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Standards Fund

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each initiative funded through the Standards Fund the (a) budget for 2001–02, (b) outturn for 2001–02 and (c) budget for 2002–03. [76598]

Mr. Miliband: The tables show the grant allocated for each initiative funded through the Standards Fund, and the amounts finally accepted by local education authorities, for 2001–02 and 2002–203. Expenditure figures are not available for 2001–02.

Standards Fund Grants 2001–02

InitiativeOriginal Grant Allocation #Final Grant Allocation #
Truancy buster awards 406,000 406,000
School improvement 116,519,051 116,481,951
Social inclusion: pupil support 86,311,859 85,803,112
Social educational needs 38,703,686 38,682,375
Children in public care 3,710,003 3,710,003
Sick children 2,000,000 2,000,000
Teenage pregnancies 5,001,700 5,001,700
Drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention 9,677,087 9,662,712
Youth service 1,059,105 1,053,805
Study support 41,458,609 41,046,276
Adult ethnic minority achievement 753,825 742,107
Child protection co-ordinators 990,000 990,000
National literacy and numeracy strategies 112,763,910 112,761,235
Key Stage 3 strategy 38,336,093 38,212,677
Literacy and numeracy scummer schools 12,078,700 11,499,940
Year 9 booster classes 13,320,000 13,320,000
Ethnic minority achievement 81, 603,966 81,603,966
Traveller children achievement 8,291,488 8,291,488
Family literacy and numeracy 3,677,511 3,640,689
Booster classes 46,000,100 46,000,100
National curriculum: implementation 1,624,495 1,618,508
National curriculum: personal social and health education/citizenship 7,829,484 7,829,484
Education health partnerships 5,700,000 5,700,000
Qualifications 1,545,158 1,545,158
LEA music services 50,060,500 50,060,500
Playing for success 2,152,883 2,152,883
Early years training and development 7,154,995 7,154,995
Early excellence centres 9,245,175 9,245,175
Adult: pupil ratios in reception classes 14,853,526 14,421,322
School achievement awards 63,893,453 63,893,453
Maintained nursery school service 8,975,004 8,975,004
Children of asylum seekers 2,377,000 2,377,000
Excellence in cities 149,752,000 149,752,000
Excellence challenges 9,185,600 9,185,000
City learning centres 80,651,002 80,651,002
Small education zones 20,987,342 20,987,342
Gifted and talented children 3,825,000 3,825,000
Specialist schools 86,526,340 86,526,340
Beacon schools 30,685,830 30,685,830
Pupil support allowance 11,671,845 11,671,845
Pupil learning credits 14,499,999 14,499,999
Grammer/non-selective school partnerships 505,616 505,616
Diversity pathfinders 323,500 323,500
Induction of newly qualified teachers 34,223,840 34,223,840
Teacher recruitment measures (golden hellos) 2,565,954 2,565,954
Training schools 4,355,000 4,355,000
Advanced skills teachers 18,487,787 16,510,981
National professional qualification for headship 16,381,368 16,381,368
Leadership programme for serving heads 5,227,653 5,180,402
Performance management 28,000,002 28,000,002
Teaching assistants 104,652,809 104,345,784
Small schools fund 42,332,042 41,487,354
Supported early retirement scheme for heads 5,178,100 4,801,800
Recruitment and retention fund 33,000,000 33,000,000
Teachers sabbaticals 4,884,000 4,884,000
Early professional development 4,651,150 4,651,150
Welcome back bonus 454,033 454,033
National grid for learning 132,265,063 132,121,881
Key Stage 1 class size 177,455,982 177,455,982
Key Stage 2 class size recurrent funding 17,461,558 17,461,558
Devolved formula capital 409,009,065 409,009,065
Seed capital challenge 34,999,998 34,999,998
School laboratories 43,494,238 43,494,238
Learning support units 25,232,370 25,232,370
School security 11,650,857 11,416,297
Fresh start 25,519,748 25,519,748
New models for LEA services 1,266,757 1,266,757
NDS condition funding 239,788,348 239,788,348
Information management strategy 29,999,998 29,999,998
NDS capital projects 39,824,146 39,824,146
Classrooms of the future 5,425,000 5,425,000
Total: 2,704,475,306 2,698,354,746

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Standards Fund Grants 2002–03

