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(1) Other includes classics, economics and social sciences and other subjects.
1. Data relating to the age of trainees are not collected on entering ITT courses. This information is collected as part of the performance profiles data at the end of trainees first year.
2. Performance profiles data are collected at the end of a trainees first year, therefore 2006/07 data are collected in autumn 2007 and will be published in July 2008.
3. The age breakdown for the teach first programme was not collected prior to 2005/06. Therefore only 2005/06 data includes teach first trainees.
4. The age breakdown of overseas trained teacher programme trainees was not collected prior to 2004/05, therefore only 2004/05 and 2005/06 data includes overseas trained teacher programme trainees.
TDAs Performance Profiles
Mr. Lammy: DIUS staff records are not yet kept on a single database system. Until this is the case, staff records are kept on systems in BERR and DCSF, depending on which Department the individual transferred from.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people completed training or obtained qualifications as (a) carpenters, (b) electricians, (c) plumbers (water), (d) plumbers (gas), (e) plumbers (full central heating), (f) bricklayers and (g) plasterers in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate has been made of the effect on staffing costs of the (a) skills brokerage service and (b) National Employer Service arising from the expansion of Train to Gain. 
Mr. Lammy: The National Employer Service (NES) is an internal division of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Any expansion of the NES will have to be managed within the overall reduction in administration costs agreed with this Department as part of the CSR settlement.
LSC and DIUS officials are still developing the detailed plans for the expansion of brokerage, including how larger employers with between 1,000 and 4,999 staff might best be supported. These plans are being developed within the transition to a single brokerage service from April 2009, delivered through Business Link.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 298W, on incapacity benefits appeals, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of upheld appeals lodged against an incapacity benefit personal capability assessment. 
Bridget Prentice: The Tribunals Service works with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with whom appeals are lodged regarding decisions on incapacity benefit, to improve original decision making on an ongoing basis.
In accordance with S81 of the Social Security Act 1998 the president of the Social Security and Child Support Appeals Tribunal provides an annual report on the standards of decision making by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The Tribunals Service is currently working with DWP officials specifically to improve original decision making and the appeals process for all Jobcentre Plus benefits, including incapacity benefit. This includes reviewing decision making processes and developing standards for submissions made by Jobcentre Plus staff for the tribunal.
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