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Violent Crime (Havering)

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime were recorded in the London borough of Havering in the last year, broken down into (a) offences of violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery and (d) criminal damage; what proportion of those offences occurred within Romford town centre between 7 pm and 6 am; and what percentage of recorded violent crime within Havering this represents. [85074]

Mr. Denham: The numbers of violent crimes recorded in Havering for the year ending March 2002 are given in the table.

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Numbers of violent crimes in Havering, year ending March 2002

Violence against the person3,225
Sexual Offences173
Robbery 549

Numbers of recorded crimes for areas within London boroughs are not available centrally. Numbers of recorded criminal damage offences by London boroughs for this time period are not yet available centrally.


Beacon Schools

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanism is in place to have funds returned from beacon schools in the event of their closure. [85558]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 5 December 2002]: In the event of a beacon school closing, the local education authority's Standards Fund allocation is reduced accordingly. Any unspent beacon funds held by the school would be identified alongside other grants still held and returned to the local education authority and then offset against future Standards Fund payments by the Department.

Examination Results

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the 2002 GCSE results for (a) Chesham Park Community College and (b) other secondary schools. [86227]

Mr. Miliband: The 2002 GCSE results will be published in the secondary school performance tables towards the end of January 2003. These tables will include the results for Chesham Park Community College.

Laboratory Technicians

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra grant he has made available to schools for laboratory technicians. [84755]

Mr. Miliband: In 2003–04 we are making available to local education authorities, through Standards Fund Grant, #268 million to cover the costs of recruiting extra school support staff and extra administrative help, particularly for small schools, and #37.45 million for the training and development of support staff.

This additional funding should contribute significantly to the transformation of the school workforce, of which school science laboratory technicians, as well as many others who work to support teachers in the classroom, are vital members. We estimate that, during this Parliament, schools should have the capacity to recruit at least an extra 50,000 full-time equivalent support staff, including science technicians. In addition, the new National Network of Science Learning Centres will provide training and professional development opportunities for technicians.

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Official Travel

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total expenditure of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was on official travelling in 2001–02; [84791]

Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 3 December 2002]: Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing #500 or more during each financial year. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. The cost of Ministers' visits overseas for 2002–03 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year.

Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House.

All travel is undertaken fully in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Per Capita Allocations

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government allocates per year to educate a child aged 11 to 16 years in the Portsmouth, South constituency; and if he will make a statement. [85869]

Mr. Miliband: The Department does not hold information on funding provided at constituency level. Most funding provided by the Department is distributed via local education authorities. The table shows the Government's education Standard Spending Assessment and departmental grants allocated to Portsmouth local education authority in 2002–03. Where possible, funding intended for secondary schools has been identified; but for most grants it is not possible to break down the allocations for secondary schools (pupils aged 11–16). Grants are mainly allocated across all phases and the amounts going to each type of school will be a matter for local decision.

# million
Standard Spending Assessment(16)37.737
Standards Fund Grant(17)5.530
School Standards Grant(18) 0.745
Teachers Threshold Grant1.038
Capital Funding(19)5.532

(16) Figure reflects education SSA settlement figures (secondary sub-block).

(17) Figure comprises recurrent departmental contribution, excluding grants specifically allocated for early years or infant/primary purposes.

(18) Figure reflects funding for secondary schools (excluding all special schools).

(19) Funding includes Basic Need (ACG), Standards Fund Grant (Departmental contribution), New Deal for Schools, Schools Access Initiative and Voluntary Aided School Grant. It does not include funding for Class Size initiative (which is relevant only to primary schools).

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University Merger (London)

Mr. Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 731W, on University Merger (London), what reply he gave to the President of University College and the Rector of Imperial College. [86746]

Margaret Hodge: A copy of my reply has been placed in the Library.


Disabled Children

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will implement the recommendation of the Steering Group of the Joint Fundamental Review of the Housing Adaptations Service on the abolition of the means test in relation to disabled children and their families. [85397]

Mr. Browne: The means test is an essential tool to allow the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to target grant towards those most in need. Any such exemption would seriously undermine the ability of the Housing Executive to target resources effectively. I will shortly be setting up a Working Group to review the means test to ensure that disabled children are not disadvantaged by it.

East Antrim Institute

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress towards providing a new East Antrim Institute building on the Larne Campus. [85622]

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Jane Kennedy: In April 2002, the then Minister announced that #1.5 million was being made available for the provision of a new facility at the Larne campus of East Antrim Institute. The institutes is currently taking the project through procurement with construction expected to commence around May 2003.

Emergency Rehousing

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of NIHE tenants who have sought alternative emergency re-housing in Northern Ireland due to intimidation by paramilitary organisations since 1998. [85754]

Mr. Browne: Where Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants seek alternative accommodation because of intimidation they are treated as being homeless. In such cases information on the source of intimidation and on the tenure of the applicant is not recorded.

However since 1 April 1998, 6,740 households presented to the Housing Executive as homeless due to intimidation/civil disturbance.

Further Education Colleges

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by each Northern Ireland further education college on (a) consultancy fees and (b) audits in the last three years. [82680]

Jane Kennedy: Within the time available it is not possible to separate our consultancy costs. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as this information becomes available. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

In the last three years, the following amounts have been spent by each Northern Ireland Further Education College on Audits:

(b) Audits

Armagh College of Further and Higher Education12,13511,37814,119
Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education53,51961,67145,216
Castlereagh College of Further and Higher Education10,79710,2649,406
Causeway Institute of Further and Higher Education4,6339,09013,692
East Antrim Institute of Further and Higher Education3,84713,80614,364
East Down Institutes of Further and Higher Education12,22012,22012,224
East Tyrone College of Further and Higher Education13,50012,00014,700
Fermanagh College of Further and Higher Education10,8558,0499,071
Limavady College of Further and Higher Education8,9659,1359,310
Lisburn Institute of Further and Higher Education10,0008,50013,000
Newry and Kilkeel Institute of Further and Higher Education17,01412,17820,539

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