Mr Simon Burns: There are currently 10 trials of stem cell-based medicinal products for which clinical trial authorisations have been granted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), of which two have commercial sponsors. The MHRA cannot name sponsors because they are legally obliged to keep this information confidential.
Mr Simon Burns: The Department signed up to the renewed Compact published in December 2010. It is committed to the principles of the Compact and pursues a “compact compliant” way of working in its business with civil society organisations (CSOs).
has a nominated Senior Responsible Officer for the Compact, and a civil society liaison officer responsible for day to day promotion and management of Compact implementation;
reviewed and monitored consultation lengths, to ensure consultations with the CSO sector are 12 weeks, where possible;
has incorporated the Compact into its own cross departmental guidance on matters like grant funding and procurement;
monitored departmental Compact compliance, via the number of complaints received about the implementation of the Compact;
participated in the National Audit Office (NAO's) review of the National Compact implementation; and
made ministerial statements and provided leadership on the Compact signalling its importance to relevant stakeholder groups e.g. by including a statement on the value of the Compact in arm’s length bodies business planning guidance.
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The Department welcomes the recent NAO inquiry on Government implementation of the Compact and will work with Compact Voice to take forward the report's recommendations to help Departments improve how they embed Compact principles into departmental activities.
Animal Experiments: EU Law
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in implementing European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. 
Lynne Featherstone: European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes was adopted in September 2010 and came into force on 9 November 2010. Member states must transpose the provisions of the directive into national legislation by 10 November 2012. The majority of its provisions must be implemented from 1 January 2013. The mandatory standards of care and accommodation set out in Annex III to the directive must be implemented by 1 January 2017.
A public consultation on the options for transposition of the directive was launched on 13 June 2011 and closed on 5 September 2011. Over 13,000 individuals and nearly 100 organisations responded to the consultation. Analysis of the responses is almost complete. Decisions on options will be announced in due course. In the meantime, preliminary work is proceeding on the preparation of draft regulations to transpose the provisions of the directive into UK legislation and on the preparation of draft guidance to accompany the legislation. In addition comments have been invited from interested organisations on a draft code of practice on care and accommodation.
Arrest Warrants: Extradition
Conor Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European arrest warrants seeking the extradition of a UK citizen to another EU member state have been served in each constituency in each of the last five years. 
Damian Green: The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for Scotland are the designated UK authorities responsible for processing European arrest warrants (EAWs). Information is held on part 1 cases (persons wanted from the UK by another member state) and part 3 cases (persons wanted by the UK from another member state).
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Due to the way data were recorded prior to 1 April2008, it is not possible to provide data on the number of UK nationals arrested in the UK on part 1 EAWs prior to this date without a manual examination of each individual case file. This would incur a disproportionate cost.
Criminal Records: EU Action
Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the establishment of the European Criminal Records Information System. 
Lynne Featherstone: The Government are fully supportive of the establishment of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) in April 2012. ECRIS will provide for higher volumes and faster, more efficient exchanges of criminal records information across the EU and will therefore be a valuable new tool in fighting cross-border criminality. The European Commission is satisfied that ECRIS is on track to become operational as scheduled in April this year and I am pleased to confirm that the UK is on track to be ready to use the mechanism from that point.
John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts her Department has awarded to Deloitte since May 2010; and what the (a) net and (b) individual monetary value was of each such contract. 
Damian Green [holding answer 30 January 2012]: The Home Department, including its executive agencies, has awarded 36 contracts with a total value of £1,960,919.96 to Deloitte since May 2010. The contracts are as follows:
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Departmental Expenditure: Alcoholic Drinks
Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) its public bodies have spent on (i) wine, (ii) other alcoholic refreshments and (iii) bottled water since May 2010. 
Damian Green [holding answer 26 January 2012]: The Home Office accounting systems do not identify separate expenditure on wine, other alcoholic refreshments or bottled water. The information cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department will provide to (a) Women's Aid, (b) the Prince's Trust, (c) Inner City Guidance, (d) Refuge and (e) London Tigers in 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. 
Damian Green [holding answer 8 December 2011]:The Home Office has provided £1.247 million to these organisations so far this year. Grant applications for January to March 2012 are currently under consideration.
