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Serious Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency warranted officers were based in each overseas country on 1 December 2009. [313505]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The Serious Organised Crime Agency has approximately 140 officers based overseas. Their specific locations cannot be disclosed for reasons of operational sensitivity.

SOCA officers are not designated as 'warranted'. They are designated as having the powers of a police officer, an immigration officer or the customs powers of revenue and customs. They do not exercise those powers while based overseas.

Sex Establishments: Licensing

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether licensed premises which already have permission to undertake lap dancing as an activity in their premises licence will have that right grandfathered once the new regulatory regime for the regulation of lap dancing and other sexual entertainment venues is commenced. [313893]

Mr. Alan Campbell: On 21 September 2009 the Home Office launched a 12-week consultation on the transitional arrangements for provisions relating to sexual entertainment venues introduced by section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. As part of the consultation the Government proposed that where the provisions are adopted by a local authority all existing lap dancing clubs and similar venues in that area would be required to apply for a sexual entertainment venue licence. Under this proposal existing operators would not be granted 'grandfather rights'.

The consultation closed on 14 December 2009 and the responses are currently being reviewed. A summary of responses and the outcomes of the consultation will be published in February.


Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been released from custodial sentences handed down for terrorism offences following a successful appeal in each of the five years. [314351]

Mr. Hanson [holding answer 29 January 2010]: The Home Office does not hold statistics which are recorded in this way. However, the Home Office does collate statistics on the number of terrorism arrests, charges and convictions and these are included in a Bulletin published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). The first edition of the Bulletin is available at:

The second issue of the Bulletin was published on 26 November 2009 and is available via the following link:

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Children, Schools and Families

Departmental Finance

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of his Department's capital budget for 2010-11 was brought forward to 2009-10; and how much of this budget he estimates will be spent in 2009-10. [303982]

Ms Diana R. Johnson [holding answer 3 December 2009]: The Department's capital budget for 2010-11 that was brought forward to 2009-10 was £969 million aggregation in the following table:

Capital b udget 2009-10
Schools: £ million

Primary Capital






Children and Families

Play capital




We continue to encourage local authorities to spend the entirety of these allocations by the end of March 2010.

Departmental Internet

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for his Department's websites in each of the last three years; and what budget has been allocated for such activities in 2009-10. [309908]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The predicted budget for the Department's websites (the DCSF corporate website, including the Every Child Matters site, Governornet and Teachernet) in 2009/10 is £506,466.

The other requested information cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department; how many officials are employed in each such layer; and how much was spent on salaries and associated employment costs of staff at each such layer in the latest year for which information is available. [312834]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The pay and grading structure consists of six pay bands below the Senior Civil Service. There are four pay bands in the Senior Civil Service including Permanent Secretary with the option to use an additional pay band at Deputy Director level. The number of management layers varies across the Department based on business need and not all of the pay bands are reflected in teams. The latest information on staff numbers by pay band can be found at the Office for National Statistics website:

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Information on total pay bill can be found in the latest published DCSF Resource Accounts

The information is not broken down by pay band and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Public Consultation

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many citizens' juries or summits have been hosted by his Department since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which Ministers were present at each event. [314591]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department for Children, Schools and Families conducted its only citizen's jury in 2007 and followed this with 11 related deliberative debates between 29 September 2007 and 13 September 2008 to ensure that the views of parents and young people were reflected in the development and implementation of the Children's Plan.

The Department organised the citizen's jury at Bristol Brunei Academy on 6 September 2007. 38 people participated, including children, young people and teachers from Bristol Brunei Academy; and parents and local practitioners working with children. The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State took part in the event.

Schools: Health Services

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will require mainstream schools to have a member of staff trained in the administration of emergency medication for pupils with epilepsy; [313889]

(2) if he will take steps to end the practice in mainstream schools of the automatic post-seizure hospitalisation of pupils with epilepsy; [313890]

(3) if he will make it his policy to require mainstream schools to follow the new guidance on managing medicines in schools. [313891]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: We would expect schools to work with parents and their local PCT to arrange training that is appropriate to the needs of the pupils and the staff involved.

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We are revising our guidance "Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings" on support measures for children with health conditions during their attendance at school. This will include advice on appropriate steps to take following an epileptic seizure, bearing in mind the severity and duration of the seizure, and with reference to the child's individual care plan. As in the current guidance, there is no presumption that all seizures will automatically require hospitalisation.

The Department encourages schools to put in place arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions, such as epilepsy, but does not intend to introduce a new legal duty to do so. The revised guidance aims to offer schools and settings appropriate advice and information to supplement the necessary training and support from other agencies. The guidance will include clear statements of good practice for those involved in supporting pupils with medical conditions, including schools and primary care trusts.

Departmental Contracts: South West

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with which private companies in the South West his Department has contracts for the provision of goods and services; and what the (a) monetary value and (b) purpose of each such contract is. [314212]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Young Offenders

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2010, Official Report, column 464W, on young offenders, how many people aged between (a) 10 and 12, (b) 13 and 15 and (c) 16 and 17 years-old received their first conviction in each year since 2000-01. [313819]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 28 January 2010]: The number of young people, aged (a ) and ( b) 10 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17, receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction who have been convicted and received immediate custodial sentence, processed by English or Welsh Police forces, (and percentage of year total) can be found in the following table:

Number of young people aged 10-17 receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction who have been convicted and received immediate custodial sentence, processed by English or Welsh Police forces, (and percentage of year total)
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
Age at time of offence No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %


































2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Age at time of offence No. % No. % No. % No. %




























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Young people aged 10-12 could not be included separately in the above table due to the very small numbers in this group. Any young person who has have previously received a reprimand, warning or conviction and who then went on to receive an immediate custodial sentence will not be included in the figures in the table-since DCSF do not hold that data. An equivalent breakdown by age bands is not available for offenders living in England only, due to the method used to allocate records where insufficient address data are available.

Church Commissioners

Religious Practice: Recordings

Mr. Hurd: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the effect of the Government's proposed changes to exemptions from public performance rights in sound recordings and performers' rights on (a) religious worship and (b) church halls. [314849]

Sir Stuart Bell: My understanding is that there is no proposal to end the current exemption from the requirement to obtain a music licence for music used in 'divine service'. I have not assessed the possible impact of charges being introduced for church halls but Christian Copyright Licensing International, which handles copyright on behalf of churches, will in due course provide updates on the Government's proposed changes (which have yet to be debated by Parliament) and their potential effect on churches.

I would urge the Government to avoid adverse effects on churches given their vital contribution to the wellbeing of our communities and our nation.

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