Young Offenders: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 325W, on young offenders: Greater London, what proportion of young offenders leaving custody in each London borough reoffended within 12 months from their release in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; what the total figure was for 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [143025]

Jeremy Wright: Proven re-offending rates (i.e. the proportion of offenders who re-offend) based on a small number of offenders are difficult to interpret and can lead to misleading conclusions when comparing rates of different groups. Following discussions with the UK Statistics Authority while developing the proven re-offending statistics in 2011, Ministry of Justice statisticians agreed not to produce proven re-offending rates for groups based on less than 30 offenders.

For this reason we do not produce proven re-offending rates for juveniles leaving custody in each London borough; all would be based on fewer than 30 offenders per year.

Re-offending rates for 2011-12 are not yet available. This is because we allow a one year follow up period for re-offending to occur, and a further six month waiting period for offences to be processed by the courts. Re-offending rates for the year ending March 2012 will be published in the Proven Re-offending Statistics Quarterly Bulletin in January 2014.

Home Department

Asylum

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 2W, on asylum, whether her Department plans to ensure that all data held by the UK Border Agency is held in a format compatible with national statistics protocols. [142431]

Mr Harper: To produce and publish all data held internally by the agency in accordance with the national statistics protocols would incur disproportionate cost. However, UK Border Agency officials and Home Office statisticians keep under review what information should be developed and regularly published, based on feedback from users, and available resources.

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Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, columns 151-2W, on asylum, how many cases were removed from the detained fast track process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [142432]

Mr Harper: The number of asylum seekers, excluding dependants, accepted onto the fast track process in 2010 and 2011 who were taken out of process before an initial decision was 478 and 408 respectively.

Cases may be taken out of the fast track system before the initial decision and processed in the usual way. Reasons for removal from the fast track process include: pre-decision appointments made by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture or the Helen Bamber Foundation; applicants granted bail by the courts; and cases reclassified by the courts.

Figures for 2012 will be published in the Immigration Statistics April to June 2013 release on the 29 August 2013.

Data on the detained fast track process are published in tables as.11 and as.12 (Asylum data tables Volume 4) of Immigration Statistics. The latest release Immigration Statistics release, September to July 2012, is available in the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q3-2012/

Asylum: Afghanistan

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress she has made under the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors on the establishment of (a) care centres and (b) reception centres for children in Afghanistan; where each detention centre is; who manages each such centre; whether an agreement has been signed to proceed with forced returns; and when any returns will begin; [142955]

(2) how many asylum-seeking children have been returned to reception centres in Kabul under the joint European Returns Platform for Unaccompanied Minors project to date. [142961]

Mr Harper: The Government are working with Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in progressing the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project, whose aim is to establish arrangements in Afghanistan that make it possible to safely return a limited number of unaccompanied children, who have been refused asylum, to their families or to other suitable care arrangements.

The Government will ensure these care arrangements meet standards published by the UNHCR.

No care centres or reception facilities have yet been established for children returning to Afghanistan and there is no intention to place them in detention centres. No children have yet been returned. Decisions as to whether it is appropriate to return unaccompanied children are always made on a case by case basis, taking into account the child's best interests.

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Cybercrime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition her Department uses for cybercrime. [143080]

James Brokenshire: The Government's Cyber Security Strategy made it clear that there are crimes which only exist in the digital world, in particular those that target the integrity of computer networks and online systems. However, the internet is also used to commit crimes such as theft and fraud, often on an industrial scale.

The internet has provided new opportunities for those who seek to exploit children and the vulnerable.

There is no offence of cybercrime in law. Offences involving illegal access to computer systems may be prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, but many other offences committed online would be prosecuted under legislation dealing with the substantive offence, such as fraud.

Databases: Telecommunications

Mr David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish a statement of the categories of expenditure under which costs have been incurred as part of the communications capabilities development programme since 2010; and what proportion of such expenditure was made in respect of (a) consultancy and (b) capital expenditure. [142076]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 7 February 2013]: The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 highlighted the need to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communications data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.

Since 2010 the Communications Capabilities Development programme has worked with the communications industry under the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and the EU Data Retention Directive to ensure as technology and communications services change the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the capabilities to carry out lawful interception and where authorised obtain communications data.

