11 Mar 2013 : Column 93W

Schools: Sports

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects Ofsted to publish its report on sport in schools; and if he will make a statement. [141371]

Mr Laws [holding answer 4 February 2013]: Ofsted's report—Physical Education in Schools 2008-12—was published on 14 February. A copy of the report can be found at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/physical-education-schools-200508-working-towards-2012-and-beyond

Schools: Swindon

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the effects of funding changes for education in Swindon. [145424]

Mr Laws: The Department for Education has not received any representations from Swindon.

Supplementary Schools

Steve Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of supplementary schools in raising educational attainment among children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds; and if he will make a statement. [145996]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 94W

Mr Laws [holding answer 5 March 2013]: Supplementary schools offer educational opportunities for children and young people outside mainstream school provision. They usually cater for minority ethnic communities and are voluntary organisations, often run by volunteers.

In February 2010, the Department published research on the impact of supplementary schools by the London Metropolitan University and the National Centre for Social Research. This research estimated that between 3% and 8% of all pupils aged five to 16 were in contact with supplementary schools at any one time.

A full copy of the report can also be found here:

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DCSF-RR210

Teachers: Training

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what change there has been in the number of teacher training places at each higher education institution providing such training between 2011-12 and 2013-14. [142393]

Mr Laws [holding answer 11 February 2013]: Over the period of academic years 2011/12 to 2013/14, there has been an increase of 2,412 postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places, a decrease of 329 undergraduate ITT places and a decrease of 22 employment-based (salaried) places in total for higher education institutions (HEIs) in England.

The following table shows allocated ITT places for each HEI in academic years 2011/12 and 2013/14 and the changes:

HEI name2011/12 place2013/14 placesChanges

Anglia Ruskin University

241

222

-19

Bath Spa University

468

565

97

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln

470

547

77

Brunel University

294

247

-47

Canterbury Christ Church University

1,308

1,473

165

Central School of Speech and Drama

21

19

-2

University of Chester

331

466

135

University College Plymouth St Mark and St John

432

387

-45

Edge Hill University

1,326

1,571

245

Goldsmiths University

440

376

-64

Institute of Education, University of London

985

1,415

430

Keele University

203

167

-36

University of Winchester

376

375

-1

King's College London

205

222

17

Kingston University

308

305

-3

Leeds Metropolitan University

245

263

18

Liverpool Hope University

720

783

63

Liverpool John Moores University

374

323

-51

London Metropolitan University

305

213

-92

Loughborough University

96

105

9

Manchester Metropolitan University

1,019

1,194

175

Newman University College.

564

521

-43

Nottingham Trent University

452

421

-31

The Open University

200

180

-20

Oxford Brookes University

470

423

-47

Sheffield Hallam University

765

833

68

London South Bank University

340

246

-94

University of Cumbria

1,349

1,391

42

11 Mar 2013 : Column 95W

11 Mar 2013 : Column 96W

St Mary's University College, Twickenham

543

605

62

Staffordshire University

51

64

13

Leeds Trinity University College

284

328

44

University of Chichester

462

535

73

University of Northampton

251

394

143

University of Worcester

565

640

75

University of Bath

132

141

9

University of Birmingham

318

396

78

University of Brighton

689

746

57

University of Bristol

215

215

0

University of Cambridge

416

429

13

Birmingham City University

548

580

32

University of Derby

262

358

96

University of Durham

357

394

37

University of East Anglia

348

368

20

University of East London

568

587

19

University of Exeter

537

547

10

University of Gloucestershire

355

436

81

University of Greenwich

444

491

47

University of Hertfordshire

530

481

-49

University of Huddersfield

119

111

-8

University of Hull

384

440

56

University of Leeds

310

228

-82

University of Leicester

312

263

-49

University of Manchester

368

454

86

University of Nottingham

290

412

122

University of Oxford

184

209

25

University of Plymouth

375

396

21

University of Portsmouth

117

124

7

University of Reading

480

504

24

University of Sheffield

130

43

-87

University of Southampton

440

362

-78

University of Sunderland

398

330

-68

Roehampton University

654

829

175

University of Sussex

198

205

7

University of the West of England

421

485

64

University of Warwick

395

416

21

University of Wolverhampton

512

479

-33

University of York

129

157

28

York St John University

383

449

66

Middlesex University

403

469

66

Northumbria University

339

394

55

University of Newcastle

207

180

-27

University College Birmingham

46

63

17

University of Bedfordshire

437

284

-153

Work and Pensions

Welfare Benefits: Non-UK Citizens

21. Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to review eligibility criteria for welfare benefit claimants who are non-UK citizens. [146867]

Steve Webb: We already have strict rules in place to ensure that migrants cannot take advantage of our benefit system. We are currently reviewing what more we can do to reform and strengthen our rules on benefit entitlement.

Child Poverty

24. Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the provisions of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill on the number of children growing up in poverty. [146870]

Steve Webb: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on 15 January 2013, Official Report, columns 715-17W.

Housing Associations: Infrastructure Requirements

Anas Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support the Government is providing to housing associations to meet the additional infrastructure requirements contained in the Welfare Reform Act 2012. [146860]

Steve Webb: We engaged early with other Departments, social landlords and local authorities to explore the impact of this measure on landlords.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 97W

We have also worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Housing to produce the guidance “Making it Fit” which is available on their website. This is specifically aimed at social landlords and how to manage the spare room subsidy and provide support to their tenants. It includes examples of good practice and experience sharing and is regularly updated.

Attendance Allowance

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 338W, on carer's allowance, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) cases and (b) households in receipt of two payments of attendance allowance in order that each person can care for the other. [147072]

Esther McVey: Attendance allowance (AA) provides a contribution towards the disability-related extra costs of older people. AA is flexible and recipients can spend the benefit in a way that best meets their individual needs. The entitlement conditions for carer's allowance (CA) must be met separately.

For this PQ, we have presumed that the question relates to cases and households in receipt of two payments of both attendance allowance and carer's allowance.

Our answer on 23 January 2013 provided the number of cases where two individuals were both in receipt of a carer's allowance payment for caring for each other (1,070 cases). This included pairs where both individuals receive disability living allowance (DLA), where both receive AA, and where one individual receives DLA and the other receives AA.

