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Written Answers to Questions

Friday 6 July 2012

Business, Innovation and Skills

Financial Services: Internet

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he plans to publish an evaluation of the use and effect of the lenders compared website on consumer borrowing and debt; [115446]

(2) when he plans to publish an evaluation of the use and effect of data sharing in the home credit market on consumer borrowing and debt. [115447]

Norman Lamb [holding answer 5 July 2012]:My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has no plans to do so. The Competition Commission (CC) is in the process of carrying out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Home Credit remedies including use of the lenders compared website and the use and effect of data sharing. These remedies were imposed by the CC following market investigation in 2006. This evaluation is part of the CC's rolling programme of research into past remedies with the aim of ensuring that learning points are captured and fed into the development of CC remedies policy and practice. The Commission expects to publish its evaluation in late summer/early autumn.

Higher Education

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 735W, on higher education, if he will begin to record the type of application for designated course status by (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit status. [115426]

Mr Willetts: The specific designation process applies identically to for profit and not for profit institutions, and there is therefore no need to record designations on the basis of this distinction.

We set out in the Higher Education White Paper and the subsequent Technical Consultation document, our intention that all providers that access student support funding will, in future, be subject to the same standards for quality, dispute resolution, information, access (if charging above the basic tuition charge), financial sustainability, reformed student number controls and tuition charge caps.

Further details on how we plan to take forward our proposals will be published in due course.

Manufacturing Industries: South East

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of gross valued added is accounted for by manufacturing in the South East. [115802]

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Mr Prisk: The latest regional figures (2009) from the Office for National Statistics show that manufacturing in the South East accounted for 8.8% of gross value added in the region and 1.2% of total UK gross value added.

This is a lower proportion than the UK as a whole where manufacturing makes up 10% of UK gross value added.

The South East as a whole contributed 14.3% to total UK gross value added.

Mental Health Services

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for research into mindfulness-based therapies were (a) accepted and (b) rejected by the Medical Research Council in each of the last three years. [115792]

Mr Willetts: The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports biomedical research. The MRC has supported fundamental research on the mechanisms of depression and anxiety disorders: an example of current research in this area is a study at the University of Oxford investigating the integration of drug treatment and cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with anxiety disorder.

The MRC does not hold a breakdown of the numbers of applications and awards for research relating to mindfulness-based therapies and it would not be possible to undertake the necessary analysis in the time available.

Research on the effectiveness of new treatments, beyond the proof of concept studies, would be funded through the NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme (EME) and the Health Technology Assessment programme.

Overseas Students: EU Nationals

Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of EU citizens studying in the UK; and if he will estimate the (a) total and (b) average per person economic benefit of EU citizens studying in the UK. [114589]

Mr Willetts: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published a report in June 2011, ‘Estimating the Value to the UK of Education Exports’. It included estimates for 2008-09 of the value to the UK economy in terms of tuition fee income and other spending (net of earnings) of Higher Education students from the EU while they are in the UK:

 £ million

Tuition fee income

292.6

(Net) other spending while in the UK

1,295.7

Total

1,588.3

In 2008/09 there were a total of 117,660 students from the EU studying in UK HEIs, giving an average of £13,500 per person, based on these estimate. In 2011/12 there were 130,120 EU students studying in UK HEIs.

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The same report estimated the fee income and other spending for international students studying in UK further education colleges, but did not split the amounts between EU and non-EU students.

The estimates do not capture the full effect on the economy of EU citizens studying in UK HE. In particular-there will be wider indirect effects such as spend by visiting relatives, productivity benefits from those who stay working in the UK, and possible longer-term trade benefits from the research and business links that international students studying in the UK develop while they are here or in future years. They also only cover HE students, so do not capture the value from EU students studying in FE.

Postgraduate Education: Birmingham

Shabana Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency enrolled on a postgraduate course in each of the last five years. [115428]

Mr Willetts: Information on the number of postgraduate enrolments at UK higher education institutions from Birmingham, Ladywood constituency is shown in the following table. Information for the 2011/12 academic year will become available from January 2013.

