Trade Unions

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department is (a) undertaking or (b) plans to undertake a review of the check-off union subscription provision. [194044]

Mr Vara: Arrangements of this sort are kept under review.

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Defence

Afghanistan

Sir Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department took to ensure British companies were made aware of the tendering process for the contract to return British military equipment from Afghanistan; and how many British companies tendered for that contract. [194641]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence is bound by European Union (EU) public procurement directives which demand fair and open competition across the EU for all contracts involving the expenditure of public funds.

Defence Equipment and Support is currently seeking proposals from Industry (under an existing Framework advertised in 2011) to provide an air transport service to move cargo between the UK and Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick. Within that framework, there are seven companies, which are either UK companies or have offices within the UK, competing for this work.

Aircraft Carriers

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times a day the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier will be able to enter Portsmouth Harbour during spring tides. [194528]

Mr Dunne: The Queen Elizabeth class carriers would be able to enter Portsmouth Harbour twice a day, on each of two daily high tides, as could the Invincible class carriers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which companies tendered for the Portsmouth Harbour dredging contract; [194529]

(2) when the Defence Infrastructure Organisation will allow the contract to dredge Portsmouth Harbour so the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier can navigate it; what estimate he has made of the contract's cost to the public; and when work will (a) commence and (b) finish. [194526]

Mr Dunne: The contract to dredge Portsmouth Harbour is expected to be awarded in April 2015 and is worth £20 million to £40 million. Work will commence following the appointment of the successful bidder, and will be completed ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth's arrival in late 2016.

The bidders for the contract are Boskalis Westminster Ltd, Van Oord UK Ltd and Dredging International NV.

Armed Forces: Vehicles

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 317W, on armed forces: vehicles, which specific sites for vehicle storage have spare capacity; how much spare capacity is available at each such site; how many vehicles are stored at each such site; and if he will make a statement. [194671]

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Mr Dunne: There is spare capacity at the following dedicated vehicle storage sites: Ashchurch, Stafford, Ayrshire, Chivenor (Royal Marines) and Kinnegar.

Ashchurch has 20% available capacity and 4,140 vehicles on site, Stafford has 38% available capacity and 495 vehicles on site, Ayrshire has 40% available capacity and 2,186 vehicles on site, Chivenor has 41% available capacity and 227 vehicles on site, Kinnegar has 29% available capacity and 213 vehicles on site. These figures will fluctuate as the study into the optimum vehicle storage solution matures.

Army

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made on the effect of changes in the size of the regular Army on the UK's ability to fulfil NATO obligations. [195230]

Mr Francois: We remain fully confident the UK is able to fulfil its obligations to NATO as we implement our Future Force 2020 plans. As explained to NATO Allies during recent NATO defence planning discussions, the UK has a realistic and achievable plan to meet our target of a sensible whole force balance and the UK already has an enviable reputation in NATO for addressing the defence planning targets the Alliance gives us.

Defence Equipment and Support

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the timelines and milestones for Defence Equipment and Support Transformation will be published online and on the defence intranet. [195165]

Mr Dunne: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her and my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Sir Peter Luff) on 7 April 2014, Official Report, columns 91-92W.

Defence Support Group

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff employed within the land-focused business of the Defence Support Group will be (a) within and (b) without the scope of the sale. [194400]

Mr Dunne: At the moment we expect all 1,973 permanent staff members employed within the land-focused Defence Support Group business to be included within the scope of sale and transferred to the new owner under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. The final assessment will take place closer to the time of the actual sale.

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason he chose a one stage process for the sale of the land-focused business of the Defence Support Group; and what consultation there was on the options for the sale process with (a) the workforce of the group and (b) trades unions. [194418]

Mr Dunne: The decision to proceed with a one stage process was taken to maximise competitive tension and shorten the time scales for the transaction. The commercial considerations around the structure of the competition

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are a matter for the Department so did not form part of our consultation with Defence Support Group staff and trade unions.

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which bidders and consortia have passed the pre-qualification stage to purchase the land-focused business of the Defence Support Group. [194517]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence issued an Invitation To Negotiate on 28 March 2014 to a number of bidders, including individual companies and consortia, for the sale of the Defence Support Group Land Business. The identity of those bidders is commercially sensitive information.

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sites used by the land-focused business of the Defence Support Group will be (a) sold, (b) leased to the buyer and (c) closed with a view to being put on the open market for development. [194518]

Mr Dunne: Other than the proposed closure of the site at Ashchurch for subsequent sale for development, it is not the intention of the Ministry of Defence to sell any of the sites used by the Defence Support Group (DSG) or to close any with a view to putting them on the market. The following facilities which the DSG occupy exclusively will be leased to the new company:

Andover

Bicester

Bovington (main DSG facility)

Lulworth

Catterick

Colchester

Donnington

Sennybridge

Stirling

Warminster (main DSG facility)

The DSG will be granted a licence to occupy facilities at the following locations:

Abingdon

Aldershot Sites

Ashchurch (pending closure)

Bovington (In-Barracks Support)

Brawdy

Chivenor

Edinburgh

Kinnegar

Longmoor

Portsmouth

St Athan

Stirling (Bldg 135)

Stranraer

Tidworth

Waddington

Warminster (In-Barracks Support)

Wattisham

Woodbridge

Woolwich

Wyton

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DSG Ashchurch

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 317W, on armed forces: vehicles, if he will confirm whether any Ministers in his Department have visited Defence Infrastructure Organisation Ashchurch since 2010; and if he will make a statement. [194672]

Mr Dunne: There have been two ministerial visits to Ashchurch since May 2010, both made by the Minister with responsiblity for defence equipment support and technology who held office at the time. My hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Sir Peter Luff) visited the site in February 2011. More recently, I made a similar visit in June 2013, meeting officials and employees of the units based on the site, including those of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation where I also had a meeting with trade union representatives.

