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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Department of Health made grants of £80,000 for 200001, £82,000 for 200102 and £84,050 for 200203 to enable the British Fluoridation Society to maintain an information base on water fluoridation and give advice on the technical aspects of water fluoridation and its effects on oral and general health. The level of support for 200304 will be decided early next year.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We understand that the report in the Wall Street Journal is based on unpublished data presented at a scientific meeting. Until the research is published in full it would be premature to make any comment.
|Total 15 year-olds||575,210||580,972||580,393||603,318|
|Total 17 year-olds entered||123,405||122,426||188,717||188,086|
|Total 17 year-olds entered||28,058|
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: From April 2003 increased funding to all local education authorities (LEAs) through education formula spending will ensure that all LEA areas are adequately resourced to achieving universal provision for 3 year-olds by April 2004, six months earlier than originally planned.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: During the passage of the Learning and Skills Bill, the issue of who should take the lead on providing support for home to school transport was debated, and it was agreed that local education authorities (LEAs) should continue to co-ordinate this. This was because LEAs are responsible for compulsory school age transport, many of them are already providing good support, and their local authorities have wider responsibilities for transport locally. The Department for Education and Skills arranged a major study of these arrangements Transport for Students in Further Education by transport consultants Steer Davis Gleave. The study was published earlier this year, and the report and
My department responded to the consultants' recommendations by changing the legislation governing the support LEAs must provide for students of 16-19 and clarifying their responsibilities in Schedule 19 to the Education Act 2002. The legislation commences in January 2003 and requires LEAs to work with their learning and skills council, colleges, passenger transport authorities and other partners to meet the needs of students aged 16-19. They must take account of a number of factors, including ensuring that students are not prevented from accessing and completing their courses because of the availability of transport services or their ability to afford them. We have also provided development funding of £9 million in 2002-03 to help 70 LEAs to research and develop more effective transport support arrangements. Finally, from September 2003 we will be channelling additional funding via the LEAs to help local partnerships to provide effective and sustainable transport support. This will complement the substantial additional funding to be provided to students of 16-19 from September 2004, when the education maintenance allowance is introduced nationally. We are confident that these measures will make a significant improvement to transport support generally and for rural areas in particular.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The table below sets out the information requested for the last five years for which data are available. The figures for Northern Ireland are taken from outturn statements published by each of the education and library boards for controlled and maintained schools and the Department of Education in respect of grant maintained integrated schools. Direct comparison of these per capita figures is not appropriate with those of England given the differences in the levels of delegated responsibility, the incidence of small schools and differing levels of social deprivation.
(a) How many school sports co-ordinators have been appointed to date; (b) how they were recruited; (c) how many successful applicants were from different ethnic minority communities; (d) how many were men and how many were women; (e) how many of the successful applicants have disabilities; and (f) how it is expected that the schools sports co-ordinators will promote the achievement of race equality and good race relations as part of their operation objectives.[HL428]
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): (a) In September 2002, there were 765 school sport co-ordinator posts in 149 partnerships. No partnerships have gone live since.
(b) There is no recruitment process specifically for school sport co-ordinators. A school sport co-ordinator is designated in each partnership secondary school from among the school's existing PE teachers. These teachers are recruited to the school workforce in the normal way.
(f) Each school sport co-ordinator partnership works to a development plan, including explicit strategies for benefiting all pupils, including those from ethnic minorities. Partnership aims include providing new and enhanced out of school hours opportunities for all young people in the partnership, including out of school hours learning, non-competitive participation and competition; increasing all young people's participation in community sport through creating and strengthening links with sports clubs, leisure facilities and community providers; and raising standards of pupils' achievement in all aspects of their school life through increased participation and improved performance, motivation and attitudes.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 November (WA176-77), whether the Answer means that employees of the Food Safety Promotion Board are subject to Republic of Ireland law and at the same time Northern Ireland law; and, given the differences between the two systems of law, how they resolve potential conflicts.[HL198]
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Food Safety Promotion Board, as do all the implementation bodies, carry out their functions in accordance with the respective domestic law of the two jurisdictions in which they operate. Accordingly,
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