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Transport Innovation Fund

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Transport Innovation Fund. [48229]

Ms Buck: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport on 26 January 2006, Official Report, columns 66–67WS, and the paper Transport Innovation Fund: Guidance—January 2006" published on that date.

Transport Staff (Alcohol/Drug Tests)

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) aircraft crew, (b) air traffic controllers and (c) aircraft maintenance engineers have been tested for (i) drugs and (ii) alcohol since 2001; and what proportion have been found to be above the legal limit. [48268]

Ms Buck: Under part 5 of the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003, it is an offence for defined personnel to perform an aviation or ancillary function when their ability to do so is impaired through drink or drugs. The Act came into force in March 2004. It also set a prescribed blood/alcohol limit for safety critical personnel in aviation. Responsibility for testing personnel under the Act for the effects of drugs and alcohol rests with the local police force. These statistics are not collated nationally.

However, statistics provided to us by the Home Office show that in 2004 two defendants were proceeded against and found guilty of this offence.

Violent Offences (Public Transport)

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many victims of violent offences on public transport have been recorded by the British Transport police in each police force area in England and Wales since 1998–99. [48266]

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Derek Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1466–68W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman).

The table of figures given in that answer represents violent offences against passengers on trains. The policing of offences committed on other modes of public transport is within the remit of local police forces.


Active Service Prosecutions

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are applied when deciding to remove from military to civil jurisdiction decisions to prosecute service personnel for actions carried out on active service. [48375]

The Solicitor-General: Where an offence alleged to have been committed by a serviceman overseas is triable in either the court martial or the civilian courts here, it is ultimately for the Attorney General to decide, as part of his constitutional and superintendence roles, whether the case should be dealt with in the military or the civilian system. Only exceptionally will such a case be dealt with in the civilian system. This may be because it is no longer possible to use the court martial jurisdiction or because the particular circumstances of a case indicate that the civilian courts are best placed to deal with it.

Prosecutions (Hertfordshire)

Anne Main: To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what percentage of prosecutions in Hertfordshire were not completed in 2004–05. [49331]

The Solicitor-General: In 2004–05, CPS Hertfordshire received 25,397 cases in the magistrates' courts, inclusive of pre-charge decisions, while finalisations for the year amounted to 24,126, representing 95 percent. of receipts.

In the Crown court, receipts totalled 1,760, inclusive of appeals and committals for sentence, while finalisations amounted to 1,535, or 87.2 percent.

The remaining cases (1,271 in the magistrates courts and 225in the Crown court) were carried forward for completion in the following year.


Adult Guidance Provision

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the change in the burden of administration on adult guidance providers since the Learning and Skills Council was established. [28765]

Phil Hope: Information, advice and guidance services on learning and work for adults are delivered by the Learning and Skills Council primarily through an integrated information and advice service comprising the national learndirect telephone and online advice
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service, and 47 local nextstep information and advice providers. In addition, adults participating in any LSC funded learning can access information and advice services through their learning provider. The administration of the service is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, and is managed and overseen by Mark Haysom the LSC's chief executive. Mark Haysom has written to the hon. Member in response to this question and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 24 January 2006:

Child Care Places

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were available in each of the last 10 years in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough. [48702]

Beverley Hughes: The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries.

Children's Centres

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the capital cost of establishing a full offer children's centre. [48377]

Beverley Hughes: There is no standard capital cost for developing a children's centre. Children's centres will grow out of a range of existing provision including Sure Start local programmes, Neighbourhood nurseries, primary schools, health and community provision and capital cost will differ according to particular circumstance.

Departmental Salaries

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 10 highest-paid employees in her Department, broken down by (a) job
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title and (b) salary including bonuses; and whether the individual concerned is (i) a civil servant and (ii) a contractor in each case. [27571]

Maria Eagle: The following table lists the 10 highest-paid employees in my Department, as at 1 January 2006. The salary figures do not include bonuses which will be determined at the end of March 2006. The occupants of these posts were civil servants. For clarity, any contractors in my Department are not employees.
Job titleSalary (£)
Permanent Secretary159,500
Director General143,500
Director General136,106
Divisional Manager127,627
Director General121,681
Director General117,859

Drop-out Rates

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average drop out rate at universities was in the last period for which figures are available; what the total cost of courses taken but unfinished was in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [39929]

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Bill Rammell: Information on projected non-completion rates for higher education students is published annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in Performance Indicators in Higher Education". The latest figures are given in the table.
UK domiciled full-time first degree starters at English Higher Education Institutions who were projected to neither obtain an award nor transfer to another institution

Year of entryPercentage

'Performance Indicators in Higher Education'

The figures requested for the total cost of courses taken but unfinished are not available centrally.

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