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Student Visas

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas students requiring visas to study in the UK are studying in (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) other education sectors in the academic year 2004–05. [218422]

Dr. Howells: The latest available figures are for 2003/04 and are given in the table. Corresponding figures for other education sectors are not held centrally.
Number of students from overseas requiring visas in HE and FE institutions

In HE institutions(1)110,340
In FE colleges(2)33,600

(1)Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency. Covers students on HE and FE courses in HEIs in the UK.
(2)Source: Learning and Skills Council. Covers students in HE and FE courses in FE colleges in England.

School Staff (Kent)

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) Dartford
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primary and secondary schools and (ii) the Kent local education authority area in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [221100]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The following table shows the full-time equivalent number of teachers and teaching assistants in maintained schools, pupil referral units and other non-school provision in Dartford constituency and Kent local education authority in January 2000 to January 2004.
FTE TeachersFTE Teaching AssistantsFTE TeachersFTE Teaching Assistants

(3)0 or less than 5.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Annual School Census, (teaching assistants) and Annual Survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher vacancies (teacher numbers). Figures are as at January of each year.

Teenage Mothers

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teenage mothers aged under 18 years were in paid employment or full-time education in each year since 1997. [221444]

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Mr. Stephen Twigg: Between 1997–99 and 2002–04 there has been an increase in the proportion of teenage mothers in education, employment or training (EET), from 23.1 per cent. in 1997–99 to 29.7 per cent. in 2002–04.

Data on the proportion of teenage mothers in EET are derived from the Labour Force Survey and are presented as three year averages to smooth out annual fluctuations that can occur due to the small sample size from which the data are derived. Data for 2003–05 will be available in August 2005. EET figures include those in part-time as well as full-time EET.


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills what steps the Government are taking to assist under-achieving pupils in schools in England. [221600]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Primary National Strategy and the KS3 National Strategy (which is developing into a secondary strategy covering the whole 11–16 stage) are designed to raise standards for all pupils by spreading effective teaching and learning to every classroom. Through the national strategies we have provided teachers with a suite of age specific intervention materials which allow children who are struggling to catch up with their peers. Specific programmes, such as the Strategies' English as an Additional Language (EAL) pilot and Aiming High Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils", also address the needs of particular groups of under-achieving pupils which include African-Caribbean pupils, Gypsy and Traveller pupils, pupils from mainly Muslim backgrounds and isolated minority ethnic pupils. In addition, schools now have access to better data on individual pupils and comparative performance than ever before which enables them to identify underperformance and set appropriately challenging pupil targets.


Arctic Convoys Medal

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Honours and Decorations Committee concerning a medal for veterans of the Arctic convoys. [221282]

The Prime Minister: I have received advice from the Chairman of the Honours and Decorations Committee on this matter. Such advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.


Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has held with President George W. Bush on relations with Iran. [221280]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey) on 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 193W.
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Tsunami (Military Assistance)

16. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force staff have been involved in delivering humanitarian aid and support equipment to Indonesia after the tsunami. [221305]

Mr. Caplin: I begin by paying tribute on behalf of the whole House to all those civilian and military personnel from the United Kingdom who were involved in the tsunami relief effort in December and January.

The RAF's main contribution has been the airlift of both aid and equipment. Eleven C17 Globemaster loads were delivered to Banda Aceh in Indonesia.

Several hundred RAF personnel have been involved in the operation, in one way or another, most notably from RAF Brize Norton and RAF Lyneham.

Defence Intelligence

19. Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to Defence Intelligence in the last two years, with particular reference to quality, methods of gathering and relevant onward transmission. [221308]

Mr. Ingram: The mission of the Defence Intelligence Staff is to provide timely and highly valued intelligence that will guide departmental decisions on Defence policy and the commitment and employment of the United Kingdom's armed forces; inform decisions on the generation and maintenance of operational military capability, including through the equipment programme; and contribute to wider national intelligence collection and assessment. The Defence Intelligence Staff is continually striving to improve working methods and capabilities to meet both current and future demands. The Butler Review made a number of recommendations, which were accepted by the PM, and we are working to address those specific to Defence Intelligence.

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