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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 15 March (WA 168), for what particular purposes the £800 million funding agreed in the context of devolution of policing and justice in Northern Ireland was intended, which would not have been allocated had the devolution of policing and justice not occurred. [HL3205]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements exist for the scrutiny and assessment of the integrity of those nominated to Her Majesty's Privy Council; and whether they propose any modification to those arrangements. [HL3187]
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): It is for the Prime Minister to recommend members of the Privy Council for the Queen's approval. The Prime Minister may want to consult accordingly before doing so.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, on 26 February (Official Report, Commons, col. 806W), what is the cash value of Government spending on marketing and communications in 2009-10 on which the projection of a 25 per cent cut was based. [HL2973]
The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Budget 2010 announced that over £11 billion of savings have now been identified by department for the years from 2012-13. This includes the consultancy, marketing and communications cuts which were identified based on 2008-09 spending levels, currently the most recent financial year that spending levels are available for. The 2008-09 spend is set out in the Public Sector Procurement Expenditure Survey 2009, published alongside Budget.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): There is no reliable estimate of the red squirrel population because it is very difficult to carry out an accurate census; therefore no assessment has been made of the numbers of red squirrels in Northumberland.
In the areas where red squirrel populations remain, the densities can vary between 1 and 0.1 squirrels per hectare. Numbers are subject to significant fluctuation depending on environmental factors and breeding success.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of setting the admissions
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of setting the admissions timetable for entering the reception year at primary school to end in May on the transition process from nursery to school in (a) rural and (b) urban areas. [HL3177]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the impact particularly in rural areas of setting the admissions timetable for entering the reception year at primary school to end in May. [HL3178]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): An impact assessment on the four year-old proposals can be viewed at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/sacode/downloads/Impact%2OAssessment.doc.
The DCSF periodically reviews the admissions system to monitor the effectiveness of admissions and intervene when necessary in order to improve the system. A DCSF-led consultative group which includes all main stakeholders also meets termly to assist in the review and development of admissions policy.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Church of England day schools there are in central Liverpool; how many pupils attend each one; whether there are any vacancies for pupils; what are the staff-pupil ratios; and what are their average class sizes. [HL3140]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): Information for Church of England schools in Liverpool local authority is shown in the table below.
|Church of England schools1 in Liverpool local authority|
|School Name||Number of pupils 2||Pupil:Teacher Ratio 3||Average Class Size 4||Surplus Places|
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