Defence

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the expected overall change in defence spending during the present Parliament. [117092]

Mr Philip Hammond: Estimates regarding Defence Spending during the present Parliament were set out in the 2010 spending review, the 2011 autumn statement and the 2012 Budget, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Defence Equipment

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2012, Official Report, columns 1041-2W, on defence equipment, in which month each item subsequently recovered was lost or stolen; and if he will make a statement. [117060]

Mr Robathan: The following table refers to when the items were reported as stolen. These cases were closed in financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12 when the items were found or recovered.

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No data are held on the actual date the equipment was lost or stolen.

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Date suspicion was reportedItemsEstimated offence value (£)Outcome

12 February 2010

Military ceremonial kit (1 x sword ORs; 1 x scabbard ORs; 1 x belt waist; 1 x sling sword; 1 x sling; 1 x lining; 1 x sword knot)

398.00

All items except sword recovered

    

25 November 2009

Fuel

480.00

Monies recovered

    

7 June 2010

Laptop computer

2,400.00

No crime. Item found

    

3 November 2009

Pyrotechnics

15.00

Items were recovered

    

5 May 2010

TV viewing cards

(1)

All items recovered

    

6 July 2010

4 x full size goal posts; 2 x small size goalposts

6,000.00

No crime. Items recovered

    
    

9 February 2010

Flight deck helmet, goggles and ear defenders

101.00

No crime. Items found

    

13 January 2009

Body armour and plates

1,385.00

No crime. Items recovered

    

30 June 2010

Medical daysack

500.00

No crime. Item found

    

15 June 2010

Head stall, bosses, sircingles, brite chain, bit banbury and drum horse girth

1,258.00

No crime. Items found

    

8 September 2010

Military daysack, green overalls, beret

32.00

No crime. Items found

    

24 March 2010

Steel hoist; petrol mower; 3 x boxes chemical light sticks

1,130.00

One item recovered

    

2 august 2010

Cash

494.00

Money was returned to account

    

8 October 2010

Silver plated cutlery

7,219.00

No crime. Item found

    

12 November 2008

Various military clothing and equipment

(1)

£6,600 recovered

    

31 January 2011

Landrover

7,500.00

Item found

    

22 March 2011

Head mounted night vision system

4,439.00

No crime. Item recovered

    

26 October 2010

Gortex clothing; bowman radio equipment

500.00

2 radios recovered

    

2 February 2011

MOD equipment

15.00

Closed—some items recovered

    

6 July 2011

Antenna; filters; headset

1,626.00

No crime. Items found

    

13 June 2011

Camera

350.00

No crime. Item found

    

28 July 2011

Foul weather jacket; daysack

80.00

No crime. Items found

    

8 March 2011

Smoke grenade

9.00

Item recovered

    

2 August 2011

Expandable barrier for traffic control

250.00

No crime. Item found

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16 August 2011

1 x rescue and salvage hydraulic kit; 2 x endless sling; 2 x strop; 1 x steel chest tool; 2 x vehicle mechanic toolkit chest; 1 x complete vehicle mechanic toolkit

34,343.11

Unsolved. One item recovered

    

20 August 2010

Mk 7 Kevlar helmet

250.00

Recovered

    

22 September2011

Dinghy

1,100.00

Solved—item destroyed, not stolen

    

16 September2011

Goal posts

150.00

No crime. Items found

    

12 September 011

Antifreeze

10.00

Item recovered

    

5 December 2011

2 x head mounted night vision systems

7,998.00

No crime. Items found

    

16 June 2011

1 x night vision goggles

4,430.00

No crime. Item recovered

    

31 May 2011

1 x night vision goggles

3,000.00

No crime. Item returned

    

14 October 2008

Computer

200.00

Item recovered

    

7 November 2011

1 x coat; 1 x tie; 1 x gloves

100.00

No crime. Items found

    

6 October 2011

Various electronic equipment

5,507.90

Some items recovered

    

24 January 2011

7 x drill rifles

392.00

Some items recovered

(1) Value not recorded

The Ministry of Defence is developing initiatives to better understand the risks of fraud including theft, irregularity, corruption and bribery, and to enhance existing mechanisms aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to fraud.

Electronic Warfare

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military electronic warfare specialists are employed in the (i) RAF, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Army; and if he will make a statement. [115635]

Mr Robathan: The number of military electronic warfare specialists employed in the armed forces as at 1 May 2012 is shown in the following table:

 Number

Royal Navy

420

Army

510

RAF

1,110

Civilians do not fulfil this function in the armed forces.

Horses

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of feeding, watering and maintaining the ceremonial horses used by his Department was in the last 12 months. [116979]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 July 2012]: Information on the costs of maintaining ceremonial horses is not held centrally in the format requested.

However, the cost of feeding and bedding of ceremonial horses for the last financial year (1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012) was assessed to be around £1.2 million.

Nuclear Submarines

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Rolls-Royce on its facilities being developed as part of the refurbishment of its Raynesway plant that are specific for the PWR3 reactor for the Trident replacement submarines. [115999]

Mr Philip Hammond: Ministers meet with a range of defence contractors, including Rolls-Royce, to discuss a wide range of issues. Details of all ministerial meetings with external organisations, including companies from the defence sector, are published in the Ministry of Defence's quarterly transparency returns as required by the Government's Transparency Agenda. The following website address provides the latest published returns:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/FinancialReports/Expenses/MinistersHospitalityReceived.htm

Copies of the relevant returns will be placed in the Library of the House. Meetings during the period January to March 2012 will be published in due course.

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I am withholding further details of the discussions with Rolls-Royce, as their release would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

Nuclear Weapons

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the French Ministry of Defence on the possible location of UK nuclear weapons in French bases or use of French facilities in the future. [116351]

Mr Philip Hammond [holding answer 12 July 2012]: Officials in the Ministry of Defence have had no discussions with colleagues in the French Ministry of Defence on the possible location of UK nuclear weapons in French bases.

The Teutates Treaty of 2010 enables the construction and use of shared UK-French facilities at Valduc in France. The treaty allows experiments supporting the performance and safety of our nuclear deterrent, although there will be no physical movement of warheads between the two nations and each country will retain sovereignty over its own experiments and data.

