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Millennium Dome

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the commercial value of the site of the Millennium Dome if it were vacant. [63834]

Mr. McNulty: Independent advice from Jones Lang Lasalle satisfied us that demolishing the Dome would produce a lower return for the Government than retaining it and developing the site through the agreement with Meridian Delta Limited. Precise valuations are commercially confidential.

Draft Local Government Bill

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation was undertaken on making the Draft Local Government Bill a web-based publication only. [63926]

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Mr. Raynsford: No specific consultation took place. The decision to make this document a largely web- based publication is consistent with our e-government objectives. However, paper copies remain available on request for those that want them.

Local Government Finance

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish a consultation document on his proposals for a new system for the distribution of funding to local authorities. [62344]

Mr. Raynsford: As I announced to Parliament on 11 June, we intend to publish a consultation document containing our proposals for a new system for the distribution of general revenue funding to local authorities by mid-July.

Mr. Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many reports have been made to his Department through the Government office of the north-east by the North East Assembly accounting for expenditure of money provided under the Strengthening Regional Accountability Initiative; and if he will publish them. [62549]

Mr. Raynsford: The Government office has arrangements in place which require the North East Assembly to submit quarterly reports accounting for expenditure of money provided under the regional chambers fund. The quarterly reports are followed by a meeting between the North East Assembly and the Government office for the north-east, to discuss the reports in more detail.

The North East Assembly has submitted one report, accounting for expenditure for the final quarter of 2001–02. This report was assessed and approved in line with guidance issued by the then Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

The report has not been published. The North East Assembly is a voluntary body and it is for them to decide whether to make their accounts available to the public.

EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Departmental Staff (Scotland)

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) civil service, (b) executive agencies and (c) non- departmental public body jobs under the remit of her Department are located in Scotland; and how many of each have been relocated to Scotland since May 1997. [56316]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: There are approximately 590 jobs under the remit of my Department located in Scotland. They are all at the Student Loans Company, a non-departmental public body (NDPB) based in Glasgow since it was set up in 1990. This represents approximately 8 per cent. of NDPB jobs under the remit of my Department.

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Graduates

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the lowest decile average annual earnings are of an employed graduate in each 10-year cohort over 25 years. [52917]

Margaret Hodge: The following table shows gross weekly earnings at the lowest earnings decile of individuals, in each age group, who hold a first degree or higher qualification and are in full-time employment. The figures are estimated from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Estimated gross weekly earnings at the lowest earnings decile, within each age group, for individuals who hold a first degree or higher qualification and are in full-time employment

Age groupGross weekly earnings at lowest earnings decile (£)
25–34270
35–44340
45–54310
55–64(12)320
All aged 25–64(12)300

(12) Includes women aged 60–64 who are in employment.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, spring 2001, GB figures.


Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the upper decile average annual earnings are of an employed non-graduate in each 10-year age cohort over 25 years. [52918]

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Margaret Hodge: The following table shows gross weekly earnings at the highest earnings decile of individuals in each age group, for:



The figures are for individuals who are in full-time employment, and are estimated from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Estimated gross weekly earnings at the highest earnings decile of
full-time employees in each age band, for (a) non-graduates and (b) those who hold a Level 3 qualification £

Age group All non-graduatesNon-graduates who hold a Level 3 qualification
25–34570640
35–44670810
45–54620730
55–64(13)570730
All aged 25–64(13)620730

(13) Includes women aged 60–64 who are in employment.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, spring 2001, GB figures.


Average Weekly Earnings

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average weekly earnings were in the last year for which figures are available, of each decile of those whose highest educational qualification is (a) a higher degree, (b) a first degree, (c) A Level or equivalent, (d) GCSE/O Level or equivalent, (e) GCSE below grade C and (f) no qualification. [59115]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The information requested is contained in the table.

Percentile gross weekly earnings (not seasonally adjusted) by level of highest qualification, 2001—England,
full-time employees aged 16 to 59–64 £

All full-time employeesLevel 5 (higher degree or equivalent)Level 4 (first degree or equivalent)Level 3 (2+ A—levels or equivalent)Trade apprenticeshipsLevel 2 (5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C or equivalent)Below level 2 (GCSE below grade C or equivalent)Other qualificationNo qualification
Min (first percentile)962081579911280739053
10th percentile190326259191218162173176150
20th percentile231404323231253205202216180
30th percentile273469379263286231231248202
40th percentile309518423300311269262278228
Median350572480341345299293313250
60th percentile404621531384396337329349283
70th percentile470691600433448384369399308
80th percentile558854702507507448428473350
90th percentile7151,110900643613577525614450
Max (last percentile)1,4931,9101,8561,2999571,1679801,069802

Notes:

1. Earnings data are based on information from about two fifths of all respondents.

2. Respondents whose hourly pay is £100 or more are excluded from the sample.

3. Gross weekly and hourly earnings data are known to be underestimated in the LFS, principally because of proxy responses.

Source:

Labour Force Survey (LFS), autumn (September 2001 to November 2001)


European Agency Workers Directive

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effect of the European Agency Workers Directive on schools. [59364]

Mr. Miliband: An initial regulatory impact assessment of the proposed directive on agency workers prepared by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has been placed in the Library of both Houses.

The Commission's proposal would, as it stands, require that agency workers in schools did not receive less favourable basic working and employment conditions than comparable permanent workers. The proposal contains limited derogations from this requirement, which may be applicable in some cases. The proposal is subject

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to the co-decision procedure and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry remains in dialogue with other member countries and the Commission.


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