1 Mar 2011 : Column 339W

UN Decade of Road Safety

Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is to be nominated as the national focal point for the UN Decade of Road Safety; and when that nomination is to be made to the World Health Organisation. [37839]

Mike Penning: The role of the national focal point is a working level role, dealing with information sent by the World Health Organisation such as research and providing data on request.

An official from the division dealing with road safety within the Department for Transport will be the national focal point for the UN Decade of Road Safety. We are in the process of notifying the World Health Organisation of this nomination.

Education

Adoption

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on adoption procedures; and if he will make a statement. [40917]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 14 February 2011]: I regularly receive representations about adoption from Members of Parliament, adopters, adoption professionals, voluntary organisations, councillors and members of the public. I also receive valuable feedback and advice from my Ministerial Advisory Group on Adoption and from the Department's Adoption Stakeholder Group, both of which include representatives from local authorities and the voluntary sector. I also recently held a roundtable event with a group of adopters to hear their views on what is working well and what needs to improve, and plan shortly to hold a similar event with a group of adopted children.

Apprentices

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people aged 14 to 16 years have participated in a young apprenticeship in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) West Lancashire constituency in each of the last three years. [37690]

Mr Gibb: Starts to the programme in England and for the North West are shown in the following table. Data are not collected by constituency.

As at September: YA Cohort National planned places National starts North West starts

2008

Cohort 5

9,000

9,232

1,302

2009

Cohort 6

9,000

7,671

1,124

2010

Cohort 7

10,000

9,365

1,065

Apprentices: Finance

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he plans to allocate to young apprenticeships in each of the next four years. [37688]

Mr Gibb: We are currently considering the implications of the spending review settlement—including budgets for the Young Apprenticeship programme.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 340W

The outcomes of Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education, due to report in spring 2011, will inform our decision about the future of the Young Apprenticeship programme.

Children: Care Homes and Foster Care

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children aged (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 were in (i) residential care and (ii) foster care in (A) 1990, (B) 2000 and (C) 2010. [34410]

Tim Loughton: The information is not available for 1990. The earliest year for which this information is available is 1992 and this has been included in the following table with the information for 2000 and 2010.

Children looked after at 31 March aged (a) 5, (b) 10 and (c) 15 in (i) residential care and (ii) foster care (1, 2, 3 4) Years ending 31 March 1992, 2000 and 2010 Coverage: England
Numbers
  Residential care Foster care
Age at31 March 1992 2000 2010 1992 2000 2010

5

90

40

10

1,500

1,700

1,700

10

400

360

140

1,800

2,300

2,400

15

1,900

1,700

1,600

2,800

3,100

4,300

(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise. (2) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. (3) Children in residential care include children looked after and placed in secure units, children placed in homes and hostels subject to Children's Homes Regulations, children placed in residential accommodation (hostels and supportive residential settings) not subject to Children's homes regulations, children placed in residential settings and children in all residential schools, except where dual-registered as a school and children's home. (4) Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which for 1992 and 2010 cover all children looked after and for 2000 have been derived from the one third sample. Source: SSDA903

Children: Disadvantaged

Paul Maynard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his estimate is of the level of deprivation for school children resident in (a) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency and (b) Lancashire using as a measure (i) eligibility for free school meals and (ii) the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index 2007. [37317]

Mr Gibb: The information requested is as follows:

(i) Number and percentage of pupils (1, 2) resident in (a) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency and (b) Lancashire known to be eligible for free school meals in 2010

Number of pupils (1) eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils (1) eligible for free school meals

Blackpool North and Cleveleys

2,402

22.3

Lancashire

23,456

15.3

(1) Includes full-time and part-time pupils who are sole or dual registrations, attending maintained nursery, primary, middle deemed primary, secondary and middle deemed secondary schools, City Technology Colleges, Academies and all Special Schools. Includes Boarders. (2) Pupils eligible for free school meals who have full-time attendance and are aged 15 or under, or pupils who have part-time attendance and are aged between 5 and 15. Source: School Census (Final)

1 Mar 2011 : Column 341W

(ii) Number and percentage of pupils (1, 2) resident in (a) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency and (b) Lancashire by IDACI (3, 4) deprivation decile in 2010
  Blackpool North and Cleveleys Lancashire
IDACI decile34 Number of pupils Percentage of pupils Number of pupils Percentage of pupils

0-10% most deprived

1,940

17.4

16,289

10.0

10-20

706

6.3

18,311

11.2

20-30

626

5.6

14,839

9.1

30-40

1,973

17.7

16,232

9.9

40-50

2,084

18.7

12,311

7.5

50-60

1,783

16.0

12,432

7.6

60-70

930

8.3

15,984

9.8

70-80

340

3.1

16,934

10.4

80-90

554

5.0

19,459

11.9

90-100 least deprived

210

1.9

20,682

12.7

(1) Includes full-time and part-time pupils who are sole or dual registrations, attending maintained nursery, primary, middle deemed primary, secondary and middle deemed secondary schools, City Technology Colleges, Academies and all Special Schools. Includes Boarders. (2) Pupils with known home postcode in full or part time attendance attending maintained nursery schools, in National Curriculum Year Groups Reception -Year 14 and pupils attending special schools who do not follow the National Curriculum. (3) Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indices. Each SOA in England is given a score which ranks it between 1 and 32,482 — 1 being the most deprived. (4 )IDACI bands are based on 2007 IDACI scores. Source: School Census (Final)

Children: Protection

Craig Whittaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to repeal Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils. [37217]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 3 February 2011]: There are no plans to repeal section 175 of the Education Act 2002. This section was introduced following the tragic death of Lauren Wright, to ensure that schools do not ignore or overlook guidance on safeguarding in schools issued by my Department. The section assists governing bodies of schools in making such arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils.

College of Social Work

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will investigate the use of public funds provided for the establishment of the College of Social Work by the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the Interim Board of the College of Social Work. [41232]

Tim Loughton: Following the publication of the Social Work Task Force Report, the Department for Education committed to match £2.5 million of funding made available by the Department of Health to support the establishment of an independent, national college of social work. This Department's funds have not yet been allocated and officials are in discussions regarding the appropriate time that further funds will need to be made available to meet the emerging business development plan. Both Departments have recently investigated concerns raised with us in relation to the college's use of public funds and are reassured that there is no actual or proposed misuse.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 342W

College of Social Work: British Association of Social Workers

Julie Hilling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will meet the Chair and Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers to discuss the College of Social Work. [36595]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 7 February 2011]: Ministers have already discussed this matter with the chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers on numerous occasions. They have recently written to both the College of Social Work and the British Association of Social Workers urging the two organisations to resume discussions on convergence and offering their services to help, if necessary, and a meeting has now happened.