At February 2012 the number of cases where two individuals were both in receipt of AA and were both in receipt of a CA payment for caring for each other was 135. This is a subset of the group of 1,070 cases.

It is not possible to determine how many of these individuals are part of the same household without incurring disproportionate cost.

Source:

DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Employment and Support Allowance

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely duration of the gap in payment while mandatory reconsideration takes place when a claimant appeals a refusal of employment and support allowance. [146369]

Esther McVey: The length of time taken to complete mandatory reconsideration will vary from case to case and will be dependent on whether any additional evidence is required, and if so how quickly it is provided by the claimant. In any case where the Department requests additional evidence regulations state that the Department must allow claimants one month to supply it, so these cases could take in excess of one month to process.

The Department aims to complete mandatory reconsideration without unnecessary delays, but the focus of the process is to ensure that the decision has been fully reviewed in light of any new evidence and explained to the claimant and this process will take time to complete. It would be difficult to give an estimate of

11 Mar 2013 : Column 98W

the average time this process will take since it is new and untried, and processing times are likely to range from a few days to a number of weeks depending on the complexity of the case.

In employment and support allowance cases, no benefit is payable once the claim has been disallowed on the grounds that a claimant does not have limited capability for work. This also applies to the period while the mandatory reconsideration process is being undertaken, as there are no legal grounds to make any payment of ESA while this process is completed. If a claimant chooses to appeal following mandatory reconsideration ESA can be paid at the assessment phase rate pending the appeal hearing. The payment will cover the period of the mandatory reconsideration so there will not be a gap.

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living outside the UK are currently in receipt of employment and support allowance; and how many such people had their last UK address in Preston constituency. [146473]

Mr Hoban: Statistics on how many people living outside Great Britain are currently in receipt of employment and support allowance can be found at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?paae=tabtool

Guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Statistics for Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Department for Social Development and can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research.htm

Statistics on how many such people had their last UK address in Preston are not readily available, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people whose application for employment and support allowance has been rejected, who face a gap in payments whilst awaiting the outcome of a mandatory reconsideration, and who will not apply for jobseeker's allowance because they do not feel capable of actively seeking work; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that people in such circumstances receive adequate support. [146669]

Mr Hoban: The information requested is not available.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of employment and support allowance have been referred to mandatory work placements in each month since the scheme started. [146839]

Mr Hoban: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave to his previous question of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 976W.

Employment Schemes

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many funding streams for which his Department is responsible can be drawn down in each local authority area to tackle unemployment. [146838]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 99W

Mr Hoban: While my Department remains committed to maintaining a national benefit system and key national employment programmes, this national framework creates freedoms for local partners, including local authorities, to work in partnership to identify gaps and reduce or remove duplication. By doing so we can ensure discretionary funds are targeted at areas where they will have the maximum effect. Examples of this include Work programme providers having freedom to pool or align funds locally; Jobcentre Plus managers having discretionary funds where they can work in partnership with local authorities; piloting of the Right to Control funds across 12 local authority areas; and Jobcentre Plus working closely with local authorities through Community Budgets and City Deals.

Employment: Females

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of women in work. [146607]

Mr Hoban: There are more women in work than ever before. In the last year alone female employment rose by a quarter of a million, the largest increase in over 10 years.

Housing Benefit

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 605W, on housing benefit, what plans are in place to support local authorities whose discretionary housing payments exceed 2.5 times the Government contribution to such payments for that year. [146768]

Steve Webb: Legislation does not permit local authorities to spend more than two and a half times the government contribution towards discretionary housing payments.

Discretionary housing payments have been in existence since 2001, therefore local authorities have a number of years experience of managing their individual allocation of funds. Local authorities are advised in advance how much funding they will receive towards discretionary housing payments for the year and can budget accordingly.

We are monitoring and evaluating the current reforms to housing benefit, including the use and expenditure on discretionary housing payments.

The management and administration of discretionary housing payments is the responsibility of local authorities who are best placed to make local decisions on how the funding is spent.

Housing Benefit: Nottingham

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional funding for discretionary housing payments has been allocated to Nottingham city council for 2013-14. [146910]

Steve Webb: Nottingham city council has been allocated £696,000 towards discretionary housing payments for 2013-14.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 100W

Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of changes to rates of (a) fostering and (b) taking in lodgers by those affected by planned changes in housing benefit. [146612]

Steve Webb: It is too early to tell what impact ending the spare room subsidy will have on certain groups and what choices people will make. However, an additional £5 million has been allocated to the discretionary housing payment scheme, specifically aimed at supporting foster carers who may be affected by this measure.

It is not anticipated that this measure will impact the number of foster carers.

Mr McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in Wolverhampton South East constituency who will be affected by the housing benefit under-occupancy penalty; and what the average change in such benefit will be. [146799]

Steve Webb: Impacts of ending the spare room subsidy are not available at parliamentary constituency level. The average loss of benefit for all working age claimants will be £14.00 per week.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which rooms in the home of a housing benefit claimant occupying a social sector property are to be regarded as bedrooms for the purposes of assessing liability for the under-occupancy penalty; and if he will make a statement. [146922]

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Government plans to define a bedroom for the purpose of assessing under-occupancy. [147342]

Steve Webb: The removal of the spare room subsidy will take account of the number of bedrooms as designated by the landlord. The number of bedrooms within a property is a matter between the landlord and tenant.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of households which will be affected by both the changes to housing benefit under-occupancy rules and by changes to council tax benefit; and if he will estimate what the average cash or benefit will be for such households as a result of these two changes. [146923]

Steve Webb: Estimates of how many people will be affected by the change from council tax benefit to localised support are not available. The number of people affected will depend on the decisions by local authorities about the design of their schemes.

We estimate that 660,000 claimants will be affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy in the social rented sector and the average loss in benefit is £14.00 per week.

Details are contained in the impact assessment:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011-ia.pdf

11 Mar 2013 : Column 101W

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the number of households in Nottingham affected by the under-occupancy penalty which include a person with a disability; [146977]

(2) what assessment he has made of the number of single parent households in Nottingham that will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty. [146970]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available at local authority level.

Both the impact of the removal of the spare room subsidy at a regional level, on people with a disability and with varying family circumstances in Great Britain can be found in the Equality Impact Assessment:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011.pdf

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of households in Nottingham which include children that will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty. [147280]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available at a local authority level.

