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Written Answers

Friday 9 December 2011

Energy: Green Deal


Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Analysis published in the consultation impact assessment suggests that around 65,000 insulation-sector jobs will be supported by the Green Deal in 2015. This estimate is based on DECC's projections of demand for insulation measures, which have been developed using extensive consumer research. The estimate does not include people employed in the delivery of other energy efficiency and heating measures such as glazing or replacement boilers.

Earlier estimates of the number of jobs that will be supported by the Green Deal, included in the Energy Bill impact assessment published in December 2010, were illustrative estimates and based on a less sophisticated analysis of uptake than used in the consultation impact assessment.

The Green Deal legislative framework will be in place from autumn 2012 and we expect the number of people employed in the insulation sector to rise from then.

Government Departments: Buildings


Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): While a small number of solar photovoltaic schemes are known to have been installed on the defence estate, detailed information is not held centrally and could only be collected and provided at disproportionate cost.

Government Departments: Procurement


Asked by Lord Prescott

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Lord Wallace of Saltaire: This Government are committed to transparency and we believe the information regarding government procurement cards for this financial year is the most relevant.

From October, information on transactions over £500 for 2011-12 for the Cabinet Office has been published on the departmental website, at: http://www.

Future information will be published on a monthly basis. Information on transactions over £500 for 2010-11 and 2009-10 will be published by the end of March 2012. We have no plans to publish information for the previous years.

Honours and Decorations Committee


Asked by Lord Craig of Radley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): I refer the noble and gallant Lord to the answer given by my right honourable friend the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) in the other place on 9 November 2011 (Official Report, col. 368W) to the honourable Member for Bridgend (Madeline Moon).

Human Rights


Asked by Lord Lloyd of Berwick

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The Government have submitted their observations in respect of the applications made by the three applicants. In brief, we argue that the imposition of a discretionary whole life order for the purposes of punishment and deterrence does not in itself amount to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights at the point of sentence. Also, a whole life order, when taken with the Secretary of State's discretion under Section 30 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997, is not an irreducible life sentence and, in practice, reducibility does not require the possibility of conditional release. In addition, once an appropriate sentence for the purpose of punishment and deterrence has been lawfully determined and imposed

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by the court-whether that sentence is determinate or a whole life order-it is unnecessary for the sentence to be subjected to continual review. Further, there has been no violation of Article 7 in respect of Bamber and Moore as neither applicant received a penalty which was (a) heavier than that which was applicable at the time they committed their offences or (b) heavier than that which was in fact imposed prior to the High Court's review. I will write to the noble and learned Lord with further details.



Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): The following Acts, which are the responsibility of the Department for Education and its predecessor departments and which were passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, contain provisions which relate to England but have not yet been brought into force.

Childcare Act 2006


Power to amend Sections 2 and 4, including the definition of "early childhood services" contained in the Act

Education and Inspections Act 2006

74 (1)-(3), (5)

Curriculum requirements for the fourth Key Stage


Prohibition on participation in management of independent schools

Schedule 2 paragraph 17

Effect of referring proposals to establish a new school to an adjudicator

Children and Young Persons Act 2008


Regulation of providers of social work services


Power to make further provision concerning Independent Reviewing Officers

Education and Skills Act 2008


Duty on young persons to participate in education or training


Application of Section 444 Education Act (parent guilty of offence for failing to secure pupil's regular attendance at school) to alternative education provision


Duty to obtain view of pupils attending maintained schools

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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009


Duties in relation to core and additional entitlements


The apprenticeship offer


Guided learning

148 (1)(c)

Publication of the number of guided hours assigned to qualifications


Review of system for allocating values to qualifications


Relevant qualification for purposes of duty to participate in education and training


Recording and reporting the use of force in schools and FE institutions

249 (1), (2)

Definition of pupil referral unit as "short stay school"


Careers education in schools

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010


Duty on governing body to consider how to exercise the power to provide community facilities


Restriction on power of governing body to make proposals to establish new schools


Local Safeguarding Children Boards


Family proceedings


Amendments to the parent and pupil complaints system



Asked by Lord Avebury

Baroness Northover: Her Majesty's Government have not to date made grants to the Somali Diaspora UK or the Council of Somali Organisations. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has made grants to other Somali diaspora organisations.

Both the FCO and the Department for International Development (DfID) would be willing to consider applications from UK diaspora organisations representing any region of Somalia. Funding decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.

DfID supports two global initiatives that diaspora groups can access: the Common Ground Initiative, managed by Comic Relief, and the Global Poverty Action Fund. Projects are selected on the basis of demonstrable impact on poverty, clarity of outputs and outcomes, and value for money.

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