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|Infant deaths( 1) to mothers aged under 20 by the five most deprived areas in England and England, 1997 to 2006|
|Hackney( 2)||Tower Hamlets||Manchester||Islington||Liverpool||England|
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|(1) Deaths at ages under 1 year|
(2) From 2002 onwards City of London LB is included in the rates for Hackney LB
(3) Per 1,000 live births
(4) Figures for 2006 are provisional
To protect confidentiality of individuals, numbers and rates based on less than 3 events, are not shown.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeship (a) starts and (b) completions there were in (i) each region and (ii) each county in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created in June 2007, following Machinery of Government changes. The Department inherited commitments under Lyons review from its predecessors, the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Trade and Industry. My Department has a target to relocate out of London and the south-east around 223 posts from its own organisation and its partner organisations by 2010.
At the end of March 2008, 108 posts had been relocated out of London and the south-east by my Department and its partner organisations. My Department is working with our partners to continue to deliver further relocations of posts. We expect to meet the target.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age since his Department was established. 
Mr. Lammy: As part of the Machinery of Government changes of 28 June 2007 my Department has taken on board terms and conditions of staff transferred in from the former Department for Education and Skills (DFES) and Department for Trade and Industry (DTI). In DFES there was no set retirement age for the majority of staff. In DTI staff could retire at any time between the minimum retirement age of 60 and the maximum retirement age of 65. Staff also have a statutory right to request to continue working beyond 65. Careful consideration is given to such requests, but any offer to continue working beyond that age will be at the discretion of the Department.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department. 
Mr. Lammy: In my Department, for vacancies that are filled through inward secondments, we adhere to the Government guidelines on fair and open competition and ensure that opportunities and the selection process do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation.
Occasionally the Department makes contact with or is approached by key delivery partners in the suggestion of identifying staff who can enter DIUS on secondment for a temporary period to assist with a specific specialist piece of work. This is only in cases where we are not able to secure the services and skills of employees within the Department. In these cases specific identified staff are appointed. In all cases appointments are temporary and these do not become permanent civil servants.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) allocated to (a) research and (b) research grants in each of the last 10 years; and how many new PhD students were supported by the EPSRC in (i) the UK and (ii) Leeds University in each of those years. 
Ian Pearson: The funding allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research and research grants in each of the last 10 years is shown in table 1. These data are taken from EPSRC annual reports and accounts.
|Expenditure on research grants||Total expenditure on research|
|Table 2 (a)new PhD students supported|
|Total students||Estimated new PhD students within year|
1. Total students reported are based on fixed date in year.
2. Estimates based on total students divided by number of years of study.
3. From 2005 calculation based on 3.5 years not 3 years to reflect change in average length of PhD.
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