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The offences prosecuted and conviction figures are for specific charges laid before the courts. Prosecution cases can contain one or more charges. Only one offence may be charged in any one information laid before the courts. Each offence is a single breach of a specific piece of health and safety legislation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): The tables below provide the available information for Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The figures provided are not comparable for the reasons set out in the notes:
|(a) WalesNet current revenue expenditure per primary and secondary pupil in Wales|
|2006-07 Wales (£ per pupil)|
|(b) EnglandSchool based expenditure per pupil1,2 and combined local authority and school based expenditure per pupil3 in England during 2006-07|
|2006-07 England (£ per pupil)|
|(c) ScotlandGross revenue expenditure per primary and secondary pupil in Scotland|
|2005-06 Scotland (£ per pupil)|
|(d) Northern IrelandExpenditure figures per primary and post-primary pupils in Northern Ireland|
|2006-07 Northern Ireland (£ per pupil)1,2,3,4|
|Pupil: teacher ratios in maintained primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom, by country, 2006-07|
|Primary schools||Secondary schools|
|Source: Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom (Internet only) 2007 Edition|
|1. Includes preparatory departments attached to grammar schools in Northern Ireland.|
Whether funding letters for (a) the Training and Development Agency for Schools; (b) the General Teaching Council for England; (c) the School Teachers Review Body; (d) the National College for School Leadership; and (e) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority contained provisions specifically relating to increasing the knowledge base and skills of the children's workforce with regards to children's speech, language and communication needs; and whether they will set out for each what those provisions were. [HL1489]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): There is no specific mention of children's speech, language and communication needs in the current remit letters for either the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), or the National College for School Leadership (NCSL). The TDA's remit letter does, however, require the agency to work with officials to improve coverage of SEN and disability issues in teacher training, and speech, language and communication needs come within that broad brief.
The NCSL has a remit to ensure that school leaders have the necessary skills to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met. The QCA is the national authority for qualifications, curriculum and assessment and standards in England. Its remit covers qualifications for both young people and adults. From April 2008, an interim regulator will be established that will be responsible for carrying out the regulatory functions of QCA. The DCSF does not issue funding letters to the School Teachers Review Body or the General Teaching Council for England.
In the light of the Children's Plan, which sets out the Government's ambitions for the educational attainment and wider well-being of children and young people, remit letters for 2008-09 are being developed for the QCA, NCSL and TDA.
The Children's Plan acknowledges the need to provide additional support to speech and language services in tackling barriers to learning. It also includes a commitment to invest further in the inclusion development programme (IDP), which aims to increase the skills of the whole early years and school workforce in dealing with children with speech, language and communication needs.
The noble Baroness will be aware that on 11 September 2007 the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and the Secretary of State for Health launched a major review of the provision of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, led by the honourable member for Buckingham, Mr John Bercow. As part of his review, Mr Bercow will examine how the children's workforce can best be organised and supported to meet the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs. He will submit an interim report in March, prior to his final report in July 2008.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We have drawn international attention to the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) by: raising the issue at multilateral institutions such as the UN and the EU; through resolutions and statements, eg the EU's recent statement on the CPA's third anniversary and the UN's recent statement on the Sudan People's Liberation Movement's resumption of participation in the Government of National Unity; ministerial visits to and calls on key Sudanese leaders, for example, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for International Development's July 2007 and my September 2007 visit to Sudan; and frequent contact with our closest international partners on matters related to CPA implementation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Statistics on the amount of money seized as a result of information received through suspicious activity reports (SARs) on the suspected financing of terrorism have been collected by the national terrorist financial investigation unit (NTFIU) of the Metropolitan Police since September 2006.
Since that date, £1,027,280 has been seized by the NTFIU for further investigation into the origins of the money and the intentions of the transacting parties following SARs of suspected terrorist financing passed on to them from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). It is not possible to provide further details of the transactions or a breakdown of this figure due to the need to protect ongoing operations.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): No formal assessment has been carried out on how the UK's standing in the US might be altered by membership of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement.
Whether they have assessed the impact of the cuts in vehicle excise duty in the Finance Act 2001 on (a) accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on rural roads; (b) the damage caused by HGVs on rural roads; and (c) noise pollution in rural areas. [HL1488]
Lord Davies of Oldham: Following a consultation exercise, vehicle excise duty for lorries was comprehensively reformed in 2001 better to reflect the environmental and road track costs of these vehicles. This reform simplified the number of bandings for lorries making vehicle excise duty less burdensome for hauliers to administer.
The Treasury factors in a variety of evidence in assessing the overall effectiveness of vehicle excise duty across all vehicle types in helping to achieve the
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