Of the £405 million that has been spent since May 2010 it is estimated that £55.1 million has been spent on consultancy across the full range of programme activity. A more detailed analysis of the figures cannot be provided without compromising national security.

Departmental Responsibilities

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate she has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation. [142763]

James Brokenshire: The core statutory obligations of the Home Office are set out in the Appropriation Act for each year which authorise the use of resources for each Department. The core functions listed include functions in relation to the police, emergency planning,

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crime reduction and prevention, identity management and passports, counter-terrorism and control of immigration and nationality, among others.

The costs of delivering the obligations are published in the Main Estimates and the Home Office annual report and accounts.

Dual Nationality

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens currently have dual citizenship. [142863]

Mr Harper: No statistical information is available showing whether British citizens also hold another citizenship.

Entry Clearances: Internet

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on fast track visa service appointments being offered for sale online by solicitors. [142299]

Mr Harper: The UK Border Agency is aware that a small number of representatives are failing to comply with its terms and conditions and are engaging in speculative appointment booking, or re-selling appointments. Where it is identified that this activity is taking place the facility is withdrawn from the representative involved. The UK Border Agency is currently planning changes to the appointment booking system which will mitigate this issue in future.

Fraud

Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases Action Fraud has taken up in each of the last three years. [142297]

Mr Jeremy Browne: According to the National Fraud Authority, Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, took 9,690 reports from March 2010 to January 2011, 52,636 reports from February 2011 to January 2012 and 150,415 reports from February 2012 to January 2013.

All reports are transferred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police, the national lead force on fraud, for analysis and dissemination to police forces to consider for investigation.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of fraud by members of the public to her Department's Action Fraud website resulted in a (a) criminal investigation and (b) referral from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision in 2012. [142478]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The number of criminal investigations resulting from reports to Action Fraud is not held centrally. Referrals from police forces to the Crown Prosecution Service as a result of reports from Action Fraud are not identified separately.

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Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of fraud made to Action Fraud have led to a successful prosecution in each of the last three years. [143098]

Mr Jeremy Browne: Information on prosecutions which have resulted from reports made to Action Fraud in the last three years cannot be extracted from all fraud cases.

Ibrahim Magag

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ibrahim Magag has yet been apprehended by the police. [140655]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 31 January 2013]: The abscond of Ibrahim Magag is currently subject to an ongoing police investigation. It would not be appropriate to discuss the operational details.

Immigration

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who are likely to arrive in the UK from Bulgaria and Romania following the end of transitional controls. [142602]

Mr Harper: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 183W.

We have not prepared forecasts of likely inflows from Romania and Bulgaria once restrictions are lifted. Such forecasts are unlikely to be reliable because they are dependent on too many variable factors.

In November 2011 when considering the impacts of ending transitional controls on Romanians and Bulgarians, the independent Migration Advisory Committee concluded that it would not be sensible, or helpful to policymakers, for us to attempt to put a precise range around this likely impact.

Rather than produce speculative projections, we are focusing on work across Government to cut out abuse of free movement and address pull factors, such as access to benefits and public services.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the last five years. [142496]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The information requested is not available from the police recorded crime data collected by the Home Office.

Prostitution

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incentive she gives to police forces in England and Wales to confiscate assets in raids of brothels, massage parlours and saunas; and if she will make a statement. [142856]

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Mr Jeremy Browne: The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 provides law enforcement agencies and prosecutors with powers to deprive offenders of the proceeds of their crimes. Under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme, 50% of the value of recovered assets is returned to the police and front-line agencies involved to be reinvested in activity supporting financial investigation, asset recovery and tackling serious and organised crime.

Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many brothels in each London borough have been closed as a result of police activity in the last 18 months. [142857]

Mr Jeremy Browne: This information is not held centrally.

Serious Organised Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received from people in Northern Ireland regarding activities carried out by officers acting under the auspices of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in the last three years. [142599]

Mr Jeremy Browne: The Serious Organised Crime Agency has not received any public complaints regarding its activity in Northern Ireland in the last three years.

