Employment

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of employment rates of (a) those with mental health problems, (b) those with learning disabilities, (c) former offenders and (d) the homeless; and what contribution social firms can make to improve them. [146815]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what assessment has been made of employment rates of (a) those with mental health problems, (b) those with learning disabilities, (c) former offenders and (d) the homeless; and what contribution social firms can make to improve them. 146815

Estimates of employment are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). For the period October to December 2012 it was estimated that the employment rate for people aged 16 to 64 reporting a mental health problem was 20 per cent. For those reporting a severe learning difficulty it is estimated to be 33 per cent. The LFS does not collect information on former offenders and the homeless. Please note that the LFS does not sample people living in communal establishments such as hospitals or nursing homes.

The total employment rate for the UK is 71.5%. Further information can be found on the ONS website, here

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/february-2013/statistical-bulletin.html

The ONS cannot comment on the contribution of social firms to the improvement of the labour market situation of the specified groups, as this is a matter of policy.

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

ICT

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) iPads and (b) iPhones have been purchased by his Department since May 2010. [146332]

Mr Hurd: This Government are determined to provide staff with technology that allows them to do their job effectively and efficiently. That is why we are working to reform Government ICT and unwind expensive legacy contracts. Since May 2010 we have made huge savings from ICT. Government saved over £400 million from ICT in the first half of this year, in addition to £354 million in 2011-12 and £300 million between June 2010 and March 2011. This has contributed to the over £12 billion savings that this Government have made, which includes slicing out the unnecessary spend we inherited in May 2010. These are savings which could easily have been initiated prior to May 2010.

As was the case under the previous administration, staff can be provided with a smart phone when there is an appropriate business need. Besides blackberry devices, some 268 iPhones and 18 iPads have been provided as at 1 March 2013.

Older Workers: Kingston Upon Hull

Diana Johnson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 years old in the working population in Hull in each of the last five years. [146671]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what recent estimate has been made of the number of people aged over 65 in the working population in Hull in each of the last five years. (146671)

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of working populations for the requested age band, and geography are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative we have provided estimates for the number of people aged over 65 in the working population in the Local Enterprise Partnership of Humber, which includes the City of Kingston Upon Hull Unitary Authority, for the latest period and the previous four years. The working population has been defined as those people who are employed or currently seeking work according to their responses to interviews held during the 12 month period October 2011 to September 2012, the latest available period, and the 12 month period ending in September for 2008 to 2011 from the APS.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Number of people aged 65 and over in the working population(1) in Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
12 months ending:Thousand

September 2008

8

September 2009

8

September 2010

10

September 2011

10

September 2012(2)

***10

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

Public Appointments

Steve McCabe: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what code is used to regulate the behaviour of Government-appointed Tsars; [144766]

(2) which Government Tsars have been appointed since May 2010; and on which Government projects each such Tsar has assisted. [144767]

Mr Maude: As was the practice under previous Administrations, the Government values receiving advice from a wide range of sources including by appointing unpaid policy experts. Although a central list of appointments by this or previous Administrations is not maintained, details of the most recent appointments can be found on the No. 10 or departmental websites.

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Public Consultation

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the publication in full of summaries of responses to Government consultations; whether he intends the publication of these responses, in full, to be made compulsory on all Departments; and if he will make a statement. [146554]

Mr Letwin: Government policy on consultations is outlined in the Consultation Principles. These do not currently consider how departments should publish consultation responses. We are conducting a review of the operation of the Consultation Principles this summer. As part of the review, we will consider whether the guidance should cover the publication of responses.

Departments report the findings and responses to consultations as a matter of course and decide how best to do this in each individual case.

Third Sector

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what role he envisages for social firms in the Big Society. [146816]

Mr Hurd: Social firms can help create a bigger society in various ways.

They empower people to play a greater role in society by creating jobs, they contribute to the growth of local economies, and they enable people to come together to improve the well being of communities. This Government are committed to supporting social firms and social enterprises to grow through initiatives such as Big Society Capital, the Investment and Contract Readiness Programme and strategic funding for Social Firms UK.