HMS Hermes

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times HMS Hermes docked in Portsmouth Harbour. [194530]

Mr Dunne: The number of times HMS Hermes docked in Portsmouth Harbour for maintenance and refit, is shown in the following table.

DatesReason

September to November 1960

Maintenance

October 1961 to April 1962

Refit

October to November 1962

Maintenance

November 1966 to January 1967

Maintenance

March to May 1968

Maintenance

April to August 1969

Maintenance

December 1969 to January 1970

Maintenance

November 1978 to January 1979

Maintenance

March to May 1979

Maintenance

November 1979 to January 1980

Maintenance

March 1980 to May 1981

Refit

December 1981 to January 1982

Maintenance

March to April 1982

Maintenance

August to November 1982

Maintenance

July to August 1983

Maintenance

RAF Croughton

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the United States Department of Defense (USDoD) in respect of the installation by BT of a special communications system to link RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire with the USDoD headquarters in Washington DC and the US Africa headquarters for unmanned aircraft operations in Djibouti. [194144]

Mr Francois: The installation of US communications systems at RAF Croughton is a matter for the United States visiting forces. No discussions have taken place in respect to the installation by BT of a special communications system to link RAF Croughton with the Department of Defence headquarters in the US, and US forces in Djibouti.

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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 703W, on RAF Mildenhall, whether his Department maintains records of all MQ-1 Predators carried in aircraft which refuel in the air or by landing at RAF Mildenhall; and whether he will disclose the date of each such flight over the last three years. [194999]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence has no record of any aircraft carrying MQ-1 Predators air-to-air refuelling over the UK, or landing at RAF Mildenhall to refuel, over the last three years.

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 322-3W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether the training of UK personnel in the six countries identified has involved unmanned aircraft actively engaged in operations. [195003]

Mr Francois: Training of UK personnel in the six countries identified has not involved unmanned aircraft actively engaged in operations. Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training has only ever occurred in non-operational environments, specifically the countries listed in my previous answer on 27 March 2014. Army UAS actively engaged in operations have always been, and continue to be, remotely piloted solely by fully trained personnel operating on the ground in the country in which the operation is active. This has only been in Iraq and Afghanistan.

International Development

Pakistan

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on aid to the desert region of Thar in Sindh Province, Pakistan in each year since 2010. [194967]

Justine Greening: It is not possible to disaggregate costs specifically for the Thar region without incurring disproportionate cost, but DFID supports a number of national programmes and international agencies which work across Sindh Province.

Health

Abortion

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the reliability of statistician-imputed data monitoring for his Department's implementation of the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement; [194428]

(2) pursuant to the answers of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 563W, on abortion and of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 725W, on congenital abnormalities, for what reason the information requested cannot be provided. [194473]

Jane Ellison: Where more than one medical condition is listed on Form HSA4 it is not known which methods of diagnosis were used to identify all the conditions listed.

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Abortion statistics are designated as national statistics and are produced in accordance with the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to align HSA1 forms as revised in 1991 with the 1999 Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy in respect of the requirement for registered medical practitioners to see and examine patients seeking referral; and if he will make a statement. [194776]

Jane Ellison: The Department recently undertook a public consultation on updated Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Place for Termination of Pregnancy. The consultation responses are being considered and updated Procedures will be published shortly. The Chief Medical Officer for England has written twice (on 23 February 2012 and 22 November 2013) to all practitioners reminding them of their responsibilities under the Abortion Act. Further guidance is currently in development and will be published in due course.

Air Pollution

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide additional support to care commissioning groups in areas affected by high air pollution. [195287]

Jane Ellison: The Department has not provided any additional funding to the national health service as result of the increase in air pollution. NHS England has advised that it is not aware of any significant operational issues as a consequence of the increase in air pollution.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of premature deaths directly attributable to air pollution in each year since 2010. [195288]

Jane Ellison: In 2010, the Department's expert advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) published an estimate of the mortality effect in 2008 of long-term exposure to particulate air pollution arising from human activities. The mortality burden for the United Kingdom was estimated as an effect equivalent to nearly 29,000 deaths.

Estimates of the fraction of mortality in English local authority areas in 2010 and 2011 attributable to long-term exposure to particulate air pollution arising from human activities are published by Public Health England as one of the indicators in the Department of Health's Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). For England as a whole, this figure is approximately 5.5%.

Estimates of deaths brought forward by short-term exposures to elevated levels of air pollutants have not been made for the years since 2010.

Long-term exposure to air pollution is understood to be a contributory factor to deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular disease. It is unlikely to be the sole cause of deaths of individuals.

