Culture, Media and Sport

Broadband

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date she was informed that the introduction of the 4G spectrum would adversely affect television reception in certain areas. [128701]

Mr Vaizey: The Government has been aware of the potential impact of 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz band on digital television reception in certain areas for some time. Ofcom's technical analysis indicates that around 2.3 million households could be affected, of which 900,000 are likely to rely on digital terrestrial television for their primary viewing. Ofcom held public consultations on the matter in June 2011 and February 2012. The Government wrote to Ofcom in July 2012 to set out its position on the mitigation of interference into the digital television service at 800 MHz and the support that will be offered to consumers, details can be found using the following link:

www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9193.aspx

4G mobile services are important for economic growth and are likely to add £300 million p.a. to UK GDP.

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration her Department gave to notifying people in potentially affected areas of the adverse effect of 4G spectrum services on television reception. [128702]

Mr Vaizey: My letter of 10 July 2012 to the Chief Executive of Ofcom, details available here:

www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9193.aspx

makes clear that I will require the new 800 MHz licensees to take steps to mitigate interference for the 900,000 households that are likely to be affected and rely on digital terrestrial television for their primary viewing. This includes informing the public, providing filters to mitigate interference free of charge, providing specific support for vulnerable consumers and, where necessary, delivering platform changes. These conditions will be included in the 800 MHz licences which Ofcom will award to successful bidders next spring and the performance of the licensees monitored by an independent Oversight Board currently being established by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to ensure that those people who will lose television reception as a result of the launch of the 4G mobile telephone spectrum are informed of available compensation schemes. [129091]

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Mr Vaizey: The Government has made clear that it is the responsibility of the new 800 MHz licensees, who will be providing 4G mobile services which can interfere with the reception of digital terrestrial television, to take steps to mitigate interference, so that viewers do not lose access to television services. This support will be focused on the estimated 900,000 households who are likely to be affected and rely on digital terrestrial television for their primary viewing. This support will include informing the public, providing filters to mitigate interference free of charge, providing specific support for vulnerable consumers and, where necessary, delivering platform changes. These conditions, which include a requirement that the successful licensees fund, own and operate a joint company to deliver this support, will be included in the 800MHz licences which Ofcom will award to successful bidders next spring, and the performance of the licensees will be monitored by an independent Oversight Board currently being established by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Direct Selling

Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to strengthen guidance to Ofcom aimed at stopping cold telephone calls. [120327]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 10 September 2012]: Unsolicited telephone calls are a nuisance for consumers and are prohibited under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) 2003 where made to a consumer who is registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and where the caller does not have prior consent for such calls. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has responsibility for enforcing the TPS and has powers to issue a fine of up to £500,000 for the most serious breaches of the regulations.

My Department is working to combat this problem and I met with ICO, Ofcom and TPS to press for further action in this area. As a result measures have been introduced that will help to provide more effective protection for consumers. To improve access to information for complaints Ofcom set up new website pages on 1 October at:

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/telecoms/privacy

that provides clearer advice on nuisance calls, texts and e-mails and it also published a new Consumer Guide, which provides clearer information and signposts the correct place to make a complaint:

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2012/10/tackling-nuisance-calls-and-messages

Employment Agencies

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what her policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in her Department and its associated public bodies. [128740]

Hugh Robertson: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport only uses centrally let Government Procurement Service contracts to procure contingent labour, which do not use offshore employment companies.

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Music

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name is of each music hub in England supported by her Department. [128710]

Mr Vaizey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not deliver the Music Education Hubs programme. The programme is administered by Arts Council England (ACE) on behalf of DCMS and the Department for Education. The information requested is available on the ACE website.

The following hubs started operating in September 2012.