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Departmental Pilot Schemes
Trailblazers—building on the success of the national crime mapping website, Police.uk, trailblazer areas are undertaking exploratory work to increase transparency across crime, policing and justice and through the provision of a wider range of information.
Domestic violence protection orders—to conduct and evaluate the effectiveness of domestic violence protection orders and domestic violence protection notices, which are designed to exclude the perpetrator from the designated premises and give victims of domestic violence the time and space to consider their options.
Damian Green: The Home Office currently participates in the Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship programmes for minority ethnic and low socio-economic background undergraduates; and the Windsor Fellowship Leadership programme for minority ethnic undergraduates.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants, (b) asylum seekers, (c) foreign nationals in breach of visa requirements and (d) foreign nationals with no right to remain in the UK were deported in each of the last five years; and to which countries such people were deported. 
Damian Green: Deportations are a specific subset of removals which are enforced either following a criminal conviction or when it is judged that a person's removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. The deportation order prohibits the person returning to the UK until such time as it may be revoked. Most illegal immigrants are removed under administrative or illegal entry powers from the UK rather than being deported.
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The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK within Immigration Statistics. The data on removals and voluntary departures of (b) asylum seekers and (d) non-asylum seekers by country of destination are available in the latest release, Immigration Statistics: July to September 2011.
Due to the size of the tables involved for each year, annual data showing the asylum/non-asylum breakdown by country of destination removed to are available from table rv.06 and quarterly data from table rv.06.q within the Immigration Statistics releases from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, Research and Statistics web pages at:
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants subject to removal proceedings left the UK without contesting the decision in each of the last five years; how many such immigrants appealed and were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in their appeal; and how many such immigrants remain in the UK awaiting deportation. 
Immigrants: EU Nationals
Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report on the analysis of the impacts of migration by the Migration Advisory Committee, if she will estimate the number of jobs unavailable to UK citizens due to immigration from EU member states. 
Damian Green: The report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), Analysis of the Impacts of Migration, investigated the possible relationship between migration and the employment of British-born citizens. For EU migrants the MAC did not find estimates of the effect to be statistically significant.
Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress her Department has made on simplifying the administrative load on small businesses relating to immigration rules. 
This Government's target is to reduce net migration, and they are committed to making the immigration system easier to use. Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs), issued to demonstrate immigration status, will make identity, immigration status and 'Right to Work' (RTW) by employers simpler and more secure. We have issued 600,000 to date, and will complete the roll-out to new in-country applicants from February 2012. In addition, from spring 2012, we plan to launch
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an automated online checking service, in order to ensure employers are able to make quick and easy real time checks on the validity of the permit.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of each immigration case contested by the immigrant subject to removal proceedings in each of the last five years; and what estimate she has made of the time each case takes to process from the initiation of removal proceedings to a final resolution. 
Private Security Industry
Lynne Featherstone: The Private Security Industry Act 2001 requires the licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and the voluntary approval of companies within the private security industry. It does not require companies to be licensed.
Section 4 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, makes provision for exemptions from what would otherwise be licensable. This allows the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), to exempt individuals from SIA licensing in certain circumstances, if suitable alternative arrangements to licensing apply.
Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration she has given to bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 in response to recent trends in the level of metal theft. 
James Brokenshire [holding answer 30 January 2012]:The Government recognise that metal theft is a serious and growing national problem with wide ranging social and financial impacts, including on churches and heritage sites.
The Government are taking urgent action to address it, including funding a new dedicated metal theft taskforce. The Government consider that legislation is the only sustainable, long-term solution and will lay in
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the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill an amendment to create a new criminal offence to prohibit cash payments to purchase scrap metal; and significantly increase the fines for all offences under the existing Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 that regulates the scrap metal recycling industry. These amendments are part of our wider attempts to tackle all stages in the illegal trading of stolen scrap metal, and we shall bring forward further measures in due course.
Telephone Tapping: Warrants
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interception warrants for telephone tapping she has authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 since December 2010. 
James Brokenshire [holding answer 24 January 2012]:Information regarding the issue of warrants for the interception of communications is set out in the annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner. A link to the most recent report, covering 2010, is at:
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative; and if she will make a statement. 
