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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Deputy Prime Minister

Social Mobility

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase social mobility in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c) England; and what measures his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of the Government’s social mobility strategy. [201297]

The Deputy Prime Minister: The Government are committed to improving social mobility, as set out in our social mobility strategy, “Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers”, published in 2011. The strategy sets out a plan for improving social mobility across the whole country, incorporating polices such as early education for two-year-olds from lower income families, the Pupil Premium and the Youth Contract.

To assess the progress of this strategy, the Government have committed to reporting regularly on a set of key indicators to track closely whether we are moving in the right direction on social mobility; I chair a group of key Ministers to oversee delivery of the strategy, and the Government have created a new Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

These indicators were last updated in November last year, and will be updated again shortly.

Culture, Media and Sport

Direct Selling

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of fines imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office on reducing nuisance calls and texts. [200984]

Mr Vaizey: No such assessment has been made, but we are aware that after ICO issued a large monetary penalty in November 2012 for spam text messages, the monitoring service Cloudmark reported a 10% drop in unsolicited spam SMS text messages. We remain keen to ensure robust enforcement of the regulations, so that companies breaking the rules are caught and penalised.

Our Nuisance Calls Action Plan, which was published on 30 March 2014, details the range of legislative and non-legislative measures being taken forward to tackle nuisance calls and texts. The plan can be viewed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nuisance-calls-action-plan-unveiled

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Mobile Phones

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that all not spot data will be properly checked before masts are proposed and plans are made public. [201147]

Mr Vaizey: The not spot data are collated and held by Ofcom and have been updated for 2014 with information from the mobile network operators. In areas where coverage is thought to be marginal, or there is uncertainty over coverage, DCMS officials have commissioned on the ground drive testing to assess the level of coverage.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether any masts proposed as part of the Mobile Infrastructure Project other than that at Fownhope have been withdrawn after a reassessment of not spot data. [201149]

Mr Vaizey: DCMS officials and Arqiva, delivery partner for the Mobile Infrastructure Project, are incorporating changes in the not spot data into the project's planning. Once this planning is finalised any changes will be communicated to planning authorities.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria are by which Arqiva assesses not spot data. [201152]

Mr Vaizey: Notspot data are compiled and held by Ofcom, with information provided by the Mobile Network operators. In areas where coverage is thought to be marginal, or there is uncertainty over coverage, DCMS officials have commissioned drive testing to check the level of coverage.

Mobile Phones: Herefordshire

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to ensure that the people have adequate mobile signal coverage in light of the decision not to proceed with a mast at Fownhope. [201148]

Mr Vaizey: The Mobile Infrastructure Project can intervene in areas where there is no mobile coverage from any operator, and where the cost of the build of a mast considered alongside the numbers of premises that would benefit from the additional coverage provides value for money. Recent changes in coverage provided by the private sector have proved beneficial to Fownhope, but unfortunately this means that the Mobile Infrastructure Project can no longer go forward with plans for a mast.

The Mobile Infrastructure Project can only intervene in areas where there is no coverage from any operator, and where an intervention achieves good value for money for the taxpayer. The Government are looking at what else can be done to extend coverage.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the Mobile Infrastructure Project in Herefordshire. [201150]

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Mr Vaizey: Work has been ongoing in Herefordshire to search for appropriate locations for potential masts, and for each mast to come to an agreement with a landlord, find an option to transmit the signal back into the existing mobile networks, and ensure that the mast can be connected to a source of electricity.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Mobile Infrastructure Project in Herefordshire is on course to be delivered on schedule. [201151]

Mr Vaizey: The Mobile Infrastructure Project has faced challenges in finding ways to connect the signal from masts back into the existing networks, and DCMS officials are assessing the impact of these challenges on overall progress and schedules.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process was by which Arqiva arrived at its decision not to proceed with the proposed Fownhope mast. [201153]

Mr Vaizey: DCMS officials provided Arqiva with the latest data on not spots, updated by Ofcom for 2014 with information from the mobile network operators. This shows that coverage has improved in Fownhope since the inception of the project. The Mobile Infrastructure Project can intervene in areas where there is no mobile coverage from any operator, and where the cost of the build of a mast, considered alongside the numbers of premises that would benefit from the additional coverage, provides value for money. Unfortunately this is no longer the case for the proposed mast location in Fownhope, and Arqiva made a recommendation to officials to not proceed.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on whether staff from Arqiva visited Fownhope to assess the adequacy of mobile telephone reception in that area. [201154]

Mr Vaizey: It is not in Arqiva's remit to assess adequacy of mobile telephone reception, and no Arqiva staff visited Fownhope for that purpose. It is Ofcom's role to assess the adequacy of mobile coverage and reception. Ofcom has updated the not spot data for 2014 with information from the mobile network operators, and Arqiva base their planning on that information.

Press

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2014, Official Report, columns 67-68W, on the press, whether he has set a date for meeting victims of press abuse and their representatives. [201081]

Mr Vaizey: These arrangements are currently being finalised.

Sports: Public Participation

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the budget to encourage people in to non-professional sport in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England. [R] [201429]

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Mrs Grant: Sport England does not allocate its budget on a geographical basis. It is investing £1 billion in grassroots sport in England between 2012 and 2017. About half of this, £493 million, is being invested in national governing bodies of sport which work in all regions of England. Sport England also awards grants directly to sports clubs and projects through a range of specific funds according to the strength of applications received and evidence of local need. Sport England works proactively to identify areas which require greater investment and links with local stakeholders to make this happen wherever possible.

While it is not possible to identify a budget for a particular area per se, it is possible to give the total value of National Lottery awards made by Sport England directly to sports clubs, projects and local authorities in a given area.

Since 2010, projects in Barnsley have been awarded £700,988 and, for South Yorkshire, the figure is £8,755,741.

Electoral Commission Committee

Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

Mr Chope: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of British citizens registered as overseas voters and the number of such citizens eligible for registration. [201379]

Mr Streeter: Every British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years is eligible to vote in UK parliamentary (general) elections and European parliamentary elections.

The Electoral Commission informs me that the most recent figure showed that there were 15,848 registered overseas voters on the UK electoral registers.

