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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she proposes an early ratification of the Kyoto protocol by the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement 
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Mr. Meacher [holding answer 16 January 2002]: For legal and presentational reasons, the UK will ratify the Kyoto protocol at the same time as the European Community and other member states. At the European Council on 31 October 2001, the EU stressed
Margaret Hodge: The Student Loans Company's provisional outturn of administration costs in 200001 was £47.5 million (cash). The final figure will be included in the company's 200001 annual report which is expected to be published in mid-December 2002. Copies of this document will be placed in the Libraries of both of the Houses of Parliament.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administration costs of the Higher Education Funding Council for England were in 200001; and what she expects them to be in 200102. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administration costs of the Further Education Funding Council were in 200001; and what she expects them to be in 200101. 
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The FEFC will not incur any administrative costs in 200102. From April 2001 the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has taken over the majority of the functions previously carried out by the FEFC, as well as those of TECs.
Mr. Timms: The administration costs of the Teacher Training Agency (TTA) in 200001, as published in the agency's annual financial statements, were £7.392 million. The TTA's current forecast administration costs for 200102 are around £7.85 million.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administration costs of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority were in 200001; and what she expects them to be in 200102. 
John Healey: In this financial year, Investors in People UK will receive grant in aid of £1.617 million. Up to 75 per cent. of this is used for running costse.g. staff/premises costs; the remainder is used to fund the development of the standard. In addition to this, the company has also received additional funding of £1.6 million from the Department for marketing purposes. Last year, IiP UK generated additional income of £3.7 million from their own operations, which was used to carry out development, quality assurance, and advice and guidance.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the full report of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority into the claims of Mr. Jeffrey Robinson about exam standards. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: QCA commissioned a full report from the awarding body OCR on Mr. Robinson's allegations. Although the OCR report is a confidential technical document and it is not QCA's practice to publish documents of this type, QCA's assessment of it has been published in the QCA website.
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her Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999; and how many of them related to special advisers. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 9 January 2002]: The procedures for making complaints under the Civil Service Code are set out in the Department's staff handbook. Civil servants are encouraged, in the first instance, to raise complaints made under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code with their line manager. If for any reason this is not felt to be possible, perhaps because the line manager is part of the complaint, individuals may take their complaint to a nominated official (or officials). It is not possible to provide a comprehensive figure for the number of complaints made within this Department under paragraph 11 of the code, as there is no requirement for managers to report centrally details of complaints made under the Civil Service Code which are resolved within the management line.
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 January 2002]: We are committed to providing all three-year-olds, whose parents want one, with a free nursery education place by September 2004. We have recently announced details of the £275 million of funding we are making available to provide free early education places for three-year-olds in 200203. This funding has been initially allocated according to the position of an authority on the Government's Index of Multiple Deprivation. As a result, Trafford LEA has been allocated £335,000 of this funding to provide 275 free early education places.
Estimates of the percentage of three-year-olds already provided with a place are used nationally for internal planning and monitoring. However, accurate local population figures are not available to the Department, although local authorities may choose to make their own estimates based on local data.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many speech therapists qualified for teaching children with special educational needs are in practice in each local education authority in England. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not collected centrally. Under the Standards Fund, grant support is available to local education authorities to help them enhance speech and language therapy services in conjunction with the NHS and voluntary sector. We have also supported the work of the charity I-CAN on creating a joint professional development framework for teachers and speech and language therapists, to be published shortly.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for her Department in each of the last four years. 
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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Nick Matheson, Chief Executive of the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) which provides ministerial cars and drivers, will be writing separately in response to part (a) of this question.
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