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British Citizenship

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We shall update Annexe H of Chapter 14 of the Nationality Instructions as soon as possible to reflect the changes made to Section 4 of the Indian Citizenship Act. Prior to doing so, however, it will be necessary for further inquiries to be made to determine exactly how the new legislation works in practice. Until we have this further information we cannot give definitive answers to these detailed questions. My honourable friend the Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality will write to the noble Lord as soon as we have the clarification required.

Football Disorder

Lord Smith of Leigh asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Football disorder will not be tolerated. Tough legislation is in place and targeted and public order policing operations will continue to identify troublemakers for banning order purposes. The Home Office works closely with the police, football authorities and fans in taking forward a comprehensive multi-agency strategy designed to minimise the threat of English football disorder at home and overseas. That strategy is working and football stadia in England and Wales are now among the safest and most secure in the world. There was a 10 per cent. decrease in the number of football related arrests last season with, on average, fewer than two arrests inside and outside of grounds at each match. Statistics for the current season show a continuing decline in the number of football-related arrests and incidents. However, there is no complacency. Football disorder may have been marginalised but it has not been eradicated. Clearly some matches pose a higher than average degree of risk due to local and other rivalries. These matches are easy to predict and there is nothing to suggest that the level of risk is significantly increased by media coverage.

UKeU

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Filkin): The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) reports that £42.5 million was spent on UKeU during the period specified. Of that total, HEFCE anticipates that there will be a residual value of about £12.8 million, primarily from developing learning programmes.

Schools: Exclusions

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Filkin: The department has collected data on the reinstatement of excluded pupils only for the school year 2002–03. We do however have data on the numbers and percentages of exclusion appeals determined in favour of the pupil for each school year from 1994–5 to 2002–03. This information is in the following table.
 
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Maintained Primary, Secondary and Special Schools1: Summary of Exclusion Appeals. England: 1994–95 to 2002–03


Appeals against exclusion from all schools
1994–9521995–9621996–9721997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03
Number of appeals lodged by parents/pupils1,2201,3391,4551,2871,2169481,0951,1251,074
Number of appeals heard 1,0661,0911,1281,0119648639831,060990
Percentage of appeals heard387.481.577.578.679.391.089.894.292.2
Number of appeals determined in favour of
the parent/pupil 185185225204220317314259209
Percentage of appeals determined in favour
of the parent/pupil17.417.019.920.222.836.731.924.421.1
Number of successful appeals where
reinstatement was directed********149
Percentage of successful appeals where
reinstatement was directed5********71.3




Source:


School exclusion appeals survey


1 Excludes non-maintained special schools.


2 Figures are known to be incomplete.


3 Shown as a percentage of appeals lodged.


4 Shown as a percentage of appeals heard.


5 Shown as a percentage of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupil.


* Not available






 
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Outdoor Education

Lord Pendry asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Filkin: We are at the early stages of developing a manifesto for "education outside the classroom" and have so far scoped the idea with about 30 non-governmental organisations. We will work and consult with them and with many others to develop a manifesto with real meaning and usefulness for schools and providers. We need to establish the nature and content of a manifesto before making decisions about whether additional implementation funding is needed.


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