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Learning Disabilities (Exclusion Guidance)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she gives to education authorities on the exclusion of over 25s with learning disabilities from activities and clubs on the basis of their age. [22306]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 11 January 2002]: Local education authorities fund Statutory Youth Services directly. Their core client group is 13 to 19, although historically services will operate within the age range of 11 to 25. Therefore, upon reaching the age of 25 and over the persons involved would transfer to an adult education group. The Department does not issue guidance to local education authorities on the detailed delivery of its services.

Capital Assets

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 889W, on capital assets, if she will place in the Library information on the accounting treatment of the public private partnership projects relating to (a) Birmingham Schools refurbishment project, (b) Sheffield city council Group Schools Projects, (c) Imperial College, (d) Essex LEA New School, Loughton, (e) Kingston upon Hull Primary School and (f) Human Resources Partnership; and if she will make a statement. [24178]

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John Healey: The following private finance initiative projects have all been assessed against the Accounting Standards Board financial reporting standard known as FRS5:


All of these projects were considered by the financial advisers of the LEAs concerned to be 'off-balance sheet'. In each case, the district auditor for the authority confirmed that they had not seen any evidence that would conflict with that judgment.

Imperial College is an independent body and the Secretary of State is not required to hold information on its commercial contracts or activities. The Employment Service human resource partnership project is a matter for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Voluntary Aided Schools

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the proposed reduction in contribution by the governors of voluntary aided schools towards building costs is included in the broadly neutral reallocation of costs between governors, local education authorities and her Department; and if she will make a statement. [24266]

John Healey: As part of our reform of the funding of premises work at Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, we are proposing that the governing bodies of those schools would be liable for capital work to virtually all of the school premises, excluding playing fields. This would replace the current complex set of arrangements for dividing liability between governing bodies and local education authorities (LEAs). The proposed new arrangements would provide greater flexibility in the way in which capital funds can be used, and lead to a substantial streamlining of the related administrative and funding processes.

Our estimate of the financial impact of the proposed changes takes account of the average initial and ongoing costs of providing and maintaining VA school buildings, and of how these costs would fall to the parties involved. Our estimates have demonstrated that most of the proposed increase in the standard rate of grant support—from 85 per cent. to 90 per cent.—would be required to meet the additional premises liabilities which would transfer from LEAs to VA school governing bodies.

Implementation of the reforms is subject to approval under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. Further information on the proposals, including our overall assessment of cost neutrality, is provided in the Department's Statement which accompanied the proposed draft Regulatory Reform Order. Copies of the relevant documents are available in the House of Commons Library.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library a copy of the responses received to "Responsibilities for Premises Work at Voluntary Aided Schools"; and if she will provide a list of respondents. [25538]

John Healey [holding answer 9 January 2002]: A copy of the Department's statement, together with the proposed draft Regulatory Reform Order, has been placed in the Library. The statement contains, at Annexe A, a list of who

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was consulted, and indicates those who responded. The statement also contains, at Annexe B, details of the responses to the consultation.

Sure Start

Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) parents and (b) children have had contact with Sure Start in Battersea since its inception. [24410]

Yvette Cooper: Since Sure Start Battersea was approved in October 2000 it has been in contact with approximately 190 different children under four between October 2000 and November 2001. The programme is likely to have been in contact with many of these children many times over this period.

No information is available on the number of parents seen.

Schools Access Initiative

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the Buckingham constituency have benefited from the Schools Access Initiative; and how much each school was awarded. [24864]

John Healey: The Schools Access Initiative provides resources to make mainstream schools accessible to pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. Over the three year period 2001–02 to 2003–04 we are investing £220 million in the Schools Access Initiative. This is crucial to the Government's commitment to improving educational standards for all children and working towards a more inclusive approach for children with disabilities and special educational needs.

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The funding is allocated to local education authorities and it is for each authority to decide its priority schemes. At the end of each financial year, LEAs are required to report back to the Department the projects funded from the Schools Access Initiative. The table lists the schools in the Buckingham constituency that have received funding from the Schools Access Initiative.

£

School nameTotal project cost
1996–97
Page Hill First School3,296
1997–98
Page Hill First School7,042
1998–99
Page Hill First School4,260
Royal Latin Grammar School10,000
1999–2000
Royal Latin Grammar School11,978
Buckingham Middle School10,046

Teacher Numbers

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and secondary teachers, and (b) school support staff there were per thousand of population in (i) Staffordshire (ii) other shire authorities in each year since 1995. [24933]

Mr. Timms: Full-time equivalent regular teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools in existing and former non-metropolitan local authorities 1 , per thousand of population 2 , in January of each year, were as follows:

