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Written Answers

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 16 December 2008

Children, Schools and Families

Building Schools for the Future Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme have been the subject of a post-occupancy evaluation. (242684)

The Strategic Partnering Agreement between a local authority and their private sector partner (PSP) requires the PSP to carry out an evaluation of every school that is built one year after opening in order to demonstrate customer satisfaction. The methodology is to use the DQI-design quality indicator ‘in use' tool to capture customer views.

All major school projects, including those constructed within Building Schools for the Future, are required to undergo an environmental assessment using BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). This method now includes a post-construction review which compares an assessment of the environmental impact of the school as constructed against impact as designed.

DCSF and Partnerships for Schools are exploring what other data it would be useful to collect, particularly 'hard' environmental data to evaluate how schools are performing against the 60 per cent. carbon reduction target. PfS is planning to pilot the broader approach before the end of the current financial year.

To date, Bristol Brunel Academy has carried out a DQI ‘in use' exercise.

Children in Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which schools more than 2 per cent. of pupils were children in care in the latest period for which figures are available. (241740)

The requested information has been placed in the Library.

The Department’s main source of information on children in care is the Children Looked After Survey, but this does not record which schools pupils attend. However, information on whether a pupil is in care is also collected via the School Census. The most recent census data relate to January 2008.

This census shows that there were 34,390 pupils aged five to 19 attending primary, secondary and special schools classed as being in care as at January 2008. Data published by the Department as SFR 23/2008: Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008, show 47,600 children aged between five and 19 as being looked after as at 31 March 2008. However the School Census does not cover all looked after children; information is not collected for pupils in alternative provision, including pupil referral units, FE colleges, voluntary provision and those not in education or training. These differences in coverage will explain the different counts to an extent, but it is possible that the School Census undercounts the number of looked after children in primary, secondary and special schools.

Children: Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the Ofsted inspectors who undertook the recent inspection of Haringey child protection services took part in the (a) 2007 Annual Performance Assessment and (b) 2006 Joint Area Review. (240757)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the Child Protection Register in each region in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (241395)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Children who were the subject of a Child Protection Plan (CPP)1, 2, years at 31 March 1997 to 2008, coverage: Government Office Region in England

England

North East

North West

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East of England

London

South East

South West

Subject of a CPP at 31 March

Number:

1997

32,400

2,250

4,245

4,960

3,265

3,390

2,465

5,025

3,845

2,920

1998

31,600

2,155

3,965

4,485

3,145

3,565

2,800

4,995

3,660

2,875

1999

31,900

2,165

4,205

4,015

3,095

3,760

3,080

4,900

3,815

2,845

2000

30,300

2,105

4,050

3,390

3,135

3,600

2,865

4,810

3,835

2,485

2001

26,800

1,835

3,245

2,885

2,640

3,130

2,595

4,625

3,720

2,155

2002

25,700

1,935

3,390

2,850

2,370

2,995

2,490

4,500

3,105

2,095

2003

26,600

1,920

3,795

2,870

2,485

2,960

2,520

4,600

3,220

2,105

2004

26,300

1,770

3,470

2,950

2,280

3,010

2,480

4,770

3,375

2,150

2005

25,900

1,715

3,440

2,730

2,125

3,330

2,450

4,650

3,500

1,980

2006

26,400

1,615

3,375

2,830

2,275

3,305

2,600

4,745

3,540

2,085

2007

27,900

1,785

3,565

2,730

2,525

3,480

2,620

4,955

3,880

2,330

2008

29,200

1,980

3,980

2,835

2,410

3,475

2,745

5,210

4,210

2,345

Rate per 10,000 children aged under 18 years:

1997

29

37

n/a

42

34

27

20

31

22

28

1998

28

36

25

38

33

28

23

31

20

27

1999

28

37

26

34

33

30

25

30

21

27

2000

27

36

25

29

33

29

23

29

21

23

2001

24

32

20

25

28

25

21

28

20

20

2002

23

33

21

25

25

24

20

27

17

20

2003

24

35

24

25

26

24

21

29

18

21

2004

24

32

23

26

24

25

20

29

19

20

2005

23

31

22

24

23

27

30

29

20

19

2006

24

24

22

25

24

27

21

29

20

20

2007

25

33

24

24

27

29

21

31

22

22

2008

27

37

27

25

26

29

22

32

23

22

n/a = Not available.

1 England figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Government Office Region figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

2 Figures include unborn children.

The latest figures on the numbers and percentage of children subject to Child Protection Plans or placed on the Child Protection Register were published in a Statistical First Release (SFR) 24/2008 “Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan, England—Year ending 31 March 2008" on 16 September 2008. A copy of this release is available on my Department’s website:

www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months. (242454)

In the last 12 months, the Department spent (a) £2,653 on Christmas cards and (c) £460 on a Christmas tree at its headquarters building. The Department does not fund (b) Christmas parties.

Dartmouth Community College

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward the timetable for the rebuilding of Dartmouth Community College from 2011; and if he will make a statement. (243823)

Following a public consultation on the management of Waves 7 to 15 of BSF in the summer, I announced in September our aim to start all local authorities into BSF as soon as is practicable, with an initial priority project covering four to five schools. All local authorities were invited to submit an expression of interest (EoI) on this basis and Devon was active in consulting Partnerships for Schools prior to submitting its EoI. We are now working with Partnerships for Schools to prioritise expressions of interest in line with our published guidance, and I aim to announce the revised national programme early next year.

Departmental Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 477W, on departmental air travel, if he will place in the Library figures for 2007-08. (241678)

The spend for the Department for Children, Schools and Families for departmental air travel for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 was £235,186.

Departmental Higher Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department undertook courses funded by the Department for (a) undergraduate degrees, (b) postgraduate degrees or diplomas, (c) Masters degrees, (d) MBA degrees and (e) PhD degrees in the last 12 months, broken down by pay band. (242127)

The Department does not collect this information centrally in the form requested. Information on the number of staff taking degree or diploma courses funded by the Department is held locally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The criteria for funding degree or diploma courses will be driven by Professional Skills for Government.

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in each year since his Department's formation. (243737)

Departmental Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens' jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department's policy making since 2000; whether the participants were paid in each case; and if he will make a statement. (243040)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families conducted its only citizens’ jury in 2007 and followed this with 11 related deliberative debates to ensure that the views of parents and young people were reflected in the development and implementation of the Children's Plan.

The Department organised a citizen's jury at Bristol Brunel Academy on 6 September 2007. 38 people participated, including children, young people and teachers from the academy; and parents and local practitioners working with children.

The Department followed this citizens’ jury with three sets of deliberative debates with members of the public and education professionals.

The first set of deliberative debates was held on Saturday 29 September 2007, with four events running simultaneously in London, Leeds, Portsmouth and Birmingham. These events formed part of the consultative process for the Children's Plan. Around 400 young people, parents, teachers and those working with children and young people were involved.

The second set was held on 8 March 2008, with four events again running in London, Leeds, Portsmouth and Birmingham. The events focused on policy areas in the Children's Plan. Around 240 people attended, including parents, young people and educational professionals.

The last set took place on 13 September 2008. The events were held in London, Leeds and Birmingham and were attended by around 300 people including parents, local practitioners and representatives of stakeholder organisations. The themes discussed were Parents as Partners in Learning; the Childcare Strategy and Parental Complaints.

Participants were not paid to attend the citizens’ jury but were paid a small sum to attend the deliberative events to cover out of pocket expenses.

It is not possible to establish a definitive figure for juries or panels from predecessor Departments.

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the expenses of (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in each of the last three years. (240635)

Details of expenses incurred by Ministers and civil servants in the Department for Children, Schools and Families in the last three financial years are set out as follows:

Ministers and civil servants

£

2007-08

1,072,411

2006-071

1,155,876

2005-061

1,345,661

1 Figures for 2006-07 and 2005-06 refer to the former Department for Education and Skills.

Travel and subsistence (reimbursable expenses) is claimed via the Department’s integrated financial information system and is recorded under the general heading of ‘Subsistence’. Ministers’ expenses are not brigaded separately on the Department’s accounting system and are included in the aforementioned totals.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families was created on 28 June 2007 as a result of a machinery of government change and the aforementioned expenditure recorded includes that of its predecessor Department, the Department for Education and Skills.

All expenditure is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in “Government Accounting”. All travel undertaken by DCSF civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the “Civil Service Management Code”.

