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Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainee teachers have benefited from golden hellos in each year since 1998, broken down by Government office region. 
Mr. Miliband: The Department has received claims from local education authorities for reimbursement of golden hello payments made post-training to teachers in the local Government office regions as follows:
|East of England||122||88|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||131||40|
(26) Financial year
The decline in the number of golden hellos paid in 200102 is caused by teachers deferring to take their payment until after completion of induction under the new arrangements operating from September 2000. The number of payments is expected to rise significantly in 200203.
Mr. Miliband: The numbers of teachers in regular full or part-time service in the maintained schools sector in London Government office region at 31 March 2000 (the latest date for which provisional data are available) who were (a) aged 50 and 54 inclusive and (b) aged 55 or over were as follows:
|50 to 54||6,800||1,400||8,200|
|55 and over||3,300||1,200||4,500|
Some 10 per cent. to 20 per cent. of part-timers are not recorded on the Teacher's Pension Scheme, from which the data are obtained.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change in standard spending assessment for education has been for (a) Wiltshire and (b) England in each year since 1987. 
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Figures for 199394 and 199798 are not shown because they do not reflect like for like comparisons:
1. From 199394 further education was no longer included in the SSA.
2. Following local government reorganisation, Swindon became an LEA in its own right in 199798 and was no longer included in Wiltshire's SSA.
3. In 199798 £527 million was taken out of the education SSA to fund the nursery voucher scheme.
4. The percentage increases expressed in the chart above are adjusted to reflect changes in LEA functions from 199899 onwards.
5. 200203 figures include the Learning and Skills Council allocation for post-16 education.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding has been allocated within the SSA to carry out education policy initiatives during this financial year, broken down by local authority. 
Mr. Miliband: The Education Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) is unhypothecated. It is therefore up to local education authorities to decide how much funding they should allocate for education policy initiatives: there is no specific allocation within Education SSA for 200203 at local level.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding to schools in England she has provided in the form of special grants outside the SSA from 1999 to the present; how much has been provided; and for what purposes. 
Mr. Miliband: The following table shows the Department's special grants paid under section 88B of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 from 19992000 to 200203. The table does not include specific grants provided by the Department such as the Standards Fund.
|School Standards Grant||||293,219||631,307||645,027|
|School Budget Support Grant||||50,000|||||
|Education Budget Support Grant||||||52,394|||
|Teachers Pay Grants||||276,573||479,275||120,835|
|GM Transitional Grants||7,376||21,010||10,335||33|
|Post-Sixteen Budget Support Grant||||||||20,100|
1. 200203 figures are provisional estimates/payments made to date and, as such, are likely to change.
2. Figures are in cash terms.
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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the Better Regulation Task Force in reducing unnecessary regulations for which her Department is responsible. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: We have taken forward the recommendations in the Better Regulation Task Force's report "Red Tape Affecting Head Teachers" in April 2000. For those recommendations relating to deregulation, we have taken appropriate measures in the current Education Bill, in particular for deregulation of school governance arrangements, and the streamlining of some governance functions.
Mr. Alexander: My Department does not collect data on the number of Sikhs appointed to public appointments. It collects diversity data for public appointments on the following criteria: Bangladeshi; Black-African; Black- Caribbean; Black-any other; Indian; Pakistani; Chinese; mixed ethnic background; any other Asian; White; or any other ethnic background.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many times his office has made representations to the Scottish Executive since May 1999 broken down by (a) Department approached, (b) subject and (c) date; 
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(3) how many representations the Scottish Executive has made to his Department since May 1999 broken down by (a) Scottish Executive Department, (b) subject and (c) date. 
Mr. McCartney: Data from NIRS fed into two regular pensions related national statistics publications issued by the Department. The publications were "Contributions and Qualifying Years for Retirement Pension" and "Second Tier Pension Provision". The most recent published data relates to the financial year 199596. NIRS2 is now able to produce the data required for the Department's statistical publications and departmental analysts are currently working on processing and investigating NIRS2 data covering the financial years up to 200001. It is intended that publication will resume later this year.
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