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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children in care (a) continue their education after the age of 16 years and (b) go on to university; and if she will make a statement. 
Statistical information concerning the educational status of young people who have left care in England is not available, although we know anecdotally that very few care leavers go on to higher education. A new statistical collection which will provide information for care leavers aged 19 has recently been introduced by the Department, and the first year of data will cover 12 months ending 31 March 2002. This will identify the percentage of care leavers in education, training or employment. The Department plans to publish this information in autumn 2002.
Mr. Collins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many letters to hon. Members were sent by him during his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December; and, of these, how many were (a) personally signed by him and (b) signed on his behalf by others. 
Mr. Collins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what commercial sponsorship was (a) sought and (b) received for his activities during his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December. 
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(3) how many officials accompanied him during his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Since 1999, this Government have published an annual list of overseas visits undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing more than £500 or more during each financial year. Details of visits overseas for 200102 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year.
(3) which (a) Ministers and (b) officials of other Governments he met during his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December; 
(4) which agreements were reached with other Governments during his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December; and if he will publish the full text of each; 
(5) if he will make a statement on the purposes and results of his official visits overseas between 26 November and 11 December. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: On behalf of the Prime Minister, I visited the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam from 27 November to 11 December. In the United States I had meetings with the UN Secretary General, the Vice-President and Senators. I visited
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Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Vietnam as a guest of their Governments and met their Prime Ministers, other Ministers and businessmen.
Mr. Leslie: The Cabinet Office already commissions and publishes an independent annual report "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service". This report includes details of the causes of absenteeism in all Government Departments, and is available at: www.cabinet.office.gov.uk/civilservice/publications/ sickness/index. htm.
For 2002 the contract for analysis of absence statistics has been awarded to AON Ltd. which will be conducting a thorough review of all the information currently collected and the needs and requirements of all users of the report.
no more than a civil service average of 7.2 days sick absence per person, per year by 2003 for the Civil Service as a whole.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what schemes targeting urban regeneration needs are managed by his Department; how much each scheme has available to invest nationally; what issues each scheme aims to tackle; and how much has been spent annually since 1997 (a) nationally, (b) in Teesside, (c) in Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough councils and (d) in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. 
Mr. Leslie: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister is responsible for the Government Office network which administers schemes of the type referred to on behalf of other Departments. The aims and budgets for such schemes are the responsibility of the Secretaries of State for those Departments.
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the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Minister for Energy dated 13 June and 14 September relating to help for rural garages to install LPG facilities. 
Mr. Wilson [holding answer 18 December 2001]: Between 199495 and 200001 the cost of decommissioning UKAEA's nuclear power plants amounted to £119.3 million. (Expenditure on decommissioning nuclear power plants owned by BNFL has been met from its own resources). Figures for earlier years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research she has commissioned into the use of pre-payment telephones for offensive anonymous calls; and what plans she has to require registration of pre-pay telephones. 
Mr. Alexander [holding answer 8 January 2002]: I have not commissioned research into the use of pre-payment mobile phones for offensive anonymous calls, nor do I have plans to require registration of such phones. Registration is easily falsified and compulsory registration would disadvantage many for whom low cost mobile phones are the only affordable form of telecommunications.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the World bank regarding the pending sale by BAE Systems to the Government of Tanzania of an air traffic control system. 
Nigel Griffiths: The Department of Trade and Industry's Export Control Organisation has received no representation from the World bank regarding the sale of an air traffic control system to the Government of Tanzania.
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