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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the total spent by her Department on central (a) advertising and marketing and (b) administration of education action zones; and what each of these amounts are as a proportion of total departmental expenditure on education action zones. 
Mr. Timms: The Department has spent currently this year £130,000 on publicity for Education Action Zones, which is 0.15 per cent. of the total annual departmental expenditure on Education Action Zones.
The total central administration cost of all Statutory Education Action Zones and Excellence in Cities Action Zones is £577,000. This is the annual running cost budget, which is 0.7 per cent. of the total annual departmental expenditure on education action zones.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Separate records are not kept for total annual spend on health and safety in my Department. Most expenditure on statutory and beneficial health and safety issues is subsumed within on-going works programmes covering a wide range of building maintenance and improvement projects.
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John Healey [holding answer 5 December 2001]: The application put forward by Newcastle local education authority on behalf of Sacred Heart High School, is being considered, together with all other applications submitted on behalf of VA schools, against the criteria published as part of the guidance for the 200203 Schools Capital Allocation Round.
Mr. Jim Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held in Brussels on 29 November; what the Government's position was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: I represented the UK at the morning (Education) session of this Council meeting; my right hon. Friend the Minister for Police, Courts and Drugs (Minister for Children and Young People) and Jane Davidson AM (Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning in Wales) represented the UK at the afternoon (Youth) session.
The Council discussed the follow-up to the report on "Concrete Future Objectives of Education and Training Systems" (presented to the Stockholm European Council in March 2001) and adopted Conclusions setting out a number of principles concerning follow-up as well as a proposal timetable for taking work forward. The UK supported these principles, stressing the need for a coherent approach to work in this and other fields such as lifelong learning.
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"Opinion concerning education and training issues in the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for member states' employment policies for 2002".
Margaret Hodge: The 33 week entitlement is a minimum requirement and was decided following advice from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children between the ages of 5 and 18 years who are domiciled outside the United Kingdom were educated within the private sector for each of the years 199798 to 200001. 
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Mr. Timms: Learning Mentors can help gifted and talented students to overcome barriers to learning, such as bullying, truancy or disaffection. We encourage partnerships to ensure that the different strands of Excellence in Cities are mutually supportive.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will undertake to publish her Department's consultation paper on 14 to 19 education before relevant clauses of the Education Bill have been considered in Committee. 
Mr. Timms: We set out our outline plans for the development of a more coherent and flexible 1419 phase of learning in our Green Paper, "SchoolsBuilding on Success" and White Paper, "SchoolsAchieving Success". The consultation document on 1619 organisation and inspection provided further details.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July were replied to in (a) under 15, (b) under 20, (c) under 30, (d) under 40 and (e) over 40 working days. 
|Number of replies sent||Percentage of replies sent|
|(a) in 15 working days and under||640||71|
|(b) in 1620 working days||133||15|
|(c) in 2130 working days||104||11|
|(d) in 31 working days and over||26||3|
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