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Extension of the Outer Space Act to Bermuda (2006)
Introduction of improved assessments of collision risk in-orbit and for the satellites transfer from the launch vehicle to its final working orbit (2006)
Improved guidance and planning information for applicants on BNSC website (2007)
Agreement of the Isle of Man to share contingent liability (2007)
Agreement of Bermuda to share contingency liability (2008)
Measures to enable the introduction of temporary licences for operating spacecraft belonging to others (for maintenance or emergency intervention) (2008)
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage and (b) provide financial support for students from low-income socio-economic backgrounds entering higher education; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) This Government are fully committed to ensuring every young person has a fair chance of attending university. We are making progress with the proportion of young entrants from lower socio economic groups going to university increasing steadily, reaching almost 30 per cent. in 2007. This year we are investing £89 million in the Aimhigher programme which raises the aspirations of young people to progress further and enter HE, and launched Aimhigher Associates across England with 5,500 undergraduates from state schools mentoring 21,000 learners to promote progression to HE from state schools.
As part of the New Opportunities White Paper, we also announced further measures to ensure every young person from a low income background, who could benefit from going to university, is given the opportunity to do so. This includes a group of 11 research intensive universities working together to look at ways to reach out to talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students are also able to take out a loan for their living costs. Student loans have a more favourable interest rate compared to commercial loans, and borrowers are not required to make repayments until they are earning over £15,000 a year once they have left university.
Other help is available for students with disabilities, and for students with children or adult dependants. The access to learning fund (available through universities and colleges) provides help for students in hardship who may need extra financial support for their course and to stay in higher education.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many meetings of governing bodies academies have been attended by officials from his Department in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average duration of an apprenticeship under the apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18-year-olds. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Apprenticeship frameworks typically take between one and three years to complete depending on the level and type of framework, the prior attainment and needs of the apprentice. These factors and an individuals speed of learning mean that length of time as an apprentice can vary enormously. Our primary measure of quality is the completion rate which last year was 64 per cent.; up from 37 per cent. in 2004/05.
The Government are committed to rebuilding apprenticeships. Since 1997, we have witnessed a renaissance in apprenticeships from a low point of 65,000 to a record 225,000 apprenticeship starts in 2007/08.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the schools built or refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme incorporate (a) forms of renewable energy generation and (b) rainwater harvesting and recycling. 
Jim Knight: The Department does not routinely collect information on the numbers and types of renewable energy systems, rainwater harvesting installations or grey water recovery systems that are included within school projects delivered though the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).
Since December 2007 we have required that newly constructed schools within BSF meet challenging targets for reducing carbon emissions. The Department has provided additional funding for more than 200 schools to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures on school sites to enable this requirement to be met.
We will be monitoring carbon emissions for new and refurbished schools as part of post occupancy evaluations to be carried for all BSF schools. Typically these evaluations take place one full calendar year after the school has opened, and so they are only now beginning to take place for schools that have been delivered within BSF.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made in confirming approval for revision to the primary capital programme for schools to 2008-11. 
We have now completed our assessment of revised or modified primary strategies for change from all of those local authorities required to resubmit following initial assessment last November. All but four
have now been confirmed as fully approved. The remainder have been approved subject to further modification. The relevant local authorities have been notified of the outcome.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department plans to take to publicise the results of the Partnership for Literacy pilot scheme; 
The cost of implementing the Partnership for Literacy scheme nationwide has not
been estimated. However, Sir Jim Rose is taking into account the evaluation report of the programmes first two-years, which was published in February, as part of developing recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia. We are looking forward to Sir Jim Rose publishing his recommendations in June.
|Quarter||Bed days - under 16s on adult ward||Bed days -16/17s on adult ward||Bed days - under 18s on CAMHS ward|
|(1) Five bed days were initially reported but one (Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) was a data error.|
Data on this issue was first collected in 2005-06 but data up until Quarter 3 of 2005-06 is not comparable with the data for Quarter 4 2005-06 onwards as information was collected on a different basis.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Tamworth constituency was in each of the last five years. 
|Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1, 2) schools: average class size( 3) , as at January each year, in Tamworth parliamentary constituency.|
|Primary schools||Secondary schools|
|(1) Includes middle-schools as deemed.|
(2 )Includes CTCs and academies.
(3 )One teacher classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses. 
The Departments Business Plan includes challenging efficiency targets to reduce the size and cost of its estate while improving the quality of our working environments. Both of these objectives are addressed in DCSFs Property Asset Management Plan.
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