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Sports: Primary Education

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of children in maintained schools who participated in intra-school competitive sports in the latest period for which information is available. [315706]

Mr. Iain Wright: The annual PE and Sport survey collects data from maintained schools relating to pupils' participation in PE and sport. The 2008/09 survey found that 69 per cent. of pupils in Years 1-11 took part in intra-school competitive sport in that academic year.

Teachers: Qualifications

David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the level of qualifications required for teachers at (a) post-16 colleges and (b) sixth forms attached to secondary schools; and if he will make a statement. [319472]

Mr. Coaker: All teachers who joined the further education sector after September 2007 must, within five years of appointment, meet the standards for qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) status. Before they can teach unsupervised all new teachers must have attained the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning sector award. All teachers in the further education sector must undertake at least 30 hours of continuing professional development each year.

Teachers who teach in a sixth form that is part of a school must meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) before taking up their post. A school may temporarily employ a teacher without QTS if no suitable teacher with QTS is available.


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Apart from these statutory requirements, schools and colleges may make individual decisions about any other qualifications they require from their staff for a particular role. My Department does not collect data on individual schools' recruitment criteria, and nor does the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with respect to colleges.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to answer Question 324573, on Ofsted, tabled on 23 March 2010. [325886]

Mr. Coaker: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 7 April 2010, Official Report, column 1460W.

Young People: Drugs

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the adolescents identified by the National Treatment Agency as having a Class A drug dependency are using (a) more than one Class A drug and (b) one or more of (i) alcohol and (ii) cannabis. [325796]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available in the format requested. The NTA report, "Substance misuse among young people: The data for 2008-09", gives figures on numbers of young people (under-18) in drug treatment according to whether each drug type is categorised as the primary or additional substance used as follows:

Drug type Primary Additional

Heroin and other opiates

547

204

Cocaine

745

2,305

Crack

110

304

Ecstasy

210

1,429

Cannabis

12,642

4,811

Amphetamines

229

887

Alcohol

8,799

7,248


Youth Parliaments

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department takes to ensure that its funding for county Youth Parliaments represents value for money; and if he will make a statement; [325681]

(2) how much funding his Department has provided to the Surrey Youth Parliament in each of the last three years. [325682]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 7 April 2010]: The Department does not directly fund local Youth Parliaments.

We are committed to putting youth voice at the heart of our policies and programmes for young people and it is right that they should have access to the appropriate forums to discuss matters that affect their lives. Giving young people a real say over the issues that affect them leads to better decisions and outcomes, promotes community engagement and helps overturn negative perceptions. Youth Parliaments are one of a number of
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ways that young people's voices can be heard by local and national decision makers. Many local authorities choose to support Youth Parliaments as part of their overall arrangements for taking account of young people's views.

Communities and Local Government

Buildings: Energy

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 524W, on buildings: energy, how many and what proportion of properties on the Non-Domestic EPC Register have a Band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E and (f) F rating. [316738]

Mr. Ian Austin: The number and proportion of properties on the Non-Domestic EPC Register by rating band as of 8 February is:

Rating band Number of lodgements Percentage of lodgements

A+

10

0.1

A

557

0.38

B

11,701

8.00

C

40,392

27.61

D

42,689

29.18

E

25,524

17.45

F

11,876

8.12

G

13,551

9.26


Council Housing: Rents

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average rent paid for (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three bedroom and (d) all types of council accommodation in (i) City of York, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England in (A) 2002-03, (B) 2005-06 and (C) in the latest period figures are available. [322089]

Mr. Ian Austin: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Empty Dwelling Management Orders

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders have been issued by each local authority. [319232]

Mr. Ian Austin: 29 interim Empty Dwelling Management Orders have been authorised by the Residential Property Tribunal to date.


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Local authority Number of interim EDMOs authorised

Bolton Borough Council

1

Carlisle District Council

2

London Borough of Bromley

1

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

1

London Borough of Hounslow

1

London Borough of Lewisham

5

New Forest District Council

1

Norwich City Council

6

Peterborough City Council

2

South Gloucestershire Council

1

South Norfolk District Council

1

South Oxfordshire District Council

1

South Tyneside Borough Council

1

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council

2

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

1

Swale Borough Council

1

Wychavon District Council

1

Total

29


Empty Dwelling Management Orders should only be considered as a last resort, where all other measures of investigation and negotiation have been exhausted and the local authority has been unable to persuade the owner to bring the property back into use. In many cases the threat of an Empty Dwelling Management Order is sufficient to make owners take action.

First-Time Buyers

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost was of a dwelling purchased by a first-time buyer in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) each Government office region and (d) each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. [323529]

Mr. Ian Austin: The latest average mix-adjusted purchase price of a first-time buyer, for January 2010 as well as previous months back to 2002, for England, Wales and Government Office regions are available on the Department's website.

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been sold to first-time buyers under Government schemes in each year since 1997. [325856]

John Healey: Since 1997 over 160,000 households have been assisted into home ownership through Government schemes.

A full breakdown of low cost home ownership provision can be found in Live Table 1000 of the communities and Local Government website at:

Housing

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what year his Department began keeping reliable figures relating to net housing supply; and if he will make a statement. [318775]


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Mr. Ian Austin [holding answer 25 February 2010]: Annual estimates of net supply have been made from annual changes in housing stock since the late 1960's. Prior to that estimates were available every 10 years from the population census, back to 1801. In 2000-01 a new data return was introduced to improve estimates of net supply.

Figures on net supply of housing and an explanation of data sources are included in Communities and Local Government's statistical series "Net supply of housing, England". Statistical releases in this series can be found on the Communities and Local Government website at the following link. The latest release was published on 25 February 2010.

Housing: Overcrowding

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) households and (b) people in the (i) private rented, (ii) social rented and (iii) owner occupier sector living in overcrowded conditions in each year since 1997. [316236]

Mr. Ian Austin: The information requested is available on the Department's website.

Housing: Prices

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio of lower quintile house prices to lower quintile earnings was in (a) England and (b) each government office region in each year since 1996. [323528]

Mr. Ian Austin: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost was of (a) a detached house, (b) a semi-detached house, (c) a terraced house, (d) a flat and (e) an average dwelling in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) each Government Office region and (iv) each local authority area in (A) 1996-97 and (B) the most recent period for which figures are available. [324618]

Mr. Ian Austin: A table showing the average sale price by property type for 1996-07 and 2009 for each of the areas requested has been placed in the Library of the House. These figures are taken from the Land Registry data.


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