Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will consider developing strategic relations with third sector organisations. [142500]

Sajid Javid: The Treasury engages directly with the third sector primarily in the areas of social finance and, working with HMRC, charity tax. As with all Government Departments HM Treasury is signed up and committed to the principles of the civil society compact, as stated in our most recently published business plan.

The Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office leads on the Government's big society agenda and it has eight voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) strategic partners as follows:

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital;

National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)(1);

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action;

Locality;

Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations;

Institute of Fundraising;

Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with UnLtd, CAN, Plunkett Foundation and Social Firms UK); and

Social Enterprise UK in partnership with Co-operatives UK.

(1) Volunteering England is part of NCVO following a merger as of 1 January 2013

The Office for Civil Society's strategic partners have been selected to represent the sector to Government; support the development and delivery of big society; and to support partners to eventually become independent of Government funding.

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [142645]

Sajid Javid: Information on departmental spend on the Government Car Service is published annually in a written ministerial statement, details of which can be found within the Libraries of both Houses or via the following links.

2009-10

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http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101028/wmstext/101028m0001.htm#10102827000372

2010-11

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120116/wmstext/120116m0001.htm#12011611000194

2011-12

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121220/wmstext/121220m0001.htm#12122056000216

Details of the costs for 2012-13 will be published in the normal way later this year.

The Ministerial Code, published on 21 May 2010, included changes to the circumstances in which Ministers would be entitled to a car and driver. The number of Ministers with allocated cars and drivers would be kept to a minimum, taking into account security and other considerations. The Treasury currently has one allocated car. While other Ministers would be entitled to use cars from a Ministerial Car Pool as required, all Ministers are encouraged to walk or use public transport wherever practicable.

Ministerial spending on other taxi or car services is not available within disproportionate costs threshold.

VAT: Sixth Form Colleges

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has received advice from his officials on sixth form colleges paying full-rate VAT; and if he will make a statement; [142861]

(2) what advice he has received from his officials regarding sixth form colleges paying the full-rate of VAT; and if he will make a statement. [143477]

Mr Gauke: Sixth form colleges are required to pay VAT on their purchases, as are all public sector bodies. The basic funding principle for sixth form colleges is that these VAT costs are taken into account as part of the up-front funding allocation.

Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit appeals have been (a) lodged and (b) determined in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the average time was between the lodging and the determination of appeals in each month. [141135]

Sajid Javid: The following table sets out the number of appeals against tax credit decisions, the number of appeals cleared and the average number of days it has taken to clear those appeals in each of the last 12 months.

 New appeals registeredAppeals clearedAverage days to clear

January 2012

2,058

2,625

116

February 2012

2,679

2,302

138

March 2012

3,296

2,575

134

April 2012

3,454

1,898

141

May 2012

2,898

1,846

143

June 2012

2,258

1,615

155

July 2012

2,577

2,235

184

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August 2012

3,779

1,472

206

September 2012

3,855

1,874

191

October 2012

4,084

2,537

221

November 2012

4,003

2,549

196

December 2012

2,587

2,035

201

HMRC endeavours to accurately respond to all tax credit appeals as soon as practically possible. One of HMRC's objectives is to minimise error and fraud. Increased activity to ensure people who are entitled receive the correct tax credits awards has increased the number of appeals from people who have had their entitlement stopped or reduced. In response to the increased number of appeals, HMRC have deployed additional resource to reduce customer waiting times to acceptable levels.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Responsibilities

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate she has made of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation. [142767]

Mike Penning: My Department's core statutory functions and associated annual expenditure are outlined in the Northern Ireland Office Annual Report and Accounts, which were laid in Parliament on 13 September 2012.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed by her Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142791]

Mike Penning: Comparable figures for my Department as it is now configured are not available following the completion of the devolution of policing and justice functions on 12 April 2010.

The following tables provide a breakdown, by grade, of the staff employed by my Department at March 2011, March 2012 and December 2012 (the latest period for which figures are available).

March 2011Number

AO/AA

31

EO

24

SEO/HEO

27

6/7

17

SCS

10

Total

109

March 2012Number

AO/AA

17

EO

21

SEO/HEO

29

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6/7

14

SCS

6

Total

87

December 2012Number

AO/AA

17

EO

22

SEO/HEO

33

6/7

13

SCS

5

Total

90

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if she will make a statement. [142642]

Mike Penning: Comparable figures for the Department as it is now configured are not available following the completion of the devolution of policing and justice functions on 12 April 2010.

My Department has a contract with the Government Car Service for the supply of a departmental car. A new contract was entered into in 2012-13. The total costs of this contract for the years in question are set out in the following tables. The Department does not hold separate records for use of the service by Ministers.

£
 2010/112011/122012/13

(a) Government Car Service costs

67,401

34,289

(1)53,328

(b) Other taxi or car services for ministerial travel

285.00

415.00

240.00

(1) To date

Health

Cardiovascular System

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase emphasis on the prevention and earlier diagnosis of cardiovascular disease; [142588]

(2) what steps he is taking to provide better long-term care and support for people living with heart disease; [142589]

(3) how he will ensure that the new strategic clinical network for cardiovascular disease will build on existing expertise amongst local and regional networks and that the opportunities from taking a cross-cardiovascular approach are not at the expense of cardiac specific expertise. [142710]

Anna Soubry: A cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes strategy is currently being developed. This will look at ways to improve prevention, early diagnosis and longer term care, within the context of the Public Health and

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NHS Outcomes Frameworks and the mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board for 2013-15. The aim is to publish this outcomes strategy by the end of March 2013.

