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Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of angler-caught (a) salmon, (b) grilse and (c) sea trout caught in Wales in each of the last five years; and what his estimate is of the number of each of these categories of fish taken by seals in Welsh waters in each of these years. 
Responsibility for fisheries was transferred to the National Assembly for Wales from 1 July 1999 within the 12 nautical miles of fishing water surrounding the coast, as defined by the Government of Wales Act 1998.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees of his Department and its agencies have been recruited from the New Deal; and what percentage this represents of total staff. 
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early years education places that would be required to meet the Government's target of free places being available for 66 per cent. of three-year-olds by 2002. 
Ms Hodge [holding answer 21 June 2000): 190,000 additional new free early years education places for three-year-olds will be made available using the £390 million allocated by the Government. This will allow us to meet the national target of providing 66 per cent. of all three-year-olds in England with a free place.
We are currently seeking to target those children in most social need. To this end different targets have been set with local authorities to reflect their position on the Government's Index of Local Deprivation.
Based upon 1998 participation levels, the table shows the estimated number of new places which would be required in each local education authority area to take the number of free places available in that authority to the national target level of 66 per cent. It also shows our estimate of the percentage of three-year-olds in each area who will have a free place by April 2001.
|LEA name||New places required to reach national target of 66 per cent.||Percentage of children expected to have free places by April 2001|
|Barking and Dagenham||0||81.9|
|Bath and North-East Somerset||899||18.9|
|Blackburn with Darwen||557||80.7|
|Brighton and Hove||907||71.3|
|City of London||2||64.0|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||1,546||29.6|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||297||80.5|
|Isle of Wight||695||50.8|
|Isles of Scilly||13||95.0|
|Kensington and Chelsea||601||71.5|
|Kingston upon Hull||0||82.9|
|Kingston upon Thames||265||52.9|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||225||83.9|
|Redcar and Cleveland||0||100.0|
|Richmond upon Thames||771||30.5|
|Telford and Wrekin||901||66.6|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||815||19.8|
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on his policy towards European schools following UK teaching practices in respect of dyslexic pupils; which body is responsible for the establishment of curricula and teaching practice in European schools; and to which EU institution that body is responsible. 
Jacqui Smith: The European schools have their own policy and procedures for the integration of pupils with special educational needs, including dyslexic pupils. Decisions on policy and curricular matters are for the European Schools Board of Governors, a body established by international treaty, on which the Governments of all 15 EU member states are represented.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many child care schemes have been started up using New Opportunities Funds; how many of these schemes continued to operate after the first 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
The first schemes received their grant in July 1999, and did not begin to function for at least a further month. No scheme has therefore been running for 12 months. NOF has reserved funds for projects that need additional funding, provided they meet certain criteria.
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Sustaining schemes in the long term is of paramount importance. Drawing on the experience of the early stages of the programme, I am soon to meet NOF's Chairman Baroness Pitkeathly to consider how the programme can be developed to ensure that schemes can be sustained over time.
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