The numbers of affected claimants in Great Britain with children are given in the Impact Assessment at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011-ia.pdf


Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many (a) disabled, (b) single-parent and (c) foster carer households will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty in the London Borough of Southwark. [147286]

Steve Webb: The information requested is not available at a local authority level.

Estimated numbers of affected claimants in Great Britain where either the claimant or their partner will be disabled and who will be single parents are given in the equality impact assessment at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011.pdf

The Department estimates that fewer than 5,000 affected claimants in Great Britain will be foster carers.

Invalid Vehicles

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mobility scooters have been repossessed since 2007. [146211]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 102W

Esther McVey: Information on how many mobility scooters have been repossessed since 2007 is not held by the Government as Motability is an independent charitable organisation, wholly responsible for the administration of the Motability scheme.

Any questions concerning Motability can be sent to: Declan O'Mahony, Director, Motability, Warwick House, Roydon Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 5PX.

Jobcentre Plus

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with jobcentre staff on the practical implementation of the changes to the benefit system in April 2013. [146917]

Mr Hoban: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), visits and meets staff at Job Centres on a regular basis where a range of issues are discussed.

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department has made available to jobcentres to assist with changes to the benefit system in April 2013. [146918]

Mr Hoban: There are many activities under way to support jobcentre staff with the introduction of universal credit. Jobcentre staff have been involved in the design and development of the service and are also involved in local implementation planning activities. Specific examples include, role specific staff training, an online knowledge management system, and a comprehensive internal communications plan. We also have a network of specialists to provide support for staff as they prepare for the delivery of change at a local level.

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assaults have been recorded against jobcentre staff by claimants in each month since October 2011. [146920]

Mr Hoban: All incidents of Unacceptable Customer Behaviour (UCB) on DWP premises are treated seriously. We actively encourage the reporting of such incidents when they occur.

Actual assaults are categorised into three key areas:

No injury/no injury recorded/Less than Cuts and Bruises

Cuts and Bruises

More than Cuts and Bruises

Actual Assaults recorded against DWP Staff in Jobcentres October 2011 to January 2013 as recorded at 7 March 2013 are as follows:

MonthNo injury/Not recordedCuts and bruisesMore than cuts and bruisesTotal

October 2011

17

2

0

19

November 2011

25

0

3

28

December 2011

18

0

0

18

January 2012

10

1

0

11

February 2012

18

0

1

19

11 Mar 2013 : Column 103W

11 Mar 2013 : Column 104W

March 2012

17

1

0

18

April 2012

14

1

0

15

May 2012

20

0

0

20

June 2012

20

1

0

21

July 2012

29

3

0

32

August 2012

21

1

0

22

September 2012

12

2

0

14

October 2012

22

4

3

29

November 2012

21

4

1

26

December 2012

14

2

1

17

January 2013

20

3

3

26

Total

298

25

12

335

Jobseeker's Allowance

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for jobseeker’s allowance have been sanctioned for non-compliance in the last 12 months; how many such people speak English as a second language; and how many such claimants had moved to jobseeker’s allowance from income support or disability-related benefits. [146919]

Mr Hoban: Statistics on how many claimants for jobseeker’s allowance have been sanctioned for non-compliance in the last 12 months are provided in the following table.

Number of individuals with a jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanction applied in Great Britain: 22 October 2011 to 21 October 2012
 Total

Number of individuals with a JSA sanction applied

540,610

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. The number of sanctions applied is the number of referrals where there has been an adverse decision. 3. The number of sanctions applied is the number of varied, fixed length and entitlement decision referrals where there has been an adverse decision. 4. ‘Varied length sanctions’: A sanction of between one week and 26 weeks is imposed for leaving employment voluntarily without just cause, refusing employment without good cause, or losing employment through misconduct. The actual period in each case is at the discretion of the adjudication officer who makes the decision. 5. ‘Fixed length sanctions’: A sanction of between one week and 26 weeks is imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme or carry out a jobseeker’s direction. Payment of benefit continues in full pending the adjudication officer’s decision on a sanction question. 6. ‘Entitlement decisions’: These are questions on which entitlement to JSA depends. For example, if there is doubt around whether the jobseeker’s agreement (JSAg) is suitable, whether they are actively looking for work or making themselves available for work. In most cases, payment of JSA will be suspended by benefit processing until the doubt is resolved. Source: DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: JSA Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database.

Statistics on how many such people speak English as a second language; and how many such claimants had moved to jobseeker’s allowance from income support or disability-related benefits are not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Marks and Spencer: Asbestos

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department (i) have had and (ii) plan to have with representatives from Marks and Spencer plc Group to discuss the possible asbestos-related dangers to (A) the workforce, (B) customers and (C) products in all Marks and Spencer stores in the UK; and if he has received any assurances that all Marks and Spencer stores are now compliant with asbestos-related regulations in the workplace. [146339]

Mr Hoban: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), has not met with Marks and Spencer plc or discussed with them their arrangements for managing asbestos.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officials met with senior Marks and Spencer staff on 28 November 2011, and received assurances about the company's future management of asbestos-related issues. HSE has not had further cause for concern in this area since that time.

New Enterprise Allowance

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the current situation of excluding new enterprise allowance to claimants of employment and support allowance. [147094]

Mr Hoban: On 18 February 2013, eligibility for the new enterprise allowance was extended to employment and support allowance claimants in the Work Related Activity Group.

Pensions

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) are and (b) have been members of pension schemes which are contracted out of the state second pension or SERPS in the (i) private and (ii) public sector. [145533]

Steve Webb: The latest data (DWP statistics ‘Second Tier Pension Provision 2010/11’) relates to the tax year 2010-11. The following table shows the numbers of people contracted out in selected years, split between public and private sector provision.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 105W

Second tier pension provision: people contracted out
Mllion
 Private sectorPublic sectorTotal

1980-81

5.9

3.8

9.7

1985-86

5.2

4.0

9.2

1990-91

9.4

3.9

13.3

1995-96

8.0

3.9

12.0

2000-01

7.7

4.4

12.0

2005-06

5.0

5.0

10.0

2010-11

3.0

5.0

8.0

In total 60% of the contracted out years since 1978 have been in the private sector and 40% in the public sector.

