Young Offenders: Reoffenders

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young offenders in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England have gone on to reoffend. [150674]

Jeremy Wright: The following table presents the number of juvenile offenders (aged under 18) in South Yorkshire and England who were released from custody, received a non-custodial conviction at court, received a caution, reprimand, warning or tested positive for opiates or cocaine in April 2010-March 2011 (the latest figures available); and the proportion that committed a proven reoffence within a one-year follow-up period.

April 2010 to March 2011Percentage/number

South Yorkshire

 

Proportion of offenders who reoffend (percentage)

34.1

Number of offenders in cohort(1)

2,232

England

 

Proportion of offenders who reoffend (percentage)

35.8

Number of offenders in cohort(1)

82,977

(1) This number does not represent all proven offenders. Offenders who were released from custody or commenced a court order are matched to the police national computer database. A certain proportion of these offenders cannot be matched and are, therefore, excluded from the offender cohort, ie the group of offenders for whom re-offending is measured.

In response to a Ministry of Justice consultation on improvements to reoffending statistics, proven reoffending data is only produced at the regional, probation area and local authority level and not at constituency level.

Proven reoffending is defined as any offence committed in a one-year follow-up period and receiving a court conviction, caution, reprimand or warning in the one year follow-up. Following this one-year period, a further six mouth waiting period is allowed for cases to progress through the courts.

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Attorney-General

Banks: Fraud

Paul Flynn: To ask the Attorney-General if he will initiate a prosecution for fraud of those individuals who held the posts of (a) chairman, (b) chief executive and (c) board member at the time of the collapse of (i) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (ii) Halifax Bank of Scotland and (iii) Lloyds Bank. [151544]

The Solicitor-General: As and when matters come to the attention of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) they are assessed in the context of the SFO's remit to investigate fraud, bribery and corruption. If appropriate, relevant matters will be considered for criminal investigation in line with SFO internal procedures.

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Computers

Mr Redwood: To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers and (c) tablet devices the Law Officers' Departments has purchased in the last two years. [151327]

The Solicitor-General: The Attorney-General's Office, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Crown Prosecution Service have not purchased any such devices during the last two years.

Information technology equipment is provided to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) through a managed service contract agreement with CGI IT UK Limited and the Department does not own the equipment.

Information on IT purchases made by the Treasury Solicitor's Department and the

Serious Fraud Office is contained in the following table:

 Desktop computerLaptop computerTablet
Department201120122011201220112012

Treasury Solicitor's Department

(1)180

51

0

105

0

0

Serious Fraud Office

0

0

0

250

0

0

(1) The devices purchased were thin client devices which are used in the same way as a desktop but have no hard drive, with all applications being stored instead on a network.

Rape: Greater London

Ms Harman: To ask the Attorney-General how many charges for rape were brought in the London borough of Southwark in each year from 2007 to 2012. [151444]

The Solicitor-General: Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) identify the number of rape offences charged. CPS records do not identify the number of defendants prosecuted for specific offences. Rather, they show the number of offences in which a prosecution commenced and reached a first hearing in magistrates courts.

During the last six years the number of offences of rape recorded in the CPS Unit which prosecutes crimes committed in the London borough of Southwark was as follows:

 Number

2007

49

2008

43

2009

32

2010

111

2011

68

2012

77

The CPS defines rape as any offence from the following list:

Section 1 Sexual Offences Act 1956;

Section 5 Sexual Offences Act 1956;

Section 1 Sexual Offences Act 2003;

Section 5 Sexual Offences Act 2003;

Section 30(3) Sexual Offences Act 2003;

An attempt to commit any of the above offences under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981;

Incitement or conspiracy to commit any of the above offences.

It is not possible to disaggregate figures to show separately the volume and outcome of proceedings for each individual offence on this list. A single defendant may be charged with more than one offence.

Visits Abroad

Mr Redwood: To ask the Attorney-General what the Law Officers' Departments' budget was for overseas travel for officials and Ministers in 2012-13. [151351]

The Solicitor-General: Information on the Law Officers' Departments budgets for overseas travel by officials in 2012-13 is contained in the following table. The Attorney-General's Office budget also includes a provision for ministerial travel.

£
DepartmentBudgetActual expenditure

Treasury Solicitor's Department

135,000

112,523

Attorney-General's Office

43,000

36,706

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

9,000

967

Crown Prosecution Service

(1)

627,871

Serious Fraud Office

194,384

65,607

(1) No set budget

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Cabinet Office

Direct Selling

John Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with the organisation Which? on nuisance telephone calls. [150341]

Mr Hurd: As part of the Department's transparency programme, details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-external-organisations

Childbirth

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) hospital and (b) home deliveries there were by primary care trust in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12 and (iv) 2012-13. [151415]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) hospital and (b) home deliveries there were by Primary Care Trust in (i) 2009/10, (ii) 2010/11, (iii) 2011/12 and (iv) 2012/13 [151415]

Table 1 provides the number of live births that (a) occurred in a hospital, and (b) occurred at home by Primary Care Trust in England for the financial years 2009/10 and 2010/11 (the latest year available). Figures for 2011/12 will be available in July 2013. A copy of Table 1 has been placed in the library of the House.

