Neurology: Waiting Lists

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients with multiple sclerosis from first referral by a GP to an appointment with a neurological specialist in each primary care trust in England for the last year for which figures are available. [112227]

Paul Burstow: Since the recording of diagnosis information in the out-patient data is not mandated, reliable data cannot be provided in answer to this question.

NHS Trusts: Disciplinary Proceedings

Mrs Siân C. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on requirements for individuals engaged as a direct employee, a direct contractor or through an agency to disclose whether they have been dismissed by another NHS trust; and what his policy is on employing in senior NHS positions persons previously dismissed for dishonesty. [112225]

Mr Simon Burns: The mandate for employment checks in the national health service (in England) was issued by the Department under Health Circular HSC2002/008 in May 2002. The NHS Employment Check Standards were first published in March 2008 and republished in July 2010. There are six documents which make up the NHS Employment Check Standards, one of which is employment history and reference checks. A copy has been placed in the Library.

It is for the employing trust to decide whether an applicant to be engaged as a direct employee, a direct contractor or through an agency satisfies the pre-employment checks. If a reference discloses that an applicant was dismissed for dishonesty, it is a matter for the prospective employer to decide how to proceed.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 955W

NHS: Disciplinary Proceedings

Dr Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have experienced (a) disciplinary action and (b) dismissal for incompetence in each year since 1997. [112078]

Mr Simon Burns: Information on the number of national health service staff who have faced disciplinary action or who have been dismissed for incompetence in each year since 1997 is not collected centrally.

NHS: Staff

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS doctors, (b) GPs, (c) NHS dentists and (d) NHS nurses were employed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the north-east and (iv) the UK in each year since 2005. [111893]

Mr Simon Burns: Information is not collected at constituency level by the Department.

A table giving the detail of staff employed in the North East Strategic Health Authority, which is made up of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Primary Care Trust, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and England, has been placed in the Library.

NHS: Pay

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of salaries in the NHS for (a) medical staff and (b) non-medical staff in the latest period for which figures are available. [112074]

Mr Simon Burns: Information on aggregate national health service salaries broken down by staff group is not held centrally.

It is estimated that in 2010-11 aggregate earnings for hospital and community health services were around £7.9 billion for medical staff and around £28.3 billion for non-medical staff, of which the basic earnings element is estimated at around £5.9 billion for medical staff and around £25.1 billion for non-medical staff.

NHS: Per Capita Costs

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of spending was on NHS services per head of population in the (a) Bexley primary care trust, (b) NHS Greenwich and (c) NHS West Kent area in the last three years for which figures are available. [111889]

Mr Simon Burns: The total revenue allocations made to the organisations requested, for the years 2010-11 to 2012-13 are provided in the following table:

Total revenue allocations per-head: 2010-11 to 2012-13
£
Organisation2010-112011-122012-13

Bexley Primary Care Trust (PCT)

1,634

1,628

1,668

Greenwich Teaching PCT

1,943

1,994

2,032

19 Jun 2012 : Column 956W

West Kent PCT

1,498

1,499

1,527

England

1,677

1,693

1,728

Notes: 1. Total revenue allocations include PCT recurrent allocations and non-recurrent allocations for primary dental care, pharmaceutical services, general, ophthalmic services and support for joint working between health and social care. 2. The weighted capitation formula was not applied for the PCT recurrent revenue allocations in 2012-13 and all PCTs received a uniform uplift. This was to allow PCTs stability in a year of transition. 3. The figures for 2010-11 and 2011-12 are not directly comparable because in 2011-12 locally agreed funding and commissioning responsibility was transferred from PCT allocations to local authorities for the social care of people with learning disabilities.

NHS: Property

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) legal and (b) other costs of NHS property and estates transfers. [111951]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department is currently tendering for professional services in connection with primary care trust property and estates transfers to NHS Property Services Ltd. For commercial reasons, therefore, it is not possible to provide an estimate of legal or other costs that will be incurred by the Department in association with transfers to NHS Property Services Ltd.

Primary care trusts (PCTs) and national health service providers have their own budgets for managing the transfer of property and estates as part of the transition process.

NHS Property Services Ltd will hold property for use by community and primary care services, cut the costs of administering the estate by consolidating the management of over 150 estates and dispose of property identified by the local NHS as surplus to requirement, in order to return vital funds to frontline NHS services.

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any NHS property or other assets transferred from primary care trusts through property and estates transfers will be transferred out of public ownership; and which assets will be affected. [111952]

Mr Simon Burns: All existing primary care trust property and other assets will transfer on 31 March 2013 to either national health service providers or NHS Property Services Ltd, a limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), thereby remaining in public ownership.

Nutrition: School meals

Grahame M. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on nutritional standards for school meals in free schools; and if he will make a statement. [111900]

Anne Milton: Ministers have held no discussions about the nutritional standards for school meals in free schools with Ministers at the Department for Education (DFE). However, Department of Health officials do meet with officials from DFE to discuss such matters.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 957W

DFE has policy responsibility for the school food standards, and Ministers discussed these with Ministers from DFE during the preparation of the document, “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Call to action on obesity in England” a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Organs: Transplant Surgery

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to check transplant organs for disease before a transplant takes place; and how many tests were carried out in the latest period for which figures are available. [112211]

Anne Milton: There have been 3,960 transplants from both living and deceased donors carried out in the financial year 2011-12. However, information on the total number of tests carried out is not held centrally as these are arranged by individual trusts.

It is the responsibility of the Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation to perform a comprehensive physical assessment of the donor and to request expert help if required. A full medical history of the donor is always obtained from the medical notes and from talking to the donor's family as well as microbiological screening by a blood test. Tests are also undertaken to ascertain how well the organs are functioning. This takes account of the cause of death, documented medical history and lifestyle and information gained through talking to relatives and the donor's general practitioner.

The surgeons at retrieval will also examine the organs and the whole abdominal area to check for any signs of damage or disease in a bid to minimise the risks of communicable diseases. If required, urgent biopsy examinations are carried out, the results of which are documented and communicated to the transplant teams, who can choose to accept or reject the organs.

Additional tests and investigations are carried out on a case-by-case basis, usually at the request of the transplant centres either prior to or during retrieval. The transplanting surgeon will also assess the organ for suitability and size prior to transplantation. The consultant will confirm only at that point that the organ is suitable for the planned recipient.

Osteoporosis

Dr Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress the NHS has made in improving outcomes for patients with osteoporosis. [112177]

Paul Burstow: Osteoporosis: secondary prevention of fragility fractures is included as an indicator in the Quality and Outcomes Framework for 2012-13. General practitioners are now asked to produce a register of high-risk patients with previous fragility fractures. The Government have funded several cycles of the national falls and bone health audit and national hip fracture database. The best practice tariff for hip fracture continues and there have already been demonstrable benefits in the management of patients with hip fractures as a result.

In addition, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published technology appraisal guidance recommending a number of drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of osteoporotic fragility

19 Jun 2012 : Column 958W

fractures, and it has also produced a clinical guideline on the management of hip fractures in adults. NICE is also currently developing a new clinical guideline on the risk assessment of fragility fracture in people with or at risk of osteoporosis and plans to publish its final guidance later this year.

Oxygen

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future use of oxygen chambers in the health sector; and what information his Department holds on the price of purchasing and using such chambers. [112208]

Mr Simon Burns: Primary care trusts (PCTs) currently have responsibility for commissioning hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) services.

