The Sure Start Childrens Centre practice guidance, first issued in November 2005, recognises the importance of speech and languages support, and covers development of this in detail, demonstrating how it improves childrens outcomes. We have based the guidance on experiences of centres themselves and evidence highlighted through evaluation and research. The guidance explains the key role childrens centres can play in the positive promotion of childrens speech and language development, and offers advice and guidance on delivery and good practice.
Although not focused directly on speech and language, the Early Years Transition and Special Educational Needs (EYTSEN) project, conducted in association with the Effective Practice in Pre-school Education (EPPE) longitudinal study, concluded in 2003 that pre-school provision was an effective intervention for reducing SEN, including communication difficulties, especially for the most
disadvantaged and vulnerable children. The National Evaluation of Sure Start has been assessing the interventions made by Sure Start Local Programmes on young childrens language development. The results of this will be available next year.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in Lancashire in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) each of the preceding five years. 
Jim Knight: The following table shows the full-time equivalent number of teachers and teaching assistants employed in local authority maintained schools in Lancashire local authority in January 2001 to 2006.
|Full-time equivalent regular teachers (excluding occasionals) and teaching assistants in local authority maintained schools in Lancashire local authority, January 2001 to 2006
|(1) Survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, (618g).
(2) Annual School Census.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
|Aggregates levy receipts
The aggregates levy has been effective in achieving its environmental objectives. Since its introduction, sales of virgin aggregate in Great Britain have reduced significantly, set against a backdrop of strong economic growth and buoyant construction activity, while the production of recycled aggregates has increased.
|Sales of virgin aggregate in Great Britain 2000-05
Data on recycled aggregates in England come from surveys of Arisings and Use of Construction, Demolition and Excavation Waste as Aggregate, commissioned by the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The last survey was run in 2003.
|Construction demolition and excavation waste crushed and/or screened for use as aggregate in England
There are around 730 registrations for aggregates levy. It is not possible to disaggregate this figure into quarries registered in a particular county because many businesses register addresses other than the quarry itself or register one central address covering many separate quarry sites.
The impact of the aggregates levy on the competitiveness of UK industry is one of the factors taken into account in Budget decisions. The levys design protects the international competitiveness of UK businesses by taxing imports of virgin aggregate and relieving exports.
Income tax and national insurance contributionsrelevant information on income tax and national insurance contributions are available for income tax and class 1 contributions deducted through PAYE. These estimates are set out in the following table.
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing (SIC 1992 Sections A,B)
|PAYE deductions of income tax and class 1 NICs (£ billion)
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing (£ million)
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the acceptability to organisations other than public bodies of the certificates issued at birth; whether he plans to make any changes to their content; and if he will make a statement. 
As Registrar General for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what assessment has been made of the acceptability to organisations other than public bodies of the certificates issued at birth; whether he proposes to make any changes to their content. (97510)
Birth certificates are copies of the information recorded in the birth register and that information is prescribed by regulations. The content of certificates is kept under review, but there are no proposals to make changes at present.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the rules under which nationals of the European Economic Area member states are permitted to claim child benefit for children that do not live in the UK. 
Dawn Primarolo: Benefits including child benefit for workers families is governed by European Community (EC) law, which have been in place since the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973.
John Healey: HM Treasurys departmental report (Cm 6830, May 2006) sets out staff numbers by pay range. Report No. 62 of the Review Body on Senior Salaries (Cm 6727, March 2006) sets out salary bands for the senior civil service. Pay ranges for Treasury staff in ranges below these grades are:
|High performance maximum
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the usefulness of public value as a factor in undertaking cost-benefit analyses; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: Cost benefit analysis is a framework for measuring the economic value of a proposal, and the Government's approach is set out in the 'Green Book' guidance on appraisal and evaluation in central government. This guidance allows for consideration of public value in policy making, by encouraging policymakers to consider all benefits and costs, including those that cannot easily be valued.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change has been in (a) the value of the dollar against the pound and (b) the value of UK investments in US stocks in each of the last three years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the percentage change has been in (a) the value of the dollar against the pound and (b) the value of UK investments in US stocks in each of the last three years. (97396)
Information on the sterling/US dollar exchange rate is published monthly in the ONS Financial Statistics publication and is shown in the table below.
|US dollar/sterling exchange rate (pound sterling per US dollar), 2001 to 2005
| Source: ONS Financial Statistics.