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Accountancy Contracts

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the (a) number and (b) value of contracts awarded by her Department to (i) Arthur Andersen, (ii) Deloitte Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iv) KPMG and (v) PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants in each year since 1997. [34995]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Individual Learning Accounts

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills from whom she received advice concerning possible abuse of the Individual Learning Accounts scheme prior to its commencement; and what response was given by her Department. [35210]

John Healey [holding answer 11 February 2002]: My Department actively engaged a wide range of key stakeholders in the development of the Individual Learning Accounts programme. For example, a number of seminars were held with learning providers in 2000, prior to the introduction of the National Framework for Individual Learning Accounts, and these continued into 2001. At these and other similar events and meetings providers expressed a wide range of opinions which helped inform and shape the development, implementation and presentation of ILA policy.

Educational Maintenance Allowance


Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many recipients of an educational maintenance allowance there are in North

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East Lincolnshire; and what assessment she has made of the impact of the allowance on encouraging 16 to 18-year-olds to stay in full-time education. [35319]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: As of the 1 February 2002, 478 students in North East Lincolnshire have received at least one payment of educational maintenance allowance (EMA) this academic year.

The DfES has commissioned the Centre for Research in Social Policy to conduct a rigorous evaluation of EMAs which is now in its third year of data collection. First year findings have already been published and these early findings show that EMA appears to have raised participation in further education. The statistical analysis estimates an average gain in participation in pilot areas compared to control areas, among EMA eligible young people, of around 5 percentage points.

Internet Training (North-West)

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teachers have received training for the internet in (a) St. Helens, South, (b) St. Helens MBC area, (c) Merseyside, (d) Manchester, (e) the North West RDA area, (f) the other RDA areas and (g) England. [35422]

John Healey: Training for the Internet is covered by the nationally run New Opportunities Fund (NOF) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) teacher training programme. Schools have until the end of March this year to sign up for the NOF training and over 95 per cent. have already done so.

The information relating to the numbers of teachers who have completed the training is not available by the regional areas requested. However, the figures available as at 31 December 2001 show that 83 per cent. of all teachers in England have registered for, or are currently

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undertaking, the NOF training and 52 per cent. of all teachers have completed it. Teachers may have also undertaken locally organised training in the use of the internet but figures are not collected on these training schemes centrally. All newly qualified teachers entering the profession will have received training in the use of the internet as part of their initial teacher training.

Working Conditions and Practices

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in her Department; how much compensation has been paid to employees; how many work days have been lost due to work-related stress, and at what cost; what procedures have been put in place to reduce work-related stress, and at what cost, in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [35938]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information is not held by my Department in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Procedures put in place to reduce work related stress include:

My Department is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its employees. Arising from the Government's Revitalising Health and Safety initiative, it is also committed to meeting targets for reducing the number of working days lost due to work related injuries and illness. This includes ensuring that work practises are safe and free from any hazards to health and that effective occupational health policies and good health management practices are developed.

No compensation has been paid to employees specifically for work related stress in any of the last three years.

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Learning and Skills Councils

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what criteria local Learning and Skills Council chairs are to be remunerated for part-time input. [36010]

Margaret Hodge: No criteria have been agreed. The current Education Bill includes a clause that would give the Secretary of State for Education and Skills the power to agree terms of remuneration.

FE Colleges

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the audit burden on further education colleges. [36012]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 January 2002, Official Report, columns 134–35W.

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the criteria under which provider reviews are carried out by the Learning and Skills Council in further education colleges. [36026]

Margaret Hodge: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for the reviews of their providers, which include further education colleges. The proposed aims, key areas and evidence requirements for performance reviews were posted on the LSC's website in early September 2001. Views from colleges and other providers, as well as other stakeholders, were sought by December 2001. Drawing on this evaluation, the LSC are publishing a consultation document in early March 2002, which will outline their proposals to simplify and refine the performance review process. Following the consultation, the refined arrangements will be published in autumn 2002.

Specialist Schools

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools broken down by LEA applied for specialist status but were not among the successful applicants announced on 5 February. [36016]

Mr. Timms: A list of schools, by LEA, which applied for specialist status in the October 2002 competition, which were not among the successful applicants announced on 5 February 2002 is provided in the following tables.

Schools unsuccessful in their application for specialist status in the October 2001 competition by LEA