Terrorism Act 2000

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average duration of time that section 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000 as amended in the Terrorism Act 2000 (Remedial) Order 2011 was invoked (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in each of the last two years; [141996]

(2) how many times the powers under section 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000 as amended in the Terrorism Act 2000 (Remedial) Order 2011 have been invoked (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in each year since that Order's introduction; [141997]

(3) what the average duration of time that section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has been invoked (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in each year since that Act's implementation; [141998]

(4) how many times the powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 were invoked (a) in total and (b) in each police force area in each year since that Act's implementation. [142003]

James Brokenshire [holding answer 7 February 2013]: Available information relates to the number of stops and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 from 2001-02 to 2010-11, broken down by police force area, and is given in the table.

To date, no authorisations for the use of stop and search powers under section 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been issued, therefore no searches under this power have taken place.

Data to calculate the average time for which section 44 stop and search powers were invoked are not collected centrally.

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Number of stops and searches of persons and vehicles under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, by police force area, England and Wales 2001-02 to 2010-11
Police force area and region2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Cleveland

3

7

5

23

Durham

238

5

17

Northumbria

381

6

39

24

North East region

238

3

388

16

39

64

           

Cheshire

387

320

6

1

6

5

67

16

20

Cumbria

91

190

65

Greater Manchester

36

509

858

1,755

8

185

1,165

151

26

Lancashire

155

510

Merseyside

1

664

75

4

North West region

423

984

864

1,756

6

14

1,517

1,446

240

26

           

Humberside

2

North Yorkshire

8

110

68

198

224

208

216

167

154

30

South Yorkshire

263

105

1

61

West Yorkshire

18

216

26

437

73

16

Yorkshire and the Humber

271

233

284

224

662

281

295

167

154

30

           

Derbyshire

20

Leicestershire

136

45

9

28

2

9

Lincolnshire

6

3

4

Northamptonshire

196

2

Nottinghamshire

4

2

East Midlands region

156

45

9

234

9

13

           

Staffordshire

Warwickshire

19

3

2

West Mercia

5

11

2

9

2

5

West Midlands

36

155

1

347

West Midlands region

5

36

166

3

28

5

354

           

Bedfordshire

8

31

6

6

29

68

Cambridgeshire

11

6

10

Essex

7

989

3,741

3,081

452

1,726

2,194

394

30

Hertfordshire

4

14

23

47

Norfolk

2

5

8

4

4

6

Suffolk

3

3

2

2

Eastern region

14

46

1,017

3,761

3,116

485

1,859

2,194

394

30

           

London, City of

3,495

4,644

7,276

6,986

7,056

2,238

2,691

2,594

1,390

653

Metropolitan Police

4,071

23,441

19,692

16,378

27,516

29,525

108,216

197,440

87,692

9,913

London region

7,566

28,085

26,968

23,364

34,572

31,763

110,907

200,034

89,082

10,566

           

Hampshire

12

294

713

1,763

7,094

2,565

3,481

1,950

58

Kent

257

141

13

195

59

29

66

Surrey

2

67

129

943

1,552

2,248

2,559

1,002

Sussex

1,077

351

593

2,648

910

1,743

1,403

1,281

232

Thames Valley

900

207

115

260

118

244

65

145

19

South East region

1,348

1,753

1,655

5,664

8,965

5,870

8,093

4,420

1,484

251

           

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Avon and Somerset

9

3

72

Devon and Cornwall

129

42

2

1

1

Dorset

231

17

14

94

Gloucestershire

36

898

1,356

30

4

77

Wiltshire

2

1

South West region

165

898

1,629

17

43

23

244

           

England total

10,186

32,080

32,595

35,177

47,642

38,489

123,346

208,261

91,354

10,903

           

Dyfed-Powys

2

9

Gwent

7

8

10

North Wales

3

1

34

77

158

South Wales

1,200

1,835

2,361

4,268

3,183

1,752

213

91

Wales

7

1,203

1,836

2,405

4,345

3,360

1,752

213

91

           

British Transport Police(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

17,118

798

           

England and Wales

10,186

32,087

33,798

37,013

50,047

42,834

126,706

210,013

108,685

11,792

(1) The British Transport Police did not supply data on stops and searches to the Home Office prior to 2009-10.

Defence

Defence: Procurement

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the value of each of the major projects in his Department's equipment plan 2012 has been allocated to risk funding. [142719]

Mr Dunne: I refer the hon. Member to the Equipment Plan statement given by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), on 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 53WS.

I am withholding the specific risk funding by individual project since its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests. The overall figure for risk inside costing of £8.4 billion over the years 2012-13 to 2021-22 is some 5.7% of the cost of the core programme.