The most recent estimates of the total number of UK citizens living abroad are 5.5 million (the Institute for Public Policy Research in 2006) and 4.7 million (The World Bank in 2010). However, it is not possible from the data to establish how many citizens living abroad were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years and are therefore eligible to vote from abroad. Even in the absence of a reliable estimate, it is nonetheless clear that the number of UK citizens living abroad who are eligible to register to vote is considerably more than those currently registered.

The Commission runs public awareness campaigns to encourage British expatriates to register to vote; the most recent took place ahead of the European elections this year.

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria were used to select members of the project advisory board for the National Union of Students Alcohol Impact initiative; [201590]

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(2) who the members of the project advisory board for the National Union of Students Alcohol Impact initiative are. [201589]

Norman Baker: The advisory board is a strategic sounding board for the Alcohol Impact pilot, providing NUS with advice to enable it to:

maximise the impact and success of the pilot;

identify, and react to, strategic barriers and opportunities in the short, medium and long term;

identify, and develop, influential and effective strategic partnerships for the programme;

develop a strong legacy plan beyond the pilot.

Representatives for the board were selected by the NUS, in consultation with the Home Office, to provide a cross-section of groups who have expertise in a project that combines alcohol and the night-time economy, crime, higher education and community interests.

In addition to officials from the NUS and the Home Office, 19 external advisors form the NUS Alcohol Impact advisory board.

They are representatives of:

Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education

Association of University Directors of Estates

Addaction

Portman Group

Association of Town and City Management

British Universities and Colleges Sport

Research and Analysis

Leeds University Union

Universities UK

Best Bar None

GuildHE

Newcastle University

Northamptonshire Police

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

Greater Manchester Police

British Beer and Pub Association

Public Health England

Best Bar None

Asylum: Syria

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been resettled in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme since its launch; and how many people are expected to arrive in the UK under that scheme by December 2014. [200675]

Karen Bradley: To date 50 Syrians have arrived in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.

The scheme is based on need, rather than designed to meet set arrival projections. However, we will continue to bring groups here on a regular basis, and envisage that several hundred people will be helped over the next three years.

Chief Scientific Advisers

Mr Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings she has had with her Department's chief scientific adviser in the last 12 months. [200790]

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Karen Bradley: As was the case under previous Administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Crime: LGBT People

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce homophobic and transphobic hate crimes against LGBT people. [201017]

Norman Baker: Tackling all forms of hate crime, including that motivated by hatred of a person’s sexual orientation or transgender identity is an issue the coalition Government takes very seriously.

On 1 May 2014 we published ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it—Delivering the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan'. This progress report provides an overview of our achievements since the action plan was first published in March 2012 and sets out our key priorities for the remainder of this Parliament. A specific action in the plan includes tackling homophobia and transphobia in sports.

We are meeting the coalition commitment to improve the recording of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation and transgender identity and are working with the police and other partners to encourage more victims to come forward. We have supported voluntary sector organisations to develop third party reporting services for LGBT victims.

Didier Pierre Paulet

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the deportation order served on Didier Pierre Paulet on 19 November 2007 pursuant to a recommendation by a Crown Court Judge for deportation has been implemented; and if she will make a statement. [201127]

Karen Bradley: The Home Office does not comment on individual cases.

Driving under Influence

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving offences were recorded in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how many successful prosecutions for such offences there have been. [200852]

Norman Baker: Drink driving is a summary offence, and not a notifiable offence. The Home Office only collects data on notifiable offences.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to drink driving, in England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 can be viewed in Table 1. The same data for Suffolk can be viewed in Table 2. The data is held by the Ministry of Justice.

Data are not available below Police Force Area level, and so data for Bury St Edmunds cannot be provided.

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Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for drink-driving offences1, England and Wales, 2009 to 20132,3
Outcome20092010201120122013

Proceeded against

70,893

55,404

52,174

52,568

50,263

Found guilty

68,335

53,305

50,320

50,192

47,844

1 Includes the following offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988: Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs—drink; Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs—drink; Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit; In charge of a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit; Failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen of breath for a preliminary test; Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle and failing to without a reasonable excuse provide a specimen for a laboratory test or two specimens for analysis of breath; In charge of a motor vehicle and failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen for a laboratory test or two specimens for analysis of breath; Failing to allow specimen of blood to be subjected to laboratory test: (a) driving or attempting to drive, (b) all other cases. 2 The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. 3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

Sexual Offences: Registration

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were convicted of a sexual offence have been prosecuted for having failed to notify their personal details to the police in the last 10 years. [201213]

Norman Baker: Figures for the number of registered sex offenders who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of their notification requirement in England and Wales are contained in the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Report, published by the Ministry of Justice. The MAPPA reports for 2009 to 2013 may be found on the

www.gov.uk

website. Reports published prior to 2009 may be found on the National Archives website.

Management of sex offenders is a devolved matter, so the figures do not include Northern Ireland.

Stop and Search

Mr Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police and crime commissioners will be able to decide on the applicability of the adoption of her Department's new guidelines on the use of stop and search by police to the area they represent. [200663]

Damian Green: It is for chief constables and police and crime commissioners to make decisions about whether and when to adopt the scheme.

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Stop and Search: Essex

Mr Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she received from the Essex police and crime commissioner on changes to guidelines for police stop and search. [200664]

Damian Green: Essex police has acknowledged receipt of the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s letter sent to chief constables on 30 April and have advised that they will submit a formal response in due course.

Communities and Local Government

Counties: Lancashire

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to review the boundaries of the county of Lancashire. [201272]

Brandon Lewis: It is not possible to make changes to county areas other than as a consequence of local government structural or boundary changes recommended by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. We have no intention of seeking such change. We are however keen to recognise and acknowledge the continuing role of England’s traditional counties in the public and cultural life of the nation and the Government have sought to encourage the marking and continued use of traditional county names and areas irrespective of current tiers of local administration.

Fire Services

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there are per head of the population in (a) England and (b) Wales. [201500]

Brandon Lewis: The latest numbers of full-time equivalent whole-time, retained duty system and total firefighters per 10,000 head of population are shown in the following table.