CVD is one of areas chosen for the first Strategic Clinical Networks. The careful management of the transition from existing clinical networks is a key priority for each of the 12 newly appointed lead managers for strategic clinical networks and their network and senate support teams. Many of the support team members have previously worked in local clinical networks. They will be able to build on existing good practice and local relationships with commissioners, providers and other key stakeholders and be well placed to help implement the CVD outcomes strategy.

Departmental Responsibilities

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation. [142762]

Dr Poulter: The Department is responsible for exercising those statutory obligations of the Secretary of State which are entrusted to the Secretary of State for Health—in particular, obligations in relation to health, including the national health service, and social care. Those obligations are a matter of public record. As a Government Department and public authority, the Department has other statutory obligations, which are again matters of public record.

Details of the Department's expenditure are laid before Parliament each year in the annual report and accounts. All such expenditure is carried out in pursuit of the Department's statutory functions. The most recent version is available at:

https://www.wp.dh.gov.uk/publications/files/2012/10/23735_HC-66-DoH.pdf

The Department also publishes an annual business plan, which sets out the programme of work that is planned to support the Government's objectives, and is available at:

http://transparency.dh.gov.uk/2012/05/31/department-of-health-business-plan/

Dietary Supplements: EU Law

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if Ministers in his Department will meet representatives of Consumers for Health Choice to discuss the potential effects of EU legislation on consumer choice in food supplements and other natural health products; [142725]

(2) what steps he plans to take to ensure consumer access to a wide range of safe and popular food supplements in the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals under the provisions of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive; [142726]

(3) what consideration he has given to working for the repeal of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive; and if he will make a statement. [142727]

Anna Soubry: There are no current plans for Ministers to meet with representatives of Consumers for Health Choice to discuss the potential effects of EU legislation on consumer choice in food supplements and other natural health products.

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The United Kingdom will negotiate for any future proposals for vitamins and minerals in food supplements to be based on science and safety, to allow for the highest safe maximum levels.

There are no current plans to consider working for the repeal of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive.

Eyesight: Testing

Mr Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the difference between the NHS sight test fee and the charges made by providers of private eye tests. [142860]

Dr Poulter: The sight test fee is negotiated with representatives of the profession. The Department's policy is to agree a fair rate for the task, taking account of recruitment, retention and motivation. Private sight test fees are a matter for individual optical businesses to set.

Health Services: Youth Custody

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what actions (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Commissioning Board are taking to ensure the provision of high quality health and public health services for young people in young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes. [142959]

Norman Lamb: The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) will assume commissioning responsibility for health services for those in custody and other forms of prescribed detention from 1 April 2013, including for people aged under 18 years.

Through the mandate for the NHS CB, published in November 2012, the Department has worked with the NHS CB to specify that national health service and public sector partners need to work together to achieve their objectives. This includes developing better healthcare services for young offenders in young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes.

The Department published “Public Health Functions to be Exercised by the NHS Commissioning Board” in November 2012. A copy has been placed in the Library.

The NHS CB will set out the operating model through which it will secure the best possible health outcomes for prisoners, detainees, children and young people in secure settings in its publication Securing Excellence in Commissioning Offender Health. This is expected to be published shortly.

Heart Diseases: Children

Meg Munn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the self-assessment evaluations prepared by paediatric cardiac centres as part of the Independent Expert Panel's assessment of centres for the Safe and Sustainable Review; [142559]

(2) if he will direct the National Specialised Commissioning Team to publish the names of the members of Professor Sir Ian Kennedy's assessment panel alongside the scores they awarded to each children's heart surgery centre for every standard assessed as part of the Safe and Sustainable Review. [142590]

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Anna Soubry: The Safe and Sustainable review of children's congenital heart services was an NHS review, independent of Government. The publication of the Independent Expert Panel's scores is a matter for the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts.

In these circumstances, and given legal proceedings and a review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel are under way, it would not be right to comment further.

Hospitals: Food

Andy Burnham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that horsemeat is not served to patients in NHS hospitals. [143094]

Anna Soubry: The Department has written to the national health service, via the NHS Supply Chain and through the cluster SHA Chief Executives, to remind them that although there is no reason to believe that any processed beef products currently on sale are unsafe, they are responsible for their food contracts and are expected to ensure they have rigorous procurement procedures in place with reputable suppliers, including suitable checking regimes on the authenticity of food.

Across the NHS, around 60% of fresh meat and poultry, and 40% of ready meals are sourced through NHS Supply Chain. They are co-ordinating the collection of information from any health care organisation in England whose supplier informs them that beef product contains horsemeat.

A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library.

The Food Standards Agency has also issued guidance to public institutions on meat products, which is available at the following link. They are monitoring the situation and will issue further advice as necessary.

www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2013/feb/advice

The sourcing and provision of NHS food and catering is determined locally. Different organisations will have different local circumstances and it is for those organisations to satisfy themselves that the food they supply meets proper standards and the needs of their patients. Any investigations into the provenance of supplies would be done locally.

Hyperkinetic Syndrome

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the causes of hyperkinetic syndrome. [143123]

Dr Poulter: The Department has not commissioned research specifically on the causes of hyperkinetic syndrome. The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds a wide range of research relating to the causes, diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including research at three NIHR biomedical research centres.

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) increased number of births and (b) associated costs expected at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following the changes he has proposed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust. [142872]

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Anna Soubry: The Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has accepted the Trust Special Administrator's (TSA) broad recommendations.

Appendix E of the TSA's final report outlines the forecast births in south east London over the next three years and the methodology used to determine this. It outlines that the forecast births at King's College Hospital (KCH) in 2015-16 would be 5,691 if there were no changes and 7,308 if the TSA's proposals were implemented. This is an increase of 1,617 (28%) in 2015-16.