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Live births in England and Wales by the mother's usual area of residence are published annually on the National Statistics website. The latest data were published in October 2012 and are available at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/births-by-area-of-usual-residence-of-mother--england-and-wales/2011/index.html

These figures are published by calendar year and so will not match the figures provided in this Answer.

Job Creation

Mr Raab: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in which occupations the greatest number of new jobs has been created in each of the last 10 years. [151254]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which occupations the greatest number of new jobs has been created in each of the last 10 years (151254)

Estimates of the numbers of new jobs created are not available. As an alternative, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides estimates of people in employment by main type of occupation. These estimates are published as a supplementary table to the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin, available via this link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/february-2013/table-emp08.xls

The table provided contains the LFS estimates for the October to December period in each of the last ten years. The changes over time provide a broad indication of the occupational groups in which job creation was strongest. Management, professional and technical occupations have generally shown the strongest employment growth over the last ten years.

Employment by main occupation group
United Kingdom (thousands) not seasonally adjusted
Standard occupational classification (SOC) 2000
October to December each yearAll(1)Managers and senior officialsProfessional occupationsAssociate professional and technicalAdministrative and secretarialSkilled tradesPersonal servicesSales and customer servicesProcess, plant and machine operativesElementary occupations

Totals:

          

2002

28,133

4,045

3,341

3,799

3,696

3,276

2,000

2,239

2,287

3,407

2003

28,316

4,088

3,450

3,907

3,580

3,323

2,150

2,296

2,172

3,297

2004

28,668

4,269

3,515

3,928

3,635

3,325

2,171

2,298

2,125

3,331

2005

28,844

4,277

3,653

4,116

3,519

3,263

2,235

2,263

2,204

3,241

2006

29,151

4,360

3,838

4,062

3,476

3,247

2,305

2,303

2,128

3,367

2007

29,475

4,449

3,817

4,282

3,394

3,248

2,349

2,257

2,126

3,472

2008

29,399

4,539

3,833

4,303

3,325

3,180

2,504

2,270

2,025

3,326

2009

28,964

4,515

3,979

4,253

3,198

3,081

2,542

2,154

1,943

3,211

2010

29,182

4,524

4,077

4,303

3,168

3,033

2,567

2,159

1,894

3,348

2011

29,205

4,640

3,851

4,417

3,196

3,061

2,584

2,154

1,851

3,378

2012

29,794

4,852

4,046

4,585

3,120

2,956

2,620

2,173

1,859

3,411

Year-on-year changes:

          

2003

183

43

109

107

-116

47

151

56

-115

-110

2004

352

181

65

22

55

3

21

2

-47

34

2005

176

8

139

188

-118

-63

63

-35

79

-90

2006

307

83

185

-55

-43

-16

71

40

-76

126

2007

324

89

-21

221

-82

1

44

-46

-2

105

2008

-76

90

16

21

-69

-68

155

13

-102

-146

2009

-434

-24

145

-51

-127

-98

38

-116

-82

-115

2010

217

9

99

51

-30

-48

24

4

-49

138

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2011

23

116

-226

114

28

28

18

-5

-43

29

2012

589

212

194

168

-76

-105

36

19

8

33

Change over last ten years:

          

2002 to 2012

1,661

807

705

786

-577

-320

620

-66

-429

4

(1) Includes people who did not state their occupation. Note: The data for the estimates from 2011 onwards have been coded on the new SOC 2010 basis and then mapped to an equivalent SOC 2000 basis. Consequently, the pro-2011 estimates are not entirely consistent with those from 2011 onwards and should be intrepreted with caution. Source: Labour Force Survey

Mr Raab: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of new jobs created in each of the last 10 years required a university degree. [151487]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of new jobs created in each of the last 10 years required a university degree. [151487].

The requested statistics are not available. Information on the number of jobs requiring a degree is not collected and there are no direct estimates of the number of jobs created.

Public Sector: Procurement

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what checks he makes on the terms on which prime public sector contractors subcontract work out to other companies. [150280]

Miss Chloe Smith: As was the case under the previous Government, it is the responsibility of contracting authorities to monitor the terms on which prime public sector contractors subcontract work to other companies.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what checks he makes on the performance of individual Departments in awarding public sector contracts to small and medium-sized enterprises. [150329]

Miss Chloe Smith: SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy and that's why we are determined to support them in winning a larger slice of government contracts than in the past.

Since the general election, central Government Departments have developed action plans to increase spend with SMEs, and report spend on a monthly basis to the Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office. Such performance was never even measured by the last Government.

The most recent published data show that direct spend with SMEs across Government has steadily increased since 2010: This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/departmental-sme-spend-for-2011-12-reveals-steady-increase

Roads: Accidents

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many fatalities arising from road traffic accidents involving (a) motorcyclists, (b) cyclists and (c) pedestrians there have been in the last five years. [152041]

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

Letter from Glen Watson, dated April 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many fatalities arising from road traffic accidents involving (a) motorcyclists, (b) cyclists and (c) pedestrians there have been in each of the last five years. (152041)

The table provides the number of fatalities arising from road traffic accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists registered in the years 2007 to 2011 (the latest data available).