Departmental Temporary Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 705W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited through each company in each year; and for how long on average staff recruited through these companies worked for the Department in each year. (242159)

In the Department, the number of people who have been employed through the agencies in each year are as follows:

Adecco

Reed

Hays

Total

July 2007 to December 2007

33

22

43

98

January 2008 to October 2008

0

76

87

163

Total

33

98

130

261

Information on the average duration of appointments could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Education Maintenance Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to alter the education maintenance allowance system following the introduction of requirements for 16 to 18-year-olds to remain in education or training. (244546)

As published in the Delivering 14-19 Reform: Next Steps document

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/1419/documents/7928DCSF Delivering%201419%20Reform%20Summary.pdf

some young people will always require support to help them overcome any barriers—financial or otherwise—to participation. We must ensure that financial constraints are not a barrier for young people. This will entail providing support to those who need it and we are looking at a variety of methods to ensure that this is done in the most effective way. This will include building on the education maintenance allowance, which from September this year links financial support more closely to attainment and behaviour. We will continue to look at ways of supporting all young people to enable them to participate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the introduction of education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement. (244549)

Assessing the economic impact of EMA is not simple but our analysis of the education maintenance allowance shows that the expected economic benefits far outweigh the costs. For the first cohort of recipients in the national rollout in 2004-05, evaluation evidence suggests that an extra 18,000 16-year-olds participated in full-time education than would have done so without EMA and an extra 16,000 participated at age 17. This is estimated to have generated an additional 10,100 Level 2 and 11,900 Level 3 qualifications being gained by the age of 18. Based on these benefits, our best estimate of the net benefit to the economy from supporting this cohort is around £880 million over the lifetime of these individuals. Given the range of assumptions that are necessary in carrying out such as assessment, our estimate should be seen as indicative.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will consider assessing eligibility for education maintenance allowance on the basis of net rather than gross family income. (244550)

The education maintenance allowance (EMA) has had the biggest impact on participation of any policy initiative in over a decade. From 2003-04 to 2004-05 the national participation rate for 16-year-olds in full-time education increased by 3.7 percentage points, exceeding expectations. EMA was one of the key policies aimed at increasing participation and has been a major contributor to this increase. One of the factors that has contributed to the success of EMA has been its simplicity. There are a range of alternatives to using gross income to assess eligibility for EMA, including using net income. All of these have various advantages and disadvantages. We currently believe that out of the available options for assessing eligibility for EMA, the simplicity of using gross income is preferable.

Education: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which organisation it is proposed that (a) sixth form colleges, (b) further education colleges and (c) schools should be able to appeal against a funding decision in regard to education provision for 16 to 18-year-olds taken by (i) a local authority and (ii) a sub-regional group under the proposals set out in the Raising Expectations White Paper. (243364)

The new arrangements are designed to more closely follow learner choice and ensure that the outcomes for young people are delivered in a more integrated manner with local authorities acting as the strategic commissioners for children’s services for children aged 0 to 19. They will need to work collaboratively with other local authorities, schools and colleges to shape the offer to young people across the country and to deliver these commissioning decisions.

As now, there will be a dialogue between commissioners and those to be commissioned about what can be delivered for young people, informed by the previous year’s performance. These discussions will then inform local and regional commissioning plans that will be scrutinised, at a regional level, by the proposed Young People’s Learning Agency to ensure overall coherence and budgetary control.

DCSF officials are working with local authority, school and college representatives to establish whether any appeals processes are required and, if so, how they would operate. In principle we would expect any appeal to be directed in the first instance to the local authority making the funding decision, though this would have to be balanced with the bureaucracy that any process of appeals might generate.

We have set out in the “Delivering 14-19 Reform: Next Steps” document, that local authorities will make the funding decisions in relation to education provision for 16 to 18-year-olds. Sub-regional groups will not, therefore, make specific funding decisions in relation to individual providers.

Education: ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received from teaching organisations on the potential risks arising from the use of wireless technology; and if he will make a statement. (243952)

In the last two years, one representation has been received from a teaching organisation. The General Secretary of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) wrote expressing concern about the use of wireless technology. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has stated that there is no reason why wi-fi should not be used in schools.

Educational Institutions: Crimes of Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of teachers working in (a) West Chelmsford constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England who were subject to physical attack in the workplace in 2008; (243968)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of physical attacks against people working in education in West Chelmsford constituency in 2008.

The requested information is not collected centrally.

Information about the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions as a result of a physical assault against an adult was published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 14/2008 “Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England 2006/07”, available on my Department's website:

www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/.

Free School Meals

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils is entitled to free school meals in each secondary school which does not have specialist status; and if he will make a statement. (241632)

Further Education: Sittingbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what commitments he has received from the Learning and Skills Council on the provision of a further education college for Sittingbourne. (244236)

I have been asked to reply.

The Secretary of State has not received any commitments from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for a new further education (FE) college in Sittingbourne. Although the LSC and local partners have identified a need for some additional FE provision in Sittingbourne, there is insufficient demand for a new FE college.

Canterbury College, together with Swale borough council, is investigating whether there is scope for the college to have an additional presence in the area as part of the town's regeneration plans. If the college concludes this to be appropriate, it will consult locally before putting a case to the LSC for consideration. In the event of a proposal for an existing college to locate a new site in Sittingbourne, the Secretary of State has no role in the decision.

GCSE: North Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of eligible pupils passed at least five GCSEs in Vale of York constituency in each year since 1997. (240561)

Readily available information on the percentage of eligible pupils in Vale of York constituency achieving five or more GCSEs is given in the following table:

Percentage gaining five or more grades A*-G at GCSEs

Percentage

1997

96.5

1998

97.4

1999

96.8

2000

97.4

2001

97

2002

97.6

2003

95.6

2004

98

2005

98.5

2006

97.9

2007

98.9

Notes:

1. Data from 1997 to 2006 are based on 15-year-old pupils at the start of the academic year. The 2007 figure is based on pupils at the end of KS4.

2. Data from 2004 to 2007 include equivalents.

GCSEs

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived areas received (i) at least five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in 2008, (ii) level 5 or above at key stage 3 in 2006, (c) level 4 or above at key stage 2 in 2003 and (iv) level 2 or above at key stage 1 in 1999; (240590)

(2) what percentage of children on (a) free school meals and (b) not on free school meals received (i) at least five GCSEs at A* - C including English and mathematics in 2008, (ii) level 5 or above at key stage 3 in 2006, (iv) level 4 or above at key stage 2 in 2003 and (iv) level 2 or above at key stage 1 in 1999;

(3) how many pupils eligible for free school meals who (a) obtained and (b) did not obtain level 4 in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain (i) five GCSEs at A*to C and (ii) five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics;

(4) how many and what proportion of pupils registered as gifted and talented did not sit at least one A-level examination in 2008.

Some information on attainment by pupil characteristics has been published in the Statistical First Release, "DCSF: National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2007/08" on 11 December. Additional information by pupil characteristics will be produced after that date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many gifted and talented pupils (a) in care and (b) not in care who obtained level 4 or above in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain five GCSEs at A* to C in 2007; (241713)

(2) how many pupils (a) in care and (b) not in care who (i) obtained and (ii) did not obtain level 4 in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain five GCSEs at A* to C in 2007.

The OC2 data collection collects information on a range of outcomes for looked after children from local authorities. This information has been published in the Statistical First Release “Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, Twelve months to 30 September 2007—England” (SFR 08/2008), which is available on the Department's website via the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000785/index.shtml.

Information on attainment in schools can be found in tables B and C which show the number at each key stage and, of those, the number and percentage achieving the expected level. The OC2 is an aggregate data collection and it is therefore not possible to link the achievements of looked after children at key stage 2 to those at key stage 4.

Geography: GCE A Level

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1502-3W, on schools: assessments, which mainstream schools did not enter any pupils for A-level geography. (243855)

The information required is given as follows.

Only schools that were published in the 2007 School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables have been given.

Maintained mainstream schools that did not enter any pupils into GCE A-level Geography in 2006-07

Number of 16-18 year olds1

2034130

Plumstead Manor—Negus School

577

2044686

The Skinners' Company's School for Girls

152

2064108

Highbury Grove School

133

2064614

Central Foundation Boys' School

76

2084509

Charles Edward Brooke School

88

2085400

La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

139

2085403

Archbishop Tenison's School

36

2085404

St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

140

2104680

St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School

125

2106905

City of London Academy (Southwark)

