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Work-related Illness

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many claims for work-related injury or illness were settled on behalf of (a) teachers in primary and secondary schools and (b) other school staff in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost in compensation was. [56057]

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Mr. Timms: Claims for work-related injury or illness are matters between individuals and their employers. Teachers and other staff in schools are employed by either the Local Education Authority or the School Governing Body, and consequently such matters are dealt with at a local level. No data are held centrally by the Department about either the number of claims or the cost of compensation payments.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers in primary and secondary schools and (b) other staff in those schools retired through work-related injury or ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the total cost to the Department was. [56058]

Mr. Timms: Entitlement to ill health retirement under the Teachers' Pensions Scheme (TPS) is determined by the severity of a teacher's medical condition. Where the medical evidence demonstrates that the teacher is permanently unfit to teach, irrespective of the cause of the medical condition, retirement benefits become due. Information is not held on whether the medical condition giving rise to ill health retirement is attributable, in whole or in part, to a work-related injury or illness.

Non-teaching staff in schools are subject to the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is the responsibility of the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

Consequently, no data are held by my Department about the number of teachers, or other staff in schools, who retired through work-related injury or ill health.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost in compensation was. [56054]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: During the period April 2001 to March 2002 three cases for work-related illness reached final settlement at a cost of £20,318 including solicitors' fees. During the same period the Department received £3,280 back from a previous case where a claimant lost an appeal.

Teachers (Lancashire)

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many teachers have been in service in primary schools in Lancashire in each year since 1997; [57283]

Mr. Timms: The full-time equivalent 1 numbers of regular teachers in service in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Lancashire in January of each year since 1997 are as follows:

19971998199920002001
Nursery/primary schools
Former Lancashire54805460
Lancashire441043904490
Blackburn with Darwen630630670
Blackpool520510550
All Lancashire54805460556055305710
Secondary schools
Former Lancashire52405310
Lancashire439045204570
Blackburn with Darwen570570490
Blackpool400430470
All Lancashire52405310536055205530

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Data for January 2002 are not yet available at local education authority level. Information on teachers in service in January 2002 by local education authority will be published in the Teachers in England statistical volume in December 2002.


Further Education Colleges

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the changes in real terms in core funding for further education colleges in each year since 1997. [52570]

Margaret Hodge: The information is as follows:

Funding for participation (£)Real terms index
1997–98(1)3,07098
1998–99(1)3,12097
1999–2000(1)3,360101
2000–01(2)3,380100
2001–02(3)3,500101

(1) Actual

(2) Provisional

(3) Planned


This table shows the estimated participation funding allocated to the LSC in real terms for each full-time equivalent (FTE) student in FE. It includes additional funds derived from employer contributions and other funds made available for widening participation, to support the introduction of Qualifying for Success and for increased provision of basic skills courses. Compared to the Departmental Annual Report 2001 this now gives a complete picture of funding for participation for colleges. It does not represent total funding for further education as it excludes targeted funds such as capital, standards fund and Teachers Pay Initiative (TPI).

If targeted funds were included then the estimated total funding for each FTE student in FE in real terms increased by 12 per cent. over the same period.

Exams

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average number of exams sat by a pupil in (a) 1991–92 and (b) 2001–02 was. [54889]

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Margaret Hodge: The information requested for England for 1991–92 is as follows:


The figures for 2001–02 are not yet available. The latest figures available are for 2000–01, and these are as follows:


For GCSE and GCE A/AS exams, schools enter pupils for the appropriate subjects; the number of exam papers will vary according to subject and Awarding Body.

Vouchers

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department had spent on vouchers for three-year-olds by 31 March. [55085]

Margaret Hodge: The nursery education voucher scheme applied to four-year-olds only and it was replaced in September 1997.

Maladministration

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many findings there have been of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the remit of her Department since 1997. [56317]

Estelle Morris: Information on the handling of complaints is set out in tabular form by the parliamentary ombudsman each year as an attachment to his Annual Report. For those complaints where there was evidence of maladministration which warranted a full investigation, the table sets out how many complaints were upheld as being fully or partly justified. Copies of the parliamentary ombudsman's Annual Reports for the period 1997–98 to 2000–01 inclusive can be viewed in the House Library. This information is also available on the parliamentary ombudsman's website at www.ombudsman.org.uk/ publications.

Pre-schools (Documents)

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what documents have been sent to pre-schools by her Department since 1 July 2001; and how many pages were contained in each document. [55076]

Margaret Hodge: Details of those documents sent directly to pre-schools by my Department since 1 July 2001 are set out in the table.

Title of document Date issued Brief descriptionQuantity issuedNumber of pages Reference number
Planning for Learning1 October 2001Booklet designed to supplement the curriculum guidance for the foundation stage.16,35221QCA/01/799
Requirements of Nursery Education Grant 2002–0330 April 2002Guidance to local education authorities and providers on eligibility for and administration of the Nursery Education Grant.28,00052DfES/0358/2002
National Standards for Under Eights Day Care—Sessional Care(4)14 July 2001National standards for providers of day care for children under 8. Regulations under the Children Act require providers to meet the 14 standards.45,00025DfES/0490/2001
National Standards for Under Eights Day Care—Full Day Care(4)14 July 2001National standards for providers of day care for children under 8. Regulations under the Children Act require providers to meet the 14 standards.30,00025DfES/0488/2001

(4) Pre-schools would have received either sessional care or full day care depending on the number of hours they were operating.


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