For reference, you can see the full list of transport accident causes of death here, by downloading Table 5, then going to Table 5.19:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-277727

Table 1. Number of deaths from transport accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles, England and Wales, deaths registered between 2007 and 2011(1,2,3)
Deaths
Transport accident20072008200920102011

Pedestrian

645

604

469

398

365

Pedal cyclist

136

118

113

96

98

Motorcycle rider

517

477

431

347

317

(1) Figures show deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring, in a calendar year. Further information on registration delays for a range of causes can be found on the ON'S website: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/health-and-life-events/impact-of-registration-delays-on-mortality-statistics/index.html (2) Figures include deaths of non-residents (3) Underlying cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes V01-V09 (pedestrian). V10-V19 (Pedal cyclist) and V20-V29 (Motorcyclist) Source: Office for National Statistics

Education

Academies

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the average time taken by schools was from initial expression of interest to opening as (a) an academy in each of the last five years and (b) a free school in each year since 2010; [148220]

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(2) what the (a) longest and (b) shortest period of time has been for schools to open as (i) an academy and (ii) a free school from the time of initial expression of interest, including applications which have not yet completed in each of the last five years. [148221]

Elizabeth Truss: For converter academies, many schools submit an application without registering interest beforehand; therefore the time has been taken from the date at which an Academy Order has been issued to the date of opening. The average length of time for a converter academy in each of the last three years was: 3.4 months in 2010; 4.8 months in 2011; 6.6 months in 2012 and 7.8 months so far in 2013. In part this is because academies are increasingly tending to open on peak dates in September and April while applications, apart from the summer, remain reasonably steady.

For sponsored academies, these figures represent the amount of time between ministerial approval of the statement of intent (SOI) and opening date. The average length of time for a sponsored academy in each of the last five academic years was: 22 months in 2008/09; 22.5 months in 2009/10; 16.5 months in 2010/11; 11.4 months in 2011/12; and 10.5 months in 2012/13.

Using the same criteria to measure the lengths of time, the longest period for a converter academy was 22.1 months, and for a sponsored academy it was 56 months. Both the shortest converter academy and the shortest sponsored academy took one month.

The first free schools opened in 2011 and took between 11 and 15 months from initial application to opening, depending on when schools applied. For free schools opening in 2012, 2013 and 2014 there has been a set annual application cycle. Under this cycle, the time from initial application to opening was typically 16 months for schools opening in 2012, 19 months for schools opening in 2013 and it will be 20 months for schools that will open in 2014. Currently, the project that was delivered in the shortest time from application to opening was 11 months and the project that has taken the longest was three years after their application was received.

Jonathan Reynolds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to minimise legal costs to schools that wish to convert to academy status. [149037]

Elizabeth Truss: In order to minimise the legal costs to schools that wish to convert to academy status, the Department has produced model legal documents (including the Funding Agreement, Articles, Memorandum and land documents) which are available to download from the Department's website. The Department also provides a flat-rate grant of £25,000 to each school in order to assist with the costs associated with conversion to academy status.

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the terms and conditions of the contracts of academy brokers. [149521]

Elizabeth Truss: Academy brokers are contracted to the Department to provide education advice services. Schedule 1 of the contract sets out the services to be supplied, and a copy of the contract has been placed in the House Libraries.

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Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education who audits the affairs of the groups into which school academies are organised. [149789]

Elizabeth Truss: As companies and charitable trusts, individual academy trusts and multi academy trusts are required to appoint independent auditors to report on their financial statements. This requirement is also in funding agreements, which are the Secretary of State's contracts with academies. The Secretary of State also requires these auditors to deliver an opinion on the regularity of the academy trust's income and expenditure. This opinion is delivered jointly to the Secretary of State (through the Education Funding Agency) and to the academy trust. Academy trusts also appoint an auditor to review their internal control functions. The Education Funding Agency may also undertake risk based audits of academy trusts.

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether academies are able to seek competitive bids for the provision of services from outside the groups to which they belong. [149792]

Elizabeth Truss: Both individual academy trusts and multi academy trusts are able to procure services from external organisations. The academy trust must follow a fair and open procurement exercise to appoint the organisation(s) that will provide the services.

Children: Day Care

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) organisations and (b) individuals in England have made representations advocating changes to adult-to-child ratios in childcare settings, other than in response to the Childcare Commission call for evidence. [141029]

Elizabeth Truss: I have had numerous conversations about staff to child ratios in childcare settings with individuals and organisations in England, as have officials of the Department. These conversations revealed a wide range of views. There is a recognition that staff-to- child ratios have remained the same for decades, and have not kept pace with the significant changes in child care and early education we have seen in this country. This reinforces the case for reviewing those rules and considering greater flexibility for providers to deploy better qualified staff to meet children's needs effectively.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he intends to publish a summary of the responses received to the Childcare Commission call for evidence; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the full text of responses received to the Childcare Commission call for evidence; [141030]

(2) how many responses to the Childcare Commission call for evidence advocated changes to adult-to-child ratios in childcare settings; and from whom such representations were received. [141034]

Elizabeth Truss: Last year the Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions ran a joint call for evidence to inform the work of the commission on

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child care. The Government intend to publish a summary report of responses to this call for evidence and will place a copy in the Library.

