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Performance Appraisal

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest reporting year for which figures are available. [235223]

Mr. Bradshaw: In 2007-08, the performance of staff in the Department up to Grade 6 was assessed as Excellent, Good or Unsatisfactory. With a small number of assessments still to be confirmed, 10 staff were assessed as Unsatisfactory, representing 0.5 per cent. of the total. Performance arrangements for staff in the Senior Civil Service are common across all Departments. In 2007-08 there was no one in the Department whose performance was assessed as unacceptable.

Tuberculosis: Vaccination

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on administering BCG vaccines to children in education but not resident in high tuberculosis incidence areas in the last 12 months; how many of these supported such an extension to the BCG vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement. [235548]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department has received very low levels of correspondence on this issue. Of the letters that the Department did receive, most supported an extension to the BCG programme.

However, the Department moved to a selective policy following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Having reviewed all available scientific and epidemiological evidence, the JCVI recommended from September 2005 that a targeted approach to vaccination should be introduced to replace the national schools BCG programme.

The key reasons behind this decision were:

JCVI reviewed its advice in 2007 and concluded that the evidence continued to support the Department of Health policy. A copy of the JCVI advice on this issue is available at:

Tysabri

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for Tysabri have been issued in each of the last two years, broken down by (a) NHS region and (b) age of recipient. [234829]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department does not hold information on the number of prescriptions that are issued, only those that are issued and then dispensed. Information is not collected on which patients are prescribed drugs, so it is not possible to determine the age of a patient. There have been no prescriptions for Tysabri (natalizumab) dispensed in the community in England in the period requested.

The Intercontinental Marketing Service hospital pharmacy audit index indicates that for all strategic health authorities (SHAs) in England, there were 0.2 thousand packs of the drug administered in 2007 and 0.3 thousand packs in the period January to March 2008. There is no recorded use of the drug prior to 2007. Due to the disclosive nature of the data, it is not possible to present it by individual SHA.


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Duchy of Lancaster

Departmental Older Workers

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people recruited by his Department in 2007-08 were aged over (a) 55 years and (b) 60 years; and what percentage this represented of the number of new recruits in each case. [235234]

Mr. Watson: I refer the hon. Member to the response given to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 22W.

Government Departments: Absenteeism

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance the Cabinet Office provides to other Government departments on statistics to be collected on absenteeism levels of their staff and staff of the public bodies for which they are responsible. [233369]

Mr. Watson: Cabinet Office guidance is that Government Departments should collect sickness absence statistics on a quarterly basis.

Government Departments: Internet

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what websites government communications jobs are advertised to the public. [233364]

Mr. Watson: Individual Departments are responsible for advertising their jobs.

The Government Communication Network (GCN) advises that Government communications jobs which are open to the public are advertised on the Civil Service Recruitment Gateway.

Higher Civil Servants

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance is provided to senior civil servants on holding shares in companies from which they procure services. [233381]


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Mr. Watson: The rules and guidelines for civil servants on holding shares and other investments are set out in the “Civil Service Code” and the “Civil Service Management Code”.

Copies of the codes are available in the Libraries of the House.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Adult Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when the response to the consultation on informal adult learning will be published. [229003]

Mr. Simon: “Informal Adult Learning—Shaping the Way Ahead” started an important debate about the role and nature of informal adult learning in the 21st century. The response to the consultation exceeded expectations, with around 5,500 responses. We published the Central Office for Information’s consultation report and the DIUS response on our website on Thursday 9 October.

Informal adult learning is highly valued by Government. We recognise the significant contribution it makes to the quality of life, health and well-being of individuals, neighbourhoods and wider society. We have made an unequivocal commitment to sustain its funding, with £210 million available every year until the end of the comprehensive spending review period.

DIUS officials are now developing the proposals arising from the consultation, working closely with a wide range of stakeholders. These policy proposals will pave the way towards a new informal adult learning strategy to be published early next year.

Construction: Education

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in each region enrolled on courses for each level of qualification in construction at further education colleges in each of the last 10 years. [234932]

Mr. Simon: Table 1 shows the number of enrolments on construction courses in further education colleges by level of course and region, for 2002-03 to 2006-07, the latest year for which fully audited data is available. Comparable information is not available prior to the formation of the Learning and Skills Council in 2001.

Table 1: Enrolments on construction courses in FE colleges by notional level of course and region of learner: 2002-03
Notional Level of Aim
Region Level 1 and Entry Level Level 2 Level 3 Level 4, 5 o r Higher Other Total

East Of England

3,680

7,450

3,020

480

3,950

18,580

East Midlands

3,690

7,040

3,600

630

6,570

21,530

Greater London

7,170

9,380

5,980

740

5,290

28,560

North East

3,590

4,160

1,120

310

4,140

13,330

North West

7,170

10,200

8,260

1,000

8,940

35,570

South East

6,090

12,430

9,090

600

8,950

37,150

South West

5,290

5,700

4,440

420

10,310

26,160

West Midlands

7,100

7,640

4,390

470

3,620

23,210

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,820

7,710

3,940

670

5,320

24,470

Region not Known

1,260

3,130

1,570

180

1,750

7,890

Total

51,870

74,850

45,400

5,500

58,840

236,460


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Enrolments on construction courses at FE colleges in 2003-04
Notional Level of Aim
Region Level 1 and Entry Level Level 2 Level 3 Level 4, 5 o r Higher Other Total

East Of England

4,180

8,610

2,380

450

2,520

18,140

East Midlands

4,240

8,230

2,320

570

4,610

19,960

Greater London

8,390

9,580

3,650

680

4,100

26,390

North East

4,850

5,610

1,360

280

4,250

16,340

North West

8,550

10,170

5,820

990

6,250

31,790

South East

7,150

14,190

4,430

620

7,110

33,490

South West

6,290

7,990

2,650

390

5,210

22,530

West Midlands

7,000

7,090

2,640

350

2,780

19,870

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,250

7,880

3,220

610

5,500

23,450

Region not Known

1,230

2,690

790

150

1,360

6,220

Total

58,140

82,030

29,250

5,070

43,680

218,170


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