Average daily number of available beds in wards open day only, selected NHS organisations, 2008-09 and 2009-10
 Organisation IDNameNeonates and childrenOther agesTotal

2009-10

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

20

206

226

2008-09

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

1

351

352

      

2009-10

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

6

41

46

2008-09

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

6

41

46

      

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2009-10

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

6

39

45

2008-09

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

34

34

      

2009-10

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

138

142

2008-09

RRV

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6

127

132

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

Medicine: Education

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical students at UK medical schools qualified as doctors in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many such doctors were taken on by the NHS in total in that year. [146775]

Dr Poulter: Data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show that 7,183 students graduated from United Kingdom medical schools during the year ended July 2012.

Data from the UK Foundation Programme Office show that 6,870 graduates of UK medical schools were allocated to foundation programmes commencing in August 2012. This figure represents all the eligible applicants from UK medical schools.

Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died under restraint in mental health institutions in each of the last five years; and how many such people were (a) female and (b) female and from an ethnic minority. [146218]

Norman Lamb: Information on the circumstances of the deaths of mental health patients is not held centrally.

Under the Mental Health Act 1983 (the Act) the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a duty to monitor how services in England exercise their powers and discharge their duties in relation to patients who are detained in hospital under the Act, or subject to community treatment orders or guardianship. Detaining authorities must notify the CQC of any death of a patient who is detained under the Act.

NHS: Drugs

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS drugs bill was in each of the last five years. [146221]

Norman Lamb: The requested information is detailed in the following table.

Table1: Total drugs bill expenditure, broken down by sector, for the last five years
£ million
 Primary care drugs expenditureSecondary care drugs expenditureTotal drugs expenditure

2007-08

7,663

3,274

10,937

2008-09

7,749

3,647

11,397

2009-10

7,946

3,974

11,920

2010 11

8,280

4,257

12,537

2011-12

8,251

4,482

12,733

Sources: 1. Primary care drugs expenditure taken from the Department's year-end accounts. 2. Secondary care drugs expenditure derived from NHS trusts and primary care trusts finance returns and from foundation trust year-end accounts.

NHS: Standards

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is developing on the quality of health care provision, other than hospital-standardised mortality rates and summary hospital-level mortality indicators. [146681]

Anna Soubry: The Government's information strategy sets a key ambition for an information-led culture, where all health and care professionals—and national and local bodies responsible for health and care services—take responsibility for recording, sharing and using information to improve our care.

The Department, and its arm's length bodies, is constantly developing new measures and indicators of the quality of health care provision and making as much information as possible available publicly. From 1 April 2013, we will hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for meeting the objectives set out in the mandate using the NHS Outcomes Framework. The framework was derived from Lord Darzi's three-part definition of quality and includes outcomes that relate to the effectiveness of care, the quality of the patient experience and patient safety. The framework is refreshed every year, refining existing indicators and developing new indicators. We will also implement the Friends and Family Test nationally for all acute in-patient and Accident and Emergency services to encourage services to be responsive to patient needs and experiences. The test is unique in that it provides frequent, fast feedback, which is comparable from both patients' and national health service staff perspectives. Although there is currently no aggregate ‘rating’ to summarise the performance of organisations providing health and care services, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has commissioned a review

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by the Nuffield Trust to consider whether an aggregate rating should be used and if so, how best this should be done.

We have also consolidated work initiated under the previous Government. All providers of NHS services are required to publish annual Quality Accounts alongside their financial accounts. The Department publishes a range of data on performance measures, including waiting times and the incidence of health care associated infections. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has been commissioned to produce a library of 150 to 180 quality standards to define what high quality care looks like for particular pathway of care or groups of patients. The national clinical audit programme is being expanded and outcome data for every consultant practising in 10 surgical specialties will be made publicly available. A library of assured indicators for quality measurement (Indicators for Quality Improvement) is available on the website of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Obesity

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons behind variations in the (a) treatment of obesity across the

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country and

(b)

differential rate of hospital bariatric procedures. [146233]

Anna Soubry: No assessment has been made centrally. Primary care trusts are currently responsible for commissioning weight management services to meet the needs of their population including treatment of obesity and bariatric services. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced “Guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children”, which includes bariatric services.

From April 2013 local authorities will be responsible for commissioning weight management services and the NHS Commissioning Board will directly commission specialist morbid obesity services, which should lead to more consistent provision across the country.