Prime Regional Contract

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the total value of the

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Prime Regional Contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland; [116824]

(2) when the winner of the Prime Regional Contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced; [116825]

(3) what the duration is of the Prime Regional Contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland. [116826]

Mr Robathan: The Regional Prime Contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland is due to be awarded in January 2014 and will run for an initial five years, with the option to extend it by up to a further five.

While it is estimated to be between £200 million and £350 million in value over the initial five years, this is subject to basing, future funding levels, and decisions as to whether some current in-house activities are outsourced.

Reserve Forces

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reserves his Department plans to recruit in each calendar year until 2020. [116729]

Nick Harvey [holding answer 12 July 2012]: Target figures for each of the three services are provided in the following table. However, it should be noted that future years figures for all three services will be dependent upon recruitment and retention success as the implementation phase of Future Reserves 2020 matures.

Tri-service reserve recruiting targets
Service2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20

RN

        

Reserves

671

676

659

708

708

707

565

817

         

Army

        

TA

6,424

9,346

10,223

10,221

9,311

6,823

6,823

6,823

         

RAF

        

Reserves

720

720

720

720

720

720

720

720

         

Defence total

7,815

10,742

11,602

11,649

10,739

8,250

8,108

8,360

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the wider economic effect on his reforms to the reservists. [116980]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 July 2012]: Research concluded in 2010 confirmed the benefits of Reserve service to the UK workforce, with over 80% of Reservist employers recognising the benefits of transferable skills gained from Reserve service.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse will be of his Department's consultation on the effect of his reform of the reserve forces. [116981]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 July 2012]: Detailed work is under way to define the parameters for the consultation, so it is too early to estimate the cost.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people the Territorial Army recruited in the last two years; and what the recruitment targets were for each of these years. [117131]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 July 2012]: For the number of people the Territorial Army recruited in the last two years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 442W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) when the total intake for the Territorial Army in 2010-11 and 2011-12 was given as 3,840 and 4,240 respectively.

Recruitment targets for the Territorial Army were not set prior to 2012-13.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates his Department has made of the number of recruits to the Territorial Army in each year up to 2020. [117132]

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Mr Robathan [holding answer 13 July 2012]: As part of bringing the selection process for the Territorial Army into line with the Regular Army, annual recruitment targets for the Territorial Army are now being set. These will be reviewed and adapted as necessary, in response to changing requirements, but the current recruitment targets for 2012 to 2020 are shown in the following table:

Financial yearTA OfficersTA Other Rank

2012-13

409

6,015

2013-14

739

8,607

2014-15

1,261

8,962

2015-16

1,259

8,962

2016-17

1,259

8,052

2017-18

789

6,034

2018-19

789

6,034

2019-20

789

6,034

Royal Regiment of Scotland

Mr Reid: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) full strength number and (b) number of personnel serving is of each battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland; and how many personnel in each battalion had an address at the time of recruitment in (i) their traditional recruitment area, (ii) elsewhere in Scotland, (iii) England, (iv) Wales, (v) Northern Ireland, (vi) the Irish Republic and (vii) elsewhere. [116616]

Nick Harvey [holding answer 12 July 2012]: Decisions taken in Army 2020 were based upon a range of factors not just recruitment. Manning levels and recruitment over 10 years was taken into account, not just a snapshot.

The establishment (full strength required) and actual number of personnel in each battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland as at April 2012 is shown in the following table:

 Established strengthActual strengthDifference

1(st) Battalion

535

517

-18

2(nd) Battalion

528

448

-80

3(rd) Battalion

537

520

-17

4(th) Battalion

608

460

-148

5(th) Battalion

556

465

-91

Data relating to the addresses of individuals at the time of their recruitment are not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Public Sector Staff

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these had been in the redeployment pool for more than six months at that date. [116764]

Mr Robathan: On 30 June 2012 there were 1,012 members of staff in the Ministry of Defence's redeployment pool; of these 437 have been in the pool for more than six months. This is a reduction since December 2011

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when the figures were 1,540 and 790, respectively. Staff in the redeployment pool are actively assisted to find new posts, although factors such as geographical location can make this more difficult. This can affect the ability of surplus staff from finding other jobs within commuting distance. While in the redeployment pool, staff are gainfully employed, contributing to Defence outputs including support to operations and other key Defence priorities.

Veterans: Employment Schemes

Mr McKenzie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to improve the employment opportunities of veterans. [116894]

Mr Robathan: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave today to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies).

Treasury

Air Passenger Duty

Mr Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the monetary value of exemptions from air passenger duty for destinations in the Highlands and Islands in each of the last three years; [116856]

(2) how much air passenger duty was paid in respect of flights arriving at airports in the Highlands and Islands in each of the last three years; [116857]

(3) whether he plans to review military exemptions from air passenger duty; [116858]

(4) what representations he has received from the airline industry on the proposed replacement of air passenger duty; [116859]

(5) whether his Department plans to introduce a per plane tax on cargo flights between destinations in the Highlands and Islands. [116860]

Miss Chloe Smith: No estimate of the monetary value of exemptions from air passenger duty (APD) for destinations in the Highlands and Islands is available.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not collect information on the contribution to APD revenues made from flights to specific airports.

The Government have no plans to review military exemptions from air passenger duty.

The Government received over 500 responses to last year's consultation into air passenger duty, including responses from the vast majority of airlines. The Government's response, published on 6 December 2011, can be found online here:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2011budget_airpassenger.htm

In respect of a per-plane basis for APD I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Nadine Dorries) on 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 244W.

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Air Passenger Duty: International Cooperation

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with international partners to build consensus for a per-plane duty since the 2011 Budget; [116983]

(2) what progress he has made on the commitment within the 2011 Budget to start a programme of intensive work with international partners to build consensus for a per-plane duty; and if he will make a statement. [116984]

Miss Chloe Smith [holding answer 13 July 2012]: In line with the coalition agreement, this issue has been raised with our international partners at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), with a view to building the necessary consensus for a per-plane duty. We are also seeking opportunities to raise the issue in other international forums.

Assets

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [116765]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Treasury has not leased and sold back any assets in the last 12 months.

