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Devonport Dockyard

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the Landing Craft Relocation project at HM Naval Base Devonport. [48909]

Mr Gerald Howarth: Work is proceeding on the assessment phase of the Devonport Landing Craft Collocation Project. The project is planned to move to the build phase, subject to Main Gate approval, this summer.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which warships and auxiliaries his Department expects to be based at HM Naval Base Devonport in (a) 2015, (b) 2020 and (c) 2025. [48961]

Nick Harvey: At this time, we have no plans to change the base porting arrangements at Devonport. However, base porting arrangements for Royal Navy vessels are kept under constant review and the Department is currently considering whether there is a case to change the base porting arrangements for the Type 23 frigates.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels do not have base porting arrangements, but rather utilise the naval base that is appropriate to their operational tasking or replenishment requirements.

The vessels currently base ported at Devonport, including the remaining Type 22s which are due to be decommissioned before 2015, are:

Type Name

Amphibious (LPH)

Ocean

Amphibious (LPD)

Albion

Amphibious (LPD)

Bulwark

Type 22

Campbeltown

Type 22

Cornwall

Type 22

Cumberland

Type 23

Montrose

Type 23

Northumberland

Type 23

Monmouth

Type 23

Sutherland

Type 23

Somerset

Type 23

Portland

Type 23

Argyll

Hydrographic

Scott

Hydrographic

Gleaner

Hydrographic

Echo

Hydrographic

Enterprise

P2000

Raider

Ex-servicemen

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the merits of making regular reports to the House on implications for UK veterans of the developments and research carried out by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and its Gulf War Veterans Illness Task Force. [45314]

Nick Harvey: The UK maintains close relations with the US Government. The Ministry of Defence currently has a British liaison officer based in Washington DC to help ensure that the UK has full visibility of US research

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into Gulf veterans’ illnesses (GVI) issues, and providing a channel for communicating our own work to interested US parties. The US Department of Veterans Affairs publishes information on GVI issues on their website so any new information is easily available to interested parties. In the event of any significant research being published in the US or elsewhere that throws further light on the illnesses reported by some Gulf veterans then we would bring this to the attention of the House. We do not believe however that an additional regular report is necessary at this time.

Gurkhas

Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) compensation and (b) other support is available to Gurkhas serving in the Army who are injured or disabled as a result of service; and what advice is made available on access to such support. [45967]

Nick Harvey: Gurkhas are entitled to the same level of compensation and support as any other service personnel. The Chain of Command and the Army Welfare Service are able to provide practical advice and support to service personnel and their families and signpost to welfare organisations as required.

HMS Caroline

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the future of the training ship HMS Caroline. [48928]

Nick Harvey: We have agreed in principle to gift the ship to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. This is subject to the development of a viable heritage business plan for the ship and parliamentary approval. As well as the National Museum being able to fund the day-to-day responsibility for the ship, following decommissioning on 31 March, a heritage plan is required to be developed in consultation with the NI authorities and others.

HMS Cumberland

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role HMS Cumberland has played in protecting the Al Basra oil terminal. [48927]

Nick Harvey: HMS Cumberland provided security, surveillance and support to the Al Basrah oil terminal during her tasking under Commander Task Force Iraqi Maritime (CTF-IM) in December 2010. The UK works alongside the US and the Iraqi Navy and Marines to maintain security around the oil terminals in the Arabian Gulf.

HMS Cumberland and HMS Cornwall

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ports visits (a) HMS Cumberland and (b) HMS Cornwall have made during their current deployments. [48923]

Nick Harvey: The port visits made as at 22 March 2011 by HMS Cumberland and by HMS Cornwall during their current deployments were as follows:

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HMS Cumberland

Gibraltar, Palermo, Jeddah, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, Muscat, Soudha Bay, Naples, Cagliari and also entered the ports of Benghazi and Valletta as part of the evacuation of entitled personnel from Libya.

HMS Cornwall

Algiers, Soudha Bay, Muscat, Fujairah, Salalah, Dubai.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many vessels have been (a) queried and (b) boarded by HMS Cumberland during her current deployment; [48925]

(2) how many vessels have been (a) queried and (b) boarded by HMS Cornwall during her current deployment. [48926]

Nick Harvey: On current deployments: HMS Cumberland has queried a total of 256 vessels and conducted 40 alongside assurance visits where a boarding party goes alongside vessels to gather information, assist in developing the patterns of life for that specific area and offer assurance against maritime crime. HMS Cornwall has queried a total of 173 vessels and boarded 10 vessels.

