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Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Increasing the number of parents in work is a key priority in lifting children out of poverty. The risk of poverty for children in workless-couple households is 68 per cent, nearly five times the rate of 14 per cent for children in working households.

In the current climate it is more important than ever to ensure that we provide everyone who can work with the support they need to find work, which will benefit not only their own family, but will contribute to the economy as a whole.

Parents need extra support and we are increasing employment support through schools and children's centres to reach out to parents, particularly potential second earners, to encourage and support them to return to work.

The work-focused services pilot in 30 children's centres in 10 English local authority areas is testing how children's centres can offer an effective vehicle to engage parents in labour-market-related activity, and so move them closer to employment and ultimately into work.

The School Gates Employment Initiative launched in October 2009 will enable non-working partners in low-income-couple families to access support and advice at their child's school, which prepares them for, and signposts them towards, employment and training provision.

We are also taking powers in the Welfare Reform Bill to introduce new measures to help partners of unemployed people find employment.

Vehicles: Scrappage


Asked by Baroness Hanham

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): £153,944,000 has been paid out under the scrappage scheme (as at 3 November). BIS payments are made once orders are fulfilled and transactions completed. This equates to 153,944 vehicles scrapped.

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Young People: Custody


Asked by Lord Dholakia

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Figures on breaches of court orders are shown in the table below.

15 to 17 year-olds received into all prison establishments in England and Wales 1995 to 2008 for breaches of court orders

Breach of Court Order:















These figures are taken from the published tables 3.8 in Prison Statistics England and Wales for the years 1995 to 2002; table 7.14 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics for the years 2003 to 2006; and table 6.12 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics for the years 2007 and 2008. Copies of these publications are all available in the House of Commons Library.

Data on licences being revoked are as follows. Since April 2007, when this information became available, there were 57 cases of licences being revoked for under-18 year-olds in the financial year 2007-08; 79 in 2008-09, and 49 in the six-month period April to September 2009. To obtain further information from before April 2007 would involve disproportionate cost as data are not held centrally.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The above tables all relate only to England and Wales; for information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland please refer to the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Prison Service respectively.

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