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Logos and Branding

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent by his Department on departmental and agency logos and associated branding since 1 May 1997. [152648]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office spent £2,728 on the design for a logo and associated art-work after its creation as a separate Department in 1999. The logo and house-style for the Wales Office, its predecessor Department, was put in place before 1997. Information on other logos commissioned by the Welsh Office or its associated agencies is not available centrally.

Foot and Mouth

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the meetings and conferences organised by his Department and agencies of his Department which have been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed owing to foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement. [155370]

Mr. Paul Murphy: None of the meetings arranged by my Department were in infected areas and access was entirely by metalled roads. In these circumstances, there was no need to cancel or postpone them.

My Department has no agencies and has not arranged any conferences.


Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been paid by his Department to (a) accountancy and (b) legal firms in each year since 1 May 1997 in relation to PFI projects. [153264]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 12 March 2001]: From the best information available, I list the money paid to accountancy and legal firms by my Department since 1 May 1997 in relation to Private Finance Initiative projects. All figures are excluding Value Added Tax.

1 May 1997-31 March 1998(32)90,046
1 April 1998-31 March 1999(32)294,855
1 April 1999-31 March 2000436,802
1 April 2000-8 March 2001675,389
1 May 1997-31 March 1998(32)191,361
1 April 1998-31 March 1999(32)792,452
1 April 1999-31 March 20001,813,643
1 April 2000-8 March 2001980,142

(32) Excludes Quantum project (Prison Service Information Technology (IT) project) costs as these cannot be separately identified for the years in question.

Since 1999-2000, the Home Office has embarked upon a number of new major projects to modernise its IT systems, for example the Sirius and Quantum programmes, and its future accommodation the Home Office Central London Accommodation Scheme project (HOCLAS) which accounts for much of the year-by-year increases in costs.

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Financial year
Project/area1 May 1997-- 31 March 19981998-991999-20002000-01
Accountancy firms
Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO)2,175------
Immigration Nationality Directorate (IND)----52,200248,325
Legal firms
United Kingdom Passport Agency (UKPA)64,01956,813150,61276,009
Youth Justice Board (YJB)52,224291,07026,066--
Information Technology 2000----446,079288,533
Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO)49,310------
Immigration Nationality Directorate----13,02029,454
Prison Service--255,570508,758306,948

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Representation Costs

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the costs of the change in the number of elected representatives in the United Kingdom since 1997. [153406]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 12 March 2001]: There has been no change in the number of elected representatives to Parliament at Westminster. The costs of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly are a devolved matter and are funded from within the budgets of the devolved Administrations.


Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extradition requests were (a) completed and (b) not completed, with non-completed cases, broken down by nature of reason for non- completion, in each of the last five years. [154639]

Mr. Straw: Information is not available for the full period or in the form requested. The position in relation to completed cases is as follows:

Extradition cases completed 1997-2000

YearRequests made to United KingdomRequests made by United Kingdom

As at 31 December 2000, 205 requests to the United Kingdom were outstanding. They fell into the following categories:

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Awaiting a decision on the issue of an Authority to Proceed8
Before the courts69
Awaiting a decision as to surrender29


1. In the last of these categories were cases in which a fugitive has yet to be traced and arrested; and/or where we were in touch with the requesting jurisdiction. It also included cases where the fugitive was unable to be surrendered because he was serving a domestic sentence.

2. A reliable statistical breakdown in this form for earlier years is not available.

A further 99 extradition requests made by the United Kingdom to other countries were outstanding on 31 December 2000. Exact information is not available as to what stage each case had reached in the various jurisdictions to which those requests were made.

The figures provided do not include cases governed by the provisions of the Backing of Warrants (Republic of Ireland) Act 1965. Those are not collected centrally.

Coroner System Review

Mr. Khabra: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has decided on the terms of reference for the fundamental review of the coroner system. [155718]

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Mr. Boateng: In consultation with ministerial colleagues, it has been decided that the terms of reference should be as follows.

In respect of England, Wales and Northern Ireland:

We are now considering who should carry out the review and I hope to make a further announcement shortly.


School Funding (Chatham and Aylesford)

Mr. Shaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will provide details of the financial assistance given to schools in the Chatham and Aylesford constituency since 1997. [154912]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Education Statistics (Northern Region)

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many children there were in infant classes of over 30 children in the Northern Region in (a) 1996 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. [155095]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is shown in the table.

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Class size data were published in a Statistical Bulletin "Class Sizes and Pupil Teacher Ratios in England 2000" on 20 December 2000, copies of which are available from the Library, or alternatively can be accessed from the Department for Education and Employment statistical website Figures from this release show that in September 2000, there were just 30,000 infants in classes of over 30 compared with 485,000 in January 1998. Just 2 per cent. of infants are now in such classes compared with 29 per cent. in January 1998.

Number of pupils in infant classes over 30 in the north-east region

January 199620,999
January 199723,717
January 199825,906
January 199915,305
January 20007,279
September 2000898

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much capital investment there has been in primary schools in the Northern Region since 1996. [155096]

Jacqui Smith: The table shows a breakdown of central Government capital investment of £314,026 million in all schools in the Northern Region from 1996-97 to 2000-01. Information at primary school level is not readily available.

These allocations include £88.060 million investment made so far in schools under the New Deal for Schools programme.

The New Deal for Schools was introduced as a new additional programme targeted specifically at addressing the backlog of urgent repairs in school buildings that had built up after 18 years of under funding under the previous Administration. It has been in addition to other capital funds made available in the Northern Region.

Nationally, investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.5 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £8.5 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

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Central Government capital investment in Northern Region

Basic Credit Approvals17,98918,63918,62921,17127,754
Supplementary Credit Approvals3,0855,1655,12214,82611,499
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools5,7744,6752,2773,3145,048
Schools Renewal Challenge Fund910--------
New Deal for Schools--5,69815,97029,41236,980
School Security Grant--741923933925
Removal of Outside Toilets----621----
Energy Efficiency Initiative----812----
Class Size Initiative----2,2322,990916
Schools Access Initiative142--737586
National Grid for Learning Grant----6,3307,2039,172
Early Excellence Centres----22404657
Assistance with Asset Management Plans------394--
Seed Challenge Funding--------1,896
Devolved Formula Capital for Schools--------19,805
Renewal of School Laboratories--------1,852
Nursery Provision--------628
Secondary Learning Support Units--------257


Northern Region defined as the Government Office Northern Region including Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton on Tees and Sunderland local education authorities.

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