Child Trust Fund

James Wharton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Mr Woodward) of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 245W, on child trust funds, by what means his Department assessed the benefit to holders of child trust funds of conversion to junior individual savings accounts. [116687]

Mr Hoban: In my answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 245W, I explained that the Government did not believe that the majority of children with a child trust fund (CTF) would benefit from a change in the rules at the present time.

In assessing the need for any change in this area, the Government have taken account of the interests of CTF account holders. The majority—around 78%—of CTFs are stakeholder accounts. This is a type of stocks and shares account in which there is greater regulation of investment management, and in which account charges are capped. These rules reflect the universal nature of the CTF product, compared to the optional nature of junior ISA. There is no equivalent in the rules governing the features of junior ISA accounts, so many children with a CTF stakeholder account could see their terms and conditions changed significantly as a result of any conversion.

Commodity Markets

Sandra Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of excessive financial participation in the commodity derivative markets to commodity price volatility. [116680]

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Mr Hoban: Consistent with the 2011 report of the G20 Commodity Study Group, it is clear that marked shifts in the physical supply-demand balance for major commodities, together with ad hoc trade restrictions, have been the main drivers of the price fluctuations over the past 10 years.

On balance, the Government are sceptical about the degree to which speculation has played a significant causal role in recent commodity price spikes. The Government continues to monitor relevant research in this area with interest.

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential for a conflict of interest to arise for exchanges implementing position management measures whose revenue is generated through the trading they host. [116957]

Mr Hoban: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) requires Recognised Investment Exchanges (‘Exchanges’) to meet a number of statutory requirements, including but not restricted to: provisions relating to the fair and orderly running of their markets, and the quality of those markets; the prevention and detection of market abuse (including actions to manage large market positions); and the establishment of appropriate arrangements to identify and manage conflicts between the interests of the Exchange and, among others, the interests of the financial markets it operates.

This is all done under the overall supervision of the FSA. In practice, this means that Exchanges must satisfy the FSA—both during specific reviews and on an ongoing basis—that they have satisfactory real-time and post-trade market-monitoring functions, and that conflicts between the Exchange’s commercial interests and its obligations to run clean, fair and orderly markets and identified and appropriately managed.

Debts

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in each income decile in each year since 1997. [117096]

Miss Chloe Smith: According to the Bank of England, the stock of unsecured household debt was £207 billion at the end of May 2012. Estimates from 1993 are available via the Bank of England website. Estimates of debt by income deciles are not available.

Ex Gratia Payments

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex-gratia payments made through schemes administered by his Department over the last two years. [116766]

Miss Chloe Smith: Ex-gratia payments totalling £71,000 were made in 2010-11 and £84,000 in 2011-12. In addition, details of payments made under the Equitable Life Payments Scheme in 2011-12 are shown in the Annual Report and Accounts for 2011-12 available from the Department's website at:

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/dep_perf_reports_index.htm

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Financial Services Authority

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that consumers and other public interest groups are adequately represented on the board and committees of the bodies that replace the Financial Services Authority. [116955]

Mr Hoban: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will in future be responsible for the regulation of business conduct and the protection of consumers in the financial services sector. As the expert conduct regulator, it will advise the Prudential Regulation Authority on consumer issues where necessary.

The board of the FCA will need a balance of skills and experience appropriate to its responsibilities. However, the FCA will be an independent regulator and the members of its board will not be appointed in the capacity of representatives of consumers or firms.

Instead the FCA will be required maintain a number of panels to provide a forum for consultation of representatives of financial services consumers and firms, similar to those currently maintained by the FCA. This will include the requirement to maintain a consumer panel to represent the interests of consumers.

Mr Bain: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the bodies that replace the Financial Services Authority take into account the effects of the activities of the financial services sector on consumers within and outside the UK. [116956]

Mr Hoban: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is being set up as a tough new conduct of business regulator, responsible for policing the conduct of all firms as they operate in the UK, and protecting consumers. The FCA will have operational objectives to secure an appropriate degree of consumer protection and promote effective competition that is in the interest of consumers. It will focus on preventing financial firms causing consumer detriment and will take a proactive approach, using its judgment to intervene earlier in order to prevent consumer detriment.

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will carry out a review of the (a) independence and (b) transparency of the Financial Services Authority in respect of its (i) governance and (ii) advocacy and lobbying activities; and if he will make a statement. [117563]

Mr Hoban: The Government have no plans to carry out a review of the independence and transparency of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA Annual Report 2011-12 contains details of the FSA's governance arrangements, including how the FSA complies with the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) and the UK Corporate Governance Code.

The FSA Business Plan 2012-13 states that the FSA attempts to influence the international and European policy agenda for the benefit of the United Kingdom. This is in accordance with section 2 of FSMA which requires the FSA to have regard to the competitive position of the United Kingdom.

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Public Sector Pay

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received the report on market facing pay requested on 7 December 2011 from (a) the Prison Officers Pay Review Body, (b) the School Teachers Pay Review Body, (c) the NHS Pay Review Body and (d) the Senior Salaries Review Body; when he expects to receive those reports he has not yet received; and when he plans to publish each such report. [116740]

Danny Alexander [holding answer 12 July 2012]: The Government has received the report on market facing pay from the NHS Pay Review Body and expects the other review bodies to report back from July onwards.

The Government intend to publish these reports and respond to their recommendations when the House returns.

Public Expenditure

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend. [116463]

Miss Chloe Smith: The Government publish the full detail of plans and outturn for all Departments after the end of the financial year, usually in September.

HM Treasury publishes outturn data for all Departments from the COINS database, available on the Department's website on a quarterly basis. Forecasts for 2012-13 outturn by Department will be published at Budget 2013.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast underspends in departmental expenditure limits as part of their Economic and Fiscal Outlook in the autumn.

Revenue and Customs

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have had their details passed to debt collectors by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in pursuit of underpaid tax as a result of miscalculations of tax liability made by HMRC in the PAYE system in the last two years. [116848]

Mr Gauke: HMRC recovered the majority of PAYE underpayments arising in the last two years by adjusting people's tax code or through a voluntary arrangement with the customer to pay the amount due over a period of time.

