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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. 
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. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking 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)
Available figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth and/or stillbirth (a maternity) or a legal termination.
The conception rate and conceptions leading to abortion rate for girls aged under 16 in England and Wales for 1999 and 2007 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the attached table. Figures for 2007 are provisional.
|All conceptions and conceptions leading to abortion rate for girls aged under 16, England and Wales, 1999 and 2007|
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1. Rate per 1,000 girls aged 13-15
2. Figures for 2007 are provisional
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. 
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. 
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 Departments website at:
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. 
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. 
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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 programme8,090 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. 
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.
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. 
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.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will delete paragraph 4.2 from his Departments 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. 
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. 
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