The Secretary of State confirmed in his oral statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-75, that the TSA had built into his analysis the provision of £36 million of capital investment for maternity services to increase capacity at KCH, Princess Royal Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital. This includes the development of a midwifery-led birthing unit at KCH. This investment would run from 2013-14 to 2015-16. Final decisions on funding will be worked through as part of the implementation planning process, in collaboration with the Department to ensure value for money for the taxpayer.

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cancelled operations at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following the proposed changes to Lewisham's accident and emergency and obstetric services. [142873]

Anna Soubry: The Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has accepted the Trust Special Administrator's (TSA) broad recommendations, including the three year implementation plan set out in his final report.

No specific estimate of the number of cancelled operations at King's College Hospital (KCH) was made in the TSA's report as it is not expected to be significantly impacted by the recommendations.

Acute capacity requirements are considered in the TSA's report and investment planned at all south east London hospitals to ensure that the capacity is available in the right place and that quality and safety of care are maintained, including that there is no increase in cancelled operations for non-clinical reasons.

The development of an elective centre at University Hospital Lewisham to serve the people of south east London could also support a reduction in cancellations of planned operations across south east London, facilitated by the separation of planned and emergency services.

Members: Correspondence

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to answer the letter of 12 December 2012 sent to him by the right hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood, the right hon. Member for Camberwell and Peckham, the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, the hon. Member for Streatham and the hon. Member for Vauxhall on the subject of King's Health Partners. [142871]

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Anna Soubry: A reply to the letter of 12 December was considered to have been overtaken by the meeting the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), held with hon. Members on 14 January, where there was an opportunity to raise concerns set out in the letter.

In the letter of 12 December, the hon. and right hon. Members were particularly concerned that the proposals for a merger by King's Health Partners (KHP) should be delayed until the impact of the recommendations by the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) at South London Healthcare NHS Trust was fully known.

Prior to the publication of the final report by the TSA, KHP were clear that they would await the outcome of the TSA process before moving forward with their proposals.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations (a) he and (b) his Department have received for a full public enquiry to be held into events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust prior to May 2010. [142859]

Dr Poulter: On 9 June 2010, the previous Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), announced a public inquiry into the operation of commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in relation to their monitoring role at Stafford hospital with the objective of learning lessons about how failing hospitals are identified.

A search of the Department's ministerial correspondence database has identified 81 items of correspondence received between 1 January 2009 and 1 May 2010 which call for a full public inquiry to be held into events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. This figure represents correspondence received by the Department's ministerial correspondence unit only. These comprise 20 hon. Members, 36 members of the public and 25 organisations.

NHS: Staff

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 360W, on NHS: staff, which bodies hold the requested information. [143048]

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Dr Poulter: The Organisation Data Service (ODS) maintains the most up to date and accurate register of the bodies who hold the information you requested on 23 January 2013.

Inquiries to ODS should be addressed to:

Help Desk

Organisation Data Service

NHS Connecting for Health

Hexagon House

Pynes Hill

Rydon Lane

Exeter

Devon EX2 5SE

[email protected]

Tel: 01392 251289

Fax: 01392 687085

NHS: Translation Services

Heidi Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS (a) on all translation services and (b) on preparing multi-lingual documentation in 2011-12. [143186]

Norman Lamb: We do not hold this information centrally. National health service organisations have a duty to follow equalities legislation. This includes making sure their communities can understand information about services and that patients and clinicians can communicate with each other. However, we would encourage trusts to be efficient and save money where possible by working together and sharing resources.

Out of Area Treatment: Scotland

Gregg McClymont: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred to NHS facilities in England by NHS Scotland in each of the last five years. [143097]

Anna Soubry: Information is not held on the number of patient referrals by NHS Scotland to national health service facilities in England.

The following tables show the number of finished admission episodes (in-patients), out-patient attendances (out-patient) and accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for patients identified as resident in Scotland between the dates requested.

Hospital activity(1) for patients resident in Scotland(2) and treated in English hospitals for 2007-08 to 2011-12(3): Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
 In-patient finished admission episodes (FAEs)Out-patient attendancesA&E attendances
 FAEs for Scotland residentsTotal FAEsAttendances for Scotland residentsTotal attendancesAttendances for Scotland residentsTotal attendances

2007-08

7,371

13,479,828

15,434

54,415,758

14,205

12,318,051

2008-09

7,326

14,152,692

16,511

60,607,226

15,367

13,794,072

2009-10

7,671

14,537,712

16,610

67,414,037

16,804

15,569,736

2010-11

7,811

14,890,844

17,286

70,265,964

17,423

16,244,934

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2011-12

7,574

15,019,396

16,835

72,620,492

19,145

17,619,708

(1) Hospital Activity In-patient Finished Admission Episode A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. Out-patient Attendance A count of out-patient appointments where the patient is recorded as having attended, whether a first or subsequent appointment. A&E Attendance The number of attendances, whether planned or unplanned. (2) Scotland residents Residents of Scotland have been identified using the strategic health authority (SHA) of residence of “Scotland”. A change in methodology in 2011-12 resulted in an increase in the number of records where the SHA of residence was unknown. From 2006-07 to 2010-11 the current SHA of residence fields were populated from the recorded patient postcode. In order to improve data completeness, if the postcode was unknown the SHA and country of residence were populated from the SHA value supplied by the provider. From April 2011-12 onwards if the patient postcode is unknown the SHA and country of residence are listed as unknown. (3 )Assessing growth through time In-patients HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Out-patients HES figures are available from 2003-04 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Accident and Emergency HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 1074, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, to which sites he was referring in his statement that accessing consultant-led maternity services would involve an increase in journey times on average of two or three minutes by private or public transport. [142945]

Anna Soubry: The Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), has accepted the Trust Special Administrator's (TSA) broad recommendations.

