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To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Police Service of Northern Ireland is financially structured to enable effective co-operation with the
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The PSNI receives an overall budget from which it meets the overall costs of policing including any co-operation needed with other organisations. Matters on prioritisation within that budget are a matter for the chief constable.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) aircraft carriers, (b) destroyers, (c) frigates, and (d) other battleships, are operational; and for which each of the 11 admirals in the Royal Navy is responsible. [HL958]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Royal Navy currently has three aircraft carriers, six destroyers, 17 frigates and three other capital ships (HMS "Ocean", HMS "Albion" and HMS "Bulwark") in the operating cycle, though those undergoing maintenance or refit are held at lower readiness for operations. In a letter dated 6 March 2007 to the honourable Member for New Forest East (Mr Lewis), the readiness policy for Royal Naval ships was set out. A copy of the letter was placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school children played truant on average for one day per week during each of the years 1997-98 to
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Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established, and truancy. Information collected by my department on absence is a more comprehensive measure of children's missed schooling. Our focus is on reducing all forms of absence, not just a small subset. The issue is not whether the pupil had permission to be absent; it is how much absence the pupil has. Those pupils who miss 64 sessions (typically 20 per cent of sessions) are classed as persistent absentees.
The latest available published information on absence is published as SFR 03/2009 "Pupil Absence in Schools in England, including Pupil Characteristics: 2007-08" at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000832/index.shtml.
Table 4.1 provides the available information on persistent absence (data are not available prior to 2005-06). Table 1.1 shows the percentage of sessions missed due to authorised, unauthorised and overall absence.
The analysis below, shows that KS4 attainment for persistent absentees is lower than for other pupils. We are focusing our efforts on reducing persistent absence and the latest figures available show that the percentage of pupils who are persistent absentees reduced to 3.6 per cent in 2007-08, from 4.1 per cent in the previous year.
|2007 KS4 Attainment by Persistent Absence-comparison of selected groups|
|The percentage of pupils in mainstream maintained schools (including CTC's and academies but excluding special schools) achieving 5+ A*-C including English and maths in 2007|
|Others||Pupils who were Persistently Absent in both KS years|
|Primary, Secondary and Special Schools(1) (2) (3): Pupil Absence by type of School|
|1996-97 to 2007-08|
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