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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by her Department, broken down by party; and who was responsible for making each appointment. 
Hilary Armstrong: Information about the political activity of appointees is recorded and publicised in accordance with the independent Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. This shows that the following former hon. Member who left Parliament in 2005 has since been appointed to a public body now sponsored by the Cabinet Office. The information requested is shown in the table.
Secretary of State for the Home Office
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in her Office who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement. 
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The Cabinet Office aims to ensure that it has a diverse and skilled workforce to meet its business needs. Voluntary departures schemes are one of the tools it uses, as an alternative to redundancy, to reduce headcount, to refresh skills and to tackle staff surpluses. The criteria for such schemes are governed by the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, which provides compensation to civil servants who leave via an exit scheme before their pension age.
Hilary Armstrong: I have regular discussions with all my ministerial colleagues at the Department for Education and Skills (DFES). The Social Exclusion Task Force works closely with DFES on many of its initiatives to tackle exclusion. Currently, DFES is making an important contribution to the Nurse-Family Partnership pilots, which are testing a model of early identification and preventive health led intensive home visiting as a means to reduce the risk of social exclusion in later life.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the criteria are for deciding the location of children's centres; and whether he expects such centres to be established in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex. 
Local authorities have been issued with planning guidance that sets out the criteria for the location of children's centres. We have asked them to ensure that all children under five in the 30 per cent. most disadvantaged areas of England have access to integrated Sure Start services by 2008. These areas are defined by super output areas as developed by the Office for National Statistics. The exact location within these areas is determined by local authorities in consultation with local partners. When appropriate plans have been made to serve the most disadvantaged
areas with children's centre services, the local authority then has the flexibility to decide where to locate further centres according to the resources available.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1391W, on childrens centres, on what grounds he decided that (a) history, (b) geography, (c) science, (d) design and technology, (e) citizenship and (f) personal, social and health education were content heavy. 
Jim Knight: Prior to asking the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to review the secondary curriculum, the clear view of subject communities and those involved with young people reported that they wanted to see less content in history, geography, science, design and technology, citizenship and personal, social and health education. The QCA also expressed the view that the programmes of study in those subjects were too prescriptive.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence took place between his Department and the Prime Minister's Office on the target for academies to be created by 2010 prior to the Prime Minister's announcement on 30 November 2006 that the target was being doubled from 200 to 400 by 2010. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) Key Stage 1 and (b) Key Stage 2 pupils were taught in classes of (i) 29-30 and (ii) over 30 in each year since 1997. 
|Maintained primary schools ( 1) : Classes as taught ( 2)( ) 1997-2006 position in January each yearEngland|
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(2) Classes as taught during a single selected period on the day of the census in January each year
(3) From 2003 Reception classes have been returned alongside Nursery classes as Foundation stage. Reception classes have been included in Key Stage 1 numbers for 2003 and later to produce a coverage as close as possible to that available for previous years.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date. 
Mr. Dhanda: The information as requested is not readily available centrally within the Department for Education and Skills. To respond fully would involve an extensive internal and external information collection exercise which would exceed the recommended disproportionate cost threshold.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda: There have been no involuntary exit schemes in the Department since 1997 and we remain committed to minimising recourse to compulsory redundancies. The Department has managed part of its staff reductions through voluntary early releases.
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