Staff

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which grades in each of her Department's bargaining units outside London have more than (a) 50% and (b) 60% of women in them, as measured as staff in post; [115174]

(2) which grades in each of her Department's bargaining units outside London have more than (a) 50% and (b) 60% of men in them, as measured as staff in post. [115175]

Norman Baker: Annual Equality and Monitoring Reports for each of the Department's bargaining units outside London can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/dft-compliance-with-the-equality-duty/

Table 1.6 in each of the annexes in XLS format provides a breakdown of the proportion of female to male employees in each grade below senior servant level.

Thameslink Railway Line

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the Thameslink contract on existing train maintenance work at Hornsey depot. [R] [114259]

Mrs Villiers: The new fleet of trains being procured for Thameslink will be maintained at a new train maintenance facility to be constructed on Coronation Sidings adjacent to the existing train maintenance facility at Hornsey. The existing Hornsey depot will continue to be used to maintain non-Thameslink mainline and other Great Northern commuter and suburban services following the introduction of the Thameslink contract.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Hornsey depot will continue to be responsible for train maintenance work for (a) mainline and (b) other Great Northern services operated by First Capital Connect following the introduction of the Thameslink contract. [R] [114260]

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Mrs Villiers: The existing Hornsey depot will continue to be used to maintain non-Thameslink mainline and other Great Northern commuter and suburban services following the introduction of the Thameslink contract.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to train maintenance work at Hornsey depot she expects to see over the next five years as the result of the Thameslink Rolling stock contract and new franchise agreements. [R] [114261]

Mrs Villiers: Subject to contract award, the fleet of trains being procured for Thameslink will be maintained at a new train maintenance facility to be constructed on Coronation Sidings adjacent to the existing train maintenance facility at Hornsey. The existing Hornsey depot will continue to be used to maintain non-Thameslink mainline and other Great Northern commuter and suburban services following the introduction of the Thameslink contract.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with train operating companies in respect of future workloads at Hornsey depot as a result of the Thameslink Rolling stock contract and new franchise agreements; and what the outcome was of such discussions. [R] [114262]

Mrs Villiers: Managing workloads at depots to deliver the train service is the responsibility of the train operating companies. The Department is currently consulting on the train service specification for the new Thameslink franchise. The existing Hornsey depot will continue to be required to maintain non-Thameslink mainline and other Great Northern commuter and suburban services following the introduction of the Thameslink contract.

Justice

Members: Correspondence

Alan Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle of 28 November 2011 concerning a constituent, Alan Mackinder of Hessle. [114460]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: A reply to the letter was sent to the right hon. Member on 28 June. The first copy of the letter was mislaid. I apologise for the late response.

Mental Health

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within his Department. [114619]

Mr Kenneth Clarke: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) recognises the importance of mental health and well-being for all MOJ staff. Managers monitor our absence data so that they can identify trends such as increases in mental health issues and target action appropriately. Individuals and managers have access to a range of support to help them with issues that could affect

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mental health. This includes occupational health professionals who, in prisons, are based on site, and an employee assistance programme which provides advice on issues such as debt management and bereavement.

Managers and staff share responsibility for assessing and managing stress at work. The MOJ provides detailed guidance on how these actions should be carried out and the arrangements which should be followed; this also applies with regard to staff who are exposed to potentially traumatising incidents.

Defence

Armed Forces: Housing

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to allocate the £100 million announced in Budget 2011 for service accommodation. [114565]

Mr Robathan: As announced in March 2012, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will receive an additional £100 million from April 2013. The MOD will target the extra investment to generate maximum impact for defence and for the benefit of service personnel and their families.

We will bring around 550 service family accommodation (SFA) properties up to the highest standard for condition and refurbish around 600 single living accommodation rooms. The extra investment will also mean that in areas of high demand 100 vacant SFA properties will be made ready for occupation and new homes purchased.