Music hub nameArea

ArtForms

North

Arts First CIC

London

Barking and Dagenham Community Music Service

London

Barnet Music Service

London

Barnsley Music Service

North

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Midlands and South West

Bedford Borough Council

East and South East

Berkshire Maestros

East and South East

Bexley Music Service, Bird College

London

Birmingham Music Services

Midlands and South West

Blackburn with Darwen Music Service

North

Blackpool Music Service

North

Bolton Music Service

North

Brent Music Service

London

Brighton and Hove City Council

East and South East

Bristol City Council

Midlands and South West

Bromley Youth Music Trust

London

Buckinghamshire County Council

East and South East

Calderdale Council

North

Cambridgeshire County Council

East and South East

Camden Music Service

London

City of York Council

North

Cornwall Learning

Midlands and South West

Performing Arts Service

Midlands and South West

Croydon Music and Arts

London

Cumbria Music Service

North

Derbyshire City and County Music Service

Midlands and South West

Devon LDP Music Service

Midlands and South West

Doncaster Music Service

North

Dorset Music Service

Midlands and South West

Dudley Performing Arts

Midlands and South West

Durham Music Service

North

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

North

East Sussex County Council

East and South East

Herefordshire Council

Midlands and South West

Enfield Arts Support Service

London

Essex County Council

East and South East

Forest Arts (Walsall)

Midlands and South West

Gateshead Council

North

Gloucestershire Music Service

Midlands and South West

Greenwich Music Services

London

Hampshire County Council Music Service

East and South East

Haringey Music and Performing Arts Centre

London

Harrow Music Service

London

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Hertfordshire County Council

East and South East

Hounslow Music Service

London

Hull Music Service

North

Inspiring Music

East and South East

Isle of Wight Music Service

East and South East

Kensington and Chelsea

London

Kent Music

East and South East

Kingston Music Service

London

Kirklees Music School

North

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North

Lambeth Music Service

London

Lancashire Music Service

North

Leicester And Leicestershire Arts In Education

Midlands and South West

Lewisham Music Service

London

Lincolnshire Music Service

Midlands and South West

Liverpool Music Support Service

North

London Borough of Ealing

London

London Borough of Hackney

London

London Borough of Havering

London

London Borough of Hillingdon

London

London Borough of Redbridge

London

London Borough of Southwark

London

Luton Lifelong Department—Emt

East and South East

Manchester City Council

North

Medway Council Unitary Authority

East and South East

Merton Music Foundation

London

Milton Keynes Music Service

East and South East

Music and Arts Service

North

Music and Performing Arts Service

North

Newcastle City Council

North

Newham Music Trust

London

Northamptonshire M & P Arts Trust

Midlands and South West

Norfolk Music and Education Service

East and South East

North Lines Music Support service

North

North Somerset Music Service

Midlands and South West

North Tyneside Music Service

North

North Yorkshire County Music Service

North

Nottingham City Council

Midlands and South West

Nottinghamshire County Council

Midlands and South West

Oxfordshire County Music Service

East and South East

Peterborough City Council

East and South East

Plymouth Youth Music Service

Midlands and South West

Portsmouth Music Service

East and South East

Richmond Music Trust

London

Rotherham Schools' Music Service

North

Sandbach School

North

Sandwell Music Service

Midlands and South West

Sefton Council

North

Sheffield Music Service

North

Shropshire Music Service

Midlands and South West

Slough Borough Council

East and South East

Solihull Music Service

Midlands and South West

Somerset County Council

Midlands and South West

SoundStorm

Midlands and South West

South Gloucestershire Council

Midlands and South West

Southampton City Council, Southampton Music Services

East and South East

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council

East and South East

St Helens Council Music Service

North

Staffordshire Performing Arts

Midlands and South West

Suffolk County Music Service

East and South East

Sunderland City Council

North

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Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council)

East and South East

Sutton Music Service

London

Swindon Music Service

Midlands and South West

Tees Valley Music Service

North

Telford and Wrekin Music

Midlands and South West

Thurrock Music Services

East and South East

Torbay Music Service

Midlands and South West

Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES)

London

Uppingham Community College

Midlands and South West

Wakefield Music Services

North

Wandsworth Schools' Music Service

London

Warks Arts and Cultural Education

Midlands and South West

Warrington Borough Council

North

West Sussex County Council

East and South East

Wiltshire Music Service

Midlands and South West

Wirral Local Authority

North

Wolverhampton Music Service

Midlands and South West

Worcestershire County Council

Midlands and South West

Social Networking: Advertising

Robert Halfon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will ask the Advertising Standards Authority to investigate the use of advergames targeted at young people in relation to the marketing of high fat, sugar or salt foods to children. [127947]

Mr Vaizey: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) on 13 November 2012, Official Report, column 117W.