2012-13Wholetime firefighters(full time equivalent)per 10,000 populationRetained Duty System Firefighters(full time equivalent)per 10,000 populationTotal firefighter(full time equivalent)per 10,000 population

England

5.09

2.12

7.21

Wales

4.94

4.63

9.57

Sources: ONS mid-2012 population estimates, DCLG 2012-13 Annual Returns, Wales 2012-13 Annual returns

Fire Services: Pensions

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he next plans to meet the Fire Brigades Union to discuss the pensions dispute; [201446]

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(2) what plans he has to make a new offer to the Fire Brigades Union based on the costings by the Government Actuary's Department. [201496]

Brandon Lewis: I have regular meetings with the Fire Brigades Union. The most recent request for a meeting has come from Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, and is dated 20 June. I am content to agree to this request as long as the union is not in a period of strike action.

Earlier this year I agreed that the Government Actuary’s Department could cost alternative pension scheme designs that the union had proposed. After constructive discussions, I wrote to the General Secretary on 23 April 2014 stating that its proposals were under consideration. The following day, the union prematurely called a halt to those discussions by announcing strike action. I have since published draft regulations for consultation to implement the Proposed Final Agreement which was published in May 2012. I would encourage the union to engage in that formal statutory consultation process which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-regulations-to-introduce-a-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-from-april-2015

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bristol North West (Charlotte Leslie) of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 152W, on fire services: pensions, if he will publish the outstanding information requested by the Fire Brigades Union. [201588]

Brandon Lewis: On 12 June I published all the costings that the Fire Brigades Union requested the Government Actuary’s Department to undertake on its behalf. The costings and related communications can be found at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/firefighters-pension-schemereforms

I also placed copies in the Library of the House.

Landlords: Planning Permission

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the legal owner of a property is identified when a planning application is submitted relating to that property; [201040]

(2) what representations he has received on landlords who own multiple properties disguising their ownership of a property when submitting a planning application. [201039]

Nick Boles: I am not aware of representations about landlords who own multiple properties disguising their ownership of a property when submitting a planning application.

It is already a requirement that planning applications must be accompanied by a certificate which applicants must complete that provides certain details about the ownership of the application site. An application is not valid, and therefore cannot be determined by the local planning authority, unless the relevant certificate has been completed.

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Planning

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on their obligations to take action against breaches of planning law. [201041]

Nick Boles: Paragraph 207 of the National Planning Policy Framework sets out the policy for enforcement, and can be found at the following link:

http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/policy/achieving-sustainable-development/decision-taking/

The new planning guidance has a section entitled “Ensuring effective enforcement”, which can be found at the following link:

http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/ensuring-effective-enforcement/

In August 2013 we published guidance for local authorities on dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dealing-with-illegal-and-unauthorised-encampments-a-summary-of-available-powers

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to speed up the planning system. [201045]

Nick Boles: We have reformed the planning system to make it simpler, more positive and faster to navigate. We have abolished top-down regional planning and increased the types of development that benefit from permitted development rights. Where planning permission is required, we have stripped away unnecessary information requirements while retaining essential safeguards. The National Planning Policy Framework, and our recently published simplified planning guidance, provides a significantly clearer basis for making decisions than the confusing array of sometimes contradictory policy that we inherited; and we have taken steps to tackle under-performance by planning authorities where this occurs.

The latest statistics show that these steps are having a significant impact. For example, district level planning authorities between January and March 2014 granted 76% of major applications on time compared with 60% in the same quarter in 2013.

Right to Buy Scheme

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effect of the preserved right to buy on the number of affordable homes; [201438]

(2) how many homes have been sold to date through the preserved right to buy; what steps his Department takes to ensure such homes can be replaced; and how many homes sold under preserved right to buy have been replaced to date. [201436]

Kris Hopkins: This Government want to ensure that as many social tenants as possible are helped to achieve their home ownership aspirations. The preserved right to buy ensures that social tenants who were living in their homes at the time of a stock transfer maintain

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their important right to home ownership. Figures for preserved right to buy sales are collected by the Department on an annual basis. In the first year of the reinvigorated scheme (2012-13), there were 2,458 preserved right to buy sales. Sales data for previous years (table 648) can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-social-housing-sales

As housing associations are independent organisations, and stock transfer agreements are private commercial contracts, we do not mandate what they do with receipts they receive from preserved right to buy sales. It is the Department’s expectation that these receipts should be used to help fund new homes for affordable rent, and we would encourage housing associations to work in partnership with local authorities, and use other sources of cross-subsidy, to help achieve this.

For future stock transfers, my Department has recently published a Stock Transfer Manual which sets out our intention to require that, for transfers completing after 30 September 2014, net proceeds from preserved right to buy sales are, within three years, used to fund new affordable housing at no greater subsidy cost than under the main affordable homes programme.

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to the preserved right to buy since May 2010; and what consultation processes have accompanied such changes. [201445]

Kris Hopkins: Helping people to achieve their home ownership aspirations is a central part of the Government’s housing strategy. This is why the Government reinvigorated the right to buy and, by extension, the preserved right to buy, increasing the maximum cash caps to £75,000 in April 2012. At the same time, the Government committed to keeping the discounts under review to ensure they remain effective.

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To reflect the unique nature of the housing market in London, the maximum cash cap for London was increased to £100,000 in March 2013. As part of keeping the discounts under review, the Government are currently legislating to increase annually the maximum cash cap by the consumer price index, and to bring the maximum percentage discount available for houses up, from 60% to 70%, to the same level as that available for flats. We are also legislating, via the Deregulation Bill, to decrease the qualifying eligibility period from five years to three years, bringing it in line with the policy’s original intentions.

My Department consulted widely on changes to the right to buy prior to the reinvigoration of the scheme in April 2012. We have held roundtable meetings with key partners, such as the National Housing Federation, the Local Government Association and individual local authorities, on the further changes outlined above.