The analysis of the impact of the TSA's recommendations on travel times was carried out using Transport for London's Health Service Travel Analysis Tool. It also factored in feedback from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on their populations' preference, as in some cases CCGs indicated that patients choose to travel further to attend a specific hospital rather than attending their local hospital.

The analysis on travel times was undertaken both for the whole population of south-east London and of Lewisham. This is shown in figures 39 and 41 respectively under chapter 5 of the TSA's final report. In both cases, the assessment generally considers the impact of travelling to the next closest appropriate service at King's College Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital or St Thomas' Hospital.

Dame Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 1075, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, on what clinical evidence Sir Bruce Keogh's statement that the changes proposed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust could save up to 100 lives every year was based. [142946]

Anna Soubry: The figure on reduced mortality used in the Trust Special Administrator's report was derived from work undertaken by the London Health Programmes and NHS London, considering excess mortality across the capital at weekends.

This work drew upon national work. The data and methodology had academic endorsement and was agreed by the London Health Programmes' Quality and Safety Clinical Board and the London Clinical Senate.

As a result of this work, a set of London Quality Standards has been agreed by the Clinical Senate to improve outcomes for patients admitted at weekends. These include ensuring greater access to consultant staff and diagnostics at weekends, in line with the drive across the NHS to achieve 24-hour, seven-day working. In order to achieve these standards it will be necessary in some circumstances to further centralise care.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142787]

Dr Poulter: The numbers of civil servants joining the Department in each of last five years are given in the following table.

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 2007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12
 PermTempPermTempPermTempPermTempPermTemp

Administrative Officer

3

0

8

0

13

0

7

2

3

4

Executive Officer

20

0

33

0

26

1

22

3

1

7

Higher Executive Officer

13

0

26

2

25

1

18

1

10

4

Senior Executive Officer

16

0

31

1

49

0

19

1

5

7

Fast Streamers

9

0

18

0

15

0

15

0

19

0

Grade 7

25

0

23

0

48

1

9

3

8

8

Grade 6

9

0

12

0

20

1

8

2

1

7

Senior Civil Servants

6

0

11

0

8

0

3

0

5

1

Total

101

0

162

3

204

4

101

12

52

38

Note: Temporary civil servants are those who joined on a fixed term appointment or on loan from another Government Department.

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) the Government car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [142638]

Dr Poulter: Information on Departmental spend on Government cars is published in the annual written ministerial statement, which has already been placed in the Library.

2009-10

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101028/wmstext/101028m0001.htm#10102827000372

2010-11

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120116/wmstext/120116m0001.htm#12011611000194

2011-12

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121220/wmstext/121220m0001.htm#12122056000216

Details of the costs for 2012-13 will be published later this year.

Information on taxi and car service spend other than the Government Car Service could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Whittington Hospital on (a) its future status and (b) the financial requirements necessary for it to achieve trust status. [143035]

Anna Soubry: The Department has had no discussions with Whittington Hospital NHS Trust about its future. The trust is currently developing its application to become a foundation trust. Approval of the trust's application is the responsibility of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) prior to being passed to Monitor for its consideration. Both the TDA and Monitor require assurance against a wide range of criteria, including the financial viability of the trust, before it achieves foundation trust status.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disposal of (a) land and (b) buildings held by (i) freehold and (ii) leasehold has taken place at the Whittington hospital sites in each of the last 10 years. [143036]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not centrally held. This is a matter for the local NHS. The hon. Member may wish to contact the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust for further information.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Common Fisheries Policy

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had any recent discussions with the President of the European Parliament on the regionalisation of fisheries management; and if he will make a statement. [142902]

Richard Benyon [holding answer 12 February 2013]: As UK Fisheries Minister, I continue to have discussions on our key priorities for fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), including the regionalisation of fisheries management, with a wide range of people and organisations. This includes Members of the European Parliament, who will play a significant role in agreeing the reforms we are seeking, although this has not, to date, involved direct discussion with the President.

I will continue to press the case for genuine reform and decentralisation of the CFP as negotiations between the Council and European Parliament progress during 2013.

Food Banks

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department intends to collect data on (a) the number of food banks in operation and (b) the number of people who use food banks. [141994]

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Mr Heath: The provision of food aid ranges from small, local provision, through to regional and national schemes. But the landscape is mostly community-led provision responding to local needs. It is not clear what purpose would be served by keeping a record of the number of food banks, nor the potential number of people using them or other types of food aid, without placing unnecessary and costly burdens on volunteers trying to help their communities.

Food: Labelling

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Food Standards Agency (UK) and Food Standards Agency Ireland on food labelling and provenance policy issues; and if he will make a statement. [139913]

Mr Heath: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and DEFRA meet regularly to discuss issues related to food labelling and provenance, to exchange information and co-ordinate our work on common areas of interest. DEFRA and the FSA have had daily contact at a high level since 14 January to discuss the specific issue of horse and pig DNA found in meat products. I met with the chair and chief executive of FSA on 29 January and again with the chief executive on 4 February.

The FSA has a memorandum of understanding on how it collaborates on the handling of food incidents with authorities in Ireland. All parties agree others will be notified at the earliest opportunity about any food incident or potential food incident, which may affect any of the jurisdictions and where there may be risk or potential risk to consumers.