Damian Green: The Home Office promotes a number of activities that support big society objectives. This includes the Safer Future Communities programme, which is helping to prepare the voluntary sector for the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners. We will be evaluating how effective the programme has been in the development of local voluntary and community networks over the coming year.
Communities and Local Government
Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the number of local councillors who were considered to have vacated their office by virtue of non-attendance under section 85 of Local Government Act 1972 in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011. 
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The salaries of senior staff in Department for Communities and Local Government are publicly available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website for the periods ending 30 September 2011, 31 March 2011 and 30 June 2010.
Mark Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of empty houses in the (a) UK and (b) Milton Keynes unitary authority area. 
Andrew Stunell: The numbers of empty homes in England and in each local authority district of England, based on data from the council tax system, are published on the Department for Communities and Local Government website in Live Table 615 at the following link:
Energy Performance Certificates
Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the proportion of homes with an energy performance certificate rating below C that are physically capable of being brought up to a C rating or above. 
Andrew Stunell [holding answer 26 January 2012]: The Department for Communities and Local Government currently has no plans to estimate the proportion of homes with energy performance certificate ratings below C that are capable of being brought up to a C rating or above.
Of the 4,014,570 homes in England and Wales which had combined energy performance certificate ratings below C, up to and including 23 January 2012, 983,808 have the potential to raise their ratings to C or above, as assessed on their certificates.
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Fire Services: Standards
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of fire service response times from time of call to time of first attendance for each fire and rescue service were of a duration of (a) up to five minutes, (b) six to 10 minutes, (c) 11 to 15 minutes and (d) over 15 minutes in each of the last five years. [R] 
Robert Neill: The information requested is not yet available. However, it is intended that analysis of response time data, including the information requested, will be included in the Fire Statistics Monitor which is to be published by July. This will include data up to 31 March 2012.
Freedom of Information
Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is published in the same part of its website on each occasion; and what the average time taken is between responding to a request and the information being made available on the website. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that homes provide sufficient personal space for children, including separate bedrooms for older children. 
We are also consulting on new guidance for local councils which encourages them to use the ‘bedroom standard’, a modern measure of overcrowding, when assessing whether a household is overcrowded for the purpose of allocating social housing.
In setting out the framework for the Affordable Homes programme, the Government have made clear that the programme must take account of local priorities, which in some areas will include the provision of family-sized homes.
The new homes bonus will also encourage local authorities to meet the housing need in their areas, including the housing need of families, by matching the council tax for the following six years. Family homes will tend to be in a higher council tax band than smaller houses or flats. In addition every affordable home built
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will receive an additional premium of £350 per year, up to around 36% more than for an equivalent market home.
As outlined in the answer on 2 March 2011, Official Report, column 483W, our removal of national minimum density targets now gives local authorities the flexibility to set density ranges that suit the local needs in their areas—particularly for family homes.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure designs for new residential developments have safe access to (a) primary health care, (b) schools and (c) play areas for children. 
Robert Neill: The Government attach great importance to the achievement of well designed homes and high quality places. The draft National Planning Policy Framework says that to deliver the facilities and services the community needs, planning policies and decisions should ensure that housing is developed in suitable locations which offer a range of community facilities and good access to key services and infrastructure.
In addition, the draft Framework also asks for key facilities such as primary schools and local shops to be within walking distance of most properties, particularly for larger scale residential developments. We are currently considering carefully all the responses to the consultation on the draft Framework.
Retail Trade: Planning Permission
Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he follows in determining retail planning applications that have been approved by local councils and then called in. 
Robert Neill [holding answer 30 January 2012]: In determining any applications that he has called in for his own determination, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr Pickles), has regard to the legal requirement that planning applications should be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Current national planning policy on retail development is contained in PPS4 Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution his Department is making to implementation of the Compact with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement. 
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has a nominated Senior Responsible Office for the Compact and a civil society liaison officer responsible for day to day promotion and management of Compact implementation.
monitors departmental Compact compliance, via the number of complaints received about the implementation of the Compact.
participated in the National Audit Office's review of the National Compact implementation.
I am particularly pleased that this Department won the National Compact Award during the 2011 Compact Week for our work, with the sector, in producing the Best Value guidance which gives a new, clear prominence to working with the voluntary sector, helps build the confidence of these organisations in holding public agencies to account, is explicit about the scope for Best Value authorities to consider social value in their functions and specifically mentions local Compacts.