House of Commons Commission

Computer Software

Thomas Docherty: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the cost to date of introducing Office 365; what the final cost of introducing Office 365 is expected to be; and what feedback on the installation has been received so far from (a) hon. Members and (b) House staff. [201450]

John Thurso: The costs of the Microsoft 365 project to September 2014 are:

2013-14—£355,667

2014-15—£144,333

The net savings made as a result of this project for 2014 to 2020 are:

Savings (thousand)
 2013-1412014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20Total

Revenue—Staff

0

191

191

191

191

191

191

1,146

Revenue—Other

-33

22

232

282

293

292

295

1,381

Total

-33

213

423

473

483

483

486

2,527

1 The negative figure for 2013-14 reflects the start-up cost of the project.

Office 2013 is the latest versions of Word, Excel and Outlook. Microsoft 365 is Microsoft’s cloud-hosted version of these tools, together with some new tools accessible once a user’s e-mail box has been migrated to Microsoft 365.

The Microsoft 365 project has provided all users with the upgraded version of the Office 2013 suite. 90% of Members and their staff have upgraded their machines to Office 2013. As part of the pilot of Microsoft 365, 12 Members and their staff have had their mailboxes migrated to Microsoft 365. The remaining Members and their staff e-mail boxes will be migrated to Microsoft 365 in June and July 2014. All House staff have completed both of these steps.

The general feedback from Members and their staff has been that the new product is similar to Office 2007, with some people liking the new features. We have received some negative feedback about the colour scheme of Outlook 2013 and about the new location of file/print/save buttons in Office 2013; similar feedback was received from House staff. In response PICT have produced guidance for staff on how to darken the colour scheme in Outlook and have been assured by Microsoft that they are working to address the interface issues in future upgrades.

There were some difficulties reported by people upgrading their Office 2013 remotely. This was due to the slow download of security updates for users with poor broadband connections.

The Members and their staff taking part in the pilots of Microsoft 365 have given positive feedback on the communications, support materials and service provided by PICT. As part of the migration Members have to reconnect their mobile devices to the new service and this has caused some difficulty for Blackberry users.

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The migration of House staff to Microsoft 365 overlapped with unrelated network failures in January–February 2014, which affected perception of the product. Feedback from those migrated after the network was stabilised was much more positive. We have recently initiated 30 pilots of the wider suite of tools in Microsoft 365, and we have received positive feedback from these pilots, with users requesting to keep the new tools.

Parliament: Wi-fi

Michael Fabricant: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission plans to modify the Parliamentary wi-fi system to enable automatic log-in by Blackberry and other devices without the need to enter a username and password manually each time. [201348]

John Thurso: There are no immediate plans to change the current method of connection. PICT is aware of the restriction that the current arrangement places on users, and will look afresh at the authentication needed for known users of the guest wi-fi service, “Internet Direct”.

Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology Service

Thomas Docherty: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, which contractors have been hired by PICT during the current financial year; and which such contractors have had their contracts terminated due to poor performance. [201451][Official Report, 26 June 2014, Vol. 583, c. 3-4MC.]

John Thurso: So far during the financial year 2014-15 PICT has employed 57 contractors, of whom 14 have been supporting services for Members. Further details cannot be provided without identifying individuals. Many are on short-term contracts. None has had a contract terminated early.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Beef: Imports

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity and value of beef was imported to the UK from each importing country in the last year. [201344]

George Eustice: The following table provides details of UK imports of beef and veal as recorded in the Official Overseas Trade Statistics for the period May 2013 to April 2014. These is the latest available data.

 May 2013-April 2014
Country of dispatchQuantity (thousand tonnes)Value (£ million)

Irish Republic

168

629

Netherlands

15

56

Germany

9

29

Poland

8

30

Australia

8

49

Namibia

6

24

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Brazil

5

20

Uruguay

4

22

Spain

2

8

New Zealand

4

17

Botswana

5

16

Italy

3

16

France

3

9

Denmark

2

8

Belgium

2

10

Austria

1

5

Argentina

<0.5

1

Chile

<0.5

<0.5

U.S.A.

<0.5

<0.5

Hungary

<0.5

<0.5

Portugal

<0.5

<0.5

Switzerland

<0.5

<0.5

Nauru

<0.5

<0.5

Greece

<0.5

<0.5

Beef and veal imports total

246

949

Source: HM Revenue and Customs 2013 and 2014 Data are subject to amendments

Birds of Prey

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many red kites there are in the UK; and whether his Department has set a population number above which it will take steps to control that population. [201031]

George Eustice: The most recent estimate of red kites in the UK is 1,600 breeding pairs (as recorded by both the British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 2013).

The Government have no plans to control red kites.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the accuracy of TB tests for alpacas; and if he will make a statement. [201065]

George Eustice: The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency undertook research sponsored by the British Alpaca Society, the British Llama Society and British Camelids Ltd to validate ante-mortem TB tests in camelids. Their report was delivered to the sponsors in 2012 and a copy can be found at:

http://www.llama.co.uk/resources/Validation_of_ante_mortem_TB_tests_in_Camelids.pdf

The outcome of that research formed the basis of DEFRA’s proposals for combined skin and blood TB testing of camelids on which we consulted in April this year. They can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/bovine-tb-disease-controls-for-deer-and-camelids

Forests: Christchurch

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental impact assessment the Forestry

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Commission has carried out in respect of the proposed corridor up to 65 metres wide through Hurn Forest for cables connecting Navitus Bay offshore wind farm with the national grid. [201112]

Dan Rogerson: The Forestry Commission is fully committed to protecting and improving the nation's public forests for the benefit of people, nature and the economy. It is not required to carry out a formal environmental impact assessment in this case but it has considered the potential impact of the cable route and is working with the developer to ensure that the impact is minimised. Any woodland that is lost will be restored to heathland to improve the diversity of habitat, as well as opening the views and improving public access.

Mangoes

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) economic and (b) infection risks to UK and EU fruit and vegetable production arise from the importation of mangoes or other fruit infested with tephritidae. [200985]

Dan Rogerson: Tephritidae is listed as a ‘quarantine’ pest under European Union (EU) legislation. All quarantine pests have been assessed as presenting a significant economic or environmental risk to the EU and therefore their introduction into its territory is prohibited.

