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Irish Language Agency

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Rooker: Consultations on this matter are ongoing between the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure and the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Foras na Gaeilge.

Level 3 Qualifications

Lord Desai asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: The numbers of awards of accredited level 3 qualifications by broad qualification type in each year since 1991-92—the earliest for which figures are available on a roughly comparable basis—are shown in the table below.
Total awards of level 3 qualifications by broad qualification type and year of award: England 1

GCE A/AS levels 2
VCE A/AS levels
Advanced GNVQ
NVQ 31
Aged 17TotalAged 17TotalAged 17TotalAged 17Total
1996–97539,900655,70015,20031,90090 300


School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables (SCAAT), National Information System for Vocational Qualifications (NISVQ), Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)


1 NVQ figures prior to 1997–98 include Northern Ireland and Wales

2 GCE A/AS level figures include general studies

The department also collects information on accredited Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) from some awarding bodies. The numbers of known awards of VRQs at level 3 are shown in the table below. Note that the coverage is incomplete and the numbers in the table do not represent all VRQ awards. Furthermore, the coverage is not consistent between years. The numbers should be treated with caution.
Known VRQ awards at level 3 by year: England

Aged 17Total

Source: NISVQ

The number of awards of university access course certificates accredited by the higher education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in each year since 1996-97
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are shown in the table below. Neither the department, nor the QAA, holds figures for earlier years. The figures come from an aggregate collection and so cannot be split by age. However, very few of those taking university access courses will be aged 17 or under.
Certificates awarded by Authorised Validating Agencies (AVAs) on QAA-recognised access to HE courses

YearCertificates awarded

Source: QAA

LM Glasfiber

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: LM Glasfiber received information from the north-east and north-west regions of England on potential sites. LM Glasfiber has not set-up a manufacturing facility in the UK.

Looked-after Children

The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: Under Regulation 10 of the Arrangements for Placement of Children (General) Regulations 1991 (SI 1991 No. 890), local authorities must ensure that they keep a register of every child placed in their area (either by them or another authority). Under Regulation 5, local authorities must notify a range of bodies in writing of the arrangements for placing a child before the placement is made, including—where the child is being placed outside the authority—the local authority for that area. Where it is not practicable to do so before the placement, the notification must be arranged as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards.
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The Government are aware that these regulations are not always strictly followed. That is why the Government intend to issue further guidance on out-of-authority placements for looked after children in the autumn.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: There is no central register of people who look after other people's children.

Lord Birt

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Lord Birt's letter of appointment sets out the arrangements for the handling of any potential conflicts of interests. A copy of the letter is available, in the Library.

Baroness Wilcox asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: These were internal groups chaired by Lord Birt with members drawn from across a number of departments.

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