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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding allocation is made to the Learning and Skills Council for the education of 14 to 16-year-olds; and when the funding is approved. 
John Healey: In the financial year 200102, none of the Learning and Skills Council's budgets is specifically targeted at 14 to 16-year-olds in school years 10 and 11. £23 million, however, has been allocated for Education Business Link (EBL) activities. These activities will prepare young people for the workplace and adult life by building effective partnerships between schools and business to enhance the delivery of key skills and the national curriculum. EBL funding is aimed at all school children but includes a commitment for all Key Stage 4 pupils to experience at least two weeks' work experience.
In the financial year 200203 funding for EBL has been subsumed into the LSC's Youth Programmes Budget of £2,708.493 million. This funding will be increased before the start of the financial year to include funding for the "Increased Flexibility for 14 to 16-year-olds" programme. The aim of this programme is to support the development activity necessary to extend vocational options for young people at Key Stage 4 of the national curriculum, in line with commitments in the White Paper: "Schools: Achieving Success" (July 2001).
There are, of course, in addition to 14 to 16-year-olds in years 10 and 11, large numbers of 16-year-olds being educated in FE colleges and school sixth forms. FE college funding for the financial years 200102 and
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200203 is included in a number of LSC budgets and school sixth form funding in a separate, new LSC budget for 200203.
John Healey: We consulted extensively about funding arrangements for post-16 education and training. Planning and implementing these new systems to meet the Government's learning targets is the responsibility of the Learning and Skills Council which has published its corporate plan for the period to 2004 and its plans for developing post-16 funding systems for 200304 onwards. The council plans to introduce a common funding approach for 200304 in line with our consultations in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Progress to date has been good with development of a consistent national funding system this year for work based learning. Progress in 200203 will continue with the development of new funding arrangements for further education and the council's assumption of responsibility for school sixth form funding. We are committed to work with the council to further develop funding systems, to ensure that funding follows the learner and facilitating the development of a rational and coherent approach to funding different forms of post-16 provision.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of excluded children in authorities with city technology colleges were admitted to such colleges in each of the past three years. 
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Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the comparative completion rates of on-line learning and those who attend further education colleges. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: In 2001 we have commissioned a study into transport services and support for students in further education. This highlighted the difficulties in travelling to school and college experienced by students including those in rural areas. Some students do suffer from both a lack of transport services and high costs.
In response to this, we introduced a clause in the current Education Bill in order to revise section 509 of the Education Act 1996 and to clarify the duty on LEAs. This together with new requirements on the Learning and Skills Council and Further Education Institutions will result in more effective transport services and support for students of 1619. We are also reviewing the transport support available to older students.
I have also made available an additional £9 million to 76 LEAs from April 2002 to help them to develop and test the most effective approaches to providing transport support in both urban and rural areas.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each of the overseas trips made by herself and other members of her ministerial team in each of the last four years, specifying the purpose and cost of each trip. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 200102 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions. 
Mr. MacShane: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) departmental expenditure limit (DEL 1 ) for financial year (FY) 200102 is £1,018,976,000. FCO projected departmental salary cost 2 for FY 200102 is £306,594,875 approximately 30.09 per cent. of the overall DEL.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those items valued at less than £50 each which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since 27 November 2001 the Government of the Cayman Islands has been requested information on taxes by (a) the United States and (b) the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. 
The Cayman Islands signed a tax information exchange agreement with the US Government on 27 November 2001. This does not come into effect until January 2004 for criminal matters, and January 2006 for civil and administrative matters. It will not enable the UK to request tax information from the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department met representatives of Enron between 11 October 1999 and 7 June 2001; what the reasons for the meetings were; and what follow-up action was taken as a result. 
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Mr. Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests the British Council have received to increase the provision of English teaching in Senegal since 1997; and what response the Government have made. 
Mr. MacShane: The British Council has provided English language training for approximately 300 Senegalese schoolteachers for each of the past three years. This followed a request for increased training from the Senegalese Ministry of Education. The council has also provided training requested by the Ministry of Finance and the Senegalese Youth Council. An English language training centre was established in Dakar in 1997. The centre provides a high quality training programme to fee-paying students.
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