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Postcode Premium Payments

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used by the HEFC to determine those areas which qualify for postcode premium payments in connection with widening participation; and what the qualifying post code areas are. [38861]

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Margaret Hodge [holding answer 28 February 2002]: This is a matter for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of the Funding Council to reply to your question and to place a copy of his reply in the House of Commons Library.

School Inspections

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed by (a) Ofsted and (b) other schools monitoring and inspection organisations. [39010]

Mr. Timms: I am advised that Ofsted employs 2,651 staff, including 216 HM Inspectors of Schools. Of these, over 1,900 are engaged in the regulation of child care and many others are involved in inspections of colleges, local education authorities and initial teacher training providers. Ofsted also employs on a temporary basis around 800 additional inspectors who carry out occasional work in specific areas across the range of Ofsted's remit. In addition, 7,633 school inspectors are contracted to, or employed by, inspection contractors to undertake school inspections under section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996. Other bodies, such as local education authorities, employ people who monitor and inspect schools, but details are not collected centrally.

Classroom Assistants

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions about the payment of jobseekers' allowance to classroom assistants and other educational workers not paid during school holidays. [39463]

Mr. Timms: None, but officials are in regular contact with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Engineering Students

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the reasons for the difference between the projected debts of engineering students in Great Britain and the average for all students; and what measures she has taken to address the difference. [39530]

Margaret Hodge: The Government are committed to tackling the problem of students being put off higher education by debt or the perception of debt. That is an important strand of the current review of student support. The Government have also commissioned Sir Gareth Roberts to review the supply of high level science and engineering skills.

Standards Fund

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of specific grants made available from her Department through the Standards Fund required local education authorities to make a contribution in the years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01. [39630]

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Mr. Timms: The percentage of the Standards Fund contributed by local education authorities for each year between 1997–98 and 2000–01 is shown in the table.

Standards Fund contributed by local education authorities

Financial yearPercentage

The Standards Fund programme is designed to be a funding partnership between local education authorities and the Government to support educational initiatives and priorities. Local education authority contributions to the Standards Fund are taken account of in setting the level of Education Standard Spending each year.

Teaching Vacancies

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching vacancies there are in schools in Eastbourne. [40362]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

There were 43 vacancies for full-time teachers in maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in East Sussex local authority in January 2001.


Statutory Instruments

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the statutory instruments issued by his Department in the last 12 months, indicating (a) the purpose of each and (b) the cost of each to (i) public funds, (ii) businesses and (iii) individuals. [36237]

Angela Eagle: A list of statutory instruments issued by the Home Office is as listed. The purpose of each instrument is set out in its explanatory note. Information on the cost of each instrument to public funds, businesses and individuals is not available and could not be made available otherwise than at disproportionate cost.

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