Libya: Missiles

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missiles were fired at targets in Libya from (a) RAF Tornado aircraft and (b) Royal Navy ships and submarines on 19 March 2011. [48904]

Nick Harvey: On 19 March 2011, a number of missiles were fired from RAF Tornado aircraft and Royal Navy submarines at targets in Libya. No missiles were fired from any Royal Navy ships in the region. I am withholding the exact number of missiles fired as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Libya: No-fly Zone

Mike Weatherley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total level of resources the UK will provide to the implementation of the no-fly zone in Libya. [49380]

Nick Harvey: It is too early to give a robust estimate of the costs of the operations in Libya. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the net additional costs of operations in Libya will be fully met from the reserve.

Libya: Tornado Aircraft

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tornado aircraft stationed at RAF Marham were in a fit condition to participate in the first air strike against targets in Libya on 19 March 2011. [48900]

Nick Harvey: On 19 March 2011, there were 72 Tornado GR4 aircraft available to the front line squadrons in UK of which 36 were at RAF Marham. This figure is a snapshot as the number of aircraft assigned to front line squadrons will vary on a daily basis according to normal fleet management activities, including requirements for mandated maintenance and upgrade programmes.

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Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project; and if he will make a statement. [48947]

Mr Gerald Howarth: The Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme is in its assessment phase, and the Ministry of Defence issued an advertisement for an international competition in October 2009 for the MARS tankers. Following expressions of interest from industry, six bidders were invited to submit outline solutions. In October 2010, the bidders were invited to submit more detailed solutions and the resulting bids are currently the subject of discussions between the MOD and the bidders. On current plans, final bids are expected to be requested later this year.

In addition to the MARS tankers, the solid support capability elements, intended to be provided by the MARS programme, remain uncommitted at this stage.

Military Tattoos

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on holding military tattoos, festivals and other events open to the public. [40141]

Nick Harvey: It is important that members of the public are able to show their support for the armed forces by attending events that have an armed forces theme. This can range from local community engagement activities, such as open days, through to commercially-run air shows or military tattoos.

When planning an event, organisers must take into account a number of factors and present a business case for approval through their chain of command. The event will not be approved unless judged as cost-effective, beneficial to the Services or Ministry of Defence and has a clear purpose.

Navy

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) status and (b) operational tasking is of each of the Royal Navy's (i) Type 23 frigates, (ii) Type 22 Batch 3 frigates, (iii) Type 42 destroyers and (iv) Type 45 destroyers. [48907]

Mr Gerald Howarth: As of 23 March 2010 the operational tasking and status for each of the Royal Navy’s frigates and destroyers by type is shown in the following table.

  Operational tasking and status

Type 23

 

HMS Argyll

Operational Sea Training

HMS Iron Duke

Op Telic

HMS Kent

Refit

HMS Lancaster

Refit

HMS Montrose

Fleet Ready Escort

HMS Monmouth

Maritime Security UK Waters

HMS Northumberland

Refit

HMS Portland

Assisted Maintenance Period

HMS Richmond

Op Atalanta

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HMS Somerset

Towed Array Patrol Ship

HMS St Albans

Operational Sea Training

HMS Sutherland

Maritime Security UK Waters

HMS Westminster

Op Ellamy

   

Type 22

 

HMS Campbeltown

Training in UK waters

HMS Cornwall

Op Calash

HMS Cumberland

Op Ellamy

   

Type 42

 

HMS Edinburgh

Maritime Security UK Waters

HMS Gloucester

Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South)

HMS Liverpool

Pre Deployment Leave

HMS York

Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South)

   

Type 45

 

HMS Daring

Maritime Security UK Waters

HMS Dauntless

Operational Sea Training

Op Telic is maintaining the integrity and security of Iraqi territorial seas; Op Calash is counter piracy and counter smuggling operations within the Arabian sea, gulf of Aden, and North Indian ocean; Op Atalanta refers to EU counter piracy and counter smuggling operations within the Arabian sea, Gulf of Aden, and North Indian ocean; and Op Ellamy is the operation in support of UN Security Council resolution 1973.

Also identified in the list is Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South), a standing naval commitment to the South Atlantic and west African regions, which provides a maritime presence to protect the British sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, including South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the UK’s interests in the region.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which Ministers from other Government Departments have visited Royal Navy (a) ships, (b) submarines or (c) shore establishments since his appointment; [48957]

(2) which Ministers from other Government Departments have met senior naval personnel since his appointment. [48958]

Nick Harvey: The information requested is not held centrally. The First Sea Lord and senior naval personnel do, however, engage with Government Ministers on a regular basis in conducting their day-to-day business.

