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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Advocate-General how many (a) advocates and (b) solicitors have been employed in the Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate-General in each year since the creation of her office. 
The Advocate-General: In the years 19992000 the complement of the Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate-General was 14 lawyers. In 2001 this increased to 16 lawyers. In each year one lawyer was an advocate and the rest solicitors.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by (a) her Department and (b) bodies for which it is responsible on external public relations consultants in each of the last four years. 
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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Expenditure by the Department on campaign extension activities through external public relations consultancies in the past four years is as follows. Information on expenditure by the Department's agencies is not held centrally.
|1999||Reading and Literacy||Hill and Knowlton||(1)620|
|2000||Connexions||Kinross and Render||4|
|2000||Don't quit now||Beer Davies||196|
|2000||UK Online centres||Geronimo||63|
|2001||UK Online centres||Geronimo||52|
|2001||New Deal||Hill and Knowlton||46|
|2001||Connexions||Kinross and Render||42|
|2001||Childcare Recruitment||Barclay Stratton||90|
|2001||Work Life Balance||Fishburn Hedges||89|
|2001||Individual Learning Accounts||Shandwick International||110|
|2001||Widening Participation in Higher Education||Harrison Cowley||62|
|2002||Adult Basics Skills||Fishburn Hedges||(2)103|
|2002||Work Life Balance||Fishburn Hedges||217|
(1) Figure includes general publicity activity, on organising roadshows and events, in addition to campaign extension work. A breakdown between categories is not available.
(2) On-going campaignfigure shown is anticipated spend for year.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what expenditure has been incurred by her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non- departmental public bodies in each of the last four years on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; and if she will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each. 
(3) To January 2002
It would be possible to list every one of these research projects only at disproportionate cost. However, some recent campaigns where strategic communications research or creative development research have been commissioned include the drive to widen participation in higher education, by encouraging under-represented groups to take up this option, the promotion of the relevance of science to teenagers, as part of Science Year, the child care recruitment campaign, the campaign to help those adults with basic skills gaps, and the promotion of foundation degrees and modern apprenticeships.This research is subject to the usual strict rules that spending must represent good value for the tax payer and must not be used for party political purposes.
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views of teachers, parents and other groups affected by the Department's policies on specific issues. For example, the project "Causes of truancy by pupils of compulsory school age" gathers the views of pupils, parents, school and LEA staff on the causes of truancy and what measures could be taken to address the issue. One of the aims is to examine the issue of absence that is condoned by parents. "A longitudinal study of factors contributing to variations in teacher effectiveness" will investigate the factors which contribute to the effectiveness of teachers at different stages of their career, working in a range of schools in different contexts, and how this changes over time. Part of this study is to track 300 teachers over three years measuring their effectiveness by pupil outcome measures and other qualitative techniques. Again it would not be possible to give details of every project without disproportionate cost.
(4) Unfortunately this information can be provided only at disproportionate cost
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making. 
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John Healey: As stated in the criteria set out in the published guidance documents for each specialism, a PFI partner may provide all or part of the £50,000 sponsorship required to support a school's application for designation as a specialist school.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department and the Nuffield Foundation supported a research project into pupil mobility, its effect on schools and educational attainment, conducted by the Migration Research Unit at University College London. The project was concluded in June 2000 and the final report published in September 2000. The first part of the research 'Pupil Mobility in Schools' is available from DfES Publications. The second part is available in full on the internet at www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/mru.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 426W, if she will break down the figures by vacancies in (a) nursery, (b) primary, (c) secondary and (d) special schools; and what the equivalent figures are for England. 
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