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Ferndown Leisure Centre

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make it his policy for the grant approved by his Department for 2000-01 towards the proposed public-private partnership at Ferndown leisure centre to be carried forward to 2001-02. [153507]

Jacqui Smith: Officers of Dorset county council have been in contact with my Department concerning the delays to the public-private partnership to improve the sports facilities at Ferndown leisure centre for the benefit of Ferndown Upper School. A re-phasing of the project has been agreed.

Departmental Policies (Middlesbrough, South

and Cleveland, East)

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [153287]

Mr. Wills [holding answer 12 March 2001]: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.

Departmental Policies (Constituency Information)

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to each of the local authorities in the former county of Berkshire, the effects on each authority of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997, with particular reference to schools. [152854]

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on Houghton and Washington, East of his Department's actions since 2 May 1997. [152987]

Mr. Wills: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.

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School Clubs and Holiday Schemes

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) after school club places and (b) holiday playscheme places there were (i) in 1996 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available in (A) London and (B) each London borough. [152200]

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Ms Hodge [holding answer 8 March 2001]: The available information is shown in the table. This includes information on out of school clubs and holiday schemes for March 1996 and March 2000.

The responsibility for day care provision transferred from the Department of Health to the Department for Education and Employment in March 1998.

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All pupils under five in nursery and primary schools

January 2000 January 1996
Percentage of population Percentage of population
Number of pupilsNursery schools and nursery classesNursery and primary schoolsNumber of pupilsNursery schools and nursery classesNursery and primary schools
London122,8003762115,4843558
Inner London(23)50,9004065------
Camden2,27028492,0332548
Hackney3,86035593,8393357
Hammersmith and Fulham2,33042552,2904458
Haringey4,80044734,6744475
Islington3,18038673,3833765
Kensington and Chelsea1,48025421,2192739
Lambeth4,36034553,4893145
Lewisham4,61040673,8763752
Newham7,52057885,8545267
Southwark5,29044745,1254168
Tower Hamlets5,25050825,0926187
Wandsworth3,92032544,0553356
Westminster2,02032481,7903245
Outer London71,8003561------
Barking and Dagenham3,61045783,6444680
Barnet4,96031584,6973157
Bexley3,98038723,5552558
Brent4,48034614,6663665
Bromley2,7205362,578336
Croydon5,57030615,0362354
Ealing6,08045736,2794676
Enfield4,31025564,0992253
Greenwich4,37056724,4475067
Harrow2,68020482,6341947
Havering2,65016512,4951047
Hillingdon4,32050643,5345052
Hounslow3,96040704,0894067
Kingston upon Thames2,29038662,4083970
Merton3,53055713,7185474
Redbridge4,43040732,9372245
Richmond upon Thames1,97018422,0232150
Sutton1,94041432,0234042
Waltham Forest4,01046603,8683954

(23) Includes City of London


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Brain Injury (Vocational Services)

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the (a) total Employment Service funding and (b) average funding per client was for brain injury vocational services for each region in the last 12 months. [153690]

Ms Jowell: The Employment Service provides a wide range of employment programmes and services for disabled people, including those with brain injuries. It is not possible to identify separately the total spent specifically on behalf of people with brain injury.

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AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Chardon LL

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the Government were first informed of the length of official testing of Chardon LL in France. [144374]

Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 8 January 2001]: Concerns about the procedures for the DUS testing of maize in France were first aroused by the content of agenda papers for a Community Plant Variety Office Administrative Council meeting. The papers were first

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received in MAFF on 6 October. Subsequent exchanges between MAFF and French officials were initially inconclusive but in view of the potential implications the concerns were drawn to the attention of Ministers on 30 October. The issue was then immediately placed in the public domain via a PQ and press release on 31 October.

Genetically Modified Organisms

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many of the samples taken from seed offered for sale and tested for purity between 1 May and 31 October were tested for the presence of GM varieties. [144344]

Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 8 January 2001]: The EU seeds directives do not at present lay down any standards for levels of GM seeds in conventional seed varieties. The legal powers to undertake GM monitoring and enforcement activities on seed imports rests with the DETR.

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what provisions are made in relation to GMOs in the UKROFS organic standard; and what plans he has to review these provisions. [153235]

Mr. Nick Brown: The Standards for Organic Food Production set by the UK Register of Organic Food Standards prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms, or their derivatives, in all production stages.

There are no current plans for the review of these provisions, which reflect the requirements of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 (as amended).

BSE Inquiry

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the cost was of the preparation and production of the Government's interim response to the report of the BSE inquiry, Cm 5049; and to whom it was distributed. [151596]

Mr. Nick Brown: The Government's interim response to the report of the BSE inquiry was prepared with contributions from Ministers and officials in many Government Departments in Whitehall and the devolved Administrations. Providing a figure for the costs of this work would be possible only at disproportionate cost. The production and distribution costs of the response are estimate at about £11,000.

The response was distributed to a very wide range of organisations. More than 500 copies were sent to organisations representing consumers, health and welfare organisations, food producers and manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, agricultural interests, environmental interests, scientific and research bodies and Government advisory committees.

The full list of those consulted was distributed with the response under cover of an official letter dated 9 February 2001, a copy of which is available in the Libraries of the House.

Animal Health (Intensive Farming)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the impact on animal health of intensive farming. [151827]

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Ms Quin [holding answer 1 March 2001]: All sectors of the livestock industry can experience animal health problems and whatever systems of production are employed, livestock are susceptible to notifiable diseases.

My right hon. Friend the Minister has indicated that once the present outbreak of foot and mouth disease has been eradicated, this and other issues will be reviewed.


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