Armed Forces: Pay

Simon Reevell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 192W, on armed forces: pay, whether monies due to bereaved families are adjusted to claim back salaries automatically paid to service personnel in respect of the period after their death and before the month end. [114818]

Mr Robathan: We never ask families of those killed in service to pay money back. Our aim is to ensure families receive the right amount of money as quickly as possible and to conduct a reconciliation of their pay accounts as soon as all the information becomes available to us. We do not collect any money from the families of deceased service personnel, but we do adjust future payments to ensure families are paid all monies to which they are entitled.

Armed Forces: Redundancy

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Armed Forces who have been issued with compulsory redundant notes for discharge are within one year of reaching the full qualifying date for an immediate Ministry of Defence pension. [113645]

Mr Robathan: Because of the complexity of pensions calculations, the exact number of service personnel within one year of reaching the full qualifying date for an immediate pension could be determined only by a

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manual analysis of the records of those selected for redundancy, which could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However early analysis indicates approximately 80 (roughly 1.2%) of the 6,660 armed forces personnel selected for redundancy in tranches 1 and 2 are non-applicants who will now, following a reduction in the qualifying period, be within one year of qualifying for an immediate pension or equivalent on their redundancy exit date. Selection for redundancy was based on clearly defined criteria; proximity to pension point was not one of these.

The Armed Forces Redundancy schemes pay significantly larger tax free redundancy compensation lump sums to those who narrowly miss out on immediate incomes. Any pension rights that have been earned will also be preserved, meaning that an index linked pension and a further tax-free lump sum will become payable at age 60 or 65, depending on pension scheme.

Whereas the majority of other ranks normally have to serve for 22 years before receiving an immediate income, the Armed Forces Redundancy schemes reduce this requirement to 18 years. This is a concession of four years, which will enable many redundees to receive an immediate income for which they would otherwise not have qualified.

Armed Forces: Uniforms

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget was allocated to ceremonial uniforms for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in the last year. [114578]

Peter Luff [holding answer 2 July 2012]:Budgets for ceremonial uniforms are not held in the format requested, as they form part of the three services’ overall clothing budgets, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Cyprus: Military Bases

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the long-term future for the sovereign base areas in Cyprus. [114687]

Nick Harvey: I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by the Secretary of State for Defence, the right hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) on 15 December 2011, Official Report, column 115WS.

Iran

George Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations his Department has made for war with Iran; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost in (a) personnel and (b) materiel. [114114]

Nick Harvey: We are not advocating military action against Iran. We continue to believe that the dual-track process of pressure and engagement led by the E3+3, comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, China and Russia, offers the best hope of resolving international concerns about Iran's nuclear programme.

However, we do not believe it is sensible to rule out any option; we have therefore made it clear that all

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options remain on the table. Parliamentarians backed the Government's approach in a vote in the House of Commons on 20 February 2012, with a majority of 285.

Sovereignty: Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will allocate resources to considering the effect on UK military capabilities of Scotland voting in favour of separation in the 2014 referendum. [114489]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The UK Government position is clear: Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The UK Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support Scotland remaining within the UK in any referendum.

In the run-up to the referendum the UK Government will produce detailed evidence and analysis to assess the benefits that Scotland gains from being part of the UK and the contribution that Scotland makes to the UK. As one of the major reserved areas, Defence will feature significantly in this work.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will discuss the future of HMNB Clyde with the Scottish Government before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. [114490]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The UK Government position is clear: Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The UK Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support Scotland remaining within the UK in any referendum. Therefore I have no plans to discuss the future of Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde with the Scottish Government.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of replicating the facilities at Faslane and Coulport at another site in the UK; [114491]

(2) what contingency arrangements his Department has put in place for the operation of Vanguard class submarines should HMNB Clyde become inoperable. [114492]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The UK Government position is clear: Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The UK Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support Scotland remaining within the UK in any referendum.

No work has been undertaken to estimate the cost of replicating the facilities at Faslane and Coulport at another site in the UK. It is clear from first principles, however, that the cost of relocating such facilities from Scotland would be extremely high.

