equivalent civil servants in her Department have worked on the creative industries in each of the last three years; and what proportion of their time was spent on arts projects. [149036]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport deploys staff flexibly across a range of projects and priorities. Eight full-time members of staff are

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deployed on projects that include work on the creative industries, but we do not hold information in relation to previous years. There are separate allocations of staff for arts projects.

Betting Shops: Licensing

Ian Lavery: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensing authorities visited a licensed betting office following a complaint between April 2011 and March 2012. [150414]

Hugh Robertson: Based on the annual returns made by licensing authorities to the Gambling Commission, licensing authorities made 45 visits to licensed betting premises following a complaint between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012.

We have recently published this information as part of an official statistic, based on annual returns by local licensing authorities, which can be found at:

http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/licensing_authorities/information_for_licensing_auth/la_returns.aspx

Equal Opportunities

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the Diversity and Equality Strategy. [151152]

Mrs Grant: The Government published “The Equality Strategy—Building a Fairer Britain” on 21 June 2011. A progress report was published on 22 May 2012.

Mobile Phones

Mr Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which company holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to her Department; how much is paid each year under that contract; how many individual devices are covered by the contract; when the contract was awarded; and when and how the contract will next be reviewed. [148402]

Hugh Robertson: O2 holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to DCMS. The only information we have available regarding spend is shown in the following table.

 £

2012

103,421.51

2011

69,650.92

2010

44,836.96

2009

38,340.73

2008

73,959.11

The current device count is 269. The initial contract was first awarded in 2002, has been renewed since, and is due to be reviewed in the new financial year.

Olympic Games 2012

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the operation of Olympic marketing licences; and what discussions she has had with her ministerial counterparts in other Departments in relation to these licences. [152037]

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Hugh Robertson: The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), and I have received four letters and 21 parliamentary questions on this topic. Ministers within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regularly meet colleagues in other Departments to discuss a range of matters.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2013, Official Report, column 1031W, on Olympic games 2012, what the (a) size, (b) sector and (c) region is of each firm which has had an application for an Olympic marketing licence rejected because (i) it does not meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme and (ii) the company provided goods or services which fall within an excluded category. [152043]

Hugh Robertson: This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated underspend is of the budget for the London 2012 Olympic games. [153675]

Hugh Robertson: In October 2012, we estimated an underspend against the £9,298 million Public Sector Funding Package (PSFP) of £377 million. We will publish an update in June 2013, when the majority of the final claims, in respect of games-time operations, have been settled. We expect the figures to show a further increase in underspend against the PSFP.

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Chris White: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. [153195]

Hugh Robertson: The requirements of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 have been translated into the Department's procurement policy, which has been communicated to all staff. It is anticipated that these considerations will take place at the pre-procurement stage of future tendering exercises.

Redundancy Pay

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible received payments under a voluntary exit scheme in each of the last five years; and at what total cost in each such year. [152645]

Hugh Robertson: The total number of officials in DCMS who received a payment under a voluntary exit scheme in each of the last five years and the total cost in each such year is as follows:

 Total costs (£)Number of officials

2011-12

1,906,281

26

2010-11

2,891,000

44

2009-10

0

0

2008-09

0

0

2007-08

0

0

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In line with cross-Government cost cutting measures, DCMS initiated a voluntary redundancy scheme in September 2010 and in September 2011. These schemes have been instrumental in the Department achieving a 50% reduction in its administration budget.

We do not hold central records for each of the non-departmental public bodies.

Senior Civil Servants

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, columns 384-5W, on senior civil servants, what proportion of senior officials have (a) resigned, (b) taken voluntary retirement, (c) left for alternative employment, (d) been dismissed, (e) taken long-term sick leave and (f) taken administrative leave since May 2010. [150708]

Hugh Robertson: The proportion of senior officials who have (a) resigned, (b) taken voluntary retirement, (c) left for alternative employment, (d) been dismissed, (e) taken long-term sick leave and (f) taken administrative leave since May 2010, for each financial year to date, is as follows:

Percentage
 Financial year
 2012-13(1)2011-122010-11(2)

Resignation

0

0.2

0

Voluntary retirement

0.67

0.88

1.24

Left for alternative employment

1

0.44

0.41

Dismissed

0

0

0

Taken long term sick

0

0

0

Taken administrative leave

0

0

0

(1) To date (2) Since May 2010