Postgraduate enrolments(1) from Birmingham, Ladywood constituency(2). UK higher education institutions, academic years 2006/07 to 2010/11
Academic yearEnrolments

2006/07

580

2007/08

620

2008/09

725

2009/10

775

2010/11

740

(1) Enrolments cover students in all years of study. (2) Constituency refers to the student’s address prior to entry to their course. Notes: 1. Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded up or down to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals. 2. As at the 2010 United Kingdom general election, on 6 May 2010, the parliamentary constituency boundaries changed. From the 2010/11 academic year these changes are reflected in the table. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Productivity

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of UK productivity and that of other G7 countries. [115776]

Mr Prisk: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills routinely monitors a range of international comparisons of productivity produced by organisations such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In addition the Department periodically commissions more detailed comparative studies.

Whole economy UK labour productivity measured in terms of output per hour worked lags behind its major peers (eg France, Germany and the USA). Since the 1980s the UK has been closing this gap, though in the 2000s, the rate of improvement slowed. After the 2008

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recession, productivity in the USA began to pull away from the UK, France and Germany. In 2010 UK output per hour worked was 11 percentage points lower than the average of the other G7 countries.

Due to differences in average hours worked between countries, the labour productivity gap with France and Germany in terms of output per worker has largely been closed, but a substantial gap with the USA remains.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts and Cultural Events

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what guidance his Department offers to local authorities seeking sponsorship for arts and cultural events. [115626]

Mr Vaizey: The role of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is to provide strategic vision and leadership to the arts and cultural sector. Arts Council England (ACE) is responsible for making decisions on funding for the arts and it does so independently of Ministers. ACE engages and works with local authorities on a regular basis right across the country. Information on the guidance provided by ACE can be found on the following page of their website:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/

Mobile Phones

Mr Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure the deployment of 4G/LTE mobile services as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement. [115613]

Mr Vaizey: Ofcom are currently considering the responses received as a result of their recent consultation on the auction of spectrum suitable for 4G services which closed on 22 March and are expected to make a statement in the summer. They remain on schedule for the UK auction process to start by the end of 2012. This is compatible with the spectrum becoming available to allow successful bidders to start rolling out 4G services in these bands in 2013.

Ofcom are also currently considering a request from Everything Everywhere to allow them to use their existing spectrum to rollout 4G services.

Mr Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential economic effect of any delay to the timetable for liberalising the 1800 mhz radio spectrum band and the roll-out of 4G/LTE mobile broadband services; and if he will make a statement. [115614]

Mr Vaizey: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport has had no such discussions with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Any consideration of the benefits to consumers of the introduction of 4G/LTE services, including liberalisation of 1800 MHz, or the

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impact of any delay to that introduction would normally fall to Ofcom. The benefits to consumers and the effect of a delay to liberalisation were considered in Ofcom's March consultation on liberalising the 1800 MHz spectrum.

Sports: Facilities

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities maintain adequate sports facilities in (a) South Yorkshire and (b) England and Wales. [115321]

Hugh Robertson [holding answer 5 July 2012]: Sport England is investing £135 million of lottery funding through the ‘Places, People, Play’ programme, the majority of which will be invested in facilities to deliver a tangible sporting legacy for all regions in England. It has also developed a range of support tools, including an online toolkit for national governing bodies, local authorities (LAs) and sports clubs to use the opportunity of community asset transfer to take control of sports facilities on a sustainable basis.

In January 2012 Sport England published their new Youth Sport Strategy. Two programmes within the strategy will directly impact upon LAs and local sport facilities across England: ‘Access to Schools’ where Sport England aims to work with schools and LAs to ensure school facilities are accessible by the community, and ‘The Improvement Fund’ to which LAs will be able to apply to improve key facilities.

In addition to its core work, Sport England provides bespoke support to individual LAs across England on improving the efficiency in the planning and operation of sports facilities. Sport England is working with, and will continue to work with, LAs in the South Yorkshire area.