I am withholding information relating to contingency planning arrangements should Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde become inoperable for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

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Warships

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Co-operative Engagement Capability system will contribute to a recognised air picture; [110046]

(2) whether the Co-operative Engagement Capability system (a) increases interoperability with the US Navy and (b) reduces the possibility of friendly fire incidents; [110047]

(3) what role the Co-operative Engagement Capability system will have in protecting Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. [110048]

(4) what estimate he has made of the amount spent on the Co-operative Engagement Capability system for Royal Navy vessels to date. [109770]

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 4, on new equipment (expenditure), whether the co-operative engagement capability has been (a) permanently cancelled and (b) not committed to at this stage. [113052]

Peter Luff: Co-operative Engagement Capability (CEC) has not been cut; it was never in the committed core equipment programme. The CEC programme entered the assessment phase in 2000. The previous Government then deferred the programme by five years in 2005 and by a further four years in 2010. The Ministry of Defence (MOD)'s expenditure to date on the assessment phase over this whole period is £45.5 million inclusive of non-recoverable VAT.

The MOD carried out a comprehensive study into investing in this capability, however during the three month exercise we concluded that it was not necessary to commit funding to CEC at this stage.

The MOD now manages the Equipment programme on the basis of committing only when funding for the full procurement and sustainment cost of a new project is available and when a commitment needs to be made in order to meet the required in-service date.

The decision not to commit to this project at the moment does not rule out a future commitment to the capability.

Decisions on future commitments will be taken on the advice of the Armed Forces Committee, which makes the budget available and decides what the priorities should be.

The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), made clear last month, the MOD budget has headroom of £8 billion over the next 10 years for potential programmes.

The Armed Forces Committee will prioritise projects for commitment when necessary, and not before.

Without CEC, the T45 Destroyer remains a world leading, state-of-the-art anti-air warfare platform with a range of capabilities for defeating complex threats.

World War II: Military Decorations

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on awarding a Service Medal to former members of Bomber Command; and if he will make a statement. [115072]

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Mr Robathan: Defence Ministers and their officials have received a number of representations in respect of awarding a Service Medal to Bomber Command veterans.

There is widespread admiration for the major contribution that the crews of Bomber Command made to the Allied victory in World War II and their commitment in the face of significant losses.

The coalition Government have agreed that there should be a fresh review of the rules governing the award of military medals. This is currently being undertaken by an independent lead, Sir John Holmes, in full consultation with interested parties. The independent review will make use of all the work undertaken as part of an earlier Ministry of Defence review, but will have a broader scope. It is anticipated that it will be completed by the end of the summer.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Welfare: Circuses

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to lay regulations before Parliament to restrict the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. [115125]

Mr Paice: My written ministerial statement on 1 March 2012, Official Report, columns 41-42W, confirmed that we intend to introduce legislation to ban the use of such animals on ethical grounds. A ban will be implemented as soon as parliamentary time allows. In the meantime, we will introduce a new licensing scheme to protect the welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses via regulations. We hope to lay those regulations before Parliament before summer recess.

Gangmasters

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) following the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 June 2012 on gangmasters, what steps her Department is taking to investigate the use of repayment orders for gangmaster-related offences; and by what date she expects this to take place; [115123]

(2) following the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 June 2012 on gangmasters, by what date she expects to have referred the development of sentencing guidelines for gangmaster-related offences to the Ministry of Justice. [115124]

Mr Paice: On 24 May 2012, Official Report, columns 83-85WS, I announced the outcome of the Government's Red Tape Challenge in respect of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). This included bringing forward proposals for consultation on the introduction of fines and penalties for low level technical and minor offences, including a measure similar to a Repayment Order. Detailed proposals will be published later this year.

As part of the wider work on the GLA being taken forward as a result of proposals arising from the Red Tape Challenge, and following commitments given during the Westminster Hall Debate on 20 June 2012, Official Report, columns 272-80WH, we will look at whether it would be appropriate to issue sentencing guidelines for gangmaster-related offences. We will make further announcements in due course.