Mangoes: India

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) the Federation of Indian Export Organisations, (b) National Asian Business Association and (c) other representative organisations or affected businesses to discuss (i) the EU ban on importation of mangoes from India, (ii) any alternatives to a ban and (iii) measures to mitigate the effect of such a ban on UK importers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs. [200970]

Dan Rogerson: Lord de Mauley chaired a roundtable discussion on 21 May with the National Asian Business Association, the Fresh Produce Consortium and the Indian high commission to discuss the implications of the European Union (EU) ban on mangoes from India and what help the UK might be able to offer India to comply with EU import requirements. DEFRA officials have also met these bodies and other trade representatives to discuss the issue.

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the EU ban on importing Indian mangoes on UK businesses. [200981]

Dan Rogerson: The gross annual cost to UK businesses of the European Union ban on importing mangoes from India has been estimated at around £375,000 per year.

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his policy is on the recent EU ban on Indian mangoes; [200986]

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(2) what proportion of mango lots or number of shipments infested by tephriditae were rejected by Fera in each of the last five years; and from which source country each infected shipment was exported; [200989]

(3) which countries possess comparative levels of fruit fly infestation in exported mangoes and are not subject to an EU ban on importation; [200979]

(4) whether any alternatives to a full ban on the importation of Indian mangoes were (a) considered by his Department's officials and (b) put forward to European Commissioners. [200987]

Dan Rogerson: The ban was imposed following persistent interceptions of plant pests on imports of Indian produce into the European Union (EU) and critical reports from the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office audits in 2010 and 2013. Despite assurances from India in response to these reports the level of interceptions remained high. The EU’s decision to introduce a ban was therefore fully justified and supported by all member states including the UK, in line with our policy of strengthening plant health controls. Therefore, no alternatives to a ban were considered by DEFRA.

Protecting plant health is a key DEFRA objective. Plant pests and diseases such as those intercepted from India in recent years can cause serious damage to the UK glasshouse industry which is worth over £300 million per annum. However, I am aware of the importance of the mango trade and DEFRA officials are liaising with the Indian high commission on what support the UK can offer to India to help it ensure compliance with EU import requirements.

The following table shows the number of consignments of mangoes imported into the UK in the last five years which were infested with tephriditae (and therefore rejected) by country of origin. The European Commission is considering similar measures to those taken against India for other countries with high levels of interceptions of plant pests. Such consideration takes account of findings from all member states, and covers all plant commodities and all pests identified.

 Country of originNumber of consignments imported into the UKNumber of consignments infected with tephritidae

2010

Dominican Republic

351

1

 

India

1,977

1

 

Jamaica

228

3

 

Pakistan

3,302

6

    

2011

Dominican Republic

417

2

 

India

1,836

11

 

Jamaica

262

3

 

Pakistan

3,690

19

 

Puerto Rico

1

1

 

Sri Lanka

144

1

 

Uganda

138

1

    

2012

Bangladesh

146

1

 

Brazil

445

1

 

Costa Rica

70

2

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Dominican Republic

606

18

 

Ghana

628

15

 

India

3,448

23

 

Jamaica

332

24

 

Kenya

2,044

4

 

Pakistan

5,128

81

 

Philippines

12

2

 

Sri Lanka

189

10

 

St Lucia

50

1

 

Thailand

1,050

3

 

Uganda

104

2

    

2013

Brazil

316

3

 

Dominican Republic

756

16

 

Ghana

357

4

 

Guinea

7

1

 

India

3,563

13

 

Jamaica

516

17

 

Kenya

1,654

17

 

Pakistan

5,910

47

 

Puerto Rico

104

1

 

Sri Lanka

111

3

 

UAE

1

1

 

Vietnam

77

1

    

2014 (to 18 June 2014)

   
 

Brazil

106

1

 

Dominican Republic

420

3

 

Ghana

271

1

 

India

401

1

 

Jamaica

464

9

 

Kenya

698

7

 

Mexico

61

1

 

Senegal

4

1

 

Sri Lanka

69

3

Source: FERA and Europhyt

Members: Correspondence

Mr Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will issue guidance to the West Midlands Waterways, the Canal and River Trust and other similar trusts that replies to hon. Members who have written on behalf of their constituents should be signed. [201453]

Dan Rogerson: As independent charities, handling correspondence is entirely a matter for the Canal and River Trust and other similar trusts. However, I have asked my officials to draw this issue to the attention of the trust at their next meeting.

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Nature Conservation

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the farming of endangered species for commercial gain. [201502]

George Eustice: The UK is committed to the protection of endangered species, including through playing a leading role in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES promotes the sustainability of endangered species through either prohibiting trade or strictly controlling any trade through a licensing system. The breeding and ranching of endangered species for commercial gain can be permitted under CITES. The UK fully supports the aims of CITES and works to ensure that assessment of whether trade should be permitted for any particular species is based on robust scientific evidence.

Plastic Bags: Taxation

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the annual income from the carrier bag levy in the four years from October 2015. [200882]

Dan Rogerson: The estimated gross revenue from the charge in England is set out in the following table:

£ million
Calendar year2015201620172018

Revenue

22.1

110.5

112

113.5

The Government expect retailers covered by the charge to deduct reasonable costs from the revenue raised and use the remaining part for good causes. VAT will be included in the 5p charge.

No profits generated from this charge goes to the Government.

Telephone Services

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each such number has received in the last 12 months; and whether alternative numbers charged at BT local rates are available in each such case. [201442]

Dan Rogerson: Core DEFRA provides three telephones lines with the prefix 0845 operated under contract by an external provider. Alternative numbers charged at BT local rates, using the prefix 0345, are available for all three lines and are the primary numbers. 0845 prefix numbers have been retained in order to minimise disruption to users during the transition to 0345 prefixed lines.

Information on the number of calls each number has received in the last 12 months will be placed in the Library of the House.

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Education

Chemistry: Teachers

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many chemistry teachers in secondary schools in each constituency have a chemistry degree. [201217]

Mr Laws: An estimate for the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Further Education: Admissions

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of school leavers in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England entered further education in each of the last four years. [201192]

Matthew Hancock: Destination Measures data, following key stage 4 and key stage 5, are published at local authority level for the years 2009/10 and 2010/11. Parliamentary constituency level data are published for 2010/11 only.