As sport is a devolved matter, information for Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Tourism: South East

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the monetary value is of tourism to the south-east outside London. [115800]

John Penrose: Visit England's Great Britain Tourism Survey and Great Britain Day Visit Survey and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) International Passenger Survey report the following tourism expenditure in the south-east (excluding London), in 2011:

Domestic overnight tourism: £2.6 billion (source: GBTS)

Domestic day visits: £7.1 billion (source: GBDVS)

Inbound tourism: £1.9 billion (source: IPS).

In addition, the ONS publishes regional data about the value of tourism. Full details can be found at the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-233131

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Defence

Armed Forces: Redundancy

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what form the most recent 4,000 redundancy notices were served to military personnel. [115463]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 5 July 2012]: All Tranche 2 redundancy notices were delivered personally through the chain of command in person or, in extreme circumstances, by telephone. Each redundee was given an individual notification letter, which also contained information on the support available to those leaving the service. Nobody was notified by email.

Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 3W, on armed forces: sexual offences, how many cases of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault reported by members of the armed forces in each of the last three years resulted in (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction; and if he will make a statement. [115059]

Mr Robathan: The number of cases of rape and sexual assault reported by members of the armed forces to the Service police and referred to the Service Prosecuting Authority, in each of the last three years, that resulted in direction for trial and conviction are shown in the following tables.

 Rape referralsDirectionsConvictions

2010

21

9

6

2011

18

7

(1)2

2012(2)

9

3

(1)1

(1) Two cases ongoing. (2 )To 3 July 2012.
 Sexual assault referralsDirectionsConvictions

2010

45

27

21

2011

58

37

23

2012(1)

13

4

(2)1

(1 )As at 3 July 2012. (2 )Three cases ongoing.

We do not hold details of cases investigated by the civilian police.

Atos

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 650W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between his Department and Atos in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012. [115114]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 3 July 2012]: The value of contracts between the Ministry of Defence and Atos for the years 2009 to 2012 are shown in the following tables. This includes contracts with a start date prior to 2009, but where contract payments were made during the 2009 to 2012 period.

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Contract numberContract start dateCurrent contract end dateCurrent total contract value (£000)Payments in 2012 (£000)

FLIS2/0001

1 April 2009

31 March 2012

652

53

ACT/03461

21 April 2009

31 March 2013

6,636

361

CTLBC/10

3 June 2008

31 August 2013

4,143

305

FTS3/CBJPT0005

1 April 2012

31 March 2013

1,098

275

FTS3/HAR/02/09

1 June 2009

31 March 2012

4,019

413

FTS3/FSM/057

19 March 2012

14 September 2012

253

96

CTLBC/1635

21 March 2011

20 June 2011

25

10

Contract numberContract start dateCurrent contract end dateCurrent total contract value (£000)Payments in 2011 (£000)

FLIS2/0001

1 April 2009

31 March 2012

652

211

ACT/03461

21 April 2009

31 March 2013

6,636

499

FTS3/001

15 July 2009

30 November 2011

69

Nil

FTS3/LECOM/024

16 December 2010

28 February 2011

290

290

CTLBC/1635

21 March 2011

20 June 2011

25

Nil

CBC/PSA/0446/2

1 April 2008

31 May 2011

571

Nil

CTLBC/10

3 June 2008

31 August 2013

4,143

218

FTS3/HAR/02/09

1 June 2009

31 March 2012

4,019

1,260

ACCOMM1B/5924

6 April 2010

31 December 2010

303

33

Contract numberContract start dateCurrent contract end dateCurrent total contract value (£000)Payments in 2010 (£000)

FTS3/LECOM/015

22 March 2010

28 May 2010

59

59

FTS3/ASTD/0004

1 December 2009

1 January 2010

35

28

FLIS2/0001

1 April 2009

31 March 2012

652

174

ACT/03461

21 April 2009

31 March 2013

6,636

657

CTLBC/983

14 September 2009

13 January 2010

204

204

FTS3/001

15 July 2009

30 November 2011

69

7

FTS3/LECOM/024

16 December 2010

28 February 2011

290

Nil

CBC/PSA/0446/2

1 April 2008

31 May 2011

571

Nil

CTLBC/10

3 June 2008

31 August 2013

4,143

124

FTS3/MER024

13 October 2009

1 March 2010

55

55

ACCOMM1B/5924

6 April 2010

31 December 2010

303

270

FTS3/HAR/02/09

1 June 2009

31 March 2012

4,019

1,548

FTS3/ASTD/0008

4 January 2010

31 March 2010

180

181

CBC/2B/0297

9 August 2004

31 October 2008

8,385

1,408

Contract numberContract start dateCurrent contract end dateCurrent total contract value (£000)Payments in 2009 (£000)

