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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles sentenced to a custodial sentence in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which information is available had served (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four, (v) five and (vi) more than five previous custodial sentences. 
Claire Ward: Figures for juveniles given immediate custodial sentences for indictable or triable-either-way offences are shown in the following table. These figures represent a further breakdown of the statistics in table 6.8 of "Sentencing Statistics 2008" which was published on 28 January 2010 and can be found at:
The figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.
|Juvenile offenders receiving immediate custodial sentences for indictable offences, by the number of previous immediate custodial sentences, 2000 and 2008, England and Wales|
|Number of offenders and percentages|
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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been started under the National Apprenticeship Service in (a) Coventry and (b) nationally since its inception. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 25 January 2010]: The National Apprenticeship Service was set up in April 2009. Information on apprenticeship starts and achievements is shown on an academic year basis. For the 2008/09 academic year there were 1,600 apprenticeship starts in Coventry local authority and 239,900 apprenticeship starts in England, the largest number of people starting an apprenticeship ever.
Information on the number of Apprenticeship starts is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 17 December, and re-issued on 21 January to include provisional national estimates of the number of apprenticeship starts and achievements in the first quarter of 2009/10:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
2. The figure for Coventry local authority is based upon home postcode of the learner.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been allocated to the National Apprenticeship Service since its inception. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 25 January 2010]: Since its inception on 1 April 2009, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has been allocated £1.085 billion for Apprenticeship training and £36.5 million discretionary non-participation funds for the financial year April 2009 to March 2010. Funding for Apprenticeships for young people aged 16 to 18 is allocated by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Funding for Apprenticeships for adults aged 19 and over is allocated by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The breakdown of funding allocations between the Departments is as follows:
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people completed an apprenticeship in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. 
|Table 1: Apprenticeship frameworks achievements, England, 2003/04 to2008/09|
1. Figures for Jarrow parliamentary constituency are rounded to the nearest 10. All other figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Figures for England include learners studying in England, but who are resident outside of England e.g. Scotland.
3. Figures are based upon home postcode of the learner.
Individualised Learner Record
Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by parliamentary constituency, local authority, Government Office Region and for England is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 17 December, and re-issued on 21 January to include provisional national estimates of the number of apprenticeship starts and achievements in the first quarter of 2009/10:
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage young people to undertake apprenticeships in Coventry. 
Kevin Brennan: The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has responsibility for the delivery of apprenticeships and provides a single point of contact for employers and apprentices, and across the West Midlands is working with employers to increase the number of people starting and completing apprenticeships.
We are taking a wide range of measures to increase the number of people taking up an apprenticeship and to encourage more employers to offer high quality places. We have increased spending to over £1 billion in 2009-10. Apprenticeship starts in Coventry increased from 1,000 in 2003/04, to 1,600 in 2008/09. Nationally, apprenticeship starts increased from 65,000 in 1996/97 to a record 240,000 in 2008/09.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to increase coordination between training providers, businesses, schools and further education establishments on providing information on apprenticeships. 
Kevin Brennan: In April 2009 we launched the National Apprenticeship Service which is now responsible for end-to-end delivery of apprenticeships, and leads the co-ordination of all parties engaged in them, unproved co-ordination measures to date have included:
Working with schools to ensure that young people (and their carers/parents) are aware of the features and benefits of apprenticeships, and to encourage young people to register on the apprenticeship vacancies on line system. This includes developing a new schools resource pack on apprenticeships for those delivering information, advice and guidance.
Local authorities and Connexions Partnerships working jointly to develop and organise events that co-ordinate activity across partner organisations including FE colleges and private training providers to engage apprentices, parents and employers.
Education and Business Partnerships reviewing and sharing information about their respective employer accounts enabling access to material to promote apprenticeships in addition to their own programmes.
Working with the Association of Colleges to improve links between FE and apprenticeships within their institutions.
Mr. Benyon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms are in place for the allocation of funding to training providers under the scheme for apprentices over the age of 19 years after 1 April 2010; and how much such funding he plans to provide in each of the next three years. 
Kevin Brennan: The Skills Funding Agency will have responsibility for the funding for apprenticeships for those aged 19 or over from 1 April 2010. Payments will be made in line with the approach currently used by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).
Each training organisation will discuss and agree their Maximum Contract Value (MCV) for the following academic year with their account manager. Discussions for 2010-11 academic year are currently underway. Training organisations will be paid monthly in arrears based on delivery within agreed MCVs.
Planned investment through the Skills Funding Agency for apprenticeships aged 19 or over in the 2009-10 financial year is £389.9 million, increasing to £398.4 million in the 2010-11 financial year. Investment for the 2011-12 financial year and beyond will not be finalised until the outcomes of the next Spending Review have been determined.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships which will be taken up by people over 24 years old in Milton Keynes in the next five years. 
1. Figures for local authority are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. This figure is based on age at start of programme and upon the home postcode of the learner.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West which will have broadband internet access after the Universal Service Commitment has been fulfilled in 2012. 
Mr. Timms: We have not carried out a specific estimate of the areas in question. Our ambition is to ensure a service is available to all households and businesses in the UK. There may be some areas which for technical reasons prove prohibitively expensive to serve using any technologies but I expect these to be fewer than 1 per cent. of households and businesses. These premises-if any-will be identified through the tender process.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 267W, on internet privacy, what the results were of his recent discussions on revisions to the E-privacy Directive 2002/58/EC. 
Mr. Timms: My predecessor, the Lord Carter, met his European counterparts and the European Commission as part of the discussion and negotiations on the telecommunication framework. The final results of these negotiations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 December 2009.
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