Children: Disability

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much each local authority has spent on short breaks for disabled children in each financial year since 2010-11. [151030][Official Report, 20 May 2013, Vol. 563, c. 9MC.]

Mr Timpson: Data on how much each local authority spends on short breaks for disabled children are collected through the section 251 return. Data from the section 251 returns for 2010-2011 and 2011-12 are set out in the following table. Data for 2012-13 will be available at the beginning of 2014.

 2010-112011-12

England

212,622,518

221,821,825

   

City of London

0

0

Camden

1,185,171

2,672,686

Greenwich

976,985

1,129,743

Hackney

1,043,584

984,790

Hammersmith and Fulham

0

742,773

Islington

1,549,902

1,093,436

Kensington and Chelsea

789,987

1,444,987

Lambeth

1,312,930

689,957

Lewisham

157,384

439,978

Southwark

428,112

0

Tower Hamlets

2,584,061

2,105,684

Wandsworth

1,931,824

1,563,037

Westminster

455,399

310,613

Barking and Dagenham

1,505,492

1,342,826

Barnet

1,437,643

1,053,332

Wakefield

4,433,209

2,889,280

Gateshead

207,178

653,634

Newcastle upon Tyne

2,632,901

2,730,275

North Tyneside

2,089,243

2,218,232

South Tyneside

0

0

Sunderland

305,697

955,138

Isles of Scilly

9,984

17,160

Bath and North East Somerset

935,961

647,047

Bristol, City of

0

840,576

North Somerset

845,000

958,182

South Gloucestershire

1,790,000

1,272,860

Hartlepool

610,151

1,181,170

Middlesbrough

547,223

509,254

Redcar and Cleveland

1,101,427

939,540

Stockton-on-Tees

715,993

798,120

Kingston Upon Hull, City of

148,675

1,370,228

East Riding of Yorkshire

1,026,763

762,796

North East Lincolnshire

1,802,173

1,729,748

North Lincolnshire

1,004,032

1,034,989

North Yorkshire .

2,628,282

1,985,074

York

87,354

1,487,414

Luton

1,068,394

2,115,234

Bedford

2,202,973

1,525,751

Central Bedfordshire

2,069,563

1,536,370

Buckinghamshire

0

0

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Milton Keynes

545,135

673,425

Derbyshire

3,330,432

232,852

Derby

111,423

555,860

Dorset

0

0

Poole

926,461

115,607

Bournemouth

385,437

379,732

Durham

3,079,175

2,763,939

Darlington

353,548

455,579

East Sussex

2,623,526

2,687,433

Brighton and Hove

0

693,398

Hampshire

0

2,866,988

Portsmouth

378,633

388,019

Southampton

634,233

611,687

Leicestershire

1,247,045

2,273,904

Leicester

922,982

66,360

Rutland

98,796

241,510

Staffordshire

1,332,968

1,270,870

Stoke-on-Trent

1,791,640

1,777,665

Wiltshire

100,625

981,725

Swindon

0

802,437

Bracknell Forest

874,137

627,799

Windsor and Maidenhead

1,034,349

856,666

West Berkshire

1,011,071

1,167,194

Reading

338,558

140,562

Slough

29,522

475,237

Wokingham

710,290

1,140,987

Cambridgeshire

2,955,482

1,131,728

Peterborough

0

0

Halton

0

440,540

Warrington

1,281,038

2,544

Devon

4,296,518

4,151,334

Plymouth

631,069

1,739,962

Torbay

296,160

368,682

Essex

3,654,700

3,573,117

Southend-on-Sea

801,475

472,119

Thurrock

821,328

785,486

Herefordshire

931,379

576,159

Worcestershire

3,062,066

2,436,297

Kent

7,418,927

6,818,894

Medway

1,440,668

1,264,450

Lancashire

9,470,544

9,838,558

Blackburn with Darwen

981,049

434,606

Blackpool

609,674

364,570

Nottinghamshire

1,994,752

6,452,155

Nottingham

2,085,354

1,943,336

Shropshire

1,710,298

2,240,991

Telford and Wrekin

1,257,646

1,103,832

Cheshire East

1,222,140

93,608

Cheshire West and Chester

1,623,696

2,057,503

Cornwall

1,594,192

5,109,973

Cumbria

2,411,705

2,643,349

Gloucestershire

3,645,842

2,965,597

Hertfordshire

1,374,093

4,437,671

Isle of Wight

1,178,074

1,045,534

Lincolnshire

2,520,764

1,604,543

Norfolk

36,560

752

Northamptonshire

516,979

1,811,013

Northumberland

222,483

1,973,316

Oxfordshire

2,988,827

2,074,785

Somerset

1,506,299

471,746

Suffolk

120,075

51,766

Surrey

6,496,545

8,063,783

Warwickshire

1,045,165

3,259,999

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West Sussex

4,911,687

2,848,712

Notes: 1. Information is as provided by local authorities in the s251 outturn collection. 2. Short breaks (respite) for disabled children includes all provision for short-breaks (respite) services for disabled children in need but not looked after. This includes the costs of short breaks utilising a residential setting—including overnight stays; day care and sessional visits to the setting; family based overnight and day care short break services—including those provided through contract and family link carers; sitting or sessional short break services in the child's home; or supporting the child to access activities in the community. The field excludes short breaks for looked after disabled children; any break exceeding 28 days continuous care; costs associated with providing disabled children's access to universal day services such as formal childcare, youth clubs; or extended school activities.