College of Social Work: Social Care Institute for Excellence

Julie Hilling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated to the Social Care Institute for Excellence since the announcement of the College of Social Work; and how much funding he has allocated to the Social Care Institute for Excellence in each of the next five years. [36593]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 7 February 2011]: The Social Care Institute for Excellence has been asked to facilitate the establishment of the College of Social Work, providing administrative support and expertise in a developmental phase of two years. The Department of Health has made £2.5 million available for this work. The Department of Education has committed to match this funding and officials are in discussions as to the appropriate time to make funds available to meet the emerging business development plan.

Departmental Manpower

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many agency workers his Department and its non-departmental public bodies employ at each pay grade. [27790]

Tim Loughton: Information for the Department is set out in the following table:

Grade Number of staff

Executive Assistant

6

Executive Officer

(1)

Higher Executive Officer

0

Senior Executive Officer

(1)

Grade 7

0

Grade 6

0

SCS

0

(1) Fewer than five

Information for the Department's non-departmental public bodies and their agency staff is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Responsibilities

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) units and (b) teams have been established in his Department since May 2010; and what the (i) name, (ii) purpose, (iii) staffing levels and (iv) annual running cost is of each such team or unit. [36494]

1 Mar 2011 : Column 343W

Tim Loughton [holding answer 27 January 2011]:Published information is available on the Department’s website as part of Transparency Agenda.

Information on the departmental structure can be found at:

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/d/dfe%20 organisation%20chart%20as%20of%2030%20september%202010.pdf

Information on team and business unit purpose can be found at:

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/xls/d/dfe%20senior%20posts%20dataset.csv

Annual running costs for each business directorate are set out in the following table:

Directorate Annual running costs (£)

Education Standards

30,628,180

Infrastructure and Funding

19,286,694

Children, Young People and Families

32,230,619

Finance and Corporate Services

90,506,501

Internal Audit

2,043,000

Legal Advisers

3,857,000

Private Office

3,920,000

Education: Finance

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the level of entitlement funding was in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 for (i) England, (ii) Greater London, (iii) Islington and (iv) City and Islington College. [35776]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 24 January 2011]: The entitlement funding in 2010/11 is shown in the following table.


Entitlement funding (£ million)

England

899

Greater London

136

Islington

4.7

City and Islington College

4.2

The figure for Islington is the total of entitlement funding allocated to:

Highbury Grove School

Highbury Fields School

Central Foundation Boys’ School

St Aloysius R.C. College

St Mary Magdalene Academy

City of London Academy Islington

City and Islington College

Springboard Islington Trust

Pre-School Learning Alliance

Jobwise Training

Funding for the entitlement is ending in 2011/12, but we have protected 30 guided learning hours for tutorials, which equates to £195 per student before uplifts for area costs, success rates and disadvantage are applied. Actual allocations of funding for providers for 2011/12 are still being calculated and will not be finalised until March.

Education: Financial Services

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the provision of financial education for young people; and if he will make a statement. [37408]

1 Mar 2011 : Column 344W

Mr Gibb: Finance education is currently part of non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education at Key Stages 1 to 4. All young people should benefit from high-quality PSHE, which includes financial capability. We announced, in the recent Schools White Paper, “The Importance of Teaching”, our intention to conduct an internal review of PSHE education to determine how we can support schools to improve the quality of PSHE teaching, including giving teachers the flexibility to use their judgment about how best to deliver PSHE.

The Department for Education is currently developing the remit for the internal PSHE review and further information will be available in due course.

Extended Schools

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what his Department's future plans are for extended schools; [32872]

(2) whether (a) academies and (b) free schools will have a duty to provide extended hours schooling; [32873]


(3) how much his Department has allocated to fund extended schools in each year for the comprehensive spending review period; [32871]


(4) what funding his Department plans to allocate for extended hours schooling in (a) academies and (b) free schools over the period of the comprehensive spending review. [32874]


(5) how many school pupils attended (a) breakfast clubs, (b) after-school and homework clubs and (c) other forms of extended hours schooling in the latest period for which figures are available; and what evaluation his Department has made of the effects on academic attainment of the provision of such services. [32870]

Sarah Teather: In the Schools White Paper “The Importance of Teaching”, published in November 2010, we said that we will rely on schools to work together with voluntary, business and statutory agencies to create an environment where every child can learn, and can experience new and challenging opportunities through extended services. This includes academies and free schools.

The comprehensive spending review 2010 announced that the amounts of extended services funding currently provided through the Department's Standards Fund will form part of the overall schools revenue baseline from April 2011. There will be no specific amounts earmarked for extended services. Schools, including academies and free schools, will have freedom and flexibility to spend their budgets to support their pupils in the ways they judge best.

The Department does not collect data on how many school pupils attend (a) breakfast clubs, (b) after-school and homework clubs and (c) other forms of extended hours schooling. However, two recently published surveys give an indication of the proportion of children using various services.

The Department's Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents for 2009, published in 2010, entailed interviews with a sample of just over 6,700 parents with children

1 Mar 2011 : Column 345W

aged under 15. This found that one-third of the sample of families used a breakfast or after-school club on a school site and 7% used a breakfast or after-school club off-site. The most common activity that children took part in was sport (60% of those using before or after school provision) and just under one-third took part in play/recreational activities, or other creative activities (31% and 28% respectively). 30% were undertaking study, homework, computer activities or learning languages. Some children were engaging in more than one type of activity.

Full details can be found at:

http://publications.education.gov.uk/default.aspx?Page Function =productdetails&PageMode=publications&Productld=DFE-RR054

The Department has published a fuller summary of evidence of the impact of extended services, which can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/popularquestions/schools/typesofschools/extendedschools/a005585/what-are-extended-services


Free Schools

Dr Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department has spent to date on supporting and promoting applications for free schools; [35053]

(2) whether his Department has allocated resources to groups who have made applications for free schools. [35052]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 24 January 2011]:The Department does not provide direct support, either financial or in the form of other resources, to free schools applicants until their proposal has been approved by Ministers to proceed to business case and plan stage.

At application stage, support to groups or individuals is provided by the New Schools Network (NSN), an independent charitable organisation that is funded by the Department. To date the cost of the grant provided to NSN has been £86,137.

