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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities; and if he will set a target date for this standard to be achieved by. 
The Ministry of Defence has five principal corporate websites, and we take seriously the requirement to make them accessible for people with
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visual and other disabilities. The e-Government unit of the Cabinet Office mandates the W3C 'A' standard of accessibility, and identifies some elements of the 'AA' and 'AAA' standards as best practice. We aspire to achieve the 'AA' standard in full, as well as the best practice elements of 'AAA'. Where this is not currently being met we have a programme of work to ensure that we will achieve it. The status of current and future achievement of this aspiration is set out in the following table:
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|Site||Current status||Future development|
|www.mod.uk||Majority of the site meets the 'A' standard or above||Following launch of redeveloped site in January 2006, whole site will aim to achieve the 'AA' standard|
|www.foi.mod.uk||Partially meets the 'A' standard||Is being amalgamated into the corporate site and so will also aim to achieve the 'AA' standard from January 2006|
|www.army.mod.uk||Partially meets the 'A' standard||Site software currently being amended to allow addition of alternative text to images. This will be enabled from end of November 2005 leading to significant improvement in accessibility compliance|
|www.royal-navy.mod.uk||Partially meets the 'A' standard||Following launch of redeveloped site in Jan 2006, whole site will aim to achieve the 'AA' standard|
|www.raf.mod.uk||Partially meets the 'A' standard||A redeveloped site will launch late 2006 and will aim to achieve the 'AA' standard|
A number of other, generally small, websites are maintained by subsidiary organisations of the MOD and armed forces. However, information on their standards of accessibility is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
John Reid: I assume that the question refers to the European Airlift Centre. The UK was a founding member of this organisation. The other members are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. Nations that are members of the European Airlift Centre can use its services in support of their own national requirements and also in support of international organisations such as NATO and the EU.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Race Equality Impact Assessments his Department completed between (a) April 2004 and March 2005 and (b) April 2005 and November 2005; and how many assessments in each period resulted in a change of policy. 
Between April 2004 and March 2005 the Ministry of Defence completed 20 Race Equality Impact Assessments (REIAs). Of these, one resulted in a policy change. No centrally co-ordinated figures are yet available for the period April 2005 to November 2005 as we collect statistics on an annual basis. Figures for 200506 will be collected as part of our next Race Equality Scheme (RES) data monitoring exercise and published in our 200506 RES report.
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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the theatres of service in which UK service medals other than general service medals have ceased to be awarded, broken down by (a) date and (b) reasons for the decision in each case. 
Mr. Touhig: Campaign or operational service medals no longer in issue would have been terminated because the operation ended or the risk and rigour diminished. Other than general service medals, the following UK campaign and operational service medals have been awarded since the end of the Second World War:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how much it costs to employ (a) (i) multiple part-time and (ii) jobshare staff to a full-time post and (b) a full time member of staff for (A) herDepartment and (B) the Learning and Skills Council. 
'Part-time, jobshare and full time staff in both the Department and the Learning and Skills Council are paid at the same hourly rate as one another. The overall costs and benefits of employing part-time, jobshare or full-time staff depend on the particular circumstances and individuals involved.
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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) temporary and (b) agency staff she has had working in her Department in the last three years; how long each one has been employed for in total over that period and how many have been taken on as permanent staff. 
Maria Eagle: My Department was established in June 2001. Statistics for temporary agency staff are recorded by days worked and the information detailed in the following table is for the calendar years 2002, 2003, and 2004.
|Calendar year||Days worked|
|Calendar year||Average number of temporary staff|
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 to 18 years of age are in receipt of education maintenance allowance in each institution in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire. 
Maria Eagle: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate Education Maintenance Allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked how many students aged 16 to 18 years of age are in receipt of educational maintenance allowance in each institution in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire?"
Educational Maintenance Allowance is available to 1619 years olds in full-time Further Education. The number of young people in receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance in each institution in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Local Authority Areas at 25 October was 1,932 and 1,252 respectively. The following table displays this data at institute level.
|Young people receiving EMA|
|North East Lincolnshire||130585||Grimsby College||1,242|
|North East Lincolnshire||130586||Franklin College||498|
|North East Lincolnshire||118091||Tollbar Business and Enterprise College||68|
|North East Lincolnshire||118096||The Lindsey School and Community Arts College||45|
|North East Lincolnshire||118113||Matthew Humberstone Church of England School||40|
|North East Lincolnshire||118086||The Immingham School||33|
|North East Lincolnshire||118143||Humberston Park School||5|
|North East Lincolnshire||118124||St. James' School||1|
|North Lincolnshire||130587||North Lindsey College||642|
|North Lincolnshire||130588||John Leggott Sixth Form College||548|
|North Lincolnshire||118109||Baysgarth School||37|
|North Lincolnshire||118100||Vale of Ancholme Technology College||23|
|North Lincolnshire||117706||Young Mums Unit||2|
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