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Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills at how many (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools teachers receive police escorts to enter or leave school premises, broken down by local education authority. 
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have established links with an (a) football, (b) cricket, (c) Rugby Union, (d) Rugby League and (e) tennis club in each of the last five years. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 5 March 2007]: Based on data collected through the annual school sport survey, which began in 2003 and collects data from schools in School Sport Partnerships, the following percentages of schools had links with these clubs:
When the 2005/06 survey was conducted, 80 per cent. of maintained schools in England were in a School Sport Partnership. When the 2004/05 survey was undertaken, this figure was 54 per cent. and in 2003/04, 30 per cent. All maintained schools are now in a School Sport Partnership.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1023W, on schools: uniforms, which organisations will be consulted on school uniform guidance; and how long the consultation will last. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 5 March 2007]: The Department is currently drawing up a list of consultees and will publish the school uniform guidance for consultation shortly. The consultation period will run for at least 12 weeks in line with Cabinet Office guidelines.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to produce (a) an initial public sector regulatory impact assessment and (b) to full regulatory impact assessment for the proposed changes to the secondary curriculum. 
Jim Knight: An initial regulatory impact assessment will be completed once we receive the outcomes of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority consultation on the secondary curriculum review. The result of the initial assessment will determine whether or not a full regulatory impact assessment is required.
Mr. Dhanda: DfES and Department of Health jointly published a review of the social care workforce Options for Excellence in October 2006. This sets out a vision of a proud, professional and successful workforce for the future. The report includes a number of steps to directly or indirectly support recruitment into the workforce.
Both the DfES and DH are currently considering how to take forward, with partners, the options set out in the report. Some of these are already under way or
have been completed such as the development of a code of practice for international recruitment. Other options in the report will be included for consideration in the current and future comprehensive spending reviews.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children required special educational needs provision in each local education authority area in each of the last five years; and what the average spending per head was in each case; 
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita funding was for children with (a) statements and (b) special educational needs without statements in each local authority in each year between 1997 and 2006. 
John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information the Government have collected on the performance of pupils at specialist schools in their school's area of specialism compared to pupils studying the same subjects in schools without that specialism. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the conception rate per 1,000 women (a) aged under 18 and (b) aged 16 to 18 years was in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by (A) parliamentary constituency and (B) local authority area. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the conception rate per 1,000 women are for (a) aged under 18 (b) aged 16 to 18 years has been in the most recent period available (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) parliamentary constituency and (B) local authority area. I am replying in her absence. (124979)
Information on teenage conceptions is routinely published for local authorities and strategic health authorities. Figures cannot be provided by parliamentary constituency because of the risk of disclosing information about individuals due to small differences in boundaries between the parliamentary constituency and the local authority.
Teenage conception rates for 2005 (latest year for which figures are available) for England and Wales by local authority
area are shown in the attached table, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library. Figures for 2005 are provisional.
Figures for 16 to 18 years are not routinely produced and can only be made available at disproportionate costs.
Mr. Dhanda: Youth workers are recruited locally by local authority youth services. Information is not held centrally on the number of youth workers directly employed at a local level or who are funded by public money.
Mr. Dhanda: Youth centres are delivered locally by local authority youth services and national and local voluntary youth organisations. Information is not held centrally on the number of youth centres at local, regional or national level.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes funded by central Government have been instituted in Lancashire to keep young people occupied in the last five years. 
Mr. Dhanda: Youth programmes of a diversionary and/or development nature which have been funded by DfES, and instituted in Lancashire, in the last five years include Children's Fund, Local Network Fund, the Neighbourhood Support Fund (NSF), Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP), Millennium Volunteers (MV), Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds . Local authority youth services and the voluntary and community sector also run youth provision with the aim of providing personal, social and educational development for young people.
Joan Ryan: The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 makes provision for the protection of animals used for experimental or other scientific purposes which may have the effect of causing pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. The Act puts into effect, and in some ways exceeds, the requirements of European Union directive 86/609/EEC and of Council of Europe Convention ETS 123.
The European Commission is seeking to revise directive 86/609 and our principal objectives during the review will be to ensure efficient and effective regulation that properly balances the protection of
animals against the legitimate needs of science and industry. We will aim to support improvements to the regulation of animal use which focus on key areas where regulation and harmonisation would improve animal welfare; improve scientific outputs; provide a more level playing field within the European Union; and improve the European Union's competitiveness with other economic regions without compromising science and welfare.
However, the directive has stood the test of time well and still provides a sound framework for regulation. Therefore, we do not believe that wholesale changes to the directive are necessary to achieve the main benefits sought of harmonisation and improving animal welfare.
The European Commission currently plans to introduce proposals into the European parliamentary process in May 2007. At such time as a revised directive is adopted, the necessary action will be taken to transpose and implement its provisions in United Kingdom legislation.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to change funding of the Avon and Somerset constabulary following (a) the most recent figures on relative crime levels and (b) the conclusions of recent departmental reviews of force funding; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account he took of the (a) psychological and (b) educational effects of deportation to Pakistan on the children in the Bokhari family, recently deported from Grimsby. 
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers are working in Cheshire; and how many he expects to be recruited over the next three years. 
Cheshire police has an overall strength target of 237 PCSOs for April 2007 and in support of this will receive funding totalling £3.2 million in 2006-07, increasing to £4.5 million in 2007-08. It is a matter for the chief constable and the Police Authority to take decisions on the number of PCSOs and other staff that the force should recruit in 2007-08 and beyond.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police detection rates were for all recorded crimes in Bedfordshire, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
|Table A: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 1997|
Police crime statistics were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and thereafter on a financial year basis.
|Table B: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 1998-99 to 2001-02|
An expanded offence coverage and revised set of counting rules were introduced in April 1998. Figures recorded before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.
|Table C: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 2002-03 to 2005-06|
1. Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002. These data are not comparable with earlier years.
2. As from 2005-06, the published detections rates by police force area are based on sanction detections only (these consist of detections by charge or summons, caution, reprimand or final warning, offence taken into consideration, penalty notice for disorder, formal warning for cannabis possession). Non-sanction detections rates have been found to vary widely between forces with some now recording very few non-sanction detections. The published overall sanction detection rate for Bedfordshire in 2005-06 is 21 per cent.
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