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Statistics on women who have returned to work in each month is not available. The Labour Force Survey (LFS), however, does collect data on employment circumstances twelve months ago for those aged 16 and over.
It is estimated that in April - June 2008, 209 thousand women aged 16 and over in employment with a child aged under 5 were not in employment twelve months previously.
The estimate is derived from the LFS using the latest data available (April-June 2008). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. In sampling error terms the above estimate is considered to be reasonably precise as the coefficient of variation (CV) lies between 5 and 10 per cent. The CV indicates the quality of the estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality.
The estimates in the tables are derived from the LFS microdata weighted to estimates published in 2007. They are not entirely consistent with figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release, which are weighted using more up to date population estimates.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien:
To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of new
apprenticeships that will need to be created in each of the next five years in order to reach the target of ensuring that an apprenticeship place is available for all young people by 2013; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Simon: Information on apprenticeships starts are due to be made available next month through the Annual Statement of Priorities published by the Learning and Skills Council. This will include latest estimates of the actual starts for the 2007/08 academic year, and proposals for delivery during 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11. Resources have not yet been made available beyond that period.
World-class Apprenticeships, published earlier this year, confirmed our commitment to making Apprenticeships a high quality option for both young people and adults and set out steps to increase the numbers of people successfully completing an Apprenticeship. In the summer, we published an Apprenticeships Draft Bill to drive and help sustain improvements in the quality of the programme. The first national vacancy matching service for potential apprentices and employers will begin to become operational by the end of this year and in April 2009 the new National Apprenticeship Service with its dedicated field force will be fully established to lead the expansion and improvement of the apprenticeship programme. This focus on continuous improvement will be complemented by an increase in Apprenticeships funding to over £1.1 billion by 2010-11.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Simon: Figures showing expenditure for 1997-98 to 2000-01 and for 2001-02 to 2007-08 appear in the following tables.
In the period from 1997-98 to 2000-01 apprenticeships were funded through training and enterprise councils. For this period, figures are available for overall work-based training for young people budget expenditure only, including: Advanced Apprenticeships (formerly Advanced Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 3; Apprenticeships (formerly Foundation Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 2; NVQ Learning (formerly Other Training); and Entry to Employment.
From 2001-02 to date apprenticeships have been funded and delivered by the Learning and Skills Council.
|Apprenticeship Expenditure 2001-02 to 2007-08|
LSC Annual Report and Accounts
|Work-based training for young people( 1) Expenditure 1997-98 to 2000-01|
|(1) Work-based Training for Young People includes: Advanced Apprenticeships (formerly Advanced Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 3; Apprenticeships (formerly Foundation Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 2; NVQ Learning (formerly Other Training); and Entry to Employment.|
1997-98: DFEE Departmental Report
1998-99 to 2000-01: DFES Departmental Reports
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on apprenticeships in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) in each of the previous five years, broken down by main budget heading. 
Mr. Simon: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) publish details of the total spend on Apprenticeships in the LSCs annual report and accounts. The total spend in the most recent financial year and the previous five years broken down by budget block are provided in the following table.
|Analysis of apprenticeship expenditure by budget block|
LSC Statutory accounts
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Simon: The Department was formed on 28 June 2007. The Department has three categories of misconduct that could result in disciplinary sanctions being applied:
Behaviour that is unacceptable but not serious enough to fall into other categories
Behaviour that damages the relationship between the individual and their employer
Range of measures from written warning to removal from a specific post.
Behaviour that so damages the relationship it would normally be incompatible with continued employment
From the 28 June 2007 to date, there have been no disciplinary offences in any category.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on what dates in each of the last five years his Department informed the House of the creation of contingent liabilities relating to his Department or its non-departmental public bodies. 
Mr. Simon: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created by Machinery of Government Changes at the end of June 2007. Since that date, DIUS has not had any new contingent liabilities. The Departments Resource Accounts were laid before the House on 21 July 2008 disclosing the latest position on contingent liabilities for the DIUS Department. Prior to this date, contingent liabilities were notified to Parliament by returns submitted by our predecessor Departmentsthe Department for Education and Skills (now the Department for Children, Schools and Families) and the Department of Trade and Industry (now the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), who would hold details of the dates these were laid.
Details of contingent liabilities relating to the Departments non-departmental public bodies will be similarly published in their annual resource accounts.
David T.C. Davies:
To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his
Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year. 
Mr. Simon: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of machinery of government changes in June 2007. Information on how much was spent on external training courses prior to this date is not held by the Department. In 2007-08 the Department spent £446,000 on external training providers. These providers included:
2gc Active Management Limited
Ask Europe Plc
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners UK Chapter
Campaign For Learning
Central Office Of Information
Centre For Public Policy Seminar
Church House Conference Centre Limited
Communicaid Group Limited
East Of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Hemsley Fraser Group Ltd.
Integral Human Resource Cons Ltd.
Julie Allan Ltd.
Leadership Skills Training Ltd.
M D P Limited
Marketforce Communications Limited
Mercure St. Pauls Hotel
National Centre For Social Research
National School For Government
Operational Research Society
Parity Training Ltd.
Rachel Frost Ltd.
Sheffield Hallam University
Society For Editors
SPSS (UK) Ltd.
St. Marys Church A/C
The City Lit
The Higher Education Academy
The Open University
The RSS PDC
The School Of Coaching
The University of Essex
The University of Sheffield
Transmedia Communications Limited
University of Durham
University of Manchester
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