Unemployment: Wolverhampton

Mr McFadden: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency have been unemployed for over 12 months; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010; [146795]

(2) how many young people aged 18 to 24-years-old have been unemployed for over 12 months in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010; [146796]

(3) how many young people aged 18 to 24-years-old are unemployed in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010; [146797]

(4) how many people are unemployed in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010. [146798]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking:

(1) How many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency have been unemployed for over 12 months; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010 (146795);

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(2) How many young people aged 18 to 24 have been unemployed for over 12 months in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010 (146796);

(3) How many young people aged 18 to 24 are unemployed in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010 (146797);

(4) How many people are unemployed in Wolverhampton South East constituency; and what the equivalent figure was in May 2010 (146798);

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS), following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. Estimates from the APS show that the unemployment level in Wolverhampton South East for October 2011 to September 2012 and June 2009 to July 2010, the period closest to May 2010, was 6,000 for both periods. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested duration and age bands in Wolverhampton South East are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative, we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in Wolverhampton South East constituency for the requested ages and durations. The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.

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

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Number of people(1) claiming jobseeker's allowance in Wolverhampton South East constituency
 All peopleAged 18 to 24

May 2010

4,285

1,230

January 2013

4,775

1,380

(1) Computerised claims only. These currently account for approximately 99.7% of all claims. Note: Data rounded to nearest 5. Source: Jobcentre Plus Administrative System

Education

Academies Capital Maintenance Fund

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money will be made available in the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund in 2013-14; and when applicants to the Fund will be told if they have been successful. [138892]

Mr Laws: The Secretary of State for Education announced on 1 March 2013 that the annual allocation for the 2013-14 Academies Capital Maintenance Fund is £392 million.

We expect to notify academies of the outcome of their applications to the initial round of the 2013-14 Academies Capital Maintenance Fund in April.

Schools: Armed Forces

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the military ethos programme to (a) students enrolled on the programme and (b) the armed services. [144037]

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Mr Laws: The potential benefits of the military ethos programme are: (a) for students enrolled on the programme, that core values, such as self-discipline and teamwork help students to reach their academic potential and become well-rounded and accomplished adults fully prepared for life beyond school; and (b) for the armed services, the positive effects of utilising their skills and expertise in an educational context.

Some of the supporting evidence was included in the press notice of 7 December 2012 announcing the military ethos in schools grants:

http://tinyurl.com/ahv3r5u

The documents used in the formulation of this programme are as follows:

1. Blond, P., Kaszynska, P., Military Academies: Tackling disadvantage improving ethos and changing outcome. Respublica.

2. Burkard, T. (2008) Troops to Teachers: A successful programme from America for our inner city schools. London: Centre for Policy Studies. Available free of charge at:

http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/111027170546-20080214PublicServicesTroopsToTeachers.pdf

3. Burki, A., and T. Burkard. (2011) Something can be done: Troops in our schools will do more than troops on our streets. London: Centre for Policy Studies. Available free of charge at:

http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/120123155449-Somethingcanbedone.pdf

4. Feistritzer, C. E (2005) Profile of the Troops to Teachers Programme. Washington: National Centre for Education Information. Available free of charge at:

http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Sub%20Pages/Order_Materials/Docs/TTT_0004.pdf

5. Greatbatch, D., Tolley. H., Gibbons, C. Mallia, C., (2007), Evaluation of Skill Force: 2006-2007. Nottingham: University of Nottingham. Available free of charge at:

http://www.skillforce.org/sites/default/files/University%20of%20Nottingham%20-SkillForce%20Report.pdf

6. Institute of Education (2005) Skill Force Evaluation. London: University of London,

Available free of charge at:

http://www.skillforce.org/who-we-are/our-story accessed 19/04/11

7. Moon, G., Twigg, L., Horwood. J., (2010), The Societal Impact of Cadet Forces, Available free of charge at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/cadetforces/a00210928/a-study-on-the-benefits-of-cadets

8. Owings, W.A. (2006) Teacher Quality and Troops to Teachers: A National Study with Implications for Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Available priced $25.00 at:

http://bul.sagepub.com/content/90/2/102.full.pdf+html

The Department also used the following document which is unavailable in the public domain: Burton, R, and Jacobs. J, (2011) Comparative Study of Critical K-12 Teaching Skills between Florida based Military Instructors and Experienced Classroom Teachers.