My officials will also be following up the other recommendations within the National Audit Office report in order to ensure that the Department continues to be a strong model of collaborative working between Government and the voluntary sector.
Stephen Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking through the planning system to encourage rainwater harvesting in (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial buildings. 
Robert Neill: In line with our reforms to simplify the planning system, the draft National Planning Policy Framework, which we consulted on last year, streamlines existing national planning policy into a consolidated and clearer set of priorities to consider when planning for sustainable development. In doing so the draft framework sets out specific requirements only where necessary, for example, to avoid and manage risks from flooding. In this respect, the draft framework proposes that new development in flood risk areas should give priority to the use of sustainable drainage systems (which can, where appropriate, include rainwater harvesting).
I would also refer my hon. and learned Friend to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Andrew Stunell), to my right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Nicholas Soames), on 17 January 2012, Official Report, columns 632-33W, on the issue of rainwater harvesting.
Aviation: RAF Northolt
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Mrs Villiers: The Department for Transport has not made any assessment of the potential for increased passenger or business flights from RAF Northolt or on the related environmental and noise implications.
Mrs Villiers: The Civil Aviation Bill extends to the whole of the UK. Welsh Government officials and Ministers have been kept informed of measures in the Bill as they have developed. A draft copy of the Civil Aviation Bill was shared with Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, in the Welsh Government, prior to its publication. The Welsh Government have expressed support for the Bill.
Norman Baker: In 2011 my Department spent £8 on Christmas decorations at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Farnborough. This was for the replacement of lights/bulbs that were at least 12-years-old and deemed to be a safety hazard. I do not regard this as unreasonable.
Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2012, Official Report, column 636W, on procurement, what contracts her Department (a) has issued and (b) has at preferred bidder stage where any part of the contract is priced in a foreign currency; which part of the contract or bid is priced in a foreign currency in each case; and what the currency is in each case. 
Mrs Villiers: Bids are typically priced in pounds sterling. Where there are significant costs to bidders arising in foreign currency, exchange rate assumptions may be provided to all bidders on which to base their bids.
At contract signature such assumptions are re-calibrated for the relevant rates at that time and reflected in the sterling amount to be paid under the contracts. Exchange rate risk after financial close lies with the bidder.
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Great Western Railway Line
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the potential level of public subsidy to be received by the company which takes over the new Great Western franchise on (a) an annual and (b) a cumulative basis over the lifetime of the franchise. 
Mrs Villiers: The Department has been and will continue to undertake detailed financial analysis of the Great Western franchise to determine its commercial position for the forthcoming competition to operate these services. The Government do not publish such details as this would prejudice our commercial position in obtaining the best price and value for taxpayer from this franchise competition.
Great Western Main Line: Electrification
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the date of completion of electrification of the Great Western Main Line to (a) Newport and (b) Cardiff Central stations. 
High Speed 2
Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of compensation payments to residents and businesses along the planned High Speed 2 route up to the beginning of train services on the route. 
Justine Greening: As of September 2011, HS2 Ltd estimated the cost of land acquisition and compensation payments to be £965 million, for the first phase London to West Midlands route. This does not include discretionary or hardship-based acquisitions as these proposals are still under development and will be consulted on in the spring.
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral statement of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 23-59, on high-speed rail, what estimate she has made of the number of businesses that will re-locate from Birmingham to London as a result of shorter journey times; and if she will make a statement. 
Justine Greening [holding answer 17 January 2012]: It is estimated that HS2 will help support growth in employment of more than 8,000 jobs in the west midlands and regenerate Birmingham's Eastside. While no specific assessment has been made of whether businesses would relocate from Birmingham to London as a result of HS2, table 5 of the Economic Case for HS2 published this month shows that, based on where people start their journeys, over three-quarters of the monetised business benefits of a Y-shaped HS2 network are likely to be accrued outside London.
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Large Goods Vehicles
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 24-5WS, on high-volume semi-trailers, what (a) information, (b) advice and (c) guidance she has issued to local authorities in advance of the longer lorry trials. 
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 669W, on metals: theft, when the £5 million fund to establish a nationwide taskforce to target metal thieves and scrap metal dealers who illegally trade in stolen metal will be made available; and what progress has been made on a new regulatory framework. 
