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Angela E. Smith: The information requested is not available. The money spent on tackling truancy in schools in the province is subsumed within the operating cost of the Education Welfare Service of the education and library boards. From 1 January 2004 the Department has collected information on the cost of the Education Welfare Service and the cost for the 2004 calendar year amounts to approximately £5.6 million.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the level of truancy among (a) males and (b) females at (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the Province. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department of Education does not collect the requested information. However, information on referrals of pupils to the Education Welfare Service is collected from each of the Education and Library Boards on an annual basis. Referrals can be for a variety of reasons, including truancy.
|Percentage pupils referred|
|Key Stage 1||0.89||1.27||1.53||1.05|
|Key Stage 2||1.72||1.88||2.14||1.61|
|Key Stage 3||4.85||5.02||5.12||4.40|
|Key Stage 4||8.12||8.46||8.92||6.42|
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of unfilled jobs in the Province that are the result of skills shortages among potential applicants. 
Angela E. Smith: Results from the most recent Skills Monitoring Survey published by the Department for Employment and Learning in 2003 show that 7.3 per cent. of vacancies reported by employers, were unfilled due to external skills shortages.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of entrance to university by students from less well-off families in the Province in each of the last five years. 
Angela E. Smith: The following tables set out social class and socio-economic classification data collected by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service for Ni domiciled applicants accepted to degree courses at UK Higher Education Institutions by year of entry. 2002 was the first year data were supplied according to National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification. It replaced the social class measure which was available until 2001,
|2001||Percentage (excluding unknown)|
|III Skilled Non-manual||1,676||17.8||1,709||17.2|
|IIIM IM Skilled Manual||1,939||20.6||2,099||21.1|
|IV Partly Skilled||725||7.7||734||7.4|
|Socio-Economic Classification (SEC)||2002||Percentage|
|1. Higher managerial and professional occupations||1,456||14.5||1,416||13.6||1,436||13.5|
|2. Lower managerial and professional occupations||2,916||29.1||3,030||29.1||3,113||29.4|
|3. Intermediate occupations||1,825||18.2||1,820||17.5||1,915||18.1|
|4. Small employers and own account workers||1,438||14.3||1,446||13.9||1,436||13.5|
|5. Lower supervisory and technical occupations||553||5.5||648||6.2||673||6.3|
|6. Semi-routine occupations||1,092||10.9||1,240||11.9||1,244||11.7|
|7. Routine occupations||745||7.4||796||7.7||789||7.4|
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to consult directly with (a) children, (b) young people and (c) their families on priorities and possibilities for the funding package announced in Budget and Priorities 200608. 
Angela E. Smith: Public consultation on the Draft Priorities and Budget 200608 commenced on 25 October, and will run until 5 December. In the course of this process we would welcome input from any and all interested parties, particularly in respect of the new funding packages. Comments may be made in writing, or by attending one of a series of consultation events, open to all members of the public.
Angela E. Smith: Children's services cover a wide and varied range of activities across a number of Departments. Expenditure on activities which benefit children, either directly or indirectly, cannot be easily identified as budgets and expenditure lines are constructed to identify functions and programmes rather than target groups, The information sought could, therefore, be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many call centres were run by his Department and its agencies in (a) 200304, (b) 200405 and (c) 200506 to date; and how many and what proportion of calls (i) were handled by an adviser, (ii) were received but abandoned and (iii) received an engaged tone. 
The number of calls received to the main ODPM switchboard prior to January 2003 is unavailable. However, a total of 24,833 calls were received January
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2003 to March 2003, 118,773 during 200304, 129,209 during 200405 and 61,408 from the start of 200506 to the end of September 2005. Abandoned call data are available only from October 2004, since when, out of 106,823 calls received, only 0.2 per cent. were abandoned by the caller after 15 seconds. Rather than receive an engaged tone when waiting for an operator to become available, the call continues to ring until answered.
The Fire Service College have received 15,703 calls since July 2005 (no data available prior to this date). Out of those received, 14,388 (92 per cent.) were answered within the Fire Service College's performance target of 15 seconds. All calls to the main Fire Service College switchboard are handled by advisers: no data are available concerning abandoned calls. Calls to the switchboard continue to ring until answered rather than receive an engaged tone.
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre receives approximately 110,000 calls annually which none are handled by advisers: no data are held concerning abandoned calls. Calls to the main switchboard do not receive an engaged tone, but go straight to voicemail if unanswered after a short period of time.
Call data volume for the Planning Inspectorate are not held nor are statistics relating to abandoned calls. All calls to the switchboard are handled by advisers and calls are placed into a queue until an advisor is available.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will break down the total number of right-to-buy sales in Bolton since 1980 by (a) bedsit, (b) one-bed, (c) two-bed, (d) three-bed and (e) four or more bedrooms. 
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the total capacity receipts generated from right-to-buy sales in (a) Bolton and (b) the north-west region in each year since 1980. 
The total capital receipts from right-to-buy sales of local authority dwellings in Bolton and the north-west region in the years from 199697 onwards are tabulated as follows. These figures are net of discounts and are as reported by local authorities.
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