Organs: Donors

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were added to the organ donor register in (a) total, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in each month since January 2008. [146652]

Anna Soubry: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Number of people added to the organ donor register (ODR) per month, 1 January 2008 to 28 February 2013
Registration date(1)TotalEnglandWalesScotlandNorthern IrelandUnknown(2)

2008

      

January

107,754

88,443

4,501

13,462

1,255

93

February

112,158

93,785

4,664

12,511

1,111

87

March

78,844

74,443

3,331

127

879

64

April

119,787

104,805

5,972

237

8,680

93

May

101,083

91,167

5,575

185

4,074

82

June

99,792

49,192

2,786

44,263

3,505

46

July

93,699

75,704

4,683

9,711

3,526

75

August

97,520

78,249

4,821

11,058

3,302

90

September

92,548

72,660

4,850

11,731

3,241

66

October

69,152

52,211

3,618

9,757

3,499

67

November

100,400

79,477

4,861

12,584

3,412

66

December

62,144

51,259

3,041

5,312

2,492

40

       

2009

      

January

55,926

40,326

2,532

10,805

2,209

54

February

73,896

59,552

3,139

8,470

2,684

51

March

99,153

82,076

4,903

9,382

2,726

66

April

63,127

56,296

3,349

112

3,324

46

May

113,898

93,533

5,562

12,057

2,679

67

June

57,014

40,662

2,437

11,123

2,759

33

July

101,570

77,160

4,560

16,542

3,233

75

August

97,333

80,676

4,335

8,971

3,306

45

September

81,054

62,808

3,611

11,422

3,165

48

October

94,990

74,364

4,284

12,880

3,381

81

November

109,024

84,701

4,720

15,889

3,666

48

December

115,964

97,240

5,198

10,994

2,466

66

       

2010

      

January

111,495

93,503

5,269

9,693

2,944

86

February

111,021

93,619

5,135

9,250

2,909

108

March

118,625

92,984

4,959

17,101

3,506

75

April

43,064

32,147

1,826

5,832

3,194

65

May

32,861

28,222

1,612

139

2,857

31

June(3)

31

4

0

1

25

1

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July

79,047

67,343

3,893

7,790

3

18

August

240,683

218,246

12,458

8,101

1,823

55

September

64,490

41,256

2,494

20,319

409

12

October

107,683

89,780

5,876

10,941

1,008

78

November

124,372

92,687

5,980

25,211

455

39

December

69,016

47,732

2,793

18,064

401

26

       

2011

      

January

59,641

48,857

2,680

7,687

400

17

February

76,764

68,971

3,890

37

3,838

28

March

21,223

10,978

616

9,597

31

1

April

25,968

22,287

1,279

2,396

0

6

May

190,834

157,100

9,823

16,591

7,278

42

June

124,938

100,026

5,841

16,241

2,811

19

July

101,766

60,657

3,568

33,051

4,468

22

August

93,820

85,766

5,116

21

2,889

28

September

93,839

61,637

3,701

25,562

2,917

22

October

90,145

66,563

4,380

15,364

3,820

18

November

108,574

80,549

4,990

20,168

2,843

24

December

66,658

48,002

2,898

13,415

2,326

17

       

2012

      

January

68,944

53,720

3,018

10,411

1,779

16

February

120,155

87,608

5,252

24,553

2,723

19

March

80,086

58,839

3,609

14,989

2,634

15

April

76,352

60,076

3,462

9,994

2,804

16

May

94,959

77,150

4,318

11,087

2,386

18

June

64,258

50,596

3,196

7,940

2,518

8

July

88,944

72,528

4,350

9,817

2,245

4

August

70,742

53,246

3,375

11,919

2,182

20

September

66,019

51,497

3,105

9,071

2,339

7

October

91,876

71,407

4,457

13,559

2,440

13

November

73,434

53,861

2,968

13,674

2,917

14

December

67,326

52,799

2,961

9,582

1,971

13

       

2013

      

January

83,395

66,789

3,478

11,198

1,927

3

February

150,160

121,722

7,188

17,398

3,837

15

(1) The registration date is the date on which a registrant is added to the ODR. External registrations from partners such as the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are received in batches on a weekly/monthly/quarterly basis and this can also explain marked differences between months. Registration data are received in batches because partners and devolved Administrations find sending data in batches a more efficient use of resources rather than sending data to NHSBT on a daily basis. (2 )Unknown column refers to those registrants who have supplied incorrect or incomplete postcodes. (3 )Registrations are also very low for some months when there was maintenance work being performed on the ODR such as April to July 2010 when limited registrations were added because of the DVLA coding error. Note: The number of registrations fluctuate depending on local and national publicity on organ donation and transplantation. Source: NHS Blood and Transplant.

Paramedical Staff

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the (a) professional and (b) training standards of paramedics. [146645]

Dr Poulter: Setting and maintaining standards for paramedics is the responsibility of the independent statutory regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We understand that the HCPC will shortly be undertaking a periodic review of the standards of conduct, performance and ethics for all HCPC regulated professions. In addition, a periodic review of the standards of proficiency for paramedics will begin in April 2013.

The responsibility for delivering pre-registration education and training lies with individual providers who are required to meet the HCPC's standards of education and training.