Where that was not possible the amounts owed by individuals were moved to their self assessment record. These underpayments will now be pursued by HMRC in line with any other outstanding sums due under self- assessment. Where contact is made with the customer during the recovery process the options to include the amount in a tax code or agree payments over a period of time to clear the debt will continue to be offered.

To date, while the processes for recovery of amounts owed under self assessment includes referring some debts to debt collection agencies, none of the debts relating to PAYE amounts owed that are now on the self- assessment record have been referred to a debt collection agency.

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I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) on 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1193W.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use HM Revenue and Customs makes of credit reference agencies and data-matching services to identify fraud. [116849]

Mr Gauke: HMRC continues to explore the benefit of further harnessing the expertise of credit reference agencies and data-matching services to help identify fraud.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) on 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1192W.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals appealed against demands for repayment of underpaid tax as a result of miscalculations of tax liability made by HM Revenue and Customs in the PAYE system in the last two years; and how many such appeals were successful. [116852]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is not available.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) on 10 March 2011, Official Report, column 1192W, in response to a similar question.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against tax liability calculations by HM Revenue and Customs were upheld in each month of the last two years. [116853]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is not available.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals liable for underpaid tax as a result of miscalculations of tax liability made by HM Revenue and Customs in the PAYE system in the last two years are over the pension age. [116854]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is available only at disproportionate cost.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against tax demands by HM Revenue and Customs were (a) received and (b) upheld under extra-statutory concession A19 in each month of the last two years. [116855]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is not available. Details of total tax not collected because of extra-statutory concession A19 are included as part of the total revenue loss figures within the Board of HMRC Annual Reports. These are published and are available in the House of Commons Library.

HMRC supplied details of extra-statutory concession activity to the National Audit Office for the HMRC annual accounts, 2011-12. These reports were recently published and figures covering the period September 2010 to 31 March 2012 are held at paragraph 2.11 of that report. Information is available at:

www.nao.org.uk

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Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

Bob Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for callers to HM Revenue and Customs telephone lines. [116590]

Mr Gauke: I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cathy Jamieson) on 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 301W.

VAT: Energy

Mr Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the revenue which accrued to the Exchequer from VAT on domestic energy as a result of increases in fuel prices in each year since 2007; [116869]

(2) what estimate he has made of VAT yields from domestic fuel bills for 2012-13. [116870]

Mr Gauke: No estimate has been made of the impact on VAT of increased fuel prices for the period since 2007. No estimate of the VAT payable in 2012-13 on domestic fuel has yet been made.

VAT: Scotland

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much value added tax was paid by charities located in Scotland in each of the last five years. [116861]

Mr Gauke: This information is not available. Charities cannot be identified in the VAT information held by HMRC.

VAT: Sports

Clive Efford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation he has held on his plans to charge VAT on the letting of all-weather sports facilities; and if he will make a statement; [117524]

(2) whether he intends to backdate VAT on income from the letting of all-weather sports facilities; and if he will make a statement; [117525]

(3) what estimate he has made of the annual income to the Exchequer from VAT on lettings of all-weather sports facilities; and if he will make a statement. [117526]

Mr Gauke: There are no plans to change the VAT treatment of the letting of all-weather sports facilities (including soccer pitches).

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' view is that the provision of sports league services is liable to VAT at the standard rate. As a number of providers have been treating these supplies as exempt from VAT, HMRC issued further guidance in February 2011 confirming their view that the provision of sports league services is liable to VAT.

No estimate has been made of the annual income to the Exchequer from VAT on lettings of all-weather sports facilities.

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Energy and Climate Change

Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss (a) climate change and (b) the development of renewable energy in Northern Ireland. [117344]

Gregory Barker: The Minister of State for Energy, my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry), met Arlene Foster in Belfast in April this year. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), met the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and Minister of the Environment at the British-Irish Council summit in Stirling last month.

Electricity

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the role of independently-owned electricity generation in improving liquidity in the wholesale power market as part of the electricity market reform process. [116684]

Charles Hendry: Poor liquidity is a barrier to entry in the GB wholesale power market. This is especially acute in the forward markets. Independent power companies are likely to have stronger incentives to trade than their vertically integrated counterparts and therefore contribute to market liquidity. It is important, however, that all market participants play a part in ensuring competitive and transparent markets.

In the past 12 months we have seen some positive steps being taken. Nearly 30% of GB power consumption was traded through the day ahead exchange auctions last month representing a sevenfold year on year increase in traded volumes.

However there is still much more to do and we want to see industry and Ofgem go further to address liquidity especially in the forward markets. Ofgem have just finished consulting on a proposal to improve forward market liquidity—we agree with their objectives and hope to see a workable proposal taken forward.

We will act where necessary to introduce reforms where the structural barriers to market entry are not addressed through the actions taken by Ofgem and industry.

Electricity Generation

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the importance of fixed power purchase agreements to distributed electricity generators. [116560]

Charles Hendry: Independent developers, including distributed electricity generators, have said it has become harder to agree a power purchase agreement (PPA) on bankable terms. The Department issued a call for evidence on 5 July 2012 to seek views on the issues in order to ensure that the extent and nature of any problem are fully understood:

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http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/call_ren_inves/call_ren_inves.aspx

Our assessment is that most independent renewable generation investments rely on power purchase agreements in order to secure finance. Lenders need to be assured that key risks are effectively managed. A competitive PPA market is therefore likely to be important to independent developers including those investing in distributed generation projects.

Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 187W, on energy, how many consumers switched supplier in quarter one of 2012. [116676]

Gregory Barker: According to the DECC Quarterly Energy Publication—June 2012, the total number of switches in quarter one of 2012 was 746,000 for electricity and 533,000 for gas. This figure may include some customers who have switched more than once in this period.

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) bioenergy, (b) coal, (c) combined heat and power, (d) district heating, (e) geothermal, (f) heat, (g) hydro-electricity, (h) hydrogen and fuel cells, (i) microgeneration, (j) nuclear, (k) oil and gas, (l) wave and tidal, (m) offshore wind and (n) onshore wind in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009, (iv) 2010, (v) 2011 and (vi) 2012 to date. [116831]

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate change does not record its expenditure according to the categories tabled in the question. It would incur disproportionate costs to analyse and summarise information under these headings. The Department was created in October 2008 and information prior to that date is not available. Information about DECC's expenditure can be found in its departmental annual accounts which specifically identify nuclear and coal related costs.