Health

Autism

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the level of services received by people with autism and families caring for people with autism. [128556]

Norman Lamb: The review of the 2010 adult autism strategy “Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives”, which will take place from April to October next year, is an opportunity for Government to take stock and consider where further action is required to realise the vision of improving the lives of people with autism. As part of the review, we will listen to the voices of those best qualified to give us their perspective on the services they receive. In a memorandum to the Committee of Public Accounts of 17 July 2012, the National Audit Office stated that considerable progress had already been made in the two years since the strategy was published.

Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to make the public aware of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning; and whether he plans to take further steps to raise public awareness. [128971]

Anna Soubry: The Department seeks to raise the awareness of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by raising medical professional

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and general awareness of CO. As part of that process the then interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer published updated guidance on the diagnosis of CO poisoning on 11 November 2010. This is available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/Professionalletters/Chiefmedicalofficerletters/DH_121502

Furthermore an estimate of 4,000 patients per year attending accident and emergency departments and diagnosed with CO poisoning was published in November 2011 to highlight the serious health impact of CO poisoning as well as the symptoms and effects of CO poisoning. This is available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/health/2011/11/co-poisoning/

NHS Choices also provides comprehensive information on CO poisoning and its symptoms and a NHS leaflet is also available. These are available at:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/Carbon-monoxide-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx

and;

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_090124

The Department has also included CO awareness messages in this year's Cold Weather Plan for England, where CO safety is given as a top tip for staying healthy in winter and in the Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet. These are available at:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/10/cwp-2012/

and;

www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/11/keep-warm/

As part of its ongoing activities to raise awareness of CO poisoning and its symptoms the Health Protection Agency will be publishing a press release at the start of CO Awareness Week to raise awareness of CO through the national media. The Department is also preparing information to be published on the Get Ready for Winter web page. This site encourages individuals, families and communities to think about what winter preparations they can make to help them stay warm, healthy and safe.

Health Services

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what date he expects joint strategic needs assessments of health and wellbeing strategies for local authorities to be complete; [128683]

(2) which bodies will be responsible for the publication of joint strategic needs assessments of health and wellbeing strategies for local authorities outside London. [128684]

Norman Lamb: Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) are continuous local strategic planning processes, and from 1 April 2013 will be an integral part of clinical commissioning groups and local authority commissioning cycles. Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups have a duty to undertake JSNAs and JHWSs, although they must be discharged by the health and wellbeing board established in every upper-tier local authority.

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Board must be informed by relevant JSNAs and JHWSs. However, there is no nationally set deadline or timetable for JSNAs and JHWSs—health and wellbeing boards will need to decide for themselves when to update or undertake fresh JSNAs and JHWSs in line with local commissioning cycles and to ensure that they are able to inform local commissioning plans over time.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, JSNAs and JHWSs must be published by the responsible local authority.

Homeopathy

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many London primary care trusts and commissioning bodies have contracts with the Royal Homeopathic Hospital; and what advice his Department gives on homeopathic treatments. [128923]

Anna Soubry: The Royal Homeopathic Hospital (now known as the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine) is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). NHS London has advised that three primary care trust clusters in London currently have contracts with UCLH.

The Department does not maintain a position on any particular complementary or alternative medicine treatments including homeopathy. It is the responsibility of local national health service organisations to make decisions on the commissioning and funding of any healthcare treatments for NHS patients, such as homeopathy, taking account of issues to do with safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness and the availability of suitably qualified/regulated practitioners.

Mental Health Services

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure by his Department on the NHS was spent on mental health services in each of the last 10 years. [128790]

Norman Lamb: Comparable figures for the period requested are not available. However, the following table shows expenditure on mental health as a proportion of overall health service expenditure from 2003-04 to 2010-11. This data includes estimates of expenditure by the Department of Health and NHS (including primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and special health authorities).

 Mental health expenditure (£ billion)Total expenditure (£ billion)Mental health expenditure as percentage of total expenditure (percentage)

2003-04

7.39

67.60

10.9

2004-05

7.91

71.92

11.0

2005-06

8.54

80.19

10.6

2006-07

9.13

84.19

10.8

2007-08

10.28

93.18

11.0

2008-09

10.48

96.81

10.8

2009-10

11.26

103.97

10.8

2010-11

11.91

107.00

11.1

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people with mental illnesses who have received treatment for their condition in each of the last 10 years. [128791]

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Norman Lamb: The exact information is not held centrally. However, the following table shows the available

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information on the number of people using secondary mental health services.

