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Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of the right hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng) of 19 September 2002, Official Report, column 919W, on national insurance, if he will require departments to reject any potential supplier who uses offshore arrangements intended to avoid employers' national insurance liabilities, or has done so in the last three years. 
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister how many New Deal participants have secured (a) subsidised and (b) unsubsidised employment in his Office; and if he will make a statement on his Office's policy with regard to the employment of New Deal participants. 
The Prime Minister: My Office's policy is to take New Deal participants from Jobcentre Plus on secondment and provide them with up to six months work experience. During the secondment they continue to be paid by Jobcentre Plus. Since 1998, six New Deal participants have been on secondment to Number 10.
The Prime Minister: During 2002, 27 charity receptions were held at 10 Downing Street, including events for Sane, Sight Savers International, Prisoners of Conscience, Saving Faces and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The cost of these receptions was funded by the Charities concerned.
The Prime Minister: The Chief Scientific Adviser has been advising me and other Ministers on nuclear power and other scientific aspects of energy policy. He is invited to attend the Cabinet committee, DA(N), overseeing the development of the Energy White Paper, which is due to be published shortly.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister how many persons elevated to the peerage since 20th July 2001 were resident at the time of their elevation in each region of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland. 
The Prime Minister: Since 20 July 2001, there have been seven people elevated to the peerage. The following table shows where they were resident at the time of their elevation. It is, of course, possible that some peers may have had more than one residence of which we would be unaware.
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Mrs. Liddell: The planned publication date of Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS) 200001 by the Scottish Executive is 20 January. The Scottish Executive take the lead in compiling the report which draws on data from a variety of Government sources.
Mrs. Liddell: Data compiled by the Scottish Office up to 1999 and subsequently by the Scottish Executive indicates that Scotland's annual real GDP growth rate was 1.8 per cent. from 1972 to 1999 and 2.1 per cent. from 1989 to 1999.
Mrs. Liddell: This is a matter for the General Register Office for Scotland, an Associated Department of the Scottish Executive. I understand, however, that revised population statistics will be published by the end of February.
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The provisions on international bribery and corruption under Part 12 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 came into force on 14 February 2002. They are subject to review under section 122 of the 2001 Act by a committee of members of the Privy Council, which is due to report by 13 December this year. As announced in the Queen's Speech, a draft Bill to reform the law of corruption generally will be published this session.
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(a) have been established and (b) are proposed, giving the public expenditure which has been (i) incurred and (ii) budgeted in relation to start-up of each. 
Mr. Miliband: Three academies have been established so far in Bexley, Haringey and Middlesbrough. A further 21 academies have been proposed and are in various stages of development. The tables show the budgets and expenditure incurred for the current projects across the whole cycle of their development. For the three academies already open, the first table also shows their operating budget and expenditure incurred to date.
Academy projects receive modest funding to develop proposals to a point where the Secretary of State is satisfied that an academy is viable and a formal funding agreement can be signed. From this point, projects receive additional funding to implement their proposals and prepare for the opening of the academy. Once open, academies receive an annual operational budget to cover their day-to-day running costs, which is comparable to similar maintained schools within their local authority. Similarly, the level of capital funding is intended to ensure that academies are built and equipped to a standard comparable with the best in the maintained sector.
|Development budget||Development expenditure||Operational budget 200203||Operational expenditure 200203||Capital budget||Capital expenditure|
|The Business Academy, Bexley||989||989||4,245||1,794||25,750||14,450|
|Greig City Academy||957||957||4,823||2,046||11,000||2,892|
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(29) Estimated figures, subject to change, and will be finalised only when the projects are in a position to sign a funding agreement with the Secretary of State.
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