P2000 Training Vessels

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what long-term plans he has for replacement of the P2000 training vessels. [48950]

Mr Gerald Howarth: No decisions have yet been taken on the replacement of the P2000 training vessels.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Scotland

Mr David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Scottish

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Government on diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and serving members of the armed forced by GPs in Scotland. [43719]

Nick Harvey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary (Dr Fox) gave him in the debate held on 3 March 2011, Official Report, column 489.

Ministry of Defence officials work very closely with the UK Health Departments on issues relating to support to serving and former Service personnel with mental health needs, in particular through the Partnership Board which brings together senior officials and medical experts in the MOD and the four UK Health Departments. The community mental health pilot in Edinburgh continues and all former Service personnel can now access the Combat Stress Support Helpline being delivered by the charity Rethink Mental Illness and funded by Government.

Rescue Services

Mr Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the staffing level of (a) RNAS Prestwick, (b) RAF Boulmer, (c) RAF Chivenor, (d) DST Leconfield, (e) RAF Valley, (f) RAF Wattisham, (g) RNAS Culdrose, (h) HMCG Lee-on-the-Solent, (i) HMCG Portland, (j) HMCG Stornoway, (k) HMCG Sumburgh and (l) RAF Lossiemouth to be in the next five years. [48264]

Peter Luff [holding answer 24 March 2011]: Following termination of the planned Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) procurement on 8 February 2011, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Transport are reviewing the future provision of helicopter search and rescue for the UK. Long term staffing levels at each of these bases will not be confirmed until that process has concluded. Nevertheless, I do not anticipate any significant changes to staff numbers at the eight RAF stations before 2014, and at the four HM Coastguard stations before 2013.

Work-based Stress

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place in his Department to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress. [48212]

Nick Harvey: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a policy for managing stress in the workplace developed from the Health and Safety Executive Management Standards for work-related stress. The implementation of stress management policies is the responsibility of local management or service commands. The details of the policy can be found on the MOD website at:

http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C354C616-E9B8-4FBC-930C-859ABABA887C/0/leaf_25.pdf

MOD has several internal on-line awareness courses aimed at both the individual and the line manager available to all staff (including armed forces personnel) which provide guidance in identifying and dealing with stress. Civilian line managers are required to inform the MOD's internal Occupational Welfare Service (OWS) when a civilian member of staff is absent because of stress so that early intervention action can be undertaken. The OWS can provide advice and support on a wide range of work-related and personal problems that may affect performance and/or attendance at work.

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A similar policy exists for the members of the armed forces, in which the individual's Commanding Officer has a duty to advise Military Welfare if a member of their command is showing signs of stress. Armed forces personnel also have access to the following individuals and organisations: Medical Officer, Padre, Sailors, Soldiers and Air Force Association, Military Welfare officers or Defence Community Mental Health Nurses. The armed forces have additional arrangements to deal with stress associated with pre and post operational deployments that are different from the normal perception of stress related to the work place because of the nature of their work.

Third Sector

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his Department is making to the Government’s big society initiative. [45786]

Dr Fox: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given on 15 March 2011, Official Report, columns 224-25W, by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan), to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane).

Veterans Identity Card

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made with proposals to introduce a veterans identity card. [49632]

Nick Harvey: On 8 December 2010, the report of the independent Taskforce on the Military Covenant was published, and made available in the Library of the House. This recommended consideration of a veterans' privilege card. The report is being studied carefully and the Government will respond in the spring.

Warships

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what role Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels play in supporting the strategic nuclear deterrent; [48920]

(2) what role anti-submarine frigates play in supporting the strategic nuclear deterrent; [48921]

(3) how many days a year he expects Type 23 frigates to be tasked with duties in support of the nuclear deterrent previously undertaken by maritime patrol aircraft. [48922]

Nick Harvey: Mine counter measures vessels conduct regular mine warfare surveys in support of the strategic nuclear deterrent.

Type 23 Frigates provide the towed array patrol ship for reactive anti-submarine patrol duties in support of the strategic nuclear deterrent.

A ship is maintained at high readiness for this task 365 days a year. This has been unchanged by the maritime patrol aircraft decision.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he is giving to the requirements of legislation on single-hulled tankers in his plans for the disposal of RFA Fort George. [48949]

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Mr Gerald Howarth: RFA Fort George will be disposed of in line with the Ministry of Defence's policy for disposing of surplus defence equipment. We will look first at the feasibility of a sale to other governments for continued military use. Should this not prove viable, we would then explore other options such as a sale to a private commercial enterprise. In their proposals, potential buyers will be expected to provide evidence of their intended use for the ship and that this use would comply with the relevant legislation. As RFA Fort George is a single-hulled tanker this will include the provisions of the Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) Convention if the ship will continue to be used to store or transport oil.

