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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if, pursuant to her reply of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 960W, she will list each financial means test applied under education legislation. 
Higher Educationstudent support including: grants towards tuition fees, student loans, including hardship loans; additional grants for students with dependants, including dependants grants, school meals grants and child care grants; hardship funds and bursaries, including opportunity bursaries and access bursaries; loans, hardship funds and fee remission for part-time students.
Chestnut Grove School
Battersea Technology College
Southfields Community College.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she recommends (a) The Primary Schools Drugs Education Pack, (b) Taking Drugs Seriously, (c) Taking Sex Seriously and (d) The Primary Schools Sex and Relationships Education Pack published by Healthwise for use in schools and by school teachers. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: No. The Department for Education and Skills does not recommend or endorse individual resources. It is for schools to decide which resources are most appropriate to meet the needs of their pupils, in support of a school's personal, social and health education programme. The Learning and Skills Act 2000 places a statutory responsibility on head teachers and governors in devising a school's sex education policy to protect their pupils from inappropriate teaching and materials.
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Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; 
(3) if she will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; 
(4) how many different competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; 
(5) if she will list the competitive grant schemes, administered by the Department and its agencies, open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion and, for each scheme in each year (a) the number of applicants, (b) the number of successful applicants, (c) the total of grants awarded, (d) the number of pages in the application form and (e) if the grant can be used to fund the core costs of the applicant organisation. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 12 December 2002]: The information is not currently collected by my Department in the form requested. I am placing in the Library of the House copies of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes that are available.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, in the circumstances of a joint patrol involving Afghan security forces and British troops, the latter would be in on-the-spot command, in the event of hostile action. 
Mr. Hoon: Under the terms of the agreement between the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Interim Administration, the ISAF will conduct joint patrols for liaison and familiarisation purposes but also as part of a broad objective of providing reassurance to the local population. The ISAF will also conduct independent patrols.
In patrolling together, the ISAF and Afghan Interim Administration forces will not be under joint command. The unified Command and Control arrangements under Major General McColl are clear and these will provide
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ISAF forces with sufficient scope to react appropriately to any attack on them. The ISAF has robust Rules of Engagement which are appropriate to its mission.
Mr. Hoon: The United Kingdom's contribution to the ISAF in Kabul will total up to 1,800 personnel. In addition and in the short term, we are deploying nearly 300 Army and Royal Air Force personnel to help repair Kabul International airport. This will help us in re-supplying the ISAF and will be of lasting benefit for the Afghan people.
Mr. Hoon: Assuming that the hon. Member is referring to the deployment of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the United States agreed to our request for practical support for the deployment of the ISAF and they have established a liaison team at the headquarters of the force. I am withholding further details under section 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Mr. Hoon: As of 11 January, UK forces deployed as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan will comprise elements of Headquarters 3 Division and Headquarters 16 Air Assault Brigade, D Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment plus logistic, communications and other enablers.
On current plans, the full UK contribution to the ISAF will comprise up to 1,800 personnel, which in addition to the units already deployed will include the balance of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, engineer units plus other logistic enablers.
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Mr. Ingram: Information on the number of personnel retiring on full pension, that is those payable on completion of 37 years service, is not identified separately and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C130 Ks and how many C130 Js are equipped with a full Defensive Aids suite; when he plans to equip the balance of the fleet; and how many C130 Ks and C130 Js are adopted for special forces roles. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what response he has made to (a) OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) requirements for rapid expert assistance and co-operation teams and (b) EU requirements for a rapid reaction mechanism for civil crisis management. 
HMG strongly support the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and its missions, and has responded promptly and substantially to the Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation Teams (REACT) programme rolled out in April 2001.
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