Public Health England

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people will be employed by Public Health England; and what the budget will be of this body. [146219]

Anna Soubry: Public Health England's establishment is 5,621 whole-time equivalent staff with an operating budget of £518 million.

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Public Opinion

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in (i) 2012, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2010. [146216]

Dr Poulter: A list of expenditure incurred by the Department on opinion polling and focus groups in 2010, 2011 and 2012 could be provided only at disproportionate cost, as the Department does not hold this information centrally.

School Milk

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of European Commission consultation on (a) the European School Milk Scheme and (b) the European School Fruit Scheme. [145357]

Mr Heath: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The European Commission's consultation, which closes on 22 April 2013, is seeking public opinion. Therefore, we cannot assess its implications until the results are published.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 18 in England were treated for a sexually transmitted disease in each of the last five years. [146317]

Anna Soubry: The information available is set out in the following table.

Data are sourced from genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics in England and data for Chlamydia are supplemented (2008-2011) with data sourced from community services. Data cannot be provided restricted to persons under the age of 18 as, prior to 2009, data were aggregated and were only available for the age-groups specified in the table.

Number of selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in GUM clinics (and Chlamydia in community services since 2008) in persons aged 19 and under in England, 2007-11
STIAge group20072008200920102011

Chlamydia

<15

332

356

281

272

275

 

15 to 19

28,479

64,755

71,603

70,946

65,598

 

Total

28,811

65,111

71,884

71,218

65,873

       

of which GUM services

<15

332

356

281

272

275

 

15 to 19

28,479

28,612

25,805

22,597

23,200

 

Total

28,811

28,968

26,086

22,869

23,475

       

of which community services

<15

 

15 to 19

36,143

45,798

48,349

42,398

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Total

36,143

45,798

48,349

42,398

       

Gonorrhoea

<15

60

47

47

42

45

 

15 to 19

3,631

3,287

3,231

3,017

3,200

 

Total

3,691

3,334

3,278

3,059

3,245

       

Herpes (first episode)

<15

56

67

55

46

60

 

15 to 19

3,735

4,083

3,942

4,155

4,259

 

Total

3,791

4,150

3,997

4,201

4,319

       

Syphilis

<15

2

4

0

0

1

 

15 to 19

88

76

115

85

87

 

Total

90

80

115

85

88

Warts (first episode)

<15

153

149

142

108

97

 

15 to 19

15,653

16,364

15,973

14,463

14,053

 

Total

15,806

16,513

16,115

14,571

14,150

Notes: 1. Data are sourced from GUM clinic KC60 returns (200708) and GUM clinic GUMCAD returns (2009-11). 2. Chlamydia data from community services are sourced from NCSP and ‘Non-NCSP/Non-GUM’ services (2008-11) for those aged 15 to 19. 3. Numbers of diagnoses are estimated where GUM clinic data are unavailable. 4. Data represent the number of diagnoses reported and not the number of people diagnosed. 5. Data represent STI diagnoses among people accessing services located in England, i.e. data may include people who are resident in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or abroad. 7. Age group ‘under 15’includes those aged 13 to 14 only.

Streptococcus

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to respond directly to the concerns of those people who wrote submissions to the recent group B Streptococcus consultation responding in favour of screening; [146633]

(2) what assessment he has made of the outcome of his Department's recent consultation on group B streptococcus. [146820]

Dr Poulter: The Department has not held a public consultation on screening for group B streptococcus (GBS) carriage in pregnancy.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the national health service in all four United Kingdom countries about all aspects of screening policy including screening policy for GBS carriage in pregnancy. The UK NSC held a public consultation on its ‘Screening for Group B Streptococcal infection in pregnancy' review from 16 July 2012 to 23 October 2012. The UK NSC considered all of the consultation responses submitted during the consultation period and the screening review was amended in light of these responses. A recommendation was then made to Ministers.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has no plans to respond directly to those people who wrote submissions to the UK NSC’s consultation on screening for GBS carriage in pregnancy.

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Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to improve care for expectant mothers and reduce the risk of group B streptococcal infection in new born babies. [146809]

Anna Soubry: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) published its updated guideline on the prevention of early onset neonatal group B streptococcal (GBS) disease in July 2012. The updated guideline took into account new evidence on the prevention of early-onset neonatal GBS disease. It is important that services undertake local clinical audits to ensure the effective use of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis recommended by the guideline.

In 2012 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published two clinical audit tools which include clinical audit standards, a data collection form and an action plan template for use by services that care for women in labour or for babies at risk of, or being treated for, early on-set neonatal infection.

The Department is working together with the national health service, RCOG, the Royal College of Midwives, the National Institute for Health Research Heath Technology Assessment and the pharmaceutical industry on a number of areas:

the topic of a “point of care” test so that high-risk women, as identified in the RCOG revised Green-Top guideline on the prevention of early-onset neonatal GBS disease, can be tested at the start of labour is currently in the Health Technology Assessment prioritisation process and will be worked up for discussion in terms of relative importance, feasibility and noting any other existing and on going research;

development of an implementation tool for use locally to audit current practice and improve implementation of the revised RCOG guideline on the prevention of early-onset neonatal GBS disease;

including GBS as a topic within education and continuing professional development programmes for midwives and other clinicians; and

monitoring developments on vaccines against GBS infection.