From April 2013, commissioning of services such as HBOT services will be a matter for clinical commissioning groups or the NHS Commissioning Board for certain services that are set out in regulations.

The Department does not hold information on the cost of oxygen chambers.

Patients: Privacy

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department next plans to review the guidance that it issues to NHS trusts; and if he will ensure that any such guidance deals with policy on observation; [112067]

(2) what system is in place to monitor NHS trusts' policies on media access and interviewing, photography and observation within hospitals insofar as this relates to patients; [112068]

(3) how many NHS trusts have received complaints from patients on intrusion on their privacy due to filming, photography and other recording in hospitals. [112659]

Mr Simon Burns: The right of national health service patients to privacy is a matter of law which NHS organisations follows in developing their policies and procedures locally to ensure their patients‘ privacy. Guidance has been issued by the Department to assist the NHS in relation to specific areas of privacy, including “Guidance on filming in the NHS”, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, and “Using mobile phones in NHS hospitals”, which has been placed in the Library.

The NHS Constitution reflects the NHS's legal duty to respect a patient's private life, stating for patients in Section 2a:

You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, in accordance with your human rights.

You have the right to privacy and confidentiality and to expect the NHS to keep your confidential information safe and secure.

Data on written complaints are collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) from the NHS. In 2010-11, the NHS reported 1,131 written complaints received relating to privacy and dignity. However, it is not known how many of these, if any, related to observation and photography.

The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) enshrines the right to respect for private and family life set out in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention), which states:

19 Jun 2012 : Column 959W

(i) Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence,

(ii) There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

In addition, Section 119 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 includes an offence of causing nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises. A person may commit an offence if he or she causes, without reasonable excuse and whilst on NHS hospital premises, a nuisance or disturbance against an NHS staff member and refuses to leave when asked to do so by a police constable or NHS staff member. Persons who are not seeking medical advice, treatment or care could commit the offence if they, for example, use a mobile phone in such a way as to cause a nuisance or disturbance to an NHS staff member and where they fulfil the other elements of the offence.

Physiotherapy: Pupils

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to work with the Department for Education to guarantee physiotherapy to pupils with physical and neurological disabilities; [112300]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to work with the Department for Education to guarantee occupational therapy to pupils with physical and neurological disabilities. [112301]

Anne Milton: Physiotherapy and occupational therapy services are provided on the basis of assessed clinical need. It is the responsibility of local heath care providers to commission services to meet the needs of their local communities, including the provision of services for children and young people with physical and neurological disabilities.

The Department of Health and the Department for Education have worked together to develop the Government's Green Paper ‘Support and Aspiration—A new approach to SEN’, published in March 2011, and the Next Steps document, published in May 2012. 20 pathfinders covering 31 local authorities and primary care clusters have been appointed to test the Green Paper proposals, including a new single assessment process with a single education, health and care plan and the option of a personal budget for children and families that would benefit from one.

‘Support and Aspiration—A new approach to SEN’ is available at:

www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Green-Paper-SEN.pdf

‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability—progress and next steps’ is available at:

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/support%20and%20aspiration%20a%20new%20approach %20to%20special%20educational%20needs%20and%20disability %20%20%20progress%20and%20next%20steps.pdf

19 Jun 2012 : Column 960W

Prescription Drugs: Shortages

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to make a decision on whether to undertake a one-off survey of medicine shortages; [111960]

(2) what discussions he has had with external survey organisations on the (a) feasibility and (b) process of undertaking a one-off survey of medicine shortages; [111961]

(3) what evidential basis he will use to make a decision on whether to undertake a one-off survey of medicine shortages. [111962]

Mr Simon Burns: We continue to work with suppliers and supply chain stakeholders to exchange information and seek solutions to supply issues so shortages are avoided and patients receive the medicines they need. We are considering with stakeholders taking forward a one-off survey. These discussions include the timing, feasibility and process of such a survey. The basis of the decision on whether to undertake a one-off survey will include a number of factors, including the possible benefits from the survey, the cost and the possible additional burden on pharmacists.

Shellfish: Health Hazards

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department operates a system of warnings on the health risks of eating shellfish from heavily polluted areas; and how many cases of poisoning have arisen from eating such shellfish in each of the last five years. [112111]

Anne Milton: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has statutory responsibilities in relation to the classification and monitoring of shellfish harvesting areas and is the lead body for the Government response to incidents involving the food chain, including environmental pollution incidents that may present a food safety risk, including sewage, chemical and oil spills.

We are advised by the FSA that when an environmental pollution incident is reported it will engage with local enforcement authorities to identify any food safety risks. Where such risks exist, it ensures that appropriate action is taken at a local level to protect public health.

In respect of classified harvesting areas affected by environmental pollution, local authorities will issue a Temporary Prohibition Order to prevent further harvesting from that area. Notices will be displayed in the vicinity of the area and harvesters registered with the authority will be notified. Local authorities will also take steps to ensure that contaminated shellfish originating from the area are not placed on the market and that any already on the market are withdrawn. In respect of unclassified areas, local authorities may post warning signs to inform recreational/private anglers or harvesters of the pollution incident, or the area may be subject to an order made under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.

Data are set out in the following table on the number of cases of illness associated with shellfish reported in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2011, excluding sporadic cases. These data are not specific to shellfish from heavily polluted areas as information is not collected at this level of detail.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 961W

Laboratory-confirmed cases associated with shellfish outbreaks
 England and WalesScotlandNorthern IrelandUK

2007

3

0

0

3

2008

5

0

0

5

2009

11

0

0

11

2010

13

3

16

32

2011

7

0

0

7

Source: Health Protection Agency, Health Protection Scotland and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, June 2012

Social Security Benefits: Compensation

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has recovered under the (a) Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and (b) Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 in England in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011; and what the administrative cost was of recovering such charges. [111887]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested is provided in the following table.

NHS Injury Cost Recovery Scheme (England)
£
 2009-102010-112011-12

Motor

130,673,295

131,352,977

141,750,583

Clinical Negligence

607,134

1,341,236

3,257,709

Employer

13,661,251

17,710,402

22,373,021

Other

340,993

581,020

746,709

Public

12,633,411

18,012,614

23,613,311

Liability Not Yet Known

62,137

51,933

41,701

Total

157,978,221

169,050,181

191,783,034

Note: The data reflect the total value of NHS Recoveries (including Ambulance Charges) received by the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 relating to the NHS Injury Costs Recovery Scheme for trusts in England. The data have been broken down by liability type.

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 expanded the earlier recovery scheme in respect of road traffic accidents to cover all personal injury claims.

Strokes: Drugs

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the introduction of the Pradaxa form of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesylate in place of the Warfrin form. [112209]

Mr Simon Burns: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides advice to the national health service on the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs and other health technologies. On 15 March 2012, NICE issued guidance to the NHS on the use of Pradaxa (Dabigatran) for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in people with atrial fibrillation.

There is a statutory obligation on the NHS to provide funding for treatments and drugs recommended by NICE technology appraisal guidance within three months of the NICE technology appraisal guidance being published.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 962W

Tuberculosis: Greater London

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with tuberculosis in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London in the last year for which figures are available. [111888]

Anne Milton: The number of cases of tuberculosis notified to the Health Protection Agency in the local authority area of Bexley and London in 2010, the latest year for which figures are currently available, was 20 and 3,251 respectively.

Whooping Cough: Children

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with whooping cough in England and Wales in the last three years. [112198]

Anne Milton: The number of laboratory confirmed reports of pertussis (whooping cough) in children aged less than 15 years in England and Wales are set out in the following table.