FTS3/ASTD/0004

1 December 2009

1 January 2010

35

Nil

ATOCIPHER04

1 April 2004

31 May 2009

2,073

112

FLIS2/0001

1 April 2009

31 March 2012

652

215

ACT/03461

21 April 2009

31 March 2013

6,636

146

CTLBC/983

14 September 2009

13 January 2010

204

Nil

FTS3/001

15 July 2009

30 November 2011

69

62

CBC/PSA/0446/2

1 April 2008

31 May 2011

571

497

DCSALA1/1990

23 April 2008

30 March 2009

4

Nil

CTLBC/10

3 June 2008

31 August 2013

4,143

100

FTS3/MER024

13 October 2009

31 March 2010

55

Nil

FTS3/HAR/02/09

1 June 2009

31 March 2012

4,019

798

DCSALA1/1831

25 April 2006

31 March 2009

573

48

CTLBC/866

24 October 2008

31 March 2009

497

Nil

CBC/2B/0297

9 August 2004

31 October 2008

8,385

1,462

RFASC/20479

29 September 2005

17 May 2006

828

139

Australia

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy for a ship from the Royal Navy to make a courtesy visit to Australia as part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Australian Royal Navy in 2013; [114831]

(2) on how many occasions a Royal Navy ship has made a courtesy visit to Australia in each of the last 10 years. [114832]

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Nick Harvey: The Royal Navy's current intention is to support the centenary of the Australian Royal Navy in 2013 through the attendance of a ship that is programmed to be in the Southern Hemisphere.

Three Royal Navy ships have visited Australia in the last 10 years: HMS Nottingham in 2002, HMS Marlborough in 2003 and HMS Monmouth in 2007.

Freedom of Information

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each document identified in the letter from the Armed Forces Minister to the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (ref. D/MSU/4//7/6 15 May 2012) relating to Freedom of Information requests listed in Annex A. [114714]

Nick Harvey: This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Lost Property

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items were lost or stolen from his Department's property in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Germany, (c) Cyprus and (d) the main building in London in 2011-12. [114566]

Mr Robathan: The following items were reported as stolen in the indicated locations in 2011-12:

Afghanistan

Assorted military equipment including weapons parts and communications equipment, value estimated at £40,000.

Fuel, value estimated at £24,000

One MOD issue day sack

One Head Mounted Night Vision Sight

One Optical gunsight

Germany

One Portable Television

Scrap Metal—Road wheels

One Rail Travel Warrant Book

One Helmet

One Body Armour set

One Watch

Three laptops

One Computer and Monitor

13 Jerry Cans of fuel

Fuel card

One Head Mounted Night Vision System

One Microwave Oven

One Ceremonial Sword

Tool Boxes

93 cardboard boxes

One Projector

Six bags of grit

Cyprus

No items reported.

MOD Main Building, London

Two leather notebooks and pens

One Sports Bag

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RAF Kinloss

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will delay the move of 39 Engineer Regiment to RAF Kinloss until there has been an independent safety check at RAF Kinloss. [114474]

Nick Harvey: Since 2001 Kinloss has been assessed under the Department's existing voluntary inspection regime which ensures the Defence estate across the UK is suitable for use and does not pose a risk of harm.

Where any contamination has been identified, appropriate mitigation measures have been applied.

The move of 39 Engineer Regiment to RAF Kinloss will not be delayed as there is no requirement for an independent safety check at the site.

RAF Lossiemouth

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost is of RAF Lossiemouth for each type of expenditure. [114243]

Nick Harvey: The annual cost of RAF Lossiemouth for financial year 2011-12 is included in the following table. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100,000 but exclude indirect operating costs such as depreciation and aircraft maintenance contracts for Tornado and Sea King aircraft, which would be incurred regardless of where the aircraft are stationed.

