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Mr. Michael J. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching staff are covered by national pay scales in each local education authority in England. 
Ms Estelle Morris: Qualified and unqualified teachers in maintained schools are covered by national pay scales, except for agency teachers, and teachers in the four former grant-maintained schools that opted out of national pay arrangements under the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Act 1991. The number of agency teachers employed in each local authority is not known.
Schools in Education Action Zones have the right to opt out of national pay arrangements, but DfEE has not been informed of any doing so. Independent schools, including City Technology Colleges and city academies, are not covered by national pay arrangements.
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Ms Estelle Morris: The average cost (including National Insurance contributions and superannuation) of employing a full-time qualified teacher in the maintained schools sector at March 1999, the latest date for which information is available is as follows:
|City of London||30,300|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||31,100|
|Kensington and Chelsea||34,300|
|Barking and Dagenham||29,900|
|Kingston upon Thames||29,400|
|Richmond upon Thames||29,200|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||27,700|
|Isles of Scilly||26,600|
|Bath and North East Somerset||(26)--|
|City of Bristol||27,800|
|Redcar and Cleveland||27,300|
|Stockton on Tees||27,400|
|City of Kingston-Upon-Hull||27,800|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||27,700|
|North East Lincolnshire||27,700|
|City of Derby||27,600|
|Brighton and Hove||28,000|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||28,600|
|City of Peterborough||27,500|
|City of Plymouth||27,700|
|Blackburn with Darwen||27,800|
|City of Nottingham||27,900|
|Telford and Wrekin||28,100|
|Isle of Wight||27,400|
(26) Salaries for Hackney and Bath and North East Somerset are not available because of incomplete annual returns from the authorities for March 1999.
All costs have been rounded to the nearest £100.
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The average pay cost per teacher has been estimated by taking the average salary of full-time qualified teachers (including heads and deputy heads) in each local authority and adding 14.8 per cent. for National Insurance contributions and superannuation.
It is estimated that the average pay of a full-time qualified teacher (including heads and deputy heads) in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector at April 2001 will be £27,900 (including the post threshold pay scale).
From April 2001 new graduate recruits can expect to earn £17,000 a year (up 6 per cent. from the previous year) and starting salaries in Inner London will rise to £20,000 (up 9 per cent. from the previous year).
An estimated 250,000 classroom teachers in England are eligible for the post-threshold pay scale, of whom 81 per cent. have applied. Teachers moving to the new scale will receive a £2,000 pay increase from 1 September 2000 and can progress on the basis of their performance up to the scale maximum of over £30,000 excluding allowances.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2001, Official Report, column 580W, how many of the fast track applicants were for (a) primary positions and (b) secondary positions; and if he will provide a breakdown of the secondary positions by subject. 
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Ms Estelle Morris: The total number of fast track applications now stands at 1,574. This includes 13 applications received since my answer of 7 February, which had been delayed in the post. The information requested is set out in the table.
|Design and Technology||24|
|Modern Foreign Languages||125|
(27) Applicant did not indicate on fast track application whether Secondary or Primary
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made of visual classroom testing; what school trials his Department has planned for visual classroom testing; what school trials have been completed of visual classroom testing; what the results indicated; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Estelle Morris: The Department for Education and Employment does not carry out trials of commercial educational products. It is for schools and teachers to decide what if any use to make of such products.
Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the capital investment in schools in Leeds local education authority was from 1996 to 1999 (a) in total and (b) by funding stream; and what his forecast is for the next three years. 
Jacqui Smith: Leeds local education authority has received some £45 million of funding from central Government for capital investment in schools between 1996-97 and 1999-2000 as shown in table A. Table B shows the forecast investment over the next three years.
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.
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|Basic Credit Approvals||6,914||7,046||5,052||3,036||5,219|
|Supplementary Credit Approvals||925||196||294||2,518||1,578|
|Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools||163||376||315||1,089||2,095|
|New Deal for Schools||--||1,402||1,909||4,112||9,094|
|Schools Renewal Challenge Fund Grant||600||--||--||--||--|
|School Security Grant||--||180||226||229||228|
|Outside Toilets Grant||--||--||348||--||--|
|Energy Efficiency Initiative||--||--||220||--||--|
|Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative||--||--||200||437||569|
|National Grid for Learning Grant||--||--||1,700||1,350||2,316|
|Assistance with Asset Management Plans||--||--||--||90||--|
|Seed Challenge Funding||--||--||--||--||401|
|Devolved Formula Capital for Schools||--||--||--||--||4,928|
|Renewal of School Laboratories||--||--||--||--||386|
|Schools Access Initiative Grant||--||--||--||--||17|
|Early Excellence Centre Grant||--||--||--||90||257|
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|Basic Credit Approvals||3,226||(28)--||(28)--|
|Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools||1,020||(28)--||(28)--|
|Private Finance Initiative Credits||--||(28)--||(28)--|
|New Deal for Schools Devolved Formula||2,619||3,523||6,806|
|New Deal for Schools Condition Funding||1,973||5,569||7,073|
|Seed Challenge Funding||460||833||833|
|Renewal of School Laboratories||386||(28)--||(28)--|
|Schools Access Initiative||697||(28)--||(28)--|
|National Grid for Learning||(29)3,274||(29)1,924||(29)1,924|
In addition to the amounts shown above, schools in the authority will also benefit from a share of other programmes where allocations have not yet been made. These include over £1 billion of credit approvals, mainly to provide new pupil places; £440 million of grant to governors of voluntary aided schools; £555 million funding through the NDS Modernisation programme and £170 million worth of funding under the Schools Access Initiative. Funding under the National Grid for Learning (NGfL) in 2002-03 and 2003-04 is a partial allocation based on a formula. Figures are provisional and confirmed levels of NGfL funding for 2002-03 and 2003-04 will be published in due course.
This funding will be augmented by capital receipts and other contributions from local education authority sources, and the contribution which governors of voluntary aided schools make to their building work. In addition, more than £1 billion is available nationally through private finance initiative credits for projects which will sign in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Funding specifically ring fenced for the renewal of school laboratories and secondary learning support units is ending in 2001-02. Local authorities will be able to prioritise their other increased funding for this purpose, if they wish.
(29) Provisional figures, they also include a small proportion of revenue funding. (Also see
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