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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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 14 December 2009 (WA 176-7), how much of the £600 million to be invested in Skills for Life in 2010-11 will be spent on providing English language instruction. [HL1724]
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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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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the internal background note for each parliamentary Question tabled by Lord Alton of Liverpool and answered by the Department of Health since January 2009. [HL1639]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), what have been the costs to date incurred by the consent order described in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's press statement of 13 October 2008; and whether any additional costs were incurred by the authority in the form of professional and administrative fees. [HL1767]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), whether the cited costs take account of a failed disciplinary action against Dr Mohamed Taranissi that had been brought before the General Medical Council; and what role was played by any members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in those proceedings. [HL1768]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), whether any costs were paid to Charles Lewington for services to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and, if so, what were the associated costs and the nature of any services provided. [HL1769]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337) regarding employment by the Department of Health of a former member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) responsible for the warrant and overturned licensing decision, (a) what were the subsequent responsibilities of the individual concerned when employed as Director of Public Health Performance and Delivery; (b) whether an increase in salary was associated with this position compared to the individual's previous earnings when employed by the HFEA; and (c) what judgments had been made regarding the previous performance of this individual during the course of judicial proceedings. [HL1770]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the dates for Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) inspections of centres 0017, 0157 and 0206 since 2004; whether each of these inspections was unannounced; what were the names of the inspectors on each occasion; and what were the names of HFEA licence committee members who reviewed information from these inspections. [HL1771]
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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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.
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government 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]
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]
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.
|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|
|Number1 (thousands)||per cent||Number1 (thousands)||per cent|
|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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