Children: Martial Arts

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the effects on children of an increase in the practice of mixed martial arts. [150981]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 15 April 2013]: Martial arts are not currently a compulsory part of the school curriculum and there are no plans to change this. It is for schools to make their own decisions about whether to include martial arts within their PE and sports provision.

We are not aware of any evidence that standards of provision in the practice of mixed martial arts are in any way harming the welfare and safety of children.

Drugs: Health Education

Mr Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what priority his Department is giving to drug prevention in schools; [150048]

(2) what his Department's strategy is for promoting and delivering abstinence-based drug education in schools. [150049]

Elizabeth Truss: Drug education is part of the statutory National Curriculum Science at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Provision in this area can be further built on through non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, where teachers have the flexibility to tailor their programmes to the specific needs of their pupils. We expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

To support schools we are launching a new evidence-based information service in April 2013 which will provide practical advice and tools based on the best international evidence. We are also funding the Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transition's repository of programme evaluations for a further year to add more programmes to the repository, enhance the website and support programmes to improve their strength of evidence.

Education: Northern Ireland

Dr McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Education Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive. [150919]

Elizabeth Truss: Mr O'Dowd is scheduled to meet the Secretary of State for Education in London on 23 April.

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Electronic Government: Petitions

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has rejected any applications for an e-petition submitted to the Government's portal; and what the nature was of each such petition. [151034]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education has rejected 1,114 e-petitions since February 2012, from a total submitted of 2,303. A list of 886 rejected petitions can be found at the Government's e-petitions website(1). Reasons for rejection are included in the record for each e-petition on the website. The remaining 228 were offensive or libellous and have therefore been removed from the site.

The nature of the rejected e-petitions is as follows:

(1) http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/departments/6?state=rejected

 Number

Admissions

14

Bullying

2

Child protection, safeguarding

14

Children's centres

10

Corporal punishment

47

Curriculum—political education

23

Curriculum - PSHE

44

Discipline

21

Education Maintenance Allowance

35

Education reform

12

Faith schools

12

First aid

15

Forced adoptions

13

GCSEs and A levels

21

GCSEs

56

Grammar schools

11

Nursery schools

10

Parental responsibility

10

School holidays

23

Special educational needs

24

Youth services

19

Other—these break down into 179 further categories, averaging two e-petitions each

432

E-mail

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that the Mrs Blurt e-mail account can be searched in response to requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 where official government business is discussed. [149475]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 25 March 2013]: The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), and his special advisers use equipment and systems provided by the Department and their own IT equipment as appropriate, depending on their location and circumstances. Where information is generated in the course of conducting Government business, it is stored on departmental systems. This complies with the Information Commissioner’s recommendation that:

‘Where necessity prompts the use of private e-mail for departmental business, DFE guidance should be clear that a departmental e-mail address must be copied in to ensure the completeness of the Department’s records.’

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E-mail

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent advice he has sought from the Cabinet Office on the use of private e-mail accounts by his Department for the purposes of official Government business; and if he will make a statement. [143050]

Elizabeth Truss: None.

Foster Care

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many foster parents care for (a) one foster child and (b) two or more foster children. [149170]

Mr Timpson: Information about the number of foster children cared for by each foster carer is not collected centrally.

Free School Meals

Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to introduce the free school meals element of universal credit in October 2013. [150945]

Mr Laws: The Government are currently considering proposals for determining entitlement to free school meals under universal credit. We do not expect to introduce these until after October 2013. From April 2013, as universal credit is very gradually rolled out to small areas of the country as part of the pathfinder, all households receiving universal credit will be entitled to free school meals for their children. This is because they would have been entitled to out of work benefits under the current benefits system. This interim measure, to ensure children continue to receive free school meals during the pathfinder, does not reflect any decisions over FSM eligibility when universal credit is rolled out more widely.

GCE AS-level

Diana Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 142W, on GCE: AS level, which organisations he or Ministers in his Department have (a) met and (b) received representations on regarding changes to the status of AS levels in the last

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 25 March 2013]: I have met and discussed our plans for A level reform, including changes to the AS qualification, with a range of organisations and individuals. A range of views on AS level reform have been expressed. It is for those individuals and groups to decide whether to make their views public.

GCSE

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the comparative GCSE attainment rates of Traveller and Gypsy children and other children in each of the last five years. [148763]

Mr Laws: The requested information can be found in Table 1 of the Statistical First Release (SFR)—‘GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics in England’—which is published on our website here:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/a00219200/

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Table 1 can be found within the ‘Main tables: SFR04/2013’ excel link to the right of the SFR's webpage. The different years can be accessed by using the drop down menu on the top right hand side of the table.