Free Schools: Finance

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing the first free schools by September 2011; [39247]

(2) whether any funding from the public purse has been allocated to support the capital requirements of free schools. [39248]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 8 February 2011]: All Free Schools opening in 2011 will receive revenue funding at a rate that is equivalent to maintained schools and academies. On capital funding up to £50 million has been set aside in 2010-11 to meet the capital needs of Free Schools. Beyond that, provision forms part of the overall spending review settlement for schools. Allocations for free schools have yet to be decided and will be dependent in part on the conclusion of the capital review which we intend to publish shortly.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 346W

Languages: Education

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of hours of modern foreign languages teaching there were in primary schools in each of the last three years. [37940]

Mr Gibb: Research published by the Department in July 2009 measured the proportion of primary schools teaching languages to at least some of their year groups at key stage 2 across the years 2006-08. Across the three years of the survey the proportions were:

2006: 70%;

2007: 84%;

2008: 92%.

In addition, the research showed the proportion of primary schools teaching languages to all four year groups in the key stage. These proportions were:

2006: 34%;

2007: 54%;

2008: 69%.

In most cases, this included all pupils within key stage 2.

No further research was commissioned by the Department in 2010 in this area.

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of maintained schools teach (a) French, (b) German, (c) Latin, (d) Spanish and (e) any other language on a weekly basis. [37942]

Mr Gibb: Research published by the Department in July 2009 measured the proportions of the 92% of primary schools teaching languages in curriculum time as follows:

(a) French: 89%;

(b) German:10%;

(c) Latin: a statistically insignificant number;

(d) Spanish: 25%;

(e) Other languages in curriculum time in appreciable numbers as follows:

Italian: 3%;

Chinese: 1%;

Japanese: 1%;

Urdu: <1%.

The Languages Trends survey 2010 published by CILT, the National Centre for Languages, in January 2011 showed that the proportion of maintained secondary schools teaching these languages in curriculum time was as follows:

(a) French: 98% at key stage 3 and 96% at key stage 4;

(b) German: 58% at key stage 3 and 60% at key stage 4;

(c) Latin: 5% across both key stages;

(d) Spanish: 63% at key stage 3 and 64% at key stage 4; and

(e) Other languages taught in curriculum time in an appreciable number of schools were:

Arabic: 1% at both key stage 3 and key stage 4;

Italian: 4% at key stage 3 and 6% at key stage 4;

Japanese: 1% at key stage 3 and 2% at key stage 4;

Mandarin: 3% at key stage 3 and 3% at key stage 4;

Russian: 0% at key stage 3 and 2% at key stage 4;

Urdu: 5% at key stage 3 and 6% at key stage 4.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 347W

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills: Inspections

Mr Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the cessation of Ofsted inspection for outstanding providers will apply to schools and colleges only or all settings under its remit. [39039]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 9 February 2011]: The Government have announced proposals to free outstanding schools, colleges and private training organisations from routine inspection, as part of plans to introduce more proportionate and targeted inspection arrangements. Consideration is currently being given to the appropriateness of extending the principle of exemption from inspection to other areas of Ofsted's remit.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his internal review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education will include consideration of issues associated with training for teachers to deliver the subject. [36514]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 27 January 2011]: The Department for Education is currently developing the remit for the internal PSHE review and further information will be available in due course.

Pre-school Education: Finance

Harriett Baldwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to review the hourly rate for early years funding in respect of the entitlement to 15 hours of free provision. [32072]

Sarah Teather: Local authorities, in consultation with their schools forums, decide how best to distribute three to 16 funding across their locality, and local authorities set their own local rates of funding to early years providers. We are reforming the distribution of funding by local authorities to ensure it is more efficient and transparent by requiring all authorities to introduce from April 2011 a locally agreed early years single funding formula (EYSFF). An analysis of the rates paid by the 71 local authorities that have already implemented their EYSFF is available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/earlyyears/fundingreform/eysff_pathfinderprogramme/

We will be consulting on the future of school funding, including whether to introduce a national funding formula, in spring 2011. As part of that consultation, we will also cover funding for early years provision.

School Capital Funding

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the Chair of the review of school capital funding receives a salary. [39662]

Mr Gibb: Sebastian James receives no salary or other remuneration for his work on the review of DfE capital.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 348W

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what remuneration is received by the members of the committee overseeing the review of school capital funding. [39664]

Mr Gibb: No member of the steering group of the review of DfE capital receives any remuneration for work on the review.

Schools: Performance Standards

Andrew Bingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangement his Department makes to take into account the performance of schools offering international qualifications in its published measures of school performance; and if he will include in school league tables for 2010-11 a measure of performance which takes into account international qualifications. [39846]

Mr Gibb: The school and college (key stage 5) performance tables have included achievements in the international baccalaureate alongside A-levels since 1994. International GCSE (iGCSE) achievements were also included in the 2010 secondary school (key stage 4) performance tables for the first time, and will continue to be included from now on. As with all other qualifications included in the tables, iGCSEs are first accredited by Ofqual. This gives schools, parents, pupils, universities and employers an independent guarantee of quality. As soon as iGCSEs are accredited, the predecessor qualifications can be included in the performance tables. Some iGCSEs were not accredited in time, so could not be included in the 2010 tables. However, we fully expect that the most popular iGCSEs will be included in the 2011 performance tables.

Schools: Sports

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce details of future (a) funding and (b) arrangements for school sport partnerships. [36340]

Tim Loughton: On 1 February the Department for Education wrote to partnerships setting out the grant awarded to each partnership in the 2010-11 financial year (September 2010 to August 2011 school year), and confirming the funding that partnerships will receive as their second and final grant payment in February 2011 to cover the period to August 2011.

The School Sport Partnership grant has been calculated on the basis of the cost of:

Partnership Development Managers (PDMs); Assistant PDMs; School Sport Co-ordinators (SSCos); Primary Link Teachers (PLTs); and Further Education Sport Co-ordinators (FESCos), including pilot FESCos, for the autumn and spring terms (to 30 April 2011);

PDMs; Assistant PDMs; SSCos; and FESCos, including pilot FESCos, for the summer term (to 31 August 2011). PLT training days are not funded in the summer term.

While the grant is calculated on the basis of posts, it was announced in October that partnerships should decide for themselves how the grant is spent for the purpose of providing physical education and sport for young people. We expect that it will be used to embed good practice from the previous Administration's PE

1 Mar 2011 : Column 349W

and Sport Strategy and to introduce new sport competitions for more pupils as part of the coalition Government's School Games planned for spring 2012.

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effect on competitive sport (a) within and (b) between schools of the end of his Department’s funding for competition managers. [36870]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 31 January 2011]: The Government believe that their new approach to encouraging competitive sport, including the changes to the funding of posts that were part of the previous Administration’s strategy (such as competition managers), will result in more pupils playing more competitive sport. We can do much better than the two out of every five pupils that play competitive sport regularly within their own school, and the one in five pupils that plays regularly against other schools, reported last year. The national curriculum for physical education already requires schools to provide competitive sports for all pupils in maintained schools, aged five to 16, and we will make this clearer through the review of the national curriculum. We envisage schools and teachers taking greater control over what is taught in schools, innovating in how they teach it and developing new approaches. At the same time, we are encouraging the world of sport to improve and expand the competitions that are offered to schools, through the creation of a new School games.