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the proposed relationship is between the Future Surface Combatant (a) C1 variant and (b) C2 variant and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. [48960]

Mr Gerald Howarth: The C1 and C2 variants of the Future Surface Combatant programme have been combined in the requirement which the Type 26 Global Combat Ship is being designed to meet.

Education

Academies

Jessica Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of progress on the academies programme in (a) Erewash constituency and (b) England. [38195]

Mr Gibb: At present, six schools in the Erewash constituency have expressed an interest in becoming an academy. Of these, Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports college opened as an academy on 1 March 2011. The Long Eaton school has an academy order and is due to convert soon. The Bennerley school is also due to open as a sponsored academy on 1 September 2011. Details of the remaining schools considering academy status are not released at this stage.

In England, as of 4 March 2011 the total number of academies open is 467, of which 264 opened since September 2010, and 195 of these are converters.

Full details of schools that have formally applied for academy status, as well as a list of academies that have opened in the academic year 2010/11 can be found on the DfE academies website at

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/a0069811/schools-submitting-applications-and-academies-that-have-opened-in-201011.

Academies: GCSE

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of Key Stage Four exam entries was in academic non-applied GCSE subjects for each academy in 2009-10; and how many such students were in receipt of free school meals. [44452]

Mr Gibb: The requested information is shown in the following table:

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Percentage of entries in academic non-applied GCSE subjects in academies in 2010 and the number of pupils who were eligible for free school meals and took academic non-applied GCSE subjects
Academy name Percentage of entries in academic non-applied GCSE subjects FSM

St Paul’s Academy

67.4

40

Mossbourne Community Academy

67.4

116

The Petchey Academy

99.4

31

Burlington Danes Academy

71.0

105

St Mary Magdalene Academy

86.9

(1)

City of London Academy—Islington

81.3

136

Lambeth Academy

79.8

71

Haberdashers'Aske's Hatcham College

54.5

105

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy

49.6

92

St Matthew Academy

60.3

20

City of London Academy (Southwark)

70.1

91

Harris Academy at Peckham

57.9

168

Harris Academy Bermondsey

56.7

179

Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

46.7

49

Walworth Academy

57.4

105

St Michael and All Angels CofE Academy

62.3

75

Bacon's College

94.6

114

Globe Academy

57.8

63

Ashcroft Technology Academy

58.9

103

Paddington Academy

48.1

153

Westminster Academy

54.3

114

Pimlico Academy

75.2

119

London Academy

60.1

155

The Business Academy Bexley

49.8

92

Harris Academy Falconwood

45.2

29

Capital City Academy

68.1

104

The Crest Girls Academy

70.9

148

The Crest Boys Academy

42.6

109

Harris Academy South Norwood

49.9

45

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

61.7

53

Oasis Academy Coulsdon

74.1

36

Harris Academy Purley

60.6

36

Oasis Academy Shirley Park

52.5

44

West London Academy

58.8

174

Oasis Academy Hadley

65.3

208

Greig City Academy

68.6

108

Stockley Academy

57.9

112

The Harefield Academy

46.1

28

Harris Academy Merton

47.6

69

St Marks Church of England Academy

70.0

35

Walthamstow Academy

61.8

59

Heartlands Academy

67.0

110

Shenley Academy

61.6

89

St Alban's Academy

50.3

93

North Birmingham Academy

43.6

230

Grace Academy Coventry

44.8

48

Sandwell Academy

57.1

50

Shireland Collegiate Academy

44.4

130

George Salter Collegiate Academy

36.7

95

Q3 Academy

70.0

31

RSA Academy

34.8

53

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

63.3

31

Grace Academy Solihull

60.4

93

Park Hall Academy

43.0

58

CTC Kingshurst Academy

46.3

85

Walsall Academy

59.8

57

Sheffield Community Academy

36.3

107

Grace Academy Darlaston

50.3

76

South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

46.6

101

The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

54.4

135

North Liverpool Academy

28.8

179

The Belvedere Academy

64.1

24

Birkenhead High School Academy

69.6

(1)

Essa Academy

50.3

144

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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

