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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the total expenditure and the breakdown of expenditure was in his Department for the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000, and what the planned expenditure and
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breakdown of expenditure for 2000-01 is on (i) public opinion research, (ii) television, radio and newspaper advertising and (iii) direct mail. 
Mr. Rooker [holding answer 8 February 2001]: Full figures for 1996-97 are available only for the Department's Headquarters. These are Public Opinion Research £301,083,20, Advertising £3,691,169.64, Direct Mail £63,861.16.
For the Department Headquarters, which includes Communications Directorate and Analytical Services Directorate the figures are: Public Opinion Research £668,179, Advertising £4,617,945.81, Direct Mail £315,346.46.
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Angela Eagle: We are improving maternity benefits as part of our drive to help women achieve a better balance between paid work and family life. Last year we extended Maternity Allowance (MA) to low-paid employed and self-employed working women and increased the rate of benefit for self-employed women. These improvements mean that around 16,000 low-paid working women will get MA for the first time and around 11,000 self-employed women will receive a higher rate of benefit.
On 7 December last year the Department of Trade and Industry published a consultation document "Work and Parents: Competitiveness or Choice" which sets out a wide range of options and invites views on what the priority measures are that will help working parents at the same time as helping business. The document contains options to extend maternity benefits, which include increasing the flat rate of maternity pay and extending the maternity pay period as well as improvements to parental leave.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many children in Yorkshire and Humberside were living under the official poverty line in each of the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (e) 2000. 
Mr. Bayley: There is no official poverty line defined by the Government. Poverty and social exclusion are complex multi-dimensional issues, affecting many aspects of people's lives--their income, health, housing, the quality of the environment, opportunities to work and to learn. There is no single measure which can capture the complex problems which need to be overcome.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total Sports Council funding was for (a) tennis, (b) swimming, (c) basketball, (d) netball, (e) football, (f) rugby union and (g) rugby league in England for each year since 1990. 
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percentage of the total, works of art and artefacts in each of the national collections are in storage because of insufficient space to exhibit them. 
Mr. Alan Howarth: DCMS does not hold all of this data centrally. We have therefore contacted the National Museums and Galleries to request the information for a reply to my hon. Friend. I will write to him as soon as this is available, placing copies of my letter in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the levels of spending on (a) library services and (b) leisure services per head of population in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) each other county of England (1) in the current year and (2) in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been commissioned of the safety of post-coital contraception with respect to girls aged (a) 12 years to 14 years and (b) 14 years to 16 years; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 23 January 2001]: Once a young woman becomes fertile, the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care advise that there are no physiological reasons why emergency contraception should not be used if she is at risk of pregnancy because she has had unprotected sex.
The safety profile of EHC is believed to be similar in those under 16 years of age to those over 16. Emergency contraception has been used worldwide, including by women aged under 16, since the 1980s, and no major safety concerns have arisen.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2001, Official Report, column 484W, what guidance he has given to schools regarding the potential liability of school staff who dispense emergency contraception to girls under the age of 16 years in the event of medical complications arising as a result of the emergency contraception. 
Yvette Cooper: Emergency contraception in schools can be provided only by school nurses with a family planning background and specialised training to work under patient group directions. School nurses in maintained schools are employed by the National Health Service. Potential liability is covered by the arrangements of the NHS body concerned.
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Yvette Cooper: Information about the percentage of children immunised against measles, mumps and rubella by age 2 and by age 5 is contained in the Statistical Bulletin "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 1999-2000." A copy of the bulletin is in the Library and can also be found on the Department of Health website, www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0026.htm.
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