Military Aid

Mr Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of each overseas training mission between UK armed forces and those of the host country. [142894]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 12 February 2013]:The Ministry of Defence currently has permanent training teams overseas as follows, with estimated costs for the last year for which costs are available shown for those funded by Her Majesty's Government:

Funded by the Conflict Pool
 £ million

Kenya

4.5

Libya

1.1

Nigeria

0.9

Sierra Leone

4.8

South Africa

1.4

Funded by the Conflict Pool and the Defence Assistance Fund
 £ million

Czech Republic

2.3

Funded by the host nation

Brunei

Jordan

Kuwait

Oman

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

UAE

Details of counter-narcotics work in Colombia, including costs, are not divulged because of the risks to the individuals concerned.

Military Decorations: Havering

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service medals have been awarded to armed forces personnel from the borough of Havering; and how this figure compares to the national average. [142485]

Mr Francois: Data for how many service medals have been awarded to armed forces personnel from specific geographical locations such as Havering are not held.

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Consequently, it is not possible to compare the figure for medals issued to those personnel from Havering to that of the national average.

Since 7 February 2012, a total of 186,850(1 )medals have been issued to serving personnel and veterans (including the Diamond Jubilee Medal).

(1) The above figure refers to campaign and official commemorative medals, and does not include honours or awards.

Staff

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. [142780]

Mr Francois: The following table details the number of civilian staff and their grade or pay band employed in the Ministry of Defence as at 1 April in each of the last five years, and at 1 January 2013.

Grade/pay band20082009201020112012January 2013

Senior civil service and equivalent

300

300

290

270

240

240

Pay Band B

2,450

2,440

2,470

2,430

2,210

2,210

Pay Band C

16,540

16,800

16,630

16,680

15,170

14,490

Pay Band D

10,990

10,580

10,440

9,930

8,890

8,380

Pay Band E

23,490

22,800

22,440

20,870

17,370

15,460

Other non-industrial

940

110

300

10

40

40

Industrial

12,060

11,100

11,010

10,580

8,600

7,840

Trading funds

9,210

9,630

9,730

9,350

7,110

7,210

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2,270

2,300

2,330

2,360

2,000

1,940

Locally engaged civilians

11,240

10,550

10,200

10,580

9,390

8,350

Overall total civilian level

89,500

86,620

85,850

83,060

71,010

66,170

Source: DASA (Civilian)

The numbers above are on a full-time equivalent basis.

The senior civil service (SCS) numbers includes those outside the SCS, who are of equivalent grade, primarily senior medical specialists.

Other non industrials include industrial personnel on temporary promotion to non-industrial grades and personnel for whom no grade information is available.

Where rounding has been used, totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not equal the sums of their rounded parts.

When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

The above information is available from the DASA Quarterly Civilian Personnel Report which can be found at:

www.dasa.mod.uk

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Warships

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the comparative costs of building, during the gap between completion of the future aircraft carriers and the beginning of the construction of the planned Type 26 frigates, (a) no warships, (b) one offshore patrol vessel (OPV), (c) two OPVs and (d) three OPVs; and if he will make a statement. [142149]

Mr Dunne [holding answer 11 February 2012]:The Terms of Business Agreement (TOBA) is the vehicle agreed by the last Administration for the Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems to address any potential workload gap between the drawdown of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme and the start of build work on the planned Type 26 Global Combat Ship. TOBA discussions with BAE Systems are ongoing.

Education

Children in Care: Missing Persons

Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many children placed in care ran away or went missing from local authority care in each of the last three years; [140823]

(2) how many child victims of human trafficking ran away or went missing from local authority care in each of the last three years. [140824]

Mr Timpson: Data on the number of children who go missing from their care placements for more than 24 hours are collected by the Department for Education and shown in the table. While these figures will include some children who may have been trafficked, it is not possible to disaggregate the number of trafficked or potentially trafficked children.

There are however significant differences between the data collected by DFE and the police on children who go missing from care. We want better, consistent data, and more importantly, better practice to keep these young people safe. An expert group on data has been looking at this issue. We will begin piloting a new data collection in the next few months. This will, for the first time, collect information on all children who go missing from their placement, not just those missing for 24 hours, enabling better analysis and more effective practice to safeguard these young people.