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce the funding for school sport partnerships in Warrington for 2011-13. [37179]

Tim Loughton: The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), announced in October 2010 that the Department will not be funding school sport partnerships after this financial year, 2010-11. A final payment will be made to partnerships in Warrington at the end of February 2011, which covers the period to the end of the summer term. After that, it is up to the schools in Warrington whether they work in partnerships to organise physical education and competitive sports and how they fund this from their dedicated school grant. We envisage schools and teachers taking greater control over what is taught in PE, innovating in how they teach and developing new approaches. The Secretary of State also announced in December 2010 that the Department will provide £65 million in the new spending review period for secondary schools to release a PE teacher for a day a week to help local schools embed good practice and organise competitive sports. Secondary schools in Warrington will be eligible for a share of this funding. The Department is developing the arrangements for this and will notify schools in due course.

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2011, Official Report, column 164W, on schools: sports, what assessment he has made of the effects of working with sports clubs on the teaching of sport in schools. [37600]

1 Mar 2011 : Column 350W

Tim Loughton [holding answer 1 February 2011]: The Department has not carried out any research studies into the effects of working with sports clubs on the teaching of sport in schools. Ofsted includes some positive observations in its 2009 report “Physical education in schools 2005/08”, and the Department “PE and Sport Survey 2009/10” includes quantitative data on the number of school-club links. We believe, none the less, that links between schools and sports clubs are mutually beneficial. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has responsibility for promoting school-sport club links, and its Ministers intend to continue funding this through Sport England.

Science: Teachers

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will develop an indicator for schools to report the proportion of their science and mathematics teachers with specialist knowledge relevant to the subjects they teach. [36857]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 31 January 2011]: The Schools White Paper 2010, “The Importance of Teaching”, sets out the Government's commitment to attract more of the best graduates of shortage subjects, including mathematics and science, into teaching. We will publish a strategy document for discussion early this year setting out our plans for funding initial teacher training from academic year 2012/13 to meet our policy aims.

Information on the level and subject of all teachers' post A-level qualifications and for secondary school teachers the curriculum subject they teach forms part of the new annual School Workforce Census. From April this year information from the new School Workforce Census will be published on the qualifications and deployment of secondary school teachers as part of the School Workforce Statistical First Release.

The data from the Census will enable the Department to provide annual analysis on the subject specialisms of the current teaching workforce, including the proportion of science and mathematics teachers with specialist knowledge relevant to the subjects they teach. This will enable us to monitor progress and ensure resources and initiatives are targeted appropriately.

Social Workers

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to assist child protection social workers who experience stress due to their work. [40330]

Tim Loughton: Professor Munro is currently undertaking an independent review of child protection. She published her interim report on 1 February 2011. She has highlighted that if staff were well-supported in handling the emotional and cognitive aspects of the work more effectively, the problem of social workers leaving would be reduced. I look forward to receiving her final report and recommendations in April to which we will respond.

Teachers: Right of Search

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consultation he has undertaken on his proposal to increase search powers for teachers. [37960]

1 Mar 2011 : Column 351W

Mr Gibb: In a statement to the House on 7 July I announced the Government's intention to introduce regulations to add to the list of items for which teachers can search and to introduce a more general search power in the next Education Bill.

Following the July behaviour announcement, we undertook an informal consultation on the items to be added by regulations. On 13 September officials wrote to five teacher professional organisations and Ofsted inviting their views on the proposed regulations—we received three responses.

Our intention to make regulations and to introduce a broader power also featured in the recent schools White Paper. In a letter to head teachers and chairs of governors on 24 November, the Secretary of State invited comment on the content of the White Paper.

Vocational Education

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to improve vocational education in schools. [39654]

Mr Gibb: The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has asked Professor Alison Wolf to carry out an independent review of vocational education. Professor Wolf will consider the organisation, funding, and target audience for vocational education, and the principles that should underpin the content, structure and teaching methods. She will report in the spring, and her findings will inform future developments to improve the standard of vocational education for 14 to 19-year-olds.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices: Greater London

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people took up an engineering apprenticeship in (a) England, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) Enfield North constituency in 2009-10. [41387]

Mr Hayes: Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship starts by young people (aged under 19) on an engineering framework in England, Enfield local authority and Enfield North parliamentary constituency in the 2009/10 academic year.

Table 1: Apprenticeship programme starts by young people (aged under 19) on the engineering framework in England, Enfield local authority and Enfield North constituency, 2009/10
Geography Apprenticeship starts

Enfield North Parliamentary Constituency

Enfield Local Authority

England

7,800

Notes: 1. Figures for England are rounded to the nearest 100. Figures for parliamentary constituency and local authority are rounded to the nearest 100. ‘—’ indicates a base value of less than five. 2. Age is based on age at the start of the programme. 3. Geographic information is based upon the home postcode of the learner. The England figure includes those learners studying in England where the postcode is not known or is outside of England. Source: Individualised Learner Record

1 Mar 2011 : Column 352W

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 27 January 2011:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current

Apprentices: Redundancy

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprentices (a) in each age group and (b) at each apprenticeship level have been made redundant since May 2010; [42254]

(2) what arrangements his Department has put in place to record the number of apprentices made redundant. [42255]

Mr Hayes [holding answer 28 February 2011]:Since the beginning of the 2009/10 academic year, information on apprentices who leave the programme due to redundancy is submitted by colleges and training providers to the Skills Funding Agency in my Department, as part of the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

The following table shows the number of apprentices who left the programme due to redundancy, during the six month period May to October 2010 (that is, Quarter 4 2009/10 academic year (based on final data), and Quarter 1 2010/11 (based on provisional data).


Intermediate apprenticeships Advanced/higher apprenticeships All apprenticeships

Under 19

130

210

340

19-24

50

70

120

25+

20

20

40

All ages

200

290

490

British Postal Museum and Archive

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to transfer responsibility for the British Postal Museum and Archive from Royal Mail to Post Office Ltd. [42205]

Mr Davey: The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) is an independent trust. Royal Mail supports the BPMA through charitable contributions to the museum and through a service contract for the maintenance of the archive.

