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Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given. 
|David Sterland||British Airways||Project management role to co-ordinate the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of a package of agreed, prioritised and strategic aviation and maritime security bids to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Global Opportunities Fund.|
|Mike Lloyd||Mercer Management Consulting||Providing economic advice on all Railways Economy issues, particularly franchising, strategy, 10-year plan review and West Coast Mainline.|
|Nick Joyce||Ernst & Young||Corporate finance adviser.|
Mr. Jamieson: The UK has played a key role in both the International Maritime Organisation (MO) and the EU in negotiating an acceleration of a programme to phase out single hull tankers from world trade, while ensuring continuity of energy supply. The IMO has recently agreed to an accelerated programme, under which the large majority of single hull tankers will have been phased out by the end of 2010. Single hull tankers which will be under 25 years of age at the end of 2010 will be allowed to continue in service until the end of 2015, or on reaching age 25 if earlier, but only if they first pass a rigorous assessment of their condition. Based on the IMO agreement, there is a EU Regulation, now in force, which prohibits single hull tankers entering or leaving EU ports and anchorages when carrying heavy grades of oil as cargo.
The United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which the UK acceded in 1997, gives rights of innocent passage though territorial waters for ships
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which comply with internationally agreed standards governing their construction and use, which includes single hull tankers which have yet to reach their phase out date. Secretary of State has no powers to curtail such rights, which benefit UK ships when participating in world trade.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what duties are placed on (a) headmasters and (b) governors of independent schools to report suspicions of child abuse by members of staff. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 24 January 2005]: The duty to report suspicions of child abuse by members of staff in independent schools is placed on proprietors rather than head teachers and governors. Proprietors are required to make a report to my Department when they have ceased to use a person's services, or when a person has ceased to provide their services, on grounds that they are unsuitable to work with children, on grounds of misconduct, or on grounds relating to the person's health where issues are raised about the safety or welfare of children.
Proprietors of independent schools have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at their school and must ensure that their school has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff which comply with locally agreed inter-agency procedures.
Statistics on the number of childcare places registered in England were published on 19 January 2005 in a report by Ofsted Registered Childcare Providers and Places in England, 31 December 2004". The report is available on the Ofsted website, www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications.
Statistics on the number of child care places registered in England were published on 19 January 2005 in a report by Ofsted Registered Childcare Providers and Places in England, 31 December 2004". The report is available on the Ofsted website, www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications.
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Derek Twigg: Information on regional distribution of staff is available in the Libraries of both Houses, and also at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management information/statistical_information/statistics/contents_ for_civil_service_statistics_2003_report/index.asp
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action that may be taken by the EU in the field of vocational training under article I-17 of the proposed EU constitution. 
|Recurrent funds for teaching and research(4)||Teaching||Research||Funds for rewarding and developing staff(5)|
In addition HEFCE provided £549,987 of recurrent funding for teaching to Stoke on Trent college in 19992000. From 200001 onwards this was transferred to the HE provision for Staffordshire university.
Data on public expenditure paid to students at Staffordshire university and Stoke on Trent college by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in respect of grants, income-contingent loan cash outlay, and tuition fees for academic years 1999/2000 to 2004/05 (provisional) are shown in the second table. Data are not available at the level requested prior to academic year 1999/2000.
|Academic year||SLC expenditure|
Data on public expenditure for mortgage style loans, hardship loans, part-time fee grants and part-time course grants are not readily available at the level requested. I will include details of these expenditures in the House of Commons Library when available.
|Hardship/access to learning fund||Fee waivers||Opportunity bursaries||Support for access administration|
There are two Further Education colleges located within the parliamentary constituency of Stoke on Trent Central, namely Stoke on Trent college and the City of Stoke on Trent sixth form college. Public funding for these from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and its predecessor the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) is shown in the fourth table.
|Academic year||Stoke-on-Trent college||City of Stoke-on-Trent sixth form college|
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the real-term funding guarantee for (a) school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) further education colleges is in the 200405 financial year; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: In the academic year 2004/05, the Learning and Skills Council increased its funding rates by 4 per cent. for school sixth forms, in line with the per pupil guarantee funding increase for schools. Funding rates for sixth form colleges and further education colleges meeting their targets increased by 5 per cent. in 2004/05.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will instruct the Learning and Skills Council to fund school sixth forms and further education colleges at the same level for capital investment projects. 
Capital funding for further education colleges is the responsibility of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) which has sole discretion in how and where it allocates capital support.
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Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the level of funding available to further education colleges to implement the Increased Flexibility Programme for 14 to 16-year-olds. 
Dr. Howells: The Department allocates funding to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to deliver the Increased Flexibility Programme. Funding of up to £100,000 per partnership has been made available to support activity in 200406. The allocation of funding is decided locally between the partners.
The Department has not assessed the funding available to partnerships to implement the Increased Flexibility Programme, but the LSC has commissioned a study into this. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, will write to the hon. Member with details of the study. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Library.
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita funding for 16 to 18 year olds in Stoke-on-Trent was in (a) school sixth forms, (b) the sixth form college and (c) other further education colleges in each of the past five years. 
Dr. Howells: The Department allocates funds for education and training in the post-six learning and skills sector to the Learning and Skills Council. The Department does not collect information on the level of per capita funding for 16 to 18 year olds in school sixth forms and sixth form and further education colleges at the local level. Mark Haysom, the Learning and Skills Council's Chief Executive will write to the hon. Member with details of the level of per capita funding for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) school sixth forms (b) sixth form colleges and (c) further education colleges in each of the past five years in the Stoke-on-Trent area. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Library.
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