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To ask Her Majesty's Government for each local authority for which they have data, (a) how many home-educated children are subject to child protection plans, (b) how many home-educated children have been taken into care or placed with a foster family, (c) what is the total number of home-educated children, and (d) how many of the home-educated children in each local authority who have been taken into care or are subject to a child protection plan
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Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The department's policy is not to release any information that might lead to individual children being identified where data released could be combined with other data. As 74 local authorities identified a total of 51 home-educated children that were subject to child protection plans we are not able to release a breakdown of this data by local authority as the numbers for each individual authority would be very small and individual children might be identified. However, the department has provided a histogram setting out the spread of child protection plans by local authority and this can be found at (http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/ete/independentreviewofhomeeducation/irhome education/).
We have not collected information about the number of home-educated children taken into care or placed with a foster family, neither have we collected any information about the number of home educated children subject to care orders who are from a traveller background, or who are in years 10 and 11.
However, neither we nor local authorities know how many children are being home educated as there is currently no requirement for home educators to notify local authorities or any other public bodies that their children are home-educated.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance to employers about whether it is a dismissible offence for employees to express their Christian faith and to suggest that others espouse it. [HL593]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Government have issued no such guidance. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 outlaw discrimination, harassment and victimisation on grounds of religion or belief at work and in vocational training.
Under the regulations employers are not required to ban discussions about religion or belief in the workplace. However, the ACAS good practice guide sets out some broad guidelines that employers can follow. This includes making staff aware that if their discussions cause offence then this may be considered to be harassment and therefore unlawful, potentially leading to dismissal. The Business Link website also provides additional information for employers.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Pat McFadden, on 12 October (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 1523W), what the criteria were for the £120 million funding to support development of a British-based offshore wind industry; and whether the criteria will take account of the output of existing offshore wind farms compared to their capacity, maintenance downtime and breakdown duration and costs. [HL383]
The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): Individual grant decisions are made on a case by case basis. Each project that has been funded or will be funded has to go through the existing value for money process for government. All proposals for funding from the SIF have been appraised in line with Green Book principles, particularly to ensure that they provide good value for money in delivering longer term benefits to the UK wide economy. These value-for-money evaluations will take account of output, capacity and maintenance issues where relevant.
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