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Patient Age Data

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to issue guidance within the NHS on the collection of data relating to the age of patients. [146389]

Mr. Hutton: National Health Service guidance already exists for collecting and recording the date of birth of NHS patients in hospital information systems. The age of a patient can subsequently be derived from this date of birth where appropriate.

Patients registering with their general practitioner or calling NHS Direct for health advice are routinely asked to provide their date of birth. This information, where provided, is recorded in the appropriate information systems.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will provide answers to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam in respect of questions numbers 141561, 141498, 141506, 141501, 141508, 141500, 141507 and 141403. [146390]

Ms Stuart: The hon. Member has received replies to three of his outstanding questions today, at columns 430-31W. He will receive replies to the remaining questions as soon as possible.


Schools Funding (Essex)

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much additional funding has been made available to schools in (a) Essex, (b) Thurrock and (c) the Basildon constituency (i) as a result of the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Statement and (ii) since 1997. [144148]

Ms Estelle Morris: Most funding for schools is distributed via local education authorities. Listed are (i) additional DfEE funding made available to schools as a result of the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement, and (ii) the allocations for education in Essex local education

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authority since 1997 and Thurrock local education authority since 1998. Allocations for Thurrock for 1997-98 are included in the total for Essex, as Thurrock unitary authority was created in 1998. Allocations can be given only at local education authority level, not constituency level.

Additional funding made available to schools as a result of the Chancellor's pre-budget statement (devolved formula capital for schools) £000

AreaAdditional funding
Essex LEA4,206
Thurrock LEA442
Basildon constituency373


Education SSA
Essex LEA571,800496,600524,100555,100
Thurrock LEA--56,80060,50064,100
Funding allocations
Essex LEA32,14830,47950,334108,888
Thurrock LEA--3,7516,58813,180

The main elements of funding in 2000-01 are Schools Capital, Standards Fund, School Standards Grant, School Budgets Support Grant, Nursery Education Grant and Education Action Zones.

There have also been a number of miscellaneous payments made to a small number of former Essex and Thurrock GM Schools in the form of Special Purpose Grant (VAT) payments, and to schools in Essex and Thurrock regarding the Graduate Teacher Programme and Registered Teacher Programme. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Under this Government, funding per pupil has already increased by over £300 in real terms, and it will increase by a further £150 per pupil for 2001-02. Under the last Government, funding per pupil fell by £60 in real terms between 1994-95 and 1997-98. There will be further increases in funding following the year 2000 spending review: a further £370 per pupil over the three year period, taking the total increase to nearly £700 between 1997-98 and 2003-04.

Education Budget (Lancashire)

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list each item and programme which make up his Department's payments to Lancashire County Council in order to fund their education budget; and which of these items are taken into account in determining the figure for calculating the local schools budget. [144427]

Ms Estelle Morris: Listed are the Department's programmes & funding allocations made to Lancashire county council in 2000-01.

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School Capital (including Specialist Capital)44,178
Standards Fund27,463
School Standards Grant7,563
School Budget Support Grant1,208
Grant towards cost of transitional funding for former GM schools(9)197
Payments made under Schedule 32 of the School Standards and Framework Act 199835
Nursery Education Grant (3 & 4 year olds)5,063
Teachers' International Professional Development41

(9) Provisional

In general, all non-capital expenditure by local education authorities in respect of primary and secondary education (including expenditure supported by specific or special grants) falls within the scope of the Local Schools Budget, together with certain expenditure on the strategic management of the education service as a whole. The main exceptions to this rule relate to inter-authority recoupment payments and expenditure on non-school and nursery school provision for pupils aged under five, which are excluded from the Local Schools Budget.

Class Sizes (Yeovil)

Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what his estimate is of the average sizes of classes taught by one teacher in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Yeovil constituency in each of the years 1994-95 to 2000-01. [144605]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 18 January 2001]: The available information for the parliamentary constituency of Yeovil on average class sizes collected in January is shown in the table. Information on class sizes by parliamentary constituency is not available prior to 1997.