Norman Baker: In the autumn statement, the British Transport police were given the go-ahead to undertake expenditure from the £5 million fund for the establishment and operation of a dedicated national taskforce to tackle metal theft. Work is now under way to establish a central command and management team to co-ordinate operational activity and intelligence, supported by a number of regional teams, comprising police, Environment Agency and HMRC representatives, who will undertake enhanced enforcement and detection activity.
The Government believe that the existing regulatory regime for the scrap metal industry is no longer effective and needs to be revised. As the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), announced in a written ministerial statement on 26 January 2012, Official Report, columns 25-26WS, the Government will be tabling amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to prohibit cash payments for the purchase of scrap metal, and to increase fines for offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. Further measures will be brought forward in due course.
Midland Main Line: Electrification
Mrs Villiers: The Government support progressive electrification of the rail network in England and Wales as a way of reducing the cost of running the railways, increasing efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. We continue to work with Network Rail to look at the case for further electrification, including of the Midland Main Line, between Nottingham and London, in the next rail Control Period starting in 2014.
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Mr Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of measures to control costs in rail franchise awards on (a) train timetables and (b) levels of overcrowding; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs Villiers: Improving efficiency and reducing cost is vital to the future of the railway. But this will not be at the cost of good services for passengers and will not lead to a reduction in capacity. This Government are investing in rail, with £18 billion of rail funding in last year's spending review and the biggest programme of railway modernisation since the Victorian era.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the minimum number of station calls is at each station each (a) week and (b) day on the Intercity West Coast franchise route (i) to and from London Euston and (ii) between Birmingham New Street and Edinburgh Waverley. [R] 
Mrs Villiers: The Department normally begins the formal process for retendering for new franchises around 18 months before the new commencement date. We have not yet made any formal announcement regarding the timescales for the new Integrated Kent Franchise which is due to start on 1 April 2014.
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of miles of railway track within Wales that will be electrified by the end of (a) December 2016 and (b) December 2017. 
Mrs Villiers: Network Rail's electrification programme will not have delivered electrified track in Wales by December 2016. I currently estimate that for December 2017, up to 101 single track miles will be electrified and ready for electric services.
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on (a) the McNulty Review of Rail Value for Money study, (b) capacity on the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble route and (c) the consultation for the proposed new Great Western franchise. 
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Mrs Villiers: The Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), recently met with Carl Sargeant, Assembly Minister with responsibility for Transport, to discuss rail related issues. The meeting did not cover any of the above issues.
Mrs Siân C. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on electrification of rail infrastructure serving Swansea. 
Mrs Villiers: The Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), met Carl Sargeant AM on 16 January 2012 where the matter of Cardiff to Swansea electrification was discussed alongside the Welsh Government's other electrification proposals.
Mr Burley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the operation of section 71 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 on taxi metering. 
Norman Baker: The Department has made no assessment of the operation of this section. Individual licensing authorities are responsible for testing any taximeters which are fitted in the private hire vehicles which they license. They can take action against any person who attempts to deceive consumers by tampering with a taximeter.
There is a wider point about ensuring that any taximeter placed on the market complies with the Measuring Instruments (Taximeters) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/2304). We are currently looking into various options as to how the enforcement regime under these regulations will be carried out in the future.
Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the analysis by IPPR North of the autumn statement announcements on transport infrastructure, whether she has made an assessment of IPPR North's conclusion that 84% of the announced spending on such projects will benefit London and the South East region. 
Norman Baker: I have not assessed IPPR North's specific assertion that 84% of the transport infrastructure spending announcements in the autumn statement of 29 November 2011, Official Report, columns 799-810, will benefit London and the south-east.
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However, the following table breaks down spend on both the transport schemes announced as part of the autumn statement and the further Local Authority Major Transport schemes announced on 14 December 2011, Official Report, columns 104-6WS.
It can be difficult and misleading to assign spend to a particular region as the benefits of certain projects can be far more widespread (for example, improvements to a particular section of motorway will not only benefit those living nearby). In addition, a number of projects announced in the autumn statement, such as funding for bridge renewals, are not specific to a particular region. For Trans Pennine Electrification, spend has been apportioned between the north-west and Yorkshire and the Humber for the purpose of this exercise.
