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Unemployment: Hyndburn

Mr. Pope: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the working-age population in Hyndburn constituency is economically inactive. [218288]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 July 2008:

Young People: Unemployment

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what youth unemployment was in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the west midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 2005. [220128]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 July 2008:


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Table 1: Number of unemployed persons aged 16 to 24, resident in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 2005
Thousand
12 months ending December 2005 December 2006 December 2007

Tamworth constituency

1

(1)

1

Staffordshire

6

4

7

West Midlands

58

61

64

United Kingdom

610

662

660

(1) Disclosive or data is unavailable.
Note:
The estimates for local areas are based on very small sample sizes and are subject to a very high degree of sampling variability. Changes from year to year, especially, should be treated with caution.
Source:
ONS Annual Population Survey

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged between 18 and 25 years were unemployed (a) in 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available. [220147]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 July 2008:

Children, Schools and Families

Children Act 2004

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consideration he has given to extending the provisions of section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to the armed forces. [220691]


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Kevin Brennan: We currently have no plans to extend the provisions of section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to the armed forces. Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2006) provides statutory guidance on how to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including young people under the age of 16 who are in the armed forces as recruits or trainees, or who may be dependents of a service family, whether based in the UK or overseas. The armed forces are fully committed to co-operating with statutory and other agencies in supporting families and have procedures to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In addition, the Department for Children, Schools and Families continues to work closely with the Ministry of Defence and offers advice on safeguarding children and young people attached to garrisons abroad.

Children in Care: Truancy

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were absent from school without authorisation in each of the last 10 years. [219483]

Jim Knight: Information is not collected in the format requested. However, figures on the number of looked after children who missed at least 25 days of school are shown in the table.

Number and percentage of looked after children who had been looked after continuously for at least 12 months and who missed at least 25 days of school( 1) —12 months ending 30 September 2000-07, England
Looked after children
Number( 2) Percentage

2000

4,000

12.0

2001

4,100

12.2

2002

4,100

12.0

2003

4,400

12.4

2004

4,300

12.3

2005

4,400

12.6

2006

4,600

13.4

2007

4,400

13.0

(1) Includes authorised and unauthorised absence.
(2) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Children: Day Care

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many holiday club places were provided by his Department for school-age children in each of the last five years; what proportion provided services for (a) six hours or less, (b) between six and eight hours, (c) between eight and 10 hours
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and (d) more than 10 hours each day; and what information he holds on the average cost to parents of taking up such places. [220029]

Beverley Hughes: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information about holiday clubs that were registered with Ofsted, these are facilities that provide day care for children under eight They may also provide care for children up to 14 years old, and up to 16 years old for children with special needs.

Table 1 shows the total number of Ofsted registered places for children under eight in holiday clubs for each year available.

Table 1
Total number of places

2003

121,700

2006

263,900


Table 2 shows the proportion of holiday clubs by the number of hours they were open each day during the school holidays in 2006. Figures are not available for previous years.

Table 2
Percentage of providers

1-2 hours

1

3-4 hours

8

5-6 hours

14

7-8 hours

14

9-10 hours

53

11 hours or more

10

Mean number of hours open

8.3


In 2006 the average hourly fee charged by holiday clubs was £1.70(1). Figures are not available for previous years.

Children: Disadvantaged

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in the St Albans constituency were eligible for free school meals in each year since 1997. [221412]

Kevin Brennan: The requested information is given in the table.


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Nursery, primary and secondary schools( 1) : number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals: Position in January each year 1997 to 2008, St. Albans parliamentary constituency
Maintained Nursery and Primary Schools Maintained Secondary Schools
Number on roll Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals Number on roll Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

1997(2)

8,064

1,500

18.6

7,670

642

8.4

1998(2)

8,138

732

9.0

7,951

635

8.0

1999(2)

8,221

738

9.0

8,119

625

7.7

2000(2)

8,213

722

8.8

8,397

624

7.4

2001(2)

8,372

684

8.2

8,588

629

7.3

2002(2)

8,439

663

7.9

8,871

574

6.5

2003(3)

8,498

597

7.0

9,083

624

6.9

2004(3)

8,455

667

7.9

9,141

602

6.6

2005(3)

8,389

629

7.5

9,141

604

6.6

2006(3)

8,314

542

6.6

9,194

601

6.5

2007(3)

8,454

516

6.2

9,114

595

6.5

2008(3)

8,662

527

6.2

9,023

505

5.6

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Also includes CTCs and academies (although none of these school types in St Albans).
(2) Includes dually registered pupils, excludes boarding pupils.
(3) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.
Source:
School Census.

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