Tobacco: Retail Trade

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce standardised tobacco packaging. [146678]

Anna Soubry: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave him on 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 871W.

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential increase in counterfeiting and organised crime if tobacco products were sold in plain, standardised packaging. [146810]

Anna Soubry: The Department published the ‘Consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products’ in April 2012. A consultation-stage impact assessment was published alongside the consultation.

The Government has an open mind on this issue and any decisions to take further policy action on tobacco packaging will be taken only after full consideration is given to the consultation responses, evidence and other relevant information.

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Home Department

Asylum: Greater London

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many destitute asylum seekers have presented themselves at London borough social services departments in each month of the last year; and what support they were offered. [146435]

Mr Harper: The majority of adult asylum seekers and their families are supported by the UK Border Agency, rather than by local authorities. Only a small number of adult asylum seekers who have needs above and beyond destitution are supported by local authorities, for example because they are disabled. In these cases, the local authority provides an appropriate level of support depending on their assessment of the person's particular needs. No central record is kept of the number of these cases.

Unaccompanied asylum seekers who are under 18 years of age are supported by local authorities under the Children Act 1989. In the financial year 2011-12 the UK Border Agency provided local authorities in London with funding for 1,525 supported cases. It is not possible to provide the figure over the past year because the information is still being verified.

Confiscation Orders

Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken for the execution of a confiscation order issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was; and how many orders issued under the Act remained unexecuted for a period of at least one year. [146258]

Mr Jeremy Browne [holding answer 5 March 2013]: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Deportation: Offenders

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national offenders have been deported via the automatic deportation criteria since their inception; [140991]

(2) how many foreign national offenders eligible to be deported via the automatic deportation criteria are still in the UK (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) four years and (e) five or more years after their release; and if she will make a statement. [140992]

Mr Harper [holding answer 5 February 2013]: In 2011-12 the UK Border Agency removed or deported 4,500 foreign national offenders from the UK, of these 1,865 were removed under automatic deportation.

In December 2012, 3,350 foreign national offenders were in the community, while being considered for deportation from the UK. In addition a further 752 were classified as absconders. These figures are based on internal management information and are subject to change.

The following table shows a breakdown of the length of time since release of the FNOs living in the community, including absconders, at the end of quarter four 2012:

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Q4 2012Number of foreign national offenders

Less than six months

374

Less than 12 months

392

Less than 24 months

625

More than 24 months

1,572

More than 60 months

1,092

Data quality issues

47

Total

4,102

In December 2012, 1,333 foreign national offenders were in detention, while being considered for deportation from the UK.

The UK Border Agency seeks to deport from the UK foreign national offenders who meet the criteria for deportation. Every effort is made to ensure that a person's removal by deportation coincides, as far as possible, with his/her release from prison on completion of sentence. However, where this is not possible the UK Border Agency continues to seek to deport individuals following completion of their sentence.

These are cases where the custodial end date or early release date were not recorded at the time.

Immigration Controls

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is on the ministerial group on migration control; how often this group has met since 2012; and who has chaired each such session. [145856]

Mr Harper [holding answer 4 March 2013]: I understand this question may relate to the Inter-Ministerial Group on Migrants' Access to Benefits and Public Services (IMG). This group has been established to consider whether existing rules preventing illegal non-EEA migrant access to benefits, employment and public services could be administered more effectively, and determine whether existing rules on both EEA and non-EEA migrant access are overgenerous and should be tightened.

The Group consists of the following Ministers:

Chair: Minister of State for Immigration (Mark Harper MP)

Deputy Chair: Minister of State for Care Services (Norman Lamb MP)

Members:

Minister of State for Employment (Mark Hoban MP)

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Minister of State for Government Policy (Oliver Letwin MP)

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (David Gauke MP)

Minister of State for Housing and Local Government (Mark Prisk MP)

Minister of State for Schools (David Laws MP)

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Hugo Swire MP)

Minister of State for Universities and Science (David Willetts MP)

Minister of State for Justice (Lord McNally)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry MP)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Norman Baker MP)

As with any Cabinet committee it would not be appropriate to comment on specific meetings, including attendance and agendas.

Immigration: Croydon

Steve Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency legacy cases are still outstanding for applicants resident in Croydon North constituency. [146752]

Mr Harper: We are unable to provide any breakdown of the Older Live Cases Unit (OLCU) Live Cohort (the persons we consider to have outstanding cases in OLCU) by constituency. We can breakdown by postcode, region and local authority, however given the age of some of the cases in OLCU, any statistics based on these fields would be subject to data quality issues.