The majority of people approaching state pension age have been contracted out at some point in their working lives, many in private sector pension schemes. In 2017-18, of the people due to reach state pension age over the following 20 years, around 80% will have been contracted out at some point in their working lives.

Sources:

1. DWP Lifetime Labour Market Database (L2) 1% sample of the National Insurance Recording System.

2. DWP Pensim2 modelling

Remploy: Motherwell

Mr Frank Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former employees of the Remploy factory in Motherwell have found work in the last six months. [146292]

Esther McVey: There were 20 disabled employees in the Motherwell factory and all are choosing to work with our personal case workers to find another job. Three jobs have been found for these employees since they were made redundant and currently three people are in work, and all are participating in the Work Choice programme. A further ten disabled former Remploy workers from Motherwell are being helped by Work Choice, through which they are undertaking training and other activities aimed at moving them closer to employment.

Social Security Benefits

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 561W, on Social Security Benefits: Greater London, which other local authorities in the UK are deemed to have all three major local authority IT systems. [146471]

Mr Hoban: There are no local authorities who use all three of the major local authority IT systems.

The number of local authorities by system are as follows:

Local authority IT supplierNumber of local authorities supported

Northgate

172

Civica

69

Capita

139

11 Mar 2013 : Column 106W

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will conduct an assessment of the proposal in Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth, published by Respublica on 4 March 2013, that his Department should modify the benefit sanctions regime to encourage claimants to take-up stepping-stone jobs, placements with community organisations or informal unpaid work. [147177]

Mr Hoban: The universal credit work search regime actively supports claimant participation in voluntary work, recognising the value such work can have in building skills and experience. The recently published regulations explain that we normally require a claimant to be engaged full time in looking and preparing for work and that voluntary work can count for up to 50% of that time (and of course individuals can do more if they wish). Claimants may also be given a longer period of time to attend an interview or take up paid work if they are already carrying out voluntary work.

Universal credit will also allow people who work to keep some of the money that they earn before it has any impact on the amount of universal credit they receive. This amount is called a work allowance. Universal credit will have a single taper rate of 65%. For people who are working, financial support will be reduced at a consistent and predictable rate and they will generally keep a higher proportion of their earnings. It will be much easier for people who are working or who are considering a job to see clearly how much financial support they will receive and to understand the advantages of work.

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities using the simple payment system to ensure that people receive their entitlements without delay. [147221]

Steve Webb: Local authorities do not use the simple payment system for the benefits they administer. Simple payment is an initiative involving DWP, the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (part of the Ministry of Defence), and the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency.

A fact sheet about simple payment has been produced for local authority representatives who may act as casual carers and collect entitlements on behalf of a beneficiary. This fact sheet has been shared with representatives from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reports are provided to his Department by Citibank and PayPoint on problems notified to them by people using the simple payment system. [147222]

Steve Webb: Problems reported to the Citi customer helpline are analysed and discussed between DWP and Citi on a daily basis until the issue is satisfactorily resolved.

Monthly reports on the number of official complaints about the simple payment service are provided to DWP by Citi who are the prime contractor.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 107W

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are registered to use the simple payment system in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency. [147223]

Steve Webb: The information is not available to the level of detail requested. At the beginning of March 2013 around 55,000 people across the UK were being paid using the simple payment service.

Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he first received advice that Romanians and Bulgarians could claim welfare benefits if they came to reside in the UK. [146486]

Mr Hoban: Bulgarian and Romanian nationals have been able to exercise free movement rights within the EU since their countries' accession in 2007. Under the transitional arrangements which were put in place at the time of their accession they are only entitled to claim some income-related benefits if they are self-employed or registered under the worker authorisation scheme.

Contributory benefits, such as contribution-based jobseeker's allowance, are payable to anyone who satisfies the contribution and other conditions for the benefit, regardless of nationality.

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will limit the financial rate of benefit entitlement for eligible EU nationals to the rates equivalent to those obtainable in their own countries. [147701]

Mr Hoban: The social security position of people who move between the countries of the European Economic Area including Switzerland is governed by the EU regulations which provide for coordination of social security systems. These rules apply equally to both UK and EEA nationals who work or reside in another member state.

When an EU citizen is subject to the legislation of a member state, it is the rate of benefit in that country which applies. To use the rate of the person's member state of origin would mean paying lower amounts in some cases; but would also mean paying considerably higher amounts in other cases. It would also mean breaking the link between the contributions that a person has paid and the level of benefits.

Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 560W, on Social Security Benefits: Greater London, what the average size of each household affected by the benefit cap is in the London borough of (a) Bromley, (b) Croydon, (c) Enfield and (d) Haringey. [146470]

Mr Hoban: Please see the following table showing the size of an average family for both lone parent households and couple households affected by the benefit cap in (i) Bromley, (ii) Croydon, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Haringey.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 108W

Local authorityLone parentCouple with children

Bromley

4

5

Croydon

5

6

Enfield

5

6

Haringey

5

5

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest person.

The figures presented above are consistent with the Impact Assessment published on 16 July 2012. The figures in the table assume that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find alternative accommodation. The Department is identifying and writing to all the households who are likely to be affected by the cap and we are offering advice and support through Jobcentre Plus, including, where appropriate, early access to the Work programme before the cap is introduced in April 2013.

Unemployment Benefits

Sarah Newton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming out of work benefits because of mental or psychological health problems in each of the last 10 years. [146698]

Mr Hoban: It is not possible to provide statistics on all out of work benefits as disease codes are only recorded for employment support allowance (ESA) and incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance (IB/SDA). ESA figures are available only from November 2008. Figures on the number of people with mental and behavioural disorders can be found at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=tabtool

Guidance for users is available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/guidance.pdf

Unemployment: Young People

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local authority interventions in tackling youth unemployment. [146840]

Mr Hoban: We are tackling youth unemployment by providing support to young people through Jobcentre Plus, the Work programme and the Youth Contract. Many local authorities contribute to the success of these measures and often provide valuable additional help to meet the needs of their local areas.

