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(i) PfS supports the local delivery of the Governments Building Schools for the Future programme (including academies);
(ii) £12.5 million (of which the Department funds 50 per cent.);
(iii) 106 staff.
(i) QCA maintains and develops the national curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations, as well as accrediting qualifications in colleges and at work. QCA also regulates awarding bodies and exams to ensure they are fit for purpose;
(ii) £47.6 million;
(iii) 490 staff.
(i) SFTs function is to promote the education and health of children and young people by increasing the quality of food supplied and consumed in school;
(ii) £7.5 million;
(iii) 43 staff funded by grant-in-aid by the Department.
(The SFT also receives lottery funding to employ additional staff to take forward it Lets Get Cooking Programme).
(i) The STRBs function is to consider matters referred to it by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in relation to the remuneration, professional duties or working time of school teachers; and to report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State;
(ii) The Office of Manpower Economics provide the secretariat for the STRB and recover the associated cost from their sponsoring DepartmentBERR;
(iii) The body does not employ staff.
(i) The Teachers TV board of governors function is to upholding the editorial independence of the Teachers TV channel; to advise the Secretary of State on the performance of the supplier; and to ensure that Teachers TV meets the needs of its audiences and fulfils its strategic aims;
(ii) £0.2 million;
(iii) The body does not employ staff.
(i) TDAs function is to secure the supply of the school work force through promotion of the teaching profession and quality assurance for initial teacher training (ITT); to support the development of the school work force through creation and promotion of professional and occupational standards,
support of performance management arrangements and stimulation of a sufficient supply of high quality in-service training; to support the ongoing modernisation of the school work force, the wider education sector and childrens and young peoples services;
(ii) £25.103 million;
(iii) 303 staff.
Kevin Brennan: The Government have taken a range of steps to tackle online bullying. We have enacted legislation giving school staff clear statutory power to confiscate mobile phones and discipline pupils for bad behaviour off school premises. We have made practical guidance on tackling cyberbullying available to all schools; and we will soon be making a curriculum resource pack dealing with cyberbullying available to teachers. We have also asked the Departments Cyberbullying Task Force, which brings together teacher unions and internet service providers, to consider what more can be done to prevent cyberbullying of school staff.
In addition, the Government have accepted the recommendations of the Byron Review of children and new technology. These include the establishment of a UK Council for Child Internet Safety, to provide strategic leadership for all work to protect children on the internet, as well as a major social marketing campaign and initiatives to support parents, schools and children services to help children manage online risks, including those from cyberbullying.
Kevin Brennan: Teachers' TV was launched in February 2005 and aims to help raise standards in classrooms by sharing good practice, supporting continuing professional development, offering classroom resources, and providing education news and information. In the channel's first operating year the Department provided funding of £19.9 million, in the second £16 million and £16.7 million in its third year.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of unauthorised absence was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979. 
Kevin Brennan: Information on absence rates for the latest available year, 2006/07, is shown in the table. Data on pupil absence were not collected prior to 1993/94; however comparable data for 1993/94 to 2005/06 are not readily available on a consistent basis at local and regional levels.
|Primary, secondary and special schools( 1, 2) , p upil absence by type of school, 2006/07, for Cornwall local authority area and South West Government office region|
|Maintained primary and secondary schools, all special schools, city technology colleges and academies|
|Percentage of half days missed( 3)|
|Number of day pupils of compulsory school age( 4)||Number of enrolments( 5)||Authorised absence||Unauthorised absence||Overall absence||Percentage of persistent absentees( 6)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.
(3) The number of sessions missed due to authorised/unauthorised/overall absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
(4) Pupil numbers are as at January 2007. Includes pupils aged five to 15 with sole and dual (main) registration. Excludes boarders.
(5) Number of enrolments in schools between from start of the school year until 25 May 2007. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15. Excludes boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the school year or are registered in more than one school).
(6) Number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
National and regional totals have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Beverley Hughes: Effective help for disadvantaged young people depend on a partnership approach. Young People are generally facing more than one issue that usually involves the expertise of more than one agency. The Governments approach has been to encourage partnership working and sharing of information, while ensuring young people have a single point of contact. Since 1997 the creation of Youth Offending Teams, Drugs Action Teams, Connexions Partnerships, local Teenage Pregnancy Boards, and Childrens Trusts have changed the way disadvantaged groups are supported.