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Government Procurement Card

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which dates her Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010. [113355]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA has published information on Government procurement card spending over £500 as follows:

PeriodDate published

April to August 2011

27 October 2011

September to October 2011

9 December 2011

November 2011

17 January 2012

December 2011

22 June 2012

April 2010 to March 2011

22 June 2012

Litter

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many street litter control notices have been issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the last three years; [114849]

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(2) how many litter clearance notices have been issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the last three years. [114850]

Richard Benyon: Figures on the number of street litter control notices and litter clearance notices issued in England and Wales, Nottinghamshire and Ashfield in the last three years are not held centrally.

Livestock: Exports

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much livestock was exported to be reared outside of the UK in each of the last five years. [114340]

Mr Paice: Prior to 2009, individual animal health offices had responsibility for tracking exports. Therefore, data prior to 2009 is not held centrally. The data for 2010 is limited as the introduction of a centralised team within Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories was gradual.

Data about whether the animal is being exported for rearing before slaughter are not collected, so the figures for slaughter have been included for completeness.

The figures are as follows.

 AnimalsTotal number of consignmentsNumber of animals for production/fatteningTotal number of consignmentsNumber of animals for slaughterTotal number of consignmentsNumber of animals for breeding

2010

Pigs

171

 

Sheep and Goats

193

 

Cattle

218

        

2011

Pigs

0

0

6

422

96

4,667

 

Sheep and Goats

138

57,449

40

14,606

149

1,866

 

Cattle

6

1,021

91

12,535

286

1,691

        

2012 (to date)

Pigs

0

0

0

0

20

805

 

Sheep and Goats

16

3,824

10

3,098

26

118

 

Cattle

19

3,026

1

148

160

944

Meat

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made on the unilateral nature of the ban on desinewed ruminant meat products as of the end of April 2012; and if she will make a statement. [114325]

Mr Paice: On 18 June, I discussed the issue of desinewed meat with Commissioner Dalli (European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy), including the timing of relevant audit visits by the EU Food and Veterinary Office to other member states and the process and timescales for the Commission to submit a mandate for a formal scientific opinion on mechanically separated meat by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The Commission has indicated that this will be sent to EFSA within the next few weeks.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations her Department introduced between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [113997]

Mr Paice: The Department introduced 22 statutory instruments between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012. A list of these instruments is set out in the table.

DEFRA does not capture the cost to the public purse of new statutory instruments (eg including staff time or cost to regulators), but does capture the forecast costs and savings to business, which are set out in individual impact assessments. These are available electronically from the Better Regulation Executive's impact assessment library:

http://www.ialibrary.bis.gov.uk/links/

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RegulationDate of introduction

Tuberculosis (England) (Amendment) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1391)

14 May 2012

Individual Ascertainment of Value (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1380)

14 May 2012

Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1379)

14 May 2012

Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) Scheme 2012 (SI 2012/1375)

17 May 2012

Bridgewater Canal (Transfer of Undertaking) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1266)

1 May 2012

Control of Dogs (Designation of the Common Council of the City of London as a Secondary Authority) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1223)

1 May 2012

Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1151)

21 April 2012

Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Amendment of Fixed Penalty Amount) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1150)

21 April 2012

Quality Standards for Green Bananas (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/947)

21 March 2012

Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Commencement No. 19) Order 2012 (SI 2012/898)

20 March 2012

Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No 6 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2012 (SI 2012/879)

18 March 2012

Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/827)

14 March 2012

Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/815)

13 March 2012

Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/814)

13 March 2012

Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/811)

12 March 2012

Plant Health (Fees) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/745)

27 February 2012

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2012 (SI 2012/698)

3 March 2012

Plant Health (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/697)

3 March 2012

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/630)

16 February 2012

Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/501)

22 February 2012

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Water Act 2003 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2012 (SI 2012/264)

2 February 2012

Contaminated Land (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/263)

2 February 2012

Sausages: Lincolnshire

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will reverse her Department's ruling on the protected geographical indication status of the Lincolnshire sausage. [113247]

Mr Paice: The Lincolnshire Sausage Association (LSA) submitted an appeal against the decision to reject the application to protect the name ‘Lincolnshire Sausage’ as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on 14 June 2012. We are now giving careful consideration to the grounds of that appeal. Any reconsideration of our decision will depend on new evidence and information being provided by the LSA in its appeal.