46.5

108

Manchester Academy

49.9

137

William Hulme's Grammar School

66.6

18

Manchester Enterprise Academy

66.9

112

Manchester Health Academy

39.3

64

Manchester Creative and Media Academy for Girls

36.6

100

Manchester Creative and Media Academy for Boys

56.8

77

St Anne's Academy

51.8

97

Salford City Academy

58.9

29

Oasis Academy MediaCityUK

59.3

40

Stockport Academy

62.4

56

New Charter Academy

48.4

66

Droylsden Academy

55.8

88

The Barnsley Academy

30.9

54

Trinity Academy

50.7

72

De Warenne Academy

54.8

53

Outwood Academy Adwick

32.4

89

Maltby Academy

60.0

77

Sheffield Park Academy

50.0

140

Sheffield Springs Academy

57.0

102

Parkwood Academy

52.5

100

Dixons City Academy

45.1

27

Bradford Academy

49.7

148

Appleton Academy

47.1

36

Dixons Allerton Academy

62.9

122

David Young Community Academy

39.7

128

Leeds West Academy

47.1

108

South Leeds Academy

52.1

130

Outwood Grange Academy

37.0

39

Excelsior Academy

37.8

117

Academy 360

52.6

90

Castle View Enterprise Academy

60.2

70

Red House Academy

54.2

32

The City Academy Bristol

50.0

235

Bristol Brunei Academy

44.2

67

Bristol Cathedral Choir School

93.4

3

Colston's Girls' School

63.0

3

Merchants' Academy

45.3

74

Oasis Academy Bristol

43.0

29

Oasis Academy Brightstowe

55.2

22

Bristol Metropolitan Academy

50.0

49

John Cabot Academy

55.0

16

The Ridings Federation Yate International Academy

55.1

22

The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy

71.2

11

Unity City Academy

30.6

96

The King's Academy

59.5

38

Macmillan Academy

57.3

143

Archbishop Sentamu Academy

39.8

157

Sirius Academy

47.6

96

Oasis Academy Immingham

43.7

41

Oasis Academy Wintringham

40.1

79

Havelock Academy

61.2

75

The St Lawrence Academy

47.3

24

Barnfield West Academy Luton

29.5

49

Barnfield South Academy Luton

66.0

87

All Saints Academy Dunstable

58.7

38

Aylesbury Vale Academy

56.2

14

The Milton Keynes Academy

43.2

61

Landau Forte College

68.2

23

St Aidans Church of England Academy

48.5

53

Charter Academy

43.5

54

Oasis Academy Lord's Hill

47.8

59

Oasis Academy Mayfield

76.0

29

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The Wellington Academy

48.7

10

Swindon Academy

66.4

64

John Madejski Academy

51.1

105

The Langley Academy

69.3

59

Thomas Deacon Academy

52.3

101

Ormiston Bushfield Academy

48.3

53

New Rickstones Academy

71.0

39

Greensward Academy

46.9

20

Maltings Academy

56.7

16

The Basildon Upper Academy

40.0

165

Clacton Coastal Academy

47.5

80

The Gateway Academy

39.3

78

Ormiston Park Academy

37.3

35

Hereford Academy

35.9

34

Steiner Academy Hereford

58.5

4

Tudor Grange Academy Worcester

40.5

28

The Marlowe Academy

39.6

78

Folkestone Academy

48.9

72

Marsh Academy

53.1

28

The Leigh Technology Academy

43.6

33

Spires Academy

39.1

22

New Line Learning Academy

36.7

75

Cornwallis Academy

50.2

33

Longfield Academy

57.6

33

The Isle of Sheppey Academy

52.4

85

Skinners' Kent Academy

43.2

30

Strood Academy

57.8

42

Accrington Academy

54.1

97

Fulwood Academy

68.5

43

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

54.9

59

Samworth Church Academy

53.8

42

Djanogly City Academy Nottingham

42.3

114

Nottingham University Samworth Academy

57.9

81

Nottingham Academy

40.7

159

The Bulwell Academy

41.0

107

Madeley Academy

47.9

82

Abraham Darby

51.1

71

University of Chester CE Academy

58.0

85

Richard Rose Morton Academy

55.6

23

Richard Rose Central Academy

64.8

75

West Lakes Academy

63.6

26

Furness Academy

66.7

83

Francis Combe Academy

58.3

35

The Bushey Academy

55.1

42

Priory Witham Academy

30.5

45

Priory City of Lincoln Academy

54.9

63

Priory Academy LSST

61.8

6

Trent Valley Academy

59.7

60

St George's Academy

56.5

45

The Open Academy

62.5

26

City Academy Norwich

58.8

66

Northampton Academy

52.3

61

Corby Business Academy

38.7

59

Brooke Weston Academy

54.4

16

Kettering Buccleuch Academy

69.3

45

Kettering Science Academy

64.7

63

Northumberland CofE Academy

47.9

72

North Oxfordshire Academy

39.5

34

Oxford Academy

65.0

56

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy

63.6

50

The Littlehampton Academy

68.1

40

Midhurst Rother College

56.8

7

Shoreham Academy

55.7

29

(1 )Suppression due to small numbers.

