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Private Sector Sponsorship

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was raised from private sector sponsorship for higher education in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and if she will make a statement. [16047]

Margaret Hodge: Data on funding for higher education institutes can be found in the Higher Education Statistics Agency publication "Resources for higher education institutions", copies of which are in the Library of the House. Data for 2000 and 2001 are not yet available.

Learning and Skills Councils

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total cost of administration in each of the local learning and skills councils in the current financial year. [13335]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 19 November 2001]: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has been allocated £188 million for administration, of which £144 million has been allocated to local LSCs. The LSC has taken on a range of functions previously carried out by a number of bodies, including the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC), 72 Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs), the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), Government Offices, and the National Advisory Council on Education and Training Targets (NACETT), as well as new work. For the latest year for which we have robust estimates available (1999–2000), our assessment is that the total spent on administration by the predecessor bodies, in relation to the relevant functions, was between £270 and £280 million.

Allocations to each local LSC are detailed in the table.


CouncilsAdministration budget
East Midlands Region
Lincolnshire and Rutland1,960,869
East of England Region
Bedfordshire and Luton2,002,038
London Region
London North3,197,616
London West4,144,284
London Central5,065,507
London East4,529,016
London South3,234,975
North East Region
Tyne and Wear3,613,353
County Durham1,854,441
Tees Valley3,052,601
North West Region
Greater Merseyside4,292,626
Greater Manchester6,466,411
Cheshire and Warrington2,299,560
South East Region
Milton Keynes/Ox/Bucks3,497,027
Hampshire and Isle Wight3,943,767
Kent and Medway3,734,717
South West Region
Devon and Cornwall3,968,523
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole2,512,867
West of England3,284,672
West Midlands
Black Country3,032,076
Birmingham and Solihull3,724,565
Herefordshire and Worcestershire2,597,473
Coventry and Warwickshire2,857,520
Yorkshire and Humberside
North Yorkshire2,234,811
West Yorkshire5,405,563
South Yorkshire3,779,421
Allocated to local councils143,897,428
National Employers Contracting Service763,685

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Standards Fund

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the total budget for the Learning and Skills Council's Standards Fund,

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(b) the total number of funding streams within the Standards Fund and the budget for each; and, within each funding stream what is (i) the total number of projects supported to date within the following ranges (A) up to £25,000, (B) £25,000 to £50,000 (C) £50,000 to £100,000 and (D) over £100,000. [14245]

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Margaret Hodge [holding answer 21 November 2001]: The total budget for the Learning and Skills Council's Standards Fund this year is £160 million. The total number of funding streams, and the budget for each stream are shown in the table, along with the total number of projects supported to date within the ranges specified.

Indicative total Projects supported to date
Funding streamsfunding (£ million)Up to £25,000£25,000 to £50,000£50,000 to £100,000Over £100,000
Provider Improvement51.4487107568
Professional Development79.922410921
College Governance1.00001
Centres of Vocational Excellence10.00004
Dissemination of Good Practice10.197913
National Initiatives7.611827250

From next year, there will be a single, unified Standards Fund for post-16 learning with no individual ring-fenced funding streams within it.

Pregnant Teenagers

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what specialist support is available to young women who are (a) pregnant, (b) have children and (c) have other caring responsibilities to enable them to continue their education (i) in England, (ii) in the Teeside region and (iii) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. [16263]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: One of the main objectives of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy strategy, being implemented and co-ordinated by the Teenage Pregnancy Unit, is to increase the numbers of teenage parents participating in education, training or employment. Support includes:

Furthermore, the Connexions Service being rolled out across England will give all 13 to 19-year-olds access to a Personal Adviser to help co-ordinate this specialist support. Where they exist, Sure Start Plus advisers will usually act as Connexions Personal Advisers to avoid duplication of effort.

Details of whereabouts this support is/will be available across England are set out in the table.

In addition, 193 Sure Start programmes are currently operating across England, of which eight are based in Teeside, providing valuable support to parents and their young children. By March 2004, 500 Sure Start programmes will be up and running. There are also some 17 projects across Teeside, many of which cross constituency boundaries, funded by the Single Regeneration Budget (in excess of £4 million) helping young women to continue in education. DfES is also funding a pilot childminding project in four areas of England (Blackpool, North East Lincolnshire, Greenwich and Barking and Dagenham), specifically aimed to get teenage parents back into education, training or work.

The Government published the National Strategy for carers in 1999. An extra £325 million over five years is helping local authorities to provide a wide range of services to help carers, including young carers. Guidance was also issued to schools in supporting young carers. There are over 100 local projects operating across the country and links to these and support for young carers can be accessed through the Connexions Service, Learning Mentors and Education Welfare Officers.

Areas covered at presentFuture areas
Sure Start Plus PilotsTeeside, Tyne and Wear, south east London, south Yorkshire coalfields, Manchester and Salford, Liverpool and St. Helens, east London, Bradford, Sheffield, Sandwell, Nottingham City, Kingston upon Hull, Wakefield, Walsall, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, RochdaleNone planned
Teenage Pregnancy Reintegration Officers (coverage by LEA)Barking and Dagenham, Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Camden, Coventry, Cumbria, Doncaster, Durham, east Sussex, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Hartlepool, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Hull, Knowsley, Lambeth, Lancashire, Leeds, Lewisham, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, north east Lincolnshire, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newham, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottingham, Rotherham, Salford, Sandwell, Sheffield, South Tyneside, Southwark, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Telford and Wrekin, Tower Hamlets, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, WestminsterTo be reviewed
Connexions (Partnership areas)Cornwall and Devon, Coventry and Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, London north, London south, Cumbria, west of England, Black Country, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Shropshire and Telford and the Wrekin, Cheshire and Warrington, south Yorkshire, Humber, Suffolk, Merseyside19 more areas submitting plans for April 2002 start, remaining 13 (including Tees Valley) by 2003.

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