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|(1) These schemes are being accelerated and spend is being brought forward from future years. (2) This is the maximum DfT spend and is dependent on the successful resolution of various funding agreements with other bodies who have liability for some of the works.|
Mr David Jones: This Compact is an agreement between the Government and civil society organisations in England. The Welsh Government have operational responsibility for engagement with civil society organisations in areas where policy responsibility is devolved and has existing arrangements for engagement with civil society organisations. The Compact does not override these arrangements.
The Wales Office does not fund services provided by voluntary and civil society organisations in Wales but where the Government interact with or have responsibility for funding these services in Wales, they will honour the commitments made in the Compact.
Afghanistan National Army
Nick Harvey: Recruitment numbers for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) and Afghanistan National Police (ANP) are matters for the Government of Afghanistan. However, we will continue to work closely with them through the NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan to help build the capacity and capability of the forces.
Both the ANA and ANP are on track to reach their maximum target numbers in October 2012 as endorsed by the Standard Security Committee of the Joint Co-ordination Monitoring Board, the formal decision making body for Afghan and international co-ordination.
Armed Forces: Entertainment
Mr Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department has made for the entertainment of UK armed forces (a) overseas and (b) UK-based in 2011-12; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last 12 years. 
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Nick Harvey: The Ministry of Defence makes extensive provision for the entertainment of our armed forces overseas and in the UK. Entertainment is not provided centrally, but by a large number of different elements. Examples include a contract with Combined Services Entertainment to provide shows overseas and to those recovering in Headley Court and Selly Oak; separately, shows are provided for ships at sea. A contract with the Services Sound and Vision Corporation provides television and radio services for a number of overseas bases. Additionally, more than 25,000 armed forces personnel and their families are reached by Garrison Radio. Commanding officers have access to the Commanding Officers' Public Fund and Accumulated Welfare Fund, which can be used for the purchase of a variety of items, including televisions and computers. Figures for all elements of this entertainment provision are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Nick Harvey: The Ministry of Defence has a contract with Combined Services Entertainment to provide entertainment acts, such as dancers, comedians and bands, to UK service personnel deployed overseas. The details of the individual acts contracted over this period are not held. For the 2011-12 financial year we expect the total cost for overseas performances (including travel, subsistence, insurance and other costs as well as fees paid to performers) to be £1.946 million. This is based on actual costs to the end of December 2011 and forecasts for January to March 2012.
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Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methods were used to demilitarise and dispose of the depleted uranium ammunition for the Phalanx Close-in Weapons System; which regulatory framework applied to the work; how the depleted uranium metal was disposed of; and where the final disposal site was located. 
Nick Harvey [holding answer 30 January 2012]: Demilitarisation of the depleted uranium ammunition for the Phalanx Close-in Weapons System was carried out under a Prime Contract at a commercial facility in Germany, with final disposal being completed at a commercial licensed recycling facility in the USA. Under the terms of the contract, both the prime contractor and associated sub-contractors were required to have the applicable licences and to comply with appropriate national and international safety and environmental regulations and with due regard to conventions, protocols and approvals. This included registration and use of Euratom safeguard registered sites, as required by the Euratom treaty within Europe. The commercial facility in the USA melted and cast the depleted uranium into ingots which are stored there for recycling.
Ex-servicemen: Health Services
Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2012, Official Report columns 728-9W, on ex-servicemen: health services, (1) whether his Department has established whether the low numbers of referrals of patients with physical health problems to the Medical Assessment Programme is due to (a) patients not having such needs or (b) GPs not being aware of the services available to them; 
Mr Robathan [holding answer 26 January 2012]: We believe that the decline of physical health referrals from 1990-91 Gulf veterans is due to a number of factors. Most notably, the Gulf conflict took place over 20 years ago and so it is unsurprising that referrals of physical health complaints of Gulf veterans have now reduced to a very low level and that those which are reported are less likely to be connected with their deployment.
Another key factor is the reassurance provided by the publication of independent peer-reviewed scientific research in the UK and US showing that there is no evidence of a unique ‘Gulf War Syndrome’. In addition many of the issues of concern to Gulf veterans have been addressed
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with the publication of reports following the Ministry of Defence (MOD) investigation of the facts.
