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Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Whitty: There are currently no plans to enable vehicle operators to license their vehicles via the Internet. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency plan to introduce in the autumn, a pilot telephone relicensing scheme for cars that will form the basis for future Internet services. Any electronic relicensing system will require on line access to insurance and testing information and electronic funds transfer.

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect operators of goods vehicles to be able to make the notifications in accordance with the Authorisation of Special Types (General) Order via the Internet and what would be the advantages to both operators and the authorities.[HL2368]

Lord Whitty: As stated in the White Paper Modernising Government, the Government are committed to electronic delivery of services. Notifications for the movement of abnormal loads made in accordance with the Authorisation of Special Types General Order are given to the highway authorities. In the case of the trunk roads, the Highways Agency is considering whether similar provisions to those already in place for the electronic notification of street works could be made for abnormal load notifications. For other classes of road, this is a matter for the highway authorities and their agents.

Non-working Parents: Social Security Benefits

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the average expenditure from government funds to support a family with two children when neither parent works.[HL2151]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The information is not available in the form requested. Such information as is available is as follows:

However, based on data from the 1997-98 Family Resources Survey, it is estimated that the average weekly expenditure in 1997-98 on social security benefits for couples with two children where neither parent works is £188. Of this, £124 is spent on income-related benefits, and £64 on non income-related tested benefits. This excludes families if an adult's reason for not working is that he or she is retired or is a student. Notes: 1. The above figure is based on data taken from the 1997-98 Family Resources Survey, which is an annual survey of the income of around 25,000 households in Great Britain. 2. The estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors that control for region, Council Tax Band and a number of demographic variables. Estimates are subject to sampling error and to variability in non-response.

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3. Benefit receipt is based on self-assessment and therefore may be subject to mis-reporting. 4. Income related benefits include: Income Support; Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based); Family Credit; Disability Working Allowance; Housing Benefit; Council Tax Benefit; Social Fund payments; Back to Work Bonus; Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit run-on; Social Fund Grants for funeral expenses and maternity expenses; Community Care Grant. Non-income related benefits include: Statutory Sick Pay; Statutory Maternity Pay; Disability Living Allowance; Child Benefit; Retirement Pension; Widow's pension; Widowed Mother's Allowance; Widows Payment; War Widows' Pension; War disablement pension; Severe Disablement Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Invalid Care Allowance; Jobseeker's Allowance (Contribution-based); Industrial Injuries; Incapacity Benefit; Maternity Benefit; Guardians Allowance;

Other DSS benefits are included under non-income related benefits.

National Curriculum Test Standards

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether primary schools have been told that pupils will be expected to reach Level 2A or 2B in National Curriculum tests at Key Stage 1 this year and Level 2C is no longer regarded as a satisfactory level of attainment for 7 year-olds; and, if so, whether this change in expectations has been reported to parents and governors.[HL2379]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The standards for Level 2 remain the same as in previous years. Our targets for 2002 are for 80 per cent. of children to reach Level 4 in English and 75 per cent. of children to reach Level 4 in mathematics at age 11. In order to assist schools and parents in helping children to meet this level of attainment, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has provided information showing clearly that children attaining Level 2C at age 7 are less likely than those reaching level 2A or 2B to reach Level 4 by the age of 11. This information has been given to all schools and local education authorities in the 1999 Key Stage 1 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements booklet published by the QCA in November 1998 and to parents in a leaflet, What you need to know about national tests and teacher assessment in 1999, published jointly by the DfEE and QCA in April 1999. The information is very helpful to schools and parents in the important task of raising standards of literacy and numeracy, which is crucial for individual children and for the nations's success in the future.

Northern Ireland: Prisoner Releases

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners have been released during each week since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement; and what are the cumulative figures of all prisoners released by the end of each week.[HL2357]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): The Good Friday Agreement was signed on 10 April 1998. The first releases took place in the week commencing Sunday 6 September 1998. Table A attached illustrates the number of prisoners released during each week, starting Sunday 6 September 1998, and the cumulative figures of all prisoners released by the end of each week. The information contained in the table is drawn from information current at 8 May 1999.