We have included provisions in the Postal Services Bill that would enable the Lord Chancellor to issue a direction that would have the effect of requiring Royal Mail to keep and maintain the archive that is currently placed on deposit with the BPMA in line with the Public Records Act 1958, regardless of Royal Mail’s future ownership.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure that Royal Mail has a responsibility in perpetuity to transfer (a) archives, (b) stamps and (c) other artefacts to the British Postal Museum and Archive. [42206]

Mr Davey: We have included provisions in the Postal Services Bill that would enable the Lord Chancellor to issue a direction that would have the effect of requiring

1 Mar 2011 : Column 353W

Royal Mail to keep and maintain the public records (which includes stamp issues) placed on deposit with the British Postal Museum and Archive in line with the Public Records Act 1958. The museum collection is a significant part of Royal Mail’s heritage. We consider that the company will continue to ensure, regardless of ownership, that this heritage is preserved as it is an important part of the Royal Mail brand.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when Ministers in his Department last met representatives of the British Postal Museum and Archive; what matters were (a) discussed and (b) agreed at that meeting; and if he will make a statement. [42207]

Mr Davey: I met representatives of the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) when I visited the archive on 10 February this year. The Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my noble Friend Baroness Wilcox, accompanied me on the visit. The visit was primarily an introductory visit as neither of us had visited the BPMA before. We discussed the maintenance of the museum and archive in general. No agreements were reached.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the status is of the British Postal Museum and Archive’s plans to develop a new base in Swindon; and if he will make a statement. [42208]

Mr Davey: The location of the British Museum and Archive is a matter for the BPMA and Royal Mail.

I understand that the move to Swindon is no longer going ahead but that other options are being considered.

Directors: Disqualification

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the updating of the Guidance Notes for the Completion of Statutory Report and Returns (Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986) to be completed. [42009]

Mr Davey: The Insolvency Service's website carries a web-based version of the guidance which is updated as and when required.

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merit of producing an online version of the D1 report forms on the required conduct of directors under the provisions of the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986. [42010]

Mr Davey: The Insolvency Service has identified the submission of D1 reports as a service that could be moved online at an appropriate opportunity.

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to work with (a) the insolvency profession and (b) others on the reform of procedures for the identification and investigation of potential misconduct on the part of company directors to ensure that the most serious cases can be easily identified. [42011]

1 Mar 2011 : Column 354W

Mr Davey: The Insolvency Service monitors and assesses business information and liaises with business and regulatory organisations to identify high profile and complex insolvencies, and developing trends in misconduct. It also liaises with insolvency practitioner office holders to assess, and plan for, the impact of large investigations on the Insolvency Service’s resources. In addition, the Insolvency Service maintains an outreach programme with insolvency practitioners that provide education on the work of the Insolvency Service’s disqualification procedures and reporting requirements.

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the merit of hypothecating funds from the levying of fines on directors disqualified under the provisions of the Company Directors’ Disqualification Act 1986 to fund the Insolvency Service’s work on disqualification. [42012]

Mr Davey: There are no plans for a fine, or a levy, on directors disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (CDDA 1986).

As disqualification proceedings are public interest proceedings, there are objections to a fine or a levy being imposed as part of the public interest criteria especially as defendants in disqualification cases are able to take advantage of the undertaking regime. Most directors offer a disqualification undertaking (79% of directors were disqualified by undertaking in 2009-10).

In any event, disqualification proceedings are not criminal but civil proceedings initiated in the public interest. The primary purpose of disqualification is not punishment of directors but the protection of the public through incapacitation and deterrence.

Legal costs are sought against directors who are disqualified by court order, as in other civil proceedings.

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria the Insolvency Service uses to identify which D1 reports on the required conduct of directors under the provisions of the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986 are most effective in ensuring that cases which may involve the most serious misconduct are investigated. [42013]

Mr Davey: The Insolvency Service applies public interest and evidential criteria to all D1 reports received from insolvency practitioners, ensuring that all cases which meet the criteria will be taken forward to investigation. This would ensure that the most serious, in terms of public interest, are investigated.

Export Credit Guarantees

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the difference in premiums and interest rates offered by (a) the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) private sector. [41846]

Mr Davey: The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) carries out regular assessments of available private sector pricing with a view to not undercutting market rates.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 355W

Loans guaranteed by ECGD are provided and funded by commercial banks. The interest rates applicable to these loans are set by the funding banks by reference to prevailing market rates, except where transactions are supported by ECGD's Fixed Rate Export Finance scheme. Under this scheme (which will cease to be available for new business from 1 April 2011) the interest rate is fixed in accordance with an internationally agreed formula determined by the OECD and derived from Government bond yields.

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether there are any circumstances in which the Export Credits Guarantee Department requires exports to be backed with a sovereign counter guarantee from the importing country's government. [41847]

Mr Davey: Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) usually seeks a sovereign guarantee of payment that commits the full faith and credit of the sovereign Government to honour their debt obligations on an export transaction where the buyer is a Ministry or Department of the central government. Sovereign guarantees of payment may also be sought where the buyer is a publicly owned entity in circumstances when ECGD judges that such security is necessary and it is available. ECGD does not normally seek sovereign guarantees of payment for export transactions involving private buyers or where it takes project risk involving limited recourse financing structures.

Further Education: Finance

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding was provided for further education in the academic year 2009-10. [43003]

Mr Hayes [holding answer 28 February 2011]:The Government allocate funding for further education on a financial year basis. Further Education (FE)and Skills provision for learners aged 16-18 years is funded by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills funds provision for learners aged 19+ years. The 2009/10 academic year straddles both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 financial years. The allocations for each of those financial years are given as follows.

The actual spend for the 2009-10 financial year on delivering teaching and learning for those aged 16-18 in FE colleges and sixth form colleges was £3.794 billion and £0.688 billion for this apprenticeships for this age group. For 2010-11 planned spend is £4.001 billion on provision for those aged 16-18 in FE college and sixth form colleges and further £0.780 billion on apprenticeships. The figures were published by Young Person’s Learning Agency’s (YPLA) in its funding statement(1) on 20 December 2010 and exclude funding used to support learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

For the 2009-10 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills stated in its Skills Investment Strategy(2) published on 16 November 2009 that planned spend on adult learner responsive provision for those aged 19+ would be £1.753 billion and £0.389 billion on apprenticeships. As outlined in the grant

1 Mar 2011 : Column 356W

letter

(3)

to the Skills Funding Agency 17 June 2010 in the 2010-11 financial year that planned adult learner responsive budget would be £1.799 billion and the planned adult apprenticeships budget would be £0.548 billion.