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Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of air pollution on levels of physical activity of people in the UK. [195290]

Jane Ellison: The Department has not commissioned an assessment on the effect of air pollution on levels of physical activity of people in the United Kingdom.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published web-based information on how to use the Daily Air Quality Index. This includes health advice for members of the public—in particular those with conditions that may make them sensitive to the effects of air pollutants—to reduce levels of exercise outdoors during periods of elevated air pollution.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of air pollution on those people living with (a) heart disease and (b) lung disease. [195291]

Jane Ellison: It is known that when levels of air pollutants rise, adults suffering from heart conditions, and adults and children with lung conditions, are at increased risk of becoming ill and needing treatment. Only a minority of those who suffer from these conditions are likely to be affected and it is not possible to predict in advance who will be affected. Some people are aware that air pollution affects their health: adults and children with asthma may notice that they need to increase their use of inhaled reliever medication on days when levels of air pollution are higher than average1.

1 Committee on the Medical Effects of Air pollutants (2011) Review of the UK Air Quality Index

http://www.comeap.org.uk/documents/reports

Cancer

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve awareness of gynaecological cancers. [194590]

Jane Ellison: Public Health England (PHE) is now responsible for raising awareness of cancer symptoms in England. Responsibility for the cancer awareness campaign in Scotland/Wales and Northern Ireland lies with their respective health departments. The National Cancer Intelligence Network is undertaking the evaluation of the Be Clear on Cancer campaigns. Be Clear on Cancer public campaigns to promote symptom recognition and encourage earlier general practitioner presentation, have been running since early 2011 and have covered a number of cancers. Campaigns that have run nationally include bowel, lung, kidney and bladder and breast cancer in older women.

PHE plans to run two national Be Clear on Cancer campaigns later in this financial year, the first in October-November and the second in January-February. The focus of these is still to be confirmed. We will be assessing data from a number of campaigns, including the recent regional ovarian cancer campaign; a decision will depend on the evidence available and should be confirmed in June 2014.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry has recently produced a report on gynaecological cancer which identifies late diagnosis as an issue for ovarian cancer. The Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland is planning initiatives to raise awareness about cancer in the population. Each

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jurisdiction of the United Kingdom is also involved in the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership which has monitored population awareness of cancer and is working to determine reasons for late diagnosis in the UK.

Food: Testing

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities did not report any food standards sampling in 2012-13 via the Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System; excluding those that took no samples at all, how many samples each local authority took; how many were submitted to the local authority's appointed public analyst; how many of those submitted to the public analyst were taken as part of a Food Standards Agency-funded project; and how many were paid for by the local authority; and how those figures compare to the equivalent figures for 2011-12. [194640]

Jane Ellison: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises that the following local authorities did not report any food standards sampling in 2012-13 via the Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System (LAEMS):

Armagh

Birmingham

Blackburn

City of London

Leicester City

Rochdale

Rutland

South Lanarkshire

Swindon

All of these authorities reported microbiological samples via LAEMS in 2012-13 and/or reported food standards sampling through a separate FSA-funded project.

A table has been placed in the Library which shows how many food standards samples each local authority reported via LAEMS in 2012-13, together with a comparison against the number reported in 2011-12 and how many food standards samples each local authority reported through a FSA-funded project.

All of the reported food standards samples were official samples and would have been submitted to the local authority's appointed Public Analyst for analysis. Out of 22,055 food standards samples in 2012-13, 4,387 were funded by the FSA, all other food standards samples would have been paid for by the local authority. By comparison, in 2011-12, the FSA funded 5,072 out of 21,970 food standards samples.

For some local authorities, the FSA funded sampling figure is larger than the number included in the LAEMS report. The difference will be due to the LAEMS reports only including samples for which the analytical result was received from the Public Analyst before 31 March 2013.

Friarage Hospital

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects a decision to be made by the reconfiguration panel on the future of maternity and paediatric services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton; and if he will make a statement. [194599]

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Jane Ellison: The Secretary of State for Health will commission advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel before making his final decision in due course.

General Practitioners

Mr Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria are used to assess the need for new GP practices; [194719]

(2) how many new GP practices have been commissioned in each year since 1 January 2010; [194720]

(3) what the process is for commissioning new GP practices. [194721]

Dr Poulter: Responsibility for the provision of NHS primary medical services rests with NHS England. There are no defined criteria for assessing the need for new practices—it is for NHS England area teams to take into account the needs of their local population and to ensure that patients have access to NHS primary medical services.

When looking to commission a new general practitioner (GP) practice, NHS England will work with clinical commissioning groups and local authorities to determine the service to be procured. This service is then put out to tender.

Information on the number of new GP practices is not collected centrally. However, the Health and Social Care Information Centre collect information on the number of GP practices in any one year and these figures are given in a table that has been placed in the Library.

General Practitioners: Finance

Mr Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weighting is given to (a) families with young children and (b) the elderly in the Carr-Hill GP funding formula. [194722]

Dr Poulter: The weightings are set out in annex B of the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements, which is published by the Department of Health and is available from:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/213225/GMS-Statement-of-Financial-Entitlements-2013.pdf

For ease of reference, the table of weightings is copied as follows. The analysis supporting the formula estimates the relative workload, weighted by staff input costs, of providing general medical services to males and females of a number of age groups.

