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Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to reply to question 245558, on Islamic Studies outside the Islamic world, tabled on 16 December 2008 and transferred from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 12 January 2009. 
Mr. Lammy: Since the Government designated Islamic studies as a strategically important subject in 2007, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), following a period of research and consultation, has been working with other funding agencies in the UK to develop a programme of work designed to address its strategic importance and to provide additional support for it as a subject in UK higher education.
HEFCE research and consultation showed that Islamic studies scholars are often relatively isolated experts affiliated to different departments, with weak links to scholars doing related work at other institutions.
This network aims to provide information on courses and staff, facilitate events, seminars and exchange of ideas, and enable academics to connect. The network will be managed through a website and complemented by a programme to digitise Islamic studies resources developed by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Although a national network, the web facility and international links within the UK academic community should further enrich this work and strengthen the UKs position as a leading centre for the study of the subject.
In January 2009, HEFCE awarded £95,000 to the Higher Education Academy to work with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on the development of a full business case for an Islamic studies UK network. We expect that this work will inform a further three-year implementation phase.
HEFCE has awarded £350,000 to the JISC Digitisation Programme to support two specific strands of work relating to the digitisation of resources for use in Islamic studies research and teaching. This is based on recommendations in Exeter Universitys 2008 Review of User Requirements for Digitised Resources in Islamic Studies.
John Mason: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. 
Mr. McFadden: During the period 1 February 2008 to 28 February 2009, this Departments records show that 71 items were reported as lost or stolen on the BERR central London estate with an estimated total replacement value of £13,500. Of these, 17 items were subsequently found with an estimated replacement value of £1,000.
In addition to the above, during the period 1 March 2009 to 30 April 2009, a further 16 items were reported lost or stolen with an estimated total replacement value of £4,400. One of these items was subsequently found with an estimated value of £50.00.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Central Office of Information received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Watson: An element of the Cabinet Offices overall pay award is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, for example by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives. Non-consolidated variable pay awards are funded from within existing pay bill controls, and have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs.
2 July 2007, Official Report, column 901W, to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson).
6 June 2008, Official Report, column 1185W, to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond).
We would not normally give out information pertaining to an individuals remuneration. However, the average senior civil service non-consolidated award paid by the Cabinet Office over the past five years is:
|Average non-consolidated award (£)|
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if his Department will commission research on the relationship between levels of public spending and levels of deprivation across the UK. 
We conduct regular research on regeneration and economic development including the impact of government programmes on the most deprived areas, and publish research reports regularly on our website. Other Government Departments undertake and publish similar research.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average rate of interest is being paid on the 30 Building Schools for the Future contracts which had been signed with the private sector by the end of March 2009. 
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rate of interest is being charged by the Government on the £2.4 billion set aside as the additional HM Treasury contribution to private finance initiative schemes in the Building Schools for the Future programme. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 18 May 2009]: The rate of interest to be charged by the Treasury's Infrastructure Finance Unit (TIFU) to assist Building Schools for the Future PFI projects is not set in advance. It will lend on a commercial basis and at rates applicable in the market at the time of financial close of a project.
When the school was placed in special measures the local authority (LA) temporarily suspended residential provision. Should the LA decide to permanently close residential provision then it would be considered as a prescribed alteration and the authority would be obliged to follow statutory procedures relating to school organisation.
Jim Knight [holding answer 18 May 2009]: The Department's current estimates for the number of full-time equivalent pupils in education in maintained primary schools in England are shown in the following table:
|Projected numbers of pupils (in thousands)( 1, 2) in maintained primary schools|
|As at January||Primary schools pupils|
|(1) Full-time equivalents, counting each part-time pupil as 0.5. The numbers have been rounded to the nearest one thousand.|
(2) Experience has shown that totals in maintained primary schools are usually within ±0.2 per cent. for the first projected year. There is less certainty in the longer term. Factors which contribute to differences between projections and outturn data include the underlying population trends, participation among under fives and variations of proportions attending independent schools. Projections are increasing in uncertainty.
Updated projections for the number of pupils in primary and nursery schools are due to be published in the departmental annual report on 8 June 2009. These will take into account the provisional annual school census figures for January 2009. Projections are not shown beyond 2017 because of the increasing degree of uncertainty over time.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils entered state secondary schools in each local authority in year 7 in September 2008; how many and what percentage of these pupils entered schools selecting other than via banding systems (a) wholly by academic ability, (b) partly by academic ability and (c) by aptitude; and how many of them transferred to state secondary schools from primary schools in the private sector. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department does not hold data on the number of pupils who entered state secondary schools in September 2008. The latest available data about the number of admissions to schools can be accessed in the statistical first release (SFR) Admission Appeals for Maintained Primary and Secondary Schools in England, 2006/07
The Department also collects data about offers of secondary school places. The data on offers made in March 2008 (which will relate to the number of pupils who entered state secondary schools in September 2008) can be accessed in the SFR Secondary School Applications and Offers
These figures are likely to have changed slightly by September for a number of reasons, such as appeals being successful, children moving home and late applications being processed. However, local authorities are not required to submit updated data in September.
The Department does not collect data on the admission arrangements applied to determine which school places are offered, or on the number of children that have transferred to state secondary schools from primary schools in the independent sector.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) head teachers, (b) deputy head teachers, (c) other teaching staff and (d) non-teaching staff were suspended from duties in each local authority area in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: The operation of disciplinary procedures in schools, including those that result in suspension, is a matter for local determination. Accordingly the information requested about the suspension of teaching and non-teaching staff is not held centrally.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many and what proportion of computers in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure training centres malware was detected in 2008. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 14 May 2009]: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is responsible for overseeing the management of services in young offender institutions. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is responsible for monitoring the services provided by contractors in secure training centres.
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