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What are their estimates of the total number of (a) officially recognised level 3 qualifications awarded nationally, and (b) level 3 qualifications awarded by further education university access courses to students (i) of all ages, and (ii) aged 17 in each year since 1985 to 2004, and of the separate numbers of A-level equivalents of each such qualification that comprise these totals. [HL1036]
Lord Adonis: The numbers of awards of accredited level 3 qualifications by broad qualification type in each year since 1991-92the earliest for which figures are available on a roughly comparable basisare shown in the table below.
| GCE A/AS levels 2|| VCE A/AS levels|| Advanced GNVQ|| NVQ 31|
|Aged 17||Total||Aged 17||Total||Aged 17||Total||Aged 17||Total|
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.
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.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14 July (WA 180), what was the subsequent outcome of the contact between officials of the Department of Trade and Industry's renewables team, UK Trade and Investment's inward investment group, the British Embassy in Copenhagen and employees of LM Glasfiber, including (a) what offers of support, financial or otherwise, were made to the organisation and (b) whether LM Glasfiber sited a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. [HL1332]
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, includingwhere the child is being placed outside the authoritythe 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.
Whether they maintain a register of people, other than the child's parents, who look after children; and, if so, what guidelines are presented to individuals on the register to make them aware of child protection issues. [HL1468]
Whether arrangements are in place to ensure that when the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt, meets clients of McKinsey and Company Incorporated, any potential conflict of interest is avoided. [HL878]
Further to the letter of 5 October 2001 published by the Cabinet Office setting out the terms of the Lord Birt's contract as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, who are the members of the steering groups for the Birt reviews of transport, education and health referred to in the letter. [HL1023]
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