 Total

2009

287

2010

145

2011(1)

381

(1)( )Provisional data

Business, Innovation and Skills

Air Displays: Farnborough

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have been invited by the Government to send delegates to the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012; which countries have accepted such invitations; and which delegations attending that event will be composed of (a) military, (b) civil and (c) military and civil representatives. [111580]

Mr Prisk: As at 12 June 2012, the following 39 countries or organisations listed have been invited to attend by Her Majesty's Government. The process of invitation and responses is ongoing and, therefore, details of acceptances and the composition of delegations is incomplete. A full list of those countries attending will be published near the start of the event.

Invited country

Algeria

Australia

Austria

Bahrain

Brazil

Brunei

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Denmark

France

Germany

India

Indonesia

Iraq

19 Jun 2012 : Column 963W

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Korea

Kuwait

Libya

Malaysia

NATO

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Peru

Poland

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

UAE

UN

USA

Vietnam.

Apprentices

Mr McCann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships are provided by (a) IT and (b) FM contractors to the civil service. [110883]

Mr Hayes: We do not hold details of the numbers of apprenticeship places created through public procurement contracts

However, we are keen to maximise the contribution public procurement can make to our drive to increase apprenticeship numbers through adopting a flexible and voluntary approach rather than making it a mandatory requirement in every contract.

We have established a Ministerial Champions Group to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships and to encourage Ministers to promote apprenticeships within their spheres of responsibility. We are also exploring the development of ‘kitemarking’ good employers, including public sector suppliers, who invest in skills and apprenticeships in their workforce. Finally, we are working with officials in the Cabinet Office to consider how streamlined information on skills can be incorporated into Cabinet Office procurement guidance.

Consideration of skills and apprenticeships in the procurement process must take place on a case-by-case basis, assessing whether they are relevant and proportionate to the contract, do not discriminate and are consistent with value for money policy.

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides for apprenticeships for people over the age of 30 years. [110907]

Mr Hayes: The Apprenticeship programme is an all- age programme, which aims to improve the skills base of the work force and is designed to respond flexibly to

19 Jun 2012 : Column 964W

the skills needs of employers and individuals. For apprentices aged 19 and over the Government pay up to 50% of the assessed cost of the apprenticeship framework, although further adjustments are applied, such as for prior learning, where apprentices are with large employers and for people over 24. Employers are expected to make a contribution to the remainder of the training costs as well as paying the salary.

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government have a single definition of an apprenticeship; and what the criteria are to meet that definition. [112124]

Mr Hayes: An apprenticeship is a job with a substantial programme of training. To be eligible for public funding and formal recognition of completion, an apprenticeship must meet all Apprenticeship Completion Conditions, as set out in section 1 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009:

1. Meaning of “completing an English apprenticeship”

(2) A person completes an English apprenticeship in relation to an apprenticeship framework if

(a) the standard English completion conditions are met, or

(b) the alternative English completion conditions are met.

(3) The standard English completion conditions are

(a) that the person has entered into an apprenticeship agreement in connection with the apprenticeship framework,

(b) that at the date of that agreement the framework was a recognised English framework,

(c) that the person has completed a course of training for the competencies qualification identified in the framework,

(d) that, throughout the duration of the course, the person was working under the apprenticeship agreement, and

(e) that the person meets the requirements specified in the framework for the purpose of the issue of an apprenticeship certificate.

(4) In subsection (3)(d)

(a) the reference to the apprenticeship agreement mentioned in subsection (3)(a) includes a reference to any apprenticeship agreement which the person subsequently entered into in connection with the same apprenticeship framework;

(b) the reference to the course of training for the competencies qualification is to be read, in a case where the person has followed two or more courses of training for the competencies qualification, as a reference to both or all of them.

(5) The alternative English completion conditions are conditions which

(a) apply in cases where a person works otherwise than under an apprenticeship agreement, and

(b) are specified in regulations.

(6) The kinds of working in relation to which provision may be made under subsection (5) include

(a) working as a self-employed person;

(b) working otherwise than for reward.

Apprentices: Loans

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation he has had with employers' organisations on his plans to make access to and repayment of post-24 advanced learning loans the responsibility of individual apprentices. [112839]

19 Jun 2012 : Column 965W

Mr Hayes: In August 2011 the Government held a public consultation on proposals contained in ‘New Challenges, New Chances', including 24+ advanced learning loans. The Government received responses from a range of organisations, including employers, their representative bodies and work-based training providers. In addition, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills established a Stakeholder Group in 2011 to provide additional advice as implementation plans for 24+ advanced learning loans were developed. This group included employers and work-based training providers. Finally, the Employer Reference Group run by the Skills Funding Agency has had regular discussions about the introduction of 24+ advanced learning loans.

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Skills Funding Agency Guide to 24+ advanced learning loans, how he intends to ensure that employers will continue to contribute a 50 per cent minimum fee rate for post-24 apprentices taking out advanced learning loans. [112880]

Mr Hayes: From the 2013/14 academic year, there continues to be an assumption that employers will contribute towards the costs of an apprenticeship. It will be for the individual and employer, as part of their discussion about the suitability of an apprenticeship, to determine how the costs of that training will be met. If individuals aged 24 or above undertaking an advanced or higher apprenticeship need to contribute, they will have access to a 24+ advanced learning loan.

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Skills Funding Agency Guide to 24+ advanced learning loans, what estimate he has made of the number of post-24 apprentices who will continue repaying advanced learning loans after they have been made redundant. [112881]

Mr Hayes: Apprentices aged 24 and over taking an advanced or higher apprenticeship who are made redundant will be liable to repay only the costs of the training they have received; and repayments will not begin until they are earning over £21,000.

However, it is expected that training providers or the National Apprenticeship Service will support an apprentice who has been made redundant to find an alternative employer so that they can complete their apprenticeship. There are exceptional arrangements which may allow an apprentice to complete an apprenticeship in the case of redundancy where specified conditions are met and opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge are available without being in paid employment.

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the National Apprenticeship Service on the future careers prospects of advanced learners who are made redundant and have to repay learning loans. [112883]

Mr Hayes: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Skills Funding Agency are working

19 Jun 2012 : Column 966W

with the National Apprenticeship Service as 24+ advanced learning loans are implemented.

It is expected that training providers or the National Apprenticeship Service will support an apprentice who has been made redundant to find an alternative employer so they can complete their apprenticeship. There are exceptional arrangements which may allow an apprentice to complete an apprenticeship in the case of redundancy where specified conditions are met and opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge are available without being in paid employment.

Apprentices in this position will be liable to repay only the costs of the training they have received; and repayments will not begin until they are earning over £21,000. Meanwhile, the training and experience received while on the apprenticeship should enhance the future career prospects of the apprentice.

Apprentices: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people (a) started and (b) completed apprenticeships in the areas currently covered by (i) City of York Council and (ii) York Central constituency in (A) the most recent year for which figures are available, (B) 2010, (C) 1997 and (d) 1992; [111412]

(2) what proportion of the working age population of the areas currently covered by (a) York travel to work area, (b) City of York Council, (c) York Central constituency and (d) Yorkshire and the Humber hold qualifications equivalent to NVQ level 1, 2, 3 and 4. [111414]

Mr Hayes: Table 1 gives the number of apprenticeship framework starts and achievements during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years. Figures relating to 1992 and 1997 are not available.

