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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented on the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers. 
Mr. Charles Clarke:
Although the Government publish the title, membership and terms of reference of Cabinet Committees, it has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose details of their proceedings.
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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1672W, on the private finance initiative, what the accounting treatment is of assets and liabilities for each of the listed private finance initiatives and public private partnerships; and whether this treatment is compliant with (a) UK generally accepted accounting practices and (b) international financial reporting standards. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The following table shows how the private finance initiative and public private partnership projects, previously listed in 1672W are accounted for by the Home Office. The balance sheet treatment of our private finance initiative and public private partnership projects are determined by an independent auditor following United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice, in accordance with Financial Reporting Standards issued by the independent Accounting Standards Board (ASB). The ASB has a convergence timetable for the adoption of international financial accounting standards, which central Government will follow.
|Commissioning body/Project name||Signed||Operational||On /off|
|Home Office/ IT 2000 (Sirius)||Yes||Yes||Off|
|Youth Justice Board/ STC Cookham Wood (Medway)||Yes||Yes||On|
|Youth Justice Board/ STC Hassockfield||Yes||Yes||On|
|Youth Justice Board/ STC Rainsbrook (Onley) Expansion||Yes||Yes||On|
|Youth Justice Board/ STC Oakhill Expansion||Yes||Yes||On|
|STC HMP & YOI Ashfield/ HMPS||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Altcourse||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Ashford||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Dovegate||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Forest Bank||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Lowdham Grange||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Parc||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Peterborough||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HMP Rye Hill||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ Quantum||Yes||Yes||Off|
|Passport Service/ PASS Project||Yes||Yes||Off|
|Home Office/ Home Office Central London Accommodation Strategy|
|Prison Service/ HES 1||Yes||Yes||On|
|Prison Service/ HES 2||Yes||Yes||On|
A large scale longitudinal survey of prisoners (the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction Survey), which will address decency issues across the estate, including in contracted prisons. Work is scheduled to start by the end of 2005 and it is expected that initial data, particularly on prisoners' experiences of the first few weeks of custody, will be available towards the end of 2006.
A new project, funded by the Home Office, is to be conducted by the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. This will compare prisoner well-being in private prisons against that in public sector prisons, and those factors which may explain any variance.
(a) The Central Home Office telephone points for the Home Office, including the Immigration and Nationality Department, do not have facilities for handling calls in Welsh. Her Majesty's Prison Service will handle calls in Welsh via their regional office. Any caller contacting the UK Passport Service call centre from a land line in Wales will be offered the option of continuing the call in Welsh or English.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assurances she has received regarding the legality of British adoptions in other European Union member states that have ratified the European Convention on the Adoption of Children. 
The 1967 European Convention on the Adoption of Children aims to harmonise the laws in contracting states to promote the welfare of children who are adopted. However, the convention does not provide for international recognition of adoptions made in the UK, or in any other country. Since it is the case that this issue is not covered by any European convention, it remains a matter for each European Union member state which has ratified the convention to decide for itself whether to recognise adoptions made outside its jurisdiction.
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Phil Hope: We are committed to safeguarding the continued availability of a wide range of learning opportunities for adults for personal and community development. We said in the White Paper "Skills: Getting on in business, getting on at work", published in March this year, that the DfES and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) would agree each year an overall indicative budget for such learning programmes.
We have made no national assessment of demand for adult community learning; at local level it is the LSC's responsibility, with its local stakeholders and providers, to plan provision in the light both of local needs and national priorities.
Phil Hope: In funding adult community learning we continue to meet the commitment most recently set out in the White Paper "Skills: Getting on in business, getting on at work", published in March this year, that the DfES and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) would agree each year an overall indicative budget for such learning programmes. In 2004/05 nationally we provided over £207 million to the Learning and Skills Council in support of this learning. This has risen to £210 million in 2005/06.
Phil Hope [holding answer 10 October 2005]: We will ensure adult learning provision in Essex is provided through the funding from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to further education colleges, local authorities and other providers. In 2005/06 we have emphasised our priorities for further education which guarantee a place in education or training for all young people and a focus on support for adults without a solid foundation of employability skills. In 2005/06 total funding for FE will increase by 4.4 per cent. compared to 2004/05. Funding for non-vocational learning opportunities for adults, through the Adult and Community Learning Budget has also increased. In 2004/05 nationally we provided over £207 million to the Learning and Skills Council in support of this learning. This has risen to £210 million in 2005/06.
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