51

2106906

The Academy at Peckham

133

2114242

Mulberry School for Girls

356

2114507

Central Foundation Girls' School

231

2114722

Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School

335

2124297

Ernest Bevin College

187

2124329

Battersea Technology College

62

2126900

ADT College

184

2134723

St Augustine's C of E High School

107

2136905

Paddington Academy

202

3014024

Eastbury Comprehensive School

217

3024009

The Ravenscroft School—a technology college

92

3024012

Whitefield School

147

3026905

London Academy

311

3034022

Erith School

235

3034603

Trinity School, Belvedere

86

3036905

The Business Academy Bexley

90

3044006

Wembley High Technology College

180

3045401

Copland—a specialist science community college

604

3045404

Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College

131

3045407

Cardinal Hinsley Mathematics and Computing College

44

3045408

John Kelly Boys' Technology College

134

3054002

Cator Park School

209

3066900

BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology

582

3076905

West London Academy

112

3084038

Lea Valley High School

112

3084041

Salisbury School

124

3084043

Highlands School

192

3084702

Bishop Stopford's School

152

3085402

Albany School

190

3094034

Woodside High School, a business and enterprise specialist school

68

3094037

Park View Academy

64

3094703

St Thomas More Catholic School

172

3096905

Greig City Academy

114

3124654

Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School

72

3125406

Rosedale College

159

3125409

Abbotsfield School

78

3125410

Swakeleys School

159

3125412

Barnhill Community High School

151

3126905

Stockley Academy

67

3134021

Hounslow Manor School

100

3134022

Longford Community School

176

3134024

Brentford School for Girls

114

3145403

Coombe Boys' School

93

3174027

Loxford School of Science and Technology

293

3174029

Woodbridge High School

299

3174035

Mayfield School

235

3174605

Ilford Ursuline High School

155

3194011

Glenthorne High School

150

3206905

Walthamstow Academy

2

3304084

Washwood Heath Technology College

113

3304129

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College

65

3304207

Handsworth Wood Girls' Visual and Performing Arts Specialist College and Sixth Form Centre

51

3304227

Broadway School

143

3305412

George Dixon International School and Sixth Form Centre

185

3314000

Barr's Hill School and Community College

74

3314029

Foxford School and Community Arts College

135

3314030

Lyng Hall School

65

3314038

Sidney Stringer School—specialising in mathematics and computing

145

3325401

Ellowes Hall Sports College

63

3334120

Tividale Community Arts College

74

3335400

Manor Foundation Business and Sports College

74

3354016

Frank F Harrison Engineering College

87

3354017

Alumwell Business and Enterprise College

164

3354100

Darlaston Community Science College

114

3354105

Willenhall School Sports College

195

3354107

Sneyd Community School

105

3355401

St Thomas More Catholic School, Willenhall

247

3364106

The Northicote School

117

3364115

Deansfield High School

96

3364129

Pendeford Business and Enterprise College

99

3364130

Wednesfield High School

149

3364131

Parkfield High School

108

3364133

Colton Hills Community School

170

3364606

Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College

122

3404609

All Saints Catholic High School

152

3414404

Holly Lodge Girls' College

176

3414419

Shorefields School

53

3414421

The Alsop High School Technology College and Vocational Specialist School

257

3414423

Croxteth Community Comprehensive School

91

3414425

Broadgreen High School—a technology college

164

3414428

New Heys Comprehensive School

129

3414781

Archbishop Blanch Church of England Voluntary Aided High School—a technology and training school

195

3414787

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College

145

3414788

St Benedict's College

114

3416906

North Liverpool Academy

156

3424710

St Aelred's Catholic Technology College

160

3434802

St Michael's Church of England High School

88

3444071

South Wirral High School

144

3524257

Whalley Range 11-18 High School and Business and Enterprise College

297

3554018

Beis Yaakov High School

6

3714020

North Doncaster Technology College

179

3714029

Don Valley School and Performing Arts College

210

3714607

Rossington All Saints Church of England (VA) School—a sports college

145

3716905

Trinity Academy

120

3804001

Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College

160

3804022

Belle Vue Boys' School

98

3804034

Rhodesway School

206

3804036

Tong School

176

3804041

Belle Vue Girls' School

193

3804077

Nab Wood School

133

3804101

Grange Technology College

295

3804613

Feversham College

96

3805404

Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College

136

3814024

Sowerby Bridge High School

114

3814026

Todmorden High School

95

3814036

The Ridings School

27

3834031

City of Leeds School

44

3834044

Primrose High School

52

3834045

John Smeaton Community High School

99

3834054

Intake High School Arts College

84

3834056

Farnley Park High School

70

3834057

Wortley High School

65

3834058

West Leeds High School

99

3834059

Parklands Girls' High School

90

3834103

Rodillian School

136

3904605

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

93

3914450

Walker Technology College

140

3914480

Benfield School

136

3914500

All Saints College

91

8014032

Brislington Enterprise College

62

8034124

Sir Bernard Lovell School

165

8034149

The Grange School and Sports College

72

8124503

Matthew Humberstone Church of England School

84

8134091

Vale of Ancholme Technology College

55

8134491

Baysgarth School

62

8154203

Ripon College

55

8254001

Highcrest Community School

76

8254072

Cressex Community School

73

8254074

Burnham Upper School

43

8254701

St Bernard's Catholic School

94

8264085

Sir Frank Markham Community School

95

8304001

Mortimer Wilson School

72

8315403

Merrill College

121

8354178

The Grange School

84

8364111

Rossmore Community College

62

8364112

Ashdown Technology College

32

8374189

Oakmead College of Technology

135

8404154

Spennymoor Comprehensive School

103

8404178

King James I Community Arts College

111

8454058

The Grove

66

8454073

Filsham Valley School

41

8464067

Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College

163

8564005

New College Leicester

53

8604066

Norton Canes High School

37

8604084

Maryhill High School

73

8604156

Belgrave High School

103

8674030

The Brakenhale School

39

8674058

Sandhurst School

95

8714082

Baylis Court School

72

8714089

Wexham School

137

8715409

The Westgate School

67

8734004

Impington Village College

270

8754129

Woodford Lodge High School

30

8754130

The Verdin High School

48

8754161

Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing Arts

90

8754165

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

177

8774201

Penketh High School

110

8794189

Tamarside Community College

190

8794190

Stoke Damerel Community College

272

8814735

St Peters College

81

8815406

Beauchamps High School

77

8815407

The Bromfords School

86

8815412

The Rickstones School

76

8815453

The Harwich School—a language college

120

8825414

The Eastwood School (11-18)

81

8825465

St Bernard's High School and Arts College

117

8864059

Swadelands School

85

8864065

Holmesdale Technology College

64

8864091

The Community College Whitstable

105

8864172

Hartsdown Technology College

117

8864196

The Towers School

272

8864207

Castle Community College

52

8864219

Hextable School

91

8864242

The Abbey School

111

8865410

Aylesford School—sports college

89

8865417

Minster College

195

8865419

Angley School—a sports college

134

8865421

The Canterbury High School

198

8865425

The Malling School

13

8865448

Herne Bay High School

196

8865456

Northfleet Technology College

79

8865466

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College

159

8874075

The Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School

176

8874076

Chapter School

212

8874167

Walderslade Girls' School

76

8875429

Chatham Grammar School for Girls

254

8884408

Fleetwood Sports College

2

8914008

Kirkby College

52

8914106

Wheldon School and Sports College

81

8914462

Sherwood Hall School and Sixth Form College

99

8926905

Djanogly City Academy Nottingham

226

9094104

Netherhall School

95

9095400

Kirkbie Kendal School

175

9095408

North Cumbria Technology College

31

9164039

Vale of Berkeley College

7

9194029

Adeyfield School

101

9194111

Westfield Community Technology College

136

9194116

Marriotts School

68

9194117

The Sele School

61

9194154

Onslow St Audrey's School

54

9195409

Bushey Hall School

122

9195411

Mount Grace School

160

9195427

Hockerill Anglo-European College

162

9254036

The City of Lincoln Community College

112

9254056

Cordeaux School

74

9254609

St Clements College

103

9255414

Joseph Ruston Technology College

11

9255423

The Giles School

136

9264048

Charles Burrell High School

77

9264067

Heartsease High School

43

9284067

Weston Favell School

185

9284103

Unity College

78

9284703

Thomas Becket Catholic School

107

9314074

Peers School

47

9314117

Oxford Community School

193

9314145

St Gregory the Great VA Catholic Secondary School

131

9334274

Holyrood Community School

124

9354038

Orwell High School

107

9354066

The Denes High School

137

9354095

Westbourne Sports College

173

9364028

Christ's College, Guilford

67

9364763

The Bishop Wand Church of England School

102

9365411

St Paul's Catholic College

109

9374103

Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College

184

9374192

Campion School and Community College

78

9384030

Ifield Community College

184

9384044

Thomas Bennett Community College

173

1 Age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August 2006.

Ofsted: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the oral evidence given by the Chief Executive of Ofsted to the Children, Schools and Families Committee on 10 December, HC 70-i, if his Department will review the performance of Ofsted senior management and make changes where appropriate. (244065)

Ofsted is a non-ministerial Government Department. Performance management of the chief inspector is the responsibility of the Ofsted Board and in particular the chairman. The performance of other Ofsted senior managers is the responsibility of the chief inspector.

Pre-school Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to improve children’s pre-school cognitive development in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency since 1997. (242368)

In 1998 the Government published Desirable Learning Outcomes that included goals for learning (including on early literacy, numeracy and the development of personal and social skills) for children by the time they entered compulsory education. In 2000, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority published Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, which contains six areas of learning, 69 Early Learning Goals, and stepping stones to achieve them for children aged three to five year. For younger children “Birth to three matters” was published in 2002. It focuses on child development, and includes four themes: a Strong Child, a Skilful Communicator, a Competent Learner and a Healthy Child.