Financial year 2011-12
Expenditure typeCosts (£ million)(1)

Personnel

76.4

Infrastructure

16.6

Stock consumption

34.1

Equipment support

1.4

Other costs

4.3

Receipts and other income

-0.1

Total

132.7

(1)Actual.

Reserve Forces: Olympic Games 2012

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to compensate reserve personnel who are required to provide support during the London 2012 Olympics. [115625]

Mr Robathan: Reservists mobilised in support of the London 2012 Olympics will receive the same rates of pay as their regular counterparts and applicable allowances. Should that be less than their civilian earnings they are recompensed through statutory instrument 2005/859 which makes provision for the reservist to apply for a financial assistance award to ensure that they are not financially disadvantaged, including in relation to benefits in kind. Allowable expenses can also be reclaimed as part of the award.

In addition, reservists also receive a Call Out Gratuity that is paid within seven days when they are accepted into permanent service. The payment of £509 reflects the Ministry of Defence's obligation to ensure that immediate financial aid is provided for the reservist and their dependants for the immediate disruption caused by call-out.

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Deputy Prime Minister

Electoral Register: Fraud

Chris Ruane: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 54W, on electoral register, whether he has assessed the reasons for the difference between instances of electoral fraud and public perception of the level of electoral registration fraud. [115795]

Mr Harper: The Government has made no such assessment. The Electoral Commission produces regular reports on the levels of allegations of electoral malpractice and public perceptions of electoral fraud, and plans to conduct further research to develop a greater understanding of attitudes relating to electoral fraud.

The Government takes any instances of electoral fraud seriously and is taking action through the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill to speed up the implementation of Individual Electoral Registration. This will not only give voters ownership of their own registration, but it will also make the system more secure and will help reinforce public confidence in the integrity of elections.

House of Lords: Reform

Mr Betts: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is his policy that elected Members of a reformed House of Lords will be able to act upon constituency issues; and what difference, if any, there would be between such responsibilities and those of hon. and right hon. Members. [115658]

Mr Harper: The Government is clear that the powers and functions of the two Houses will not change. Members of the reformed House of Lords will be carrying out a role distinct from the direct representative role of an MP elected to a single-seat constituency.

The Joint Committee on the draft House of Lords Reform Bill believed that in general it would be inappropriate for elected Members of the House of Lords to involve themselves in personal casework of the kind currently undertaken by MPs on behalf of their constituents, and the Government is mindful of the need to ensure a proper separation of the respective roles of MPs and elected Members of the House of Lords.

The Government believes that the move to larger electoral districts for Members of the reformed House of Lords is important in this regard. Additionally, new section 7D(9) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, inserted by clause 46 of the House of Lords Reform Bill, stipulates that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will not provide an allowance to elected Members for the purposes of maintaining an office in their districts. However, it will principally be for the Members of the two Houses themselves to come to a mutual understanding on their complementary roles.

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Education

Apprentices: West Midlands

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of apprentices in the west midlands are (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years old. [114127]

Mr Hayes: The following table shows the number and percentage of apprenticeship programme starts in the west midlands region by learners aged 16, 17 and 18 in 2010/11; the latest year for which final year data are available.

Apprenticeship programme starts by age in the west midlands region, 2010/11
 Apprenticeship startsPercentage of all age apprenticeship starts

16

3,450

6

17

5,560

10

18

6,680

12

19+

38,610

71

All age apprenticeships

54,290

100

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 2. Percentages are calculated based on unrounded figures and are presented to the nearest percentage point. 3. Age is calculated based on age at start of the programme. 4. Figures presented for 16-year-olds include a small number of under 16-year-olds. 5. Geography is based upon the home postcode of the learner. Geographic information is based on boundaries of regions as of May 2010. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by age is published in a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR). The latest SFR and supplementary tables were published on 29 March 2012:

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

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

Free School Meals

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent estimate he has made of the uptake of free school meals; and what proportion of eligible pupils received such meals; [114912]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of children eligible for free school meals (a) nationally and (b) in Swindon. [114992]

Mr Gibb: Information on the number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in the Swindon borough council area and England is shown in the following table.

