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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of his Department's total spending this constitutes; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Blunkett: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 854W.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Mr. Shaw) of 28 November 2001, Official Report, column 901W, what proportion the new deal starts in each Government Department were of the total number of employees recruited by the Department over the relevant period; and how many of the new deal starts were followed by sustained unsubsidised employment. 
Mrs. Roche: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Preston (Mr. Hendrick) on 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 80W.
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Mr. Leslie: Information is available for the countries and Government Office regions of Great Britain. Data for full-time equivalent posts are published in "Civil Service Statistics", copies of which are laid in the Libraries of both Houses. The latest information, for April 2000, was published in August this year. Data for full-time posts, excluding part-timers, is contained in the table.
The data are not collected in a form which can be disaggregated to parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain, and therefore the information is not available except at disproportionate cost. Figures for the Northern Ireland Civil Service are given in the table.
|Government office regions||Numbers of staff|
|Yorks and Humberside||30,810|
|Numbers of NICS(33) staff|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||890|
|Newry and Armagh||660|
(33) Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) staff enumerated at 1 January 2001. Includes industrial and non-industrial, permanent and casual staff but excludes the following: those working part-time or on career break, Home Civil Servants, Northern Ireland Audit Office, Northern Ireland Court Service and uniformed Prison Service. Parliamentary constituency of staff refers to the location of the office or depot where staff are based.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 896W, on the People's Panel, if he will list (a) the title, purpose and cost of projects that have been commissioned from the panel between 1 November and the latest date for which figures are available and (b) ongoing projects being carried out by the panel in the same period. 
Mr. Leslie: Since 1 November a sixth wave of consumer research using the panel ("People's Panel Wave 6") has been commissioned. The purpose is to complete a series of surveys tracking satisfaction with public services. The cost of the research is £73,200 excluding VAT.
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Mr. Timms [holding answer 3 December 2001]: Bearing in mind the additional resources to be made available to local education authorities in 200203 as a result of the local government finance settlement to be announced on 4 December and the likelihood of a further general reduction in the amount of transitional funding payable by LEAs to former GM schools, my
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right hon. Friend considers that there are insufficient grounds for continuing to pay LEAs a special grant in respect of transitional funding in the face of other claims on the resources available to the Department.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each specialist school as at 1 September that had chosen to exercise the option to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude together with (a) the nature of the specialism, (b) the status of the school, (c) the percentage of pupils selected, (d) the percentage of pupils with statements and (e) the percentage of pupils receiving free school meals. 
Mr. Timms: The latest available information on aptitude selection is for school year 19992000. The following table shows the specialist schools which had selected a proportion of their pupils for that year by aptitude for a subject or subjects relevant to their specialist designation, together with the specialism of each school, the school's status, the percentage of pupils selected in each school, the percentage of pupils with statements and the percentage of all pupils receiving free school meals.
|School||LEA||Specialism||School's Status||pupils selected on aptitude||pupils with statements||free school meals take-up|
|Archbishop Blanch||Liverpool||Technology||Voluntary aided||5.6||17.||11.7|
|Archbishop Temple||Lancashire||Technology||Voluntary aided||10.0||1.5||8.6|
|Brentwood Ursuline Convent||Essex||Arts||Voluntary aided||10.0||0.1||4.1|
|Chaucer Technology||Kent||Technology||Foundation||Up to 100||1.8||6.1|
|George Spencer GM||Nottinghamshire||Technology||Foundation||10.0||0.7||3.5|
|Hockerill Anglo European||Hertfordshire||Language||Foundation||10.0||0.7||3.5|
|Lynn Grove VA High||Norfolk||Technology||Voluntary aided||15.0||0.7||7.9|
|Mill Hill County High||Barnet, LB of||Technology||Foundation||10.0||2.9||2.8|
|Oldfield||Bath and NE Somerset||Sports||Foundation||10.0||0.5||4.1|
|St. Margaret's C of E High||Liverpool||Technology||Voluntary aided||15.0||1.4||4.6|
|St. Marylebone (The)||Westminster||Arts||Voluntary aided||10.0||1.7||11.5|
|Wye Valley (The)||Buckinghamshire||Sports||Community||10.0||4.4||6.6|
This information was taken from progress reports submitted by 403 schools in December 2000. Progress reports for schools operational as of September 2000 are currently being received but the information from these has not yet been collated.
The 1998 School Standards and Framework Act provides for schools with a specialism to select up to 10 per cent. of their intake on the basis of aptitude for a specialist subject prescribed in regulations. Prior to the 1998 Act schools had greater discretion over aptitude selection and this accounts for the percentages above 10 per cent.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of the total of specialist schools have chosen to exercise the option to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude for each of the last three years. 
Mr. Timms: The latest available information for specialist schools which have chosen to exercise the option to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude is for school year 19992000. This is the first year for which this information has been collected. Information for
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200001 is due to be received shortly and will be available early in the new year.
Of the 403 Specialist Schools operational as of September 1999, 25 schools (6.2 per cent.) selected a proportion of their pupils by aptitude for a subject or subjects relevant to their specialist designation.
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