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Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of academy Key Stage Four exam entries in 2009-10 were in (a) academic GCSEs, (b) applied GCSEs and (c) other qualifications equivalent to A* to C GCSEs; and how many such students were in receipt of free school meals in each case; [44453]

(2) what proportion of academy GCSEs A* to C grades or equivalent in 2009-10 were (a) academic GCSEs, (b) applied GCSEs and (c) other qualifications judged to be equivalent to A* to C GCSEs. [44454]

Mr Gibb: We are not able to give entry data for qualifications which are counted as equivalent to an A* to C GCSE as we only receive the final grades for these qualifications.

There is no way of identifying the numbers who sit but do not pass them.

Of the entries about which we do have information, the proportion of GCSE and equivalent entries in 2010 in academies were divided as follows:

53.4%—for academic GCSEs

2.4%—for applied GCSEs

44.2%—for other equivalent qualifications

The number of students eligible for free school meals (FSM) who took selected qualification types (as defined above) in 2010 in academies are as follows:

7,600—entered for academic GCSEs

1,145—entered for applied GCSEs

7,158—entered for other equivalent qualifications

The proportion of A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 2010 in academies were divided as follows:

43.4%—in academic GCSEs

4.9%—in applied GCSEs

51.7%—in other qualifications equivalent to an A* to C GCSE

Qualifications counted as GCSE entries includes iGCSEs, short courses which are counted as half an entry and Double Awards which are counted as two entries.

Source:

Performance Table

Departmental Hospitality

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on the contents of ministerial drinks cabinets since 12 May 2010. [48355]

Tim Loughton: Nothing.

Building Schools for the Future Programme

Matthew Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he made of the cost to the Exchequer of continuing the full Building Schools for the Future programme. [15217]

Mr Gibb: On 5 July last year, the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), announced the ending of the programme apart from some of the furthest advanced projects. After taking account of those projects that are due to complete, at a cost of around £4 billion over the next four years, continuing with the programme would have cost more than a further £40 billion.

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CAFCASS

Mr Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the productivity of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. [47082]

Tim Loughton: I monitor CAFCASS’s productivity as part of my quarterly accountability meetings with the service. CAFCASS calculates its productivity by comparing the level of unallocated work at the end of each month with that at the start of April 2010, and analysing the degree to which an increased level of work has been absorbed without a permanent increase in resources. On this basis CAFCASS’s productivity increased by 7.7% in the most recent period considered (May 2010 to December 2010). An indication of this is that CAFCASS is providing guardians for children in 12,624 cases now compared to only 10,518 cases a year ago.

Mr Brine: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps are taken by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service to assist children affected by joint custody arrangements which cover more than one local authority area. [47083]

Tim Loughton: There are no practical differences in the way that CAFCASS handles shared residence cases specifically in situations where parents live in different local authority areas. In all family law cases the focus of CAFCASS’s work is the best interests of the child. This focus applies equally to shared residence arrangements as to any other type of arrangement. Where CAFCASS officers assess that a child is at risk they will refer the case to the relevant local authority.

Chemistry: Teachers

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to improve (a) quality and (b) quantity of chemistry teachers. [49131]

Mr Gibb: We are considering a number of proposals to improve the training of teachers so that standards of teaching are raised in schools. It is the Government’s ambition to improve the prestige of the profession so that it attracts the highest quality entrants and to base more initial teacher training in schools so that trainees spend as much time in the classroom, learning from the best teachers. For example, we have already announced plans to expand the successful scheme Teach First so that more schools may benefit from the talents of the country’s best graduates. A significant proportion of Teach First participants teach the most demanding shortage subjects, including the science disciplines. Expanding the scheme should therefore help boost the supply of chemistry teachers.

The Schools White Paper 2010, “The Importance of Teaching”, also sets out the Government’s commitment to attract more of the best graduates of priority subjects into teaching. We are reviewing the routes into teaching and the incentives offered to well qualified people who want to teach priority subjects and will publish a strategy document for discussion later this year setting out our plans for funding initial teacher training from academic year 2012/13 to meet our policy aims.

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The Secretary of State for Education wrote to the Training and Development Agency for Schools on 31 January 2011 with the details of the initial teacher training place allocations and financial incentives for 2011/12. We have decided that there should be individual targets for the science disciplines for that period, including a target of 1,070 chemistry training places, as opposed to an overall allocation for science as has been set in previous years. We have also confirmed that chemistry graduates will continue to receive the highest level of training bursary at £9,000 in recognition of the recruitment priority we give the subject.

