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Paul Clark: Works to convert platform 20 of Waterloo International for domestic usage will be completed by December 2008. This will provide the capability to operate domestic trains into this platform from this time. The Department for Transport has sought to engage with South West Trains to seek their agreement to operate train services into this platform. The cost of
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the works to link the former Eurostar platform at Waterloo International to the domestic Waterloo terminal is in the region of £2.9 million.

Beyond this, it is primarily the railway infrastructure on the approaches to Waterloo rather than the number of platforms that limits the number of trains that can use Waterloo station as a whole. Therefore, we are seeking to run longer trains rather than more trains. This is in accordance with the strategy set out in the White Paper "Delivering a Sustainable Railway" published in July 2007.

Network Rail are seeking to provide the necessary additional capacity on the South Western network by extending platforms at stations where required, and are currently taking forward detailed feasibility studies into making all the platforms at Waterloo long enough to accommodate 10 car trains. They will also need to modify the junction layouts on the approaches to the station. It also includes making full use of the remainder of the Waterloo International platforms.

Such a large and complex scheme would allow the use of longer trains than currently use the short platforms and would result in a large increase in capacity on the South Western network to address crowding. The infrastructure works are planned to be completed by 2014. Additionally, for the longer term, Network Rail is also considering how to upgrade the station to accommodate 12-car rolling stock.

Discussions are under way with South West Trains to determine the scope, timing and cost of providing the additional rolling stock that will deliver our strategy. Any proposals made by South West Trains will be evaluated to contractualise the requirements. However, as you would expect, this is subject to concluding value for money negotiations with the train operator.

The platforms at Waterloo International are an integral part of the terminal building which is operated and managed by BRB (Residuary) Ltd. (BRBR) as a single site. As such it is not possible to accurately allocate the cost of the platforms on a stand alone basis. The total annual costs of managing the entire facility are in the order of £2.5 million. These costs are partially offset by rental income of approximately £340,000 per annum and BRBR are looking for further opportunities to generate income while the terminal is non-operational.

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimates his Department has made of the number of passengers travelling into Waterloo in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011, (f) 2015, (g) 2020, (h) 2025 and (i) 2030; and what the basis is for such estimates; [235677]

(2) what recent representations his Department has received from organisations in the rail industry on his forecasts for passenger numbers travelling into Waterloo; and if he will make a statement; [235678]

(3) whether he plans to revise his forecasts of future passenger numbers travelling into Waterloo; and if he will make a statement; [235679]

(4) if he will review the accuracy of the methodology and base figures used to forecast future passenger numbers travelling into Waterloo; and if he will make a statement. [235680]


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Paul Clark: We have made a series of estimates of the overall volumes of passengers forecast to travel. The basis of these estimates is the Network Modelling Framework, a forecasting system that incorporates standard industry agreed demand forecasting methodology.

No representations have been received on the overall forecasts.

Forecasts of the overall volumes of arriving passengers at Waterloo during the morning peak were published as part of the HLOS. We have reviewed our forecasts for the CP4 period and concluded that no changes should be made to the extra peak demand to be accommodated by 2013-14. We will monitor actual outturn against forecasts over CP4.

The industry methodology used to forecast rail passenger demand is reviewed on a regular basis. The HLOS forecasts used a base year of 2004-05. There are no plans to revise these base figures.

International Development

Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government has to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced people of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. [235179]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 17 November 2008, Official Report, columns 116-17W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham).

Television

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the television licence fee in his official Ministerial residence is paid for from public funds. [235344]

Mr. Thomas: Ministers in the Department for International Development do not have the use of an official ministerial residence.

Children, Schools and Families

Academies: Kettering

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils he expects to attend the two new planned academies in Kettering. [237201]

Jim Knight: Under the proposals which are currently being developed, the following number of places are planned: (a) 30 nursery and 840 primary school places and (b) 2,700 secondary school places (including 500 post-16 places).

Education Maintenance Allowance: Telephone Services

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the numbers of calls to the Learner Support Helpline that went unanswered in each month since January 2008; and if he will make a statement. [236805]


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Jim Knight: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and contract with Liberata to deliver EMA and the helpline and assessment payment body. Mark Haysom, the LSC’s Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Pre-school Education: Standards

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of early years settings have been found to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted since 1st September 2008; [233559]

(2) how many Ofsted inspections have been completed in early years settings since 1st September 2008. [233562]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 6 November 2008]: These are matters for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her replies have been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 11 November 2008:

Parliamentary Question Number 233559: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportions of early years settings have been found to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted since 1st September 2008.

Number and percentages of Early Years Register (EYR) inspections between 1 September 2008 and 31 October 2008
Grade Number of inspections Proportion of total inspections (percentage)

Outstanding

110

6

Good

1,052

55

Satisfactory

629

33

Inadequate

131

7

Total

1,922



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Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 11 November 2008:

Parliamentary Question Number 233562: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Ofsted inspections have been completed in early years settings since 1st September 2008.

Schools: Finance

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the per pupil average dedicated school grant will be in (a) each local
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authority in England and (b) England for the 2009-10 academic year. [236987]

Jim Knight: The Department allocates education funding to local authorities on a financial year basis. For the 2009-10 dedicated schools grant, the guaranteed units of funding for pupils in all local authorities and the England average can be found in the revised 2009-11 indicative DSG allocations file at the following link:

This link works and is maintained regularly, being the location where the figures are officially published, and where any further information relating to the guaranteed units of funding and dedicated schools grant for 2009-10 will be updated.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Adult Education: Finance

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the Adult Education and Skills Strategy in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) in each of the previous five years, broken down by main budget heading. [232396]

Mr. Simon: The majority of funding for adult further education and skills is managed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and included in the LSC budget. Some funding is spent outside the LSC and included in other lines. A breakdown of expenditure from 2002-03 to 2007-08 included in the Adult Education and Skills Strategy line in Annex 2, Table 11 of the 2008 Departmental Report is set out in the following table.

Outturn (£ million)

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08( 1)

Adult Education and Skills Strategy

245

172

182

191

168

176

Of which:

Skills Funding for Regional Development Agencies

42

42

43

43

44

45

Skills For Life Development (non-LSC)1

47

46

46

60

27

25

Capital Funding for UK Online Centres and Wired Up Communities

90

Sector Skills Development Agency

17

35

70

68

75

81

Learndirect and Adult Guidance(non-LSC)2

19

18

4

6

9

9

Investors in People UK

2

5

5

5

6

6

UK Skills Sponsorship

4

3

3

3

4

5

Other Adult Education and Skills Strategy

24

23

11

6

3

5

(1) Estimated
(2) These lines do not show the full expenditure on these programmes as some expenditure is included in the LSC budget. In particular where funding reduces significantly, this is because funding has been transferred to LSC.
Source:
The figures for total expenditure on the adult education and the skills strategy line are taken from Table 11, Annex 2 of the 2008 Departmental Report for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

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