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Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1290W, on sentences, whether the extension of penalty fines to 10 to 16-year-olds outlined in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 will be introduced before the publication of the evaluation of the operation of the scheme for 16 to 17-year-olds. [155451]

Ms Blears [holding answer 24 February 2004]: We will be evaluating the operation of the scheme for 16 to 17-year-olds, on an interim basis after six months and again after 12 months. We expect to pilot penalty notices for disorder in some areas for 10 to 15-year-olds later this year, taking account of early experience with 16 and 17-year-olds.

Serious Organised Crime Agency

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proposed total headcount is for (a) agents, (b) management and (c) administrators for the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and what the headcount is for the agencies that it will replace. [155115]

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Ms Blears: It is expected that the new agency will have approaching 5,000 staff but it is too early to provide a breakdown of that number into agents, management and administrators. As precise details of all the numbers to be transferred have yet to be determined, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive indication of the headcount for the agencies that it will replace.

Women Prisoners (Drug Offences)

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are in prison for (a) drug offences, (b) drug trafficking offences and (c) supply offences; and of these groups of women, what percentage (i) have dependent children, (ii) are UK nationals and (iii) are non-UK nationals, giving countries of nationality in each case. [143408]

Paul Goggins: Information as at the end of June 2003 on the number of women in prison in England and Wales for drug offences, drug trafficking offences and supply offences, and the percentage of these who are UK nationals and non UK nationals are given in the following tables.

Information on the number of women in prison for drugs offences who have dependent children is not available.

Females by custody type and drugs offence type and nationality

Unlawful import/exportUnlawful supplyPossession with intent to supplyPossessionOther drugs offences
UK nationals
Convicted unsentenced976270
Fine defaulters10000
Foreign nationals
Convicted unsentenced120040
Fine defaulters00011
Nationality not known

Females by drug offences and nationality

Unlawful import/exportUnlawful supplyPossession with intent to supplyPossessionOther drugs offences
United Kingdom3686878864
Nationality Missing10020
Irish Republic01000
South Africa20000
Trinidad and Tobago20000
United States20007


Figures are rounded and therefore may not add to 100.

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Young Offenders Institutions

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether resources available for young offenders institutions will be increased during 2004. [155254]

Paul Goggins: At this time baselines for individual establishments have been finalised for 2004–05. The position will be clearer when the distribution of budgets within the Prison Service has been actioned during March.


Child Trafficking

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources are available under the Children Act 1989 for local authorities to care for child victims of trafficking; and if he will make a statement. [152341]

Margaret Hodge: It is for local councils to decide the level of resources they allocate to services for children in their area, including the child victims of trafficking.

Overall the local government settlement has increased resources for Children's Social Services from almost £3.7 billion in 2003–04 to just over £4.0 billion in 2004–05. This provides for an increase in total resources of some 8.7 per cent. overall.

Children's Fund

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reductions he intends to make in the allocation of funding to the Children's Fund; what consultation has taken place with the key stakeholders; what estimate has been made of the impact of funding reductions on individual programmes; and if he will make a statement. [154880]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 12 February 2004]: Allocations to Children's Fund partnerships were originally planned to reduce by £24.6 million in 2004–05, from £164.6 million to £140 million. However, following representations from affected projects I have been able to identify additional resources outside the programme which means that a total of £160 million plus a contingency amount of £6 million will be available to partnerships in 2004–05.

I have consulted key stakeholders through the Children's Fund Advisory Forum which is made up of the main voluntary sector organisations involved in the Fund, the LGA and the ADSS. The Department is

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assessing the impact of its decisions directly with partnerships through both the Advisory Forum and its regional teams. Final decisions on 2005–06 will not be taken until I know the outcome of the 2004 Spending Review.

Civil Servants

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many civil servants, broken down by grade, there are in the Department and the agencies for which the Department is responsible; and what the figures were in January 1997. [150271]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Alexander) on 10 February 2004, Official Report, column 1294W.

The number of staff in the former Department for Education and Employment as at 1 January 1997 was 37,598. This comprised 4,999 in the core Department (including the Government Offices) and 32,599 in the former Employment Service Agency. A grade breakdown could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Education Funding

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent from central government funds per pupil on (a) primary and (b) secondary education in (i) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (ii) the UK in each of the last five years. [155329]

Mr. Miliband: My right hon. Friend is responsible for education in England only, so the following table gives a comparison between the East Riding of Yorkshire and the England average.

Per pupil funding from 1999–2000 to 2003–04

East Riding of YorkshireEngland average
Primary (aged 3–10)
Secondary (aged 11–15)


1. Figures reflect education SSA/EFS settlement (all sub-blocks). Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to EPS pupils aged 3–10 and 11–15.

2. Figures exclude EMAs and grants not allocated at LEA level and the pensions transfer to EPS and LSC for 2003–04.

3. The pupil numbers used are those underlying the EPS/EPS settlement calculations plus PLASC three-year-old maintained pupils and estimated three to four-year-olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.

4. 2003–04 and 2002–03 figures are provisional estimates as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited. Data are as reported by LEAs.

5. Real terms figures are based on GDP deflators as at 6 January 2004 (2002–03 prices).

6. Per pupil figures are rounded to the nearest £10 so may not sum.

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