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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have dropped out of university at the end of the first year for each university; and of those how many were subsequently re-admitted or started a new course at another university in each of the past three years. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 25 February 2002]: The available information on the non-continuation of students beyond the first year in each university, and the proportion who resume after a year out, is contained in "Performance Indicators in Higher Education in the UK" published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, a copy of which is available from the House Library.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the names of staff who have been seconded to her Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and civil service grades within her Department, (c) the organisation responsible for paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Since May 1997 23 staff have been seconded to this Department from the private sector. The following table sets out (a) the names of the relevant private sector organisations, (b) the secondees' responsibilities and their grades, (c) the organisation responsible for paying salary and (d) the start and end date of the secondment.
|Name of parent organisation||Responsibilities||Grade||Funding arrangements||Start/end date|
|Ernst and Young||School Leadership Division, Policy adviser||Consultant||DfES||9/10/2000 to 31/3/2001|
|International Computers Ltd.||UfI Transition Team, Assisted in establishment of UfI organisation as a public private partnership||G7||Parent Organisation||2/6/1998 to 30/11/1998|
|Aqumen Services||Private Finance Division, Advising Department on public/private finance.||Adviser||DfES||10/4/1998 to 1/11/1998|
|Ernst and Young||Teachers Pay and Pensions, Policy Adviser||Consultant||DfES||1/1/2000 to 31/12/2000|
|Pannell, Kerr, Foster||Private Finance Division, Finance Adviser||G7||DfES||30/7/1997 to 31/3/1998|
|The Link Group||Workplace Learning Division, Head of Learning Projects||G6||Parent Organisation||2/4/2001 to 31/3/2002|
|XANSA||New Deal Task Force, Co-ordination of Ambition IT Project||G7||Parent Organisation||1/1/2001 to 30/9/2001|
|Ernst and Young||National College for School Leadership, Consultant||Consultant||Parent Organisation||15/5/2000 to 14/11/2000|
|Next Employment Agency||Member of the Secretariat for the National Disability Council||SEO||Parent Organisation||1/9/1998 to 31/8/2000|
|Ernst and Young||Transforming Secondary Education, Policy adviser||Consultant||DfES||3/10/2000 to 22/12/2000|
|Enigma Productions||Financial and Analytical Services, Financial adviser||Consultant||DfES||13/3/2000 to 12/3/2001|
|National Westminster Bank||Financial and Analytical Services, Adviser on Communications||G6||Shared||6/3/2000 to 5/3/2001|
|Ernst and Young||Transforming Secondary Education Delivery, Unit Policy Adviser||Consultant||DFES||10/1/2000 to 22/12/2000|
|Nationwide Anglia Building Society||People Skills Division, Assistant Director developing the Work-Life Balance Campaign.||G7||DfES||5/9/2001 to 4/9/2002|
|Ernst and Young||Teachers Pay and Pensions, Policy adviser||Consultant||DfES||27/9/2000 to 31/1/2001|
|Glaxo Wellcome||Schools Directorate, Adviser on best practice in Science||Adviser||Employing Organisation||3/11/1998 to 31/1/2000|
|National Westminster Bank||Business Manager||Adviser||Shared funding||13/3/2000 to 12/3/2001|
|Centre for British Teachers||Schools Impact and Feedback Division, Policy Adviser||G6||DfES||1/4/2001 to 31/3/2004|
|Price Waterhouse Cooper||Surestart Unit, Providing financial and audit advice||G7||DfES||1/10/2000 to 30/9/2001|
|National Westminster Bank||Performance and Innovation Unit, Project Manager||G7||DfES||6/3/2000 to 23/6/2000|
|Centre for School Standards||Pupil Standards Division, Support on delivery and operational matters.||EO||DfES||14/1/2002 to 12/7/2002|
|International Communications Ltd.||Lifelong Learning and Technologies Division, Assist with the operation of Learning Direct and the UfI launch 2000||G6||DfES||1/2/2000 to 31/3/2001|
|Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research||Research for Analytical Services||SRO||DfES||6/1/1997 to 21/10/1997|
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff in her Department have been seconded to jobs in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the retirement ages that apply to the employees of her Department and its agencies, including how many and which categories of employees are affected by each; and if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on flexible retirement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Within my Department, all staff outside the senior civil service can choose to retire between 60 up to a maximum retirement age of 65. This is subject to satisfying fitness and efficiency requirements. Staff in the senior civil service grades retire at age 60. Out of a total of 4,258 staff, 109 are in the senior civil service grades.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her duty under section 10 of the Education Act 1996 extends to the promotion of education for asylum seekers in detention and reception centres. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 28 February 2002]: No individual or class of persons is owed a specific duty under section 10 of the 1996 Act. The Secretary of State does not have a specific duty to promote education for asylum seekers in detention and reception centres. The duty is very wide and general and applies to "the people of England and Wales". However, one of the Secretary of
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State's roles when exercising this duty is to work with all bodies and institutions with education responsibilities and to assist them to provide effective education. The Department has been in contact with the Home Office and local education authorities and encouraged them to work together to provide facilities and services that are appropriate to meet the educational needs of the residents of these centres.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Under the current legislation the national curriculum applies to schools maintained by local education authorities. This Department is working closely with the Home Office on issues relating to the education of children of asylum seekers in accommodation centres. A final decision has yet to be made about the detail of the education provision that will be made available in accommodation centres.
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a "human rights helpline" and website managed by the Home Office on the Human Rights Act. National roadshows have also been held to explain its implications to a wider audience.
the website developed by the British Council, which provides a news service on human rights issues in the UK. It also contains information on international developments on civil and political rights, the rights of children, and the rights of minority groups. A set of booklets on Citizenship Education and Human Rights Education has also been distributed to UK and overseas audiences.
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