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The figures are published on the GTTR website at:

Finalised data relating to the number of applications and the proportion which have been accepted on courses in 2009 are not available until February 2010.

The same information is not available for ITT courses via undergraduate or employment based routes.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of applicants for the TeachFirst programme were successful in each year since its inception. [268981]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Figures for the number of people applying to join the Teach First programme, and those going on to become qualified teachers are as follows:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Cohort

1

2

3

4

5

6

Number of applications in recruitment year

1,294

990

989

1,390

1,600

1,760

Number of acceptances/graduates beginning summer institute

186

197

183

265

272

373

Number of participants completing first year/achieving QTS

165

177

159

243

253

(1)364

Percentage of participants completing first year/achieving QTS

89

90

87

92

93

(1)97

(1) Provisional.
Source:
Teach First.

Teenage Pregnancy

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) pregnancy and (b) abortion rate for under-16 year old girls was in (i) 1999 and (ii) at the latest available date. [268563]

Kevin Brennan: I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated April 2009:

All conceptions and conceptions leading to abortion rate for girls aged under 16, England and Wales, 1999 and 2007
Rate
Year All conceptions Conceptions leading to abortion

1999

8.3

4.4

2007

8.3

5.1

Notes:
1. Rate per 1,000 girls aged 13-15
2. Figures for 2007 are provisional

Vetting

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which members of his Ministerial team were subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check upon appointment; and if he will make a statement. [269100]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: No member of the current ministerial team in the Department for Children, Schools and Families were subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check upon appointment.


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Vocational Education

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which courses leading to vocational qualifications are available to 14 and 15 year olds in (a) schools and (b) further education colleges. [269065]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: There are currently 646 vocationally-related qualifications, 123 national vocational qualifications, and one occupational qualification approved for use by learners under the age of 16 in institutions in the maintained sector in England. These qualifications can be delivered by both schools and further education colleges. A full list of approved qualifications and the age ranges for which they are approved can be accessed on the Department’s website at:

Written Questions

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost to his predecessor Department of preparing the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1207-11W, on science. [241877]

Jim Knight: It is estimated that the cost of preparing the reply to PQ 22930 was £2,700.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of those students who gained (a) a GCSE, (b) an A level and (c) an AS level in (i) biology or human biology, (ii) chemistry and (iii) physics in each year since 1997 were educated in (A) the state sector and (B) the independent sector, broken down by grade; and if she will make a statement. [22930]

The estimated breakdown for this PQ is:


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Hours required Cost to Department

Planning

4.5

112.5

Implementing production rules

0.5

12.5

Writing syntax

4

100

Producing figures (9 years — GCSE, AS Level and A Level)

93.96

2,349

Producing figures (one year - GCSE, AS Level and A Level)

10.44

261

Producing figures (one year)

3.48

87

Run the required filters (maintained/independent sector)

0.32

8

Create variables in exam file

0.32

8

Aggregate up to pupil level

0.2

5

Merge into pupil file

0.32

8

Create tables

0.32

8

Analysis of output

2

50

Additional work

2.75

68.75

Formatting, footnotes, etc.

1.5

37.5

Personal QAing

1

25

Drafting PQ reply

0.25

6.25

QAing

3.5

87.5

Comments, redrafting, etc.

3

75

Signing off at SCS level

1

25

Total

108.71

2,717.75


Young People: Apprentices

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people aged between 14 and 16 years are undertaking young apprenticeships. [268363]

Jim Knight: The Young Apprenticeship programme for 14 to 16 year olds is a successful pilot available in selected areas since 2004. A total of 17,012 young people are currently on a Young Apprenticeship programme—8,090 as part of cohort 4, the current year 11 group who will be achieving this year, and 8,922 on cohort 5, the year 10 group which started last September.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hours a week on average pupils on young apprenticeships in each industrial sector spent in a work setting in the latest period for which figures are available. [268364]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Young Apprenticeship programme (YA) for 14 to 16-year-olds is a successful pilot available in selected areas since 2004. From September 2006 all YAs have undertaken a minimum of 50 days work experience, regardless of sector. The Sector Skills Council (SSCs) oversees the quality and certification of this process.

There are a number of approved delivery models with many young people undertaking placements on a one day per week basis. However, on average 44 per cent. of YAs also use periods of block placement to gain work experience with employers or a mixture of both.

An evaluation of the programme carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which covers the period September 2004 to July 2006 indicated that on average YA learners undertook between 10 and 53 days of work experience. These data cover a period before a 50 day minimum requirement was introduced.

Monitoring of the fulfilment of placements is the responsibility of the lead partner within the YA partnerships which may be a school, work base learning provider or the delivery partner.

Wales

Environment Protection

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the progress of the proposed Environmental Protection and Waste Management Legislative Competence Order; and if he will make a statement. [269289]


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Mr. Paul Murphy: I have regular discussions with the First Minister about the progress of legislative competence orders. I hope to present the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Legislative Competence Order for pre-legislative scrutiny in the next few weeks.

Northern Ireland

Abortion

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will delete paragraph 4.2 from his Department’s publication “Guidance on the Termination of Pregnancy: The Law and Clinical Practice in Northern Ireland”; what recent representations he has received on the paragraph; and if he will make a statement. [268435]

Paul Goggins: This is a devolved matter; I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 851W.

Departmental Buildings

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have sold in each of the last five years; and how many have been sold for housing developments. [267559]

Mr. Woodward: The following table gives details of the number of properties sold by the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies in each of the last five years:

Number of properties sold
Financial year Northern Ireland Office Agencies

2007-08

9

0

2006-07

7

0

2005-06

22

0

2004-05

14

0

2003-04

1

0

Total

53

0


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