Information is not available on those who are eligible but do not make a claim.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals as at January 2012 is published in the Statistical First Release ‘Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2012’ available at:

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http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001071/index.shtml

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Maintained nursery, state-funded primary, state-funded secondary, special schools and pupil referral units(1,2,3,4): Number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6,7) January 2012. Swindon borough council and England
 Maintained nursery and state-funded primary schools(1,2)State-funded secondary schools(1,3)Special schools(4)
 No. on roll(5,6)No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6)% of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school mealsNo. on roll(5,6)No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6)% of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school mealsNo. on roll(5,6)No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6)% of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

3,947,650

760,910

19.3

2,809,815

449,485

16.0

80,505

30,170

37.5

Swindon

16,533

2,442

14.8

11,664

1,726

14.8

386

137

35.5

 Pupil referral unitsTotal(7)
 No. on roll(5,6)No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6)% of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school mealsNo. on roll(5,6)No. of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(5,6)% of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals

England

13,235

4,855

36.7

6,851,205

1,245,420

18.2

Swindon

95

18

18.9

28,678

4,323

15.1

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes all primary academies, including free schools. (3) Includes city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including free schools. (4) Includes maintained special schools, special academies and non-maintained special schools, excludes general hospital schools. (5) Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations. Includes boarders, In pupil referral units includes pupils registered with other providers and further education colleges. (6) Pupils who have full-time attendance and are aged 15 or under, or pupils who have part-time attendance and are aged between five and 15. (7) Includes maintained nursery, state-funded primary, state-funded secondary, special schools, and pupil referral units. Excludes pupils in alternative provision as full- and part-time status is not collected. Note: National totals have been rounded to the nearest five. Source: School Census

Pay

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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. [110813]

Tim Loughton: The Department for Education recently published figures relating to the number of staff working for the Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies who are employed through off-payroll engagements costing more than £58,200 per annum. This information was published as part of a cross-Government review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees. The information supplied for the review was based on data from 31 January 2012. We have therefore used this same date when supplying information relating to engagements worth less than £58,200 per annum.

On 31 January 2012, the Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies engaged 148 people through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum.

Public Transport

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his private ministerial office has spent on public transport in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [114005]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 28 June 2012]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and his Private Office have spent a total of £3,550 on public transport in the last 12 months.

In comparison, the overall spend on public transport during the 12 months in the previous Administration (June 2009 to May 2010) was £8,376. The following table shows a breakdown of rail and taxi journeys for the three previous 12-month periods.

£
PeriodRailTaxiTotal

June 2011 to May 2012

3,528

22

3,550

June 2010 to May 2011

5,268

2,967

8,235

June 2009 to May 2010

8,332

44

8,376

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Sign Language: Education

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made in developing proposals for national provision of family-friendly sign language courses for parents of deaf children. [114517]

Sarah Teather: We have no current plans to introduce such classes nationally. Support services for children with a hearing impairment, and their families, are determined by local authorities in response to local needs and in line with their statutory duties.

The Department for Education funded the National Deaf Children's Society, as part of the I-Sign project, to develop an online family-friendly sign language programme. This is available at

www.familysignlanguage.org.uk

Following the evaluation of the I-Sign project, members of the I-Sign consortium have been discussing and agreeing the highest priority next steps. I am meeting with members of the I-Sign consortium in September to discuss their plans for continuing to support families to access support for British Sign Language.

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Special Educational Needs

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) five to 11 and (b) 11 to 18-year-olds his Department estimates are on the special educational needs register (i) nationally and (ii) in Swindon. [114595]

Sarah Teather: Information on the number and percentage of pupils with special educational needs by age as at January 2011 in England and Swindon local authority is shown in the tables.

