Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average length of service of (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers leaving maintained schools in the last 12 months was, broken down by Government office region.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the most recent teacher vacancy rates are, broken down by local education authority area.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers who were trained in (a) London and (b) other Government office regions took their first teacher post in the capital in the last 12 months.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to extend economic support to disadvantaged and deprived areas through the neighbourhood renewal fund beyond its allocation until 2003–04.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the number of children in the care of London boroughs in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001 were from (i) black and (ii) ethnic minority backgrounds.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were in the care of (a) London boroughs and (b) local authorities in England and Wales in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure that the (a) level and (b) distribution of the Supporting People special grant will ensure that London local authorities receive sufficient resources to meet their identified needs.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his assessment of the progress of London local authorities with the Supporting People programme in readiness for the launch of that programme.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to continue to provide transitional protection to local authorities in England affected by the introduction of the ILD 2000; and if he will continue to provide such relief until findings of the review of the method of determining that index are implemented.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding was (a) provided for concessionary zones in the control total for Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services SSA and (b) received for concessionary zones for the EPCS SSA by each local authority in 2001–02.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainee teachers have benefited from golden hellos in each year since 1998, broken down by Government office region.
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's projection is for demographic change in London over the next (a) five years and (b) 10 years for the age groups (i) 0 to four, (ii) five to 10, (iii) 11 to 15 and (iv) 16 to 19 years; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Iain Coleman: These are technical and complex matters. What discussions and consultations have been held with the Local Government Association, the Association of London Government and other local authority associations? Can my hon. Friend the Minister advise me of the detail of any such discussions and whether those organisations support the measures that she is outlining today?
Mr Iain Coleman: I have been listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman, and he has made a compelling case for opposing the clauses before us this evening. Bearing in mind all that he has said, and the strong case that he has made, will he tell the House why he and his hon. Friends will be voting with the Government this evening?
Mr Iain Coleman: May I push my right hon. Friend a little on that point? I do not think that anyone on this side of the Chamber who has major concerns regarding the proposal to take children out of mainstream education is saying that that proposal is intrinsically evil. Bearing in mind the number of children involved, which would, as I understand it, be between 100 and 120 in any one accommodation centre, I...
Mr Iain Coleman: The issue that I wish to raise is one of increasing concern to local authorities across the country, and especially to those in inner London. It relates to abuse of the right-to-buy scheme for local authority tenants, which I realise the Government are investigating. Like many hon. Members on both sides of the House, I have surgeries that are booked up with constituents who are desperate for...
Mr Iain Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a bill on asylum and immigration; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Iain Coleman: I will be grateful if the hon. Gentleman clarifies the Liberal Democrats' position on the education of child asylum seekers in accommodation centres. From the remarks that he made just now and when he intervened on the Home Secretary, it appears that the Liberal Democrats support the proposal to withdraw mainstream education from the children of asylum seekers. Is that the official Liberal...
Mr Iain Coleman: I am well aware of those figures and I understand them. Does the hon. Gentleman and do the Liberal Democrats officially regard it as acceptable to remove mainstream education from hundreds of asylum-seeker children for up to six months? Yes or no?
Mr Iain Coleman: Will my right hon. Friend give way?