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Teenage Pregnancy Unit

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who the Head of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit is; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; what his or her career has been to date; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the post; how many were short-listed for interview; and if he will make a statement; (97939)

(2) who the members of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit are; what relevant specialist qualifications each holds; what the career of each has been to date; when each was appointed and by whom; where each vacancy was advertised; how many persons applied for each post; how many were short-listed for interview; where the Teenage Pregnancy Unit is located; how much was spent by it on (a) office accommodation, (b) staff costs, (c) travel and subsistence and (d) staff bonuses in each year since the unit's inception; and if he will make a statement.

The Head of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit is Marcus Bell, who transferred to the post in June 2004. Mr. Bell is a career civil servant who joined the Department in 1989.

The Teenage Pregnancy Unit is an integral part of the Department for Education and Skills. In addition to the Head of the TPU, it currently has seven members, whose responsibilities are as follows:

Job title

Responsibilities

Programme manager

Delivery and implementation of the teenage pregnancy strategy

National policy manager

Policy briefings and parliamentary questions

Teenage parents support manager

Supported housing and childcare for teenage parents

Local implementation manager

Local implementation of the teenage pregnancy strategy

Information and analysis manager

Analysis and data

Administrative support officer

Administrative support

Administrative support officer

Administrative support

All members of the TPU must maintain their competence at the appropriate standard for their official duties.

The costs for the Unit are as follows:

(a) Office accommodation: It is not possible to identify separately the accommodation costs of individual units or teams within the overall Department. This information is therefore not available.

(b) Staff costs and, (c) travel and subsistence: The following table shows TPU staff salary costs and travel and subsistence costs from December 2003 when the Unit moved into the Department for Education and Skills from the Department of Health.

£

Financial year

Staff costs (i.e. salaries)

Travel and subsistence

2003-041

105,000

8,500

2004-05

406,400

22,000

2005-06

367,300

14,400

2006-072

177,000

9,200

1 2003-04 costs relate to period from 1 December 2003 only, i.e. point at which TPU moved from the Department of Health to DfES 2 2006-07 costs are for period up to 30 September 2006 only Note: Figures rounded to nearest £.

(d) Staff bonuses: These costs are included within the salary cost figures shown in the table.