Number of people using adult and elderly NHS secondary mental health services by highest level of care, 2003-04 to 2010-11
 2003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Total number of people

1,079,016

1,132,434

1,149,472

1,151,260

1,190,542

1,222,365

1,270,731

1,285,594

Admitted(1)

113,772

114,435

111,088

106,561

105,719

102,571

107,765

104,645

Non-admitted(2)

814,252

916,534

930,374

936,629

982,704

1,026,366

1,078,091

1,094,138

No care(3)

150,992

101,465

108,010

108,070

102,119

93,428

84,875

86,811

(1) Identifies records that included in-patient care. (2) Identifies records that included a recorded contact, attendance or review with out-patient or community services. (3) Identifies records that show no evidence of services in contact with the person during the reporting period. Note: In the above table, individuals are counted only once during a single year. Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Mental Health Minimum Dataset 2003-04 to 2010-11 annual returns

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions in relation to personal health budgets. [128535]

Norman Lamb: The personal health budgets pilot programme ran from 2009 to 2012 and the results of the final evaluation of the pilot will be published later this year. Five interim evaluation reports have been published, which can be found at:

www.phbe.org.uk

The programme did not specifically include a cohort of people with musculoskeletal conditions, but the interim evaluation reports make clear that many people involved in the pilots had additional health conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and back and joint problems.

Departmental officials have worked with organisations concerned with musculoskeletal conditions, including Arthritis Research UK, who produced a report in July 2012 entitled 'Personal health budgets: perspectives from people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions'.

The Mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board, published on 13 November, sets a clear objective that patients who could benefit—which could include people with musculoskeletal conditions—should have the option to hold their own personal health budget, subject to the evaluation of the pilot programme.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the provision of aids and adaptations for people with musculoskeletal conditions. [128536]

Norman Lamb: The Department has not assessed the provision of aids and adaptations for people with musculoskeletal conditions. However, national health service aids and adaptations are funded free of charge for NHS patients who need them.

NHS: Private Finance Initiative

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list all private finance schemes approved by the NHS in London in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to date, by the value and repayment term of each. [128924]

Anna Soubry: Information on the capital value and estimated annual revenue payments for the lifetime of each signed national health service private finance initiative (PFI) contract can be found on HM Treasury's website at:

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/pfi_current_projects_list_march_2012.xls

These are the latest estimates collected from each Department for end of March 2012; the health sector schemes are clearly marked “Department of Health” and then “DH-Acute (i.e. Hospitals)”. Schemes approved by NHS bodies in London are identified by ‘London’ in Column G; the year the schemes were approved is identified by ‘Date of Financial Close, in Column K (no new PFI scheme has been signed, since February 2010); the initial capital cost of each scheme is shown in Column R; and the estimated annual revenue payment in the columns headed ‘Unitary Charge Payment’.

The revenue payment figures include not just the financing costs for initial construction but also the costs of all the other services such as building maintenance and support services (cleaning, catering, portering etc) provided over the lifetime of the contract. The payments are subject to meeting agreed performance and quality standards and include an annual uprate assumption for inflation of 2.5%.

NHS: Staff

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information and assurance he has received from the leadership of (a) the NHS Commissioning Board, (b) Health Education England, (c) Public Health England, (d) the NHS Trust Development Agency, (e) Monitor and (f) the Care Quality Commission that the workforce, including senior management, will be diverse and proportionately representative of the communities that they serve; [128584]

(2) what steps he has taken to ensure that the current reorganisation of the NHS does not result in a disproportionately negative outcome for existing NHS staff in the groups protected by the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty; [128585]

(3) what steps he has taken to ensure that after the current reorganisation of the NHS, the composition of both management and frontline staff in the NHS reflects the communities that they serve; [128586]

(4) what directions he has given to the chief executives and boards of (a) the NHS Commissioning Board, (b) Health Education England, (c) Public

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Health England,

(d)

the NHS Trust Development Agency,

(e)