The information for England is taken from the Statistical First Release “Special Educational Needs in England: January 2011” available at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001007/index.shtml

The “Special Educational Needs in England: January 2012” Statistical First Release will be published on 12 July 2012 at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001075/index.shtml

State-funded primary, state-funded secondary and special schools(1, 2, 3, 4): Number and percentage of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) by age and gender(5, 6). January 2011. England
 All pupils
Pupils aged:BoysGirlsTotal

2 and under

20,660

20,100

40,760

3

132,915

127,725

260,640

4

301,725

287,410

589,135

5

298,310

284,200

582,510

6

292,725

278,580

571,305

7

284,175

269,980

554,155

8

273,715

260,425

534,145

9

275,065

263,115

538,175

10

280,740

268,160

548,900

11

286,000

272,020

558,020

12

288,845

275,680

564,525

13

295,815

283,070

578,885

14

291,035

277,445

568,475

15

289,580

278,645

568,225

16

110,670

115,890

226,555

17

86,465

94,845

181,310

18

14,305

11,705

26,010

19+

805

765

1,570

    

Total all ages

3,823,555

3,669,750

7,493,305

 Pupils with SEN without statements
 BoysGirlsTotal
Pupils aged:Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)

2 and under

815

3.9

420

2.1

1,235

3.0

3

10,780

8.1

5,120

4.0

15,900

6.1

4

35,960

11.9

16,770

5.8

52,730

9.0

5

62,140

20.8

31,045

10.9

93,185

16.0

6

74,390

25.4

39,065

14.0

113,455

19.9

7

76,245

26.8

41,615

15.4

117,860

21.3

8

75,480

27.6

42,150

16.2

117,635

22.0

9

76,550

27.8

44,795

17.0

121,345

22.5

10

75,865

27.0

45,225

16.9

121,090

22.1

11

74,790

26.2

47,085

17.3

121,880

21.8

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6 July 2012 : Column 834W

12

73,500

25.4

46,270

16.8

119,770

21.2

13

72,950

24.7

45,630

16.1

118,580

20.5

14

68,285

23.5

44,765

16.1

113,055

19.9

15

67,740

23.4

47,175

16.9

114,915

20.2

16

11,245

10.2

8,520

7.4

19,765

8.7

17

6,255

7.2

5,040

5.3

11,295

6.2

18

1,140

8.0

865

7.4

2,005

7.7

19+

45

5.7

50

6.7

95

6.2

       

Total all ages

864,180

22.6

511,610

13.9

1,375,790

18.4

 Pupils with statements
 BoysGirlsTotal
Pupils aged:Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)

2 and under

145

0.7

105

0.5

255

0.6

3

950

0.7

545

0.4

1,495

0.6

4

4,845

1.6

2,185

0.8

7,030

1.2

5

6,515

2.2

2,735

1.0

9,255

1.6

6

7,855

2.7

3,035

1.1

10,890

1.9

7

8,935

3.1

3,360

1.2

12,295

2.2

8

10,085

3.7

3,620

1.4

13,705

2.6

9

11,295

4.1

4,135

1.6

15,430

2.9

10

13,110

4.7

4,675

1.7

17,785

3.2

11

15,000

5.2

5,275

1.9

20,280

3.6

12

15,610

5.4

5,605

2.0

21,220

3.8

13

16,690

5.6

5,780

2.0

22,470

3.9

14

15,995

5.5

5,750

2.1

21,745

3.8

15

16,020

5.5

5,875

2.1

21,895

3.9

16

4,955

4.5

2,355

2.0

7,305

3.2

17

3,605

4.2

1,815

1.9

5,415

3.0

18

2,315

16.2

1,325

11.3

3,640

14.0

19+

150

18.7

75

9.6

225

14.3

       

Total all ages

154,075

4.0

58,260

1.6

212,335

2.8

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes primary academies. (3) Includes city technology colleges and secondary academies. (4) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (5) Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations. (6 )Age as at 31 August 2010. (7 )The number of SEN pupils expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils of the same age and gender. Note: Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5. Source: School Census
State-funded primary, state-funded secondary and special schools(1, 2, 3, 4): Number and percentage of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) by age and gender(5, 6). January 2011. Swindon local authority
 All pupils
Pupils aged:BoysGirlsTotal