Accounts are available for the financial year 2008-09 on the National Archives website:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc0809/hc04/0452/0452.pdf

Accounts are available for the financial years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 on DECC's website.

2009-10

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/Annual%20Reports%20 Accounts%20and%20Business%20Plans/2010/218-decc-resource-2009-10.pdf

2010/11

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/about-us/goals-commitments/2212-decc-annual-report-20102011.pdf

2011/12

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/about-us/goals-commitments/5718-decc-annual-report-and-accounts-201112-.pdf

DECC has published details of transactions over £500 including information on expense types, supplier and the part of DECC responsible for the transaction on a monthly basis since April 2010:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/accesstoinform/expenditure/spend_over_500/spend_over_500.aspx

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Energy Performance Certificates

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on making Display Energy Certificates mandatory for commercial buildings. [117692]

Gregory Barker: The EU Energy Efficiency Directive was agreed by member states in June. Article 7 of this directive mandates energy audits for non-SME companies. We will consider the role of Display Energy Certificates for commercial buildings when planning our implementation of this requirement.

Energy: Conservation

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many community energy saving programme projects work has begun but will not be completed until after 1 January 2013. [117178]

Gregory Barker: Ofgem is the legally appointed administrator for the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and as such is responsible for the administration, monitoring and enforcement of the scheme.

Companies with an obligation under CESP have until 31 January 2013 to notify Ofgem of qualifying actions completed under the scheme and therefore what work has been completed under CESP will not be known until after this date.

Energy: Housing

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what modelling his Department has undertaken to determine the total amount energy companies would be required to spend to meet their targets under the Energy Company Obligation if no Green Deal finance were used to meet the cost of any installations. [117176]

Gregory Barker: The final Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation impact Assessment available here:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/consultation/green-deal/5533-final-stage-impact-assessment-for-the-green-deal-a.pdf

models a range of scenarios and sensitivities for the costs of delivering the Energy Company Obligation. These reflect different assumptions on a range of factors which could materially affect the costs of delivering the obligations for example, energy prices, the level of consumer demand, potential Green Deal interest rates, and a number of other variables. One of these scenarios illustrates the uncertainty around how attractive the Green Deal will be to different households, and assesses the impact if smaller amounts of Green Deal finance were used than under the central scenario.

Energy: Prices

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what monitoring the Government is conducting of the effects on (a) payment method preference, (b) levels of debt and (c) levels of disconnections of domestic energy consumers of (i) recent and (ii) anticipated increases in energy prices;

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and what funds the Government has allocated to the provision of energy efficiency advice and information to domestic energy consumers. [116701]

Gregory Barker: Ofgem monitors and publishes information on payment methods, levels of debt and disconnections of domestic energy consumers in its Social Obligations Annual Reports:

www.ofgem.gov.uk/sustainability

The Government's Energy Saving Advice Service, which provides advice to both domestic and non domestic customers on energy efficiency, was launched in April 2012. The service has a maximum total value of £13 million over the three years of the contract.

Ex Gratia Payments

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by his Department over the last two years. [116784]

Gregory Barker: Ex gratia payments are disclosed in note 29 to the Department's 2011-12 annual accounts on page 183 in the “extra contractual payments” line. The accounts can be found at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/about/our_goals/annual_reports/annual_reports.aspx

Fuel Poverty

Dr Whiteford: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland living in fuel poverty in each of the last five years; [116702]

(2) how many low income households with children are classified as living in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; [116703]

(3) how many pensioner households are classified as living in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; [116704]

(4) how many households with individuals registered as disabled are classified as living in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland. [116819]

Gregory Barker: Fuel poverty is a devolved measurement and each country of the UK is responsible for measuring the number of fuel poor households in their own country.

The following table shows the number of fuel poor households (in thousands) in each year since 2005 for which they have been measured.

 Number of households in fuel poverty (thousand)

England

 

2010

3,536

2009

3,964

2008

3,335

2007

2,823

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2006

2,432

  

Scotland

 

2010

658

2009

766

2008

618

2007

586

2006

543

  

Wales

 

2010

(1)332

2009

(1)368

2008

332

2007

(1)276

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2006

(1)243

  

Northern Ireland

 

2010

(1)297

2009

302

2008

(1)301

2007

(1)256

2006

226

2011 fuel poverty figures for England will be published in July 2013. Figures for Wales and Northern Ireland are not produced every year.

Detailed numbers of fuel poor households shown in answer to other questions are derived from the most recent data available in each country.

Number of households in fuel poverty
    Thousand
  Low income households with children in fuel povertyPensioner households in fuel povertyHouseholds living in fuel poverty containing somebody that is disabled

England

2010

259

1,886

1,290

Scotland

2010

46

402

296

Wales

2008

29

183

160

Northern Ireland

2009

n/a

153

139

n/a = not available

It is not possible to perfectly identify which households contain ‘pensioners’ so age thresholds (those aged 60 and over) have been used. Similarly, for income, the lowest three income decile groups tend to be associated with low income, and hence have been chosen to answer the question on low incomes. Disability is classified alongside where somebody in the household has a long-term illness and cannot be separated.

Fuel Poverty: Merseyside

Mr Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in St Helens South and Whiston constituency. [117730]

Gregory Barker: The coalition Government is committed to tackling fuel poverty and supporting low income and vulnerable consumers to heat their homes at an affordable cost.

We continue to fund the Warm Front scheme, providing low income vulnerable households, living in energy inefficient properties, with a range of energy efficient heating and insulation measures. Since 2010, when the constituency was formed, Warm Front has assisted 511 households in St Helen's and Whiston. Between 2005 and 2010, Warm Front assisted 4,387 households in the now defunct constituency of St Helen's. Since the start of the scheme in June 2000 the scheme has assisted 2.3 million households across England.