Universal Credit

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 654W, on universal credit, when the computer technology to support the universal credit programme will be introduced; and when the IT testing programme will be complete. [145503]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 109W

Mr Hoban: The IT to support universal credit will roll out on an incremental basis, with the first element of supporting IT from April 2013 to support the limited Pathfinder roll out.

Testing for the Pathfinder, including the interactions with HMRC RTI and existing DWP assets, will complete in April 2013, but there will be an ongoing programme of IT testing as DWP incrementally delivers more IT functions between 2013 and 2017.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional resources are being made available to deal with computer access for the introduction of universal credit in (a) areas of low functional literacy and (b) where English is a second language. [145916]

Mr Hoban: Universal credit has developed its online service using customer insight and work to determine claimant needs. The design has been user tested as it has developed with existing claimants and staff in order to continually improve and create an easy to use online service.

Universal credit is developing all its products using the DWP guidelines for level of literacy required of between 9 and 13 years of age and to be compliant with disability legislation. We are also taking the opportunity to simplify the language we use and will provide appropriate support for those who need it.

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether universal credit will automatically enrol eligible students for free school meals. [146232]

Mr Hoban: No. Universal credit will replace many of the benefits which currently allow access to free school meals but the processes for claiming will not change. The administration of free school meals is the responsibility of the Department for Education.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with providers of exempt accommodation about how housing support will be funded under universal credit; and if he will make a statement. [146949]

Steve Webb: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced at the Select Committee hearing last year that help with housing costs for those living in supported exempt accommodation will be provided outside universal credit, on much the same basis as now, until a more permanent solution is put in place.

The objective of these arrangements is to protect the income streams of providers from any unintended consequences of welfare reform. Ministers and officials continue to meet with representatives of supported housing providers to ensure that this objective is achieved.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has ceased funding the work of any of the firms working on the universal credit IT system; and if he will make a statement. [147120]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 110W

Mr Hoban: Work continues on all our contracts in support of universal credit.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has paid to contractors in respect of work on the universal credit IT system in each month since July 2010; and how much he expects to pay in this fashion in each of the next six months. [147121]

Mr Hoban: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave to his previous question (PQ 129855) on 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 145W. Additional spend since that answer up to and including February 2013 amounts to some £79 million. Future payments will reflect the contractual arrangements with each supplier and will be drawn down as appropriate as suppliers support the delivery of the universal credit pathfinder in April, and the progressive national roll-out from October 2013.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to secure the timely delivery of the universal credit IT system. [147178]

Mr Hoban: The IT system to support the limited pathfinder roll-out from April 2013 is currently in the final stages of testing and on track to complete by mid-April 2013. IT testing reports are produced daily and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) receives regular progress updates.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of cyber security measures relating to universal credit. [147227]

Mr Hoban: The Department is working continually with experts across Government to ensure the security arrangements for universal credit operate effectively in the interests of both the taxpayer and claimants.

For obvious reasons, it would not be in the public interest to disclose what those arrangements are.

Work Capability Assessment

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people in the employment and support allowance support group are automatically called for a reassessment when they choose to undertake voluntary work-related activity. [146900]

Mr Hoban: Following the work capability assessment a DWP Decision Maker will decide when the claimant will next be reassessed, taking into account all of the available evidence. Where a person in the support group chooses to undertake voluntary work-related activity they will not automatically be called for reassessment as a result of that.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 111W

Young People

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the report Hidden talents II: re-engaging young people, the local offer published by the Local Government Association in January 2013; and what consideration he has given to accepting the recommendations in that report. [146907]

Mr Hoban: The Local Government Association's Hidden talents II report is currently being considered. Departmental officials will be having separate meetings with LGA representatives later in the month to discuss its recommendations.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Adult Education: Brigg

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of Brigg and Goole constituency completed a course at an adult education college in each of the last five years. [146969]

Matthew Hancock: Table 1 shows adult (19+) Government-funded Further Education and Skills achievement in General Further Education Colleges in Brigg and Goole parliamentary constituency for academic years 2007/08 to 2011/12, the latest full year for which final data are available.

Table 1: Adult (19+) Achievement in General Further Education Colleges by Geography, 2007/08 to 2011/12
 2007/082008/0942009/102010/112011/125

Brigg and Goole constituency

1,440

1,660

1,560

1,130

1,390

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Geography is based upon the home postcode of the learner and boundaries of May 2010. 3. These data include adult (aged 19+) Government-funded achievement in Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary) only. 4. Figures for 2008/09 are not directly comparable with earlier years due to a change in funding methodology. Source: Individualised Learner Record

Figures for 2011/12 are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. Small technical changes have been made in the way learners from more than one provision type are counted, leading to a removal of duplicate learners and a reduction in overall learner numbers of approximately 2%. More information on the Single ILR is available at:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR Effects SFR Learners June12.pdf

Apprentices

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to engage businesses from the most disadvantaged areas in offering apprenticeships. [146646]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 112W

Matthew Hancock: The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is responsible for promoting apprenticeships to individuals and employers across England. For example this week is National Apprenticeship Week which provides a platform to increase awareness, understanding and demand for apprenticeships from employers through events being held across the country. NAS is working in particular in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country, targeting additional funding for employer engagement to help to stimulate new apprenticeships, including through measures to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to raise the employer subsidy for businesses that offer apprenticeships in the areas with the highest levels of youth unemployment. [146828]

Matthew Hancock: We are already providing a package of support worth almost £1 billion to help employers and young unemployed people prepare for work and find a job. The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers helps smaller employers by providing payments of £1,500 for each new apprentice they take on aged 16 to 24. In addition we are providing 160,000 wage incentives worth up to £2,275 each for those who recruit an 18 to 24-year-old through the Work programme or Jobcentre plus.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the qualitative research project he has commissioned to probe the findings of the interim Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2012 on apprentices receiving no training or pay to be published; what deadlines or benchmarks he has set for this process; and if he will place a copy of the resulting report in the Library. [146974]

Matthew Hancock: The qualitative follow-up research to the 2011 Apprenticeship pay survey “Follow-up Research: Apprentices' Pay, Training and Working Hours” was published in January 2013 at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-pay-survey-2011

We commissioned the research in order to consider further what appeared to be problems of a lack of training and non-compliance with the national minimum wage.

The Government has recently introduced a number of measures to raise the quality of apprenticeships, and the training apprentices receive; the research will not reflect the impact of these, because it covers training undertaken largely before their implementation.