As part of these arrangements, on 23 November, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) told the FSA that it was developing authenticity methods and considering a survey, with which the FSA offered assistance. On 10 January, the FSAI then advised the FSA that it was undertaking some authenticity checks on meat products and that it would keep the FSA informed of the results. On 14 January, the FSAI told the FSA that it had found contamination and that Tesco, Iceland and Lidl products were implicated. On 15 January the FSAI published the results of the survey on its website and we were then able to access these results.

Scallops

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of UK Western Waters' scallop effort declared to the EC in December 2012 was for activity that took place in (a) December, (b) November, (c) October, (d) September, (e) August and (f) January to July 2012. [142390]

Richard Benyon: A breakdown of scallop effort reported to the Commission is detailed in the following tables. This includes details on effort uptake as a percentage of the final effort reported and against the total effort available to the UK in 2012. The tables are split by International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) area as the UK has different effort allocations for ICES areas V-VI and VII.

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UK scallop effort uptake ICES areas V-VI
Total UK effort allocation 2012: 1,974,425 kW days
 Uptake(1)Percentage of total uptake(2)Percentage of allocation(3)

January

44,356

4.2

2.2

February

66,358

6.3

3.4

March

72,104

6.8

3.7

April

74,089

7.0

3.8

May

88,297

8.3

4.5

June

115,170

10.9

5.8

July

124,528

11.7

6.3

August

147,050

13.9

7.4

September

90,792

8.6

4.6

October

138,395

13.0

7.0

November

64,538

6.1

3.3

December

35,186

3.3

1.8

Total

1,060,865

100.0

53.7

(1) Effort uptake by UK vessels in 2012, split by month. (2) Breakdown of the total effort fished as a percentage of the final effort uptake 2012 (1,060,865 kW days). (3) Breakdown of effort fished as a percentage of the UK effort allocation 2012 (1,974,425 kW days).
UK scallop effort uptake ICES area VII
Total UK effort allocation 2012: 3,550,619 kW days
 Uptake(1)Percentage of total uptake(2)Percentage of allocation(3)

January

378,290

10.7

10.7

February

410,994

11.7

11.6

March

421,887

12.0

11.9

April

213,966

6.1

6.0

May

434,933

12.3

12.2

June

267,284

7.6

7.5

July

227,215

6.4

6.4

August

179,824

5.1

5.1

September

293,275

8.3

8.3

October

253,322

7.2

7.1

November

300,283

8.5

8.5

December

141,858

4.0

4.0

Total

3,523,130

100.0

99.2

(1) Effort uptake by UK vessels in 2012, split by month. (2) Breakdown of the total effort fished as a percentage of the final effort uptake 2012 (3,523,130 kW days). (3) Breakdown of effort fished as a percentage-of the UK effort allocation 2012 (3,550,619 kW days).

Wildlife

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of (a) grass snakes and (b) slow worms in the UK in each of the last five years. [142875]

Richard Benyon: We have no current estimate of the numbers of grass snakes and slow worms in the UK. The National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme is developing the National Reptile Survey which aims to assess the conservation status of the widespread species of reptile native to the UK and includes the slow worm and grass snake.

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Scotland

Unemployment

11. John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the effect of long-term unemployment in Scotland. [142170]

Michael Moore: Against a difficult economic backdrop, the Government are doing what they can to reduce unemployment by laying the foundations for a stronger, more balanced economy. In Scotland, 71,000 jobs have been created since September 2010.

Referendum

14. Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration his Department has given to the recommendations of the Electoral Commission’s report on the Scottish referendum. [142173]

Michael Moore: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil).

Departmental Responsibilities

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation. [142768]

David Mundell: Information about the Scotland Office's core statutory obligations and the annual cost of delivering them is given in the Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General's Annual Report for 2011-12, published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/annual-report-2011-12-for-the-scotland-office-and-the-office-of-the-advocate-general

Procurement

Mr MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish details of the only contract awarded by the Scotland Office between July 2010 and November 2012. [142744]

David Mundell: The only contract awarded by the Scotland Office between July 2010 and November 2012 was issued to the Royal Mail. The Scottish Parliament (Elections etc) Order 2010, article 61, entitles certain candidates and nominating officers to send election communications free of any charge of postage, subject to compliance with that article. Article 62 of the Order entitles a universal service provider to be remunerated for having provided postal services at a rate fixed in relation to them by virtue of a scheme under the Postal Services Act, s 89. The contract between the Scotland Office and the Royal Mail gave effect to those provisions of the Order.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the likely level of savings to (a) the Government, (b) business and (c) the general public. [141832]

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David Mundell: Each year, the Scotland Office takes forward a programme of Orders under the Scotland Act 1998. None of the Orders which came in to force between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 repealed any regulations.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142792]

David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not employ staff directly. All staff that join the Office do so on an assignment, secondment or loan agreement from other Government bodies but principally from the Scottish Government or the Ministry of Justice. However, the number of staff working in the Scotland Office can be found in the Office's Annual Reports, copies of which are held in the House Library.

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [142643]

David Mundell: Information on departmental spend on the Government Car Service since 2009-10 is published in the annual written ministerial statement, details of which can be found within the Libraries of both Houses. Details of the costs for 2012-13 will be published in the normal way later this year. The Scotland Office contract with Government Car Service was terminated in January 2011.

The Scotland Office spend on other taxi or car services for ministerial travel are listed in the following table.

