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Derek Twigg: Swimming and water safety is a compulsory part of the PE national curriculum at Key Stage 2. During key stages 3 and 4, schools must offer pupils two programmes of study from: swimming and water safety; athletics and; outdoor and adventurous activities.
published, in December 2003, a swimming charter, which sets out guidelines, shares best practice and provides practical support to help schools overcome many of the challenges they face when planning and delivering swimming; and
We intend to implement this programme nationally from April 2006 and over £5 million of funding has been allocated to support the scheme in 200607 and 200708. We will be consulting shortly on what the detail of this programme might look like.
Furthermore, as part of its wider provision, the PE and school sport national professional development programme will help to improve the quality of swimming teaching throughout England. The programme will identify where there is most need and provide specific professional development and support to help ensure high quality swimming tuition in schools. Every school will be able to access this programme free of charge from April 2005.
As it is a statutory part of the national curriculum, no charge to parents can be made for the cost of providing swimming lessons, or for the cost of transport to carry pupils to and from the lesson. Schools can ask for voluntary contributions to cover the cost of swimming activities, but when requesting the contribution it must make it clear that no child will be treated differently, or left out of the activity, because their parent is unable or unwilling to make the contribution.
Figures for January 2004 were published in table 15 of the Statistics of Education, School Workforce in England, 2004 edition a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library. Alternatively this publication is available at the following URL:
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of employing a newly qualified teacher for their first year of work, including salary and pension contributions, is in the current financial year. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Currently there are four regional pay scales, inner London, outer London, fringe area and England and Wales (excluding the London area). Each of these pay scales has a different starting salary.
For the current financial year (April 4 to March 5 ), the starting salary of a newly qualified teacher in Inner London is £22,059. The corresponding on costs (national insurance and pension contributions) are 20.7 per cent. bringing the total cost to £26,625.
For England and Wales (excluding the London area), a newly qualified teacher's salary is £18,558. The corresponding national insurance and pension contributions are estimated at 20.3 per cent. of bringing the total cost to £22,326.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Government of China on human rights abuses in Kheetan Province; and if he will make a statement. 
The UK delegation visited Xinjiang in November 2003 as part of our biannual UK China human rights dialogue. There was a follow-up discussion on Xinjiang at the next round of the dialogue held in London on 1314 May 2004.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised human rights during his trip to China in January 2005. I discussed human rights issues with Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui during my trip to China in October 2004.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 25 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Darfur, reference: 1 85889/05. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 3 February from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Miss S. Watson of Abu Dhabi. 
David Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 26 January 2005 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, reference 97610. 
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance has been given by (a) the Government and (b) the EU to the Northern Cyprus Administration in each of the last three years; and for what projects. 
Our high commission has funded a number of projects in north Cyprus all designed to help bring Turkish Cypriots closer to the EU, to encourage re-unification of the island and to make a future settlement less costly and easier to implement.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Turkish Cypriots and (b) Turkish settlers living in northern Cyprus who work in the Republic of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: We have made no such estimate, although our understanding is that no mainland Turkish workers are permitted to work in the south. The issue of workers remains an important issue for clarification by the parties in the context of a comprehensive settlement.
The closed area of Famagusta has not been part of recent visits to Cyprus by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers, although our high commissioner has visited, under the auspices of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the areas of northern Cyprus that (a) the British high commissioner to Cyprus and (b) senior officials at the high commission have visited in the last 12 months. 
Mr. MacShane: It is not possible to list all the areas visited. Our high commissioner and his staff routinely visit northern Cyprus, in order to monitor and influence Turkish Cypriot opinion and to discharge consular and other duties wherever required.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the Turkish-Cypriot Administration in northern Cyprus its policy on bringing the closed area of Famagusta into use. 
Mr. MacShane: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed this issue with the Turkish-Cypriot Administration. However, our officials regularly discuss all aspects of the situation in Cyprus with Turkish Cypriot representatives.
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