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Written Answers

Tuesday 29 April 2008

Airports: Heathrow

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): We welcome the first report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) on the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport and will provide a response to the chair in relation to its concerns by 12 May 2008.

The only other report to have been published so far has been that by the IMB at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.

Apprenticeships

Lord Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The number of people starting an apprenticeship in England in each of the three academic years for which information is available is provided in the following table. Apprenticeships policy is a devolved matter and arrangements in Wales and Scotland are matters for their devolved Administrations.

National Apprenticeship Starts 2004-05 to 2006-07(a)
2004-052005-062006-07(b)

Starts(c)

189,000

175,000

180,000

Lord Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The number of females starting an apprenticeship in England in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years is provided in the following table. Apprenticeships policy is a devolved matter and arrangements in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for their devolved Administrations.

National Female Apprenticeship Starts 2004-05 to 2005-06(a)
2004-052005-06

Starts(b)

87,700

82,500

Lord Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The number of people starting an apprenticeship in England in the 2004-05 academic year by skills sector is provided in the following table. Apprenticeships policy is a devolved matter and arrangements in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for their devolved Administrations.



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National Apprenticeship Starts by Skills Sector 2004-05(a)
SectorStarts

Asset Skills (Property and cleaning)

314

Creative & Cultural

15

e-skills (IT and Telecoms)

8,251

Financial Services

486

People 1st (Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism)

18,700

Skillfast (Fashion and Textiles)

1,024

SkillsActive (Sport and Recreation)

5,719

Skillset (Creative Media Industries)

9

Skillsmart Retail

8,954

Automotive skills

13,607

Cogent (Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas)

206

ECITB/Construction

18,742

GoSkills (Passenger Transport)

1,975

Improve (Food and Drink Manufacture)

464

Lantra (Environmental and Land-based)

4,494

Proskills (Process and Manufacturing)

865

SEMTA (Engineering)

12,444

Skills for Logistics (Delivery and Storage)

1,473

SummitSkills (Building services engineering)

12,636

Government Skills (Central Government)

334

Lifelong Learning UK (HE and FE)

22

Skills for Health (Care)

10,271

Skills for Justice

27

Sector Skills Councils Sub Total

121,032

Habia (Hair and Beauty)

17,004

Council for Administration

21,695

Institute of Customer Service

14,324

Skills for Security

742

Other Sector Bodies Sub Total

53,765

Others

14,236

Total

189,033

Benefits: Employment and Support Allowance

Baroness Thomas of Winchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): People who are entitled to contributory employment and support allowance who are placed in the support group will have the enhanced disability premium added to the applicable amount of income-related employment and support allowance automatically. Claimants entitled to income-related employment support allowance who are placed in the support group will automatically become entitled to the enhanced disability premium. Neither will have to make a separate claim.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The basic rate of employment and support allowance will be £84.50 a week for those entitled to the work-related activity component and £89.50 for those entitled to the support component. The rates are the same for people on income-related and contribution-based benefits.

Claimants entitled to income-related employment and support allowance will be automatically passported

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to the usual range of benefits, as is the case with those currently in receipt of income support, such as NHS prescription charges. People on contribution-based employment and support allowance with no other income and limited savings will have to apply separately as is the case currently for those not on income-related benefits. However, provided that they have no other income or capital, a person in this situation would be entitled to full housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Consultation: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Decisions on public consultations are made in line with Cabinet Office guidance. A copy of the Code of Practice on Consultation has been placed in the Library of the House.


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