Table: Age-sex workload indices (males aged 5-14=1)
Age0-45-1415-4445-6465-7475-8485+

Male

3.97

1

1.02

2.15

4.19

5.81

6.27

Female

3.64

1.04

2.19

3.36

4.9

6.56

6.72

General Practitioners: Rural Areas

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the role of dispensing doctors in rural areas; and if he will make a statement. [194597]

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Dr Poulter: Since 1 January 2014, there has been one parliamentary question on the subject of dispensing doctors and four items of official correspondence. The latter figures represent correspondence received by the Department's ministerial correspondence unit only.

In addition, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my noble Friend Earl Howe, met with representatives of the Dispensing Doctors Association on 25 March 2014.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the minimum income guarantee required for rural GP practices; and if he will make a statement. [194598]

Dr Poulter: Since 1 January 2014, there have been four parliamentary questions on the subject of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee and 220 items of official correspondence. The latter figures represent correspondence received by the Department's ministerial correspondence unit only.

An Adjournment Debate on the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee took place on 26 March 2014.

Health Services

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 874W, on health services, if he will place in the Library a list of the key questions that each evaluation programme is trying to answer under Commissioning through Evaluation. [194704]

Jane Ellison: The key questions that the Selective Internal Radiotherapy Treatment (SIRT) Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) scheme helps to answer are:

Does treatment with SIRT for the clinical indications covered within the CtE scheme increase overall survival?

Does treatment with SIRT for the clinical indications covered within the CtE scheme increase liver and wider progression free survival?

What is the patient experience of treatment with SIRT for the clinical indications covered within the CtE programme?

What is the actual cost, and relative cost effectiveness, of treatment with SIRT for the clinical indications covered within the CtE programme?

Does the data suggest any differential benefit for particular cohorts of patients within the wider clinical indications covered within the scheme?

Are there any factors from the experience of provision within centres participating in the scheme that should be taken into account in terms of future service provision, should the service become routinely commissioned by the NHS?

Are there any research findings that have become available during the course of the CtE scheme that should be considered alongside the evaluative findings of the CtE scheme?

NHS England has advised that the key questions for the other programmes are yet to be finalised.

Health: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions Ministers or officials in his Department have contacted their counterparts in the Scottish Government on cross-border public health risks in each year since 2010. [195167]

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Jane Ellison: The Department does not keep a central record of this information, and this could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Human Papilloma virus

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women under the age of 25 have received the human papilloma virus vaccination in each year since 2008. [195173]

Jane Ellison: Human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV) coverage data are collected by academic year by Public Health England. The following figures represent the reported number of women who completed the three dose course of HPV in each academic year since the vaccine was introduced in 2008-09. These data are an under-estimate due to some females receiving their vaccine/completing the course after the data submission date. Females who received only one or only two doses of vaccine are not included as they have not completed the course and are not considered fully protected.

No data are available yet for females completing three doses in the academic year 2013-14 as the third dose is not offered until at least six months after the start of the programme in September.

Academic year (cohorts offered vaccine1)Number of women under 25 years of age reported as vaccinated with three doses of HPV vaccine

2008/092

348,274

2009/102

976,119

2010/112

308,553

2011/123

255,234

2012/133

247,605

2013/143

4

1 The annual routine cohort is Yr 8 (12 to 13-year-olds), the catch-up cohorts were aged from 14 up to 18 years in 2008-09. 2 Routine and catch-up cohorts. 3 Routine cohort only. 4 3rd dose data not available yet.

Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that continence care products are provided on the basis of clinical need. [194726]

Norman Lamb: Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning a high quality continence service for their local populations and performance managing their providers in the delivery of high quality services.

NHS England is responsible for the commissioning of specialised continence services and has produced a number of service specifications on various types of incontinence, clearly defining what is expected to be in place for providers to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. Service specifications published by NHS England on incontinence include “Colorectal services: faecal Incontinence (adults), and Complex Gynaecology: Recurrent prolapse and urinary incontinence”.

We expect providers of continence care products to take into account any relevant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on the management of incontinence.

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Maternity Services: Peterborough

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the quality of maternity services in Peterborough. [194638]

Dr Poulter: Over the past two years the Department has set up a £35 million capital investment fund which has seen improvements to over 100 maternity units. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received £30,000, for which it used to upgrade its neonatal unit, birthing pool room and bereavement suite.

We have made improving maternity services-so that women have a named midwife responsible for ensuring personalised maternity care-a key objective in our Mandate to NHS England.

Since May 2010, the number of full-time equivalent midwives has increased by more than 1,500 and a record number, in excess of 5,000, are now in training.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)are responsible for commissioning maternity services locally. It is for CCGs, working with local authorities through health and wellbeing boards, and in conjunction with provider partners, to identify where and how maternity services can be improved.

Motor Neurone Disease

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) the UK have motor neurone disease; and how much his Department has spent on tackling that disease in each such area in the last three years. [195276]

Norman Lamb: Data on the number of people affected by motor neurone disease (MND) are not collected. However, it is estimated that there are about 5,000 people living with MND in the United Kingdom. On funding, while programme budgeting data provide figures for annual national health service spend on neurological services in England, spend on individual neurological conditions, such as MND, is not available as part of this.

Obesity

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) Brigg and Goole constituency, (ii) Yorkshire and Humber and (iii) the UK have been diagnosed with obesity in each of the last five years. [195272]

Jane Ellison: This information is not available in the format requested. The Health and Social Care Information Centre has provided the number of people recorded on practice disease registers in the Quality and Outcomes Framework at primary care trust (PCT), strategic health authority (SHA) and England level for 2009 to 2012 and clinical commissioning group (CCG), area team (AT) and England level for 2013. It is not possible to differentiate between men and women in the data.