Table 1: Apprenticeship framework starts and achievements by Geography, 2009/10 and 2010/11
 StartsAchievements
 2009/102010/112009/102010/11

York central constituency

530

850

310

390

York local education authority

950

1,490

580

690

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Geography is based upon the home postcode of the learner. 3. These figures are based on the geographic boundaries of regions as of May 2010. 4. Learners starting and achieving more than one framework will appear more than once. Source: Individualised Learner Record (ILR)

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts is published in a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 29 March 2012:

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

Further breakdowns are available in SFR supplementary tables:

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

Table 2 gives the proportion of the working age (19-59/64) population broken down by qualification level in 2010, for York local education authority and York travel-to-work area.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 967W

19 Jun 2012 : Column 968W

Table 2: Qualification levels of working age population by Geography, 2010
 Percentages
 Highest qualification level
 No qualificationBelow level 2Level 2 or aboveLevel 3 or aboveLevel 4 or above

York local education authority

5.9

12.1

82.0

67.5

42.7

York travel to work area

6.5

13.7

79.8

62.9

41.1

 95% Confidence intervals
 Highest qualification level
 No qualificationBelow Level 2Level 2 or aboveLevel 3 or aboveLevel 4 or above

York local education authority

+/- 1.5pp

+/- 2.1pp

+/- 2.5pp

+/- 3.0pp

+/- 3.2pp

York travel to work area

+/- 1.4pp

+/- 2.0pp

+/- 2.3pp

+/- 2.8pp

+/- 2.9pp

Source: Annual Population Survey (APS)

The estimates in table 2 are sourced using the Annual Population survey (APS), which contains more data at lower-level geographies. While local authority level estimates and travel to work areas can be calculated from the APS, the sample is not large enough to provide estimates for smaller geographies such as all parliamentary constituencies. Furthermore, estimates for local authorities are subject to large sampling variability and should therefore be treated with caution and viewed in conjunction with their confidence intervals (CIs), which indicate how accurate an estimate is. For example, a CI of +A3.2 percentage points (pp) means that the true value is between 3.2pp above the estimate and 3.2pp below the estimate.

It should be noted that the estimates in table 2 using the APS are not able to be adjusted for known issues of misreporting that the published national estimate can be using the Labour Force survey (LFS). At the national level these estimates could typically see small increases.

Further sub-regional and regional estimates of educational attainment derived from the Annual Population survey (APS) are available in SFR supplementary tables:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_supplementary_tables/labour_force_survey_sfr_supplementary_tables/.

Business: Competition

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what fines were imposed on businesses by the Competition Commission in each financial year since 2000-01. [112422]

Norman Lamb: The Competition Commission (CC) has not imposed any fines on businesses during this time.

The CC has powers to impose fines in relation to the failure, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the requirements of a Section 109 notice (power to impose the penalty is under Section 110 of the Enterprise Act 2002) or if a person has intentionally delayed or obstructed another person complying with the notice.

A Section 109 notice is used when the CC requires any person to attend a hearing or give evidence for the purpose of any investigation.

Business: Diamond Jubilee 2012

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the economic effect of Her Majesty the Queen's diamond jubilee on small businesses. [112118]

Mr Prisk: BIS has not undertaken a specific assessment of the economic effect of the Queen's diamond jubilee on small businesses.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), conducted an assessment of the costs and benefits associated with the additional bank holiday in June to mark the diamond jubilee, prior to the event. They deemed the bank holiday to have a potential impact on small businesses. But their assessment noted that there is no statutory obligation for employers to grant, or for employees to take, the additional bank holiday or to give extra pay to employees working on a bank holiday. To mitigate the effect on small businesses, the Government made an early announcement of the bank holiday on 5 January 2010.

http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/2011-diamond-jubilee-bank-holiday-impact-assessment.pdf

Business: Regulation

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department expects to respond to the consultation on the Retail and Manufacturing Red Tape Challenge. [110995]

Norman Lamb: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will respond to the Red Tape Challenge consultation on retail and manufacturing within the timescales set out in the consultation code of practice.

Debts Written Off

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [110223]

Norman Lamb: Details of the amount of bad debt written off by the Department can be found in its annual report and accounts. For 2010-11, this can be found at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/b/11-p102-bis-annual-report-and-accounts-2010-11.pdf

For ease, in 2010-11 the core Department wrote off £18,000 of bad debt and the consolidated Department wrote off a total of £98,633,000.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 969W

The Department's 2011-12 year-end position is not yet finalised but will be published in the 2011-12 annual report and accounts, which will be available via the Departments website and in the Libraries of the House.

Developing Countries: Trade

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the future of the Doha round; and if he will make a statement. [112722]

Norman Lamb: Concluding the Doha round would have delivered a huge boost to global trade and growth and we were very disappointed that it has not been possible to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion. The coalition Government will continue to work with the EU to push for agreement on those elements of the round on which there has been good progress, particularly trade facilitation (removing obstacles to the movement of goods across borders), which would deliver significant benefits to all, and particularly to developing countries. We will also continue to press for streamlining of the accession process to the World Trade Organisation for least developed countries.

The coalition Government are firmly committed to open markets and resisting protectionism. The Prime Minister has called for innovative approaches to achieving the trade liberalisation the world needs to drive future growth, through multilateral and bilateral routes and through coalitions of the willing. We support efforts in Geneva to open plurilateral negotiations on liberalising trade in services and we are pressing for early progress on EU bilateral negotiations with Singapore, Canada and India; and for the launching of trade negotiations with Japan and the US. We are determined to ensure that the interests of poor countries remain front and centre as we consider future options for liberalising trade. We will also continue to press for further strengthening of the role of the World Trade Organisation as our main bulwark against protectionism and the guardian of the global rules-based system.

Directors

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of company directors or owners of small businesses who are aged under 30 years. [112507]

Mr Prisk: BIS does not hold information on the age of all company directors or owners of small businesses.

The 2010 BIS ‘Small Business Survey’ of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs, defined as those with fewer than 250 employees) provides information on the age of the respondent to the survey. The respondent may be running the business on their own, or in partnership with others, but the survey provides information only on the age of the respondent themselves.

As shown in the following table, just 2% of respondents to the survey running an SME were aged under 30. This equates to more than 90,000 businesses at the start of 2011.

However, this will be an underestimate because some SME owners aged under 30 will not be counted if they

19 Jun 2012 : Column 970W

are co-owners of businesses run with people aged over 30 and they weren't the respondent to the survey.

Table 1: Age of respondent to BIS Small Business Survey 2010
Age of respondentProportion of all SMEs (%)

18 to 29

2

30 to 39

12

40 to 49

26

Over 50

56

Missing

4

Source: BIS Small Business Survey 2010

An alternative source of information on this subject is the ONS Labour Force Survey, which reports on the age of those in self-employment. The following table shows that in 2011 12% of the self-employed (or approximately 470,000 people) were aged under than 30. Note that some of these people will be running a business on their own while others will be operating in partnership with others.

Table 2: Age of self-employed, 2011
Age of respondentProportion of all SMEs (%)

16 to 29

12

30 to 39

20

40 to 49

28

Over 50

41

Source: ONS LabourForceSurvey2011

Driving: Licensing

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the (a) operation of and (b) competition in the market for the supply of identity pictures for driving licences. [110038]

Norman Lamb: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for the operation of driving licence applications. However, I understand that customers applying for driving licences and driving licence renewals have a number of options for how they obtain and submit an identity photograph as part of the application process.

