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Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many newly qualified teachers had not taken up full-time teaching posts one year after qualification in each of the last five years. 
Jim Knight: Information on the number of newly qualified teachers in service is available for March of each year. The latest information available is March 2004. The following table provides the number of teachers who attained qualified teacher status (QTS) in each year from 1999 to 2003 and the number of those who were not in full-time service in March of the following year. This number will include those in part time service.
|Teachers gaining qualified teacher status (QTS)( 1) in England: 1999 to 2003, service position in March of the following year.|
|Calendar year of qualification|
|1999||2000||2001||2002( 1)||2003( 1,2)|
|(1 )Provisional data (2 )Numbers in service are likely to be underestimated due to the late receipt of service information. (3) Excludes teachers qualifying through employment based routes. (4)The service position shown is at the first March following the year of qualification. (5 )In service in Wales or Further and Independent sector service in England and Wales. Source: Database of Teacher Records|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent qualified teachers were employed within (a) primary
and (b) secondary schools in Bristol local education authority in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent school year for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: The table shows the full-time equivalent number of regular qualified teachers who were employed in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Bristol local authority in January 1997 and 2005, the latest information available. The table also shows figures for England for comparison.
|Full-time equivalent regular qualified teachers in maintained nursery and primary and secondary schools in Bristol local authority and England in January 1997 and 2005|
| Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, (618g)|
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teaching posts were filled by supply, temporary and agency teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Bristol local education authority in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent school year for which figures are available. 
The table provides the number of occasional teachers (on contracts of less than one month) who were employed in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Bristol local authority and England in January 1997 and 2005, the latest information available. The full-time equivalent number of regular qualified teachers is also provided.
|Number of occasional teachers (on contracts of less than one month) and full-time equivalent regular qualified teachers in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Bristol local authority and England in January 1997 and 2005|
|Occasional teachers( 1)||FTE regular qualified teachers( 2)||Occasional teachers( 1)||FTE regular qualified teachers( 2)|
|(1) 2005 figures include occasional teachers without qualified teacher status (QTS).|
(2) Excludes occasional teachers. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, (618g)
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on the University for Industry in each year since it opened; how many people graduated in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
|(1) Estimated outturn (2) Planned|
Full details of UFI funding are available only from 2001-02 onwards. Prior to 2001-02 funding was made available through the FEFC, for which we do not hold information. UFI (initially called the University for Industry), the organisation responsible for learndirect, has successfully pushed the boundaries of learning methods, by making innovative use of technology to make learning more flexible. It is the largest Government supported e-learning initiative in the world, and provides high quality learning for the post-16 learning and skills sector. It particularly reaches those with few or no skills and qualifications who are unlikely to participate in more traditional forms of learning. It is not an awarding body and does not have the status of a university.
Since 1999, more than 2 million people have improved their skills either at a learndirect centre, from work, or from their home computer. Since April 2003, over 120,000 people have achieved their first skills for life test pass in literacy or numeracy through learndirect. UFI is now delivering over one fifth of the post-19 sectors skills for life test passes annually. Almost 200,000 small and medium sized employers have also used learndirect services. The learndirect advice service has delivered more than 33 million information and advice sessions on the telephone and online.
Roger Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many disabled staff in his Department received support through the Access to Work scheme (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in 2006-07. 
Mr. Watson: The Ministry of Defence makes full use of the Access to Work scheme in assessing the needs of its disabled staff for reasonable adjustments in the workplace. However, it does not collect the numbers of disabled staff receiving adaptations and equipment paid for by Access to Work, and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress International Security Assistance Force forces have made in implementing the NATO counter-narcotics operation in Afghanistan agreed in November 2005. 
Mr. Ingram: Under the terms of NATO's operational plan for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ISAF forces can provide, within means and capabilities, training and operational support to Afghan counter-narcotics forces. But they are not there to take direct action against the drugs trade or to eradicate opium poppy in the fields; that is a job for the Afghan Government.
Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Defence on 14 December 2005, and to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Bone) on 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 824W, which outlined the major steps taken in our plans for the future aircraft carriers including details of our co-operation with France.
My noble Friend Lord Drayson, the Minister for Defence Procurement, subsequently announced that on 13 April the Aircraft Carrier Alliance signed a formal Alliance Agreement and individual works contracts totalling more than £140 million to continue to refine and mature all aspects of the ship design and its equipment, including mission systems. These contracts and the Alliance Agreement cover the key demonstration phase of the work and involve shipyards and industry in maturing the design to the point at which we can commit to manufacture. When we are satisfied that all this work is sufficiently mature, the main investment decision can be taken and orders placed. At this point, we will also set the in-service dates.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many approved projects fell into each approval category in 2005-06; and what the aggregated approved expenditure was for each category. 
|Category||Number of projects||Aggregated approved expenditure (£ million)|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written statement of 11 July 2006, Official Report, columns 60-61WS, on armed forces invaliding pensions, what his Departments policy is on the payment of interest on underpaid (a) pay and (b) pensions. 
Mr. Watson: Any claims for compensation as a result of incorrect payments are considered in accordance with Government accounting procedures. The general principle adopted is that the individual may be recompensed where it can be shown that a financial loss has occurred through maladministration.
Those affected by the pension error that I announced on 11 July 2006 , Official Report, columns 60-61 WS, will receive, in addition to any back payments due, interest in accordance with Government accounting rules. The Department is currently considering whether any additional recompense should be paid when the errors are corrected.
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