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Cockburn High School, Leeds

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding Cockburn High School, Leeds, has received since May 1997. [158339]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested (which has been provided by the local education authority) is as follows:

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Revenue Funding

£

Financial yearBudget share(19)Standards Fund (devolved)School Standards GrantOther recurrent fundingTotal funding
1997-981,599,79014,279n/a3,9001,617,969
1998-991,670,53063,876n/a16,8031,751,209
1999-20002,485,490203,666n/a18,2282,707,384
2000-013,075,610352,83040,00042,6703,511,110
2001-02(20)2,937,380418,68070,00003,426,060

(19) The Standards Fund figures include National Grid for Learning grants but exclude New Deal for Schools Devolved Formula capital, Seed Challenge capital and school security grant.

(20) The 2001-02 figures are provisional (except in the case of School Standards Grant).


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Capital Funding The amounts shown in the table represent Standards Fund resources devolved to the school. There were no comparable allocations to the school prior to 2000-2001, other than £18,700 of devolved capital allocated by the LEA to the school in 1997-98.

£

Financial yearDevolved formulaSecurity GrantSeed ChallengeTotal funding
2000-0136,1302,78020,00058,910
2001-0231,9400031,940

In addition to the amounts shown, investment by the LEA in the school's buildings was £1.2 million and £1 million in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 respectively.

EU Schools Programme

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list those schools in the Lancashire Carrefour which participated in the European Union, Action Aimed at Young People, programme, identified in the Communities' publication, 'At the Very Heart of Europe'; if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) polling questions and (b) Commission response; what part was played by his Department in the survey; and if he will make a statement. [156977]

Mr. Wicks: The Carrefour network provides information about the European Union to rural communities. In 1994 six Carrefours from five countries of the European Union, including the north-west England Carrefour, bid for and were successful in securing funding for a small project under the Youth Information Action Programme to research the provision of European Information in rural schools.

The six Carrefours reported to the European Commission on the project in April 1997. As the project was commissioned and funded directly by the Commission, this Department had no involvement in the project and therefore does not have access to: information on the schools that participated; the polling questions; nor the project report. The Commission document "At the Very Heart of Europe" which reports on the work of the Rural Information and Promotion Carrefours and which refers to the project described above, is available from the European Commission.

Departmental Policies

(Plymouth Unitary Authority)

Mrs. Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth, Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth, Devonport constituency and (c) South-West Devon constituency, the effects on (i) Plymouth travel to work area and (ii) Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [158029]

Mr. Wills [holding answer 23 April 2001]: Details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Plymouth, Sutton constituency, Plymouth, Devonport

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constituency, South-West Devon constituency and Plymouth and Devon LEA have been placed in the Library.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Criminal Justice

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the average time taken from charge to the start of trials and what was the average number of hearings in an indictable-only case in (a) 2000 and (b) the first quarter of 2001. [158927]

Jane Kennedy: Information is not available in the exact form requested and is instead provided for defendants in indictable and triable either way cases that were committed for trial at the Crown court.

In 2000 the average time taken from charge or laying of information to committal for trial was 87 days for defendants in magistrates' courts. The average time taken from committal for trial to first main hearing in the Crown court was 100 days in 2000. There were on average three adjournments per defendant per case in the magistrates' courts. There is no information held centrally on the number of adjournments in the Crown court.

These figures provide only a broad indication of the total time taken from charge or laying of information to first main hearing for defendants who are tried in the Crown court, as the data from magistrates' courts and the Crown court will not relate to exactly the same defendants.

Data for the first quarter of 2001 are not yet available.

Asylum Appeals

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she expects her Department to achieve its PSA target of reducing asylum appeal decision times to four months or less. [159033]

Jane Kennedy: The Lord Chancellor's Department does not have a PSA to reduce asylum appeals, but does have an asylum Service Delivery Agreement which makes up part of a wider PSA. The relevant target, which refers to the year 2002-03, is for 65 per cent. of all cases to be cleared through both tiers of the Immigration Appellate Authorities within four months.

To acknowledge the importance of this target, and the significant progress already made, the Court Service has agreed a key performance indicator, in the same terms, for the 2001-02 year. Therefore we expect that level of performance over the year to be achieved by 31 March 2002. Accordingly, we expect the SDA target to be achieved by 31 March 2003.

Defendants' Rights

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what objectives he (a) has set and (b) plans to set to meet his Department's PSA target to respect the rights of defendants and to treat them fairly. [159028]

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Mr. Lock: The objective is to achieve the targets set out in the PSA by 31 March 2002. Targets set on 31 March 2001 are:



The Group will continue to add other measures to the basket and to develop meaningful targets.

Lord Birt

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) how many reports Lord Birt has submitted to the Lord Chancellor in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if she will make a statement; [158237]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given her by the Prime Minister on 24 April 2001, Official Report, column 211W.

Trials (Premature Abandonment)

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement about the powers available to the courts to reclaim legal costs from publications which cause the premature abandonment of a trial. [158939]

Mr. Lock: I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Asylum Seekers

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken is for asylum cases, from the initial lodging of an appeal with the Immigration Appellate Authority to the authority's final decision; and if he will make a statement. [157174]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 6 April 2001]: For the 12 months ending 31 March 2001, data from the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) indicate that the average time taken from receipt of an asylum appeal in the IAA, to the appeal being decided through both tiers of the authority, was approximately 21 weeks.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were removed in 2000-01. [159152]

Mrs. Roche: Provisional data indicate that the total for the number of failed asylum seekers removed in the financial year 2000-01 is 8,925, rounded to the nearest five.

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