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Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward legislation to make it an offence to place forged documents in the National Archives. 
Reports in the press have questioned the authenticity of five documents within files FO 800/9868 and HS 8/944. The National Archives has taken these allegations extremely seriously. We commissioned an official forensic examination which has now concluded that these five documents are, indeed, forgeries. In the light of this, we are reviewing our own procedures and taking legal advice, with a view to taking further action."
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) integrity and (b) authenticity of documents held in the Public Record Office; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The National Archives has a duty to make its holdings publicly available under the Public Records Act 1958 but has put in place a range of security measures to safeguard their integrity and authenticity. In the light of a current case, these measures are being reviewed.
Bridget Prentice: It is not possible for the Department to provide full detailed information requested on how much was spent on taxis in each of the last five years without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research she has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated into the effect of individual registration on the electoral roll. 
Ms Harman: The Electoral Commission has published a number of reports covering this issue. These include The Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002: An assessment of its first year in Operation" (December 2003) and Statistical analysis of the Northern Ireland electoral register" (December 2003). Since the publication of these reports, the Commission has also periodically published updated statistical analysis. The most recent analysis was published in May 2005 and charts the impact of the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Act 2005. The issue is also covered in the Commission's 2003 report The Electoral Registration Process". All of these publications are available on the Electoral Commission's website.
This issue was also discussed in the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee report Electoral Registration in Northern Ireland (December 2004), and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee report Electoral Registration" (March 2005).
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many spin-offs from English universities there were in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what proportion of the total income of English universities she estimates was derived from the commercial exploitation of academic research in each of these years. 
Bill Rammell: Information on spin-offs and income generated from the commercial exploitation of academic research is available from the Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction survey (HE-BCI) carried out by the Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE). Such information was not available before 2001. The first set of data to be published was for the academic year 2001/02. Data currently available are as set out in the following table:
|2001/02 AY||2002/03 AY|
|Sale of spin-off equity||10,425||13,490|
|Number of spin-offs||159||158|
There is no formal requirement on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to provide information for this survey. The data in the previous table are therefore not necessarily a complete reflection of the number of spin-offs and income generated. Information on total income
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is available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency Financial Statistical Return as set out in the following table:
|Total income (£000)|
(3) whether the London West Learning and Skills Council Strategic Area Review took account of the plans to open a 16 to 19 academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge campus; and whether the review recommended the opening of such an Academy. 
Jacqui Smith: 1619 academies will be established under the procedures for setting up new further education colleges as specified in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. These academies will be subject to the same governance arrangements as for existing further education colleges, but tailored to reflect the ethos of an academy and the presence of a sponsor. Tailoring governance arrangements in this way is already established practice for a number of colleges in the FE sector, for example sixth form colleges. The governance arrangements for the academies will also need to take account of existing statutory requirements and will need to satisfy my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State before approval is given to the proposal.
If approved by the Secretary of State, the new Brunei HSBC Education Trust Academy will be legally established as a further education college but will reflect the ethos of an academy. It would open in September 2008. The academy would provide education for 800 1619 year-olds drawing from the Learning and Skills Council London West area and beyond. It would be particularly aimed at those who might otherwise not have stayed on for post 16 education, including students from disadvantaged areas or who have achieved less than they might. (10490)
The London West Learning and Skills Council Strategic Review did not coincide with the proposal to establish the Brunel HSBC Education Trust 1619 Academy. However, initial consultation by the sponsors involved Hillingdon LEA, West London LSC and the national LSC before the feasibility phase for the project began in December 2004.
The West London LSC are active members of the Brunei academy project board and chair the academy forum which is seeking the views of local secondary schools and FE Colleges on the proposal, on an on-going basis as the proposal is developed. The academy
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sponsors are very keen to work closely with local schools and to provide a wider service to the community. Post 16 participation in Hillingdon is one of the lowest in West London and the academy will help to address this weakness. Further research into the need for places in the London West area, and the potential impact such an academy may have on local providers, has been commissioned by the local LSC and this should be available in the autumn for presentation to both the LSC and Ministers before a decision on the academy is made.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who has been consulted by (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on plans for a 16 to 19 Academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge Campus; 
(2) how much funding (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council have allocated to the feasibility study into plans for a 16 to 19 academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge Campus; 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 7 July 2005]: The project to establish a 1619 Academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge Campus is currently in its feasibility stage. Initial consultation with post-16 education providers in the area is already under way through a West London Learning and Skills Council (LSC) chaired Academy Forum. Formal and wider consultation on the proposal to establish the Academy will begin during July 2005 for three months involving organisations who would normally be consulted during the establishment of a Further Education College and an Academy. This will include local schools and FE colleges, the West London LSC, the national LSC, Hillingdon LEA and other LEAs in the areas surrounding Uxbridge. In addition details of the proposal will be published in a local newspaper. The Academy sponsors are very keen that it should develop a good relationship with local schools and colleges.
Academy projects in feasibility receive funding from the Department for Education and Skills depending on the expected length and complexity of the feasibility phase. The Learning and Skills Council is not involved in providing Academy feasibility funding. A final feasibility budget for the Brunel HSBC Education Trust Academy is likely to be decided shortly but is currently estimated to be £332,000. This will cover project management, consultation, legal and other costs until completion of the feasibility phase. This started in December 2004 and should finish in spring 2006.
Academies for 16 to 19-year-olds will legally be Further Education Colleges but with an Academy ethos. The consultation will follow the statutory requirements for establishing a Further Education college under section 51 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Consultation requirements also include compliance with the Education (Publication of Draft Proposals and Orders) (Further Education Corporations) (England) Regulations 2001S.1.2001/782. The responses to consultation will be included in the detailed information to both the national LSC and Ministers before a decision is made on the establishment of the Academy.
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