Schools: Playing Fields

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the reason was for the time taken for his Department to provide the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on schools: playing fields, tabled on 12 October 2012 for named day answer on 17 October 2012. [146779]

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Mr Laws: The Department has been having ongoing technical difficulties in tracking the parliamentary questions submitted. Parliamentary question number 122765 was one of those not correctly tracked. I apologise for the unacceptable delay in providing an answer. Action is now being taken to ensure such delays do not occur again.

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what input special advisers in his Department had in preparing the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on schools: playing fields. [146780]

Mr Laws: Ministerial advisers are asked by Ministers to check the draft answers to all parliamentary questions.

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date the draft answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on schools: playing fields, was submitted to a Minister for approval. [146781]

Mr Laws: Parliamentary question number 122765 was submitted for ministerial approval on 27 February 2013.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Beef Products

11. Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on securing a Europe-wide response to the problem of adulterated beef products. [146586]

Mr Heath: This is a Europe-wide problem and I spoke to key Ministers from affected member states, resulting in an emergency meeting with the Commissioner in Brussels. We agreed five points for action, the most important of which is Europe-wide DNA testing. At EU Agriculture Council on 25 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs urged all member states to share information rapidly in support of a coordinated response and where appropriate criminal investigations.


Horsemeat

13. Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the length of time that horsemeat has been in the UK food chain illegally. [146588]

Mr Heath: Until such time as ongoing investigations are completed and the origin of fraudulent activity is confirmed, the Department cannot make an estimate of the length of time that horsemeat has been in the UK food chain. Since this issue first came to light, action has focussed on uncovering the scale of the problem, securing action at a European level and tracking down those who have caused this situation in order to bring them to justice. A number of investigations are ongoing.

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Waste Infrastructure Credits

14. Graham Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessments were undertaken by his Department before withdrawing the provisional allocation of waste infrastructure credits for three projects, including the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership. [146589]

Richard Benyon: As part of monitoring progress towards meeting EU landfill directive targets, we assessed the amount of residual waste treatment infrastructure we estimate—on reasonable assumptions—is required to meet our obligation to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill.

As a result, we withdrew the provisional allocation of waste infrastructure credits to the three remaining local authority-led projects in procurement.

DEFRA's website

www.defra.gov.uk

has details of the analysis that informed our decision.

Flood Insurance

16. Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on flood insurance. [146592]

18. David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on flood insurance. [146594]

Richard Benyon: The availability and affordability of insurance in flood risk areas is an important issue for this Government. Constructive negotiations continue with the insurance industry, at the highest levels of Government, on a range of approaches that could succeed the current Statement of Principles.

The Government are on course to spend £2.3 billion on reducing the risk from flooding and coastal erosion and deliver better protection to 165,000 households over the four years to March 2015.

Bottles: Recycling

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he last met representatives of the bottling industry to discuss the Statutory Packaging Recycling Targets 2013 to 2017: [146747]

(2) what recent representations he has received from the bottling industry on the statutory packaging recycling targets established for the period 2013 to 2017. [146788]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA officials have met representatives of the glass bottling industry and individual bottling businesses to discuss the statutory packaging

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recycling targets for 2013 to 2017 on four occasions since November 2012. The most recent meeting was held on 29 January this year.

Since the decision on higher packaging recovery and recycling targets for 2013 to 2017 was announced in the Budget in March 2012, the Department has received a number of letters and other correspondence from the glass bottling industry regarding the statutory targets.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the boundaries are of the reserve pilot area for the proposed badger cull. [146038]

Mr Heath: We recognise that people wish to know the boundaries of the reserve pilot area. There is, however, a risk that publishing specific details of the location could increase the level of any unlawful activity aimed at disrupting the cull.

As part of the licensing process there will be an opportunity for those living within or close to the cull area to raise any concerns they may have. Details will be published on the Natural England website. A broad description of the area will be made available which balances the need for transparency with the need to protect the safety of those living and working within the application area, as well as those who will undertake the licensed operation.

