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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many economically inactive people in Northern Ireland have been recorded as wanting to work in each quarter since 1995. 
who want work (000)
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the level of youth unemployment was in each of the Westminster constituencies in the Province in each of the last three years. 
Angela E. Smith: The labour force survey (LFS) is the preferred source of statistics on unemployment, however, it can not be used to provide estimates of youth unemployment at parliamentary constituency level, as the LFS sample size is not large enough to produce reliable estimates of groups that are small in number.
However, average youth unemployment levels from the claimant count in each of the Westminster constituencies in Northern Ireland in each of the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (to September) are provided in the following table.
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|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||535||490||370||320|
|Newry and Armagh||645||625||500||455|
Mr. Newmark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative costs were of (a) the Sector Skills Development Agency, (b) the Learning and Skills Council, (c) Investors in People and (d) learndirect in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Phil Hope: The latest year for which the figures on administrative costs are available is 200405. The figures are subject to the usual confirmation through the external audit of accounts with the exception of the Sector Skills Development Agency and Investors in People UK where the figure is final and derived from their audited accounts.
|200405 administrative costs (£000)|
|Sector Skills Development Agency||5,824|
|Learning and Skills Council||241,047|
|Investors in People UK||2,495|
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 334W, on A-level examiners, what qualifications are required in order to become an examiner at A-level; and how many qualified A-level examiners were employed (a) in 2005 and (b) in each year since 1996. 
A-level examiners are employed by the awarding bodies. The awarding bodies have a duty to fulfil the obligations placed upon them by the exams regulators' code of practice.
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The code of practice states that candidates work should be marked by 'suitably experienced and trained' examiners. The code also requires stringent training, sampling and monitoring of markers performance. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is the regulatory body in England responsible for ensuring that awarding bodies fulfil their obligations.
Jacqui Smith: The Department has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to undertake an independent five-year evaluation of the Academies Programme, reporting finally in September 2007. The Second Annual Report from this evaluation, published in June, demonstrated that academies have made a significant difference to the teaching and learning culture from their predecessors. Provisional GCSE examination results data show a strong performance, with the average academy improving at 5 per cent. per year of opening, five academies improving by over 20 per cent. since opening and an overall improvement rate of at least 6.6 per cent. this year. At key stage 3, the rate of increase in pupils gaining level 5+ between 2004 and 2005 is higher in each subject than schools nationally.
Standards in academies are measured through inspections by Ofsted and by our own education advisers. Ofsted have conducted 13 monitoring visits to academies, finding that five academies were making good progress and most were making at least satisfactory progress. In addition, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, David Bell said in August about standards in academies that
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to implement the Building Schools for the Future programme for (a) primary and (b) comprehensive schools in Hartlepool constituency; 
Jacqui Smith: Building Schools for the Future (BSF) aims to renew all secondary schools of any category in England in the next 15 years. Investment is prioritised on social and educational need, and we have informed Hartlepool of our ambition that it should enter the programme in waves four to six, which should be by 2011 at the latest.
BSF does not support investment in primary schools or sixth form colleges, for which other funding is available. In the March budget, the Chancellor announced additional funding of £150 million for primary schools from 200809, rising to £500 million by 200910, with the aim that at least half of all primary schools will be renewed in the next 15 years. I aim to announce further details of this programme later this year.
Sixth form colleges are funded through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). From 200607, there is a new joint schools and LSC budget for investment in post-16 provision, which will be administered by the LSC. This reaches £180 million by 200708, including £100 million from schools capital. The Chancellor's Budget statement also strengthened the government's commitment to the further education sector by announcing new capital funding of £100 million for the sector in 200808, rising to £250 million in 200910.
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