InitiativeOriginal Grant Allocation #Final Grant Allocation #
School improvement131,562,975131,562,975
Social inclusion: pupil support 84,683,33284,549,663
Special educational needs42,152,29742,119,994
Sick children and children in public care 5,200,0015,193,316
Teenage pregnancy 4,999,9994,999,999
Drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention 9,600,0039,583,860
Study support48,119,99947,637,893
Child protection co-ordinators 1,378,000 1,325,000
Behaviour and improvement programme50,003,00050,003,000
National literacy and numeracy strategies77,744,61177,744,611
Key Stage 3 strategy97,126,31696,464,450
Ethnic minority achievement81,064,26381,057,034
Traveller children achievement 8,155,8418,135,041
Year 6 booster classes42,000,00042,000,000
Educational health partnerships 9,819,9939,819,993
Qualifications 1,540,7561,521,724
LEA music services59,633,54659,633,546
Playing for success 1,813,365 1,813,365
Early years training and development 7,020,0097,020,009
Early excellence centres: recurrent 9,047,080 0,040,080
Adult: pupil ratios in reception classes11,375,13910,985,930
School achievement awards58,885,04058,885,040
Nursery school project 4,906,484 4,906,484
Training for educational visits co-ordinators 2,355,600 3,355,600
Excellence in cities173,556,890173,556,890
Gifted and talented summer schools 3,816,000 3,816,000
Specialist schools108,978,953108,978,953
Specialist schools (capital) 20,550,000 20,550,000
Beacon schools 40,168,850 40,168,850
Pupil support allowances 8,988,000 8,988,000
Pupil learning credits 19,623,621 19,623,621
Partnerships between grammar and non-selective schools 308,477 308,477
Excellence challenge 17,259,656 17,259,656
Small education action zones 26,768,968 26,768,968
Diversity pathfinders 920,150 920,150
Induction of newly qualified teachers 34,835,998 34,831,177
Teacher recruitment incentives 24,779,496 24,779,496
Training schools 4,203,000 4,203,000
Advanced skills teachers 20,058,558 18,926,163
Performance management and threshold assessment 14,560,001 14,474,890
Teaching assistants103,098,945102,757,478
Small schools fund 41,600,000 41,082,080
Teacher recruitment and retention fund 44,001,000 44,001,000
Teacher sabbaticals 9,752,000 9,762,000
Early professional development pilot programme 6,056,182 6,056,182
Welcome back bonuses 205,131 205,131
Transforming school workforce pathfinders 3,370,775 3,370,775
Fast track payments 318,000 318,000
National grid for learning 182,000,006 181,524,946
Key Stage 1 class size 144,834,655 144,834,655
Key Stage 2 class size 25,451,573 25,451,573
NDS devolved formula capital 360,254,267 360,254,267
Seed challenge capital 60,000,000 60,000,000
Staff workspaces 11,999,998 11,999,998
Learning support units 9,987,269 9,987,269
New school security projects 9,999,996 9,999,996
Fresh start and new partnerships 17,451,058 17,451,058
NDS condition funding346,500,441346,500,441
Information management strategy 7,039,908 7,039,908
Capital funding for nursery education in disadvantaged areas 20,077,716 20,077,716
Capital projects 39,216,362 39,216,362
Laptops for teachers 59,846,307 59,846,307
Electronic registration systems in secondary schools 9,656,820 9,656,820
Electronic registration systems in secondary schools 9,656,820 9,656,820
e-Learning credits 29,929,186 29,929,186

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UN Convention on Rights of the Child

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings officials have attended to discuss progress towards meeting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (a) with organisations and Government departments within the UK and (b) with organisations in other countries. [78008]

Mr. Denham: The Children and Young People's Unit has lead responsibility for monitoring the UK's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since March 2001, when the Unit took over responsibility from the Department of Health, officials have held the following formal meetings which include discussion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

(a) Within the UK

Quarterly meetings with the devolved administrations

Bimonthly meetings of the Children and Young People's Interdepartmental Group

(b) In other countries

Twice yearly meetings of the EU Permanent Intergovernmental Group Xl'Europe

de l'Enfance"

In addition, the Unit holds ad hoc bilateral meetings both at home and abroad with lead policy makers on Convention issues. For example, there was regular contact across Whitehall in the preparation for the UK's second report to the UN Committee. Information about the precise number of such meetings can only be gathered at disproportionate cost.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the UK's contribution towards achieving the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what representations she has received about the UK contribution. [78011]

Mr. Denham: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) does not require signatories to work towards achieving certain objectives or 'goals', nor does it give enforceable rights to individual children. Rather, it imposes obligations on the State to "respect and ensure the rights set forth in the Convention to each

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child within their jurisdiction". Each signatory, therefore, is responsible for implementing the UNCRC in their own country.

The UK signed the Convention on 19 April 1990 and ratified it on 16 December 1991. It came into force in the UK on 15 January 1992. To allow monitoring of implementation, the CRC requires State Parties to report to the UN on their progress against the Convention 2 years after ratification, and every 5 years subsequently.

The UK's Second Report under the CRC was submitted by the Department of Health in 1999 and, due to backlogs at the UN, was only considered by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in June this year. A UK delegation comprising senior officials from across Government attended an oral examination in Geneva on 19 September. UK NGOs also submitted a report, and gave oral evidence. The Committee published its concluding observations on 4th October and this document, as well as copies of the UK's Second Report and a summary of the UK NGO reports have been placed in both Libraries.

The Government is under no formal obligation from the UN to respond to the report, but lead Departments across Whitehall, together with the Devolved Administrations, are considering how to take the Committee's comments into account. Although there are areas where we expect to take a different view from the Committee over our obligations under the Convention, we will consider its recommendations in developing our overarching strategy for children and young people, a development which the UN Committee welcomed. We will continue to involve the voluntary sector in this work.

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