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals who attended (i) state-funded grammar schools and (ii) mainstream secondary schools that were not grammars achieved (A) A* to C in English and mathematics GCSE, (B) A* to C in five GCSEs including English and mathematics, (C) A* to C in five GCSEs including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents and (D) A* to C in five GCSEs including English, mathematics, one science, one language and history or geography in each year since 1997. [150136]

Mr Laws [holding answer 26 March 2013]:The requested information has been placed in the house libraries for the academic years 2008/09 to 2011/12. Information for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils in each decile of deprivation achieved (a) five A* to C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE and (b) five A* to C grades including both English and mathematics at GCSE but excluding equivalents in each year since 1997. [150170]

Mr Laws: A five-year time series giving the percentage of pupils in each decile of deprivation according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs or iGCSEs is published in the Statistical First Release ‘GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics in England’. A link to the publication is given as follows and the relevant table (Table A1) can be found within the ‘Additional Tables’ download. The publication's underlying data include actual pupil numbers for the latest year.

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00219200/gcse-and-equivalent-attainment-

Two tables have been placed in the House Libraries providing a five-year time series of the number and percentage of pupils in each decile of deprivation achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs or iGCSEs and those pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C excluding equivalents including English and mathematics GCSEs or iGCSEs. Information for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Homework

Bob Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department issues guidelines which prohibit or discourage the use of red ink for the purposes of marking or commenting on students' schoolwork. [150629]

Elizabeth Truss: No, the Department does not issue guidelines which prohibit or discourage the use of red ink for marking student's schoolwork.

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Marriage

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will discuss with the Minister for Women and Equalities the introduction of a provision for parents to opt out of the teaching of same sex marriage to their children; [137761]

(2) if he will discuss with the Minister for Women and Equalities the introduction of a provision for (a) faith schools and (b) any other schools that so choose to opt out of requirements to teach about same-sex marriage. [137762]

Elizabeth Truss: Parents already have the right to withdraw their children from all parts of sex education not covered in the National Curriculum for Science, which covers the biology of reproduction. Such a provision would therefore not be necessary.

When delivering sex education, schools—including faith schools—must ensure that pupils are presented with balanced, factual information about the nature and importance of marriage for family life and bringing up children. They are also required to ensure that they do not teach anything that would be considered inappropriate to a pupil's age, religious or cultural background. The Government's proposals for equal marriage do not change either of these.

Pre-school Education

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will list the meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers, (c) special advisers and (d) officials in his Department have convened of the Early Education Co-Production Group since January 2011; [151028]

(2) if he will list the meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers, (c) special advisers and (d) officials in his Department have had with the members of the Early Education Co-Production Group since January 2011. [151029]

Elizabeth Truss: The Early Education Co-production Group has met 13 times since January 2011. The Co-production Steering Group met 12 times. The following list gives the dates of the meetings.

Early Education Group

24 March 2011

6 April 2011

4 May 2011

14 July 2011

5 September 2011

13 October 2011

16 November 2011

15 December 2011

11 January 2012

8 February 2012

28 March 2012

25 May 2012

4 July 2012

Co-production Steering Group

19 January 2011

22 February 2011

17 March 2011

21 April 2011

23 May 2011

14 June 2011

7 July 2011

17 November 2011

12 December 2011

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21 February 2012

30 April 2012

26 June 2012

In July 2012 a decision was made to bring together these groups and this larger group met on two occasions on 26 October 2012 and 18 March 2013.

Ministers, special advisers and officials have had numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings with members of the Early Education Co-production group, as well as with others with an interest in early years and child care policy, in the period since January 2011 and continue to do so.

Procurement

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by his Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [135157]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department does not hold information at the level of detail requested and to analyse the data will result in disproportionate costs. However the departmental spend on consultancy for the last two years is as follows:

 £ million

(i) 2010/11

1.847

(ii) 2011/12

0.515

This expenditure relates to the administrating (running) costs within the Department and does not include consultancy costs that may be charged to a programme.

In regards to the monetary value of contracts awarded to IT companies the total values were:

 £ million

(i) 2010/11

3.946

(ii) 2011/12

35.473

Pupils: Smoking

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 99W, on smoking in schools, what consideration he has given to issuing a best practice guide for local education authorities and schools in order to assist in reducing the levels of underage smoking taking place on school premises. [138117]

Elizabeth Truss: We believe that the policies on smoking are a matter for local determination. Guidance on best practice in this area is best issued by professionals on the ground and not the Government.

Schools are subject to the same smoke free legislation as other premises. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has developed guidance on school-based interventions to prevent the uptake of smoking amongst young people. They are currently examining the most recent evidence to see if the guidance needs updating.

Pupils are also taught about effect of tobacco on the body as part of the National Curriculum for Science. In addition teachers can cover the facts about, and consequences of, smoking in non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.

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Schools: Sports

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of schools which provide at least two hours of physical education or sport per week. [150691]

Mr Timpson: The Department does not collect data on the provision of physical education and sport in schools. Our priority is to enable schools to focus on improving their core PE and sporting provision, rather than placing unnecessary burdens on teachers through data collection requirements.

Following the Prime Minister's recent announcement of £150 million a year funding for school sport in 2013-14 and 2014-15, the Department is working with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to extend the age range of the Active People survey to reflect children's participation in sport.

