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Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will make it his policy not to take any definitive decisions pursuant to the public inquiry into the compulsory purchase orders necessary to allow the Bexhill to Hastings link road to proceed before the forthcoming general election. 
Mr. Khan: The inspector's report for the Bexhill to Hastings link road orders was received on 12 March 2010 and is being considered. A decision as to whether or not to confirm the orders will be made in due course.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what timetable applies to the submission to the Secretary of State of the report by the Inspector on the public inquiry for the Bexhill to Hastings link road. 
Mr. Khan: The inspector's report for the Bexhill to Hastings link road orders has now been received and is being considered. A decision as to whether or not to confirm the orders will be made in due course.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the Inspector's report on the public inquiry for the Bexhill to Hastings link road is required to be considered by any person or authority other than the Secretary of State. 
Mr. Khan: The Inspector's report for the Bexhill to Hastings link road has now been received and is being considered. The Secretary of State for Transport delegates responsibility for confirming Transport Orders following a Public Inquiry to officials.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much was spent (a) in total and (b) per head of population on road improvements in (a) England, (b) the East of England and (c) Essex in each of the last 10 years. 
The table includes estimated expenditure on motorways and trunk roads in the East of England, but expenditure on the strategic road network is not available by local authority boundary. The table also excludes shadow tolls for design, build, finance and operate contracts on the strategic road network.
Chris Mole: Discussions are taking place with Northern Rail to plan and justify the provision of additional vehicles to meet peak-hour capacity requirements in the northern cities, and the Department for Transport has already agreed some contract changes with Northern Rail, whereby a net 18 additional diesel vehicles will be used to lengthen certain train services. The electrification of the Great Western main line, and routes in the north-west, will release further diesel vehicles for deployment in the north.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consultation his Department undertook prior to the clawback of £260,295 funding from The Hereford Academy; if he will review the decision to implement the funding clawback; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: As with maintained schools, funding for academies is primarily based on pupil numbers. The funding agreement for The Hereford Academy provides for a clawback of funding should actual pupil numbers fall short of funded numbers by more than 2.5 per cent.
Following consultation with The Hereford Academy, it was decided to apply a clawback over an extended period by reducing monthly payments through to August 2011, so as to reduce the impact. The academy has replied seeking a reduction in the amount to be clawed back; this case is currently being considered. In the meantime a clawback has not been put into effect.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many deaths of
children (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area under the age of five were reported in each of the last five years; how many such deaths were attributable to neglect or lack of parental care; and how many such children had been monitored by local authority children's or social services before their death. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 3 February 2010]: Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for each of the last five years from 2004 show that 3,591, 3,561, 3,716, 3,665, and 3,699 deaths of children aged 0 to four were registered each year in England and Wales. The following table gives the number of such deaths by local authority area.
Over that period only one death of a child aged under five was registered as having an underlying cause of "neglect and abandonment". (This category excludes children aged under 28 days.) It is not possible however to determine the number of cases where neglect was a factor in deaths registered as being due to other underlying causes.
|Counts of deaths in children aged 0 to four years by local authority in England, 2004-08|
Data extract from the SOPHIE database. Boundaries assigned using the August 2008 National Statistics postcode directory. Contact:
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