Dangerous Dogs

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 15WS, on irresponsible dog ownership, whether the Government plan to bring forward in this parliamentary Session an amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to allow for the prosecution of attacks that take place on private property. [142890]

Mr Heath [holding answer 12 February 2013]: The earliest that such an amendment could be introduced into Parliament is the Third Session beginning this spring.

Food: Origin Marking

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average cost to a UK food producer group of obtaining European Protected Foods status. [146382]

Mr Heath: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made no such estimate. Little meaningful information would, in any case, be conveyed by making one, since producer groups differ enormously in size and the costs of preparing protected food names applications vary correspondingly. It should, however, be noted that in contrast to some EU member states, the United Kingdom Government do not charge any fee for the work involved in submitting protected food names applications.

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Glass: Recycling

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of meeting the 63% recycling target for glass melt in 2013. [146676]

Richard Benyon: The remelt target for glass recycling in effect freezes the proportion of glass which can be sent to non-remelt applications at 2009 levels—approximately 37%. The Environment Agency has estimated that the proportion of glass sent to remelt applications in 2012 was approximately 60%.

The packaging recovery note (PRN) system, established by the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended), will enable the remelt target for 2013 to be met. It provides a mechanism by which additional funding is generated to support the collection and recycling of packaging waste materials. Following the introduction of the remelt target, more PRN revenue will be directed to glass remelt facilities which they are expected to invest in increasing capacity for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of glass for remelt. This could take the form of increased support for waste collectors, including local authorities, to collect more glass in a manner which facilitates remelt.

Horsemeat

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Food Standards Agency informed the Secretary of State of the names of the UK companies suspected of horse meat fraud. [143661]

Mr Heath: Investigations into the adulteration of processed beef products with horsemeat are ongoing. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced on 12 February that action had been taken at Farmbox and Peter Boddy, and DEFRA Ministers were informed that the FSA would be entering two premises as part of their investigation on that same morning. While the FSA and police are pursuing other lines of inquiry, it would be inappropriate to discuss details at this stage at the risk of jeopardising the FSA's ability to take enforcement action.

Horses: Animal Welfare

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of horses in the UK that are at risk of being abandoned or fly-grazed; and what discussions he has had with horse welfare organisations about their humane disposal. [145335]

Mr Heath: The UK population of horses is estimated by the British Equestrian Trade Association's National Equestrian Survey 2011 to be just below 1 million. DEFRA has made no estimate of the number at risk of being abandoned or fly-grazed, but evidence from the animal welfare charities and the British Horse Society suggest that the risk is on the increase. Their recent report “Left on the Verge” estimates that some 6,000 horses are at risk of abandonment and fly grazing. Ministers have discussed the report with the welfare organisations concerned and with the All Party

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Parliamentary Group for the Horse. Steps can be taken by landowners and others to tackle the issue and controls are in place to help them do so including using the anti social behaviour legislation. Largely the problem is one of tackling irresponsible owners and breeders. We are discussing with the Home Office what further measures could be considered.

Livestock: Transport

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the welfare of animals during transport. [143108]

Mr Heath: The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is responsible for implementation of the EU rules on the protection of animals during transport (Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005). It carries out non-discriminatory, risk based, inspections of animals, means of transport and accompanying documentation, as required by this legislation.

Following events at Ramsgate port on 12 September 2012, I asked AHVLA to review the risk basis for its inspections and as a result it is currently undertaking 100% supervised loadings of the vehicles at the point of departure.

Reptiles: Imports

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many CITES and non-CITES listed reptiles as recorded under TRACES have been imported to the UK from within Europe in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [144701]

Richard Benyon: The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) database does not distinguish between species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and species not so listed. It is therefore not possible to make that distinction.

No veterinary certification is required for live reptiles imported from other EU member states. Member states are therefore not obliged to record these consignments on TRACES. However, the information held on the numbers of reptiles imported into the UK from within the EU according to the TRACES database is shown in the following table.

The use of TRACES did not become obligatory until 1 January 2005. Therefore we are unable to provide data from TRACES prior to this date.

