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Teachers (Leeds)

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many whole-time equivalent teachers were employed in Leeds schools in January. [58885]

Mr. Miliband: There were 6,280 full-time equivalent1 teachers in service in the maintained schools sector in Leeds in January 2001. 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.

Primary Schools

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of constructing a new one-form-of-entry 4–11 primary school has been in the last three years. [59361]

Margaret Hodge: The average cost of constructing a new 1FE 4–11 primary school over the last three years has been approximately #1.35 million. Land acquisition costs are additional to this figure.

Capital Projects

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent speeches she has made on design quality within her Department's capital building programme. [59832]

Margaret Hodge: In her opening speech at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) Show in January, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State set out the Government's vision of how schools would be in the future, including aspects of their design. She also announced that the Department would be publishing a design guide, XSchools for the Future", which looks at ways of designing inspiring buildings that can adapt to educational and technological change. This was published in February 2002, following the publication the previous year of XInclusive School Design—accommodating pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools."

Baroness Ashton is the Department's Ministerial Design Champion. She gave a speech on achieving design quality in PFI schools at a conference organised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) last October.

CABE helped the Department run the Neighbourhood Nurseries Design Competition. I launched this in May 2001 and its aim was to ensure that all new buildings created are of high design quality, providing imaginative and stimulating places in which young children can learn and play. The competition was successfully completed in June 2002 and the work of the winners is being used to influence design across the early years and childcare sector.

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Medical Education

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the funding of grades below 5* in medical education. [61438]

Margaret Hodge: The 2001 Research Assessment Exercise showed a strong increase in top quality research, with more 5* departments than ever before. The Higher Education Funding Council for England decided to protect funding levels for top rated departments, and my Department added #30 million to HEFCE funding for next year. The RAE is designed to determine relative quality. It is not designed to determine the quantum of money spent on research. That is a matter for the Spending Reviews.

Child Care

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many registered (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders, (c) playgroups and (d) out-of-school clubs there were in England at 31 March. [62152]

Margaret Hodge: The information requested is shown in the table.

Number of daycare providers by type 1
England: Position at 31 March 2001

Day nurseries7,800
Registered childminders72,300
Playgroups and pre-schools14,000
Out of school clubs4,900

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.

Latest figures on Day Care facilities in England were published by the Department in the Statistical Bulletin XChildren's Day Care facilities at 31 March 2001 (08/01)" in October 2001, a copy of which is available from the Library. An electronic copy of this publication is also available on the Department's web-site ( statistics).

University Funding

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the Government financial revenue support has been to each university in England and Wales over the present spending review three year period, with an estimate for the current year, in (a) cash, (b) real and (c) real spending per whole time student terms; [62029]

Margaret Hodge: Public funding for higher education institutions in England is allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The annual allocations of recurrent grant to higher education institutions and to further education colleges delivering higher education are publicised each year by the Funding Council. Copies are at

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Information on publicly planned funding per full time equivalent student by institution is not available. For England as a whole, the data are shown in the table:

Funding per Student

Cash TermsReal Terms

The funding of institutions in Wales is a matter for the devolved administration.

Performance Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) cost and (b) saving has been from the Department's pursuit of Service Delivery Agreement targets in each year since they were introduced. [61645]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department's Public Service Agreement sets out the key outcomes it is committed to deliver with the resources provided, and its Service Delivery Agreement sets out the key steps towards delivery of those targets. Every year the Department publishes performance against its targets—including on value for money—and the resources it has used, in its departmental report.

Arts Education

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the impact of abolition of intermediate GNVQs on arts education in secondary schools. [63041]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received one letter from Aldercar Community Language College, Nottingham, on the effect of the loss of the intermediate GNVQ in Performing Arts.


Civil Emergencies

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures have been taken by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat to improve co-ordination between departments following 11 September 2001; and if he will make a statement. [63067]

Mr. Alexander: Since 11 September, the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) has worked systematically with other government departments, the emergency services, local authorities and the Devolved Administrations. This work includes regular liaison meetings to discuss and resolve significant issues. In this way, CCS is in a position to advise Ministers of issues that require central leadership or facilitation. CCS has arranged, taken part in or observed a number of exercises to test and improve current arrangements.

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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment has been made of the system of sharing information across departments in major civil emergencies after 11 September 2001; and if he will make a statement. [63065]

Mr. Alexander: Following 11 September, the Civil Contingencies Committee, chaired by the Home Secretary, has reviewed the Government's plans and arrangements for handling civil emergencies, all of which require the effective sharing of information across relevant departments.

Information and Communication Service

Mr. Collins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the expenditure of the Government's Information and Communication Service's operations within the Cabinet Office was (a) in the latest available year and (b) in 1996–97; and if he will make a statement. [63582]

Mr. Alexander: In 2001–02, the Government Information and Communication Service's centre in the Cabinet Office spent #750,000 on its operations to support recruitment, promotion and career development, and the provision of advice on propriety and professional matters. The equivalent for its predecessor, the Information Officer Management Unit, in 1996-97 was #607,000.

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