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Physical Education

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 19 September, Official Report, column 111W, on physical education, what research was undertaken to enforce the joint Public Service Agreement with her Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of sport in schools; and if she will place such research in the Library. [76803]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: All School Sport Co-ordinator partnerships are currently undertaking an annual data collection exercise. This will provide in-depth information on the number of pupils with access to two hours of high quality PE and school sport a week, within and beyond the curriculum. Early messages from this will be available before the end of the year and the House will be informed of the results.

European Job Mobility

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what progress there has been in establishing the European Job Mobility web-site agreed at the Barcelona Council in March 2002; [75726]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 23 October 2002]: At Barcelona in March 2002, the Council decided that a one stop European Job Mobility web site should be established by the end of 2003 at the latest.

The Commission, together with the national public employment services, has developed the European Employment Services (EURES) system which, since 1998, has provided job vacancies on the Internet. The Commission is also currently testing a new portal website which will provide access to training and learning opportunities. It is expected that the new portal will be launched next month.

The Commission plans to bring together the two Internet services in 2003 to offer a single point of access for citizens interested in jobs and learning opportunities. The new, single, portal will form the basis of the European Job Mobility website.

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Training and Enterprise Council Assets

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the disposal of TEC assets to (a) the public sector and (b) private interests. [76410]

Margaret Hodge: It is the Department's intention to publish a statement on the disposition of TEC assets in the Department's accounts which are currently being audited by the NAO and are due to be published on 4 December 2002. The disposition of TEC assets has been subject to a policy agreed with Ministers and Treasury with the aim of making sure that TEC assets are used for the benefit of the TEC local communities in the furtherance of broader government objectives and not for private gain.

Modern Apprenticeships

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many modern apprenticeships have been under way (a) in total and (b) in each industrial sector in each year since the inception of the scheme; and how many persons have entered a programme in each of these years. [76413]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The figures (except those broken down into sector) in the following tables also appear in the DfES' Statistical First Release on work-based learning, published today at

The numbers of people in-learning on AMA and FMA since the inception of the scheme are as follows:

Date in-learningAMAFMA
16 July 19952,1000
21 July 199635,1000
03 August 199787,5000
02 August 1998109,6008,800
01 August 1999123,80041,400
30 July 2000127,30077,700
29 July 2001117,80088,400
28 July 2002107,900*111,600*


* In-learning figures on 28 July 2002 are provisional.

The proportions in-learning in each sector, as a proportion of all sectors, are as follows:

In-learning on AMA in sector as % of in-learning on AMA in all sectors21 Jul 19963 Aug 19972 Aug 19981 Aug 199930 Jul 200029 Jul 200128 Jul 2002
Agriculture and Commercial Horticulture1111111
Business Administration131412121197
Customer Service135766
Early Years Care and Education3333455
Electrical Installation Engineering7576689
Engineering Construction111
Engineering Manufacture21141814131414
Health and Social Care5645554
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
and Refrigeration1111111
Information Technology and Electronic Services222211
Moving into Management111
Motor Industry989881011
Road Haulage and Distribution11111
Sports and Recreation1111111
Travel Services1222223


Sectors which have less than 0.5% of all those on AMA on 28 July 2002 are not shown.

Figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage point.

''—'' denotes zero or less than 0.5%.

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In-learning on FMA in sector as % of in-learning on FMA in all sectors02 Aug 199801 Aug 199930 Jul 200029 Jul 200128 Jul 2002
Agriculture and Commercial Horticulture31111
Amenity Horticulture1111
Animal Care32211
Business Administration1318161514
Customer Service1610108
Distribution, Warehousing and Storage22
Early Years Care and Education1234
Engineering Manufacture64454
Glass Industry111
Health and Social Care45567
Information Technology and Electronic Services5443
Manufacturing (Engineering)11
Motor Industry85544
Road Haulage and Distribution11
Sports and Recreation21222


Sectors which have less than 0.5% of all those on FMA on 28 July 2002 are not shown.

Figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage point.

''—'' denotes zero or less than 0.5%.

The numbers of starts on Foundation Modern Apprenticeships (FMA) and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (AMA) in the last six years are as follows:

Date of startAMAFMA
22 July 1996–3 August 199764,6000
4 August 1997–2 August 199866,8007,800
3 August 1998–1 August 199973,20045,100
2 August 1999–30 July 200076,80088,300
31 July 2000–29 July 200172,400104,100
30 July 2001–28 July 200252,700*106,600*


* Starts in 2001–02 are provisional.

The Learning and Skills Council is responsible for delivering the new generation of Modern Apprenticeships and is working closely with the new Sector Skills Councils and the Connexions Service to improve quality and performance.

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Independent Schools (Exam Grades)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of candidates from independent schools achieved A* or A grades in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [75254]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is shown below:

Percentage of 15 Year Old Pupils Achieving GCSE A* or A Grades in Independent Schools in England

2001–02 (Early Statistics)77

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