In September this year the Government published the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which brought together the previous early learning frameworks and sets quality standards for learning (including cognitive development) and care for all settings caring for children aged birth to five.

In the north-east the National Strategies have provided support to local authorities and developed a set of materials to help practitioners to support children’s social development through “Social and Emotional Aspects of Development” (SEAD) programme.

The Government have also introduced the “Every Child a Talker” (ECAT) programme—which will give practitioners easier access to training and materials so that they are better equipped to identify and support children’s early language needs and development. In addition we have introduced the “Communication, Language and Literacy Development” (CLLD) programme which aims to support practitioners with children’s early reading, development of speaking and listening skills and to embed phonic work within a broad and rich language curriculum. The NE region has eight out of 12 local authorities in the first wave of the ECAT programme and 12 are in the CLLD programme.

Primary Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of primary schools in England in (a) hamlets and isolated settings, (b) villages, (c) towns and fringe settlements and (d) settlements of more than 10,000 inhabitants in each year since 1997. (243184)

The requested information is shown in the following table:

Number of primary schools by urban rural classification

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling

695

693

687

685

681

Village

2,765

2,758

2,753

2,741

2,727

Town and Fringe

1,864

1,863

1,857

1,849

1,840

Urban >10,000

12,443

12,331

12,209

12,088

11,959

Total

17,767

17,645

17,506

17,363

17,207

Source: School Census.

School Leaving: Qualifications

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) Wiltshire, (b) London and (c) England reached the end of compulsory schooling without a qualification in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (243778)

The information requested is shown in the following table. The data are taken from the last five years’ “GCSE and Equivalent Results in England” Statistical First Release, the latest of which can be found online at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000815/index.shtml.

Proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving no GCSE or equivalent passes

20041

2005

2006

2007

20084

Wiltshire2

3.0

2.6

2.6

2.0

1.3

London2

4.2

2.7

2.5

2.0

1.9

England3

4.2

2.6

2.2

1.1

1.4

1 2004 figures include pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year.

2 Figures for Wiltshire and London include pupils in local authority maintained schools only.

3 Figures for England include all schools.

4 Provisional

Schools: Co-operation

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what resources his Department makes available to support school partnerships and collaborations; and if he will make a statement. (241626)

The Department supports a number of school partnerships and collaborations. The following table details the key policies which either promote or leverage collaborative working. It includes the cost of those programmes last year in terms of the financial resources either passed directly to schools or LAs (in part or in full) to support partnership working, or the cost of contracts which provide support to schools or LAs (in part or in full) for partnership working. Likewise, it details the financial resources that the Department expects to make available this year to schools or LAs (in part or in full) to support partnership working, or the expected cost of contracts the Department will make available (in part or in full) to support schools or LAs to work in partnership.

Our vision of 21st century schools is ambitious. No single school working alone will be able to deliver its key components. To improve the lives of children, young people, families and the wider local community, schools will need to work in partnership with children and young people; with parents; with other schools and colleges; with early years providers; and with wider services. Our consultation paper published yesterday considers the 21st century school system and how we can ensure deeper, more consistent and more effective partnership working and collaborations.

Partnership policy

Purpose

Resources available in 2007-08

Resources available in 2008-09

0-7 Partnerships

The Children’s Plan (paragraph 4.50) announced a new initiative to pilot partnership working between schools, Sure Start Children’s Centres, early years and childcare providers and the health service across the 0-7 age range. The aims of the 0-7 Partnerships pilots are to develop and assess different models of partnership and joint working to see how they can improve children's early experiences. These have a huge impact on their later development and achievement and can have an influence on what they do and how they behave throughout their lives.

n/a

10 pilots, at least one for every English region, were selected in summer 2008. £2 million has been made available for 2008/9 (out of £10m total funding for the three years 2008-11).

The pilots are designed to:

raise quality;

improve links between settings and services;

improve transition over time (including from pre-school settings into Reception, and from Reception into Year 1);

test out new innovative approaches to partnership working.

Diploma Consortia

Diploma consortia are the groups of partners and providers who come together to deliver one or more of the new Diploma lines. A Diploma consortium has responsibility for:

Delivering particular lines of learning including ensuring facilities are fit for purpose and securing employers’ involvement;

Ensuring member institutions collaborate effectively to deliver the Diploma;

Providing Information Advice Guidance through peer advice and mentoring, opportunities for “tasters” and other “experiential” learning, building on commitments in the Children’s Plan;

Marketing to young people, parents and carers;

Preparing workforce and deploying them effectively; and

Logistical planning of learner numbers, timetabling and transport.

14-19 Partnerships

14-19 Partnerships Delivery of 14-19 education requires a collaborative approach and the involvement of several partners. There is therefore a 14-19 Partnership of some form in every area. The 14-19 Partnership has a strategic role in:

£14.5 million distributed to LAs as 14-19 flexible funding. Only some of this will be spent on partnership working at the LA's discretion.

Flexible funding: £14.5 million. This will be added to the area based grant in 2008/09. Again only part of this will be spent on partnership work and that will be at the LA's discretion.

agreeing the local vision for 14-19 that is consistent with the wider Sustainable Community Strategy, Children and Young People’s Plan and Local Area Agreement;

developing and articulating strategies for the full range of 14-19 priorities; and

supporting Diploma consortia so that they are ready to deliver.

Behaviour and Attendance Partnerships

In Nov. 2004 the Sec. of State signalled an expectation that all secondary schools (including academies, special schools and PRUs) would be working together in partnerships to improve behaviour and tackle persistent absence by Sept 2007. The partnerships are based on the idea that schools will be able to deal more effectively with challenging pupils if they can share expertise, resources and facilities for that purpose. Schools partnerships are voluntary, typically comprising 6-10 secondary schools, although primary and middle schools can join. Schools and local authorities have been encouraged to work in partnership through a series of Ministerial letters, and supported via several rounds of regional workshops, on-line guidance, and extensive support from the National Strategies. No additional funding available from the Dept. for partnership working. These partnerships to be made mandatory under the Children, Skills and Learning Bill. Safer School Partnerships - a voluntary arrangement between schools, police and other agencies. No DCSF or Home Office programme budget but some limited, pump-priming support available to some LAs in this FY.

n/a

n/a

Community Cohesion - School Linking

The Government investment in the Schools Linking Network will provide:

A new national website - www.schoolslinkingnetwork.org.uk —to allow all schools in England to seek a linking partner on-line, with support from the Schools Linking Network. The website will also hold resources and training materials.

£125.7k

£731k

Pilot projects in 40 local authorities to facilitate school linking by providing support and training, including guidance, materials and training for local authority personnel, teachers and other staff embarking on a linking project.

Extended Schools

A key way of delivering Every Child Matters, an extended school works with local providers, agencies (and in many cases other schools) to provide access to a core offer of extended services: a varied range of activities including study support activities for primary and secondary schools; childcare 8am-6pm, all year round for primary schools; parenting and family support; swift and easy access to specialist services such as speech therapy; community use of facilities including adult and family learning and ICT—these will often be provided beyond the school day but not necessarily by teachers or on the school site. In 2008-09 to 2010-11 a total of £1.3 billion of funding will be made available. This funding is to support the delivery of the extended schools core offer and not just to help schools work in partnership together.

£238 million

£297.5 million

Independent School/State School Partnership

The Independent/State Schools Partnerships Scheme aims to break down barriers between the independent and state school sectors, share expertise and good practice, widen educational opportunities, and raise standards in education. The focus of the scheme is on gifted and talented pupils with the aim of increasing the numbers of children applying for university places from communities where educational aspirations are traditionally low. In particular, priority will be given to proposals that aim to increase the uptake of, and attainment in, maths, science and modern foreign languages.

£1 million

£1.5 million (approx)

Academy Federations

The Academy Federation pathfinder, established in 2007, is a pilot project involving 10 federations, in which a low attaining school becomes an Academy and is federated with a strong school, which becomes either an Academy or a Trust school. Funding of up to £300,000 per scheme is available for the strong school to undertake work to support the partner school to become an Academy. The capacity funding is integrated into the funding normally made available for academy projects prior to opening, and is determined on a case by case basis.

n/a

Up to £300,000 per project.

London Performance Collaborative

The London Performance Collaborative is a group of London secondary schools working together to raise pupil's attainment.

£415,000

£19,545

London Primary Schools Working in Partnership

Small groups of schools working together on a particular theme, such as attainment in mathematics or English.

none

Up to £450,000

Leading Edge

The Leading Edge Partnership programme enables groups of schools to work together to improve pupil outcomes at key stages 3 and 4, particularly amongst the lowest attaining schools in the partnership. Leading Edge Schools get additional funding of between £60,000 and £90,000 (depending on pupil numbers) p.a. and there is also funding for managing the Programme.