Table A

Week No.Week Commencing (Sunday)Number of prisoners releasedWeek-ending (Saturday)Cumulative total of prisoners released
16 Sep 98712 Sep 987
213 Sep 981719 Sep 9824
320 Sep 981826 Sep 9842
427 Sep 98253 Oct 9867
54 Oct 981810 Oct 9885
611 Oct 984717 Oct 98132
718 Oct 984124 Oct 98173
825 Oct 981831 Oct 98191
91 Nov 9877 Nov 98198
108 Nov 98614 Nov 98204
1115 Nov 98521 Nov 98209
1222 Nov 98428 Nov 98213
1329 Nov 9835 Dec 98216
146 Dec 98512 Dec 98221
1513 Dec 98619 Dec 98227
1620 Dec 98226 Dec 98229
1727 Dec 9802 Jan 99229
183 Jan 9929 Jan 99231
1910 Jan 99116 Jan 99232
2017 Jan 99523 Jan 99237
2124 Jan 99030 Jan 99237
2231 Jan 9936 Feb 99240
237 Feb 99013 Feb 99240
2414 Feb 99220 Feb 99242
2521 Feb 99027 Feb 99242
2628 Feb 9926 Mar 99244
277 Mar 99313 Mar 99247
2814 Mar 99120 Mar 99248
2921 Mar 99527 Mar 99253
3028 Mar 9923 Apr 99255
314 Apr 99010 Apr 99255
3211 Apr 99417 Apr 99259
3318 Apr 99124 Apr 99260
3425 Apr 9921 May 99262
352 May 9928 May 99264

Northern Ireland: National Curriculum Test Results

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing, for secondary schools, the percentage of all 14 year-old pupils in 1998 passing National Curriculum tests at levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, together with the average level attained per pupil in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the numbers of schools and the number of 14 year-old pupils.[HL2216]

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Lord Dubs: The information is as follows (the average level attained per pupils not available as it cannot be calculated from the data held):

Secondary Schools (Number of schools 163)

Not achieving Level
Achieving Level 318.615.18.9
Achieving Level 429.930.036.6
Achieving Level 530.632.035.0
Achieving Level 612.89.911.2
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Number of pupils8,7728,7108,746
Not achieving Level
Achieving Level 313.27.17.7
Achieving Level 430.319.734.5
Achieving Level 530.437.838.9
Achieving Level 617.221.611.7
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Number of pupils8,1188,1088,118
All pupils
Not achieving Level
Achieving Level 316.011.28.3
Achieving Level 430.125.035.6
Achieving Level 530.534.836.9
Achieving Level 614.915.511.5
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Number of pupils16,89016,81816,864

Grammar Schools (Number of schools 68)

Not achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level 55.918.09.6
Achieving Level 639.256.842.1
Achieving Level 749.520.639.3
Achieving Level 810.32.66.6
Number of pupils4,3664,3644,364
Not achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level 633.248.443.5
Achieving Level 749.535.040.8
Achieving Level 811.17.36.3
Number of pupils4,6834,6814,682
All pupils
Not achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level
Achieving Level 636.152.442.9
Achieving Level 746.128.040.0
Achieving Level 810.75.06.5
Number of pupils9,0499,0459,046

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All Schools (Number of schools 231)

Not achieving Level
Achieving level 312.410.16.0
Achieving level 420.120.224.6
Achieving level 522.427.426.5
Achieving level 621.625.521.5
Achieving level 715.88.314.2
Achieving level
Number of pupils13,13813,07413,110
Not achieving Level
Achieving level
Achieving level 419.312.522.0
Achieving level 521.027.127.3
Achieving level 623.031.423.4
Achieving level 720.917.516.5
Achieving level
Number of pupils12,80112,78912,800
All pupils
Not achieving Level
Achieving level 310.47.35.4
Achieving level 419.716.423.3
Achieving level 521.727.226.9
Achieving level 622.328.422.4
Achieving level 718.312.915.3
Achieving level
Number of pupils25,93925,86325,910

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