Live reptiles imported into the UK from other EU member states (according to TRACES, 26 February 2013)
 Number

2005

2,007

2006

1,470

2007

520

2008

1,804

2009

2,032

2010

1,255

2011

17,889

2012

8,381

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Water Companies

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings he has had with water suppliers since taking up his post. [145991]

Richard Benyon: As the Minister responsible for the water sector I have regular contact with water industry leaders, regulators and investors at industry events and meetings.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts and Culture

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much arts and culture funding was provided by (a) the Government, (b) local authorities and (c) via philanthropic giving, in (i) the UK and (ii) each region of England, in each year since 2009-10; and what estimate she has made of such figures in each year up to 2014-15. [146527]

Mr Vaizey: In relation to arts and culture funding provided by the Department to our arm's length bodies I refer to the right hon. and learned Lady to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, columns 318-20W on arts. However, we are unable to provide a regional breakdown without incurring a disproportionate cost.

My Department does not collate such figures. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government does collate and publish data on local authority outturn and budgeted spending and financing.

In relation to philanthropy the figures for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are as follows, but no estimate has been made for future years.

2009-10

Total for the UK (including business investment, individual giving and trusts and foundations) = £657,068,757.

Regional breakdownPrivate investment (£)

East

13,563,152

London

448,056,662

Midlands

20,098,531

North East

13,934,487

North West

20,611,568

South East

32,858,162

Southwest

22,158,397

Yorkshire

18,407,564

2010-11

Total for the UK (including business investment, individual giving and trusts and foundations) = £685,631,362.

Regional breakdownPrivate investment (£)

East

13,960,326

London

488,353,930

Midlands

18,591,364

North East England

12,088,167

North West England

21,130,325

South East England

28,406,269

South West England

14,996,240

Yorkshire and Humber

16,182,777

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Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information her Department holds on local government spending on arts and culture in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and how much such expenditure is expected to be in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. [146391]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 5 March 2013]:My Department does not collate such figures. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government does collate and publish data on local authority outturn and budgeted spending and financing.

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 543W, on arts and cultural services, which (a) local authority council leaders and (b) local authority cabinet members for arts and cultural services she has met. [146402]

Mr Vaizey: The Department publishes details of all ministerial meetings with external organisations, since May 2010, on its transparency website at the following link:

ixhttp://www.transparency.culture.gov.uk/category/other/meetings/

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the potential effects of reduced funding for local government on arts and culture budgets. [146434]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 5 March 2013]:Ministers within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regularly meet colleagues from the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss a range of matters. As the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, I am also addressing the Local Government Association's annual culture, tourism and sport conference on 7 March 2013 on growth and the economy.

Broadband

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 704W, on Broadband Delivery UK, how the digital dividend broadband funds which the BBC Trust agreed in August 2012 to pay to her Department from April 2015 will be administered in the absence of Broadband UK. [139706]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 28 February 2013]: There has been no change to the position pursuant to the answer given on 4 December 2012 and to date, no decision made on spending on broadband beyond April 2015.

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the intent to give state aid to the super-connected cities programme was notified to the European Commission. [146831]

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Mr Vaizey: A discussion paper on a state aid umbrella for the super-connected cities programme was submitted to the European Commission on 10 December 2012. This followed a meeting I had with Joaquin Almunia, the European Commissioner for Competition, on 8 November last year to discuss the programme and to inform him of our intention to apply for state aid approval.

Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the final cost to the public purse was of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into culture, practice and ethics of the press. [146264]

Mr Vaizey: The total cost for Leveson's nine month long inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has yet to be finalised. Details of final total expenditure will be published in due course.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions (a) she and (b) the Minister for Culture have visited Newcastle upon Tyne since May 2010. [146334]

Mr Vaizey: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has not visited Newcastle upon Tyne since her appointment in September 2012, and I have not visited since May 2010. The former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport visited Newcastle upon Tyne on departmental business in August 2011. Every consideration will be given to Ministers visiting the area again in the future.

Rugby: Females

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent supporting women's rugby in each of the last five years. [146660]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England have invested the following in support of women's rugby in the last five years:

 £

2008-09

1,536,667

2009-10

2,062,375

2010-11

2,090,375

2011-12

2,090,375

2012-13

2,018,375

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to support the English national women's rugby union team in advance of the rugby world cup. [146661]

Hugh Robertson: Sport England is investing £375,000 in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 specifically to support women's elite rugby. This is in addition to the £4 million investment as part of Sport England's Whole Sport Plan funding which the RFU will invest into the talent system for women's rugby over the period 2013-17.

