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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is (a) taking and (b) plans to take to strengthen the emergency Government of Mahmoud Abbas; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: EU Foreign Ministers agreed at the 18 June General Affairs and External Relations Council to urgent practical and financial assistance including: direct financial support to the new Palestinian Government; support to the Palestinian civilian police; the resumption of the EU border assistance mission at the Rafah (Gaza-Egypt) crossing; and intensive efforts to build the institutions of a future Palestinian state.
On 19 June, my right. hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for International Development announced a £1 million contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross' work in Gaza and the West Bank. We continue to support the temporary international mechanism, which plays a valuable role in providing assistance to the Palestinian people. We are also working with the new emergency Government to help bring stability and security to the occupied Palestinian territories.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to amend the Fatah constitution to remove articles that call for eradication of Israel; what response was received; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The Fatah constitution does call for the eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence. But Fatah, as a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), is a signatory to the Oslo Peace Accords, which clearly state that the PLO recognises the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.
the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israels right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid. Consequently, the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN Secretary General on the possibility of a referendum on the future of the western Sahara; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: My right. hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed the question of western Sahara with the UN Secretary-General, but UK officials in New York are in regular contact with their UN counterparts. We will continue, through my meetings and those of officials, to discuss this issue with all interested parties.
The UK regards the status of western Sahara as undetermined, pending UN efforts to find a solution. To this end, the UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy to the western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, to assist the parties to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self determination of the people of western Sahara.
The UN Security Council adopted UN Security Council Resolution 1754 on 30 April, which extended the mandate of the UN mission for the referendum in western Sahara. There are no plans for a referendum to be held in the near future. However, the resolution also called for both sides to enter into negotiations without preconditions. The UK welcomes the first round of these talks between the parties, hosted by the UN in Manhasset, New York, on 18-19 June, and the agreement by all parties to take part in a further round in August.
Kevin Brennan: In 2005-06, Torbay council received £216,044 revenue and £46,305 capital Safer Stronger Communities Fund grant from the Home Office. This included £25,000 for a local antisocial behaviour co-ordinator, to prioritise and drive forward action on local issues.
Since 2006-07, Torbay council has received centrally pooled Safer Stronger Communities (SSC) funding from Communities and Local Government. The pooled grant available was £216,044 revenue and £46,305 capital in 2006-07; and £321,848 revenue and £182,475 capital in 2007-08. Although there is no requirement to use this funding for specific antisocial behaviour initiatives, Torbay has agreed through its local area agreement to deliver a range of outcomes using this funding including a reduction in public perceptions of antisocial behaviour.
In 2006-07, Torbay received £14,000 from the Respect Task Force for targeted action against antisocial behaviour, £2,000 for a merchandise procurement and publicity campaign, £5,000 towards project work to scope a single non-emergency number and £7,000 towards a clean up campaign.
As one of the 77 target areas working closely with the Respect Task Force, Torbay has been allocated additional funding in 2007-08 of up to £50,000 for a parenting practitioner to work with parents whose children are involved in or at risk of engaging in antisocial behaviour.
Kevin Brennan: In relation to question 150348, ContactPoint will be available to all local authorities in England by the end of 2008. By that time the system will have also been made available to our National PartnersBarnardos, NSPCC, NCH, the Children's Society, KIDS, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Servicewho will work with us in implementing the system and who will grant access and manage users in their organisations when it is operational. ContactPoint will be deployed initially in April 2008 to 17 Early Adopter authorities and Barnardos, the Early Adopter National Partner.
In relation to question 150350, we are working closely with all local authorities and National Partners to ensure their readiness for deployment in 2008. They provide regular reports on their progress to the Department, through an online toolthe local authority readiness assessment (LARA) system. Departmental officials also provide significant support to each authority and National Partner, in particular through a team of 11 regional coordinators who offer one to one support and bi-monthly networking and update opportunities. Local authorities and National Partners have also been provided with a range of tools and other support and guidance materials. Progress towards readiness to receive access to ContactPoint is on track.
In relation to question 150351, we spent £28.4 million in 2006-07 and a further £11.2 million in the first three months of 2007-08. The total costs for implementing the system are estimated at £224 million. This includes the costs of adapting systems that will supply the data to ContactPoint and adapting the day-to-day systems used by practitioners they can access ContactPoint from their own systems. It also includes the costs to ensure security, data accuracy and staff training.
In relation to question 150352, running costs thereafter are estimated to be £41 million per year. Most of this will go directly to local authorities to fund staff to ensure the ongoing security, accuracy and audit of ContactPoint.
Beverley Hughes: We consulted widely in the summer and autumn last year on draft statutory guidance to local authorities undertaking child care sufficiency assessments; and between February and May this year on draft statutory guidance to local authorities on securing sufficient child care. Both documents benefited from revisions made in the light of comments from a range of groups, including local authorities themselves, representative organisations and child care providers. Our guidance emphasises the importance of local authoritieswhose job it is to facilitate and support child care in their areasestablishing the needs of their different community groups and working to meet them.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of establishing his Department; and how much was accounted for by (a) relocation expenses and (b) re-branding expenses on (i) signs, (ii) stationery and (iii) departmental publications. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the goals and direction for his Department for the next 10 years including his Childrens Plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Ed Balls: As I set out in my statement to the House on 10 July 2007, we are launching a nationwide consultation to draw up a childrens plan for our country. I plan to be able to report the results of that consultation and set out the emerging childrens plan in the autumn setting out the goals and directions for the Department for the next 10 years.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what data were collected by his Department on reasons for exclusions in maintained primary and secondary schools in 2005-06; 
Prior to 2005/06 data on the reason for exclusion were collected as part of the Termly Exclusions Survey for maintained primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units. However there has been a staggered move to collect exclusions data through the School Census, streamlining data collection and reducing both the number of data collections and the administrative burden on schools.
Secondary schools returned exclusion data via the School Census for the first time in May 2006. Primary and special schools returned fixed period and permanent exclusion data through the census for the first time in May 2007. No data on fixed period or reason for exclusion were collected from primary or special schools for 2005/06. The data collected in May 2007 relate to exclusions occurring in the previous autumn term, therefore data will be available for the 2006/07 academic year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) temporary and (b) permanent exclusions there were of (i) 12-year-olds, (ii) 13-year-olds and (iii) 14-year-olds in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; what proportion those figures represented of the age cohort in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
|Maintained secondary schools ( 1,2) : number of fixed period exclusions by age and gender England, 2005-06( 3)|
|Fixed period exclusions|
|# = less than five, or a rate based on less than five.|
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) For the 2005/06 school year, information on fixed period exclusions from secondary schools was collected via the School Census for the first time (the Termly Exclusions Survey has been discontinued). For exclusions during 2006-07, information on fixed period exclusions will also be collected from primary and special schools.
(4) Age as at 31 August 2005.
(5) There were 140 exclusions for which gender and age were unclassified and three male exclusions for whom age was unclassified. These have been included in the total only.
(6) The number of exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of pupils of each age in secondary schools as at January 2006.
1. Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
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