Monitor and

(f)

Care and Quality Commission on (i) diversity in general, (ii) groups protected by the Equality Act 2010 and (iii) the Public Sector Equality Duty; [128649]

(5) what steps he has taken to monitor the diversity of the organisations which will assume responsibility for the oversight of the NHS workforce development and national and local commissioning decisions from April 2013 for the purpose of ensuring that the NHS reflects the communities that it serves. [128650]

Anna Soubry: The HR Transition Framework, published in July 2011 sets a duty on employers to pay due regard to relevant employment law, equality legislation, and the public sector equality duty to ensure that decisions made during the transition that affect staff are fair/transparent, accountable, evidence based and consider the needs and rights of the workforce. In addition, the proposed changes offer a real opportunity for employers to put the advancement of equality and fairness at the heart of decision-making, demonstrating their commitment to diversity and ensuring the skills and competencies reflect the organisation's future needs. To further support the national health service and new organisations during the transition period, the Department provided bespoke Equality Protocol guidance to complement existing Equality legislation. A copy of this has been placed in the Library.

Under the public sector Equality Duty, public authorities are required to publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the public sector Equality Duty at least annually. This information must include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic who are its employees (public authorities with fewer than 150 employees are exempt); and people affected by its policies and practices. Equality objectives must be published every four years, and be specific and measurable.

The Department and the former Equality and Diversity Council have actively raised awareness of and provided information about the Equality Act 2010. This includes the publication of the Equality Delivery System (EDS) in 2011, a tool kit developed by the NHS to support NHS organisations to meet the public sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act.

The quality of care is closely related to how well organisations engage, manage and support their own staff. The NHS Constitution includes important pledges to staff who provide NHS care, and the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) is required to promote the NHS Constitution in carrying out its functions. The NHS CB also has a statutory duty to promote education and training, to support an effective system for its planning and delivery. The NHS CB should support Health Education England in ensuring that the health workforce has the right values, skills and training to enable excellent care.

As part of the authorisation process for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), CCGs must declare that they will be compliant with the public sector equality duty and can demonstrate the use of the Equality Delivery System or equivalent to help attain compliance and ensure good equality performance. The NHS CB has published supporting information for CCGs about this.

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The NHS Operating Framework 2012-13 also made clear, that all NHS organisations must comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the public sector Equality Duty. NHS Employers has also made guidance on the Act, including information on employment issues, available to NHS bodies.

David Behan, the then Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, wrote to Senior Responsible Officers for the Transition Programme on 23 May 2012 outlining the need to ensure Equality and Diversity was embedded within their respective programmes. He also offered guidance, support and training from the Department's Equality and Inclusion team to assist in the compliance of their respective programme with Equality legislation.

The Department has also issued information to support NHS bodies to implement the ban on age discrimination in health and care services, which came into force in October 2012.

Palliative Care

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to promote hospices and palliative care. [128211]

Norman Lamb: The Government confirmed its commitment to improving quality and choice in palliative and end of life care in the White Paper ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS’.

The Department's ‘End of Life Care Strategy’ provides a blueprint for improving these services for adults. The Strategy's ‘Fourth Annual Report’, published in October 2012, sets out the latest progress in implementing the strategy. The report is available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/10/end-of-life-care-fourth/

We recognise the important role that hospices play in delivering quality end of life care services. Following a commitment in the coalition agreement, we are working to develop a new per-patient funding system for palliative care, which will apply to all providers, including hospices. Working through pilots, we are collecting a range of data to help us develop the new funding system, which we aim to have in place by 2015.

In addition, we are making £60 million capital funding available to improve the environment in which adult and children's hospices provide care. Successful applicants for this fund will be notified in March 2013 and the scheme will complete in March 2014.

Specifically for children's services, the Department announced on 7 November the awards from the £721,000 funding made available to new children's hospices. This is in addition to the annual £10 million for established children's hospices. Information is available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/11/hospice-grant/

Prostate Cancer

Laura Sandys: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the amount of Government funding specifically for prostate cancer has increased in real terms in the last five years. [128635]

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Anna Soubry: The vast majority of funding for prostate cancer is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) as part of their annual allocation. It is not ring-fenced as it is for individual PCTs to assess their populations' health needs and to allocate their resources to meet those needs.

