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Prisoners: Voting

Questions

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The second stage consultation closed on 29 September and we are currently considering the responses. Details of the views received and the Government's evaluation of the responses will be published in due course.



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Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Lord Bach: The National Offender Management Service responded to the first consultation on prisoner voting rights that there were "a number of complex practical issues that would need further consideration" in relation to facilitating postal voting by prisoners. They further indicated that there was a "fundamental need for further clarity on the administrative procedures that would need to be adhered to should Parliament decide to amend the current UK electoral law".

NOMS, as part of the Ministry of Justice, was engaged in the development of the options for practical implementation on which the second stage consultation paper sought views. That consultation closed on 29 September 2009 and an analysis of the responses is being undertaken. The responses, and the Government's evaluation of them, will be published in due course.

Schools: Teachers

Questions

Asked by Lord Quirk

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): Teaching is a graduate-level profession and all new teacher trainees in most subjects since 1980-81, and all subjects from 1983-84, have had to have a degree. Records of teacher qualifications are not currently held centrally, although a new annual school workforce census has been introduced which will help to improve the quality of data in this area. The census will collect information on the level and subject of all post-A-level qualifications held by teachers in primary and secondary schools. The qualifications module of the census was piloted in autumn 2009 and the full roll out of the census is scheduled for autumn 2010.

Although comprehensive data about the qualifications of serving teachers are not currently collected, the department has a range of information available:

the Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS) provides information on the levels and subjects of qualification of secondary teachers. This is an occasional sample survey that is used to provide national estimates of the number of teachers by subject area. The survey was carried out in 1988, 1992, 2002 and most recently in 2007;in addition, the proportion of first year entrants holding a UK degree of classification 2:1 or higher forms part of the performance profiles dataset held by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA); and

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the General Teaching Councils for England and Wales record information on teachers' qualifications upon entry into the profession, including degree subject and the level obtained. This information is not complete, however, particularly for all teachers qualified before 1986 and for a proportion since then (amounting to around 40 per cent of teachers in service). Qualifications achieved after the attaining of QTS are also missing. Consequently, an accurate assessment of teachers' qualifications is not considered reliable from these sources alone.

Asked by Lord Bradley

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: Information on the average annual salary of head teachers is not available at the district level because leadership grade information has been incorrectly recorded within the data source and any figures provided, broken down by district, would not be reliable.

UN: Territorial Integrity

Question

Asked by Viscount Waverley

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The United Kingdom, in its activities within the United Nations, gives weight to both the international legal principles of the territorial integrity of states and the self-determination of peoples. The application of these principles to any given factual situation will depend on all the circumstances.

Unemployment

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

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, Director General for ONS, to Lord Bates, dated March 2010.

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Question asking which 10 local authorities have the highest rate of unemployment in the United Kingdom. (HL2727)



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The Office for National Statistics compiles unemployment statistics for local areas in Great Britain using model based estimates. Estimates for Northern Ireland are not available on this basis.

The latest available estimates cover the 12-month period ending June 2009 and are shown in table 1 for the 10 local or unitary authorities with the highest unemployment rates.

As with any sample survey, model-based estimates 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: Highest unemployment rates1 in Great Britain by local unitary authority, July 2008 to June 2009
per cent

Sandwell

14.6***

Tower Hamlets

13.1***

Birmingham

13.1***

Newham

12.9***

Blaenau Gwent

12.8***

Nottingham

11.8***

Leicester

11.5***

Kingston upon Hull, City of

11.5***

Wolverhampton

11.3***

Newcastle upon Tyne

11.0***



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Key

Coefficient of Variation (CV) ( %)

Statistical Robustness

*

0 ≤ CV < 5

Estimates are considered precise.

**

5 ≤ CV < 10

Estimates are considered reasonably precise.

***

10 ≤ CV < 20

Estimates are considered acceptable.

****

CV ≥ 20

Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes.

Asked by Lord Bates

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, Director General for ONS, to Lord Bates, dated March 2010.

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what were the levels of (a) unemployment, and (b) youth unemployment, in each parliamentary constituency in the north east of England in (1) April 1997, (2) June 2001, (3) June 2005, and (4) January 2010. (HL2749)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics in line with International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS). However, due to the small sample size, no reasonable estimates are available for parliamentary constituencies in the north east of England.

As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of (a) total, and (b) people aged 16-24, claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in each parliamentary constituency in the north-east of England in April 1997, June 2001, June 2005 and January 2010.

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. Total Claimant Count and persons aged 16-24 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance resident in each of the parliamentary constituencies in the North East of England.
April 1997June 2001June 2005January 2010
Total16-24Total16-24Total16-24Total16-24

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2,004

495

1,122

275

848

230

1,644

505

Bishop Auckland

2,479

730

1,780

545

1,201

425

2,796

865

Blaydon

2,511

565

1,266

330

973

280

2,128

595

Blyth Valley

2,783

815

1,794

590

1,386

500

2,675

845

Darlington

3,381

915

2,078

545

1,574

440

3,155

985

Durham, City of

2,165

600

1,251

385

919

290

1,891

600

Easington

2,293

730

1,572

555

1,033

490

2,915

1,050

Gateshead East & Washington West

2,709

790

1,495

470

1,252

450

2,585

770

Hartlepool

4,269

1,285

2,765

810

2,122

740

4,363

1,365

Hexham

1,271

330

776

200

543

155

1,185

345

Houghton & Washington East

2,888

945

2,056

690

1,256

445

2,926

950

Jarrow

3,328

895

2,226

570

1,769

525

3,182

920

Middlesbrough

5,787

1,745

3,935

1,180

2,909

1,095

5,384

1,765

Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland

3,516

970

2,290

675

1,596

550

3,301

1,100

Newcastle upon Tyne Central

3,736

1,025

2,082

535

1,518

465

2,671

775

Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend

4,081

1,060

2,418

730

1,886

605

3,647

1,100

Newcastle upon Tyne North

2,786

730

1,409

420

996

295

2,358

695

North Durham

2,741

715

1,538

460

1,175

450

2,701

845

North Tyneside

3,469

950

2,067

605

1,612

510

3,112

860

North West Durham

2,725

740

1,522

395

984

340

2,501

745

Redcar

4,139

1,220

2,753

845

1,986

765

3,943

1,310

Sedgefield

2,011

580

1,637

540

1,091

430

2,445

780

South Shields

4,337

1,145

3,190

775

2,393

710

4,029

1,200

Stockton North

4,228

1,115

2,667

805

1,804

665

3,919

1,300

Stockton South

3,244

845

2,096

610

1,433

455

3,197

985

Sunderland North

3,447

935

2,286

660

1,683

580

3,274

1,105

Sunderland South

4,358

1,185

2,740

715

1,907

630

3,728

1,135

Tyne Bridge

5,225

1,415

3,032

900

2,524

790

4.046

1,090

Tynemouth

2,903

725

1,632

420

1,257

325

2,292

590

Wansbeck

3,028

890

1,792

540

1,501

585

2,776

910

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