£12.5 million paid to Leading Edge Schools. £925,000 was the cost of managing the Programme (via a contract).

£13.4 million expected to be paid to Leading Edge Schools. £925,000 expected cost of managing the Programme (via a contract).

Trust Schools

Trust Schools work with partners from the private, voluntary and public sectors. Many Trust Schools share their Trust with other schools, and so it becomes a forum for school-to-school partnership working. The very first Trust Schools were provided with up to £15,000 as pathfinder support. Schools looking to acquire a Trust are currently able to access up to £10,000 support.

The total money given directly to schools looking to acquire a Trust was £1.25 million. The Department contracted advice and support for Early Adopters from the TFSP (i.e. a consortium of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Youth Sports Trust and FASNA) at a cost of £1,751,098. Successful applications from local authorities to the Standards and Diversity Fund to support collaborations (Federations and Trust) totalled £14.3 million.

The contract with the TFSP consortium to provide advice and support to schools looking to acquire trust status is expected to cost £3.286 million in 08-09. The Department expects to make up to £2.47 million available to support Trust School projects this year. Further capital funding is available via the Standards and Diversity Fund from 2008-09 to 2010-11 to support federations and Trust school proposals.

Federations

Schools in a federation operate through a single shared governing body, or have joint committees of their governing bodies. The federation model itself can generate financial savings and efficiencies for schools and all schools have the flexibility in their budgets to invest in collaboration. Working together through formal shared governance structures enables schools to raise standards and maintain local provision by sharing resources, staff, expertise, and facilities. The variety of models offered by federation makes it adaptable to suit individual contexts, and local needs and objectives. There is some capital funding available to support federations via the Standards and Diversity Fund (targeted capital funding).

Successful applications from local authorities to the Standards and Diversity Fund in 2007-08 to support federations and Trust school capital proposals totalled £14.3 million.

£120,000 via the National College for School Leadership to support federation schools working with a shared School Business Manager. Further capital funding is available via the Standards and Diversity Fund from 2008-09 to 2010-11 to support federations and Trust school proposals. The department will hold conferences for rural primary schools to provide an opportunity for schools to find out more about federation and to learn from the experiences of others.

The Department will also publish:

new simplified guidance to help schools to form a federation;

new case studies of federations between schools in rural areas to share best practice and to demonstrate the potential efficiencies and other benefits;

reports from research currently being undertaken with clusters of schools to identify the benefits that closer collaborative working and pooling of resources would generate for children and staff. This research will provide clear examples to schools which will support governors and heads as they consider close partnership working.

Education Improvement Partnerships

In Education Improvement Partnerships, schools collaborate to deliver services that would usually be delivered by their Local Authority. Where the LA has funding for the delivery of these services they may decide, locally, to devolve this funding to the schools. The Department keeps no record of this.

n/a

n/a

Science: GCSE

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for individual science GCSE examinations in (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics in each year since 1992. (241892)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) maintained, (b) specialist science, (c) grammar and (d) independent schools offered triple science GCSE courses in physics, chemistry and biology in each year since 1992. (240800)

The Department does not hold information on which subjects are offered by schools. However, the Department aims to encourage all schools to make triple science available to all pupils who could benefit. The Learning and Skills Network is providing practical support and guidance to schools on triple science.

Specifically, by September 2008 all pupils achieving at least level 6+ at key stage 3 will be entitled to study triple science GCSE, for example through collaborative arrangements with other schools, further education colleges and universities; and all specialist science schools will offer triple science at least to all pupils achieving level 6+ at the end of key stage 3.

Furthermore, we will expect all engineering and technology colleges to offer triple science from September 2009; and all mathematics and computing colleges to offer triple science from September 2010.

Social Services: Complaints

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints were made against children's social services departments in West Chelmsford constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. (244182)

This information is not collected centrally. However, local authorities are required to keep a record of:

each representation/complaint received;

the outcome of each, that is, the decisions made in response to the representation/complaint and any action to be taken; and

whether there was compliance with the time limits.

Each local authority must produce an annual report drawing on this information. This report should not contain personal information that is identifiable about any individual complainant.

Teachers: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2008, Official Report, columns 187-88W, on teachers: pay, how many staff in local authority maintained schools were employed as (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2007-08 in (A) Vale of York constituency and (B) England. (244588)

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff employed in local authority maintained schools in the Vale of York constituency and England, January 1997 and 2008.

Full-time equivalent teachers1, teaching assistants2 and support staff3 in local authority maintained schools—years: 1997 and 2008, coverage: Vale of York constituency and England

January

1997

2008

Vale of York constituency

Teachers4

660

770

Teaching assistants4

60

300

Support staff3,4

150

480

England

Teachers5

399,180

434,870

Teaching assistants4

60,580

175,660

Support staff3,4

133,480

322,400

1 Includes qualified and unqualified teachers.

2 ‘Teaching assistants’ include teaching assistants, special needs support staff and minority ethnic pupil support staff.

3 Includes teaching assistants.

4 Source: School Census.

5 Source: Annual Survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies, 618g.

Notes:

1. Excludes academies and city technology colleges.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 17 December 2008

House of Commons Commission

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much has been spent on (a) staff Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the House of Commons in the last three years. (243729)

The amounts spent in the last three years have been:

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Christmas parties

2,704

3,835

3,661

Staff entertainment

5,574

1,513

7,149

Scotland

Departmental Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months. (243726)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 808-09W, to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne).

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department’s expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08. (243564)

The Government are committed to publishing an annual list detailing the number and costs of special advisers. Information for 2007-08 was published by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS.

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. (244386)

Staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice and the Office reimburses those Departments for the costs involved. The Office does not maintain a record of the hourly pay for temporary or permanent staff; such information is the responsibility of the parent Departments.

Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department’s policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244024)

The Scotland Office is part of the Ministry of Justice, who have read the Foresight report and will be considering it with a view to taking up any relevant findings.

Part of that process will involve an assessment of what the report might mean for departmental policies and a report will follow on it in due course.

Defence

Aircraft Carriers: Construction

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects construction of the two new aircraft carriers to commence. (244194)

Construction is already under way, and will continue with the first cut of steel in the main shipyards of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance scheduled for 2009.

Armed Forces: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average length of time a (a) Royal Marine Officer and (b) Royal Marine spent away from home over the latest 30-month period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (243670)

The average number of days that Royal Marine individuals are recorded as being separated from where they are based over the last 30 months from 1 May 2006 to 31 October 2008 is as follows:

Days

Royal Marine Officers

154

Royal Marine Other Ranks

169

Departmental Research

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many research contracts his Department placed with UK universities and other academic research centres in each of the last 10 years; and what the monetary value of each was. (244446)

A breakdown of research contracts placed with UK universities and other academic research centres is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Future Surface Combatant

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Future Surface Combatant will enter service. (243501)

It is departmental policy to release in-service dates only for those vessels for which the main investment decision has been taken. The Future Surface Combatant programme has not yet reached this stage. However, on current plans, we expect the first vessel to enter service around the end of the next decade.

Harrier Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date will be for the aircraft comprising the Joint Harrier Force. (243498)

The planned out-of-service date for the Harrier aircraft is 2018.

Joint Strike Fighter

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, whether a deadline for disclosing the target offtake has been set. (244617)

We do not expect to make any commitments in this respect until operational test and evaluation of JSF is complete in 2014.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, when he expects the through life cost of the Joint Strike Fighter programme to be established. (244619)

Through life costs will not be established until the JSF support solution is sufficiently mature, and will be dependent on the number of aircraft the UK purchases to meet its defence needs. We do not expect to make any commitments in this respect until operational test and evaluation of JSF is complete.

Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each Trafalgar Class submarine will go out of service. (243500)

Our present planning assumptions, which are routinely updated as required, are as follows:

Name

Out-of-service date

HMS Trafalgar

2009

HMS Turbulent

2011

HMS Tireless

2013

HMS Torbay

2015

HMS Trenchant

2017

HMS Talent

2019

HMS Triumph

2022

Warships

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales will enter service. (243497)

The in-service dates (ISD) declared at the time of the project main gate were 2014 for HMS Queen Elizabeth and 2016 for HMS Prince of Wales.

As stated in the written ministerial statement issued on 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 65WS, by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence, it is likely that the in-service dates of the new carriers will be delayed by one to two years.

We are in the process of agreeing revised ISDs for the two new carriers with our industrial partners.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each (a) Type 22 and (b) Type 23 frigate will go out of service. (243499)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave to the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) on 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 678W.