Details about the Medical Assessment Programme have been on the MOD, Veterans-UK, and NHS websites for many years. In addition, last year the MOD, Department of Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners launched a GPs' e-learning package on veterans' and service families' health to help increase GPs’ awareness of military issues raised. This followed the report on veterans' mental health care published by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison).
Libya: Armed Conflict
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made since the conclusion of Operation Ellamy of NATO's requirement for independent ISTAR assets for future operations. 
The lessons identified will contribute to the Department's internal planning round process and also the NATO Defence Planning process. Certain capabilities, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, were identified as priority capability shortfalls at the NATO Lisbon summit and work continues to address them, including through the Secretary General's Smart Defence Initiative.
Nick Harvey: To identify unknown aircraft in the NATO Air Policing Area, the NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Finderup issued direction to United Kingdom Control and Reporting Centres for the launch of UK military Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft on 10 occasions in 2011. The choice of the QRA base or bases used for each incident is at the discretion of the tactical commander and forms part of the deterrent value of our QRA posture. Therefore, this figure includes launches from both RAF Coningsby and RAF Leuchars.
|Location||Number of Royal Air Force personnel||Number of Army personnel||Number of Royal Navy personnel|
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|Note: CAOCs 3, 4 and 9 have been inactive since 2008.|
Peter Luff [holding answer 30 January 2012]:The number of fixed wing and rotary aircraft in service with each branch of the armed forces, and where each such aircraft is based is shown in the following table:
|Aircraft type||Service||Based at||In-service fleet (number)|
|(1) Abingdon, Dalton Barracks; Chivenor; Cosford; Halton; Henlow; Linton-on-Ouse; Little Rissington; Lossiemouth; Newtownards Airfield; Odiham; St Athan; Swansea Airport; Syerston; Ternhill; Topcliffe; Woodvale. (2) Arbroath Airfield; Hullavington, Buckley Barracks; Kenley; Kirknewton; Predannack Airfield; Syerston; Upavon Airfield; Watton, STANTA (Stanford Practical Training Area) Airfield; MDP Wethersfield.|
Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay
Mr Gordon Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his planned visit to Fife in the week of 30 January 2012, if he will visit the sites at Dalgety Bay now under scrutiny for radiation contamination. 
Turkey: Armed Forces
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of drugs was seized in Afghanistan in the last three years; and what further steps he plans to take to reduce drug production in that country. 
Alistair Burt: The Criminal Justice Task Force, Afghanistan's leading counter-narcotics judicial institution, records all significant drug seizures associated with the prosecutions it handles. It suggests a total of 353.2 metric tonnes of illicit narcotics (heroine, morphine, opium, hashish) was seized between April 2009 and December 2011. Very low-level drugs cases are not included in this figure.
The UK has provided strong support to the Government of Afghanistan in delivering their National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS) and, in partnership with our international partners and the United Nations Office on Drugs Crime, will continue to do so in future. The NDCS sets out a comprehensive response to the narcotics trade including law enforcement, criminal justice, economic development and regional co-operation.
Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on establishing the Police Academy of Afghanistan; what the expected completion date is; and how many recruits are expected to be trained each year. 
Alistair Burt: The police training centre in Helmand has been operating since June 2010. Over 3,400 new recruits and 570 junior officers have graduated since the training centre opened. As of January 2012 there are 507 trainees at the training centre consisting of 198 junior officers, 299 patrolmen and 10 trauma assistance personnel medics. The number of recruits trained in future will vary depending on the nature of training being delivered, based on Afghan needs.
We continue to invest in the training centre, which will become the police training academy once construction is fully completed. The construction of student accommodation and a student Mosque is due to be completed by March 2012.
Arms Trade: Treaties
Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is taking steps to support the participation of women from conflict-affected countries in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations. 
Civil society and non-governmental organisations have played a crucial role in the progress made on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) so far, and, alongside Ambassador Moritan of Argentina, the Chair of the UN process on ATT, the UK has worked to ensure that civil society retain a voice in the UN Preparatory Committee meetings. We will continue to support this approach at the UN Conference in 2012. The UK
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Delegation regularly meets with civil society representatives from different regions, including women from regions affected by conflict, and this will continue at the final Preparatory Committee meeting and the UN Negotiating Conference. At the July Preparatory Committee meeting, the UK delegation met a group of survivors of armed violence. The UK has also funded a project in India that examined the impact of gun violence on women in Indian communities.