We will write to the LSA to inform it of the outcome of our consideration of the appeal.

Water Charges

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the average household water bill in each (a) region and (b) nation in each of the last five years. [114134]

Richard Benyon: Ofwat is the economic regulator of water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. It holds average water bill information for each water company in England and Wales and calculates a sector wide average bill.

Ofwat does not hold information on average bills for Scotland or Northern Ireland.

A table showing average household water bills in each region and in England and Wales, in each of the last five years, is as follows.

Real (2012-13 prices) average water only bills(1)
£
 Confirmed figuresProvisional figuresForecast Figures
 2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-13

Water and sewerage companies

        

Anglian

171

179

188

188

190

186

188

189

Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water)

178

181

184

187

188

182

181

178

Northumbrian

140

144

147

145

145

156

161

161

Essex and Suffolk (Water only)

177

182

187

188

189

206

215

217

Severn Trent

162

166

167

165

167

175

172

171

South West

188

205

222

224

227

228

229

228

Southern

132

138

140

139

139

142

146

149

Thames

186

192

200

200

202

208

202

199

United Utilities

168

176

183

185

186

191

192

190

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Wessex

183

199

215

221

219

223

230

234

Yorkshire

160

165

167

169

169

166

165

166

         

Water only companies

        

Bristol

162

164

168

172

171

172

175

181

Cambridge

133

132

135

126

128

128

126

127

Dee Valley

145

140

137

142

140

142

144

145

Portsmouth

100

99

100

102

102

97

96

94

Sembcorp Bournemouth Water

159

161

161

157

150

157

155

153

South East (including 'Mid Kent Water' from 2008-09)

198

183

191

188

191

195

205

204

Mid Kent Water(2)

185

180

181

South Staffordshire Water

128

132

135

136

137

140

138

140

Sutton and East Surrey

185

186

187

181

180

180

177

181

Veolia Water Central (formerly Three Valleys Water)

175

173

176

173

175

179

179

174

Veolia Water East (formerly Tendring Hundred)

210

202

189

186

187

180

176

173

Veolia Water South East (formerly Folkestone and Dover)

192

200

206

200

198

194

192

188

         

Industry average bill

133

140

150

157

162

166

174

182

(1) Average bills take account of both metered and unmetered bills. (2) Mid Kent Water merged with South East Water in 2008-09.

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of household earnings of those in the poorest UK decile which was spent on water and sewerage rates in each of the last five years. [114272]

Richard Benyon: Ofwat is the economic regulator of water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. In its publication ‘Affordability and Debt 2009-10 - current evidence’, it estimated that 87% of those in the lowest income decile spent more than 3% of their income on water; and 74% spent more than 5% of their income. This was for the year 2008-09, which is the latest information available.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Adult Education: Devon

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of (a) Newton Abbot constituency and (b) Teignbridge (i) started and (ii) completed a course at an adult education college in each of the last five years. [113675]

Mr Hayes: Table 1 shows Government-funded further education and skills learner participation and achievements in general further education colleges in Newton Abbot and Central Devon parliamentary constituencies which comprise Teignbridge district, by age, for academic years 2006/07 to 2010/11, the latest full years for which final data are available.

Table 1: General further education colleges learner participation and achievement by geography and age 2006/07 to 2010/11
  Age2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/11

Participation

Newton Abbot constituency

Under 19

960

1,130

1,160

1,240

1,270

  

19+

1,740

2,680

2,730

2,850

2,440

  

Total

2,690

3,800

3,890

4,090

3,710

 

Central Devon

Under 19

890

960

960

1,050

1,090

  

19+

1,470

1,440

1,820

1,800

1,390

  

Total

2,360

2,400

2,780

2,840

2,480

 

Teignbridge district

Under 19

1,850

2,090

2,120

2,290

2,370

  

19+

3,210

4,110

4,550

4,640

3,830

  

Total

5,060

6,200

6,670

6,930

6,200

 

England

Under 19

630,630

654,060

662,530

682,240

694,460

  

