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Water Shortages

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) water shortages and (b) hosepipe bans on (i) municipal floral displays, (ii) cricket pitches and (iii) the Britain in Bloom competition. [66240]

Ian Pearson: The Environment Agency has produced a report, 'Drought prospects 2006', explaining the likely consequences of a continuing rainfall deficit and recommending action by water companies and the public. This report is available on request from the Agency (telephone 020 7863 8710) or from its website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Hosepipe bans imposed by water companies affect the watering of private gardens. Some water companies
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in South East England have applied to the Secretary of State for drought orders to ban the non-essential use of water. If made, such orders could impact on the watering of parks and sports facilities.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long he expects the hosepipe bans in (a) Thames Water and (b) Three Valleys Water to continue; and if he will make a statement. [66880]

Ian Pearson: The typical duration of hosepipe bans depends on factors such as the amount of water stored in local aquifers, base river levels and reservoir storage. The present bans in Thames Water and Three Valleys Water are likely to continue throughout the summer, and until there is enough rainfall for water companies to be confident they can meet demand for summer 2007.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the amount of water likely to be lost due to leaks in pipes owned by water companies over the next decade; and if he will make a statement. [67008]

Ian Pearson: The Director General of Water Services publishes leakage figures annually in the 'Security of supply, leakage and the efficient use of water’ reports. Leakage targets are set by Ofwat, currently up to 2009-10. If all water companies were to meet these targets, total water company leakage would be 3,336 megalitres/day by 2009-10, a reduction of 272 megalitres/day from 2004-05 figures.

Leader of the House

Departmental Staff

David Simpson: To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of his private office staff is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled. [69151]

Nigel Griffiths: The office of the Leader of the House of Commons has 12 staff, 67 per cent. are male and 33 per cent. female.

The provision of personal information on disability is optional and is held on individual staff files. Owing to the nature and size of the office, providing this information could result in the identification of individuals.

Education and Skills

First Level 3 Qualifications

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1591W, on first level 3 qualifications, how many 19 to 25-year-olds studying for a first level 3 qualification are paying fees for the course in each region in England. [69569]


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Bill Rammell [holding answer 9 May 2006]: The following table shows the number of 19 to 25-year-olds who were studying for a full level 3 or equivalent
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qualification(1) in further education in the academic year 2004/05 by region, and the number of those in each region who did not receive any fee remission.

Region of learner Level 3 learners Level 3 fee payers Percentage of fee payers

North East

2,568

807

31

North West

6,572

1,845

28

Yorkshire and Humberside

4,380

1,260

29

East Midlands

3,927

960

24

West Midlands

4,844

1,198

25

East of England

3,652

1,491

41

Greater London

6,431

1,978

31

South East

6,840

2,323

34

South West

4,866

1,970

40

Region unknown

1,056

382

36

Total

45,136

14,214

31

Notes: 1. We estimate that of the 45,000 19 to 25-year-olds in England who were studying for a full level 3 in 2004/05, 22,000 were studying for a first full level 3 qualification. 2. We do not have estimates for “firstness” at a regional level, due to insufficient sample sizes in the research into prior qualifications in FE. 3. The research suggests that, nationally, there is no difference in the proportion receiving fee remission between first and non-first full level 3 learners. Source: Individualised Learner Record, 2004/05

Free School Meals

Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children in each school in Worcester city (a) receive free school meals and (b) are eligible for free school meals. [67402]

Jim Knight: The information requested is shown in the table.

Two sets of figures relating to the number and proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals are given here. The first includes all pupils in the school, regardless of their age. The second includes full-time pupils aged up to (and including) 15 and part-time pupils aged five to 15 (inclusive). This second coverage is as used in the Pupil Achievement Tracker and Ofsted's PANDA reports and provides consistent school level comparisons.


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Maintained primary and secondary schools: school meal arrangements, January 2005, Worcester parliamentary constituency
All pupils( 1)
URN LEA number Estab number School name Number on roll Number of pupils taking free school meals( 3) Percentage of pupils taking free school meals Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

116749

885

2161

Worcester, Cherry Orchard Primary School

603

26

4.3

30

5.0

116750

885

2162

Worcester, Cranham Primary School

418

49

11.7

49

11.7

116751

885

2163

Worcester, Dines Green Primary School

204

58

28.4

61

29.9

116752

885

2167

Gorse Hill Community Primary School

319

94

29.5

118

37.0

116753

885

2171

Worcester, Northwick Manor Infants' School

262

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

116754

885

2172

Worcester, Nunnery Wood Primary School

302

30

9.9

35

11.6

116755

885

2173

Worcester, Perdiswell Primary School

400

12

3.0

13

3.3

116756

885

2176

Worcester, Ronkswood Junior School

275

57

20.7

57

20.7

116757

885

2177

Worcester, Ronkswood Infants' School

236

40

16.9

42

17.8

116758

885

2178

Worcester, Northwick Manor Junior School

326

7

2.1

7

2.1

116759

885

2179

Worcester, Stanley Road Primary School

256

22

8.6

29

11.3

116760

885

2181

Worcester, Warndon Junior School

290

52

17.9

69

23.8

116761

885

2182

Worcester. Warndon Infants' School

233

39

16.7

45

19.3

116769

885

2200

Worcester, Pitmaston Primary School

601

23

3.8

32

5.3

116770

885

2202

Worcester, Oldbury Park Primary School

396

17

4.3

19

4.8

131274

885

2918

Lyppard Grange Primary School

310

9

2.9

9

2.9

116858

885

3114

Worcester, St. Barnabas C of E Primary School

419

21

5.0

53

12.6

116859

885

3116

Worcester, Red Hill C of E Primary School

300

6

2.0

6

2.0

116921

885

3387

Worcester, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary

188

3

1.6

4

2.1

116922

885

3388

Worcester, St. Clement's C of E Primary

260

33

12.7

34

13.1

116923

885

3389

Worcester, St. George's C of E Primary School

205

29

14.1

33

16.1

116924

885

3390

Worcester, St. George's Catholic Primary School

205

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

116925

885

3391

Worcester, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

208

12

5.8

12

5.8

134707

885

3394

Fairfield Community Primary School

141

0

0.0

39

27.7

116977

885

4431

Elgar Technology College

957

150

15.7

211

22.0

116978

885

4432

Christopher Whitehead High School

1,153

104

9.0

157

13.6

116979

885

4434

Worcester, Nunnery Wood High School

1,346

(4)

(4)

106

7.9

116993

885

4754

Bishop Perowne C of E High School

1,047

47

4.5

64

6.1

116999

885

5402

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College

1,048

49

4.7

63

6.0



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