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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the gross administrative costs of his Department in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year from 199596 to 200203; what the growth rate was of each category of expenditure in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested is set out in the table below; the figures for the Department include Sure Start and the Children's Fund. The information for 199596 is not available in the form requested.
DEL figures relate to the Departmental Expenditure Limit
AME figures relate to Annually Managed Expenditure
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Macclesfield constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many opportunity bursaries have been awarded to students from each Government Office region in the academic years (a) 200102 and (b) 200203. 
Margaret Hodge: In 200102, 6,580 Opportunity Bursaries were allocated to students from Excellence Challenge areas entering higher education in England. In 200203, 8,210 new Opportunity Bursaries were allocated for those entering HE in England.
Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) out of school clubs there were on 31 March and what percentage of these were provided by the private sector. 
|Out of school clubs(30)||4,900||152,800|
(28) Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
(29) Day nurseries and childminders provide care for children under eight years of age.
(30) Out of school clubs provide care for five to seven year old children.
Latest figures on Day Care facilities in England were published by the Department in the Statistical Bulletin ''Children'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 (www.dfes.gov.uk/ statistics).
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the Sure Start Rural Fund was spent in (a) 200001, (b) 200102 and (c) 200203 to date, broken down by project. 
Mr. Miliband [holding answer 31 October 2002]: There is no separate fund identified from Sure Start's resources for rural areas. We have to date, however, approved 13 full Sure Start programmes where the catchment area covers predominantly rural areas.
|Round||Programme||Approved revenue grant (#000)||Capital|
|3||Restormel China Clay||||441||466||800|
|3||Kington and Leominster||||350||629||800|
|4||North East Derbyshire||||140||480||750|
|Total grant funding||#1.405m||#4.905m||#8.024m||#9.659m|
The capital funding shown above was based on the capital strategy submitted by each programme, and is intended to fund major capital projects in the first three years of the programme. An additional #250,000 per programme may also be available to the programmes, if needed, to meet further capital expenditure in year 4 and 5 or earlier.
We have also established a pilot initiative of 50 smaller Sure Start programmes (48 programmes approved to date) in rural areas and pockets of deprivation, which would not normally be covered by the traditional Sure Start model. These programmes are managed through Early Years Childcare and Development Partnerships and linked to Neighbourhood Nurseries, Early Excellence Centres or other existing provision to deliver Sure Start-type services to some 150170 children in each catchment area. Revenue funding up to #100,000 for each year and capital of up to #250,000 is available. The total budgeted provision for these programmes in 200203 is #10.25m. 48 of the 50 Mini Sure Start programmes have now been approved.
|Local Authority||Number of small Sure Start programmes for rural areas and pockets of disadvantage|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||1|
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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997. 
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