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Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will encourage Premiership rugby union clubs to support a women's side. [146663]

Hugh Robertson: The RFU is investing £2,075,000, specifically on attracting more girls and young women to rugby. Funding will be used for targeted work with rugby clubs to support their efforts to develop more women's and girls' teams.

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to encourage the broadcast media's coverage of women's rugby. [146664]

Mr Vaizey: Government is committed to encouraging more coverage of women's sport on television, radio and in the press. To that end, the Secretary of State wrote to all major broadcasters at the end of last year, asking for ideas on how they might show more women's sport. In January, she brought together broadcasters, journalists, and women leaders in sport to debate what we can do to increase coverage of all our sporting achievements by male and female athletes. Building on that, the Department is holding a series of workshops focused on:

(1) Sharing best practice on how women's sports can position themselves to attract greater media coverage;

(2) Engaging teenage and women's magazines to increase their sports coverage;

(3) Developing commercial and media partnerships with women's sports.

Sports: Females

Mr Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department is taking to encourage girls to participate in (a) sport and (b) women's rugby. [146662]

Hugh Robertson: As part of the Youth and Community Sport Strategy, Sport England will work with the national governing bodies of sport to establish a number of “girls only” satellite community sports clubs. They are also investing £1.7 million in the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), as a national partner for 2013-14 to work with sports on increasing participation among women.

A further £10 million is being invested through the Active Women fund, a lottery programme that aims to get women living in deprived areas and women with children under the age of 16 into sport.

The RFU is investing £2,075,000, specifically on attracting more girls and young women to rugby by increasing coaching provision and developing women's teams within clubs.

Tourism

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methodology her Department uses to measure the effect of its support of the tourist economy in England. [146787]

Hugh Robertson: The Department uses the ONS Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) framework and methodology to estimate the support of the tourist economy in the UK. This is based on international best practice.

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The UK Tourism Satellite Account (UK-TSA) provides information about the demand for goods and services associated with the activity of tourists and the relationship of this demand to the supply of such goods and services within the UK economy.

The UK-TSA sets out the contributions that tourism makes to the economy of the UK as a whole and to individual “tourism industries” in particular. Such industries invariably serve tourists and non-tourists alike and the UK-TSA includes a series of “tourism ratios” which estimate the proportions of products supplied in the UK that are consumed by tourists.

Health

Cardiovascular System: Diseases

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to publish the cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy; and if he will make a statement. [146210]

Anna Soubry: The cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy was published on 5 March 2013. A copy of the strategy has already been placed in the Library.

Care Quality Commission

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring his Department undertakes of Care Quality Commission inspection arrangements. [146336]

Norman Lamb: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care providers in England. The Department monitors the CQC financial and operational performance and risks at both a general and strategic level through regular formal accountability meetings. The Department does not assess CQC's inspection or monitoring arrangements of specific health and adult social care providers.

The CQC is responsible for assessing and ensuring the quality of its inspection and monitoring of specific providers on a day to day basis. The CQC publish reports following its inspections on its website. The CQC's annual accounts and annual report are laid before Parliament and it is publicly accountable through parliamentary scrutiny, including Select Committees.

The CQC advises the Department at the start of each financial year, as part of its business plan, how many inspections it has scheduled to carry out over the forthcoming financial year. The CQC also publishes an overall assessment of the inspections it has carried out during the previous year in the State of Care Report. The last report was published on 22 November 2012.

As at 27 February, the CQC advise that the number of inspections expected to be completed by the end of March 2013 will be 28,542. This number may change if, for example, locations are deregistered.

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Care Quality Commission inspectors are employed per head of population in each health commissioning group area of England. [146337]

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Norman Lamb: The information is not available in the format requested.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has provided the following information. The CQC does not hold population census data with which to compare inspector numbers. The following table contains the total numbers of compliance inspectors per region as at 1 March 2013.