LEA SchoolSpecialism
Barking and DagenhamSydney Russell School (The)Technology
BedfordshireSt. John's SchoolTechnology
BedfordshireWootton Upper SchoolArts
BirminghamCastle Vale SchoolArts
BirminghamFairfax SchoolArts
BirminghamHillcrest School and Sixth Form CentreLanguage
Blackburn with DarwenOur Lady and Saint John RC High SchoolArts
BoltonCanon Slade SchoolArts
BoltonHarper Green SchoolArts
Bracknell ForestGarth Hill SchoolTechnology
BuckinghamshireWaddesdon CE SchoolArts
CambridgeshireBassingbourn Village CollegeTechnology
CheshireMalbank School and Sixth Form CentreArts
CheshireWilmslow High SchoolArts
CornwallLooe Community SchoolArts
CoventryCoventry Blue Coat CE SchoolArts
CroydonNorbury Manor High School-GirlsLanguage
CumbriaMorton School (The)Arts
CumbriaThorncliffe SchoolSports
DerbyshireJohn Port SchoolTechnology
DevonSt. Peter's C of E High SchoolLanguage
DoncasterCampsmount SchoolTechnology
DoncasterRossington High SchoolSports
DudleyRedhill SchoolArts
DurhamMoorside Community CollegeTechnology
DurhamShotton Hall SchoolArts
EnfieldLea Valley HighSports
EssexRainsford High SchoolArts
GloucestershireHeywood Community SchoolSports
GloucestershireWhitecross SchoolLanguage
HaltonHeath School (The)Technology
Hammersmith and FulhamFulham Cross SchoolLanguage
HampshireBrookfield Community SchoolLanguage
HampshirePark Community SchoolArts
HampshireVyne Community School (The)Arts
Harrow, London Borough ofHatch End High School (joint with) Nower Hill High SchoolArts
Havering, London Borough ofAbbs Cross SchoolArts
Havering, London Borough ofEmerson Park SchoolArts
Havering, London Borough ofFrances Bardsley School for Girls (The)Arts
Havering, London Borough ofGaynes SchoolLanguage
HerefordshireJohn Kyrle High School (The)Technology
HertfordshireRickmansworth SchoolArts
HertfordshireRoundwood Park SchoolArts
HertfordshireSt. Michael's Catholic High SchoolLanguage
HertfordshireWatford Grammar School for GirlsArts
Hillingdon, London Borough ofUxbridge High SchoolTechnology
Kensington and Chelsea, London Borough ofSion Manning RC Girls SchoolArts
KentAstor SchoolArts
Kingston upon ThamesCoombe Girls' SchoolLanguage
LancashireParklands High SchoolLanguage
LancashireSt. Theodore's RC VA High SchoolSports
LeedsPriesthorpe SchoolSports
LeedsRoundhay SchoolTechnology
LeicestershireHind Leys Community CollegeTechnology
LeistershireBrookvale High School (joint with) Groby Community CollegeLanguage
LiverpoolShorefields Technology SchoolTechnology
ManchesterSaint Paul's Catholic High SchoolTechnology
MedwayUpbury Manor SchoolArts
MertonBishopsford Community CollegeArts
MertonRaynes Park High SchoolTechnology
MiddlesbroughSt. David's Roman Catholic Comprehensive SchoolTechnology
Newcastle upon TyneSt. Mary's Catholic Comprehensive SchoolArts
NorfolkCliff Park High SchoolSports
NorfolkHellesdon High SchoolTechnology
NorfolkHewett SchoolArts
NorfolkSprowston High SchoolArts
NorfolkSt. Clement's High SchoolTechnology
NorfolkWymondham High SchoolArts
North LincolnshireHigh Ridge SchoolSports
North TynesideMarden High SchoolArts
North YorkshireLady Lumley's SchoolTechnology
North YorkshireRichmond SchoolArts
NorthamptonshireKingsbrook SchoolLanguage
NottinghamshireAll Saints' RC School (joint with) The Brunts SchoolArts
NottinghamshireMagnus CE School (The)Arts
NottinghamshireSouth Wolds SchoolLanguage
PeterboroughBretton Woods Community SchoolArts
ReadingHighdown SchoolTechnology
RedbridgeChadwell Heath Foundation School (The)Arts
ShropshireBelvidere SchoolTechnology
ShropshireCorbet School (The)Technology
ShropshireLudlow Church of England SchoolTechnology
ShropshireThomas Adam School (The)Arts
SolihullLangley SchoolArts
Southend on SeaPrittlewell School (The)Technology
StaffordshireBlackfriars School (Special) (joint with) Madeley High SchoolTechnology
StaffordshireBlake High School (joint with) Kingsmead SchoolTechnology
StaffordshireChase Terrace High SchoolTechnology
StockportMarple Hall SchoolSports
Stockton on TeesBlakeston Community SchoolSports
Stoke on TrentSt. Margaret Ward Catholic High School and Sixth FormArts
SuffolkMildenhall Upper SchoolTechnology
SuffolkSudbury Upper SchoolArts
SurreyThamesmead SchoolArts
SuttonGlenthorn High SchoolArts
Telford and WrekinPhoenix SchoolSports
TraffordAltrincham Grammar School-BoysLanguage
TraffordAltrincham Grammar School-GirlsLanguage
WandsworthBattersea Technology CollegeArts
WarwickshireAylesford SchoolLanguage
WarwickshireStratford Upon Avon Grammar-GirlsLanguage
West BerkshireJohn O'Gaunt SchoolTechnology
West EssexBurnt Mill School (joint with) Stewards SchoolArts
WiganMornington High SchoolArts
Windsor and Maidenhead, RB ofNewlands Girls' SchoolTechnology
WirralSt. Anselm's College (joint with) Upton Hall School, FCJTechnology
WokinghamBulmershe School (The)Sports
WokinghamMaiden Erlegh SchoolArts
WokinghamWaingel's Copse SchoolArts
WorcestershireKingsley CollegeArts

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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what criteria the latest round of schools to achieve specialist status was chosen. [36017]

Mr. Timms: Applications for specialist school designation in the October 2001 competition were assessed against the published criteria set out in the guidance documents for Arts, Language, Sport and Technology College applicants. Copies of these have been placed in the Library.

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