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|10. = Wirral||325|
|10. = Devon||325|
|The census shows that 10 local authorities supporting the fewest number of disabled children in their families or independently are:|
|1. = City of London||fewer than five|
|1. = Greenwich||fewer than five|
|4. = North-East Lincolnshire||10|
|4. = Greenwich||10|
|6. = Halton||15|
|6. = Merton||15|
|10. Barking & Dagenham||30|
Four local authorities show a return of zero (Kingston upon Hull, Thurrock, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham), which is likely to be due to poor data quality. Statistical data of support given by the National Health Service are not collected centrally.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath : The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has issued clear guidance on the use of the drug methylphenidate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and issued
In recent years the department has supported a number of other initiatives taken by professional bodies and other agencies to raise awareness of attention deficit disorder and ADHD and to facilitate accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. These include an evidence-based briefing for clinicians on the use of stimulant medication (1999) and fact sheets for parents, teachers and young people on attention deficit problems and hyperactivity, both produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We have also collaborated with the Department for Education and Skills in issuing guidance for teachers on promoting children's mental health, including attention deficit/hyperactivity, within early years and school settings in 2001.
The Department of Health public service agreement has set a challenging target for the improvement of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The Secretary of State for Health recently announced an additional investment of £140 million over the next three years through increased grants to local authorities for CAMHS, which together with new National Health Service investment, will help to ensure that every area will have comprehensive service for children and young people with mental health needs.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: From the Social Services Workforce Analysis that was completed in September 2001, we know that 62 per cent of the registered managers of local council children's homes held either a diploma in social work (DipSW) or the certificate of qualification in social work (CQSW), and 3 per cent of the registered managers hold a Level 4 Care national vocational qualification (NVQ). We also know that 28 per cent of registered managers hold a managerial qualification, but the data do not state what percentage of registered managers hold both a care and a management qualification.
From the data supplied with the training support programme grant application forms in April 2002, we also know that 21 per cent of the care staff within local council children's homes have already acquired the Caring for Children and Young People Level 3 NVQ and it is anticipated that this figure will rise to 44 per cent by March 2003.
The Government have set national minimum standards that the National Care Standards Commission is using to register and inspect children's homes which state that registered managers should hold a DipSW, CQSW or Care Level 4 NVQ and an NVQ Level 4 in management by January 2005. They also state that a minimum ratio of 80 per cent of all care staff should have completed their Level 3 in the Caring for Children and Young People NVQ by January 2005.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The University of London's Institute of Education was jointly commissioned by my department and local education authorities to monitor the impact of class size and pupil to adult ratios on educational attainment at key stage 1. The research shows that smaller classes have a significant effect on pupil progress in maths and literacy in reception children.
The researchers found no evidence of a relationship between class size, pupil attainment and schools with a high proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals. However, this analysis was carried out at school level rather than at pupil level.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Local education authorities in England and Wales are reponsible for determining the balance of funding between primary and post-primary schools. Provisional outturn data for 200001 indicate that the per pupil differential in England was 1: 1.24 compared with 1: 1.38 in 199394. The position in Northern Ireland is a matter for my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): We have a large and wide-ranging programme of research looking at issues related to helping more people to move into work. This includes comprehensive evaluation of our programmes designed to help people to move from dependence on benefits into a job. These programmes, alongside our sound economic policies, have helped to reduce the level of unemployment in Cumbria by 47 per cent over the last five years and long-term unemployment by nearly three-quarters.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Advice on veterinary risk is provided nationally by the Chief Veterinary Officer and his veterinary team, supported by outside expertise as necessary. The advice is applied by the State Veterinary Service in the field, taking account of circumstances on the ground. The SVS locally makes and applies local veterinary risk assessments to individual premises. Feedback from the field to the centre ensures that the national advice is kept under constant review. The Government believe that these arrangements provide for close co-ordination and consistent application of veterinary risk advice.
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