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Iraq Committee of Inquiry

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether any (a) documents and (b) other items of information in electronic format sought from his Department by the Iraq Inquiry have not been disclosed owing to the Government's obligations to foreign governments or international bodies; and if he will make a statement; [310190]

(2) how many (a) documents and (b) other types of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification the Iraq Inquiry has requested from his Department; and if he will make a statement; [310189]

(3) how many and what proportion of the (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification requested by the Iraq Inquiry have been provided to it by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [310192]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, columns 840-41W, by the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office (Angela E. Smith), who has answered on behalf of all Departments.

Children, Schools and Families

CAFCASS

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many forms Family Court advisers engaged by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service are required to complete in respect of a (a) private and (b) public law case; [307425]

(2) what change in caseload the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service experienced between June 2008 and December 2009; and if he will make a statement; [307426]

(3) what progress the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has made in agreeing with the relevant trade unions a new workload guideline; and if he will make a statement; [307427]

(4) what the average caseload was for Family Court Advisors in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in London on the latest date for which figures are available; and what the average caseload was for such advisors on 31 March 2008; [307443]

(5) what the outcomes were of the time recording exercise undertaken during April 2008 on the time being spent on public and private family law cases; [307472]

(6) what the average payment made to front-line agency (a) staff and (b) managers employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service was in the latest period for which figures are available; [307473]


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(7) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been disciplined because of poor performance in the last 12 months; [307474]

(8) how many complaints the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has received from staff in relation to bullying in the last 12 months; [307475]

(9) what classification the 2004 Workload Agreement of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service gave of a reasonable time to complete a private law case; [307477]

(10) whether family court advisors in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with guidance on making telephone calls rather than making family visits in respect of certain cases; [307478]

(11) how many (a) individual and (b) collective staff grievance procedures at the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service were outstanding on the latest date for which figures are available; [307479]

(12) how many agency staff the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has employed in the last 12 months; [307480]

(13) whether staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with guidance on reducing costs in relation to (a) travel and (b) conducting interviews in people's homes; [307481]

(14) how much the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has spent on agency staff in each of its regions in 2009-10; [307483]

(15) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with a performance improvement notice in the last 12 months; [307485]

(16) how many Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff have been the subject of a quality improvement review in the last 12 months; [307486]

(17) how many (a) family court advisors and (b) self-employed contractors have ceased to work for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the last 12 months; [307488]

(18) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been the subject of formal performance and conduct procedures in the last 12 months; [307490]

(19) what the average caseload was for a Family Court Adviser in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service on 31 March 2009; [307641]

(20) whether the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has ceased to commission self-employed contractors; [307642]

(21) whether Family Court Advisers in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been directed not to attend local authority review meetings. [307643]

Dawn Primarolo: These are operational matters for CAFCASS. I have asked the chief executive of CAFCASS, Anthony Douglas, to respond by letter to the hon. Member. A copy of the letter will be placed in the House Libraries.


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Children: Databases

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how many months ContactPoint has operated without its children missing education function; and what steps have been take to restore that function. [309715]

Dawn Primarolo: ContactPoint's Children Missing Education (CME) report function is working properly and is available to all local authorities in England.

On 2 November 2009, the Department raised an issue with the supplier of the ContactPoint system, following the identification by a local authority that it could no longer access the CME report function. This issue was raised using the standard problem resolution process and the functionality was restored on 18 December 2009.

Free School Meals

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authority areas in each region have been selected for comprehensive free school meals pilot schemes. [309684]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: As part of the pre-Budget report, the Chancellor has announced an extension to the universal free school meal pilots for primary children so that there is a pilot in each English region. No decisions have been taken yet as to which local authority areas will be selected. He also announced a phased roll out of free school meals to primary children from low income families, who are in receipt of work-related benefits, starting with 50 per cent. of eligible children in September 2010, and with full roll out in 2011.

Three free school meal pilots started last term. Durham and Newham are piloting universal free school meals for all primary pupils. Wolverhampton is piloting extended eligibility to primary and secondary pupils whose parents are on working tax credit and have an income up to £16,040.

Gifted Children: Leeds

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Leeds North West constituency have participated in gifted and talented programmes in each year since 2000. [309386]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department does not collect data about participation in gifted and talented programmes. Through the school census schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified.

Health Education: Sex

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) mechanisms will be used and (b) timetable has been set for introducing new guidance on the teaching of sex and relationships education. [309610]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: We have announced our intention to issue revised guidance to schools on sex and relationships education in response to the recommendations of the steering group that led the Review of SRE in Schools. We plan to consult on the revised guidance in this year,
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with a view to making it available to schools for the start of the next academic year. The guidance will offer advice to schools for implementing SRE under the current legislative arrangements and will be revised if needed, subject to the passage of the Children and Families Bill which seeks to make PSHE statutory.