19+

1,573,700

1,551,600

1,768,040

1,635,590

1,338,480

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Total

2,204,300

2,205,700

2,430,600

2,317,800

2,032,900

Achievement

Newton Abbot constituency

Under 19

660

780

900

980

1,090

  

19+

1,150

1,620

1,760

2,280

2,050

  

Total

1,810

2,400

2,660

3,260

3,140

 

Central Devon

Under 19

620

670

760

830

930

  

19+

970

930

1,190

1,370

1,090

  

Total

1,580

1,600

1,940

2,200

2,020

 

Teignbridge district

Under 19

1,280

1,450

1,660

1,810

2,020

  

19+

2,120

2,550

2,940

3,660

3,140

  

Total

3,400

4,010

4,600

5,460

5,160

 

England

Under 19

457,610

489,320

521,120

546,780

558,360

  

19+

1,084,100

1,060,260

1,221,600

1,187,170

975,860

  

Total

1,541,700

1,549,600

1,742,700

1,734,000

1,534,200

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. Geographic information is based on boundaries of regions as of May 2010. The England Totals include some postcodes which are not known. 3. Teignbridge district is comprised of Newton Abbot and Central Devon parliamentary constituencies. Figures for Teignbridge district are based on the sum of unrounded data for these parliamentary constituencies. Figures may not sum to the total due to rounding. 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) only. 5. Age is based on age at the start of the academic year. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on further education and skills participation and achievement by geography 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/

Business

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium-sized businesses. [114658]

Mr Prisk: This Government have taken specific and concrete steps to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium-sized businesses:

We have already saved SMEs £388 million by not extending the right to request time to train to businesses with fewer than 250 employees;

The display ban on tobacco, which applies to supermarkets and very large stores from April 2012, will not apply to smaller tobacco retailers until April 2015;

We are phasing implementation of pensions auto enrolment, so that small business will not need to comply until June 2015;

We have achieved agreement in Brussels exempting up to 1.4 million UK small businesses from certain EU accounting rules.

More widely, the Government introduced a three year moratorium on new domestic regulation for micro-businesses and start-ups from 1 April 2011 in order to support growth and establish a period of increased regulatory stability for the smallest businesses.

To help reduce the burden of new business regulation we have introduced the one-in, one-out rule, so that if a Department wants to introduce a new rule which generates costs for business, they must first identify a corresponding cut in regulation elsewhere with the same value.

We are running the Red Tape Challenge, a process for scrapping and simplifying existing regulations that are obsolete.

Finally, we recently launched Focus on Enforcement, to improve the impact on business of how regulations are enforced.

Coal Fired Power Stations: Export Credit Guarantees

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent support UK Export Finance has given to unabated coal-fired energy projects. [113883]

Norman Lamb: UK Export Finance has not given support for a coal-fired power station since 2002.

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans UK Export Finance has to support unabated coal-fired energy projects. [113884]

Norman Lamb: UK Export Finance is not currently considering any applications made to it to support exports for coal-fired power stations.

EU Internal Trade

Stephen Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the discouragement of anti-competitive state aid to improve the functioning of the single market. [115432]

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Norman Lamb: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), met with the Competition Commissioner, Vice President Almunia in May 2012 to discuss the UK's support for state aid rules that ensure a level playing field for competition. This is a key objective for the European Commission's State Aid Modernisation agenda which also seeks to facilitate growth across the EU. Positive contacts are also ongoing at official level.

Manufacturing Industries: Motor Vehicles

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed by low emission vehicle manufacturing companies based in the UK. [115094]

Mr Prisk: We have made no recent estimate of the number of people in the UK employed in low emission vehicle manufacturing.

Origin Marking

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assess the effect of labelling the country of manufacture or origin on products on the retailing of such products. [114584]

Norman Lamb: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not make assessments or collect commercial data on retail sales of individual product lines, or products with certain characteristics such as origin labelling. We consider this a commercial decision for the retailers concerned.