RegionNumber of compliance inspectors

Central East

136

Central West

148

London

124

North East

136

North West

124

South Central

89

South East

113

South West

96

  

Grand total

966

Mr Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued guidance on the number of Care Quality Commission inspectors there should be in each area of England. [146342]

Norman Lamb: The Department has not issued any guidance to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the number of inspectors there should be in each area of England. The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care providers in England. It is for the CQC to determine the appropriate number of inspectors it requires in order to carry out its functions efficiently and effectively.

Dementia

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the independent evaluation of dementia adviser and peer support services. [145967]

Norman Lamb: The independent evaluation of dementia adviser and peer support network services will be published shortly.

Fertility

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts on access to NHS fertility treatment by people whose partners already have children through previous relationships; [146616]

(2) what his Department's policy is on access to NHS fertility treatment by people whose partners already have children through previous relationships; and if he will make a statement; [146617]

(3) what representations he has received on access to NHS fertility treatment by people whose partners already have children through previous relationships. [146618]

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on the provision of IVF treatment for couples where one partner has children from a previous relationship; [146744]

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(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups adopt fair access criteria for in-vitro fertilisation treatment in accordance with recent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on fertility. [146778]

Anna Soubry: The level of provision of health services, including fertility treatment, is a matter for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) from 1 April 2013, taking account of the needs of all their population. CCGs will be held to account by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB), who have issued to CCGs a factsheet about commissioning fertility services. This sets out how CCGs should approach commissioning fertility services and take account of the revised National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Fertility Guidelines. The factsheet can be found at:

www.commissioningboard.nhs.uk/files/2013/02/fertility-facts.pdf

The Department has funded Infertility Network UK (INUK), the leading infertility patient support group, to produce advice for NHS commissioners in England about standardising eligibility criteria for fertility services, This is signposted in the fertility factsheet that the NHSCB recently issued to CCGs. INUK's advice is:

“PCTs (primary care trusts, now CCGs) should move towards a position where funding is available for those who do not have a living child, including couples where one partner is childless. As investment in fertility services increases, funding may be available for IVF where both partners have a child/children from a previous relationship, but not from the current relationship. In all considerations of parental status, there should be an explicit statement that children adopted by either partner should have the same status as biological children”.

The Department has received some correspondence about this issue.

Health

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the results of the Department's £1 million independent evaluation of the Public Health Responsibility Deal will be published. [146680]

Dr Poulter: The Public Health Responsibility Deal evaluation comprises two parts—the scoping study and the main evaluation. The scoping study findings have been submitted for publication in two peer-reviewed journals: a review of voluntary agreements is in press and will be published shortly. The main evaluation is in the process of being commissioned to run over three years. The publication schedule has not yet been determined.

Hospital Beds: Greater London

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current provision of hospital beds is at (a) University College, (b) the Royal Free, (c) the Whittington and (d) North Middlesex hospitals; what the comparative figures were for each of the last five years; and what he envisages the provision to be by the end of 2013-14. [146436]

Anna Soubry: The information is not available in the format requested. Information on hospital bed availability at the trusts responsible for each of the specified hospitals during each of the last five years is shown in the

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following tables. It is the responsibility of individual trusts, working with local NHS commissioners, to ensure

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that the availability of hospital beds is appropriate to meet demand.

Average daily number of available beds open overnight by sector, selected NHS organisations, Q1 2010-11 to Q3 2012-13
 PeriodCodeOrganisation nameTotalGeneralandAcuteMentalillnessLearningdisabilitiesMaternity

2012-13

December

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

520

483

6

31

2012-13

September

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

515

478

6

31

2012-13

June

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

512

479

6

27

2011-12

March

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

628

591

1

36

2011-12

December

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

614

577

1

36

2011-12

September

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

607

581

1

25

2011-12

June

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

640

603

1

36

2010-11

March

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

647

609

1

37

2010-11

December

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

637

600

2

36

2010-11

September

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

636

597

3

36

2010-11

June

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

639

598

1

39

         

2012-13

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

350

321

29

2012-13

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

342

313

29

2012-13

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

338

309

29

2011-12

March

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

358

329

29

2011-12

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

352

323

29

2011-12

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

331

302

29

2011-12

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

376

347

29

2010-11

March

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

379

350

29

2010-11

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

390

361

29

2010-11

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

378

349

29

2010-11

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

377

348

29

         