In winter 2011-12, the Warm Home Discount scheme provided energy supplier funded discounts to around 700,000 of the poorest pensioners across Great Britain with a Core Group discount of £120 off electricity bills. Nearly 600,000 of these customers received the discount without having to claim, as a result of data matching between Government and energy suppliers. This is a significant benefit for a group which may struggle to claim. Other low income vulnerable households may also be assisted through the scheme. Overall we expect 2 million low income vulnerable households a year to be assisted through the Warm Home Discount scheme.

We recently published the consultation response regarding the new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which will be our flagship policy for improving the energy efficiency of the nation's housing stock. Due to launch in October 2012, ECO will run alongside the Green Deal and will have twin objectives to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. ECO requires energy suppliers to help households access more expensive insulation measures such as solid wall and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation through the Green Deal and to provide measures to low income and vulnerable households to help reduce the costs of staying warm and healthy. Through ECO around £540 million will be spent annually by suppliers to assist low income households and low income areas.

In addition, the Government provides pensioner households with winter fuel payments to help with additional heating costs during the winter. Cold weather payments are also made to low income and vulnerable households where there is an average temperature of 0° C or below for seven consecutive days. These payments have been permanently increased to £25 per week and in winter 2011-12 over 5 million cold weather payments were paid in Great Britain worth an estimated £129 million.

Green Deal Scheme

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on the establishment of the Green Deal for the non-domestic sector. [117177]

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Gregory Barker: The Department is progressing the non-domestic Green Deal in parallel with the domestic green deal; the legislation covers both, so consumers will be ready to complete both domestic and non-domestic Green Deal plans at the end of January when the relevant parts of the framework regulations come into effect.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Renewable Heat Incentive and feed-in tariffs may be used in conjunction with Green Deal finance. [117179]

Gregory Barker: We are considering the position on whether Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) or Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments can be claimed if the customer also has Green Deal finance. Our ambition is that in future it should be possible for consumers to receive both Green Deal finance and RHI or FIT payments. However, this cannot be confirmed until we have done further work to ensure that there would not be inappropriate double subsidy.

We aim to finalise the policy position on this issue by the autumn.

It will not be possible to include expected FITs or RHI payments in the Golden Rule calculation for Green Deal Finance. Savings estimates on which Green Deal finance is calculated must be based on the performance of measures in terms of avoided home energy use, not potential future returns on investment.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the insurance sector on the prospects for insurance providers offering 25 year warranties to cover measures installed as part of the Green Deal. [117180]

Gregory Barker: As part of the normal policy development process, we have been engaging with a number of stakeholders in the insurance sector. These discussions have included the issue of covering some measures for 25 years.

Internet

Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to create a myth buster section on its website similar to that of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. [117906]

Gregory Barker: There are no plans to create a myth buster section on the DECC website, though we routinely use our website and social media channels to correct errors and misconceptions.

Microgeneration: Merseyside

Mr Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many residents of St Helens South and Whiston constituency participate in the feed-in tariff scheme for home electricity generation. [117733]

Gregory Barker: The latest published statistics show that, at the end of the first quarter of 2012 (ending

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March 2012), 158 domestic installations in the St Helens South and Whitson constituency had been confirmed on the feed-in tariff scheme since it began in April 2010. Some 99% (157) of these were installations of solar photovoltaics, with Micro CHP installations representing the remaining 1%.

The statistics to the end of the second quarter of 2012 (ending June 2012) showing the number of installations by constituency will be published at 09.30 on Tuesday 24 July 2012.

Natural Gas: Exploration

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the finding of the International Energy Agency report on shale gas published on 29 May 2012 that under both potential scenarios for the exploitation of shale gas, emissions are well above the trajectory required to reach the globally agreed goal of limiting the temperature rise to 2°C; and if he will make a statement. [117074]

Charles Hendry: Provided methane emissions to atmosphere are minimised by use of appropriate controls and technologies, and are estimated and included in national greenhouse gas inventories, from a climate perspective, increased use of shale gas globally should be cautiously welcomed. This is because it can reduce emissions where it displaces coal generation, and where it does not lead to a weakening of policy support and investment in renewables and nuclear.

While shale gas will not be enough by itself to put the world on a 2°C trajectory, as recognised by the International Energy Agency report, it could make a significant difference to global emissions—and it could be combined with carbon capture and storage, a scenario not considered by the International Energy Agency.

Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark of 24 November 2010, Official Report, column 351W, on nuclear power stations: construction, what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (b) EDF energy, (c) other private companies and (d) his French counterpart on the provision of loan guarantees in relation to the construction of new nuclear power stations; whether loan guarantees constitute a public subsidy; and if he will make a statement. [R] [115280]

Charles Hendry: According to our records no meeting has occurred between the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey) and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne), EDF Energy, other private companies or his French counterparts on the provision of loan guarantees in relation to the construction of new nuclear power stations.

The Government policy on public subsidy was set out in a written ministerial statement on 18 October 2010, Official Report, columns 42-46WS.

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Public Expenditure

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget was for each of his Department's agencies in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date. [116741]

Gregory Barker [holding answer 12 July 2012]: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not have any Executive agencies. DECC has responsibility for four Executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). These are the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, the Committee on Climate Change, the Coal Authority and the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. Details of the Executive bodies' budgets can be found at the following links:

2010-11 budget:

Spring Supplementary Estimates 2010-11 (Section 2 “Notes to the Estimate”, page 424):

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1011/hc07/0790/0790.pdf

2011-12 budget:

Supplementary Estimates 2011-12 (page 408 “Part II Changes Proposed” to 411 and 417 “Part III Note E non-Departmental Public Bodies”):

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1012/hc17/1755/1755.pdf

2012-13 budget

The Main Estimates 2012-13 (Sections 4 “Detailed Breakdown of DEL Provision,” 7 “Nuclear Decommissioning Agency,” 8 - “Annually Managed Expenditure - Civil Nuclear Police Authority, Coal Authority, Committee on Climate Change and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority” and Annex A):

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenergy/writev/estimates/memodecc2012.htm

Renewable Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for planning consents for renewable energy developments each local planning authority (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected in each of the last 10 years. [116836]

Charles Hendry: A copy of this information will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to increase the proportion of renewable energy generated by community- and co-operatively-owned projects by (a) introducing a feed-in tariff for community energy at the earliest possible opportunity and (b) prioritising the needs of community and co-operative energy schemes in his proposals for electricity market reform; and if he will make a statement. [117438]

Gregory Barker: As part of the phase 2b FITs consultation on the tariffs and cost control mechanism for the non-PV tariff and other issues, we sought views on provisions which may improve access to FITs for community energy projects. The consultation closed on the 26 April 2012 and we will be announcing our decisions shortly.