We are also developing an approach which maximises the number of people who receive the appropriate national minimum wage rate. The Government supports the national minimum wage and is concentrating its efforts on removing abuse and exploitation. We already follow up every single complaint in this area made on the Pay and Work Rights Helpline that relates to the national minimum wage and we are now seeing how we can improve things still further.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 113W

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage further education colleges to work with local businesses and hold apprenticeship careers fairs for prospective students. [147105]

Matthew Hancock: The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is responsible for promoting apprenticeships to individuals and employers across England. NAS and the Skills Funding Agency work with further education colleges across the country to help support their efforts to engage employers and promote apprenticeships. They also work with partners from across education, FE and business to support collaborative efforts to improve the access that young people have to careers advice and apprenticeship information.

NAS can be contacted via:

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ContactUs.aspx

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships have been undertaken in the automotive industry in each of the last five years; and how many such apprenticeships received Government assistance; [147217]

(2) how many young people have undertaken apprenticeships in (a) Birmingham and (b) the west midlands in each of the last five years; [147236]

(3) how many people aged 25 and over have undertaken apprenticeships in (a) Birmingham and (b) the west midlands in each of the last five years. [147237]

Matthew Hancock: Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by (a) geography and age band and (b) framework (including the automotive industry, vehicle body and paint operations, vehicle fitting, vehicle maintenance and repair, vehicle parts operations and vehicle sales frameworks) is published in supplementary tables to the statistical first release (SFR).

It is only mandatory for information to be returned on the individualised learner record for Government-funded apprenticeships.

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/EAD8024F-3019-4D5C-A6EC-B6241B089862/0/January2013_ApprenticeshipStartsbyGeographyLevelAge.xls

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/69EFC69B-C189-46C4-93C4-6B161D744073/0/January2013_Apprenticeship_Starts.xls

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every young person who wants an apprenticeship is able to receive one. [147219]

Matthew Hancock: As a demand led programme, growing apprenticeships is dependent on employers coming forward to make opportunities available.

To encourage employers to do so, we have introduced grants of £1,500(1) to support small employers taking on young apprentices, made it easier and faster than ever before for employers to recruit an apprentice, and offer full funding for apprenticeship training for 16 to 18-year-olds and 50% for those 19-24. And as highlighted this National Apprenticeships Week, the National Apprenticeship Service works to promote apprenticeships to employers and support employers to get involved.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 114W

(1) Grants of £1,500 per apprentice are available. The grant is now available to employers with up to 1,000 employees who have not taken on an apprentice in the previous 12 months, and an employer can claim grants to support up to 10 new apprentices. The scheme has been extended until 31 December 2013.

Apprentices: Greater Manchester

Julie Hilling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new apprenticeships have been created in (a) Bolton West constituency, (b) Bolton and (c) Wigan for people aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) over 25 years old in each year since 2010. [147700]

Matthew Hancock: Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by parliamentary constituency, local education authority and age are published in a Supplementary Table to a quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR).

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/EAD8024F-3019-4D5C-A6EC-B6241B089862/0/January2013_ApprenticeshipStartsbyGeographyLevelAge.xls

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/Statistics/fe_data_library/Apprenticeships/

Apprentices: Older People

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many older unemployed people have used apprenticeships to retrain in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such assistance. [147218]

Matthew Hancock: Estimates from data matching on the number of apprentices aged 19 to 64 who claimed benefits in the three and six months before starting training is published in table 8 of the following report (2008/09 to 2010/11 academic years), available at:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/E14E2EA3-AE7F-4690-8734-345A1E5E2E95/0/FE_and_Benefit_Claims_ Data_Matching_Adhoc_publication_201011.pdf

The Apprenticeship programme is now a cornerstone of our skills system, evidence shows that apprenticeships deliver economic and social benefits to: individuals in terms of higher wages and improved employment prospects; businesses in the form of higher profits retention, and competitiveness; and the wider economy and society as a whole.

We will continue to target investment and efforts where it will have the greatest impact and deliver the greatest returns, including younger people (16 to 24), and advanced and higher level qualifications.

We are currently investigating the impact on the unemployed group and will have further information in the summer.

Broadband

Mike Crockart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department's state aid branch has (a) been asked for and (b) given assistance to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in processing its state aid notification for the Super Connected Cities programme. [146832]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 115W

Jo Swinson: Yes the Department has both been asked for, and has given, assistance. The UK's state aid team in BIS has had regular discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on its plans for broadband roll-out, including the Super Connected Cities programme. And indeed any state aid notification needs to be made to the Commission via this Department.

Business Growth Fund

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investments have been made to date by the Business Growth Fund; what the value of each individual investment has been; when each such investment was made; and when such funds were drawn down. [146501]

Michael Fallon: The Business Growth Fund is an independent privately, run investment fund, Government does not hold details of its investments or details of when funds were drawn down.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investments he expects the Business Growth Fund to make in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16; and what the expected total value of these investments will be in each year. [146502]

Michael Fallon: The Business Growth Fund (BGF) is an independent privately run investment fund, and Government does not hold details of its investments. At autumn statement 2012, 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-82, the BGF committed to invest £200 million in 2013 and to increase investment further in 2014.

Business: EU Law

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Prime Minister's speech on Europe delivered in London on 23 January 2013, what the (a) turnover, (b) profits and (c) number of employees are of the smallest entrepreneurial companies which he intends to exempt from future EU directives. [146704]

Michael Fallon: In November 2011, the European Commission adopted a report on ‘Minimising regulatory burdens for SMEs: Adapting EU regulation to the needs of micro-enterprises’(1). This included a commitment by the Commission to exclude micro-enterprises from the scope of proposals for EU legislation from 1 January 2012, unless the proportionality of their being covered can be demonstrated. The Commission defines micro-enterprises as the smallest category of small and medium-sized enterprises, with less than 10 employees and a turnover or balance sheet total equal to or less than €2 million.

The Government is holding the Commission to account on its commitments to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs for small businesses and micro-enterprises. I have emphasised to the Commission on a number of occasions in recent months that it needs to make further concrete proposals to deliver on these commitments.