The only funding specifically set aside for prostate cancer is for the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP). Since 2002, the PCRMP has been in place to ensure that men over 50 without symptoms of prostate cancer can have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test free on the national health service after careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of PSA testing and after a discussion with a general practitioner.

NHS Cancer Screening Programmes (NHS CSP) is responsible for the management of the PCRMP and funding provided to NHS CSP for the PCRMP in each of the last five years was £232,000. It is for NHS CSP to determine the final amount needed to deliver the PCRMP.

International Development

Africa

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the contribution of the International Labour Organization's CoopAfrica programme in developing and updating co-operative policies and legislation in eastern and southern Africa; and if she will make a statement. [128583]

Lynne Featherstone: Following the Bilateral Aid Review in 2010, the Department for International Development (DFID) decided not to support the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) CoopAfrica programme into a second phase. Since then, the Secretary of State for International Development has not made any further assessment of the contribution of the International Labour Organisation's CoopAfrica programme in developing and updating co-operative policies and legislation in eastern and southern Africa.

While DFID no longer supports the CoopAfrica programme, DFID is supporting producers and others working in co-operatives through organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation.

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the withdrawal of funding for Phase 2 of the CoopAfrica Programme; and if she will make a statement. [128648]

Lynne Featherstone: Following the Department for International Development's (DFID) decision not to support a second phase of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) CoopAfrica programme, the Secretary of State for International Development has not made any further assessment of the programme.

Following the Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), DFID decided to cease voluntary contributions to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and does not plan to assess the ILO in the forthcoming MAR update.

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Bangladesh

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, how the project increased accountability between the government and poor people. [128192]

Mr Duncan: The project contributed to the enactment and implementation of the Right to Information Act which allows the public to examine the extent to which officials' actions match their responsibilities and so hold them to account.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, what technical assistance was provided with the drafting of the bill. [128193]

Mr Duncan: Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of thought, conscience, and speech and freedom of the press. To ensure the new Right to Information Act reflected international standards, the civil society organisation, Article 19, undertook a legal analysis of the draft and provided comprehensive suggestions to the Law Commission and the relevant stakeholders. The majority of the recommendations from the legal analysis were adopted.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, which independent evaluation found that the project had made a far-reaching contribution. [128194]

Mr Duncan: All projects funded under DFID's Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) project are required to commission an independent evaluation of the project. The evaluation is reviewed by the CSCF fund manager as part of DFID's assurance and learning process.

The independent evaluation for project titled, ‘Access to Information for Greater Participation and Government Accountability’, was done by a team of three independent evaluators in February 2010.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 720-21W, on Bangladesh, whether any officials were removed from their posts for corruption as a result of Transparency International Bangladesh's project. [128348]

Mr Duncan: None. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) does not claim to have had Bangladeshi political or government officials removed from their posts as a direct result of its work. It works for improvements in the systems to prevent, detect and prosecute cases of corruption.

One of TIB's priorities between 2003 and 2008 was the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). TIB drafted the Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Act of 2004, which led to the set-up of the ACC. Since 2004, the ACC has lodged corruption cases against

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approximately 1,500 high-level politicians, officials and business persons, of whom 237 have been convicted. This is an indirect result of DFID's support to TIB between 2003 and 2008.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 720-1W, on Bangladesh, what figures her Department holds on the improvement in outcome produced by the Committees of Concerned Citizens that Transparency International Bangladesh established. [128349]

Mr Duncan: From 2003 to 2007, Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs) worked to improve systems to prevent corruption in 36 local government bodies (Districts or Municipalities), 36 hospitals and 36 schools.