Financial yearCost (£)

2009-10

42,891

2010-11

41,634

2011-12

37,360

2012-13 (April 2012 to December 2012)

35,693

Business, Innovation and Skills

Business: Climate Change

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what kinds of company data to assess climate change risks to financial markets will be considered as part of the forthcoming regulatory changes on company narrative reporting by his Department. [142918]

Jo Swinson: The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs has consulted extensively with businesses and investors in both 2011 and 2012 on the new requirements for quoted companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions in their annual report and accounts.

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This is part of the Government's wider work to increase transparency and accountability of our largest companies. It will also help shareholders be active stewards of the companies they own.

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement given by the former Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs Spelman), on 20 June 2012, Official Report, columns 59-60WS, for the full text.

Business: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on introducing an obligation requiring companies to disclose data on the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel reserves in company annual reports. [142603]

Jo Swinson: BIS officials are in regular contact with those in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on a wide range of issues surrounding the introduction of the requirement for quoted companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions.

Clothing: Fire Prevention

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, columns 597-8W, on clothing: fire prevention, if he will make it his policy to extend regulations on fire-retardant clothing to include all children's clothing. [143090]

Jo Swinson: The UK already has the most stringent flammability regime for children's clothing in Europe (along with Ireland) and I have no plans to extend it. Extending the requirements of the Nightwear (Safety) Regulations to children's day wear would make the supply of compliant cotton clothing problematic. Cotton garments would need to be made either from heavy cotton fabrics, e.g. unsuitable for many children's dresses or shirts, or from fighter cotton that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals. This would raise the cost of cotton garments, and if flame retardant chemicals are not applied correctly, materials can become toxic and present a health hazard.

Consumers: Protection

Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish a response to his Department's consultation on enhancing consumer confidence by clarifying consumer law. [142935]

Jo Swinson: The Government will publish our response in spring 2013.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department decided to undertake further consultation and evidence gathering about the appropriate scope of transitional

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provisions in respect of the proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. [142737]

Jo Swinson: In response to the Regulatory Policy Committee's opinion (dated 14 May 2012) on the Government's Economic Impact Assessment, the Government committed to consulting on how and when to implement the change, once the proposed repeal had been approved by Parliament.

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Cambridge on the serious implications of the proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; and if he will make a statement. [142738]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), received a letter from the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at Cambridge university on 25 July 2012 regarding the proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

There are no plans for the Secretary of State to make a statement on this letter. The Government's position on the repeal of section 52 has been set out in parliamentary debate on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Counterfeit Manufacturing and Piracy

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times he has met (a) the Minister for Crime Prevention and (b) the Minister for Policing to discuss counterfeiting and piracy in the last 12 months. [142704]

Jo Swinson: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), engages with all relevant Ministries, on the topic of counterfeiting and piracy, including the Minister of State, Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Mr Browne), and the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, the right hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green); although he has not met either Minister in a formal bilateral on this issue in the last 12 months.

Departmental Responsibilities

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation. [142751]

Jo Swinson: The Department is responsible for a wide range of functions and statutory obligations that support the Government's overall objective of stimulating and supporting economic growth. Full details on the Department's responsibilities and their implementation are set out in the Department's published business plan, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-plan-2012-2015-department-for-business-innovation-and-skills

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Further detail of BIS' responsibilities and the expenditure on delivering them can be found within the annual report and accounts, this is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-business-innovation-and-skills-annual-report-and-accounts-2011-12-hc-60

ICT: Education

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage the teaching of computer coding to adults in the education system. [142489]

Mr Willetts: Government funding is available to support a wide range of vocational STEM subjects, including IT/ICT practitioner qualifications. We have simplified the further education funding system and introduced greater freedoms and flexibilities for further education colleges and providers to put them in a better position to respond to the needs of learners and employers to whom they will be increasingly accountable.

The Commission for Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning has been tasked with raising the quality, and improving the outcomes and impact, of adult vocational teaching and learning in the further education and skills sector. One of the cross-cutting themes will focus on STEM teaching and learning. Their findings and recommendations are due to be published in spring 2013.

Packaging

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when research by the Intellectual Property Office into the impact of copycat packaging will be published. [142705]

Jo Swinson: The research commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office, "The Impact of Lookalikes: Similar Packaging and Fast-moving Consumer Goods", will be published in the spring.

Post Offices: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings his Department has had with the National Federation of Sub Postmasters to discuss the effect that (a) the award of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Front Office Counter Service contract to the Post Office and (b) the implications of the installation of Cogent camera equipment will have on smaller post offices. [142724]

Jo Swinson: I meet regularly with representatives of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the post office network. These have included the new contract awarded to Post Office Ltd last November by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Post Offices: Photographs

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what further plans his Department has to install Cogent equipment in

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post offices to capture digital photographs for use on driving licences; [142966]

(2) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the installation of Cogent digital camera equipment in 752 urban post offices to provide driving licence renewal services does not affect the check and send revenue of smaller, rural post offices. [142968]

Jo Swinson: Decisions on the numbers and locations of Cogent digital camera equipment installed in post offices are commercial and operational matters for Post Office Ltd and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). I understand that under the new contract with DVLA the digital photographic service will be available in 753 post office branches replacing the photocard licence check and send service offered in 749 post office branches. These arrangements do not affect the motor vehicle licensing service available in some 4,600 branches or Post Office Ltd's passport check and send service available in around 2,500 branches.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed. [142775]

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was formed through a machinery of government change in June 2009. The Department was created by merging the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). Therefore only data from 2009 has been used. Data includes UKTI.

The following table shows the number of staff employed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills broken down by grade from when the information is available.

