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Schools: Intelligent Design

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): To meet the requirements of the national curriculum for science, teachers have to teach about scientific theories. Intelligent design is not a recognised scientific theory; therefore, it is not included in the science curriculum.

The science programme of study sets out the legal requirements of the national curriculum. It clearly states that pupils should be taught: how uncertainties in scientific knowledge and scientific ideas change over time; the role of the scientific community in validating these changes; that variation within species can lead to evolutionary changes; and that similarities and differences between species can be measured and classified.

Intelligent design can be explored in religious education as part of developing an understanding of different beliefs. It is up to the local SACREs (standing advisory councils on religious education) to set the syllabus for how this should be done. The department is currently working with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to communicate this message to schools.

Secure Training Centres: Physical Restraint

Lord Carlile of Berriew asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The information requested, which has been supplied by the Youth Justice Board, is in the following table.



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DateHassockfieldMedwayOakhillRainsbrook
MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale

October 2006

20

10

92

42

27

30

20

18

September 2006

24

14

100

47

33

35

26

35

August 2006

53

9

70

33

36

44

37

19

July 2006

13

6

63

10

22

45

32

6

June 2006

49

7

87

28

30

38

17

5

May 2006

14

15

51

13

38

33

14

5

April 2006

14

24

16

16

27

46

33

7

March 2006

60

26

36

10

17

27

12

7

February 2006

51

50

65

30

15

36

15

11

January 2006

39

25

62

46

27

75

22

16

December 2005

39

12

51

19

40

63

20

33

November 2005

45

23

42

19

71

66

24

11

Sport: Developing Talent

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The £600 million package of financial support for high-performance sport, managed and allocated by UK Sport, is the primary route of support for talented young athletes in Olympic and Paralympic sports who have the potential to compete and win in international competition. Government and UK Sport assess that there are now sufficient levels of funding in the performance system to 2012 to ensure that genuine world class talent is not lost to summer Olympic and Paralympic sports.

The national governing bodies (NGBs) of English non-Olympic sports receive funding from Sport England through their whole sport plans and will use a proportion of this to identify and support talented athletes. In addition, the Government's school sport strategy provides access to a range of non-Olympic sports, and talent in particular is supported through the gifted and talented scheme. Since 2003, over £6.5 million has been invested in this scheme.


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