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Mr. Timms: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced in the Budget an additional £85 million investment in 200203 in school and college buildings in England. This means that every maintained school in England, including those in Cheltenham, will receive in 200203 an additional allocation of about 20 per cent. of New Deal for Schools devolved formula capital for schools. Colleges and other educational establishments will also receive their proportionate share. Details of changes to future funding for education will be announced when the Spending Review has been completed in the summer.
Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors underlay the decision to restrict golden hello payments to shortage-subject specialists trained for secondary teaching. 
Mr. Timms: Golden hellos are available in the five subject-areas where teacher recruitment is most challenging. National statistics published by my Department on 24 April showed that, in January 2002, 70 per cent. of all vacancies for full-time secondary teachers in England were in these subjects.
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Estelle Morris: My powers are broadly for England, with some also extending to Wales. The education and training functions previously exercised by my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Northern Ireland have transferred to the devolved Administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. My officials work closely with officials in the devolved Administrations on matters of mutual interest across the UK. My Department also represents the UK at international level on education, skills and youth issues, briefed, where appropriate, by the devolved Administrations. Under the Industrial Training Acts, I have levy powers across England, Scotland and Wales to fund the Industrial Training Boards.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure Ofsted inspections and individual inspectors do not influence individual school reports by applying their religious beliefs to evidence of school performance. 
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of the Ofsted inspection conducted in the Torbay unitary authority Area in 2001; how many officials were involved in undertaking the inspection; and what the cost was of producing a report after the inspection. 
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much direct grant was given to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) St Helens, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) the north-west, (iv) the south-east and (v) England in (A) 1997, (B) 1998, (C) 1999, (D) 2000 and (E) 2001. 
Mr. Timms: School Standards Grant (SSG) was not payable in 1997, 1998 and 1999. For the years 200001 and 200102 the total amount of SSG paid to all schools (primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit and nursery), taking into account adjustments made as a result
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of reconciliations, is as shown on the table. A breakdown of the amounts of funding into primary and secondary schools cannot be supplied except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by (a) St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, (b) the average council in the north-west, (c) the average council in the south-east and (d) the average council in England on education in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001. 
|Region||199798 Outturn||199899 Outturn||19992000 Outturn||200001 Outturn(16)|
|North west councils||131,270||138,453||146,787||157,071|
|South east councils||142,329||150,559||171,121||183,090|
|Region||199798 Outturn||199899 Outturn||19992000 Outturn||200001 Outturn(17)|
|North west councils||140,691||144,352||149,486||157,071|
|South east councils||152,544||156,974||174,268||183,090|
1. Source of figures for 199798 and 199899 are drawn from the DTLR's ROI returns.
2. Source of figures for 19992000 and 200001 are drawn from the DfES's Section 52 Outturn statements.
3. 200001 figures are provisional and are subject to change.
4. Real terms figures are calculated using GDP deflators published by the Treasury 17 April 2002.
5. Figures reflect Net Current Expenditure which covers all education expenditure by local authorities.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to award teachers in the FE and college sector pay awards equal to those teaching in secondary schools. 
Margaret Hodge: It is for each college to agree annual pay rises and conditions of employment with its staff in the context of the overall resources available to them. We are, however, aware of the funding gap between schools and FE and have pledged to bring up levels of funding and allow upwards convergence over time as resources allow.
We are investing significant funding in the FE sector. In 2001- 02, £527 million extra was planned for FEa 12 per cent. real terms increase, with a further 3 per cent. increase this year. By 200304, annual funding for FE will have increased by £1.4 billion compared with 199798, a real terms increase of 20 per cent. The substantial additional investment we are making in the sector should help colleges and the trade unions reach agreement on appropriate salary increase this year.
We are also investing more than £311 million in the teaching pay initiative during the period 200104 to allow colleges, including sixth form colleges, to reward high quality teaching. This is separate to any general pay rise a teacher may receive.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what duties and responsibilities she has determined are appropriate for teaching assistants in (a) primary and (b) secondary sectors. 
Mr. Timms: A working party involving representatives of teachers and support staff, the local government employers and other Government bodies, is currently considering the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants in primary, secondary and special schools. Following its initial discussions, we expect to issue a consultation paper asking for comments on these and a range of other issues relating to teaching assistants and support staff. The Education Bill currently before Parliament provides for there to be regulations specifying the duties which may be carried out by teaching assistants and others who are not qualified as school teachers.
Mr. Timms: The question of a career structure and associated training and development for teaching assistants is being considered by a working party which includes representatives of teachers and support staff, the local government employers and other Government bodies. This group's discussions are being used to inform the production of a consultation paper which will address a range of issues relating to teaching assistants and other support staff. National vocational qualifications, based on the new national occupational standards for teaching assistants, are expected to be in place later this year and will form part of the proposed career structure.
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Mr. Timms: Possible roles for teaching assistants in schools are being considered by a working party which includes representatives of teachers and support staff, the local government employers and other Government bodies. We expect to issue a consultation paper later this term, which will ask for comments on enhanced roles and responsibilities and will address the need for the provision of guidance to schools and local education authorities.
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