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Number of patients recorded on the obesity register by PCT, 2008-09 to 2011-12
 PCTNumber of patients

2008-09

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

26,233

 

Lincolnshire PCT

66,686

 

North Lincolnshire PCT

17,504

   

2009-10

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

27,626

 

Lincolnshire PCT

70,393

 

North Lincolnshire PCT

17,966

   

2010-11

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

28,144

 

Lincolnshire PCT

74,659

 

North Lincolnshire PCT

18,125

   

2011-12

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

29,287

 

Lincolnshire PCT

77,949

 

North Lincolnshire PCT

18,394

Number of patients recorded on the obesity register in Yorkshire and Humber SHA, 2008-09 to 2011-12
 Number of patients

2008-09

470,503

2009-10

495,531

2010-11

502,398

2011-12

518,344

Number of patients recorded on the obesity register in England, 2008-09 to 2012-13
 Number of patients

2008-09

4,389,964

2009-10

4,634,408

2010-11

4,730,357

2011-12

4,866,516

2012-13

4,895,011

Number of patients recorded on the obesity register by CCG, 2012-13
 Number of patients

East Riding of Yorkshire CCG

29,252

Lincolnshire West CCG

24,196

North Lincolnshire CCG

18,302

Number of patients recorded on the obesity register by area team, 2012-13
 Number of patients

North Yorkshire and Humber AT

156,448

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AT

157,346

West Yorkshire AT

222,737

Out of Area Treatment: Scotland

Margaret Curran: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people from Scotland received care in hospitals in England and Wales in each year since 2010; and what type of care was so provided; [195161]

(2) how many people from Scotland have received care for cancer in hospitals in England and Wales in each year since 2010. [195162]

Jane Ellison: As health is a devolved responsibility, we can only answer these questions with regard to patients treated in England.

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The number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) for patients resident in Scotland and treated in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector, by treatment specialty for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, is set out in the following table. As one patient may have had more than one episode of care within the time period, these figures do not represent the number of patients.

 Treatment specialty2010-112011-122012-13

&

Not Known

5

100

General Surgery

652

637

605

101

Urology

224

206

168

102

Transplantation Surgery

11

6

12

103

Breast Surgery

6

8

12

104

Colorectal Surgery

53

62

70

105

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery

7

10

7

106

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

21

21

35

107

Vascular Surgery

24

34

27

110

Trauma and Orthopaedics

696

648

532

120

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

157

121

113

130

Ophthalmology

185

187

180

140

Oral Surgery

72

63

73

141

Restorative Dentistry

3

2

4

144

Maxillo Facial Surgery

25

17

14

150

Neurosurgery

129

133

119

160

Plastic Surgery

127

100

91

161

Burns Care

9

2

5

170

Cardiothoracic Surgery

103

84

9

171

Paediatric Surgery

20

26

20

172

Cardiac Surgery

34

17

37

173

Thoracic Surgery

20

15

16

174

Cardiothoracic Transplantation

5

1

281

180

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

513

492

473

190

Anaesthetics

8

2

11

191

Pain Management

95

97

58

192

Critical Care Medicine

11

18

6

211

Paediatric Urology

58

55

84

212

Paediatric Transplantation Surgery

1

214

Paediatric Trauma and Orthopaedics

5

24

25

215

Paediatric Ear Nose and Throat

24

11

13

216

Paediatric Ophthalmology

28

90

54

217

Paediatric Maxillo-facial Surgery

3

218

Paediatric Neurosurgery

21

19

11

219

Paediatric Plastic Surgery

13

21

24

220

Paediatric Burns Care

3

1

1

221

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

9

20

9

222

Paediatric Thoracic Surgery

11

5

5

242

Paediatric Intensive Care

8

5

5

251

Paediatric Gastroenterology

8

15

24

252

Paediatric Endocrinology

3

10

6

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253

Paediatric Clinical Haematology

36

3

255

Paediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy

3

1

9

256

Paediatric Infectious Diseases

1

257

Paediatric Dermatology

28

33

25

258

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

5

4

10

259

Paediatric Nephrology

3

4

1

260

Paediatric Medical Oncology

6

5

23

261

Paediatric Metabolic Disease

42

39

89

262

Paediatric Rheumatology

31

18

17

264

Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis

2

6

280

Paediatric Interventional Radiology

1

300

General Medicine

1,526

1,418

1,397

301

Gastroenterology

113

98

101

302

Endocrinology

9

28

44

303

Clinical Haematology

63

135

121

305

Clinical Pharmacology

4

1

10

306

Hepatology

29

32

44

307

Diabetic Medicine

3

10

9

308

Bone and Marrow Transplantation

2

313

Clinical Immunology and Allergy

1

6

314

Rehabilitation

7

34

48

315

Palliative Medicine

1

1

318

Intermediate Care

2

2

320

Cardiology

270

301

290

321

Paediatric Cardiology

35

33

30

323

Spinal Injuries

7

5

1

328

Stroke Medicine

1

10

329

Transient Ischaemic Attack

2

330

Dermatology

56

43

48

340

Respiratory Medicine (Thoracic Medicine)

