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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. 
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.
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. 
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 (19992000), 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.
|East Midlands Region|
|Lincolnshire and Rutland||1,960,869|
|East of England Region|
|Bedfordshire and Luton||2,002,038|
|North East Region|
|Tyne and Wear||3,613,353|
|North West Region|
|Cheshire and Warrington||2,299,560|
|South East Region|
|Hampshire and Isle Wight||3,943,767|
|Kent and Medway||3,734,717|
|South West Region|
|Devon and Cornwall||3,968,523|
|Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole||2,512,867|
|West of England||3,284,672|
|Birmingham and Solihull||3,724,565|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire||2,597,473|
|Coventry and Warwickshire||2,857,520|
|Yorkshire and Humberside|
|Allocated to local councils||143,897,428|
|National Employers Contracting Service||763,685|
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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. 
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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 streams||funding (£ million)||Up to £25,000||£25,000 to £50,000||£50,000 to £100,000||Over £100,000|
|Centres of Vocational Excellence||10.0||0||0||0||4|
|Dissemination of Good Practice||10.1||9||7||9||13|
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. 
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:
Teenage Pregnancy Reintegration Officers, currently available in Middlesbrough and in April 2002, in Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. They are funded through the Standards Fund Teenage Pregnancy Grant and will help young women back into school after giving birth.
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 present||Future areas|
|Sure Start Plus Pilots||Teeside, 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, Rochdale||None 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, Westminster||To 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, Merseyside||19 more areas submitting plans for April 2002 start, remaining 13 (including Tees Valley) by 2003.|
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