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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the consultation period being undertaken by the Environment Agency on flood defences on the Tidal Severn will end. 
On March 22 we published our White Paper setting out our policies and progress in improving adult education and skills-entitled Skills: Getting on in
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business, getting on at work. Our aim with this White Paper is to help even more adults to get the skills they need to move from welfare into jobs and to progress in their careers. It builds on the infrastructure established through the national Skills Strategy published in 2003. It announced our plans for further improving adult provision, including the roll out of the National Employer Training Programme, the creation of new Skills Academies to deliver training in each sector, the national roll-out of the entitlement to free tuition to NVQ Level 2, and an improved and extended service to deliver advice and guidance on careers, training and support.
Mr. O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Ministers have had responsibility for the Careers Service and the Connexions Service since May 1997; and if she will make a statement on her plans for the Connexions Service. 
Minister of State
|May 1997-July 1998||Tessa Blackstone||Kim Howells|
|July 1998-July 1999||Tessa Blackstone||George Mudie|
|July 1999-June 2001||Tessa Blackstone||Malcolm Wicks|
|June 2001-June 2002||Margaret Hodge||Ivan Lewis|
|June-December 2002||Margaret Hodge||Stephen Twigg|
|December 2002-June 2003||Margaret Hodge||Ivan Lewis|
|June 2003-May 2005||Margaret Hodge only|||
|May 2005-present||Beverley Hughes||Maria Eagle|
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of extending education maintenance allowances to all students who remain in post-16 education. 
Bill Rammell: The following tables show the estimated take up and cost of education maintenance allowances (EMAs). Estimates in Table One are based on the current scheme and the household income thresholds that apply in 200405. The second table gives estimates for all 16 to 18-year-olds in post-16 further education and assumes that all are eligible for £30 EMA per week plus bonuses. The tables also take account of drop-out from the scheme.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of Government spending on the education maintenance allowance projected for each year from 200405 to 200910; and if she will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: The following table shows the estimated take up and cost of education maintenance allowances (EMAs) for young people in post 16 further education, projected for each year from 200405 to 200809. Estimates for 200910 are not currently available. These estimates are based on the current scheme and the household income thresholds that apply in 200405. The table also takes account of drop-out from the scheme.
|Cost (£ million)|
Jacqui Smith: Since 2001 all school lunches must comply with statutory nutritional standards. Subject to these standards, the contents of individual school meals is a matter for either school governing bodies or local education authorities, depending on whether or not funding has been delegated to schools. DfES has published Healthy School Lunch guidance in which the Secretary of State strongly recommends that the value of a free school meal should be set to enable eligible children to have a standard two course lunch and drink. Schools are strongly encouraged to provide drinking water free of charge. Pupils entitled to free school meals cannot substitute other school food such as breakfast or break-time snacks for food served at lunchtime.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much had been paid to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers in respect of handling fees for coal health claims up to 31 March. 
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much had been paid to solicitors in respect of legal fees for coal health claims up to 31 March; and how much had been paid to each of the top 20 firms of solicitors. 
|Solicitor||Total solicitors costs (£ million)|
|Hugh James Ford Simey||54.5|
|Browell Smith and Co||31.2|
|Mark Gilbert Morse||28.3|
|Union Of Democratic Mineworkers||19.0|
|Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin||8.9|
|The Legal Warehouse||7.2|
|Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors||6.8|
|O H Parsons||6.4|
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