Immigration: Married People

Mr Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to sponsor a non-EEA national spouse to settle in the UK have failed to meet the minimum financial income requirement introduced in July 2012. [146811]

Mr Harper: The latest published figures for 2012 on decisions, grants and refusals for entry clearance visa applications (from outside the UK) and for extensions of stay (from inside the UK) for non-EEA partners, potentially leading to settlement (indefinite leave), are given in the following tables:

Decisions on entry clearance visas from outside the UK, for non-EEA partners, providing a potential route to settlement (indefinite leave)
   of which 
QuarterCategoryDecisionsIssuedPercentageRefusedPercentageWithdrawn or lapsed

2012 Q1

Family route: Partner

9,946

8,021

81

1,886

19

39

2012 Q2

Family route: Partner

10,119

7,986

79

2,079

21

54

2012 Q3

Family route: Partner

10,970

7,636

70

3,260

30

74

2012 Q4

Family route: Partner

12,624

6,800

54

5,758

46

66

Decisions on extensions of stay from inside the UK, for non-EEA Partners, providing a potential route to settlement (indefinite leave)
   of which
QuarterCategoryDecisionsIssuedPercentageRefusedPercentage

2012 Q1

Spouse (probationary period applications)

4,598

4,130

90

468

10

2012 Q2

Spouse (probationary period applications)

3,303

3,011

91

292

9

2012 Q3

Spouse (probationary period applications)

2,769

2,418

87

351

13

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2012 Q4

Spouse (probationary period applications)

4,534

3,731

82

803

18

Notes: 1. Includes unmarried and civil partners. 2. Excludes decisions on partners applying for immediate settlement. 3. Refusals may relate to applications made in earlier quarters, and may include decisions based on rules in place before July 2012. 4. Data are provisional. Source: Tables be.OLq and ex.01.q, Immigration Statistics October to December 2012.

It is not possible to identify how many of the refusals related to failure to meet the minimum financial income requirement introduced in July 2012 without the inspection of individual cases.

Information on applications from outside and within the UK for entry clearance visas and extensions of stay by category is published as part of the Home Office's quarterly Immigration Statistics, which is available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/


John Stewart

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make representations to her US counterpart about the removal of John Stewart, Chairman of HACAN ClearSkies, from the US travel watch list. [146290]

Alistair Burt: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

US immigration policy and processes are a matter for the US authorities and are not an area where we are able to intervene, just as we would expect the US to respect our own immigration procedures.

Sexual Offences: Southwark

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report of the Independent Police Complaints Commission on Southwark Sapphire Unit's local practices for the reporting and investigation of sexual offences, July 2008 to September 2009, published on 26 February 2013, how many cases in the London borough of Southwark were affected by the issues covered by the report. [146168]

Damian Green [holding answer 4 March 2013]: The Home Office does not hold these data.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer questions 140991 and 140992 tabled on 29 January for answer on 5 February 2013. [146732]

Mr Harper: I answered the hon. Member’s question today.

International Development

Developing Countries: Water

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the announcement of 20 April 2012 that her Department intends to double the reach of its water and sanitations work what (a) mechanisms and (b) funds have been put in place to achieve this pledge. [146311]

Mr Duncan: DFID is currently considering a number of options to ensure we meet our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) targets.

It is not currently possible to provide a final funding total for this work.

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact's report on water and sanitation programming in Darfur, whether she plans to introduce a non-governmental organisation challenge fund for water and sanitation programming in (a) Sudan and (b) other countries. [146312]

Mr Duncan: DFID is currently considering a number of options, including a mechanism similar to a challenge fund to ensure we meet our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) targets.

While it is not possible to confirm which countries would potentially benefit until specific programmes have been finalised, I can confirm that the UK is considering its options for delivering water and sanitation programmes across Sudan and these will be delivered through a range of partners including non-governmental organisations.

Overseas Aid

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many development contracts are currently awaiting approval. [146335]

Mr Duncan: There are currently 15 contracts awaiting final approval from the Secretary of State.

Since September 2012, she has approved all contracts in excess of £1 million in order to improve ministerial oversight and value for money. Prior to this, all such contracts were approved by officials.

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Treasury

Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards the re-introduction of the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [146769]

Sajid Javid: In September 2010, the European General Court annulled the original decision by the European Commission which had deemed the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme to be approvable state aid. The European Commission is now conducting a formal investigation into the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme and a new relief scheme cannot be considered until this is concluded.

The Government remains fully committed to reinstating the aggregates levy credit scheme in Northern Ireland. Officials have worked closely with the authorities in Northern Ireland and representatives of the quarrying industry to provide the Commission with evidence to enable it to approve the aggregates levy credit scheme both retrospectively and for the future.

Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Iain Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the quantified savings in the health and crime budgets set out in the Regulatory Impact Assessment published alongside the Government's proposals for a minimum unit price for alcohol are non-cashable. [146512]

Sajid Javid: The regulatory impact assessment estimates monetised benefits of £401 million at full effect from health savings to society and £12.9 million per year from crime savings to society. It is not possible to give the precise breakdown of cashable versus non-cashable savings.

Corporation Tax: Croydon

Steve Reed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level was of corporation tax receipts collected from businesses registered in (a) Croydon North constituency and (b) the London borough of Croydon in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12. [146749]

Mr Gauke: The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. This is because HMRC does not hold details of corporation tax receipts data at a constituency or London borough level.

Exhaust Emissions: Motor Vehicles

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 662W, on car tax, what recent representations he has received on feebate schemes to provide a refund to new car buyers for purchasing low-emission cars funded by taxes on high-emission cars. [146615]

Sajid Javid: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide variety of authorities as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

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As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings and discussions.

The Government supports the take-up of ultra low emissions vehicle through vehicle excise duty exemptions, the Plug-In Car Grant, tax relief for zero and low emissions cars through company car tax, and a 100% first-year allowance (FYA) for businesses incurring expenditure on low emissions cars to 31 March 2015.

Motor Vehicles

Mr Raab: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 517W, on motor vehicles, what the value of (a) UK exports of cars to the EU and (b) UK imports of cars from the EU was; and what the value of (i) UK exports of cars to the rest of the world and (ii) UK imports of cars from the rest of the world was in December 2012. [146659]

Sajid Javid: The information is as follows:

UK trade in motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons for December 2012
£ millions
 MonthUK exports to the EUUK imports from the EUUK exports to outside the EUUK imports from outside the EU

2012

December

716

1,223

1,131

178

Note: Trade is presented on a General Trade basis. Source: Overseas Trade Statistics, HM Revenue and Customs.

The data provided are for trade recorded within the subheading “8703” in the Tariff product classification system. The “8703” heading covers “motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons”.

Payments Infrastructure

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the resilience of the UK payments infrastructure. [146817]

Sajid Javid: HM Treasury works with the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority to ensure the resilience of critical financial infrastructure, including recognised payment systems, and produces an annual Finance Sector Resilience Plan. An unclassified version is published each year on the Cabinet Office website. This is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/62312/Summary-2012-Sector-Resilience-Plans.pdf

Trade Competitiveness

Mr Ellwood: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the UK's business competitiveness. [146227]

Michael Fallon: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Government routinely monitor a range of indicators relating to the competitiveness of UK businesses and the UK business environment. A summary of this work

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was published alongside the Heseltine review as supporting analysis (BIS economics paper no. 19, Benchmarking UK Competitiveness in the Global Economy).

Analysis of data on productivity and exports points to UK strengths across a range of knowledge intensive services such as communications, business services and finance; along with areas of advanced manufacturing such as aerospace and pharmaceuticals.

Independent assessments of the competitiveness of the UK's business environment such as the World Bank ‘Doing Business Index', and the World Economic Forum ‘Global Competitiveness Report' continue to rank the UK among the top ten performers in the world (7th and 8th in the latest rankings respectively). In their latest survey of international tax competitiveness, KPMG ranked the UK as having the most attractive tax regime for business compared to our key competitors.

Welfare Tax Credits

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in receipt of child tax credit but not working tax credit have an annual

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household income for tax credit purposes of between

(a)

£5,000 and £5,999,

(b)

£6,000 and £6,999,

(c)

£7,000 and £7,999,

(d)

£8,000 and £8,999 and

(e)

£10,000 and £16,190; and how many (i) children and (ii) school-aged children live in each such household. [146745]

Sajid Javid: The following table provides the number of families that are in receipt of child tax credit only, along with the number of children and school-aged children present in those families. These figures are separated by the requested income brackets.

School-age children have been defined as those who are aged at least five at 1 December 2012 but less than 16 as at the beginning of the school year for 2012.

The answer is restricted to families in receipt of child tax credit only, although in-work families can be eligible for working tax credit and have it tapered away. Therefore, both in and out-of-work families are included.

These figures are provided at family level as that is the basis for determining tax credit entitlement. They are based on provisional tax credits data as at 1 December 2012.

Thousand
 Range of income used to taper awards
 £5,000-£5,999£6,000-£6,999£7,000-£7,999£8,000-£8,999£9,000-£9,999£10,000-£16,190

Number of families

74.0

35.3

30.4

27.7

19.2

77.5

Number of children

138.7

66.1

57.3

53.5

35.1

141.3

Number of school-age children

82.7

38.2

32.9

31.9

19.8

82.9

The information in this answer uses the same tax credits data as HMRC’s published statistics, but does not include those out-of-work cases where an amount equivalent to tax credits is paid through income support or jobseeker’s allowance by DWP.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average length of an apprenticeship has been in (a) England and (b) each English region in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. [146504]

Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows the adjusted average length of an apprenticeship framework by region for 2009/10 to 2011/12, the latest year for which full year data are available.

