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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how (a) participation rates and (b) attainment levels (i) of pupils and (ii) of areas benefiting from education maintenance allowances compare with those not so benefiting; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) pilots are being evaluated over a three-year period, and we will be basing our decisions about any national roll-out on the evaluation evidence. From the beginning, we have made clear our commitment to publishing reports which set out the independent evaluators' main conclusions. The first reports were published in March this year and the next report is due for publication early in 2002. The quantitative analysis which is being carried out compares performance in the areas where we are piloting EMAs against "control areas" where EMA is not available.
Early findings from the evaluation show that EMA appears to have raised participation in education. The statistical analysis estimates an average gain in participation in pilot areas compared to control areas, among EMA eligible young people, of around five percentage points.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many formal notices her Department has received in the last year from the Parliamentary Ombudsman expressing an intention to carry out an investigation; and in respect of each notice how long it took to respond. 
Estelle Morris [holding answer 27 November 2001]: Information on the outcome of statutory investigations which were concluded during 200001 are set out in the Parliamentary Ombudsman's Annual Report for 200001, copies of which are available in the Library of the House, or on the Parliamentary Ombudsman's website at www.ombudsman.org.uk/pca/document/par01/index.htm.
Between 1 April 2001 and 31 October 2001 my Department received five new statutory statements of complaint from the Parliamentary Ombudsman. So far, my Department has responded to all of these cases, and the average time taken to respond overall is 21 days.
Estelle Morris: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Education and Skills' DEL will be decreased by £1,358,837,000 from £21,582,664,000 to £20,223,827,000 and the administration costs limits will be changed as follows.
|DfES and ES(11)||1,074,874||-855,829||219,045|
|Children and Young People's Unit(13)||1,575||1,091||2,666|
(11) RfR1 and RfR2
|RfR 1||RfR 2||RfR 3||RfR 4||Total change|
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The reduction in the voted resource element of the DEL for RfR1, (£242,549,000) arises from the take up of £320,860,000 of End Year Flexibility provision; the increase in receipts of £40,000,000 resulting from the winding up of the Training and Enterprise Councils; the transfer of £25,478,000 to the Cabinet Office to support Government offices, recruitment of Fast Streamers and Millennium Volunteers; the transfer of £9,414,000 from the Home Office for the education of adult and juvenile offenders, Adult Basic Skills projects and Community Champions; the transfer of £4,097,000 from the Department of Health for Health Education Partnerships and the Education Projects Implementation Programme; the transfer of £1,072,000 to the Welsh Executive for the National Training Organisation and for Hardship and Opportunity Bursaries; the transfer of £1,000,000 to the Department for Work and Pensions to support Lone Parents; an increase to the Standards Fund of £710,000; the transfer of £473,000 to the Scottish Executive for Hardship Bursaries and Fee Remission for Open University Students; the take up of £123,000 from the Evidence Based Policy Fund for research projects; the transfer of £100,000 from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for the Property Service Agency costs transferred to DfES; the transfer of £70,000 to the Department of Trade and Industry for Work Life Balance secondees; and the transfer of £496,349,000 to the Department for Work and Pensions, £8,207,000 to the Department of Trade and Industry, £4,590,000 to the Home Office and £614,000 to the Cabinet Office as part of the machinery of Government changes announced by the Prime Minister on 8 June 2001.
The reduction in the voted resource element of the DEL for RfR2, (£1,410,305,000) arises from the transfer of the Employment Service to the Department for Work and Pensions as part of the machinery of Government changes.
The increase in the voted capital element of the DEL for RfR1, (£270,290,000) arises from the take up of £235,000,000 of End Year Flexibility provision; the transfer of £30,000,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions being the refund of CMF provision from the Employment Service and; the take up of £6,000,000 from the Capital Modernisation Fund (CMF) for the Cybrarian, Advanced and Enterprise Specialist Schools and SEN Communication Aids; and an increase of £710,000 in former grant maintained school loan repayments.
The increase in the non-voted resource element of the DEL, (£69,877,000) arises from the take up of £68,467,000 of End Year Flexibility provision; an increase of £40,000,000 to the grant in aid to the Learning and Skills Council; the transfer of £13,735,000 to the Scottish Executive for Open University Students; the transfer of £3,250,000 from the Home Office for Higher Education Active Community Fund projects; the transfer of £1,200,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions for provision the Adult Learning Inspectorate;
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the transfer of £1,100,000 to the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to support the Maritime Training Scheme; and the transfer of £19,600,000 to the Department for Work and Pensions and £8,605,000 to the Cabinet Office as part of the machinery of Government changes.
The non-voted DEL has also been reduced by £25,712,000 (resource) and by £1,000,000 (capital) as a result of the transfer of the European Regional Development Fund provision to the Department for Work and Pensions as part of the machinery of Government changes. Whilst this provision is in our DEL it is not in our estimate.
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