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Sure Start Local programmes (SSLPs) were the precursors of Children's Centres. SSLP revenue allocations prior to 2003-04 are not readily available at a local authority level and are not shown in table 1 above. The expenditure for SSLP revenue from 1999 to 2003 is shown in Table 2 as follows.

Table 2: Sure Start Local programme expenditure by local authorities from 1999 to 2003

1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03

SSLP revenue expenditure

3,196,391

32,832,645

104,776,562

174,277,508


SSLPs were given multi year capital allocations from programme inception to the end of 2005-06. Therefore it is not possible to disaggregate allocations by financial year. The total SSLP capital allocation is shown in Table 3 as follows.

Table 3. SSLP Capital allocation from 1999-2006 by Government office regions

East of England

25,226,389

East Midlands

41,078,839

Greater London

88,741,966

North East England

61,642,396

North West England

85,947,406

South East England

30,979,684

South West England

31,684,627

West Midlands

50,505,885

Yorkshire and Humber

63,830,952

Total

479,638,144


Teachers: Armed Forces

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many former service personnel have entered the teaching profession as a result of his Department's Transition to Teaching programme since the programme was established. [304898]

Mr. Coaker: The Transition to Teaching programme was launched in July 2008. 14 ex-service personnel have been supported in total, with 11 still involved in the programme in the following capacities:

Teachers: Literacy and Numeracy

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many entrants to teacher training courses re-took (a) literacy and (b) numeracy tests (i) once and (ii) two or more times in the last year for which figures are available. [318453]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is as follows:

(a) Literacy Test

(b) Numeracy Test

Teachers: North West

Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers in full-time employment there were in (a) the North-West and (b) Manchester Central constituency in each year since 1997. [324884]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 29 March 2010]: The following table provides the full-time number of teachers employed in local authority maintained schools, city technology colleges and academies in the north west Government office region and Manchester Central constituency in each January, 1997 to 2009.

Full-time regular teachers (excluding occasionals) in local authority maintained nursery, primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units, city technology colleges and academies, January 1997 to 2009
Coverage: North West Government office region (GOR) and Manchester Central parliamentary constituency (PC)
January North West GOR( 1) Manchester Central PC( 2)

1997

55,950

(3)-

1998

55,770

650

1999

56,380

650

2000

56,350

610

2001

56,460

600

2002

57,170

600

2003

57,220

570

2004

57,110

570

2005

56,950

540

2006

56,850

550

2007

55,500

550

2008

54,860

570

2009

55,080

580

(1 )Source: Local authority maintained schools (618g), city technology and academy teachers (school census).
(2 )Source: school census.
(3 )Not available.
Note:
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Truancy

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 3 March 2010,
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Official Report, column 1301-2W, on truancy, what the figures for (a) prosecutions and (b) average fines are for each (i) constituency and (ii) local authority area; and if he will make a statement. [324760]

Mr. Coaker: Figures for (a) prosecutions and (b) average fines, relating to parents not ensuring their child attended school, are not available by either (i) constituency or (ii) local authority area.

Young People: Unemployment

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents aged between 16 and 18 years old were not in education, employment or training in each quarter of each year since 1997. [317652]

Mr. Iain Wright: Quarterly estimates of the number and proportion of young people aged 16-18 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) are produced from the labour force survey (LFS). The sample size of the quarterly LFS is too small to allow robust estimates of the proportion of 16 to 18-year-old parents who are NEET.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Colombia: Human Rights

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Colombian authorities on the recent assassination of Colombian human rights defender Jhonny Hurtado and its effects on the human rights situation in that country. [324085]

Chris Bryant: Our ambassador in Bogota has expressed his concern and dismay at the assassination of Mr. Hurtado and has requested updates on the progress of the investigation into his killing from the Director of the Presidential Human Rights Programme and the Head of the International Relations Unit at the Colombian Prosecutor's Office.

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct HM Ambassador in Bogota to raise the recent assassination of Colombian human rights defender Jhonny Hurtado and its effects on the human rights situation in that country with the Colombia office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. [324086]

Chris Bryant: Our ambassador does not intend to raise this case with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia. However, he has raised Mr. Hurtado's assassination with the Director of the Presidential Human Rights Programme and the Head of the International Relations Unit at the Colombian Prosecutor's Office.

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on the possible involvement of soldiers of the 7th Mobile Brigade of the Colombian Army in the recent assassination of Colombian human rights defender Jhonny Hurtado; and if he will make a statement. [324087]


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Chris Bryant: I was dismayed to learn of the killing of Mr. Hurtado, who was President of the Human Rights committee of La Catalina, in the La Macarena region, and who had met members of the Justice for Colombia delegation that visited Colombia in December. I have received no reports about the involvement of members of the Colombian armed forces in the killing of Mr. Hurtado. However, our ambassador in Bogota has requested updates on the progress of the investigation into his killing from the Director of the Presidential Human Rights Programme and the Head of the International Relations Unit at the Colombian Prosecutor's Office.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years. [324439]

Chris Bryant: No money has been spent on rooms for staff leisure on the UK estate in the last five years. Information on the overseas estate could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department provides subsidised gym facilities for its staff. [324561]

Chris Bryant: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides space free of charge to house the gym in King Charles Street in the UK. The cost of the gym equipment and running costs of the facility are paid entirely by gym members' subscriptions.

This information is not held centrally for overseas posts and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on interior design in relation to office refurbishments undertaken in each of the last five years. [324677]

Chris Bryant: These data are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Energy

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) voltage optimisers and (b) equivalent technologies are used within buildings occupied by his Department. [324976]

Chris Bryant: The Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) has power factor correction equipment installed on one power supply to the King Charles street building and to selected buildings within the Hanslope Park site.

No voltage optimisers or equivalent technologies are installed in the remaining FCO buildings in the UK.

Information on this type of equipment within the global FCO estate is not held centrally. Details could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Departmental Furniture

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on antique furniture in each of the last five years; and what items were purchased. [325109]

Chris Bryant: This information is not held centrally and is only available at disproportionate cost. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office uses its existing stocks of furniture, including modern, reproduction and antique, to furnish its estate wherever possible.

Departmental Internet

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints his Department received regarding difficulties using its website in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [325197]

Chris Bryant: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) web presence comprises over 250 websites, in 40 languages with 35 million visitors a year (2008-09 statistics). Over the last three years the FCO presence has evolved from a main website and web platform hosting a number of embassy websites (2003-08) to a completely new web platform hosting all of the FCO's websites plus FCO blogs and campaign sites.

Due to these significant changes we do not have full and comparable data for the last three years.

The FCO's website templates are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, and during the development of the website the FCO conducted user testing to improve accessibility. The FCO's accessibility statement for its website is available at:

A website user experience manager oversees accessibility issues.

Users can give feedback on the website at:

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [325215]

Chris Bryant: Design costs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) main website were wrapped up with other technical and functionality costs and so it is not possible to calculate the exact cost of external website design consultants without incurring disproportionate cost. The FCO also contributes towards websites for specific campaigns and projects aimed at delivering consular and foreign policy objectives. The costs of external websites design consultants for all websites hosted or supported by the FCO are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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