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John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils played truant from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last five years. [46441]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested on unauthorised 1 absence is shown in the table.

Pupils with at least one session of unauthorised absence in maintained schools

Number of pupils absent

Trust Schools

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether trust schools will be entirely self-governing in respect of sex education. [47764]

Jacqui Smith: As for all maintained schools, trust schools will need to meet the requirements for sex education as set out in national curriculum science. They will also be required to have regard to the guidance on sex and relationship education issued by the Secretary of State when determining their sex education policy. Beyond this, trust schools will be free to use the non-statutory framework for personal, social and health education to develop their programmes further taking into account the views of parents and the needs of pupils.

University Students

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which 10 universities attracted the (a) highest and (b) lowest numbers of students from working class backgrounds in the last period for which figures are available. [39800]

Bill Rammell: Information for Higher Education Institutions is published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in the annual publication Performance Indicators in Higher Education". The latest available figures on the percentage of young full time first degree entrants from National Statistics—Socio Economic Classes (NS-SEC) 4, 5, 6 and 7 are shown in the table.
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Percentage of young full-time first degree entrants from National Statistics—Socio Economic Classes 4–7—English HE institutions—2003/04

HE institutionNumber of young full time first degree entrantsPercentage with known dataPercentage from NS-SEC 4–7(15)
10 institutions with the highest percentage
Harper Adams University College21089.668.3
University of Bradford1,18571.449.2
Newman College of HE25573.548.7
University of Wolverhampton2,16070.548.5
University of Greenwich1,59571.545.8
University of Luton60062.344.8
Middlesex University1,84053.544.0
Bishop Grosseteste College21588.443.5
London Metropolitan University1,89048.943.0
University of Westminster2,67066.643.0
10 institutions with the lowest percentage
Royal Veterinary College22595.217.1
University of Exeter2,22092.216.6
University of York1,94093.916.6
University of Nottingham4,09094.716.1
University of Durham3,29592.915.8
University of Bristol2,72593.814.1
University of Oxford2,89595.011.5
University of Cambridge2,90095.311.4
Courtauld Institute of Art3597.19.1
Royal Academy of Music6591.08.2

(15) 4: small employers and own account workers
5: lower supervisory and technical occupations
6: semi-routine occupations
7: routine occupations
Higher education Statistics Agency (HESA) 'Performance Indicators in HE'.

Vocational Education

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her policy to extend vocational curriculum options for children aged 14-to-16 years. [47761]

Phil Hope: The 14-to-19 Education and Skills White Paper and the Implementation Plan (published December 2005) lay out detailed proposals for changes to the 14-to-19 curriculum. Key to these changes is the introduction of specialised diplomas, which will be available to young people from age 14, in 14 sector-related lines of learning. Specialised diplomas will provide young people with the skills and knowledge they need to progress into skilled employment, training and further or higher education; the diplomas will have a significant focus on applied learning. Employers are leading on the content development of the specialised diplomas, to ensure that these qualifications teach young people skills that have real currency in the labour market. The first five diplomas will be piloted from 2008; all 14 lines will be available from 2010, and there will be a national entitlement to a diploma course from 2013.

The 14-to-19 Education and Skills White Paper also proposed a work-focused programme to motivate 14-to-16 year-olds with relatively low attainment, who are at serious risk of disaffection, building on the lessons of the Entry to Employment programme for 16-to-19 year-olds. Pilots are to start from 2006–7, and the White Paper suggested a figure of up to 10,000 young people on the programme from 2007–8.
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The Young Apprentices programme, which provides an opportunity for 14-to-16 year olds to gain a taste of 'real work' through two days a week (or equivalent) work experience, and to pursue qualifications that relate to particular occupational sectors, as well as following core national curriculum subjects, will continue to run. So too will the Increased Flexibility Programme, in which 14-to-16 year olds have the opportunity to study off-site at a college or training provider for one or two days a week throughout Key Stage 4. The pupils may work towards vocational and work related qualifications, and so develop their knowledge and understanding in a work context. GCSEs in vocational subjects will also continue to be offered: there are currently eight titles available, each of which is a double award. A further six titles are being developed; in some cases, these will be single, rather than double, awards.

In addition to these specific learning programmes, from September 2004 there has also been a statutory requirement for all pupils to undertake some work-related learning at Key Stage 4, through planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful for work.


ASBOs (Legal Aid)

Bob Spink: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the largest amount paid in legal aid has been in respect of an individual appealing against an antisocial behaviour order. [46184]

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Bridget Prentice: The largest amount paid in legal aid in respect of an individual appealing against a free-standing antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) as at December 2005 was £3,230. These funds were granted to pay for an appeal to the Crown court.

This does not include those appeals against ASBOs that also form part of a wider appeal in civil and criminal proceedings. The ASBO element of these cases could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

City Status

Mr. Burns: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether she plans to award city status to towns to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday; [47034]

(2) when city status will next be awarded to towns in the UK. [47035]

Ms Harman: There are no plans to make further grants of city status in the near future. It is for Her Majesty the Queen to decide when a grant of city status should be made. Competitions are usually held to mark important royal anniversaries which are national in nature, not personal. The Queen's 80th birthday is a personal anniversary, being marked by other events.

Immigration Appeals Centres

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals have been heard at each immigration appeals centre in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many were successful in each centre in each year. [47192]

Bridget Prentice: Information taken from the databases of the AIT and its predecessor the immigration appellate authority (IAA), showing the proportion of successful appeals for all case types at the adjudicator and immigration judge stage, is set out for the past five years as follows.
Financial yearNumber of decisionsPercentage allowed
4 April to September 2005 (2005–06)

The information for the period April to September 2005 is provisional.

It has not been possible to provide information on volumes of successful appeals broken down into individual hearing centres.

From the period April 2004 to September 2005 it has been possible to set out the volume of promulgations per hearing centre, although it is not possible to break this down into appeal outcomes.
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Hearing centreApril 2004 to March 2005April 2005 to September 2005
Field House24132
Hatton Cross/Surbiton/
North Shields4,9641,962
Taylor House/Croydon28,14712,750

The number of decisions in each period relate to the number of appeals promulgated in the period and not to the volume of appeal hearings.

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