I also understand that there is currently a live competitive procurement under way for a range of DVLA services, including the supply of identity pictures. While I can't comment on the specifics of a procurement process being run by another Department, the process is, of course, subject to EU procurement law, which ensures fair competition for public contracts.

Edge Foundation

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he has provided to the Edge Foundation and its partners for VQ Day 2012. [111099]

Mr Hayes [holding answer 18 June 2012]: I am delighted that we are giving strong support to VQ Day, which takes place this year on 20 June. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), will be attending the main awards ceremony, where he will give a speech in support of the value of vocational learning. He also

19 Jun 2012 : Column 971W

plans to meet learners, including the award winners, whose experience demonstrates the rich value of vocational learning.

Energy: Meters

Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer from the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change of 22 May 2012, Official Report, column 538W, on energy: meters, what steps his Department is taking to ensure British manufacture and sourcing of smart meters. [111517]

Charles Hendry: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

The UK has extensive meter design, research, calibration, configuration and manufacturing expertise. In addition to manufacturing, we also expect that there will be considerable opportunities from the installation of smart meters and associated communications supporting the end-to-end smart metering system. DECC has closely involved UK manufacturers in the smart metering programme throughout, via the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) and SBGI. Manufacturers are therefore well placed to take best advantage of the opportunities arising from the programme. However, as the roll-out is industry led, it will be for energy suppliers to decide how they source smart meters.

EU Internal Trade

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what further reforms the Government are seeking in the European Single Market. [112723]

Norman Lamb: The Government continue to work closely with the Commission, the European Parliament and other member states to shape policies affecting the single market. UK priorities for reform include strengthening single market implementation, ensuring full implementation of the services directive and supporting the creation of the digital single market. We expect the Commission to bring forward further proposals to strengthen the single market in the autumn. In April, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), attended a meeting of likeminded Ministers in Lithuania to agree a vision for single market reform. A paper setting out shared priorities was subsequently presented to the Competitiveness Council.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he has taken to achieve the aim set out in his letter of 20 February 2012, signed jointly with other EU Heads of Government, to bring the single market to its next stage of development; [112859]

(2) what recent discussions he has had with the EU Competition Commissioner on achieving the aim set out in his letter of 20 February 2012, signed jointly with other EU Heads of Government, to bring the single market to its next stage of development. [112860]

Norman Lamb: The Government continue to work closely with the Commission, the European Parliament and other member states to shape policies affecting the

19 Jun 2012 : Column 972W

single market. In April, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), attended a meeting of likeminded Ministers in Lithuania to agree a vision for single market reform. A paper setting out shared priorities was subsequently presented to the Competitiveness Council. The Government's efforts to shape the single market agenda are proving to be successful, as is demonstrated by the Commission reports on the implementation of the Services Directive and on Single Market Governance. Both closely reflect UK priorities and are a welcome contribution to efforts to improve the single market.

EU Law

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on ending gold-plating of EU legislation when it is transposed to UK law. [111503]

Mr Prisk: The coalition agreement commits the Government to ending the so-called gold-plating of EU rules so that British businesses are not disadvantaged relative to their European competitors. The Government's Guiding Principles for EU legislation(1) and revised Transposition Guidance set out how the Government are observing this commitment when transposing new EU legislation in the UK.

As far as the stock of existing EU-derived regulation is concerned, this Department has taken action to amend the UK's implementation of the EU directive on artists' resale rights. Clarifying UK implementation and the removal of gold-plating of the requirements of the directive resulted in an annual benefit to business of approximately £50,000. The Red Tape Challenge is thematically reviewing the stock of UK legislation, including that for which this Department is responsible. As part of this review, we are examining any examples of gold-plating of EU regulation which are raised during the consultation process.

1www.bis.gov.uk/policies/bre/improving-eu-regulation/guiding-principles-eu-legislation

Exports

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase exports to (a) Europe, (b) Asia, (c) North America, (d) South America, (e) Australasia and (f) Africa. [110986]

Mr Prisk: The Trade and Investment White Paper sets out the Government strategy for maximising and realising the opportunities for UK businesses to export. It includes important steps being taken by the Government to increase exports to different global markets. UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is at the heart of this whole-of-Government effort. With a presence in 96 markets, UKTI provides a range of services which can be tailored to meet the needs of its customers.

The Government's ambition is to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020, with UKTI increasing the number of businesses it helps to 50,000 by 2015. Recent UKTI activities to support these efforts include:

(a) In Europe, UKTI teams continue to support UK exporters, particularly those new to exporting for whom much of Europe represents a good starting point. UKTI

19 Jun 2012 : Column 973W

is also working with the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe on local pilots to extend our reach to UK exporters. Separately, UKTI has supported a number of trade missions, including my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister's visit to Russia, the visit of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), to Germany, and the recent visits of my hon. Friend the Minister of Trade and Investment, my Noble Friend Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, to the Baltic states, Finland, and, jointly with the CBI, to Turkey.

(b) In Asia, UKTI has supported trade visits by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to India, China, South East Asia and Japan, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister's visit to Korea, and many other visits by senior Ministers. In addition, the UKTI-directed Asia task force has run 18 events since 2010, attracting over 2,000 business people, a quarter of whom were not yet exporting to Asia. UKTI is also working with business-led organisations such as the UK-India Business Council, the China-Britain Business Council and the UK-ASEAN Business Council to provide services to business. We have trade dialogues and business engagement fora with a number of the high-growth markets in the region, including China and India, which are aimed at tackling market access issues and creating business opportunities. Moreover, UKTI is supporting Government trade policy goals to complete ambitious Free Trade Agreements with markets, including India, Singapore and Malaysia.

(c) In North America UKTI has assisted 3,000 UK businesses over the past year and supported a dozen ministerial visits in the US alone, including by my noble Friend Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint in April. It is targeting key sectors such as advanced engineering, clean technology, homeland security and ICT. UKTI is also identifying high-value opportunities, such as light rail projects in the US, bringing together expertise and facilitating partnerships to help the UK win contracts. Furthermore, it is supporting wider Government trade policy goals through the EU-US High Level Working Group and by pushing for conclusion of the EU/Canada Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement.

(d) On South America, in February 2012 UKTI delivered regional road-shows around the UK to promote business opportunities. They have attracted over 300 companies. UKTI is also promoting the overall trade relationship between the UK and Latin America by setting up a Latin America task force of senior business figures and has been supporting a number of trade missions by senior Ministers, including my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister's visit to Mexico and Brazil in 2011.

(e) In Australasia, UKTI efforts include supporting a co-ordinated UK approach to high-value opportunities in two large infrastructure projects, the North Australia Gas project and Australia's National Broadband Network. These are valued as having more than £54 billion of business accessible to British industry. In addition, UKTI is building relations with Chinese business in Australasia, opening exciting prospects for “triangulation” into other Asia-Pacific markets.

(f) In Africa, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister undertook a trade visit to South Africa and Nigeria in July 2011 and business opportunities in both North and Sub-Saharan Africa have been promoted through a

19 Jun 2012 : Column 974W

number of major events for a largely SME audience in 2012. A Sub-Saharan Africa task force and a Libya CEO Forum are amongst fora that have been established to work with business on the growing opportunities in these markets.

Green Deal Scheme

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent financial support his Department has made available through the Green Investment Bank for the Green Deal; and how such funds will be used. [112795]

Mr Prisk: As the Government announced in December, support for the Green Deal is one of the five priority sectors for investment by the UK Green Investment Bank (UKGIB). UK Green Investments, the forerunner to the UKGIB, is exploring proposals to support the financing of the Green Deal, including with the Green Deal Finance Company. All investments by UK Green Investments or the UKGIB will need to be compatible with the operating principle of ‘sound finances’, whereby capital will be deployed as a responsible investor and risks managed to achieve positive portfolio returns. Any individual investment or financial commitment by UK Green Investments or the UKGIB will be limited to £300 million.