GradeDecember 2009March 2010March 2011March 2012January 2013

AA

29

68

36

20

18

AO

329

321

280

245

208

EO

537

542

457

464

468

HEO

913

917

863

760

774

SEO

410

414

360

377

402

Grade 7

793

783

721

661

732

Grade 6

372

369

345

293

309

SCS

256

249

219

209

218

Unknown(1)

109

Total

3,748

3,663

3,281

3,029

3,129

(1) Unknown consists of staff out of the Department (but paid by BIS), some UKTI staff, and a significant number of former DIUS staff who did not have a grade entered onto the system.

Third Sector

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will consider developing strategic relations with third sector organisations. [142471]

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Jo Swinson: The Office for Civil Society in Cabinet Office leads on the Government's big society agenda and it has eight VCSE strategic partners.

The Office for Civil Society's strategic partners have been selected to represent the sector to Government; support the development and delivery of big society; and to support partners to eventually become independent of Government funding.

The Office for Civil Society in Cabinet Office currently supports eight Strategic partners as follows:

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations in partnership with Euclid Network and New Philanthropy Capital;

National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)(1);

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action;

Locality;

Community Foundation Network in partnership with Association of Charitable Foundations;

Institute of Fundraising;

Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with UnLtd, CAN, Plunkett Foundation and Social Firms UK);

Social Enterprise UK in partnership with Co-operatives UK.

(1) Volunteering England is part of NCVO following a merger as of 1 January 2013

Travel

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [142628]

Jo Swinson: Details of this Department's spend with the Government Car Service (GCS) is published in the annual written ministerial statement, details of which can be found within the Libraries of both Houses:

Date fromDate toGCS Spend (£)Taxi and other car spend (£)

1 April 2009

31 March 2010

694,326

20,019

1 April 2010

12 May 2010

63,433

13 May 2010

31 March 2011

240,771

7,844

1 April 2011

31 March 2012

74,346

20,061

Details of the GCS costs for 2012-13 will be published in the normal way later this year. Total costs for taxis during 2012-13 will not be available until later this year.

As set out in the Ministerial Code Ministers must ensure that they always make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements and all Ministers are encouraged to walk or use public transport wherever practicable.

During 2010-11 a saving of 56% on the GCS costs for 2009-10 was achieved despite the continuation of contractual requirements for half of the year. Savings continued during 2011-12 resulting in a saving of 89% on the 2009-10 costs.

BIS has substantially reduced the number of allocated cars that it uses from the Government Car Service, from seven to one when a new car service was introduced mid 2010.

UK Intellectual Property Office

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment has

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been made of the impact of the lack of pay progression in the Intellectual Property Office on the gender pay gap. [142702]

Jo Swinson: The Intellectual Property Office reviews its pay scales, including positions within these, annually as part of its pay remit submission to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to ensuring that staff employed by the Intellectual Property Office have pay progression. [142703]

Jo Swinson: As an Executive agency the IPO must comply with civil service pay policy. The Government implemented a pay freeze for all civil servants in 2010. As part of that pay freeze a decision was taken that there would be no pay progression unless there was a contractual right for this to be paid. Careful consideration was given within the agency as to whether there was a contractual right for staff to receive annual salary increments. On the basis of the legal advice received, it was determined there was no legally binding right. It is recognised that staff have been adversely impacted by not receiving paying annual salary increments. But we are experiencing one of the most significant periods of financial restraint across the whole of the civil service at present. The challenges of reducing the national debt cannot be underestimated and civil service pay restraint is one of many measures being pursued. The IPO executive team, within the remit of the civil service pay policy, will continue to do what it can to ensure staff are fairly remunerated.

Justice

Bill of Rights

Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the need for a Bill of Rights. [142514]

Damian Green: In March 2011 the Government established an independent Commission to

“investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extend our liberties.”

The Commission reported on 18 December 2012 and the Government are giving careful consideration to the Commission's final report, which will help inform Government thinking in this area.

Coroners: Tees Valley

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Office for Judicial Complaints will conclude its investigation of Mr Michael Sheffield, Her Majesty's Coroner for Teesside. [142661]

Mrs Grant: The Office for Judicial Complaints is considering the complaints made against Her Majesty's Coroner for Teesside and will report to me and the Lord Chief Justice once it has completed the prescribed procedures as required by the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2006 (as amended).

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As the regulations provide for a number of possible outcomes, including the opportunity for the judicial office holder to request a review of any decision the Lord Chief Justice and I may make, it is not possible to confirm when the matter will be finally concluded.

Crown Prosecution Service: Stoke on Trent

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of spending reductions in the Crown Prosecution Service in Stoke-on-Trent. [142910]

The Solicitor-General: I have been asked to reply.

During the current spending review period the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) funding will decline by at least 6% per year until 2014-15. In broad terms we anticipate that each CPS area will see an equivalent reduction in spending. It is not possible to provide a specific spending reduction figure for Stoke-on-Trent as budgets and expenditure are not allocated by individual towns.

Custodial Treatment: Death

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people have died in custody since 1 April 2012. [141968]

Jeremy Wright: The latest figures, which cover the period up to September 2012, show that there have been no deaths of young people (those aged under 18) in custody since 1 April 2012.

Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which former Ministers were consulted in relation to his decision to withhold papers relating to the case of the Shrewsbury 24; and if he will make a statement. [142998]

Jeremy Wright: It is for individual Government Departments holding particular papers falling within the scope of the “security and intelligence instrument” to decide whether they wish to rely on it to retain them.