Culture, Media and Sport

2018 World Cup Bid Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has given on cross-party working to the 2018 World Cup Bid Board; what commitments he has received from attendees at board meetings on abiding by such guidance; and if he will make a statement. (244321)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Cross-party support for the 2018 World cup bid is very important. Officials at my Department have had discussions with the interim bid team about how best to ensure all political parties are kept informed of progress with the bid. England 2018 Ltd. is in the process of recruiting a director of government liaison, whose key responsibilities include one to

“Ensure all relevant Party Leaders ... are regularly briefed on the progress of the Bid.”

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what 2018 World Cup Bid Board meetings (a) have been held and (b) are scheduled; and what plans he has to publish the minutes of each meeting. (244322)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Meetings of the bid company, England 2018 Ltd., board and publication of their minutes are a matter for the company itself. I have attended one board meeting, on 6 November 2008, and have meetings in my diary on a monthly basis until May.

Arts Council of England: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the money spent by (a) Arts Council England and (b) Sport England on media monitoring services came from National Lottery income in each of the last three years. (240953)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: Arts Council England inform us that media monitoring costs are drawn from their media relations budget, which is sourced from Managed Funds and drawn from Exchequer funding.

Sport England use a general formula for their administration overheads which means that 45 per cent. of funding is provided from Exchequer funding and 55 per cent. from lottery sources.

Convergence Think Tank

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many more Convergence Think Tank seminars he expects to take place. (240944)

None. As announced on 17 October 2008, the Convergence Think Tank’s work, together with other related initiatives, will now be taken forward as part of the Digital Britain Report.

Departmental Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. (244607)

The Department has implemented a series of initiatives to manage and reduce our energy wastage. These have included new boilers, chillers, air handling units, lighting and fan coil units.

The Department achieved accreditation under the Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Accreditation scheme in December 2007. The scheme recognises organisations’ efforts in measuring, managing and reducing its energy usage.

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. (244396)

In the Department for Culture, Media and Sport all permanent staff are paid an annual salary rather than at an hourly rate.

Digital Broadcasting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the research on digital set-top boxes commissioned by his Department during the last three years. (242419)

DCMS recently commissioned research on possible enhancements to set-top boxes offered under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme. We do not plan to publish the report for reasons of commercial confidentiality and policy development.

English Heritage: Historic Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage properties there were in each region in each of the last five years. (242411)

The information requested has been provided by English Heritage and is set out in the following table. The figures include all properties open to the public, including those managed under local management agreements.

London

South East

East of England

South West

West Midlands

East Midlands

Yorkshire

North West

North East

Total

2004

60

65

50

99

29

24

32

35

43

437

2005

60

67

50

99

29

25

31

36

43

440

2006

60

67

50

98

29

24

32

35

43

438

2007

60

66

49

97

29

24

32

36

41

434

2008

60

66

49

97

29

24

32

36

41

434

Historic Buildings: Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many buildings or monuments were (a) added to and (b) removed from the At Risk Register in each year since 1997, broken down by region. (242394)

The information requested has been provided by English Heritage and is set out in the following tables. The register was established in 1998, but a breakdown of the figures by region is only available from 1999.

East MidlandsEast of EnglandLondonNorth EastNorth West

Register

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

1999

11

10

4

21

7

12

6

20

9

21

2000

13

6

16

15

14

12

10

19

6

9

2001

9

13

3

8

11

14

14

9

9

6

2002

12

6

5

6

15

7

11

3

8

11

2003

12

7

10

7

12

7

6

7

11

6

2004

7

4

10

4

7

8

10

8

8

4

2005

6

6

10

10

13

6

8

6

11

4

2006

5

12

9

6

12

9

10

10

6

2

2007

3

10

9

17

5

7

7

11

11

5

South EastSouth WestWest MidlandsYorkshire and Humber

Register

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

Entries removed

Entries added

1999

12

10

19

23

17

11

23

13

2000

12

13

13

8

11

10

14

10

2001

17

13

27

12

10

12

14

7

2002

22

16

10

25

14

16

17

8

2003

11

9

11

12

9

9

12

2

2004

10

5

18

12

7

10

14

3

2005

24

3

10

7

10

17

2

9

2006

13

2

9

7

16

2

8

2

2007

5

3

2

7

10

5

5

4

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many historic buildings and monuments are on the At Risk Register, broken down by region. (242395)

The information requested has been provided by English Heritage and is set out in the following table.

Region

Number of Grade I & II* listed building entries

Number of structural scheduled monument entries

Total number of entries on the register

East Midlands

134

13

147

East of England

92

31

123

London

84

5

89

North East

84

39

123

North West

103

32

135

South East

104

65

169

South West

145

17

162

West Midlands

130

42

172

Yorkshire and Humber

101

21

122

Total

977

265

1,242

Horserace Totalisator Board

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings he and ministerial colleagues have had with Treasury Ministers and officials on the Tote since April 2008. (242890)

I have had a number of meetings on the Tote since April 2008 at which HM Treasury has been represented.

Music: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government have taken to promote music for young people. (243083)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The Government promote music for youth through the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ package of funding for music education, which was announced in November last year. This totals £332 million over three years and includes investment in singing, new instruments and free music lessons.

The Music Mentoring programme, which Youth Music leads on, also seeks to engage young people through a mentoring programme linked to music-making activity and has been allocated £333,000 per year by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport until 2011.

Ports: Overseas Visitors

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has commissioned on the impressions made by UK ports of entry on foreign visitors. (242588)

Welcome is one of the key strands of ‘Winning’ the tourism strategy for 2012 and beyond. In addition, the Welcome to Britain initiative has identified that improvements to our welcome are needed at ports of entry. VisitBritain, in partnership with England's regional development agencies and other members of the Welcome to Britain Steering Group, are currently running a pilot programme at Bristol airport, Manchester airport and Portsmouth port which focuses on improving the welcome at ports of entry. The pilot will be completed in early 2009, with the intention to roll out the scheme further.

Also, VisitBritain is measuring customer satisfaction through additional questions, on the topic of welcome, in the Civil Aviation Authority's international passenger survey. The survey, aimed at international passengers departing from major airports, is in its third wave, with a year end set of results due at the end of April 2009.

European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to publicise in (a) London and (b) other places cultural events taking place in Liverpool to mark its year as European Capital of Culture; and if he will make a statement. (243021)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has taken many steps to publicise in London and elsewhere cultural events taking place in Liverpool to mark its year as European Capital of Culture. These include: the Liverpool 08 logo on all departmental correspondence; a link to information about the Capital of Culture on the homepage of the Department's website; sending quarterly events guides to all Cabinet Ministers; hosting conferences in Liverpool; referring to Liverpool's status and success in ministerial speeches; and frequent visits by the Secretary of State to Liverpool on DCMS business.

Northern Ireland

Community Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which social action projects he has visited in the last 12 months. (243202)

My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland and I make various visits as appropriate to organisations involved in areas associated with social and community activity, mainly in the criminal justice sector. Since devolution the Department for Social Development has assumed responsibility for the majority of organisations involved in social action activities.

Crime Prevention: Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what projects have been undertaken by each of the community safety partnerships in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (242932)

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) have delivered in excess of 450 local projects in 2007-08 and so far in this financial year (2008-09). Information is not held in a way that can identify projects undertaken only in the last 12 months.

The Northern Ireland Office Community Safety Unit (CSU) provided £2 million for local projects in the 2007-08 financial year and has allocated £2.025 million for the 2008-09 financial year. Under the terms and conditions of funding set out by CSU all projects must attract a minimum of 20 per cent. match funding for the projects delivered.

I have arranged for a list to be placed in the Library detailing all projects delivered in each CSP area for the 2007-09 financial years, how much these cost and a brief description of each.

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, how many external consultants his Department has used in the last 12 months. (243394)

My Department including agencies and Executive non-departmental public bodies has used 102 external consultants in the last 12 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, for how long each of the external consultants has worked for his Department. (243396)

Information is not held centrally on how long each of the external consultants has worked for my Department and to provide this information would incur disproportionate costs.

Departmental Domestic Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, on which dates he has been in Northern Ireland on official visits in the last 12 months. (243509)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, for how many nights he has stayed in (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (243511)

The number of days and overnight stays I have spent in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months is shown in the following table.

Day

Overnight

October 2007

14

5

November 2007

8

2

December 2007

14

8

January 2008

7

2

February 2008

8

2

March 2008

10

6

April 2008

4

3

May 2008

19

9

June 2008

9

4

July 2008

4

3

August 2008

1

0

September 2008

9

5

October 2008

9

4

November 2008

10

3

The hon. Gentleman will be aware the offices of the Secretary of State are in Belfast and in London; Northern Ireland Office business is conducted in both places. The Secretary of State does not undertake ‘visits’ to his own office in Northern Ireland.

Details of visits made by Cabinet Ministers outside the United Kingdom are published annually by the Cabinet Office. Copies are available in the Library.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1169W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) expected cost was at the outset of each project. (242153)

The additional information requested is provided in the following table.

