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National Insurance

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. [89811]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the answer my right hon. Friend, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury gave the hon. Member on 19 December 2002, Official Report, column 919W.

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New Deal

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. [89767]

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.

No. 10 Downing Street (Receptions)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister how many times in 2002 10 Downing Street was used by charities for receptions; what the cost of the receptions was; and which charities were involved. [90110]

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.

Nuclear Power

Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what recent advice he has received from the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser in respect of the option to use nuclear power in the future. [89559]

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. [89563]

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.

South East England1
South West England1
Northern Ireland1

We do not keep records of the home addresses of judicial peers as all correspondence is addressed to their office.

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Single Currency

Keith Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to put in place a timetable for a referendum should the five economic tests on entry into the single currency be met. [90108]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) on 11 December 2002, Official Report, columns 379–80W.


Government Expenditure and Revenue

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland 2000–01 will be published; and what input she has had into its preparation. [89425]

Mrs. Liddell: The planned publication date of Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS) 2000–01 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.

Gross Domestic Product

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what Scotland's real GDP growth rate was from (a) 1972 to 1999 and (b) 1989 to 1999. [89392]

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.

Population Statistics

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when revised population statistics will be released for Scotland. [89391]

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.

Scottish University Graduates

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of Scottish university graduates left Scotland after graduation in the last three years. [89474]

Mrs. Liddell: Higher Education in Scotland is a devolved matter. The relevant statistics can be found in the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning section on the Scottish Executive's website.

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International Bribery and Corruption

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK legislation against international bribery and corruption. [89228]

Hilary Benn: I have been asked to reply.

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.



Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the academies which

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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. [88893]

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.

Open academies

Recurrent Capital
Development budgetDevelopment expenditureOperational budget 2002–03Operational expenditure 2002–03Capital budgetCapital expenditure
The Business Academy, Bexley9899894,2451,79425,75014,450
Unity Academy6046044,7692.30718,5900
Greig City Academy9579574,8232,04611,0002,892

Academies in development

Development budgetDevelopment expenditureCapital budgetCapital expenditure
Hillingdon (i)90043019,000285
Hillingdon (ii)2500(29)19,5000
Liverpool (i)25090(29)23,0000
Liverpool (ii)2500(29)19,5000
South Middlesbrough90049119,2005,253
Southwark (i)900196(29)27,12553
Southwark (ii)90046019,970885

(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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