1995199619971998199920002001
Isles of Scilly13.313.410.611.511.18.810.0
Former Avon7.37.37.37.17.07.07.2
Former Cleveland8.88.88.88.68.58.78.7
Former Humberside7.97.97.77.67.78.08.0
Former North Yorkshire7.77.87.77.67.88.08.1
Former Bedfordshire8.88.68.68.58.48.48.2
Former Buckinghamshire7.97.87.57.77.67.77.8
Former Derbyshire7.67.67.47.27.27.37.6
Former Dorset6.36.26.66.76.86.76.9
Former Durham7.97.97.77.77.87.87.8
Former East Sussex6.66.66.56.46.36.56.6
Former Hampshire7.17.07.06.97.06.96.9
Former Leicestershire8.28.18.07.98.18.08.3
Former Staffordshire7.47.67.67.57.77.77.8
Former Wiltshire7.87.67.57.47.37.27.5
Former Berkshire7.67.57.57.57.47.57.5
Former Cambridgeshire7.87.67.37.27.27.37.3
Former Cheshire8.08.08.08.18.18.28.2
Former Devon6.96.97.07.07.07.17.2
Former Essex7.47.57.67.57.77.67.8
Former Hereford and Worcester7.57.37.37.37.37.47.5
Former Kent7.98.08.18.07.98.18.1
Former Lancashire8.07.87.77.87.98.07.9
Former Nottinghamshire7.67.47.27.37.37.57.5
Former Shropshire7.77.67.67.57.47.57.8
Cornwall7.47.37.37.27.17.37.4
Cumbria8.07.98.08.08.28.48.3
Gloucestershire7.57.57.57.67.67.77.8
Hertfordshire8.58.58.48.28.38.28.3
Isle of Wight7.87.77.87.77.87.98.2
Lincolnshire7.77.97.97.87.67.68.0
Norfolk7.47.37.37.37.27.17.2
Northamptonshire9.28.88.68.38.38.58.2
Northumberland8.48.28.38.08.18.08.2
Oxfordshire7.16.76.66.56.56.97.1
Somerset7.37.06.96.96.66.97.3
Suffolk7.97.87.87.87.97.87.9
Surrey6.16.56.56.46.36.56.4
Warwickshire7.87.57.37.47.57.67.8
West Sussex7.07.06.97.07.07.07.0
England7.87.77.77.67.77.77.8

(22) To give consistent time series, data for new authorities created by local government re-organisation in 1996, 1997 and 1998 have been added together to produce data for the former authority areas.

(23) Estimated population data provided by the Office for National Statistics.


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Full-time equivalent non-teaching staff 1 in maintained primary and secondary schools in existing and former

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non-metropolitan local authorities 2 , per thousand of population 3 , in January of each year, were as follows:

1995199619971998199920002001
Isles of Scilly2.73.22.93.22.93.24.5
Former Avon2.02.12.32.32.42.52.8
Former Cleveland1.82.12.22.22.42.63.4
Former Humberside2.12.32.42.52.83.03.7
Former North Yorkshire1.61.71.81.92.02.22.6
Former Bedfordshire2.62.62.72.93.13.44.0
Former Buckinghamshire2.32.32.42.62.62.73.1
Former Derbyshire2.02.12.12.32.42.63.1
Former Dorset1.61.81.92.12.42.73.2
Former Durham1.51.61.61.81.92.12.3
Former East Sussex1.72.02.12.22.42.63.0
Former Hampshire2.72.82.92.93.03.13.4
Former Leicestershire2.32.42.52.72.93.13.6
Former Staffordshire1.92.02.12.32.52.73.1
Former Wiltshire2.22.32.52.52.62.83.2
Former Berkshire2.12.22.42.52.72.93.4
Former Cambridgeshire2.92.93.13.23.23.43.8
Former Cheshire1.81.92.02.12.22.32.7
Former Devon2.12.22.22.52.72.93.4
Former Essex2.32.52.72.83.03.23.7
Former Hereford and Worcester1.51.71.82.02.12.42.6
Former Kent2.32.62.82.83.03.33.7
Former Lancashire1.71.82.02.22.32.63.0
Former Nottinghamshire2.02.02.12.22.42.63.1
Former Shropshire2.02.22.32.42.62.83.2
Cornwall2.73.03.13.33.43.73.9
Cumbria1.91.92.12.22.32.52.8
Gloucestershire1.81.81.92.02.22.32.7
Hertfordshire2.32.52.62.72.83.03.3
Isle of Wight2.62.82.93.33.84.15.1
Lincolnshire2.02.32.42.52.52.63.1
Norfolk1.82.02.22.42.52.73.3
Northamptonshire2.32.62.72.93.03.54.1
Northumberland1.71.81.92.02.12.52.9
Oxfordshire2.42.42.42.52.52.83.1
Somerset2.72.93.03.13.23.33.7
Suffolk1.91.92.02.22.32.52.8
Surrey1.92.12.32.42.42.52.8
Warwickshire2.12.12.22.32.52.83.2
West Sussex2.22.32.42.62.72.83.1
England2.12.22.42.52.62.83.3

(24) Non-teaching staff includes teaching assistants, administrative staff, technicians and other education support staff.

(25) To give consistent time series, data for new authorities created by local government re-organisation in 1996,1997 and 1998 have been added together to produce data for the former authorities areas.

(26) Estimated population data provided by the Office for National Statistics.


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