Although the Public Records Act 1958 usually requires the transfer of public records to The National Archives by the time they are 30 years old (this is currently being reduced to 20 years), it also permits the retention of records by transferring bodies in certain circumstances. Successive Lord Chancellors since 1967 have been satisfied that security and intelligence information falls within the categories information that may be retained, and have signed a “security and intelligence instrument” to approve this approach. The “security and intelligence instrument” was most recently renewed in December 2011 and applies until 31 December 2021. Before it was renewed, assurances were provided by ministers in other Government Departments and those responsible for the records of other public records bodies that this protection is necessary.

Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985

Mr Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought in each year since the passing of the Intoxicating Substances Supply Act 1985; and how many such prosecutions have been successful. [141515]

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Jeremy Wright: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and offenders found guilty at all courts for offences under the Intoxicating Substances Supply Act 1985, in England and Wales, for the period 1985 to 2011 (the latest available), can be viewed in the following table.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Intoxicating Substance Act 1985(1), England and Wales, 1985 to 2011(2,3)
 Proceeded againstFound guilty

1985

0

0

1986

6

2

1987

15

11

1988

7

4

1989

12

9

1990

7

4

1991

8

6

1992

5

3

1993

5

3

1994

7

4

1995

3

0

1996

4

2

1997

11

5

1998

4

3

1999

9

4

2001

1

0

2002

0

0

2003

2

0

2004

2

1

2005

0

0

2006

1

1

2007

2

2

2008(4)

0

0

2009

0

0

2010

5

0

2011

0

0

(1) Includes offences under S.1 of the Act, relating to "supply of intoxicating substances". (2) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

National Archives

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many files are held in the National Archives which are exempted from the 30 year rule; and how many of those files relate to (a) alleged membership of the Communist party or associated organisations, (b) uses of espionage and (c) people who are still alive.[143064]

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Jeremy Wright: The National Archives' catalogue lists over 11 million records. Of these 118,609 files more than 30 years old are currently closed to public access. Access to these records can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Titles and descriptions for closed records appear on The National Archives' online catalogue at nationalarchives.gov.uk/Discovery. These are searchable by a variety of criteria including keywords. However, to determine how many closed files relate to (a), (b) and (c), the contents of each file would need to be examined in detail. This is because files may contain information about certain subjects or individuals that is not included in their catalogue title. Therefore it would incur a disproportionate cost to provide the answer to (a), (b) and (c).

Personal Injury: Compensation

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of qualified solicitors and their staff who will be made redundant following planned changes to fixed fees for road traffic accident personal injury claims; [142230]

(2) what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of (i) the insurance industry, (ii) motoring organisations, (iii) personal injury lawyers and (iv) members of the public about proposed changes to arrangements for claims in personal injury cases in road traffic accidents. [142231]

Mrs Grant: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram) on 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 370W.

Evidence for these proposals has been gathered through engagement with both the insurance industry and claimant representatives at both ministerial and official level; a call for evidence conducted in early 2012; and further consultations on specific aspects of the planned changes the most recent of which closed on 4 January.

Probation

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the skills available and role of private security firms in the management of people with mental health problems on probation. [142543]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals to reform the way in which offenders are rehabilitated in the community, including opening up rehabilitation services to a more diverse range of providers.

Under our proposed reforms, we expect that existing probation professionals will work in the public, private and voluntary sectors. They will use their considerable skills and experience to work with all offenders including those with mental health problems and other complex needs, to reduce reoffending and protect the public. All providers in the new market will be required to sustain appropriate skills for these services. We have sought consultees' views on the best way of ensuring that professional standards are maintained and the quality of training and accreditation assured.

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The consultation closes on 22 February 2013 and we will announce further details of our proposals once we have considered responses.

Mr Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends to provide voluntary sector organisations with incentives to participate in payment by results schemes in the probation system. [142551]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals to reform the way in which offenders are rehabilitated in the community, including opening up rehabilitation services to a more diverse range of providers who will be paid by results to reduce reoffending.

As we made clear in the consultation paper, to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) providers to engage in payment by results arrangements, we will work to ensure that lead providers do not pass down disproportionate levels of financial risk to the VCS. We aim to ensure sustainable funding streams are available and will support the VCS to access social investment.

We are providing an extra £500,000 of grant funding to support VCS organisations to compete for payment by results contracts, on top of existing grants to infrastructure bodies. An initial £l50,000 has been awarded to the social enterprise 3SC, to design an action plan for preparing VCS providers to participate in payment by results contracts. The remaining funding will be available in 2013-14 to support the implementation of the action plan.

During the consultation period, we have run events aimed specifically at current and potential providers from the VCS. We will announce further details of our proposals once we have considered the responses to the consultation, which closes on 22 February 2013.

Richard III

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government will consider a site for the burial of King Richard III other than in Leicester. [142328]

Mrs Grant: It is not for the Government or Ministry of Justice to decide where the remains of Richard III will be reinterred. This is solely a matter for Leicester university who were granted a licence to exhume buried remains which could have been those of King Richard III.

Slavery

Sir Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will record which local authority areas victims of slavery were found in prior to their referral to the National Referral Mechanism. [142804]

Mr Harper: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Home Department.

Data on the location of the local authority where victims of human trafficking have been found are not routinely recorded at present. As set out in the inter-departmental ministerial group report on human trafficking, published on 18 October 2012, the Government are focusing on improving its collection of data on human trafficking victims to strengthen the UK's response to this crime.

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Solicitors Regulation Authority

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received about the effectiveness of the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and if he will make a statement. [142990]

Mrs Grant: The Solicitors Regulation Authority are an independent statutory body. The correspondence I receive is usually in relation to how they deal with professional misconduct complaints against solicitors and the time taken to deal with applications from firms seeking to become an Alternative Business Structure. Since 2012 Ministers have received a total of eight letters relating to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.