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Our proposals for Electricity Market Reform are designed to incentivise all low-carbon generation including community and co-operative projects. Those projects using eligible technologies, which are not already eligible to receive the small scale FIT, will be able to receive a CfD.

Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any exemptions have been made to his policy that Ofgem may not accredit for feed-in tariffs any renewable electricity installation that has received a grant from a public body; on what grounds any such exemptions have been made; what representations he has received from (a) Stockport Hydro Scheme Ltd in Greater Manchester and (b) other community hydro-electric schemes that were in progress during the transition period from grant funding to feed-in tariffs in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [117075]

Gregory Barker: The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) legislation does not give the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), the power to make any exemptions to the general rules on eligibility of FITs, neither does he have the power to interfere with Ofgem's decisions in individual cases.

In addition to the Stockport Hydro Scheme, at least one other representation has been received by DECC within the last 12 months from another community hydro-electric scheme on the issue of eligibility rules for FITs as they relate to FITs and grants in combination.

Warm Front Scheme

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding allocated to the Warm Front scheme in 2012-13 (a) has been spent, (b) is planned to be spent and (c) is expected to remain unspent. [116827]

Gregory Barker: The budget for Warm Front and associated expenditure in 2012-13 is £100 million. As of 30 June 2012, £14.2 million had been spent with a further £18.5 million of committed expenditure. Any projection of expenditure would be inherently uncertain, especially early in the financial year. It is our intention to fully utilise the Warm Front budget.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for a Warm Front grant have been (a) made, (b) approved and (c) rejected since April 2012. [116837]

Gregory Barker: The number of Warm Front applications received, approved and rejected since April 2012 is shown in the following table:

 Scheme year 2012-13(1)

Applications:

 

Received

9,597

Accepted(2)

6,302

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Rejected

3,295

(1 )Figures up to 10 July 2012. (2 )This figure includes applications awaiting survey. Final checks against the eligibility criteria for the Warm Front scheme are carried out at survey, as a result this figure may decrease over time.

Wind Power

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for wind farms each local planning authority (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected in each of the last 10 years. [116834]

Charles Hendry: A copy of this information, in respect of onshore wind, will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Work Experience

Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many interns work in his Department's press office. [117679]

Gregory Barker: There are no interns working in DECC press office.

Youth Advisory Panel

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date (a) he last met and (b) he will next meet his Department's Youth Advisory Panel; what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Youth Advisory Panel's first report to (i) ensure a fair deal for young people in the decision-making process, (ii) ensure Government does not lock young and future generations into ecological debt and (iii) continue engagement in dialogue with the youth constituency and stakeholders so that the youth perspective is heard, and responded to, by Government; and if he will make a statement. [R] [114600]

Charles Hendry: Established in 2010, the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) has provided the principal vehicle for DECC's youth engagement work.

The Panel last met formally on 5 December 2011 since when our approach to youth engagement has been reviewed. The Panel has not, therefore, met with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey).

Following the review the Department has decided to move to a new model of youth engagement based on approaches to reach out to a wider audience. The work of the Panel will therefore draw to a conclusion, although individual members will remain actively engaged in DECC's work. Accordingly, there are no plans for a meeting with the Secretary of State. A letter of thanks is being sent to Panel members, past and present, for their contribution, which has been instrumental in keeping the Department abreast of young people's opinions and concerns across a range of energy and climate change issues. The Panel's report "Energy: How fair is it anyway?" was a real achievement and well received within the Department.

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Young people, as with all citizens, are encouraged to participate in consultations on developing policy. Our new approach to youth engagement will see Ministers and senior officials more connected with youth audiences to encourage further participation.

All DECC's policies are designed to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy supplies and enable the UK to meet our 2020 and 2050 emission targets, which are essential if we are to prevent young and future generations bearing the cost of ecological neglect. I understand that the task of reducing emissions will be easier with the support and active engagement of young people. Uniquely placed as the ‘DECC generation', those aged 16 now will be 24 in 2020, 34 in 2030 and 54 in 2050. As the home owners of the future they have an important role to play in demanding clean sustainable energy and energy efficient housing. They will be instrumental in the success of the Green Deal and Smart Meter programme.

With that in mind, youth engagement work will be embedded across all our programmes and in our wider stakeholder work with schools, community organisations and NGOs. Making our youth engagement work even more energetic was a major reason for the review of our work in this area and for our new “reach out” proposition. In particular we will be working more closely with youth organisations, encouraging young people to engage in a dialogue with DECC online through my2050, social media and through a range of other channels.

Cabinet Office

Aerospace Industry

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the aerospace sector in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Ashfield constituency. [117490]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people are employed in the aerospace sector in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) the Ashfield constituency. [117490]

Annual statistics on the number of employees are available from the ONS release Business Register Employment Survey (BRES) at:

www.ons.gov.uk

The following table contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of employees in the aerospace sector for Nottinghamshire and the Ashfield constituency in 2010.

 Number of employees in the aerospace sector in 2010

Nottinghamshire

1,500

Ashfield constituency

400

The employee estimates shown above have been produced by adding the number of employees in manufacturing of aircraft to the number in air transport services.

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Assets

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of leasing back each such asset over the period of the lease. [116798]

Mr Maude: The Cabinet Office has not sold and leased back any assets in the last 12 months.

Business

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many times his Department's small and medium-sized enterprises panel has met since May 2010; [116534]

(2) how many times he has attended a meeting of his Department's small and medium-sized enterprises panel since May 2010. [116535]

Mr Maude: The creation of the SME panel was announced at the SME Strategic Supplier's summit which I attended with the Prime Minister in February 2011.

Since then the panel has met four times in June and September 2011 and January and May 2012. I have attended all meetings.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to offer (a) financial and (b) other practical assistance to (i) co-operatives, (ii) financial mutuals, (iii) employee-owned businesses and (iv) credit unions; and if he will make a statement. [116887]

Mr Maude [holding answer 12 July 2012]: The Cabinet Office established the Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) in December 2011 to provide support to public service mutuals.