184

200

100

341

Respiratory Physiology

1

1

2

343

Adult Cystic Fibrosis

2

2

350

Infectious Diseases

7

12

4

352

Tropical Medicine

2

361

Nephrology

691

463

475

370

Medical Oncology

59

64

39

371

Nuclear Medicine

1

7

400

Neurology

190

142

120

410

Rheumatology

28

37

44

420

Paediatrics

343

467

429

421

Paediatric Neurology

23

26

21

422

Neonatology

3

3

4

424

Well Babies

3

1

8

430

Geriatric Medicine

106

108

112

501

Obstetrics

130

126

136

502

Gynaecology

188

159

169

503

Gynaecological Oncology

7

11

11

560

Midwife episode

11

15

25

700

Learning Disability (previously MH)

8

2

3

710

Adult Mental Illness

44

81

53

712

Forensic Psychiatry

1

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715

Old Age Psychiatry

7

4

5

800

Clinical Oncology (previously Radiotherapy)

79

94

75

811

Interventional Radiology

14

18

9

812

Diagnostic Imaging

1

2

822

Chemical Pathology

2

The number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) for patients resident in Scotland and treated in English Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector, where the primary diagnosis was Cancer for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is set out in the following table.

It should be noted this is not the number of patients because a patient may have had more than one episode of care within the time period.

 FAE

2010-11

391

2011-12

493

2012-13

399

Out-patients: Attendance

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of missed NHS appointments in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and Humber in the last year. [195271]

Dr Poulter: The Department has not made an estimate of the cost of missed national health service appointments.

Ovarian Cancer

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS England on commissioning BRCA1/2 gene testing for women with ovarian cancer. [194591]

Jane Ellison: There have been no recent discussions between the Department and NHS England on commissioning BRCA1/2 gene testing for women with ovarian cancer. However, NHS England advises that this issue has recently been put to its specialised gynaecology Clinical Reference Group. The National Clinical Director for Cancer has asked the Group to scope out what the issues are in order to inform NHS England.

Royal Sussex County Hospital

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 278W, on the Royal Sussex County Hospital, what progress has been made with the review of the outline business case for the release of funding for the 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital; and if he will make a statement. [195172]

Dr Poulter: The Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County hospital is being considered by the Department, the NHS Trust

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Development Authority and HM Treasury. This review is at an advanced stage and a decision is expected in the near future.

Tuberculosis

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the need for a national prevention strategy for TB. [194717]

Jane Ellison: Tuberculosis (TB) rates have stabilised in the United Kingdom over the past seven years, following the increase in the incidence from 1990 to 2005. However, the incidence of TB in the UK remains high compared to most other western European countries. Experience from the United States and many western European countries demonstrates that rigorous TB control programmes can lead to major reductions in TB, and that failure to implement such programmes can lead to widespread transmission.

The Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England 2014 to 2019 was launched for consultation at a meeting organised by the All-party Parliamentary Group on TB in Parliament on 24 March 2014. The Strategy aims to learn from successful TB control programmes internationally, and adapt the learning to our specific epidemiological situation and health care structures.

The focus is to build on the assets already in the national health service and the public health system, to support and strengthen local services in tackling TB in areas of high incidence, to ensure clear lines of accountability and responsibility throughout, and to provide national support for local action.

These points are addressed in the Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England, to ensure that it is able to achieve its aims of bringing about a year-on-year reduction in TB incidence.

The Department will continue to support Public Health England in giving national policy leadership, ensuring that there is a co-ordinated approach to TB.

Northern Ireland

Location

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost is of the relocation of the London headquarters of her Department. [194859]

Mrs Villiers: The cost of relocating my Department's London office in 2013 was £1,156,236. The estimated savings as a result of the move are approximately £1 million per year.

World War I: Anniversaries

Mr Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings her Department has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about first world war commemorations. [194856]

Mrs Villiers: Ministers and officials from the Northern Ireland Office have been in regular contact with the Irish Government about our approach to the first world war centenary, particularly over the course of the last year. This includes planning for joint ministerial attendance at a number of events which will take place in Belfast, Dublin and France over the course of the coming months,

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These contacts have included discussions on how both Governments can work together to mark the wider decade of commemorations in Ireland in a manner which promotes reconciliation and contributes to a peaceful, shared future.

I recently joined the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to lay the foundation stone for a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin in Dublin to commemorate men from the island of Ireland who gave their lives in both world wars.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Further Education: Higher Education

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure courses equivalent to those on the list of prescribed courses in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 are not excluded from Higher Education Funding Council for England funding by virtue of coming into existence following the introduction of that Act. [195070]

Mr Willetts: Our higher education reforms have transferred money from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) block grant to support Government backed loans which students now use to pay fees at the institution of their choice. The most recent figures show that, for the first time, the majority of HE funding is now determined by the choices students make rather than coming directly from Government. In this context, we have no plans to extend HEFCE's statutory funding remit.

Students are able to take a range of qualifications for which they can access higher education student support, 24+ advanced learning loans, or professional and career development loans. We are currently looking at a number of options to ensure that we have effective progression pathways to support the development of higher level skills, particularly at levels 4 and 5. This includes having the right supporting funding mechanisms in place to deliver quality and value for money.

New Businesses: Government Assistance

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to support part-time entrepreneurs; and if he will make a statement. [194519]

Matthew Hancock: People are setting up and growing different types of businesses all the time. We continue to work hard to provide the right support to make life easier for them all.