Project name

Original planned completion date

Original estimated cost (£ million)

Causeway Programme

December 2006

42.7

Prisoner Record Information System (PRISM)—Technical Refresh

March 2010

1.3

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on departmental ICT, what the original cost estimates were for the projects listed. (243508)

The additional information requested is provided in the following table.

Project name

Original estimated cost (£million)

Causeway Programme

42.7

Prisoner Record Information System (PRISM)—Technical Refresh

1.3

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental manpower, what the responsibilities are of the people employed by his Department who are not civil servants. (243527)

The Northern Ireland Office employs 16.5 people who are not civil servants (measured in full-time equivalents). Of these, 13.5 full-time equivalent staff are employed to undertake duties within the State Pathologist’s Office. The remaining staff are employed in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and the Public Prosecution Service.

Departmental Official Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, on which dates he (a) has held meetings with the Irish Government and (b) has been in the Republic of Ireland on official business in the last 12 months. (243510)

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract in the last three years. (242463)

Over the last three years the Northern Ireland Office’s Procurement Unit has identified six tenders that were cancelled prior to award of contract.

In respect of these tenders, there would have been abortive cost in advertising the tender and staff time involved in work on the tender process up to the point of cancellation. In one instance, where the cancellation was subsequently challenged, there were legal costs involved in defending the challenge (which may be recoverable).

We do not attribute staff costs to individual procurements and therefore cannot determine a cost for this element if the tender process is cancelled prior to contract award.

Specific costs that we can attribute over the last three years are as follows:

£

Advertising costs (based on an average of £550 per tender)

3,300

Legal costs charged to date (which may be recoverable)

6,765

Departmental Television

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, how much his Department spent on licence fees in the last 12 months. (243452)

The amount spent on television licence fees for the Department in the financial year 2007-08 excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, was £3,248.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, which companies provided the digital television services. (243454)

The companies which provided the digital television services in the answer given of 24 November 2008, were NTL/Virgin Media and Sky.

Departmental Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental travel, what the travel expenditure was of each of his Executive non-departmental public bodies in the last 12 months; and how many members of staff of such bodies travelled abroad on official business in that period. (243238)

This is an operational matter for each of the Northern Ireland Office’s Executive non-departmental bodies, who operate independently of Government. I would encourage the hon. Member to write to the respective chief executives. Details of the NIO’s non-departmental public bodies can be found in the NIO 2008 departmental report at:

http://www.nio.gov.uk/northern_ireland_office_departmental_report_2008.pdf

Departmental Vacancies

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies there are in his Department at (a) administrative officer, (b) executive officer I, (c) executive officer II and (d) staff officer grades, broken down by location. (244219)

Within the Northern Ireland Office, grade D1 is equivalent to administrative officer and grade B2 is equivalent to staff officer. Grade C is equivalent to executive officer I and executive officer II. The following table sets out the vacancies for these grades, as reported by business areas in November 2008, broken down by location.

Grade

Location

Vacancies

Grade D1

Belfast

9

Stormont Estate

4

Carrickfergus

2

Lisburn

2

Ballymena

1

Foyle

1

Total

19

Grade C

Belfast

7

Stormont Estate

1

Ballymena

1

Total

9

Grade B2

Belfast

5

Carrickfergus

2

Stormont Estate

2

Total

9

Economic Situation

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1210W, on the economic situation, on which dates he has held meetings with business representatives in the last 12 months. (243447)

As the hon. Gentleman should be aware, economic issues are largely devolved in Northern Ireland. However, where appropriate, in the course of my duties I have had meetings with business representatives. The detail of some of these meetings are commercially confidential and it would not be appropriate for me to disclose any details.

European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what official visits to Brussels he plans to make in the next 12 months. (243502)

Meetings with officials and elected representatives in Brussels will take place as and when necessary.

Northern Ireland Assembly

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on the Northern Ireland Assembly, on which days he had official meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly in the last 12 months. (243250)

The meetings I have had with members of the Northern Ireland Administration have been and continue to be related to the Government’s efforts to complete devolution in Northern Ireland. To that end, it would not be appropriate to discuss details of same. These meetings take place by arrangement any day of the week.

Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the First Minister and (b) the Deputy First Minister on Northern Ireland’s contribution to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (243203)

I have not had any discussions with the First Minister or Deputy First Minister about the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is in discussions with the Royal Household about how to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. (243204)

My Department has not, at this stage, developed plans on how to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is in discussions with the Royal Household about how to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Religion

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on religion (1) with the leaders of which denominations he has had official meetings in the last 12 months; (243378)

(2) on which days he had official meetings with church leaders in the last 12 months.

USA

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on the USA, how many meetings he has had with members of the incoming US Administration; (243392)

(2) what meetings he has had with officials of the US Administration in the last 12 months.

The United States has played and continues to play a critical role in the political process, further progress towards the devolution of policing and justice, and investment in Northern Ireland. Successive Secretaries of State have worked closely with the United States and maintained regular contact to discuss policy. I continue this policy.

Transport

A21: East Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proposed timetable is for improvements to the A21; and if he will make a statement. (243599)

[holding answer 15 December 2008]: As advised in the Secretary of State's announcement on 16 July 2008, the proposed timetable for improvements to the A21 are:

A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling: 2012-13;

A21 Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst improvement: 2012-13.

This timetable is subject to the satisfactory completion of the necessary statutory processes, the availability of funding, and confirmation of priorities from the current South East England Regional Authority's Regional Funding Allocation advice refresh process.

The Highways Agency is investigating the potential for an earlier start of works in 2011-12 for the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury scheme.

There are no dates for the start of works on other A21 schemes.

A46: Nottinghamshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of traffic on the A46 in Nottinghamshire was accounted for by heavy goods vehicles in the latest period for which figures are available. (243958)

In 2007 heavy goods vehicles accounted for about 10 per cent. of traffic on the A46 in Nottinghamshire.

Traffic data for individual motorways and 'A' roads for 1999 to 2007 are available at:

www.dft.gov.uk/matrix.

Airports: Security

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when and by what means he plans to take forward the proposals set out by his Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his speech at the Airport Policing Conference on 12 November 2008. (243948)

We have announced our intention to include measures on enhancing airport security in the forthcoming Policing and Crime Bill which will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Aviation: Fuels

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on developing alternative fuels for aircraft. (243410)

None specifically on alternative fuels for aircraft but there are two small projects of interest: firstly, earlier this year the Department commissioned a study on carbon reduction options for domestic aviation. We expect to publish this shortly. Additionally the OMEGA project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFC) has a project investigating the possibilities and barriers for alternative fuels.

We are aware of the US CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) and various commercial trials which we are following with interest.

Biofuels

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 67WS, on the Draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2009, (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on UK biofuel producers of correcting the discrepancy in the 2007 Order (a) for the current obligation period and (b) for the 2009-10 obligation period; (242582)

(2) whether Ministers or officials from the Department met representatives of biofuel producers to discuss the Government’s response to the discrepancy in the 2007 Order;

(3) whether Ministers or officials from the Department met representatives of obligated suppliers to discuss the Government’s response to the discrepancy in the 2007 Order;

(4) what communications he has had with the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on correcting the discrepancy in the 2007 Order.

The Government are currently consulting on proposals for amending the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order 2007 (2007 No. 3072) to rectify the discrepancy issue by extending the definition of “relevant hydrocarbon oil”. The Department wrote to stakeholders on 13 November 2008 to inform them of proposals to rectify the discrepancy for the next obligation year (2009-10). Due to the constraints of the primary legal powers the Department is not proposing to deal retrospectively with this issue for the current obligation year (2008-09).

As a result of the discrepancy the Renewable Fuels Agency estimates that around half of the fossil fuel supplied may not be taken into account in calculating suppliers’ renewable transport obligations. The extent of any shortfall in biofuel supplied will not be known until the end of the obligation year.

Following the identification of the discrepancy the Government informed both obligated and biofuel suppliers about this issue. Officials within the Department for Transport are continuing to engage with these suppliers about the effects of the discrepancy and the proposed solution. The draft amendment order will be subject to the affirmative procedure and the proposal to deal with the discrepancy will be considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments in due course.

Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the additional carbon dioxide emissions which would result from implementation of the European Parliament’s proposal to limit emissions from new cars to 120g of carbon dioxide for every kilometre travelled by 2012 if it were to be phased in over three years; and whether eco-innovations are to be included in calculations of progress towards achieving the target limit. (242897)

It should be noted that new car carbon dioxide emissions will need to be 130 g/km on average (rather than it being a limit), with the further 10 g/km being delivered from a range of other measures. The phased-in targets (as agreed on 1 December between the European Commission, the European Parliament lead negotiators and the French presidency) still represent a real challenge for industry and will require a significant increase in the rate of fuel efficiency improvements over and above those already seen under the carbon dioxide voluntary agreements. Our analysis shows that there is unlikely to be any difference in overall carbon dioxide savings between this system and the original Commission’s proposal which had lower penalties for non-compliance in earlier years.