(1) YPLA funding statement published in December 2010

http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/YPLA/16-19_Funding_Statement.pdf

(2) BIS Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/migratedd/publications/s/skills-investment-strategy.pdf

(3) Grant letter to the Skills Funding Agency

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/s/10-1013-sfa-funding-letter-2010-11.pdf

Higher education: Admissions

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people entered (a) further education and (b) higher education in the last 12 months. [43001]

Mr Hayes [holding answer 28 February 2011]:Near- final data show that in 2009/10 academic year, there were 1,094,800 learners aged under 19 participating in further education (FE). This includes participation in general FE colleges, sixth forms colleges, special colleges and learners participating on apprenticeship programmes. This does not include learners participating in school sixth forms. This participation figure includes learners starting a course in 2009/10 and learners who started a course in a previous academic year and are continuing with their learning in 2009/10.

For higher education, the definition of “young” differs for undergraduate and postgraduate entrants. For undergraduates, young refers to those aged under 21, and for postgraduates, those aged under 25. The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which cover the 2009/10 academic year, show there were 333,225 young (aged under 21) undergraduate entrants to English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and 108,724 young (aged under 25) postgraduate entrants to English HEIs.

Post Offices

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's document, Securing the Future of the Post Office in the Digital Age, in how many post offices he expects the sub-postmaster to lose their basic salary and be paid on commission for each transaction. [42819]


Mr Davey: The Department's document 'Securing the Future of the Post Office in the Digital Age indicated that over the next four years around 2,000 small sub-post offices will convert to the Post Office local model which has lower operating costs for both the retailer and Post Office Ltd. As sub-postmasters are not employees of Post Office Ltd they are not paid a salary but are remunerated in line with their contractual terms and conditions as agreed with the National Federation of SubPostmasters.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 357W

Postal Boxes: Repairs and Maintenance

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the change was in the cost of maintaining Royal Mail post office boxes between 2010 and 2011; and what the reason was for the change. [42717]


Mr Davey: The maintenance of its post boxes is an operational matter for Royal Mail.

I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of Royal Mail, Moya Greene, to respond directly to the right hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Sales Methods

Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of regulations in reducing the incidence of aggressive sales techniques. [41843]

Mr Davey: The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 prohibit traders from engaging in aggressive practices which through the use of harassment, coercion or undue influence distort consumers' decisions in relation to products. These prohibitions are still relatively new and it would therefore be premature to conduct an assessment of how effective they have been in reducing the incidence of aggressive sales techniques.

The Government have also asked the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission to examine how private law might be reformed to provide clearer, simpler routes to redress for consumers who have suffered misleading or aggressive practices. Clearer, simpler private law will complement the public regulation of unfair commercial practices, deterring wrongful conduct.

Skills Funding Agency: Contracts

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts the Skills Funding Agency awarded to (a) small and medium-sized and (b) large enterprises in the most recent six month period for which figures are available. [42158]

Mr Prisk: We do not hold this information centrally.

I have asked the chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency to write to the hon. Lady providing the details of the number of contracts awarded to small, medium and large enterprises.

Tribunals Service: Competition Appeals Tribunal

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the transfer of the Competition Appeals Tribunal to the Tribunals Service. [42987]

Mr Davey: The transfer of sponsorship of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to the Tribunals Service is dependant on the abolition of the Competition Service which currently provides administrative support to the CAT.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 358W

A working party, comprising of officials from BIS, the Tribunals Service, Her Majesty's Treasury and the Competition Service have been examining the case for abolition of the Competition Service and will make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Secretary of State for Justice shortly.

If the Competition Service is not abolished the CAT sponsorship will remain with BIS.

Tribunals Service: Copyright Tribunal

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the transfer of the Copyright Tribunal to the Tribunals Service. [42986]

Mr Davey: The merger of the Copyright Tribunal with the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) Tribunals Service was announced in October 2010, subject to agreement of the details with the MoJ. Discussions continue with the MoJ on precisely where the Copyright Tribunal would be situated within the Tribunals Service.

Prime Minister

Departmental Responsibilities: Urban Areas

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 565W, on departmental responsibilities: urban areas, on what date he plans to announce the appointment of Ministers with responsibility for cities in England. [41417]

The Prime Minister: An announcement will be made shortly.

Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Prime Minister if he will assess the level of public appetite to participate in the big society initiative at times of reductions in public expenditure. [42122]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 February 2011 following my speech on the big society. A transcript of this can be found on the No. 10 website at:

http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/speeches-and-transcripts/2011/02/pms-speech-on-big-society-60563

Northern Ireland

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of his Department’s adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in the Cabinet Office publication Principles of Good Employment Practice. [42618]

Mr Paterson: The Department adheres to each of the principles in the Principles of Good Employment Practice where applicable.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 359W

Wales

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of her Department's adherence to each of the principles of good employment practice set out in the Cabinet Office publication Principles of Good Employment Practice. [42616]

Mr David Jones: The Principles of Good Employment relate to best practice for how contractors employ staff. The Wales Office does not procure contractors itself. The Office uses the Ministry of Justice's procurement systems and contractual arrangements.

Work and Pensions

Asbestos

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for prevention of mesothelioma cases caused by exposure to asbestos. [41891]

Chris Grayling: The prevention of exposure to asbestos at work is and will continue to be a priority for HSE. The majority of work with asbestos can only be carried out by contractors licensed by HSE.

In addition, when visiting employers as part of any relevant intervention, HSE visiting staff actively explore compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, with non-domestic building owners and occupiers who have a duty to manage any asbestos in their premises.

HSE also works closely with stakeholders and partners to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and encourage trades people to access training.

Carer's Allowance

Dr Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the take-up of carer's allowance by those who are eligible; and if he will make a statement. [42213]

Maria Miller: The Department does not have an estimate of the take-up of carer's allowance. A feasibility study to assess if the Department can provide an estimate for the take-up of carer's allowance has been completed “(The take-up of carer's allowance: A feasibility study Working Paper no. 84”:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP84.pdf

The study concluded that while it may be possible to provide an estimate of take-up, no approach is without measurement problems and would not provide an estimate for the entire carer's allowance population.

Child Support Agency

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date he expects the Child Support Agency Recovery Unit to return the papers relating to the two children of Samantha Docherty to the office handling the case. [41530]

Maria Miller: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner

1 Mar 2011 : Column 360W

to write to the right hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner as the Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he expects the Child Support Agency Recovery Unit to return the papers relating to the two children of Samantha Docherty to the office handling the case. [41530]

As details about individual cases are confidential I have written to you separately about this case.

