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New Deal Consultancies

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what payments have been made to (a) Wildcat Corporation and (b) other bodies for consultancy services given in relation to New Deal and the reform of New Deal; and if he will list the subject of each project, the consultancy provider and the fee paid in each case. [149891]

Ms Jowell [holding answer 12 February 2001]: All payments to the Wildcat Corporation have been made from private funds. Information on consultancies is not kept centrally, and could not be gathered in the form requested without incurring disproportionate costs.

Departmental Initiatives (Pendle)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what initiatives embarked upon since May 1997 have benefited Pendle; and if he will make a statement. [149912]

Mr. Wills: The information has been placed in the Libraries.

School Funding (Leicestershire)

Mr. Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what additional standard spending assessment for Leicestershire would be required were it funded at the average for English counties for (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils based on the SSA for 2001-02. [149985]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows the 2001-02 education SSA per primary and secondary pupil for Leicestershire and England.

£

SSA LeicestershireEngland
Primary per pupil2,2922,588
Secondary per pupil2,9603,313

If Leicestershire's SSA per pupil for primary and secondary schools were the same as the national average it is estimated that its 2001-02 education SSA would be £14.8 million higher. Between 1997-98 and 2000-01, funding per pupil in Leicestershire has increased by £310 in real terms. In addition to an increase of £14.7 million in education SSA, schools in Leicestershire will benefit from an estimated £6.7 million in Direct Grant in 2001-02. The authority will also receive £100,000 as its share of the extra £52 million made available to provide support to help some LEAs manage funding changes in 2001-02.

Education Business Links

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of the (a) £6 million additional funding announced in press notice 2001/0073 and (b) £23 million funding for Education Business Links will be ring-fenced for that purpose; and what proportion is discretionary expenditure for learning and skills councils. [150114]

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Ms Estelle Morris: All of the £23 million for Education Business Links, of which the additional £6 million is a part, will be ring-fenced for that purpose.

London Weighting

Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment in which local education authorities teaching staff are eligible for London weighting allowance. [150191]

Ms Estelle Morris: There are separate allowances for inner and outer London and the fringe. For these purposes:

1. "The Inner London Area" means the area comprising the areas of the inner London councils as defined in section 163(2) of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the areas of the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Ealing, Haringey, Merton and Newham;

2. "The Outer London Area" means Greater London, excluding the Inner London Area; and

3. "The Fringe Area" means:








Future of Education

Mr. Ivan Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the future of education. [150204]

Mr. Wills: I refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 12 February 2001, Official Report, columns 22-24.

Stagecoach Theatre Schools

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when a response will be made to the founder of the Stagecoach Theatre Schools, about whether the Stagecoach Schools will be required to register with Ofsted's Early Years Directorate and be subject to the relevant training criteria and staffing ratios. [150347]

Ms Hodge: It is not our intention that Ofsted should normally register activity-based settings such as drama, dance, or music schools where child care is incidental to the main purpose of the provision. We are exploring how that can be achieved effectively. I shall write to the founder of Stagecoach Theatre Schools shortly with a proposed way forward.

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North Southwark Education Action Zone

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he expects to publish the North Southwark Education Action Zone account for 1999-2000. [150349]

Ms Estelle Morris: The 1999-2000 annual accounts for North Southwark Education Action Zone will be signed off and laid before Parliament by the Comptroller and Auditor General when the National Audit Office (NAO) has completed its work and is satisfied it can give a full opinion. The NAO will then publish the accounts.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet representatives of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service to discuss its funding. [150339]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Arrangements have already been made for a meeting with Home Office officials on 13 February. The above request will be considered in the light of the outcome of that meeting.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Colman), of 2 February 2001, Official Report, column 338W, if he will make it his policy to list applications from Tibetan asylum seekers separately. [150057]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 12 February 2001]: For statistical purposes, asylum claims from Tibetans are classed as applications received from the People's Republic of China. There are no plans to change this procedure.

Correspondence

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Putney will receive a reply to his letter of 14 November on behalf of his constituent Mr. Juricic (Ref. J252287). [148438]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 9 February 2001]: I wrote to my hon. Friend on 12 February 2001.

I am sorry for the delay in responding.

Prisoners

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates in category (i) A, (ii) B , (iii) C and (iv) D, were being held in prisons in England and Wales on 1 January. [149620]

Mr. Boateng: Provisional information showing how many sentenced adult male prisoners are in category A, B, C and D prisons is given in the table.

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Remand prisoners are not usually categorised except for some remand prisoners held as category A prisoners. 7,857 male prisoners were being held on remand at the end of January. Of these, 241 were being held as category A prisoners.

Women and young offenders may be placed in category A establishments but are otherwise categorised as suitable for open or closed conditions. Provisional information shows that at the end of January 2001 there were three sentenced adult female prisoners and one remand female prisoner in category A prisons. Sixteen male young offenders were also held in category A prisons.

Number of sentenced adult males held in each category of Prison in England and Wales for the end of January 2001

Category of prisonNumber(3)
Category A703
Category B7,701
Category C26,817
Category D4,030

(3) Excludes sentenced adult males recently arrived and awaiting categorisation


Life Sentences

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were serving a life prison sentence for murder in England and Wales on 1 January. [149619]

Mr. Boateng: Provisional information for 31 December 2000 shows that there were 3,325 males and 124 females serving life sentences for murder in prisons in England and Wales at that time. Information on prison population is available in successive volumes of "Prison Statistics England and Wales" (Chapter 1 of the 1999 edition, CM 4805).


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