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Teachers Recruitment (Ethnic Minorities)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to promote the recruitment of teachers from ethnic minorities. [12201]

Jacqui Smith: The TTA's target since 2000 has been to increase recruitment of trainees from a minority ethnic background to 9 per cent. of total places. For courses beginning in autumn 2004, provisional figures for entry into initial teacher training show that 2,943 (9.1 per cent.) were from a minority ethnic background. This is an increase of 759 trainees (35 per cent.) since 2002.

Despite meeting the 9 per cent. national target two years early, increasing recruitment of trainee teachers from a minority ethnic background further will continue to be a priority over the next three years at least.

For 2005/06, the TTA has allocated £1.5 million of funding to enable initial teacher training institutions to take local action to increase their recruitment and retention of trainees. This funding has been used to provide race awareness training for staff involved in initial teacher training (ITT) courses; review and refine recruitment processes; develop targeted marketing of ITT courses to minority ethnic communities; facilitate application support workshops; update school mentor training and support other activities aimed at improving recruitment and retention.

Select Committee Report (Reading)

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will respond to the Education and Skills Select Committee report into the Teaching of Reading. [11705]

Jacqui Smith: The DfES response to the Select Committee report into the Teaching of Reading was sent to the clerk of the committee on Friday 7 July 2005.
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Unemployed Graduates

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills what the unemployment rate among first degree graduates was one year after graduation in each year between 1994 and 2004. [9566]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information, which shows the percentage of newly qualified graduates who were unemployed six months after graduation, is shown in the table.
Unemployment rates of UK domiciled full-time first degree graduates UK HE institutions

of which, those who were
Academic yearTotal graduates with known destination(35)NumberPercentage

(35)The response rate for these surveys is around 80 per cent.; the graduate figures in the table therefore exclude those who did not respond to the survey.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
First Destination Survey (FDS) 1994/95–2001/02, and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) for later years. Both surveys are conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Additional research commissioned by the Department on the longer term career patterns of graduates shows that destinations at the six month point are not representative of longer-term outcomes. A survey of 1995 graduates shows a significant fall in unemployment rates over time. After one year post-graduation, 5.2 per cent. of graduates were out of work, falling further still to 2.6 per cent. after two years, and 1.3 per cent. after three and a half years. 1

In addition, projections of occupational demand show that of the 13.5 million total jobs expected to be filled by 2012, 50 per cent.—that is, 6.8 million—are in occupations most likely to demand graduates 2 .

2 Based on data from Wilson, R et al (2004) Working Futures: new projections of occupational employment by sector and region, 2002–2012" IER, Warwick.

Voluntary-aided Schools

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans are being considered for (a) voluntary-aided and (b) voluntary-aided faith schools in Teesside. [12526]

Jacqui Smith: Local authorities have the statutory responsibility for planning school places in their area. The local authorities on Teesside will therefore liaise with the churches, other faith organisations and governing bodies about plans for their schools.
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Independent promoters, including church and faith organisations, may also publish proposals to open new faith schools at any time. The Department has no role in the planning process.


Telecommunications 3G Masts

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 317W, on mobile phone masts/technology, what estimate the Government have made of the number of 3G masts necessary to have a 100 per cent. coverage of the population. [11961]

Yvette Cooper: The Government have made no estimate of the number of 3G masts necessary to have a 100 per cent. coverage of the population. The Government will be commissioning further research to identify the future direction of mobile phone technology and the future need for mast developments.

Affordable Housing

Margaret Moran: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund have been (a) mixed funded social rented housing, (b) temporary
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social rented housing, (c) Homebuy general market purchase, (d) Homebuy general new build, (e) mixed funded low cost home ownership for sale, (f) miscellaneous works to registered social landlord (RSL) stock, (g) reimprovements to rented RSL stock, (h) works only rehabilitation of rented RSL stock, (i) works only rehabilitation of RSL stock for sale, (j) intermediate rent for key workers, (k) Homebuy market purchase for key workers, (l) Homebuy new build for key workers, (m) mixed funded sale for key workers and (n) Starter Home Initiative in the east region in each year since 1997–98; and how much was spent on each category in each year. [8848]

Yvette Cooper: The following tables show the number of homes built or acquired, and funding provided, through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme, the Challenge Fund and the Starter Home Initiative, in the east region for categories from (a) to (n) , for each year since 1997–98.

Funding and completions are not directly comparable, as funding will relate to projects running, not necessarily units completed, in any one year.

The information in the tables does not include all programmes that the ADP is used for and therefore does not represent the total funding for the north east region. Other categories with funding during the time period covered by the table are Right to Acquire, Voluntary Purchase Grant, Do-It-Yourself Shared Ownership, and Temporary Intermediate and Market Rent Housing.
Number of homes built or acquired in the eastern region

(a)Mixed Funded Rent1,7262,1701,7081,5731,5761,6291,4921,826
(b)Temporary rent122175886852203813
(c)Homebuy market purchasen/an/a01451051552423
(d)Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a0
(e)Mixed Funded sale31613565755334127129
(f)Miscellaneous Worksn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
(g)Re-improvements rentn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
(h)Works only rehabilitation for rentn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
(i)Works only rehabilitation for salen/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
(j)Intermediate rent for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a64
(k)Homebuy Market Purchase for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a485
(l)Homebuy New Build for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a0
(m)Mixed Funded sale for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a28
Challenge Fund
(a)Mixed Funded Rentn/an/an/an/an/an/a35157
(d)Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/an/an/a60
(e)Mixed Funded salen/an/an/an/an/an/a1348
Intermediate Rentn/an/an/an/an/an/a2225
(n)Starter Home Initiativen/an/an/an/a414748652

Miscellaneous works, re-improvements to rented RSL stock, works only rehabilitation of rented RSL stock and works only rehabilitation of RSL stock for sale are not recorded as completed dwellings as they may previously have received funding and could therefore be double-counted.
Expenditure in the eastern region for the listed categories
£ million

(a)Mixed Funded Rent28.7825.6832.3635.5844.1451.4775.6693.08
(b)Temporary rent0.800.820.550.440.370.140.360.17
(c)Homebuy market purchasen/an/a1.282.912.554.367.725.06
(d)Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a0.00
(e)Mixed Funded sale1.850.970.750.420.711.622,8210.05
(f)Miscellaneous Works2.572.302.152.563.163.953.231.25
(g)Re-improvements rent0.
(h)Works only rehabilitation for rent0.
(i)Works only rehabilitation for salen/an/an/an/an/an/an/a0.09
(j)Intermediate rent for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a3.50
(k)Homebuy Market Purchase for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a17.00
(l)Homebuy New Build for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a0.00
(m)Mixed Funded sale for Keyworkersn/an/an/an/an/an/an/a3.47
Challenge Fund
(a)Mixed Funded Rentn/an/an/an/an/an/a16.192.37
(d)Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/an/an/a0.240
(e)Mixed Funded salen/an/an/an/an/an/a4.440.21
Intermediate Rentn/an/an/an/an/an/a1420.1
(n)Starter Home Initiativen/an/an/an/a0.063.0710.061.29

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