Eco-innovations, if properly implemented, will similarly not lead to a change in the overall carbon dioxide emissions from the regulation. Any reduction in g/km carbon dioxide savings measured by the test cycle will need to be matched by additional g/km carbon dioxide savings from the eco-innovations.

Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue generated by Dartford Crossing tolls has been spent on transport infrastructure projects in the surrounding area in the last five years. (244064)

Since 2003, when the charging scheme was introduced at the Dartford Crossing, the Department for Transport has made available between £1.75 million and £2 million per year to Thurrock council and Kent county council to help deliver local transport projects.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 831-33W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) estimated cost was of each of the projects at their outset. (242168)

The information requested has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) is not undertaking any IT projects.

The Department for Transport does not hold centrally collected records on IT projects, which are managed locally. The tables therefore show available information on major projects under way within DFT Central and each of its agencies.

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to accelerate spending through existing maintenance contracts in line with the Government’s plans to increase infrastructure spending. (243802)

[holding answer 15 December 2008]: The Highways Agency has been asked to review the potential for accelerating its investment and renewals activity in order to deliver an economic stimulus. The review of priorities is under way and covers major construction projects as well as maintenance activity. Existing contracts are designed to manage a flexible workload to meet such variations.

The management of maintenance works for local roads is a matter for each local highway authority. My Department provided funding of £2.1 billion to local authorities, in England outside London, as part of the 2007 Local Transport Plan settlement for capital highway maintenance for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11. Local authorities have discretion on how to spend this funding. This certainty of funding allows authorities to plan their maintenance to match their local priorities. Funding for local roads in London is a matter for the Mayor.

Departmental Work Experience

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on average how many hours a week were worked by such people in each year; what types of work each was involved in; what proportion were in full-time education; what proportion did not complete their set period of work experience; and how much those who received remuneration were paid on average per week in each year. (242110)

The central Department and its agencies’ employment of (a) paid work experience or internship placements and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the past three years is shown in the following table:

The Highways Agency maintains no central record of the number of students that have been placed in voluntary work experience.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Driving Standards Agency can provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.

Department for Transport work experience and internship placements, last three calendar years

Work Experience or Internship

Number of participants

Paid/ unpaid

If paid, what weekly wage

Job role and business area

Weekly hours

Calendar year

In full time education

Individual completed set period

Internship

8

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2006

Yes

Yes

Internship

1

Yes

£290

Variety for experience

37

2006

Yes

Yes

Internship

7

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2007

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

No

n/a

IT Support

37

2007

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2008

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

No

n/a

IT Support

37

2008

Yes

Yes

Work experience

15

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2006

Yes

Yes

Work experience

1

No

n/a

Sorting mail

15

2007

Yes

Yes

Work Experience

1

No

n/a

Administrative

35

2007

Yes

Yes

Work experience

18

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2007

Yes

Yes

Work experience

1

No

n/a

Sorting mail

15

2008

Yes

Yes

Work experience

21

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2008

Yes

Yes

1 Unavailable: Responsibility delegated to the line and not held centrally.

Opportunities to undertake paid and unpaid work experience are provided by individual Government Departments as a means of providing an introduction to the Civil Service and a way of helping individuals to make longer-term career decisions.

Some work experience schemes are aimed at individuals with an interest in a specific area or profession such as the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Government Legal Service. Others, such as the diversity internship programme which has the summer placement scheme for individuals with a registered disability and the summer development programme for individuals from a minority ethnic background, are available for graduates or undergraduates who might be considering the fast stream scheme.

Driving Offences: Insurance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the number of taxed and insured cars that are regularly driven by a driver not included on the insurance certificate. (240433)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: A vehicle may be driven by the main policy holder, a named driver on his or her policy, or by any driver whose policy has a clause that allows that driver to drive any other vehicle with the owner's permission (commonly referred to as DOV cover) on a third-party liability basis.

No information is kept on the number of vehicles that are driven by a person who is not named on the insurance certificate.

We estimate around 2.2 million vehicles are being driven uninsured. The wider issue of uninsured driving is being tackled through a number of measures—for example police powers to seize uninsured vehicles and/or court prosecution.

Heathrow Airport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Government will revise their modelling of the economic case for a third runway at Heathrow to take account of the most recent estimates from the International Energy Agency of oil prices in 2030. (243960)

The estimated net benefits of additional capacity at Heathrow will be updated in the impact assessment that will be published alongside the ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport’ decision, in January 2009.

The Department for Transport's forecasts use projections of oil prices from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). BERR's most recent projections (May 2008) are available at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file46071.pdf.

The IEA ‘World Energy Outlook 2008’ report projects a price of $120 per barrel in 2030 (expressed in 2007 prices). This falls within the BERR range of $45-$150 per barrel.

Higher Civil Servants

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department paid in annual basic wages to staff in senior civil service grades at 31 March (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (244266)

The annual basic wages of senior civil servants in the Department for Transport at 31 March 2006 and 31 March 2007 were £14,299,021 and £15,224,781 respectively.

Lorries: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prohibitions have been issued to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) (a) with mechanical defects, (b) that are overweight and (c) where drivers’ hours have been exceeded in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) region where the accident took place, (ii) the HGV’s country of origin and (iii) whether the HGV was left or right-hand drive. (242895)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was formed in April 2003.

The number of prohibitions issued to heavy goods vehicles (a) with mechanical defects, (b) that are overweight and (c) where drivers’ hours have been exceeded since 2003, broken down by (i) region, (ii) heavy goods vehicles country of origin has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

VOSA does not record details of whether a prohibition notice is issued to a left or right-hand drive vehicle.

Motor Vehicles: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) front and (b) rear seat belt wearing rates were among (i) males and (ii) females in each age group in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (244835)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1584W. The results from the October 2008 seat belt wearing survey will be published as soon as practicable. As before, they will be available free of charge from the TRL website.

Railways: Fares

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fare structure will operate on the domestic rail service between Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras starting in December 2009; and if he will make a statement. (243710)

The fares structure for Southeastern’s domestic high speed services is set out in the Franchise Agreement.

Southeastern have created two sets of fares between London and Gravesend, one set being valid on any permitted route, which includes High Speed 1, and the other not valid on High Speed 1.

A premium may be applied to the fares which are valid on High Speed 1 at Southeastern’s discretion, subject to a cap. For fares between Ebbsfleet and any London station, the fare will be the appropriate “not HS1” fare plus a maximum of 35 per cent.

Southeastern has not notified the Department for Transport of the final level of premium.

Road Traffic: Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects on the north-west road network of a temporary closure of the Silver Jubilee bridge in Halton lasting (a) one week, (b) two weeks and (c) one month. (244190)

The Department for Transport is not aware of any scheduled temporary closures of the bridge. The management of the Silver Jubilee bridge is a matter for Halton borough council.

However, as part of the Department’s value for money (VfM) assessment of a business case submitted by Halton borough council in 2006 for funding towards a major maintenance scheme on the Silver Jubilee bridge, we assessed the authority’s estimate of the effect of a permanent closure of the bridge against the proposed maintenance work. Temporary closures were not assessed.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported deaths there were in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) North Yorkshire and (d) West Yorkshire as a result of traffic accidents in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (244778)

The numbers of fatalities resulting from reported personal injury road accidents for the each of the last 10 years in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) North Yorkshire and (d) West Yorkshire are given in the following table:

Number of fatalities

East Riding of Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

1998

33

56

88

106

1999

42

50

68

111

2000

21

62

90

120

2001

24

51

82

144

2002

36

63

95

115

2003

25

65

88

102

2004

34

56

80

116

2005

31

47

85

99

2006

26

71

69

113

2007

28

48

81

103

Southeastern: Ticketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to enable the roll-out of a smart card ticketing scheme on the Southeastern rail network capable of operating alongside Transport for London’s Oyster card system; and if he will make a statement. (243709)

The Department for Transport, Transport for London and train operators are working together on the acceptance of Oyster Pay as You Go on rail services in the London Travelcard Zones and the acceptance of ITSO Smartcards on Oyster equipment. Commercial and contractual negotiations are taking place.

West Coast Railway Line

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the planned west coast main line improvements. (243223)

The estimated full cost for the upgrade of the west coast main line remains £9.9 billion as set in the 2003 Government Strategy for the route. £8.8 billion has been spent to date and £1 billion is being provided for the 2009 to 2014 period for power supplies, Stafford and Bletchley works.

Communities and Local Government

Boilers: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that boilers (a) are being fitted to the specifications of building regulations and (b) checked regularly to prevent deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning; (244511)

(2) if she will consider bringing forward legislative proposals to make the installation of carbon monoxide alarms a legal requirement (a) in publicly-owned housing and (b) in the construction of all new homes.