Chris Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is working on schemes to accredit products for which the majority of design and manufacture took place in the UK. [114586]

Mr Prisk: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is not working on any such schemes. Our focus is on challenging the myths that “we don't make anything any more”; and to champion the exciting reality of British manufacturing today. We want people in the UK to take a fresh look at manufacturing and to appreciate the scale and excellence of our manufacturing industry.

The Make it in Great Britain (MiiGB) campaign is all about changing the image of manufacturing, among investors and especially young people, too many of whom are missing out on great jobs and careers.

The campaign builds on the already successful See Inside Manufacturing programme, which encourages young people to consider a career in manufacturing by

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enabling them to go behind the scenes of some of the UK's world-class facilities to learn about modern manufacturing and the jobs available.

Overseas Students: EU Countries

Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many British nationals studied in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; [114219]

(2) how many students from each other EU member states studied in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [114220]

Mr Willetts: Estimates of the number of UK-domiciles studying higher education (HE) qualifications in EU member states (other than the UK) are shown in Table 1. These estimates are based on data collections from National Ministries by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat, and refer to the period 2000 to 2009, the latest year for which data are available.

Information on the number of students domiciled in European Union (EU) member states (other than the UK) and enrolled at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is shown in Table 2. These statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) cover the academic years 2001/02 to 2010/11. Information for the 2011/12 academic year will become available from January 2013.

The counts of outgoing (Table 1) and incoming (Table 2) students are not strictly comparable because they use different coverage rules and differing definitional criteria. The OECD and Eurostat measures of outgoing students, for example, do not include students on exchange programmes or those studying for a qualification with a full-time equivalent duration of less than two years; the HESA statistics on incoming students do include such students.

In addition to those who study abroad for their full degree, there are many schemes to allow students to spend part of their degree abroad. The largest is the Erasmus programme, where students can study in most other European countries including all EU member states. In 2009/10, there were 8,054 outgoing Erasmus study placements undertaken by UK students. The most recent figures available for incoming Erasmus study placements are for 2008/09 when there were 16,051; the outgoing figure for that year was 7,428. It is not possible to say how many of the outgoing and incoming students went to or arrived from the 26 other EU member states as opposed to the six other European countries in the programme.

The Government are dedicated to ensuring students have the opportunity to gain international experience through degree or credit mobility, or work experience, as we recognise the benefits gained from time abroad both for the student, UK HEIs and the wider economy.

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The movement of students between countries is to be encouraged. It is of mutual benefit. Under EU law, UK students have access to study at universities in other member states of the EU under the same terms that

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apply to students of those countries. This enables students to experience different cultures, develop foreign language capability and other skills, which can be invaluable in their future working and personal lives.

Table 1: Estimated number of UK students(1) studying(2) higher education(3) in EU member states (other than the UK) years 200009
EU member state2000200120022003200420052006200720082009

Austria

214

214

173

175

186

180

194

200

243

258

Belgium

210

231

235

234

270

145

210

251

241

254

Bulgaria

1

1

4

1

3

3

5

7

3

6

Cyprus

44

50

47

64

66

77

50

43

48

54

Czech Republic

228

241

231

237

265

334

363

405

410

402

Denmark

374

388

401

425

450

466

471

479

472

517

Estonia

3

0

2

1

2

2

3

4

7

10

Finland

143

147

141

160

172

191

189

189

200

188

France

3,147

2,721

2,545

2,998

2,611

2,299

2,570

2,595

2,519

2,580

Germany

2,599

2,397

2,242

2,172

2,154

1,962

1,871

1,854

1,723

1,889

Greece

5

0

4

7

14

19

85

106

102

100

Hungary

40

46

39

23

28

33

53

76

104

128

Ireland

1,809

1,939

1,960

2,132

2,000

1,850

1,700

1,550

1,421

2,184

Italy

91

145

112

173

247

249

280

298

247

245

Latvia

1

5

4

3

6

8

15

17

25

28

Lithuania

2

3

3

2

4

8

8

8

7

8

Luxembourg

(4)

(4)