Children In care

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children

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were looked after in each local authority area in each of the last three years. [48309]

Tim Loughton: Information on the proportion of children who were looked after in each local authority area in each of the last three years is shown in the following table.

This information has also been published in table LAA1 in the Statistical First Release “Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2010”, which is available on the Department’s website via the following link:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000960/index.shtml

Children looked after at 31 March, by local authority (1, 2) . Years ending 31 March 2008 to 2010. Coverage: England
Number and rates per 10,000 children aged under 18 years
  Number (3) Rates (4)

2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010

England

59,400

60,900

64,400

54

55

58

             

North East

3,260

3,250

3,650

61

61

69

Darlington

135

130

145

61

59

65

Durham

410

440

495

40

43

49

Gateshead

290

290

300

74

75

78

Hartlepool

150

150

165

72

73

81

Middlesbrough

270

275

325

85

87

104

Newcastle upon Tyne

455

460

525

87

89

100

North Tyneside

230

210

275

57

53

69

Northumberland

300

270

285

49

44

47

Redcar and Cleveland

140

140

155

46

47

54

South Tyneside

260

260

295

84

84

96

Stockton-on-Tees

225

235

285

53

55

67

Sunderland

390

395

390

67

68

69

             

North West

10,300

10,600

11,180

69

71

75

Blackburn with Darwen

305

320

360

79

83

94

Blackpool

280

325

375

93

109

128

Bolton

420

435

480

68

70

77

Bury

300

290

290

70

69

69

Cheshire(5)

565

655

n/a

39

45

n/a

Cheshire East(5)

n/a

n/a

430

n/a

n/a

57

Cheshire West and Chester(5)

n/a

n/a

320

n/a

n/a

47

Cumbria

480

450

510

48

45

52

Halton

150

160

145

54

57

54

Knowsley

305

305

295

87

87

87

Lancashire

1,275

1,255

1,285

51

50

52

Liverpool

845

860

910

96

99

107

Manchester

1,430

1,410

1,425

151

148

149

Oldham

340

325

350

62

59

64

Rochdale

350

405

435

70

82

88

Salford

535

490

495

115

105

106

Sefton

315

365

375

54

64

67

St Helens

315

325

355

81

84

93

Stockport

310

315

315

51

52

53

Tameside

310

330

350

64

68

73

Trafford

235

240

250

49

50

52

Warrington

200

245

265

46

57

62

Wigan

425

485

520

64

73

78

Wirral

610

625

630

90

93

94

             

Yorkshire and the Humber

6,540

6,720

7,050

59

61

64

Barnsley

255

260

245

53

54

50

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28 Mar 2011 : Column 134W

Bradford

840

875

885

66

69

69

Calderdale

250

270

270

55

60

59

Doncaster

400

425

465

63

66

74

East Riding of Yorkshire

260

255

275

39

38

42

Kingston upon Hull, City of

540

525

575

99

97

106

Kirklees

445

505

555

48

54

59

Leeds

1,360

1,340

1,415

89

88

93

North East Lincolnshire

150

150

155

42

43

44

North Lincolnshire

155

155

160

45

45

47

North Yorkshire

410

415

470

34

34

39

Rotherham

345

405

405

61

72

73

Sheffield

640

595

580

60

56

54

Wakefield

325

350

375

47

50

55

York

170

200

225

48

58

64

             

East Midlands

3,730

3,920

4,220

40

42

45

Derby

405

425

420

76

80

79

Derbyshire

545

550

630

34

34

40

Leicester

450

460

490

65

66

70

Leicestershire

310

325

330

23

25

25

Lincolnshire

530

540

520

38

39

38

Northamptonshire

555

645

700

36

42

46

Nottingham

475

475

520

85

85

93

Nottinghamshire

450

480

580

28

30

36

Rutland

15

20

30

15

19

32

             

West Midlands

7,370

7,640

8,010

61

64

67

Birmingham

2,095

2,095

2,035

84

83

80

Coventry

535

515

590

79

76

86

Dudley

510

545

615

76

82

93

Herefordshire

155

165

160

42

45

46

Sandwell

480

475

505

71

70

73

Shropshire

195

200

220

32

33

37

Solihull

340

405

415

74

88

92

Staffordshire

660

700

740

38

41

44

Stoke-on-Trent

415

395

405

81

76

78

Telford and Wrekin

235

250

270

61

66

71

Walsall

445

465

495

73

77

82

Warwickshire

485

540

575

43

48

52

Wolverhampton

350

370

400

66

69

76

Worcestershire

480

530

585

41

45

50

             

East of England

5,630

5,740

6,180

46

47

50

Bedfordshire(5)