2 and under

20

20

40

3

370

330

695

4

1,330

1,210

2,540

5

1,255

1,205

2,460

6

1,225

1,195

2,420

7

1,240

1,140

2,380

8

1,190

1,075

2,265

9

1,140

1,155

2,295

10

1,190

1,115

2,300

6 July 2012 : Column 835W

6 July 2012 : Column 836W

11

1,110

1,145

2,255

12

1,180

1,150

2,330

13

1,190

1,100

2,290

14

1,190

1,115

2,305

15

1,110

1,125

2,235

16

210

160

375

17

130

110

240

18

35

15

50

19+

5

x

5

    

Total all ages

15,115

14,355

29,470

 Pupils with SEN without statements
 BoysGirlsTotal
Pupils aged:Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)

2 and under

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

3

40

10.9

10

2.4

50

6.9

4

140

10.4

60

5.1

200

7.9

5

265

21.0

130

10.8

395

16.0

6

315

25.7

170

14.2

485

20.0

7

290

23.5

135

11.9

425

18.0

8

280

23.3

150

13.9

425

18.9

9

340

29.9

190

16.6

535

23.2

10

270

22.7

165

14.6

435

18.8

11

275

24.8

185

16.3

460

20.5

12

290

24.7

170

14.7

460

19.8

13

265

22.2

175

15.9

440

19.2

14

300

25.0

185

16.8

485

21.1

15

270

24.4

190

17.1

465

20.7

16

15

6.2

10

6.2

25

6.2

17

10

9.3

5

5.5

20

7.5

18

5

11.8

0

0.0

5

8.0

19+

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

       

Total all ages

3,365

22.3

1,935

13.5

5,300

18.0

 Pupils with statements
 BoysGirlsTotal
Pupils aged:Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)Number of pupilsPercentage of school population(7)

2 and under

x

x

0

0.0

x

x

3

15

3.5

5

1.5

20

2.6

4

25

2.0

10

0.7

35

1.4

5

25

2.0

15

1.4

40

1.7

6

35

3.0

15

1.3

55

2.2

7

35

3.0

10

0.9

45

2.0

8

55

4.5

25

2.2

80

3.4

9

55

5.0

25

2.1

80

3.5

10

70

5.9

20

1.8

90

3.9

11

65

5.7

30

2.7

95

4.2

12

75

6.4

30

2.8

110

4.6

13

95

8.0

20

1.6

115

4.9

14

75

6.2

20

1.8

95

4.1

15

75

6.7

30

2.5

100

4.6

16

15

6.6

5

1.9

15

4.6

17

10

6.2

5

4.5

15

5.4

18

10

26.5

x

x

10

20.0

6 July 2012 : Column 837W

6 July 2012 : Column 838W

19+

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

       

Total all ages

735

4.9

265

1.8

995

3.4

x = 1 or 2 pupils, or a percentage based on 1 or 2 pupils. (1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes primary academies. (3) Includes city technology colleges and secondary academies. (4 )Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (5) Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations. (6) Age as at 31 August 2010. (7) The number of SEN pupils expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils of the same age and gender. Note: Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5. Source: School Census

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Ascension Island

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the flag for Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement. [115510]

Mr Bellingham: Ascension is in the process of developing a unique Territory flag. A design of heraldic arms for Ascension received Her Majesty's approval in June and the Territory will work with the College of Arms to produce a flag based around these arms.

British Overseas Territories

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means his Department procures British Overseas Territory flags. [115509]

Mr Bellingham: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office purchases flags in line with its standard procurement procedures which are proportionate to the associated expenditure and risk, to ensure value for money. This includes seeking multiple quotations and where appropriate formal tenders.

We recently purchased Overseas Territory flags for use in London on ceremonial occasions. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport handled the procurement process on our behalf as they are familiar with flag and pole specifications, and health and safety requirements for external display.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many flags of British Overseas Territories his Department holds in London. [115511]

Mr Bellingham: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently purchased a pair of flags for each of the Territories for use on future ceremonial occasions in London. These 32 flags are managed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who have responsibility for flying flags on ceremonial occasions.

The FCO also holds approximately 40 smaller Overseas Territory flags in London for indoor use.