0

0

0

0

4

0

7

20

Malta

12

6

6

12

10

13

16

19

31

32

Netherlands

661

648

628

603

590

731

772

802

827

825

Poland

24

21

28

26

22

41

45

77

105

109

Portugal

94

90

90

91

90

107

86

90

99

101

Romania

2

3

5

6

14

16

10

33

31

62

Slovakia

2

3

5

4

5

6

12

26

41

52

Slovenia

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

2

0

1

1

4

Spain

660

663

657

653

593

538

618

662

721

838

Sweden

828

791

808

839

822

839

761

789

525

541

Estimated total

11,194

10,753

10,370

11,041

10,624

10,119

10,391

10,581

10,160

11,435

(1) OECD and Eurostat data collections allow countries to report estimates referring to either ‘usual/permanent residence’ or ‘country of prior education’ to define mobile students. (2) Covers students in all years of study. (3) These estimates do not include students on exchange programmes or those studying for a qualification with a full-time equivalent duration of less than two years. (4) Denotes missing. Note: Numbers in italics are internal estimates/adjustments to ‘correct’ for implausible values, missing data and methodological changes. Source: OECD and Eurostat data collections
Table 2: EU member state (non-UK) domiciled(1) enrolments(2) at UK higher education institutions: Academic years 2001/01 to 2010/11
EU member state2001/022002/032003/042004/052005/062006/072007/082008/092009/102010/11

Austria

1,020

1,145

1,265

1,255

1,300

1,355

1,415

1,380

1,490

1,695

Belgium

2,105

2,215

2,325

2,300

2,365

2,440

2,475

2,565

2,755

2,955

Bulgaria

1,250

2,185

3,395

4,615

Cyprus

5,490

6,950

8,360

9,640

10,370

11,160

11,320

Czech Republic

590

860

1,130

1,300

1,315

1,195

1,185

Denmark

1,530

1,650

1,595

1,575

1,515

1,470

1,515

1,525

1,555

1,530

Estonia

175

350

520

660

840

955

1,060

Finland

2,045

1,915

1,830

1,685

1,710

1,625

1,665

1,680

1,760

1,880

France

9,430

9,995

10,690

11,035

11,835

12,385

12,715

13,115

13,805

13,370

Germany

10,285

11,150

11,440

11,895

12,520

13,145

13,625

14,130

15,425

16,265

Gibraltar

690

695

680

610

600

620

620

615

625

665

Greece

26,575

24,005

20,785

17,585

15,740

14,025

12,625

12,035

11,785

11,630

Hungary

570

775

995

1,025

1,130

1,170

1,155

Ireland

12,735

13,020

14,235

15,780

16,120

15,585

15,260

15,360

16,595

16,855

Italy

4,770

5,005

4,765

4,845

4,975

5,430

5,605

6,040

6,550

7,100

Latvia

255

520

865

1,145

1,370

1,635

2,025

Lithuania

415

960

1,465

1,970

2,410

2,930

3,895

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Luxembourg

695

780

810

800

800

830

835

890

960

1,000

Malta

555

705

745

820

900

995

1,030

Netherlands

2,025

2,260

2,320

2,275

2,510

2,620

3,040

3,200

3,270

3,340

Poland

2,130

4,245

6,640

8,570

9,145

8,415

7,330

Portugal

2,135

2,305

2,435

2,590

2,680

2,785

2,830

2,755

2,685

2,660

Romania

1,180

2,160

3,190

4,625

Slovakia

345

630

875

1,115

1,305

1,405

1,410

Slovenia

300

280

255

285

270

290

295

Spain

5,415

5,830

5,795

5,615

5,840

5,965

5,750

5,700

5,730

5,820

Sweden

3,535

3,530

3,285

3,325

3,210

3,275

3,195

3,185

3,200

3,335

European Union, not otherwise specified

15

85

120

85

Total

84,985

85,500

84,250

93,995

99,985

105,410

112,150

117,660

125,045

130,120

(1) Domicile refers to the country of a student's permanent or home address prior to entry to their course. (2) Covers students in all years of study. Notes: Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of five, so components may not sum to totals. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record