Higher Education

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department are allocated to work on (a) completing due diligence checks on designated course applications and (b) processing the applications for designated course status. [112389]

Mr Willetts: Two officials in the Department work full time on assessing and processing specific designation applications on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), and are, from time to time, assisted in this by a number of other officials. The due diligence reviews are undertaken externally by qualified people who provide advice to BIS officials so as to inform the assessment of applications.

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of applications for higher education course designation were approved by his Department in the latest period for which figures are available. [112390]

Mr Willetts: In the period between September 2010 and 31 May 2012, 86% of applications for specific course designation have been approved by the Department. The other 14% have either been rejected or are in the process of being assessed.

Higher Education: Admissions

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK enrolled on (i) full-time and (ii) part-time (A) further and (B) higher education courses in each year since 2004. [111509]

19 Jun 2012 : Column 975W

Mr Willetts: Table 1 shows the number of Government-funded learners participating in further education (FE) in (a) Jarrow parliamentary constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) north-east region and (d) England, by mode of attendance, for academic years

19 Jun 2012 : Column 976W

2004/05 to 2010/11, the latest full years for which final data are available. Information is only available by mode of attendance for ‘education and training' provision. The Department does not collect FE information relating to the devolved Administrations.

Table 1: Further education learner participation in education and training provision, by mode of attendance and geography, 2004/05 to 2010/11
Academic yearJarrowSouth TynesideNorth EastEngland Total
 Full-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

2004/05

1,260

8,400

2,760

16,620

37,120

243,890

726,800

3,473,600

2005/06

1,180

6,320

2,530

12,880

37,530

185,550

748,300

2,853,500

2006/07

1,280

4,240

2,910

8,830

39,620

127,780

784,900

2,024,500

2007/08

1,440

3,490

3,120

7,270

40,350

120,500

806,900

1,873,400

2008/09

1,470

3,780

3,190

8,340

40,900

118,190

812,700

1,753,300

2009/10

1,530

3,050

3,380

7,090

43,660

97,630

857,700

1,543,500

2010/11

1,340

2,550

2,860

5,570

43,020

81,260

835,700

1,264,300

Notes: (1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, except for the England Totals, which are rounded to the nearest 100. (2) Geography is based upon the home postcode of the learner. The England totals include some postcodes which are not known. Geographic information is based on boundaries of regions as of May 2010. (3) Full-time learners are defined as those learners studying a programme of a minimum of 450 guided learning hours in an academic year. (4) These data include both young people (under 19) and adults (aged 19+) participating in apprenticeships, workplace learning, community learning and education and training provision taken at general further education colleges (including tertiary), sixth form colleges, special colleges (agricultural and horticultural colleges and art and design colleges), specialist colleges and external institutions. (5) Education and training provision covers further education learning delivered mainly in a classroom, workshop or through distance or e-learning (previously learner responsive). Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on further education and skills participation and achievement by mode of attendance is published in a supplementary table of a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 29 March 2012:

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

Table 2 shows enrolments in UK higher education institutions from (a) Jarrow parliamentary constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) the north-east region and (d) United Kingdom by mode of study for academic year 2004/05 to 2010/11.

Table 2: Higher education enrolments(1) by mode of study and geography, UK higher education institutions, academic years 2004/05 to 2010/11
 JarrowSouth TynesideNorth EastUK
Academic yearFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

2004/05

1,415

890

2,360

1,655

42,240

33,595

1,151,215

787,935

2005/06

1,380

875

2,380

1,545

42,740

34,630

1,184,405

789,790

2006/07

1,385

870

2,355

1,595

43,280

36,715

1,189,390

789,325

2007/08

1,280

905

2,210

1,690

42,080

36,680

1,201,975

762,340

2008/09

1,300

1,005

2,275

1,815

43,105

39,015

1,234,150

792,935

2009/10

1,310

1,020

2,310

1,780

44,080

38,925

1,292,460

795,160

2010/11

1,280

980

2,240

1,695

44,680

36,280

1,312,295

760,775

(1 )Covers students in all years of study. Notes: 1. Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest five. 3. Figures do not include students enrolled on higher education courses in FE colleges. 4. Parliamentary constituency is derived from the student's postcode. Data for 2010/11 are based on the revised boundaries in the 2010 General Election. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of applications received by universities from part-time students who wish to apply to enter university as full-time students for the first time on (a) 1 April 2011, (b) 1 May 2011, (c) 1 April 2012 and (d) 1 May 2012. [112081]

Mr Willetts: The information is not held centrally. The Department does not forecast the number of part-time students who apply to enter full-time courses.

Departmental Staff

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies

19 Jun 2012 : Column 977W

in

(a)

2010-11,

(b)

2011-12 and

(c)

2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [110243]

Norman Lamb: BIS has had to make headcount reductions in order to live within its reduced budget following the 2010 spending review. There were no specific headcount targets for each year, as the aim was to reduce spending and staff costs varied by grade. The following table shows the reduction in staff from 2010 to April 2012.

 Headcount at May 2010Headcount at April 2012Net reduction

BIS Core (without UK Trade and Investment)

3054

2533

521

BIS Core (with UK Trade and Investment)

3607

3083

524

This information is not held by BIS in respect of its non-departmental public bodies.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office, the Intellectual Property Office, UK Space Agency, Ordnance Survey, Met Office, Land Registry and the Skills Funding Agency, and they will respond to the hon. Gentleman directly.

Letter from Malcolm Dawson, dated 12 June 2012:

I write on behalf of Land Registry in response to your Parliamentary Question numbered 110243 tabled on 23 May 2012 which asked the following:

To ask the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (o) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

I can confirm that Land Registry has not been set any headcount reduction targets by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (or formerly by the Ministry of Justice).

Internally, we have reduced headcount significantly in recent years as detailed below:

(a) 2010-11—Headcount reduction achieved of 810 full-time equivalents (FTE);

(b) 2011-12—Headcount reduction achieved of 638 FTE;

(c) 2012-13-Nil to date.

As part of our Accelerated Transformation Programme (ATP), Land Registry has reduced headcount by 44% from 7558 FTE In March 2008 to 4177 FTE currently.

Although Land Registry has not been set any headcount reduction targets by BIS we have a planning assumption of reducing headcount by 120 FTE in 2012-13 which is in line with the ATP business case.

We expect this to be achieved through normal turnover.

I hope that you find this information helpful.

Letter from John Hirst, dated 25 May 2012:

I am replying on behalf of the Met Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 23 May 2012, UIN 110243 to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

As a Trading Fund the Met Office receives no voted funds and has to sell its services to government and commercial customers so as to make a return on its assets. It pays dividends to BIS out of those returns.

The Trading Fund model is established to drive an organisation to be as efficient and effective as possible and the identification and delivery of cost savings are a key component of this. In this context, the Met Office is committed to delivering value for money services to both its commercial and government customers. In commercial markets this is driven through competition, and

19 Jun 2012 : Column 978W

for Government customers through annual cost efficiency targets contained in their customer supplier agreements. These targets are aimed at overall efficiency and do not contain specific targets to reduce headcount. However, our benchmarking shows that we are in the upper decile of UK government organisations for back office costs and are amongst the most efficient meteorological services in the world.