This has been supported by the creation of a new profession of personal advisers (PAs) to act as lead professionals in helping young people sort out their problems and get back on the path to success. PAs have been recruited and trained by Connexions Partnerships and there are now approximately 1,000 operating in the West Midlands.
The introduction of the Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund (YOF/YCF) during the last year has given young people the opportunity to participate in a range of positive activities. It has actively encouraged participation and engagement of disadvantaged young people and those who are hard to reach. The funds are worth £6.5 million in the West Midlands, with young people as the applicants, decision makers and beneficiaries. YOF/YCF will continue for the next three years.
The West Midlands Healthy Care Programme and Healthy Care Grant is supporting vulnerable young people in the West Midlands. This is mainly through targeted support through individual local authorities and support through key networks, including Education Protects, West Midlands Leaving Care Managers Network and Healthy Care Network.
Extended schools are a key mechanism through which Government provide support to children and young people and their families. The Governments aim is that at least half of all primary schools and a third of all secondary schools should be providing access to the full core offer by the end of September 2008. In the West Midlands Coventry has already exceeded this figure, and is delivering the offer in over 70 per cent of schools in the area (compared to a national average of 45 per cent.).
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department, its predecessor and its agencies spent on staff working on (a) marketing and (b) branding in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of machinery of government changes on 28 June 2007. Since that date the Department has spent an estimated total of £9,000 on staff involved in branding and £191,788.04 on marketing staff.
The National Weights and Measures Laboratory in the last 12 months has spent an estimated £3,750 on marketing activities. Much of this, but not all, is devoted to marketing specific services to business such as type approval and certification.
In the 12 months to 29 February 2008 the UK-IPO spent no staff time on branding. While the office does not use staff to directly market its services it did spend £636,600 on raising awareness, education and informing groups about the IP system which touch on the services offered by the UK-IPO and other national and international bodies.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) prior to its removal from the Register of Education and Training Providers on 19 July 2007, on what dates official visits or checks were carried out on Kelvin Business School; 
Bill Rammell: Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) officers were first tasked to carry out intelligence-led investigation of Kelvin Business School on 14 March 2007 and the inspection took place on 29 March 2007. The nature of the visit was to seek compliance with the immigration rules and all reasonable steps were taken to ensure the principal had an opportunity to demonstrate the college was bona-fide. Since the initial visit to the college the Home Office wrote to the principal seeking additional documentation on 6 June 2007 and subsequently on the 26 June 2007. The principal replied to the both Home Office letters within the 14 day deadline, but on both occasions submitting documentation which did not meet the criteria set out by the Home Office. After the second deadline for submission of documents had passed on the 10 July the Home Office wrote to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on 12 July informing DIUS that Kelvin Business School was in breach of the Immigration Rules and should be removed from the Register. This was done on 19 July 2007.
The registration process is one of continual assessment, BIA staff will recommend the removal of colleges found to be in breach of registration criteria. The final decision to remove is one for DIUS to make. The decision to remove Kelvin Business School was clear cut and did not require ministerial discussion.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what plans he has to take forward public engagement on nanotechnologies; and how his plans for public engagement will feed into policy in 2008-09; 
The Governments aim is for the UK to derive maximum benefit from nanotechnologies and their products in a way that safeguards health, safety and the environment and addresses the aspirations and
concerns of the public. The statement by the UK Government about nanotechnologies, announced in the written ministerial statement of 28 February 2008, Official Report, columns 86-7W, explains what the Government are doing to deliver these objectives.
To promote a standardised approach to labelling and ensure that products containing manufactured nanoparticles can be correctly identified, the British Standards Institute has recently published a good practice guidance document PAS 130:2007 Guidance on the labelling of manufactured nanoparticles and products containing manufactured nanoparticles.
The Research Councils are undertaking public dialogue on nanotechnologies and the topic is likely to feature in work resulting from the recent programme of stakeholder engagement to identify the implications of new and emerging science and technology.
Government Departments and agencies are keeping under review the need for action to address regulatory gaps in the light of emerging evidence. The ministerial group on Nanotechnologies (which comprises the Ministers Science and Innovation; the Environment; Public Health; Health and Safety; and Business and Competitiveness) will oversee the process and will also review progress on delivery of the Governments other commitments regarding nanotechnologies.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much the Performing Right Society collected from the issuing of music licences in each of the last five years for which data is available; 
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