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Litigation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since 1997; how many were concluded in their favour; and what the total cost to her Department of litigation was in each year. [41108]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In each year since 1997 the Lord Chancellor's Department (including the Court Service) has defended the following number of (new) cases:
















Of the employment tribunal cases, only one case was concluded against the Department/Court Service which was in the year 2000 (the case having been issued in 1998). All the other cases (which are not on-going) were either successfully defended at trial (or on appeal), or withdrawn beforehand. Of those employment tribunal cases withdrawn, agreed compensation was paid in the following number of cases:






Of the other court cases, the vast majority of these were either struck out, disposed of summarily by the court, or settled on favourable terms. On the information readily

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available in the Department, in the last year there has been only one case in which the court has given judgment against the Department/Court Service.

In each year since 1997 the Public Guardianship Office (formerly the Public Trust Office) has defended the following number of (new) cases:
















Of the employment tribunal cases, none of these were concluded against the Public Trust/Guardianship Office and of the cases which were withdrawn, in only one case was agreed compensation paid (in 2000–01).

Of the other cases, in only one case was agreed compensation paid (in 2001).

Treasury Solicitor's costs (which includes Counsel's fees) for each year for cases 1 involving the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Court Service and the PGO (formerly PTO) were:







EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Circulars

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the circular documents that have been sent by her Department to local education authorities since 7 June 2001; and how many pages each document contained. [44079]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 18 March 2002]: We have sent 274 documents to local education authorities between 7 June 2001 and 18 March 2002. The full list of titles and page numbers has been placed in the Library.

Child Care

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many child care places in day nurseries, with childminders and in pre-school and

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playgroups were available for every 100 children aged under eight years in each region in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002; [43506]

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Margaret Hodge: Information is not available in the form requested. The available information is shown in the tables.

Latest figures on day care facilities in England were published by my Department in the Statistical Bulletin "Children's Day Care facilities at 31 March 2001 (08/01)" in October 2001, a copy of which is available from the Library. An electronic copy of this publication is also available on my Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/ statistics.

Number of places in children's day care provision(20), England, 1997 and 2001 (position at 31 March each year)

1997 2001
PlacesPlaces/100 childrenPlacesPlaces/100 children
Provision for children aged under 8
Day nurseries193,800(21)6285,100(21)10
Playgroups and pre-schools383,700(21)12330,200(21)11
Childminders365,200(22)7304,600(22)6
Provision for children aged 5–7
Out-of-school clubs78,700(23)4152,800(23)8
Holiday schemes(24),(25)209,000(23)11598,000(23)32

(20) Rounded to the nearest 100.

(21) Places/100 children aged 0 to 4.

(22) Places/100 children aged under 8.

(23) Places/100 children aged 5 to 7.

(24) Holiday schemes have been counted once for each holiday period in which they operate.

(25) Additional guidance was given to data providers in 1999.


Number of places in children's day care provision(26), England, Government office regions and London boroughs 1997 (position at 31 March)

Day nurseriesPlaygroups and pre-schoolsChildmindersOut-of-school clubsHoliday schemes
England193,800383,700365,20078,700209,000
North Eastn/an/an/an/an/a
North Westn/an/an/an/an/a
Yorkshire and the Humbern/an/an/an/an/a
East Midlandsn/an/an/an/an/a
West Midlandsn/an/an/an/an/a
East of Englandn/an/an/an/an/a
Inner Londonn/an/an/an/an/a
Outer Londonn/an/an/an/an/a
South Eastn/an/an/an/an/a
South Westn/an/an/an/an/a
Camden1,396563843n/an/a
City of London782,20947072
Hackney1,9505389111,1102,329
Hammersmith and Fulham1,192n/a254n/an/a
Haringey7755931,3552081,250
Islington1,8687161,0841,0841,543
Kensington and Chelsea9263373057303,060
Lambethn/an/an/an/an/a
Lewisham1,4364781,109951960
Newham7982831,3671961,231
Southwark1,6505781,0482,0772,305
Tower Hamletsn/an/an/an/an/a
Wandsworth1,8941,4292,5371,0273,496
Westminster1,0898343797272,964
Barking and Dagenham3557076151681,214
Barnet5669311,1103372,946
Bexley4481,2221,764184534
Brent1,7865461,721310n/a
Bromleyn/a2,4982,3533201,082
Croydon1,0881,1763,006714709
Ealing1,3094543,220532414
Enfield8509861,955294708
Greenwich8956661,413182248
Harrow1551,2371,3211981,118
Havering5721,7361,630275363
Hillingdon1519342,7651121,072
Hounslow8767355936332,155
Kingston upon Thames7151,1591,2132772,302
Merton5856279273113,534
Redbridge1061,3921,4901752,288
Richmond upon Thames1,1061,5161,3804074,922
Sutton8451,0471,2574074,922
Waltham Forest2805871,919122n/a

