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Aggregates Tax

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the cost to Scottish councils of the proposed aggregates tax. [36746]

Mrs. Liddell: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed the introduction of the aggregates levy after a considered assessment of its impact across the UK.

Electoral Publicity

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by her Department on electoral publicity associated with the 2001 general

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election and if she will provide a breakdown of the sum spent by her Department on electoral publicity associated with the 2001 general election. [37092]

Mrs. Liddell: The Scotland Office spent in total £219,000 on electoral publicity for the general election in June 2001. This comprised £106,000 for producing and transmitting a television campaign aimed at encouraging people to vote, and £113,000 for creating and placing newspaper advertisements on postal voting arrangements.

Empty Properties

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) her Department, (b) her agencies and (c) other public bodies for which she has had responsibility was in each year since May 1997. [37813]

Mrs. Liddell: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. The Department has had no empty properties since that date.

EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Capita Contracts

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the contracts her Department has with Capita; and what the (a) value and (b) nature of the contracts are. [36573]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 26 February 2002]: My Department has a number of contracts with Capita for a range of different services. These are as follows:

Teachers' Pensions—Administration of the Teachers' Pensions Scheme. A contract with an estimated value in excess of £70 million over seven years.

Connexions Card—Development of the Connexions Card. A Public Private Partnership with a contract value in excess of £100 million over seven years.

Individual Learning Accounts—Administration of the ILA scheme. A contract for five years with an estimated value of around £55 million.

Consultancy Framework Contracts—Framework contract to provide general management consultancy support and consultancy support for LEA interventions. The value of these contracts is determined by their level of usage. Estimated expenditure to date has been £436,500.

Education (Stoke)

Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16-year-olds have opted to continue into (a) further and (b) higher education in the Stoke-on-Trent local education authority in each of the last four years. [37270]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The percentage of 16-year-olds participating in full-time and part-time education for Stoke-on-Trent LEA in the three years for which data are available is as follows. Prior to 1997–98 Stoke on Trent LEA was part of Staffordshire LEA.

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Percentage of 16-year-olds participating in full-time and part-time education(2): Stoke-on-Trent LEA

Full-time education Part-time education
1997–98499
1998–99528
1999–2000587

(2) Includes participation in schools, sixth form colleges and further education colleges


Corresponding data for participation in full-time higher education by the same age cohort two years later are as follows.

Percentage of 18-year-olds from Stoke-on-Trent LEA accepted for
entry to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses(3)

Number
1999–200011
2000–0113
2001–0216

(3) Defined as the number of 18-year-olds from Stoke accepted for entry to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses via UCAS, as a proportion of the 17-year-old population in Stoke the previous year


In 1999–2000 Stoke-on-Trent became one of the original 15 LEAs to be piloted for the roll-out of Education Maintenance Allowances. National evaluation of EMA shows it to have had a beneficial effect on post-16 participation.Participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17-year-olds are published in an annual statistical bulletin, "Participation in Education and Training by Young People aged 16 and 17 in Each Local Area and Region, England".

Standards Fund

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated per pupil through the Standards Fund for each English education authority in 2001–02. [37771]

Mr. Timms: The following table shows allocations for the Standards Fund, shown as an amount per pupil, for 2001–02, for each local education authority in England. The figures include recurrent and capital Standards Fund grants excluding those that are specifically for under-5s education, further education and adult education. The Standards Fund includes Government grant and local authority contributions, which have both been included in the calculations.

The Standards Fund is one element of overall education funding and supports a range of national education priorities, such as the national literacy and numeracy strategies, support for Specialist Schools, measures to raise the level of achievement of pupils from ethnic minorities, the Excellence in Cities initiative and capital projects. As such the Standards Fund is not allocated on a simple per pupil basis, but in relation to the specific priorities it is designed to support. For example, the allocation a local education authority will receive to support its Specialist Schools will depend on the number of those schools in that authority. A local education authority will not necessarily receive an allocation for every Standards Fund priority. For example, not all authorities are part of the Excellence in Cities initiative,

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which is designed to raise performance through a targeted programme addressing the educational problems of our major cities.

Standards fund per pupil

Local education authority£ per pupil
Corporation of London1,738
Camden682
Greenwich665
Hackney830
Hammersmith and Fulham725
Islington757
Kensington and Chelsea708
Lambeth701
Lewisham624
Southwark649
Tower Hamlets861
Wandsworth641
Westminster632
Barking466
Barnet357
Bexley312
Brent492
Bromley333
Croydon384
Ealing544
Enfield406
Haringey677
Harrow350
Havering331
Hillingdon343
Hounslow439
Kingston Upon Thames490
Merton547
Newham578
Redbridge366
Richmond Upon Thames399
Sutton325
Waltham Forest602
Birmingham519
Coventry414
Dudley323
Sandwell435
Solihull328
Walsall425
Wolverhampton510
Knowsley676
Liverpool555
St. Helens452
Sefton426
Wirral451
Bolton376
Bury321
Manchester639
Oldham445
Rochdale541
Salford553
Stockport373
Tameside393
Trafford351
Wigan318
Barnsley408
Doncaster389
Rotherham520
Sheffield534
Bradford559
Calderdale358
Kirklees462
Leeds481
Wakefield403
Gateshead555
Newcastle Upon Tyne529
North Tyneside462
South Tyneside506
Sunderland480
Isles of Scilly1,743
Bath and North East Somerset371
City of Bristol481
North Somerset346
South Gloucestershire355
Hartlepool493
Middlesbrough504
Redcar and Cleveland469
Stockton-on-Tees536
City of Kingston-upon-Hull498
East Riding of Yorkshire375
North East Lincolnshire411
North Lincolnshire392
North Yorkshire362
York368
Bedfordshire403
Luton468
Buckinghamshire396
Milton Keynes392
Derbyshire388
Derby City420
Dorset348
Poole305
Bournemouth507
Durham430
Darlington420
East Sussex359
Brighton and Hove391
Hampshire344
Portsmouth400
Southampton366
Leicestershire323
Leicester City509
Rutland478
Staffordshire320
Stoke-on-Trent538
Wiltshire352
Swindon352
Bracknell Forest Borough Council348
RB of Windsor and Maidenhead402
West Berkshire District Council382
Reading460
Slough Borough Council446
Wokingham District council362
Cambridgeshire County Council346
Peterborough City Council385
Cheshire County Council319
Halton Borough Council553
Warrington Borough Council338
Devon County Council342
City of Plymouth315
Torbay Borough Council317
Essex County Council334
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council341
Thurrock Council395
Herefordshire Council377
Worcestershire County Council339
Kent County Council327
Medway Council328
Lancashire County Council381
Blackburn with Darwen540
Blackpool Borough Council361
Nottinghamshire County Council343
City of Nottingham656
Shropshire County Council357
Telford and Wrekin448
Cornwall388
Cumbria391
Gloucestershire356
Hertfordshire328
Isle of Wight387
Lincolnshire380
Norfolk387
Northamptonshire372
Northumberland362
Oxfordshire369
Somerset411
Suffolk338
Surrey315
Warwickshire342
West Sussex310

Note:

Figures include recurrent and capital grants.


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