The home for Government services and information online is:

www.gov.uk

One of the tools available is the ‘Finance Finder;' a searchable database of publicly-backed sources of finance. The website:

www.greatbusiness.gov.uk

also provides support and advice for anyone trying to grow a business as well as for entrepreneurs starting out.

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In addition to online support, the Business Support Helpline is available to provide a quick response on queries about starting a business, or a personalised and in-depth advice service for more complex needs. For those looking for start up finance and advice there are Start-Up Loans: Seven loans worth a total of £37,000 have been drawn down in Windsor since the scheme began in 2012.

Science: Research

Lucy Powell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of funding given by (a) his Department and (b) the public bodies for which he is responsible was used to support scientific research in (a) London, (b) Cambridge, (c) Oxfordshire and (d) Greater Manchester in each of the last three years; [194660]

(2) what proportion of funding given by (a) his Department and (b) the public bodies for which he is responsible was used to support scientific institutions in (a) London, (b) Cambridge, (c) Oxfordshire and (d) Greater Manchester in each of the last three years. [194661]

Mr Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills supports scientific research via its public bodies. Information on the proportion of research funding they distribute to each of the named areas is not currently held centrally but is being researched. I will place the data in the Libraries of the House as soon as possible.

Students: Loans

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills at what stage in the sell-off process student loans will be defined as currently subject to a sale for the purposes of revaluing impairments. [194352]

Mr Willetts: Student loans are classified as Loans and Receivables and are carried in the Department's Annual Report and Accounts at amortised cost in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS 39). Student loans are reviewed annually at the balance sheet date for any objective evidence of impairment, and the value is adjusted as necessary. This is not impacted by the sale process. In accordance with the standard, the classification of student loans will not change following initial recognition. Any gain or loss on disposal will be reported in the annual accounts following sale completion.

Electoral Commission Committee

Electoral Register

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 19W, on the electoral register, what measures the Electoral Commission agreed following its meetings with the Department for Work and Pensions, Cabinet Office and other departments on co-operation in electoral registration. [192076]

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Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it has highlighted the previous question to the Cabinet Office and suggested that they should discuss the issues referred to in it with the Department for Work and Pensions and is currently awaiting a response.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 20W on the electoral register, whether measurements of the effectiveness of electoral registration officers' implementation of Electoral Commission advice on increasing the number of attainers registered includes changes in the number of attainers registered. [192081]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that its monitoring of EROs does not include measuring changes in the number of attainers registered.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 19W, on the electoral register, with which civic society organisations the Electoral Commission is proactively seeking partnerships for the purpose of increasing electoral registration. [192241]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it is in the process of contacting a range of organisations, including civic society organisations, and will write to the hon. Member once this is complete with the list of organisations that have signed up.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 20W, on the electoral register, if the Electoral Commission will make a copy of its evaluation of the effectiveness of electoral registration grants available online; and if he will inform the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee once this action is complete. [192249]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs that it will arrange for the document to be put on its website and will inform the hon. Member and the Political and Constitutional Committee Clerk when this has happened.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, columns 18-19W, on the electoral register, in which month of 2014 the statistics on data matching on electoral registration between the Office of National Statistics, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the National Records of Scotland will be published. [192265]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it expects to publish a report on England, Wales and Scotland in summer 2014. The timing of the work in Northern Ireland is still the subject of discussions with NISRA. The Electoral Commission will inform the hon. Member when this is confirmed.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on

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the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013,

Official Report,

columns 131-3W, on the electoral register, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the reasons for the increase from 8 to 58 in the number of electoral registration officers who failed performance standard 3 between 2010 and 2011. [192309]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it has previously corresponded with the hon. Member on this issue.

Within that correspondence the Electoral Commission set out that following its 2010 report assessing the performance of Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) it became aware of anecdotal evidence suggesting that for various reasons, including local authority budget reductions, there may have been a greater number of EROs who were not meeting performance standard 3. Therefore, in addition to the 2011 performance standard return, the Commission asked all EROs for the first time to confirm specifically whether or not they carried out a personal canvass of all non-responders and, if not, to provide an explanation as to the reasons why.

The Commission subsequently requested further data from EROs who had not confirmed that they carried out a personal canvass of all non-responders in order to make a better-informed assessment of performance against performance standard 3. This data included the number of non-responding households that were not contacted by a personal canvasser or by any other method (not including forms and reminders); how many of these households had entries confirmed by other records; and how many of those households had entries that could not be confirmed and were removed.

Following this process, the Commission revised the assessments of 51 EROs to ‘below' the standard. This meant that, including the seven EROs who originally reported that they did not meet the standard, there were 58 EROs who did not meet this standard in 2011.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 22W, on the Electoral Register, whether the Electoral Commission plans to consider initiating voter national registration days or weeks for UK citizens. [192317]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it will consider the hon. Member's suggestions.

The Commission has previously organised voter registration drives specifically targeting overseas and armed forces voters, but not for widespread domestic registration.

The Commission is already in discussions with Bite the Ballot, who recently organised a National Voter Registration Day, about how it can help support their work.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, columns 20-1W, on electoral registration, which electoral registration officers and local authorities had the biggest

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improvement in registering attainers between 2008 and 2013. [192337]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not collect data on the number of attainers registered as part of its monitoring of Electoral Registration Officers (EROs). Through its performance standards framework the Commission monitors whether EROs are encouraging participation in the registration process by having in place an effective and appropriate public awareness strategy and working with partners where appropriate to promote registration.