The requested data, for the available years, are published in the Destination Measures statistical first release, here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

Local Education Authorities: Disclosure of Information

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local education authorities have procedures in place to protect whistleblowers. [201181]

Mr Timpson: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 411W, on local education authorities: disclosure of information.

School Choice

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number of school-age children living in areas where the only state schools within reasonable travelling distance are faith schools. [201185]

Mr Laws: We have made no such estimate. Local authorities have responsibility for securing sufficient school places to meet the needs of their local communities and have the statutory duties and powers to support that. They must also ensure that the balance of different types of provision meets local demand and that they make suitable transport arrangements for eligible pupils.

The Government recognise the need to ensure that new provision meets the needs of the whole community. New academies and free schools with a religious designation may only prioritise up to 50% of pupils on the basis of faith-related admissions criteria.

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Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision is in place for a member of school staff to contest an unjust or open-ended suspension. [201182]

Mr Laws: School staff who believe that they have been unfairly suspended or subjected to an unreasonable period of suspension can choose to submit a formal grievance to their employer.

Science: Primary Education

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools in England have a (a) science subject leader and (b) subject leader who has a science degree. [201220]

Mr Laws: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Teachers: Training

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how long the recruitment period will be for subject knowledge enhancement courses for 2015-16. [201218]

Mr Laws: Recruitment to subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses is a matter for providers of initial teacher training and lead schools in the School Direct programme. We have announced funding support for SKE courses up to 31 March 2015 and will make a further announcement for the period beyond that in due course.

Energy and Climate Change

China

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he had on nuclear power with (a) his Chinese counterpart and (b) other members of the delegation of the Chinese Prime Minister during their visit to the UK in June; what matters were agreed; and if he will publish texts of any such agreements reached. [200978]

Michael Fallon: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), met Premier Li and various Chinese companies to discuss areas of ongoing co-operation within the nuclear power sector. During these discussions the UK and Chinese Governments signalled a deepening of their partnership on civil nuclear energy through the signing of a joint statement on civil nuclear power.

Alongside this, HMG have signed a Four Party Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Civil Nuclear Fuel Cycle Supply Chain with the INS, CNNC and CAEA to further co-operation across the civil nuclear backend fuel cycle, creating potential commercial opportunities for UK companies.

Both countries see the importance of working together on the UK’s nuclear new build programme, China’s own domestic civil nuclear programme and in third

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country markets, to maximise the billion pound opportunities this presents for both UK and Chinese companies.

Both the joint statement and Four Party MoU are published on our website at

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multimillion-boost-to-uk-economy-as-china-and-uk-government-sign-civil-nuclear-agreement-and-sign-agreement-to-deepen-cooperation-on-climate-change

Coal: Mining

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether UK Coal Surface Mining is a limited company wholly owned by UK Coal Mining Holdings; and whether it can be sold off as a separate entity without the £20 million loan package being agreed between all parties. [201216]

Michael Fallon: Any sale of all or part of the UK Coal group of companies would be a matter for the relevant board/boards of directors to consider and decide upon.

Energy

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of community energy schemes that have not gone ahead due to the cost of securing a connection to the local grid; if he will make it his policy to (a) introduce standardised affordable grid connection charges for community energy schemes and (b) exempt community energy schemes from wider network upgrade costs; and if he will make a statement. [200681]

Michael Fallon: In January 2014, the Department of Energy and Climate Change launched the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy. As part of this, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), established a Community Energy Grid Connection Working Group to consider barriers to community energy project grid connections, including issues such as the cost of securing a connection and the impact this has on deployment. The working group is due to report to the Secretary of State in summer 2014 outlining its recommendations.

Energy: Meters

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households with prepayment meters in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in each year between 1996 and 2014. [201361]

Gregory Barker: Data are not available to the Department on the number of households with prepayment meters at the parliamentary constituency or local authority level.

Statistics are produced on a quarterly basis which show the proportion of households on prepayment tariffs by public electricity supply (PES) region. These are made available through the DECC publication Quarterly Energy Prices, in tables 242 (electricity) and 252 (gas), which can be found online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-price-stastics

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Fuel Poverty

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in each year between 1996 and 2012; [201399]

(2) what forecast his Department has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014. [201362]

Gregory Barker: The estimated number and proportion of households which are fuel poor for 2011 and 2012 under the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-sub-regional-statistics

The link above also provides sub-regional estimates of fuel poverty for the 10% indicator for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. Estimates for 2006, 2008 and 2009 under the 10% indicator are available from the fuel poverty statistics archive page:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130109092117/http:/decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/fuelpov_stats/archive/archive.aspx

Green Deal Scheme

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund for (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) all further years for which funding has been allocated. [200682]

Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken. In the 2013 autumn statement, £150 million was allocated in each of 2015-16 and 2016-17 towards energy efficiency in homes.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households that will receive cashback under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17 and (d) all further years for which funding has been allocated. [200683]

Gregory Barker: The total number of homes supported under the GDHIF scheme will be dependent on a number of factors. Given these are unknown factors currently, the number of homes potentially supported could vary significantly. Up to £120 million has been allocated to this scheme for 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) solid wall insulation, (b) other energy efficiency and insulation measures from his Department's approved list and (c) refunds

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for Green Deal assessments under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2016-17 and (iv) over the lifetime of the fund. [200684]

Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. DECC has not allocated specific levels of funding to (a) solid wall insulation, (b) other energy efficiency and insulation measures from his Department's approved list and (c) refunds for Green Deal assessments under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2016-17 or (iv) over the lifetime of the fund.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund for the lifetime of the programme. [200685]

Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken. In the 2013 autumn statement, 5 December 2013, OfficialReport, columns 1101-13, £150 million was allocated in each of 2015-16 and 2016-17 towards energy efficiency in homes.

Land Use

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from industry on the effect of the use of land management measures on performance and productivity. [201452]

Michael Fallon: The Secretary of State has not received any recent direct representations from industry regarding the effect of load management on performance and industry.

National Grid recently announced two new balancing services to balance supply and demand in the coming winters. One of these, the Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR), will extend existing arrangements for companies to receive payment to reduce their electricity use or switch to on-site generators for short periods when instructed by National Grid.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Mr Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consumer protection is available for users of metered LPG users; and if he will make a statement. [201531]

Gregory Barker: The supply of LPG is subject to UK competition law under the Competition and Markets Authority.