Care should be taken when interpreting apprenticeship durations as they are dependent on the mix of apprenticeship levels and frameworks, and the prior attainment of learners (some will already have completed parts of the apprenticeship). The adjusted measure is intended to exclude those apprentices with some prior attainment.

From August 2012, Ministers have decided that an apprenticeship must last at least 12 months for under 19s and for adults as well unless prior learning is recorded and funding reduced accordingly. This is to ensure that every apprenticeship involves sufficient new learning and opportunities to embed new skills.

Table 1: Adjusted average length of stay (months) by region, 2009/10 to 2011/12
 Average (adjusted) duration
Region2009/102010/112011/12

North East

16

13

12

North West

16

14

13

Yorkshire and the Humber

15

14

13

East Midlands

15

14

13

West Midlands

14

13

12

East of England

15

14

13

London

14

13

12

South East

15

14

13

South West

15

14

13

Other

19

18

15

Total

15

13

13

Notes: 1. Adjusted average length of stay is based on the actual end date of the apprenticeship as recorded in the ILR; it only includes those achievements within the academic year that were fully funded. 2. Regions are based on the home postcode of the apprentice. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Apprentices: Kingston upon Hull

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency in each quarter since Q4 2011. [146672]

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Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows the number of Apprenticeship programme starts in Kingston upon Hull local education authority and Kingston upon Hull North parliamentary constituency by quarter. Final data are shown for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 academic years and provisional data are shown for the first quarter of the 2012/13 academic year.

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Provisional data for the 2012/13 academic year provide an early view of performance in the first quarter and will change as further data returns are received from further education colleges and providers. They should not be directly compared with final year data for the comparable period from previous years. Figures for 2012/13 will be finalised in January 2014.

Table 1: Apprenticeship programme starts by geography and quarter, 2010/11 to 2012/13 (provisional)
 2010/11 (final)2011/12 (final)2012/13 (provisional)
 Quarter 4Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 1

Kingston upon Hull local education authority

960

1,030

780

680

950

940

Kingston upon Hull North parliamentary constituency

320

330

280

240

330

280

Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Geographic breakdowns are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 3. Figures are based on the geographic boundaries as of May 2010. 4. Provisional data for 2012/13 should not be directly compared with data for earlier years. 5. Quarter 1—1 August to 31 October; Quarter 2—1 November to 31 January; Quarter 3—1 February to 30 April; Quarter 4—1 May to 31 July. Source: Individualised Learner Record

British Antarctic Survey

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 26W, on medals, how many people are currently employed by the British Antarctic Survey; and how many of those employees are bearers of the Polar Medal. [145936]

Mr Willetts: As at 31 December 2012, there are 548 staff employed by the British Antarctic Survey of which 49 are recipients of the Polar Medal.

Consumer Information

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 450W, on consumer information, when he expects the working groups operating in relation to the Midata initiative to make recommendations; whether such recommendations will be published; and if he will place a copy of any recommendations in the Library. [146805]

Jo Swinson: As set out in the earlier answer we anticipate that the working groups will report and make their recommendations in the summer. Those recommendations will be considered by the Midata Strategy Board and be publicly available. A copy will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Consumers: Expenditure

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion each decile of the UK population contributed to consumer spending in the UK in each year for which data are available. [146364]

Jo Swinson: The Department does not collect this type of information. The Office for National Statistics publishes ‘Family Spending' which contains data on household expenditure of decile groups. The latest edition is available on their website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/family-spending/family-spending/family-spending-2012-edition/index.html

Engineering

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the shortfall of qualified staff in the engineering sector. [145536]

Mr Willetts: There is a substantial demand for engineers who contribute widely to the UK economy. Our recent work on engineering skills has found a complex picture in terms of both supply and demand. The Institute of Engineering and Technology found in their Skills and Demand in Industry survey 2012 that 29% of employers did not expect to be able to recruit the qualified engineers, IT staff and technicians they require. Further, the National Employer Skills Survey 2011 shows establishments in engineering sectors are more likely to report skill shortage vacancies with between 5% and 8% reporting skill shortage vacancies depending on sector. This compares to 3% of all establishments reporting skill shortage vacancies.

Regarding the supply of professional engineers, the UK produces around 22,000 graduate engineers per year. Significant supply also comes from those with non-engineering qualifications, for example from maths and science graduates, and the UK produces around 89,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates annually. Finally inward migration of engineers to the UK also contributes to the available skills pool. These factors mean forecasts of supply are built on a number of assumptions.

