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Lawrie Quinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education institutions in England submitted successful bids under the Special Educational Needs Training and Development Fund 200203; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Special Educational Needs Training and Development Fund 200203 was established to provide one-off pump priming support to aid the creation of new, or extended, in-service training and development opportunities for teachers and other staff, both in mainstream and special schools, to help improve and reinforce skills in the area of special educational needs and disabilities. Under the fund, higher education institutions were invited to submit competitive bids, in the range of £50,000100,000. There was a good response, with 41 individual bids received from 34 institutions. Within the £1 million available for allocation we have approved 16 bids from the following institutions:
Canterbury Christ Church university college
Institute of Education University of London
Leeds Metropolitan university
Nottingham Trent university
Sheffield Hallam university
St. Martin's college of higher education, Lancaster
Manchester Metropolitan university
University of Birmingham
University College Chichester
University of Greenwich
University of Surrey, Roehampton
York St. John College, university of Leeds.
In addition, a further £1 million has been also been allocated, under Strand 2 of the Department's SEN Small Programmes Fund 200203, in support of work by voluntary organisations, to produce a range of training resources for SEN and disabilities.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what loss of public funds has been identified, and what frauds have been uncovered, in the work of learning providers using individual learning accounts. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The loss to public funds will not be identified until investigations are complete. From the start of the programme to date £16.8 million has been withheld from 267 learning providers, subject to validation checking.
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The potential frauds under investigation are: funding removed from individual learning accounts (ILAs) without the account holder's consent; no, or incorrect, learning delivered; fictitious account holders created; and accessing account holders' details on the ILA Centre databaseusing information to claim funds or selling information to providers. In addition other abuses identified are: personal contribution not sought from the account holder; cash or other incentives offered to enrol on course; and ILA discounts claimed for ineligible learning.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of how many ILA learners have had to leave their courses because of the closure of individual learning accounts. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We do not have information on the number of individual learning account holders who were in training at the point of closure of the ILA programme on 23 November 2001 and who subsequently may have been required to leave their courses.
Parliamentary Reforminformation on the Government's Modernisation agenda for Parliament and details of my work to date on Commons Modernisation.
Performance Standardsfor my private office and more importantly a
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the empty residential properties in each London borough in the ownership of his Department and its agencies, giving (a) the type of accommodation, (b) how long each property has been vacant and (c) what the intended future use is of the property. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) public resource expenditure, (b) private resource expenditure and (c) private investment is provided under the 10-Year Plan for road maintenance by (i) local authorities and (ii) the Highways Agency, (A) at today's prices and (B) at outturn prices. 
Mr. Jamieson: Planned public resource expenditure on road maintenance over the period of the 10-Year Plan for Transport amounts to: £19.2 billion at today's (ie 200102) prices and £21.5 billion at outturn prices for local authorities; and £2.5 billion at today's prices and £2.8 billion at outturn prices for the Highways Agency.
All of the Highways Agency's new build private finance schemes include a provision for maintenance in the contract. However it is not possible to identify separately a figure for this maintenance work.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been conducted by and for his Department and predecessor Department to update the findings of the report entitled "Road Safety Strategy: Current problems and future options"; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: "Road Safety Strategy: Current problems and future options", published in October 1997, was a forerunner to the Government's current strategy document "Tomorrow's roadssafer for everyone", published in March 2000. Quarterly progress reports on implementing the new strategy are published on the Department's website.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) discussions, (b) correspondence and (c) representations his Department has had with (i) the European Commission, (ii) the Council of Transport Ministers and (iii) Members of the European Parliament
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regarding the February 2002 draft EU Public Service Requirement Regulation; and if he will make a statement. 
Additionally, officials from my Department have attended a number of council working groups where the Commission's proposals have been discussed and they have liaised with the Commission officials who have responsibility for the draft regulation.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place copies of the progress reports relating to the July 2000 European Commission Proposal for Regulation of Public Service Requirements (a) produced and (b) received by his Department in the Library. 
Mr. Jamieson: My Department has neither produced nor received written progress reports on the Commission's proposal. The progress reports that I referred to in my reply to the hon. Member of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 359W, were given orally by the Commission.
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