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Truancy: Staffordshire

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in Staffordshire was classed as persistent absentees in each of the last five years. [215806]

Kevin Brennan: The first year for which information is available on persistent absentees is 2005/06.

The available information is given in the table, and was published as part of the Statistical First Release: “Pupil Absence in Schools in England, including Pupil Characteristics, 2006/07” at:

Maintained secondary schools( 1) : Rates of overall absence and persistent absentees 2005/06 and 2006/07—By local authority area and Government office region in England
Percentage of persistent absentees( 2)

2005/06 2006/07 Percentage point change

Staffordshire local authority area

5.3

5.0

-0.3

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Excludes city technology colleges and academies.
(2) Number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
Persistent absentees are defined as missing more than 20 per cent. of possible sessions (includes authorised and unauthorised absence from school).
Source:
School Census

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Innovation, Universities and Skills

Departmental Assets

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills over what period his Department depreciates the asset value of its (a) vehicles, (b) computer hardware, (c) bespoke computer software, (d) standard computer software, (e) furniture and (f) telecommunications equipment. [213216]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established under Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. The Accounting Policies for the Department for 2007-08 have been merged from the pre-existing Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Trade and Industry Accounting Policies. The Department's Resource Account's are currently being audited by the National Audit Office.

The Department depreciates the aforementioned asset categories over the following periods:

Years

(a) Vehicles

2 to 10

(b) Computer hardware

3 to 10

(c) Bespoke computer software

2 to 5

(d) Standard computer software

2 to 5

(e) Furniture

7 to 10

(f) Telecommunications equipment

3 to 10


This information has been taken from the Department's Accounting policy note that will form part of the Resource Accounts. The financial statements are prepared in accordance with the Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM) issued by HM Treasury.

Departmental Buildings

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are available. [212878]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. Information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate. [213398]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established under Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. The Accounting Policies for the Department for 2007-08 have been merged from the pre-existing Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Trade and Industry Accounting Policies. The Department's Resource Accounts are currently being audited by the National Audit Office.

The Department restates the value its building estate in accordance with the requirements of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors every five years at existing use
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value. Where appropriate, indices issued by the Office for National Statistics have been applied in intervening years. This information has been taken from the Department's accounting policy note which will form part of the resource accounts.

Departmental Conferences

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies which was cancelled before taking place in each of the last 10 years; and what costs were incurred in respect of each. [215169]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established under Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. The Department does not hold records at this level of detail, to answer the question would be at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Expert Groups

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what expert groups his Department has set up since it was established. [213265]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established in June 2007. Since that date it has set up The National Student Forum which was established in February 2008 and has met four times. The Forum is independently chaired by Maeve Sherlock and has 16 student members. The Forum will produce an annual report in the autumn, to which Ministers are committed to respond publicly.

Details of formal, standing bodies set up by Government to provide independent, expert advice to Departments and Ministers are published annually by the Cabinet Office. These bodies, known as advisory non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), are listed in the annual “Public Bodies” publication. “Public Bodies” also contains some details on short-term advisory groups and task forces. Copies of “Public Bodies” dating back to 1999 can be viewed and downloaded from:

Copies are also available in the Library for the reference of Members.

Departmental Furniture

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. [211765]

Mr. Lammy: Since its creation in June 2007, DIUS has spent a total of £554,780 on office furniture. Further detail, and information in respect of all of the Department’s agencies, could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


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Departmental Home Working

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home. [212522]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

I can however confirm that home working is available to all staff in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills as part of our flexible working policy.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its agencies spent on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08. [212053]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was formed on 28 June 2007, following the machinery of Government changes. Since this date the Department has spent an estimated £33,556.75 on branding and design for signposts, graphic and stationery. Branding work on the website is expected to come to in the region of £60,000 for the financial year 2007-08. We are not expecting any additional rebranding costs.

The Department has spent an estimated £1,777,776 on advertising, £115,130 on direct marketing and £612,770 on paper publications.

The Department is responsible for two agencies, National Weights and Measures Laboratory and the UK Intellectual Property Office. National Weights and Measures Laboratory has spent £41,237.30 on marketing in 2007-08 and has not spent anything on branding activity. UK Intellectual Property Office has spent £72,000 in 2007-08 on marketing and nothing on branding.

Departmental Orders and Regulations

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 393W, on departmental orders and regulations, if he will list the statutory instruments revoked by Ministers of his Department. [215146]

Mr. Lammy: The 34 revoked statutory instruments, referred to in my answer of 22 May 2008 (not 2 June as stated in the question), Official Report, column 393W, were as follows:


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Departmental Pay

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. [212500]

Mr. Lammy: Figures are detailed in the following tables:

National
£
Grade Permanent hourly rate Temporary hourly rate

EAAO

7.52

6.99

EO

9.68

8.88

Grade 6

26.36

22.99

Grade 7

20.68

19.00

HEO

12.19

11.09

SEO

15.15

13.60


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London
£
Grade Permanent hourly rate Temporary hourly rate

EAAO(1)

9.22

8.64

EO(1)

11.28

10.50

Grade 6

27.60

25.62

Grade 7

23.09

21.16

HEO

13.75

12.83

SEO

18.14

15.45

(1) Reflects grades where temporary employees are in post.

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