Special Educational Needs

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged between 16 and 24 with special educational needs receive education or training from a private training provider. [150142]

Mr Timpson [holding answer 26 March 2013]: Data held by this Department show that during 2011/12 there were 13,548 young people aged between 16 and 24, with a self-declared special educational need, receiving education or training from an independent private provider.

This figure relates to all young people whose study programme(s) were funded directly by the Education Funding Agency and who were aged 16 to 18, or 19 to 24, with a self-declared special educational need, including those who were also subject to a learning difficulty assessment.

Teachers: Training

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many trainee teachers have been awarded bursaries in (a) mathematics and (b) physics each year since teacher training bursaries were introduced. [150062]

Mr Laws: Training bursaries for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) for mathematics and physics were first introduced in academic year (AY) 1986/87. As such, it would not be possible to provide the information requested in this question without incurring disproportionate cost. However I can confirm the number of trainees eligible to date for a training bursary in AY 2012/13 and the rates payable.

In AY 2012/13 high value bursaries were introduced to acknowledge the academic achievements of the trainee and their potential to teach. Trainees must have at least a 2:2 to access a bursary in a shortage subject this includes chemistry and modern languages in addition to physics and mathematics. £20,000 is payable to trainees

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with a 1st class honours degree or equivalent, £15,000 for a 2:1 and £12,000 for a 2:2.

There are currently 1,799 mathematics trainees eligible for a training bursary and 524 trainees eligible for a physics training bursary. These numbers are subject to change as trainees can commence their ITT course at any point in the academic year.

Telephone Services

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) 0800, (b) 0808, (c) 0844, (d) 0845 and (e) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible. [147816]

Elizabeth Truss: No central record of all telephone numbers in use by the Department and its agencies is held. A survey of telephone numbers in use by the Department and its agencies for the public and education workforce groups showed the following:

0800 numbers: five (of which three are agency helplines)

0808 numbers: six

0844 numbers: 0

0845 numbers: three (of which two are agency helplines)

0870 numbers: 0.

Travel

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to offset the carbon dioxide emissions caused by ministerial travel. [150500]

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education offsets all ministerial and official air and rail travel through the Government Carbon Offset Facility, operated by the Government Procurement Service. The Department is currently reviewing options for extending this commitment to cover all modes of departmental travel.

Carbon emissions from all business travel are included in the Government's Greening Government Commitments (GGC) targets and are subject to a 25% reduction target by 2014/15. The Department is currently on course to meet the target and reported a reduction of 23% in 2011/12 against a 2009/10 baseline.

Truancy

Mr Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many days were missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England in each of the last three years. [148100]

Elizabeth Truss: Information on unauthorised absence from 2008/09 to 2010/11 is shown in the following table.

State-funded primary and secondary schools(1, 2, 3): Unauthorised absence rates and days missed—Academic years 2008/09 to 2010/11—England, Suffolk local authority and Bury St Edmunds parliamentary constituency
 2008/09
 State-funded primary schools(1, 2)State-funded secondary schools(1, 3)Total
 Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)

England

3,178,660

0.6

6,501,070

1.5

9,679,730

1.0

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Suffolk local authority

34,910

0.7

86,750

1.2

121,650

1.0

Bury St Edmunds constituency

3,470

0.5

13,610

0.9

17,080

0.8

 2009/10
 State-funded primary schools(1, 2)State-funded secondary schools(1, 3)Total
 Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)

England

3,332,700

0.7

6,297,870

1.4

9,630,580

1.0

Suffolk local authority

35,080

0.7

79,430

1.1

114,510

0.9

Bury St Edmunds constituency

3,640

0.5

10,660

0.7

14,300

0.7

 2010/11
 State-funded primary schools(1, 2)State-funded secondary schools(1, 3)Total
 Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)Days missed due to unauthorised absence(4)Unauthorised absence rate(5)

England

3,543,500

0.7

6,236,370

1.4

9,779,870

1.1

Suffolk local authority

39,270

0.7

81,970

1.2

121,230

1.0

Bury St Edmunds constituency

4,010

0.6

12,150

0.8

16,160

0.7

(1 )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes primary academies. (3) Includes city technology colleges and secondary academies. (4 )Number of sessions missed due to unauthorised absence divided by two. (5 )The number of sessions missed due to unauthorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions. Note: Number of days missed has been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census

The latest data on absence, for the school year, are published as Statistical First Release 04/2012 ‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Including Pupil Characteristics: 2010/11' at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00206150/pupil-absence-schools-2010-2011

‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Including Pupil Characteristics: 2011/12' was published on 19 March 2013 at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/a00221993/pupil-absence-eng-charact

Copies of these reports will be placed in the House Libraries.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students entering apprenticeships were already in employment in each year since 2010. [151562]

Matthew Hancock: According to the 2011 Apprenticeship Pay Survey, 70% of apprentices in England were already working for their employer prior to the start of their apprenticeship. This report can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/32286/12-p137-apprenticeship-pay-survey-2011.pdf

There is no equivalent information for 2010; the 2012 Apprenticeship Pay Survey will be published later this year.