2012-13

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

320

262

12

46

2012-13

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

313

254

12

46

2012-13

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

316

257

12

47

2011-13

March

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

334

280

12

43

2011-12

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

337

283

12

43

2011-12

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

316

275

42

2011-12

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

366

305

12

49

2010-11

March

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

319

276

43

2010-11

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

307

265

42

2010-11

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

327

284

43

2010-11

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

332

291

40

         

2012-13

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

851

799

12

40

2012-13

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

843

791

12

40

2012-13

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

844

791

12

40

2011-12

March

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

844

792

12

40

2011-12

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

844

792

12

40

2011-12

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

844

792

12

40

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2011-12

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

846

792

12

42

2010-11

March

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

864

808

12

43

2010-11

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

845

791

12

42

2010-11

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

845

791

12

42

2010-11

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

959

895

12

52

Note: The KH03 was an annual collection from all NHS organisations that have beds, both NHS Trusts and PCTs that collected the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by ward classification. From Quarter 1 2010-11 the collection was changed to a quarterly collection. The classification for bed occupancy was changed from ward type to the consultant specialty of the responsible consultant. Source: Department of Health: Unify2 data collection—KH03
Average daily number of available beds open day only by sector, selected NHS organisations, Q1 2010-11 to Q3 2012-13
 PeriodCodeOrganisation nameTotalGeneral and AcuteMental illnessLearning disabilitiesMaternity

2012-13

December

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

76

76

0

0

2012-13

September

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

77

76

1

2012-13

June

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

70

70

0

2011-12

March

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

70

70

0

2011-12

December

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

69

69

0

2011-12

September

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

69

69

0

2011-12

June

RAL

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

70

70

0

2010-11

March

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

71

71

0

2010-11

December

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

70

69

0

2010-11

September

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

70

70

0

2010-11

June

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

70

70

         

2012-13

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

21

21

2012-13

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2012-13

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2011-12

March

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2011-12

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2011-12

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2011-12

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

23

23

2010-11

March

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

21

21

2010-11

December

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

22

22

2010-11

September

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

22

22

2010-11

June

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

21

21

         

2012-13

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

43

43

2012-13

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

41

41

2012-13

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

42

42

2011-12

March

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

57

57

2011-12

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

45

45

2011-12

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

45

45

2011-12

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

45

45

2010-11

March

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

46

46

2010-11

December

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

44

44

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7 Mar 2013 : Column 1162W

2010-11

September

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

2010-11

June

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

44

44

         

2012-13

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

190

190

2012-13

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

200

200

2012-13

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

162

162

2011-12

March

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

122

122

2011-12

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

123

123

2011-12

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

123

123

2011-12

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

124

124

2010-11

March

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

124

124

2010-11

December

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

121

121

2010-11

September

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

113

113

2010-11

June

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

141

141

1

Note: The KH03 was an annual collection from all NHS organisations that have beds, both NHS Trusts and PCTs that collected the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by ward classification. From Quarter 1 2010-11 the collection was changed to a quarterly collection. The classification for bed occupancy was changed from ward type to the consultant specialty of the responsible consultant. Source: Department of Health: Unify2 data collection - KH03
Average daily number of available beds open overnight by sector, NHS organisations in England, 2008-09 and 2009-10
 CodeNameTotalGeneralandAcuteAcuteGeriatricMentalIllnessLearningdisabilityMaternity

2009-10

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

664

625

565

60

39

2008-09

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

692

638

594

44

54

          

2009-10

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

431

384

298

87

47

2008-09

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

415

368

286

83

47

          

2009-10

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

401

347

262

85

54

2008-09

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

394

335

267

68

59

          

2009-10

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

901

809

773

36

12

80

2008-09

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

866

788

754

34

11

67

Note: The KH03 was an annual collection from all NHS organisations that have beds, both NHS Trusts and PCTs that collected the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by ward classification. From Quarter 1 2010-11 the collection was changed to a quarterly collection. The classification for bed occupancy was changed from ward type to the consultant specialty of the responsible consultant. Source: Department of Health form KH03