The Government have listened to industry and recognise the chronic supply issues they have reported. The most significant issue being the difficulty in recruiting staff with specific types of engineering skills, for example there is great demand in the aerospace sector for staff with experience in composite materials reflecting as this is relatively new type of skill. By continuing to work closely with industry and the engineering institutions we aim to encourage more young people to consider

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careers in engineering and transform the outdated and negative image of careers in engineering. We are also working to address specific engineering skills shortages, for example 500 new Aeronautics MSc places are to be jointly funded by Government and industry to the tune of £6 million. Our commitment to nurturing the right engineering skills in the UK was demonstrated at the Manufacturing Summit on 28 February 2013. The Government are also allocating up to £135 million over the current spending review period to improve science and mathematics education in schools and recognise the importance of engineering in higher education where it is given the status of a strategically important subject and funded accordingly.

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of how a shortfall of qualified staff in the engineering sector may affect overall economic growth. [145537]

Mr Willetts: The UK is one of the world's largest manufacturers and manufacturing contributes £150 billion pa to UK economy alone. Engineers also make substantial contributions to innovation and competitiveness in many sectors. Innovative firms employ proportionately more science, engineering and technology graduates (SET forms 5.7% of work force in innovation active small firms versus 1.6% in non-innovation active small firms(1)).

Engineers are highly valued in the economy as shown by a recent ONS report(2). Graduates with degrees in mathematical sciences, engineering, technology and architecture had the second highest hourly wage rates of any occupation after medicine and dentistry.

The effect of the supply of engineering skills on growth in the UK economy is difficult to estimate given the complexity of the supply picture. For instance the needs of the economy for specific engineering skills that are in short supply has been partly furnished by inward migration.

The Government recognise the need to increase the supply of engineers across the economy. My colleagues in DFE are taking measures to increase the uptake of maths and science qualifications in schools, the essential first step to produce more engineers. Working with industry we have been able to significantly increase the numbers of engineering apprenticeship starts (up 21% in the last year to 59,480), which should provide many of the skilled technicians the economy requires. Investing in engineering provision in higher and further education will provide the infrastructure to build the skills of our engineering work force, (for, example in the autumn statement an extra £270 million was announced to be spent on laboratories, classrooms and other facilities in our further education colleges). We also recognise engineering as a strategically important subject in higher education and fund engineering courses accordingly.

(1) Community Innovation Survey 2010

(2) Office for National Statistics 'Graduates in the Labour Market—2012

Enterprise Capital Funds

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms he estimates to benefit from new investment by Enterprise Capital Funds in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16. [146804]

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Michael Fallon: 18 companies received new investment from Enterprise Capital Funds and 90 investments totalling £29.5 million were made in the first three quarters of 2012-13. Estimates are not made for the number of companies receiving new investment in future years, but this Government committed a further £200 million to Enterprise Capital Funds in the Spending Review and total investor commitment now stands at £396 million across 12 funds.

EU Grants and Loans

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 293W, on EU Grants and Loans, when a decision will be made on the criteria to be used for the allocation of EU transition funding to regions of the UK; and what consultation process will be used when deciding these criteria. [145505]

Michael Fallon: The Government will make final decisions on allocations of EU transition funding and other EU funds only after there is an agreement between the European Parliament and member states on the EU Budget 2014-20. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is in regular contact with other relevant Government Departments and the devolved Administrations on this issue.

Housework

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what data his Department holds on the breakdown of individual domestic chores in the home. [145513]

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not collect or hold any official information on the breakdown of individual domestic chores in the home.

Kazakhstan

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which individuals from which companies accompanied the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise on his visit to Kazakhstan in February 2012. [146225]

Michael Fallon: I was not accompanied by a business delegation on my visit to Kazakhstan in February 2012. The aims of the visit were to promote the UK as the partner of choice for business in Kazakhstan—particularly for renewable energy sources and new technologies. I also wanted to showcase UK expertise across many other key sectors including the Oil and Gas Supply Chain, Mining, Financial Services, Education and Training, and to address a number of market access issues.

Kazakhstan has a number of forthcoming events where highlighting UK expertise, demonstrated by the delivery of a safe and successful Olympic games, can help secure additional opportunities, these include Expo 2017 Astana, the 2017 World Student Games and the Kazakhstani bid for the Winter Olympics in 2022.

Limited Liability: Yorkshire and the Humber

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many limited

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liability companies have been declared insolvent in

(a)

Brigg and Goole constituency and

(b)

Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last 10 years. [146679]

Michael Fallon: Companies House estimates that the number of companies declared insolvent in the Brigg and Goole constituency and Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last 10 years is as follows:

 Briggs and Goole constituencyYorkshire and the Humber

2004

3

206

2005

3

401

2006

5

755

2007

18

1,642

2008

73

2,790

2009

100

3,803

2010

112

3,106

2011

136

2,928

2012

134

2,963

2013

(1)15

(1)506

(1) As at 5 March 2013.

These figures are estimates because Companies House's data are drawn from postcode areas, which can cross regional and constituency boundaries.