n/a = Not available

(26) Figures for England and Government office regions rounded to the nearest 100.


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Number of places in children's day care provision(27), England, Government office regions and London boroughs 2001 (position at 31 March)

Day nurseriesPlaygroups and pre-schoolsChildmindersOut-of-school clubsHoliday schemes
England285,100330,200304,600152,800598,000
North East9,20010,10015,3008,40024,700
North West50,90041,50036,10024,80067,200
Yorkshire and the Humber25,30025,50029,50014,30058,500
East Midlands21,40025,80019,20013,00063,700
West Midlands37,20030,70032,20015,70035,800
East of England22,40045,30032,20011,80043,400
Inner London22,8008,40010,60023,20063,200
Outer London22,10025,70027,70011,80077,100
South East47,90071,80064,40017,400109,100
South West25,90045,30036,00013,10055,400
Camden1,3504328071,0687,180
City of London81496220792
Hackney2,3106539611,800560
Hammersmith and Fulham1,1527135102202,105
Haringey1,2186181,0081,3829,686
Islington2,1024608233,8153,580
Kensington and Chelsea1,5927262069401,085
Lambeth1,9806299391,4626,972
Lewisham2,0619061,1791,6941,736
Newham1,8855791,0271,16715,126
Southwark1,9069041,0813,1134,940
Tower Hamlets1,1334003761,1471,342
Wandsworth2,8761,0721,3781,2276,282
Westminster1,1052643382,8611,794
Barking and Dagenham4481,1106843385,292
Barnet1,7911,1421,8856904,856
Bexley5501,4141,6992231,921
Brent2,3044791,3437482,395
Bromley1,1023,5342,5325684,336
Croydon1,4381,9992,1391,1918,719
Ealing2,4571,1052,7169742,702
Enfield9371,9281,5711,5507,532
Greenwich7418661,189255581
Harrow2931,6201,0594462,752
Havering6071,6811,0682262,358
Hillingdon1,8331,1392,4242801,904
Hounslow9118547379105,154
Kingston upon Thames6851,0241,2089533,900
Merton9496641,0583302,793
Redbridge1,0921,6001,3154903,171
Richmond upon Thames1,3201,6191,1466253,910
Sutton9289961,2164121,975
Waltham Forest1,69793269657610,830

(27) Figures for England and Government office regions rounded to the nearest 100.


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Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much money was spent by Cambridgeshire in 2000–01 in creating child care places; [44017]

Margaret Hodge: For 2000–01, Cambridgeshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) was allocated a total of £642,570, including £100,500 from the European Social Fund (ESF) for child care. For 2001–02, their allocation is £2,149,873, including £375,835 from the ESF.

In 2000–01 Cambridgeshire spent £604,113 towards the creation of child care places.

In addition, money from the New Opportunities Fund is available to support the creation of out of school hours care and neighbourhood nurseries.

Mrs. Anne Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the targets are for Cambridgeshire for the creation of new child care places in 2001–02; [44014]

Margaret Hodge: Cambridgeshire EYDCP has targets to create 1,577 child care places in 2001–02 by April 2002. By the end of December 2001 Cambridgeshire EYDCP had reported the creation of 1,401 child care places.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will review the OfSTED application pack for day care registration. [44901]

Margaret Hodge: The content of application packs is a matter for OFSTED. I understand that OFSTED is reviewing the content currently and that revised packs will be available later in the year.


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