As a result, more people were able to obtain cards entitling them to state benefits; advice from CCCs helped local government bodies to close tax loopholes and improve local revenue collection, to invest in public services, hospital patients saved money on "unofficial fees" and were able to see doctors and obtain medicines from the hospital more regularly, and student attendance at the targeted schools improved.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of Harewelle International's distribution of her Department's aid in Bangladesh on the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest project. [128350]

Mr Duncan: DFID undertakes mandatory independent annual reviews of the programme and the managing agent's performance. The geographical distribution was in keeping with the programme design. The programme has also fully complied with all financial management requirements.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Extreme Poverty Action Research Group in the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Project programme in Bangladesh. [128351]

Mr Duncan: The 2011 annual review of the Extreme Poverty Action Research Group in the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Project programme concluded that the Extreme Poverty Research Group produced important research findings on both the characteristics and the dynamics of extreme poverty. It also noted that the Extreme Poverty Research Group provides robust evidence to support advocacy work on extreme poverty issues in Bangladesh. To date 10 policy papers have been produced and published.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Stimulating Household Improvements Resulting in Economic Empowerment project. [128353]

Mr Duncan: DFID has assessed the Stimulating Household Improvements Resulting in Economic Empowerment programme through three annual reviews since 2009. The 2011 review concluded that the programme was helping 347,900 people which exceeded the milestone of 254,800 for that period. This help included, for

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example, increasing the extreme poor's assets through providing them with livestock and improving their skills to help increase their income and for better and more secure livelihoods.

Burma

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has considered directing bilateral assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. [129080]

Mr Duncan: DFID does not provide bilateral funding directly to assist the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. DFID does provide core contributions to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which manages the official camps, and to other organisations that provide support including the European Commission. We have raised the plight of the Rohingyas and their status with the Government of Bangladesh, both bilaterally and in concert with European Union partners.

DFID has allocated £2 million of bilateral funds for humanitarian relief for victims of violence in Rakhine state in Burma. This includes the supply of emergency water, sanitation and health care to more than 58,000 people affected by the outbreak of violence in Rakhine State.

Consultants

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on consultants who were based in the UK since May 2010. [128187]

Mr Duncan: DFID is not required to hold information on where consultants are based for the purposes of reporting Admin Consultancy to the Cabinet Office.

DFID's total spending on Admin Consultancy for financial year 2011-12 was £675,291, down from £19.1 million in 2009-10. This reduction in spending was due to the Department's implementation of central Government controls on spending from May 2010 onwards.

Developing Countries: Land

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what preparations her Department is making to promote measures for greater governance and transparency in large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries during the UK's G8 presidency. [128232]

Justine Greening: The coalition Government recognises the need for good governance and transparency in investments involving large-scale land acquisitions and we continue to discuss the issue with non-governmental organisations for investments to protect the legitimate rights of local people and not to undermine local food security.

When done well, commercial investments in agriculture have the potential to be transformational. But it is vital that the rights and interests of the people living on the land are taken into account, which increased transparency can support.

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The Prime Minister will announce his priorities for the UK's G8 presidency shortly. But he made clear in an article on 1 November that the golden thread themes of transparency and accountability will be at the heart of the UK's G8 presidency.

Developing Countries: Water

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects are delivering the Government's commitment to ensure access to water and sanitation to more than 60 million people, made at the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington on 20 April 2012. [128162]

Lynne Featherstone: Our current or planned programmes that will contribute to meeting this target include:

1. Programmes managed by our offices in countries in Africa and Asia. We currently have water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes in 15 countries and these are the principal routes through which we will deliver our results. We are currently assessing the potential to expand our existing programmes and have already identified additional results to be achieved in Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. We are also exploring the potential to do more in a number of other countries.

2. Existing partnerships with a range of organisations such as the Water and Sanitation Program, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor and WaterAid.

English Language

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the English Language Teaching Improvement Project; and whether that assessment was used to inform the English in Action project. [128157]

Mr Duncan: The end of project review completed in April 2002 of the English Language Teaching Improvement Project found the scale of the project too modest in that it was limited to secondary school teachers.

Based on these findings the coverage of the English in Action Project was expanded to improve the language skills of 25 million people (2008-17) thus increasing employment opportunities. The beneficiaries include primary and secondary school teachers.

Mrs Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of the English in Action project's funding is being spent on (a) teacher training, (b) adult learning, (c) English television and (d) English radio. [128158]

Mr Duncan: English in Action (2008-17) allocates approximately £19.5 million (39% of total cost) on teacher training, and approximately £20 million (40% of total cost) for adult learning which includes English lessons through television, mobile phones, and online courses. English in Action does not fund radio programmes.