The Commission informs me that there has been a significant improvement made by EROs in this area.

Between 2008 and 2012 the number of EROs meeting or exceeding the standards relating to public awareness and working with partners increased from 34% to 99% and from 67% to 100% respectively.

The Commission's report on EROs' performance in 2013 will be published at the end of March 2014.

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, columns 20-1W, on electoral registration, which local authorities and electoral registration officers the Electoral Commission has identified as pursuing best practice in electoral registration. [192338]

Mr Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that it will write to the hon. Member on this issue alongside its report on EROs' planning and preparedness for IER, including their progress in developing public engagement strategies, at the end of March 2014 and will place a copy in the House Library.

Transport

A1

Sir Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a 60 mph speed limit has been introduced on the A1 in both directions south of Offord near Southoe; and whether that limit is (a) temporary or (b) permanent. [194758]

Mr Goodwill: A permanent 60 mph speed limit has now been introduced on the A1 trunk road between the B1041 at Little Paxton and the B661 at Buckden, including the bends at Southoe, for safety reasons. This new speed limit, enforced by average speed cameras, is more suited to the alignment of the A1 at this location.

This section of the A1 has a higher than average collision severity rate, particularly those involving single vehicles. This is partially due to a high number of vehicles exceeding the current 70 mph limit, especially through the sharp bends at Southoe. Problems at this location are also exacerbated by gaps in the central reserve, with vehicles turning across the dual carriageway to access Southoe.

Aviation

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports meet the eligibility criteria for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund; and how much each such airport has been awarded in each of the last 10 years. [195220]

Mr Goodwill: The Department for Transport is in detailed discussions with regional councils regarding

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two air routes that might qualify for support through a public service obligation under financial provisions announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the 2013 spending round last July, to maintain regional air access to London. Of these, Dundee council is currently tendering for an airline to operate a service between Dundee airport and London.

The Chancellor announced in this year's Budget that support will also be made available for start-up aid for new air routes from UK regional airports. European Union aviation state aid guidelines allow for start-up aid to be provided under certain conditions to facilitate development of new routes from member state airports which handle fewer than five million passengers per year.

The Department for Transport is working with the Treasury to develop guidance clarifying how the Government will ordinarily expect to interpret the European Union state aid guidelines, and explain how the funding process will operate.

Bus Services

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the Senior

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Traffic Commissioner's Statutory Guidance on bus reliability and punctuality. [195092]

Stephen Hammond: The Senior Traffic Commissioner's Statutory Document on Local Bus Services has been published for a further period of consultation on 7 April 2014, for six weeks. The document has been revised following responses received during the first consultation. The Senior Traffic Commissioner is aware that the industry is keen for the final document to be introduced. She will review the responses to the second consultation after it closes on 19 May but at this stage can not confirm the planned date of publication.

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total (a) number and (b) value was of financial penalties imposed on bus operators by each of the eight regional traffic commissioners from 2010-11 to date. [195093]

Stephen Hammond: The information requested is in the following table:

Penalties issued under Section 155 of the Transport Act 2000 or Section 39 of The Transport (Scotland) Act 2001
 2010-112011-122012-132013-14
Traffic AreaNumber of casesTotal financial penalty applied (£)Number of casesTotal financial penalty applied (£)Number of casesTotal financial penalty applied (£)Number of casesTotal financial penalty applied (£)

Scotland

15

76,450

2

10,750

1

2,250

2

3,750

North East

1

1,600

0

0

0

0

0

0

North West

0

0

4

13,925

1

1213,750

0

0

West Midlands

2

11,900

1

3,300

1

1,200

3

6,050

Wales

4

48,875

2

42,150

0

0

2

9,100

Eastern

0

0

1

2,200

0

0

3

10,450

Western

4

150,160

6

17,110

0

0

0

0

London and South East

4

18,025

2

14,936

0

0

0

0

1 Originally imposed in 2011-12 but amount reduced on appeal by the Upper Tribunal in 2012-13.

Carnforth Station

David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent reports he has received on the removal of the Carnforth station platforms from the mainline; what steps he is taking towards their reinstatement; and if he will make a statement. [195068]

Stephen Hammond: The Government have no plans to reinstate platforms on the west coast main line and have not asked for or received any official reports on their reinstatement or removal in the 1960s. It would be for Lancashire county council to determine whether such a scheme is a local priority and this is not the case at the present time.

Driving: Licensing

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the appropriate age at which people must renew their driving licence; and what evidence his Department took into account when so doing. [194892]

Stephen Hammond: Increasing the driving licence renewal age was proposed as part of the recent review of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

No detailed assessment has yet been made about this proposal. Any such decision would not be taken until a full consultation had been carried out and supporting evidence considered.

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new drivers had their licences revoked as a result of insurance offences in each year since 2010. [195128]

Stephen Hammond: The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 requires that drivers who accumulate six or more penalty points during their probationary period will have their licences revoked. The accumulation of offences can be for any reason. The following table shows the number of drivers whose licences were revoked under the New Drivers Act who committed at least one insurance offence:

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 Number of licences revoked

2010

4,372

2011

5,921

2012

5,897

2013

5,606

2014 (up to 29 March)

1,118

Total

22,914