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Departmental Staff

Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff employed by his Department live in Castle Point. [42813]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had no staff living in Castle Point (as at 23 January 2006).

Local Authority Housing

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy for all the income from council tenants' rents to be ring-fenced in the national housing revenue account. [40848]

Yvette Cooper: There are no plans to ring-fence rental income within the national housing revenue account.

Planning Appeals

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times the Planning Inspectorate has upheld on appeal an application for a residential development in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) Waverley borough Council where over-development was recorded as an issue by the local authority in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [45029]

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Yvette Cooper [holding answer24 January 2006]: The information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Stakeholder Perceptions

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on commissioning reports from MORI on his Department's Stakeholder Perceptions. [42617]

Jim Fitzpatrick: MORI were commissioned to undertake two Stakeholder perception Surveys for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2003 and 2005 at an approximate total cost of £135,000.

Valuation Office Agency

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what data the Valuation Office Agency has provided to Ordnance Survey in the last five years. [42618]

Mr. Woolas: The Valuation Office Agency has recently supplied samples of the non-domestic Rating List and addresses drawn from the Valuation List, followed by compilations of similar data covering the whole of England and Wales.

Wind Turbine Projects

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of the viability of wind turbine projects in planning decisions. [42320]

Yvette Cooper: Planning Policy Statement 22 Renewable Energy" makes it clear that the viability of a wind turbine project is an issue for the developer of the project. Regional planning bodies and local planning authorities should not make assumptions about the technical and commercial feasibility of renewable energy projects.



David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many same sex couples have adopted children in each of the last three years. [44766]

Maria Eagle: The information requested is not available. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 reformed adoption law so that married couples, civil partners, heterosexual couples and same sex couples may apply to adopt. The Act came fully into force on 30 December 2005.
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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships supported by each Learning and Skills Council in each year since 2002, broken down by sector; and how many people on each course were (i) of each sex and (ii) in each age group. [43126]

Phil Hope: We do not hold the data in the form requested. However, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) publishes full information on the number of starts on each apprenticeship framework by programme type, gender, age and LSC local area on the internet via:
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The following tables provides information including apprentice data by area of learning, gender and age.

This shows that, in England in 2004/05 for example, 176,334 female and 234,904 male apprentices were in learning, of which 207,295 were aged below 19 and 203,943 over 19.
Table 1: Learners on WBL LSC funded provision by highest qualification level and age group

Below 19
Level 2139,337147,498156,504
Level 359,71752,24750,791
19 plus
Level 286,648102,517106,920
Level 3103,333100,41397,023

Table 2: Learners on council-funded WBL provision by area of learning and gender

LAD-Area of learning:
Science and Mathematics11722834584188272
Land based provision3,1684,9578,1253,4015,2198,620
Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing2,12877,69279,8202,48288,61291,094
Business administration, Management and Professional38,65713,05151,70836,87112,52249,393
Information and Communication Technology1,87910,62612,5051,7979,62411,421
Retailing, Customer Service and Transportation38,92025,98464,90437,85825,65863,516
Hospitality, Sports, Leisure and Travel25,00323,62048,62325,95624,48650,442
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy27,7851,88329,66829,5612,39331,954
Health, Social Care and Public Services37,6973,74041,43740,8274,15444,981
Visual and Performing Arts and Media1011,1101,2111331,0091,142
English, Languages and Communication61521
Foundation programmes99
Not known139432571294240534

LAD-Area of learning:
Science and Mathematics101184285
Land based provision3,6825,3559,037
Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing2,59093,26695,856
Business administration, Management and Professional34,38612,31446,700
Information and Communication Technology1,6828,38010,062
Retailing, Customer Service and Transportation33,00323,27756,280
Hospitality, Sports, Leisure and Travel22,02822,69844,726
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy31,7492,81434,563
Health, Social Care and Public Services42,2024,53446,736
Visual and Performing Arts and Media85871956
English, Languages and Communication124153
Foundation programmes
Not known4,3287,50211,830

Table 3: Learners on council-funded WBL provision by age and gender

Below 1986,797112,257199,05486,515113,230199,74587,275120,020207,295
19–2488,871100,491189,36291, 970108,399200,36985,962111,758197,720

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