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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 360W, on strategic health authorities, if he will list (a) the average forecast year-end deficit of primary care trusts in England in the same format as his answer of 1 December 2004, Official Report, column 131W, on primary care trusts and (b) the anticipated financial deficit in the year to 31 March 2005 of (i) strategic health authorities, (ii) primary care trusts and (iii) NHS trusts in England in the same format as his answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 67W, on health service deficits (South West). 
Mr. Hutton: Pursuant to my reply of 6 December, we have no plans to publish national un-audited in year financial forecasts. Audited information in respect of the 200405 financial position of all strategic health authorities (SHAs), primary care trusts and national health service trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts and will be available centrally in autumn 2005. Where published information for individual bodies is available locally, for example from monthly board reports, then the Department can usually provide a reply from information supplied by the SHAs.
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 20 December 2004]: Task forces and "ad hoc' advisory groups in the Department generally have a short-term focus and when
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their work comes to an end they are disbanded. They are usually created to give expert advice to Ministers on a specific issue and are expected to remain on operation for less than two years. They do not generally have a formal separate budget allocated to them, and their running costs are not separately identifiable within the Department's accounts. Identifying such expenditure would involve disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate entrants to (i) agricultural colleges and (ii) university agricultural departments there were in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the (a) agricultural colleges and (b) university agricultural departments that have closed over the last five years. 
Dr. Howells: For the HE sector, information on the closure of particular university departments is not collected by either the Department for Education and Skills or the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Higher Education Institutions are autonomous bodies and any decisions on closures of departments are made by the institutions themselves and not Government or the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
For the FE sector, a list of all agricultural/horticultural colleges which have been involved in merger or other form of reorganisation i.e. transfer to the Higher Education sector in the last five years are included in the tables.
|Colleges||Region||Type of Merger||Name of merged institution||Operative Date|
|Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture and East Durham Community College||North East||Double dissolution||East Durham and Houghall Community College||1 June 1999|
|Holme Lacey College and Pershore and Hindlip College||West Midlands||Single dissolution (Holme Lacey)||The Pershore Group of Colleges||1 August 1999|
|Kirkley Hall College and Northumberland College||North East||Single dissolution (Kirkley Hall)||Northumberland College||1 January 2000|
|Brooksby College and Melton Mowbray College||East Midlands||Single dissolution (MMC)||Brooksby Melton College||1 September 2000|
|Trowbridge College, Chippenham College and Lackham College||South West||Triple dissolution||Wiltshire College||1 November 2000|
|Walford College and North Shropshire College, Walford||West Midlands||Single dissolution (WC)||Walford and North Shropshire College||1 January 2001|
|College||Region||Assets transferred to||Operative Date|
|Brackenhurst College||East Midlands||Nottingham Trent University||1 April 1999|
|Type of merger||Name of merged institution||Operative Date|
|Broomfield College, Derby Tertiary College, Wilmorton and Mackworth College||Derbyshire||Triple dissolution||Derby College||1 January 2002|
|Brinsbury College and Chichester College of Arts, Science and Technology||Sussex||Single dissolution|
|Chichester College||1 August 2002|
|Guildford College of Further and Higher Education and MerristWood College||Surrey||Single Dissolution (MWC)||Guildford College of Further and Higher Education||1 August 2003|
|Cannington College and Bridgwater College||Somerset||Single Dissolution (CC)||Bridgwater College||1 September 2004|
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