Food Supply

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information her Department holds on the proportion of the money pledged by each G8 government under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative that will be disbursed by the (a) end of 2012 and (b) 2013 G8 Summit. [128719]

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Lynne Featherstone: The G8 Camp David Accountability Report published in May 2012:

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/189889.pdf

provides the latest official information on G8 Government disbursements against the money pledged under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative. Updated information on G8 member disbursements, including until the end of 2012 where available, will be presented in the 2013 G8 Accountability Report.

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when the UK will meet its financial commitments under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative; [128762]

(2) what proportion of the UK's financial commitments under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative (a) has already been disbursed, (b) will be disbursed by the end of 2012 and (c) will be disbursed by the 2013 G8 Summit. [128763]

Lynne Featherstone: The UK has met its financial commitments under the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative in full, disbursing over £1.1 billion between 2009 and 2012. The Department for International Development has supported food security and agriculture programmes in over 20 countries. For example, programmes in Ethiopia, Sudan, Malawi, Uganda and Rwanda are helping smallholder farmers access seeds and fertilisers, supporting the installation of efficient irrigation systems, and developing conservation agriculture to save water and reduce carbon emissions.

International Year of Co-operatives

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps (a) her Department and (b) the bodies for which she is responsible have taken to mark UN International Year of the Co-operatives 2012; and if she will make a statement. [128645]

Lynne Featherstone: DFID continues to engage with co-operative organisations in various ways—as financial intermediaries, in agriculture and as members of the private sector. We do not have a separate strategy for working with co-operative organisations; Government engagement on the International Year of the Co-operative was co-ordinated by the Mutuals Taskforce in collaboration with Cabinet Office.

DFID is committed to working across the spectrum of relevant organisations, and works hard to engage in both the public and private sectors. Our main focus of engagement with UN agencies is to increase the performance and results that they deliver as set out in our Multilateral Aid Review.

Kashmir

Simon Danczuk: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid to (a) India and (b) Pakistan was spent in Kashmir in the latest period for which figures are available. [129081]

Mr Duncan: UK aid to India and Pakistan supports national programmes that work in, and benefit Kashmir.

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I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Luton South (Gavin Shuker) on 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 669W.

Somaliland

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote good governance in Somaliland. [128404]

Justine Greening: The Department for International Development is supporting, in conjunction with six other donors, the Somaliland local council elections which will take place at the end of this month. Support has been provided for election operating costs, civic and voter awareness campaigns and training for youth and women candidates, as well as to help build the capacity of the Election Commission which will run the election.

Parallel support has been provided to civil society groups which have helped draft a party code of conduct, are training party staff and which will undertake election monitoring. DFID has engaged with the President and Minister of Interior to encourage them to do everything possible to ensure that elections are free, fair and do not result in violence. The democratisation process in Somaliland has seen steady progress, including five sets of credible elections, and the forthcoming elections are expected to continue this trend.

The Department for International Development is also developing a programme to build the capacity of the police, including the development of community policing approaches and the establishment of oversight mechanisms. These will improve community-police relationships and enhance policing standards and the accountability of the police force.

St Helena

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to promote environmental awareness in St Helena. [128394]

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Mr Duncan: The White Paper on the OTs published in June this year emphasises the Government's commitment to environmental issues. We recently established the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund. This will bring together all existing UK Government funding for environmental management in the OTs and will make the fight against climate change in the Territories more effective.

DFID is also supporting the Government of St Helena's efforts to improve environment policy on the island. An Environmental Management Directorate was established in St Helena last year to which DFID is providing financial and technical support. We are also ensuring that the airport construction adheres to best practice in terms of its environmental impact.

West Africa

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the regional effects of illegal fishing in West African waters on (a) economic development and (b) food security; and if she will make a statement. [128563]

Lynne Featherstone: West African governments suffer a significant loss of revenue due to illegal fishing. Alongside the impact of the losses to economic development, illegal fishing in west Africa threatens the livelihoods and thus food security of coastal communities. The Environmental Justice Foundation estimates that west African waters have the highest level of illegal fishing in the world as a proportion of the region's catch.

The Department for International Development is supporting the Stop Illegal Fishing Network in its efforts to combat illegal fishing in west Africa. This is part of the International Partnership for African Fisheries Governance and Trade Programme. The programme has established and maintains an up-to-date list of fishing vessels that African governments can use to identify vessels that are fishing illegally.