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Special Protection Areas: Pets

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, column 831W, on special protection areas: cats, whether (a) his Department, (b) the Planning Inspectorate and (c) the Homes and Communities Agency has provided guidance to local authorities on the imposition of planning conditions in respect of areas with special protection area status to prohibit the keeping of cats and dogs in new housing developments; and if he will direct local authorities to cease the practice of prohibiting the keeping of domestic pets through the imposition of planning conditions. [319183]

Mr. Ian Austin: No. Neither the present model conditions in DoE Circular 11/95 "The Use of Conditions in Planning Permissions", nor those recommended by the Planning Inspectorate, include any conditions on the keeping of animals.

Temporary Accommodation

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pregnant women living in temporary accommodation in each year since 1997; [316032]

(2) how many babies were born into households in temporary accommodation in each year since 1997; [316094]

(3) how many (a) children and (b) babies under 12 months old were living in temporary accommodation in each year since 1997. [316095]

Mr. Ian Austin: Information on the number of households in temporary accommodation with dependent children and/or a pregnant woman with no other dependents is available from the end of March 2002 and information on the total number of children (or expected children) in temporary accommodation is available from the end of December 2007; this information is published in Table 6 of the Department's quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, available both in the Library and via the CLG website.

Information on the number of babies born in households in temporary accommodation and information on the ages of children living in temporary accommodation is not held centrally.

Tenancy Deposit Schemes

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2010, Official Report, column 671W, on tenancy deposit schemes, whether redacted copies of the contracts between tenancy deposit scheme providers and his Department have been released under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. [323886]

Mr. Ian Austin: Yes, redacted copies of the contracts have been made available in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


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Written Questions: Government Responses

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he plans to answer question 316095, on children in temporary accommodation, tabled on 2 February 2010; [320250]

(2) when he plans to answer question 316094, on households in temporary accommodation, tabled on 2 February 2010; [320251]

(3) when he plans to answer question 316032, on pregnant women in temporary accommodation, tabled on 2 February 2010. [320254]

Mr. Ian Austin: I have replied to the hon. Member's questions.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Apprentices

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed by residents of each (i) local authority area and (ii) constituency in each quarter of the last three years. [321696]

Kevin Brennan: Tables 1 to 4 showing the number of apprenticeship starts and framework achievements by local authority and parliamentary constituency for 2005/06 to 2008/09 will be placed in the Library.

Information on the number of Apprenticeship starts and achievements in each academic year is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 17 December:

Business: Government Assistance

Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials at each grade have been employed on work relating to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme since its creation; how much has been allocated by his Department for staff costs for the scheme; and if he will make a statement. [321888]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Enterprise Finance Guarantee has been developed by the Department's Enterprise Directorate SME Finance Team, which has policy responsibility for start-up and growth for small and medium sized enterprises. The team's resources are deployed on a project basis whereby resources follow priority work. Within this team it is estimated three full-time equivalents across the grades (senior civil service to higher executive officer), at a total employment cost of £199,000 per annum, are employed on work relating to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

Further Education: Procurement

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the £75 million potential savings identified by the National Audit Office in its report on Improving procurement in further education colleges in England, HC 1632, Session 2005-06, have been realised. [322221]


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Kevin Brennan: As part of Spending Review 2004, a £75 million efficiency target was set for the further education sector to be realised through improved procurement practices within colleges. A procurement efficiency programme was established at the Learning and Skills Council, and since its inception, has successfully raised the status of procurement in the sector.

The NAO report 'Improving procurement in further education colleges in England' was published in October 2006, and confirmed the potential within the sector to realise significant procurement efficiencies.

The programme has successfully facilitated and supported a culture which encourages colleges to make good procurement decisions. This has included introduction of procurement solutions where none had previously existed, the removal and/or mitigation of barriers to good procurement behaviour and the establishment of supporting systems and structures.

In the spending period 2005-06 to 2007-08, the programme realised savings of £72.7 million.

Future Large Aircraft

Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the agreement finalised on 5 March 2010 between the Government and other European customer nations and EADS/Airbus Military in relation to the A400M military air transporter programme on the (a) number of jobs in, (b) level of skills in and (c) supply chain of the British aerospace sector; whether he has made an assessment of the likely effects of that agreement on other aspects of that sector; and if he will make a statement. [323671]

Ian Lucas: The Department's assessment is that A400M has directly created or secured work for 8,000 people in UK, principally through Airbus, GKN, Messier Dowty and Rolls-Royce; many of which are high-skilled jobs. There is also a primary supply chain to Airbus of around 30 UK based companies. There are 900 people employed directly on A400M at Filton.

On 5 March 2010, agreement in principle on the future of the A400M programme was reached by all parties. We believe that this agreement is positive for employment and skills within the UK.

Higher Education: Admissions

Justine Greening: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) places there were available at and (b) applications there were to each higher education establishment in London in each academic year from 2005-06 to 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of the number of (i) places available at and (ii) applications to each of those establishments in 2010-11. [323783]

Mr. Lammy: A table detailing the number of accepted applicants and applications to full-time undergraduate courses at each higher education institution (HEI) in Greater London via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in each academic year from 2005/06 to 2009/10 will be placed in the libraries of the House.


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The number of places available at each institution is not available centrally, so the number of applicants who were successful in gaining a place has been given. 'Applications' in the tables refers to each application that has been made to a course at one of these institutions; applicants could make up to six applications on their UCAS form up to 2007, and up to five from 2008.

The Department does not hold an estimate of the number of places available at each establishment for academic year 2010/11, or the final number of applications or accepted applicants for institutions. The following table, which was published by UCAS, contains the number of applications which had been made by 22 January 2010 for 2010/11 year of entry.

Applications via UCAS to full-time undergraduate courses at higher education institutions in London for 2010/11 year of entry (as at 22January 2010)
Institution Applications

Brunel University

18,118

Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

5,239

City University

20,170

Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London)

321

Goldsmiths (University of London)

10,740

Heythrop College (University of London)

524

Imperial College London

14,402

King's College London (University of London)

33,925

Kingston University

36,133

London Metropolitan University

19,296

London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)

18,368

London South Bank University

16,027

Middlesex University

22,452

Queen Mary, University of London

23,329

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

2,881

Roehampton University

8,239

Rose Bruford College

3,057

Royal Veterinary College (University of London)

1,809

School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)

4,059

St George's, University of London (formerly St George's Hospital Medical School)

5,402

St Mary's University College, Twickenham

6,082

Thames Valley University

9,139

The School of Pharmacy (University of London)

1,260

University College London (University of London)

33,185

University of East London

15,149

University of Greenwich

23,953

University of London Institute in Paris

98

University of the Arts London

26,478

University of Westminster

19,748

Grand Total

399,583

Source:
UCAS Applications Digest

Illegal Immigrants

Mr. Syms: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip Northwood of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 411W, on illegal immigrants, how many staff his Department, its predecessors and its agencies have appointed who were later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2005. [320501]


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Mr. McFadden: The Department has no record of having employed an illegal immigrant in the last five years.

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 4 March 2010:

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 4 March 2010:

Letter from John Alty, dated 3 March 2010:

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 23 March 2010:


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