(1) http://ec.europa.eu/governance/better_regulation/documents/minimizing_burden_sme_EN.pdf

11 Mar 2013 : Column 116W

Business: Finance

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 725W, on business: finance, what proportion of funds under the Business Finance Partnership small business tranche have not yet been drawn down. [146971]

Michael Fallon: Significant progress has been made in relation to agreeing legal and commercial terms with all four of the selected applicants for the Small Business Tranche of the Business Finance Partnership which were announced in December, and in February we received the parliamentary approval which was required in order to take two of these proposals forward. The process of agreeing legal and commercial terms was complex and took longer than initially expected, which means I now expect the first draw downs to take place this month.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a directory of business finance advisers has been launched. [146972]

Michael Fallon: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), commissioned Tim Breedon to lead a review of Non-Bank Finance, which reported in March 2012. As part of the review, the main accountancy bodies (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)) agreed to work together to create a shared scheme which increases the visibility of those accountants which offer advice on finance for smaller businesses. The Government welcomed the Business Finance Advisor Scheme initiative, and the news that as of January 2013 over 1,900 participating offices across the UK have opted to be affiliated with the brand.

While the scheme is promoted on each of the professional bodies' websites, there is not currently a single directory for Business Finance Advice Service members, although the bodies are working to develop their online sites to make scheme members easily identifiable.

Businesses seeking advice or to identify participating offices local to them are encouraged to get in touch with the bodies responsible for the Business Finance Advice scheme, via their respective websites:

http://find.icaew.com/search/bfa/1

http://icas.org.uk/CADirectory/

http://www.accaglobal.com/en/sme.html

Construction: Trading Standards

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the quality of service provided by the Trading Standards Institute to consumers complaining of (a) unsafe and (b)sub-standard building work. [147104]

Jo Swinson: The Trading Standards Institute is the professional body who represent the interests of trading standards officers across the UK. As such, they do not directly provide advice to consumers on such matters, or take enforcement action against traders.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 117W

Since April 2012 all consumers who are in dispute have been able to call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or contact them online at:

www.adviceguide.org.uk

Whilst they cannot intervene, they can give advice and refer matters to Trading Standards, who can take action on local matters. The quality of this advice is regularly monitored by Citizens Advice.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Mr Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evidence the Government has that copies of artistic designs available on the UK market under the provisions of section 52 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 are being manufactured and stored in the UK. [146770]

Jo Swinson: Items of replica furniture available on the UK market have been argued to be copies of artistic designs made or imported under the provisions of section 52 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. The evidence which the Government has received, which is not comprehensive, suggests that the manufacture of replica furniture largely takes place overseas, but a certain amount of storage occurs in the UK, whether for direct sale or re-export to other EU member states.

A paper on the "UK Replica Furniture Industry", produced by Arts Economics in June 2012 and shared with the Government, suggests that there are 60 companies that manufacture, design and sell replica furniture in the UK as their sole product line. Some of these companies may rely on section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act to permit industrial production of artistic designs.

It is important to note that not all replicas will infringe copyright. Whether a particular work qualifies for copyright protection, and whether a particular replica constitutes an infringement of that copyright, is ultimately a matter for the courts to decide.

Employee Ownership

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 728W, on employee ownership, what guidance the Government plans to provide to assist employers and employees in determining the conditions for buy back; whether any such guidance will include how to establish a fair price in relation to the employee owner status; and what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of such guidance. [147316]

Jo Swinson: Guidance on the gov.uk pages will set out what both an individual and a company would need to think about when considering or offering an employee shareholder employment contract. This will include buyback. It will be for the individual and the company to agree buy back arrangements in the same way as other terms and conditions are agreed in an employment contract.

There is no estimate of the cost of guidance, but this will be minimal as the guidance on the .gov.uk pages is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure relevant and up to date guidance is available for those seeking it.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 118W

Employment: Bradford

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase employment opportunities in Bradford. [146644]

Michael Fallon: The Bradford City Centre Growth zone has received a £17.6 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund. The Leeds city region local enterprise partnership (LEP), which covers Bradford, also received £15 million from RGF to support its Business Growth Programme.

Final data for the 2011/12 academic year show that there were 4,950 apprenticeship starts in Bradford local education authority, up by 7.2% on 2010/11 and 82.0% on 2009/10.

Bradford is supported by a range of other Government growth initiatives. The Leeds city region LEP brings business and civic leaders together to drive sustainable economic growth and create the conditions for private sector job growth. The LEP made a successful bid for a city deal which aims to give cities the powers and tools they need to drive local economic growth.

We are working together to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth by creating the most competitive tax system in the G20 making the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business, encouraging investment and exports and creating a more educated, flexible workforce.

Export Credit Guarantees: Iraq

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what exports are included in the six per cent of Iraq's sovereign debt owed to UK Export Finance listed as being from the miscellaneous sector. [146641]

Michael Fallon: The goods and services that make up the 6% of the original Iraq debt categorised as being miscellaneous include: non-woven polypropylene for baby hygiene products; bonded nylon thread for the shoe industry; industrial sewing threads; printers blankets; operating materials for OCE 1700 printer; and wood pulp.

Higher Education: Capital Investment

Mr Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that universities use capital investments for the benefit of the student body and the wider community rather than enhancement of their prestige or status. [147102]

Mr Willetts: Higher education institutions are autonomous bodies. It is for them to decide how they manage their investments and deliver learning to meet the needs of their students. Government cannot intervene in these decisions. In 2008, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) introduced a capital investment framework which all English universities and higher education colleges must participate in to receive capital funding through HEFCE. This framework includes consideration of how staff and student surveys

11 Mar 2013 : Column 119W

relate to the fitness for purpose of the infrastructure, involving students in the formulation of capital projects and estates strategies and public reporting of environmental performance.

Industry

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he is making on the development of an over-arching industrial strategy; and what sections within that strategy will be the subject of specific strategies. [146733]

Michael Fallon: The Government's work on industrial strategy is a long-term, whole of Government approach to build business confidence and give greater certainty to drive investment. It has partnership with business at its heart.

This work is currently focused on five key themes: sectors, technologies, access to finance, skills and procurement. We expect to publish 11 sector strategies by the summer, in Agri-tech, Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Education, Information Economy, Life Sciences, Nuclear, Offshore Wind, Oil and Gas, and Professional Business Services.

