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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (12 March 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: Our 6 year flood defence programme, announced in December, includes more than 1,400 projects across the country. This 2.3 billion investment is a real terms increase and will mean 300,000 more homes will be better protected.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horticulture (12 March 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: There’s huge potential in British Horticulture. We’re seeing exciting innovation. For example the strawberries season has been extended to 9 months of the year and due to new growing technologies we’ve seen the highest crop of cherries ever. Two weeks ago I held a roundtable with leading figures in the sector to discuss what more we can do to help them grow.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (29 January 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: On November 4th, we published the National Pollinator Strategy, a 10 year plan to help pollinators thrive involving farmers, major landowners and the public. Bees and other pollinators are vital for our 100bn food chain and are worth 400m to the economy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (29 January 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: We are investing 3.2 billion on flood management in this parliament; a real term increase and half a billion pounds more than in the previous parliament. Going forward we are making a record level 2.3 billion capital commitment, investing in more than 1,400 schemes to improving defences; a further 9% real terms average increase. We estimate this will provide more than 30...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking (29 January 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The economic impact of fracking is a matter for the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The paper that my Hon Friend refers to was an internal draft document. It was not analytically robust and was not signed off by Ministers. It has not been published and we have no plans to do so. My department is responsible for the environmental aspects of this policy. The Royal Society...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Insects (11 December 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Taking action to support pollinators is a key part of my priorities to improve the natural environment and grow the rural economy. Bees and other insect pollinators are vital to the diversity of our environment. They play an essential role in contributing to our 100bn food industry and are worth 400m to the economy. They face many threats and some species are in decline. This is...

Written Answers — Education: Children: Day Care (15 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families is responsible for special educational needs and disability issues within the Department for Education. He has had numerous meetings with the parents of disabled children to discuss a wide range of issues. I have regular meetings with all of my ministerial colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. The...

Written Answers — Education: Air Travel (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education does not hold a list of domestic flights taken by each Minister on official business. A list could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Education: Care to Learn Scheme (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The number of (a) men and (b) women who received support from the Care to Learn scheme in the last two academic years; and the total costs of the scheme in those years are shown as follows: 2012 to 2013 academic year Men: 47 Women: 6,454 Cost: 32.76 million. 2013 to 2014 academic year1 Men: 39 Women: 5,389 Cost: 23.69 million. The estimated cost for the scheme in the 2014 to 2015...

Written Answers — Education: Freedom of Information (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Legal fees on cases relating to the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 are not held centrally by the Department for Education and the cost of determining these over the past five years would exceed the disproportionate limit.

Written Answers — Education: Languages: Education (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The new national curriculum in England introduces the teaching of a foreign language to key stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) from September 2014. This will increase the take-up of foreign languages in both primary and secondary schools. By starting languages earlier, pupils will have longer to develop their skills to a high level before continuing with language learning in secondary school. The English...

Written Answers — Education: Pupils: Bullying (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Government has made preventing and tackling bullying in primary and secondary schools one of its top priorities by striking a balance between schools’ legal requirements, freedom and accountability. All schools must have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils, including that which occurs online. Schools have the freedom to shape these measures...

Written Answers — Education: Schools: Transport (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Due to the unreliability of the data collected, the pupil's mode of travel was removed from the school census data collection from January 2012.

Written Answers — Education: Senior Civil Servants (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: No senior civil servants appointed to positions in the Department for Education since 2010 were previously (a) political appointees within the Department and (b) employed by a political party.

Written Answers — Education: Teachers: Industrial Disputes (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: It is disappointing that pupils will be prevented from attending school as a result of strike action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Industrial action damages education, causes unnecessary disruption and undermines the public respect which teachers deserve. If school work is missed owing to the absence of teaching staff, it will be the responsibility of the school to ensure that...

Written Answers — Education: Training (14 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education's staff use the Civil Service Learning Portal to access development courses. The Portal currently offers 298 face-to-face courses, 217 e-learning programmes and 6,000 learning resources. E-learning courses and learning resources are free to access. Costs for face-to-face courses are dependent on where the course takes place and the number of delegates.

Written Answers — Education: Apprentices (8 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The information requested is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Education: Security (8 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Staff passes of people who no longer work for the Department are required to be returned or deactivated.

Written Answers — Education: Arts: Primary Education (7 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education does not collect this specific information. All primary pupils in maintained schools will participate in drama, music, dance and art and design as part of the national curriculum. In addition, many pupils take part in extra curricula arts activities both inside and outside school.

Written Answers — Education: Billing (7 July 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Department’s spend recovery audit contractor has identified a small number of duplicate payments (excluding Executive Agencies). In 2012/13 there were 12 duplicate payments and in 2013/14 there was one. Any duplicate payments that have been identified and already recovered in previous years would not have been picked up in this audit. The value of these duplicate payments is...

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