To date, over 16 organisations have been approved to receive support to develop public service mutuals, including school support services in Hammersmith and Fulham and an arts centre in Maidstone. Further details about the Mutuals Support Programme can be found on the website at:

http://mutuals.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Census: Illegal Immigrants

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account the census will take of the illegal immigrant population. [117431]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated July 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which has responsibility for the Census, I have been asked to reply to your recent question to the Minister for the Cabinet Office asking what account the census will take of the illegal immigrant population (117431).

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The Office for National Statistics mailed out 2011 census questionnaires to all residential address using an address list compiled from other national sources such as the Royal Mail, Ordnance Survey and the National Land and Property Gazetteer. Thus most, if not all, residential properties, including those containing immigrant households, will have been counted in the 2011 Census. Indeed the Census is the only nationally consistent source of the number of immigrants and their families in the country at the local area level.

One of the main purposes of the Census is to identify the level of need for different services within the community, and this applies as much to immigrants as to other sections of the population. Particular attention was given in the 2011 Census to developing a community liaison programme to ensure that all immigrant communities were aware of the census and their statutory obligation to complete a census questionnaire. We recognised at the time, however, that, despite this statutory obligation some people may not have wished to make themselves known to us, and so we worked closely with local community organisations to make particular efforts to tell people that the information they give in the census would be treated as strictly confidential and would not be shared with anyone else.

However, we are able to estimate the numbers and characteristics of persons who were missed in the census by undertaking a separate and independent Census Coverage Survey, and the estimates of population and households published in the first release of statistics from the 2011 Census on 16 July takes account of these. Of .course, the census did not include a specific question about legal immigrant status, so we will not be able provide any statistics, from census information, that would distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants.

Construction: Employment

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the construction sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency. [117393]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people are employed in the construction sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency. [117393]

Annual statistics on the number of employees are available from the ONS release Business Register Employment Survey (BRES) at:

www.ons.gov.uk

The table below contains the latest statistics available, which show the number of employees in the construction sector for the Ashfield constituency, Nottinghamshire, the East Midlands and Great Britain in 2010.

 Number of employees in 2010

Ashfield constituency

3,300

Nottinghamshire

16,100

East Midlands

80,800

Great Britain

1,146,700

Employment: East Midlands

Gloria De Piero: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in

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(i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) the East Midlands in each of the last five years. [117392]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated July 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) East Midlands in each of the last five years. (117392)

Public and private sector employment statistics for local areas can be calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

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Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey.

Estimates on people employed in the third sector are currently not available from APS. Individuals employed in voluntary organisations, charities and trusts are generally included in private sector estimates.

Table 1, shows the numbers of people resident in (i) Ashfield constituency (ii) Nottinghamshire and {iii) East Midlands employed in the public and private sectors from APS for the period April 2011 to March 2012, which is the most recent data available and April to March for the previous four years.

As with any sample survey, estimates from APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number(1) of persons in employment in the public and private sectors, resident in Ashfield parliamentary constituency, Nottinghamshire and East Midlands
Thousand
 AshfieldNottinghamshireEast Midlands
12 months ending:PublicPrivatePublicPrivatePublicPrivate

March 2008

(2)

28

85

282

454

1,676

March 2009

(2)

34

102

269

495

1,630

March 2010

(2)

37

101

263

507

1,582

March 2011

(2)

31

99

265

498

1,593

March 2012

****(2)

***26

**97

*264

*482

*1,627

(1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality following. (2) Data unavailable. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220 Key: * 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ≥ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes CV = Coefficient of Variation Source: Annual Population Survey

Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

Pete Wishart: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much in public duty costs allowance has been paid to each former Prime Minister in each year since 1991; [112522]

(2) whether the Government has any plans to bring the public duty costs allowance within the remit of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority; [112526]

(3) what the limit is of the public duty costs allowance for former Prime Ministers; and when that limit was last reviewed; [112524]

(4) whether the public duty costs allowance is payable to former Prime Ministers who remain Members of Parliament in addition to their parliamentary allowances; [112523]

(5) what rules apply to claims made by former Prime Ministers from the public duty costs allowance; [112525]

(6) what audit is undertaken of claims made under the public duty costs allowance by former Prime Ministers; and what checks are made to ensure that claims against the allowance meet the criteria for funding from the allowance; [112527]

(7) what guidance is provided to former Prime Ministers on claiming from the public duty costs allowance; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that guidance. [112528]

Mr Maude: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 27 October 2011, Official Report, column 338W, and 6 April 2010, Official Report, column 1172W.

Information for the period April 1991 to March 1997 is no longer held. The current limit, which was last reviewed in 2011, is £115,000. The amounts paid in 2011-12 are as follows:

2011-12
 £

Gordon Brown

114,998.17

Margaret Thatcher

109,191.00

John Major

115,000.00

Tony Blair

115,000.00

The allowance, which is a reimbursement allowance, is paid to meet the costs of continuing to fulfil public duties associated with the role of a former Prime Minister.

Former Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance should they hold the office of Leader of the Official Opposition. Claims are processed by the Cabinet Office and form part of the annual audit of Cabinet Office expenditure. There are no plans to transfer responsibility for payment of the allowance to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

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All former Prime Ministers are provided with guidance on the PDCA. A copy of this has been placed in the Library of the House.

Leukaemia

Mark Garnier: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date. [117407]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated July 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date. [117407]

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of chronic myeloid leukaemia (incidence) are for the year 2010.

The following table provides the number of newly diagnosed cases of chronic myeloid leukaemia in England for each year from 2007 to 2010.

The latest published figures on the incidence of cancer in England are available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html

Table 1. Number of newly diagnosed cases of chronic myeloid leukaemia, England, 2007-10(1, 2)
 Chronic myeloid leukaemia (registrations)

2007

511

2008

543

2009

573

2010

596

(1) Chronic myeloid leukaemia is coded as C92.1 in the International Classification of Disease, Tenth revision (ICD-10). (2) Newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year. Source: Office for National Statistics