Children: Maintenance

Stephen Mosley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many adoptive parents are making child support payments to support children who are (a) no longer in their care and (b) in the care of the child's birth parents. [42710]

Maria Miller: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner as the Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many adoptive parents are making Child Support Agency payments to support children who are (a) no longer in their care and (b) in the care of the child's birth parents. [42710]

The Child Support Agency is not able to provide the figures requested because it only records that a person is a non-resident parent. It does not record whether they are adoptive parents or not. Child support legislation establishes that, where a child is adopted, responsibility for the child, should they qualify for child maintenance, rests with the adoptive parent (section 26(2) of the Child Support Act 1991). The liability of a biological parent to maintain her/his child ends on adoption and the parent by adoption becomes the only person liable to maintain the child. This approach supports the principle expressed in the Adoption and Children Act 2002, namely that someone who is adopted should be treated in law as the natural born child of the person who has adopted them.

I am sorry I cannot be more helpful.

Christmas Bonus

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the £10 Christmas bonus in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [41551]

Steve Webb: There were 15.4 million individuals who received the £10 Christmas bonus in 2009-10. This is the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.

Notes:

1. This information is from the DWP statistical and accounting data.

2. Caseloads for most benefits and benefit expenditure data can be found at the following URL:

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/alltables_budget2010.xls

1 Mar 2011 : Column 361W

Disability Living Allowance

Meg Munn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people awarded mobility allowance for life will continue to receive the allowance following implementation of his proposed reform of disability living allowance. [41970]

Maria Miller: Consultation on the reform of disability living allowance with the key proposal of a new benefit, to be known as personal independence payment, concluded on 18 February. The Welfare Reform Bill introducing the legislative changes necessary was introduced to the House on 16 February.

The intention is that all working age recipients of disability living allowance, whether in receipt of an indefinite or a fixed award, will be reassessed under the conditions of entitlement to personal independence payment from 2013 to establish entitlement.

Susan Elan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those eligible to claim the lowest rate of disability living allowance will be eligible for support under the personal independence payment scheme. [42736]

Maria Miller: Disability living allowance will be replaced by personal independence payment, a new, more transparent and sustainable benefit with an objective assessment of individual need. From 2013/14 working-age individuals in receipt of DLA will be reassessed against the new eligibility criteria for personal independence payment.

We are finalising the design of personal independence payment. The assessment will look at people as individuals, rather than labelling them as part of a group, or with a particular health condition or impairment. I am, therefore, unable to predict the outcome of the assessment and precisely which individuals will see a change in entitlement.

Disability Living Allowance: Clwyd

Susan Elan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Clwyd South constituency claim the lowest rate of disability living allowance. [42737]

Maria Miller: People claim disability living allowance rather than a specific rate. The numbers entitled to each rate, or combination of rates, is contained in the following table.

Disability living allowance recipients in Clwyd South constituency: May 2010
All entitled cases Number of claimants

Higher care and higher mobility

1010

Higher care and lower mobility

350

Higher care only

60

Middle care and higher mobility

710

Middle care and lower mobility

650

Middle care only

170

Lower care and higher mobility

720

Lower care and lower mobility

270

Lower care only

430

Higher mobility only

840

Lower mobility only

80

1 Mar 2011 : Column 362W

Total

5290

Notes: 1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten. 2. All entitled cases figures include people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital. 3. Constituencies used are for the Westminster Parliament of May 2010. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Housing Benefit

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effects on labour mobility of his proposed changes to housing benefit. [36096]

Steve Webb: The Department is in the process of a procurement exercise with leading research organisations for the evaluation and monitoring of the impact of the housing benefit measures. The precise form of the evaluation will depend upon the outcome of negotiations with the successful contractor, but we anticipate that it will include fieldwork examining the effects on different types of households in a range of areas across Great Britain.

Housing Benefit: Fife

Mr Gordon Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) elderly people and (b) people of working age were in receipt of housing benefit in the Fife local authority area in each of the last three years. [37455]

Steve Webb: The information requested is provided in the following table.

Housing benefit recipients by age: Great Britain and Fife local authority

All HB recipients All aged under 65 All aged 65 and over

October 2010

     

All

4,789,490

3,511,880

1,277,440

Fife LA

30,730

22,370

8,360

       

October 2009

     

All

4,568,730

3,292,840

1,275,690

Fife LA

29,690

21,180

8,500

       

November 2008

     

All

4,171,940

2,896,700

1,271,490

Fife LA

27,350

18,020

9,330

Notes: 1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. An extended payment is a payment that may be received for a further four weeks when they start working full time, work more hours or earn more money. 4. Age groups are based on the age on the count date (second Thursday in the month), of either: (a) the recipient if they are single, or (b) the elder of the recipient or partner if claiming as a couple. 5. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. 6. The data is available monthly from November 2008 and October 2010 is the most recent available. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).

1 Mar 2011 : Column 363W

Housing Benefit: Glasgow

Mr Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount of housing benefit paid for each type of tenure in (a) the City of Glasgow local authority area and (b) Glasgow South West constituency was in the latest period for which figures are available. [41477]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available for Glasgow South West parliamentary constituency.

At present, geographic breakdowns are only available for local authorities and regions. However, an exercise is being undertaken to add other geographical areas to the data: this will include parliamentary constituencies.

The data we do have for the city of Glasgow local authority are shown in the following table.

Housing benefit by tenure in city of Glasgow local authority, October 2010

Caseload Average weekly amount (£)

All tenants

90,450

70.41

Local authority tenant

1,840

276.04

Registered social landlord tenant

74,540

59.80

Private regulated tenant

290

65.22

Private deregulated tenant (LHA)

10,250

104.77

Private deregulated tenant (non-LHA)

3,390

92.72

Notes: 1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 3. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10. 4. Average amounts are shown as pounds per week and rounded to the nearest penny. 5. In March 2003, Glasgow transferred all its council housing stock to Glasgow housing association. The caseload and average weekly amounts shown in the table as ‘local authority tenants’ are actually non-housing revenue account properties. 6. Non-housing revenue account (HRA) rent rebate cases applies where a local housing authority secures accommodation from a private landlord and uses the accommodation as temporary accommodation to discharge its functions under the homelessness legislation, part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. This includes accommodation secured by the local authority (LA) under licence, by a short-term lease, or bed-and-breakfast accommodation. 7. Local housing allowance tenants (LHA) may include a small number of non-LHA cases making a new claim since 7 April 2008. This will include recipients in caravan accommodation. 8. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. 9. The total includes cases where the tenure type is recorded as unknown. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).

Housing Benefit: Payments

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of paying housing benefit directly to landlords. [41797]

Steve Webb: We continue to support the principle that tenants in the private rented sector should be responsible for managing their rental payments rather than having the choice of having it paid to their landlord.

Our two-year review of the operation of the local housing allowance, which was published on 10 February, established that in over 80% of cases benefit is being paid to the tenant and in a high proportion of these cases rent payments were made by automated credit transfer. The evidence also suggests that the majority of tenants take the responsibility for paying their rent very seriously.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 364W

There are safeguards in place so that housing benefit can be paid to the landlord if the tenant is unable or unlikely to pay their rent. Benefit is also paid direct to the landlord if the tenant is in arrears by eight weeks' rent.