I hope this helps.

Letter from John Alty, dated 14 June 2012:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 23rd May 2012, to the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The IPO is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The IPO has not reduced headcount over this period. It has made efficiency savings through measures other than headcount reductions.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 25 May 2012:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 23 May 2012, asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about targets to reduce headcount across the Department and its agencies.

Although not formally set as targets, the Agency's Corporate Plan, approved by Ministers each year, projects employment numbers. Continued efficiency measures have involved reductions in headcount in our traditional activities, but overall numbers have in fact been set to increase for each of 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 as we take on new responsibilities.

Letter from Tim Moss, dated 30 May 2012:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 23 May 2012, U1N 110243 to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House announced in 2010 that it estimated its headcount would reduce by about 200-250 in the period 2010/14. At the end of March 2010 our headcount stood at 1063; since then we have reduced our headcount in each year as follows:

 Headcount

March 2011

1044

March 2012

923

We are also forecasting that the headcount at the end of 2012/13 will be 892. This will represent a total headcount reduction since 2010 of 171, which suggests our forecast of a reduction in headcount by 200-250 by the end of 2013/14 will be broadly correct.

Letter from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, dated 24()May 2012:

As Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, I have been asked to contact you in response to your Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

In line with Ministerially agreed Business Plans, Ordnance Survey reduced its headcount from a baseline of 1187 to 1108 in the year 2010-2011. In 2011-12 headcount was further reduced to 1045. Ordnance Survey's 2011-16 Business Plan, the most recent approved at Ministerial level, sets out a 5-year target reduction in headcount from 1108 to 911 over the period 2011-16. Ordnance Survey is on course to deliver to this target.

Letter from David Williams, dated 24 May 2012:

Thank you for your question addressed to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its

19 Jun 2012 : Column 979W

non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. 110243

The UK Space Agency became an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 1 April 2011 and has not been set any headcount targets. In 2012/13 a review of its staff needs will be undertaken.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 25 May 2012:

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question, what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

No target has been set for headcount reduction. However, The Insolvency Service ran voluntary exit schemes in 2010-11 and 2011-12. the aim of which was to reduce staffing levels in line with falling numbers of compulsory insolvency cases. The 2010-11 exit scheme resulted in 470 staff leaving in the following financial year. The consequence of the 2011-12 scheme was to exit 68 employees; two in 2011-12 and the remainder in early 2012-13.

Letter from Geoff Russell, dated 29 May 2012:

Thank you for your question in asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

Please be advised that the Agency did not have a specific target to reduce headcount, but did have a reduced budget over the CSR period. To live within the reduced Admin budget the Agency had to reduce its headcount, which was achieved in 2010/11 through a Voluntary Early Release scheme, and in 2011/12 through a Voluntary Early Release Scheme, and a reorganisation which resulted in a few Voluntary and 3 compulsory redundancies.

In total the Agency (inc. National Apprenticeship Service) headcount reduced from 1,866 in March 2010 to 1,640 in March 2011 (a reduction of 226) and then to 1,244 in March 2012 (a further reduction of 396).

Manufacturing Industries

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on funding the automating manufacturing campaign; how much of the budget for the campaign in 2012-13 remains to be spent; and what steps he plans to take to enable companies and organisations to bid for unspent funds. [112649]

Mr Prisk: The automation programme that this Department is supporting with the British Automation and Robot Association is a £600,000 programme over two financial years, 2011-12 and 2012-13. The programme opened in September 2011 and by the end of March 2012 expenditure of nearly £162,000 had been incurred. Programme activity is increasing and at this stage we expect the full budget will be used over the lifetime of the project. Opportunities remain for companies to apply for support under the programme.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 8 May 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Father P. Connolly. [112734]

19 Jun 2012 : Column 980W

Norman Lamb: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), responded to this letter on 28 May 2012.

Mutual Societies

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. [110205]

Norman Lamb: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) did not transfer any staff to a mutual in 2011/12. There are no plans to transfer any BIS staff to a mutual in 2012-13

Information concerning non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally by BIS and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office, the Intellectual Property Office, UK Space Agency, Ordnance Survey, Met Office, Land Registry and the Skills Funding Agency, and they will respond to the Hon. Member directly.

Letter from Malcolm Dawson, dated 30 May 2012:

I write on behalf of Land Registry in response to your Parliamentary Question numbered 110205 tabled on 23 May 2012 which asked the following:

To ask the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

At the current time we have no plans or targets to transfer any staff to a mutual in either 2011-12 or 2012-13.

I hope that you find this information helpful.

Letter from John Hirst, dated 25 May 2012:

I am replying on behalf of the Met Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 23 May 2012, to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, about the transfer of staff to a mutual.

No Met Office staff transferred to a mutual in 2011-12 and the Met Office has no plans to transfer any staff to a mutual in 2012-13.

I hope this helps.

Letter from John Alty, dated 29 May 2012:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 23rd May 2012, to the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The IPO is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It has not transferred any members of its workforce to a mutual during 2011-12 and does not anticipate transferring any members in 2012-13.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 25 May 2012:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (NMO) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 23 May 2012, asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about the estimated number of staff who will transfer from the workforce of the Department and its agencies to mutuals.

NMO does not have any staff who transferred from its workforce to a mutual in 2011-12 or are expected to transfer in 2012-13.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 981W

Letter from Tim Moss, dated 28 May 2012:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 23 May 2012, to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

No staff have transferred from Companies House's workforce to a mutual in 2011/12 and there are no plans for any to transfer to a mutual in 2012/13.

Letter from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, dated 24 May 2012:

As Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, I have been asked to contact you in response to your Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

Ordnance Survey has not made any such estimate as Ordnance Survey does not presently envisage any transfer of staff to mutuals.

Letter from David Williams, dated 24 May 2012:

Thank you for your question addressed to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

The UK Space Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills had none of its workforce transfer to a mutual during 2011-12 and has no plans to transfer any staff to a mutual.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated May 2012:

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

The Insolvency Service transferred no staff to a mutual in 2011-12 and has no plans for any such transfers in 2012-13.

Letter from Geoff Russell, dated 29 May 2012:

Thank you for your question in asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies workforce to a mutual in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Please be advised that transfers for full-time equivalent staff in the Skills Funding Agency to a mutual in 2011-12 and 2012-13 is nil.

New Businesses

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up companies his Department estimates began (a) nationally and (b) in North Swindon constituency in the last year for which figures are available. [112504]

Norman Lamb: A total of 476,547 companies were incorporated with Companies House between 1 May 2011 and 30 April 2012. However, until the first accounts are due to be filed there is no way of Companies House knowing whether they are trading, or not.

Companies House can identify regional statistics by only postcode. Using postcodes SN25, SN26, SN2 2, SN2 4, SN2 5, SN2 6, SN2 7, SN2 8, SN3 4, SN3 5 and SN6 7, it has identified that 410 companies have been incorporated between 1 May 2011 and 30 April 2012.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up companies his Department estimates failed (a)

19 Jun 2012 : Column 982W

nationally and

(b)

in North Swindon constituency in the last year for which figures are available. [112505]

Norman Lamb: Companies House dissolved 300,267 companies from the register between 1 May 2011 and 30 April 2012. It is, however, unable to say how many companies failed as this information is not recorded, and it is possible that some may never have traded since they were first incorporated.

