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No further high-level visits are currently being planned to Nepal. The Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, KP Oli, plans to visit the UK in January 2007, which will include attendance at a Wilton Park conference on human rights.

Official Documents: Twelvetrees Crescent Warehouse

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Some 363 boxes of Natural History Museum (NHM) finance records were destroyed in the fire at the storage warehouse in Twelvetrees Crescent. This is around half of the total number of boxes that the offsite records storage company using the warehouse store for the NHM. The destroyed material generally ranged in date from 1996 to 2003 and included items such as till receipts, invoices and budget records.

To date, the museum is not aware of any major impact or a direct negative effect on work, or of any costs being incurred as a result of the lost records. The museum has reviewed the schedule of records lost and concluded that most items were due for destruction within the next two years.

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The National Gallery lost nine boxes of records in the fire at the Iron Mountain storage facility in Twelvetrees Crescent, Bow. Eight boxes contained financial records due for destruction in April 2007. The likelihood of a requirement to use the information contained in these before then is low, so there is no directly quantifiable financial cost involved and the impact on the gallery's work is negligible. The ninth box contained disaster planning records which will cost approximately £20 to replace.

Prisoners: Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Baroness Williams of Crosby asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): The information requested by the noble Baroness will be held by individual establishments but is not gathered centrally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost. In financial year 2002-03, 39.9 per cent of prisoners screened at induction had reading skills below level 1 and 42.9 per cent had numeracy skills below level 1.

Residential Care Homes

Lord Whitty asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): Before services can begin to operate, all providers of residential care are required to meet the requirements set down in the National Care Standards Commission (Registration) Regulations 2001. The Commission for Social Care Inspection, which replaced the National Care Standards Commission from April 2004, assesses whether applications for registration with the commission are from people of integrity and good character and the service will be run in line with the regulations and standards set by the Government.

Russia: Yekaterina Sorkiryanskaya

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): We have drawn to the attention of the Russian Government our concern at reports of police violence during a picket on 16 October in Nazran, Ingushetia, where it is alleged that Ms Sokirianskaya was beaten by officers. In so doing, we referred to Ms Sokirianskaya's attendance at the recent Ditchley Park conference, at which the Russian Government were also represented.

The right to freedom of assembly is guaranteed in the constitution of the Russian Federation and we have urged the Russian authorities to respect this right. We regularly discuss the progress of democratic reforms in Russia, including freedom of assembly and the media, with the Russian authorities. This issue will form part of the next EU-Russia human rights consultations in Brussels on 8 November.



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Schools: Free Meals

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): Information on pupils known to be eligible for free school meals are shown in the tables. The figures for each country are based upon the following definitions:

England: Information on pupils eligible for free school meals is collected at pupil level in England. Pupils should be recorded as eligible only if a claim for free school meals has been made by them or on their behalf by parents and either (a) the relevant authority has confirmed their eligibility and a free school meal is currently being provided for them, or (b) the school or the local authority have seen the necessary documentation (for example, an income support award notice) that supports their eligibility, and the administration of the free meal is to follow as a matter of process. It is not known how many pupils could be eligible but are not submitting a claim.

Scotland: Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals in schools in Scotland is derived from the school meal survey

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made by local authorities to the Scottish Executive in March each year. Pupils are recorded as eligible if they are registered for free school meals, or if the authority knows from other sources that the pupil would be eligible. There will also be others who would be eligible about which authorities are unaware.

Wales: Information on pupils eligible for free school meals is collected at pupil level in Wales. Eligibility depends on receipt (by parent or pupil) of income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance. Pupils should be recorded as eligible only if they have claimed free school meals and (a) the relevant authority has confirmed their eligibility, or (b) final confirmation of eligibility is still awaited but the school has seen documents that strongly indicate eligibility (for example an income support order book) and on the basis of those has commenced provision of free meals. It is not known how many pupils could be eligible but are not submitting a claim.

Northern Ireland: A pupil is to be regarded as entitled to free meals only on receipt of notification from the education and library board, or, in the absence of such notification, in either of the following situations:

on transfer from another school, where written confirmation has been received from the previous school that the pupil has a current free meal entitlement; orwhere the school already holds confirmation of current entitlement to free meals in respect of a sibling of the pupil.
Maintained Nursery and Primary and Secondary Schools (1): School Meal Arrangements (2) January 2006 by Government Office Region in England
Maintained nursery and primary Maintained secondary
Number on roll (3)No. known to be eligible for free meals (3)Per cent known to be eligible for free mealsNumber on roll (3)No. known to be eligible for free meals (3)Per cent known to be eligible for free meals

England

4,187,630

670,340

16.0

3,309,720

448,680

13.6

North-east

215,430

43,310

20.1

174,770

27,990

16.0

North-west

600,400

114,740

19.1

462,630

79,100

17.1

Yorkshire and the Humber

446,780

69,670

15.6

345,870

50,370

14.6

East Midlands

361,730

43,650

12.1

296,230

30,280

10.2

West Midlands

473,940

86,980

18.4

375,670

58,570

15.6

East of England

444,400

49,290

11.1

389,880

36,200

9.3

London

633,960

161,630

25.5

423,540

98,170

23.2

Inner London

232,970

85,020

36.5

127,880

47,720

37.3

Outer London

401,000

76,610

19.1

295,670

50,450

17.1

South-east

630,710

61,440

9.7

514,940

41,100

8.0

South-west

380,280

39,630

10.4

326,180

26,910

8.2

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.
(3) Includes pupils of all ages.
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
Source: Schools Census

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