From April 2011 we are widening local authority discretion to pay housing benefit direct to the landlord only if it would help the customer secure a new tenancy or remain in their current home at a reduced rent. We will work closely with local authorities to ensure this provision is used in very specific circumstances where landlords are reducing rents to a level that is affordable for customers.

We will be considering and consulting on arrangements for the payment of benefit in the context of the universal credit.

Incapacity Benefit

Dame Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of incapacity benefit claimants who will be found fit for work but will not qualify for any payments when assessed for means-tested jobseeker's allowance in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period. [41121]

Chris Grayling: We are not able to provide figures for each year of the spending review period.

However, it is estimated that around 1.5 million existing incapacity benefits customers will go through the reassessment process by 2014. Of these, approximately 23% are expected to be assessed as fit for work following their work capability assessment and moved off incapacity benefits. Around half are expected to go on to be eligible for either income-based or contributory jobseeker's allowance in each year of the reassessment process. An exact split is not available.

People currently going through the reassessment process receiving contributory incapacity benefit are likely to qualify for contributory jobseeker's allowance if they are assessed as fit for work. Likewise anyone previously receiving income support on the grounds of incapacity and assessed as fit for work are likely to be eligible for income-based jobseeker's allowance.

Independent Living Fund

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received payments from the Independent Living Fund in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [41463]

Maria Miller: In the period 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2011 22,358 people in the UK received at least one payment from the ILF.

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget he plans to allocate to the Independent Living Fund for each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period. [41464]

Maria Miller: The Department's detailed budgets, including that of the ILF for 2011-12 and the rest of the SR10 period, have not yet been finalised.

1 Mar 2011 : Column 365W

Jobseeker's Allowance: Fraud

Mr Frank Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people normally resident in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency were prosecuted for offences relating to fraudulent claims for jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years. [41839]

Chris Grayling: The information requested is not available, as to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.

Prosecutions in Scotland are the responsibility of the Procurator Fiscal, and data are not collated centrally.

Jobseeker's Allowance: Housing Benefit

Dame Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions his Department has made for business planning purposes in respect of the likely number and proportion of people in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance who will be affected by the 10 per cent. sanction on housing benefit as a result of not finding work after 12 months. [41985]

Chris Grayling: We have decided not to pursue this measure.

Lorries: Safety

Meg Munn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive provides to (a) the road haulage industry and (b) the passenger transport industry on the increased risk of road traffic accidents among drivers suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea. [41969]

Chris Grayling: The HSE does not provide guidance to the road haulage industry or the passenger transport industry on the increased risk of road traffic accidents to drivers suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), an agency of the Department for Transport, leads on matters relating to fitness to drive. Full details about health conditions that could affect a person's ability to drive are set out on the Directgov website:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/MedicalRulesForDrivers/MedicalA-Z/index.htm

HSE works with other organisations and regulators, as appropriate, to help improve the management of work related health and safety issues. HSE has collaborated

1 Mar 2011 : Column 366W

with the Department for Transport to produce guidance to help companies whose staff drive for work. This guidance ‘Driving at Work - Managing Work Related Road Risk’ (INDG382) makes specific reference to the need for employers to be satisfied that their drivers are sufficiently fit and healthy to drive safely and not put others at risk.

Mortgages: Government Assistance

Mr Douglas Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2010, Official Report, column 1190W, on housing benefit: mortgages, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the interest rate used to calculate Support for Mortgage Interest Payments on the number of people entitled to passported benefits. [34006]

Steve Webb: No assessment on the change to the number of claimants entitled to passported benefits as a result of the SIR change has been made.

Social Security Benefits: Bexley

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in each ward in the London Borough of Bexley claimed (a) jobseeker’s allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) housing benefit in each of the last 12 months. [41397]

Steve Webb: The information requested in relation to housing benefit is not available at ward level.

Notes:

1. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics, as the information supplied is quality assured.

2. Housing benefit caseload and average weekly amounts are available at local authority area level and these are published on the Department’s website at

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=hbctb

3. At present geographic breakdowns are only available for local authorities and regions. However, an exercise is being undertaken to add other geographical areas to the data.

The information we have for jobseeker’s allowance and disability living allowance are shown in the following tables.

Table 1: Jobseeker’s allowance claimants by each ward in the London borough of Bexley: each month February 2010 to January 2011
  2010 2011

February March April May June July August September October November December January

Barnehurst

187

194

183

177

170

165

172

162

173

149

148

169

Belvedere

331

332

333

316

312

291

293

307

318

301

304

315

Blackfen and Lamorbey

173

151

156

132

126

132

148

140

137

131

118

120

Blendon and Penhill

160

148

151

133

118

124

129

123

120

112

106

102

Brampton

142

138

142

121

113

125

130

120

115

91

102

117

Christchurch

213

204

182

188

188

173

163

165

153

144

152

148

Colyers

341

350

337

332

332

328

327

344

304

288

277

304

1 Mar 2011 : Column 367W

1 Mar 2011 : Column 368W

Cray Meadows

241

253

245

244

229

206

209

220

201

203

204

218

Crayford

304

295

279

261

262

263

250

250

239

232

243

266

Danson Park

199

195

168

156

153

162

168

161

148

148

134

151

East Wickham

220

223

209

193

183

185

168

180

190

180

177

176

Erith

356

355

343

331

324

329

309

313

296

304

312

341

Falconwood and Welling

195

185

176

173

175

149

158

159

154

149

160

156

Lesnes Abbey

278

275

267

250

236

228

230

244

225

224

237

240

Longlands

139

137

125

118

113

123

140

138

126

119

123

124

North End

419

431

432

429

405

391

408

416

418

412

401

428

Northumberland Heath

199

195

186

173

170

158

153

166

162

163

169

161

Sidcup

153

141

139

126

126

113

119

133

127

127

108

108

St Mary’s

121

113

120

116

114

112

116

125

120

108

113

110

St Michael’s

203

201

211

193

185

189

188

195

176

155

158

161

Thamesmead East

428

423

401

393

393

406

423

432

387

397

430

422

Notes: 1. JSA figures are unrounded as this is the approved convention followed by ONS for this particular data source. 2. Jobseeker’s allowance data are published at https://www.nomisweb.co.uk 3. Ward level figures are allocated by 2009 ward boundaries. 4. Jobseeker’s allowance figures are available monthly, January 2011 are the latest data currently available. Source: Jobseeker’s allowance: Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (including clerically held cases).