The study by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into the off-grid energy market, published in October 2011, found that there was a generally positive initial impact of the Competition Commission (CC) orders from 2009 to make it easier for consumers to switch liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier.

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In April 2012, the OFT also secured voluntary agreements from the major LPG suppliers to make changes to their domestic bulk customer contracts and improve transparency around switching and cancellation rights. These changes apply for both individual tank and metered estate customers.

The Competition and Markets Authority will continue to keep the orders under review.

Mobile Homes: Energy

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to make consumer policies for energy more accessible to park home residents. [201240]

Gregory Barker: Energy performance certificates can now be generated for park homes and the energy company obligation is leading to improvements. For example, 200 park homes have had solid wall insulation under this scheme.

We will be consulting later this year on ways in which we could help park home residents access the warm home discount.

Nuclear Power: Decommissioning

Geraint Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funds have been provided from his departmental expenditure limit for nuclear decommissioning in the 2014-15 financial year. [201346]

Michael Fallon: The net DEL figure for 2014-15 is £2,298.7 million.

Source:

DECC 2014-15 Main Estimate Explanatory Memorandum

Oil: Exploration

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many onshore petroleum exploration and development licence applications are pending approval in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Lancashire and (d) Hyndburn constituency. [200650]

Michael Fallon: There are no onshore petroleum exploration and development licence applications pending approval in the UK.

Private Rented Housing: Energy

Dr Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department will bring forward secondary regulations on minimum standards of energy efficiency in the private rented sector under section 43 of the Energy Act 2011. [201408]

Gregory Barker: The Government will be in a position to bring forward secondary regulations on minimum standards of energy efficiency in the private rented sector once a consultation on the regulations has been published and responded to.

Dr Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department will start a public consultation on the regulations on minimum standards of efficiency in the private rental sector under section 43 of the Energy Act 2011. [201557]

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Gregory Barker: The Government are committed to a public consultation on the regulations on minimum standards of efficiency in the private rental sector. The Government expect to begin consultation shortly.

Wind Power: Suffolk

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with RWE and SSE concerning a replacement partner for the development of the Galloper offshore wind farm project. [201491]

Gregory Barker: I have not held discussions with RWE or SSE on this issue because this is a commercial matter for the parties concerned.

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the future viability of the Galloper offshore wind farm project. [201494]

Gregory Barker: Development consent was granted in May 2013 for the Galloper project. The commercial viability of the Galloper project is a matter for the developers.

Cabinet Office

Apprentices

Robert Halfon: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many apprentices have been hired under his Department’s new contract for procurement. [201527]

Mr Maude: The information requested is not held centrally.

Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the minutes of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce are no longer on its website. [201580]

Mr Maude: The Taskforce has recently been reconstituted.

Government Departments: Procurement

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to prevent employers who engage in blacklisting receiving Government contracts. [200660]

Mr Hurd: The blacklisting of employees is an unacceptable and unlawful practice, and the Government take any such allegations very seriously.

Transport

Aviation: Security

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission an assessment of the effect on disabled passengers of the use of detection equipment at airports which generates random false positive alerts giving rise to the need for a full body search when nothing untoward has been detected. [201569]

Mr Goodwill: Security searches are an inconvenience for all passengers affected, but they are an important part of our security screening at airports to protect

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passengers from the very real threats we face. Our surveys show that the majority of passengers (91%) think that any inconvenience caused by security screening is acceptable. Our procedures work on the basis that disabled people have the same chance of being selected for a search as anyone else.

Further statistics on air passengers’ attitudes to security searches are available at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-passenger-experience-of-security-screening-2013

Driving

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the insurance industry on the behaviour and attitudes of novice drivers; [200667]

(2) what recent representations he has received about deaths of young people in traffic accidents; and if he will make a statement; [200666]

(3) if he will publish (a) details and (b) results of focus groups with parents, young people and employers about the behaviour and attitudes of novice drivers. [200668]

Mr Goodwill: The number of young people being killed on our roads is far too high and we are determined to tackle this issue. It is an issue which, understandably, features prominently in the range of representations which we receive about road safety generally.

As part of our consideration of the way forward, we met the insurance industry on 27 January 2014 to discuss novice drivers and, in particular, our proposed research into the role which telematics can play in changing the behaviours and attitudes of new drivers. My officials regularly talk to the insurance industry and current discussions are aimed at encouraging participation in the research project before we can get it under way. We will publish the results of the research when they are available.

We will also publish the findings of the focus groups— comprising parents, young people and employers—which we undertook in order to get a better understanding of the issues from their perspective.

Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the identification of disability tax exempt vehicles when no tax disc is present, to enable local authorities to continue to provide exemption from parking charges to such vehicles. [201572]

Stephen Hammond: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has had extensive liaison with local authorities about the abolition of the tax disc and provided a broad range of information to help inform their customers.

From 1 October the DVLA online vehicle inquiry system will include the taxation class of the vehicle.

A specific e-mail address has been established to deal with any queries from local authorities and a workshop has been organised for 2 July.

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Motor Vehicles: Testing

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Roadworthiness Directive on the owners of historic vehicles in the UK. [201102]

Stephen Hammond: The Department will shortly start seeking views and evidence from interested organisations, individuals and the devolved Administrations on the best way to implement the new rules in directive 2014/45/EU relating to historic vehicles. We will seek to minimise burdens while supporting road safety. Any changes need not come in to force in domestic legislation until May 2018.

Health

Abortion

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure the referral to the relevant authorities of terminating doctors who do not fulfil their statutory obligations to fill in HSA4 forms correctly. [200974]

Jane Ellison: The Department has recently issued a range of guidance which will help clinicians to comply with the requirements of the Abortion Act, including their obligations with regard to the completing of HSA4 forms. In addition, we are working with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to take forward their recommendations on tackling under-reporting of abortions for fetal abnormality.

Ambulance Services: Bolton

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average ambulance response time for each category of call was in Bolton in each year since 2010. [200971]

Jane Ellison: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is shown in the table.