Atlantic Ocean Islands: Environment Protection
Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the case for establishing a Marine Protected Area at (a) Tristan da Cunha, (b) South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, (c) Bermuda and (d) Pitcairn Island. 
Mr Lidington: Various activities are currently under way relating to the conservation of the marine resources of Tristan, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Bermuda and Pitcairn. These will inform the ongoing discussions between my Department and Overseas Territory (OT) Governments about the appropriate options for the management and protection of the rich environmental assets of the OTs.
Bangladesh: Military Coups
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with the government of Bangladesh the attempted military coup in that country in December 2011. 
The UK does not condone or support unconstitutional action or any attempts to seize power by force. We favour constructive dialogue and strong independent and accountable institutions for a healthy and sustainable democracy in Bangladesh.
Ethiopia: Human Rights
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent visits UK diplomats have made to the Ogaden region; and what discussions on the human rights of the people of that region his Department has had with the (a) Government of Ethiopia, (b) Government of Somalia and (c) African Union; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Lidington: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development officials regularly visit Ethiopia's Ogaden region, and meet with governmental, non-governmental, and civil society representatives. The British embassy in Addis Ababa regularly discusses the human rights situation in the region with Ethiopian federal and regional governments.
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Dr Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of paragraph 11 of the EU Parliament Motion for a Resolution B7-0000/2012 of 9 January 2012; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Lidington: The UK Government have noted both the European Parliament's resolution and the Serbian Government's announcement on 12 January 2012 that article 359 of the Criminal Code will be replaced during 2012 with a series of more specific offences, in line with EU and Council of Europe recommendations. The UK, in supporting an EU future for Serbia and all countries in the Western Balkans, will continue to insist that applicant states fully comply with the EU's membership criteria before acceding, including in establishing the rule of law.
Falkland Islands: Sovereignty
Mr Jeremy Browne: We are in regular touch with the US on this and many other issues. They understand our position. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), discussed the Falkland Islands with Secretary Clinton in Washington in December. The US takes no position on the Islands' sovereignty, but recognises the UK's administration. This is a longstanding US position. Ministers and officials have and will continue to make it clear to their US counterparts that the wishes of the Islanders are paramount, and that we will not negotiate on sovereignty so long as the Islanders wish to remain British.
Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who within his Department is leading the review of guidance on security and justice assistance; and what steps he is taking to ensure gender considerations are included in that review. 
Mr Jeremy Browne: The Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance focuses on managing the risk of serious violations of human rights that may arise from Her Majesty's Government's (HMG's) security and justice work.
The Guidance refers specifically to sexual violence and human trafficking, issues which affect women and girls in particular, and more broadly, the need to protect and promote women's rights is mainstreamed throughout the Guidance.
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a review of those elements of the Guidance dealing with gender issues. The review will focus on how the Guidance has been implemented and whether any further changes are needed in order to ensure that the Guidance is effective and user-friendly. The review will also be an opportunity for users of the Guidance to provide feedback on the content of the Guidance, including the extent to which it supports our goal of protecting and promoting women's rights.
Occupied Territories: Housing
Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the effects of house demolitions in the west bank; what assistance the Government plans to provide to Bedouins in Anata following the demolition of their houses; and if he will make a statement. 
Alistair Burt: Our officials in the British embassy in Tel Aviv and the British Consulate General in Jerusalem monitor events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and make daily reports on various issues including demolitions. Demolitions of houses and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes are deeply unhelpful when the focus should be on confidence-building steps with the aim of giving momentum to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
I most recently raised concerns over plans to move west bank Bedouin communities with Deputy Foreign minister Danny Ayalon on 9 January. Our officials at the embassy in Tel Aviv regularly discuss the issue with the Israeli authorities. The Israeli authorities state that they are yet to finalise their plans and will consult fully with Bedouin communities before moving ahead. The UK continues to encourage the Israeli Government to carry through on this commitment, to comply fully with their obligations under international law and to ensure that any decision reached on the movement of Bedouin communities should be made with their full consent and not result in a forcible transfer.
Mr Jeremy Browne: There are around seven Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials with responsibilities relating to Pitcairn, among other duties. Other FCO officials provide specialist support and advice as required.