260

275

n/a

29

30

n/a

Bedford borough(5)

n/a

n/a

165

n/a

n/a

46

Central Bedfordshire(5)

n/a

n/a

165

n/a

n/a

29

Cambridgeshire

410

450

480

33

36

38

Essex

1,270

1,330

1,440

43

45

48

Hertfordshire

915

980

1,140

38

40

46

Luton

385

345

340

82

72

70

Norfolk

830

840

885

51

52

54

Peterborough

350

315

300

89

80

75

Southend-on-Sea

280

275

265

80

79

76

Suffolk

720

710

775

48

47

52

Thurrock

205

220

230

57

60

62

             

London

10,700

10,690

10,970

66

65

66

Inner London

4,920

4,770

4,920

83

80

81

Camden

275

270

265

72

69

68

City of London

10

15

15

133

132

159

Hackney

360

345

305

71

68

59

Hammersmith and Fulham

320

290

255

105

94

82

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28 Mar 2011 : Column 136W

Haringey

425

490

590

88

101

121

Islington

330

305

315

99

92

94

Kensington and Chelsea

180

165

155

60

55

52

Lambeth

570

545

565

106

101

105

Lewisham

465

465

525

82

81

90

Newham

595

560

560

91

85

85

Southwark

570

535

555

104

97

101

Tower Hamlets

340

350

350

69

71

70

Wandsworth

240

230

205

50

47

41

Westminster

240

215

245

70

63

71

             

Outer London

5,770

5,920

6,060

56

56

57

Barking and Dagenham

340

385

380

75

83

78

Barnet

325

325

310

43

43

40

Bexley

210

215

220

41

42

43

Brent

365

360

370

66

64

65

Bromley

260

250

285

39

37

42

Croydon

1,045

1,070

1,010

132

134

126

Ealing

395

395

400

61

60

60

Enfield

255

260

280

38

37

40

Greenwich

515

530

590

99

101

111

Harrow

140

150

160

29

30

32

Havering

190

200

200

38

39

39

Hillingdon

475

450

425

82

76

71

Hounslow

335

340

355

68

69

71

Kingston upon Thames

90

110

130

28

33

38

Merton

105

115

140

26

28

33

Redbridge

180

215

225

29

34

35

Richmond upon Thames

95

90

95

24

22

24

Sutton

125

125

150

29

29

34

Waltham Forest

325

340

340

62

64

63

             

South East

7,370

7,660

8,130

41

42

45

Bracknell Forest

75

80

90

28

31

33

Brighton and Hove

370

395

465

81

86

99

Buckinghamshire

290

330

345

25

29

30

East Sussex

445

480

520

43

46

50

Hampshire

1,020

1,085

1,105

37

39

40

Isle of Wight

200

195

180

73

72

68

Kent

1,355

1,415

1,455

44

46

47

Medway Towns

330

310

350

56

53

60

Milton Keynes

210

225

260

38

40

45

Oxfordshire

405

415

450

30

30

33

Portsmouth

260

285

295

68

74

77

Reading

215

195

205

74

66

67

Slough

120

135

175

42

45

57

Southampton

270

290

375

63

67

86

Surrey

795

820

770

33

34

32

West Berkshire

115

95

125

32

27

34

West Sussex

755

745

785

46

45

48

Windsor and Maidenhead

75

90

105

22

27

32

Wokingham

70

65

80

19

19

22

             

South West

4,520

4,710

5,000

43

45

47

Bath and North East Somerset

130

120

140

38

35

40

Bournemouth

160

180

205

56

62

69

Bristol, City of

665

650

650

84

82

81

Cornwall

415

460

450

40

44

43

Devon

555

540

620

38

37

43

Dorset

280

265

275

35

33

34

Gloucestershire

390

465

490

32

38

40

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

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28 Mar 2011 : Column 138W

North Somerset

175

195

230

41

46

53

Plymouth

370

380

435

74

76

88

Poole

105

115

120

37

41

42

Somerset

375

395

430

33

36

39

South Gloucestershire

170

180

185

31

32

33

Swindon

220

240

245

52

55

56

Torbay

175

180

180

67

70

70

Wiltshire

335

340

350

33

33

34

n/a = Not applicable. (1) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. (2 )Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and, corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials. (3) England totals have been rounded to the nearest 100. Regional totals have been rounded to the nearest 10. Other numbers have been rounded to the nearest five. (4) The rates per 10,000 children under 18 years have been derived using the mid-year population estimates for 2009 provided by the Office for National Statistics. (5) In 2009, Cheshire local authority split into Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester. Similarly, Bedfordshire LA split into Bedford and Central Bedfordshire. Source: SSDA 903