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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the halal slaughter industry in order to assist the identification of such produce throughout the wholesale process. 
The Government recognise that some purchasers may wish to have access to this information. However, they have no plans to bring in legislation in this area. There is, of course, nothing to prevent food businesses from providing this information throughout the supply chain on a voluntary basis.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible provide a customer contact service; and which of these are 0800 or 0845 numbers. 
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Jonathan Shaw: The Cotswold Canals Trust was established in 1972 with the vision of restoring these canals to navigation. The regenerative benefits of the proposed restoration was recognised by the local community and local authorities by the early 1990s. The Cotswold Canals Partnershipmade up of 17 stakeholderswas formed in 2001 and is leading the restoration of the canal.
Jonathan Shaw: The Montgomery Watson Hydrological study into the feasibility of water supply to the restored canals is well advanced, and is currently being reviewed by British Waterways in consultation with the Environment Agency. I understand that it will be published once the study is fully complete.
Last year the UK took part in two demarches presented to the Japanese Government regarding their 'scientific' whaling operations: in January 2006 over the JARPA II whaling programme, and a similar protest in December 2006.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals he has made in international institutions to prevent the killing of humpback whales for scientific research. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 11 December 2007]: At the annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the UK regularly co-sponsors resolutions calling on those countries which undertake lethal whaling operations for the ostensible purpose of scientific research to desist from these activities. We also participate in high-level diplomatic protests to the Japanese Government on this issue. In more general discussion on the future of the IWC, we have argued that the international convention for the regulation of whaling should be amended to close the loophole that renders such operations legal. Were such an amendment formally proposed, it would only take effect if all parties to the convention ratified it. This seems an unlikely outcome.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were entered for each subject at GCSE and equivalent qualifications in 2007 by each academy school; how many achieved each grade in each academy; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: 2007 GCSE and equivalent results for each schoolincluding those for academiesare not available until their publication in the secondary school achievement and attainment tables in January 2008. However, the Department does not produce reports showing individual subject level results for each individual schoolincluding academies. Such a report could be produced only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many permanent exclusions there were from each academy in each year since 2002-03; how many there were in those schools in the year before academy status was granted; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: The number of permanent exclusions from each academy in each year since 2002-03 to 2005-06 is provided in the table. Exclusions data relating to the 2006-07 school year are expected to be available in June 2008.
Exclusions in academies are high relative to national averages. However, academies are placing great emphasis on getting the basics right and improving behaviour in particular. Academies often inherit a large number of disengaged pupils and need to establish good behaviour in order to raise attainment. As the new ethos and behaviour policy are enforced in an academy's early days, the number of exclusions may rise, but it typically drops down as behaviour improves. This phenomenon is not unique to academiesthe same effect is often observed when a new head teacher transforms a struggling maintained school.
|Academies: number of permanent exclusions( 1,2) 2002-03 to 2005-06, schools in England|
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(1) Figures are as reported by schools and are unconfirmed.
(2) It is possible that in some cases exclusions from a predecessor school have been transferred across to the academy. This may have happened in only a small number of cases and only in the first year of the academy's operation.
(3) One or two exclusions
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