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Constable of the Tower of London

Question

Asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Constable of the Tower is an appointment made by Her Majesty the Queen based on advice from the Chiefs of Staff. However, the Tower of London and its trustees are managed by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity, which is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Education: ESOL

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The funding spent by the Learning and Skills Council on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in academic

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years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 was given in my Answer to the noble Baroness on 14 December 2009, Official Report, col. WA 177.

The final figure for actual spend in 2008-09 is not yet available and it is not possible at this stage to provide information on how much will be spent in the current year or future years. However, the overall Skills for Life budget remains at a similar level to previous years, and assumptions around the proportion that will be spent on ESOL also remain the same. While training organisations have autonomy to decide how to allocate Skills for Life funding between literacy, numeracy and ESOL in order to meet government targets and respond to local demand, we would expect the level of investment in ESOL to remain at a similar level to previous years.

We are working with employers, employer organisations and trade unions as well as sector skills councils and other stakeholders to ensure ESOL provision continues to meet their needs in helping people to obtain and progress in employment as well as promoting and supporting community cohesion.

Embryology

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: Background notes for the 130 parliamentary Questions tabled and answered since January 2009 have been placed in the Library. Sensitive personal information has been removed.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool



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Baroness Thornton: The responsibilities of the Director of Public Health Performance and Delivery included:

strengthening the strategic co-ordination of public health;

sexual health;

social marketing principles;

drug abuse and blood-borne disease;

stop smoking services/sale and promotion of tobacco products; and

analytical input into health improvement and public health delivery.

There was no increase in salary associated with this position compared to the individual's previous earnings when employed at the HFEA.

No judgments have been made by the Department of Health on the individual's performance during judicial proceedings.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that as a result of the consent order it met the applicant's legal costs of £188,754, which included interest. Other costs were incurred in the form of professional and administrative fees, which were met by the authority's overall budget for those fees. The total cost of the authority's professional and administrative fees is outlined in its annual reports, copies of which are in the Library and available on the HFEA's website at: www.hfea.gov.uk.

The cited costs do not take into account the General Medical Council (GMC) proceedings that the noble Lord refers to because the authority was not party to these proceedings. No members of the authority played a role in these proceedings. Two members of staff and

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one former member of staff provided witness statements to the GMC. Subsequently, one of the members of staff and the former staff member were called upon to give evidence to the GMC. Some minor costs were incurred in this regard.

The HFEA has advised that it paid Hanover Communications, of which Charles Lewington is managing director, £71,184 for services provided by his public relations consultancy during 2007 and 2008.

The HFEA has also advised that the nature of an inspection, the members of the authority and the members of staff involved are outlined in the relevant inspection reports and licence committee meeting minutes, the most recent of which are published on the authority's website. The HFEA has advised that it will take a significant amount of time to compile the information requested by the noble Lord relating to inspection reports and licence committee minutes since 2004. Therefore, I have asked the authority's interim chief executive to endeavour to complete this work within 20 working days and I will write to the noble Lord as soon as I receive the information and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Employment

Questions

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): The information is not available in the format requested.

Against the backdrop of the global economic downturn, employment of UK nationals fell by 483,000 between Q3 2007 and Q3 2009, and stands at 26.725 million in Q3 2009. UK nationals represent over 90% of those in employment.

The Government have invested significantly since the recession started to help those on out-of-work benefits get back to work, substantially increasing funding to Jobcentre Plus to enable it to expand its services to jobseekers and announcing a substantial package of new measures to provide people with extra support prior to redundancy, when they are newly unemployed, and at the six-month and 12-month points of their claim.

Overall, as a result of measures we have taken, the impact on the labour market has been less marked than in previous recessions. Between the three months to the end of May 2008 and the three months to end of October 2009, total employment is down by 637,000 (2.2 per cent), compared to a 1.1 million (4.2 per cent) fall over a similar period in the 1990s and 785,000 (3.1 per cent) in the 1980s.

Asked by Lord Bradley



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Baroness Crawley: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 2 February 2010.

Dear Lord Bradley,

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Question asking what percentage of employed people in each constituency in Greater Manchester work in (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector, and (c) the voluntary sector. [HL1781]

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Individuals are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the APS. Consequently, the classification of an individual's sector may differ from how they would be classified in the national accounts. Estimates of persons working in the voluntary sector are not available from the APS.

Table 1 shows the number and percentage of persons employed in the public and private sectors in each constituency in Greater Manchester from the APS for the period July 2008 to June 2009. As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in table 1.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count, are available on the NOMIS website at http://www.nomisweb.co.uk.



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Table 1: Number and percentage of persons in employment in the public and private sectors, resident in Parliamentary Constituencies in Greater Manchester, July 2008 to June 2009
PrivatePublic
Number1 (thousands)per centNumber1 (thousands)per cent

Altrincham and Sale West

36**

78

10***

22

Ashton under Lyne

30**

77

9***

23

Bolton North East

24***

77

7***

23

Bolton South East

30**

71

12***

29

Bolton West

31**

72

12***

28

Bury North

32**

74

11***

26

Bury South

31**

75

10***

25

Cheadle

30**

77

9***

23

Denton and Reddish

35**

78

10***

22

Eccles

32**

73

12***

27

Hazel Grove

26**

74

9***

26

Heywood and Middleton

33**

75

11***

25

Leigh

31**

75

10***

25

Makerfield

31**

75

11***

25

Manchester, Blackley

30***

-

-****

-

Manchester Central

27***

70

12***

30

Manchester, Gorton

27***

-

-****

-

Manchester, Withington

33***

69

15***

31

Oldham East and Saddleworth

34**

72

13***

28

Oldham West and Royton

30**

74

10***

26

Rochdale

31**

74

11***

26

Salford

24**

78

6***

22

Stalybridge and Hyde

30**

74

11***

26

Stockport

32**

72

12***

28

Stretford and Urmston

28**

74

10***

26

Wigan

32**

76

10***

24

Worsley

34**

77

10***

23

Wythenshawe and Sale East

45**

80

11***

20

Source: Annual Population Survey - Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes
1 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.

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