National Safeguarding Delivery Unit: Standards

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) mechanisms and (b) performance measures are used to assess the effectiveness of the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. [309717]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Safeguarding Delivery Unit (NSDU) published an interim progress report and work programme for 2009-10 on 18 December 2009 available at

The NSDU reports progress against agreed milestones on a monthly basis to a cross-Government programme board of senior officials. The unit also reports into the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Families, Children, and Young People through a new ministerial sub-group comprising the Secretaries of State from DCSF, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. This Ministerial sub-group meets quarterly with the Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children, Sir Roger Singleton, to monitor progress and tackle any barriers to joint working that might exist across safeguarding services.

The chief adviser on the Safety of Children is due to submit his first annual report by April 2010.

This will include commentary on the progress being made by the unit and the impact of work taken forward.

The unit has established a partnership network of around 100 key stakeholders and frontline professionals. This network provides collective experience and expertise at the frontline and enables the NSDU to secure direct input and feedback which will inform its future priorities. A further NSDU work programme will be published in spring 2010.

Ofsted: Public Appointments

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for appointing the Children's Rights Director. [309654]

Dawn Primarolo: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills is responsible for the appointment of the Children's Rights Director.

Personal Social and Health Education

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the criteria to be used by school governors to determine whether the teaching of personal, social, health and economic education under the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill reflects a reasonable range of religious, cultural and other perspectives. [309683]


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Ms Diana R. Johnson: The legislation will introduce a set of guiding principles that govern the way in which the PSHE as a subject should be delivered. Schools Governors will be under a duty to ensure these principles act as safeguards against inappropriate teaching.

There is a wide range of perspectives on the teaching of PSHE but we believe that schools should have flexibility to tailor their approach to reflect: the ethos of the school; the views of parents and pupils; and the needs of individual and diverse nature of local communities, subject to covering the content prescribed in the statutory programmes of study.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what inspection criteria would be applied to the teaching of personal, social, health and economic education under the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill. [309711]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: We are not proposing any changes in the Children, Schools and Families Bill to the current arrangements for inspecting PSHE when it becomes statutory in September 2011, as this subject is already covered along with other subjects within Ofsted's existing statutory inspection framework.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he consulted governors of faith schools on the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill in relation to teaching of the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 in advance of the introduction of that Bill. [309713]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: In coming to the decision to make PSHE a statutory part of the curriculum we have taken into consideration a broad range of views from our stakeholders and this included Governors of faith schools.

The work that QCDA did throughout the consultation collated views from Governors based on-line surveys as well as through focus groups and mini-conferences.

In their responses Governors recognise that good quality PSHE, taught in a sensitive and appropriate way and with the proper safeguards in place (in line with the ethos and faith of the school) is vital in promoting the health and wellbeing of young people as they prepare to tackle the challenges of adult life.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to issue guidance to the governors of faith schools on the teaching of the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 under the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill. [309714]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: There is a provision within the Children, Schools and Families Bill that will allow the Secretary of State to issue any guidance by Order as part of statutory PSHE in September 2011.

Governors in faith schools currently have a statutory responsibility to take account of existing and revised guidance in particularly that relating to the provision of sex and relationship education.


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Schools: Snow and Ice

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has given to (a) schools and (b) education authorities on teachers using electronic communications to undertake distance teaching for pupils at schools closed because of inclement weather; and if he will make a statement. [310836]

Mr. Coaker: The Department published guidance, "Supporting Learning during Extended School Closures", in 2008, and made some minor amendments to it in 2009. The guidance can be found on the Department's teachernet website at:

The guidance was located within our guidance on pandemic flu. We added to our guidance on severe weather a link to this guidance in the first week of January 2010. We also sent an e-mail to all schools and local authorities that week reminding them of the guidance on severe weather.

Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost to his Department was of educating children with special education needs in residential special schools in each local authority in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [309354]

Ms Diana R. Johnson [holding answer 6 January 2010]: The requested information is not collected centrally by the Department. However, during the 2009-10 financial year local authorities in England budgeted net expenditure of over £5.2 billion for the provision of education for children with special educational needs. It is not possible to identify how much of this £5.2 billion was for the total cost of educating children with special educational needs in residential special schools as the data are not collected in that way.

Communities and Local Government

Affordable Housing: Construction

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) projects and (b) units he expects to be built in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area under the Kickstart scheme round (A) 1 and (B) 2; and how much funding has been allocated to each area for each round. [309828]

John Healey: Full details on round one of the Kickstart scheme can be found on the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) website. Regional information on the short-listed projects from round two are also on HCA's website. These projects will now be subject to rigorous due diligence testing, and details on approved projects, by local authority area, will be available once this process is complete.


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