Arms Trade: Export Controls

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with his European counterparts ending the export of semi-automatic rifles and assault weapons to non-governmental persons and bodies. [150321]

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

The Government have no plans to discuss ending the export of semi-automatic rifles and assault weapons to non-governmental persons and bodies. The UK maintains a rigorous and transparent arms export control system, whereby individual export licence applications for all controlled goods to all destinations are assessed on a case by case basis against the Consolidated European Union and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. We do not export equipment where we assess there is a clear risk that it might be used for internal repression, or would provoke or prolong conflict within a country, or would be used aggressively against another country.

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Billing

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of compliance with the Government's prompt payment code. [151249]

Michael Fallon: The Prompt Payment Code is a voluntary code independently run by the Institute for Credit Management (ICM). Signatories commit to: (1) pay suppliers on time, (2) give clear guidance to suppliers and (3) encourage good practice. Signing up to the code is a public gesture of commitment to prompt payment and the ICM's focus is on promoting dialogue when cases of dispute do arise. There is a form for registering complaints about signatories on the Prompt Payment Code website. In addition, references are re-taken every six month to confirm continued good practice by signatories. So far the number of disputes raised and signatories removed remains low which indicates general compliance.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission an assessment of the effect on economic growth of late payments by large firms which subcontract elements of their workload. [151393]

Michael Fallon: Cash flow difficulties arising from late payment affect the viability of many small and medium-sized businesses and as such would have a negative impact on GDP, although data are not available to quantify this.

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will carry out an assessment of the cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of late payments by large firms which subcontract elements of their workload. [151394]

Michael Fallon: Statistics on the scale and costs of late payment to small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) are collected by a number of organisations including Bacs and Experian. Recent research by Bacs indicates that the average amount of invoices in arrears owed to SMEs stands at £45,000 The Department is looking at late payment to subcontractors in the construction industry in developing the Construction Strategy due to be published in July.

Climate Change

Mr Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether the claim that every year since 1998 has been significantly warmer than the temperatures to be expected if there was no warming made by the Met Office in a climate science briefing sent to the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser on 8 February 2010 was supported by any statistical time-series analysis; [151411]

(2) whether the claim that for the last three decades the rate of temperature increase is significant which was made by the Met Office in a climate science briefing sent to the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser on 8 February 2010 was supported by any statistical time-series analysis. [151412]

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Michael Fallon: I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 15 April 2013, Official Report, column 261W, to the hon. Member for Blackley and Broughton (Graham Stringer).

Conditions of Employment: Greater London

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of people employed on zero hours contracts in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available. [151568]

Jo Swinson: According to the Labour Force Survey, there were some 17,000 people resident in Greater London who were on zero hours contracts between October and December 2012, accounting for 0.5% of the total number of employees in London. There are no statistically reliable estimates of the number of people on zero hours contracts in the London borough of Tower Hamlets or the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, due to small survey sample sizes.

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of people employed on casual contracts in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Tower Hamlets and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available. [151569]

Jo Swinson: According to the Labour Force Survey, an estimated 214,000 people resident in Greater London were temporary workers between October and December 2012, around 6.7% of the total number of employees in London, of which some 24,000 (0.7% of total London employees) identified themselves as undertaking casual type of work.

There are no statistically reliable Labour Force Survey estimates for temporary and casual workers for the London borough of Tower Hamlets or the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency over the same period, due to small survey sample sizes.

Diamond Jubilee 2012: Postage Stamps

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Royal Mail plans to issue a commemorative stamp to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of HM the Queen. [152021]

Michael Fallon: Matters relating to Royal Mail's special stamp programmes are the direct responsibility of the company's management.

The company has announced that a set of commemorative stamps featuring “Royal Portraits” will be issued on 30 May to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen.

Energy: Lancashire

Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the value of the energy sector to the economy in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire. [151240]

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Michael Fallon: Financial estimates of sectoral economic contributions are not calculated below the regional level so figures for the gross value added of the energy sector (defined here as the supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning) are not available for the Pendle constituency and Lancashire.

EU Grants and Loans

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's press release of 26 March 2013 on the allocation of EU structural funding across the UK, how much of that funding each English region will be allocated for 2014 to 2020; and how much of such funding would have been allocated to (a) England and (b) each English region for that period if the EU formula for the allocation of funds had been implemented. [151419]

Michael Fallon: As set out in the press release of 26 March 2013, the Government announced the indicative Structural Funds allocation across the UK. All these figures remain indicative and will be confirmed only after agreement between Heads of State and Government and the European Parliament on the EU budget 2014-20.

According to our estimates England will receive €6.174 billion, Scotland €795 million, Wales €2.145 billion and Northern Ireland €457 million. Compared to the 2007-13 UK allocation, this represents a 5% cut for England and each of the devolved Administrations.

If the EU formula had been applied, the devolved Administrations would together have a significant cut in funding, in total 27%. The Government did not believe that this would have been fair.

The UK may also receive additional funding to tackle youth unemployment in regions where this is above 25%. The Government will set out the allocations in relation to this when figures are confirmed.

A decision on allocation to each English region has not yet been made. The Government has asked local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to lead the development of an EU Investment Strategy for their area. Indicative allocations within England will therefore be by LEP area, rather than region.