Companies House can identify regional statistics by only postcode. Using postcodes SN25, SN26, SN2 2, SN2 4, SN2 5, SN2 6, SN2 7, SN2 8, SN3 4, SN3 5 and SN6 7, it has identified that 194 companies have been dissolved between 1 May 2011 and 30 April 2012.

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to start up businesses. [112506]

Mr Prisk: We want to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business and for the next decade to be the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in Britain's history. That is why, in January, the Prime Minister launched “Business in You”, a major year-long campaign, to inspire people to realise their business ambitions and to highlight the range of support available for start-ups and growing businesses.

We recognise that these are challenging times for new and existing businesses and we have introduced a range of measures to encourage people to set up their own business and support to help businesses survive and grow.

Encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset

We are supporting a number of measures aimed at inspiring young people to think about setting up their own business, including:

Supporting every school to develop and run its own business through the “Enterprise Village”

www.enterprisevillage.org.uk

Supporting the Premier League in developing its “Premier League Enterprise Academy” model, enabling football clubs to foster enterprise among young people, principally in deprived areas.

Supporting the “Inspiring the Future” initiative

www.inspiringthefuture.org

which aims to get 100,000 entrepreneurs to volunteer to go into schools to talk about their businesses and career choices.

Supporting the development of “Tenner” (a programme providing schoolchildren with ten pounds to fund a business idea and to grow their money).

Supporting the creation of student-led enterprise societies and ensuring their support is accessible to all students in HE and most of FE by 2015.

Ensuring individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can access the support and advice they need to start and grow their business

We have transformed the way that we enable people to access the information, guidance and advice they need to start to grow a business. We have put in place a range of services including;

An improved

www.businesslink.gov.uk

website including “My New Business”, a comprehensive start-up service and a new Growth and Improvement Service.

19 Jun 2012 : Column 983W

A Business Link helpline which will support those who are unable to access the internet.

A mentoring portal

www.mentorsme.co.uk

providing an easy route to find experienced business mentors.

“GrowthAccelerator”

www.growthaccelerator.com

a new three-year-programme which will provide high-quality coaching support for up to 26,000 SMEs with high growth potential.

Ensuring businesses can access the finance they need

Ensuring the flow of credit to viable SMEs is essential for supporting growth and is a core priority for this Government. The Government have:

Introduced a new National Loan Guarantee Scheme: up to £20 billion of guarantees for bank funding will be available over two years, allowing banks to offer lower cost lending to SMEs.

Increased the funds available to invest through the Business Finance Partnership (BFP) to £1.2 billion. The Government have invited the first round of proposals to help businesses access non-bank finance through the BFP and will allocate £100 million of the BFP to invest through non-traditional lending channels.

Announced the continuation of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme until 2014/15, providing, subject to demand, over £2 billion in total over the next four years.

Announced continuation of the Government's Enterprise Capital Funds programme, increasing our commitment by £200 million over the next four years and providing for more than £300 million of venture capital investment to address the equity gap for early- stage innovative SMEs.

Launched a new £10 million Startup Loans scheme to provide advice and start-up finance for 18 to 24-year-olds looking to start their own business.

Encouraged Business Angel investment through a new £50 million Business Angel Co-Investment Fund.

Welcomed the report of the industry review of non-bank lending chaired by Tim Breedon and will take forward its recommendations over the course of this year, including: considering how to simplify access to Government support for smaller businesses; encouraging prompt payment by larger firms; and supporting industry work to remove barriers to alternative sources of finance.

Introduced a Regional Growth Fund, a £2.4 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2015. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment creating economic growth and sustainable employment.

Measures to encourage entrepreneurship in specific groups:

Introduced 24 Enterprise Zones across England to generate businesses and jobs, helping to rebalance the economy. Benefits to business include a simplified planning regime, a business rate discount worth up to £275,000 over a five-year period and Government support to ensure that super-fast broadband is rolled out throughout the zones.

Be the Boss—A £5 million fund to allow the Royal British Legion to help ex-service personnel to set up and grow businesses by reducing the costs and barriers associated with self-employment and start-ups, including mentoring support.

Working with social landlords to remove red tape and encourage more tenants to start up businesses.

Ofcom: Fines

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what fines were imposed on businesses by the regulator Ofcom in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2011-12. [112053]

Norman Lamb [holding answer 18 June 2012]: The matter raised is a regulatory issue and, as such, is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office

19 Jun 2012 : Column 984W

of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers.

Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards, to reply directly to the hon. Gentleman. Copies of the chief executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Pay

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement. [110812]

Norman Lamb: As is required of all Departments, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) recently published a list of all those off-payroll costing £58,200 per annum or above. As part of this exercise, which included arm’s length bodies, BIS also identified 201 people off-payroll who were under this threshold. There are many cases where it is sensible to use short-term contractors or agency staff to fill specialist roles where BIS does not have expertise, e.g. ICT. BIS is now undertaking a full review of all its off-payroll staff to ensure compliance with the new tax arrangements policy.

I have asked chief executives of the executive agencies to respond directly to the hon. Member.

Letter from David Williams, dated May 2012:

Thank you for your question addressed to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum and if he will make a statement. (110812)

The UK Space Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently does not have any staff that are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum.

Letter from Malcolm Dawson, dated 11 June 2012:

I write on behalf of Land Registry in response to your Parliamentary Question numbered 110812 tabled on 24 May 2012 which asked the following:

To ask the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement.

Land Registry currently employs two contractors costing loss than £58.200 per annum, both of whom are Marketing and Communications Executives. Land Registry has recently gained approval from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to extend those appointments until April 2013 whilst we seek to fill the posts permanently.

Note that, in addition, the Independent Complaints Reviewer and Deputy Independent Complaints Reviewer are on contracts for service and their costs are lower than £58,200 each per annum. Their details have already been included in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills list of off-payroll engagements which was recently published alongside HM Treasury's Review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees.

I hope you find this information useful.

Letter from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, dated 11 June 2012:

As Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, I have been asked to reply to you in response to your Parliamentary

19 Jun 2012 : Column 985W

Question asking the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills “how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement”.

As at 31 January 2012, Ordnance Survey had a total of 73 staff who met this criterion. This number includes 48 staff who are employed through an Agency to provide temporary cover - e.g.: for maternity leave in business critical roles. These Agency staff are remunerated through PAYE arrangements with their Agency. The remaining 25 individuals are provided to Ordnance Survey via contracts with employment businesses, to undertake specific highly specialised technical tasks under short term arrangements. Their pay arrangements are defined between themselves and the employment business.

I hope this information is of use.

Letter from John Alty, dated 28 May 2012:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 28(th) May 2012, to the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

There are 18 people employed by the IPO not on payroll below this limit. They are engaged through employment agencies mainly to cover basic administration tasks and other short term requirements ie where technology will make the posts redundant in the near future or maternity cover etc.

Letter from Graham Horne, dated 30 May 2012:

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question, how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a statement.

The Insolvency Service's records show that as of 30 May 2012 , 115 off payroll workers (temps) are in temporary posts throughout the country.

Letter from Ann Lewis, dated 18 May 2012:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 24 May 2012, UIN 110812 to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House employs no members of staff through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum.

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 1 June 2012:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (NMO) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 24 May 2012, asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills about the number of staff working for his Department and its agencies employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum.

During the exercise to compile the information published on 23 May we identified a further 6 individuals who were being paid at the equivalent of less than £58,200. None of these were engaged for more than 58 days or at a cost greater than £15,000 each for the year to 31 January 2012.

Letter from Geoff Russell, dated 31 May 2012:

Thank you for your question in asking the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum.