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Graduate Teacher Programme

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many training places have been allocated in each county in England under the Graduate Teacher Programme in (a) this school year and (b) next school year. [68931]

Mr. Miliband: The information is not available in the form requested. The table shows total numbers of Graduate Teacher Programme places awarded in 2001–02 by Government office region and the numbers of places for 2002–03 that have been awarded to date. Figures for 2002–03 do not therefore include approximately 600 places that have still to be allocated.

Number of places
Government office region 2001–022002–03
London552551
South East555531
South West174212
North West314236
North East9965
Eastern745549
Yorkshire and Humberside161131
West Midlands327267
East Midlands289245
Total3,2162,787

Source:

Teacher Training Agency


Special Schools

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list special schools with foundation school status which (a) were previously grant maintained and (b) have become foundation schools since grant maintained status was abolished. [69203]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: From the data available, the list of special schools with foundation school status is as follows:

LEA numberEstab. numberSchool name
Lambeth2085950Turney Primary and Secondary Special School
Lambeth2085952Thurlow Park Special School
Lambeth2085951Willowfield School
Bromley3055950Glebe School
Hillingdon3125950Chantry School
Kingston upon Thames3145950Bedelsford School
Redbridge3175950Little Heath School
Waltham Forest3205950Whitefield Schools and Centre
Bedfordshire8205950St. Margaret's Residential School
Bedfordshire8205951St. John's School
Dorset8355950Beaucroft Foundation School
Poole8365951Montacute School
Dorset8355953Westfield Technology College
Bournemouth8375952The Bicknell School
Southend-on-Sea8825950The St. Christopher School
Essex8815951The Endeavour School
Leicester8565950Emily Fortey School
Nottinghamshire8915950Foxwood Foundation School

All of the above schools were previously grant maintained and all became foundation schools since grant maintained status was abolished.

Entry to Employment

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement about progress in introducing Entry to Employment provision. [69293]

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Mr. Stephen Twigg: In making its recommendations to encourage greater take up of Modern Apprenticeships, Sir John Cassels' Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee proposed the establishment of pre- employment provision for those young people not immediately able to enter a Modern Apprenticeship or other employment. The Learning and Skills Council and the Department have been working together over recent months with other relevant interests to develop a more effective set of arrangements in work-based learning that will enable more young people to progress to higher learning opportunities. To this end a pathfinder Entry to Employment programme will be introduced in the following areas from this August:


Current work-based learning provision beneath National Vocational Qualification at Level 2 will be subsumed within the new programme in which there will be a better focus on meeting individual aspiration and need. The Learning and Skills Council plan to evaluate the effectiveness of these pathfinders with a view to wider introduction of a new Entry to Employment programme by August 2003.

EU Committees

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the EU Advisory Committee on veterinary training is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement. [66454]

Mr. Morley: I have been asked to reply.

The last meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterinary Training (ACVT) was held on 16 June 2000 and it was abolished later that year.

Representatives of the Scottish Executive have never been members of this committee. Representation was at UK level.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the embassy in the United Arab Emirates to contact lawyers on the embassy list on behalf of Mr. Clark since 20 February; and with what results. [64364]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 25 June 2002]: At the meeting with my noble Friend Baroness Amos on 20 February 2002, your constituent, Jason Clark, told us

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that his father was unable to find a lawyer to represent him. He understood that his father had tried, without success, all the lawyers on our embassy list.

Following the meeting, embassy staff spoke with a local law firm on our list on 5 March 2002. Firstly, they advised us that any local lawyer would require a substantial fee in advance, and secondly, if Mr. Michael Clark were to recommence legal action, his appeal for clemency might not be considered by the Abu Dhabi authorities while proceedings were on-going. They also had no record of Michael Clark getting in touch with them previously.

We advised Michael Clark accordingly. We also reminded him that our staff are not able to appoint a lawyer on behalf of a British national. However, if he wished to pursue a legal case, our offer to assist putting him in touch with a local lawyer remained. We also said that it would be helpful to us if he could list the local lawyers he had already tried.

This issue had been discussed previously with Michael Clark himself during a meeting at the embassy on 20 January. However, at that time, he did not want to pursue any legal action.

Departmental Energy Use

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated (a) level and (b) cost of energy use in his Department and associated agencies was in each year since 1997; what proportion of energy was generated from renewable sources; and if he will make a statement. [65951]

Mr. MacShane: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given him by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Rural Affairs, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 July 2002, Official Report, columns 384–86W.

UN Racism Summit

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people attended the UN Racism summit in Durban in September 2001, from (a) his Department and (b) other UK Government Departments; and what the total cost of the visit was. [66215]

Mr. MacShane: In addition to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Amos and Home Office Minister Angela Eagle, 19 officials from UK Government Departments attended the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban in September 2001 at an average cost of approximately £3,100.

10 of these officials were from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, seven were from the Home Office, one was from the Department for Education and Skills and one was from the Scottish Executive.

The Government publish on an annual basis details of all Ministers' visits overseas. Details of travel undertaken during the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 will be published in a similar form to previous years as soon as possible. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House.

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Building Values

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the buildings owned by his Department and estimate the market value of each of them. [66944]

Mr. MacShane: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given him by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary on 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 339W.

The FCO Section of the Register can be found at: http:// www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/mediastore/otherfiles/218.pdf

Female Staff

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the staff of his Department are women; and what the percentage was in June 1997. [66920]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 5 July 2002, Official Report, column 622W.


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