We have secured early delivery of our infant class size pledge in Yeovil. The most recent figures show that in September 2000 there were no infant classes in the constituency with more than 30 pupils.

The size of the average secondary class nationally, at 22, is still five below the average primary class. Secondary headteachers are receiving up to £50,000 in direct grant to spend as they choose. If this were spent on recruiting teachers, the average secondary class size could be reduced by up to 0.8.

Average class size: Classes taught by one teacher, 1995-2000
Position as at January

Key stage 1All primaryAll secondary
YearAverage class sizeAverage class sizeAverage class size
Yeovil constituency
Somerset LEA

(10) Not available

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Public Private Partnerships

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many public private partnerships have been introduced into schools in England and Wales since 1 May 1997. [145312]

Jacqui Smith: Since 1 May 1997, 20 schools' projects have been awarded in England under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), 18 of which are for building projects covering 178 new, replacement or refurbished schools. The other two are local education authority-wide service contracts covering 194 schools. A further 32 projects covering 280 schools have been approved by the Treasury's Project Review Group.

In total, £2.5 billion of PFI Credits have been provided for schools' projects in England from May 1997 up to 31 March 2004, over half of which have already been committed. This is in addition to over £10.7 billion provided for schools capital investment through other programmes over the same period.

A further 25 Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are currently being supported by £25 million of New Deal for Schools (NDS) grant.

Public Private Partnerships in Wales are the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly.

School Buildings (Lewes)

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the total amount awarded to schools in the Lewes constituency to improve school buildings was in each year since 1992. [145454]

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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 16 January 2001]: Table A shows the schools in the Lewes constituency which have benefited from investment through the New Deal for Schools programme, which commenced in 1997-98. This is the only constituency level information which is readily available. These allocations formed part of the £9.861 million investment made so far in schools in East Sussex Local Education Authority under the New Deal for Schools programme.

The New Deal for Schools was introduced as a new additional programme targeted specifically at addressing the backlog of urgent repairs in school buildings that had built up after 18 years of under funding under the previous Administration. It has been in addition to other capital funds made available to East Sussex Local Education Authority.

In total, since 1996, East Sussex Local Education Authority has received some £100.381 million of funding for capital investment in school buildings as shown in Table B. Nationally, investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.2 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £7.8 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Table A--New Deal for Schools--allocations to schools in the Lewes constituency

Year/School Project detailsGrant awarded (£)
17 schoolsPartial re-roofing(11)386,000
19 schoolsReplacement of boilers and controls(11)625,000
10 schools Repairs to timber framed buildings(11)307,000
Newick CE PrimaryFirst of three phases to replace school570,000
16 schoolsReplace roofs(11)515,000
14 SchoolsElectrical re-wiring(11)478,000
Newick CE PrimaryPhases two and three to replace school1,265,824
Rodmell CE PrimaryReplacement of defective hutted buildings278,400
Parkmead PrimaryReplacement of temporary accommodation201,000
St. Peter's PrimaryProvision of new hall380,000

(11) Denotes allocations made to package projects. East Sussex Local Education Authority will be able to advise whether any schools in the Lewes constituency benefited from these allocations.

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Table B--all capital allocations to East Sussex Local Education Authority £000

Basic Credit Approvals15,23411,9399,2515,0674,618
Supplementary Credit Approvals2,1202,8351,1502,3571,237
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools1,1267277057861,738
Schools Renewal Challenge Fund1,555--------
New Deal for Schools--1,8152,0881,6634,874
School Security Grant--108135137138
Removal of Outside Toilets----205----
Energy Efficiency Initiative----124----
Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative----54751597
National Grid for Learning Grant----7836751,397
PFI Credits------19,000--
Assistance with Asset Management Plans------58--
Seed Challenge Funding--------252
Formula Capital for Schools--------2,970
Renewal of School Laboratories--------245
Provision of Secondary Learning Support Units--------94
Schools Access Initiative--------16

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