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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by her Department for each nation and region of the UK, and estimate the average cost per square metre for properties used by her Department as a whole, and by region and nation of the UK. 
|Region||Estimated total running costs||Estimated cost per sq. metre|
|Yorks and Humber||6,926,182||233.00|
Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning, announced in July that the National Assembly intended to remove the requirement for publication of Secondary School Performance Information in Wales.
This decision does not mean that information on school results will not be available to parents or to the public. Schools will continue to publish their own results in the prospectuses and Governors' Annual Reports.
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payments made out of public funds was in each of the past five years to (i) farming and (ii) the steel industry in Wales. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The provision of state aid to the steel industry is governed by the Steel Aid Code of the European Coal and Steel Community Treaty. This Code only permits aid, in limited circumstances, for Research and Development, environmental protection and the permanent closure (not rescue) of a steel company.
Mr. Paul Murphy: The progress of devolution in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland was discussed at the Cardiff meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee, which was chaired by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 30 October.
Mr. Paul Murphy: As I told the House on 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 358W, the Assembly's request to declare a bank holiday on St. David's Day raises significant issues for business, industry and the public sector. I am continuing to discuss these matters with the First Minister.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 199596, (b) 199697, (c) 199798, (d) 199899, (e) 19992000 and (f) 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: My Department runs no publicity campaigns and hence has spent nothing on advertising since its creation in July 1999. Its predecessor Departmentthe Welsh Officespent £1,929,000 in 199596, £1,795,000 in 199697, £2,661,000 in 199798, and £2,685,000 in 199899. All the individual campaigns are evaluated separately taking into account effectiveness and value for money.
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Mr. Vaz: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what percentage of (a) High Court judges, (b) district judges, (c) magistrates, (d) recorders and (e) adjudicators are (i) black and (ii) Asian. 
|1 October 2001||Total||Black||Asian|
|High Court Judges||105||0||0|
|Percentage of total||100||0.0||0.0|
|Percentage of total||100||1.3||1.1|
|District Judges (including Family Division)||407||0||6|
|Percentage of total||100||0.0||1.5|
|Deputy District Judges (including Family Division)||802||4||6|
|Percentage of total||100||0.5||0.8|
|District Judges (Magistrates' Court)(22)||95||0||2|
|Percentage of total||100||0.0||2.1|
|Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)(22)||164||3||4|
|Percentage of total||100||1.8||2.4|
|Immigration Adjudicators (Full time)||72||4||5|
|Percentage of total||100||5.6||6.9|
|Immigration Adjudicators (Part time)||398||13||19|
|Percentage of total||100||3.3||4.8|
(22) On 31 August 2000 Stipendiary Magistrates and Acting Stipendiary Magistrates were renamed District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) and Deputy District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) respectively.
|1 April 2001||Total||Black||Asian|
|Lay Magistrates, England and Wales (excluding Duchy of Lancaster)||24,771||490||598|
|Percentage of total||100||2.0||2.4|
|1 April 2001||Total||Black||Asian|
|Lay Magistrates (Duchy of Lancaster)||3,964||52||128|
|Percentage of total||100||1.3||3.2|
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with Hackney borough council concerning the administrative failings of the council in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
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the whole authority, the Audit Commission advised me in July of this year that the council was not complying with its statutory Best Value responsibilities. It recommended the use of intervention powers under Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1999.
On 12 October, I gave Hackney five Directions under these provisions. The Directions require the council to produce a strategy for bringing its budget back into balance; and to improve services such as financial management, education, social services, benefit administration and waste management.
The purpose of the Directions is to restore financial accountability and control within the authority, and to protect and improve front-line services. The Directions set a clear timetable for improvements to be made and we expect the council to achieve these with tailored financial and other support. I have placed copies of the Directions in the Library of the House.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if the proposed cap on the Government loan facility to the company limited by guarantee proposed as a successor to Railtrack will be sufficient to cover Railtrack's published investment programme; 
Mr. Spellar: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) on 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 671W.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between executives of Railtrack and his officials on 3 October. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when Ernst and Young LLP was given a letter of instruction from his Department about the prospective Railway Administration Order concerning Railtrack plc. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the supporting evidence in relation to Railtrack's railway administration order required by rule 2.6 of the Railway Administration Order Rules 2001. 
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