Local Enterprise Partnerships: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the London Local Enterprise Partnership; and if he will make a statement. [146966]

Michael Fallon: The London Enterprise Panel, which is the LEP for London, is an advisory body for, and formally accountable to, the Mayor.

However I have recently written to the London LEP, jointly with the Minister for Housing, my hon. Friend the Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr Prisk), about progress on their growth plan and allocation of Growing Places Funding and we have received reassurances on progress from the Mayor.

Manufacturing Industries

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the (a) Stream 1 and (b) Stream 2 winners under Rounds 1 and 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative are. [146488]

Michael Fallon: I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable)’s Written Ministerial Statements to the House on 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 1WS and 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 31WS.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when bidding for funds under (a) Round 3 and (b) Round 4 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative will open and close; by what date he expects winning bidders to complete due diligence processes; and when he expects winning bidders to draw down funds. [146489]

11 Mar 2013 : Column 120W

Michael Fallon: Rounds 3 and 4 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative open for applications from 21 March 2013. The Round 3 deadline is noon on 29 May 2013 and the Round 4 deadline is noon on 16 October 2013. We estimate that the successful companies will be able to begin drawing down their funding within six months of the relevant competition closing date. Successful companies can also help speed up this timetable by responding fully and promptly to requests for information from Finance Birmingham during the due diligence process.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether all funds under (a) Round 1, (b) Round 2 and (c) Stream 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative have been allocated. [146490]

Michael Fallon: Up to £100 million was available for Stream 1 Rounds 1 and 2 for collaborative projects with a sectoral level impact. There was high demand for this type of funding with over 50 bids with a total funding ask in excess of £350 million. Some of the successful projects subsequently withdrew during the due diligence stage; underspend of £6.5 million will now be added to the available funding for Rounds 3 and 4.

Up to £25 million was available for Stream 2 local projects based in the four participating local enterprise partnership (LEPs) areas—Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, and Liverpool city region. The four LEPs will be launching a further bidding round next month to allocate the remaining £19 million.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he expects funds to be made available for winning bidders under Round 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative; and for due diligence to be complete; [146491]

(2) when he expects winning bidders under Round 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative to provide agreement for due diligence to begin; and when any such due diligence will be completed. [146500]

Michael Fallon: Over half of the Round 2 winners have already given their agreement for due diligence to begin, and we expect this process to be complete in the coming weeks. Successful companies can also help speed up this timetable by responding fully and promptly to requests for information from Finance Birmingham during the due diligence process.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what role the Technology Strategy Board has in delivering the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative. [146492]

Michael Fallon: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) runs the initial stages of the competitions for the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative on behalf of the Department and Birmingham city council. Companies submit their applications through the TSB's online portal, and the TSB then co-ordinates the assessment of these applications against the set criteria.

11 Mar 2013 : Column 121W

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) bids and (b) expressions of interest were received under Round 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. [146499]

Michael Fallon: 41 bids were received under Round 2 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative with a total funding ask of over £300 million. We do not formally collect expressions of interest for this scheme.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 487W, on manufacturing industries, how many projects under the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Round 1 (a) have not yet completed due diligence, (b) have not yet provided their agreement for due diligence to begin and (c) have lost their funding allocations as a result of failing to provide necessary documentation. [146509]

Michael Fallon: The majority of Round 1 projects have successfully completed due diligence and have now commenced. Due diligence is still under way on two Stream 2 (local funding pot) projects, and a further three Stream 2 projects have withdrawn their applications after receiving their initial conditional offer letters.

Mr Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from which round or rounds of the Regional Growth Fund funding has been channelled to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. [146682]

Michael Fallon: In Round 2 of the Regional Growth Fund, the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative received £70 million. At the same time it also received a further £55 million in BIS funding.

The Government announced additional funding of £120 million for two further rounds of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative in the 2012 Autumn Statement. This will be funded directly by BIS and HMT, and not through the Regional Growth Fund.

Mersey Gateway Project

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport over the sourcing of construction materials for the Mersey Gateway from the UK. [147106]

Michael Fallon: The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable), has had no discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), on this matter.

Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

Yasmin Qureshi: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the benefit to the economy of a relaxation of

11 Mar 2013 : Column 122W

the rule requiring international students to secure a graduate job paying at least £20,000 before being allowed to stay in the UK. [146739]

Mr Willetts: No assessment has been made by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on any economic impact that would result from a relaxation of the Tier 2 regulations. The Migration Advisory Committee published their report on the review of the Tier 2 Codes of Practice in December 2012 and recommended that salaries for experienced and less experienced Tier 2 migrants be set at the 25th and 10th percentile of earnings respectively. Changes to the Codes of Practice will come into force on 6 April 2013.

Overseas Trade

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with which 10 countries UK trade has decreased or increased the least in (a) percentage and (b) absolute terms in the last year. [146630]

Michael Fallon: Data on UK trade in goods with all countries is published by HM Revenue and Customs on their website at

www.uktradeinfo.com

in their “Overseas Trade Statistics” publication. Latest data are for 2012.

Data on UK trade in services with all countries (with a value of more than £500,000) is published by the Office for National Statistics in their “Pink Book 2012” publication on their website

www.ons.gov.uk

Latest data are for 2011. Data for 2012 are due for publication in July 2013.

Overseas Trade: Burma

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential trade opportunities in Burma. [146468]

Michael Fallon: Since the suspension of EU sanctions in April 2012, the British Government has made a commitment to promoting responsible trade and investment in support of Burma's democratic reform process. The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office in Rangoon opened in July 2012 and provides support to British companies looking to export or invest in the country.

UKTI are currently carrying out a mapping exercise to identify where these opportunities best match British business excellence. Initial results of this exercise indicate that there are early opportunities in the energy, power generation, telecoms, financial services and education/training sectors. UKTI are also working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to understand and support the economic reform process; this will allow UKTI to better advise British business on the opportunities in Burma.

UKTI can offer practical support and advice to British companies who are interested in the opportunities in Burma, details can be found on the UKTI website along with FCO political and economic updates. The British Government urges all UK companies entering

11 Mar 2013 : Column 123W

Burma to abide by international standards of corporate governance and social and environmental responsibility. In particular, this means adhering to the OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.