Local authorities have an overall statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes preventing and mitigating the risk of them going missing from care. Local authorities work in close co-operation with the police and the UK Border Agency to support, and provide protection for, potentially trafficked children. Our forthcoming revised statutory guidance on children who go missing from home or care will include advice on how to safeguard trafficked children. We have also asked the Refugee Council and The Children's Society to carry out a review of the practical care arrangements for children in care who may have been trafficked.

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Looked after children who were missing from their agreed placement, years ending 31 March 2010-12, Coverage: England
 Children looked after who went missing during the year (number)

2010

820

2011

950

2012

1,510

Source: SSDA903

Schools: Cricket

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of cricket in schools. [141293]

Mr Timpson: The Government are keen to put competitive sport, including cricket, at the heart of school life and this is reflected in our new curriculum for PE. Schools will be expected to provide competitive sport for their pupils and are free to choose cricket—among other sports—to fulfil that requirement.

In addition, the Government's Youth Sport Strategy, launched in January 2012, is providing £1 billion of funding over the five years 2012-13 to 2016-17 to help to ensure that young people are regularly playing sport, including cricket.

The Government are currently designing a strategy to maintain the momentum of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will make an announcement shortly.

Communities and Local Government

Housing: Taxation

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations he has received on the effect of the (a) affordable housing levy and (b) community interest levy on small family building businesses and single propriertor architects; [143127]

(2) how many representations he has received on the effect of the (a) affordable housing levy and (b) community interest levy on self-build. [143128]

Nick Boles: We receive and consider correspondence on many aspects of planning policy and that includes those dealing with the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 agreements in relation to smaller developments.

As outlined in my answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 583W, the Community Infrastructure Levy was a measure introduced under the last Administration, although the Government continue to listen to issues raised by those charging and paying it and has already reformed how it operates.

We have regular discussions with representatives of the property industry about the Levy and want to ensure that it operates in a way that is both fair to developers and beneficial to economic growth.

We are currently reviewing what further steps can be taken to ensure that self-build and genuine small-scale development is not adversely affected by the introduction of the Levy.

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We are taking forward reforms in respect of Section 106 agreements, to help renegotiate economically unrealistic affordable housing requirements, and to deliver more housing and more affordable housing than would otherwise be the case.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations he has received supporting the use of the affordable housing levy to tax single self-build properties. [143129]

Nick Boles: We receive and consider correspondence on many aspects of planning policy and that includes those dealing with the affordable housing requirements in Section 106 obligations.

As outlined in my answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 583W, the Community Infrastructure Levy was a measure introduced under the last Administration, although we are taking a series of steps to improve and reform it, including the potential impact on self-build.

We are taking forward reforms in respect of Section 106 agreements, to help renegotiate economically unrealistic affordable housing requirements, and to deliver more housing and more affordable housing than would otherwise be the case.

Motor Sports

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had on the development of an international motor sport circuit near to the Brecon Beacons National Park; and what information his Department has received on such plans. [143124]

Nick Boles: This is a devolved matter. The Department for Communities and Local Government has not received any representations on this subject.

Women and Equalities

Equality

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will assess the influence of tolerance towards minorities and overall levels of well-being in society. [142462]

Mrs Grant: The Office for National Statistics is making progress in analysing well-being data while the cross-Government Social Impacts Task Force is sharing well-being research and practice across Whitehall.

It is not yet possible to analyse the influence of tolerance towards minorities on overall levels of well-being in society, but this is something that may be possible in the future as well-being is added to new policy surveys.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the long-term trends in tolerance towards (a) gay and lesbian, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) disabled and (d) religious minorities. [142463]

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Mrs Grant: No assessment exists at present of long term trends in tolerance towards the specific groups listed in the question; however, the Government Equalities Office has analysed the available data on changes in attitudes towards equality more generally. This work can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/research/changing-attitudes

Additionally, Chapter 3 of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's first triennial review, "How Fair is Britain" considers this issue in relation to some of the groups listed and can be found at:

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http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/key-projects/how-fair-is-britain/full-report-and-evidence-downloads/

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what regulations the Government and Equalities Office have repealed in the last six months; and what has been the anticipated cost savings of each such repeal. [141586]

Mrs Grant: The Government Equalities Office has not repealed any regulations in the last six months.