The median response times to treatment for category A1 calls in the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust2, April 20113 to April 2014

1 Category A calls are defined as those that are the result of immediately life-threatening incidents.

2 North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust provides services to the Bolton area. Ambulance response times are not readily available for areas smaller than those covered by one Ambulance Trust.

3 Information is not available before April 2011.

MonthMedian time (in minutes)

April 2011

4.2

May 2011

5.0

June 2011

5.2

July 2011

5.0

August 2011

4.7

September 2011

4.8

October 2011

4.9

November 2011

4.9

December 2011

5.0

January 2012

4.8

February 2012

5.1

March 2012

5.0

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April 2012

5.6

May 2012

5.7

June 2012

5.1

July 2012

5.1

August 2012

5.2

September 2012

5.3

October 2012

5.4

November 2012

5.4

December 2012

5.7

January 2013

5.5

February 2013

5.6

March 2013

5.6

April 2013

5.8

May 2013

5.4

June 2013

5.5

July 2013

5.8

August 2013

5.7

September 2013

6.1

October 2013

6.0

November 2013

6.1

December 2013

6.1

January 2014

5.8

February 2014

6.1

March 2014

6.1

April 2014

6.1

Source: Ambulance quality indicators, NHS England

Cancer

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much in real terms was spent on cancer services in each of the last five years; [200654]

(2) how much and what proportion of national cancer spend was spent on radiotherapy in each of the last five years. [200655]

Jane Ellison: The information is shown in the following table:

Estimated expenditure on cancer services and radiotherapy, 2008-09 to 2012-13
£ million (in 2012-13 prices)
 Cancers and tumoursRadiotherapy

2008-09

5,281

401

2009-10

5,908

435

2010-11

5,685

467

2011-12

5,565

473

2012-13

5,681

485

Sources: 1. Programme budgeting data, NHS England 2. Reference costs, Department of Health

It is not appropriate for a given service to present reference costs as a proportion of programme budgeting expenditure. This is because radiotherapy data are calculated from reference costs, which are the unit costs to national health service trusts and NHS foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients. Reference costs do not represent all expenditure in the NHS, and are costs to NHS providers whereas programme budgeting data are expenditure by NHS commissioners.

Cystic Fibrosis

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect on health services of an increase in the number of adult patients with cystic fibrosis; [201591]

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(2) how many people were living with cystic fibrosis in each of the last four years. [201568]

Norman Lamb: NHS England recognises that the number of adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) is gradually increasing over time. The growth in numbers is taken into account by NHS England as part of its annual commissioning process and will be considered in the ongoing development of its five-year specialised commissioning strategy.

Information concerning the number of people living with CF in each of the last four years is not available. In the following table we have provided the number of CF patients (adults and children) cared for by specialist centres in England in each of the last three years. These data have only been collected since the introduction of the tariff for CF services in 2011.

 Patients (number)

2011

7,291

2012

7,620

2013

7,778

We would expect all CF patients to have a CF specialist in charge of their care and, as part of the ongoing support they receive, to be assessed at specialist centres.

Death

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, columns 432-33W, on death, what plans he has to address the principal causes of preventable premature mortality. [201581]

Jane Ellison: ‘Living Well for Longer: National Support for Local Action to Reduce Premature Avoidable Mortality’ (April 2014), sets out what the health and care system will do to achieve the Government's ambition for England to be among the best in Europe at reducing levels of premature mortality.

A copy of ‘Living Well for Longer’ has been placed in the Library and is also available at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307703/LW4L.pdf

Family Planning

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department categorises the ellaOne pill as a contraceptive or abortifacient for the purposes of its record keeping. [200977]

Jane Ellison: It is classed as a contraceptive.

Food Poisoning

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were infected with bacillus cereus in each of the last five years. [200624]

Jane Ellison: The numbers of reported patient infection episodes of bacillus cereus, isolated from blood samples from all age-groups between 2009 and 2013 in England, are shown in the following table.

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 Organism nameSpecimen typeCountryNumber of patient infection episodes

2009

Bacillus Cereus

Blood

England

50

2010

Bacillus Cereus

Blood

England

46

2011

Bacillus Cereus

Blood

England

39

2012

Bacillus Cereus

Blood

England

37

2013

Bacillus Cereus

Blood

England

56

These data were extracted from Public Health England’s centralised microbiology database (LabBase2), which collects voluntarily reported microbiology data from participating laboratories across England. Although only clinically significant isolates should be reported to LabBase2, some of the reports may be contaminants that occurred either during collection or during processing of samples as ‘B. cereus’ is a ubiquitous environmental organism.

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Minister is taking to prevent bacillus cereus infections in the UK; [200625]

(2) what discussions he has had with devolved regional assemblies to agree a strategy to prevent bacillus cereus infections; [200626]

(3) when he plans to publish the results of the investigation of the recent death of babies due to bacillus cereus. [200627]

Jane Ellison: Bacillus cereus is a spore forming bacterium found widely in the environment in dust, soil and vegetation. There is limited prevention as it is a naturally occurring bacterium. However, the Food Standards Agency has published advice on its website which details information on potential food poisoning caused by bacillus cereus.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) undertakes inspections of manufacturing facilities with reference to the standards of Good Manufacturing Practice to verify that companies are producing medicines that are of the correct quality and safety. The manufacture of sterile products, such as Total Parental Nutrition, is subject to special requirements in order to minimise risks of bacterial contamination.

In the case of medicines, the MHRA and Public Health England (PHE) are currently investigating what has caused the recent incident where Total Parental Nutrition became contaminated with bacillus cereus. Based on the information we currently have, we believe this is an isolated incident and the appropriate immediate action has been taken to avoid a recurrence.

The devolved Administrations have been informed of the current incident involving bacillus cereus. The investigations into the cause of this incident are still ongoing. The Department will continue to discuss matters with the devolved Administrations for minimising bacillus cereus infection.

The investigations being undertaken by MHRA and PHE are in their advanced stages and preliminary findings will be published as soon as possible. While the MHRA and PHE are undertaking their own investigations, it would be normal practice for the coroner to report on the individual case he is currently considering.